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The Squire has been Rockford’s free weekly newspaper since 1871. Our loyal readership includes over fifteen thousand homes in the Rockford area, including the affluent Lakes area of Lake Bella Vista, Bostwick Lake and Silver Lake; Belmont, Blythefield, as well as Algoma, Courtland, Cannon and Plainfield Townships. The Squire is distributed through the U.S. Post Office every Thursday. We also deliver to in-town businesses and homes with paper carriers and news stands in our grocery stores and over thirty local shops.

Applications being taken for basketball camp

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

Final applications are now being evaluated for the Ten Star All Star Summer Basketball Camp. The camp is by invitation only. Boys and girls aged 10-19 are eligible to apply. Past participants include Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Jerry Stackhouse, Grant Hill and Antawn Jamison. Players from 50 states and 11 foreign countries attended the 2008 camp. College basketball scholarships are possible for players selected to the All American team. Camp locations include Champaign, Ill., Phoenix, Ariz., Babson Park, Fla., Gainesville, Ga., Glassboro, N.J., Ithaca, N.Y., Marietta, Ohio, Lebanon, Tenn., Commerce, Texas, and Blacksburg, Va. There is also a summer camp available for boys and girls aged 9-18 of all skill levels. For a free brochure on these camps, please call (704) 373-0873 anytime, or visit for more information.

Lady Rams track captures state runner-up honors

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  Rockford’s women’s track and field team capped a successful season with a MHSAA state championship runner-up finish Saturday, May 30 at East Kentwood High School, when they finished one point behind state champs Detroit Romulus. The Rams had individuals in 12 of the meet’s 17 events and scored in six events by the end of the day. The pole vault saw the Lady Rams score 12 points when Sarah Birkmeier defended her individual state championship from last year and teammate Danielle Putterman claimed a seventh-place finish. Birkmeier’s winning vault of 13’0″ established a new Michigan state finals record and Michigan state record as she became the highest female vaulter ever for the state. Putterman vaulted 11’2″. Out of 22 Lady Rams, 37 points came in the sprint relays: 4×100 meters, 4×200 meters and 4×400 meters. Seniors Krysten Fischer, Emma Breen and Becky Caywood, along with sophomore Abby Blanchard recorded a state championship performance when they ran a Rockford High School (RHS) school record of 47.97 in winning the 4×100-meter relay. Caywood, Breen, Blanchard and junior Margaret Smiley claimed a fifth-place finish in the 4×200-meter relay in a time of 1:43.56. The 4×400-meter relay saw yet another RHS school record when Caywood and Breen paired up with juniors Rachel Jerrils and Katie Carlson to claim second place in a time of 3:54.28. Jerrils and junior Kylie Basarabski concluded the scoring for the Lady Rams by finishing seventh and eighth in their respective events. Jerrils claimed a seventh-place finish in the 400-meter dash by running a time of 58.48, while Basarabski claimed an eighth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 117’7″. Other Rams competed at the state finals in a number of events. Senior Danielle Putterman competed in the 100 high hurdles, while fellow senior Kelcie Severson competed in the 4×800 relay and 1,600-meter run. Junior Rachel Herald competed in the high jump, while classmate Alyssa Durkin competed in the 4×800 relay. Sophomores Stephanie Birkmeier, Sarah Neideck, Abby Blanchard and Catie Rietsema competed in the pole vault, 4×800-meter relay, 200 dash and 3,200-meter run respectively. Freshman Jane Hawks ran the lead-off leg of the 4×800-meter relay. The Lady Rams’ track and field season included the following accomplishments: invitational championship at the Wyoming Park Relays, […]

Girls water polo finishes seventh in state

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by PATRICK KEELEY Rockford’s girls water polo team attempted to repeat as state champions at Jenison on Friday, May 29, but lost to Ann Arbor Pioneer 6-4. On Saturday, May 30, the Rams lost to West Ottawa 8-4, before winning their final game of the season against East Grand Rapids, 8-4. The Rams knew they had to beat Pioneer to get into the championship, but it didn’t happen. Pioneer star Clio Finnegan, playing with a broken hand, scored three goals and led a stingy defense that thwarted several Rockford six-on-five advantages. The Pioneers held Molly Wooldridge to one goal and shut out Mary Keeley and Kelsey Vermeer. Pioneer led 2-0 after one quarter, but after Keeley won the sprint, Natalie Beeg sent in a rocket to get the Rams’ fans going and make it 2-1. The Rams missed a chance to tie with a six-on-five, and Pioneer scored instead to go up 3-1. The Rams got another kick-out, and had another six-on-five and failed-this time on the ensuing play, Rockford had a man kicked out, and Pioneer scored to go up 4-1 at half.   In the third, Pioneer won the sprint and scored to make it 5-1. Kaitlyn Korhorn began blocking shot after shot from then on, for a total of 17 blocks on the day. Then Ashley Gremel made a beautiful lob shot and it was 5-2.   In the fourth, Keeley won the sprint, Wooldridge scored and it was 5-3. Christina Weston powered her way through the hole and scored to get Rockford’s fourth goal, but the Pioneers ran out the clock and got another goal to beat Rockford, 6-4. On Saturday, the West Ottawa Panthers made school history and beat Rockford for the first time ever since their program began. The Panthers had been humiliated on Friday night by Ann Arbor Huron, losing 8-1, had been beaten on their senior night by Rockford, 8-6, and lost a regional semifinal in sudden-death triple overtime to Rockford, 11-10. The Rams came out sluggish, and it was 4-0 at half. Keeley scored to start the third, but West Ottawa got it right back and it was 5-1. Beeg scored on a six-on-five to end the third at 5-2. However, after a kick-out, the Panthers […]

