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All conference athletes for fall

Below are the all conference athletes for fall sports.

Pictured from L to R: 

Front row 1: Lucus Pienton (Football), Gage Gardner (Football), Abe Winkels (Soccer), Dilan Sargent (Cross Country), Jaydon Moleski (Cross Country)

Middle row: Ben Shaw (Football), Ryan Ringler (Football), Sage Serbenta (Football), Landon Totten (Football)

Back row: Austin Mann (Cross Country), Easton Mooney (Soccer), Grace Pavelka (Volleyball), Corey Bowers (Cross Country), Dane Conely (Tennis)

Missing: Kolby Swank (Football)

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Meade ignites Varsity wrestlers; Smith & Hull Reach 100

Joey Meade ignited the Cedar Springs varsity wrestling squad on Friday night, January 11, at Greenville High School. 

The boys first singed the Rangers of Forest Hills Central 47-21 before burning the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern 53-18. On paper, either match-up could have gone both ways but the Red Hawks dug deep through the toss up matches to bring the dual victories back home to C-town. The team now stands at 3-1 and is in second place in the O-K White behind 5-time state champion Lowell. 

“It’s always nice to see the underclassmen begin to step up and fill the shoes of the senior class. The future looks bright!” said Head Coach Nicholas Emery. 

The varsity lineup includes underclassmen talents such as Meade, Trevor Marsman, Andrew Vangessel, Ben Brunner, Cole Hack, Alex Ream, Nate Elliston, Matt Price, Noah Duran, Eli Oser and James Joldersma.

The legendary senior class also enjoyed a memorable weekend. Aaron Smith and Logan Hull both reached 100 victory marks as Red Hawks. 100 victories is a major milestone in high school wrestling and have been done by only 10 other Red Hawks this decade (Baird, Wamser, Oehme, Vodry, Lenardson, J. Ringler,  Depiazza, R. Ringler, Pienton, Galinis).

On Saturday, January 12, the gang competed in the Clash of Champions at Warren Woods Tower high school. The team placed third out of 21 schools. Ryan Ringler (171lbs) and Sage Serbenta (189lbs) walked out as champions. Finalists included Marsman, Smith, Hull, Lucus Pienton and Anthony Brew. David Erxleben Jr. placed fifth while Van Gessel and Hack also contributed for the Red Hawks.

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CSY wrestlers earn medals at Greights and Alma Tournaments

Chasyn Winchel took first place at Alma in the 2010/2011 age group, 72 lb bracket. Courtesy photo.

Thirty-two Cedar Springs Red Hawks wrestled over the weekend and came away with 24 medals. The West Region Greights Tournament, hosted by Muskegon Orchardview, saw wrestlers from over 90 clubs from across the state converge to do battle in what was the first of many high profile tournaments in the coming weeks. 

Coach Jake Marsman was pleased with the outcome. “Many of our wrestlers wrestled in the toughest brackets they have seen all season and were able to bring home the hardware,” he said.

Chasyn Winchel traveled to Alma to wrestle in the 2010/2011 72lb weight bracket and came away with a 1st place finish. 

Opening up the Greights action in the 2012/2014 age group Sierra Streeter and Taylor Crystal both had 2nd place finishes in the 49lb and 52lb weight classes respectively. 

In the 2010/2011 age division, Bryson Streeter took 4th in the 52lb weight bracket and Tucker Crystal took 2nd in the 64lb weight class. The Novice 52lb bracket saw a pair of Red Hawks place with Dawson Pike taking 2nd and Tristan Wilkerson taking 4th place. Dillon VanDyke took first place in the Novice 61lb bracket while Jaxon Fitzerald took 4th place in the Novice 67lb bracket. Jayce Karafa rounded out the action with a 3rd place finish in the 82lb bracket.

