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Girls bowling OK-White Conference Champs


Red Hawk girls bowlers are OK-White conference champs. L to R: Coach Tim Jackson, Alexa Thompson, Rose Baty, Omani Morales, Katelyn Paige, Michayla Paige,Sarah Galloway and Asst. Coach Crystal Morales.

It’s been a great year for Cedar Springs bowling teams, and the girls are OK-White conference champions for the second year in a row.

In the days leading up to the conference tournament, the teams bowled a couple of conference matches. On February 13 the teams had a conference match against Forest Hills Northern at Eastbrook Lanes. The girls won their match and boys lost.

On February 14, they had a conference match against Forest Hill Central at Rockford. The girls won and the boys lost.

On February 16, the teams bowled in their conference tournament, hosted by Lowell, at Ionia lanes. The Red Hawk girls carried the day and walked away as back to back OK-White Conference Champions! They were undefeated. 

Red Hawk all-conference bowlers. L to Right Josh Beebe, Sarah Galloway, Omani Morales, Rose Baty, Michayla Paige, Katelyn Paige and Dane Conley.

Two of the boys made all conference: Joshua Beebe was 5th with a 183.1 average and Dane Conely 6th with a 182.8 average. Four girls made all-conference: Omani Morales was 1st with a 201 average; Sarah Galloway 2nd with a 173.1 average; Katelyn Paige 3rd with a 172.5 average; and Michayla Paige 6th with a 158.4 average. Rose Baty made honorable mention with a 140.4 average. 

On February 17, the girls and boys attended a singles Regional Tune-up. There were 91 boys and 49 girls bowling. Unfortunately, no Red Hawk boys made the 12-spot cut. Three girls made the cut with Omani Morales placing 3rd, Katelyn Paige 6th, and Michayla Paige 11th. Unfortunately  Katelyn and Michayla were eliminated in the second round. Omani made it to the 3rd round but was eliminated. While she didn’t make the cut, Rose Baty bowled her high school high game of 236.

The girls will now travel to regionals Friday and Saturday February 22-23 in Muskegon.

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Varsity cheer to head to regionals


The Lady Red Hawks Varsity Cheer team will head to regional competition after a strong showing at Districts. Courtesy photo.

Thirteen teams arrived at Mt Pleasant High School ready to compete for the District 11 Competitive Cheer Title last Saturday, February 16. The top four teams would continue their post-season run by securing a spot on the mat at the Division 2, Region 3 Tournament at Kenowa Hills on February 23. 

The Lady Red Hawks Varsity Cheer team 

The Lady Red Hawks had strong performances throughout the competition and earned some of their highest scores of the season. The Red Hawk fans cheered as they heard scores for Rounds one (232.2) and Two (229.6). Round 3 began with only a 3-point difference between Cedar Springs and the 2nd place team from DeWitt. The Lady Red Hawks took the mat, hit every stunt and jump and earned an extremely high score of 319.6, but still fell short of claiming the District Title by only .14 points. 

Coach Anne Olszewski is proud of this team. “We had some of our best scores at districts and fell barely short of defending our title, but we are heading to Regionals. The top four teams will advance to State Finals on March 2nd. That is our goal—to get to State Finals. It has been 9 years since Cedar Springs has been to State. We are ready!” 

In addition to advancing to Regional Competition next Saturday, the team also celebrates several of their athletes who were named to the OK White All Conference Competitive Cheer team: Gabby Endres, Elayna Male, Emily Pierson, Paige Pierson and Sophia Dault, and two receiving honorable mention: Harlow Hovarter and Olivia Endres. Congratulations ladies!

Come and support this group of hard-working ladies at the Regionals Competition this Saturday, February 23rd at Kenowa Hills High School at 10 a.m. Good luck Lady Red Hawks!

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Two CS soccer players compete in Orlando City Winter Classic


ABOVE: Picture from Left to Right: Emerson Andino, Kendal Brown, Olivia Sherman, and Karim Hussian.

Two Cedar Springs girls traveled with their soccer teams to Orlando, Florida to play in the Orlando City Winter Classic on January 26-27.

