The Rockford varsity girls tennis team played their last conference game against Grandville last week. Rockford defeated Grandville 8-3, with wins at number two singles (Marjeanne Bothma), number three singles (Jenelle Miller), number four singles (Alyssa Bowman), number three doubles (Paula Downs, Brittney Raisch), and number four doubles (Mellisa Bors, Morgan Vermeulen) to go into the conference competition with a 5-1 record. On May 10 they played Northview to prepare for conference and ended up with a draw, but were ready for conference. On May 12 the girls went to Jenison and Baldwin tennis courts to compete for conference against Grandville, East Kentwood, Hudsonville, West Ottawa, Jenison and Grand Haven. With only a few matches to be played, all games were stopped due to rain and postponed until 4 p.m., Monday, May 14.
May 17 2012
by RANDY GREGORY Coupled with a Hudsonville loss to Grand Haven on Thursday, May 10, the Rockford baseball team took sole possession of first place in the OK Red by sweeping a pair of games from the West Ottawa Panthers last week. Rockford topped the Panthers 9-2 on Tuesday, May 8 at home before rallying late to take a 4-2 decision in Holland on Thursday. With four games left in conference play the Rams now stand at 9-1 (19-4 overall) while Hudsonville follows closely behind at 8-2. “There is still a lot of baseball to be played,” said Rockford Coach Ian Hearn. “We have four very tough games left with Jenison and Grandville, and Hudsonville still has to play West Ottawa and East Kentwood. West Ottawa was a pretty solid team and we missed some opportunities to get out to a lead on Thursday. But we managed to win both games and that is what good teams do.” In Tuesday’s tilt, Brent Showers went the distance on the mound for Rockford to garner the win. Showers allowed eight hits and only one earned run while whiffing eight and issuing a pair of bases on balls. Showers also helped himself at the plate with a pair of hits. Kory Young added a pair of doubles and Drew Farmer chipped in with a pair of hits including a double. Not to be outdone, Ian Stankus twirled a gem in Thursday’s contest. Stankus allowed four hits while fanning seven and walking a trio of Panthers. Rockford amassed 12 hits as a team but it took some late heroics from Young and Steven Powell to claim the vastly important conference win. With the score tied at 2-2 in the seventh inning, Young blasted a home run and Powell later added an equally important run-scoring single. Just like Showers, Stankus also helped himself with the stick by getting a pair of hits. Tony Dileo led the way for Rockford with three hits and Young also added another base knock. The Rams concluded the week by sweeping a pair of games from Caledonia at Rockford on Friday, May 11. The Rams blasted the Fighting Scots in the opener 13-1 before taking the nightcap by a margin of 6-3. Reid Kelley tossed […]
by RANDY GREGORY After running the table (7-0) in the dual meet portion of the regular season, the girls track team from Rockford knew things could get a little dicier at the OK Red conference meet at West Ottawa on Friday, May 11. That was precisely what happened as the Rams managed to overcome a disappointing effort in the field events to top the field with 162 points. East Kentwood, as they had done during the regular season, finished second with 148 points. “We put ourselves behind the eight ball in the field events,” said Rockford Coach Randy VanderVeen. “We were probably about forty points in the hole early on. It took everybody chipping in and digging deep to get us out of that early hole. You could take an All Star team from this conference and go to the state meet and the rest of the state couldn’t touch them. There were events where six or seven girls ran state-qualifying times. To come back against this level of competition is outstanding and speaks to the effort and determination of our athletes.” The unquestioned star of the night for Rockford was senior distance runner Taylor Manett. Of the 162 points accumulated by the Rams, Manett had a hand in 38 of them. She won the 1,600 meters in a meet record time of 5:01.01, the 800 meters in 2:14.90 and the 3,200 meters in 11:00.25. She also ran a leg on the second-place finishing 3,200-meter team. “We knew we needed Taylor to come through for us and boy did she ever,” said VanderVeen. “Taylor is kind of a throwback runner to the early 2000s for Rockford in distance running. At that time we had a lot of depth and a lot of girls with great versatility from 800 to 3,200 meters. She is the first distance runner I can remember in a while who helped account for so many team points.” Keeping with the theme of last week, another school record fell for the Rams on Friday. This time it was the 800-meter relay quartet of Elise Schierbeek, Sammy Cuneo, Courtney Klaweiter and Katie DeHaan, who ran a blistering 1:42.07 to break a two-year-old mark of 1:42.16. That previous mark was a state championship winning […]
