In what is best categorized as improbable, the women’s cross-country team of Rockford won the OK Red conference championship race by defeating previously unbeaten Hudsonville and outdistancing second-place Grand Haven by 18 points. The Rams finished with 44 points to Grand Haven’s 62 and Hudsonville’s 72. The Rams, who went into the championship race in third place due to defeats at the hands of both the Bucs and Eagles, finished in a three-way tie for the overall conference championship by defeating both in the championship race. “We certainly were not the favorites to win today,” said the Rams’ Head Coach Ben Watson. “But that is why you run the race.” Senior Taylor Manett claimed the individual conference crown by easily outpacing the second-place finisher by 43 seconds. Her winning time of 18:20 was the only finisher under 19:00. Fellow senior Jane Hawks claimed fourth place overall with a time of 19:35. Joining the two seniors in earning All Conference honors was sophomore Morgan Harney with a ninth-place finish with a time of 20:00. Finishing the scoring for the Rams were freshman Kerianne Schoff and Natalie Napolillo in 13th and 17th place respectively in times of 20:11 and 20:31. Those places earned the freshman Honorable Mention All Conference honors. “Our top five all had great races. This is our third time racing at Johnson Park, and each one of them ran their fastest on this course today. It is very rewarding to see the girls enjoy such a great team accomplishment after putting in so much hard work,” said Coach Watson. Concluding the varsity race for the Lady Rams was Maegan Roach and Lauren Brasure in 27th and 35th with times of 21:06 and 21:36. This victory for the Rams will put a target on their backs heading into next weekend’s regional championship, where Rockford will once again face Grand Haven and Hudsonville. “We certainly surprised some teams today by racing so well, but that won’t be the case next time around. We will have to bring our best again in order to win the regional,” said Coach Watson.
October 27 2011
In another dominant performance, the Rockford men’s cross-country team won the conference meet on Thursday, Oct. 20, claiming the conference championship over second-place finisher Grand Haven. Drew Woznick and Austin Benoit led the way for the Rams, taking first and second place. Casey Aman took fourth place and was followed by Chris Coles (seventh), Tyler Harney (10th), Andrew Pitcher (11th) and Gran Aman (15th). The Rams also dominated the junior varsity race, taking four of the top five places. Conner Jewel took first place, followed by Marc Lehman (third), Mark Cruickshank (fourth) and Caleb Cuneo (fifth). Rockford’s harriers head off to the regional meet to be held Saturday, Oct. 29 at Allendale High School.
Alone at the top by DREW KERR and DAVE MITCHELL It seems like only yesterday pre-season two-a-day practices were starting and the question around many communities was whether or not their local high school football team would rise to the occasion and make the playoffs. And even better, would they be good enough to hoist the coveted state championship trophy in the end? Fast forward to October 21 and the last regular season game of the year. Dreams are ending as some teams fail to make the playoffs, while other dreams are just beginning as the playoffs are just around the corner. Tonight, the Friday Night Lights Experience (FNLE) headed to David McKenzie Stadium, as the Jenison Wildcats hosted the rival Rams from Rockford. The Rams looked to finish the season with a win and capture the outright championship of the OK Red conference. While on the other side of the ball, the Wildcats were looking to play the role of spoiler and hand the Rams their first conference loss. As we enter Wildcat country, the feel of parking shouldn’t be a problem. The lack of Wildcat support for Friday’s game would only make our access easier. The Wildcats have endured a rough season and had only notched two wins up to this point. Even with an abundance of parking options available, we did notice one feature that Jenison took advantage of that made the Wildcats stand out on our FNLE ranking. The host Wildcats had shuttle access available to the gate for anyone needing assistance for Friday night’s game. Passing through the gates into David McKenzie Stadium, we notice that the overall atmosphere seemed a bit subdued and also lacked the energy and emotion that typically comes from a Rockford-versus-Jenison game, especially since these two teams have been regularly doing battle since 1972. This is a stadium that was built to host nothing short of the best and it shows. The facility is amazing, but the lack of pre-game activities gave us the feeling that this was a community that was ready for the season to come to an end, to try to determine what went wrong and start fresh again next season. The cold fall air and clear night provided the perfect backdrop […]
The Rams volleyball team completed their 2011 regular season with a perfect 7-0 record by beating Grand Haven last Thursday night, Oct. 20. The Rams, 48-8 overall, used precision passing and tough serving to beat Grand Haven at their home gym. The Rams then wrapped up and brought home the championship of the Mattawan Invitational last Saturday, Oct. 22, with wins over Okemos, Lakeview, Mattawan, Hudsonville, Detroit Seaholm, and St. Philips Catholic Central. Rockford’s next play will be in the OK Red tournament at Grand Haven High School on Saturday, Oct. 29. MHSAA state tournament play begins Monday, Oct. 31, with Rockford hosting the first round of districts.