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Middle School Grapplers 6-0 

Red Hawk Allexis Gonzales (8th grade) grapples with her opponent. Photo by Colleen White.

Red Hawk Allexis Gonzales (8th grade) grapples with her opponent. Photo by Colleen White.

Story provided by Colleen White

The weather last week proved too much of a challenge on Tuesday, February 24, requiring the meet against Greenville to be canceled. However, Thursday, February 26 arrived with perfect traveling weather for the trip to Wayland. Our young Red Hawks started with an early lead. Then Wayland stepped up their game, tying the meet at the halfway point. The excitement continued as each team vied for the lead. In the end, despite Wayland’s valiant effort, Cedar Springs prevailed 51-33.

“We had a tough match tonight. Coach Wood and I are very proud of the way our team stepped up to the challenge,” stated Coach Bill VanHam.

This week the Red Hawks faced Comstock Park on Tuesday, March 3, and will face Sparta on Thursday, March 5, at Sparta Middle School. They also have a team tournament at Sparta High School on Saturday, March 7.

Mark your calendars for the final home meet on March 10 at Cedar Springs Middle School. Start time is 4:15pm. Wear your red to show your Red Hawk Pride and come cheer our young grapplers as they face Northview.

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WMP grapplers place 14 in top four

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers with their medals.

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers with their medals.

This past weekend’s Western Region tournament was held by the Allendale Falcons, where West Michigan Pursuit brought 22 grapplers to compete and placed 14 in the top four. The team battled 67 times, with 35 ending in victory.

“Hard work, dedication and perseverance are things that can’t be taught. The skills and technique that take those three qualities can be and will maximize their ability to become a top competitor,” said owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. Results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Jordan Andrus in the High School 15/16 age group in the 128 lb wt class, Aiden Bouwens in the 11/12 Open age group in the 119 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 Open age group in the 75 lb wt class, Owen Meinke in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 71 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 37/40 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalist include Anthony Szubinski Jr. in the 9/10 Open age group in the 67 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Landon Demorest in the 9/10 Open age group in the 55/59 lb wt class, Joshua Howard in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 90 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 49/52 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 97 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 55 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 90/95 lb wt class and Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class.

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Youth wrestlers take top spots

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Cedar Springs youth wrestlers have continued to win by wrestling in numerous tournaments during the month of February.

At Lakewood on February 8, the top placers were:

5/6    1st Veronica Tapia 40lb

3rd Analize Tapia 43lb

7/8    2nd Pistachio Gonzales 61lb

3rd Wyatt Cooper 97lb

9/10  3rd Tacho Gonzales 71lb

1st Andrew Vanessa 75lb

11/12 3rd Trever Marsman 70lb

At Holt on February 8:

1st Gage Gardner 170lb

At Sparta on February 15:

5/6     4th  Eli Gunderson 37lb

1st  Veronica Tapia 40lb

2nd Tucker Crystal 40lb

4th  Analize Tapia 43lb

4th  Taylor Gundersen 46lb

4th  Jonathan Libera 52lb

1st  Tyler Parmeter 55lb

7/8     3rd  Luke Bouwens 49lb

4th  Keaton Klaasen 55lb

2nd  Pistachio Gonzales 58lb

3rd  Owen Bouwens 72lb

1st  Wyatt Cooper 112lb

9/10   3rd  Tacho Gonzales 71lb

11/12 2nd Trever Marsman 70lb

13-15 1st Fred White 80lb

1st Logan Hull 100lb

1st Reese Gonzales 107lb

1st Allexis Gonzales 145lb

At Tri County on Feb. 15:

13-15 1st Gage Gardner 170lb

Meijer State Games on February 22:

5/6     4th Jonathan Libera 52lbs

1st  Tyler Parmeter 55lb

7/8     1st Keaton Klassen 55lb

2nd Hudson Crystal 64lb

9/10   1st Andrew VanGessel 75lb

4th Logan Troupe 80lb

1st Carter Falan 85lb

2nd Kamden Klaasen 90lb

13-15  1st Gage Gardner 170lb

Be sure to keep your eyes on the next couple weeks of the Cedar Springs Post as the MYWAY youth wrestling season is winding down to the final weeks. Regionals will be held on March 14 and 15 at Lowell High School. More information will be in next week’s Post so you can come to support your local youth wrestlers!

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Red Hawk cheer finishes season at districts

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The Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team took fifth out of 14 teams at Districts.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team took fifth out of 14 teams at Districts.

Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer traveled to Mona Shores this past weekend for the 2015 District Finals, with 14 schools competing for the Championship Title. Changes were made this week and three Junior Varsity teammates were brought up to compete in the Varsity Rounds. The Varsity line up has one senior, three juniors, six sophomores and six freshmen.

Cedar Springs took to the mat and earned a score of 208.10 after Round 1, placing them in 7th place. Round 2 gained an additional 199.02 points, bringing their sub total to 407.12, keeping them in 7th place. With the completion of Round 3, Cedar Springs earned an additional score of 300.70, taking 5th place overall, with a score of 707.82.

