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Red Hawk wrestler take second place at Allendale


Patrick Depiazza was Heavy Weight Champion and named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Allendale invitational last week. Photo by B. Chong.

Patrick Depiazza was Heavy Weight Champion and named Most Outstanding Wrestler at the Allendale invitational last week. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

Wednesday, January 4, Cedar Springs High School traveled to Rockford for an OK White Conference Quad. The Red Hawks started the night off against Ottawa Hills claiming a victory at every match, final score 78-0. Rockford was our next opponent of the night and unfortunately ended with a loss, 24-41. 119 lb Logan Hull, 130 lb Aaron Smith, 160 lb Lucus Pienton, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza went undefeated with 2 wins each. 112 lb Nathan Male, 125 Patrick Fliearman, 135 lb Jordan Andrus, 140lb Jordan Ringler, 145 lb Anthony Brew, 152 Jacob Galinis, 171 lb Xavier Anderson and 215 lb Chris Shaffer each won a match. On JV, 152 lb Zak Schmid went undefeated with two wins each and Kaedrian Dines won a match.

Saturday, January 7, Cedar Springs traveled to Allendale for the Falcon Invite. The tournament attracted fifteen area teams and some tough competition. Final team standings were Lakeshore with the Championship and score of 216.50, Cedar Springs took 2nd Place with a score of 205.50 points and Allendale took 3rd Place with a score of 200. The tournament was broke up into Varsity A and B teams. Cedar Springs entered twelve competitors into the Varsity A division. Final Placements are as follows: Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, who remains undefeated this season, took home a Championship Title as well as Most Outstanding Wrestler award; 189 lb Ryan Ringler , 145 lb Lucus Pienton and 140 lb Jordan Ringler also took home Championship titles; 152 Jacob Galinis took home 2nd Place; 119 lb Logan Hull, 125 lb Patrick Fliearman and 171 lb Nate Patin took 3rd Place each; 112 lb Nathan Male, 130 lb Aaron Smith, 135 lb Jordan Andrus and 160 lb Zak Schmid took 5th Place each. The Varsity B Team entered five competitors. 119 lb Kaedrian Dines and 135 lb Anthony Brew each took home a Championship Title; 215 lb Caleb Baty took home 4th Place and 171 lb Xavier Anderson took home 5th Place.

“We’re just a bunch of Cedar Kids doing what Cedar kids do. We have taken some lickings but we keep on ticking,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Missing CS grad found 30 years after disappearance


 

Charles “Chuck” Cornell graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1974. He disappeared from his Battle Creek apartment in 1986.

Charles “Chuck” Cornell graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1974. He disappeared from his Battle Creek apartment in 1986.

By Judy Reed

A former Cedar Springs family received some bittersweet closure last week on a 30-year-old mystery: where was their son and brother, Chuck Cornell? And it was DNA samples from the family that helped police solve the mystery.

Charles Cornell, a 1974 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, was the son of Pastor Richard and Hattie Cornell. Richard was pastor at Calvary Assembly of God, then located in Rockford. According to Chuck’s sister, Rachel Valkeo, Chuck was the third child in a family of six siblings.

“He was quiet, liked baseball and nice cars,” remembered Rachel, who is a younger sibling. She said some might remember him working at Great Day while in high school.

Charles “Chuck” Cornell served in the U.S. Army from 1975-1979.

Charles “Chuck” Cornell served in the U.S. Army from 1975-1979.

After graduation, Chuck joined the U.S. Army in 1975, and received an honorable discharge in 1979. Eventually, Chuck moved to Battle Creek, where he found employment. Rachel said that he had a few friends from high school he kept in touch with, and that he also had a girlfriend in Battle Creek. But as time went by, the family heard from him less and less.

So, on Chuck’s 30th birthday, in April of 1986, his parents drove to Battle Creek to see him. But what they found was an empty apartment that looked as if it had been vandalized.

Rachel said that other news articles have reported that the last time they saw Chuck was at his 30th birthday party. “That party never happened,” she said. “They drove down to see him for his birthday—but he wasn’t there.”

Richard and Hattie reported the empty apartment and vandalism to police and that their son was missing. And for 30 years, the family thought police were looking for him, just like they were. But they weren’t. Instead, they found out that law enforcement thought he was voluntarily missing and had no record of his disappearance.

“My mom and dad believed they had filed a missing persons report. But in May 2016, we found out it was never actually filed. Police didn’t believe any disruptions in the apartment showed he should be missing,” explained Rachel.

