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Wrestlers head to state finals

Congratulations to Red Hawk wrestlers Austin Wamser and Nic Baird, who will wrestle in the state finals next week.

Two Cedar Springs Red Hawk wrestlers, junior Austin Wamser and senior Nic Baird, are headed to the 2011 Individual State Finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills March 3-5.

Both Wamser and Baird clinched fourth place wins at the Individual Regionals at Dewitt on February 19. Wamser lost his first match to Cody Kline from Clio 9-7, then came back to beat Sean Rusaw from Fenton 12-2 and Codie Naylor from Corunna 5-3 to take his place at state .

Baird had a battle of his own. Losing his first match to Nick Baker from DeWitt 10-4, Baird’s never give up attitude fueled his win against Austin Golden from Linden 9-5. With everything at stake, Baird’s next match was against Tyler Pastor from Fruitport. When Baird and Pastor last met, it didn’t go so well for Baird. Looking to be the victor, Baird took his attitude to the mat and proved to all that this was the match of the day! Baird, who was down in points and came close to getting pinned, returned and pinned Pastor with only 1.8 seconds left in the first period.

Congratulations to the entire Cedar Springs Red Hawks wrestling team for a great season and good luck to Baird and Wamser at the 2011 Individual State Wrestling Finals!

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Youth wrestlers place in tournaments

The Michigan youth wrestling continues on despite the weather roller coaster this month.  Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers have been busy wrestling at five tournaments in the last two weeks.  February 6, 2011 the team split up to participate in two separate tournaments, one at held at Grand Valley State University and the other at Chippewa Hills Intermediate School.  Placers at GVSU were as follows:

In the 5/6 year old age group, Landon Demorest 37lbs/1st, Cody Averill 37lbs/2nd and Maston Wood 58lbs/3rd.

In the 7/8 year group were Trevor Marsman 49lbs/3rd, Jacob Wilson 52lbs/4th, Trentyn Roelofs 55lbs/2nd, and Trenton Snoeyink 61lbs/1st.

In the 9/10 year group were Austin Emmorey 63lbs/4th and Aaron Smith 71lbs/2nd.

In the 11/12 year group was Tylor Carter 112lbs/3rd and the 13-15 year group was Michael Smith 138lbs/1st.

At Chippewa Hills, wrestlers took a total of six first place finishes out of eight placers.  First place finishers were Tacho Gonzales, Reese Gonzales, Ryan Ringler, Allexis Gonzales, Jordan Ringler, and George Gonzales Jr.  Logan Hull took second and Fred Rutledge took third in their divisions.

On Sunday, February 13, wrestlers competed in three tournaments. Landon Demorest traveled to Schoolcraft where he took first in the 5/6 year old at 37lbs.  A second tournament was hosted at Ionia High school: placers in the 5/6 year group were Cody Averill 37lbs/2nd and Maston Wood 58lbs/1st.  In the 7/8 year group were Aaron Smith 71lbs/3rd and Ryan Ringler 85lbs/3rd.  Jordan Ringler took first in the 11/12 year group at 70lbs.

The third tournament was held at Central Montcalm where there were a total of seven top placers.  At the time of this article the exact results were not available, but placers were Aiden Bouwens, Jayden Herroon, Trentyn Roelofs, Michael Korody, Fred Rutledge, Tylor Carter, and Jeremy Wildfong. As winter wears on, be sure that these wrestlers will continue competing and winning.

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Cheer team headed to regionals

The team of 21 Varsity Competitive Cheerleaders had a goal in mind when they walked into the Kenowa Hills gym for their District Competition on Saturday, February 19. They wanted to extend their season by being one of four teams that would qualify to compete at the Regional competition at GR Christian HS on Saturday, February 26. However, they were not the only team at the District Competition that had that goal. Every team dreams of advancing to the next post season competition, but only the top 4 will advance.
“The girls knew they would have to have 3 solid rounds in order to advance and that the competition would be one of the toughest they had faced all season,” said Coach Pamela Ingles.

After round 1, GR Christian was in the lead with a score of 224. The 2nd place team was at 220 and the Red Hawks were in 6th place with a score of 218.3.  Second-sixth place were all within about 2 points of each other. That only confirmed how tight the race to the finish would be. After round 2 the Red Hawks had moved up to 2nd place and were still hoping to win the District title. After the girls finished their round 3, they knew that had a chance, but would it be enough to catch Kenowa Hills who was currently in the lead?

