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CS Youth wrestlers still going strong

By Jacquie Troupe

“This week marks the 15th week of the Youth wrestling season. We started out the year with 82 wrestlers and we still have over 50 coming to practice twice a week,” said Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling coach Richard Haack. “We’ve had 50 percent or better placing at every tournament, with our first year wrestlers holding their own against opponents who’ve competed twice as long. We have a tough competition at Northview this weekend and Regionals will be here in a week and a half. I’m very excited about the number of kids I see qualifying for State.” 

The Streeter family travelled to Evart, joining 115 other grapplers in the weekly North Region tournament. Sierra Streeter’s fastest pin was 2:53 (80th), she scored 25 Total Match Points (10th) and placed 3rd in the 2011-13 43lb class. Bryson Streeter’s fastest pin was :39 (27th), he scored 10TMP (50th) and placed 2nd in the 09-10 52lb class. 

377 wrestlers headed to Traverse City to compete for this weeks Upper Peninsula shaped Greights medal. Four CSYWC grapplers competed and four brought home medals! Jaxon Fitzgerald placed 4th in the 2011-13 61lb class. Chasyn Winchel placed 3rd in the 09-10 67lb class. Jon Libera placed 4th in the 09-10 77lb class. Dakota Winchel placed 3rd in the 07-08 130lb class. 

420 wrestlers competed for the top spots at The Trojan Battle at the Bayou. CSYWC brought 26 grapplers with 21 placing in the top 4. They had 26 pins in 46:05 (3rd), 4 Techs in 10:31 (3rd), scored 437 TCMP (3rd) and finished the day 58W-34L (15th).  

In the 2011-13 age group Brycen Alber had a pin in 2:55 and placed 2nd in the 43lb class. Karsen Roelofs had 4 pins in 8:35 (5th), scored 35 TMP (17th) and placed 3rd in the 46lb class. Dillon VanDyke scored 32 TMP (21st) and placed 2nd in the 55lb class. 

In the 2009-10 Novice age group Tucker Dines had the overall fastest Tech with :46 (1st), his fastest pin was :45 (84th), he scored 30 TMP (36th) and placed 1st in the 55lb class. Zac Vu placed 3rd in the 97lb class. In the Open division Caleigh Wood placed 2nd in the 55lb class. Tucker Crystal scored 24 TMP (80th) and placed 1st in the 58lb class. Cade Troupe scored 14 TMP and placed 3rd in the 58lb class. 

In the 07/08 Novice Division Deegan Pike had 2 Techs in 7:08 (3rd) and his fastest was 3:15 (31st). He scored 55 TMP (2nd) and placed 1st in the 67lb class. Kaiden Dreyer had 3 pins 5:59 (23rd), his fastest pin was :50 (94th) and he placed 1st in the 80lb class. Conner Dines had 2 pins in 3:13 (57th), his fastest was 1:15 and he placed 3rd in the 80lb class. Thomas Prins scored 15 TMP and placed 2nd in the 100/110 class. In the Open Division Brandson Wood had 2 pins in 2:07 (46th), his fastest was 1:03 and he placed 1st in the 63lb class. Blake Falan had 2 pins in 1:20 (35th), his fastest was :27 (32nd), he scored 24 TMP (tied @80th) and placed 2nd in the 71lb class. Hudson Crystal had 2 pins in 5:31 (79th), placed 1st in the 90/95lb class.

In the 05/06 Novice Division Jack Sherburn’s fastest pin was :33 (57th) and he placed 4th in the 75lb class. In the Open Division Gabe Gair had a pin in 3:35, scored 24 TMP (tied @ 80th) and placed 2nd in the 112lb class. Wyatt Cooper had a pin in 1:23 and placed 1st in the 183HWT class. 

In the 03/04 Open Division Cole Haack had 2 pins in 3:10 (56th) and placed 3rd in the 114lb class. Ashly Erxleben had a pin in 2:52 and placed 4th in the 114lb class. 

In the High School Division David Erxleben had a pin in 1:42, scored 15 TMP and placed 2nd in the 128/133lb class.

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WMP travels around the state; earns 49 victories

Pictured is 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group Champion.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit entered 18 grapplers to wrestle at individual tournaments this weekend and 16 finished in the top 4. 

Two entered as part of the Greenville MYWAY Team State tournament. 62 lb Evan Andrews and 67 lb Kamden Witte entered Greenville’s 6th Grade and Under Team. Both Andrews and Witte went 4-1 for the day earning All State recognition. Their team finished 3rd. 

85 lb Blake Peasley travelled to St. Johns. Peasley went undefeated and claimed another Championship Title. 

WMP had seven grapplers travel to Fruitport. 58 lb Desmond Smith, 7/8 age group finished 4th. 75 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group and 80/85 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group both finished 2nd. Champions of the day are 75 lb Harper Cheng, 9/10 age group; 71 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group and 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group. 

The rest of the team travelled to Traverse City for the Far North Greights tournament. 85 lb Alex Buskirk, 9/10 age group and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group finished 3rd. 63 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group and 59 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group finished 2nd. Champions of the day are 43 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Ayden McClurken, 9/10 age group; 64 lb Drew Moro, 7/8 age group; 58 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group and 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group. 