Richard passed away in 1991, without ever knowing what became of his son. But Hattie, who is now 88 and resides in Rockford, and the others still searched. In May of this year, when D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs, of Michigan State Police Missing Persons Coordination Unit heard about Cornell, she encouraged his family to file a police report. A detective at the MSP Post in Rockford then investigated, according to a news release from the MSP.

Hattie and one of Chuck’s sisters submitted DNA that was tested in a national database of unidentified remains.

The samples pointed the MSP to a 1989 John Doe case out of Arkansas, almost 900 miles from Battle Creek. Cornell had been walking on the highway and was struck by a semi-truck and killed. Recognizable photos, medical and dental records and fingerprints were on file, but the cases were not connected until the crucial DNA was submitted.

“Cases like this highlight the importance of families of missing people getting their DNA on file in CODIS. It is never too late,” said Krebs. “Without that link, the Cornell family may have never known what had happened to Charles.”

The family was told about the match on Tuesday, December 27.

Rachel said both she and her mother have mixed emotions about the news. “We don’t have a lot of answers. We have the main answer, but we are still trying to connect the dots.”

One of the things they would like to know, is why was Chuck in Arkansas? “If there is anyone out there who knows why he ended up there, we’d like to know,” said Rachel. She said they were unable to locate the girlfriend. “She had children of her own, I don’t think it was a super serious relationship.”

Rachel said she is working with other agencies and authorities to work out exactly what occurred and with the coroner in Arkansas to get Chuck’s body home. They can then hold a memorial service.

Rachel is grateful for the support from law enforcement in finding her brother. “The authorities in Michigan—Det. Denise Bentley and D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs—and all the authorities in Arkansas, have been a tremendous help to my family,” she said.

The MSP said that the Cornell case marks the 67th identification that the MSP Missing Persons Coordination unit has made, and the 32nd one by DNA alone.

For information on how family members can contribute DNA or report a missing person, email MSP-MissingPersons@michigan.gov.

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Greenville Dual and Grandville Invite


Red Hawk Jacob Galinis trying to pin his opponent.

Red Hawk Jacob Galinis trying to pin his opponent.

Red Hawk Jordan Ringler was undefeated last week.

Red Hawk Jordan Ringler was undefeated last week.

On Wednesday, December 21, Cedar Springs High School wrestling traveled to Greenville for an OK White conference dual. The matches were close but the Red Hawks took a loss with a final score of 31-35. 112 lb Nathan Male, 119 lb Logan Hull, 140 lb Jordan Ringler, 160 lb Lucus Pienton, 215 Ryan Ringler and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza won their matches. On JV, 125 lb Kaedrian Dines won a match.

The team traveled to Grandville on Wednesday, December 28 for their annual Invite. The tournament attracted several D1 schools and tough competition. The Red Hawks started the day with a loss against Grandville, 39-27. The team rallied and started a winning streak against Jenison, 46-27. Comstock Park was next to fall to the Red Hawks 40-31. Cedar Springs finished the day against Saline with another win and big lead, 44-23. Out of the thirteen teams competing, Cedar Springs finished the day in 5th place. Last year they finished in 7th place at this same competition. Davison took the Championship, Grandville 2nd Place, Bedford 3rd Place and Tri County 4th Place.

The individual records are as follows: Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler, and 140 lb Jordan Ringler went undefeated, 4-0; 119 lb Logan Hull, 145/152 lb Jacob Galinis and 171/189 lb Nate Patin had 3 wins each; 125 lb Patrick Fliearman, 135/140 lb Jordan Andrus and 152/160 lb Lucus Pienton had 2 wins each; and 112 lb Nathan Male, 130 lb Aaron Smith and 135 lb Anthony Brew had one win each.

“The boys have made a lot of progress this season but we still have a long way to go until we get where we want to be. There’s a lot of community support pulling for us and we don’t want to let them down,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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High School French Book Project


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Elise Beutlick, French Teacher

The French II and III students at Cedar Springs High School made Christmas presents in the form of French children’s books for the children living at an orphanage in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Haiti is a French-speaking country with a very low literacy rate of 60%.

Many children in Haiti do not have access to books. The Cedar Springs’ French students decided to create books to send to Haiti with the goal of encouraging literacy and creating a special Christmas memory for these children.

