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Youth wrestlers come home winners

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Despite snowy weather and school closings, Cedar Springs youth wrestlers have been busy the last couple weeks wrestling in four different tournaments.

On January 25, wrestlers attended the Orchardview tournament at Orchardview High School in Muskegon. There were a total of 11 medals earned.

In the Novice division, medal winners in the 4-6 age group were Veronica Tapia 2nd at 40lb,  Tucker Crystal 3rd at 43lb and Analize Tapia 3rd at 43b. Winners in the 7/8 age group were Hudson Crystal 3rd at v65lb and Wyatt Cooper 2nd at 97lb. Andrew VanGessel took 3rd at 75lbs in the 9/10 age group. In the 13-15 age group winners were Fredrick White 85lb and Seth Biggs 122 lb both with 1st place finishes.

Winners in the Open division were Carter Falan 2nd at 85 lb in the 9/10 age group. In the 11/12 age group, Trevor Marsman took 1st at 75lb and Alexandria Castro 4th at 119lb. In the 13-15 age group was Logan Hull 3rd at 107lb. Gage Gardner also wrestled in the 13-15 age group at a separate tournament held in Okemos. Gage took 3rd at 170lb.

On February 1, wrestlers battled through the first big snow storm of 2015 at the annual GVSU Tournament on the campus of Grand Valley State University. While snow piled up and the wind blew outside, Cedar youth wrestlers were blowing away the competition on the mat inside, bringing home a grand total of 16 trophies.

Winners in the Novice division in the 4-6 age group were Eli Gunderson 4th at 37lb, Veronica Tapia 1st at 40lb, Analize Tapia 4th at 43lb, and Taylor Gunderson 4th at 46lb. In the 7/8 age group were Cora Gonzales 3rd at 52lb, Hudson Crystal 4th at 64lb and Wyatt Cooper 1st at 97. Kamden Klaasen took 4th at 90lb in the 11/12 age group and Fredrick White took 1st at 80lb in the 13-15 age group.

Winners in the Open division 7/8 age group were Keaton Klaasen

1st at 55lb and Pistachio Gonzales 2nd at 58lb. In the 11/12 age group were Trevor Marsman 4th at 70lb and Aiden Bouwens 4th at 119lb. In the 13-15 age group were Austin Emmorey 1st at 100lb, Reese Gonzales 1st at 107lb and Allexis Gonzales 3rd at 130lb. Gage Gardner traveled to Howell where he took 2nd at 170lb in the 13-15 age group.

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Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters – Athletes of the Month

Stocke, Brechting, and Mouthaan, are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes for February. 

Mathilda Stocke

Mathilda Stocke

Brad Brechting

Brad Brechting

Aubree Mouthaan

Aubree Mouthaan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senior Mathilda Stocke has been named the February 2015, Student Athlete of the Month for Competitive Cheer.

Senior Brad Brechting has been named the February 2015, Student Athlete of the month for Boys Basketball.

Senior Aubree Mouthaan was named the February 2015, Student Athlete of the Month for Girls Basketball.

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WMP wrestlers take home trophies

Lucus Pienton took first in the 13/14/15 open age group at GVSU.

Lucus Pienton took first in the 13/14/15 open age group at GVSU.

This past weekend’s Western Region tournament was held by Grand Valley State University, where West Michigan Pursuit traveled thru the crazy Michigan weather to compete. WMP took 23 grapplers to compete this weekend and placed 13 in the top three.

“I just want to thank the wrestlers’ who train under me, thank you for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do, you truly are the Pursuit of Champions,” said Owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus.

This week the team battled 67 times with 38 ending in victory. Results are as follows:

3rd Place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include and Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82  lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 13/14/15 Novice age group in the 90/95 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 52 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Champions are Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 age group in the 55 lb wt class, Landon Foss in the 7/8 Open age group in the 49/52 lb wt class (Portland Tournament), Lucus Pienton in the 13/14/15 Open age group in the 138 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the 11/12 Open age group in the 133 lb wt class and Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class. Special Recognition to Zak Schmid who remains undefeated.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, check out West Michigan Pursuit. We are located at the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Cedar Springs Cheer shows success on mat

Cedar Springs Varsity Cheerleaders in their winning routine.

Cedar Springs Varsity Cheerleaders in their winning routine.