When the announcer was getting ready to read the final results, the girls were huddled together in their team circle hoping that they would advance to the Regional competition and extend their season. Fourth place went to Sparta, 3rd place went to Mona Shores, 2nd place went to Cedar Springs, and 1st place went to Kenowa Hills. The team was excited that they would be continuing on.

The next goal is to be in the top 4 at the Regional competition, which is this Saturday at Grand Rapids Christian High School at 10:00 a.m. This competition will be even tougher since it will be combining 3 districts, 12 of the top teams on the west side of the state, and only 4 will advance to the State Finals.

“This team definitely has the talent, potential, and drive to advance to the State Finals again, but we will need 3 solid rounds as I feel this competition will be even tougher that the District Competition,” commented Coach Pamela Ingles.

Please come out and support the girls at GR Christian HS. Starting time is 10:00 and doors will open for spectators at 9:00. Cost for entry will be $5.00 per person.

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Boxing club undefeated at tournament

Ricardo Rios

Boxers from the Sand Lake Boxing Club competed in Bath, Michigan last Saturday, February 19. Sand Lake went 3-0 in Saturday’s bouts.

Lorenzo Esquivel started the night out by outpointing Ohio’s Brandon Raccio in his boxing debut. In the 8th bout of the night, Nick Ruvalcaba won by 3rd round TKO against Ohio’s Alex Hernandez. Ricardo Rios, competing in his first bout at the 132lb weight class, won via 3rd TKO against Grand Rapids Kevin Cole.

“I feel really strong in this weight class,” said Rios.

The 2011 Golden Gloves Tournament will be held March 12 at the 44th street armory in Grand Rapids. Boxers of the Sand Lake Boxing Club have turned up the intensity of their workouts in preparation for this year’s tournament. This year’s team includes many Cedar Spring boxers. Ricardo Rios will represent Sand Lake in the 132lb open division. Rios is a two time state runner up in the 141lb division. Nate Macdonald, 2010’s 152lb sub-novice city champion, will compete in the 141 novice division. Other local boxers include Nate Phelps at 165lb, Kyle Dunmire at 152lb and Jeff Knapp at 178lb.

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Red Hawks end solid week with victory

Senior Alec Hanmer goes up for 2.

After suffering two losses the week of February 7, and finding out Andrew Klompstra was likely out for the season with an ankle injury, the Cedar Springs boys varsity basketball team needed a better week. On February 15, they traveled to Godwin Heights to take on the OK Silver Champion Wolverines. Godwin entered the game with a 13-2 record and had clinched a share of their league championship.
The Red Hawks kept the game close and trailed 24-21 at the half. In the third quarter, Cedar exploded with a 10-2 run with buckets by Jason Gingrich and Ryan Dines along with two Alec Hanmer 3-pointers and the Red Hawks took a 31-26 lead. Godwin fought back to take the lead. Derek Ash hit four straight free throws to keep the game close with Cedar trailing 38-35.
Kyle Chaney opened the 4th quarter with a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game at 38. Then after a Wolverine bucket, Derek Ash tied it up again at 40 with a lay up. Godwin responded with a 5-0 run and Cedar could get no closer as the Wolverines came out with a slim 6 point victory 57-51.

Senior Tyler Baker scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the Red Hawks.

Cedar Head Coach Andy Secor talked after the game. “To play a team as good as Godwin that close, on their home floor, showed our team and coaches just how far we have come,” he said. “Our starting three guards (Hanmer, Dines, and Gingrich) did a great job of handling the Godwin press for most of the game.  That, along with our solid team defense, gave us a chance to win.”
Hanmer led the Red Hawks with 13 points. Hank Porter had 10 points and led the team with 5 rebounds. Gingrich had 7 points and 7 assists. Ash had 8 points, Dines 5, Tyler Baker 4, Chaney 3, and Trey Reed 1.
On Friday, February 18, the Red Hawks traveled to Forest Hills Northern to take on the Huskies. After the Huskies took a quick 2-0 lead, Tyler Baker tied it up with two free throws. Then 7 points by Alec Hanmer and 5 by Ryan Dines, followed by a Hank Porter 3-pointer, gave the Red Hawks a 16-9 first quarter lead. In a low scoring 2nd quarter, Cedar maintained a 7-point lead with baskets by Hanmer, Porter and Trey Reed and led 22-15 at the half.
Cedar opened the second half with 5 points from Dines and a Derek Ash free throw. Huskies cut the Cedar lead to one point with a relentless pressing and trapping defense. Then Hank Porter drove the lane and made a strong left handed lay up, was fouled, and completed the 3-point play and the Red Hawks led 31-27 after 3 quarters. Tyler Baker made 3 free throws and Ryan Dines hit a driving lay up to build the Red Hawk lead to 9 with 6 minutes to go in the game. After the Huskies cut the lead to 4, a Derek Ash lay up put the Red Hawks up by 6. Then Cedar hit 12 free throws down the stretch as the Huskies were forced to foul. The final score was Cedar Springs 49, Forest Hills Northern 44.
“It was a big win for us,” said Coach Secor  “We have now knocked off the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place teams in our conference. It was all about team defense once again, holding them to 15 first half points.  Ryan Dines had the best game of his career, making great decisions vs. their multiple defenses and also scoring 15 points.  I really thought Tyler Baker and Trey Reed did a lot of little things on both ends of the court that don’t always show up in the stats,” he said.
Dines led the Red Hawks with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Hanmer had 11 points and Porter had 8. Tyler Baker had 6 points and 6 rebounds. Gingrich had 4 points, Ash had 3 and Reed 2.
Secor looked ahead to this week. “Now, a new challenge, 3 league games in one week. Something I have never been a part of. A player’s dream and coach’s nightmare.” The Red Hawks play at Comstock Park on February 22, home against West Catholic the next day, and at Belding on Friday the 25th at 6 p.m.

