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Red Hawk bowlers win against Lowell

Both the Cedar Springs boys and girls bowling teams took on Lowell in an away conference match on December 5 and came home winners. 

The boys won 19 to 11, with freshman Cody Marshall bowling his high school high of 206. The girls won 29-11.

Their next match was scheduled for yesterday, Wednesday, December 12 at Eastbrook Lanes against Forest Hills Central.

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CS Youth wrestlers travel to Evart and Allendale

Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers with their medals. Photo by J. Troupe

By Jacquie Troupe

The CS Youth Wrestlers headed to Evart and Allendale Sunday, December 9. 

The Evart team had 5 pins in 2:56 (12th), scored 28 TMP (15th) and finished the day 6-4. The Allendale team had 31 pins in 46:10 (2nd), 2 Techs in 5:14 (3rd), 413 TMP (2nd) and finished the day 59-52 (22nd). 

In the Evart 2012-14 division Sierra Streeter was the 49lb 1st Place Champion. In the 2010-11 division Bryson Streeter placed 3rd in the 55lb class. Ben Streeter placed 3rd in the 77/82lb class. 

In the Allendale 2012-14 Open division, Deacon Reynolds was the 43lb 1st Place Champion. Brycen Alber placed 2nd in the 46lb class. Hudson Cassiday was the 52lb 1st Place Champion. Tristan Wilkerson placed 3rd in the 52lb class. 

In the 2009-10 Novice division, Brandon Mortensen placed 2nd in the 46lb class. Dillon VanDyke placed 2nd in the 61lb class. Tanner Wood placed 2nd in the 82lb class. Chasyn Winchel was the Open 72lb 1st Place Champion. 

In the 2008-09 Novice division, Spencer Schoenborn was the 69lb 1st Place Champion. Caleb Austin placed 3rd in the 72lb class. Alex Hanes was the 78lb 1st Place Champion. Dayton Reynolds placed 3rd in the 81lb class. James Themm placed 4th in the 85lb class. Zach Vu was the 110lb 1st Place Champion. 

In the Open division, Caden Troupe placed 4th in the 60lb class. Blake Falan placed 2nd in the 78lb class. Jon Libera placed 3rd in the 81lb class. 

In the 2006-07 Novice division Kaiden Dreyer was the 1st Place Champion in the 90lb class. Rory Schoenborn placed 2nd in the 90lb class. 

In the Open division Brandson Wood placed 2nd in the 65lb class. Gavyn Byxbe placed 4th in the 100lb classss. Wyatt Cooper was the HWT 1st Place Champion.

In the 2004-05 Open division, Gabe Gair placed 3rd in the 122lb class. Carter Falan placed 2nd in the 138lb class. Logan Troupe placed 2nd in the 145 class. Maston Wood was the 170lb 1st Place Champion.

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WMP wrestles at Allendale, Howell, and Waverly

Pictured is Blake Werkema, 58 lb, 7/8 Age Group Champion.

This past weekend, West Michigan Pursuit travelled to Allendale, Howell and Waverly. 66 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group travelled to the northeast region in Howell and claimed his first Championship title of the season. 95 lb Blake Peasley travelled to the East Region in Waverly and claimed his second Championship title of the season. 

The remainder of the team entered the west region’s Allendale tournament. 46 lb Jeremiah Bowyer, 4/6 age group finished in 5th place. Finishing in 4th place was 64/67 lb Jaxen Bowyer, 7/8 age group; 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 80/85 lb Alexander Russo, 11/12 Novice age group and 46 lb Emmett Russo, 4/6 age group. Finishing in 2nd place was 80 lb Harper Cheng, 11/12 age group and 60 lb Kaleb Pautke, 9/10 age group. Allendale Champions are 85 lb Alex Buskirk, 11/12 age group, 72/75 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; 75 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group and 58 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group. 

