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Varsity boys baseball take one, lose two to Lowell

The Varsity boys’ baseball team has a record of 3-2 after last week’s games against the Lowell Red Arrows.

Senior Dylan Williams struck out six in the Red Hawks’ 13-3 win over the Red Arrows. Courtesy photo.

In game 1 of the three-game series, the Red Hawks ran into a tough left-hander from Lowell. He struck out 12 and walked 9. Caden Vandenberg managed one single late in the game, but the Hawks were led at the plate by Payton Newman who had 2 singles and a triple. Seth Biggs (0-1) pitched a great game, though the defense behind him committed 7 errors. Biggs struck out 2, but walked 0 in the 10-4 loss.  All ten of the Red Arrow runs were unearned.

In game 2, Connor Ellison (0-1) and Bryce Marvel combined to throw a great game. Again, defensive errors plagued the defense and all 4 runs were unearned. The bats came alive a bit as the Red Hawks managed six total hits. Vandenberg, Kyle Wise, Colton Moore, and Payton Newman each had one hit each. Dylan Williams added 2 hits in the 4-1 loss.  

In game 3, senior Dylan Williams (1-0) took the mound. He threw a complete game, striking out 6 and walking 3, while allowing only 4 hits. The Hawks hit the ball well the entire game, led again by clean-up hitter Payton Newman who had 3 hits and 2 RBI. Dylan Williams helped himself out by adding 2 singles and a double. Trevor Reed also had 2 hits, as did Bryce Marvel. Seth Biggs knocked in the winning run to earn a 13-3 win.  

This week the varsity is scheduled to play Ottawa Hills on Monday and Wednesday, and Forest Hills Eastern on Friday.

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Jewell Skirmish at Rod and Gun Club

All are invited to attend the “American Civil War Association” Jewell Skirmish on May 4-5 at the Red Flannel Rod and Gun Club, 7463 18 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs.

The event is named in remembrance of the Cedar Springs Jewell branch of the Grand Army of the Republic. This is not a reenactment, but rather a live fire competition with teams representing both Union and Confederate units using Civil War weapons. It is a kid/family-friendly event. Concessions will be provided by the Cedar Springs Cub Scout pack #3222. Admission is free.

Events are as follows:

Saturday, May 4

9:00 a.m. – Repeater match: Four events, three-person teams, 50 yards, 90 seconds.

10:45 a.m. – Smooth bore musket match: Four events, three-person teams, 25 yards, three minutes.

12:00 –  Lunch. Please support our Cub Scout pack.

1:15 p.m. – Carbine match: Five events, four-person teams, 50 yards, five minutes, two relays.

3:30 p.m. – Revolver match: four events, 3-4 person teams, 15 yards, 90 seconds, one or two-handed hold allowed, two relays.

5:00 p.m. – Mortar match: One event, 144 yards, seven shots, 30 minutes.

Saturday, May 5

9:30 a.m. – Opening ceremony

9:45 a.m. – Rifled musket match: five events, six-person teams, 50 yards, five minutes, two relays.

For more info, call Jon Leghorn at 616-510-5932.

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Cedar Springs baseball takes win over Grant


Red Hawk pitcher Peyton Newman allowed only one hit in his four innings on the mound against Grant. Courtesy photo.

The Red Hawk varsity baseball team improved to 2-0 with a 10-2 victory over Grant on Tuesday afternoon. 

The Hawks were fueled by a great collaborative pitching effort. Peyton Newman threw four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, walking two and striking out six. Nathan Male added two innings of middle relief, striking out two. Nathan Draper came in and closed out the seventh inning to seal the victory. 

At the plate, Thomas Reed again started off the game with a line drive shot up the middle. Junior Connor Ellison also added a pair of hits, as did Sophomore Bryce Marvel. The boys hit the ball well and were able to take advantage of a few mistakes made by Grant defensively. 

The results of the games vs Lowell will run next week. 

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State finals and Nationals


State and National Champion Tatianna Castillo. Courtesy photo.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit travelled to Kalamazoo for the 2019 State Finals the weekend of March 29. WMP entered 21 grapplers to compete and 17 earned All State recognition. 

