Rockford Public Schools will once again offer sports physicals to all INCOMING seventh- through 12th-graders. The district hosts physicals just once per year and will cover the upcoming 2012-13 school year for middle school and high school athletes. Any seventh- through 12th-grade student (fall of 2012) may participate at any location listed here: • Tuesday, June 5 at North Rockford Middle School, beginning at 2:30 p.m. • Wednesday, June 6 at East Rockford Middle School, beginning at 11 a.m. • Thursday, June 7 at Rockford High School, beginning at 11 a.m. A “parent”-completed physical form is required to participate. Forms are available at any secondary school office or on the high school athletic webpage at www.rockfordschools.org, under forms. The fee of $20 is payable to Rockford Athletics. For additional information, call the athletic office at (616) 863-6040. • • •
Rams finish third in OK Red, ranked number nine in state in Division I The Rockford Rams varsity softball team closed out its OK Red conference schedule in style on Monday, May 24 at Rockford by sweeping the visiting Panthers of West Ottawa by scores of 6-0 and 5-1 to finish third in the conference with a 9-5 record. Rockford broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning of game one when pitcher Tricia Graham singled leading off. Her courtesy runner, Mary Zeboor, scampered around and scored on a double by junior shortstop Alli Hickox. Before the inning ended, the Rams had a 3-0 lead as Isabelle Mudgett and Morgan Ruchty also contributed key hits for the Rams. They added two in the next frame as Graham and Kayla Tykosky each singled home a run to bump the lead to 5-0, and tacked on one more as Ruchty walked and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Lauren Pasciak. All the while, Graham cruised through the first six innings without allowing a base runner. Her attempt for a perfect game came to an end with one out in the seventh, when a swinging third strike on a changeup in the dirt eluded the catcher, and the batter reached first base. Graham did manage to complete her third no-hitter of the year, striking out 17 in the process. In game two, the Rams wasted no time in jumping on top of the Panthers. In the first inning, hits by Karli Showers, Peyton Wells and Hickox, along with a sacrifice fly by Graham, brought home three runs for the Rams. The Rams added a single run in the second on singles by Pasciak and Wells, and a double steal by Mudgett and Tykosky snuck home the final run in the third. Graham made the lead stand by allowing just one run in the sixth inning. She struck out 12 in another fine effort to close out the OK Red season. Final OK Red 2010 standings are as follows: Hudsonville 14-0, Jenison 12-2, Rockford 9-5, Grandville 8-6, East Kentwood 6-8, West Ottawa 5-9, Grand Haven 2-12, and Muskegon 0-14. In the final coaches’ poll, the OK Red shows its strength in the state of Michigan by placing three […]
The Rams’ offense continued to impress, and starting pitcher Bryan Baldwin was effective as Rockford mercied East Kentwood in six innings. Offensively, the Rams had four players hit homeruns. The round-trippers were hit by Andrew Rademacher, Zach Martinek, Shane Showers and Christian Lienesch. Leinesch and Martinek had three RBIs apiece and Rademacher had two. Defensively, Baldwin’s effort on the mound was impressive. He scattered five hits over six innings while allowing just one earned run and striking out six. Rockford then played East Kentwood again on Thursday, May 6, at their home field, and lost a critical game to East Kentwood, 6-3. East Kentwood came to Rockford with something to prove. They jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it. Rockford had several chances to score and hit the ball hard all day, but couldn’t capitalize on many of the opportunities. The Rams had 12 hits, but left nine runners on base and committed five errors. East Kentwood had eight hits and only left four on base with one error. Leading the way offensively for Rockford again was junior Bryan Baldwin, who was 2-3 with one RBI. Tony Dileo and Drew Farmer had two hits apiece. The other two runs were driven in by Christian Lienesch and Farmer. Evan Smith had the only extra base hit on the day, driving a double in the gap in the bottom of the seventh inning. On the mound for the Rams was Austin Stephens, who battled but didn’t have good command and East Kentwood took advantage. Stephens took his second loss of the season and scattered eight hits on the day. He gave up two earned runs, walked two and struck out seven. The loss was crucial as Rockford is battling to repeat as OK Red conference champions. Hudsonville, a team that is much like Rockford with a lot of youth, is in the lead and the Rams were hoping to catch them. Rockford has yet to play Grand Haven, West Ottawa and Hudsonville. “We needed this one” said Coach Hearn after the loss. Rockford is scheduled to play Grand Haven Tuesday, May 11, and Thursday, May 13.
Upon the strength of a 38 from senior Sam Gallup and 39s from Trent Davison and Steven Mette, the Rockford Rams varsity golf team was victorious over East Kentwood and Muskegon on the afternoon of May 4 at Stonegate Golf Club. Rockford took first place with a score of 158, followed by East Kentwood with 167 and Muskegon with 229. Scoring for the Rams were Gallup with 38, Davison and Mette with 39 each, Eric Conroy with 42, Jake Chaffee with 44, and Matt Smith with 52, on the course’s front nine, par 37. Many boys varsity golf teams that were planning on playing in the second annual Rockford Spring Classic varsity tournament at Cedar Chase Golf Club were wondering if they would compete on Saturday, May 8. Ten teams from nine different schools arrived at Cedar Chase Golf Club in Cedar Springs in cold, misty and windy conditions. The weather didn’t worsen, but it did not get better. The wind blew from 15 to 35 mph and the temperature never went above 40 degrees until the tournament was over. The Rockford Rams defeated a field with four other state-ranked teams, including Haslett (number one in Div. II). Rockford’s A team scored 306, followed by Haslett with 309, West Michigan Christian 316, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 325, Greenville 334, Kalamazoo Central 335, Rockford’s B team with 341, Wayland 347, Byron Center 359, and Tri County with 397. The Rams were led to victory by a gutsy one-under-par 71 turned in by Gallup. Also scoring for Rockford were Chaffee with 77, Davison with 78, Conroy 80, Jake Stephan 80, and Robert Pierson with 85. Scoring for Rockford’s B team were Robert Perry with 84, Alec Dewitt 85, David Keller and Nick Delafuente each with 86, Matt Smith 88, and John Hughey with 97.
Sports physicals will be offered for Rockford athletes as follows: Wednesday, June 3 at North Rockford Middle School, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 4 at Rockford High School, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 5 at East Rockford Middle School, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The cost is $20, with checks payable to Rockford Athletics. Physical cards must be completed and signed by the athlete and their parent prior to the physical. Forms are available at all secondary schools in the district. Physicals must be dated after April 15, 2009, and must be on file prior to participating in any sport for the 2009-10 school year. Also, for a complete list of summer camps at Rockford High School and for updated sports schedules, visit the “Sports” page at www.rockfordschools.org.