Deagan Pike got things started on the Open side of the 2008/2009 age division with a strong 3rd place finish in the 69lb bracket. Blake Falan finished 4th in the 78lb class while Jonathan Libera finished 2nd in the 81lb class. On the Novice side Tucker Dines took 2nd in the 57lb bracket; Timothy Smith took 4th in the 78lb bracket; and Alex Hanes took 1st in the 81lb bracket.

The 2006/2007 age division saw more Red Hawks medal as Gavyn Byxbe took 4th in the Open 95lb bracket and Hudson Crystal came away with a 3rd place finish in the Open 105lb bracket. In the heavy weight division, Wyatt Cooper had came away with a 2nd place finish. On the Novice side Rory Schoenborn turned in a 1st place finish to round out the age group.

Wrapping up the action was the 2004/2005 age division and four more Red Hawks secured medals. Tommy Stevens and Logan Troupe both had 3rd place finishes in the 114lb and 138lb brackets respectively. Also medaling were Antwuan Nicholls at 145lbs and Maston Wood at 195lbs, both turning in solid 2nd place performances.

Next week CSYW travels to Ionia and Traverse City for more wrestling action.

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WMP wrestlers bring home medals

Kooper Witte was Greights Champion in the 43 lbs, 4/6 age group.

by Barbra Chong

Last weekend West Michigan Pursuit entered 23 grapplers to compete and 17 finished in the top four. 

Luke Egan, 75 lbs, travelled to Alma. Egan went undefeated and claimed a Championship in the 11/12 age group. 

Blake Peasley, 95 lbs, traveled to Bay County. Peasley also went undefeated and claimed a Championship in the 11/12 age group. 

The rest of the team travelled to Orchardview. This is the first Greights tournament of the year and also a fundraiser for the Muskegon Community College wrestling team. Finishing in third place was 90 lb Xavier Carpentier, 13/14 age group; 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; and 80 lb Harper Cheng, 11/12 age group. 

Finishing in second place was Alex Russo, 80 lbs, 11/12 Novice age group; 66 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group; and 58 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group.

Greights Champions of the day were 69 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group; 72 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 52 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 54 lb Carter Giles, 9/10 age group; 90 lb Ayden McClurken, 11/12 age group; 85 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group; 52 lb Austin Rogers, 7/8 Novice age group; 75 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group; and 43 lb Kooper Witte, 4/6 age group. 

“Each week, these kids continue to impress me. Their performance is drawing a lot of positive attention to my program. I couldn’t be more proud of this team,” said head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Honors band performs

High school band members. Back row: Jadon Grifhost, Tyler St. Amour, Allison White, Cecilia Smith, Gavinn Shields. front row; Katie Levandowski, Alivia Mesler.

On the first week back to school, a select few Cedar Springs Middle and High School students were a part of Honors Band at Orchard View High School in Muskegon, on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. 

High school band member Jenna Alcumbrack.

The kids got to spend the day learning new music and putting on a performance at the end of the night for family and friends.

Middle school band members. Names unavailable at press time.

We would like to say bravo on a great day and the evening performances by both the Middle and High School District 7 Honors Bands!

We are proud of our Cedar Springs Band members who were nominated and selected to participate in these elite groups!

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Jogging your memory

An elderly couple had been experiencing declining memories, so they decided to take a power memory class where they teach you to remember things by association.
A few days after the class, the old man was outside talking with his neighbor about how much the class helped him.

“Who teaches the class?” asked the neighbor.

“Oh, ummmm, let’s see,” the old man pondered. “You know that flower, you know, the one that smells really nice but has those prickly thorns, what’s that flower’s name?”

“A rose?” asked the neighbor.

“Yes, that’s it,” replied the old man. He then turned toward his house and shouted, “Hey, Rose, what’s the name of the instructor we took the memory class from?”

