Rockford’s junior varsity A boys golf team recently continued its outstanding season as it ran its season-long record to 35-0-1 through six dual meets, two invitational events and the OK Red preseason tournament. All nine members of the team have contributed to their season-long success as five different players have earned team medalist honors. Saturday, April 25 saw the Rams defend their home turf as they won the Rockford Invitational with over 11 opponents at Braeside Golf Course. The five-man team played great golf while battling their opponents and the weather, withstanding heavy winds and two downpours. The Rams were led by Steven Mette and Alec DeWitt, whose individual scores of 78 were good for third place, and Matt Smith and David VonEschen, with scores of 83 and 84. The Rams had previously won the Cougar Invitational at Centennial Country Club hosted by Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Saturday, April 18. They beat nine opponents and were led to victory by David Keller with a second-place score of 81, and Scott Dater and Jake Stephan with scores of 83 and 85. Earlier in the season, the Rams had their lone tie, for first place, with Hudsonville in the OK Red preseason tournament. The Rams were led that day by Nick Delafuente’s score of 41. The Rams remain undefeated in its OK Red dual meet season with a conference record of 10-0. Keller has paced the team with a 41 average score, as have DeWitt and Stephan with 42 averages. The Rams have three remaining dual meets and the OK Red post-season tournament at Grand Valley State University’s The Meadows Golf Course. Coach Scott Kruisenga and his team look forward to its final weeks of competition.
May 14 2009
“Rockford water polo has been very successful, with the boys high school team winning five state championships and the girls team three,” said Coach Dave McWatters. “Our success, though, lies not just with the won-loss record. Water polo teaches discipline, teamwork, dedication, and helps kids get in shape. The kids have a lot of fun, so even if they have never played before, we will teach them.” What is water polo? McWatters says, “Take a little soccer in the water, add some strategies from basketball and hockey, run some football passing routes, some long baseball throws, mental chess moves, mix them all in H20 and you have this exciting sport.” Have fun with the great sport of water polo! Here are some great opportunities to try out an awesome sport. Sessions are taught by the Rockford High School coaches and players at the Rockford High School pool. Coed Elementary School Camp (for kids entering grades 2-5) is Tuesday, June 23, and Thursday, June 25, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $20, payable to “Rockford Water Polo,” at the first day of camp. Out-of-district cost is $30. Coed Middle School Camp (for kids entering grades 6-9) is Tuesday, June 23, and Thursday, June 25, from noon to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $25, payable to “Rockford Water Polo,” at first day of camp. Out-of-district cost is $35. Feel free to call Coach Dave McWatters at (616) 690-7643 for further information.
Rockford baseball is pleased to announce that senior Ethan Post has officially committed to attend school and play baseball at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Post was recruited to be a pitcher for the Fighting Engineers. Rose-Hulman was again the number-one-ranked engineering school in the country by U.S. News. That is their eighth number-one ranking in a row. In baseball, Rose-Hulman Institute has made three NCAA Division III tournament appearances. Rose-Hulman is currently ranked 24th in the nation. Last year’s baseball academic All State pitcher, Post continues to improve in both the classroom and on the baseball field. He leads the Rams in pitching. As of May 3, Post is first in innings pitched, first in fewest walks per game, second in strikeouts, and third in ERA. Last trimester, he received an amazing 4.8 grade-point average! Post is the son of Robert and Yvonne Post.
The Rockford Raptors 13U baseball team went undefeated in winning the West Michigan Classic baseball tournament held May 2-3 at Huff Park in Grand Rapids. The Raptors completed the tournament with a perfect 5-0 record. With solid defense, timely hitting and good pitching, the Raptors compiled a 2-0 record in pool play with victories over Diamonds West and Sparta. In bracket play, the Raptors earned a spot in the championship game with victories over the Kalamazoo Maroons and the Grand Rapids Flames. With a match-up against West Michigan Elite Gold in the championship game, the Raptors fought back from an early 2-0 deficit with more timely hitting to secure an 8-5 victory. The Raptors next compete in the Fireball Classic Tournament on May 16-17 in Battle Creek.
Olivia Dopkiss, a level six all-around state champion, had her personal best all-around score of 37.425 at the level six and seven USAG state meet on May 2-3 at Oakland University in Rochester. Competing in the 10-year-old age bracket, Dopkiss also took first places on the vault with a 9.5, the beam with a 9.425, and the floor exercise with a 9.325. Dopkiss also took a bronze medal on the uneven parallel bars with a 9.175 score. Dopkiss trains 18 hours a week in Lansing at Gedderts’ Twistars Gymnastic Club. She is a fifth-grader at Chandler Woods Charter Academy, and is a straight-A student. She raised $500 earlier this season by participating in a cartwheel-a-thon to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network-a charity near her heart, given that her younger sister was born with a neuromuscular disorder. Dopkiss lives in Rockford with her parents, brother, and two sisters.