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Red Hawk bowlers place at tournaments

Dugan Conely received a medal for 5th place.

Dugan Conely received a medal for 5th place.

Trevor Ruark received a medal for 3rd place.

Trevor Ruark received a medal for 3rd place.

Saturday, January 23, the Cedar Springs boys bowling team bowled at the East Kentwood tournament, with over 26 teams at the tournament, cedar springs boys finished 5th. They honored the top four individual high games, Trevor Ruark received a medal for 3rd place with his high game of a 267.

Saturday, January 30, the boys bowled at the Rockford tournament, with 16 boys teams the top 8 qualify to move on, Cedar springs placed 5th and went up against South Christian and lost. At this tournament they honored the top 8 individuals for total of their two games. Dugan Conely received a medal for 5th place. He bowled a 245 and 216 for a total of 461.

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Allendale Conference Tri and Shelby

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By Barbra Chong

Cedar Springs High School Wrestling had a successful evening at Allendale’s Conference Tri Meet last Wednesday, January 27. The Red Hawks went undefeated, starting off against Forest Hills Eastern 57-9, and ending with West Catholic, 60-12.

The team is currently in first place with a 4-0 record in the OK Bronze Conference.

At our Junior Varsity level, 125 lb Aaron Smith and 130 lb Anthony Brew went undefeated. 140 lb Gonzalo Baladia and 171 lb Billy Hammer each scored a victory. On the Varsity level 112 lb Logan Hull, 125 lb Jordan Ringler, 130 lb Jordan Andrus, 135 lb Jesse Empie, 140 lb Jacob Galinis, 145 lb Anthony Topolski, 152/160 lb Nate Patin, 160/171 lb Gage Gardner, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza all went undefeated. 119 lb Patrick Fliearman and 152 lb Xavier Anderson also claimed a victory for the evening.

Saturday, January 30, the Red Hawks traveled to Shelby for their Team Challenge. The Varsity team is still missing a 103 lb wt class, causing a void and 6 point deficit each dual. With an impressive start to the day, the Red Hawks defeated Holt with a victory, 78-0; Grand Rapids Catholic Central gave us more of a challenge but the Red Hawks were on their game and came away with their second victory, 42-34. Keeping the momentum going, Hart was our next opponent and Cedar Springs continued the winning streak, 48-22. Shelby proved to be our toughest competitor but again the Red Hawks had their game faces on and remain undefeated, 36-30. The Championship round concluded our day against Mason County Central and the Red Hawks proved to be the best team performing with a final score, 52-22. Fourteen teams were attracted to the competition and Cedar Springs brought home the coveted Championship Title.

Individual records are as follows: 119/125 lb Jordan Ringler, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza went undefeated. 135/140 lb Jacob Galinis, 145 lb Anthony Topolski, 160 lb Gage Gardner and 171/189 lb Chris Shaffer claimed four wins each. 112 lb Logan Hull, 119/125 lb Patrick Fliearman, 130 lb Jordan Andrus and 135/140 Jesse Empie claimed three wins each.  152 lb Nate Patin  claimed two wins and 130 lb Anthony Brew, 215 lb TJ Brecken and 215 lb Cody McHenry claimed a victory as well. Freshmen, Anthony Brew made his Varsity debut and won his first match by fall. Freshmen, Ryan Ringler is still turning heads with his impressive performance over Senior Spencer Knizacky of Mason County Central, who is currently Division 4’s #1 Ranked Wrestler in the state of Michigan. Ringler won his match by regular decision 13-10.

“Senior Captain Ant Topolski stepped up his leadership game and told the boys, ‘if we can upset Catholic Central and get by these other teams we will be Champions and that would feel pretty good’ and so they did. Each dual twist and turned with unique matchups therefore each player was afforded an opportunity to test their skill. The boys proved they are a team and teamwork makes the dream work,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Youth wrestlers place at tournament

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling club medal winners.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling club medal winners.

By Jacquie Troupe

The Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club headed to Greenville High School for an exciting day on Sunday January 31. They brought 29 wrestlers, had 82 matches, winning 35. For Ricco Artecki, David DeWeese, Remington DeWeese and Benjamin Streeter it was their very first tournament.

