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Freshmen girls basketball finish undefeated in conference

Abby Buttermore with the ball.

Freshmen girls basketball team wins conference.

The Red Hawks freshmen girls had two goals in mind when the season started. They wanted to win the OK White freshmen conference title and have fun. They did that and then some. The season started rough with a loss to open the season, but the girls quickly got things together and finished the season 16-2 over 12-0 against conference teams, ending the season on a 13-game win streak.  

“We had a bit of an identity crisis with six girls being moved up to JV and Varsity, to start the season,” Coach Steven Washington said. “We figured out our identity pretty quick for losing so many players.”  

The teams focused on playing aggressive man to man defense the full length of the floor and it paid off for them. The girls are an experienced athletic team led by captains Abby Buttermore, Gloria Alvarez and Morgan Reyers, as the primary ball handlers.  Sydney Schafer and Baylee Mosher provided much needed inside scoring.  

“Hailey Begeman got pulled up to JV halfway through the season. We were happy for her opportunity, but knew others needed to step up in her absence,” said Washington. Rose Pigorsh helped ease Begeman’s loss by filling the inside with intense defense averaging 4 blocks per game. The team got key back-up support from Kaleigh Hull and Makayla Pierce.  This season the freshmen had three foreign exchange students, Amanda Verella (Brazil), Alice Gelli(Italy), and Klaudia Kulakowska(Poland).  

Washington added, “I am extremely proud of not only the record but the hard work and the growth these ladies made this year.”  

Gloria Alvarez summed up the season when she said, ‘This season was one where I worked my hardest to improve, made great progress and had so much fun.”

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Hey kids, 

Would you like to win an awesome Easter Basket? It’s time for our annual Easter Coloring Contest and your chance to win!  

Please print out and color the picture above with crayons, markers or colored pencils. Our judges will choose 3 winners from three age groups: 4-5 years; 6-7 years; and 8-10 years. 

Good Luck and remember to be creative but follow the rules!

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1. Only one entry per child. 

2. Only one winner from each age group will be drawn from finalists.

3. We are not responsible for lost mail. 

4. All entries must be at our office by March 26th by 5pm. 

5. Use only crayons, markers or colored pencils. No paint, glitter, stickers, etc.

Winners will be announced in the March 29th edition of The Cedar Springs Post. So hurry, all entries have to be at The Post by Monday, March 26 by 5:00 p.m. 

Please deliver entries to: 

36 E. Maple St., Cedar Springs.

Or mail to: Easter Coloring Contest

P.O. Box 370, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

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Wolf under my skin

Gray wolf howling. From Wikipedia.

By Ranger Steve Mueller


I wish I garnered reader excitement from insect nature niche articles like my “Hidden Mountain Lion” article did. After the lion article was published in newspapers, I received a phone call from Missoula, Montana with praise for the article. An Ann Arbor resident e-mailed, “You encapsulated so many excellent points so eloquently, Steve. It reminded me of a sign in Alaska that I just learned of: “Welcome to the bottom of the food chain!” In this era when we humans are loathe to take responsibility for our own actions, you nailed it and even wagged a cautionary finger about blaming the animal. Thank you.”  

In that article I stated, “It was wonderful to be a part of nature instead of being apart from nature”. 

The Montana resident used a search engine for key words and found the article. It is nice to be widely read. I also received positive comment from Sarasota, Florida.

Writing about wolves and lions brings positive, negative, and conflicting emotions. I have been fortunate to encounter wolves and bears in wild country but only lion tracks and scat. Those experiences remain fresh and alive. It is impossible to share feelings such encounters create. I have seen people act foolishly around bears and realized that if a mother bear lashed out at those that did not provide the lawful space required, it would be the bear that would be punished and likely euthanized. The people walked closer than lawful to a sow with two cubs in Grand Teton National Park despite me calling a warning for them to stop. 

I witnessed similar erroneous human behavior with elk. More people are killed by elk than bears and lions combined. In the case of wolves, there has never been a case of wolves attacking humans in the United States. 

Yellowstone National Park wolves are accustomed to people at a distance. They are protected in the park from harm and approach. Killing wolves outside the park is now permitted. One radio-collared research wolf was outside the park with her pack. She and a male saw a person but being used to people they only watched him. The man wanted a wolf pelt. He shot the female that watchers and researchers have observed for 6.5 years. 

