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CS Youth wrestlers compete at Belding

Trevor Marsman took fourth in the 2003-2004 70-75 pound weight class. Photo by J. Troupe.

Trevor Marsman took fourth in the 2003-2004 70-75 pound weight class. Photo by J. Troupe.

By J. Troupe

Last weekend the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers hit the mats for the Belding Open & Novice Tournament hosted by the Belding Folkstyle Wrestling Club. We brought 25 grapplers~9 Open and 17 Novice that wrestled a total of 65 matches. “It’s early in the season,” said Coach Marsman. “Practices are so important. They did better than the Lions!”

Our Novice grapplers Caleigh Wood took 2nd place in the 09-11 46B lb weight class, Hudson Crystal took 1st place in the 07-08 72lb weight class, Blake Pickard took 3rd place in the 05-06 80lb weight class, Matthew Vaughn took 3rd place in the 05-06 90lb weight class, Annabelle Wood took 4th place in the 03-04 70/75lb combined weight class & Austin Miller took 2nd in the 03-04 183lb weight class.

The Open contenders were Trevor Marsman, who took 4th in the 03-04 70/75 combined weight class; Ariana Meyers placed 3rd in the 03-04 133lb weight class; and Andrew VanGessel brought home a 2nd place medal in the 01-02 80lb class.

The next competition will be January 3 at Reeths Puffer High School.

Visit their website at http://www.leaguelineup.com/cedarspringswrestling for more info about the club.

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Red Hawk wrestlers place third at Tri County

Cedar Springs junior heavyweight Patrick Depiazza went undefeated with five wins at Tri County.

Cedar Springs junior heavyweight Patrick Depiazza went undefeated with five wins at Tri County.

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs High School Wrestling team traveled to Tri County on December 12, for the first invite of the 2015-2016 season. The Varsity team is almost at full strength, missing a 103 lb weight class that caused a void this weekend. With the void at 103, this created a 6-point deficit each dual. They defeated Kenowa Hills with a score of 65-9, then defeated Lakeview with a score of 53-22, and continued the winning streak against Pine River with a score of 35-25.

The next dual was a loss against Comstock Park, with a score of 23-43, and finished the day against Tri County with another loss of 18-38. Out of the eight teams competing, Cedar Springs finished the tournament in third place. Comstock Park took second place, and Tri County took first.

The boys wrestle for their individual score but each individual contributes to the overall team score. The individual records are:

Heavyweight Patrick Depiazza who went undefeated with 5 wins; 125 lb Jordan Ringler, 140 lb Jacob Galinis, 145 lb Lucus Pienton, 152 lb Anthony Topolski and 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler, with 4 wins each; 112 lb Logan Hull and 171/189 lb Chris Shaffer with 3 wins each; 130 lb Jordan Andrus and 135 lb Jesse Empie with 2 wins each; and 119 lb Patrick Fliearman, 160 lb Gage Gardner and TJ Brecken with 1 win each.

The upset of the day was caused by freshman Ryan Ringler, when he wrestled up a weight class and beat Tri County’s Senior state qualifier, Jarrod Tague, by regular decision 11-9.

“The boys strolled into the tournament with their typical Red Hawk swagger. They were tenacious on their feet and ferocious on the mat,” said Varsity Head Coach Nick Emery.

“We have a young team overloaded with potential and starving for glory. If you enjoy wrestling and are looking for entertainment, make the trip to Forest Hills Central to watch the Kent County Championships starting at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 19, to support the team and be a part of something special.”

The Junior Varsity took five wrestlers to compete against Tri County on Friday, December 11. The top placers were two freshmen—Aaron Smith who went undefeated with a record of 4-0 and Cody McHenry with a record of 3-1.

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Red Hawks win hoops opener against Kelloggsville

 

Coach reveals what they will do to be successful this season

By Rebekah Cronk

It was the first game of the season and the heart of every player was racing, hands were sweating, and the pressure to win was overpowering. Sneakers squeaked and scuffed against the gymnasium floors as the players shuffled along the court; words of encouragement were shouted as the ball was dribbled and passed.

The fans went wild Tuesday night, December 8, when Jameson Pavelka led the Cedar Springs Varsity basketball team to scoring 23 points, including making 4 of 6 from the three point range. Nikc Jackson and Taylor VanDyke also scored in the double digits, with Jackson putting up 11 points and VanDyke adding 10. Jackson also pulled down 16 rebounds.