“I am very pleased with the technical growth of my wrestlers. I recently split my sessions and the participation of the advanced working with our more novice has been fantastic. These kids are truly something special,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, check them out. They are located in the Cedar Rock Sports Plex. Practices are Tuesday and Thursdays.

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Competitive Cheer takes second at invitational

Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer is looking to earn a spot in the state finals this year. Courtesy photo.

“EARN IT!” is the theme for the 2018-19 Cedar Springs High School Competitive Cheer team. After falling short of competing at the 2018 Cheer State Finals by only a few points, the Lady Red Hawks are looking for redemption and are determined to earn a spot on the mat at the 2019 State Finals on March 2nd at the Delta Plex.

Coach Anne Olszewski is excited about the young talent of the team and is very proud of their hard work and dedication. “I have 10 girls in all three rounds and they are all awesome stunters. I see conference potential everywhere!” she said. 

In addition to the hard work of the current squad, CSHS Cheer alumni frequently attend practices and offer encouragement and support to the team. “It’s all about family and it’s awesome to see those girls, who are cheering in college, coming back to make sure the girls know that they are pulling for them.” 

On December 8, the Cedar Springs High School Competitive Cheer team traveled to Kenowa Hills High School to compete against 30 teams in the Competitive Cheer Coaches Association of Michigan (CCCAM) Scholarship Invitational. After three rounds of competition, the Cedar Springs JV team earned 2nd place with a combined score of 603.74 and the Cedar Springs Varsity team finished 2nd in Division 2, with a combined score of 732.86 (the highest score that a Cedar Springs team has earned since Coach Olszewski began coaching five years ago). In addition to walking away with 2nd place, two Red Hawk athletes earned a prestigious “Golden Ticket” from the coaching staff at Albion College! 

Come and support the Lady Hawks this season. The team will travel to West Ottawa on December 15 and Jenison on December 19 to round out 2018. Congratulations on a great start and good luck on the rest of the season! 

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High School wrestlers kick off a new season

Bill Hammer, 215 lbs, deserved a well-fought victory. Courtesy photo.

The high school wrestling team kicked off its season last week with trips to Hudsonville and Tri-County. At Hudsonville, the Red Hawks split a pair of duals with Division 1 O-K Red competition. The boys battled for a 37-36 tie breaker victory over East Kentwood but fell just short against the 2018 regional champs from Hudsonville 39-30. 

The junior varsity wrestlers competed at Tri-County on Friday night. The team displayed great sportsmanship and talent as they honed their skills on the mat. 

The varsity Red hawks also traveled to Tri-County and placed third at the Sam Frerovich Memorial on Saturday. The team posted victories over Portland (41-21) and Jenison (38-34) before falling to archrival Sparta in an early season match up. The third place dual pitted them against the Division 4, #8 ranked Bucks from Pine River. The team was supplied with a key win at 189 lbs over a defending state runner-up. The dual was defined by strong efforts from the entire line up to gain and defend bonus points. The Red Hawks wrestled on to rub off the Bucks 38-34. Carson City (Division 4 #4) defeated the Red Hawks and took home the first place trophy.

The wrestlers will be back in action on Saturday, 9 a.m. at Forest Hills Central for the Kent County Championships.

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Girls basketball starts season with wins

Sophomore Kaelyn Colclasure puts up a shot attempt against Sparta. Photo by Lisa Lewis.

The Cedar Spring Girls Varsity Basketball Team started their season with two non-conference victories over Sparta (47-35) on Tuesday, December 4, and Kenowa Hills 36-20 on Friday, December 7. 

On Tuesday night, the Lady Red Hawks used an 18-2 third quarter to overcome a 4-point halftime deficit and never looked back. Feisty defense led to a productive offensive outburst in that third quarter. Seven points by senior Brighton Miller and 5 points by sophomore Kaelyn Colclasure helped spark the offense in the 3rd frame. Miller led the Red Hawks with 14 points, followed by sophomore Maggie Prins, with 9 points and 5 rebounds. Colclasure scored 8 points on the night to go along with 6 rebounds. Sophomore Arianna Rau collected 9 rebounds on the night.

