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WMP wrestlers win trophies, medals

 

Results from Battle on the Eve, Great Lakes Championship, Grandville, Big Rapids and Otsego.

By Barbra Chong

Josh Vasquez earned a Championship title in the 55/59 lb, 9/10 age group at Grandville, last weekend. Photo by Melissa Egan.

Josh Vasquez earned a Championship title in the 55/59 lb, 9/10 age group at Grandville, last weekend. Photo by Melissa Egan.

West Michigan Pursuit has had a busy schedule of wrestling. Drew Moro traveled to Missouri for the Battle on the Eve, December 31. He competed in the 8 and under age group/60 lb weight class. Drew went undefeated, 4-0 and took the Championship Title.

Friday, January 6, seven grapplers traveled to Indiana for the Great Lakes Championship. Competitors from California to Pennsylvania came to compete in this tough tournament. 14U, 143 lb Aaiden Dowdell finished 7thPlace; 10U, 58 lb Josh Vasquez, finished 8th Place, and 80 lb Blake Peasley finished 7th Place; 8U, 58 lb Drew Moro finished 6th Place, and 72 lb Tyler Parmeter finished 8th Place.

Sunday, January 8, the team split to compete at Grandville, Big Rapids and Otsego. Blake Peasley entered the MYWAY Greights tournament in Otsego. He went undefeated, 4-0 taking the Championship Title in the 80 lb wt class/ 9/10 age group.

WMP entered 6 grapplers at the Big Rapids trophy tournament. The 2 foot tall trophies attracted several tough competitors. 52 lb Kaleb Pautke took 3rd Place in the 9/10 age group. Taking home Championship titles were 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group, and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

The West Region tournament was held at Grandville where eight WMP grapplers entered to compete. 55/59 lb Landon Foss, 9/10 age group and 55 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group finished 2nd Place. Those taking home Championship titles included 63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 61/64 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group; 67/72 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 71 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group and 55/59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group.

“After a difficult start to the weekend with Great Lakes Nationals, I was very impressed how they refocused and dominated on Sunday,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Greenville Dual and Grandville Invite

Red Hawk Jacob Galinis trying to pin his opponent.

Red Hawk Jacob Galinis trying to pin his opponent.

Red Hawk Jordan Ringler was undefeated last week.

Red Hawk Jordan Ringler was undefeated last week.

On Wednesday, December 21, Cedar Springs High School wrestling traveled to Greenville for an OK White conference dual. The matches were close but the Red Hawks took a loss with a final score of 31-35. 112 lb Nathan Male, 119 lb Logan Hull, 140 lb Jordan Ringler, 160 lb Lucus Pienton, 215 Ryan Ringler and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza won their matches. On JV, 125 lb Kaedrian Dines won a match.

The team traveled to Grandville on Wednesday, December 28 for their annual Invite. The tournament attracted several D1 schools and tough competition. The Red Hawks started the day with a loss against Grandville, 39-27. The team rallied and started a winning streak against Jenison, 46-27. Comstock Park was next to fall to the Red Hawks 40-31. Cedar Springs finished the day against Saline with another win and big lead, 44-23. Out of the thirteen teams competing, Cedar Springs finished the day in 5th place. Last year they finished in 7th place at this same competition. Davison took the Championship, Grandville 2nd Place, Bedford 3rd Place and Tri County 4th Place.

The individual records are as follows: Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler, and 140 lb Jordan Ringler went undefeated, 4-0; 119 lb Logan Hull, 145/152 lb Jacob Galinis and 171/189 lb Nate Patin had 3 wins each; 125 lb Patrick Fliearman, 135/140 lb Jordan Andrus and 152/160 lb Lucus Pienton had 2 wins each; and 112 lb Nathan Male, 130 lb Aaron Smith and 135 lb Anthony Brew had one win each.

“The boys have made a lot of progress this season but we still have a long way to go until we get where we want to be. There’s a lot of community support pulling for us and we don’t want to let them down,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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November 2016 Student Athletes of the Month

Sienna Wight, Volleyball

Sienna Wight, Volleyball

Collin Alvesteffer, Football

Collin Alvesteffer, Football

Karsen Dingman, Tennis

Karsen Dingman, Tennis

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Red Hawk bowling results

Red Hawk Bowlers Breanna Feikema, Josh Hamilton, Trevor Ruark, and Dugan Conely were among the top 10 bowlers at their own invite at the Westgate bowling alley December 17.

Red Hawk Bowlers Breanna Feikema, Josh Hamilton, Trevor Ruark, and Dugan Conely were among the top 10 bowlers at their own invite at the Westgate bowling alley December 17.