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Lady Red Hawks lose two

Red Hawk Tiffany Karger led scoring in two games last week, scoring 14 points against West Ottawa, and 8 against Forest Hills Northern.

Cedar Springs Varsity Girls traveled to Holland on Monday February 15, for their last non-conference game against West Ottawa. The game was fast paced and had 4 lead changes and the teams were tied twice. The Hawks ended the first quarter behind by two points, 13-11 but came back to finish the half 21 to 17. The Panthers came back to out score the Hawks 8 to 15 and ended the 3rd quarter with Cedar trailing 32-29. In the fourth quarter, Cedar regained the lead but West Ottawa fought back and out scored the Hawks 5 to 10 and ended the game West Ottawa 42, Cedar Springs 34.

Leading scorer was Tiffany Karger with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Rachael Ludtke with 10 points and 9 rebounds, Hannah Wight had 4 points and 4 rebounds, Molly Holtrop with 2 points and 2 rebounds, Amber Milligan had 2 points and 3 rebounds, Lindsey Kline with 2 points and 1 rebound, Chaya Coxon with 4 rebounds and Meghan Andres with 1 rebound.

The Red Hawks then traveled to Forest Hills Northern on Friday, February 18 to take on the Huskies. The Red Hawks led by one point at the end of the first quarter, 8-7, but the Huskies outscored them in every succeeding quarter. Cedar trailed 15-10 at the end of the second quarter, 25-15 at the end of the third, and finished up the game with a 37-26 loss to FHN.

Tiffany Karger led in scoring with 8 points and 7 rebounds. Rachael Ludktke scored 6 points and 6 rebounds, and Molly Holtrop scored 6 points and had one rebound. Also scoring was Hannah Wight with 4 points and 2 rebounds, and Chaya Coxon with 2 points and 3 rebounds.

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Heart breaking week for JV Lady Red Hawks

Red Hawk Jeanette Sukstas driving to the basket with Shaelyn Fasel and Tamar Clark ready to assist.

The JV lady Red Hawks traveled to West Ottawa and Forest Hills Northern last week and suffered two heartbreaking losses.
On Tuesday February 15, the JV lady Red Hawks played the Panthers of West Ottawa. The first quarter stayed even with 3 lead changes and the score tied 4 times with the quarter ending with the Red Hawks leading 12 -8. West Ottawa came on strong in the second scoring 15 points to Cedar Springs 10 points and took the lead into halftime 23-22.
The game remained close in the third but the Red Hawks were still behind 31-29 at the end of the quarter. The JV Red Hawks fought hard in the fourth quarter but fell to the Panthers by a heartbreaking one point with a final score of 40-39.
Another balanced scoring attack saw Sommer VanDyke, Allie Veltkamp, Tamar Clark, Jeanette Sukstas and Abby VanDusen scoring for the JV lady Red Hawks. Jeanette Sukstas and Tamar Clark both pulled down double-digit rebounds for Cedar Springs.
The JV Lady Red Hawks then traveled to Forest Hills Northern on Thursday February 17. Both teams came out fast and ready to score with the first quarter ending with the lady Red Hawks leading 13-12. With the second quarter close and the teams tying the score 3 times they took the halftime buzzer all tied up at 22 points.
The close scoring continued in the third quarter with two more lead changes and another tied score but Forest Hills held the lead at the end of the quarter 31-30. The lady Red Hawks took the lead 36-33 part way through the fourth quarter but fell short of the victory by one basket. The final score was Forest Hills Northern 39 and Cedar Springs 37.
Leading scorer for the JV Lady Red Hawks was Sommer VanDyke followed by Tamar Clark, Jeanette Sukstas, Allie VeltKamp and Abby VanDusen. Shaelyn Fasel, Molly Caniff and Sirena Johnson also had good playing time for the Red Hawks.
The JV Lady Rehawks are scheduled to host Comstock Park on Tuesday February 22 and they have a make up game with West Catholic on Wednesday February 23 and will travel to Belding on Friday February 25.

