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Four tennis athletes named All-Conference

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

by LIZ SINKEVICS A record number of four members of the Rockford Rams girls varsity tennis team were named as OK Red All-Conference players, according to Coach Tom Huizing. The players are Lauren Korlewitz at first singles and Marjeanne Bothma at second singles, both freshmen, and the first doubles team of senior Jillian Haverkate and junior Katie Rachon. The eight coaches of the OK Red chose 10 singles players and two doubles teams as All-Conference players based on their records in conference matches throughout the season as well as their records at the conference tournament. Overall, the Rockford team’s record was 10-1-1, with two first-place wins and one second-place finish at the invitationals, a tie for first at the OK Red conference tournament, finishing second in the conference by just one point and winning the Class A Division I regional tournament for the first time in school history. Huizing said this is the first time so many Rams have been named to All-Conference during his four years of coaching at Rockford High School. The announcement came as the team prepared for last weekend’s state finals in Midland. It was the Rams’ second appearance at the state tournament in as many years. Huizing, who was named Regional Coach of the Year in the OK Red, said the team’s record was the best in his seven years as a coach. The stellar 2009 spring season also brought the highest finish he’s seen at a conference tournament, his first regional tournament win, his first time for back-to-back appearances at the state finals, his first victory against West Ottawa High School, and his first loss to Hudsonville High School, whose resurgent program topped the OK Red conference.  “This team has meant the world to me,” said Coach Huizing, who is also a high school social studies teacher and former tennis standout at Aquinas College. “I have dedicated myself to these girls and the tennis program. I have the utmost respect for these girls as athletes and people. The girls have exceeded all my expectations.” Huizing said his goal for the team is constant improvement, mentally and physically, at matches, invitationals and tournaments. “These girls have taken this goal and dominated it,” he said. “These girls have given me a […]

Varsity girls tennis takes 14th place at state finals

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

by LIZ SINKEVICS Rockford girls tennis Coach Tom Huizing last week commended his team for what he called “a magical season” following the Rams’ 14th-place finish at the state finals during the last weekend of May. Winning matches under the blue skies of Midland were freshman Lauren Korlewitz at first singles, senior Jillian Haverkate and junior Katie Rachon at first doubles, senior Michaela Young and junior Mackenzie Young at third doubles, and senior Meliah Mead and junior Lindsay Gauger at fourth doubles. After a bye in the first round, the unseeded Young sisters won a match against sixth seed West Bloomfield to reach the quarterfinals, where they lost to third seed Grosse Pointe South. The Rams ended up tied for 14th with Clarkston, Grand Blanc and Port Huron, with four points. Midland Dow won with 30 points, and Ann Arbor Pioneer was second with 29.             This was the first time in Rockford High School history that the girls tennis team qualified for state finals in back-to-back years. Three players-Haverkate, Rachon and senior Anna Sinkevics-were members of both state finals teams. Overall, the team’s record was 10-1-1, with two first-place finishes and one second-place finish at invitationals, a tie for first at the OK Red conference tournament, a second-place overall finish in the conference by just one point and winning the regional tournament for the first time in school history. Haverkate, Korlewitz, Rachon and freshman second singles player Marjeanne Bothma were named as All-Conference players. Huizing, a teacher at Rockford High School, was named Regional Coach of the Year. He was assisted at the state finals by JV-B Coach Matt Drolett. According to the Michigan High School Athletics Association, state finals results for the Rams were: Number one singles-first round: Korlewitz of Rockford d. Sarah Awe of Romeo, 6-3, 6-0; second round: number one seed Kelsey Dieters of Rochester d. Korlewitz, 6-1, 6-0. Number two singles-first round: Tanya Joseph of Northville d. Bothma of Rockford, 6-1, 6-1. Number three singles-first round: Alex Stembaugh of Rockford, bye; second round: Anna Parker of Rochester d. Stembaugh, 7-5, 6-4. Number four singles-first round: Jenelle Miller of Rockford, bye; second round: number four seed Emily Lynch of Grosse Pointe South d. Miller, 6-1, 6-0. Number one doubles-first round: Haverkate/Rachon […]