The pack did not leave but circled around the dead female and howled. The man departed and returned with a handgun, in case the wolves tried to stop him from skinning her body of its pelt. He showed the author of the book American Wolf the pelt and said he did not regret killing the wolf and would do it again. 

Massive numbers of people visited Yellowstone with hopes of seeing that wolf in the wild. She was referred to as the most famous wolf in the world. She and her pack resided where people could frequently see them. Like many others, the man who shot her does not like wolves living in the ecosystem.  

There is a time and place when it is appropriate to kill wolves. When they attack domestic animals, it is best to remove those with such behavior. Defenders of Wildlife reimburses livestock owners when wolves take unsupervised free ranging livestock in national forests or those on private property. Fortunately, wolf killing of domestic animals is not rampant. Wild elk populations continue to thrive where wolves strengthen the herd. My 2014 wolf articles explained how wolves helped restore ecosystem health in the Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Wolves returned to Michigan, Wisconsin, and have maintained a wild population in Minnesota and Canada. I have been fortunate to encounter wolves in both Michigan and Canada and watched wolves in Yellowstone. The greatest emotional response was when I was conducting butterfly research in the Upper Peninsula and a wolf appeared. It watched me momentarily and disappeared. A similar experience occurred in Canada. The UP encounter was with a wolf that did not trust human presence and was a truly wild nature niche experience.

My “Wilderness Unique Treasure” program exemplifies the nature of wolves and wilderness as an essential part of the human spirit to be protected if we hope to pass on a vestige of the wild we inherited to future generations. 

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net – Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr. Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call 616-696-1753.

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Flooding across West Michigan



Cedar Creek has flooded behind the Cedar Springs Library. Post photo by J. Reed.

Cedar Creek rises; roads closed due to standing water

By Judy Reed

Rain and ice melt caused swollen creeks and rivers across West Michigan to begin to overflow their banks this week, as well as cause pooling of water in low lying areas.

Cedar Creek in Cedar Springs flooded behind the fire station and library Tuesday, and the creek was full at Veteran’s Park (at Oak and Main). There was standing water north of the park and in North Park. It was also high at Fifth and Cherry Streets. Water did flow over the road for a time at the intersection of Main and Pine Street. Many roads in the outlying areas were closed due to water over the road.

The Kent County Road Commission (KCRC) is updating information on road closures regularly on its website (www.kentcountyroads.net/alert) as well as social media accounts. “KCRC crews continue to investigate standing water and flooded areas and are placing barricades and flashers where necessary. We are assessing roads and are closing/opening them as conditions warrant. Motorists are asked to slow down and heed warnings and closures,” said Steve Warren, Managing Director of the Road Commission. “Today, our crews will continue clearing catch basins, cleaning spillways, repairing washouts and patching potholes. In these conditions, heavy grading equipment would worsen conditions on gravel roads. Therefore, crews will grade gravel roads when dryer conditions allow.”

Cedar Creek at Veterans Park, at Oak and Main Street, on Feb. 20, 10 a.m. Post photo by J. Reed.

Other parts of the county are seeing a lot of standing water as well. Kent County Emergency Management said that they, along with numerous agencies, continue to monitor and respond to flooding emergencies being seen throughout the area. They noted that floodwaters are having a dramatic impact on transit and housing. The waters will likely continue to rise through Saturday, causing many additional concerns for businesses and residents.

“The Sheriff’s Office and I are working closely with the National Weather Service, State and County agencies, the City of Grand Rapids, other impacted communities, as well as American Red Cross and Salvation Army,” said Jack Stewart, Kent County Emergency Management Coordinator. “Our primary goal is the safety and well-being of our residents and first responders. While the levels are not expected to be as high as they were in 2013, we still need to be as diligent in our response.”

The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for a multitude of counties, including Kent County until 1 p.m. Thursday. The rain stopped early Wednesday.

“Our Emergency Operations staff will continue monitor the situation throughout the week,” said Jack Stewart, Kent County Emergency Management Coordinator. 