Rockford crew ends season strong

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by CANDY BURRIS The Rams traveled to Stony Creek Metro Park in Utica, Mich. over Memorial Day weekend to compete in the Michigan State Regatta. Schools and clubs from around the state gathered to race at the all-day event. Rockford came out strong and placed six boats in first, four boats in second, and two boats in third. Starting the gold medal streak was the men’s novice four team of Bryce Vandenberg, Nate Roobol, Jake Madsen, Matt Vermeer, and coxswain Margaret Saelens. This team was quickly followed by the men’s junior four team of Austin Burris, Zach Haugen, TJ Jacobs, Zach Troyer, and coxswain Andrew Saelens. Then the men’s senior four team of Ian Sims, Landon Burris, Levi Pulver, Nate Harrison, and coxswain Andrew Saelens took first. They were followed by the men’s novice eight team of Cody Brown, Roobol, Alex Christensen, Madsen, Trevor Harrison, Andrew Troyanowski, Vermeer, Vandenberg, and coxswain M. Saelens. The men’s junior eight team of Burris, Haugen, Jacobs, Troyer, Sims, Harrison, Troyanowski, Jeff Gleghorn, coxswain A. Saelens also claimed gold. Taking first in one of the last races of the day was the men’s pair, Pulver and L. Burris. Silver medal winners were the men’s double boat of Sebastian Sieracki and Tim Carlson, along with the women’s novice eight boat of Jenna Brower, Lynsey Felty, Carly Johnson, Lindsey Muir, Courtney Brummeler, Alana Christy, Rachel Alberta, Kacie Kinstle, and coxswain Shelby Hodges. Also bringing home silver was the women’s lightweight eight boat of Laura Rohde, Sam Tefft, Alberta, Rita Snyder, Stephani Sawicki, Johnson, Laura Gleghorn, Lauren Madsen, and coxswain Lauren Fay, along with the women’s novice four boat of Brower, Muir, Brummeler, Kinstle, and coxswain Hodges. Bronze medal winners were the women’s senior eight team of Shannon Schmutz, Sarah Lemanski, Marie Albano, Olivia Nielsen, Madsen, Erin Fedeson, Amy Fedeson, Emma Korson, and coxswain Fay, along with the men’s lightweight eight boat of Troy Paskiewicz, Josh Houn, Trevor Holloway, Sam Berndt, Tyler Truxton, Issac Blenman, Tyler McDaniel, Kyle Brown, and coxswain Kylie Torres.

Local students earn Deans List honors

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Baker College of Muskegon recently announced their winter 2009 Deans List. The following students earned a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 for the winter semester. Belmont students include Kaitlyn Cunigan andSamantha Vandriel. Students from Cedar Springs include Nova Blackburn, Tammy DeVries, Kevin Heyboer, Missy Kaiserlian, Patricia Misner, Dennis Ogg, Naelonda Pierre, Sarah Silverman, Carieann Stout, Nathan Struman, Susan VanHemert and Lisa Vanslooten. Greenville students include Kathryn Graves, Samantha Pollock and Deanna Umbarger. Students from Rockford include Kymiri Acklin, Daniel Badovinac, Amber Behrens, Louise Berry, Becky Bowman, Carly Caster, Tamara Christian, Laurel Miller, Brittany Schoonmaker and Jennifer Wilbur. Sparta students include Justin Hampton, Nicole Hansen, Patricia Kelley, Susan Leichty, Saren Love, Jody Ramsey, Rachel Snyder and Jennyfer Walker. Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio, recently announced that Kristina Ronan, daughter of Dave and Sharon Ronan of Rockford, was named to the university’s Dean’s Honor List for the 2009 spring semester. Kristina is a senior majoring in international studies and theater. To be named to the university’s Dean’s Honor List, a student must earn a 3.75 grade-point average for the semester, be carrying at least 12 semester hours, and have no grade lower than a B for the semester.

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