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Chargers Up Their Game In 2018

chargers basketball: Front (L to R): Tony Buchanan, Avery Bishop, Casen Armstrong, Jordan Brown, Ivan Winters, Landon Winters. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Kyle Knarr, Tobius Potter, Luke Hubbard, James Hofstra, Dawson Armstrong, Charles Wortz, John Wortz, Collin Bishop, Head Coach Todd Bowmar

Lady Chargers: Front (L to R): Haven Nguyen, Hannah Hofstra Middle (L to R): Gam Puttakerd, Elizabeth Jahns, Ruby Tompkins Back (L to R): Head Coach Lisa Perry, Tori Wierda, Brin Calkins, Autumn Watson, Faith Watson, Molly Wortz, Assistant Coach Kyle Knarr

The Chargers have entered 2018 on a tear, winning all eight games they have played, including a nail-biter against Big Rapids Home School. The Chargers are paced on offense by Seniors James Hofstra and Dawson Armstrong, while Junior Charles Wortz commands the defense from the middle. Sophomores Luke Hubbard and Collin Bishop have provided the team with a balanced scoring attack. With five regular season games left, the Chargers are in a great position to finish the season off strong with a strong showing in a post-season tournament in Lansing the weekend of March 3rd.

With two weeks left in the regular season, the Lady Chargers have come a long way. They had a big win over the Big Rapids Homeschool team. The girls have been working hard on finishing shots and have increased their team shooting percentage. The Lady Chargers have also caused a lot of turnovers for opponents on a scrappy defense. As the season draws to a close, seniors Autumn Watson and Haven Nguyen look to finish strong. Both seniors have contributed a great deal to the team and will be missed next year. The Lady Chargers hope to add a few more wins to their record in these last two weeks of the season and finish strong.

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Red Hawk bowlers looking to win conference

Sophomore Omani Morales placed 5th out of 46 and junior Sarah Galloway placed 12th out of 46 at the Caledonia invitational pre-regional singles.

Sophmore Omani Morales placed 2nd out of more than 100 bowlers at the Mona Shores invitational with a three-game series of 574.

The Red Hawk boys and girls bowling teams have been busy trying to roll their way towards a conference championship.

On January 31, both the boys and girls won their conference matches against Ottawa Hills, 30-0. 

On February 3, they competed at the Hudsonville invitational. The boys finished  8th out of 12 teams, and the girls finished 3rd out of 12.

On February 7, they bowled in a conference match against Northview. The boys won 26-4, and the girls won 17-13.

At the Mona Shores invitational on February 10, the boys placed 12th out of 24, and the girls took first place. Sophomore Omani Morales placed 2nd out of more than 100 bowlers with a three-game series of 574. 

On February 11, at the Caledonia invitational pre-regional singles, sophomore Omani Morales placed 5th out of 46; and junior Sarah Galloway placed 12th out of 46.

The teams were scheduled for a match against Forest Hills Northern on February 14 (Wednesday evening), and then the post season on Saturday, February 17 at Northview. The outcome there will determine the conference championship. The girls team is currently in first place, and the boys are tied for first place with Northview and Lowell.

Girls bowling team took first place a Mona Shores. From L to R: Coach Jackson, Rose Batey, Sarah Galloway, Alexa Thompson, Omani Morales, Michayla Paige, Katelyn Paige, Assistant Coach Trevor Ruark.


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WMP wrestlers all finish in top three spots

Blake Peasley, 85 lb Champion in the 9/10 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit entered 14 grapplers to wrestle this weekend and all 14 placed in the top 3 at various tournaments.

Kellen Weckesser at 59 lbs and Kamden Witte, 67 lbs, both in the 9/10 age group, traveled to Lakeview. Both Weckesser and Witte went undefeated and claimed Championship titles. 

