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Lady Chargers Take WMAES Tournament Title

Lady Chargers: Front: Holly Fahling; 2nd Row: Grace Alverson, Elizabeth Jahns, Cameron Medwayosh, Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Autumn Watson 3rd Row: Sierra Medwayosh, Zoe Roesner, Torie Wierda, Molly Wortz, Brin Calkins, Devin Slocum, Kaela Bucholz, Gabby Fahling Back Row: Coach Steve Washington

Lady Chargers: Front: Holly Fahling; 2nd Row: Grace Alverson, Elizabeth Jahns, Cameron Medwayosh, Hannah Hofstra, Faith Watson, Autumn Watson 3rd Row: Sierra Medwayosh, Zoe Roesner, Torie Wierda, Molly Wortz, Brin Calkins, Devin Slocum, Kaela Bucholz, Gabby Fahling Back Row: Coach Steve Washington

The Lady Chargers continued to improve on their season by competing in the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES) Basketball Tournament. The ladies took on the host WMAES Eagles in the first round and jumped out to an early lead and never looked back while charging to a 31-10 victory. It was CTA’s relentless pressure that enabled the team to force 36 turnovers in the game. Faith Watson led the Lady Chargers with eight points, freshman Hannah Hofstra threw in an additional six points. All of this was supported by senior point guard Holly Fahling who had five points, four rebounds and four assists.

In the Championship games, CTA faced the Grand Rapids Thunder for the the Tournament title.

The Lady Chargers played an aggressive player-to-player defense. Stifling pressure frustrated the Thunder team forcing 32 turnovers which created numerous fast break opportunities for the Lady Chargers’ 37-13. Holly Fahling stepped it up and scored 14 points with five steals and four rebounds. Faith Watson threw in an additional 11 points with Junior Autumn Watson cleaning up the boards with 8 rebounds. All players were able to get into both games and first year players Kaela Bucholtz, Elizabeth Jahns and Molly Wortz also logged points in the tournament. “It is great when when can play good team defense and get all 14 girls significant court time,” stated coach Steven Washington. “All of our players had the opportunity to contribute to a good team win.” With the wins, the Lady Chargers are 5-7 for the year and play this Friday, February 17th at Grace Bible College hosting the Wellspring Academy Wolves.

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Cheer teams compete at Southgate

The JV Competitive Cheer team with their first place trophy.

The JV Competitive Cheer team with their first place trophy.

On Saturday, February 4, Cedar Springs JV and Varsity Competitive Cheer teams traveled to Southgate, Michigan, for the 2017 Southgate invitational.

Five JV teams competed at the JV level.

In round 1, Cedar Springs JV earned a score of 203.40. They gained an additional 175.6 in round 2, bringing their subtotal to 379.00. In round 3 they earned an additional 275.70  points, giving them a total score of 654.70, their highest scores of the season and another first place finish.

Nine teams competed at the Varsity level. At the end of round 1, Cedar Springs Varsity received a score of 224.20. Round 2 brought an additional 217.96 and a subtotal score of 442.16. After a couple of unfortunate errors, they earned an additional 295.8 at the end of round 3 and a final score of  721.96 and a 7th place finish.

On Wednesday, February 8, the JV and Varsity traveled to Northview for their final conference meet of the season. See results in next week’s Post.

On Friday, February 10, they will be traveling to Caledonia for the SCOTastic Competitive Cheer meet. This will be the last regular season competition before heading to districts on February 18 at Kenowa Hills.

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Three Red Hawk wrestlers are conference champs

Red Hawk Lucus Pienton claimed the 145 lb OK White Conference Championship. Photo by B. Chong.

Red Hawk Lucus Pienton claimed the 145 lb OK White Conference Championship. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

Home quad

Wednesday, February 1, Cedar Springs High School wrestling hosted a home quad meet. The Red Hawks had a successful night and claimed victories against both Northview, 71-6 and Grant, 40-24. The team overall record is 21-8 and the Conference Record is 4-2.

