by JACKIE HOLLAND-DECKER The Rockford soccer team was on fire Friday night, April 24, taking 29 shots and a record nine corner kicks against visiting Jenison. Three of the shots went in and many more could have if not for the formidable goal-keeping skills of the Wildcats’ Kelly Hevelhurst, who made 15 saves. The Rams beat Jenison 3-0 for their sixth shutout of the season. Rockford controlled the action for most of the game, including the last few minutes when Hevelhurst was heard pleading with her teammates to help her out. “These girls are still hungry for goals,” junior keeper Hevelhurst told her teammates. “Don’t give up.” Junior Kate Huyser scored first for the Rams on her second corner kick of the night. Her first corner, just four-and-a-half minutes into the game, found its way to Kayla Knoll, whose header went just wide and was caught by Hevelhurst. Two-and-a-half minutes later, Huyser sent a perfect corner toward the same spot, but it arched at the right time and sailed into the far-side netting. The Rams, who are 5-2-2, utilized their depth throughout the game, and Jordan Diffenderfer was one of those who came off the bench and proved how strong Rockford really is. Twenty-two minutes into the game, she outran the Jenison defense on a through-ball from Britanni Pierce and let it go with her left, but Hevelhurst made a great save. Not to be denied, she took a big throw-in from Katie Purvis on the edge of the six-yard box, sent it over to Rebekah Hazel on the other side, took the return pass, and drove it home with 33 seconds left in the first half. Senior Rachel Doud closed out the scoring with 10 minutes left in the game with a shot right in front of the net. The goal was set up by a pass from Pierce in lots of traffic. Doud kicked the ball, which bounced off a Jenison defender, and then kicked it again, sending it on the ground past Hevelhurst. Also giving Hevelhurst a workout throughout the night were Pierce, Hazel, Matti Graves, Tessa Heeringa, Syd Benda, and Sam Decker. “She was a great goalie,” said Rockford Coach Amira Ponne. “Otherwise, we would have had at least three […]
The Rams girls lacrosse team traveled to West Ottawa on a dreary cold Monday and added their own heat by lighting up the scoreboard for a team record of 26 goals on April 20. Andi Raymond led the onslaught with a team-record seven goals while adding six assists. Meagan Emery has sniper-like accuracy with five goals on seven shots, and she helped get the scoring started with an assist on the night’s first goal. Michon Moline added four goals, Abbey Neerken three ,Taylor Hiner and Gabby Twiest two apiece, and Taylor Balch, Kelsei Streeter and Roxy Rosema each scored one. Rockford led 17-1 at the half and were never challenged, as their defense was suffocating. The Rams out-shot West Ottawa 51-4. Senior Gabby Twiest and sophomore Sydney Gray were once again strong in goal. Contributing to the record-setting defense were Jill Fowle, Shelby Smith, Alyssa Neumen, Lexi O’Connor and Emily Gray. Wednesday night, April 22, the Rams hosted Forest Hills in a conference match-up, which was the first meeting this year between the neighborhood rivals. The Rams started the scoring, but Forest Hills hung tough, scoring twice to narrow the gap 10 minutes in to the game. Coach Jeff Neerken then called a time out, “I needed to settle the girls down and get them playing their game. They were a little sloppy on the offensive end. After our time out, we caught fire.” Catch fire they did, with Raymond lighting the fuse. The Ram onslaught ended at the half as the Rams built a 12-2 lead. The Rams again held a huge advantage in shots on goal, out-shooting Forest Hills 39-10. Raymond matched Monday’s output with seven more goals and four assists. Moline added five goals, Rosema two goals, Neerken two, and Emery, Balch and Streeter one each. Emery also assisted on three of Raymond’s goals and Hiner added three assists. Emery, Neerken and Rosema played excellent games at both ends of the field, as Emery and Rosema each caused three Forest Hills turnovers, and Neerken continued her strong draw play, winning 12 center draws. Fowle, O’Connor, Neumen and Smith continued their fine play, only allowing 10 shots on goal for the entire game. Since returning from spring break, the Rams have outscored their […]
The public is cordially invited to share in a special service honoring Jesus Christ in the wrestling career of Jason Brew at Crossfire Ministries on Sunday, May 3. Brew had an outstanding high school wrestling career at Sparta High School, where he became the state champion in his weight class in both his junior and senior years. He went onto wrestle at Olivet College, where he achieved the following accomplishments: two-time NCAA All American, two-time national finalist, held the school record of 177 takedowns in his senior season, All American scholar, 134 career wins, two-time Mid-States Conference wrestler of the year, two-time Ohio Northern University Invitational Outstanding Wrestler and three-time champion, two-time Wheaton Invitational Champion, and Wrestler of the Year. Brew has used his wrestling ability to create a platform to share his faith in Jesus Christ. He has wrestled in Siberia, Moscow, China, Mongolia and Central Asia with Athletes in Action. He and his father Lance will share their testimonies at the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, May 3 at Crossfire Ministries. Crossfire is located in the meeting room adjacent to the MVP Health Club on the northeast corner of Wolverine Blvd./Northland Dr. and 10 Mile Road in Rockford. A DVD will be shown of Brew’s wrestling career. Pastor Keith Hemmila will conclude the service with a message entitled “Heaven’s Award Ceremony.” Food and refreshments will be served in the foyer after the service.