“It was great to see new kids coming out to the tournament. Seeing half our kids place was a great testament to their dedication in practice,” said Coach Goike.

First place champions were Blake Falan in the 58lb & Hudson Crystal in the 72lb 07-08 Novice brackets, Keaton Klaasen in the 59lb 05-06 Open bracket, Trevor Marsman in the 75lb and Daniel Vaughn in the 112lb 03-04 Open brackets.

Second place wrestlers were Tucker Crystal in the 46lb & Jonathan Libera in the 58lb 09-11 All brackets, Ricco Artecki in the 70lb & Austin Miller in the 183lb 03-04 Novice brackets and Carter Falan in the 90lb 03-04 Open bracket.

Third place wrestlers were Matthew Vaughn in the 70lb 05-06 Novice bracket, Logan Troupe in the 85lb 03-04 Novice bracket and Ariana Meyers in the 133lb Open bracket.

Fourth place wrestlers were Jeffrey Dells in the 46lb 07-08 Novice  and David DeWeese in the 130ib 03-04 Novice brackets.

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WMP continues to battle

By Barbra Chong

Quinten Cassiday in the 7/8 age group.

Quinten Cassiday in the 7/8 age group.

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Gaylord, Greenville, NEMWA Clare and Oklahoma this past weekend. WMP entered 26 grapplers and placed 23 in the top four. We have two Champions who remain undefeated this season, Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group and Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group. Out of 79 battles, WMP claimed 57 victories. Individual results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include 95 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group; 80/85 lb Xavier Contreras (Gaylord), 11/12 age group; 90 lb Josh Howard, 9/10 Novice age group and 90 lb Kaden Schmid, 11/12 age group.

3rd Place Medalists include 59 lb Logan Whidden, 9/10 Novice age group.

2nd Place Medalists include 130 lb Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group; 46 lb Jacob Howard, 6 & under age group; 64 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group and 55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group.

Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon (NEMWA), 9/10 age group; 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 71 lb Casey Eberspeaker, 9/10 age group; 58/61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group; 80/85 lb Braden Hallman (Gaylord), 11/12 age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Dru Moro (Oklahoma State) 6 & under age group; 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group; 145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group; 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group and 133 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group.

“Wrestling is an emotional sport which tends to bring out the best and worst,” said Head Coach and Owner, Dave Andrus. “Sometimes we have to remind ourselves to keep those high and low emotions in check. These actions can negatively impact the outcome of a match. I strive to impress the importance of good sportsmanship on and off the mat. I want my wrestlers to be the ones that others look up to and admire.”

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Plank to bowl at Spring Arbor

Cedar Springs senior Jarod Plank signed with Spring Arbor University bowling last week. The signing took place at The Springs Church. Seated (L to R): SA head bowling coach Michael Hall, Jarod  Plank, and Jarod’s mother, Lorie Plank.

Cedar Springs senior Jarod Plank signed with Spring Arbor University bowling last week. The signing took place at The Springs Church. Seated (L to R): SA head bowling coach Michael Hall, Jarod Plank, and Jarod’s mother, Lorie Plank.

Spring Arbor University men’s bowling head coach Michael Hall is excited to announce the signing of Jarod Plank from Cedar Springs High School in Cedar Springs, Michigan.

Plank helped guide Cedar Springs to the state tournament three years in a row as the Red Hawks earned either first or second place at regionals in all three years.

While attending SAU, Plank intends to pursue a degree in youth ministry.

The 2016-17 academic year will be the inaugural season of competition for the Spring Arbor men’s and women’s bowling programs. The teams will practice and compete at Airport Lanes Bowling Center in Jackson, Michigan.

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Red Hawks split tri; Ringler earns 100th win at Midland

Varsity Red Hawk wrestler Jordan Ringler celebrates his 100 varsity win.

Varsity Red Hawk wrestler Jordan Ringler celebrates his 100 varsity win.

By Barbra Chong

Cedar Springs High School Wrestling traveled to Forest Hills Northern for a Conference Tri Meet last Wednesday, January 20. Cedar Springs started the evening against the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern and claimed a victory, 57-21. Ending the night, the Red Hawks suffered a loss to long time rival Sparta, 46-19. Overall, the team is 3-0 in the OK Bronze Conference.

