Rockford sports report
BY DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Not only did Rockford win the Central Minnesota Conference boys golf title last year by a commanding 102 strokes, five Rockets earned All-Conference honors.
Three of those earning high honors return, including two of the top golfers in the league and four of the top six. Coach Bruce Koenen hopes the squad can maintain league dominance and make a run at high section honors.
“I am excited for this year because I have back four returning letter winner from last year’s conference winners,” said Koenen. “After those four the final two spots are up in the air. I have several juniors and sophomore out that have very little experience because we lost three seniors last year that played varsity most of their high school years.”
Brody Harstad and Ty Griifin are senior captains. They both should be considered the top two golfers in our conference and should be battling each other for the conference medalist. Griffin was second last year and Harstad third in the conference.
Junior Ben Skinner was also All-Conference last year placing seventh. Senior Colton Stecker came on strong last year and played the number six spot at sections.
Juniors out are Jake Boken, Jon Olson and Sam Schunemann. Sophomores include Nathan Aarsvold, Tucker Frederich, Dustin Kowal and Dylan Stetter. Senior Alex Stolzmann has little golfing experience.
Koenen says nine ninth-graders are out and maybe one of them will step up and take a varsity spot.
Last season Rockford had a team total of 1159 strokes for the seven conference meets. Osakis was second with 1261 and BBE took third at 1270. Koenen said, “It must be some kind of a record and it is the biggest margin I can remember.”
The first league meet is scheduled for Friday, April 11 at Prairie View golf course. A more likely first meet is Thursday, April 24 at ShadowBrooke.
Rockford’s girls are hoping to start the golf season Tuesday, April 15 at Shamrock in Corcoran, the home course.
TRACK AND FIELD
Track and field heads to the Pierz Invitational Friday, April 11. All Junior High and junior varsity track teams in the Central Minnesota Conference will compete at Rockford’s new track facility Thursday, April 17 starting at 4 p.m.
The baseball team hopes to get the season started at home, 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 11 against Zimmerman. Rockford also is home to Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Monday, April 14 before traveling to face Kimball Thursday, April 17.