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Archive | March, 2011

Potpourri of poets

Calling all poets!

Do you like to read or write poetry? Now is your chance to share your love of poetry with the community! The “Potpourri of Poets” is looking for teens and adults to read classic or original poetry at this annual event at the Kent Theatre on April 30, at 7 p.m.
They want readers to have fun with the poetry! It can be original or a favorite from long ago. Poems can be read with more than one person, and readers are encouraged to dress the part or have props if they like. They can also be presented in music form. The presentation should be no more than five minutes, and all poems are subject to approval of the Poetry committee.

Poets need to register, and a copy of the poem(s) to be read needs to be submitted to the poetry committee by April 15. Please note that rehearsal will be Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kent Theatre. Each presenter will receive one free guest ticket.
Call the Cedar Springs Library at 696-1910 for a registration form or click link below.

Potpourri of Poets form

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Subscription winners!

Have you subscribed yet to the Cedar Springs Post? If not, you are missing out on a chance to win some great prizes from local businesses!

Last week we drew winners for the Disney on Ice presents Princess Wishes, and all of them have been notified. Each of the following subscribers won four tickets valued at $22.00 each, courtesy of the Cedar Springs Post. We hope they enjoy the show!

The winners are:
*Sandra Patin, of Sand Lake
*Merlin and Alice Holton, of Cedar Springs
*Mara and Russell Eldred, of Solon Township
*Brian and LouAnn Wheat, of Nelson Township

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Thanks so much to the businesses partnering with us in this drive! If you are a business who would like to donate a prize, call us at 696-3655.

*Subscribers are assigned a number, and then chosen at random through a computer website, www.random.org.

Thank you to all of this week’s subscribers!

Jeff Sixbury
Phil & Alice Hallock
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Nancy Kidder
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Terri & Don Swanson
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Sara & Thomas Thornton II
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Gary & Nancy Kruger

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Keeping the Faith

The greatest good for the greatest number isn’t always the greatest good

Ronnie McBrayer

By Ronnie McBrayer

My friend Hal never knew what hit him. He was unconscious before he even hit the ground. At least that’s what the script said happened to him. Hal, along with about 50 more of us, was a participant in a disaster drill back when we were in high school. According to the script, Hal wasn’t immediately killed in the accident, but he was badly injured.

The first responders who initially swarmed the scene took his vitals, gave him a once-over, tagged him, and left him to theoretically die where he lay. With so many of us strewn across the staging area, resources had to be spent on those who could actually be saved, not on those who were already hanging on the hinges of death.

Years later, when I became a chaplain in the healthcare world, I was on the other side of the mock disaster drills. All these hypothetically injured people would swamp the medical facility and the arriving patients would be triaged and tagged with colored tags as they arrived.

The colors symbolized levels of priority, and God help you if you got a black tag (poor Hal). Those with black tags were sent to the morgue—even if they still had a little life left in them. They were deemed unsalvageable. Their condition was so fragile and the other needs so pressing, the law of “securing the greatest good for the greatest number of people” simply prevailed.

Jesus never seemed to make decisions like a triage nurse. In fact, he had a special affinity for the weak, for those who were hanging by less than a thread. In the normal, need-infested, resource-limited, hard-and-fast world, where everything must be prioritized, he recognized that some just didn’t have a chance. They were too feeble to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps or too poor to hire the best attorneys. They were too small to stick it to the system or too unconnected to call in any favors. They didn’t know enough, weren’t strong enough, or couldn’t recover fast enough.

Jesus showed unique compassion just for these “least of these.” The untouchables. The forgotten. The stigmatized. The diseased. The poor and the hungry. The ostracized. Those whose plights of helplessness are not a hypothetical skit.

Christ came to love and redeem those who were black-balled and black-tagged. As bearers of his name and grace, we must do the same.

Ronnie McBrayer is the author of “Leaving Religion, Following Jesus.” He writes and speaks about life, faith, and Christ-centered spirituality. Visit his website at www.ronniemcbrayer.net.

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Gerald (Curly) Grindle

GrindleGerald James Grindle (Curly), 48, Cedar Springs, went to be with the Lord on March 7, 2011. Preceded in death by his father, Gerald Grindle, and his son, Joshua Grindle. Survived by his children: Jason, Jared and Jennifer Grindle and grandchildren; Kylee, Kayden, Kamdon and Jaelyn. Mother, Jean Grindle; brother, Dennis Grindle; sister, Pamela (Mel) DeKraker; nieces and nephews: Mandy, Chris, Will, and Melissa; and best friend, Briar. He will be greatly missed by family and friends. A memorial celebration will be held Friday 3/11/2011 at 1:00 P.M. at Grace Evangelical Free Church, on the corner of 13 mile and Northland Drive.