43 lb Kooper Witte, 4/6 age group finished 7th. 90 lb Xavier Carpentier, age 13; 80 lb Harper Cheng, age 11; 81 lb Tyler Parmeter, age 10; 58 lb Dylan Russo, age 7; 66 lb Kellen Weckesser, age 10 and 55 lb Blake Werkema, age 8 all finished 5th. 80 lb Alex Buskirk, age 11 and 49 lb Brody Compau, age 8 both finished 3rd. 69 lb Evan Andrews, age 10; 54 lb Carter Giles, age 9; 75 lb Luke Egan, age 11; 85 lb Ayden McClurken, age 11 and 70 lb Josh Vasquez, age 12 finished 2nd. 

State Champions are 72 lb Quinten Cassiday, age 10; 100 lb Blake Peasley, age 11 and 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, age 8 in the All Girls division. WMP would also like to recognize Blake Peasley on his fourth State title and Tatianna Castillo’s back to back State title in the Girls Division. April is Autism Awareness month. It was a wonderful surprise to have my team show up to the State Finals all wearing singlets and gear that represent Autism Awareness. The cause is near and dear to my heart. They raised over $200 to donate to this amazing cause under my son’s name.

West Michigan Pursuit travelled to Lansing for the 2019 NUWAY Nationals this past weekend. WMP entered 10 grapplers to compete and all 10 earned All American status. 51 lb Carter Giles, D3 and 65 lb Kellen Weckesser, D3 finished 7th. Giles ended his season with a record of 40-15 and Weckesser finished his season with a record of 39-11. 58 lb Dylan Russo, D2 finished 6th. Russo finished his season with a record of 40-29. 68 lb Evan Andrews, D3; 80 lb Alex Buskirk, D4 and 72 lb Josh Vasquez, D4 finished 4th. Andrews finished his season with a record of 44-12, Buskirk finished his season with a record of 45-15 and Vasquez finished his season with a record of 62-6. 71 lb Quinten Cassiday, D3 finished 3rd. Cassiday finished his season with a record of 62-7. 100 lb Blake Peasley, D4 finished 2nd. Peasley finished his season with a record of 62-12. National Champions are 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, 8U Girls division and 49 lb Brody Compau, D2. Castillo ended her season with a record of 63-15 and Compau finished his season with a record of 57-11. 

“A wrestling season is built on preparation, determination and heart,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “It is difficult to achieve personal success without the support of each wrestler’s family. Every wrestling family knows you give it your all. A season is not defined on wins and losses but rather watching your athletes move in a positive direction. For a coach, it is the greatest joy to have an athlete run off the mat and into your arms after achieving their goal,” he added.

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CS Wrestling at Nuway Nationals


CS Youth Wrestling Club would like to commend Jon Libera and Deegan Pike for wrestling at the Nuway National competition in Lansing on Saturday, April 6. 

“The competition was phenomenal and both boys held their own against some of the best wrestlers I’ve seen all year,” said Coach Pike. “We’re so proud of these boys for going all the way this season!”

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Red Hawks win baseball opener at Cornerstone

The varsity Red Hawks were finally able to thwart Mother Nature and get outside to play a baseball game before spring break. They took on the Wolves of Wyoming last Wednesday under the lights at Cornerstone University.  

The Red Hawks swarm teammate Jarrett Hoogerhyde as they celebrate winning their opening game of the season at Cornerstone University on March 27. Courtesy photo.

Coaches Glyshaw, Reed and Williams decided to get as many pitchers on the mound as possible in this game, throwing a different pitcher each inning. “We had a few rough innings defensively, committing 5 total errors, but we learned some things about our boys. We definitely have some things to work on,” said new varsity coach Justin Glyshaw. “I was most impressed with the play of our catchers. Logan Kobayashi played a great defensive game as did Dylan Williams, who threw out two runners.”

The boys managed 12 hits in the seven-inning contest. Thomas Reed started off the season with a bang, hitting a triple on the first pitch of the season. Cleanup hitter Payton Newman followed with another triple later in the first inning, and was driven in by a shot up the middle from Bryce Marvel. Despite another triple in the second inning from Nathan Male, the Hawks weren’t able to push another run across the plate until the fifth, when a double by Newman, followed by another single by Marvel, would drive in three more runs.  

