Rockford High School Men’s Water Polo Team

Rams water polo looks to continuing hard work

August 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Rockford men’s water polo team opened its eagerly anticipate 2012 season at home, August 17-18, by winning the Rockford Invitational tournament. Rockford fielded two teams and competed against six other teams from around the state. Rockford Orange went 5-0, defeating Okemos, Ann Arbor Skyline, Dexter and Ann Arbor Pioneer and then clinched the tournament, defeating Jenison in the championship game 7-2. Senior leadership paced the Rams. Nick Willison sparked the team with his all round play, scoring 15 while tallying 11 assists. Grant Beach led the scoring for the tournament with 18 goals. Goalie Cory Fase had 39 saves while allowing only 15 goals during the entire tournament. Fase commented, “This tournament was a nice opportunity to play together and gauge where we are as a team early in the season.” The next test would be as the Rams traveled to the east side of the state to participate in the Ann Arbor Early Bird Invitational tournament. Nine teams competed in the Ann Arbor tournament, including Upper Arlington and Toledo St. Francis, both traveling from Ohio. Hudsonville and the Rams of Rockford represented the west side of the state. Rounding out the remaining five teams were Ann Arbor Huron, Ann Arbor Pioneer, Okemos, Dexter and Birmingham Groves. Hudsonville opened the tournament with a 7-2 victory over Ann Arbor Pioneer. The Rams opened by playing last year’s rival, the only team to defeat them during the entire year, Ann Arbor Huron. Rockford went down early 0-2, but then the Ram seniors took over, led by three goals from hole-setter Beach and two sweet “shovel” shot goals by Mike Arend. The Rams swam away with an 8-3 victory. Beach and Arend combined for six of the team’s eight goals. Arend said, “It felt really great to contribute and have a strong game against Huron.” In the second game, Rockford faced Upper Arlington. Rockford team depth proved too much for the Ohio team, as the Rams dominated with a 7-2 victory. Beach indicated that Friday was a good test for the Rams. “In the first game we were down two quickly and worked as a team to win, while the second game against Arlington was a great contest for the depth of our team to shine,” he […]

Rockford men’s water polo claims West Regional crown

November 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

State tournament next up On Friday, Oct. 28, the Rockford High School men’s water polo team continued their march to the state tournament by opening up with a victory against the Panthers of West Ottawa in the Michigan Water Polo Association Western Water Polo Regional. The contests were hosted at the East Kentwood natatorium. The Rams entered the tournament seeded number one in the region and number two in the entire state with a season record of 39-2. Against the Panthers, the Rams jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. Because Rockford has so much team depth, a total of 14 players got pool time, which kept fresh legs in the pool and gave excellent tournament experience. A total team effort produced a convincing 19-2 victory against the Panthers. The victorious Rams next faced off against the host East Kentwood Falcons, who defeated Jenison in an exciting overtime victory. The match against the Falcons was an intense defensive struggle, with the first score coming at the 1:40 mark left in the first period as senior Eric Chisholm found the net. At halftime the score was Rockford 3 the Falcons 0. Ram goalie Corey Fase tends the net. At the start of the third period, the Rams caught East Kentwood goalie Raheem Brown creeping out on junior Justin Hulsebus playing hole set. Sophomore Craig Wasberg fired from outside, finding the net as Brown committed to Hulsebus. Junior goalie Corey Fase played a flawless game in net for the Rams. Facing off against All State goalie Brown, Fase said, “Raheem is a great player. Mentally I focus myself to play the best game I possibly can. As a team, when we face Brown, we realize what we are up against and we need to step up.” The Rams rose to the challenge, coming away with an exciting 8-2 victory. The victory moved Rockford into the finals. Rockford, ranked second in the state, faced off against fourth-ranked Hudsonville for the championship of the West Region. The Eagles are led by All State strong arm shooter Cody Brinks, while the Rams are led by All State multi-talented Chisholm. Hudsonville would have to match up against Rockford’s team depth. In the contest, the Rams exploded in the […]