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WMP wrestlers at NUWAY nationals

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This past weekend West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek for the 2015 NUWAY Nationals. There were tough wrestlers from coast to coast, many champions and All-Americans from multiple states taking home the NUWAY Eagle super-sized trophies and All-American status. West Michigan Pursuit brought 10 grapplers to compete and 8 placed in the top eight. The team battled 44 times with 28 ending in victory.

Luke Egan entered Division 2 in the 52 lb wt class. He is a second year wrestler and is a first grader of Cedar Trails Elementary. Luke finished 6th in the Nation with a final record of 37-15 securing an All American Status.

Gage Bowen entered Division 2 in the heavy weight class. He is a fourth year wrestler and is a third grader of Woodview Elementary of Belding. Gage finished 5th in the Nation with a final record of 39-7 securing an All American Status.

Lee Braun entered Division 2 in the 56 lb wt class. He is a third year wrestler and is a third grader of Jamestown Elementary of Hudsonville. Lee finished 4th in the Nation with a final record of 36-8 securing an All American Status.

Blake Peasley entered Division 2 in the 64 lb wt class. He is a third year wrestler and is a second grader of Lakes Elementary of Rockford. Blake finished 4th in the Nation with a final record of 38-10 securing an All American Status.

Zak Schmid entered Division 4 in the 135 lb wt class. He is a second year wrestler as a seventh grader of Cedar Springs Middle School. Zak finished 4th in the Nation with a final record of 33-5 securing an All American Status.

Josh Vasquez entered Division 2 in the 49 lb wt class. He is a third year wrestler as a third grader of Oriole Park of Wyoming. Josh finished 3rd in the Nation with a final record of 54-5 securing an All American Status.

Jayden Marcano-Cruz entered Division 1 in the 45 lb wt class. He is a second year wrestler as a first grader of Grandview Elementary. Jayden finished 2nd in the Nation with a final record of 45-5 securing an All American Status.

Patrick Depiazza entered into Division 6 as a wild card in the High School division. Patrick is a sophomore of Cedar Springs High School and has been wrestling for thirteen years. He finished 2nd in the Nation, securing an All American Status.

There were over 270 teams competing this past weekend. Team awards were available for the top six programs. West Michigan Pursuit finished 3rd overall with a team score of 176. Region Wrestling of Indiana took first place with a score of 212.5 and Contenders Wrestling of Indiana took 2nd place with a score of 193. West Michigan Pursuit also finished 2nd for the win by fall category. Shore Sports Club of Ohio finished in first place for the win by fall category. Overall, West Michigan Pursuit ended the season on a high note. The program would not have its current success without its dedicated coaching staff: Head Coach and Owner, Dave Andrus; William Ketchum; and Dominick Chong. We look forward to next season and will watch our numbers continue to grow and succeed. We are the Pursuit of Champions.

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Scott Hazel Memorial Game 

The Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer Team will play the Rockford Rams in a purple game on April 16 to commemorate the memory of Scott Hazel.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer Team will play the Rockford Rams in a purple game on April 16 to commemorate the memory of Scott Hazel.

Cedar Springs and Rockford soccer teams honor teacher

The Scott Hazel Memorial Game will be hosted by the Rockford Rams on April 16 at 7 p.m. (The JV game will be played immediately prior to this game.)

Scott Hazel lost his battle against cancer last summer. The Rams and the Red Hawks are coming together to raise money for the Purple Community in his memory. Mr. Hazel coached soccer at both Rockford and Cedar Springs at various levels, and was a well-known and much loved teacher in Cedar Springs.

Yes, there will be a game but this night will be so much more as both communities come together to honor Scott Hazel and raise money for cancer research in memory of him.

Rockford’s school colors are orange and black and Cedar Springs are red and black. However, on April 16, both communities will come together in a sea of purple for the man who influenced so many.

