September 20 2012
The RHS Boys 2012 tennis team played some great matches last week with big wins over both Hudsonville and Caledonia High Schools. To start the week off, the Rams opened play on Wednesday with a match against the always tough Eagles on their home courts at Hudsonville High. As play wore on throughout the afternoon, the Rams methodically took down six of the first seven matches. The #2, #3, and #4 singles players wore down their opponents with consistent ground strokes and serves. Ryan Korlewitz (#2), Luke Van Fleet (#3) and Mark Vietengruber (#4) all came through with singles wins to score three points for the team. It was then the doubles teams turned to “bring the heat” and score points for the team. Sure enough, they “Rammed” their way through for victories. The doubles teams of Cade VanRooyen and Thomas Hall (#1), Sam Dater and Gregg Witt (#2), Zak Riebschleger and Ken Smith (#3) and John Macgregor and John D’Amore (# 4) showed great focus and determination in notching the wins. After these seven matches were completed, the lone player for the Rams still on the court was #1 singles player, Tyler Kowalk. Tyler was battling a sore knee and had fallen behind, experiencing a tough, frustrating, first set loss. Battling once again in set two, he overcame the frustration of defeat in set one, and took sets two and three to notch an impressive, come from behind win! Can you say SWEEP? The Rams came home from this match taking all eight matches for the 8-0 win over the Eagles! In the next match of the week, the Rams varsity team came back home to the courts at RHS to host the Fighting Scots of Caledonia. With only one day’s rest and practice squeezed in between match play, the Rams put the Scots in their crosshairs for their second match in three days. The Rams knew this would be no easy task. All of the players and coaches are familiar with the Scots tough, athletic play as a Regional foe from the past. The Rams varsity team bore down against the purple and white to come out victorious over Caledonia by a very impressive score of 8-0! Once again at singles, the #2, […]
by RANDY GREGORY Having finished off the out of conference portion of their schedule with a 2-2 slate, the Rockford football team looks to defend their OK Red title from last season by journeying to East Kentwood on Friday, September 21st at 7:00 P.M. These two rivals have been squaring off since 1970 and both teams have dominated over different time frames in that span of 43 years. The Falcons won 14 of the first fifteen meetings between the schools. The middle years saw a slight East Kentwood edge and the Rams have won the last nine meetings. The all time record between the Rams and Falcons stands at 22 wins for Rockford and 22 wins for East Kentwood. East Kentwood stands at 2-2 so far this season. The offense hasn’t been an issue in the two wins (40-30 over Grand Ledge and 49-14 over Muskegon Reeths-Puffer) but the defense has in the losses (23-12 to East Grand Rapids and 45-14 to Forest Hills Central). “They are a very quick team offensively,” said Rockford coach Ralph Munger. “They look to use their speed and get outside your contain men. We will need all eleven players to do their jobs on every play defensively. Every game in the OK Red is a challenge and this one will not be an exception.” On the injury front, the Rams still have their share of concerns four games into the season. A quick glance on the sidelines showed at least seven Rams still not in uniform during Friday’s contest at Jenison. Starting quarterback Kyle Short was back in a walking boot after a brief appearance against Muskegon. Dalton Lyons was still out for the Jenison contest and Ethan Lussky has yet to see his first action of the year for a team that has been riddled with an epidemic of injuries all season long. But Munger is hopeful things are taking a turn for the better on that front for the Rams. “Kyle (Short) is still week to week,’ said Munger. “He could be back or he may not make it back yet this week. We are hopeful of getting (Ethan) Lussky on the field for the first time and KC (Zenner) was moving around a bit better this […]
By CHRIS CRUICKSHANK The Rockford High Men’s Cross Country team split their squad to compete in both Friday’s Spartan Invitational and Saturday’s Sparta Invitational. The weather at both events was awesome and so were the Rams! In the Spartan Invitational Elite Division, the Rams squared off against the best teams in the State and came away with a very respectable third place finish. Four Rams finished the 5 K course under the 17:00 mark, led by Austin Benoit, who recorded a personal record time of 16:05. Benoit finished in 19th place, followed by Drew Woznick in 20th place, Grant Amon and Chris Coles. Other Rams supporting the team effort were Isaac Harding, Tyler Amon and Mark Cruickshank. At the Sparta Invitational the remainder of the Rams won the Blue Division Varsity and Reserve Races. In the varsity race, Rockford was led by Caleb Cuneo who finished in third place with a time of 17:21. Cuneo was followed by Mitch Switzer in 6th place, Grant Gabriel in 14th place and Grayson Harding in18th place. The Rams dominated the JV race, taking the top four places. The Rams were led by Brad Fischer with a time of 18:21, followed by Spenser Keating in 2nd, Matt Albano in 3rd, and Ben Parcell in 4th. Also competing well were fellow Rams Paul Burke, Kirk Dickson, Jack Wyatt and Jacob Day. This Tuesday the Rams will run at Johnson Park, and on Saturday Rockford will compete at the Cougar-Falcon Invitational to be held at Calvin College’s Gainey Complex.
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