June 9 2011

Rockford JV girls lacrosse finishes season strong

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Rockford’s junior varsity girls lacrosse team finished the season with two good wins as they closed out the season going 14-3-1. The JV girls picked up a win against Kalamazoo United’s varsity squad by the score of 13-8. Leading the way was attack player Rosie Morrisson, who added to her team-leading goal total by tallying eight goals. Also contributing on the offensive end with one goal each were Maddie Ek, Paige Howard, Sierra Homoki, Kaitlyn Phillips and Lauren Whitfield. Strong goaltending by Kelsey Larsen and Lauren Whitfield sealed the victory for the Rams. The final game of the season was against state powerhouse Okemos. The Rockford girls put it all together and came away with a 8-7 victory. Leading the Rams to victory was midfielder Aimee Hite who had four goals and an assist. Hite also added to her team-leading stats for ground balls and caused turnovers by picking up two ground balls and creating two caused turnovers. Also scoring for the Rams were Lane Dubes, Ek, Morrisson and Sawyer Rocheleau. As they have been all season, the defense played another strong game. The defense was led by Grace Degelder, Kylie Wodaski, Howard, Morgan Swartout and Tori Elliot. As with many junior varsity teams, this team faced many challenges throughout the season due to players being called up to the varsity level at different stages of the year. Despite these team changes, each girl was able to step up and fill the shoes of those girls who were promoted. This team really demonstrated what it means to be a team and work together toward a common goal.  

Local athletes place well in G.R. Triathlon

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Rockford High School juniors Harrison Webb and Josh Travis demonstrated the school’s broad athleticism as they placed third (1:22:19.8, trophy) and fourth (1:24:50.8), respectively, in the male 19-and-under sprint category—750-meter swim, 20K bike and 5K run—at the inaugural Grand Rapids Triathlon on Saturday, June 3. Also, Webb placed first (36:59.6) in the biking portion of the male 19-and-under sprint category, and Travis impressively placed first (11:23.0) in the swimming segment of this age group. This triathlon attempt was the first for both.  

CLASSIFIEDS — June 9, 2011

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HELP WANTED Cedar Springs—PART-TIME POSITION with thriving Cedar Springs company! Lots of variety in this fast-paced position: data input, filing, stocking, packing, and more. Seeking a detail-oriented, self-starter with strong work history, excellent communication and typing skills. Ideal for a mom who wants flexibility, nights/weekends off and light summer hours. Fax letter/resume to: (616) 696-7471.        p23 ______________________ FOR SALE Misc.—1939 Allis Chalmers tractor with spread axle, plow and thatcher, $900. Full-size bed head/foot board, two dressers, mirror, $50. Sailboat, 10′ from front to sail, all set and ready to go. (616) 712-6660. p23 ______________________ CLASSES AND LESSONS New low rates! Lessons on guitar & many other stringed instruments. Call Joe (616) 874-8582.     btfn ______________________ LOST AND FOUND LOST—iPod Touch 4th Generation, 32 gigabytes, Belmont area/West River Dr./Cannonsburg Road. Lost Thursday, May 27, Memorial Day weekend. Please call Lucas at (616) 447-8202.       f23 ______________________ LOST—Cell phone, Motorola i60c, last seen at Independent Bank in downtown Rockford on Friday, June 3. (616) 866-1180.       f23 ______________________ LOST—black Nikon camera and case. Last used near the Rockford dam on Easter Sunday. Very important pictures on the memory card. (616) 262-2522.     f19 ______________________ FOUND—baby stroller at Rockford Meijer on April 10. Call to identify (616) 813-3614.    f14 ______________________ FOUND—set of keys found in the parking lot by Glik’s and Pederson Funeral Home. Call to identify, (616) 532-9477.    f11 ______________________ FOUND—young male dog with short hair in the Edgerton and 14 Mile Road area on March 9. (616) 263-9371.      f11 ______________________ FOUND—white shepherd mix with choker. 10 Mile and Young area. (616) 690-3803.     f09 ______________________ PETS AND SUPPLIES Kittens—free to a good home: two older kittens, cream color, good dispositions. (616) 696-9455.       f22 ______________________ 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.  

Crestwood Elementary School rallies behind student

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by ANA OLVERA As 11-year-old Maddie Tomasko faces a difficult time in her life, her friends, family and community rally behind her in support. Maddie, a fifth-grader at Crestwood Elementary School, was diagnosed on April 7 with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). According to the National Cancer Institute, AML is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes a large number of abnormal blood cells. Crestwood sent out a press release to students and parents informing them of Maddie’s diagnosis. Maddie left DeVos Children’s Hospital last week Thursday, May 27, after her 50th day of treatment and has a bone marrow transplant pending within the next few weeks. Her stay at the hospital, however, has been one she has been able to enjoy. “If Maddie could describe her stay in one word, it’d be Rhys, her child life specialist,” Maddie’s mom Cheryl Tomasko said. “He’ll spend time with her and take her to the playroom. He keeps it lighthearted and upbeat.” “Maddie is the typical 11-year-old girl who loves life and her friends… even her brothers sometimes,” reads the press release. “Her true love is Hunter, her Brittney Spaniel.” Maddie also has chickens and loves horses. Students keep in touch with Maddie every day by talking with her via Skype, a video chat program, during their recess. Skype was also used during the students’ graduation from the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. “We try to take her wherever we go, and technology gives us that opportunity,” said Andrea Zomberg, a teacher at Crestwood. “[Maddie] feels honored. With her fears of being different, it’s been reassuring to still have that contact with her friends. It kind of shows that things haven’t changed, so to speak,” Cheryl said. Crestwood Elementary held different fundraisers every month to help raise money for Relay for Life, beginning with a movie night in January. T-shirts, bracelets, and Airhead candy were sold throughout the fundraising as well. In May, the school held a month-long “Coins for a Cure” competition between all the classrooms. Andrea Zomberg’s fifth-grade class won the “Coins for a Cure” competition. Zomberg motivated her students to donate coins by giving them a calendar of opportunities, such as wearing a hat, reading a magazine during reading time, or […]

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