Anthony Brew and Billy Hammer on the Junior Varsity Team each scored a victory. On the Varsity level; 119/125 lb Jordan Ringler, 135 lb Jacob Galinis, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavyweight Patrick Depiazza all went undefeated for the evening. 112 lb Logan Hull, 125 lb Aaron Smith, 140 Jesse Empie, 145 lb Anthony Topolski, 152 lb Xavier Anderson and 160 lb Nate Patin each won a match as well. Freshmen Aaron Smith also claimed his first varsity win by fall against Forest Hills Northern.

Saturday, January 23, the Red Hawks traveled to Midland for their team challenge. The varsity team is not at full strength, missing a 103 and 215 lb wt class, causing a void this weekend. Unfortunately, with the voids, this caused a 12-point deficit each dual. With a show of force, the Red Hawks started the day with a victory over St. Louis, 37-36 and continued the winning streak against Flat Rock with a score 46-33. Gaylord proved to be a tough competitor and the Hawks took a loss, 57-12. After a team bye, Cedar Springs regrouped and beat Brandon, 39-31 and kept the momentum going by ending the day with a final victory against West Ottawa, 35-28. The competition attracted 10 teams looking for the coveted Championship Title. Final team standings were Gaylord first place, Anchor Bay second place and Cedar Springs third place.

The individual records are as follows: 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and heavyweight Patrick Depiazza went undefeated; 125 lb Jordan Ringler and 145/152 lb Anthony Topolski claimed four wins each; 119 lb Patrick Fliearman and 135/140 lb Jacob Galinis claimed three wins each; 130 lb Jordan Andrus, 145/152 lb Xavier Anderson, 160 lb Nate Patin and 171/189 lb Chris Shaffer claimed two wins each and 112 lb Logan Hull, 125 Aaron Smith and 130 lb Anthony Brew all claimed a victory. Freshmen, Xavier Anderson made his Varsity debut this weekend, proving he is a competitor.

S-Wrestling-Varsity-JRingler2Junior, Jordan Ringler claimed his 100th varsity career win while wrestling Jozef Motyka of Flat Rock. This is a goal that wrestlers strive to achieve over their high school career but is not easily attainable. Congratulations Jordan!

“The boys demonstrated great perseverance and teamwork this weekend, said Head Coach, Nick Emery. “They gutted it out through four dual victories all decided by one match. When we needed someone to step up, they did. Everyone contributed and it was a day to celebrate. Now back to the grind.”

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Cedar hoops win over Kent City, Northview

By Rebekah Cronk

The varsity basketball team went head to head with Kent City on Tuesday, January 19. It was a close game, but the Red Hawks took the victory with an ending score of 56-49.

The varsity team had three players score in double figures on Tuesday evening. Taylor VanDyke had with 15, Nikc Jackson had 13, and Dustin Shaw added 10.

Not only did the varsity team take the win on Tuesday against Kent City but they won yet again on Friday, January 22 against Northview. The team won by a score of 52-42.

The team was led by Nikc Jackson with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor VanDyke had 10 points and a game high of 14 rebounds.

“All but one of our games in January have been away and anytime you can get wins on the road is an accomplishment,” said varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin. “So we feel good about getting both of those wins. Also, the wins against Kent City and Northview will help us gain some momentum as we enter the halfway point of the season.”

The varsity team has suffered some losses since the start of the season, but with improvement and hard work, they have taken wins the last two weeks.

“Our team defense has been pretty consistent throughout the season and our team offense is starting to come around now. Being able to win even though you haven’t played your best yet, has given us the drive to keep continuing to improve,” said Patin.

On a roll 

The team felt as though winning against Kent City and Northview was crucial after their win against Greenville the week before.

“We felt it was important for us to play well after our first conference win against Greenville.  It [was] exam week for Cedar Springs students, so that added another dimension to our weekly preparations,” said Patin.

The team worked hard and took the victory against Kent City and Northview, despite the pressure of school.