Kendal Brown scoring the winning goal against Midwest United 04 Academy Team.

Kendal Brown, an 8th grader at Cedar Springs Middle School, plays on Midwest United 05 Royal Team, which is ranked #8 in the State of Michigan. Her team plays in the National League Conference with teams from Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois.

 Olivia Sherman playing for Midwest United. 

Olivia Sherman, a 10th grader at Cedar Springs High School, plays on Midwest United 03 White Team which is ranked #7 in the State of Michigan. Her team plays in the P1 Division of the Michigan State Premier Soccer League, which travels weekly to play teams from the Detroit area. Olivia’s team will be moving up into the National League Conference next fall, after winning the P1 Division last fall. Olivia also plays on the Cedar Springs Varsity Girls Soccer team in the spring.

Both girls began playing soccer at a young age with the local AYSO organization.

Emerson Andino and Karim Hussian both coach the teams the girls play on. Kendal has been training/playing for Emerson and Karim for 4-½ years, and this is the first year for Olivia.

The girls’ teams both came home Orlando City Winter Classic Champions. Kendal’s team beat the Orlando City 2005 ECNL team, which is ranked #2 in the State of Florida, 2-1 in the Championship game. Olivia’s team won all 4 of their games by scoring 9 goals, and not allowing any goals to be scored against them.

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Girls basketball takes two out of three games


Senior Courtney Pienta goes up for a shot earlier in the season against Greenville.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Girls Basketball Team was busy this past week playing three games.  

On Monday, February 11, the Lady Red Hawks picked up an OK White Conference victory at Ottawa Hills.  Behind a feisty team defense that totaled 20 steals and a strong performance by sophomore Arianna Rau, the team secured a 41-35 victory.  Rau notched the first double-double of her young career, scoring 13 points and hauling in 12 rebounds.  Senior Brighton Miller followed Rau in scoring with 10 points. 

The ladies picked up their second victory of the week as they traveled to Cornerstone University to play NorthPointe Christian.  After trailing 21-22 at halftime, the Lady Red Hawks used pressure defense that led to a couple of easy baskets to outscore Northpoint 15-5 in the third quarter to take a 9 point lead into the final quarter.  The final score was 53-45.

Miller led the Red Hawks in scoring with 20 points. Rau garnered her second consecutive double-double, scoring 10 points and bringing down 13 rebounds.  Sophomore Kaelyn Colclasure scored 10 points as well.

On Friday, February 15, league-leading Northview visited Cedar Springs. Playing solid defense all evening, the game remained within striking distance for the Red Hawks, but the offense could not get going and the team came up short by a score of 29-43. Sophomore Maggie Prins led the scoring for the Red Hawks with 7 points.

The Red Hawks are back in action this week Tuesday, February 19 at Kent City, at home for senior night on Thursday, February 21, against FH Central, and on the road at Greenville on Friday, February 22.

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WMP at Metro Greights, Meijer State Games and more


Desmond Smith, 64 lbs 7/8 age group finished in second place in the South West region’s Go Earn It competition last weekend. Courtesy photo.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend, West Michigan Pursuit spread out to compete in different competitions. 

WMP had five travel to the Metro Region for the Greights tournament in Roseville. 55 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group finished 3rd. 80 lb Alex Buskirk, 11/12 age group and 43 lb Kooper Witte, 4/6 age group both finished 2nd. Metro Greights Champions are 69 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group and 54 lb Carter Giles, 9/10 age group. 

112 lb Isa Starr traveled to the West Region’s tournament hosted at Davenport. Starr finished 3rd in the 11/12 age group. 

