The Rockford Rams

Rams wrap up successful 2014 , look ahead to more success in 2015

January 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Rockford Rams Varsity Hockey team closed out 2014 with an impressive Big Rapids Holiday Tournament championship the weekend of December 19 and 20 on the campus of Ferris State Univesity. On Friday, December 19 the Rams took the ice against Jackson Lumen Christi. After a scoreless first period, Lumen Christi opened the scoring early in the second period. It would be their only goal of the game. The Rams responded a few moments later with the first of five unanswered goals. Tanner Vesche (assisted by Damon Harvey) and Jacob McNamara (assisted by Connor Foss and Vesche) notched second period goals. In the third period Braden King (assisted by Vesche), Vesche (assisted by McNamara and Jarret Ullrey) and John Filipiak (assisted by Harvey) all registered goals. The final score: Rockford 5, Jackson Lumen Christi 1. Goalies Brendan Coolbaugh and Holly Ensley combined for the win. In the tournament championship game on Saturday, December 20, the Rams squared off against the Soo Blue Devils. After spotting the Devils a two-goal lead early in the second period, the Rams got down to business. Foss netted the Rams first goal midway through the middle period (assisted by King and Brock Johnson). A few moments later the Blue Devils got whistled for a 5-minute major penalty, and the Rams capitalized scoring 3 goals during that span. McNamara (assisted by Vesche and Ullrey), Brandon Perry (assisted by McNamara and Jeff Benda) and Matt Baker (assisted by Johnson) each scored on the power play. Late in the second period McNamara notched his second goal of the game (assisted by Vesche) to conclude the scoring. In the end Rockford defeated the Blue Devils 5-2. Coolbaugh recorded the win in this contest. The Rockford coaches were pleased with the performance. “This is only our second championship in the past 10 years in this event,” said Head Coach Ed VanPortFliet. “So it’s a very nice accomplishment. We are proud of the players and the way they battled.” Rockford jumps back on the ice the weekend of January 9 and 10 at the Walker Classic Tournament at Walker Ice & Fitness Center. Rockford squares off in a league game against East Grand Rapids at 6pm Friday night. On Saturday, the Rams will face either Kenowa […]

Rams start baseball season with two wins in Indiana

April 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford varsity baseball team swept Westview High School (Ind.) in a doubleheader on Monday, April 4. The first game was an extra inning battle that went 10 innings. The Rockford Rams jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, resulting from a Drew Farmer double, Christian Leinesch single, Shain Showers sacrifice fly and Brandon Nostrant RBI single. The Warriors scored three in the third and one in the fourth off Ram southpaw Austin Stephens. At the end of six, the Rams trailed 4-2. In the seventh inning, senior Andrew Rademacher led the inning with a single and junior Farmer hit a two-run homerun to tie the game and take it into extra innings. The game was scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings. In the 10th, the Rams scored the winning run off a sacrifice fly by junior Matt Boonstra, who drove in fellow junior Tony DiLeo. After holding the Warriors scoreless in the bottom of the 10th, the Rams notched a 5-4 win in their first contest of the season. Offensively, the Rams were led by Farmer, who was 3-5 with a homerun, along with junior Nostrant, who was 2-5 with one RBI, and Rademacher, who was 2-3 with one run scored. Fellow senior southpaw Joe Kropiewnicki took over for Stephens in the fifth inning and looked great. Kropiewnicki went the final six innings allowing no runs, one hit, one walk and had eight strikeouts. The line for Stephens on the day was four innings, six hits, five walks, five strikeouts and three earned runs. In the second game, the Ram bats exploded for eight runs in the first inning and one each in the second, third and fourth innings. They won the second game 11-4 and were never in trouble after the huge offensive burst in the first. Everyone joined in offensively including Farmer again, who was 2-3, along with junior Showers, who was 2-4 with a homerun, and DiLeo, who was 2-4 with a double. Nostrant gave a 3-4 performance that included a homerun, and junior Ian Stankus was 3-4 with a triple. Rademacher was 1-2, junior Max Crimp was 1-2, and freshman Kory Young was 2-3 with an RBI. On the mound, senior Caleb Post started the […]