Rockford girls lacrosse goes 2-2 for the week

Roxy Rosema (#12), Michon Moline (#13) and Taylor Hiner (#8) close in on Lauren McCarty from Catholic Central.

Roxy Rosema (#12), Michon Moline (#13) and Taylor Hiner (#8) close in on Lauren McCarty from Catholic Central.

The Lady Rams had an up-and-down week, alternating wins and losses through four games.

 In a conference battle against Grand Rapids Catholic Central, the Lady Rams lost a hard-fought game 4-3 on Wednesday, April 29. The Rams rallied back from the injury to defensive standout senior Shelby Smith, who injured her knee early in the first half. They never completely regained their composure after the injury to one of their emotional leaders. The Rams out-shot the Cougars 31-11, but ran into a hot goalie, Lindsay McCarty, who made a record 28 saves in the game, spoiling Senior Night for the Rams. Andi Raymond had all three goals for Rockford, and Meagan Emery added an assist. Raymond had a penalty shot with one click left on the clock that would have sent the game to overtime, but it went just wide as time expired. The rematch will be May 13 at Catholic Central, and it looks to shape up as the conference championship.

Saturday, May 2, the Rams traveled to Okemos for a play day with three games. The Rams began the day with a victory over Brighton 12-4. Rockford will face them again in the regional opener May 20. Gabby Twiest was strong in goal for the Rams, as she maintains a goals-allowed average of less than five. Lexi O’Connor and Alyssa Neumen were all over the field on defense, taking away numerous opportunities from Brighton.

Emery led all scorers with five goals on six shots. Raymond added four, Michon Moline added two, and Kelsei Streeter chipped in with a goal. Raymond and Abbey Neerken continued their strong draw play by winning 11 center draws. Senior Roxy Rosema had two caused turnovers for the Rams.

In the rematch with Okemos, the Rams hung tough and out-shot the Chiefs in the first half, but could not find the net. The number-one-ranked Okemos team pulled away 10-3 at the final horn. The Rams played well, but could not solve the transition game of Okemos.

In the final game of the day, Rockford beat Battle Creek United 11-4 as the coaches got everyone into the action. Sophomore goalie Sydney Gray was strong, with eight saves in net. Kelly McCabe, Emily Gray, Neumen and O’Connor led the Ram defense. Rockford scoring was again led by Raymond with three goals and five assists. Moline contributed four goals, and Emery, Rosema, Taylor Hiner, and Twiest each had a goal.

The Lady Rams have two remaining home games, May 4 against defending Division II champ Flint Powers, and May 6 in a cancer benefit contest against conference foe East Grand Rapids. Watch next week’s Squire for results.

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Parsell signs letter of intent to attend GRCC

Mike Parsell signs a letter of intent with GRCC.	Photo by DOUGLAS PHOTOGRAPHY

Mike Parsell signs a letter of intent with GRCC. Photo by DOUGLAS PHOTOGRAPHY

Rockford High School is pleased to announce that varsity baseball’s senior captain Mike Parsell has officially signed a letter of intent with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Parsell was recruited to play third base for the Raiders.

GRCC is regarded as one of the top Division II baseball junior colleges in the country. The Raiders have won an amazing five national titles, including three in a row from 2003 to 2005.

This year, Parsell leads the Rams offensively. As of April 26, 2009, he is leading the team in hits, doubles, batting average, slugging percentage and total bases. Parsell carries a 3.77 cumulative grade-point average, and is the son of Tim and Karen Parsell.

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Girls water polo near upset at West Ottawa

Mary Keeley out-swims a Grandville player.	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Mary Keeley out-swims a Grandville player. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

by PATRICK KEELEY

The West Ottawa Panthers water polo girls celebrated senior night at their pool when they hosted the Rockford Rams on Thursday, April 30. Rockford quickly took control with two goals and it looked like a Ram party instead.

Then West Ottawa stopped the Rams’ next scoring try and scored themselves, and the battle was on. Then, both teams each scored three more goals, and Rockford led at the half, 5-4. Kelsey Vermeer scored her third goal of the day to make it 6-4, but West Ottawa defense clicked and the Panthers came back with one goal in the third. Then the Panthers tied the score at six apiece with five minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

Molly Wooldridge got the ball in the hole and, with a player drowning her, managed to get a shot off and beat the goalie to give the Rams a one-goal lead. A minute later, Christina Weston looked right and zinged one left into the left side of the net for the final goal to give the Rams a hard-fought 8-6 victory.

With the win, the Rams need only one more win-against East Kentwood on May 5, which is also senior night for Rockford-and they will be undefeated in league play.

