The Rams girls lacrosse team traveled to West Ottawa on a dreary cold Monday and added their own heat by lighting up the scoreboard for a team record of 26 goals on April 20. Andi Raymond led the onslaught with a team-record seven goals while adding six assists. Meagan Emery has sniper-like accuracy with five goals on seven shots, and she helped get the scoring started with an assist on the night’s first goal. Michon Moline added four goals, Abbey Neerken three ,Taylor Hiner and Gabby Twiest two apiece, and Taylor Balch, Kelsei Streeter and Roxy Rosema each scored one. Rockford led 17-1 at the half and were never challenged, as their defense was suffocating. The Rams out-shot West Ottawa 51-4. Senior Gabby Twiest and sophomore Sydney Gray were once again strong in goal. Contributing to the record-setting defense were Jill Fowle, Shelby Smith, Alyssa Neumen, Lexi O’Connor and Emily Gray. Wednesday night, April 22, the Rams hosted Forest Hills in a conference match-up, which was the first meeting this year between the neighborhood rivals. The Rams started the scoring, but Forest Hills hung tough, scoring twice to narrow the gap 10 minutes in to the game. Coach Jeff Neerken then called a time out, “I needed to settle the girls down and get them playing their game. They were a little sloppy on the offensive end. After our time out, we caught fire.” Catch fire they did, with Raymond lighting the fuse. The Ram onslaught ended at the half as the Rams built a 12-2 lead. The Rams again held a huge advantage in shots on goal, out-shooting Forest Hills 39-10. Raymond matched Monday’s output with seven more goals and four assists. Moline added five goals, Rosema two goals, Neerken two, and Emery, Balch and Streeter one each. Emery also assisted on three of Raymond’s goals and Hiner added three assists. Emery, Neerken and Rosema played excellent games at both ends of the field, as Emery and Rosema each caused three Forest Hills turnovers, and Neerken continued her strong draw play, winning 12 center draws. Fowle, O’Connor, Neumen and Smith continued their fine play, only allowing 10 shots on goal for the entire game. Since returning from spring break, the Rams have outscored their […]
Rockford Public Schools
by JOHN HENRY Food Service Director Rockford Public Schools The school lunches are still a great value both nutritionally and economically! Nationally, the school lunch price is under $2.30 and is a well-balanced meal. Every school lunch includes five great choices: milk-fat-free or one percent vegetable-fresh to frozen fresh fruit of all kinds grains-more whole-grain items like rolls and sandwich bread meat or meat-alternate-white meat chicken, beans, lean beef Parents can save money when a student takes the school lunch. On average, it costs less to buy a school lunch than to bring a lunch from home. The estimated national average last year of a lunch taken from home was $3.43. Also, there is such a thing as a free lunch (and a reduced price one, too)! All children at participating schools may purchase meals though the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Families with incomes at or below 130 percent of poverty level are eligible for free meals. Families with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of poverty level are eligible for the reduce-price meals-these students can be charged no more than 40 cents per meal. Contact your food service department to fill out a School Meal Application. Healthy meals feed eager minds. Meals served under the NSLP must meet nutrition guidelines based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. No more than 30 percent of the calories can come from fat and less than 10 percent from saturated fat. School lunches provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories over the course of one week of menus. Students who eat school lunches consume fewer calories from fat than students who bring lunch from home, based on recent studies. Compared to lunches from home, school lunches contain: three times as many dairy products; twice as much fruit; seven times the vegetable amounts. NSLP participants have substantially lower intakes of added sugars than do non-participants. For more information contact your district’s food service director.
Rams open conference play with win over East Grand Rapids The Rockford girls lacrosse team picked up where they left off as they returned to action April 15 after spring vacation. The Rams took on the previously undefeated team from Lansing Waverly (combined Waverly, Lansing Catholic and Grand Ledge) at the Rams’ home field at East Rockford Middle School. The night belonged to the Rams from the onset, as they scored early and often, leading 6-0 at the half and 14-1 as the final buzzer sounded. Giving up one goal in the game of lacrosse means the Rams were relentless with their defense all night . When Waverly did manage to get off a shot, it was vacuumed up by the goalie tandem from Rockford, senior standout Gabrielle Twiest and sophomore Sydney Gray. Rockford out-shot Waverly 44-7 as the Rams moved the ball at will. Andi Raymond was the Rams’ leading scorer with six goals, and two assists. Meagan Emery scored four goals, and Michon Moline had a goal and a team-leading four assists which helped Raymond keep the pressure on the Waverly goalie all game. Kelsei Streeter added two goals for the Rams, and Abbey Neerken tallied one. The Rams controlled the game from the initial draw, winning 14 of the 17 center draws in the game, frustrating the opposition and preventing them from having any ability to get in the flow of the game. Neerken won nine draws and Raymond five. Ram stalwarts Roxy Rosema, Raymond, Emery and Neerken were aggressively controlling every loose ball, handily winning the ground ball battle. Coach Jeff Neerken stated, “This was our best team effort of the year and will give us something to build on as the conference season gets underway.” The Rams traveled to East Grand Rapids (EGR) to open conference play on Friday, April 17. The scrappy team from EGR hung tough and kept the game scoreless for the first few minutes, but then the Rams found their stride behind an offensive onslaught from leading scorer Raymond and Emery. The Rams led 12-2 at the half and the game ended 22-4. The Rams’ defense remained tough even though they played shorthanded due to the illness of defensive leader Shelby Smith. Rockford’s playing […]
The Rockford boys varsity golf team defeated Grand Haven and West Ottawa at Grand Haven Golf Club on Thursday, April 16. The overall match medalist was Sam Gallup of Rockford with a score of 38, followed closely by Jake Chaffee of Rockford with 39. Rockford posted a score of 250 against Grand Haven’s 258 and West Ottawa’s 285. Trent Davison scored 40, Steven Mette 41, Adam Hoard 44, and Eric Conroy 48. The team then went on to win the Wilson Spring Classic at Gracewil Country Club, hosted by Kenowa Hills, on Saturday, April 18. Rockford’s score of 310 was followed by Spring Lake’s 316, West Catholic with 319, Kenowa Hills 322, Comstock Park 330, Cedar Springs 337, Northview 340, Allendale 350, Union 380, Kent City, 386, and Coopersville with 391. Conroy scored 75 for third, Davison tied for fourth with 75, Gallup also tied with 77 for fifth, and Hoard scored 82 for the top 20. Mette scored 85 and Chaffee 87. This was a very interesting effort for the Rockford boys varsity golf team as they tried to three-peat in the Wilson Spring Classic,” said Coach Eric Cullum. “We felt some interesting pressure during this day, but we kept fighting and came out on top. I am very proud of Eric Conroy for finishing third. It is only a matter of time before this group really starts playing very well. We are very proud of our victory and excited for things to come.”