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Go Eagles ! playing football at grand rapids christian high (go
Go Eagles !

Go Eagles !

Go Eagles ! playing football at grand rapids christian high (go

playing football at grand rapids christian high (go

Go Eagles ! playing football at grand rapids christian high (go
Go Eagles ! playing football at grand rapids christian high (go
! playing football at grand rapids christian high (go eagles!) Playing football was an important part

eagles!)

Playing football was an important part of

life for me from rocket league (which is

what they called the kids football

program in grand rapids at the time) all

the way thru high school.

I might have

played in college as well but calvin

didn't have it (& still doesn't doesn't

look like they ever will). Here's a few rare

photos of me , #31, in action

must have

been taken by my dad during the 1983-

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84 season, my junior year. I managed to
84 season, my junior year. I managed to

84 season, my junior year. I managed to

84 season, my junior year. I managed to make all-city honorable mention my…

make all-city honorable mention my…

84 season, my junior year. I managed to make all-city honorable mention my…
84 season, my junior year. I managed to make all-city honorable mention my… 2

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senior

year

This was during the city-

league era (now GRCH is in a different

league) when it was composed of

Ottawa,

Catholic Central, Union, Creston,

& West Catholic (was there another team

or two ?) …

it was composed of Ottawa, Catholic Central, Union, Creston, & West Catholic (was there another team

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. Bill "Moose" Holwerda was our coach … at the time (RIP) and the assistants

. Bill "Moose" Holwerda was our coach

at the time (RIP) and the assistants

included Pettinga,

Vanderkamp,

Frieswyk, and a few others. Our biggest

player was Steve Korhorn

he

played

both ways , noseguard & center, and I

think he made all-state his senior

year.

Also there was Steve Griffeon at …

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  tailback, Scott Brill at lineback, Eric     Spearman (fullback),   Paul Laninga (def
 

tailback,

Scott Brill at lineback, Eric

 
 

Spearman (fullback),

 

Paul Laninga

(def

 

end) (RIP), Rick Byle (defense, RIP)

, and

 

many others

lots

of great teammates

 

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and friends…

and friends… Final score, we BEAT West Catholic, 12-7 ! a big upset ! one of

Final score, we BEAT West

Catholic, 12-7

! a big upset !

one of

the bright spots of the season

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(pic(pic(pic(pic courtesycourtesycourtesycourtesy ofofofof ourourourour seniorseniorseniorsenior yearbook)yearbook)yearbook)yearbook)

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KEEP the FAITH ! 13

KEEP the

FAITH !

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I kept this clip from the Ottawa game because it was “historic” personally for me,

I kept this clip from the Ottawa game because it was

“historic” personally for me, having grown up playing

rocket football with Mike Waalkes who was now the

quarterback for Ottawa. So we were friends but now

rivals & wanted to beat eachother.

They mention a few

of my tackles but I wished they mentioned that I also

intercepted my old pal ! Nonetheless, they DID win,

but at least only barely …we gave them a good scare !

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“ I NO LONGER LIVE, BUT CHRIST LIVES IN ME …” Galatians 2.20

I NO LONGER

LIVE,

LIVE,

BUT

CHRIST LIVES

IN ME…” Galatians 2.20

IN ME …” Galatians 2.20
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CANNONSBURG ? 19

CANNONSBURG ?

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We are the LIGHT of the WORLD, let our LIGHT SHINE…! Matthew 5.14-16 21
We are the LIGHT of the WORLD, let our LIGHT SHINE…! Matthew 5.14-16
We are the LIGHT of the
WORLD,
let our LIGHT
SHINE…!
Matthew 5.14-16

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“God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; He does great things understanding.”
“God's voice
thunders
in
marvelous ways;
He does great
things
understanding.”

beyond our

Job 37:5

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I kept this clip from the Ottawa game because it was “historic” personally for me,
I kept this clip from the Ottawa game because it was “historic” personally for me,

I kept this clip from the Ottawa game because it was

“historic” personally for me, having grown up playing

rocket football with Mike Waalkes who was now the

quarterback for Ottawa. So we were friends but now

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rivals & wanted to beat eachother.

They mention a few

of my tackles but I wished they mentioned that I also

intercepted my old pal ! Nonetheless, they DID win,

but at least only barely …we gave them a good scare !

that I also intercepted my old pal ! Nonetheless, they DID win, but at least only

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these are the ONLY photos I have of ME

playing football at Grand Rapids

Christian High, 1983-84 and/or 1984-85 .