Xavier Carpentier, 70 lbs, 11/12 age group, 75 lb Harper Cheng 9/10 age group, and 58 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 Novice age group, all travelled to Thornapple Kellogg-Middleville.  Smith finished 3rd. Carpentier and Cheng both went undefeated and claimed Championship titles. 

Drew Moro traveled to Minnesota for the Gopher State Nationals. Moro entered the 66 lb 3rd/4th grade division on Saturday. He went 3-1 for the day, finishing 2nd. Moro then entered the 65 lb 1st/2nd grade division on Sunday. He went 2-1 for the day, finishing 2nd. Moro came home with two new belts!

The remainder of the team traveled to Dewitt for the Central Greights tournament. Tyler Parmeter, 75 lbs, 9/10 age group, finished 3rd. Tatianna Castillo, 55 lbs, 7/8 age group, finished 2nd in the All Girls division. Brody Compau, 46 lbs, 7/8 age group, finished 2nd in the open division. Champions of the day are 67 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 85 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group; 61 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group, and 52 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group. 

“Wrestling is one of the best sports for building character. These kids and their parents are amazing. I cannot wait to see these kids finish out their careers on the podium at High School State Finals,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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CS Youth wrestlers earn top spots

CS Youth wrestlers with their medals. Photo courtesy of Andrea Libera.

By Jacquie Troupe

Despite the weather last Sunday, February 11, Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers traveled to Thornapple-Kellogg High School in Middleville, Lakeview High School, and DeWitt High School for the Greights Central region tournament. 

“Cedar Springs wrestlers have been working hard all season and it’s showing in the amount of kids we have heading out to tournaments every week,” said Coach Scott Marsman. “Regionals and State are coming up next month, practices will start getting longer, and I expect these kids to work even harder to prove to themselves that dedication pays off. I am so proud of everyone that has shown up ready to go every week since November 14. This is a long season and it’s paying off for these kids.”

Eighteen wrestlers and their families traveled to Lakeview High School along with Coach Jake Marsman. They were 2nd overall with 21 pins in 25:07, 283 Match Points and went 45-27.

Dawson Pike’s fastest pin was :22. He scored 15 Match Points taking 3rd in 2011-13 46lb class. Nolan Averill’s fastest pin was :41. He scored 41 Match Points taking 1st in the 2011-13 49lb class. Jaxon Fitzgerald had 2 pins in 1:16. His fastest was :19, taking 2nd place in the 2011-13 61lb class. Ben Streeter’s fastest pin was :12 (4th overall) and fastest on the team. He placed 1st in the 2011-13 67/77lb class. Cade Troupe had 2 pins in 2:52, his fastest was :25 taking 4th in the 2009-10 55lb class. Zach Vu had 2 pins in :50, his fastest was :14, he scored 19 Match Points and placed 2nd in the 2009-10 97lb class. Deegan Pike had 3 pins in 6:30, his fastest was :55. He scored 36 Match Points and he placed 2nd in the 2007-08 63lb class after 6 matches. Austin Averill had 2 pins 1:42, his fastest was :47. He scored 16 Match Points and placed 4th in the 2007-08 63lb class. Blake Falan’s fastest pin was 1:30, he scored 14 Match Points and placed 2nd in the 2007-08 71lb class. Gavyn Byxbe won 2 matches by Major Decision, he scored 29 total Match Points and placed 3rd in the 2007-08 85lb class. Gabe Gair had 3 pins in 4:21, his fastest was :26 and he took 1st place in the 2005-06 100/105 class.

Jon Libera and his family traveled to Dewitt HS for the Central Region Greights tournament. He went 4-1, scoring 33 Match Points (19th overall) taking 2nd place in the 2009-10 77lb class. He brought home the Silver medal, his 5th in this series. 