 

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Five youth wrestlers state champions

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Five state champions…one for each month that the Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers have worked toward the MYWAY State Wrestling Championships. Since early November, youth wrestlers and coaches have been sacrificing and training in hopes of earning the coveted title of State Champion. Twenty of those Red Hawks, along with approximately 2,500 other youth wrestlers, earned their spot to wrestle at the 2015 MYWAY State Championships, held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan,  March 28, 29 and 30.  Of the 20 who competed, twelve of them placed in the top eight, further qualifying them to compete in national events. Possibly the biggest accomplishment of any club in the state of Michigan is that Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling had five wrestlers crowned 2015 State Champions!

Eighth grader, Ryan Ringler, went 4-0 to earn his fifth State Champion title! Ringler’s second period pin in the championship round against Aaron Gilmore of Donahoe secured his 2015 State Champion Title in the 170lb, 13/14 division.

Allexis Gonzales, also an eighth grader, took Girls State Champion in the 14U division at 130lbs. She went 5-0, winning her first four matches by pins. She earned a minor decision in her championship match against Kelsy Coger of Pennfield.

Seventh grader, Reese Gonzales, went 4-0, pinning all of her opponents, in a round robin. She earned Girls State Champion at 110 lbs in the 14U division. Her toughest match was against runner-up Payton Smith of Clio, who she pinned in the second round.

Zoe Gonzales battled her way to Girls State Champion at 76lbs in the 11U division. Gonzales went 3-0, winning each match by only one point. In the championship round, she beat Karlie Woodall of Coloma, with a score of 3-2. Gonzales won after she earned a reversal in the last few seconds of the third round.

Cora Gonzales was the youngest Girls State Champion for the Red Hawks this year. Gonzales, who wrestled at 52lbs in the 9U division, went 4-0, with 3 pins and one decision. She won her State Champion title with a 5-0 decision in the final round against Tricia Pyrzewski  of Gladwin.

Freshman George Gonzales Jr. battled the toughest side of the 20-man chart to earn his second place finish. With a record of 4-1, he suffered his only loss, at 174lbs in the 15/16 division, against Trevor Piggott of Ionia.

Seventh grader Rosie Castro finished in second place at 122lbs in the 14U Girls Division. She had first and second round pins to secure her spot in the championship round where she took runner-up to Kennedi Gotha of Linden.

By placing in the top three spots at State or top two in the Girls division, all seven wrestlers listed above won a custom championship singlet and the opportunity to be partially sponsored by MYWAY  for national tournaments. The next five wrestlers below battled tough, but were unable to secure a top finish.

Six-year-old, Veronica Tapia was the only girl in the area who competed in both the MYWAY State Finals and the MYWAY Girls State Finals, wrestling a total of 12 matches! Tapia went 5-2 on a 32-person chart to take fourth at 40lb in the 4/6 division.  She went 3-2 at 40lb in the 9U Girls’ division to take third.

Keaton Klaasen had a very impressive  6th place finish at 52lbs in the 7/8 division. He went 5-2 on a chart of 31 wrestlers.

The girls rounded out the results with 6th and 7th place finishes in the Girls Division. First year wrestler Madisyn Britley took 6th in the 11U HWT division. Analize Tapia took 7th at 43lbs in the 9U division. Brooklyn Wright finished 7th at 122 lbs in the 14U division.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club has been and continues to be one of the most successful youth wrestling clubs in the state of Michigan. Head Coach George Gonzales Sr. attributes that to the hard work and dedication of the volunteer coaches and the wrestlers.

“I am proud to be part of a program that teaches athletes about integrity, hard work and dedication,” said Gonzales. “Sure, there are times when the wrestlers want to give up, but you don’t win by giving up. They need to earn what they want by working hard and not by cheating themselves. These are lessons they will be taking into adulthood. It’s about integrity, on and off the mat. That is what makes us champions and that is what will make these kids champions in life.”