Out of 65 matches, WMP claimed 49 victories. “This week, the kids were spread out all over the state. I am very proud of how they competed and represented our team,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Six Red Hawk wrestlers headed to state finals

These six Red Hawk Varsity wrestlers are headed to the State Wrestling Championships at Ford Field March 2-3. Pictured L to R: Jacob Galinis, Lucus Pienton, Ryan Ringler Anthony Brew, Trevor Marsman, and Aaron Smith.

The Varsity Wrestling Program matched school history on Saturday by sending six individuals to the State Championships at Ford Field on March 2-3, 2018. Trevor Marsman (103), Aaron Smith (135), Jacob Galinis (140), Anthony Brew (145), Lucus Pienton (152) and Ryan Ringler (171) have earned the privilege of wrestling for the title of State Champion.

According to Varsity Coach Nick Emery, the only other time that the Red Hawks sent this many wrestlers to the state finals was in 1992.

Ringler is a two time Regional Champion and two-time returning all-stater. With a 51-1 record and #1 ranking on migrappler.com he will not be satisfied with anything less than a state championship.

Pienton enters the tournament at 45-7 on the year. A two time qualifier and a third place finish last season makes him a top contender that no one will overlook.

Jacob Galinis finally makes his first state tournament appearance and will finish his carreer as a Red Hawk with two Conference Championships and over 100 wins. Galinis is dangerous on his feet and could catch anyone at anytime. 

Aaron Smith struts into Ford Field with confidence after a late season collapse kept him out in 2017. Smith loves his mother and is primed to make her proud by bringing home some hardware in 2018.

Trevor Marsman became only the fifth freshman in school history to step into limelight. At 103 lbs Marsman brings a sweetshot and mental toughness that will be hard to knockout.

Anthony Brew made his way through in exciting fashion with a dramatic last second comeback victory over his Allendale opponent in the blood round. Brew looks to follow in family footsteps with a solid showing next weekend.

This will mark the first time Ford Field has host the MHSAA Wrestling State Finals. Action starts at noon on Friday March 2 with the semifials at 730 pm and concluding with the finals at 3 pm on Saturday. Good Luck Red Hawks!

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Girls bowling wins conference, boys take second

The Red Hawk girls bowling team won their first ever conference title. Pictured is Assistant coach Trevor Raurak, Katelyn Paige,Gabi Lamek, Sarah Galloway, Alexa Thompson, Omani Morales, Rose Baty,Michayla Paige, Coach Tim Jackson.

There will be a new banner hanging in the Cedar Springs High School gymnasium after the Red Hawk girls bowling team won their conference last weekend. 

The Cedar Springs girls took first place, followed by Northview in second, and Forest Hills Northern in third. 

Red Hawk girls all conference bowlers: (L to R) Rose Baty, Michayla Paige, Katelyn Paige, Omani Morales, Sarah Galloway

The top girl bowlers of the day were junior Sarah Galloway (1); sophomore Omani Morales (2); junior Michayla Paige (3); and junior Rose Baty (9), who bowled her high school high game of 186.

Three Lady Red Hawks made it into the top 10 in conference: sophomore Omani Morales was #1; junior Sarah Galloway was #2; and junior Michayla Paige was #6. Honorable mentions went to Katelyn Paige, a sophomore; and junior Rose Baty.

Red Hawk boys all conference bowlers: (L to R) Josh Hamilton,Dane Conely, Jared Caniff,Kaleb Fisk, Josh Beebe

The Cedar Springs boys team placed second at conference, with Lowell winning first place. Northview boys took third. The top boy bowlers of the day were sophomore Kaleb Fisk (3); junior Josh Beebe (5); and junior Dane Conely (6).

Four Red Hawk boys made it into the top 10 in conference: senior Josh Hamilton was #3; sophomore Kaleb Fisk was #6; junior Dane Conely was #7; and senior Jared Caniff was #8. Honorable mention went to junior Josh Beebe.

Great job, Red  Hawks!

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Red Hawk Cheer wins conference, districts

The Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team won both conference and districts this season.

Cedar Springs High School Varsity Cheer has finished first in Conference and Districts this year and they are preparing to take on regional competition this Saturday, Feb 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Thornapple-Kellogg High School. 

“I am very excited about post season play this year!” said Coach Anne Olszewski. “This is the most talented team I have coached at this level to date. They are passionate, skilled and hard working.” 

These Red Hawk Girls have continued to improve all season. This past Saturday at the District meet they earned their highest score yet—772.08—almost an 85-point improvement from their lowest score in the beginning of season.  

These girls have clear goals of what they need to accomplish to get to State Finals at the Delta Plex on March 3rd. When asked about regionals Coach Olszewski responded, “We have to finish in the top four at regionals against some tough teams. But, they are not tougher than we are! These  Red Hawks are focused and ready. I hope everyone can make it to TK and support these 18 young women on the mat! We are Red Hawks, We are from Cedar Springs and We are proud to represent!”