125/130 lb Aaron Smith, 135/140 lb Jordan Ringler, 189 lb Ryan Ringler, Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 103 lb Miles Cartwright and 119 lb Logan Hull all won both of their matches. 125 lb Patrick Flierman, 135 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Anthony Brew, 145 lb Lucus Pienton, 160 lb Nate Patin, 171 lb Xavier Anderson, 215 Chris Shaffer and 112 lb Nate Male all claimed a victory. Junior Varsity 189 lb Caleb Baty won both of his matches and 125 lb Kaedrian Dines won a match.

Conference meet

On Friday, February 3, the Red Hawks traveled to Ottawa Hills for the OK White Conference Meet. Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza (38-0), 171 lb Ryan Ringler (38-1) and 145 lb Lucus Pienton (28-5) are the OK White Conference Champions. 160 lb Nate Patin, 140 Jacob Galinis, 135 lb Jordan Ringler and 125 lb Aaron Smith all finished in 2nd Place. 112 lb Nate Male finished in 3rd Place. 189 lb Chris Shaffer and 130 lb Jordan Andrus finished in 4th Place.

Lowell won the Conference out right by going undefeated in the conference and earning a score of 234 for the tournament. Cedar Springs and Greenville shared runner up in the Conference, but the Red Hawks took 2nd in the Conference Tournament with a score of 173.5, while Greenville scored 157.

In the D2 Individual Rankings for the State of Michigan: senior Jordan Ringler is currently ranked #6 at the 135 lb wt class; sophomore Lucus Pienton is currently ranked #7 in the 145 lb wt class; sophomore Ryan Ringler is currently ranked #2 in the 171 lb wt class; and senior Patrick Depiazza is currently ranked #2 in the Heavy Weight division. Congratulations to these student athletes! Their next meet will be at Lowell this Saturday, 2/11, if you are interested in coming to support your Red Hawks.

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Red Hawk bowling results

Trevor Ruark placed 3rd for individuals by bowling a 453 at the Hudsonville invitational on Saturday, February 4.

Trevor Ruark placed 3rd for individuals by bowling a 453 at the Hudsonville invitational on Saturday, February 4.

January 11: Conference match against Forest Hills Northern. Boys won 21-9, Girls won 26.5-3.5.

January 17: Non-conference match against Allendale. Boys lost 8-22, Girls won 22-8.

January 19: Conference match against Lowell. Boys lost 3.5-26.5, Girls won 27-3.

January 25: Conference match against Forest Hills Central. Boys won 18-12, Girls lost  14.5-15.5.

February 1: Conference match against Ottawa Hills. Boys won 29-1, Girls won 30-0.

February 4: Hudsonville invite. Boys placed 6th, Girls placed 7th. Trevor Ruark placed 3rd for individuals with a 453.

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CS Youth wrestlers battle at tournaments

CS youth wrestlers with their trophies and medals. Photo by J. Troupe.

CS youth wrestlers with their trophies and medals. Photo by J. Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

At the annual Lakeview Open Tournament, CSYWC had 12 kids compete with 269 other wrestlers. They finished the day 24-20.

In the 2010-2012 Open 40lb division Sierra Streeter placed 4th after 4 matches that had the crowd cheering her on every time. In the 43lb class, Dawson Pike placed 4th after 4 matches. In the combined 58/61lb division Jayce Karafa placed 4th & Ben Streeter placed 5th.

In the 2008-2009 Open 58lb division Deegan Pike placed 3rd after 5 matches. He had  3 pins in 2:41, 2nd fastest pin for the team with :16 and 9th over all in fastest total pin time.

In the 2006-2007 Open 75lb division Remington DeWeese placed 4th after 2 matches. In the 130lb division David DeWeese placed 1st after 2 matches. He also had the fastest pin of the day with :10! In the 150lb division Wyatt Cooper took 1st place after 2 matches. He had the third fastest pin of the day with :20!

At the annual GVSU Open & Novice tournament there were 637 wrestlers. CSYWC ended the day 13-26 but had some amazing pins.

