Posted on 22 April 2011.
Picture left to right: Andy DiPiazza, Hank Porter, Coach Busen, Jake Fisk & Conner
The Cedar Springs football team recently competed in their seventh annual “Lift-a-thon” to raise money for Cedar Springs football. According to a letter that head coach Brian Busen sent out, the event brought in $7,000 in donations.
He said this year’s lift-a-thon was a “Bench Brawl” competition with Comstock Park. Competing athletes were divided in to 5 groups based on weight class. Cedar Springs’ lifters were victorious in 4 out 5 weight classes. Individual champions for Cedar Springs included Jake Fisk, Hank Porter, Connor Burrows and Andy DiPiazza. The combined weights from the top lifters in each class were added together to determine an overall champion and Cedar Springs took home the trophy, out-lifting Comstock Park by over 500 lbs.
Coach Busen thanked those who supported the event. “With your donation we will be able to buy needed equipment, help pay coaches, defer the two-a-day costs of the athletes that participate in the lift-a-thon and do the necessary things to make this a quality program,” he said.
“WE will again be playing in the very competitive OK Blue and opening with non conference opponent and neighbor Tri County,” added Busen. “Our league was well represented in the playoffs last year not only with a playoff berth of our own, but with West Catholic earning a state championship and Comstock Park making it to the semi-finals. I can assure you that WE are working hard toward being the last team standing and will continue working hard throughout the summer to prepare for the upcoming season. This year’s group of athletes has already begun training and is eagerly awaiting their opportunity to put all their work into motion.
“Thanks again for your support. GO HAWKS!”
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Posted on 13 January 2011.
by Justin Glyshaw, 8th grade American Studies
Who knew that geography could be exciting?
That was certainly the case last Friday, January 7, when the Cedar Springs Middle School held their annual geography bee.
Students in the American Studies classes in both seventh and eighth grade competed in preliminary rounds in December before the holiday break, sending two students from each class to compete in the CSMS bee.
In the semi-final round of competition, students each answered the same ten questions. All questions were based on knowledge of United States geography. Students with the most correct answers then moved on to the final round of questions. Those making it to the final round included Caden Burrows, Derrick Chong, Logan McGahn, Justin Jones, Mackenzie Weiler, Hannah Serek, Evan Kobayashi, Allyson Marvel, Remington Swade, Kyle Spahr and Jonathan Wolfarth.
The first 10 questions of the final round was a 3-strike process. At the third incorrect answer a student was eliminated. Students again were asked questions about US geography, but this time they were asked to read a map to identify the longitude and latitude to locate the correct state. The field of 13 was whittled down to the final three, Remington Swade, Evan Kobayahsi, and Caden Burrows. The three were neck and neck until Remington missed his third question leaving only Kobayashi, with 2 strikes against him, and Burrows with only one strike. The final three questions were:
3. The Morris Reservoir, which supplies water for Pasadena, is in what state?
Both Kobayashi and Burrows responded correctly with California.
2. A frog-jumping contest is one way the city of Hannibal celebrates Tom Sawyer Days. This city is located on the Mississippi River in what state?
This time only Evan, due to his knowledge from reading Twain, knew the answer was Missouri.
The score being tied and 2 strikes apiece, the entire competition came down to one final question:
1. The Pecos River flows past Carlsbad before it crosses into Texas from what other state?
Evan Kobayashi managed to answer New Mexico correctly, thereby handing Burrows a second place finish for the second year in a row. As a seventh grader, Caden also finished second to Alexis Lucarelli, a semi-finalist this year.
Kobayashi, a student in Mr. Marten’s Green House American Studies class, was all smiles as he received his champion medal. Evan will now have an opportunity to move on to the state-level competition in which cash and prizes are possible. We’ll keep you updated on his progress in the National Geography Bee competition as we hear more.
Congratulation to all participants this year!
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