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Roger on Main StreetLooking at our choices

The politicians promised JOBS!  Now, federal, state, and local governments are eliminating jobs. Police, fire, public service: all are being cut or salaries reduced.
The politicians promised lowered taxes, right? Fees for public services are going up and we have to pay for some services that are no longer provided. But those fees aren’t taxes, are they?
Of course, in a recession we can expect our standard of living to slip a bit. If the money isn’t there, we can’t buy everything. All those government programs were sustainable when we had the money. Now we don’t.
When you go to vote next time, remember they will promise anything to get re-elected. But don’t expect the results to be exactly what we’d hoped for.

Ms. America

They wanted to allow divorced women to compete in the Miss America pageant. Do you really want to hear, “My dreams for the future include world peace, no more poverty, and that my ex-husband gets hit by a bus.”

Gone fishing

A man calls home and says to his wife, “Honey I’ve been asked to go fishing with my boss at a big lake up in Canada. We’ll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get that promotion, so would you please pack enough clothes for a week and set out my rod and tackle box? We’re leaving from the office but I’ll swing by the house to pick up my things. Oh! And please pack my new blue silk panamas.”
The wife thinks this sounds a little fishy but, being a good wife, she does exactly what her husband has asked. The following weekend he comes home a little tired but otherwise looking good. His wife welcomes him home and asks if he caught many fish. “We sure did,” he says. “Lot’s of walleye, some bluegill, and a few pike. But why didn’t you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to?”
“I did, they’re in your tackle box.”

It was so cold…

It was so cold … hitchhikers were holding up pictures of thumbs.
It was so cold … roosters were rushing into Kentucky Fried Chicken and begging to use the pressure cooker.
It was so cold … when they dialed 911, a recorded message said to phone back in the spring.
It was so cold … we had to chop up the piano for firewood (but we only got two chords).
It was so cold … teens stopped worrying about acne. The new problem:  goose pimples.
It was so cold … when we milked the cows, we got ice cream. (When we milked the brown cows, we got chocolate ice cream).
It was so cold … words froze in the air. If you wanted to hear what someone said, you had to grab a handful of sentences and take them in by the fire.

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Library Corner – February 2011

Mom Melissa Myckowiak and daughter Tara Zenker delighted with the new computers at the Cedar Springs Public Library.

By Donna Clark, Director, Cedar Springs Public Library

We are thinking SPRING at the Cedar Springs Public Library!  The fact that the abundance of snow is fast disappearing really helps imagine flowers where dormant flowerbeds are reappearing.  For Valentine’s Day this year, we were actually thinking pink and purple. Saturday, February 12, the Library hosted a PinkaPurplicious Party for ages 4-8, for a very appreciative audience of 26 little girls. Knowing our space at the Library would be inadequate, we partnered with the Springs Free Methodist Church at 135 N. Grant.

Presenters Abby Briggs (“Plum”) and her sister, Amber ____ (“Pinkie,” librarian from Monroe), delighted the girls with their costumes and provided great entertainment, which included reading the books, “Pinkalicious” and “Purplicious.”  Amber, who actually performs children’s programs for her library’s branches, wrote original words for both of the books and set them to two popular tunes. The girls got up and jumped to the music with “Miss Pinkie.”  The girls got their hair and nails painted pink and/or purple, made a pink and purple bracelet or necklace, and got to walk the “runway” with Pinkie as MC. Lastly, the girls got to frost a cupcake pink and/or purple and received a complimentary CD from Pinkie with the songs to take home. Funny, pink and purply, yummy party!

After the party I rushed to the library to let our IT person in to install 4 of the 6 new computers just received in memory of Lois Arthur, money received from Mike and Alice Holton, plus $407 donated by Meijer of Cedar Springs, with a $500 gift card to use in-store for supplies.  Computer use is free and pretty fast with our T1 connection.  If you have your own laptop, the library also offers free WiFi.

