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Youth wrestlers rack up 20 pins

Brandson Wood pins his opponent. Photo by J. Troupe.

Brandson Wood pins his opponent. Photo by J. Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club travelled to Allendale H.S. and Tri County H.S. for MYWAY tournaments Sunday 02/26/16. 29 wrestlers represented Cedar Springs with 3 at Allendale and 26 at Tri County. The team had 54 wins and 51 losses overall. There were 20 pins in a total time of 23 minutes, 52 seconds. Brandson Wood had 3 pins in a total time of 1:39. Cade Troupe had 2 pins in a total time of 42 seconds. Hudson Crystal had 2 pins in a total time of 1:16. Jonathan Libera had 2 pins in a total time of 2:06. Blake Pickard had 3 pins in a total time of 3:49.

Fastest pins of the day go to Hudson Crystal with 18 seconds, Cade Troupe with 19 and 23 seconds, Gavyn Byxbe with 20 seconds and Brandson Wood with 23 and 33 seconds.

Fourth place finishers were Caleigh Wood in the 11-09 ALL 43lb division (TC), Hudson Crystal in the 08-07 ALL 72lb division (TC), Annabelle Wood placed 04-03 ALL 75lb division (TC),  Logan Troupe in the 04-03 ALL 90lb division (TC) and Kamden Klaasen in the 02-01 ALL 100/107lb division (TC). 

Blake Pickard placed third in the 06-05 NOVICE 80lb division (Allendale).

Second place went to Brandson Wood in the 08-07 ALL 52lb division (TC), Keaton Klaasen in the 06-05 ALL 59lb division (TC), Carter Falan 04-03 ALL 90lb division (TC), Andrew VanGessel in the 02-01 ALL 85/90lb division (TC) and Daniel Vaughn in the 04-03 OPEN 100/105lb division (Allendale).   

First place champions were Matthew Vaughn in the 06-05 NOVICE 90lb division (Allendale) and Jonathan Libera in the 11-09 ALL 61lb division (TC).

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WMP grapplers finish strong at tournaments

Pictured is Drew Moro in the 6 and under age group. Photo by B. Chong.

Pictured is Drew Moro in the 6 and under age group. Photo by B. Chong.

By B. Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Tri County and Allendale last weekend. Tri County offered monster trophies that our WMP warriors could not turn down. WMP entered 25 grapplers and 20 placed in the top four. Out of 82 battles, WMP claimed 54 victories. Individual placements are as follows:

Fourth place medalists include 130 lb Isaac Casey, 9/10 age group; 85 lb Josh Howard, 9/10 age group; 59 lb Hayden Moro, 9/10 age group and 55/59 lb Kameron Ogden (Allendale) 9/10 age group.

Third place medalists include 80 lb Logan Bennett, 9/10 age group; 61 lb Luke Egan, 7/8 age group and 61 lb Logan Galinis, 6 and under age group.

Second place medalist include 80 lb Xavier Contreras, 11/12 age group; 55 lb Landon Foss, 7/8 age group; 85 lb Braden Hallman, 11/12 age group; 138/145 lb Zak Schmid, 13/14 age group and 133 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group.

Champions are 59 lb Michael Cannon, 9/10 age group; 85/90 lb Brocke Fisher, 13/14 age group; 55 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Drew Moro, 6 and under age group; 72 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 6 and under age group and 55 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group. “West Michigan Pursuit continues to grow. Each week, it’s a proud moment yet heartening when two of my kids meet up in the Finals to square off. I have to sit back and watch them apply what I have taught them without coaching either one. These kids put on an entertaining match every time they step on the mat,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Karger named women’s basketball player of week

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Tiffany Karger, of Cedar Springs, named MIAA Women’s Basketball Player of the week.

Tiffany Karger, a 2012 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, who currently plays for Calvin, claimed the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award on Monday, February 22, for games through Feb. 21.

Karger, a junior guard from Cedar Springs, played a key role in the upset over third-ranked Hope on Saturday, February 19, by sinking a career-best five three-point baskets in seven attempts to finish the game with 16 points, one short of her career high. 

On Wednesday, February 17 against Alma, Karger recorded 12 points in the win. The forward also registered a rebound, an assist and a steal against the Scots. All dozen points came from three-point range where she made 50 percent from beyond the arc.