On Wednesday December 14, the boys and girls Red Hawk bowling teams had a conference match against Forest Hills Central. The boys secured a win 18 to 12. The girls won 22 to 8, with freshman Omani Morales bowling her high school high game of 246.

On Saturday, December 17, Cedar Springs held an invite at Westgate. The boys placed second in the top 8 to qualify for tournament play out of 13 teams, but fell short in the semi- finals to Caledonia, with a 2 baker total of 381 to 387.

The girls placed third in the top 8 to qualify for tournament play out of 10 teams, but fell short in the semi-finals to Caledonia with a 2 baker total of 328 to 338.

Three boys bowlers and one girl bowler made the top 10 bowlers of the day. Breanna Feikema placed 10th; junior Josh Hamilton placed first, bowling his highest game ever—a 279; Trevor Ruark placed third; and Dugan Conely 8th.

On Wednesday, December 21, the Red Hawks had a conference match against Ottawa Hills, with the boys securing a win 26-4. Sophomore Dane Conely scored his high school high game of 213.

The girls won 29-1, with 3 Cedar Springs girls bowling their high school highs. Sophomore Sarah Galloway had a 181; freshman Katelyn Paige had a 175; and sophomore Michayla Paige had a 154.

Aliya Linson secured the one point for Ottawa Hills by bowling a 143.

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JV and Varsity Cheer finish in top three at Mona Shores

Varsity: The Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team finished 3rd out of 15 teams at Mona Shores.

Varsity: The Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team finished 3rd out of 15 teams at Mona Shores.

This weeks competitions brought the Cedar Springs High School Varsity & JV teams to Mona Shores High School. It was a long night for the girls, due to there being 33 teams at this competition.

Starting in round one, Cedar Springs Varsity scored a 218.5 with a 4-point penalty bringing their score to a 214.5 and placing them in 4th place at the end of round one.

JV: The Cedar Springs JV team finished first out of six teams at Mona Shores.

JV: The Cedar Springs JV team finished first out of six teams at Mona Shores.

Cedar Springs JV scored a 195.7 placing them in 1st place at the end of round one.

Continuing on to round two Cedar Springs Varsity scored a 218.7 making their subtotal for round two a 433.28 bringing them up to second place at the end of round two.

Cedar Springs JV scored a 163.6 bringing the subtotal to a 359.3 and holding their first place standing.

Lastly, in round three Cedar Springs Varsity scored a 280.1, bringing their overall total for all three rounds 713.38. This gave them a third place finish out of 15 Division 2 teams, with less than a one-point difference for second place.

Cedar Springs JV finished round three with a 248.7, bringing their overall total to 608 and securing a first place finish out of six JV teams.

Great job to all the girls.

The next High School competition will be Saturday January 7 at Comstock Park High School.

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Lady Red Hawk basketball wins five straight

Sophomore Baylie Vandyke knocks down a short jumper over a Comstock Park defender Friday night.

Sophomore Baylie Vandyke knocks down a short jumper over a Comstock Park defender Friday night.

The Cedar Springs Girls Basketball team won their fifth straight game Friday evening, December 16, defeating Comstock Park 60-41. The Lady Red Hawks are currently 5-1 overall heading into the Christmas Break.

Cedar Springs jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead less than a minute into the game on a pair of free throws by Baylie VanDyke, a Brighton Miller jumper, and an Ali Sparling steal and layup. The Panthers however kept the game close throughout the first half until the Red Hawks finished the half strong to build a 29-20 halftime lead.

Cedar Springs came out of the break on a terror, outscoring Comstock Park 19-5 in the third period to build a 23-point lead after three quarters. Six different players scored for the Red Hawks in the period.

The Red Hawks were led by Vandyke with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Sparling had another strong game netting 14 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and blocking 6 shots on the evening. Maddie Vandusen added 11 points, while Ashley Wise chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds in the winning cause.

Cedar Springs is off for Christmas Break. The Red Hawks will travel to play Rockford on January 3, before beginning conference play at Lowell on January 6.

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Sparling to play basketball for Aquinas

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Cedar Springs High School senior Ali Sparling signed her national letter of intent last week to play basketball for NAIA member Aquinas College. She currently plays basketball for the Lady Red Hawks Varsity basketball team. Ali is pictured above (seated) with her parents, Tracie and Brett, on either side of her. Standing behind her is Linda Nash, head coach for the Aquinas Saints; and assistant coach Brian Morris. Congratulations, Ali!