“We won at Kelloggsville 59-39. We had a slow start shooting the ball, but came out in the third quarter strong defensively as well as knocking down some shots,” said Cedar Springs Varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin.

The victory for the basketball team’s first game at Kelloggsville will be one of many to come. Coach Jeff Patin has a great deal of faith in the boys and feels as though they will have a strong season if they put forth their best efforts.

“We are going to try and give our best efforts. We have the ability to do well this season and we will try to continue to improve as the season moves on,” said Patin.

Patin said that in order to become more successful this year, there needs to be more balance between their outside and inside game, but having a group of boys that work well together is what helps them become successful too.

“We have a great group of young men,” said Patin. “Each one brings their own unique personality and skills to our team. The joy I get from coaching is finding ways to get them to play as one, and have each other’s backs. The memories created going through this process is what has impacted me.”

“To help us be successful this season, we hope that [the fans] can continue to support us and be a positive example for other teams and communities,” said Patin.

 

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WMP wrestlers take top four places

Aaiden Vasquez, in the 6 and under age group, 52 lb wt class, wrestled his first tournament for WMP and came away a champion.

Aaiden Vasquez, in the 6 and under age group, 52 lb wt class, wrestled his first tournament for WMP and came away a champion.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend, 22 West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers competed in Lakewood, Manton and the Metro kick off in Pontiac, and 21 placed in the top four. The team battled 74 times, with 52 ending in victory.

“I am very excited watching these kids exceed my expectations,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “Each week this motivates me to keep doing what I do. Looking forward to see what they will do now and in the future.”

Placements are as follows:

4th place medalists include Madisyn Birtley in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 126 lb wt class; Braden Hallman in the 9/10 age group in the 85 lb wt class; and Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 age group in the 59 lb wt class.

3rd place Medalists include Logan Bennett in the 9/10 age group in the 75 lb wt class; Isaac Casey in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class; Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 age group in the 80 lb wt class; Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 age group in the 71 lb wt class; and Isaiah Sostenes in the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class.

2nd place medalists include Jacob Howard in the 6 & under age group in the 43 lb wt class; Joshua Howard in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 85 lb wt class; Joshua Vasquez in the 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class; Kellen Weckesser (Manton) in the 6 & under age group in the 52 lb wt class; and Maston Wood in the 9/10 age group in the 133 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 age group in the 95/100 lb wt class; Michael Cannon (Metro Kick Off) in the 7/8 age group in the 59 lb wt class; Chayson Eberspeaker in the 6 & under age group in the 58 lb wt class; Luke Egan in the 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class; Landon Foss in the 7/8 age group in the 55 lb wt class; Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 7/8 age group in the 49 lb wt class; Blake Peasley in the 7/8 age group in the 72 lb wt class; and Aaiden Vasquez in the 6 & under age group in the 52 lb wt class.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, check them out at the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

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Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers take home medals

Left to right: Caden Troupe-4th place, Brandson Wood and Blake Falan-1st place.

Left to right: Caden Troupe-4th place, Brandson Wood and Blake Falan-1st place.

The Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club headed to Lakewood High School on December 13 to participate in the MYWA Lakewood Open & Novice Tournament in Lake Odessa. They took 19 wrestlers with 13 placing in the top 4.

“It’s always exciting watching the kids put all their hard work from practice into play,” said Coach Marsman after Sunday’s meet. “There’s no better way to learn than facing that opponent across the mat.”

Next Sunday they wukk head to Belding High School for the MYWA Belding Open & Novice Tournament.

First place medalists were Blake Falan in the 7/8 year old 55lb Novice weight class, Hudson Crystal in the 7/8 year old  72lb Novice class and Ariana Meyers in the 11/12 year old 133lb Novice class.

In second place were Blake Pickard in the 9/10 year old 80lb Novice weight class, Logan Troupe in the 11/12 year old 85lb Novice class and Austin Miller in the 11/12 year old 183lb class.

Third place finishers were Andrew VanGessel in the 13/14 year old 80lb Open class, Carter Falan in the 11/12 year old 95lb Open class and Isaiah McElravy in the 13/14 year old Open class.

Fourth place grapplers were Caden Troupe in the 4/5/6 year old 46lb Novice class, Treyce Niles in the 4/5/6 year old 49lb Novice class, Trevor Marsman in the 11/12 year old 75lb Open class and Wyatt Cooper in the 9/10 year old 110lb Open class.