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Girls track starts season with 2-0 dual record

 

The Varsity Girls Track Team opened their season before spring break for the first time in two years. The team traveled to Sparta for the Snowmelter Invitational.
The team scored 136.6 points and placed third, in the five-team meet, behind Sparta and Lowell. Junior Alyson Marvel won the 100 meter hurdles and placed second in the pole vault. Sophomore Tara Tepin earned third places in the high jump, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Also placing for the team was:

2nd Place: 

Ellie Ovokaitys 1.6 mile run

Shuttle hurdle relay team of Tara Tepin, Kayley Louck, Madison Mora, and Allyson Marvel.

1600 meter relay team of  Mathilda Stocke, Kayley Louck, Hannah Heintzelman, and Kenzie Weiler.

3rd Place: 400 and 800 meter relay team of Kayley Louck, Kaylee Mihlethaler, Emilee Hickox,  Mathilda Stocke.

4th Place:

Allie Colley discus

Rachel Bowers long jump

5th Place:

Mackenzie Rugg 200 meter dash

Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run

On Wednesday, April 1, the team hosted a double dual meet against Comstock Park and Newaygo. They defeated both teams to start the season with a 2 and 0 dual meet record. Senior Kenzie Weiler lowered here school record in winning the 800 meter run with a time of 2:19.37. Kenzie also won the 3200 meter run. Tara Tepin won four events, 100 and 200 meter dashes, high jump and the 300 meter hurdles.  Allyson Marvel and Allie Colley were double event winners. Marvel won the pole vault and the 100 meter hurdles while Colley won the shot put and discus.

Other event winners were:

Rachel Bowers long jump, Ellie Ovokaitys 1600 meter run, Mackenzie Rugg 400 meter dash, 3200 meter relay team of Ellie Ovokaitys, Hannah Heintzelman, Emily Shaft and Kenzie Weiler, 800 meter relay team of Kayley Louck, Rachel Bowers, Mackenzie Rugg, and Emilee Hickox, 400 meter relay team of Kayley Louck, Rachel Bowers, Emilee Hickox, and Mathilda Stocke, and the 1600 meter relay team of Hannah Heintzelman, Allyson Marvel, Kayley Louck, and Kenzie Weiler

2nd Place finishers:

Danielle Zachmann shot put, Mackenzie Weber discus, Sophie Mihlethaler long jump, Kayley Louck 100 meter hurdles, Kaylee Mihlethaler 100 meter dash, Emily Shaft 400 meter dash, Allyson Marvel 300 meter hurdles, Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run, Mathilda Stocke 200 meter dash, and Yuki Noma 3200 meter run.

3rd Place Finishers:

Mackenzie Weber shot put, Danielle Zachmann discus, Megan Shevock long jump, Abby Hall 100 meter dash, Madison Mora 300 meter hurdles, Ellie Ovokaitys 800 meter run, and Rachel Bowers 200 meter dash.

After Spring Break the team starts the OK Bronze Conference season by hosting
Wyoming on Wednesday, April 15, and then travels to Sparta, on Saturday, April 18, for the Spartan Tri-Level Classic.

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Three Red Hawks sign to play college football

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Cedar Springs seniors Caden Burrows, Ted Edwards and Kaden Myers will continue to wear the red and black as they are headed to Davenport University this fall to play college football. The Panthers have started a brand new football program, which will begin this fall with its first recruiting class. However, they won’t play their first game until 2016 and all will be redshirted. Last Saturday, the 80 new signees participated in their first team meeting. An orientation to mandatory study hall, housing, financial aid and fitting for all of the brand new equipment was covered with the athletes and their parents.

Burrows, who will wear #63, was signed by DU to play center for new head coach Lou Espositio.  Myers, who will wear #39, was brought on to play strong safety and rover back for the defense. Edwards, who will be #77, is expected to compete for a position on either defensive or offensive lines.

Davenport University is in the process of constructing a multi-million dollar athletic complex on 68th Street, east of the Beltline, which is southeast of their main campus. Beginning in 2015, the team will practice daily at the new track and field stadium and then open the 2016 season next door at the football stadium.