Cedar Springs Cheer teams won championships at all levels: Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity.

Cedar Springs Cheer teams won championships at all levels: Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity.

Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer traveled to Lowell for their annual “Arrowfest” Cheer Invitational this last Saturday.

Eight teams competed in the Middle School division. Cedar Springs White took the mat and earned a score of 83.50 after Round 2, giving them a 6th place overall. After the completion of Round 3, they gained an additional 256.40 points. This score gave them a total of 339.90 points, ending their season with a third place overall. “Another great performance from this team,” said Head Coach Cassandra Chartier. “Round 3’s score was the highest score all season. These girls have grown and learned so much; it has been great to watch their improvement this season. I had a proud coaching moment when I was stopped by a judge after the competition to compliment my team on how great they looked and how much they have improved this season.”

Cedar Springs Red took the lead with a score of 135.78 points after Round 2. Earning an additional score of 247.90 after Round 3, secured another Championship title for Cedar Springs Red with a final score of 383.68. Forest Hills’ took second place with an overall score of 341.60. “We ended the season with another Championship and I couldn’t be more proud of these girls,” said Head Coach Amy Arnold. “They work extremely hard and always give 100 percent.”

Cedar Springs brought the only Junior Varsity team to compete. Round 1 earned a score of 184.70. After Round 2, they gained an additional 164.94 points bringing their subtotal to 349.64. Round 3 gained an additional 211.90 points giving them a final score of 553.54 points and securing another Championship for the Junior Varsity team. “We achieved a new highest score in round 1, (and I’m) proud of the girls for pushing through on Saturday with all new material for Round 1 & 3!” said Head Coach Katy Baird. “Round 3 was a little rough, but the girls rose to the challenge. The new Round 3 has a lot more difficulty and I am proud of the way they handled and executed the changes. Time and practice will only make it better.”

Seven teams competed in the Varsity Division. The Cedar Springs Varsity Team dominated this competition and took the lead after Round 1 with a score of 213 points. Round 2 gained an additional 206.46 points bringing their subtotal to 419.46 points, keeping their first place position. The completion of Round 3 gained an additional 270 points and secured another Championship with a final score of 689.86. Belding came in second place with an overall score of 648.28.

“We had our entire program at Lowell High School this past weekend—Varsity, JV and both middle school teams,” said Head Varsity Coach Anne Olszewski. “It was great to stand there and look at the sea of red and black and watch them perform so well. Cedar Springs took first at all three levels, Varsity, JV and Middle School. It is a very proud moment as a varsity coach in a program the size of Cedar Springs.

“Our JV Coach has done a wonderful job pushing these girls,” added Olszewski. “They are hitting more difficult stunts and the creativity is starting to be there! We want to increase our strength and gymnastics ability. Saturday was also the last middle school competition for both teams. Their seasons ended well with improvements in scores and skill level.”

But the Varsity season is not finished. “Varsity has been working on standing tumbling a lot,” she explained. “We had two injuries this past week, so we knew stunt round would be weak with missing bodies. We have two more competitions this coming week, one being a conference meet at Grand Rapids Christian High School. We would really like to place well there so we can continue into post-season play. Our final conference meet will be February 11 at home. We really need to place well there!” she said.

 

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Bowlers receive medals for high games

Red Hawk bowlers Trevor Ruark (left) and Blake Fisk (right) won medals for top high scores at East Kentwood.

Red Hawk bowlers Trevor Ruark (left) and Blake Fisk (right) won medals for top high scores at East Kentwood.

Cedar Springs bowled at the East Kentwood invitational tournament on Saturday, January 24, and two Red Hawk bowlers received medals for top high scores of the day. Blake Fisk bowled a 276 and was the 3rd top highest and Trevor Ruark bowled a 268 and was the 4th highest out of 17 teams that participated, with at least 5 kids or more on each team. Other bowlers on the team bowled well also. Scores were:

Jarod Plank 199, 170

Trevor Ruark 203, 268, 181, 201

Kyle Knarr 180, 192, 162

Jacob Cartwright 193, 209, 222, 190

Blake Fisk 276, 214, 218, 268

Dugan Conely 183, 230

Jared Caniff 179

They took the top 10 teams to move on and Cedar Springs boys were 2nd.  They then bowled 10 bakers games to determine placment and they placed 3rd, only 27 pins away from 2nd. Coach Todd Austin and assistant Coach Tyler Ruark were happy with how great they bowled.