Six-year-old Caleigh Wood and 13-year-old Brooklynn Wright both both placed in the War of the Roses tournament in Loveland, Colorado last weekend.

Six-year-old Caleigh Wood and 13-year-old Brooklynn Wright both both placed in the War of the Roses tournament in Loveland, Colorado last weekend.

Over the weekend, 13-year-old Brooklynn Wright and 6-year-old Caleigh Wood traveled to Loveland, Colorado to participate in the War Of The Roses Holiday Championship. They were able to weigh in at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and had a chance to practice with the United States women’s national team and tour the Olympic Training Center. Caleigh took 2nd place and Brooklynn took 3rd place in Sunday’s tournament.

If anyone is interested in checking out the program, they meet Tuesday or Thursday evening from 6-8 in the High School Wrestling Room. You can also check out their Facebook page~Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club.

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WMP wrestlers medal at tournament

Wrestler Blake Peasley placed first in the 7/8 open age group 72/77 lb division for West Michigan Pursuit.

Wrestler Blake Peasley placed first in the 7/8 open age group 72/77 lb division for West Michigan Pursuit.

By Barbra Chong

The first tournament of the 2015-2016  MYWA Western Region tournament was hosted by Mona Shores this past weekend. West Michigan Pursuit brought sixteen grapplers to compete with eight entering novice and the rest entering the open division. The team battled 56 times with 33 ending in victory, and 14 young competitors placing in the top five.

“Every year I have returning champions, more who are training to gain that status and those looking to join our team. Looking at the team I have right now, I am very impressed and excited to see what the 2015 season brings,” said owner and head coach Dave Andrus. This week’s placements are as follows:

5th Place Medalist include Kaden Schmid in the 9/10 Open age group in the 85 lb wt class.

4th Place Medalists include Logan Bennett in the 9/10 Open age group in the 75 lb wt class, David Erxleben in the 13/14 Open age group in the 95 lb wt class and Jacob Howard in the 4-6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalists include Caden Kelly in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 67 lb wt class and Kellen Weckesser in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalist include Joshua Howard in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 85 lb wt class and Zak Schmid in the 13/14 Open age group in the 155 lb wt class.

Champions are Michael Cannon in the 9/10 Open age group in the 55/59 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4-6 Novice age group in the 55/58 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58/61 lb wt class, Tyler Parmeter in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 61 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 72/77 lb wt class and Isaiah Sostenes in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64/67 lb wt class.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, come check us out. We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

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Youth wrestlers take home medals

Fifteen Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers took home medals last Sunday.

Fifteen Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers took home medals last Sunday.

This past Sunday the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers hit the mats for the 2015-16 season opener at the Mona Shores Open & Novice Tournament.

“They faced some challenging opponents, some facing off on the mat for the first time in competition. They are learning that facing your fears on the mat teaches you to depend on yourself, that your own strength (and weakness) fuels the outcome of your match. No amount of practice can give them that fire to win and to do their personal best,” said Coach Jake Marsman. “Out of 18 wrestlers, 15 took home medals! Way to go, boys and girls!” he added.

First place finishers were Gavin Byxbe in the 7/8 year old 67lb open division, Trevor Marsman in the 11/12 year old 75lb open division, Logan Troupe in the 11/12 year old 85lb novice division, Andrew VanGessel in the 13/14 year old 85lb open division and Carter Falan in the 11/12 year old 90lb open division.

Second place finishers were Keaton Klaasen in the 9/10 year old 59lb open division, Marek Russ in the 7/8 year old 64lb novice division, Matthew Vaughn in the 9/10 year old 90lb novice division, Ariana Meyers in the 11/12 year old 133lb novice division and Austin Miller in the 11/12 year old 183lb novice division.

Third place finishers were Bryson Streeter in the 4/5/6 year old 40lb novice division, Blake Pickard in the 9/10 year old 80lb novice division and Wyatt Cooper in the 9/10 year old 110lb open division.

Fourth place finishers were Treyce Niles in the 4/5/6 year old 52lb and Blake Falan in the 7/8 year old novice divisions.

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Cedar Springs ends football season at playoffs

Red Hawk Anthony Topolski carries the ball.

Red Hawk Anthony Topolski carries the ball.

By Lauren VanDenHout

The Red Hawks take down a Zeeland East player in Saturday’s playoff loss.

The Red Hawks take down a Zeeland East player in Saturday’s playoff loss.