“The best part of going to Davenport to play football is that everything we are going to do is first. Our team motto is ‘B1st’. Our stadium, locker room, weight room, helmet, pads and uniforms will all be brand new. No one else can say that,” stated Myers.

Burrows finished his football career at CSHS as a three-year starter. He was an all-area and a two-time OK Bronze all-conference lineman. Edwards was honorable mention all-conference as a defensive tackle. Myers, a three-year starter, was selected to the 2014 Detroit Free Press and News all-state team as a safety, was a two time OK Bronze all-conference selection, all-area and GR Press honorable mention Dream Team. All three are excited that they have been provided an opportunity to continue to play the game they love.

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Red Hawk football team to play in new GRidiron Classic

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks will host the Comstock Park Panthers in the new GRidiron Classic at Grand Valley State University on August 29. The photo shows Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer being tackled by a Panther during last fall’s win over Comstock Park.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks will host the Comstock Park Panthers in the new GRidiron Classic at Grand Valley State University on August 29. The photo shows Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer being tackled by a Panther during last fall’s win over Comstock Park.

West Michigan Sports Commission launches High School Football kickoff event 

The West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) has partnered with Grand Valley State University and the OK Conference in the promotion of a newly created high school football showcase, the GRidiron Classic.

The event will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Lubbers Stadium on the main campus of GVSU. The GRidiron Classic will include three highly competitive high school games beginning at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 7:00 pm respectively. Each purchased ticket entitles the bearer to attend all three scheduled games. Pre-sale tickets will be available at each host school (listed below) beginning in May, at a cost of $8 Adults / $6 Students. Tickets purchased on the day of the event will be sold for $10 Adults / $8 Students.

Games are Saturday, August 29, 2015 Lubbers Stadium – GVSU

1:00 p.m. Hamtramck vs. NorthPointe Christian (host)

4:00 p.m. Comstock Park vs. Cedar Springs (host)

7:00 p.m. Oak Park vs. Zeeland West (host)

“West Michigan prides itself in our high school football and this event will highlight the start of the season with some great matchups at a superb facility,” stated Mike Guswiler, President of the WMSC.

“Our hope moving forward is to partner with the Detroit Sports Commission, which has hosted a Prep Kickoff Classic for over 10 years at Wayne State University, to make this an annual event, pairing the top football teams from East Michigan against the top teams from West Michigan,” added Guswiler.

More details are being developed including sponsorship opportunities and other activities surrounding the games.

Follow them on Twitter at @WMSCKickoff, and like their Facebook page: GRidiron Classic.

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WMP wrestlers earn all-state status

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West Michigan Pursuit’s all-state wrestlers. Missing is Landon Foss and Caleigh Wood.

 

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek last weekend, for the 2015 State Finals. There were just over 1800 grapplers that competed in the youth division. West Michigan Pursuit took 16 competitors looking to take home a State Title and eight competitors gained an All State status. The team battled 73 times with 44 ending in victory.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these young athletes. Their hard work and training throughout the season demands a lot of time and effort, seeing them reach their personal goals makes the journey fun and worthwhile,” said Owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus.

Results are as follows:

5th Place medalists included Lee Braun and Jayden Marcano-Cruz. Lee entered into the 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class and had 31 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 32-6. Jayden entered into the 4/5/6 age group in the 46 lb wt class and had 30 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 43-4.

4th Place medalists included Gage Bowen, Luke Egan and Blake Peasley.  Gage entered into the 7/8 age group in the 97 lb wt class and had 26 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 35-5. Blake entered into the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class and had 31 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 34-8. Luke entered into the 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class and had 30 grapplers in his bracket, He ended his season with a final record of 35-12.

