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Bryce Marvel signs with Olney Central College

The Cedar Springs Red Hawk Baseball team is pleased to announce the collegiate signing of senior Bryce Marvel. In the fall of 2021, he will attend Olney Central College in Olney, Illinois where he hopes to earn a certificate in welding. If all goes to plan, Bryce will then transfer to a 4-year school to continue his education in business and, hopefully, continue to play baseball.

Bryce is the son of Lynn and Bruce Marvel.  At his signing they said, “As parents we are extremely proud of Bryce as he prepares to play at the next level.  We want to thank all of his coaches that he has had throughout the years.  You have had a large impact on making Bryce into the player he is today.”

Bryce was a player who began to show promise as an athlete in his teens, playing both travel basketball and baseball.  Though his love of baseball would take him to the next level, basketball was always there in the background.  As a freshman, Bryce started out playing on the JV team but was moved to varsity at the end of the season.  As both a sophomore and a junior he remained a consistent go-to starter on the varsity team. He also spent two seasons playing for the Grand Rapids Storm. 

His baseball career was equally impressive. By 8th grade, he joined a group of friends to play for Coach Greenland and Power Baseball in the summer.  Following his sophomore season, he was chosen to play for Coach Chris Wegryzn and the Elite A’s, a summer that drew the attention of multiple colleges around the midwest.  As a high school athlete, Bryce caught the eye of Coach Schaub his freshman year and was brought up to play on the varsity team immediately. He became a fixture at first base and developed into a consistent pitcher for the varsity team as well. During his sophomore season, Bryce played for Coach Glyshaw and truly developed into the ace of the pitching staff and a cleanup hitter. 

“Even at a young age, Bryce showed great maturity and an ability that earned the respect of his teammates. There was no doubt who I wanted on the mound when the game was on the line,” said Coach Glyshaw.

Bryce’s favorite baseball memory came during his sophomore year in the Red hawks’ pre-District game against Big Rapids. On the mound, Bryce struck out twelve Cardinals and earned a 1-0 shutout victory. The unforgettable moment in the game came in the 5th inning when Coach Glyshaw called on senior Payton Newman to drop down a squeeze bunt, which scored the only run of the game.  

Unfortunately, the spring of Bryce’s junior year was canceled because of the pandemic.  Further tragedy struck in the off-season before his senior season when he suffered a bucket-handle-tear of his meniscus, which will cause him to spend this spring and summer on the bench healing.  Despite the injury, Bryce plans to be back on the field this fall, pitching for the Olney Central College Blue Knights and Coach Dennis Conley. 

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Ray Winnie
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