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MS cheer takes first at conference meet

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks middle school cheer team took first place at a conference meet at the middle school last week.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks middle school cheer team took first place at a conference meet at the middle school last week.

With the second conference meet of the middle school season being canceled due to weather, last Thursday, Dec. 15, brought seven teams to Cedar Springs Middle School for their next conference meet.

Illness hit a teammate the night before competition and brought a quick change to the routines and had the girls relearning them only hours before competition.

The girls finished round two with a score of 114.26 putting them in first place with a 14.66 lead.

That brought them to round three where the girls and coaches get to show their unique routines and tumbling skills. They finished round three with a score of 255.8, bringing their total score to 370.6 with a 57.06 lead and another first place finish.

“The team had to come together and rework the round after school when a teammate fell ill. I am so happy with their performance in round three! We improved our round three score by 37 points from our last competition.

The girls put their nerves aside and executed the round, I could not ask for anything more from them!” said coach Abby Olszewski.

The next middle school competition will be January 15 at Thornapple Kellogg.

The Cedar Springs high school JV & Varsity teams will compete Wednesday at Mona Shores and Saturday, January 7 at Comstock Park.

Come out and support a great group of girls and show your Red Hawk pride!

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WM Pursuit wrestlers bring home medals

Pictured is West Michigan Pursuit wrestler 80 lb Blake Peasley, Champion of 9/10 open division. Photo by Barbra Chong.

Pictured is West Michigan Pursuit wrestler 80 lb Blake Peasley, Champion of 9/10 open division. Photo by Barbra Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Belding this past weekend. Fifteen grapplers placed in the top four out of the 17 entered. WMP claimed 35 victories this weekend putting them at a 71 percent win ratio.

“Each week, these kids exceed my expectations. Their performance on and off the matt is what motivates me to continue what I do,” said Head Coach and Owner Dave Andrus. Individual placements are as follows:

4th Place Medalist is 85lb Logan Bennett, 11/12 Open division.

3rd Place Medalists include 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 Open division; 64 lb Logan Galinis, 7/8             Novice division; 80 lb Isaiah Smith, Open division; 55/58 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 Open division and 158 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 Open division.

2nd Place Medalist is 52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 Open division.

CHAMPIONS are 61 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 Open division; 70 lb Carter Castillo, 11/12 Open division; 67 lb Chayson Eberspeaker, 7/8 Open division; 64 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 Open division; 72/77 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 Open division; 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 Open division; 75 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 Open division and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 Open division.

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 Springs Sports Plex. Practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

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Youth wrestlers travel to Belding

 

by Jacquie Troupe

About 395 wrestlers traveled to Belding on Sunday, December 18. Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling had 26 wrestlers and their families come out for a day of great food and even greater competition. “We have a lot of parent support for these kids and it shows in the way they perform every week,” said Coach Marsman. “We can only teach them so much on the mat. When you have dedicated parents teaching those social skills, keeping the motivation for the sport strong and building up the self-esteem of these kids it makes our job as coaches that much easier.”

The team had 10 pins, 37 wins, 46 losses, and scored 267 match points.

The team’s fastest pin was by William Dickinson in 17 seconds. Sierra Streeter had her 1st pin in 32 seconds; Blake Falan in 38; and Chasyn Winchel pinned his opponent in 41 seconds.

Blake Falan had the team’s fastest total pin times with 2 in 1:22.

In the 2012-2010 Open division Chasyn Winchel placed 2nd in the 55lb class, Jaxon Fitzgerald placed 3rd in the 55lb class, Sierra Streeter placed 4th in the 40lb class and Ben Streeter placed 4th in the 58lb class.

In the 2009-2008 divisions Caleigh Wood placed 3rd in the 49lb Open class, Blake Falan placed 3rd in the 64lb Open class, Cade Troupe placed 4th in the 49lb Novice class, William Dickinson placed 4th in the 61lb Novice class and Jonathan Libera placed 4th in the 67lb Open class.

In the 2007-2006 divisions Brandson Wood placed 1st in the 55lb Open class, Dakota Winchel placed 2nd in the 110lb Novice class and Thomas Prins placed 3rd in the 90lb Novice class.

In the 2005-2004 divisions Carter Falan placed 1st in the 105lb Open class and Logan Troupe placed 1st in the 100lb Open class.

In the 2003-2002 Open divisions Trevor Marsman placed 1st in the 85lb class, Andrew VanGessel placed 1st in the 95lb class & Ariana Meyers placed 2nd in the 155 class.

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