Elijah Artecki placed 2nd in the 2006-2007 Novice 100lb division after 2 matches. Matthew Vaughn placed 3rd in the Open 110lb division after 3 matches. Ricco Artecki placed 4th in the 2004-2005 Novice 75lb division after 3 matches. Tommy Stevens placed 1st in the 2004-2005 Open 85lb division after 3 matches. Carter Falan placed 5th in the 105lb division after 4 matches. Logan Troupe placed 5th in the 100lb division.

Trevor Marsman placed 1st in the 2002-2003 Open 85lb division.

“While we didn’t have as many top place finishers, we had some of the best competition yet this year. Every loss is a learning experience that makes you a better wrestler. It is a pleasure to watch these kids wrestle every week,” said Coach Scott Marsman.

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WMP wrestlers finish in top 5

Pictured is Desmond Smith, Champion in the 4/6 age group.

Pictured is Desmond Smith, Champion in the 4/6 age group.

By Barbra Chong

This weekend WMP traveled to Grand Valley State University and Lakeview. 80 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group, entered the Lakeview tournament. Peasley battled into the Finals, going 3-0 to take home a Championship title.

WMP had 14 grapplers enter the GVSU tournament and 11 placed in the top 5. 80 lb Blake Hammer, 11/12 Novice age group, finished in 5th Place.

52 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group and 55 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group, finished in 3rd Place.

63 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group, finished 2nd Place.

Taking home championship titles were 64 lb Quinten Cassiday, 7/8 age group; 67 lb Tyler Parmeter, 7/8 age group; 52 lb Desmond Smith, 4/6 age group; 61 lb Selina Stalker, 4/6 age group; 59 lb Josh Vasquez, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Kellen Weckesser, 7/8 age group and 49 lb Blake Werkema, 4/6 age group.

“Watching these kids build momentum each week is exciting. Their passion and drive is displayed every time they step on the mat. I am thankful for my athletes and the support of their parents,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Be The Referee

“Be The Referee” is a series of one-minute messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials. “Be The Referee” features MHSAA Assistant Director Mark Uyl’s insights on officiating.

Wrestling & Technology

Technology seems to grow and expand in just about every facet of American life. Ironically, technology is even now moving into high school athletics, even in the sport of wrestling.

Current National Federation playing rules allow coaches, in the corner during a wrestling match, to use technology – which could be the use of video or still photographs – to instruct wrestlers during any timeout or dead clock situations.

The only thing at coaches can’t do is transmit audio information into an ear piece that a wrestler is using, or use that video to argue or contest a call.

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Athlete signs with Davenport

S-Cederquist-signs

Congratulations to Hannah Cederquist on committing to cheer next year at Davenport University. Hannah is pictured signing her letter of intent with Cedar Springs Cheer coach Anne Olszewski.

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Cedar Springs cheer wins conference meet

Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team takes first place at the second OK White Conference meet.

Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team takes first place at the second OK White Conference meet.

Cedar Springs JV Cheer team earned their highest score of the season.

Cedar Springs JV Cheer team earned their highest score of the season.

On Wednesday, January 25, Cedar Springs High School hosted the second OK White Conference meet of the season.
Since Cedar Springs JV is the only JV team in the OK White Conference, they have one goal set for each conference meet—to beat their own high score. On Wednesday they did just that. At the end of round 1, Cedar Springs JV received a score 193.7; round 2 brought them a score of 165.8 and a subtotal score of 359.5; at the completion of round 3 they earned an additional 260.4 and a total score of 619.9, their highest scores of the season.
There are four teams competing at the Varsity level for OK White Conference Champs.
After round 1, Cedar Springs Varsity took the lead with a score of 226.7 and less than a one-point lead. Round 2 gained an additional 222.3, a subtotal score of 449 and almost a 14-point lead. At the completion of round 3 they earned a score of 303 and a final score of 752, securing their first place finish with a 20-point lead.
Saturday, January 28, the JV and Varsity teams traveled to East Kentwood High School for the LMCCOA Scholarship Invitational.
Nine teams competed at the JV level.
In round 1 they earned a score of 169.5. In round 2, they gained an additional 156.98, bringing their subtotal to 326.48. They gained an additional 245.9 points in round 3, giving them a final score of 572.38 and a fifth place finish.
Thirteen teams competed in the D2 Varsity division. Round 1 earned Cedar Springs a score of 224.7. They gained an additional 221.64 in round 2, bringing them a subtotal score of 446.34. The completion of round 3 gained them an additional 288.2 points, a total score of 734.54 and a fourth place finish.
On Saturday, February 4, Cedar Springs JV and Varsity will travel to Southgate on the east side of the state to compete at the Southgate Anderson Invitational.