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

theTable at The Springs Church

Jan. 17,24,31: Meals are served every Thursday fom 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this meal that is being shared with us! #tfnb

Author Veronica Kirin at CS Library

Jan. 22: Come to hear Author Veronica Kirin at the Cedar Springs Public Library on Tuesday, January 22, from 7-8:30 pm as she shows her documentary of interviews she conducted with the Greatest Generation on her travels across 12,000 miles in the US. Her question for the 100 elders and theme of her new book, “How has technology changed society over the past 100 years?” Q & A, followed by a book signing. #3

Auditions for Radio Skits

Jan. 23,24: The Cedar Springs Players will be auditioning for the performance of an array of classic radio skits which includes An evening with George & Gracie; Abbott & Costello’s Who’s on First; and Firesign Theatre’s Nick Danger. Auditions for 8 men and 3 women (ages 16 and older) will be held at the Cedar Springs Public Library on January 23rd and January 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Performance dates will be March 14, 15 & 16th. #3,4b

KDL Lab Experience: Dream It, Build It!

Jan. 26,29: Develop fine and gross motor skills, patterning, shape recognition while building fun, cool buildings, such as towers, play houses, large structures and more! For ages 6 and older. Saturday, January 26, 1:30 pm and Tuesday, January 29, 10:30 am, Nelson Township/Sand Lake Branch, 88 Eighth St., Sand Lake. #3

Valentine Craft Making Class

Feb. 1: Valentine Craft Making Class will be held on Friday, February 1st from 9am-Noon at the Cedar Springs Public Schools Administration . Participants will create up to 20 cards using stamp, punches, embellishments and more. These are a great way to send special notes over the holidays or attach with gifts. The course is $30 and includes most supplies. Please bring you own adhesive stickers and scissors. Registration deadline is January 24th and can be done through Cedar Springs Area Parks and Recreation. Forms are online at www.csaparksandrec.com or at their office in the CSPS Hilltop Building. #2,3b

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Brett A. Kangas, age 48, of Trufant died Monday, January 7, 2019. Brett was born December 26, 1970 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Martin and Sandra (Neilsen) Kangas. He was a craftsman in wood and leather and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved his grandchildren. Surviving are his children, Tiffany (Joseph) Baldus, Brittanie Sheler, Michaela (Anthony) Sheler; 8 grandchildren; mother, Sandra Kangas; father, Martin (Norma) Kangas; brother, Richard (Nicole) Kangas; half-sister, Marcia Ketchum. He was preceded in death by a sister, Shannon Kangas. The family will receive friends Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 1:00 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Bill Dixon officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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Helene Bowers, age 75, of Howard City passed away January 7, 2019 at her residence.   She was born February 5, 1943 in Howard City the daughter of Howard and Gail (Lewis) Bowers. She worked at Keeler Brass for twenty one years and Wolverine for several years. She also helped at the Rustic Sport shop for many years. Helene loved to walk, bake, and was always willing and ready to help family members out with their children. She was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church. In 1970 she married Jerry who survives. Also surviving are one son, Dwight of Eaton Rapids; brothers Howard (Bud), Darlene Bowers of Luther, Ronald (Jan) Bowers of Howard City; two sisters, Nina (William) Selleck of Cooks, Bonnie (Sam) Staude of VA; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Helen and a brother, Charles Kent. Memorial services will take place on Thursday, January 10 at 11 a.m. at the Bethel Lutheran Church. The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m.

Arrangements by Heckman Funeral Home, Howard City

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Thomas G. Merlington, age 58, of Cedar Springs, died Saturday, January 5, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family. Tom was born December 21, 1960 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Bruce and Martha (Grimes) Merlington. He served in the U.S Army and Army National Guard of Michigan for 23 years and worked for Ryder Truck for 38 years. Surviving are his wife, Debra; children, Melissa (Ryan) Bowling, Elizabeth (Jacob) D’Antuono, Bruce (Katelyn) Merlington, Toni Merlington, Kasey Merlington; 10 grandchildren; brothers, Terry Merlington, Walter (Nancy) Merlington; sister, Veronica (Rusty) Seaver. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, June Milzarski and Tammy Merlington. The family will greet friends Friday, January 11 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. There will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital or Friends of the Michigan Veterans Home.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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