For the week, all nine of Karger’s made field goals were treys to end the week at 60 percent from long range on 9-of-15 shooting. She averaged 14.0 points in an average of 18.0 minutes on the floor.

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Two Cedar Springs seniors to play in All-Star football game

Taylor VanDyke and Cameron Umphrey, both seniors at Cedar Springs High School, have been awarded a spot on the “Muskegon All-Star Classic” football team. They attended the MAC selection banquet on February 17,where they received their awards. This is a great honor, as the MAC chooses players for the All-Star team from 40 West Michigan schools. Taylor and Cameron will be playing in the All-Star game at 7:00 p.m., on June 17, at Orchard View High School in Muskegon, Mich.

The award states “These awards are presented for your hard work and excellence both on and off the field. The WV Foundation is pleased to recognize your achievements among the elite student-athletes in West Michigan, and excited to include you as a participant in the Muskegon All-Star Classic football game and scholarship program.”

The WV Foundation is founded by Terrence Williams and Nick VandenBosch.  The mission of the MAC is to use athletics as a vector toward higher education and community growth.

The Muskegon All-Star Classic gives graduated senior athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents with the best student athletes in West Michigan, as well as become eligible for scholarship funding and internships through The WV Foundation.  

Since 2011, The WV Foundation has awarded over $35,000 in scholarships to West Michigan students. Scholarships are generated from proceeds from the Muskegon All-Star Classic.

Watch the website at 1Web-Mac-Award-Vandyke-and-Umphrey 1Web-Wrestling-varsity 1Web-Wrestling-WMP-Jayden-Meijer-State-086 1Web-Wrestling-youth for tickets to go on sale.

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Youth wrestlers finish strong at Meijer games

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers show off their medals from the Meijer State Games. Photo by J. Troupe.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers show off their medals from the Meijer State Games. Photo by J. Troupe.

 

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club travelled to Grandville High School on Sunday, February 21, to participate in the Meijer Winter Games Open, Novice and High School Tournament. They brought 14 wrestlers, and eight placed in the top four.

It was a great showing in our first statewide tournament,” said Coach Goike.

First place championships went to Blake Falan in the 55lb 07-08 Novice; Keaton Klaasen in the 55lb 05-06 Open; and Carter Falan in the 95lb 03-04 Open divisions.

Second place finishers were Jonathan Libera in the 58lb 09-11 All, and Hudson Crystal in the 72lb 07-08 Open divisions. 

Third place finishers were Blake Pickard in the 80lb 05-06 Novice, and Andrew VanGessel in the 85lb 01-02 All divisions.

Fourth place went to Marek Russ in the 72lb 07-08 Novice division.

Of the 38 matches wrestled, 16 brought CSYWC a victory on the mat. Jonathan Libera had two pins for the day in a total time of 1:17; Blake Pickard had two pins for the day in a total time of 2:05; and Carter Falan had two pins for the day in a total time of 3:10. Keaton Klaasen had two tech falls in a total time of 6:29. Tucker Crystal had the team’s fastest pin with 36 seconds, and Jonathan Libera was close behind with 37 seconds. Way to go boys!

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WMP takes top spots at Meijer games

 

Jayden Marcano-Cruz was a champion at the Meijer State Games last weekend for West Michigan Pursuit. Photo by B. Chong.

Jayden Marcano-Cruz was a champion at the Meijer State Games last weekend for West Michigan Pursuit. Photo by B. Chong.

 

By B. Chong

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to Grandville High School this past weekend to compete at NEMWA State and the Meijer State Games. The philosophy of the Meijer State Games of Michigan is that everyone participates regardless of age or ability; everyone is welcome and everyone plays. WMP entered 13 grapplers to compete and nine placed in the top four. Out of 49 battles, WMP claimed 31 victories. Individual results are as follows:

Third place medalists include 95 lb Gage Bowen, 9/10 age group; 59 lb Michael Cannon (NEMWA State) 9/10 age group; and 61/64 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 7/8 age group.

Second place medalists include 55 lb Quinton Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 61/64 lb Luke Egan; 52 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group; and 133 lb Maston Wood, 11/12 age group.

