Rockford Schools update

Rockford girls basketball

Jordan Wedding found the shooting touch in two Rockford girls basketball games last week.

The junior upped her season scoring average to 14 points per game after scoring 21 points in the 71-64 loss to Pierz and hit for 23 in the 71-55 victory against Holdingford.

 Rockford’s Samantha Bagaason scored 19 points in the win over Holdingford. (Photo by Bill Decker)
Rockford’s Samantha Bagaason scored 19 points in the win over Holdingford. (Photo by Bill Decker)

Sam Bagaason added 19 points against Pierz while Jayda Palmer had 13 rebounds to go with nine points. Palmer grabbed 23 rebounds with 12 points against Holdingford. The senior is averaging 13 rebounds per game.

Against Holdingford, Katelynn Pedersen also had 12 points and Bagaason seven when nine Rocket players scored points.

Boys hockey

After four straight wins, the Delano-Rockford boys hockey team was slowed by a couple of state-ranked teams. After losing 3-1 to Breck, the team was shut out 3-0 by St. Cloud Cathedral, another ranked team.

The offense broke free by overpowering New Ulm 5-3 Saturday. Delano-Rockford plays at St. Michael-Albertville Thursday, Dec. 20 and is home to Superior, Wisconsin, at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27.

“Overall, we did some very good things against St. Cloud Cathedral, but were unable to put the puck in the back of the net,” said coach Steve Brown about how his squad was competitive.

Specifically, he pointed to the play of junior defenders Grant Prinsen and Lars Halonen. Senior Aaron Grangroth played well in goal against SCC, making 32 saves.

Facing not so much pressure at New Ulm, all three forward lines put pressure on the goaltender throughout the game.

Linemates Adam McLain, Justin Oja, and Eric Ylitalo each recorded at least three points. Ylitalo had three goals and one assist. McLain scored a goal with two assists and Oja added three assists.

Sophomore goaltender Brett Norling made 15 saves.


Rocket gymnastics

Although coach Jessica Johnson said her Rockford gymnastics team came up short in a 122.875-119.325 loss to Maple Lake last week, “We still were able to walk away from the meet knowing we are on the right path.”

Johnson said after the loss team practices have been more productive and gymnasts were more determined to come to meets ready to compete.

Mikayla Erickson was first on balance beam, plus was second on floor exercise and vault.

Rachel Selly was fourth on floor and fifth on vault. Amber Sahli took fourth on bars. Hailie McLearen placed third on beam and Madisyn Bartlett was fifth on beam.