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Year in Review 2016: WWII Vet gets diploma


Erwin Duane Empie, 90, celebrates as he receives his diploma at the Cedar Springs High School graduation. Cedar Springs Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn is next to him. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Erwin Duane Empie, 90, celebrates as he receives his diploma at the Cedar Springs High School graduation. Cedar Springs Superintendent Dr. Laura VanDuyn is next to him. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

By Judy Reed

A lot of things happened in the Cedar Springs area in 2016, but the story about WWII Veteran Erwin Duane Empie, 90, finally getting his high school diploma last June was one of the most heartwarming. Empie left Cedar Springs High School in 1944 at the age of 18 to enlist in the Navy and serve his country during WWII. He was a sophomore at the time, so never got his diploma.

Erwin’s son, Mike Empie, got the ball rolling when he heard about Public Act 180 of 2001, which says that a high school diploma can be awarded to a veteran who enlisted or was drafted into WWII, Korea, or Viet Nam. He spoke with school registrar Susan Andrzejewski, who found Erwin’s transcript in an old box in the basement of the school, and verified that he had been a student. Empie then graduated with the rest of the Class of 2016 at Cedar Springs High School.

The photo above, taken by photograher Kelly Alvesteffer, perfectly caught the emotion of the moment.

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JV and Varsity Cheer finish in top three at Mona Shores


Varsity: The Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team finished 3rd out of 15 teams at Mona Shores.

Varsity: The Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team finished 3rd out of 15 teams at Mona Shores.

This weeks competitions brought the Cedar Springs High School Varsity & JV teams to Mona Shores High School. It was a long night for the girls, due to there being 33 teams at this competition.

Starting in round one, Cedar Springs Varsity scored a 218.5 with a 4-point penalty bringing their score to a 214.5 and placing them in 4th place at the end of round one.

JV: The Cedar Springs JV team finished first out of six teams at Mona Shores.

JV: The Cedar Springs JV team finished first out of six teams at Mona Shores.

Cedar Springs JV scored a 195.7 placing them in 1st place at the end of round one.

Continuing on to round two Cedar Springs Varsity scored a 218.7 making their subtotal for round two a 433.28 bringing them up to second place at the end of round two.

Cedar Springs JV scored a 163.6 bringing the subtotal to a 359.3 and holding their first place standing.

Lastly, in round three Cedar Springs Varsity scored a 280.1, bringing their overall total for all three rounds 713.38. This gave them a third place finish out of 15 Division 2 teams, with less than a one-point difference for second place.

Cedar Springs JV finished round three with a 248.7, bringing their overall total to 608 and securing a first place finish out of six JV teams.

Great job to all the girls.

The next High School competition will be Saturday January 7 at Comstock Park High School.

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Sparling to play basketball for Aquinas


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Cedar Springs High School senior Ali Sparling signed her national letter of intent last week to play basketball for NAIA member Aquinas College. She currently plays basketball for the Lady Red Hawks Varsity basketball team. Ali is pictured above (seated) with her parents, Tracie and Brett, on either side of her. Standing behind her is Linda Nash, head coach for the Aquinas Saints; and assistant coach Brian Morris. Congratulations, Ali!

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Tri County Wrestling Results


Cedar Springs Red Hawk Varsity Wrestling Team. Photo by Jane Ringler

Cedar Springs Red Hawk Varsity Wrestling Team. Photo by Jane Ringler

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs High School Wrestling team traveled to Tri County for the first Invite of the 2016-2017 Season. The Varsity Team is not quite at full strength, missing a 103 and 112 lb wt class, causing two voids last weekend. Unfortunately, with the voids, this automatically created a 12-point deficit each dual. We defeated Lakeview with a score of 55-24, then defeated Carson City with a score of 53-18 and continued the winning streak against Comstock Park with a score of 36-34. The next dual was a loss against Pine River with a score of 27-43 and finished the day against Tri County with another loss of 24-43. Out of the six teams competing, Cedar Springs finished the tournament in third place.

The boys wrestle for their individual score but each individual contributes to the overall team score. The individual records are Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, who went undefeated with 5 wins by fall, totaling just under 4 minute fall times, and 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler, who also went undefeated; 125/130 lb Patrick Fliearman, 140/145 lb Jordan Ringler and 152/160 lb Jacob Galinis with 4 wins each; 119/125 lb Logan Hull, 140/145 lb Jordan Andrus and 171/189 lb Nate Patin with 3 wins each; 130/135 lb Aaron Smith and 135 lb Anthony Brew with 2 wins each; 152/160 lb Zak Schmid and 215 lb Chris Shaffer with 1 win each.