Halloween meant more than just dressing up in costumes for Red Hawk football fans. On Saturday, October 31, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks traveled to Zeeland to play against the Zeeland East Chix, in the first round of the 2015 playoffs. This matchup was fairly even. Coming into the game, both teams had an overall record of six wins and three losses. The game could have gone either way, But unfortunately, the Red Hawks fell to the Chix with a final score of 43-29.

Despite the consistent drizzle for Saturday’s playoff game, the Red Hawks found they still had numerous supporters to root for them throughout the game. To start off the first quarter, seniors Isaiah Macdonald and Cameron Umphrey led on the offensive. Both scored touchdowns, while senior Anthony Topolski made the two-point conversion. Despite their offensive gains, the Red Hawks trailed 19-14 going into the second quarter.

Tension began to rise in the second quarter. Umphrey again was the only Red Hawk to earn a touchdown for Cedar Springs. The conversion was no good. The Chix managed to successfully make a touchdown and a conversion in this quarter, but they still lacked a solid lead to ensure victory against the Red Hawks. Cedar Springs trailed going into half 27-20.

Unfortunately, Cedar Springs was unable to break through Zeeland East’s defense in the third quarter. The Chix however, managed to score another touchdown and a conversion to make the score 35-20.

In the final quarter, Umphrey scored the only Red Hawk touchdown, and junior Dustin Shaw successfully kicked the field goal. The Chix made a touchdown and completed a conversion, for a final score of Zeeland 43, Cedar Springs 29.

“i thought we played really hard. We gave great effort. The team never quit or gave up. We just made a few too many mistakes, and didn’t make enough plays when it really counted,” said head football coach Gus Kapolka.

Despite the loss, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks had a successful 2015 season. They held a record of 4-1 in conference, tying Zeeland East for first place in the OK Bronze, and an overall record of 6-4.

Next year the Red Hawks will move to the OK White when the OK Bronze is eliminated. Other teams in the OK White will include Lowell, Forest Hills Central, Forest Hills Northern, Greenville, Northview and Ottawa Hills.

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Two Cross Country runners qualify for state finals 

Red Hawk Cross Country runners Ellie Ovokaitys and Dallas Mora qualified for the state finals.

Red Hawk Cross Country runners Ellie Ovokaitys and Dallas Mora qualified for the state finals.

Two Cedar Springs High School cross country runners finished regionals with a treat, after a tricky race day on October 31.

The Cedar Springs Cross Country team and supporters traveled north to Gaylord on a cold, wet, ghoulish Halloween day. The girls and boys teams competed in the MHSAA Regional race for a chance to race one more time before ending their season. There were many pleasing results, despite the blustery weather the runners had to endure.

“I’m very pleased with my team’s performances,” boasted Coach Marie Covey. “Nearly all of the girls ran their fastest race of the season.” Ellie Ovokaitys not only ran her best race of the season, but ran well enough to be a qualifier for the State Finals this coming Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Also, qualifying is Dallas Mora from the boy’s team. (See other story on this page.) Congratulations Ellie and Dallas.

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Runner pulls out of brother’s shadow, qualifies for state

Dallas Mora placed 10th at regionals, which qualified him for state finals.

Dallas Mora placed 10th at regionals, which qualified him for state finals.

Dallas Mora

Dallas Mora

For some student athletes it’s the participation ribbon that satisfies, for others it takes much more. For some it seems there is never enough. Just one more step, one more breath; not for the glory but knowing “I can do better.” Those are traits that will help in life.

For one Cedar Springs sophomore it means stepping out of a very large shadow that’s  been cast out in front of him and the perseverance that it has taken to make a name for himself.

Dallas Mora has been running around since 4th grade and has been branded with the moniker of “Connor’s little brother.” He’s been asked hundreds, if not thousands of times if he’s going to beat his brother’s times, usually “tongue in cheek.” His response is to let his running do the talking.

For the first time since 2010, Cedar Springs will be represented by a sophomore at the State Meet by an individual at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI.

Dallas punched his ticket Saturday at the Region 10 Cross Country Regional in Gaylord on a cold, rainy day. His 10th place finish earned him the right to toe the line with the best Division 2 runners in the state. He has already garnered OK Bronze All conference this year. His next goal is to run for his teammates and to prove his mettle, and to show that you don’t get somewhere by  the achievements of others, but by your own  work and determination.

Congratulations, Dallas!

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