By John Raffel Rockford’s girls golf team dropped a couple of dual matches last week. The Rams lost 210-222 against West Ottawa in a dual at Holland. Maddy Dougherty and Kennedy Stoll both shot 52s. “Because we are a young team, not many of the girls, in fact only two of them, have seen West Ottawa’s course before,” Rockford coach Scott Kruisenga said. “With a lot of them being new to the program and seeing courses for the first time, that will be a bit of a challenge. Looking forward to next year, the girls will have a lot more experience. Also in the week, on Aug. 27, the Rams lost to Hudsonville 189-213 at Sunnybrook Country Club. “This was our first match with one of our leaders, Kendra Donahue,” Kruisenga said. “She’s probably one of the top two players on our team. This was her first match since she’s been on a mission trip. She was little bit rusty but she did play for us. Her short game was a little bit rusty.” Dougherty shot a 46 while Donahue netted a 55. “I see her doing better than that,” Kruisenga said of Donahue. “That will be helpful for her.” Stoll shot a 54. “She’s a freshman and has a lot of potential at her young age,” Kruisenga said. “She’s getting used to courses where she hasn’t played before. I see exciting things for her by the end of the year.”
Sixth win puts Rockford in playoffs for 17th straight season When East Kentwood’s Braden Miller streaked past the Ram kickoff team to start the game, it appeared Rockford may have been coming out flat after their big win over Muskegon the week before. A minute and a half later, Ram running back Zach Schmuck raced past the Falcon defense for a 71 yard touchdown run, and all looked well again. On Rockford’s second possession, Schmuck again broke through the Kentwood defense, this time from nine yards. The following two point conversion made the score 15-7, not even five minutes into the game. After his first three carries, Schmuck had 106 yards. He went on to finish the night with 145 yards, with seven attempts. Following another Rockford touchdown, the Falcons seemed to have a breath of life in them. Trailing 22-7, they marched 70 yards to the Ram 25 yard line, when linebacker Colin Remtema knocked the wind out of the Kentwood offense by returning and interception 85 yards for a touchdown that put the Rams ahead 29-7. Rockford would score again before the end of the half as backup quarterback Kyle Short threw a 76 yard touchdown pass to Neil VanderLaan, extending the lead to 29 points. The Rams defeated the Falcons 53-7 after second half touchdowns from Solomon Gant and Trevor Alferink, and a 3rd quarter field goal from Steve Mette. Rockford’s defense, forced to play with all-state linebacker Brett Egnatuk on the sidelines, put together their best effort of the year. East Kentwood was held to just 125 yards offensively. It was the first time since 1999 the Ram defense shut out the Falcon offense. Every Ram in uniform saw the playing field. Following the game, Coach Ralph Munger said, “It was nice to play so many kids tonight. The reserves practice just as hard as the starters every day. Getting into a game helps to motivate them in practice.” “We were missing thirteen kids from practice on Tuesday because of illness. With that, and the big win over Muskegon, I was concerned about a letdown, but that’s our sixth win. We’re in the playoffs.” Rockford returns to Ted Carlson Memorial Stadium this Friday, where they will celebrate Homecoming. The Rams will renew […]
The Rockford Lady Rams cross country team completed a perfect OK Red season by winning the conference championship race with a score of 45 points to defeat host East Kentwood at 50, Grand Haven 60, Grandville 75, Jenison 141, Hudsonville 153, West Ottawa 207 and Muskegon at 223. “Our seniors were conference champs their freshman year and it has taken us until their senior year to get it back, so it is a nice way to send them off,” stated Coach Watson of the championship effort. The Lady Rams used their team depth to distance themselves from the competition by claiming four All Conference positions and two Honorable Mention All Conference positions. “We really have a very deep team this season and, though our best girl finished third, our final point scorer was 13th,” said Coach Watson. Jane Hawks and Taylor Manett led the Rams’ effort by placing third and sixth respectively. The next three Lady Rams, Sam Anderson, Katie Carlson and Sawyer Rocheleau, sealed the victory by packing together in 11th, 12th and 13th places respectively. Senior Megan Knape—filling in for Catie Rietsema, who sat out due to a sore ankle—claimed 18th place, earning Honorable Mention honors. Allison Hazy rounded out the placing with a 43rd-place finish. “After our top three, we were behind East Kentwood by nine points, but our fourth and fifth outdistanced their girls by 14 points, giving us the championship. It takes a whole team to get the job done, and that is how we competed today, as a team,” said Coach Watson. The Lady Rams will now take their number-one state ranking with them to the regional championship Saturday, Oct. 31, at Carson City, where they will meet up with returning state champions Traverse City Central, who is currently ranked number three. Racing will begin for Rockford’s Lady Rams at 2:00 p.m. with the men’s team competing at 3:00 p.m.