The Rockford Raptors 13U baseball team compiled a 9-2 record and finished second at the 13U AAA World Series held in Battle Creek on July 13-17. With a strong showing in this tournament, the Raptors ended their 2009 season ranked number three in Michigan and number 11 nationally in the USSSA power-ranking standings. In the World Series, the Raptors completed pool play with a perfect 3-0 record with victories over the Livingston Storm, Fort Wayne Cyclones and Diamonds Black. In bracket play, the Raptors compiled victories over GABA Tribe (Ill.), Millard Blue Athletics (Neb.), South Portage Storm, Around-The-Horn Stampede and West Michigan Wildcats. Their lone loss came at the hands of Diamonds Black. Ironically, the Raptors would meet up again with Diamonds Black in the final game to determine who would move on to the championship bracket. Both teams were very familiar with each other, as this would be their third meeting of the tournament. The game was close early on, but the Raptors gained the upper hand and pulled away for an 11-3 victory in a shortened five-inning game. In the championship bracket, the Raptors faced the Detroit Metro Stars, who were ranked number one in the national USSSA power rankings. In a back-and-forth game, the Raptors held a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning, but were overcome by the Stars, who took a 7-5 advantage going into the last inning. The Raptors were able to plate one run, but came up short in a tough 7-6 loss. The runner-up trophy was well-earned as the Raptors ended their 2009 season with a 46-12-1 record.
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Out of 40 teams in the District 9 Little League Tournament, Rockford National went 4-0 in pool play, qualifying for bracket play—with the top 16 teams remaining in the tournament. In bracket play, Rockford lost to Zeeland 13-1, beat Southern East 10-3, and lost to Southern West 14-4. “These kids [ages 9 to 10] have played great, and have represented Rockford baseball with enthusiasm,” said Assistant Coach Jon Barton. Pictured are team members (front row, l–r) Jordan Brown, Andrew Barton, Ty Lottman, Mel Moseley, Teague Farley, Jacob McNamara, Jamie Pilgram; (middle) Paul Reinke, Alex Searl, Trevor Springfield, Nick VandenBurg, Ty DeGraaf; (back) Assistant Coach Jon Barton, Assistant Coach Mel Moseley, and Head Coach Jim Lottman.
Ryan Baumann and Connor Jackson were recently named Players of the Week for the Rockford Rebels 12U baseball team for the week ending July 19, 2009. Baumann was 4-6 with two triples and three RBI. Jackson was 2-6 hitting, while pitching two strong innings in the Gonzoball Tournament on Sunday, July 19.
Merren Mrs. Ardith J. Merren, age 76, of Cannon Township, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 18, 2009. She will be greatly missed by her husband of 56 years, Jack; their children, Kevin (Debra) Merren, Cherry (Dan) Alexander, Kathy (Glenn) Gorton, Amie Merren and her special friend Jeff Traynor; grandchildren, Chris Merren, Chad Stephens, Aaron Alexander, Christi Alexander, Kevin Drumm, Lee Drumm, Kayla Gorton, Alex Gorton; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Darlea (Wesley) Stump; and sisters-in-law, Mrs. Barbara Voogd and Mrs. Helen Lane. Ardie was an avid square dancer, and enjoyed gardening and country living. She treasured her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. She took pleasure in planning, hosting and socializing at family gatherings, parties and events. The service for Ardie was Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 E. Division St., Rockford, with Pastor Mark Love officiating. Interment was in Rockford Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Memorial Fund at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford. Engebretsen Mr. Maynard Engebretsen, age 86, of Rockford, devoted father and grandfather, parted from this life on Thursday, July 16, 2009, to be reunited with his beloved wife of 63 years, June, who preceded him in death. Born February 13, 1923, on the family farm in Winfield Township, Mich., he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, First Air Transport Squadron during World War II, serving in Okinawa. Maynard was the son of Benjamin Engebretsen and Alta Mae Knapp Engebretsen, and was one of three children. He is survived by his children, Douglas (Mary Beth) Engebretsen of Kalamazoo, Thomas (Bonnie) Engebretsen of Rockford, and Kimberly Engebretsen of Baldwin; four grandchildren, Ursula, Michael, Cecilia, and Peter. He was preceded in death by sister, Myla Beth; brother, Kenneth; his son, Steven; and his grandson, Joseph Gabriel. Maynard received a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Michigan State University. He worked as an engineer for many years and was head of safety and security at Lear Siegler Inc. when that company supported instruments for the lunar module and stealth technology. Maynard was a lifelong Republican and told a […]
Navy Airman James A. Heydenburg, son of June M. Durant of Grand Rapids and Jeffery A. Heydenburg of Rockford, and more than 7, 500 sailors of the Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group relieved the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group as Commander, Task Force (CTF) 50 and launched its first aircraft sorties from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 14 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. This marks the fourth deployment for the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) San Diego, Calif., commissioned in July 2003, and its return to Afghanistan. More than 5, 000 sailors, 20 percent of whom are women, serve aboard USS Ronald Reagan and hail from all 50 U.S. states and 40 nations. Operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations are focused on reassuring regional partners of the United States’ commitment to security, which promotes stability and global prosperity. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group has operated within the U.S. 5th Fleet since March. USS Ronald Reagan is joined by the guided-missile cruiser USS Chancellorsville (CG 62). Other Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group ships will support maritime security operations (MSO) while deployed to the region. The guided-missile destroyers USS Decatur (DDG 73), USS Howard (DDG 83) and USS Gridley (DDG 101) and the guided-missile frigate USS Thach (FFG 43) will help deter destabilizing activities and ensure a lawful maritime order in the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden and Red Sea. The squadrons of CVW-14 include the “Redcocks” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 22, the “Fist of the Fleet” of VFA-25, the “Stingers” of VFA-113, the “Eagles” of VFA-115, the “Black Eagles” of Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 113, the “Cougars” of Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 139 and the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4. A detachment from Fleet Logistics Squadron (VRC) 30 is providing logistics support to the carrier. Heydenburg is a 2006 graduate of Rockford High School, and joined the Navy in September 2008.