state championships

Girls water polo finishes seventh in state

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

by PATRICK KEELEY Rockford’s girls water polo team attempted to repeat as state champions at Jenison on Friday, May 29, but lost to Ann Arbor Pioneer 6-4. On Saturday, May 30, the Rams lost to West Ottawa 8-4, before winning their final game of the season against East Grand Rapids, 8-4. The Rams knew they had to beat Pioneer to get into the championship, but it didn’t happen. Pioneer star Clio Finnegan, playing with a broken hand, scored three goals and led a stingy defense that thwarted several Rockford six-on-five advantages. The Pioneers held Molly Wooldridge to one goal and shut out Mary Keeley and Kelsey Vermeer. Pioneer led 2-0 after one quarter, but after Keeley won the sprint, Natalie Beeg sent in a rocket to get the Rams’ fans going and make it 2-1. The Rams missed a chance to tie with a six-on-five, and Pioneer scored instead to go up 3-1. The Rams got another kick-out, and had another six-on-five and failed-this time on the ensuing play, Rockford had a man kicked out, and Pioneer scored to go up 4-1 at half.   In the third, Pioneer won the sprint and scored to make it 5-1. Kaitlyn Korhorn began blocking shot after shot from then on, for a total of 17 blocks on the day. Then Ashley Gremel made a beautiful lob shot and it was 5-2.   In the fourth, Keeley won the sprint, Wooldridge scored and it was 5-3. Christina Weston powered her way through the hole and scored to get Rockford’s fourth goal, but the Pioneers ran out the clock and got another goal to beat Rockford, 6-4. On Saturday, the West Ottawa Panthers made school history and beat Rockford for the first time ever since their program began. The Panthers had been humiliated on Friday night by Ann Arbor Huron, losing 8-1, had been beaten on their senior night by Rockford, 8-6, and lost a regional semifinal in sudden-death triple overtime to Rockford, 11-10. The Rams came out sluggish, and it was 4-0 at half. Keeley scored to start the third, but West Ottawa got it right back and it was 5-1. Beeg scored on a six-on-five to end the third at 5-2. However, after a kick-out, the Panthers […]