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Robert Gebhardt

GebhardtIn loving memory of our dear husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather Robert (Bob) Gebhardt, who passed away 4 years ago, March 8, 2007.

Those we love don’t go away.
they walk beside us every day.
Unseen unheard but always near
Still loved, still missed, still very dear.
Always in our thoughts, forever in our hearts.

Your loving wife Em,
Your children, Connie & Cork, Bob & Jean, Sam & Karen, and Marie & Kevin,
Your grandchildren, Carrie, Courtney, Austin, Kelby, Blaine, Jake, Emily, Jordan, Matthew, Paige and Audrey.
Your great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Connor, Weston, Caden and Warren, also a dear friend, Bob Grice

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Congratulations to the Varsity Competitive Cheer team!

Red Hawk Cheer team 7th in state

“Take the Lead” was the team motto for the season and it seemed to take on different meanings over the course of the season.  One might interpret it as taking the lead in all 3 rounds to win that competition while another might interpret it as being the leader for their team. Throughout this season, this team definitely encountered numerous adversities that they had to overcome in order to reach their final goal of making it to the D2 Competitive Cheer State Finals. The week before State Finals wasn’t any different, the team would have another obstacle to overcome as they entered into the State Finals competition.

“I’m so proud of how all of the girls really pulled together and helped each other out while we were preparing for the biggest competition of our season. I saw new leaders stepping up on our team and our team motto ‘take the lead’ took on a whole new meaning for me!” said Coach Pamela Ingles.

As Saturday approached, the team was continuing to prepare for their competition by finishing all the last minute details for each round.  At the end of their practice on Friday, the girls took a few minutes to share a funny memory from the season with their teammates and several had tears from laughing so hard about a memory that may have been forgotten.  They also shared what they were going to do at State Finals to give everything they could for themselves and their teammates as this would be the last time this team would compete together this year. Saturday morning, the team traveled to the Delta Plex in style. A limo transported all 20 teammates and their coach to the State Finals competition at the Delta Plex.

“It was nice to be able to surprise the girls with special transportation for something that they have worked so hard to accomplish all season—making it to State Finals,” remarked Coach Ingles.

When they arrived to the Delta Plex, they were greeted by several of their fans holding a banner that said “Congratulations Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer.” Out of the 20 girls on the team, 11 where returning from last years team. For 9 of the girls, this experience would be a brand new experience.

Junior Kelli Markosky described her first year experience at State Finals as, “One word—accomplishment. I know that’s what was on everyone’s mind as we walked through the doors of the Delta Plex and realized ‘WOW, we met our goal…we are at State Finals.’ As we stood in line for the national anthem, our hearts were pumping with excitement.”

The Delta Plex was filled to capacity and this was the biggest crowd the girls would compete in front of all year. After they finished round 1, they had their highest round 1 score of the season with a 223.3.  After all the teams had finished round 1, the Red Hawks were in 7th place by .2 behind Kenowa Hills.  Round 2 was started off by Gibraltor Carlson who had 16 girls on the floor compared to Cedar’s 12.  The girls knew they would have to go out there and have their best day in round 2.  Again, they had one of their best round 2 scores with a 235. With only one round left to go, the Lady Red Hawks were still in 7th place behind Lakeshore. Kenowa Hills had dropped to 8th place with an 8 point penalty during round 2.

“Walking out for round 3 was my last time to compete with this team, I knew I had to make it the best round ever and make it a lasting memory for our seniors,”  said sophomore Nicki Luevano. They earned a round 3 score of 307.6.

All of the hard work that started in November would be finished after round 3 was completed.  The perseverance, determination, hard work, and dedication to never give up led this team to their 2nd State Finals appearance, one that they hope will continue as a tradition into the upcoming years.

“It was an amazing feeling to be back at State Finals. Now we just need to aim to go back next year.  I would be so ecstatic if we went to State all four years of High School,” said sophomore Katie Maka.

