Rockford Sports report
BY DAVE PEDERSEN
If Rockford’s girls basketball hopes to rebound from a 2-9 start, a key reason could be junior Brianna Calder.
After missing five of the 11 games with a concussion, Calder recently returned to provide a spark on both offense and defense. She netted 17 points in a loss to Watertown-Mayer and grabbed 15 rebounds to go with nine points in last week’s 59-47 loss to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.
In Monday’s 67-15 romp over Brooklyn Center, Calder led with 12 points and 11 rebounds before yielding playing time to reserves.
Calder is not a tall basketball player at 5-9, but makes up for it in athletic ability. As a sophomore last year she helped the Rockets advance to the state fastpitch softball tournament as the shortstop. Calder was the starting soccer goalie last fall.
“She plays with a lot of heart,” said coach James Carr about Calder. “She is very good at using positioning to make her an effective rebounder at both ends. We can use her on the perimeter or down low, making her a tough person to guard.”
Calder makes the most of her opportunities, shooting above 50 percent on the season. She can hit the jump shot and has a “nice little hook shot around the basket,” adds Carr. “Brianna brings a lot of things to the table as a captain. When she was not playing, she did a great job at helping players stay positive and helped out the girls in any way.”
Against HLWW senior Jordan Weeding had 14 points and four steals. Sam Bagaason and Calder both scored nine points and Abby Botten had six assists.
Against Brooklyn Center Hnubci Lee and Weeding both scored 10 points in a game when all varsity players got on the court.
The Rockets are home against Eden Valley-Watkins Thursday, Jan. 16, play at Kimball Tuesday, Jan. 21, are home against Foley Thursday, Jan. 23 and are home to Pierz Friday, Jan. 24.
Boys basketball rolled to a 71-50 victory over Holdingford in the only game played last week due to cold weather. The Rockets improved to 8-3 overall.
In a balanced scoring attack scoring leaders were Brock Deering (16), Joe Agre (15), Brendon Schumacher (11), Ben Zilmer (9), Jeremy Bingham (8) and James Monssen (7). Nick Tully was out with an ankle injury.
Rockford faces Pierz at St. Cloud State, 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. The team goes to Annandale Tuesday, Jan. 21 and is at Eden Valley-Watkins Thursday, Jan. 23.
After the Princeton Invitational was cancelled last Saturday, Rockford’s gymnastics team competes at Becker Thursday, Jan. 16 and is at Maple Lake Friday, Jan. 24.