Seven wrestlers traveled to Thornapple-Kellogg HS in Middleville under Coach Brock Winchel. They had 7 pins in 18:09, 142 Match Points, 14-10 for the day. Cameron Ellison had a pin in :39, scored 12.0 Team Points and placed 2nd in the 2009-10 49lb class. Chasyn Winchel scored 22 Match Points and brought home the 1st place medal in the 2009-10 67lb Open class. Spencer Schoenborn scored 15.0 Team Points, 27 Match Points and placed 2nd in the 2007-08 67lb Novice class. Kaiden Dreyer had 2 pins in 6:33, scored 18.0 Team Points, had 29 Match Points and brought home the 1st place medal in the 2007-08 80lb Novice class. Rory Schoenborn scored 13.0 Team Points, 36 Match Points and placed 2nd in the 2007-08 80lb Novice class. Dakota Winchel had a pin in 1:19, scored 4 Team Points and placed 2nd in the 2007-08 110/130lb Open class. 

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Varsity Wrestlers earn All Conference Honors

Aaron Smith tangles up his Greenville opponent on his way to a pin.
Courtesy photo

The Varsity wrestlers traveled to Lowell to compete in the OK White Individual Championship on Friday, February 2. As a team, the Red Hawks finished the day only behind the four-time defending State Champions from Lowell. Jacob Galinis (140), Lucus Pienton (160) and Ryan Ringler (171) each reigned supreme in their respective weight classes.

Galinis wrestled a smart match and upset James Fotis (#6 migrappler.com) in the final 30 seconds. Lucus Pienton was too much for Derek Mohr from Lowell, while collecting a major decision 11-3. It took Ryan Ringler overtime to defeat Isaac Torrey (#3 migrappler) from Forest Hills Central. Galinis, Pienton and Ringler are now each two time Ok-White Conference Champions.

Trevor Marsman (103), Aaron Smith (135), and Anthony Brew (145) also made the finals for Cedar Springs. Andrew Vangessel, David Erxleben, Phillip Elzinga, Logan Hull, Fernando Pedraza, Chris Shafer, Landen Totten and Paul Duran won matches and scored for the team as well. 

With a 5-1 Ok White dual record the boys claimed second place overall in the Ok White.

Action continues with team Districts at Sparta High School on Thursday, February 8, at 6 p.m.

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Middle School wrestlers finish 2nd at Ravenna

Cedar Springs Middle School wrestlers took 2nd at Ravenna last weekend. Courtesy photo.

On Saturday, February 3, 35 wrestlers from the Cedar Springs Middle School wrestling team traveled to Ravenna, where 13 grapplers placed.

Gavin Lewis, 80lbs weight class took 2nd place; Cole Haack, 110 lbs weight class took 3rd place; Ben Brunner, 115 lbs weight class took 2nd place; Logan Troupe, 120lbs weight class took first place; Kaden Schmid, 125 lbs weight class took 2nd place; Carter Falan, 125lbs weight class took 3rd place; Alex Reman, 137 lbs weight class took first place; Logan Harris, 137 lbs weight class took 4th place; Kanin Wagner-Bumstad, 155 lbs weight class took 4th place; Maston Wood, 167lbs weight class took first place; Westley Wentworth 215lbs weight class took 3rd place. 

Good job, Red Hawks! 

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WMP wrestlers place in top four

Pictured is Harper Cheng, Champion in the 75 lb, 9/10 age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit entered 16 grapplers to wrestle this weekend and 15 placed in the top 4. 

Blake Werkema, travelled to Chippewa Hills and wrestled in the 52 lb, 7/8 age group. He went undefeated and claimed his first Championship of the season. 

Three grapplers travelled to Vicksburg for the opportunity to claim a Championship ring instead of the typical medal. Aaiden Vasquez, 61 lb 7/8 age group finished 2nd. Drew Moro, 64 lb 7/8 age group and 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group, both claimed Championship titles along with their Championship rings. 

Four grapplers traveled to Oxford for the Northeast Greights tournament. Kellen Weckesser, 59 lb 9/10 age group finished 3rd. Finishing second was Quinten Cassiday, 63 lb 9/10 age group; 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; and 85 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group. 

