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WMP wrestlers win medals, championship rings

Pictured is Brody Compau, champion of the 46 lb 7/8 division. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit had two grapplers travel to Bay County this weekend looking to earn the Monster Medals and Championship rings offered for 1st Place. Both Drew Moro, 64 lb 7/8 age group, and 85 lb Blake Peasley, 9/10 age group, went undefeated and claimed what they came for, each earning another Championship Title. Moro also earned the Most Valuable Wrestler award. 

WMP had 16 grapplers enter the Orchardview tournament and placed 14 in the top 5. Orchardview was also a “Greights” tournament which attracts several tough competitors from all over the state. Isaiah Sostenes, 80 lbs 9/10 age group finished 5th. 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group finished 4th. 67 lb Evan Andrews, 9/10 age group; 95 lb Blake Hammer, 13/15 age group and 90 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group finished in 3rd. 71 lb Luke Egan, 9/10 age group; 55 lb Kaleb Pautke, 7/8 age group; 75 lb Tyler Parmeter, 9/10 age group; 64 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group; 59 lb Kellen Weckesser, 9/10 age group and 67 lb Kamden Witte, 9/10 age group finished in 2nd. Champions of the day are 67 lb Quinten Cassiday, 9/10 age group; 46 lb Brody Compau, 7/8 age group and 70 lb Josh Vasquez, 11/12 age group. 

“I see growth in each athlete every week,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus. “I love having them light up when moves they drill at practice provide the intended result during a live match! We are the Pursuit of Champions,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Youth wrestlers win Greights, Monster medals

Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers with their medals. Photo by Terry Troupe.


By Jacquie Troupe

On Sunday, January 14, CSYWC’s Maston Wood traveled to Orchard View. He joined 473 other contenders for the first MYWAY Greights tournament of the season. Powering through 3 matches in the 2003-04 170lb class, he brought home the custom Silver Greights medal in the shape of the West Region. The next Greights tournament will be held in the Detroit Metro Region on January 21st.  

The club also joined 33 other teams at the 2018 Central Montcalm Swarm Invitational. They took 1st place overall in Most Pins with 40 in 52.18, 1st place in Match Points with 466 and were ranked 10th with 67 wins, 57 losses. Coaches were kept busy by 38 grapplers fighting it out across 8 mats for the chance to go home with that 1st place Monster Medal. 

“It’s great to see all the kids hard work and dedication at practice turn into such great results at the tournaments. Our kids show tremendous sportsmanship and are a joy to coach,” said Coach Kevin Fitzgerald.   

In the 2011-13 division Ethan Trompen placed 3rd and Sierra Streeter placed 2nd in the 43lb class. Taylor Crystal placed 4th and Nolan Averill placed 3rd in the 46lb class. Jaxon Fitzgerald placed 2nd in the 61/64lb class. Ben Streeter placed 1st in the 67lb class.

In the 2009-10 division Elijah Elam placed 2nd in the 49lb class. Caden Troupe placed 3rd in the 55lb class. Tucker Crystal placed 1st in the 58lb class. Chasyn Winchel placed 1st in the 67lb class. Alex Hanes placed 4th in the 72lb class. Jon Libera placed 1st in the 82lb class. Zach Vu placed 2nd in the 112lb class.

In the 2007-08 division Austin Averill placed 1st in the 59lb class. Spencer Schoenborn placed 4th in the 63lb class. Deegan Pike placed 2nd in the 63lb class. Blake Falan placed 1st in the 71lb class. Rory Schoenborn placed 1st in the 80lb class. Gavyn Byxbe placed 2nd in the 85lb class. Hudson Crystal placed 1st in the 90lb class.

In the 2005-06 division Gabe Gair placed 3rd in the 112lb class. Wyatt Cooper placed 1st in the 158/183lb class. 

In the 2003-04 division Ashly Erxleben placed 4th in the 107lb class. Carter Falan placed 1st in the 114lb class. Logan Troupe placed 4th in the 122lb class.

Caden Troupe was 2nd overall in Most Pins in the Least Time with 5 in 5:05. Chasyn Winchel was 4th with 3 in 1:29. Jon Libera was 8th with 3 in 2:19. Hudson Crystal was 9th with 3 in 2:22. Alex Hanes was 30th with 2 in :54. Austin Averill was 33rd with 2 in 1:01. Tucker Crystal and Ben Streeter tied for 43rd with 2 in 1:44. Sierra Streeter was 55th with 2 in 2:34. Gavyn Byxbe was 66th with 2 in 3:20. Rory Schoenborn tied for 75th with 2 in 4:02. Taylor Crystal was 77th with 2 in 4:04. 

