Improve your kicking game Rockford High School will be hosting its sixth annual football kicking and punting camp this summer and is available to everyone ages 11 and up. This camp will have kickers and punters from all over the state attending, and will be a great opportunity for local talent at a very affordable rate. A brochure and registration forms are available online at www.kickerscoach.com. Coaches are invited to attend with their player at no cost. Beginners camp is scheduled for June 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. This is an extra session provided to help inexperienced kickers and punters with the basics, so they are ready to participate in the regular session. Cost is $25. The regular session of the camp is scheduled for June 27-28. Cost is $150.
Rams open conference play with win over East Grand Rapids The Rockford girls lacrosse team picked up where they left off as they returned to action April 15 after spring vacation. The Rams took on the previously undefeated team from Lansing Waverly (combined Waverly, Lansing Catholic and Grand Ledge) at the Rams’ home field at East Rockford Middle School. The night belonged to the Rams from the onset, as they scored early and often, leading 6-0 at the half and 14-1 as the final buzzer sounded. Giving up one goal in the game of lacrosse means the Rams were relentless with their defense all night . When Waverly did manage to get off a shot, it was vacuumed up by the goalie tandem from Rockford, senior standout Gabrielle Twiest and sophomore Sydney Gray. Rockford out-shot Waverly 44-7 as the Rams moved the ball at will. Andi Raymond was the Rams’ leading scorer with six goals, and two assists. Meagan Emery scored four goals, and Michon Moline had a goal and a team-leading four assists which helped Raymond keep the pressure on the Waverly goalie all game. Kelsei Streeter added two goals for the Rams, and Abbey Neerken tallied one. The Rams controlled the game from the initial draw, winning 14 of the 17 center draws in the game, frustrating the opposition and preventing them from having any ability to get in the flow of the game. Neerken won nine draws and Raymond five. Ram stalwarts Roxy Rosema, Raymond, Emery and Neerken were aggressively controlling every loose ball, handily winning the ground ball battle. Coach Jeff Neerken stated, “This was our best team effort of the year and will give us something to build on as the conference season gets underway.” The Rams traveled to East Grand Rapids (EGR) to open conference play on Friday, April 17. The scrappy team from EGR hung tough and kept the game scoreless for the first few minutes, but then the Rams found their stride behind an offensive onslaught from leading scorer Raymond and Emery. The Rams led 12-2 at the half and the game ended 22-4. The Rams’ defense remained tough even though they played shorthanded due to the illness of defensive leader Shelby Smith. Rockford’s playing […]
The Rockford boys varsity golf team defeated Grand Haven and West Ottawa at Grand Haven Golf Club on Thursday, April 16. The overall match medalist was Sam Gallup of Rockford with a score of 38, followed closely by Jake Chaffee of Rockford with 39. Rockford posted a score of 250 against Grand Haven’s 258 and West Ottawa’s 285. Trent Davison scored 40, Steven Mette 41, Adam Hoard 44, and Eric Conroy 48. The team then went on to win the Wilson Spring Classic at Gracewil Country Club, hosted by Kenowa Hills, on Saturday, April 18. Rockford’s score of 310 was followed by Spring Lake’s 316, West Catholic with 319, Kenowa Hills 322, Comstock Park 330, Cedar Springs 337, Northview 340, Allendale 350, Union 380, Kent City, 386, and Coopersville with 391. Conroy scored 75 for third, Davison tied for fourth with 75, Gallup also tied with 77 for fifth, and Hoard scored 82 for the top 20. Mette scored 85 and Chaffee 87. This was a very interesting effort for the Rockford boys varsity golf team as they tried to three-peat in the Wilson Spring Classic,” said Coach Eric Cullum. “We felt some interesting pressure during this day, but we kept fighting and came out on top. I am very proud of Eric Conroy for finishing third. It is only a matter of time before this group really starts playing very well. We are very proud of our victory and excited for things to come.”
The junior varsity B boys golf team had their first match on April 13 at Braeside Golf Course. The weather was indicative of what spring golf can be like-40 degrees, windy and rainy. Both the Rockford and Northview golfers braved the weather to compete in their first match of the season. Northview narrowly won the match with a score of 191 compared to Rockford’s 199. Coach Rick Kelbel was proud of the team for breaking 200, and said, “In weather like that, I knew if my team broke 200 they would have a great shot to win, but Northview pulled it out. I was proud of my golfers.” Team captain Sam Barnard led the way for Rockford with a 48, Mitch Sloboda and Casey Cook each shot 49, and Alex Lewis shot 53, for the team’s total of 199.