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Chargers Own Senior Night, Sweep the Grizzlies

 

The Creative Technologies Academy boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have been known as road warriors, but on February 20th, the Chargers were able to play their one and only “home” game of the season for Senior Night at Grace Bible College.

The girls’ team was up first, taking on the Grizzlies of Grattan Academy. The teams had met twice before during the season, with Grattan coming out with tight victories on each occasion. This time, however, the Lady Chargers were not to be denied. CTA led throughout the entire game, and fought to a 40-32 victory.

It was an emotional night for Charger seniors Olivia Wortz (4 points, 8 rebounds) and Hannah Hubbard (9 points, 7 rebounds). In a very physical game, Wortz and Hubbard kept their composure and used their senior leadership to lead the Chargers to the eight point victory. Junior Aubrey Slocum had the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and sophomore Holly Fahling chipped in 10 points of her own.

The boys had a fierce battle themselves, as they took on a Grizzlies team who had played them closely in their first two meetings. The Chargers got off to a strong start, leading by as many as 18 in the first half. One key of the game was to slow down the Grattan point guard, and CTA did just that. They forced him into four first half fouls, which made him sit for much of the first half.

The third quarter started off slowly for the Chargers, as Grattan cut the lead down to five on back to back banked in three pointers, but senior Logan Ogden led a Charger run which eventually led them to a 50-34 victory.

Ogden had another double-double for the Chargers with 13 points and 10 rebounds in his last home game. Freshmen Dawson Armstrong finished with a team high 16 points, and sophomore Brandon Beck scored 15 after sitting out the last meeting with the Grizzlies with a sprained ankle.

It was certainly a senior night to remember for Creative Technologies Academy, and it was a great way to go into the offeason.

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WMP wrestlers to wrestle at state

S-Wrestling-WMPThe West Michigan Pursuit team wrestled last weekend in the Western Regionals, hosted by the Lowell Arrows. West Michigan Pursuit took 24 grapplers to compete and placed 18 in the top six, with 16 moving on to battle it out at the 2015 State Finals. This year’s Finals will be held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek the weekend of March 27-29. The team battled 81 times, against some tough competition, with 52 ending in victory. Only the top four from each weight class, age group and Region move on to compete at the State Finals.

“The time is here and the focus is on for that Pursuit to the Podium. This group of grapplers impress me every practice and I am not surprised by the number of kids who qualified,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

Results are as follows:

6th Place Medalist is Jaedon Kutzli in the 11/12 age group in the 70 lb wt class.

5th Place Medalist is Anthony Szubinski Jr. in the 9/10 age group in the 67 lb wt class.

4th Place Medalists include Logan Bennett in the 9/10 age group in the 67 lb wt class and Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class

3rd Place Medalist is Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 age group in the 40 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 age group in the 55 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 13/14 age group in the 90 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Regional 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, Landon Demorest in the 9/10 age group in the 55 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class, Landon Foss in the 7/8 age group in the 49 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 age group in the 46 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the 11/12 age group in the 133 lb wt class and Brandson Wood in the 7/8 age group in the 46 lb wt class.

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MYWAY wrestlers continue to win

 

On Sunday, March 1, Red Hawk youth wrestlers traveled to Allendale high school for the annual Allendale MYWAY western region meet. Thirteen wrestlers came home with medals, including one in the High School Division. Winners at the Allendale meet were:

Veronica Tapia 2nd at 40lb in the 4-6 year division.  In the 7/8 year division placers were Luke Bouwens 3rd at 46lb, Keaton Klaasen 4th at 58lb , Hudson Crystal 3rd at 64lb, and Wyatt Cooper 1st at 97lb. In the 9/10 year division were Logan Troupe 3rd at 80lb and Carter Falan 2nd at 85lb. In the 11/12 year division were Andrew VanGessel first at 75 lb, Aiden Bouwens 4th at 119lb and Kayden Scott 2nd at 158lb. In the 13/15 year division were Fred White 1st at 80 lb. Wayne White, the lone high schooler, took 3rd place in the High School Division at 148lb.

The final regular season tournament was held on Sunday, March 8, at TK Middleville, where the Hawks continued to impress, bringing home a total of 15 medals. In the 4/6 year division were Veronica Tapia first at 40lb and Tucker Crystal 4th at 40lb. In the 7/8 year division were Cora Gonzales 2nd at 55lb, Pistachio Gonzales3rd at 64lb, Hudson Crystal 3rd at 64 lb, Wyatt Cooper 1st at 97lb, and JuanAngel Acosta 2nd at 97 lb. In the 9/10 year division were Tacho Gonzales 3rd at 75lb, Carter Falan 3rd at 85lb and Madisyn Birtley 4th at 100lb. In the 11/ 12 year division were Andrew VanGessel first at 75lb and Kayden Scott 2nd at 133lb. Austin Emmorey took 3rd in the 13/15 year division at 107lb. Cedar Springs rounded out the tournament with two placers in the High School Division. Those placers were Wayne White 2nd at 143 lb and George Gonzales Jr. 1st at 174lb.

