After coming off a very successful tournament in Ann Arbor, the Rockford varsity girls continued their winning ways and defeated West Ottawa 15-4 on Monday evening, March 26. The Lady Rams have multiple offensive weapons and they were on full display with goals coming from six different players. Leading the way for Rockford with five goals apiece were Casey Wolfer and Adrianna Craft. As expected, the girls turned in a fine defensive effort, which seems to be the cornerstone of this year’s team. The Lady Rams are certainly defensive minded, but you would never know that after a dominating offensive performance against Grand Haven with a final score of 10-2. At the end of the first quarter, Rockford took a commanding 4-1 lead with two goals from Craft, a goal from both Morgan Longberg and Abby Finlayson. An additional goal was tacked on by Maddie Levine in the second quarter and the girls never looked back. Another strong performance was turned in by Ellianna Raymand in goal, limiting Grand Haven to two goals. With a conference record of 3-0, the Lady Rams are building confidence but will certainly be tested with a tough OK Red conference schedule ahead of them. The girls will be back in action on April 10 at Grandville.
The Rockford girls swim team easily trounced conference opponent East Kentwood 184-120 Thursday night, Oct. 28. The Rams traveled to Kentwood for the season finale and a new team record by Sarah Smith in the 500 free. Rockford’s A relay team of Casey Wolfer, Rachel Romain, Emily Smith and Jamie Van Porfliet and B relay team of Kara Vandawater, Morgan Lipe, Alaina Smith and Lauren Girard took first and second in the 200 medley. The Falcons’ Sara Bolt finally showed up to the block for the second event, the 200 freestyle, and must have been in a hurry, because she easily beat Rockford’s next four place finishers: Adrianna Craft, Morgan Longberg, Lexy Caster and E. Smith. But Rockford came back in the third event, the 200-yard individual medley, by taking all four top places: Kennedy Cutler was first, Romain second, Vandawater third and Lipe fourth. Van Portfliet took first in the 50 freestyle, supported by Kristen Schnelle (fifth), Wolfer (sixth) and Emily Williams (seventh). The divers took the top three places: Katie DeHaan, Erica Finlayson and Maggie Setterington, with Sarah McCabe taking fifth. Craft and Caster came in first and second in the 100 butterfly, with Taylor Downs and Madison Trimble only one place further back in fourth and fifth. And in the 100 free, Rockford placed first, second, third and fifth: Cutler, A. Smith, Girard and Schnelle. A. Smith took first place in the 500 free, with sister Emily taking third, Kayla Kidder in fourth and Kara Loux in fifth. Rockford’s A relay team of Cutler, Van Portfliet, A. Smith and Craft and B relay team of Schnelle, Williams, Kelsey Carlson and Madison Levine took first and second again in the 200 free. Vandawater and Girard took first and second in the 100 backstroke with the reminder of Rockford’s swimmers in that event and the last two events swimming exhibition. The Rams will travel back to Kentwood for the OK Red conference meet taking place November 4-6. Preliminary diving will take place Thursday evening, preliminary swimming is Friday night, and finals for all are on Saturday.
Grueling six straight days of games intense When the Rockford women’s water polo teams returned from spring break, they had their work cut out for them, as in six consecutive days of games. For those familiar with this grueling sport, this means something, especially since Friday and Saturday consisted of multiple games as part of the Jenison round robin tournament. To the Lady Rams, they took the schedule in stride. Head Coach Scott Voltz noted, “It has been a crazy week! To come back from spring break and have only one practice prior to this week’s games, it can be quite a challenge. The girls have responded well. We also have learned from a lot of game situations and come out of this week stronger than we came in.” The junior varsity team hit its stride on Friday and Saturday at the Jenison Invitational, winning all four of their games to earn first place. Freshman Ellie Raymond was particularly strong in the final game against host team Jenison, stopping 12 attempts to beat Jenison 9-4. Freshman Adrianna Kraft had five goals, Sarah Smith had two, and Abby Finlayson and Alyssa Rollins each had one. To get to the finals on Saturday, April 17, the JV squad defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer 9-2, East Kentwood 11-0, and Hudsonville 13-3. The varsity team faced very tough opponents at the Jenison Invitational, starting out with top seed Naperville from the Chicago area. Besides the Early Bird Tournament in Ann Arbor, the Rams’ varsity team had not experienced play at this level this season. They fell to Naperville 3-8, then lost a close game in overtime to East Kentwood 4-5. The score flip-flopped throughout the game, with many of the Rams’ opportunities just hitting the cross bar. The Lady Rams will seek a rematch on Tuesday, April 20 at East Kentwood. Following this tough loss, the Rams faced powerhouse Hudsonville and hung with them until the fourth quarter, which began tied at 3-3. The Rams lost 4-7, but now know what to look for during the playoffs. The Lady Rams wrapped up the tournament with a 13-3 victory over Grandville, with five saves from junior goalie Tiffany Elenbaas, three goals from Casey Wolfer, two from Emily Williams, Lauren Hulsebus and […]