The rest of the team travelled to GVSU. Kamden Witte, 67 lb 9/10 age group finished 4th. Finishing second was 67 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group; 70 lb Xavier Carpentier, 11/12 age group; 67 lb Caden Green, 7/8 Novice age group; and 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group. Those claiming Championship titles included 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group and 75 lb Harper Cheng, 9/10 age group. This was Harper’s first Championship of the season. 

“Each week my athletes and their families continue to impress me with their dedication to this sport. Even with the inclement weather and being Super Bowl Sunday, these kids all showed up to compete. We are the Pursuit of Champions,” said Head Coach, Dave Andrus.

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Youth wrestlers face intense competition

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers and their awards. Photo by Terry Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

On February 4, Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club traveled to Grand Valley State University, Chippewa Hills High School and Oxford High School. 

Thirty local youth joined 463 wrestlers in the Open & Novice Tournament at GVSU. The Team went 64-50 for the day. 

Leading the team in Most Pins in Shortest Times were Rory Schoenborn (5th overall), Dawson Pike (6th), Spencer Schoenborn (7th), Dillon VanDyke (39th), Brycen Alber (41st), Austin Averill (56th), Gabe Gair (57th), Cameron Ellison (60th) and Deegan Pike (66th) helping CSYWC take the 1st place spot with 30 pins in 31:21. 

Mason Taylor had the Fastest Pin overall with :09; Spencer Schoenborn was 6th with :14; Dawson Pike and Cameron Ellison were 18th with :20; Brycen Alber was 41st with :28; Rory Schoenborn was 48th with :29; Dillon VanDyke was 67th with :34; Austin Averill was 80th with :37; and Gabe Gair was 85th with :38. 

Rory Schoenborn scored the most Team Points with 26, bringing the total to 223. They were second overall in Total Match points with 343, wrestling 71 scoring matches. Dawson Pike scored 19 in a single match coming in 7th overall. Austin Averill scored 17, Blake Falan and Thomas Prins 13, and Cameron Ellison and  Brycen Alber 12. 

According to Coach Scott Marsman, there was very intense competition at GVSU and the kids really held their own. “At the halfway point of the season we are very pleased with where the kids are at and are very excited as we work towards finishing out the year strong,” he said. 

In the 2011-13 age group, Brycen Alber placed 2nd in the 43lb class, Dawson Pike placed 2nd in the 46lb class, Blake Alber placed 4th in the 52lb class, Dillon VanDyke placed 3rd in the 55lb class, and Jaxon Fitzgerald placed 3rd in the 61lb class. 

In the 2009-10 age group, Novice Division Cameron Ellison placed 4th in the 49lb class and Zach Vu placed 3rd in the 112lb class. In the Open Division Tucker Crystal placed 2nd in the 58lb class. 

In the 2007-08 age group, Novice Division Deegan Pike placed 2nd, Austin Averill placed 3rd and Spencer Schoenborn placed 4th in the 63lb class. Rory Schoenborn placed first and brought home the Championship trophy in the 80lb class. Thomas Prins placed first and brought home the Championship trophy in the 110lb class. In the Open Division Blake Falan placed 2nd in the 71lb class and Hudson Crystal placed first and brought home the Championship trophy in the 85/90lb class. 

In the 2005-06 age group, Gabe Gair placed 2nd in the 112/119lb class. In the 2003-04 age group Ben Brunner placed 4th in the 122lb class. 

At Chippewa Hills HS, Sierra Streeter had 2 pins in 3:44, was 56th overall and brought home the first place medal in the 43lb class. Micah LaFlure placed 4th in the 43lb class. Ben Streeter placed first in the 67/77lb class and had the 14th fastest pin with :16.

Jon Libera headed to Oxford HS to chase the Northeast Region’s Greights medal. He had some tough competition and brought home the 3rd place medal. So far he has won 4, one Gold-North Region, one Silver-Metro Region and two bronze for the West and Northeast Regions. He plans to travel to all the Greights tournaments this season. 

