The Lady Rams got their first win of the season this past weekend when they beat the field at the Cougar-Falcon Invitational. The race featured a number of Personal Records in the winning effort. “We ran pretty well today and had 5 personal best,” stated Coach Watson. The highest finisher for the day was Junior Lauren Brasure who ran a personal best of 18:56. Fellow Junior, Morgan Harney was the next finisher in a personal best time of 19:10. The next Ram to cross the tap was freshman Morgan Benoit in a time of 19:17. The next four Rams were are sophomores with Natalie Napolillo racing a personal best of 19:35, Maegan Roach personal best of 19:45, Kerianne Schoff in 20:10 and Maja Hill in a personal best of 20:23. “The girls ran really well today and their times indicate that we are improving. We just need to keep that trend continuing for the next six weeks,” said Coach Watson. The Junior Varsity race saw a number of personal best with sophomore Paige Parker placing the highest in a personal best of 20:22. In the Freshman race, Tiana Colovos won in a personal best of 20:42. “We really competed well from top to bottom today,” added Coach Watson. • • •
Rockford girls varsity water polo continued their strong showing in the region on Tuesday, May 3, by defeating the combined team from Zeeland East/West high schools by a score of 8-4. The contest, hosted in Zeeland’s beautiful aquatic center, saw the Rams slowly and consistently score goals and put the game out of reach early on. Senior Jamie VanPortfliet assisted sophomore Adrianna Craft on the night’s first goal, followed by junior Casey Wolfer zinging a solo shot into the net to end the first quarter with the visiting Rams up 2-0. The second period provided some early excitement with two consecutive alley-oop passes from senior Lauren Hulsebus to senior Jamie Fase, each scoring. These goals came off offensive plays that were run to perfection, showing the constant improvement by the team. Senior Erica Finlayson followed up with two goals of her own, one of which was assisted by a beautiful pass from VanPortfliet, and one solo shot that quickly found the back of the net. Zeeland found the cage late in the half, and the Rams led 4-1 at the break. The second half started with an Abby Finlayson goal and was followed by a Wolfer goal assisted by junior Maddie Levine. Zeeland ended the quarter with a “hail mary” buzzer beater, and managed a couple more goals late in the fourth, but it was too little too late for the host team. Hulsebus and Fase ended the night leading in assists with two apiece, and both of these seniors had four steals to lead that category. Senior goalie Tiffany Elenbaas had eight saves in the win. Head Coach Scott Voltz stated after the game, “Zeeland is in first place in their district. Any time you can grab a win against a district-leading team, it’s a good night.” Thursday, the Rams wrapped up the conference championship by defending rival Hudsonville 6-4 at home. The night began with the introduction of this year’s seniors. Girls playing their final season for Rockford include co-captains Taylor Downs, Sloan Ouellette and Tiffany Elenbaas, as well as Erica Finlayson, Brandy Fase, Kaitlin Cress, Lauren Hulsebus and Jamie VanPortfliet. Coach Voltz was very complimentary to these girls for their leadership and tenacious play in the pool. As is usually the case, […]
Rockford High School senior Brittney Prins (left) smiles at her fans as she’s introduced before her final high school home basketball game. Senior Allie Hickox (right) contemplates her last home game as a Lady Ram basketball player. The game was on Friday, Feb. 25 against East Kentwood, who won the game with 46 baskets over Rockford’s 36.
Cheering to a packed house, the Rams competitive cheer team achieved their highest score this season, with a total score of 763. What started as one of the coldest, snowiest days of the year turned out to be a huge step forward for the Lady Rams. With some of the best moves, stunts and cheers, the girls brought the crowd to its feet at the end of their third round. Finishing third to Hudsonville and West Ottawa, Coach Dengler commented, “We are gaining confidence and points in all three rounds at every competition, bringing us even closer to the other teams in the Red.” Dengler added, “I am still grinning from ear to ear five hours after the meet ended! I am so proud of my team today!” Following a tough week of practice, “We made a lot of adjustments to round three this week and it paid off in a big way for us,” Dengler said. “They executed that round with solid stunts and true Ram pride! It was rewarding for me to see the emotion they felt coming off the mat, knowing they had hit a solid round!” Senior Paige Mather commented how much she loves cheer and is excited to see the “new members of the team stepping up.” Senior Sam Foster’s excitement is also strong for the team. “We are going to finish strong this season,” she said. Coach Dengler added, “The Rams are on a roll and I am loving their progress as a team on and off of the mat.” As the cheerleaders progress into mid-season, their next meet will be Saturday, Jan. 29, in East Kentwood, followed by a home meet on Wednesday, Feb. 2.
The Rockford varsity volleyball team found themselves on top of the OK Red conference standings with a win over rival East Kentwood this past Thursday, Sept. 30. The Rams won this best-of-five match in four games, losing only the first set. The Lady Rams settled down and stormed back with three straight and decisive wins in this match of undefeated OK Red teams. The Rams moved to 4-0 in conference play and 32-7-0 overall. Rockford has future conference matches ahead on the schedule with Grandville, Hudsonville and Jenison. In Thursday’s match, Rockford showed a tentative start due in part to East Kentwood’s strong defense. During the second set, it was easy to see when the Rams settled in to their own game, consisting of a variety power offense, strong passing, and a tenacious defense. Once the Rams had the momentum on their side, they never let East Kentwood back in the match. The Rams’ next match is Thursday, Oct. 7 at Grandville High School, and then the Rams travel to Byron Center on October 9 to compete in an area tournament.