The Rockford girls water polo team captured the West Region District II championship Saturday, May 12. The team entered the tournament as the number one seed and earned a bye in Friday night’s game. Saturday morning, the Rams played Forest Hills United and won 15-4. Nine players scored for Rockford, including freshman Lexi Chisholm in her debut on the varsity team. Also scoring goals were Adrianna Craft (three), Maddie Levine (three), Abbey Finlayson (two), Morgan Longberg (one), Julia Ceglowski (one), Kara Vandawater (one), Macy Thompson (one), and Heather Ferriby (one). With the win the girls advanced to the district championship game that Saturday night against East Kentwood. In the championship game, East Kentwood’s Julie Riemersma scored first. However, the stingy Rockford defense held the Falcons to that one goal in the first quarter. Rockford’s Vandawater scored a goal and Craft added two to bring the first period score to 3-1. Casey Wolfer scored the only goal in the second quarter for Rockford and the score at the half was 4-1. In the third quarter, Rockford came out with speed and an excellent attacking game. Wolfer, Levine and Craft each scored a goal. The Lady Rams were working hard as a team, and of those seven goals, four were assists from Marie Siegel, Levine, Ceglowski and Wolfer. Longberg started the fourth quarter with a goal, but the talented East Kentwood team added four goals in the fourth. However, Rockford maintained their lead to win 8-5. The next game for the Rams will be against Grand Haven at the West Regionals championship tournament at East Grand Rapids High School on Friday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m.
May 17 2012
by RANDY GREGORY The Rockford varsity softball team struggled to a 0-4 record on the week against a pair of solid opponents. The Rams first dropped a pair of games to West Ottawa on Tuesday, May 8, by scores of 7-2 and 5-3. They then fell twice on Thursday, May 10, to the two-time defending Division II state champions from Stevensville Lakeshore by scores of 10-4 and 4-2. The losses dropped Rockford’s record to 17-12 on the season, but it was a learning experience for a young Ram squad, according to Rockford Coach Troy Brown. “West Ottawa threw a four-year starter on the mound against us in both games, and Stevensville Lakeshore is a powerhouse program year after year that is ranked first in the state again this year,” said Brown. “Except for some uncharacteristic defensive lapses during the week, we were right there and just couldn’t come up with a key hit to put us over the top. The growth of this team from the beginning of the year up till now is amazing. We will benefit from this and move forward.” The Panthers of West Ottawa and Rockford both totaled 18 hits in the two contests. The Panthers strung theirs together and the Rams didn’t; it was as simple as that. Ashley Mengyen suffered the loss in the opener in a route-going performance. Mengyen allowed 10 hits and walked three while striking out six. Carmen Zeboor had a double and Hannah Pattok had both runs batted in (RBIs) for Rockford. Zeboor took the loss in the nightcap while allowing eight hits, walking three and fanning two. Megan Port, Isabelle Mudgett and Lexie Brown all had a pair of hits for Rockford. Lexie Brown’s hits were both doubles and she had all three RBIs. The Rams committed four errors in the first inning of the opening contest against Stevensville Lakeshore to fall into a quick 4-0 hole they couldn’t crawl out of. Mengyen took the loss and gave up 11 hits while walking three and striking out three. Kayla Tykosky had a triple and Mackanzie Vallad and Rachel Feinauer added doubles. Zeboor had six strike-outs while walking three and allowing only seven hits in the back end of Thursday’s twin bill. Mudgett had a […]
The AAU North Court Netters fifth-grade girls basketball team of (front row, l–r) Melissa Chapin, Rachel Schueller, Sophie Rubio, Janelle Krueger, Adele Kemp; (back row) Assistant Coach Josh Schueller, Paula Roberts, Zara Weber, Shelby Small, Mackenzie Mortensen, Lauren Freeland and Coach Tom Krueger are state champions with a record of 28-2.
Rockford High School (RHS) is pleased to announce that sophomore Kory Young has committed to play baseball at Michigan State University (MSU). Young was recruited to play shortstop for the Spartans. MSU is regarded as one of the top baseball programs in the Big 10 Conference. MSU won the Big 10 title in 2011 and they are in the hunt again this year. Young will be joining Kirk Gibson’s son, Cam, on the baseball field at MSU. Young, who has worked extremely hard over his career, was part of the 2011 Rockford state champions team as a freshman. The very talented sophomore is the top rated sophomore infielder in the state of Michigan, according to MichiganBaseballProspects.org. He is again determined to be a major contributor and a force for the defending state champions, Rockford Rams. In the summer, Young plays travel baseball for Rockford Team Ram and Elite. Team Ram is coached by RHS varsity assistant coach Steve Fusee. Young is the son of Brian and Kim Young of Rockford.
The Thursday, April 12 visit to the Squire newspaper office of Tiger Cubs from pack 3264 was as entertaining as such visits usually are when students come up with interesting questions and answers about the newspaper industry. The Valley View Elementary School first-grade students were shown the framed copy of the first edition of the Rockford Weekly Register dated February 8, 1871. They were asked the question that usually starts out such tours, “Do you remember where you were in February of 1871?” One alert Tiger Scout responded, “We weren’t even born yet and our moms were probably 20.”