by RANDY GREGORY The Rockford varsity softball team now stands at 4-0 in OK Red play after thumping Grand Haven twice last week by scores of 13-1 and 13-5. That sets the stage for a pivotal week for the Rams as they travel to Grandville on Tuesday, May 1, and Hudsonville on Thursday, May 3, for a pair of doubleheaders that will go a long way toward deciding the eventual conference champion. Rockford also pounded Greenville twice on Monday, April 23, by scores of 12-6 and 10-0. They closed out the week by making the trek to Mount Pleasant on Saturday, April 28, where they went 1-2. All four Ram losses this year have been in tournament settings and by only one run. The Rams lost to West Branch Ogemaw Heights 4-3 and Mount Pleasant 3-2 before regrouping to pummel Beal City 13-3. “We saw some tougher pitching in Mount Pleasant than we have seen so far this year,” said Rockford Coach Troy Brown. “That will serve us well going forward and prepare us for the type of pitching we will see this week. Grandville and Hudsonville are both excellent teams, and we will need to play our best to come out on top of them.” Ashley Mengyan was the winning pitcher in the first game against Grand Haven and got the save in relief of Carmen Zeboor in the second game. Zeboor had two hits and four RBIs in the opener and Hannah Pattok added two hits as well. Jessi Ramos also chipped in with a two-bagger. Megan Port had three hits in the nightcap and Isabelle Mudgett, Lexie Brown, Rachel Feinauer and Ramos all had a pair of hits. Mengyen and Zeboor pulled off the back-to-back wins against Greenville on Monday also. Lyndsey Bettig tossed the final inning in relief in the opener. Mudgett had four hits in the opener and was aided by Mackenzie Vallad, Zeboor and Brown (three RBIs) with a pair of hits each. Ramos and Brown both had two hits and three RBIs in the second contest, while Port and Vallad added two apiece also. Mengyen was the tough luck loser in both of the losses on Saturday, despite pitching some solid softball. The Rams fell in extra innings […]
May 3 2012
by RANDY GREGORY The girls track team from Rockford stayed firmly atop the OK Red standings with a pair of dominant wins last week. The Rams began the week by topping Grandville 89-48 on Tuesday, April 24, and followed that up by trouncing Hudsonville 99-38 on Thursday, April 26. They then ventured to East Lansing on Friday, April 27, to take part in the Spartan Classic at Michigan State University. The defending state champs from Grosse Pointe South were there and it gave Rockford a chance to see how they matched up with them this year. Grosse Pointe South captured the title, but the Rams were fairly close behind and knew it could have been much closer save for one thing. “We left some points out there where we knew we should have scored,” said Rockford Coach Randy VanderVeen. “Grosse Pointe South has a lot of the team back from last year and added a couple of talented transfers. They will definitely be the favorites again, but I think we were able to see the things we need to improve on and some of their weaknesses that may enable us to keep it in the ball park the next time around.” Courtney Klaweiter won the 100-meter dash for the Rams and also ran a leg of both the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relays that took first place. Rachel Raab was a double individual winner for Rockford as she took the shot put at 38’11” and the discus at 112′. Sammy Cuneo, Elise Schierbeek and Allison Kelley were the other three members of the winning 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams. Katie DeHaan was second in the pole vault at 10’6″. The 4×800 relay team of Jane Hawks, Morgan Harney, Taylor Manett and Kerianne Schoff placed second as well as the 4×400 quartet of Maria Anel, Olivia Gilbert, DeHaan and Klaweiter. Manett was second in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Anel was also second in the open 400-meter race. “Things are shaping up pretty nicely for us as a team so far,” said VanderVeen. “The girls are a little tired after all of the races we ran last week, but that happens occasionally when you have to cram so many conference meets into such a short window. […]
The Rockford Lady Rams varsity and junior varsity water polo teams had two successful home game nights this past week. Tuesday, April 24, the Portage Northern teams travelled to Rockford High School. The Rockford JV won their game 12-0 and freshman goalie Leah Munson had her first shutout. The Rockford varsity game was an important game to determine district seeding and they won their game, 14-1. Scoring goals for Rockford were Adrianna Craft (three), Macy Thompson (three), Casey Wolfer (two), Maddie Levine (two), Kara Vandawater (one), and Kristen Schnelle (one). Assists were by Levine (two) and Vandawater (one). The Rockford girls varsity is now 3-0 in the West Region District 2 with two district games remaining, including East Grand Rapids, who are also 3-0 in the district play. Thursday, April 26, the Zeeland East/West teams travelled to Rockford. The game between the varsity teams was a rematch, as the two teams had played earlier in the season after Spring Break in the championship game at the Jenison Tournament, and Zeeland came away with first place. This time Rockford came out very quickly and strong, scoring several goals. However, Zeeland answered, also scoring goals. At halftime Rockford was up 4-3. After the half, Craft was able to find opportunities to score, and the Lady Rams also stepped up the defense, allowing Zeeland only one goal in that half. The final score, 9-4 was a win for Rockford. Scoring for Rockford were Craft (three), Levine (two), Wolfer (two), and Vandawater (two). The JV also won, 8-7. Come watch the girls during the final regular season game at Rockford High School, May 3. The JV game is at 6 p.m., and will be celebrating seniors and their accomplishments on Senior Night at 7 p.m. The Lady Rams will play East Grand Rapids and determine both the winner of the OK conference and the district seeding.
