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Rams Water Polo Claims Two More Wins

By Jeannie Gregory, 09/20/18, 8:45PM EDT


Ram keeper Ben Schuchardt goes up for a save against Grandville. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur

The Rockford varsity water polo team moved their season record to 18-2 with two victories over Grandville and West Ottawa. The Rams took on Grandville, Monday, Sept. 17, and dominated the Bulldogs 17-2, and then faced off against West Ottawa, Wednesday, Sept. 19 and won 16-10.

In the Grandville match-up, the Rams strung together an impressive game, racking up four goals in the first quarter and seven in the second, while holding Grandville to zero to close the half. The second half found the Rams still in control in the pool, tallying another seven goals, while keeping Grandville off the scoreboard in the third quarter, and allowing only two goals in the fourth to end the match with a 17-2 victory.

The Rams showed incredible depth with 11 players scoring a goal. Zach Burns led the way, tallying four, with Trey Williams netting three. Gavin Saur, Kyle Dedert, and Brendan Chaudoir recorded two goals. Also scoring a goal each were Kyle Arend, Elijah Chino, Brenden Saur, Nate Cheney, Nolan Graalman, and Boede Mitchell. Arend, Dedert, Cheney, and Gavin Saur each tallied two assists, with Ben Schuchardt, and Burns tallied an assist apiece. On the defensive end,

Schuchardt registered five saves, while Mitchell had three. The Rams registered 15 steals on the night. Dedert led the team with three steals, and Gavin Saur and Nick Deugaw had two. Schuchardt, Chino, Cheney, and Chaudoir also added a steal apiece.

The Rams faced West Ottawa Wednesday night and played a hungry Panther team, but the final score was misleading. The Panthers scored five goals in the final stanza trying to reel the Rams in, but the outcome was never in doubt, with Rockford winning 16-10. The Rams put seven goals up in the first quarter, while holding the Panthers to just one. Burns was on fire, scoring three of the goals, while junior standout Chino registered two. The second period found more Ram offense with Rockford closing out the half with a 12-3 score. The Rams were held scoreless in the third, while the Panthers registered two goals to move the score to 12-5, Rockford. The Rams opened the offense back up in the fourth, tallying four goals, while West Ottawa slammed in five, but the lead was too steep to overcome.

Keeper Schuchardt registered nine saves on the night. Brenden Saur had a big all-around night, with three goals, three assists, and three steals. Chino tallied five goals, and one assist, and Burns recorded four goals, and two steals. Gavin Saur had two goals, and two steals, Arend had a goal and four steals, and Dedert a goal, and three steals.

Next up for the Rams is the Zeeland Tournament, Sept. 21-22, where they will once again face off against No. 1 ranked Hudsonville.

Ram Nate Cheney goes up for a block against Grandville. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur

Nick Deugaw goes for a shot against Grandville. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur

Rockford's Kyle Arend works to get to the ball before a West Ottawa player in a sprint. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur

Ram Zach Burns goes up for a penalty shot against the West Ottawa keeper. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur

Rockford's Sam Radtke goes for the ball against a Grandville opponent. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur

Ram Trey Williams rises out of the water to go for a shot against a Grandville defender. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur

Kyle Dedert goes up for a block against West Ottawa. ~ Photo by Tracy Saur