Friday evening the Red Hawks again used a solid defensive effort to come away victorious. Holding Kenowa Hills to 4 first half points, the ladies held a 15-point lead heading into halftime. Senior Courtney Pienta led the scoring with 9 points, all three-pointers, followed by Miller with 8.

The Red Hawks will be on the road this Friday with a non-conference battle against Comstock Park. Boys tip-off at 6:00 p.m. followed by the girls at 7:30 p.m.

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Ringler signs letter of intent to wrestle for CMU

Pictured is Ryan Ringler at the signing ceremony, with his Cedar Springs Varsity wrestling coach Nick Emery. Courtesy photo.

On Thursday, November 29, Red Hawk Ryan Ringler made his college selection. In front of numerous family, friends, staff, and coaches in the Cedar Springs High School gymnasium, the suspense ended as Ringler announced he would be attending Central Michigan University next fall on a wrestling scholarship. He officially signed his Division 1 National Letter of Intent at the ceremony.  

Ringler is the defending state champion at 171 pounds, and a two-time all-state football player. He is excited about his future at CMU. “Central is a great fit for me. It’s a top level Division 1 program and I know many of the current wrestlers, and have a great relationship with the coach,” he said. 

Ryan is the son of Jane and Paul Ringler, of Cedar Springs.

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WMP wrestlers finish in top four at Orchardview

Carter Giles, 54 lb 9/10 Champion for West Michigan Pursuit.

By Barbra Chong 

The first tournament of the 2018-2019 MYWA Western Region was hosted by Orchardview wrestling. West Michigan Pursuit entered 15 grapplers to Orchardview. We also had three grapplers travel to Iowa to compete at the Hawkeye Nationals. 

Blake Peasley entered the 5th/6th grade age group, 95 lb wt class going 3-2 finishing in 5th at Nationals. Peasley also entered the Eaton Rapids tournament in the 95 lb 11/12 age group and claimed his first championship of the season. 

At the Orchardview tournament, our team placed 13 of our competitors in the top four. Out of 61 battles, WMP claimed 39 victories. 67 lb Jaxen Bowyer, 7/8 age group; 78 lb Logan Galinis, 9/10 age group and 85 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 11/12 age group all finished 4th. 61 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 age group finished 3rd. 66 lb Kellen Wekesser, 9/10 age group and 58 lb Blake Werekema, 7/8 age group both finished 2nd. And Champions of the day are 69 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group; 85 lb Alex Buskirk, 11/12 age group; 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 49 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 54 lb Carter Giles, 9/10 age group; 90 lb Ayden McClurken, 11/12 age group and 75 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group. Congratulations to all of the grapplers for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as they did. 

“I was very pleased at the progress from several of our wrestlers,” said Heach Coach, Dave Andrus. “Lesson plans have been adjusted and have had positive results at a faster pace. I truly have some of the best parents in the sport and am grateful to them.” 

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, check out West Michigan Pursuit. They are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex and practices are Tuesday and Thursdays.

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CS youth wrestlers 

Cedar Springs youth wrestlers with their medals.

By Jacquie Troupe

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers traveled to Orchard View High School on Sunday December 2, along with 38 other teams for the MYWAY West Region season opener. 325 competitors competed for the top spots, 38 from Cedar Springs. The team was first in total pins with 40 in 60:43 and in total match points with 506, 4th in Techs with 2 in 5:49. They finished the day 67-56. Coach Jake Marsman said he’s very impressed with their drive so early on in the season and can’t wait to get back to the practice mats to get them in shape for next weeks tournament at Allendale.

