The Lady Rams of Rockford started their OK conference schedule with a victory over host East Kentwood Wednesday, Sept. 14. Seniors Taylor Manett, Jane Hawks and Sawyer Rocheleau led the way for Rockford in racing times of 19:21, 20:06 and 20:54, respectively. “Our seniors led the way for us and then our team depth proved too much for EK,” stated Coach Ben Watson. Following the trio of seniors were underclassmen Lauren Brasure, Maegan Roach and Kerianne Schof with times of 21:03,21:05 and 21:12. “The rest of the conference schedule gets tougher and tougher, so it was good to get started with a victory,” said Watson. Week one of state rankings had four of the eight OK Red conference schools in the top 10: Hudsonville fourth, Grandville fifth, Grand Haven sixth, and Rockford eighth. “The OK Red is extremely strong this year. Hopefully we can get some momentum from this victory and carry it into the upcoming meets against the other OK Red foes,” said Watson.
September 22 2011
The Rockford boys cross country team completed a busy week, competing in three events held in Kentwood, East Lansing and Sparta. On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Rams dominated East Kentwood in the first dual meet of the season, taking eight of the top 10 places. Drew Woznick was first across the line. Other top 10 finishers were Tyler Harney, Austin Benoit, Casey Aman, Grant Aman, Chris Coles, Andrew Pitcher and Connor Jewell. On Friday, Sept. 16, the varsity squad competed at the annual Spartan Invitational. Over 4,800 athletes and 300 teams, covering college, high school and middle school age groups, competed. Rockford finished 11th overall and eighth in Division I. Top finishers for the Rams were Woznick with a personal best of 16.08 (23rd overall) and Benoit with personal best time of 16:08 (24th overall). Other varsity scorers were Harney (16:39 PR), C. Aman (16:58) and Coles (16:59). G. Aman (17:02 PR) and Pitcher (17.06 PR) also competed for the Rams., both recording personal record (PR) times. On Saturday, Sept. 17, the Rams competed at the Sparta Invitational. In the varsity race, Rockford finished second behind Hudsonville. The Rams’ Jewell, Mark Cruickshank and Mark Lehman finished in fourth, fifth and seventh place, respectively, all recording PR times. The Rams dominated the junior varsity race, taking seven of the top 10 places. The Rams’ Caleb Cuneo finished in second place with a time of 19:13. Other Rams in the top 10 finishers were Sam Lewis, Doug Halmi, Aaron Plambeck, Austin Scogg and Brad Fischer. This Wednesday, Sept. 21, the Rams run at Johnson Park against Jenison and Hudsonville. On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Rams will compete at the Cougar-Falcon Invitational to be held at Calvin College’s Gainey Complex.
Rockford High School (RHS) recently announced that senior Shain Showers has officially committed to play baseball at NCAA Division One University of Evansville. Showers was recruited as a shortstop. Evansville, coached by Wes Carroll, plays in the very strong Missouri Valley Conference. In 2011, Evansville defeated Big 10 champions Michigan State twice. Also, since 1995, Evansville has had 29 players selected in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft and 51 players overall. In 2010 as a sophomore, Showers was All OK Red Conference, All District, and All Region. In 2011 as a junior, he helped lead the Rams to their second OK Red conference title in three years and their first ever state title. He provided a huge hit that tied the game in the sixth inning and then proceeded to score the winning run in the state finals. In 2011 as a junior, Showers again was All OK Red Conference, All District, and All Region. Showers, a smooth fielding shortstop, is regarded as one of the top middle infielders in the state of Michigan and also the Midwest. As impressive as Showers is on the baseball field, he is more impressive in the classroom. He currently carries a 3.98 grade-point average. In the summer, he plays travel baseball for Rockford Team Ram and Diamonds. Team Ram is coached by RHS varsity assistant coach, Steve Fusee. Showers is the son of Scot and Nancy Showers of Rockford.
The 2011 Rockford High School (RHS) tennis season is in full swing with a slate of exciting matches having already taken place. The season started off in August with the Elliott Pearce Invitational (EPI) hosted by Forest Hills Central. The EPI is known to have one of the toughest draws in the state with six of the eight teams in the field finishing 2010 in the top six in their respective divisions. While the competition was stiff, the Rams finished well with singles match wins by John Smith and Luke Van Fleet (#3 and #4 singles). The tandem of Frankie Tajeda and Sam Dater also walked away with a match win as well (#3 doubles). All in all, it was a good day for an “MSU basketball, Tom Izzo-like” early season tournament on the schedule. After a tough team loss at Zeeland High School on August 23, OK Red conference play kicked in the week of August 29 with matches against Hudsonville and Jenison. In their first OK Red match of the season, the Rams varsity team was victorious over Hudsonville by a team score of 5-3—won five versus lost three matches. The singles play was strong against the Eagles with impressive match wins by #2 Ryan Korlewitz (6-4, 6-1), #3 Smith (6-0, 6-0) and #4 Van Fleet (6-0, 6-0). Coming in with key points on doubles wins were #1 Greg Witt and Cade VanRooyen (6-2, 6-2), and #2 Mark Vietengruber and Thomas Hall (6-2, 3-6, 7-5). With the overall team score at 4-3, it was up to the duo of Tajeda and Dater (#3 doubles) to secure the overall win. They came through with an impressive, come-from-behind win (3-6, 6-4, 6-2) to seal the overall team victory, 5-3. The Rams varsity squad then moved on to an OK Red match at Jenison on August 23. The Rams battled in some tight matches and came away with wins at singles play by John Hall, Smith and Van Fleet (#1, #3 and #4 singles). Overall, the team could not get over the hump with total match wins, and fell to the Wildcats 3-5, to even their OK Red conference record at 1-1. The Rams then moved on to the next OK Red match at home on […]
Week 4: G.R. Christian vs. Muskegon Reeths-Puffer by DREW KERR and DAVE MITCHELL Welcome football fans to week four of the Friday Night Lights Experience (FNLE). This week FNLE traveled to Eagle Stadium, home of the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles as they faced off against the Rockets of Muskegon Reeths-Puffer. Clear skies and a cool autumn air provided the perfect environment for these two Division III programs to square off in a battle between the OK White (G.R. Christian) and the OK Black (Muskegon). Having never visited Eagle Stadium previously, we weren’t sure what to expect going into the evening. Our anticipation was very high and, as always, we didn’t expect our host to let us down. Driving up Plymouth Avenue toward G.R. Christian, we could see the outline of the stadium and school and we knew we were about to be pleasantly surprised. We pulled into the school parking lot and were shown where to park from volunteers directing traffic. The school lot provided ample parking for the game and was well organized, thanks to the efforts of all the lot attendants. As we enter the stadium it is obvious that this newly completed facility was built for a program that is on the rise. The stadium seats approximately 3,600 spectators, offers an indoor merchandise shop, an observation deck overlooking the field of play for group outings or special events, and an artificial turf area designated for pre-game dining. All this was a sign to us that Eagle Stadium was designed and built to be the home of many future state championships. The stadium is located next to the high school and at approximately 5:50 p.m. before every home game the players take what is known as the “Eagle Walk.” The Eagle Walk is a great source of pride for the varsity players as they walk through a tunnel of youth football players, parents, students, fans and sub-varsity players on their way from the school to the field. We can then hear Eagle Stadium pumping out music over the P.A. for pre-game warm-ups, which seem to be setting the stage for a clash of college titans rather than two non-rival high school teams. After spending some time taking in the sights and sounds of […]