Coach Heidi Feikema, for the girls team, was excited that the girls moved on after the final cut. They placed 7th in the first round. They bowled the 10 bakers games and struggled during those games, which landed them 7th place in the final round.

Cedar Springs boys and girls teams have been bowling great during their regular season with both wins and high scores.

The girls have won three games against Wyoming, Forest Hills Eastern and Forest Hills Northern, and one loss against Northview. During the January 14th match against Forest Hills Eastern, Emma Schut bowled a high game of 258.

The boys have won two games against Forest Hills Eastern and Forest Hills Northern, and lost two games against Northview and Wyoming. During our match against Wyoming on January 7, Blake Fisk bowled a high game of 289, breaking the school record, which was held last year by Trevor Ruark, with a 286.

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Youth wrestlers bring home medals

S-Wrestling-youthMost developmental youth wrestling tournaments host an average of 400-500 wrestlers, ages 4 to 15, competing for custom medals awarded to the top four finishers in each class. On Sunday, January 18, a record setting number of wrestlers, over 730, participated in the Byron Center tournament hosted at Byron Center high school.

Competition was fierce as Cedar Springs youth wrestlers secured a total of 14 placers, some of whom had up to 15 wrestlers in their weight class.

Placers in the 4-6 year age division were Eli Gunderson 3rd at 37lb, Bryson Streeter 4th at 37lb, Veronica Tapia 1st at 40lb, Tucker Crystal 4th at 40lb, and Tyler Parmeter 2nd at 55lb.

Placers in the 7/8 year age division were Cora Gonzales 1st at 55lb, Keaton Klaasen 4th at 55lb and Pistachio Gonzales 3rd at 61lb.

Placers in the 9/10 year age division were Tacho Gonzales 4th at 71lb and Carter Falan 3rd at 85lb.

Placers in the 11/12 year age division were Trevor Marsman 3rd at 71lb and Kamden Klaasen 3rd at 90lb.

Rounding out the results were Austin Emmorey 1st at 100 lb and Reese Gonzales 2nd at 107lb in the 13-15 year age division.

Coaches Bryan Goike, George Gonzales Sr. and Jake Marsman are all very impressed with the hard work and progress the kids have been making.

Coach George said, “The kids’ dedication to working hard, even at this young age, shows when the kids show up to a tournament of this size and still place top four. Even the kids who did not medal wrestled with all their hearts. That’s what makes them winners.”

 

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WMP places in top four at tournament

Luke Egan, from the 7/8 age group, pins last year’s state champ.

Luke Egan, from the 7/8 age group, pins last year’s state champ.

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers traveled to the North Region last weekend, for Central Montcalm’s Open only tournament. “Competing outside of our region will give our WMP grapplers an opportunity to see what the other regions have to offer competitively and what to look forward to when we reach the State Finals,” said Owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus.

WMP took 26 grapplers to compete and placed 20 in the top four. The team battled 81 times with 51 ending in victory. Results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include John McKay in the 4/5/6 age group in the 43 lb wt class, Anthony Szubinski, Jr. in the 9/10 age group in the 67 lb wt class, Brandson Wood in the 7/8 age group in the 46 lb wt class, Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 age group in the 40 lb wt class and Ricky Wood in the 13/14/15 age group in the 122 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Logan Bennett in the 9/10 age group in the 67 lb wt class and Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 age group in the 75 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class and Derek Egan in the 13/14/15 age group in the 90 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 age group in the 97 lb wt class, Lee Braun in the 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 11/12 age group in the 75 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 age group in the 55 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 in the 46 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 age group in the 67 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14/15 age group in the 138/145 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the 11/12 age group in the 158 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Special Recognition to Zak Schmid who remains undefeated and to Luke Egan who defeated two prior State Champions.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, check out West Michigan Pursuit. We are located at the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

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Brad Brechting nominated for McDonald’s All-American games

Brad Brechting

Brad Brechting

Local student-athlete in the running to play in prestigious high school basketball event in Chicago

Cedar Springs Red Hawk Brad Brechting, a standout on the Varsity basketball team, is among the list of high school seniors who have been nominated to play in the 2015 McDonald’s All American Games. This year’s list includes players from 47 states and the District of Columbia who have been selected by high school coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee.