Champions are 43/49 lb Jayden Marcano-Cruz, 7/8 age group and 72/77 lb Blake Peasley, 7/8 age group.

Our numbers were down this week, but we plan to come back in full force next week,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Four Varsity wrestlers headed to state

Cutline: These four varsity wrestlers placed in the top four at regionals last weekend, which qualified them for the state finals. Photo by B. Chong.

Cutline: These four varsity wrestlers placed in the top four at regionals last weekend, which qualified them for the state finals. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs High School Wrestling team had their 2016 Individual Regionals last weekend, which were hosted by the Bull Dogs of Byron Center. The Red Hawks had six regional qualifiers that entered the competition and four are advancing to the State Finals.

Heavyweight Patrick Depiazza is a junior and has been wrestling since he was four years old. He also holds three All State Michigan Youth Wrestling Association (MYWA) titles and is the 2015 MYWA National runner up. His current record is 49-0 and he is the Heavyweight 2016 Conference, District and Regional Champion. Patrick is currently ranked #4 on Michigan Grappler.

Ryan Ringler is a 171 lb freshman, and has been wrestling since he was four years old. He also holds five MYWA State Championships and a National Championship title. His current record is 47-4. He is the 2016 189 lb Conference Champion, and the 171 lb District and Regional Runner Up. Ryan is currently ranked #7 on Michigan Grappler.

Jordan Ringler is a 119 lb junior and has been wrestling since he was five years old. He also holds seven All State MYWA titles. His current record is 42-9. He is the 2016 119 lb Conference Runner up, and he finished in fourth place at Regionals. Jordan is currently ranked #8 on Michigan Grappler.

Lucus Pienton is a 145 lb freshman, and has been wrestling three short years. His current record is 28-11. He is the 152 lb Conference Runner Up, and he finished in fourth place at Regionals.

Congratulations to these four individuals for qualifying for the State Finals. If you would like to support your local Red Hawks, they will be competing at the Palace of Auburn Hills, March 3-5.

Do your best. Play hard. It’s more fun if you win,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Two Cedar Springs seniors to play in All-Star football game

Cutline: Two Red Hawk senior football players will play in the Muskegon All-Star Classic next summer. Shown here is senior Cameron Umphrey (far left), MAC founders Terrence Williams and Nick VandenBosch, and senior Taylor VanDyke (far right).

Two Red Hawk senior football players will play in the Muskegon All-Star Classic next summer. Shown here is senior Cameron Umphrey (far left), MAC founders Terrence Williams and Nick VandenBosch, and senior Taylor VanDyke (far right).

Taylor VanDyke and Cameron Umphrey, both seniors at Cedar Springs High School, have been awarded a spot on the “Muskegon All-Star Classic” football team. They attended the MAC selection banquet on February 17,where they received their awards. This is a great honor, as the MAC chooses players for the All-Star team from 40 West Michigan schools. Taylor and Cameron will be playing in the All-Star game at 7:00 p.m., on June 17, at Orchard View High School in Muskegon, Mich.

The award states “These awards are presented for your hard work and excellence both on and off the field. The WV Foundation is pleased to recognize your achievements among the elite student-athletes in West Michigan, and excited to include you as a participant in the Muskegon All-Star Classic football game and scholarship program.”

The WV Foundation is founded by Terrence Williams and Nick VandenBosch.  The mission of the MAC is to use athletics as a vector toward higher education and community growth.

The Muskegon All-Star Classic gives graduated senior athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents with the best student athletes in West Michigan, as well as become eligible for scholarship funding and internships through The WV Foundation.  

Since 2011, The WV Foundation has awarded over $35,000 in scholarships to West Michigan students. Scholarships are generated from proceeds from the Muskegon All-Star Classic.

Watch the website at www.wvfoundation.org for tickets to go on sale.

 

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Red Hawk boys bowlers win OK Bronze team title

The boys bowling team are conference champs in the OK Bronze. Pictured back row (L to R): Blake Fisk, Jacob Cartwright, Jarod Plank, Jared Caniff, Josh Hamilton and Coach Jackson.
The boys bowling team are conference champs in the OK Bronze. Pictured back row (L to R): Blake Fisk, Jacob Cartwright, Jarod Plank, Jared Caniff, Josh Hamilton and Coach Jackson. Front row (L to R): Dugan Conely and Trevor Ruark.