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Two Red Hawk wrestlers reach 150 wins

Senior Patrick Depiazza, Coach Nick Emery and Senior Jordan Ringler after the two wrestlers reached 150 wins. Photo by Jane Ringler.

Senior Patrick Depiazza, Coach Nick Emery and Senior Jordan Ringler after the two wrestlers reached 150 wins. Photo by Jane Ringler.

Team defends championship dual title

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs Varsity wrestling team had a great week last week with wins at the Mona Shores quad and the Shelby Super Duals, and two Red Hawks each getting their 150th career win.

The team traveled to Mona Shores on Wednesday, January 25, for a quad meet. The Red Hawks had a successful night and claimed victories against both Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 65-9 and Grand Rapids Union, 78-6. 189 lb Ryan Ringler, Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 112 lb Nathan Male, 119 lb Logan Hull, 125/130 lb Aaron Smith, 125/130 lb Patrick Fliearman, 135 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Jordan Ringler, 145 lb Jacob Galinis, 152 lb Lucus Pienton and 160 Zak Schmid all won both of their matches. 171 lb Xavier Anderson, 171 lb Nate Patin and 215 Chris Shaffer each won a match. Junior Varsity 125 lb Kaedrian Dines and 135 lb Anthony Brew each won both of their matches. 160 lb Corey Dymerski and 189 lb Caleb Baty each won a match.

On Saturday, January, 28, the Red Hawks traveled to Shelby for their Super Duals Meet with 12 area schools entered to compete. It was a successful day for the team. The day started off with a win against Ravenna, 56-6. The winning streak continued against Muskegon Catholic, 71-6. Fremont called out the Red Hawks during the Coaches seeding meeting. They felt they could match up pretty evenly with our team and the boys accepted the challenge and delivered a win, 50-21. Semi Finals brought us up against Shelby and concluded with another win, 56-12. Cedar Springs and Hart met against each other for the Championship Dual and the Red Hawks defended their Championship title for the second year in a row, final score, 45-21. Hart finished in 2nd Place and Shelby finished in 3rd Place. Individual placements are as follows: 125 lb Aaron Smith, 145/152 lb Lucus Pienton, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler, 171/189 lb Nate Patin and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza all went undefeated with records of 5-0 for the day. 112 lb Nathan Male, 119 lb Logan Hull, 130 lb Jordan Andrus and 135 lb Jordan Ringler all claimed 4 wins each. 140/145 lb Jacob Galinis claimed 3 wins. 215 lb Chris Shaffer claimed 2 wins. 140 lb Anthony Brew and 160 lb Xavier Anderson claimed a win. There were also exhibition matches to gain more mat time. Patrick Fliearman claimed 2 wins, Anthony Brew and David Erxleben also claimed a win. During the Championship dual, two CS seniors, Patrick Depiazza and Jordan Ringler claimed their 150 Varsity Career win. This is a major accomplishment for any wrestler; it shows the level of skill and dedication to the sport. Patrick and Jordan are ranked in the top five of Cedar Springs Wrestling history. Senior Patrick Depiazza is currently ranked #4 and Sophomore Ryan Ringler are currently ranked #5 in the Power 15 State Ranking. The Power 15 is the best of the best of all the divisions listed in the State of Michigan. Ryan is the only Sophomore listed in this category full of Seniors. Congratulations to these hard working student athletes.

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