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Three Red Hawks sign to play college football

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Cedar Springs seniors Caden Burrows, Ted Edwards and Kaden Myers will continue to wear the red and black as they are headed to Davenport University this fall to play college football. The Panthers have started a brand new football program, which will begin this fall with its first recruiting class. However, they won’t play their first game until 2016 and all will be redshirted. Last Saturday, the 80 new signees participated in their first team meeting. An orientation to mandatory study hall, housing, financial aid and fitting for all of the brand new equipment was covered with the athletes and their parents.

Burrows, who will wear #63, was signed by DU to play center for new head coach Lou Espositio.  Myers, who will wear #39, was brought on to play strong safety and rover back for the defense. Edwards, who will be #77, is expected to compete for a position on either defensive or offensive lines.

Davenport University is in the process of constructing a multi-million dollar athletic complex on 68th Street, east of the Beltline, which is southeast of their main campus. Beginning in 2015, the team will practice daily at the new track and field stadium and then open the 2016 season next door at the football stadium.

“The best part of going to Davenport to play football is that everything we are going to do is first. Our team motto is ‘B1st’. Our stadium, locker room, weight room, helmet, pads and uniforms will all be brand new. No one else can say that,” stated Myers.

Burrows finished his football career at CSHS as a three-year starter. He was an all-area and a two-time OK Bronze all-conference lineman. Edwards was honorable mention all-conference as a defensive tackle. Myers, a three-year starter, was selected to the 2014 Detroit Free Press and News all-state team as a safety, was a two time OK Bronze all-conference selection, all-area and GR Press honorable mention Dream Team. All three are excited that they have been provided an opportunity to continue to play the game they love.

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Red Hawk football team to play in new GRidiron Classic

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks will host the Comstock Park Panthers in the new GRidiron Classic at Grand Valley State University on August 29. The photo shows Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer being tackled by a Panther during last fall’s win over Comstock Park.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks will host the Comstock Park Panthers in the new GRidiron Classic at Grand Valley State University on August 29. The photo shows Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer being tackled by a Panther during last fall’s win over Comstock Park.

West Michigan Sports Commission launches High School Football kickoff event 

The West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) has partnered with Grand Valley State University and the OK Conference in the promotion of a newly created high school football showcase, the GRidiron Classic.

The event will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Lubbers Stadium on the main campus of GVSU. The GRidiron Classic will include three highly competitive high school games beginning at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 7:00 pm respectively. Each purchased ticket entitles the bearer to attend all three scheduled games. Pre-sale tickets will be available at each host school (listed below) beginning in May, at a cost of $8 Adults / $6 Students. Tickets purchased on the day of the event will be sold for $10 Adults / $8 Students.

Games are Saturday, August 29, 2015 Lubbers Stadium – GVSU

1:00 p.m. Hamtramck vs. NorthPointe Christian (host)

4:00 p.m. Comstock Park vs. Cedar Springs (host)

7:00 p.m. Oak Park vs. Zeeland West (host)

“West Michigan prides itself in our high school football and this event will highlight the start of the season with some great matchups at a superb facility,” stated Mike Guswiler, President of the WMSC.

“Our hope moving forward is to partner with the Detroit Sports Commission, which has hosted a Prep Kickoff Classic for over 10 years at Wayne State University, to make this an annual event, pairing the top football teams from East Michigan against the top teams from West Michigan,” added Guswiler.

More details are being developed including sponsorship opportunities and other activities surrounding the games.

Follow them on Twitter at @WMSCKickoff, and like their Facebook page: GRidiron Classic.

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WMP wrestlers earn all-state status

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West Michigan Pursuit’s all-state wrestlers. Missing is Landon Foss and Caleigh Wood.

 

West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek last weekend, for the 2015 State Finals. There were just over 1800 grapplers that competed in the youth division. West Michigan Pursuit took 16 competitors looking to take home a State Title and eight competitors gained an All State status. The team battled 73 times with 44 ending in victory.

“I couldn’t be more proud of these young athletes. Their hard work and training throughout the season demands a lot of time and effort, seeing them reach their personal goals makes the journey fun and worthwhile,” said Owner and Head Coach Dave Andrus.

Results are as follows:

5th Place medalists included Lee Braun and Jayden Marcano-Cruz. Lee entered into the 7/8 age group in the 58 lb wt class and had 31 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 32-6. Jayden entered into the 4/5/6 age group in the 46 lb wt class and had 30 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 43-4.

4th Place medalists included Gage Bowen, Luke Egan and Blake Peasley.  Gage entered into the 7/8 age group in the 97 lb wt class and had 26 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 35-5. Blake entered into the 7/8 age group in the 64 lb wt class and had 31 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 34-8. Luke entered into the 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class and had 30 grapplers in his bracket, He ended his season with a final record of 35-12.

3rd Place medalists included Landon Foss, Zak Schmid and Josh Vasquez. Landon entered into the 7/8 age group, in the 49 lb wt class and had 27 grapplers in his bracket. He ended his season with a final record of 26-15. Zak entered into the 11/12 age group in the 133 lb wt class and had 26 grapplers in his bracket, he ended his season with a final record of 31-3. Josh entered into the 7/8 age group in the 52 lb wt class and had 30 grapplers in his bracket, he ended his season with a final record of 50-4.

West Michigan Pursuit also entered three females into the Women’s State Finals which also took place at the Kellogg Arena this past weekend. The Women’s State Finals had over 190 grapplers enter this tournament, their highest numbers yet. Madisyn Birtley entered into the 11 and under age group in the heavy wt division and finished in 6th Place. Hannah Pienton entered into the 14 and under age group in the 92 lb wt class and finished in 5th Place. Caleigh Wood entered into the 9 and under age group in the 40 lb wt class and finished in 6th Place.