Mona Shores won the Championship with a score of 758.14, Kenowa Hills took second with a score of 745.28, Grand Rapids Christian took third with a score of 738.66, and Reeths-Puffer took fourth with a score of 736.72.

“We had an exciting season for such a young team,” said Head Coach Anne Olszewski. “We gained a lot of experience on and off the mat. Execution bonus points were earned for Round 3 at Districts. That’s the first time all season! Advancing to Regionals was lost to us by one placement. We need to gain some maturity and experience and that was starting to happen by the end of the season. The sky is the limit in the upcoming years,” she added.

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Middle School Wrestlers victorious

 

8th grader Cody McHenry at the Allendale invitational. Photo by Colleen White

8th grader Cody McHenry at the Allendale invitational. Photo by Colleen White

By Colleen White

On Thursday, Feb 19, Cedar Springs Middle School wrestlers were invited to the Allendale Dual Invitational Meet. Four teams were represented: Allendale, Thornapple Kellogg, Coopersville and Cedar Springs. Cedar Springs’ first opponent was Coopersville. The Red Hawks defeated Coopersville 42-12.

The second of the dual matches pitted Cedar Springs against Allendale, for the second time this season. While Allendale put up a good fight, the Red Hawks defeated them 46-29.

“Coach VanHam and I are very proud of tonight’s wrestling,” remarked Assistant Coach Brandon Wood. “We watched you all step up your game tonight. Way to go Hawks!”

This week the Red Hawks face Greenville and Wayland. Both are away meets. Mark your calendars for our final home meet on March 10 at the Middle School. Start time is 4:15 p.m. Wear your red to show your Red Hawk Pride and come cheer our young grapplers, as they face Northview.

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WMP at Meijer State Games and Big Rapids

Maston Wood was a champion in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Maston Wood was a champion in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Last weekend, West Michigan Pursuit took 13 grapplers to the Meijer State Games, which was hosted by Northview, and two others entered into the North Region’s Big Rapids tournament. Out of the 15 grapplers to enter, 10 placed in the top three. The team battled 41 times and 23 ended in victory.

“When you have strong determination accompanied by strong action, it is not impossible to reach your destination. These grapplers train hard in their pursuit of becoming a Champion at this year’s State Finals,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. Results are as follows:

3rd Place Medalist include Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 49/52 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64/67 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 37/40 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82/97 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 (Big Rapids) age group in the 75 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 55/58 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Brandson Wood in the 7/8 Open age group in the 43/46/49 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 130 lb wt class.

 

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JV Cheer takes conference championship

Cedar Springs JV Cheer took the conference championship.

Cedar Springs JV Cheer took the conference championship.

Varsity finishes fourth

Cedar Springs hosted the 2015 OK Bronze/White Conference High School Championship on Wednesday, February 11. There were four teams competing in the JV division—Cedar Springs, Forest Hills, Jenison and Caledonia.

Cedar Springs took the lead in Round 1 with a score of 176.70. After Round 2, an additional score of 159.34 brought their subtotal to 336.04. The completion of Round 3 gained an additional score of 218.4, bringing their overall score to 554.44, making them OK Bronze /White Conference Championship for 2015.

Forest Hills finished taking 2nd with a score of 541.46, Jenison took 3rd with a score of 528.06 and Caledonia took 4thwith a score of 508.9.

“Going into the Conference Finals knowing we were tied for first place was both exciting and nerve racking,” said Head Coach Katy Baird. “Adding to the excitement, we had an injury occur (at home) the night before finals. Two hours prior to competition, I had to replace a girl in all 3 rounds!”

“The girls did such a stand up job. They really do work best under pressure,” continued Baird. “Round 1 was the best I have witnessed in weeks. Round 2 and 3 both had minor mistakes, but were clean. I couldn’t be more proud of these girls! With this being my first season with Cedar Springs, and literally jumping in feet first from day one, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls and outcome! They should all be proud of where they come from.”

Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer took fourth place in the conference championship.

Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer took fourth place in the conference championship.

The Varsity Division had eight teams competing for the Championship title. Cedar Springs earned a score of 207.70 after Round 1, taking 6th Place. After Round 2 an additional 208.84 points were gained bringing their subtotal to 416.54, placing them in 4th. With the completion of Round 3, an additional 273.6 points were gained bringing their overall score to 690.14 points taking 4th place overall. Forest Hills won the Championship with a score of 758.50, Jenison took 2nd with a score of 741 and Grand Rapids Christian took 3rd with a score of 725.68.

“This is the youngest team I have ever coached at this level,” said Head Coach Anne Olszewski. “They are learning every day about how tight it is to compete at the Varsity level. The room for error is very small. Tiny bobbles and break in form cost us big points and those things add up! We are young but very talented. Tumbling and gymnastics are a huge part of this sport and we are working on this every day. We have 10 solid standing tucks in Round 2 and they really showed that last night—labeled as best tucks of the night by all of the teams!”

“We have had to make some big changes in Round 1 and 3 due to illness, injury and we lost a lot of practice time with many of the girls being involved with the High School musical Beauty and the Beast,” she explained. “These girls did a great job juggling two very large commitments. There were times that it was very difficult having three flyers in the play and gone from practice. They have that successful accomplishment under their belt now and we are moving forward to make the most out of our season.”

