In a repeat trip back to the championships at the Canton Cup Soccer Tournament May 29-30, the Soccer Club of Rockford (SCOR) Kelting U20 boys lost the final game 2-1, but played a hard-fought battle. Pictured are (front row, l–r) Brennan Aulbach, Colin Kurtz, Drew Langworthy, Eric Carter, Zach Gallé; (middle row) Aiden Leverett, Donovan Jewell, Jack Faccio, Ben Swayze, Jake Anderson, Cameron Kelting; (back row) Assistant Coach Shawn Leverett, Head Coach Kelly Kelting, and Assistant Coach Mark Faccio.
Proposed sports fields
Driesenga, Graham lock horns in classic pitcher’s duel in game two The Rockford Rams traveled to Hudsonville on Tuesday, May 18 to take on the top-ranked team in the state. They came 60 feet away from a split in the doubleheader, but eventually lost 1-0 in the nightcap after falling by a 6-1 count in the opener. In a match-up of two of the best pitchers in the state, Hudsonville’s Sara Driesenga dueled Rockford’s Tricia Graham as they blanked the offenses for the first seven innings, as both teams only managed to get one runner as far as second base in regulation. The Rams posted the first scoring threat in the bottom of the eighth when junior shortstop Alli Hickox cracked a one-out double to the gap in left-center. She got to third base on a passed ball, but the Rams couldn’t drive her in and the game moved to the ninth inning. Hudsonville responded in kind, getting a one-out double by All-Stater Kenzie Ritzema, who advanced to third on a wild pitch with two outs and then scored on a clutch single up the middle by Brittany Frye to score the game’s only run. In game one, the Eagles had a pair of three-run rallies as the top of their order did most of the damage. Graham struck out 10 batters in the game, and she tripled and scored the Rams’ only run on Kayla Tykosky’s grounder to first base in the fourth inning. Rockford got runners on first and third with one out in the sixth, but failed to score as the Eagles secured the 6-1 win. The victories kept Hudsonville perfect in league play and all but sewed up the OK Red conference championship for the defending state champs. Rockford is now 7-5 in the conference, and is battling Grandville for third place.
The number one state-ranked Lady Rams of Rockford completed their regular dual meet season in dramatic fashion this past Monday, May 10 at Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium, where they edged perennial rival East Kentwood 78-59 to remain undefeated in OK Red action. The Rams claimed victory in nine of the 17 events. Winning individual performances were given by seniors Sarah Birkmeier (pole vault), Rachel Jerrils (400 and 200 dash), Sam Mette (300 hurdles), and junior Emily Halliday (shot put). The Rams’ 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter relay squads also claimed victories. Relay team members were Jerrils, Abby Blanchard, Courtney Klawieter, Margaret Smiley, Katie DeHaan, Katie Carlson, Taylor Manett, Catie Rietsema and Jane Hawks. “This was a total team effort. We took 11 of a possible 13 third-place finishes, which creates a 22-point swing, coupled with eight of 13 second place finishes. A lot of our young ladies stepped it up and got the job done,” said Ram Head Coach Randy VanderVeen. This victory nearly guarantees the Rams of a partial OK Red title with the conference championship meet happening Friday, May 21 at Jenison. “We are halfway there, but there is lot of work to be done to claim this title outright,” stated VanderVeen.