Water just at the bottom of the bridge over Cedar Creek at Main and Oak Street, at 10 a.m. on Feb. 20, 2018. Post photo by J. Reed.

If you have water in your home/basement, it could be contaminated with E coli. Handle items that come in contact with flood waters with care, either by disposing of wet items or when possible, cleaning wet items with a disinfectant. 

Stewart says there are a few items to keep in mind regarding flooding:

*Turn around, don’t drown. Just two feet of floodwaters can sweep away a car. If you see flood water in the road, or barricades/signs posted on roads, for your safety and that of first responders, please turn around and take a different route. 

*Do not try to walk or swim through flood waters. River and creek waters can move fast and carry debris that can be dangerous. Six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock people off their feet. 

*Keep pets away from flood waters.

*Prepare in advance. If you live in an area prone to flooding, make sure personal identification items (i.e. passports and birth certificates) are protected. Back up computer files and keep them in a safe place or store them in a cloud-based service. 

*Stay tuned to alerts via TV, radio or weather apps for your phone. 

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Men of honor

The Men of Honor group from Cedar Springs brought love to the elderly at Metron as part of a Valentine’s celebration. Courtesy photo.

On Valentines Day, a young man walked into a school in Florida and brought death and destruction, which has dominated the news. The next day a group of young men from the Men of Honor, walked into Metron of Cedar Springs to bring a Valentine message of love, hope and blessing. These young men sang songs of love, handed out valentines, candy and cookies, and shared the true message of love to the elderly at Metron.

The Men and Ladies of Honor is for 6th, 7th and 8th grade young men and ladies, and meet in separate rooms at Red Hawk Elementary every Thursday after  school until 4 p.m. They are part of the En Gedi after school program that runs everyday after school until 5 p.m. Young men and young ladies build godly character and leadership during their meetings. They also attend an incredible weekend camp during the school year.

Men and Ladies of Honor originated in Dallas, Texas and is celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Since their inception, Men and Ladies of Honor has spread across the United States and into 11 countries, including Honduras and South Africa.

During the Olympics, young men and ladies are competing for gold. The Men and Ladies of Honor believe that God has placed gold inside each young person. It’s just a matter of helping them dig it out and letting them discover that God has placed greatness inside of them. We believe each young man and lady is just one caring adult away from being a success story.

Our goal is to start Men and Ladies of Honor programs across West Michigan in schools, home-schooling networks, churches and community programs. If you or anyone you know might be interested in leading, starting-up or funding a Men and Ladies of Honor Program, please contact Randy Badge at 616-799-5776 or email him at rrbadge@hotmail.com. To fund one student with curriculum, t-shirts, camp, and awards for a year costs $108 or $9 per month.

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Six Red Hawk wrestlers headed to state finals

These six Red Hawk Varsity wrestlers are headed to the State Wrestling Championships at Ford Field March 2-3. Pictured L to R: Jacob Galinis, Lucus Pienton, Ryan Ringler Anthony Brew, Trevor Marsman, and Aaron Smith.

The Varsity Wrestling Program matched school history on Saturday by sending six individuals to the State Championships at Ford Field on March 2-3, 2018. Trevor Marsman (103), Aaron Smith (135), Jacob Galinis (140), Anthony Brew (145), Lucus Pienton (152) and Ryan Ringler (171) have earned the privilege of wrestling for the title of State Champion.

According to Varsity Coach Nick Emery, the only other time that the Red Hawks sent this many wrestlers to the state finals was in 1992.

Ringler is a two time Regional Champion and two-time returning all-stater. With a 51-1 record and #1 ranking on migrappler.com he will not be satisfied with anything less than a state championship.

Pienton enters the tournament at 45-7 on the year. A two time qualifier and a third place finish last season makes him a top contender that no one will overlook.

Jacob Galinis finally makes his first state tournament appearance and will finish his carreer as a Red Hawk with two Conference Championships and over 100 wins. Galinis is dangerous on his feet and could catch anyone at anytime. 

Aaron Smith struts into Ford Field with confidence after a late season collapse kept him out in 2017. Smith loves his mother and is primed to make her proud by bringing home some hardware in 2018.

Trevor Marsman became only the fifth freshman in school history to step into limelight. At 103 lbs Marsman brings a sweetshot and mental toughness that will be hard to knockout.