In the 6th, an RBI from both Thomas and Trevor Reed drove in Male and Jarrett Hoogerhyde to tie the game at 7-7. Sophomore Bryce Marvel (1-0) looked great on the mound as he shut the Wolves down in the top of the 7th.  

When the Red Hawks came up in the bottom of the 7th, Marvel led off with a single to left. Nathan Draper was hit by a pitch, which put runners at first and second with no outs. Senior Jarrett Hoogerhyde came to the plate next. He swung and missed on the first pitch but drove the second fastball into the left-center gap, scoring Marvel and winning the game. His walk-off double leaves the Red Hawks with a 1-0 record as they head into break. 

The next varsity game will be home against Grant on April 9.  

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CSY wrestlers medal at state

By: James Streeter

This past weekend the CSYW club, along with 278 other wrestling teams from across the state, converged on Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo for the MyWAY State Championships. Three days, 3300 wrestlers, 8259 matches—all to determine who the best wrestlers in the state would be. The Red Hawks sent 36 competitors and 18 came away with medals. Cedar Springs also finished in 10th place in pins with 34 and 13th place in match points with 478.

In the 2012-14 age group, Brycen Alber (46lbs) was the lone medalist with a 4th place finish. Other state qualifiers included Deacon Reynolds (43), Sierra Streeter (49lbs), and Taylor Crystal (52).

In the 2011 age group, a trio of Red Hawks medaled as Dillon VanDyke (61) took 8th, Jaxon Fitzgerald (72) took 8th, and Benjamin Streeter (82) took 7th. Other state qualifiers included Dawson Pike (55).

In the 2010 age group, state qualifiers included Eli Gunderson (52), Bryson Streeter (52), and Chasyn Winchel (72).

In the 2009 age group, Jon Libera (85) took 3rd place. Other state qualifiers included Isaac Gitchel (63), Cade Troupe (66), Alex Hanes (85), and Dayton Reynolds (85).

In the 2008 age group, Deegan Pike (69) took 8th, and Blake Falan (78) took 5th. Other state qualifiers included Caleb Austin (75).

In the 2007 age group Hudson Crystal (100) took 8th and Dakota Winchel (158) took 8th as well. Other state qualifiers included Kaiden Dreyer (95).

In the 2006 age group, Wyatt Cooper (HWT) took 4th. Other state qualifiers included David Deweese (185).

In the 2004 age group Carter Falan (138) took 5th, Logan Troupe (145) took 7th, and Maston Wood (170) took 6th.

In the 2003-2004 HS age group, Ben Brunner (128) and Antwuan Nicholls (143) were both state qualifiers. 

In the 2000-2002 HS age group, Andrew VanGessel (115) took 4th and David Erxleben (138) took 2nd.

On the girls side, in the 2012-14 age group Sierra Streeter (49) took 2nd place,  and Taylor Crystal (55) took 7th. In the 2000-2003, age group Ashley Erxleben (126) took 6th. Other state qualifiers included Kaycee Collins (122) in the 2004-2006 age group. 

The weekend was a great finish to an amazing year!

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CSY wrestlers tune up before state meet

By James Streeter

Seven Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers traveled to Wyoming High School for the final regular season tournament of the year. 

In the 2012-2014 age division, Deacon Reynolds turned in a second place finish in the 43lb weight class and Brycen Alber had another strong showing taking first after moving up a weight class to 49lbs.

In the 2010-2011 age group, Elijah Elam took second place in the combined bracket of 49/52lbs. 

Older brother John Elam came away with a secon place finish as well in the 57/66lb bracket in the 2008-2009 age group. Also in the 2008-2009 age group, Caleb Austin brought home a second place finish in the combined 69/72/75lb weight class. Wrapping things up for the Red Hawks was Kale Faurot, who finished first in the 81lb weight class.

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CS Youth wrestlers qualify for state

By Jacquie Troupe

The CSYW club participated in the MYWA West Regional Tournament this past weekend and they did not disappoint! Forty-one Red Hawks took the mat for a chance to qualify for State March 29-31 at Wings Stadium. Thirty-eight placed in the top 5, and 35 wrestlers walked away with their tickets punched for Kalamazoo. Coach Pike was pleased. “We had more wrestlers qualify this weekend than we ever have before. That just shows how hard all of the kids are working in the practice room. It takes a whole team to get kids to State and we are all so proud of them,” he said.

The Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling club wrestled at regionals last weekend and had more wrestlers qualify for state than ever before. Courtesy photo.

Placing in the 2012-14 divisions were Deacon Reynolds-2nd, Brycen Alber-1st, Sierra Streeter-3rd, Taylor Crystal-1st, Hudson Cassiday-5th. 

Placing in the 2011 divisions were Avery Gitchel-5th, Dawson Pike-4th, Dillon VanDyke-3rd, Jaxon Fitzgerald/1st, Benjamin Streeter-1st. 

Placing in the 2010 divisions were Bryson Streeter-2nd, Eli Gunderson-1st, Aaron Beckett-5th, Tucker Crystal-2nd, Chasyn Winchel-5th. 

Placing in the 2009 divisions were Isaac Gitchel-4th, Caden Troupe-2nd, Jonathan Libera-1st, Alexander Hanes-2nd, Dayton Reynolds-4th. 

Placing in the 2008 divisions were Deegan Pike-5th, Spencer Schoenborn-2nd, Caleb Austin-3rd, Blake Falan-1st. 

Placing in the 2007 divisions were Rory Schoenborn-3rd, Kaiden Dreyer-3rd, Hudson Crystal-2nd, Dakota Winchel-2nd. 

Placing in the 2006 divisions were David DeWeese-2nd and Wyatt Cooper-4th. Placing in the 2005 division was Jack Sherburn-3rd. 

Placing in the 2004 divisions were Carter Falan-1st, Logan Troupe-1st, Maston Wood-1st, Ben Brunner-3rd. 

Placing in the 2003 division was Antwuan Nicholls-3rd. 

Placing in the 2002 division was Andrew VanGessel-1st. 

Placing in the 2001 was David Erxleben-2nd. 

Keep track of their progress at the State tournament on our Facebook page Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club. 

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WMP wrestlers to advance to state finals

By Barbra Chong

These WMP wrestlers qualified for the state finals. Courtesy photo.

This past weekend West Michigan Pursuit travelled to Northview for the 2019 MYWAY West Regional event. WMP entered 22 grapplers and 20 will be advancing to the State Finals in two weeks at the Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo. Out of the 20 that will be advancing, 14 are Regional Champions. 

Final placements are as follows: 64 lb Desmond Smith, age 8 and 80 lb Alex Russo, age 11 finished 4th. 67 lb Jaxen Bowyer, age 8 and 80 lb Harper Cheng, age 11 finished 3rd. 81 lb Tyler Parmeter, age 10 and 90 lb Xavier Carpentier, age 13 finished 2nd. West Region Regional Champions are 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, age 8; 49 lb Brody Compau, age 8; 58 lb Dylan Russo, age 7; 55 lb Blake Werkema, age 8; 43 lb Kooper Witte, 4/6 age group; 69 lb Evan Andrews, age 10; 72 lb Quinten Cassiday, age 10; 54 lb Carter Giles, age 9; 66 lb Kellen Weckesser, age 10; 80 lb Alex Buskirk, age 11; 75 lb Luke Egan, age 11; 85 lb Ayden McClurken, age 11; 100 lb Blake Peasley, age 11 and 70 lb Josh Vasquez, age 12. 

WMP would also like to recognize the following individuals for their impressive accomplishments: Evan Andrews earned his back to back Regional Championship. Brody Compau, Quinten Cassiday and Carter Giles earned their 3rd consecutive Championship Title. Blake Werkema and Josh Vasquez earned their 4th consecutive Championship Title. Ayden McClurken and Blake Peasley earned their 5th consecutive Championship Title and Luke Egan earned his 6th consecutive Championship Title. 

“These kids continue to exceed my expectations week after week,” said head coach Dave Andrus. “They push themselves and each other to get where they are right now. Going into the State Finals in a few weeks, I have the highest of confidence on their performance. Very special thank you to Bill, Lucus and all of my supportive parents,” he added. 

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