BY DAVE PEDERSEN
Rockford placed three teams in the title game at the recent Rocket Shootout tournament, conducted as a primary fundraiser for the program.
The fifth and sixth grade Green teams both captured championships, while the fourth grade green squad finished second. The event featured Class B and C teams.
The sixth-graders improved to 14-0, winning titles at all four tournaments entered this season. The team will play in three Class A tournaments leading to the state tourney in March.
At the shootout tourney, Rockford defeated St. Anthony 43-27, Delano 34-12, Monticello 53-32 and Westonka 44-33.
The team includes Luke Pepin, Drew Engebretson, Todd Traen, Ryu Lee, Nels Trandahl, Everett Brun, Austin Schloeder, Jake Andrew, Carter Kulavik, Luke Pepin and Karsen Pryzbilla. Assistant coaches are Tom Traen and Kevin Engebretson.
Rockford’s fifth grade Green team improved to 15-1 to go with four tournament titles this season. The lone loss came in the title game of the Rockford Showcase tournament conducted earlier in the season.
Coach Paul Reynolds said his team has no standout player, but has a group that plays well together. In two of the three tourney wins, every player scored. Rockford defeated Becker, Delano and Edina.
Players include Cooper Pederson, Connor Schreckenghaust, Ryan Lowe, Levi Broking, Ben Odette Dillon Lundberg, Logan Reynolds, Ryan Boysen and Mike Nelson. Assistant coaches are John Lowe and Julie Schreckenghaust.
Rockford’s fourth grade Green team captured second at the shootout tourney, improving to 10-3 overall. After losing the first two games this season, the team has won 10 of the last 11 games. Tourney titles were claimed at the Rockford Showcase and Armstrong events.
Head coach Mark Perry is assisted by Mitch Edwards. Rockford advanced to the title game by defeating Buffalo 30-26 and Delano 26-25, before losing to Mankato Loyola 37-16.
Sam Zilmer led the way in scoring, averaging 11.0 points per game. Carter Edwards averaged 6.3 rebounds per game. The team includes Macoy Pryzbilla, Noah Eide, Winston Smith, Stephan Jankowski, Matt Larson and Nolan Perry.