NUWAY Nationals will be held in two weeks, the weekend of April 11-12, at the Kellogg Arena. The top eight from each State will have the opportunity to compete for a National Title and All American status. Please look for updates on these amazing wrestlers after Nationals.

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Cedar youth novice state champs

Novice State Placers were Tucker Crystal, Hudson Crystal, Logan Troupe and Carter Falan.

Novice State Placers were Tucker Crystal, Hudson Crystal, Logan Troupe and Carter Falan.

The weekend of March 21 was busy for Cedar Springs youth wrestling club. Wrestlers traveled to two separate tournaments on opposite sides of the state. The first was hosted by Ionia High School on March 21, and the second was the Novice State championships hosted in Saline on March 22.

All seven of the Cedar Springs wrestlers who attended the tournament in Ionia placed in the top two. Runners-up were Jonathan Libera at 55lbs in the 5/6 age group and Carter Falan at 85lb in the 9/10 age group. Champions were Keaton Klaasen at 55lbs in the 7/8 age group, Wyatt Cooper at 97lb in the 7/8 age group, Logan Troupe at 80lb in the 9/10 age group, Andrew VanGessel at 75lb in the 11/12 age group,  and Kamden Klaasen at 90lb in the 11/12 age group.

Only four wrestlers went to the the MYWAY Novice State Championships held in Saline on Sunday, March 22nd. All four of those wrestlers placed in the top four! Two of whom took home the title of “Champion”. All the battles fought at tournament were hard fought and earned.

Logan Troupe took fourth at 80lbs in the 9/10 age group.

Tucker Hudson took third at 43lb in the 4/6 age group.

2015 Novice State Champions were Hudson Crystal at 64lbs in the 7/8 age group and Carter Falan at 85lb in the 9/10 age group!!

“For the last 10 years the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club has had had a reputation for building solid wrestlers, which I am very proud to be a part of,” said head coach George Gonzales Sr. “We have a lot of new kids coming in who have a lot of talent. With the right coaching they will go a long way. I am very proud of all of the wrestlers this year and they have worked very hard. My first year wrestlers have shown an amazing amount of improvement since the first practice.”

Keep your eyes open for MYWAY State Final results the next edition of the Cedar Springs Post.

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Youth wrestlers head to state finals

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Over 600 youth wrestlers competed at the 2015 MYWAY Western Regional held at Lowell High School on March 13 and 14, 2015. Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club sent 33 wrestlers to compete for the top four spots in each age group and weight class in hopes of advancing to the MYWAY State finals which will be held this weekend. Of those who competed, 17 of them placed in the top 6 and 13 qualified for state finals.

Head coach George Gonzales Sr. was pleased with the results of the regional tournament. “The kids have been working very hard this year. They all competed to the best of their ability. All of our wrestlers are winners in one way or another,” said Gonzales. “Some of them took championship, some of them qualified for state, some of them won their first match ever, some of them battled and still lost. It is easier to get back on the mat after you won a match. It takes a lot more courage to step back on the mat after losing. We had wrestlers who lost more than they won, but still got back on the mat. Some of those are the wrestlers with the most heart. Even the ones who never set foot on a mat for competition have gained a lot this year. They have learned about integrity, hard work, dedication, commitment and perseverance; all which are true Red Hawk values, and values they can take with them into adulthood. I am very proud of all of these boys and girls this year.”

2015 Western regional champions were Veronica Tapia at 40lb in the 5/6 age group, Tyler Parmeter at 58lb in the 5/6 age group, Gage Gardner at 155lb and the 13/14 age group, and Ryan Ringler at 170lb in the 13/14 age group.

Runners-up were Pistachio Gonzales at 58lb in the 7/8 age group , Trevor Marsman at 70lb in the 11/12 age group, Wayne White at 143 pounds in the 00/99 High School Division, and George Gonzales Jr at 174lb in the 00/99 High School Division.

Third place finishers were Keaton Klaasen at 52lb in the 7/8 age group, Kayden Scott at 133lb in the 11/12 age group, Fredrick White at 80lb in the 13/14 age group, and Michael Smith at 163lb in the 96/98 High School Division.

Fourth place finisher was Austin Emmorey at 100lb in the 13/14  age group.

Fifth place finisher was Aaron Smith at 130lb in the 13/14 age group.

Sixth  place finishers were Jonathan Libera at 52lb in the 5/6 age group, Juan Angel Acosta at 97lb in the 7/8 age group and Tacho Gonzales at 71lb in the 9/10 age group.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club will also be sending 9 female wrestlers to compete in the 2015 MYWAY Girls State Championship. Representing Cedar Springs in the Girls Division are Veronica Tapia, Analize Tapia, Cora Gonzales, Zoe Gonzales, Reese Gonzales, Allexis Gonzales, Madisyn Birtley, Rosie Castro, and Brooklyn Wright. Cedar Springs is a co-ed wrestling club, but they have the most registered female wrestlers in all of West Michigan. As the interest in wrestling for girls has grown, it has become apparent that head coach George Gonzales Sr. has something special to offer for girls wrestling, as many girls choose to attend his wrestling club.

Cedar Springs Red Hawk wrestlers will be competing at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek on Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 27, 28 and 29 for their chance at the state championship title. If you would like to come check out any of your favorite Red Hawk wrestlers, please look up the state finals schedule on Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Facebook page or at mywaywrestling.com. Thank you for supporting your wrestlers from the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club.

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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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