Anthony Brew made his way through in exciting fashion with a dramatic last second comeback victory over his Allendale opponent in the blood round. Brew looks to follow in family footsteps with a solid showing next weekend.

This will mark the first time Ford Field has host the MHSAA Wrestling State Finals. Action starts at noon on Friday March 2 with the semifials at 730 pm and concluding with the finals at 3 pm on Saturday. Good Luck Red Hawks!

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Girls bowling wins conference, boys take second

The Red Hawk girls bowling team won their first ever conference title. Pictured is Assistant coach Trevor Raurak, Katelyn Paige,Gabi Lamek, Sarah Galloway, Alexa Thompson, Omani Morales, Rose Baty,Michayla Paige, Coach Tim Jackson.

There will be a new banner hanging in the Cedar Springs High School gymnasium after the Red Hawk girls bowling team won their conference last weekend. 

The Cedar Springs girls took first place, followed by Northview in second, and Forest Hills Northern in third. 

Red Hawk girls all conference bowlers: (L to R) Rose Baty, Michayla Paige, Katelyn Paige, Omani Morales, Sarah Galloway

The top girl bowlers of the day were junior Sarah Galloway (1); sophomore Omani Morales (2); junior Michayla Paige (3); and junior Rose Baty (9), who bowled her high school high game of 186.

Three Lady Red Hawks made it into the top 10 in conference: sophomore Omani Morales was #1; junior Sarah Galloway was #2; and junior Michayla Paige was #6. Honorable mentions went to Katelyn Paige, a sophomore; and junior Rose Baty.

Red Hawk boys all conference bowlers: (L to R) Josh Hamilton,Dane Conely, Jared Caniff,Kaleb Fisk, Josh Beebe

The Cedar Springs boys team placed second at conference, with Lowell winning first place. Northview boys took third. The top boy bowlers of the day were sophomore Kaleb Fisk (3); junior Josh Beebe (5); and junior Dane Conely (6).

Four Red Hawk boys made it into the top 10 in conference: senior Josh Hamilton was #3; sophomore Kaleb Fisk was #6; junior Dane Conely was #7; and senior Jared Caniff was #8. Honorable mention went to junior Josh Beebe.

Great job, Red  Hawks!

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Charity soccer game to support Ricker family

This will be the second year for the soccer charity game at the Cedar Springs Sports Plex. The photo above shows action from last year’s game. Courtesy photo.

March 4 at 5 p.m.

The Great Lakes Wanderers will hold their annual arena soccer charity game on March 4, in memory of Brison Ricker, a Cedar Springs resident and avid youth soccer player. Brison lost his battle with DIPG, a rare pediatric brain cancer, in January, after a two-year battle. He was an extremely brave young man.

We’d love to pack out the Cedar Rock Sports Plex with fans, with proceeds going to Team Rickerstrong to help cover medical costs. Kickoff will be at 5 p.m.

We have players coming in from various pro teams, local semi pro teams, national teams and the community to play on the Great Lakes Wanderers team, with all of them volunteering their time. Our opponent is the Detroit Waza Flo of the Major Arena Soccer League 2nd division.

It’ll be a great game, packed with lots of entertainment for only $5! Halftime will feature a freestyle show; there will be a player meet and greet with autographs on the field after the game; jerseys will be auctioned off; and more.

Come on out to have some fun and support a good cause. We hope to see you there!

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Winter Fun 


We’ve been asking for your winter fun photos, and we’ve had many to choose from. Here are a few more of your photos showing how much fun the snow can be! 

Do you have a winter fun photo you’d like to share? Send it to news@cedarspringspost.com, along with some info about it, and where the person in the photo is from. Please include your contact info. Photos will run as space allows.


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The Post travels to Fellsmere, Florida

Mayor Gerald Hall from Cedar Springs and Mayor Joel Tyson of Fellsmere, Florida pose with The Cedar Springs Post.

The Post recently traveled with Mayor Gerald and Amy Jo Hall to Fellsmere, Florida, where they visited family. The Fellsmere Frog Festival, each January, has been a local favorite for 26 years. Fellsmere is part of the Sebastian-Vero Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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