Dad’s gone, but his memory lives on

It’s later in the evening as I write this. I made it through what could have been a tough day, but I had my Special Education students and my coworkers to keep me occupied. Only now, with one of my wonderful sons, his wife and their daughter in the other room and no one else around, do I have time to reflect on the fact that on this date, 16 years ago (1998), Peter M. Lamberts, the most wonderful father this lad could have had, passed away at the age of 88. Oh my gosh, yes, I miss him so. On my parents’ wedding anniversary, Aug. 20, 1998, I was in the Netherlands, traveling with the Hope College men’s basketball team on their 11-day trip around “the old country.” I stayed up until 2 in the morning to wish mom and dad a happy anniversary, not knowing at the time it would be their last anniversary together. At dad’s funeral, I mentioned to my sister, Joan, who has since joined mom and dad in the heavenly choir, that I felt bad not being back home to be part of the anniversary party. Joan looked me in the eye and said, simply: “Don’t ever say that again. Your father was quite proud of the fact he could tell people his son was ‘in Europe, on business.'” That was dad, always putting the importance of others ahead of himself. He did that when he birthed the City of Kentwood back in 1967 and served as its first Mayor until 1979. Then he retired and lived a relaxing life with his wife, my mom — Sue, who died in 2013 just three weeks shy of 100 years. I have tried to model myself in that same way. I hope I have succeeded. And I hope I can live as long … and prosper. I love you, dad.

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No. 1 Dux run past Holland Christian

It may not have been such a surprise when the Holland Christian football team stopped Zeeland West on the Dux’s first possession Friday night.
After all, only one team in the last three games — Holland High — was able to reach the end zone the first time it got the ball against the Maroons.
What was not much of a surprise was that Zeeland West, the No. 1 team in the state in Division 3, recovered from giving the ball over on downs at the 10-yard line.
The Dux scored on their next six possessions and converted all six of their two-point conversion attempts on the way to a 48-12 win over Holland Christian.
Zeeland West is now 9-0 and has to wait to see who its first-round opponent will be in the Michigan high-school playoffs.
Though Holland Christian kept Zeeland West out of the end zone early, Zeeland West still scored first. Casey Brinks’ 37-yard pass to Jayk Slager got the ball close to the goalline and Dakota Geurink finished the drive with a 1-yard run.
The Dux scored three times in the second quarter on runs from Brinks (12 yards), Nick Jasch (10 yards) and Geurink (12 yards), but Holland Christian stayed fairly close on Lukas Bruxvoort’s 42-yard reception and Caleb Brink’s 27-yard catch of Jared Stygstra’s pass.
That latter touchdown came with 0:00.5 showing on the clock and got Holland Christian to within 32-12, but the Maroons were unable to sustain any possible momentum they gathered.
Holland Christian won the coin toss to begin the game and chose to receive, so Zeeland West got the ball back to begin the second half.
The Dux scored got touchdown runs from Brinks and Jasch in the third quarter to ensure there would be no late rally.
Jasch had 15 carries for 129 yards to lead a Zeeland West attack that ground out 376 yards. Geurink had 95 yards on 10 carries and Brinks rushed for 95 yards and threw for 70 more.
Holland Christian threw a lot more than it did a week earlier against Unity Christian as Stygstra completed 17-of-30 passes for 209 yards and the two touchdowns. The senior quarterback also ran for 73 yards.