As the final scores were tallied, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks would score their highest score of the season – 766, which would place them as the 7th best team in the State for D2. “7th isn’t what we were hoping for, but considering everything our team went through I’m satisfied. We found that when its necessary we can pull together and we did as we earned our highest score of the season!” remarked senior Brittany Lenardson.
In the future when this team reflects on their season, they will remember all of the memories they made during practices, competitions, team bonding activities, and ultimately the journey throughout the season to make it to their final goal – making it to the D2 State Finals Cheer Competition. As stated by senior Heather Mindler,”It was the best experience ever to compete at the State Finals!”

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Two Red Hawks wrestle at state

Austin Wamser placed 8th in the state in his weight class.

Two Cedar Springs Red Hawk wrestlers, Junior Austin Wamser (160) and Senior Nic Baird (119) headed to the 2011 Individual State Finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills, March 3-5.

Baird had a tough chart at weight class 119. His opponents, Anthony Gonzales from Holly, and Tyler Daniels, Stevensville Lakeshore, were both returning state champions. He lost two tough matches, so didn’t place, although he did well against his opponents. Baird earned his 100th win during the regular season and is a returning state qualifier, earning a trip to the MHSAA wrestling finals in both 2010 and 2011. Job well done, Nic.
Wamser’s run for the podium started out with a bout against Alex Fluegel from Fowlerville, 11-4 placing him in the consolation rounds. Day two earned Wamser a spot in the second round consolations by earning a pin with five seconds left in the first period against Cas Guzdziol from Holly, and an intense match with opponent Peter McAlpine, Madison Heights that went into OT and earned Wamser a triumphant win by a 7-3 decision. The final day of wrestling found Wamser up against Mike Cross, of Hastings and he incurred a loss with a final score 2-13. The consolation finals put Wamser on the podium with a 4-13 major decision in favor of Nico Mitchell-Garcia, GR Creston, placing Wamser 8th overall in the 160 lb class of the MHSAA Division 2 finals.
Coach Dave Andrus said, “I am very proud of Austin.  He has great work ethic and is a quiet leader.  He accomplished a lot this year.  In his junior year he earned 100 wins and conference champion during the 2010-2011 season. He also earned all-state honors, which hasn’t been done (at Cedar Springs) since 2005.  His senior season has great promise and I see a possible state champion.”

“I am very proud of Austin & Nic with their accomplishments this season.”

Good job coach Dave Andrus for first year as varsity wrestling coach to have 2 state qualifiers and one state placer.  See you next wrestling season!

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Varsity boys basketball team celebrates senior night

Red Hawk Seniors (L to R) Andrew Klompstra, Kyle Chaney, Jake Holtrop, Tyler Hinton, Alec Hanmer, and Tyler Baker.

In the final home game of the season, the Cedar Springs boys basketball team celebrated the traditional Senior Night. Before the game against Unity Christian, head coach Andy Secor honored each of the six Seniors. He introduced each Senior player individually, and as they walked out on to the court for the final time, the coach said a few words about each of them. Here are some highlights:

#1 Tyler Baker. “Tyler is a three sport athlete here at Cedar Springs. He is a team first guy that cares more about winning more than any individual accomplishments. A tough kid, a hard worker who always gets the most out of his ability”.

#4 Alec Hanmer. “A very gifted athlete, and is a player who has shown unbelievable growth throughout his 4 years here. Last year at this time Alec was our 9th or 10th man, playing 2 or 3 minutes a game. This year he has started almost every game, and has led us in scoring. He’s made as big of a turn around as anyone I’ve seen in 13 years here at Cedar Springs.”

#5 Tyler Hinton. “Tyler has a desire to compete and to get better every single day, constantly asking our coaches what he has to do to get better. Has a never give up attitude. He will be a great success in life if he approaches everything the way he approached this season.”

#11 Jake Holtrop “A captain and one of the vocal leaders on our team, Jake is dependable and reliable. Every day when he comes to practice you know exactly what you are going to get. Has a never ending positive attitude.  A kid who is always willing to lay it on the line for Cedar Springs basketball.l”

#21 Kyle Chaney. “He has grown to love the game and love to compete. Kyle is a captain on our team this year and has spent countless hours around Cedar Springs basketball during his life.  I will remember the hard work he has put in during his time in our program, and his ability to get along with players throughout our program and on this team.”