“Throughout the season, thus far, we’ve gotten some good individual contributions from Taylor VanDyke, Nikc Jackson, Jameson Pavelka, Dustin Shaw, and Je’len Jackson.  Knowing that we have a different person who can step up on any given night is a nice feeling to have,” said Patin.

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Youth wrestlers continue to win

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

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

By Jacquie Troupe

This weekend Cedar Springs youth wrestlers and their families traveled to Orchard View High School and Alma High School to participate in tournaments. Altogether 21 wrestlers participated and 10 placed in the top 4 of their divisions.

Students listed placed at Orchard View Open and Novice Tournament unless otherwise noted.

First place champions were Jonathon Libera in the 58lb 4/5/6 year old All and Keaton Klaasen in the 59lb 9/10 year old Open divisions.

Second place finishers were Reed Haack in the 61lb 4/5/6 year old All, Blake Falan in the 55lb 7/8 year old Novice & Carter Falan in the 90lb 11/12 year old Open Divisions.

Third place wrestlers were Tucker Crystal in the 46lb 4/5/6 year old All and Hudson Crystal in the 72lb 7/8 year old Open divisions at the Alma Panthers Monster Trophy Tournament; Matthew Vaughn in the 90lb 9/10 year old  Novice and Andrew VanGessel in the 80lb 13/14 year old Open Divisions at Orchard View Open & Novice Tournament.

Fourth place grappler of the day was Marek Russ in the 72lb 7/8 year old Novice Division.

“As the second half of the season begins, we are looking for each of the wrestlers to continue to improve,” said Coach Goike.

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http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=cedarspringswrestling or our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CSYWC/ for more information.

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WMP wrestlers bring home more trophies

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers and their trophies. Photo by B. Chong

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers and their trophies.
Photo by B. Chong

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Alma, Orchard View and Traverse City this weekend. WMP entered 24 and placed 18 in the top four. We have two Champions who remain undefeated this season, Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group and Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group. Special recognition to Landon Foss, who went 6-1 to battle back for a true second this weekend. Out of 86 battles, WMP claimed 52 victories. Individual results are as follows:

Fourth place medalists include 90 lb Josh Howard, 9/10 age group and 145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group.

Third place medalists include 95 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 90 lb Brocke Fisher, 13/14 age group; 85 lb Braden Hallman, 11/12 age group; 59 lb Kameron Ogden (Orchard View) 9/10 age group and 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 & under age group.

Second place medalists include 80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group; 58 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group; 52 lb Kellen Weckesser (Traverse City) 7/8 age group and 133 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group.

Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon, 9/10 age group; 58/61 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 6 & under age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group and 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group.

“Often the focus is put on whether you win or lose; I believe that it is everything leading up to that point. How you conduct yourself is just as important—that response is what makes a champion,” said Head Coach, Dave Andrus.

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Cedar Springs boys win against Greenville

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks are now 1-1 in conference after their win over Greenville. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks are now 1-1 in conference after their win over Greenville.
Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Rebekah Cronk

Friday, January 15th was the first and only home basketball game for the month of January and every player and fan were anxious to win against Greenville.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very well from field or from the free-throw line.  Our defense was okay, but when you don’t shoot well you put so much pressure on your defense to keep coming up with stops,” said varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin.

Although, the varsity team was struggling with shooting the ball, they were able to take a victory against Greenville, with an ending score of 60-51. The varsity team was led by three guys  in the double figures: Dustin Shaw with 13, Je’len Jackson 12, and Jameson Pavelka with 12.

“The win on Friday evened our record to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference,” said Patin.

The Friday night win against Greenville had the boys confident again, but they are still striving to improve their skills, and as a team.

“We feel good about the win knowing that we can still play better, [but] we are continuing to improve and find our rhythm,” said Patin.

The boys are continuing to work hard to try and accomplish the goals they have set as a team.

“We set several goals this year as a team and one [goal] was to win the conference championship,” said Patin.

The goal the team set to win the conference championship is a goal that not only the players would like to accomplish, but a goal that the fans would like to see met as well.

The team played Kent City on Tuesday, January 19, and they play Northview this Friday, January 22. See next week’s Post for coverage of those games.

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