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How basketball games should be

The Hawks Nest student section during the pink out game against Lowell last Friday, January 26. Photo by K&R Lalone.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks’ student section—the Hawks Nest—just barely missed making it as a top three finalist for MHSAA’s Battle of the Fans VII. But they are winners none-the-less.

“Our student body has been absolutely fantastic this year. In fact, I believe it has been the best it has been in many years,” said teacher and coach Justin Harnden, who has been working with the student Athletic Leadership Council to create a culture that positive and supportive for all fans and teams. “A large amount of students have taken the challenge of changing the culture of our student section and making it a positive experience for everyone.”  

Cedar Springs was chosen as one of nine semi-finalists and one of three in Class A, on January 16. They then had 12 days to step up their game and show what they could do, and record it on social media. On January 23, almost 1,000 students cheered on a Special Olympics basketball game between Cedar Springs and Sparta—and they cheered for both sides. They also cheered at pink out games for girls and boys basketball. During last Friday’s pink out boys basketball game against Lowell, the positive spirit they showed made a big impact on at least one of the opposing team’s fans.  

Joel Fritsma, a Red Arrow fan, posted this on Twitter: “Shoutout to @CedarALC for the hospitality Friday night! The pink out was really fitting. Quite the SS you guys have put together this year! Keep up the great work, and best of luck towards moving on in the #BOTF rankings! – A Lowell Student #HowBasketballGamesShouldBe”

Harnden said that sentiment really exemplies all that they have done this year. 

“There have been a large amount of great moments the past two sports seasons that are highlighted with one of the largest sections we have ever had for our Lowell football game, and partnering with the school Be Nice campaign for our Glow Out Bullying basketball game,” he said.

“While we were disappointed that we didn’t make the finals, everyone here is extremely proud of all the we have done and we absolutely will try again next year. The upperclassmen that we currently have put forth so much effort into the shift and they have laid the groundwork for everyone else to follow.”  

Harnden hopes the positive impact of the campaign extends beyond school walls. “I hope that the positive shift resonates with not just our students, but our community as well. Everyone leading and pushing in a supportive way makes the games so much fun to be a part of and when we can lead the shift out of the student section we can make a much bigger difference in the lives of many other people,” he explained. 

Boyne City, Buchanan and Petoskey were selected as finalists by MHSAA’s Student Advisory Council. Voting among the top five semifinalists was particularly close, according to the MHSAA. Cedar Springs and Charlotte just missed earning spots among the top three. Munising, Negaunee, Pellston and Traverse City West also were among the semifinalists.

“Charlotte and Cedar Springs were very close to becoming part of this year’s finalists tour,” said Andy Frushour, MHSAA director of brand management and advisor to the Student Advisory Council. “Both have established incredible fan cultures, and we certainly plan on seeing them in this contest again next year.”
Harnden agrees. 

“This year semi-finalists; next year champions,” he said.

Visit CedarSpringsTV on youtube.com to see several examples of the Hawks Nest in action during Battle of the Fans VII.

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Red Hawk bowling results


The Cedar Springs boys and girls bowling teams have turned in some great games the last couple of weeks.

They competed in a conference match on January 17 against Forest Hills Northern. The girls won 28-2, and the boys won 27-3.

In a conference match on January 22 against Lowell, the girls won 16-14 with Junior Sarah Galloway bowling her High School High of 263 with nine strikes in a row. The boys lost but they had some good games. Senior Josh Hamilton bowled a 266 with nine strikes in a row, and freshmen Ethan Plummer bowled his High School High of 180.  

On January 24 they competed in a conference match against Forest Hills Central. The girls won 24-6, and the boys won 28-2 with Sophomore Kaleb Fisk bowling a two-game High Series of 452 (245 and 207).

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