Ethan Trompen had the Fastest Pin for the team and 3rd fastest overall with :08. Jon Libera was 6th with :10. Alex Hanes was 8th with :11. Ben Streeter was 23rd with :20. Chasyn Winchel was 34th with :23. Austin Averill & Hudson Crystal were 41st with :25. Tucker Crystal was 61st with :32. Gavyn Byxbe was 69th with :34. Sierra Streeter was 85th with :39. Zach Vu was 94th with :42.

Hudson Crystal was 2nd overall in Most Team Points with 24.0, Rory Schoenborn was 10th with 23.5, Blake Falan was 11th with 23.0, Tucker Crystal was 12th with 22.0, Carter Falan was 19th with 21.0, Cade Troupe and Chasyn Winchel were 22nd with 20.0 and Deegan Pike was 59th with 15.5. Nolan Averill scored the Most Total Match Points for the team and was 6th overall with 41. Rory Schoenborn was 8th with 37, Sierra Streeter was 10th with 35, Carter Falan was 16th with 31, Deegan Pike was 23rd with 29, Cade Troupe was 45th with 23, Taylor Crystal was 58th with 20, Jon Libera was 71st with 18, Dawson Pike was 79th with 16, Tucker Crystal was 94th with 14 and Ashly Erxleben was 107th with 13. The team will be travelling to Ionia on January 21st. 

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Red Hawk sixth-grader plays baseball in national tournament

Walker Glyshaw can pitch both right-handed and left-handed. He used that to his team’s advantage in the tournament. Courtesy photo.

Walker Glyshaw, 11, at the 12u Junior National Baseball Tournament at Walt Disney World. Courtesy photo.

Walker Glyshaw, a sixth-grader at Red Hawk Elementary, experienced the excitement of playing in the 12 and under Junior National Baseball tournament at Disney over the holidays. 

Walker’s team of junior all American baseball players from around the Midwest finished 2nd in the New Year’s Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney.  

They opened the tournament with a 4-4 Tie against Crabfest from Maryland, followed by a 13-2 victory over JP Sports from Illinois. In that game, Walker had two hits, including a triple. He also pitched the second half of the game, striking out five and earning the victory.  

In their third game they lost a hard fought match to Puerto Rico 6-5. Though they had a disappointing 1-1-1 record, the team was able to advance to the semi finals.  

The semi final game was played against the #1 seeded team, Athletic’s Warehouse, from North Carolina. The highlight of the game came in the final inning. Walker came into the game to pitch with 2 outs and 2 runners on base. The score was 4-2. Both runs for North Carolina had come off of home runs earlier in the game. Walker would be facing both of those batters in the final inning. He threw left-handed to the first hitter who managed a weak hit up the middle, loading the bases. He then switched and threw right-handed to the next hitter. The count quickly went to 3 balls, 2 strikes. Against the advice of his coach, Walker threw a breaking ball to strike him out to end the game and earn the save.

The finals were played on New Years day against another Maryland team, the Shutdown Orioles. Walker’s team quickly got down 8-1 and managed to fight their way back to 8-7. Walker was warming up to come into the game, when it was called because they had reached the time limit.

He will play this year for the River City Prospects out of Grand Rapids.

Walker, 11, is the son of Justin and Elizabeth Glyshaw, both teachers at Cedar Springs Public Schools. 

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Varsity Wrestlers finish 3rd


The Varsity Red Hawks traveled to Allendale on Saturday, January 6, for the Falcon Individual Invite.

Three Champions were crowned as the team took third place behind Lakeshore and Allendale. 

Aaron Smith (17-6) won his first ever Varsity tournament at the 135lb weight class. Lucus Pienton (21-2) dominated the 152 division. Ryan Ringler (22-1) earned Most Outstanding Wrestler while claiming the prize at 171.

Jacob Galinis won his 100th Varsity match while placing third at 140lbs. Consolation Champions also included Trevor Marsman (17-5), Logan Hull (21-2) and Anthony Brew (12-2). David Erxleben, Zak Schmid, Chris Shafer and Caleb Baty placed for the Red Hawks as well.

On Friday night, January 5, the team kicked off OK-White duel action with a victory over Northview and a loss to four-time defending State Champion Lowell.

The boys will be at Forest Hills Northern this Friday, January 12, at 5:30 for a showdown with the Huskies and Rangers. Saturday they will travel to the east side of the state to take on Warren Woods Tower and foe.

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CS Youth wrestlers win medals

Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers show off their medals. Photo courtesy of Terry Troupe.

By Jacquie Troupe

CSYWC traveled to Grandville HS Sunday January 7th to compete in the first MYWAY Open and Novice tournament of the new year in the West Region. 

We brought 26 grapplers to compete alongside 630 others. Five wrestlers competed for the first time this season and two—Kaiden Dreyer and Joseph Reynhout—competed in their first ever matches. The team finished 6th in Most Pins with 21 in 30:45, and 10th in Total Match Points with 279, ending the day 44-48. 