#54 Andrew Klompstra, “Drew decided to come out for basketball his senior year and our staff will tell you how excited we are that he did. He gave us a big physical post presence in the middle that we really needed. I will remember his personality and sense of humor, and how good he was playing and how much he was improving before that injury at Sparta. He is a kid who our entire staff really enjoyed getting to know this year.”

For the Senior night game, the Red Hawks started 5 Seniors (all except the injured Klompstra). Tyler Baker got the Red Hawks going with a lay up on a pass from Alec Hanmer for a 2-0 Cedar lead. After a couple of Unity baskets, Jake Holtrop tied the game at 4 with a driving lay up. Two Hank Porter field goals kept Cedar close and Unity had a 12-8 lead after one quarter. In a low scoring 2nd quarter, Cedar got 2 buckets by Ryan Dines and one from Trey Reed and the score was 21-15 in favor of the Crusaders at the half.

Hank Porter came out red hot in the 3rd quarter hitting 4 consecutive 3 pointers to give the Red Hawks a 27-26 lead with a minute to go in the quarter. Unity came back to take a 29-28 lead heading in to the 4th. Two Derek Ash lay ups kept Cedar within 3 points with 4 minutes left. After a Crusader basket, Cedar failed to score and Unity went in to the delay game. The Crusaders sank six straight free throws down the stretch and defeated the Red Hawks 43-32.

Porter led Cedar Springs with a game high 16 points. Derek Ash and Ryan Dines had 4 each. Jake Holtrop, Tyler Baker, Alec Hanmer and Trey Reed had two points each, while Jason Gingrich led Cedar with 5 assists.

Cedar Springs ends the regular season with an 8-12 record. Their 6-6 OK Blue Conference record was good for a third place finish in the league.

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JV Boys finish on high note

Trevor Hill lays one up against Greenville.

The JV Boys basketball team finished their season with a 10-10 record by defeating a tough Unity Christian squad on Thursday, March 3. The Hawks made 17 of 20 free throws to ice the victory, 51-49.

Coach Scott Taylor pointed out the team lost 5 games, over the course of the season, by less than 5 points each. Their OK-Blue conference record was 5-7.

Freshman Cameron Link was the high scorer for the season, including a 30 point effort at Coopersville. Sophomores Robert Klein, Trevor Hill, Jake Benton and freshman Austin Hilyer were typical starters and provided a balanced scoring attack. The team’s defense was also very strong.

Dakota Bekins was another freshman who provided key minutes off the bench. The rest of the team provided strong support when needed.

According to Coach Taylor, “The key to the success of our season boils down to how well the players got along on and off the court. Also, the continued daily improvement in practice.” Coach Taylor was assisted this year by Kevin Dines.

Beside the victory against Unity Christian, the season was also highlighted by a buzzer-winning game against Kenowa Hills. Austin Hilyer threw a long inbound pass and hit Cameron Link in stride as he dove to lay in the winning basket when time expired.

Coach Taylor added, “I am going to miss coaching this group. It has been truly my pleasure to coach them and be around them everyday.  They are a really fun group.

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Youth wrestlers to compete at regionals

Cedar Springs youth wrestlers visited Allendale on February 27, 2011. Placers in the 5/6 division were Landon Demorest 37lbs/1st, Cody Averill 37lbs/4th, Tacho Gonzales 49lbs/1st, and Maston Wood 58lbs/3rd.  Placers in the 7/8 division Trevor Marsman 52nd/2nd, Jayden Herroon 64lbs/4th, Aiden Bouwens 67lbs/2nd, Anthony Lizardo 67lbs/3rd.  Placers in the 9/10 division were Aaron Smith 71lbs/4th, Ryan Ringler 85lbs/1st and Allexis Gonzales 90lbs/2nd.  Placers in the 11/12 division Jordan Ringler 75lbs/1st, Fred Rutledge 100lbs/4th and George Gonzales Jr. 126lbs/1st.
Don’t miss your last chance to see your favorite wrestler compete locally this Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13 at MYWAY Western Regionals being held at Muskegon Orchardview High School.  Wrestling will start at 10:00 a.m. both days. Wrestlers born from 2006-2000 will wrestle on Saturday; while wrestlers born 1999-1994 will wrestle on Sunday.  Competition will continue to the top six in each age group. From there, the top four qualify to compete at the MYWAY State Finals in Battle Creek on March 25, 26 and 27.  Last year eleven Cedar Springs youth wrestlers went to State, they are hoping for the same this year.

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