by RANDY GREGORY Beating East Kentwood was going to be a nigh unto impossible task for the boys track team from Rockford at the OK Red conference meet at West Ottawa on Friday, May 11. Things played out pretty much as expected as the Falcons rang up 190.5 points to the Rams’ 130.5. The two top teams in the conference meet ended up just as the regular season played out with East Kentwood first, Rockford second and everyone else an indistinct blur. “I thought the kids showed up real well,” said Rockford Coach Andy Martin. “We had three kids in the 100-meter finals for the first time I can remember at Rockford and our 4×100 relay team did some damage. Chris Eggenberger, Drew Woznick and Austin Benoit all had great days as individuals, but we dropped the baton in the 4×800 relay and that really cost us. Overall, though, it was a good day for us as a team.” Woznick took first in both the 800- and 1,600-meter runs. His winning time in the 800 was 1:59.92 and in the 1,600 it was 4:24.43. Eggenberger took the 200-meter in a blistering 22.27 and finished second in the 100-meter dash at 11.22 seconds. He was also part of the Ram 4×100-meter relay team that topped the field with an excellent time of 43.19 seconds. The other three members of that winning contingent were Brandon Lubenow, Nick Simms and Tim Gilbert. Benoit had a pair of runner-up finishes for the Rams. He ran a 9:51.89 3,200-meter and narrowly lost to Woznick with a time of 4:24.73 in the 1,600 meters. “That was great seeing a pair of Rockford runners out in front of the pack at the finish line in the 1,600,” said Martin. “If Austin [Benoit] had another ten meters he may have passed Drew [Woznick], but they both ran a fantastic race.” Next up for Rockford is the Division I regional at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids on Saturday, May 19. The Rams will be joined by a host of fellow OK Red members and several other West Michigan schools for the meet that will determine how many Rockford athletes will advance to the state finals two weeks later at East Kentwood. “We want to […]
by MARY CLINTHORNE “Go Rams!” echoed through the Harsha Lake valley east of Cincinnati on Saturday and Sunday, Mother’s Day weekend, as Rockford rowed to first place in the men’s division of the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Championship (MSRC). The Rams were followed in second and third place by Toledo Central Catholic and Cleveland St. Ignatius, respectively. While there were no fancy Mother’s Day brunches, the Rockford moms and dads who served the rowers in the food tent throughout the regatta were thrilled with the victory. The general feeling was, “They rocked!” referring to the amazing performances by all of the rowers. The Rockford women rowers earned third-place honors at this regional championship. First place in the women’s division was won by New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.), and second place was taken by Upper Arlington (Columbus). In the men’s and women’s combined points, Rockford came in second place behind New Trier. The warm sunny day of time-trials and semifinal races on Saturday qualified 11 Rockford boats for Sunday’s final races. Of those, 10 earned medals (seven gold, two silver, and one bronze). Head Coach Timothy Jacobs commented, “As a coach, watching our boats from shore racing in the grand finals is awesome, but to have ten of the eleven boats medal with the majority being first-place finishes is priceless.” Forty-five schools from six states competed in the MSRC this year. Rockford’s first-place winning boats were the Men’s Lightweight 4+ winning by 2.27 seconds over Ann Arbor Pioneer (K. Clinthorne, Tristan VanFossen, I. Blenman, D. Itter, coxswain L. Conner); Men’s Lightweight 8+ beating second-place Upper Arlington by six seconds (Clinthorne, VanFossen, T. Maple, J. Nemeth, M. Hendershott, S. Ginebaugh, Blenman, Itter, coxswain Conner); Men’s Varsity 4+ overcoming a tight race to win against Ignatius Chicago by 0.58 seconds (Bryce VanderBerg, A. Carley, C. Fase, M. Hendershott, coxswain R. Featherston); Men’s Varsity 2 besting second-place Upper Arlington by more than 11 seconds (VanderBerg, Carley); Men’s Novice 8+ winning by more than seven seconds over second-place New Trier (M. Crimp, E. Sawicki, J. Ullrey, A. LaBadie, N. Guerra, R. O’Grady, A. Houn, A. Karsten, coxswain J. Villearreal); Women’s Novice 4+ triumphing over second-place Upper Arlington by nine seconds (M. Fix, M. Plekes, H. Twardy, M. Marvin, coxswain I. Waite); and […]