In the 2012-2014 Open division Brycen Alber was the 1st Place Champion in the 43lb class. He scored 14 TMP, had 4 pins in 3:18 and was 2nd over all. His fastest pin was :18. Deacon Reynolds placed 3rd in the 46lb class. He scored 37 TMP (6th over all). Ethan Trompen placed 3rd in the 49lb class. He scored 22 TMP. Sierra Streeter placed 2nd in the 49lb class. She scored 37 TMP (6th over all), she had 4 pins in 5:32 (4th overall) and her fastest pin was :21 (23rd). Taylor Crystal was the 1st Place Champion in the 52lb class. She scored 34 TMP (11th). 

In the 2010-11 Novice division 52lb class, Eli Gunderson placed 2nd. He scored 23 TMP. Karsen Roelofs placed 4th and scored 17 TMP. Tristan Wilkerson placed 5th. In the 61lb class Dillon VanDyke placed 2nd and his fastest pin was :46 (89th). In the 82lb class Tanner Wood placed 2nd. In the Open Division, Dawson Pike placed 5th in the 52lb class. Brysen Streeter placed 3rd and his fastest pin was :34 (26th) in the 55lb class. Tucker Crystal was the 1st Place Champion in the 64lb class and his fastest pin was :28 (37th). Chasyn Winchel was the 1st Place Champion in the 67lb class. He scored 31 TMP (15th), had 3 pins in 2:47 (14th), his fastest was :17 (11th) and 1 Tech in 2:14 (6th). Jaxon Fitzgerald placed 5th in the 67lb class. 

In the 2008-09 Novice division Tucker Dines was the 1st Place Champion in the 57lb class, scoring 19 TMP (72nd). Caleb Austin placed 4th in the 75lb class, scoring 23 TMP (44th). Dayton Reynolds placed 4th in the 85lb class. Zach Vu was the 1st Place Champion in the 110/130lb class. His fastest pin was :44 (84th). In the Open division Cade Troupe placed 2nd in the 57/60lb class. His fastest pin was :33 (47th). Deegan Pike was the 1st Place Champion in the 72lb class. Blake Falan placed 3rd in the 78lb class. Jon Libera placed 2nd in the 81lb class. He scored 20 TMP (67th), had 2 pins in 2:42 (49th) and his fastest pin was :41 (72nd). 

In the 2006-07 Novice division Calvin Kerridge placed 5th in the 85lb class. Kaiden Dreyer placed 2nd in the 90lb class. In the Open division Gavyn Byxbe placed 3rd in the 105lb class. Hudson Crystal placed 2nd in the 105lb class. Wyatt Cooper was the 1st Place Champion in the HWT class. His fastest pin was :19 (17th).

In the 2004-05 Open division Carter Falan was the 1st Place Champion in the 138lb class. Logan Troupe was 2nd. He had 1 pin in 1:40, scoring 8 TMP. Antwuan Nicholls was the 1st Place Champion in the 145lb class. He scored 27 TMP (24th) and had 3 pins in 5:37 (19th). In the 170lb class, Maston Wood was the 1st Place Champion and scored 48 TMP (1st over all), had 2 pins in 3:51 (67th) and had 1 Tech in 3:35 (15th).

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Girls bowling team takes first in tournament

L to R: Sarah Galloway and Omani Morales placed in the individual standings.

The Cedar Springs Girls bowling team took first at the Wyoming invitational. L to R: Omani Morales, Michayla Paige, Sarah Galloway, Alexa Thompson, Katelyn Paige, and Rose Baty.

High school bowling season is underway. Wyoming hosted an invitational at Eastbrook Lanes on December 1, and both the Cedar Springs boys and girls teams traveled there to compete.

The Cedar Springs boys placed 8th out of 14 teams. 

The Cedar Springs girls battled to the end to beat Jenison and take 1st place out of 15 teams in the tournament. Two Red Hawk girls also placed in the individuals. Senior Sarah Galloway placed 5th with a 2 game total of 386; and junior Omani Morales placed 6th with a 2 games total of 376.   

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