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Heath Hotzler, Published April 20 2007

Cobber savoring his tennis

Concordia senior Jordy Kamerling is proof that sports can be more than just recreation.

For Kamerling, being a part of the Cobbers men’s tennis team may have saved his college diploma.

Kamerling, who was raised in Holland, came to Moorhead to study abroad during his senior year of high school in 2001.

He attended Moorhead High and lived with former Spuds baseball coach Jim Hurley and family.

Kamerling said part of the reason for coming to the United States was to participate in high school athletics.

“I didn’t really like high school that much (in Holland),” he said. “We had gym class one hour a week and that wasn’t enough time to release all my energy. That was one part of my high school education that I really missed.”

An avid baseball and tennis fan since age 8, Kamerling chose tennis at Moorhead when it was clear he would play a major role for the Spuds in the sport.

He finished fourth at the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 meet as a senior. After graduation, Kamerling went back to Holland and began working. He enrolled at a college in Amsterdam a year later, but things didn’t go well without tennis. He was ready to transfer when he visited the Hurleys in Moorhead during the summer of 2003.

Then it dawned on him on a drive past the Concordia campus: Why not become a Cobber?

“It was really impulsive,” Kamerling said.

Since enrolling at Concordia in the fall of 2003, Kamerling has been a consistent winner on the tennis court and in the classroom. An international business major, he’s been penciled in at No. 1 singles the past two years and played No. 1 doubles for four years.

Kamerling is 9-3 in singles play this season.

“This is the best I’ve ever played,” he said. “I’m loving it. Playing tennis has made my school experience so much easier.”

Odds and ends

Concordia senior shortstop Kelli Niess set the school record for career hits with 142. The previous record was 133. … Thirteen players from the Dakota Athletic Conference will participate in the NAIA Senior Classic All-Star Football Game on Saturday in Platte City, Mo. Erik Dirk and Elliot Sims of Jamestown College and Valley City State’s Joe Maresh and Christopher Reid will be members of the Americans team.

Readers can reach Heath Hotzler at (701) 241-5562 or hhotzler@forumcomm.com. Hotzler’s small college blog can be found at www.areavoices.com