WMP had five travel to Pennsylvania for Team Duals on Saturday and Individual events on Sunday. 75 lb Quinten Cassiday wrestled on MI Mayhem’s 10U Team. Cassiday went 4-1 for the day and his team finished 1st. 72 lb Luke Egan wrestled on Cyclones 12U Team. Egan won 2 matches for the day and his team finished 5th. 85 lb Ayden McClurken wrestled on Cyclones 12U Team. McClurken won a match and his team finished 5th. 80 lb Tyler Parmeter wrestled on TNT 10U Team. Parmeter won three matches and his team finished 2nd. 72 lb Josh Vasquez wrestled on MI Mayhem’s 12U Team. Vasquez went 4-1 for the day and his team finished 3rd. For the PENNWAY Individuals, Tyler Parmeter finished 5th in his division. Ayden McClurken finished 2nd and Champions of the day are Luke Egan and Josh Vasquez.

Harper Cheng and Kaleb Pautke also wrestled on their Byron Center school-based duals team on Saturday. Both claimed 3 victories each and their team finished 2nd. The rest of the team traveled to the South West region’s Go Earn It competition at Wings Stadium. 90 lb Xavier Carpentier, 11/12 age group and 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group finished 3rd. 75 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 95 lb Blake Peasley, 11/12 age group, 64 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 age group and 66 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group all finished 2nd. Valentine’s Day Brawl Champion is 49 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group. 

“These kids are exposed to some of the toughest competition in the nation,” remarked Head Coach Dave Andrus. “Their sportsmanship continues to impress me whether coming down from an incredible win or having to pick themselves back up from a tough loss.”

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CSY Wrestlers medal at Meijer State Games


By James Streeter

This past weekend Cedar Springs sent 30 youth wrestlers to Davenport University to participate in the Meijer Winter State Games and they did not disappoint. 22 wrestlers came away with medals, and as a team, Cedar Springs placed 1st in pins with 36 (50:12), 1st in total match points with 460, and 4th overall in technical falls with 3 (9:48). 

Coach Scott Marsman had this to say about the weekend. “This is usually a really fun tournament for the kids, here at a college venue in front of a lot of people. Everyone had fun today, which is what really matters.”

In the 2012-2014 age division, 43lb weight class Deacon Reynolds took 2nd place and Brycen Alber brought home a 1st place finish in the 46lb weight class. Sierra Streeter had another strong showing in the 49lb bracket with a 2nd place finish. The 52lb bracket saw two Red Hawks medal with Taylor Crystal taking 1st and Hudson Cassiday taking 3rd.

The 2010-2011 age division saw more Red Hawks medal with Tucker Crystal taking 1st and Dillon VanDyke taking 2nd in the combined Open bracket of 61/64lbs. Chasyn Winchel had another strong showing in the Open 67lb weight class with a 2nd place finish and Jaxon Fitzgerald took 2nd place in the Open 72lb weight class. On the Novice side of the 52lb bracket Eli Gunderson earned a 1st place finish.

Moving to the afternoon session of wrestling saw five wrestlers medal in the 2008-2009 age group. In the Open 69lb weight class Deegan Pike took 3rd place while in the Open 78lb weight class Blake Falan managed a 1st place finish. In the Open 85lb bracket Jon Libera took 2nd place, while on the Novice side in the 75lb weight class Caleb Austin took 1st.  Also on the Novice side in the 130lb weight class Zachary Vu took 2nd place.

In the 2006-2007 age group, Rory Schoenborn  was a 2nd place finisher in the 85lb weight class and Gavyn Byxbe took 3rd place in the 100lbs bracket. In the 105lb bracket Hudson Crystal took 3rd place and Wyatt Cooper took 2nd place in the HWT bracket.

`The 2004-2005 age group saw Gabe Gair take 3rd place in the 130lb weight class and Logan Troupe fought for a 2nd place finish in the 138lb weight class. Rounding out the age group was Antwuan Nicholls, who was able to take 1st place in the 145lb weight class.

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Information small business needs to keep

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One of the most important administrative responsibilities small business owners face is keeping accurate and current records. Not only is it critical for assessing opportunities and risks that can affect your company’s profitability and potential for growth, it’s also necessary for ensuring legal and regulatory compliance. 

Regardless of the type of business you’re running, record keeping comes with the territory. Some types of documentation and information are required for all businesses and others may or may not be necessary depending on your industry. 

Here’s a list of some commonly required records businesses need to maintain. While this list is not all-inclusive, it will give you a good idea of the basic items you need to track and keep in your possession. 