Classifieds – June 4, 2009

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

HELP WANTED LOOKING FOR TEAM PLAYERS. Will train. Flexible hours. Write your own paycheck. Call Lew Boersma, Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt/Rockford Office, (616) 866-4434.      b23 ______________________ Stites Eye Care in Rockford is looking for a personable, outgoing part-time (25-30 hrs.) optical assistant to compliment our great team. Drop off resumes to our office at 6840 Northway Drive in Rockford.       b23 ______________________ Job Opportunity in sales. The Cedar Springs Post Newspaper is looking for someone to sell newspaper advertising for our northern weekly. Work as a team with our eight-person crew. Looking for someone to devote a 40-hour week to building a client base of customers and friends. Work your job into a secure income. If interested, send resume or e-mail message to      ftfn ______________________ Mystery shoppers earn up to $100 a day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Experience not required. (877) 715-3339.      p23 ______________________ Friendly person wanted for customer service/sales job at The Rockford Squire newspaper. We are sad our associate just got the “dream job” he has been going to school for. The good news is we have an opening for one new co-worker. A friendly, outgoing, persistent individual will enjoy success here. For more information, call Beth at (616) 866-4465, e-mail to, or fax resume to (616) 866-3810.      ftfn ______________________ DAYCARE CHILDCARE OPENINGS-now accepting summer enrollment. Limited openings, infant through school-age children. Call Wee Folk for a tour! (616) 866-4740.      b25cp ______________________ NOTICES Bag Sale at Round Again, 213 East Division, Sparta, June 4-6. (616) 887-2414.      b23 ______________________ FOR SALE Beautiful World Market round glass-top black wrought-iron dining room table with four black wrought-iron chairs, and upholstered seat cushions, $300. (616) 874-1889.      f23 ______________________ Generator, 8,400-watt porter cable with 200-amp auto-transfer switch, $1,695. Hot tub, six-seat, like new, $900. 50-gallon natural gas hot water heater, $35. (616) 863-0834.      p23cp ______________________ Great deal on camera and gear-Pentax digital, 10D, 10.2 megapixel, with 3 lenses, filters, 3 memory cards up to 4 gig, 2 battery packs and chargers Pentax 3-80 Z flash unit. This is a professional photography package at a great price, $1,000 for everything. Invested $2,000 one year ago. Call Tom at (616) 678-4322.      ftfn ______________________ Kitchen cabinets-good shape, medium brown, full set. Asking $1,000. Call (616) 874-7702 […]

Rockford’s top ten academic graduates honored

June 4, 2009 // 0 Comments

In a large school district like Rockford, with 610 students in the graduating class, earning top 10 academic honors is an incredible achievement. Rockford’s top 10 students are an example of excellence for our district. If you see any of these students in the future, congratulate them on their hard work and wish them well in their future endeavors. Rockford will be proudly represented in these students as they work toward their next accomplishments. Allison Dodgers is the tenth-ranked student in the 2009 Rockford High School graduating class. With a grade-point average (GPA) of 4.527, Dodgers is the daughter of Chuck and Karen. Her favorite subjects in school include choir, literature, science and math. In addition to working hard on academics, Dodgers participated in school musicals, “Oliver” in her junior year and “Beauty and the Beast” this year, where she played Mrs. Potts. She also takes private voice lessons, does volunteer work and is active in her church youth group. Dodgers plans to major in biology and has the long-term goal of going into the medical field while remaining strongly affiliated with her church, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and becoming involved in missionary work. Sharing the rank of the eighth-highest graduating senior is Lena Sims, the daughter of Connie and Les. Sims graduated with a GPA of 4.546. The classes she found most enjoyable at RHS include physics and accounting courses. The student-athlete also competed in crew for three years. Sims is a member of the National Honor Society and is a volunteer for C-Snip. She will attend Ohio State University to study business, but has not yet decided on a business specialty. She has not made a decision on what her career will be, but it will be in the business field, perhaps in the financial world.      Trevor Holloway is the sixth-ranked RHS class of 2009 graduate. The son of Donald and Lela, Holloway graduates with a GPA of 4.570. Among Holloway’s favorite subjects are AP physics and AP chemistry. A student-athlete as well as an accomplished academic student, Holloway also participated in crew and marching band. He played in the wind ensemble band, is a National Honor Society Member, has been a Boy Scout, and is active in community […]

Rockford remembered our heroes Monday

May 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford joined the country remembering our fallen heroes on  Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.  Many celebrations include arts and craft booths, entertainment, pig roasts, and parades with lavish floats. In contrast, Rockford’s traditional Memorial Day celebration, sponsored by American Legion Post 102, focused on the true purpose of the holiday-to honor the men and women who have given their lives to defend our freedom. As City Manager, Michael Young said in his remarks at the City Cemetery as part of today’s events, this is not a day meant to mark the start of summer, to open the pool or the summer cottage, or when our biggest decision is what to cook on the grill. It is day when we take time to remember.  It is a day when we stop to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to serve our country.   We will have our opportunity to celebrate the pleasures of our lives in a few weeks during our annual Start of Summer Festival.  We will stuff ourselves at food booths, wander through arts and craft booths, watch our children gather candy thrown from floats of every imaginable type along our parade route, and shout out the obligatory oooh’s and aahhh’s during the fireworks displays.   But today is not a time for that in Rockford. Memorial Day in Rockford is marked more reverently. This year, as in the past, a modest parade featuring veterans, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the Rockford High School Band proceeded along Main Street.  It stopped between Courtland and Bridge Streets for the playing of the National Anthem, a prayer, and some comments honoring heroes from the area and elsewhere. The parade then proceeded through town to the City Cemetery where a simple ceremony included Star Spangled Banner played by the junior high band, a prayer, comments from Michael Young, and a 21-gun salute.  Red and white carnations were then placed on veterans’ graves, after which the solemn sound of Taps was heard echoing from the distance.  Memorial Day was first celebrated in the 1860’s as a day set aside to decorate the graves of fallen Civil War soldiers.  In fact, it was originally known as Decoration Day for that reason. Over the years, its meaning evolved to include […]

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