Rockford Lady Rams play history-making tennis, impressively

July 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

By Todd Van Eck The 2015 Rockford Lady Rams Varsity Tennis Team put an exclamation point on their history-making season by receiving an official “Proclamation” from the Kent County Commissioners during the Cannon Township meeting on June 22, 2015. County Commissioner Diane Jones presented the award to Head Coach Tom Huizing and the team during the meeting. As best described by tennis parent Pete Elford, it was a ‘truly a great end to a truly great year’. The story of the 2015 Lady Rams Varstiy Tennis team starts with high hopes by Head Coach Thomas Huizing and Assistant Coach Aaron Linsley. Coach Huizing had been the varsity girls tennis coach for twelve years. He had seen great ladies throughout his tenure as coach, but this year seemed special. Assistant Coach Aaron Linsley had been with the team for three years and recognized that this team was special. Both had watched the team during the previous year and were very excited about this year. The feeling was justified during the first day of tryouts. The girls had worked hard during the off-season and looked strong. But, it was early, so both coaches were setting high goals with a reservation knowing how tough the Division 1 – OK Red Girl’s Tennis can get. The Lady Rams had previously won the Conference Championship (2009) and the Regional Championship (2012). They knew how difficult a season could be. Yet, the spark in their eyes would not dim, both could see promise that they had not seen previously. The season started with the Rockford Invitational. Rockford has hosted the Rockford Invitational for a number of years inviting the same teams each year. It is a good season opener with good competition. Although anticipated, the Lady Rams did not lose one match to win the Invitational in every flight. The season continued with great wins over very talented teams. They routinely celebrated success with wins, but there was more. The team was winning the close matches, the tie-breakers. The matches that could be won by either competitor were being won by the Lady Rams. It became a mathematical probability that the Lady Rams would step-up to the challenge of a close match and difficult team. There was something special about this […]

RHS boy’s varsity tennis wins Northpointe Christian Mustang Quad

October 4, 2012 // 0 Comments

Coming away with a great overall team win This was another of several “Quad Tournaments” that the Rams have competed in this season, with four varsity teams participating in match play throughout the day. With four schools in the tourney, each singles player and doubles team plays three matches against opponents from the other three schools throughout a very long day of competitive tennis. Playing three matches in a single day can be tough both physically and mentally. All of the players on each team must come into the tourney with a laser type focus on playing each game, set and match with the same type of intensity, all day long. Participating in this tournament were varsity tennis teams from Grand Rapids Catholic, Muskegon Catholic, and Northpointe Christian High Schools. All of these teams came into the tourney ready to compete with each respective team and battle it out for the tournament championship. As the day wore on, each player and coach for the Rockford varsity team stayed on top of their games, determined to stay focused. When the matches were finally completed at the end of an exhausting day, the Rams varsity team came out number one on the day! The Rams singles play for the day was once again strong with impressive match wins by team members Tyler Kowalk, Ryan Korlewitz, Luke Van Fleet and Mark Vietengruber (#1, #2, #3 & #4 singles, respectively). Each one of these guys kept that focus and competitive edge throughout the day to score impressive wins against some tough competition. Vietengruber & Van Fleet went undefeated in their 3 matches, finishing as “Flight Champions” at the #3 and #4 singles positions. Kowalk & Korlewitz also scored key points on the day by finishing runner up to the champion in the #1 and #2 flight positions. Equally as strong were the doubles teams of, Cade VanRooyen & Thomas Hall, Sam Dater & Gregg Witt, Zak Riebschleger & Ken Smith and John Macgregor & John D’Amore (#1, #2, #3 & #4 doubles, respectively) The Rams doubles pairs also kept up the intensity and focus throughout the day that is vital for a complete day of tournament play. All of the doubles teams played hard in their three matches on […]