Rockford’s water polo girls have been incredibly busy for the last two weeks, with the varsity and junior varsity teams playing almost 20 games each. The varsity team managed to beat Grand Haven, Hudsonville and Zeeland twice each, plus Grandville, Forest Hills and East Grand Rapids once each. But a tournament final loss to Ann Arbor Pioneer, and losses to Chicago area teams from Stevenson, Fenwick and McCauley, followed by additional losses to Ann Arbor Pioneer and Fenwick May 2 give the Rams more losses than Rockford has had in years.

Coach Reickard was philosophical, saying, “In Chicago, we got off to a slow start and made too many mistakes. Then we picked up the pace and our last game was our best. We moved the ball. Fenwick hasn’t been held under eight goals all year, and we had them until the last quarter when they beat us 4-3. It was a successful tournament and it taught us what we need to do to make a successful run at the state tournament.”

Rockford will be hosting this year’s district playoffs on Friday, May 8, with the championship games on Saturday, May 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kaitlyn Korhorn tips away the ball. 	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Kaitlyn Korhorn tips away the ball. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holly Nauta keeps the ball away from Grandville. 	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Holly Nauta keeps the ball away from Grandville. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina Weston defends against Grandville. 	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Christina Weston defends against Grandville. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ashley Gremel sprints to tap in a rebound against Grandville. 	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Ashley Gremel sprints to tap in a rebound against Grandville. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariel Beattie goes for the ball held by Grandville. 	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Ariel Beattie goes for the ball held by Grandville. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Molly Wooldridge scores the game-winning goal against West Ottawa. 	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Molly Wooldridge scores the game-winning goal against West Ottawa. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Marshall 	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Rachel Marshall Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina Weston scores against West Ottawa. 	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Christina Weston scores against West Ottawa. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelsey Vermeer shoots for a goal against West Ottawa. 	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Kelsey Vermeer shoots for a goal against West Ottawa. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Keeley passes the ball, keeping it away from Grandville. 	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Mary Keeley passes the ball, keeping it away from Grandville. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natalie Beeg gets an arm to face West Ottawa. 	Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

Natalie Beeg gets an arm to face West Ottawa. Photo by PATRICK KEELEY

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Classifieds — May 7, 2009

HELP WANTED

Customer Service-immediate openings! Local Grand Rapids outlet for Michigan manufacturing company has immediate openings. No experience necessary, company will train. Also looking for Branch Manager trainee. All positions paid vacations and monthly bonuses. For one-on-one interview, call (616) 243-1250.      b19
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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, persistant individual will enjoy success here. For more information, call Beth at (616) 866-4465 or e-mail squiremail@aol.com or fax resume to (616) 866-3810.      ftfn
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Mystery Shoppers-Earn up to $100 per day. Undercover shoppers needed to judge retail and dining establishments. Experience not required. (800) 720-5403.      p22
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HOMEMAKER TO MONEYMAKER-Thinking of a change? Highly selective real estate company seeks career-minded individuals. Must be willing to work hard and be trained. Call Lew Boersma, Coldwell Banker AJS-Schmidt/Rockford Office, (616) 866-4434.      b19
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JOB OPPORTUNITY-Looking for someone who wants to do more than just a sales job.  A weekly hometown newspaper in northern Kent County has an opening for someone who is creative, organized and likes working with people to join our eight-person company team. Not boring. If you can generate excitement, you can earn while you learn. Commission means you can make your own salary depending on your commitment level. Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. If interested send resume to superman49@charter.net or fax to (616) 696-9010 or mail to PO Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319. No phone calls please.     ftfn
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Accountant and bookkeeper needed urgently. For more information, contact StephenMoore79@yahoo.com.      p24
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NOTICES

Second Annual Cannon Area Business Association Car Show, June 16. To pre-register your classic car, call Ted at (616) 874-4444.      f19
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Auction: May 16, 10:00 a.m. at Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church on Myers Lake Ave., Rockford. Food and beverages available at 11:00 a.m. Call (616) 866-42998 or visit www.coumc.com.      p20cp
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FOR SALE

Beautiful wedding gown, size 4. Wore once for four hours. Off-shoulder, long train, pink sequins and white pearls on bodice and train. (616) 874-4023.      p19
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Kitchen cabinents-good shape, medium brown, full set. Asking $1,000. Call (616) 874-7702 for more information.      ftfn    
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GARAGE SALES

Wellington Ridge, 9155 Lady Lauren-May 7-8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Old Victorian chair, gun cabinet, rugs, TV Leapster, hand Leapster, flowergirl dresses, prom dresses, clothes, toys.      f19
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Yard Sale-May 8 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 8375 Pine Island. Lots of children’s toys and clothes, Xbox, household items, tools, and adult clothes.      f19
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6941 Camino Del Rey (Lake Bella Vista)-treadmill, dining set, dishes, glassware, tools, table with umbrella, and many more items. May 7-9.
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Blythefield Acres annual garage sales-May 15-16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1/4 mile west of East Beltline and Rogue River  intersection.      p20cp
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Multi-family garage sales-May 14-16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shaffer Estates, Dio Drive off Northland Drive, between 16 and 17 Mile rds.       19cp
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WANTED TO BUY