• Accounting records

• Expenses

• Income

• Invoices 

• Customer payments and transaction records

• Tax filings (annual, quarterly, and monthly if applicable)

• Bank and credit card statements

• Contracts (with clients, vendors, partners, etc.)

• Purchase orders

• Licenses and permits

• Employment applications

• Vehicle mileage logs

Articles of Incorporation or Certificate of Organization (depending on your business’s legal structure)

• Operating Agreement

• Annual Meeting minutes

• Trademark, service mark, and patent registrations

• Inventory logs

Without a doubt, there’s a lot to stay on top of as a small business owner. To help prevent important details from slipping through the cracks, you need to stay organized and educate yourself about what information and documentation you need to keep. 

Software programs (such as accounting tools, sales and customer relationship databases, inventory software, etc.) alleviate some of the work, but remember they all require some manual attention to make sure information is logged and entered correctly. If information is missing or inaccurate, you (not your software) are ultimately responsible for the integrity of your records. 

Also make sure you back up your digital data. Many cloud-based software applications provide backup of the data you’ve entered, but your computer files (Word documents, Excel files, etc.) should be backed up, too. Consider backing up your data on an external hard drive AND through a cloud-based data backup service such as Carbonite, CrashPlan, SugarSync, or one of the many others available. 

Consulting with professionals who specialize in taxes, accounting, and business law can also help ensure you meet regulations and requirements. If you find it difficult to dedicate time to maintaining good records, you might also consider transferring some routine record keeping tasks to a trusted and capable bookkeeper, virtual assistant, or a consultant. For help knowing where to look and what questions to ask when locating reputable professionals in your community, consider asking a SCORE mentor at your local chapter, your local chamber of commerce, or business colleagues for advice.

Further advice on planning for your small business is available from SCORE, a nonprofit association offering a wealth of information resources, training, and free counseling designed to help entrepreneurs nationwide build productive, profitable businesses. 

A SCORE Counselor can serve as a sounding board and will provide valuable unbiased feedback on how to improve things. The SCORE Counselor can also look at the business from the perspective of a bank or other investor, and raise questions you may have overlooked.

All SCORE counseling is offered as a free and confidential community service. There are 30 counselors in the Grand Rapids office of SCORE. Call 616-771-0305 for an appointment with a knowledgeable counselor or e-mail us at score@grandrapids.org.

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Outreach center holds ribbon cutting


City Impact of Cedar Springs held their ribbon cutting last weekend. Photo from City Impact facebook page.

City Impact of Cedar Springs held their ribbon cutting and building dedication last Saturday, February 16, at 288 N. Main Street.

The event was originally scheduled for February 9 but was rescheduled due to the power outages from the winter storm. Instead, City Impact served as a warming station last weekend for many residents in the area who did not have power.

The building, located next to Dollar General, has been completely renovated. Someone who liked what Jonathan and Kelley Bergsma and their team have been doing here in Cedar Springs bought the building for City Impact in 2017.

City Impact, which is affiliated with Resurrection Life Church in Rockford, has been working in the area for three years. “We work with Lean on Me Outreach Center to meet the needs of the community through delivering groceries to neighbors who are shut in or in tough circumstances that leave them without transportation,” explained Kelley. “We desire to build relationships and meet felt needs within the community through community dinners, engaging kids and families through Super Saturdays, grilling out, playing games and more.”

For more information, contact City Impact at 616-843-2438 and follow City Impact of Cedar Springs on Facebook.

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Workforce Agency’s 2019 Hot Jobs List provides a snapshot of the region’s workforce needs


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – February 8, 2019 – West Michigan Works! today released its 2019 Hot Jobs list, which highlights the top 100 jobs in the region’s high-growth industries. According to the 2019 Hot Jobs list, the majority of the high-demand jobs in the seven-county region of Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa Counties are in the manufacturing and health sciences sectors.