3rd Place medalists included Landon Foss, Zak Schmid and Josh Vasquez. Landon entered into the 7/8 age group, in the 49 lb wt class and had 27 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 26-15. Zak entered into the 11/12 age group in the 133 lb wt class and had 26 grapplers in his bracket, he ended his season with a final record of 31-3. Josh entered into the 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class and had 30 grapplers in his bracket, he ended his season with a final record of 50-4.

West Michigan Pursuit also entered three females into the Women’s State Finals which also took place at the Kellogg Arena this past weekend. The Women’s State Finals had over 190 grapplers enter this tournament, their highest numbers yet. Madisyn Birtley entered into the 11 and under age group in the heavy wt division and finished in 6th Place. Hannah Pienton entered into the 14 and under age group in the 92 lb wt class and finished in 5th Place. Caleigh Wood entered into the 9 and under age group in the 40 lb wt class and finished in 6th Place.

NUWAY Nationals will be held in two weeks, the weekend of April 11-12, at the Kellogg Arena. The top eight from each State will have the opportunity to compete for a National Title and All American status. Please look for updates on these amazing wrestlers after Nationals.

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Cedar youth novice state champs

Novice State Placers were Tucker Crystal, Hudson Crystal, Logan Troupe and Carter Falan.

Novice State Placers were Tucker Crystal, Hudson Crystal, Logan Troupe and Carter Falan.

The weekend of March 21 was busy for Cedar Springs youth wrestling club. Wrestlers traveled to two separate tournaments on opposite sides of the state. The first was hosted by Ionia High School on March 21, and the second was the Novice State championships hosted in Saline on March 22.

All seven of the Cedar Springs wrestlers who attended the tournament in Ionia placed in the top two. Runners-up were Jonathan Libera at 55lbs in the 5/6 age group and Carter Falan at 85lb in the 9/10 age group. Champions were Keaton Klaasen at 55lbs in the 7/8 age group, Wyatt Cooper at 97lb in the 7/8 age group, Logan Troupe at 80lb in the 9/10 age group, Andrew VanGessel at 75lb in the 11/12 age group,  and Kamden Klaasen at 90lb in the 11/12 age group.

Only four wrestlers went to the the MYWAY Novice State Championships held in Saline on Sunday, March 22nd. All four of those wrestlers placed in the top four! Two of whom took home the title of “Champion”. All the battles fought at tournament were hard fought and earned.

Logan Troupe took fourth at 80lbs in the 9/10 age group.

Tucker Hudson took third at 43lb in the 4/6 age group.

2015 Novice State Champions were Hudson Crystal at 64lbs in the 7/8 age group and Carter Falan at 85lb in the 9/10 age group!!

“For the last 10 years the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club has had had a reputation for building solid wrestlers, which I am very proud to be a part of,” said head coach George Gonzales Sr. “We have a lot of new kids coming in who have a lot of talent. With the right coaching they will go a long way. I am very proud of all of the wrestlers this year and they have worked very hard. My first year wrestlers have shown an amazing amount of improvement since the first practice.”

Keep your eyes open for MYWAY State Final results the next edition of the Cedar Springs Post.

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Youth wrestlers head to state finals

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Over 600 youth wrestlers competed at the 2015 MYWAY Western Regional held at Lowell High School on March 13 and 14, 2015. Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club sent 33 wrestlers to compete for the top four spots in each age group and weight class in hopes of advancing to the MYWAY State finals which will be held this weekend. Of those who competed, 17 of them placed in the top 6 and 13 qualified for state finals.

Head coach George Gonzales Sr. was pleased with the results of the regional tournament. “The kids have been working very hard this year. They all competed to the best of their ability. All of our wrestlers are winners in one way or another,” said Gonzales. “Some of them took championship, some of them qualified for state, some of them won their first match ever, some of them battled and still lost. It is easier to get back on the mat after you won a match. It takes a lot more courage to step back on the mat after losing. We had wrestlers who lost more than they won, but still got back on the mat. Some of those are the wrestlers with the most heart. Even the ones who never set foot on a mat for competition have gained a lot this year. They have learned about integrity, hard work, dedication, commitment and perseverance; all which are true Red Hawk values, and values they can take with them into adulthood. I am very proud of all of these boys and girls this year.”