According to Coach Scott Marsman, the kids came back from Christmas break and wrestled with a lot of determination and heart. “We are all very proud of how they handle themselves on and off the mat,” he said. “We are looking forward to a very exciting year with them.”

Spencer Schoenborn topped the day off taking 1st in Most Pins in the Least Time with 5 pins in 7:44. Zach Vu had 3 in 2:55 taking the 27th spot, Rory Schoenborn was 38th with 3 in 5:27, Blake Falan was 57th with 2 in :48, Alex Hanes took the 70th spot with 2 in 1:23.

Carter Falan had the Fastest Tech for the team and was 21st overall with 2:52.

Zach Vu had the 4th overall fastest pin for the day with :09! His second fastest pin was :17, tying for 21st. Blake Falan tied for 33rd with :20, Rory Schoenborn was 39th with :22 and Alex Hanes had the 100th fastest with :34.

Spencer Schoenborn scored the most team points with 22, tying for 29th overall. Carter Falan had 21.5, Zach Vu had 20, Alex Hanes scored 15 and Rory Shoenborn scored 14.

Karsen Roelofs scored the most single match points for the team with 18-11th overall (35 points for the day), Kaiden Dreyer (31 total) and Carter Falan (24 total) tied for 55th with 15 points.

Taking the 4th place medals was Jaxon Fitzgerald, Rory Schoenborn, Blake Falan, Gavyn Byxbe and Gabe Gair. Finishing 3rd was Brycen Alber, Alex Hanes and Spencer Schoenborn. 2nd place medalists were Ben Streeter and Maston Wood. Our 1st place Champions were Zach Vu, Jon Libera and Carter Falan. 

Next week the team will compete at Kent City and Central Montcalm.

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WMP wrestlers place at two events

Tatianna Castillo was champion in the 52lb 7/8 age group at Grandville.

By Barbra Chong

West Michigan Pursuit split up this weekend to compete at the Mat Mahem Duals and Individual event in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the Grandville tournament. 

Brody Compau wrestled with Team MYWAY Blue, 8U. Compau claimed a victory and his team finished 8th. Drew Moro wrestled on Team MYWAY Red, 8U. He went undefeated for the day and his team finished 3rd. Moro also entered the 61 and 64 lb individual event and claimed Championship titles in both weight classes. Luke Egan and Tyler Parmeter wrestled with Team MYWAY Blue, 10U. Egan claimed 4 victories for the team and finished 4th in the individual. Parmeter claimed a victory for the team and finished 4th in the individual. Their team finished 12th. Blake Peasley wrestled with Team MYWAY Red, 10U. Peasley claimed 3 victories for the team. He finished 3rd in the individual and his team took 6th. Josh Vasquez wrestled for Team MYWAY Blue, 12U. Vasquez claimed 4 victories for the team and finished 3rd in the individual. His team finished in in 12th. Quinten Cassiday and Kaleb Pautke entered both Mat Mahem and Grandville.  Pautke finished 3rd at Mat Mahem in the 8U, 55 lb wt class and claimed a Championship title at Grandville in the 7/8 age group, 55 lb wt class. Cassiday finished 3rd at Mat Mahem in the 10U, 62 lb wt class and 2nd at Grandville in the 9/10 age group, 63 lb wt class. Kellen Weckesser entered Mat Mahem and finished 5th in the 10U, 58 lb wt class. 

Grandville results are as follows: 80 lb Isaiah Sostenes finished 3rd in the 9/10 age group. 75 lb Harper Cheng, 9/10 age group and 64 lb Aaiden Vasquez, 7/8 age group finished in 2nd Place. Champions of the day are 52 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group; 90 lb Isaiah Smith, 9/10 age group and 67 lb Kamden Witte, 9/10 age group. Congratulations to Isaiah Smith, this is his first Championship title! 

“I have been pushing these kids hard this year preparing them for very bright futures. I am very proud of their response. They are competing with some of the best wrestlers in the nation,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Red Hawk bowling news

Back row L to R: Assistant coach Trevor Ruark, Sarah Galloway, Katelyn Paige, Alexa Thompson, Rose Baty, Coach Tim Jackson.
Front row L to R: Michayla Paige, Omani Morales, Gabi Lamek.

On December 16, Cedar Springs hosted a tournament at Westgate. The girls lost in the first bracket of the tournament round to Wayland. Junior Rose Baty bowled her high school high of 178. 

On December 20, Cedar Springs had a conference match against Ottawa Hills. Both the boys and girls won 30-0.

On December 26, Cedar Springs attended a baker tournament at Park Center lanes. The boys finished 6th out of 11. The girls took home a 2nd place trophy  losing to Caledonia by 1 pin—317 to 318.