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Three Red Hawks sign to play college football

Paul Duran and Brandon Kramer right before signing. Courtesy photo.

Nick Campione signed to play for Hope College. Courtesy photo.

On National Signing Day, February 7, three Red Hawk senior football players signed to play football at the collegiate level. The signing took place at Celebration Cinema.

Tight end Brandon Kramer heads to the east side of the state to play at Lawrence Tech; offensive Lineman Paul Duran is Missouri bound to play at Culver Stockton; and quarterback and defensive back Nick Campione is going to Hope College.

Congratulations to you all!

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WMP at Meijer State games/“Southwest Greights”

Pictured is 67 lb Luke Egan, Champion at the Greights tournament. Photo by Melissa Egan.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit entered 18 grapplers to wrestle this weekend and 16 placed in the top 4. Out of 62 matches, WMP claimed 45 victories. 

Several wrestlers and their families traveled to Sturgis for the Southwest Greights tournament: 63 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 46 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Ayden McClurken, 9/10 age group; 67 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group and 52 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group. Cassiday, Compau and Werkema all finished 2nd. Egan and McClurken went undefeated and claimed Championship Titles. 

The rest of the team travelled to Davenport University for the Meijer State Games. 67 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group finished 4th. 70 lb Xavier Carpentier, 11/12 age group; 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group and 67 lb Kamden Witte, 9/10 age group finished 3rd. 75 lb Harper Cheng, 9/10 age group finished 2nd. Champions of the day are 85 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group, 80 lb Isaiah Sostenes, 9/10 age group; 58 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group; 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group and 59 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group.

“As we get closer to Regionals, their confidence grows each week and we are starting to peak at the right time. These kids are learning to focus on their own in preparation of their matches,” said head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Youth wrestlers at Sturgis, Fulton, Meijer State games

Kaiden Dreyer, first place champion from 2007-08 Novice 80lb Class, pinning his opponent. Photo by J. Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

On Sunday, February 18, the Libera family travelled to Sturgis, Michigan, where Jon Libera competed in this season’s 6th Greights tournament. He won two out of three matches, scored 6 match points, and his fastest pin was :39. He brought home the 2nd place medal in the 09-10 Open 77lb class. This is his 6th medal in this series.

The Streeter family travelled to Fulton, Michigan for the weekly North Region tournament. Ben Streeter scored 15 total match points (TMP) (63rd), his fastest pin was 1:56 (75th overall) and he took the 1st place spot in the 2011-13 64/67lb class. Bryson Streeter scored 14 TMP (70th) in the 09-10 52lb class. Sierra Streeter scored 19 TMP (35th), her fastest pin was 2:35 (81st) and took 3rd in the 2011-13 43lb class.

Thirty-0ne families travelled to Davenport Sports Complex for the 2018 Meijer Winter Games. There were 716 competitors, the largest wrestler attendance for Meijer Winter Games. 

“We always enjoy this tournament,” said Coach Troupe. “It brings competitors from all over the state, allowing our kids to test their skills against wrestlers they wouldn’t normally see.”

The team had 30 pins in 45:50 (2nd overall), had 4 Techs in 11:43 (2nd), scored 437 Total Match Points (2nd) and finished the day 63-48.

In the 2011-13 Open age group Nolan Averill had 2 pins in 1:12 (61st), scored 33 TMP (33rd) and he placed 3rd in the 49lb class. Dillon VanDyke had the fastest pin for the team with :17 (20th overall), scored 17 TMP and placed 2nd in the 55lb class. Jaxon Fitzgerald scored 32 TMP (40th), had 2 pins 3:01 and after 4 matches placed 1st in the 61/64lb class.

In the 2009-10 Novice age group Alex Hanes had 2 pins in 2:10 (88th), scored 24.0 Team Points (8th) and placed 1st in the 72lb class. Zach Vu scored 9 TMP, his fastest pin was :33 and he placed 4th in the 97lb class.

In the 2007-08 Novice age group Austin Averill had 4 pins in 4:28 (4th), had the most Team Points (1st) with 28.0, scored 19 TMP and placed 1st in the 63lb class. Deegan Pike scored 19.0 Team Points (83rd), 21 TMP and placed 1st in the 67lb class. Kaiden Dreyer had 2 pins in 1:50 (79th), 2 Techs in 6:31 (1st), scored 38 TMP (14th) and placed 1st in the 80lb class. Olivia Lawson placed 3rd in the 85lb class. Thomas Prins scored 27 TMP (71st), his fastest pin was 2:25 and placed 3rd in the 110lb class. In the Open division Gavyn Byxbe placed 4th in the 85lb class. Hudson Crystal had a Tech in 3:12 (31st), scored 41 TMP (8th), his fastest pin was 1:00 and placed 2nd in the 90lb class.

In the 2003-04 division Ricco Artecki scored 10 TMP and placed 3rd in the 95lb class. Carter Falan scored 16 TMP, his fastest pin was 2:39 and he placed 2nd in the 122lb class. Logan Troupe scored 23 TMP, his fastest pin was 3:43 and placed 1st in the 122lb class. 

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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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