Rockford Rams Men’s Water Polo Team

Rams water polo opens dual season with wins

September 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

Ranked number one in the state, the Rockford Rams men’s water polo team opened up its dual season this past Wednesday with a victory over the visiting Jenison Wildcats. This was a strong home statement win for the Rams against the Cats. Right from the start, the Rams were focused and motivated. In the first period, four Ram players scored as Rockford jumped out to a 5-2 lead. Rockford continued its balanced attack, gaining an 8-3 lead at half. The Rams claimed the victory by a final score of 13-4. This was a total team effort as five Ram players had three steals and seven different Rams scored. Senior captain Nick Willison had a statement game, leading the scoring with four and also leading the team in assists. Senior Grant Beach dominated the hole set, scoring three. After the game, Willison said, “It was important for us as a team to start the season off on the right foot and this win against Jenison was a good way to begin our dual matches.” On the weekend, the Rams traveled to the lakeshore to compete in the Shootout at the Shore, which consisted of 14 teams playing at Grand Haven and West Ottawa pools. Rockford began the tournament by playing Grand Haven at the Bucs’ pool. The Rams dominated the Bucs, cruising to a 13-1 victory. The contest was an opportunity for everyone to gain valuable playing experience. This became evident as Vietnamese exchange student Quang Le, new to the sport of polo, scored his first ever goal. The Rams had a short night of sleep, as they traveled back to the Grand Haven pool for the 8 a.m. game against the Maples of Birmingham Seaholm. Minimal sleep did not hinder the Rams, however, as they overpowered the Maples and swam away with a 16-2 victory. Senior captain Justin Hulsebus led the team, scoring five goals. Hulsebus said, “This was a solid team win. The entire squad played with 100 percent intensity throughout the entire game.” The Rams next faced the Walled Lake Cobras. The Rams’ experience and depth proved too much for Walled Lake as Rockford won 21-1. The semifinal games pitted the Rams against the Jenison Wildcats in one bracket and Hudsonville versus Zeeland […]

Rams overpower Bulldogs in water polo

September 22, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Rams men’s water polo team opened up their conference season by traveling to Grandville on Wednesday, Sept. 14 to meet the Bulldogs. Rockford played solid tough polo, overpowering the Bulldogs and coming away with an 18-3 victory. Once again, the Rams’ depth was evident as nine different players scored, six players had assists, and 12 different players had steals. Aedion Patino was high scorer with four, Alex Savage led the team in assists with four, and Joshua Travis was the steal leader with four. The Rams’ record improved to 13-1. The weekend found the Rams traveling to East Kentwood to compete in the Falcon Invitational. Eight teams from around the state faced off on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16-17. Friday evening, the Rams drew the home pool East Kentwood Falcons. The Rams’ depth once again proved too much for the opponent. Rockford was able to substitute in fresh legs, which led to seven players scoring on the way to an 11-5 team victory. This victory set up an 8 a.m. Saturday rematch with the only opponent to defeat the Rams this year, the Ann Arbor Huron River Rats. The Rams pulled out to an early lead, but with 4:00 left in the contest, the River Rats clawed back and tied the game at 6-6. At the end of regulation play, the contest was knotted at 7-7, forcing a shootout. Junior goalie Corey Fase blocked the Rats’ first shot. Fase’s block turned out to be the only and deciding block in the shootout. “I told myself to focus on one shot at a time. When I blocked the first shot I was excited, but realized I needed to stay focused on my job. Our five shooters all scored and we were thrilled to come away with the win,” Fase said. Fase tallied 14 saves during the tournament. Rockford carried the shootout for a final winning score of 12-11. The Rams defeated Jenison 11-3 in their third game to enter the invitational final to face Hudsonville. In the final, the Rams exploded from the first whistle and never let up, overpowering their OK Red rival 16-4 to capture the title. Senior standout and Ram co-captain, Eric Chisholm scored an amazing “triple double” for the tournament. […]

Pearce, Jansen welcome state champion Rockford water polo team

March 25, 2010 // 0 Comments

State Rep. Tom Pearce and Sen. Mark C. Jansen welcomed the 2009 state champion Rockford Rams men’s water polo team to Lansing on Tuesday, March 16, and honored them with a luncheon and special recognition on the Senate floor. “These young men have repeatedly proven themselves winners and excellent student athletes,” said Pearce, R-Rockford. “The water polo program’s winning tradition makes our community proud, and we look forward to more success.” The state title is Rockford’s sixth in the last seven years, and the 17th year in a row they have captured at least a share of the OK Red conference title. “Congratulations to the Rockford water polo team. Following the leadership of their coaches, they have worked extremely hard as students and athletes,” said Jansen, R-Gaines Township. “The team’s success embodies the work ethic and positive family, school and community spirit in Rockford. We’re pleased to welcome them to the state Capitol and honor their extraordinary achievement.”