Make sure you check next week’s Post for the Western Regional results for the Cedar Springs Red Hawk youth wrestlers. Top four placers in each age group and weight division will be headed to MYWAY State finals March 27 thru 29th held at the Kellogg arena in Battle Creek, Michigan.

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Middle school wrestlers show teamwork

 

by Colleen White

The Middle School grapplers faced their last two opponents of the season this past week, facing Northview and Comstock Park. Both matches offered some of the best wrestling matches of the season. The fledgling Hawks soared high, winning both matches by pulling together and supporting each other.

Saturday offered another challenge with the Individual Tournament held at Lowell. Nine wrestlers chose to participate, with others coming to cheer on those wrestling. Six wrestlers placed in the top four. Anthony Brew placed 2nd, Reese Gonzales placed 3rd, and in 4th place was Fred White, David Erxleben, Aaron Smith and Zac Schmid.

“All of our wrestlers have shown improvement this year. It has been a wonderful season,” stated Coach VanHam.

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Bailey named regional Coach of the Year

Gary Bailey, of Cedar Springs, and head coach of the Grace Bible College Tigers mens basketball team, was named Regional Coach of the Year. The Grace Bible Tigers won their regional championship and will play in the national tournament this week. They are coached by Cedar Springs resident Gary Bailey, (second from left.) CTA principal Dan George (second from right) is an assistant coach at Grace.

Gary Bailey, of Cedar Springs, and head coach of the Grace Bible College Tigers mens basketball team, was named Regional Coach of the Year.

The Grace Bible Tigers won their regional championship and will play in the national tournament this week. They are coached by Cedar Springs resident Gary Bailey, (second from left.) CTA principal Dan George (second from right) is an assistant coach at Grace.

The Grace Bible Tigers won their regional championship and will play in the national tournament this week. They are coached by Cedar Springs resident Gary Bailey, (second from left.) CTA principal Dan George (second from right) is an assistant coach at Grace.

Gary Bailey, Cedar Springs resident and head coach of the Grace Bible College Tigers men’s basketball team, was awarded his second consecutive NCCAA DII Midwest Regional Coach of the Year honor last weekend.

This is the sixth time Coach Bailey has received the award in his 10-year collegiate coaching career. He has led the Tigers to a 19-13 record so far this season, including a Regional Championship Title and an appearance to the upcoming NCCAA National Tournament on March 12-14.

The Tigers clinched their regional championship last weekend, when they defeated Maranatha Baptist University 80-65. The win earned the Tigers a guaranteed bid to the NCCAA DII National Tournament held in Circleville, OH at Ohio Christian University.

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Middle School wrestlers win Blue Division 

The Cedar Springs Middle School wrestling team with the Blue Division Plaque. Photo provided by Colleen White.

The Cedar Springs Middle School wrestling team with the Blue Division Plaque. Photo provided by Colleen White.

By Colleen White

After defeating Sparta on Thursday, the Cedar Springs Middle School grapplers focused on the challenge of the Sparta Invitational on Saturday. They arrived Saturday morning ready to defend their undefeated record.

They were paired against Caledonia, Sparta, Comstock Park and Greenville for their first four matches. Each presented their challenges that our Red Hawks faced and met, defeating all four teams. Their final pairing was against Lowell. It was the biggest battle of the day with Cedar Springs receiving their first loss of the season. Overall our young grapplers placed 1st, winning the Blue Division. Coach Wood summed it up stating “You all did what was asked of you today! Well done 7th and 8th graders!”

This week our Red Hawks faced Northview on Tuesday and will face Comstock Park on Thursday, with an individual tournament at Lowell on Saturday to complete the Middle School season. Thank you all for your support for our young Red Hawks this season.

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WMP wrestlers are winners at tournament

Hannah Pienton, who wrestles in the11/12 novice age group, was a champion for West Michigan Pursuit in the Western Region tournament last weekend.

Hannah Pienton, who wrestles in the11/12 novice age group, was a champion for West Michigan Pursuit in the Western Region tournament last weekend.

This past weekend’s Western Region tournament was held by Thornapple Kellogg where West Michigan Pursuit brought 23 grapplers to compete and placed 17 in the top four. The team battled 74 times with 45 ending in victory.

