Rockford’s women’s track and field team capped a successful season with a MHSAA state championship runner-up finish Saturday, May 30 at East Kentwood High School, when they finished one point behind state champs Detroit Romulus. The Rams had individuals in 12 of the meet’s 17 events and scored in six events by the end of the day. The pole vault saw the Lady Rams score 12 points when Sarah Birkmeier defended her individual state championship from last year and teammate Danielle Putterman claimed a seventh-place finish. Birkmeier’s winning vault of 13’0″ established a new Michigan state finals record and Michigan state record as she became the highest female vaulter ever for the state. Putterman vaulted 11’2″. Out of 22 Lady Rams, 37 points came in the sprint relays: 4×100 meters, 4×200 meters and 4×400 meters. Seniors Krysten Fischer, Emma Breen and Becky Caywood, along with sophomore Abby Blanchard recorded a state championship performance when they ran a Rockford High School (RHS) school record of 47.97 in winning the 4×100-meter relay. Caywood, Breen, Blanchard and junior Margaret Smiley claimed a fifth-place finish in the 4×200-meter relay in a time of 1:43.56. The 4×400-meter relay saw yet another RHS school record when Caywood and Breen paired up with juniors Rachel Jerrils and Katie Carlson to claim second place in a time of 3:54.28. Jerrils and junior Kylie Basarabski concluded the scoring for the Lady Rams by finishing seventh and eighth in their respective events. Jerrils claimed a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter dash by running a time of 58.48, while Basarabski claimed an eighth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 117’7″. Other Rams competed at the state finals in a number of events. Senior Danielle Putterman competed in the 100 high hurdles, while fellow senior Kelcie Severson competed in the 4×800 relay and 1,600-meter run. Junior Rachel Herald competed in the high jump, while classmate Alyssa Durkin competed in the 4×800 relay. Sophomores Stephanie Birkmeier, Sarah Neideck, Abby Blanchard and Catie Rietsema competed in the pole vault, 4×800-meter relay, 200 dash and 3,200-meter run respectively. Freshman Jane Hawks ran the lead-off leg of the 4×800-meter relay. The Lady Rams’ track and field season included the following accomplishments: invitational championship at the Wyoming Park Relays, […]
by LIZ SINKEVICS Rockford High School’s girls varsity tennis team made it a clean sweep at an invitational hosted by the Grant High School Tigers on Saturday, April 18, by taking first place in every flight. The event also featured teams from West Catholic and Manistee high schools. The Rams also won their first three matches, topping Muskegon High School 8-0, East Kentwood High School 6-2, and Grand Rapids Christian High School 8-0. This week’s schedule includes matches with Grandville (home), Hudsonville and West Catholic (home) high schools, all beginning at 4 p.m., as well as an invitational hosted by Forest Hills Eastern High School.
With much thanks to parents and Kailiegh Russo of Sparta, a junior at Central Michigan University, Rockford High School women now have the full contact sport RUGBY. On Saturday, March 28, at their home pitch of Roguewood Elementary School, the Lady Rams hosted Traverse City. Rockford played a hard-fought game, but Traverse City’s experience showed though and ended in a loss for Rockford. The Lady Rams’ roster includes seniors Corina Brown, Jessica Newman, Sam Shifman, Kylie Torres and Mallorie Webber; juniors Emily Engelbrecht, Tiffany Hill, Emily Kolenda, Tatiana Martinez, Erica McDonald, Ondrea Postma, Shannon Riley, Erika Schnelle, Amanda Selliman, Kacey Trewhella, and Connor VanSplunter; sophmores Crystal Blackport, and Sidnie Taylor; and freshmen Audrey Augustine-Savage, Kammy Babb, Taylor Hurd and Jill Nelson. If you’re interested or an eighth-grade girl, the club is still taking on new members. Practices are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Roguewood Elementary fields. There will be no practice during spring break. This is the first year for the team, and not being a high school sport, the women’s team could use your support. You may sponsor the team (with any amount) through Rockford Community Services, 350 N. Main St., Rockford, MI 49341-please put “women’s rugby” in the memo section. The Lady Rams’ next game is April 17 against Freeland, and the next home game is May 2 against Redford at 1 p.m. Did you know that both the men’s and women’s rugby teams can compete for the state (May 16), Midwest (May 2/Elkhart, Ind.) and national (May 16/Pittsburgh) titles? Please go to Rockford’s rugby website for updated information on the men’s, women’s and youth teams at www.ramrugby.net.
Rockford’s girls bowling team has repeated for the fourth straight year as OK Red conference champions. The Lady Rams won it in convincing fashion by defeating Grand Haven in their last two conference matches 19-11 and 21.5-8.5 and dominating the post-conference tournament, winning by 226 pins over closest rival Grandville 3,440-3,214. The Lady Rams were led by Mallorie Webber with a 241 game and an even 600 series, followed by Erin VanDrunen with a 526 series, next by Jacquelyn Beard’s 519 and Christina Miller’s 490. “The girls bowled great today,” commented Coach Lynn Farrance. “We have been so busy this month, we haven’t been able to practice, but we were able to get one in this week and it sure showed. They were great in every way. Strikes were up, spares were up, and so was their focus on the game. Just a great day for them.” The boys finished in third place in the tournament behind Hudsonville and Grandville, and finished second overall in the final standings of the OK Red behind overall champion Hudsonville. Both teams will be bowled Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28 at the Divison I Region I regionals held at Westgate Lanes on Alpine Avenue. Watch The Squire for results.
The Rockford women’s cross country team split and competed in two events last weekend, placing well in each. On Friday, Sept. 12, the Lady Rams claimed second place in the MSU Spartan Invitational that was hosting 19 schools, of which eight had top 10 state rankings. “To place second at the Spartan Invitational is a real good indicator of how good our team is,” said Coach Watson. “Most of the best teams in the state were here, and to only lose by four points is really encouraging. We have just a little ground to catch up between now and the end of the season.” The Rams were led by Catie Rietsema’s 15th-place finish and Kelcie Severson’s 19th-place finish. Sarah Niedeck, Anna Bos and Sam Anderson finished the scoring for the Rams by placing 28th, 37th and 39th. Jane Hawks and Allison Hazy finished in 47th and 70th place respectively. “We had six of our seven runners record their season best in terms of time, so that makes for a great day,” said Coach Watson. The remaining 25 Lady Rams competed in the Sparta Invitational on Saturday, where they claimed a fourth-place finish in the varsity division and first place in the junior varsity division. “The girls really competed well today. With non-stop rain, you can’t base everything on time. You just have to compete against the competition and survive,” said Coach Watson. Ashley Kasul, Megan Knape, Ashley Czehowski, Elyse Sholtis, Sydeney Savage, Katie Carlson and Chelsea Shibler competed for the Rams in the varsity portion of the race. “To place fourth out of nine teams was a very good finish considering we were racing against other teams’ true varsity squads. These girls would be top seven runners on almost all the other teams in the area, so this was a good opportunity for them to race against varsity competition,” said Coach Watson. The JV race displayed the Rams’ depth as they claimed eight of the top 11 spots, led by sophomore Molly Brasure’s first-place finish. “Our JV really ran well and showed how deep our team is,” commented Coach Watson. The Rams compete at East Rockford Middle School two times this week. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, they host Grand Haven and Muskegon, and on Saturday, […]