Last week featured two home games against Portage Northern and Zeeland. The first game against Portage Northern, April 24, featured nine goals in the first quarter of play. This really decided the game, which led to Ram victory with a final score of 14-1. This team continues to get excellent senior leadership from Maddie Levine, Hollis Wyatt, Julia Ceglowski, Case Wolfer, Abby Finlayson and Morgan Longberg. Later in the week, April 26, Zeeland made its way to the Rockford pool only to find a Ram team that was set on redeeming one of the few losses for this team in the 2012 season. Rockford opened the first quarter with a commanding 3-0 lead with goals by Kara Vanderwater, Wolfer and Adrianna Craft. Zeeland made a nice comeback in the second quarter and the halftime score was Rockford 4, Zeeland 3. Coming out of halftime, the Lady Rams took control of the game with three goals, which resulted in a final score of 9-4. =Scoring in the second half were Craft, Levine, Longberg and Vanderwater. Rockford hosted a weekend tournament that brought in excellent competition from Michigan and Illinois. The Rams were up to the task and completed a 4-0 weekend. The first game was against Hudsonville, who have played the Rams tough this season. The first quarter featured two goals by Levine and a goal by Wolfer. In the second quarter, Vanderwater and Craft tallied a goal apiece to end the first half with a commanding 5-2 lead. Scoring in the second half to complete an 8-4 victory were Longberg, Wolfer and Wyatt. For the second game, the Lady Rams took on Ann Arbor Pioneer. The first quarter onslaught of six goals decided this game early on, leading to final score of 10-2. Scoring in the game for the Lady Rams were Wolfer (four), Craft (three), Levine (one), Longberg (one) and Vanderwater (one). Another fine performance in goal by Ellianna Raymond limited Ann Arbor to two goals. The third game featured defending state champion Okemos. This was a very tight game and featured tremendous play from both teams. Craft scored two first-quarter goals to give Rockford a 2-1 lead. In the second quarter, goals by Vanderwater and Wolfer provided a 4-3 halftime lead. Rockford scored […]
Rockford varsity boys lacrosse team dominated East Grand Rapids Pioneers last Tuesday night, April 24, beating them 13-6. This was the first time the boys varsity team swept the season’s conference games. Coach Sims and his staff did a great job firing up the team. It is understand part of the week’s preparation for the game included baking cakes and stuffing fortune cookies—perhaps that played a part in the team’s success? Rockford jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. The Rams played a flawless first quarter in every aspect of play. The defense was led by Jake Lewis and Ryan Hartnagel, as they stole passes and cradled the ball up field, leading to scores. Connor Flynn was solid in goal. Scoring goals in the first quarter were Kane Wolfer with two, and Kento Nakano, Jesse Siegel, Blake McDonald and Mitch Newton each contributing one. Assists went to Lewis, Newton, Nakano, Hartnagel, and Jared Seifert. The final three quarters, Rockford continued their smothering defense and the offense kept clicking. Scoring in the second half were Dallas VanBelkum and Mitch Newton with two each and single goals were scored by Wolfer, McDonald and Nakano. Assists were added by Nakano and Wolfer. Defense ground balls were led by Jordan Shiparski and Hartnagel with five each. The Rams traveled to Northville on Saturday, April 28, and came away with a win and a score of 12-8. Players of the game were Jon Hazy, Wolfer and Nakano. The final tally of the annual Ramger event held at the Ted on April 21 has been updated. Rockford High School and Forest Hills School Districts raised almost $12,000 for the VanAndel Institute. A huge thank-you goes to all who helped to make this event a huge success! And one more fun fact to share: After over 20 years in the Rockford school district, the Poubas would like to set the record straight; it is pronounced Pouba with a long O. “When two vowels sit side by side, the first one talks and the second walks.”