Brad is the son of Bradley and Tracy Brechting, and has already signed on to play at Oakland University next year.

Eyes have been on Brad for awhile. As a sophomore, he averaged 12.6 points per game; as a junior it was 15.5 points; and this year he has averaged 20.8 points per game (through nine games). He currently is approaching 800 career points. Brad also averages between 9 and 10 rebounds  and 4 blocks per game.

“Brad has put a lot of time into improving as a basketball player and you can see the results,” remarked Jeff Patin, head coach of the Red Hawk Varsity basketball team. “He is a pleasure to coach because of the energy he brings every day. We will be sad when his career as Cedar Springs comes to a close, but we look forward to watching him play at the next level.”

N-Brechting2Athletic Supervisor Autumn Mattson was glad to hear about Brad’s nomination. “Brad is a great kid and it has been fun watching him over the past four years develop into a great basketball player.  We are excited and looking forward to hearing of his future success at Oakland University and are proud that he will continue represent Cedar Springs High School at the next level,” she said.

A complete list of 2015 McDonald’s All American Games Nominees is available at www.mcdaag.com. McDonald’s will name the final roster of 24 boys and 24 girls who will be selected to play in the 2015 Games during the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Show on ESPNU, airing Jan. 28 at 6 p.m.

The 38th Annual Boys Game will tip-off on Wednesday, Apr. 1 at 9:00 pm ET from Chicago’s United Center and will be broadcast on ESPN. The 14th Annual Girls Game will precede the Boys Game, beginning at 6:30 pm ET and will broadcast live on ESPNU. Information regarding tickets for the 2015 McDonald’s All American Games is available at Ticketmaster. Tickets for the 2015 Games go on sale Saturday, Jan. 17 at 11:00 am ET.

Net proceeds from the Games benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

 

 

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Lady Chargers Fall Short vs. Thunder

CTA-Girls-BasketballThe Creative Technologies Academy Lady Chargers headed south to Wyoming to face the Grand Rapids Thunder this past Thursday night. The Lady Chargers, with a 1-2 record heading into the game, were looking to see how they could perform against one of the better home school teams in the area. The Thunder started off quickly offensively, and stifled the Charger attack with a 1-3-1 defense, and pulled away with a 40-10 victory.

CTA was unable to score in the first quarter, but got on the board during the first posession of the 2ndquarter on a Vicky Hanes 10 foot jumper. The Lady Chargers battled hard on the boards all night, but just could not match the size and strength of the Thunder. Leading the way for CTA was senior Hannah Hubbard with 4 points and 7 rebounds. Senior Olivia Wortz came off the bench to score 4 points and grab 3 boards, and 7th grader Hannah Hofstra, in her first game, pulled down three rebounds of her own. The Lady Chargers resume play this Tuesday at Holland Calvary.

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CTA Boy’s Basketball Team Continues Hot Start

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Last season, Creative Tecnolgies Academy head coach Scott Bultman and his crew were unable to find the win column, but oh what a difference a season makes. After two impressive early season wins, the Chargers boy’s basketball team played a pair of games against Ellington Academy. In both matchups, the Chargers (4-0) dominated from start to finish, winning 60-39 on Monday, and another double digit win on Friday night 51-35.

Freshman Dawson Armstrong has really come on strong for the Chargers, scoring a career high 19 points on Monday, and then matching that once again on Friday. Senior Logan Ogden has continued his great season with his first double double of the season, including 17 points.

The key this season, says Coach Bultman, is not only the starters playing well, but the bench players bringing a lot of energy. The Crash Crew, starring senior Hunter George and the Hawkins brothers, Bailey and Preston, clamped down defensively and held Ellington in check in each of the two games. “I feel Hunter George is as good a defensive guard as we have in our league (or non league) and he sets the tone for the rest of our defense,” said coach Bultman. “Switching from zone last year to all man to man, even on inbounds plays, takes a team commitment and leadership, and we get that from Hunter.”

Next week, the Charger’s schedule toughens up, as they travel to Holland Calvary on Tuesday, followed by a trip to Wellspring Academy.

 

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