2015 Western regional champions were Veronica Tapia at 40lb in the 5/6 age group, Tyler Parmeter at 58lb in the 5/6 age group, Gage Gardner at 155lb and the 13/14 age group, and Ryan Ringler at 170lb in the 13/14 age group.

Runners-up were Pistachio Gonzales at 58lb in the 7/8 age group , Trevor Marsman at 70lb in the 11/12 age group, Wayne White at 143 pounds in the 00/99 High School Division, and George Gonzales Jr at 174lb in the 00/99 High School Division.

Third place finishers were Keaton Klaasen at 52lb in the 7/8 age group, Kayden Scott at 133lb in the 11/12 age group, Fredrick White at 80lb in the 13/14 age group, and Michael Smith at 163lb in the 96/98 High School Division.

Fourth place finisher was Austin Emmorey at 100lb in the 13/14  age group.

Fifth place finisher was Aaron Smith at 130lb in the 13/14 age group.

Sixth  place finishers were Jonathan Libera at 52lb in the 5/6 age group, Juan Angel Acosta at 97lb in the 7/8 age group and Tacho Gonzales at 71lb in the 9/10 age group.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club will also be sending 9 female wrestlers to compete in the 2015 MYWAY Girls State Championship. Representing Cedar Springs in the Girls Division are Veronica Tapia, Analize Tapia, Cora Gonzales, Zoe Gonzales, Reese Gonzales, Allexis Gonzales, Madisyn Birtley, Rosie Castro, and Brooklyn Wright. Cedar Springs is a co-ed wrestling club, but they have the most registered female wrestlers in all of West Michigan. As the interest in wrestling for girls has grown, it has become apparent that head coach George Gonzales Sr. has something special to offer for girls wrestling, as many girls choose to attend his wrestling club.

Cedar Springs Red Hawk wrestlers will be competing at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 27, 28 and 29 for their chance at the state championship title. If you would like to come check out any of your favorite Red Hawk wrestlers, please look up the state finals schedule on Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Facebook page or at mywaywrestling.com. Thank you for supporting your wrestlers from the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club.

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Chargers Own Senior Night, Sweep the Grizzlies

 

The Creative Technologies Academy boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have been known as road warriors, but on February 20th, the Chargers were able to play their one and only “home” game of the season for Senior Night at Grace Bible College.

The girls’ team was up first, taking on the Grizzlies of Grattan Academy. The teams had met twice before during the season, with Grattan coming out with tight victories on each occasion. This time, however, the Lady Chargers were not to be denied. CTA led throughout the entire game, and fought to a 40-32 victory.

It was an emotional night for Charger seniors Olivia Wortz (4 points, 8 rebounds) and Hannah Hubbard (9 points, 7 rebounds). In a very physical game, Wortz and Hubbard kept their composure and used their senior leadership to lead the Chargers to the eight point victory. Junior Aubrey Slocum had the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and sophomore Holly Fahling chipped in 10 points of her own.

The boys had a fierce battle themselves, as they took on a Grizzlies team who had played them closely in their first two meetings. The Chargers got off to a strong start, leading by as many as 18 in the first half. One key of the game was to slow down the Grattan point guard, and CTA did just that. They forced him into four first half fouls, which made him sit for much of the first half.

The third quarter started off slowly for the Chargers, as Grattan cut the lead down to five on back to back banked in three pointers, but senior Logan Ogden led a Charger run which eventually led them to a 50-34 victory.

Ogden had another double-double for the Chargers with 13 points and 10 rebounds in his last home game. Freshmen Dawson Armstrong finished with a team high 16 points, and sophomore Brandon Beck scored 15 after sitting out the last meeting with the Grizzlies with a sprained ankle.

It was certainly a senior night to remember for Creative Technologies Academy, and it was a great way to go into the offeason.

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