“My team is stepping up their training this week, as we head to regionals, for the opportunity to compete at the state finals in two weeks,” said Head Coach, Dave Andrus. “In order to secure their place, they must place in the top four. I have the highest confidence in these kids to do so.”

Results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 55 lb wt class and Joshua Howard in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 90 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalist include Derek Egan in the 13/14 Open age group in the 85/90 lb wt class, Landon Foss in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Owen Meinke in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 71 lb wt class and Brandson Wood in the 7/8 Open age group in the 46/49 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Landon Demorest in the 9/10 Open age group in the 55/59 lb wt class, Luke Egan in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 97 lb wt class, Lee Braun in the 7/8 Open age group in the 58 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Blake Peasley in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64 lb wt class, Hannah Pienton in the 11/12 Novice age group in the 90/95 lb wt class, Lucus Pienton in the 13/14/15 Open age group in the 130/138 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.

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Red Hawk bowlers take second in conference, regionals

Both the Cedar Springs boys bowling team and girls bowling team finished in second place in their conferences.

The post season conference was held at Northfield Lanes on February 14.

They had one girl and two boys make all conference. Rebecca Williams finished in 5th in the conference with a 166.6 average; Jacob Cartwright finished 4th in the conference with a 203.4 average; and Kyle Knarr finished 6th in the conference with a 199.9 average.

Two girls and one boy made all conference honorable mention: Emma Schut with a 160.8 average; Allyson Marvel with a 155 average and Blake Fisk with a 194.5 average.

Two girls and two boys also received medals during the post-season conference for the top 10 scores of the day. Rebecca Williams placed 4th with a 193 and 180 game for a 373 total; Allyson marvel placed 6th with a 180 and 140 game for a 320 total; Kyle Knarr placed 9th with a 235 and 160 game for a 395 total; and Jacob Cartwright placed 10th with a 166 and 216 game for a 382 total.

Regionals were at Sherman Lanes in Muskegon, on Friday, February 27, for the team event. The boys placed second, missing first by 13 pins. This qualifies them to go on to state.

The single event for regionals took place on Saturday, February 28. Kyle Knarr took second place, and Jacob Cartwright took first place, which qualifies them to go on to state.

Emma Schut took 9th place in the single event and this also qualifies her to go on to state. State will be held in Waterford on Friday, March 6 and Saturday March 7.

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Middle School Grapplers 6-0 

Red Hawk Allexis Gonzales (8th grade) grapples with her opponent. Photo by Colleen White.

Red Hawk Allexis Gonzales (8th grade) grapples with her opponent. Photo by Colleen White.

Story provided by Colleen White

The weather last week proved too much of a challenge on Tuesday, February 24, requiring the meet against Greenville to be canceled. However, Thursday, February 26 arrived with perfect traveling weather for the trip to Wayland. Our young Red Hawks started with an early lead. Then Wayland stepped up their game, tying the meet at the halfway point. The excitement continued as each team vied for the lead. In the end, despite Wayland’s valiant effort, Cedar Springs prevailed 51-33.

“We had a tough match tonight. Coach Wood and I are very proud of the way our team stepped up to the challenge,” stated Coach Bill VanHam.

This week the Red Hawks faced Comstock Park on Tuesday, March 3, and will face Sparta on Thursday, March 5, at Sparta Middle School. They also have a team tournament at Sparta High School on Saturday, March 7.

Mark your calendars for the final home meet on March 10 at Cedar Springs Middle School. Start time is 4:15pm. Wear your red to show your Red Hawk Pride and come cheer our young grapplers as they face Northview.

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WMP grapplers place 14 in top four

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers with their medals.

West Michigan Pursuit wrestlers with their medals.

This past weekend’s Western Region tournament was held by the Allendale Falcons, where West Michigan Pursuit brought 22 grapplers to compete and placed 14 in the top four. The team battled 67 times, with 35 ending in victory.

“Hard work, dedication and perseverance are things that can’t be taught. The skills and technique that take those three qualities can be and will maximize their ability to become a top competitor,” said owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. Results are as follows:

4th Place Medalists include Jordan Andrus in the High School 15/16 age group in the 128 lb wt class, Aiden Bouwens in the 11/12 Open age group in the 119 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 Open age group in the 75 lb wt class, Owen Meinke in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 71 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 37/40 lb wt class.

3rd Place Medalist include Anthony Szubinski Jr. in the 9/10 Open age group in the 67 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Landon Demorest in the 9/10 Open age group in the 55/59 lb wt class, Joshua Howard in the 9/10 Novice age group in the 90 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 49/52 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 97 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 55 lb wt class, Derek Egan in the 13/14 Novice age group in the 90/95 lb wt class and Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class.

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