 

Cutline: All conference girls bowlers include (L to R) Emma Schut, Breanna Feikema, and Allyson Marvel.

All conference girls bowlers include (L to R) Emma Schut, Breanna Feikema, and Allyson Marvel.

Girls team ties for second place

The Cedar Springs boys bowling team clinched sole championship of the OK Bronze last Saturday, February 13, over Northview. Two years ago, in the 2013-2014 season, they shared the championship with Northview.

The post season conference matchup was close, with each team taking the lead at various points, but Cedar Springs came out on top in the end.

“I’m really proud of the boys becoming conference champs,” remarked Coach Jackson.

They finished the regular season with a record of 7 wins, 0 losses, and 1 tie.

The girls team finished second in the OK Bronze, in a tie with Forest Hills Eastern.

Top 10 boys bowlers for the day included (L to R) Trevor Ruark, Jacob Cartwright, Dugan Conely, and Blake Fisk.

Top 10 boys bowlers for the day included (L to R) Trevor Ruark, Jacob Cartwright, Dugan Conely, and Blake Fisk.

Four boys and one girl got medals for being the top 10 bowlers for the day: Blake Fisk got first, Dugan Conely got second, Jacob Cartwright got fourth and Trevor Ruark got tenth.   Allyson Marvel got 3rd place for the girls.

Also at the post season conference, four boys and three girls made all conference, which is based on their bowling average for the high school season. For the boys, Dugan Conely was first place for all conference with a 204.7 average; followed by Trevor

Top 10 girls bowlers for the day included Allyson Marvel.

Top 10 girls bowlers for the day included Allyson Marvel.

Ruark in second with a 196.8 average; then Jacob Cartwright was third with a 195.9 average, and Blake Fisk was eighth with a 189.2 average. The girls who made all-conference were Allyson Marvel, who got third with a 164.4 average; Breanna Feikema was fourth with a 158 average; and Emma Schut was 6th with a 156.1 average.

The boys and girls have regionals on Friday, February 26 and Saturday, February 27.

 All conference boys bowlers include (L to R) Blake Fisk, Jacob Cartwright, Trevor Ruark and Dugan Conely.

All conference boys bowlers include (L to R) Blake Fisk, Jacob Cartwright, Trevor Ruark and Dugan Conely.

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DePiazza earns District title

Varsity wrestling team comes up short at Districts

Heavyweight Patrick DePiazza, showing his infividual district bracket, and other teams members.

Heavyweight Patrick DePiazza, showing his infividual district bracket, and other teams members.

By Barbra Chong

Cedar Springs High School wrestling hosted the 2016 Team Districts last Wednesday, February 10. The Red Hawks came out strong and defeated Forest Hills Eastern, 48-16. They then took on the Yellow Jackets of Greenville for the District Finals. There were unanticipated losses for both teams. The Red Hawks proved to be a strong competitor with a young team, but fell short with a loss, 35-34.

Logan Hull 112 lb, Jacob Galinis 135 lb, Lucus Pienton 145 lb, Anthony Topolski 152 lb, Gage Gardner 160 lb, Ryan Ringler 171 lb, and heavyweight Patrick DePiazza, all went undefeated. Jordan Ringler 125 lb, Jordan Andrus 130 lb, and Jesse Empie 140 lb, each secured a victory.

Saturday, February 13, the team traveled to Lowell for Individual Districts. Heavyweight Patrick Depiazza remains undefeated and secured the 2016 District Championship title. Ryan Ringler 171 lb, finished the day in 2nd Place; 119 lb Jordan Ringler and 145 lb Lucus Pienton finished in 3rd Place and 112 lb Logan Hull and 135 lb Jacob Galinis finished in 4th Place. Congratulations to these six individuals!

If you enjoy wrestling and would like to support our Red Hawks, Regionals is next Saturday, March 19 at Byron Center high school.

“The boys put together a memorable season. We came up just a hair short of our team goals but the heart and effort was there. We graduate two fantastic seniors, Anthony Topolski and Jesse Empie, that I will miss in the room everyday, but will have six regional qualifiers returning. Now it’s time for the remaining wrestlers to focus on the Individual State Championship and bring home some medals,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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