Speaking of connections, as of February 1, all (but Wayland Library) of the Lakeland Libraries of Western Michigan have access to the new digital Catalog Center (lakeland.lib.overdrive.com).  You can now go to this website and download for FREE any of the listed eAudiobooks or eBooks to your computer and transfer the data to a portable device (except the Kindle, which is not allowed by Amazon).

The website has information on how to access the 1,060 books listed and what devices are compatible with the service.  KDL patrons access this service through the KDL Website.

The Library has started processing new library cards for the first graders of Cedar Trails to launch our annual “First Grade Library Card Drive” for “March is Reading Month.”  Every year the Library partners with Kent District Library and the Cedar Springs Public Schools to encourage parents to prepare their children to use area libraries via a library card!  Last year 92 percent of our first graders got a library card! The grand reading celebration party this year will take place at the Kent Theatre for a showing of “Yogi Bear.” All students will get in free thanks to the generous donation of Don and June Mabie.  Those who bring back their registration form and get a library card will also get a free drink and popcorn, compliments of Independent Bank of Cedar Springs.

We are blessed with such an array of community partners!  We live beyond the boundaries of our 2016 sq. ft. building and beyond our small, rural library budget thanks to the generous giving and caring of so many of you out there.  Stand by as we head into “March is Reading Month,” then  “April is Poetry Month” and then our Summer Reading Program just around the corner in June.

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Top tips for keeping skin healthy and beautiful all winter long

(ARA) – No matter where you live in the country, winter’s grip can take its toll on your health, including your mood, waistline and even your skin.

“It’s important to consider the seasons in your skin care routine and make adjustments for the best possible results,” says Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai. Gerstner’s advice has appeared in the pages of Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Self and W magazines. “Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and the first line of protection for all the other organs. Sunlight, changes in weather, and seasonal stress can affect our skin’s health. They’re also factors that make us overlook proper care, so it’s critical you have the right routine in place.”

Gerstner offers her top tips for keeping skin beautiful and healthy this winter, and all year long:

1. Keep your hands off. Your hands can pick up a lot of germs and bacteria during the day that can cause breakouts or even infections, so keep them far away from your face. Also, since winter is often associated with irritating flareups of pimples, rashes and cold sores, it’s important to avoid the urge to pick.  Picking can cause inflammation, and with broken or raw skin, further put you at risk for infection, and even cause scarring.

2. Slather on sunscreen. “Even on days it rains or snows, it’s important to wear sunscreen,” Gerstner advises. Your skin is constantly exposed to potentially harmful UVA and UVB rays. Even just walking from your office to the coffee shop on the grayest of days exposes you to possible solar damage, such as wrinkles and even skin cancer.

3. Treat ailments quickly.  Common conditions like cold sores can be embarrassing and painful, so treat them right away to find relief. Remedies found at your local drugstore can be effective.

4. Don’t forget your nails and hair. They’re part of your skin too, and often show the most obvious signs of winter’s impact like raw skin and split ends. It’s important to properly moisturize, such as using a leave-in or deep conditioner, or heavier creams on your face and hands. Dr. Gerstner also says that hair loss and brittle nails are two of the most common complaints she hears from her female patients. Taking a daily biotin supplement of 5,000 mcg can help.  Limit use of a flat iron to once or twice a week, and avoid excessive hair coloring treatments.

5. Brighten your smile, and use it often. Winter’s weather woes and seasonal stress can make it easy to forget to smile, but nothing makes your face look better than a big grin. Keep your teeth well polished—whitening strips can help—and  flash your smile frequently. It can brighten your mood and the moods of others around you.

6. Quit smoking and moderate alcohol use. By now, virtually everyone knows smoking is deadly. But if the health threats of smoking don’t convince you to quit, perhaps an appeal to your vanity will help. Smokers suffer more wrinkles, poorer skin texture and slower wound healing than people who don’t smoke. Alcohol can dehydrate your body, which often shows the next day in parched skin and eyes. It also exacerbates adult acne, called rosacea. When drinking alcohol, alternate with a glass of seltzer.

7. Forego designer brands. Expensive creams leave your wallet lighter and don’t necessarily make your skin look any better than less costly products do. Simple drug store products can work just as well, especially if supplemented with a retinol or glycolic recommendation from your dermatologist. Fancy products often contain essential oils or fragrances that can irritate skin.

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