Please continue to support Cedar Springs Cheer. District competition is Saturday, February 21 at Mona Shores. The Top 4 teams move on to Regionals, which will be at Thornapple Kellogg High School the week of February 28.

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Middle School Grapplers Undefeated

The photo is 7th grader Fred White in his first match against FHE, where he won by a pin.

The photo is 7th grader Fred White in his first match against FHE, where he won by a pin.

The Middle School Wrestling Team is off to a solid start this season with a record of 3-0. They dominated Forest Hills Eastern 66-0, beat Allendale 58-33, and won the match against Wyoming Park 48-15.

The team has many strong leaders in returning 8th graders, with a number of up and coming 7th graders. In the next few weeks, they will face some of their strongest competition, and bring their A-game to the mat.

Please come show your Red Hawk Pride on Tuesday March 10 at the Middle School, when our Red Hawks take on the Wildcats of Northview.

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WMP wrestlers take top spots

WMP finalists in the 7/8 age group, in the 52 lb wt class (from left to right) is Josh Vasquez, 1st Place; Luke Egan, 2nd Place; and Landon Foss, 3rd Place.

WMP finalists in the 7/8 age group, in the 52 lb wt class (from left to right) is Josh Vasquez, 1st Place; Luke Egan, 2nd Place; and Landon Foss, 3rd Place.

West Michigan Pursuit traveled through freezing Michigan weather to compete at a few local tournaments this past weekend.

Six grapplers competed in the Western Region, at Sparta, which offered both Novice and Open. Out of the six that entered, three placed in the top four. Another 23 grapplers competed in the North Region, at Tri County, for the monster trophies offered. Out of the 22 that entered, 18 placed in the top four. One entered the War of the Roses Invitational in Grass Lake, which is a girls’ only tournament. The team battled 83 times overall, with 48 ending in victory.

“There is a saying that practice makes perfect. The kids practice to find out who wrestles better,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. “I strongly feel that wrestling is a team sport as much as it is individual, and you are only as strong as your weakest link.Your practice partner determines how you succeed on the mat. It is your practice partner who makes you. I had three of my kids enter into the same bracket this weekend and they took home the top three placements; that makes a statement.”

Results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Logan Bennett in the 9/10 (Sparta) age group in the 67 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 (Tri County) age group in the 75 lb wt class, Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 64 lb wt clas, Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 55 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the elementary (War of the Roses Folkstyle) age group.

3rd Place Medalists include Ever Benitez in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 72 lb wt class, Anthony Brew in the 13/14/15 (Tri County) age group in the 122 lb wt class, Landon Foss in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 52 lb wt class, Jaedon Kutzli in the 11/12 (Sparta) age group in the 70 lb wt class, Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 (Tri County) age group in the 90 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the elementary (War of the Roses Freestyle) age group.

2nd Place Medalists include Derek Egan in the 13/14/15 (Tri County) age group in the 90 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 52 lb wt class, Nathan Male in the 11/12 (Tri County) age group in the 95/100 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 64 lb wt class and Lucus Pienton in the 13/14/15 (Tri County) age group in the 138 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 97/112 lb wt class, Lee Braun in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 58 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 (Tri County) age group in the 52 lb wt class, Ethan Kober in the 11/12 (Sparta) age group in the 70/75 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 (Tri County) age group in the 46 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the 11/12 (Tri County) age group in the 133 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 (Tri County) age group in the 52 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 (Tri County) age group in the 130 lb wt class.

 

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Chargers Pull Off Stunning Victory Over Ellington

The Creative Technoloiges Academy boy’s basketball team had already knocked off Eliington Academy twice this season, but the third time proved to be anything but easy. The Chargers trailed throughout, but never gave up their fight, coming back and winning an overtime thriller, 44-41.

The game was not pretty by any means for the Chargers, as they commited a season high 38 turnovers in only 36 minutes of game time. CTA faced a tough 2-3 zone defense throughout the game by Ellington, and were befuddled most of the game. The one way the Chargers stayed in the game was by knocking down timely three pointers. Freshmen James Hofstra (4) and Dawson Armstrong (3) combined for 7 three pointers, and none was bigger than Hofstra’s three that he knocked down to tie the game with time running out in regulation. It was Hofstra’s first game tying bucket of his career, but he has hit many big shots for the Chargers this season. Creative Tech scored the first five points of overtime, and never looked back, leading them to the three point victory.

The bench for the Chargers, usually a strength, struggled to get anything going against Ellington. “Our bench couldn’t find itself on offense tonight so the starters sucked it up at the end.” Said head coach Scott Bultman. “They had energy to run a harassing half court trap 1-3-1 press as well as fast break and it fueled our comeback.” One bright spot off of the bench, however, was eighth grader Charles Wortz. Wortz, the tallest Charger on the roster standing 6’2”, played the most minutes of his career, scoring 4 points, grabbing 4 rebounds, and blocking 4 shots.

The Chargers now head to a busy week, with 3 games in 5 days, including Senior night this Friday vs. Grattan Academy at Grace Bible College. Make sure to come check out your Chargers.

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