Rockford Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team

Rockford varsity boys lacrosse defeats EGR 13-6 for sweep of season

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

Rockford varsity boys lacrosse team dominated East Grand Rapids Pioneers last Tuesday night, April 24, beating them 13-6. This was the first time the boys varsity team swept the season’s conference games. Coach Sims and his staff did a great job firing up the team. It is understand part of the week’s preparation for the game included baking cakes and stuffing fortune cookies—perhaps that played a part in the team’s success? Rockford jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter. The Rams played a flawless first quarter in every aspect of play. The defense was led by Jake Lewis and Ryan Hartnagel, as they stole passes and cradled the ball up field, leading to scores. Connor Flynn was solid in goal. Scoring goals in the first quarter were Kane Wolfer with two, and Kento Nakano, Jesse Siegel, Blake McDonald and Mitch Newton each contributing one. Assists went to Lewis, Newton, Nakano, Hartnagel, and Jared Seifert. The final three quarters, Rockford continued their smothering defense and the offense kept clicking. Scoring in the second half were Dallas VanBelkum and Mitch Newton with two each and single goals were scored by Wolfer, McDonald and Nakano. Assists were added by Nakano and Wolfer. Defense ground balls were led by Jordan Shiparski and Hartnagel with five each. The Rams traveled to Northville on Saturday, April 28, and came away with a win and a score of 12-8. Players of the game were Jon Hazy, Wolfer and Nakano. The final tally of the annual Ramger event held at the Ted on April 21 has been updated. Rockford High School and Forest Hills School Districts raised almost $12,000 for the VanAndel Institute. A huge thank-you goes to all who helped to make this event a huge success! And one more fun fact to share: After over 20 years in the Rockford school district, the Poubas would like to set the record straight; it is pronounced Pouba with a long O. “When two vowels sit side by side, the first one talks and the second walks.”

RHS varsity boys lacrosse sweeps week

April 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Rockford varsity boys lacrosse played three league games this past week and came away with their own hat trick. The Rams beat league opponents West Ottawa, Forest Hills Northern/Eastern, and Forest Hills Central. Coach Sims’ team traveled to Holland for the first game of the week against West Ottawa. Playing on grass for the first time this season, the Rams rolled to a 13-3 win. The “Big Three” led Rockford in scoring: senior Mitch Newton with three goals and two assists, junior Kento Nakano with three goals and three assists, and sophomore Kane Wolfer with three goals and three assists. Also scoring goals for the Rams were seniors Alex Pouba, Jared Seifert and Jesse Siegel. Jon Hazy and Jordan Shiparski led the defense in ground balls. In goal for the Rams, and holding the Panthers to three goals, were Connor Flynn and Tyler Wolpert. Friday night, with 38 degree chilling temps, Rockford hosted Forest Hills Northern/Eastern (FHNE).  Like the weather, the boys started out cold in the first half, but turned the heat up in the second half to register an exciting 9-8 win. FHNE jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the beginning of the game but Rockford knotted it up 2-2 to end the first quarter. Scoring the goals were Blake McDonald and Seifert. They were assisted by Newton and Nakano. FHNE answered back with two more goals in the second period, but were answered right back with goals by Newton and Nakano. Those goals were assisted by Karson Konkle and Wolfer. The score stood at 4-4 to end the half. With heat added during the locker room session by Coach Sims and his coaching staff, who quickly broke down assignments, Rockford scored the only two goals of the third period to end it at 6-4. The fourth quarter became a roller coaster ride. FHNE was not going home silently. As they tied the score to 7-7 with 3:56 left on the clock, senior Spencer Sims scored the next goal on an assist by Newton. Another quick goal by McDonald on an assist from Caleb Cuneo sat the Rams with a comfortable two-goal lead. With 1:59 left on the clock, FHNE added another goal to their total. With Rockford’s one-goal advantage FHNE created […]