High-demand occupations are defined as those that have a significant number of open positions in today’s job market, are expected to see considerable growth in the next five years, and can lead to self-sufficiency through living wages and opportunities for advancement. To create the list, West Michigan Works! gathers state labor market information and data from job analytic programs. The data is then presented to employers who provide feedback and insights that create an accurate representation of the regional hiring needs.

“The Hot Jobs Lists provides sound guidance for students, job seekers and our workforce partners,” said Jacob Maas, CEO of West Michigan Works!. “We’re grateful to the many regional industry councils and employers who provide input into the Hot Jobs List.”

The Hot Jobs List serves as a guide for many institutions and organizations across the region, including Grand Rapids Community College.

“The West Michigan Works! Hot Jobs List is a critical tool that we use with current and potential students to help them identify a career path,” Julie Parks, executive director of workforce training at Grand Rapids Community College. “The Hot Jobs List is also used by our faculty and staff to ensure GRCC remains relevant and responsive to our community.”

West Michigan Works! staff uses the Hot Jobs List as an important internal tool to begin discussions around career exploration, to identify existing skills that would transfer into high-demand occupations and to inform decisions regarding funding for occupational training. The list also identifies careers that are eligible for training scholarships.

The 2019 Hot Jobs List is available on the West Michigan Works! website at http://jobs.westmiworks.org/hot-jobs.

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An IRS incentive to save for retirement


The Saver’s Credit—an overlooked tax credit made available by the IRS to eligible taxpayers—could make saving for retirement more affordable than many people realize.


(NAPS)—Tips for claiming the Saver’s Credit:

1. Check Your Eligibility

Depending on your filing status and income level, you may qualify for a nonrefundable credit of up to $1,000 (or $2,000 if filing jointly) on your federal income taxes for that year when you contribute to a 401(k), 403(b), 457(b) or similar retirement plan, or IRA.

To be eligible, the maximum Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) for single filers is $31,500 in 2018 and $32,000 in 2019. For the head of a household, the AGI maximum is $47,250 in 2018 and $48,000 in 2019. For those who are married and file a joint return, the AGI maximum is $63,000 in 2018 and $64,000 in 2019.

You must be 18 years or older by January 1 and cannot be a full-time student or be claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return. 

2. Save for Retirement

Save for retirement in your employer’s retirement plan, if offered, or in an IRA. In general, for every dollar you contribute to a qualified retirement plan or IRA (up to the lesser of the limits permitted by an employer-sponsored plan or the IRS), you defer that amount from your current overall taxable income on your federal tax returns—and you may also qualify for the Saver’s Credit. After-tax contributions, such as those made to a Roth IRA or Roth 401(k), are also eligible for the credit. You have until April 15, 2019 to make a contribution to an IRA for tax year 2018.

3. File Your Tax Return and Claim the Credit

When you prepare your federal tax returns, you can claim your Saver’s Credit by subtracting this tax credit from your federal income taxes owed.

Workers who are eligible to claim the Saver’s Credit are also eligible to take advantage of the IRS Free File program for taxpayers with an AGI of $66,000 or less. Twelve commercial software companies make their tax preparation software available through the Free File program at www.irs.gov/FreeFile. 

• If you are using tax preparation software, use Form 1040 or Form 1040NR. If your software has an interview process, be sure to answer questions about the Saver’s Credit, also referred to as the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit and/or Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions.

• If you are preparing your tax returns manually, complete Form 8880, the Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions, to determine your exact credit rate and amount. Then transfer the amount to Schedule 3 (Form 1040) or Form 1040NR.

• If you are using a professional tax preparer, be sure to ask about the Saver’s Credit.

• Consider having any refund you receive directly deposited to an IRA to further boost your retirement savings.

The 19th Annual Transamerica Retirement Survey found that 62 percent of American workers are unaware that the Saver’s Credit exists. Don’t overlook this important tax credit; it may help you pay less in your current federal income taxes while saving for retirement. Spread the word—perhaps friends and family are eligible for this incentive but are unaware of it. 

For more details and resources on the Saver’s Credit in English and Spanish, visit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® at www.transamericacenter.org/saverscredit.

TCRS is a division of Transamerica Institute®, a nonprofit, private foundation. 

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