Boat trailer for 14-foot aluminum V-hull boat. Call (616) 866-4465 or (616) 363-5123. Ask for Beth.      ftfn
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FOR RENT

10811 Sandy Oak Trail, Cedar Springs home for rent. Two bathrooms, three bedrooms, 1,800 sq. feet. Lake access, forest views on cul de sac. Fireplace, storage shed. Awesome neighborhood. $1,200/month. Contact Kara (616) 301-5236 or e-mail kkarbin@yahoo.com.      b19cp
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Pierson, apartment for rent-one-bedroom, $350 per month plus utilities. $300 deposit, $200 pet deposit on approval. Call Jim (616) 696-2202.      b19cp
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CLASSES AND LESSONS

“Always the Best!” Once you go, then you’ll know! Six 1-hour golf lessons-$69. Starting week of April 13. Master teaching professional, Norm Davidson. Golf Emporium, 14 Mile, Rockford. (616) 754-2280.      b21
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Guitar Lessons-Learn guitar the RIGHT way and enjoy it for a lifetime. Lessons also on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, etc. Call Joe (616) 874-8582.     btfn
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SERVICES

Garden/landscape maintenance, spring clean-up. Weekly, monthly, or as needed. Master Gardener. (616) 866-4513.      p19
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LAWN MOWING-trimming, edging. Rates starting at $25 per cut. Full-season contracts only. SCOTT’S OUTDOOR SERVICES. Since 1999. (616) 866-3900.      p21
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I’ll design your flier, brochure, business card for a low rate! Other graphic design also available. Over 17 years experience. Professional design guaranteed. Flier design starting at $30. References available. Call Melanie Ragsdale at (616) 889-9082 or view design samples online at ragsdaledesign.com.      ftfn
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LOST AND FOUND

FOUND-Siamese-mix cat on Blakelee and Belding roads on Thursday, April 30. Call (616) 874-7099 or (616) 915-0805.      ftfn
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FOUND-all-black male cat. Long hair. Found near 11 Mile and US-131. (616) 866-9831.      ftfn
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LOST-male gray cat. Riverwoods area. Last seen on Sat., March 14. (616) 866-0686.      ftfn
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FOUND-Jostens silver class bracelet with initials “D.A.M.” in gold lettering. Found at Sparta Chevrolet. Please call Anna at (616) 887-1791 to identify.      ftfn
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LOST-11-year-old black-and-white male cat. Declawed, right ear misshapen. Last seen on Hessler Dr. in Rockford on Friday, Feb. 20. Call (616) 874-1702, leave a message.      ftfn.
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LOST-female beagle with pink collar, last seen around the Childsdale/White Pine Trail area on Saturday, February 14. (616) 696-0367.      ftfn
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FOUND-gift certificate and a large book found on corner of River Chase and Greystone on New Year’s Eve. Call (616) 450-4939 and identify.      ftfn
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FOUND-Chevrolet keys with keyless remote. Found in parking lot at 355 Northland Dr., next to MI State Police station. Call (616) 866-7050.      ftfn
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LOST-cockatiel, gray, one year old. Talks, whistles, friendly. Lost on September 8 from 18 Mile and Algoma area. Please call (616) 696-0839.     ftfn
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FOUND-Chrysler key found in the Courtland and 11 Mile Road area. Please call The Rockford Squire at (616) 866-4465.     ftfn
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LOST-small Siamese female cat, seal point, spayed. Lost west of river in Rockford near Jericho and Cahill. $50 reward! Call (616) 866-1021.     ftfn
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PETS AND SUPPLIES

Free-three kittens. One gray, one black, one black and gray. Two females, one male. Also free: one older female cat. Call (616) 788-8664.      ftfn
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Free-one calico cat, 2 to 3 years old, indoor/outdoor, plays well with kids. (616) 696-9225.      ftfn
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The Rockford Squire’s “Free” and “Lost & Found” classified ads are free of charge. Call (616) 866-4465 by noon on Monday to place your ad in next Thursday’s issue.
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Squire Visits Jerusalem

Sandy and “Sos” Rowland

Sandy and “Sos” Rowland

Sandy and “Sos” Rowland
on Ben Yehuda
Street in Jerusalem. They are there for a one month sabbatical with husband Larry Rowland who is the pastor of Rockford Baptist Church. Camera shy: Simeon and Larry Rowland.

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