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French Book Project


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The French II and III students at Cedar Springs High School made Christmas presents in the form of French children’s books for the children living at an orphanage in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Haiti is a French-speaking country with a very low literacy rate of 60%. Many children in Haiti do not have access to books. The Cedar Springs’ French students decided to create books to send to Haiti with the goal of encouraging literacy and creating a special Christmas memory for these children

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Local hometown hero aboard USS Mason


The USS Mason was fired upon with missiles on October 9 and 12, off the coast of Yemen. Here it is shown on the arrival at the port of Piraeus, Greece, on October 23.

The USS Mason was fired upon with missiles on October 9 and 12, off the coast of Yemen. Here it is shown on the arrival at the port of Piraeus, Greece, on October 23.

FC1 PJ French, aboard the USS Mason.

FC1 PJ French, aboard the USS Mason.

FC1 PJ French, a 2004 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, is aboard the USS Mason, a Navy destroyer recently fired upon off the coast of Yemen.

French is the son of Don and Laura DeLange, of Cedar Springs.

The USS Mason is a Navy destroyer supporting maritime security operations in the Red Sea off Yemen’s southern coast. It was attacked on October 9 and again on October 12. As many as three missiles were shot down by the Mason and splashed down in the water before reaching the ship.

In response to the failed missile strike on the USS Mason, the USS Nitze launched Tomahawk cruise missiles on October 13, destroying three coastal radar sites in Yemen they suspected to be under the control of Houthi forces.

No one was hurt in any of the strikes on the USS Mason, due to the appropriate defensive counter measures. In fact, FC1 French works on the Aegis Weapons System onboard, which is responsible for defense of the ship.

What happens in a scenario where a ship like this is fired on? From a story at http://taskandpurpose.com/us-destroyer-responds-someone-shoots/ there are four steps:

Step one: Missile inbound.

Someone in the combat information center will notice a swiftly moving contact on the radar screen. The first person to detect the missile will yell out, “Vampire inbound!” along with some proprietary Navy information to make sure folks know the situation.

Step two: Confirm it’s a missile.

The ship has onboard sensors along with any information from units in and around the area of operations. Sailors in the combat information center will confirm that it’s a missile and not a radar anomaly or some other phenomena.

Step three: shoot that vampire down.

Once they have confirmed that an anti-ship missile is headed toward the ship, it’s time to take action. Sailors from Combat Fire Control division are responsible for the operations and maintenance of the weapons systems and will likely be the ones taking action. Each class of ship has multiple close, medium, and long-range weapons and countermeasures to address the threat. In the case of the Mason, they used Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) and Enhanced Sea Sparrow Missiles to “splash” the missiles. The SM-2 and ESSM are medium range missiles stored in the ship’s Vertical Launch System cells, along with Tomahawks and other weapon systems. ESSMs are unique in that each VLS cell can hold 4 of the missiles, meaning Navy ships can hold several to protect themselves or the units around them.

If the missiles made it through those defenses, or were fired closer, the shipboard Phalanx Close-In Weapons System—also known as the CIWS (pronounced “sea-wiz”)—would engage it. The CIWS looks like a really excited R2-D2 and terrifies helicopter pilots all over the Navy, and for good reason. CIWS shoots upwards of 4,500 rounds per minute, creating a wall of tungsten in front of an incoming contact, and can be operated fully autonomously. When all of the weapons and countermeasure systems are combined, a U.S. Navy warship is basically Skynet.

Step four: Maintain readiness and evaluate further action.

Okay, so the warship has shot down a couple of incoming missiles and everyone is on high alert. The folks who were watching movies, sleeping, eating, or otherwise engaged heard the weapons systems being employed and hauled butt to their respective command and control stations to find out the latest info on the situation. The engineering team will ensure that all systems are online and that peak readiness is achieved. The commanding officer and executive officer are split between the combat information center and the pilot house, ready to continue the fight. The whole ship is ready and are hoping for a shot at lobbing the retaliatory Tomahawk missiles at whatever targets fit the appropriate response.

The Post is glad to hear that FC1 French and his shipmates were not injured, and we appreciate how he is serving his country. French graduated from the Navy in Chicago in 2010, and according to his mom, Laura, PJ has another three years to serve on his current tour of duty.

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