These may be from '83-84 , in fact,

because they must have been taken by

my dad

and

that would have been

before we moved to California before my

senior year of '84-85.

moved to California before my senior year of '84-85. … I actually returned from a summer
moved to California before my senior year of '84-85. … I actually returned from a summer
moved to California before my senior year of '84-85. … I actually returned from a summer

I actually returned from a summer in

before my senior year of '84-85. … I actually returned from a summer in California to

California to finish my senior year in

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Michigan with the friends & classmates

& teachers & coaches I loved &

cherished so much. So, as you can see, I

am #31, and played strong safety

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“I“I“I“I givegivegivegive youyouyouyou aaaa
newnewnewnew
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ANOTHER…”ANOTHER…”ANOTHER…”ANOTHER…”
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I played football in Grand Rapids from

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rockets thru metro to jv & varsity, and

made

All-City Honorable Mention.

I was

a decent player but poor vision (and lack

of contact lenses or glasses at the time) hampered my ability. Our team was also

decent, not great, but not lousy either

Our team was also decent, not great, but not lousy either We won more than we
Our team was also decent, not great, but not lousy either We won more than we
Our team was also decent, not great, but not lousy either We won more than we
Our team was also decent, not great, but not lousy either We won more than we
Our team was also decent, not great, but not lousy either We won more than we

We won more than we lost, and

knocked off a few favorites a couple of

times,

much better than the senior team

a few years prior that went without any

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victories.

Our coach was Bill "Moose"

Holwerda (RIP) who was also the owner

of a sporting goods store (Holwerda

Snoap),…

the owner of a sporting goods store (Holwerda Snoap),… and assistant coaches Pettinga, Vanderkamp,Frieswyk, et al.
the owner of a sporting goods store (Holwerda Snoap),… and assistant coaches Pettinga, Vanderkamp,Frieswyk, et al.
the owner of a sporting goods store (Holwerda Snoap),… and assistant coaches Pettinga, Vanderkamp,Frieswyk, et al.
the owner of a sporting goods store (Holwerda Snoap),… and assistant coaches Pettinga, Vanderkamp,Frieswyk, et al.
the owner of a sporting goods store (Holwerda Snoap),… and assistant coaches Pettinga, Vanderkamp,Frieswyk, et al.

and assistant coaches Pettinga,

Vanderkamp,Frieswyk, et al. Our starting

QB was Jim Timmer

(his dad was a PE

prof at Calvin, maybe that helped him

get the nod).

Our starting tailback was

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Steve Griffeon (star athlete, 3 sports)

who lived a few blocks from our house

in Alger Heights…

(star athlete, 3 sports) who lived a few blocks from our house in Alger Heights… Our
(star athlete, 3 sports) who lived a few blocks from our house in Alger Heights… Our
(star athlete, 3 sports) who lived a few blocks from our house in Alger Heights… Our
(star athlete, 3 sports) who lived a few blocks from our house in Alger Heights… Our
(star athlete, 3 sports) who lived a few blocks from our house in Alger Heights… Our

Our fullback for a while was Eric

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Spearman

tough

kid, I think he got

injured halfway thru the season.

Steve

Korhorn was our biggest player , and

played both ways

noseguard &

center

our

only teammate to make all-

state, but he never

played beyond high

school

to make all- state, but he never played beyond high school And lots of other good
to make all- state, but he never played beyond high school And lots of other good
to make all- state, but he never played beyond high school And lots of other good
to make all- state, but he never played beyond high school And lots of other good

And lots of other good

teammates

Scott

Brill, Dave Engelhard,

Shane Holwerda

, Rick Byle (RIP),

Paul

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Laninga (RIP),Doug Kosters (RIP), Kurt

 

Jelsema (RIP)

 

and the list goes on (and

 

too many rip's :( .

Here's to '85 !

 
(RIP)   and the list goes on (and   too many rip's :( . Here's to

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Our team photo, but I returned too late to be included in the picture .
Our team photo, but I returned too late to be included in the picture .
Our team photo, but I returned too late to be included in the picture .
Our team photo, but I returned too late to be included in the picture .

Our team photo, but I returned too late

to be included in the picture .

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this was from my junior year

this was from my junior year 41

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Go Eagles ! “Let us NOT grow WEARY in DOING what is RIGHT…” Galatians6.9 42

Go Eagles !

“Let us NOT grow WEARY in DOING what is RIGHT…” Galatians6.9
“Let us NOT grow
WEARY
in DOING
what is RIGHT…”
Galatians6.9

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Our kicker, Mike Terhorst !

Our kicker, Mike Terhorst ! Actually, basketball cheerleaders not football, but we still love them !
Our kicker, Mike Terhorst ! Actually, basketball cheerleaders not football, but we still love them !
Our kicker, Mike Terhorst ! Actually, basketball cheerleaders not football, but we still love them !

Actually, basketball cheerleaders not

football, but we still love them !

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“IF ONLY I

“IF ONLY I MAY FINISH the RACE & the MINISTRY ! 46

MAY

FINISH the

RACE

& the

“IF ONLY I MAY FINISH the RACE & the MINISTRY ! 46

MINISTRY !

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