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Varsity ice hockey schedule


A few weeks ago, we ran the sports schedules for Cedar Springs High Schools. One team was missing from the schedule—the ice hockey team. The team is made up of three schools: Coopersville (C), Cedar Springs (CS), and West Catholic (WC). Below is their team photo and the season schedule.

VARSITY: Front row, left to right: Noah Herzhaft (C), Brendan Hofmann (WC), Joel Kolenda (CS), Avery Matthews (CS), Tyler Messock (C), Lukas Jenkins (C), David Hoving (WC), Max Goodfellow (WC), Nathan Szyszko (C), Conner Julien (C).
Back row, left to right: Coach Jake Ochsner, Coach Mike Davey, Adam Bocian (WC), Danny Ebert (CS), Tyler Hofmann (WC), Isaac Oswald (C), Ian Waldecker (WC), Dawson Homik (C), Colin Jewell (WC), Jaydon Moleski (CS), Corbin Venckus (WC), Coach Alex Ostrowski, Head Coach Mike Maas.


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Chargers Take Charge of the Courts

Senior James Hofstra shoots a 3-point.

Team captain, Brin Calkins runs the ball down the court to run the next play.

This year’s Chargers are led by Senior Captains James Hofstra and Dawson Armstrong, and Junior Captain Charles Wortz. The Chargers opened up the season with a 10-point victory over Algoma Christian and a thrilling 1 point loss to Wellspring Prep. The Chargers play 17 more games this season.

The Lady Chargers are focusing on fundamentals and what it means to play as a team. There is so much potential on the team that it will be exciting to watch the growth throughout the season. The team unanimously picked junior Brin Calkins and senior Autumn Watson as team captains, and they will be a positive influence on the team with their skill sets both on and off the court.

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CS Youth wrestlers place at Rockford

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers that won at the Rockford Open and Novice tournament last weekend.

By Jacquie Troupe

CSYWC had 39 wrestlers head to Rockford to compete in the RYWC Open & Novice tournament Sunday, December 17th joining 72 teams from all over the state. There were 528 wrestlers looking for the top spots in their weight classes.

“We had lots of wrestlers out today and we saw a lot of great matches. We had a handful of wrestlers step on the mat to compete for the very first time and they wrestled very well. We went 68-63 today but had 26 medal. I can’t wait to see how everyone progresses throughout the season,” said Coach Jake Marsman.

Taking home the 4th place medals for the team were Brycen Alber, Taylor Crystal, Cameron Ellison, Zach Vu, Gavyn Byxbe, Urijah Bates, Deegan Pike and Wyatt Cooper.

The 3rd place finishers were Logan Galinis, Jaxon Fitzgerald, Tucker Crystal, Dakota Winchell, Brenden Johnson and Rory Shoenborn.

The 2nd place grapplers were Jonathan Libera, Jayce Karafa, Hudson Crystal, Blake Falan, Thomas Prins and Conner Dines.

This Sunday’s CSYWC Champions were Ben Streeter, Tucker Dines, Nolan Myers, Carter Falan, Logan Troupe and Maston Wood. Congratulations, wrestlers!

Deegan Pike had the most pins for the team and was 25th over all with 3 pins in 4:30. Conner Dines was 32nd with 3 in 5:41. Cameron Ellison was 57th with 2 in 1:44. Carter Falan was 100th with 2 in 3:54. Maston Wood was 18th in fastest Technical Fall (wrestling’s version of the mercy rule) winning 17-2 in 2:41. Hudson Crystal tied for 41st winning 16-0 in 4:30. Conner Dines had the fastest pin for the team and tied for 15th with :18, Alex Hanes tied for 60th with :32, Ben Streeter tied for 68th with :35 and Cameron Ellison tied for 98th with :44. Carter Falan and Logan Troupe tied at 21st over all with the most team points for the day with 22.0, Tucker Dines tied for 40th with 20.0, Deegan Pike and Blake Falan tied for 64th with 18.0 and Conner Dines tied for 80th with 17.0. Conner Dines and Alex Hanes tied for 13th with 18 single match points. Maston Wood tied for 22nd with 17, Hudson Crystal tied for 39th with 16, Gavyn Byxbe and Taylor Crystal tied for 82nd with 14. Rory Shoenborn tied for 15th in total match points with 38, Conner Dines tied for 20th with 37, Tucker Dines tied for 24th with 35, Deegan Pike tied for 49th with 30, Henry Galinis tied for 57th with 29, Brycen Alber, Alex Hanes and Maston Wood tied for 64th with 28, Hudson Crystal tied for 73rd with 27, Taylor Crystal, Cameron Ellison and Zach Vu tied for 90th with 25.

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