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Sam Taylor signs to play at Muskegon Community College


Cedar Springs High School senior Sam Taylor has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at Muskegon Community College.

Sam is a four-year letter winner for the Red Hawks basketball team. Over the past two seasons, Taylor was team captain and compiled averages of 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. She was often tasked with defending the other team’s top player.

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C-CONGRATS-SawadeRemington Sawade

Remington Sawade, a senior at Cedar Springs High School has been awarded a 4 year full tuition Air Force ROTC Scholarship for college.  This highly competitive scholarship is based on GPA, ACT test scores, a physical ability test, leadership qualities, an interview process, and community service.  Remington plans to study Materials Science Engineering at either Michigan State University or Michigan Technological University along with his ROTC training before he serves as an officer in the United States Air Force.

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Community Night

By Tom Noreen

Community Night is April 21 from 6-8:30 PM at the Cedar Springs High School. We’ve made changes to reduce congestion in the hall by putting more exhibits in the gym. Local businesses, non-profits and church groups will have booths with their offerings.

Some of the special events for this year are:

*Creative Technologies Academy art displays

*Cedar Springs Community Players thespian entertainment

*Chamber of Commerce Renaissance Faire reenactors

*Martial Arts demonstrations

*PiYo demonstrations

*Dance demonstrations

Plus more in the works.

Food will be available from the booster booth near the gym.

Hope to see you there!

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Auction raises fund for En Gedi youth center

Pastor Craig Owens and some of the En Gedi youth.

Pastor Craig Owens and some of the En Gedi youth.

The Cedar Springs High School cafeteria was bubbling with excitement last Friday with an approximate 120 attendees for the one and only En Gedi annual fundraiser event.

En Gedi is a Christ-centered Cedar Springs non-profit organization focused on keeping kids in our community safe, encouraged, and mentored. A free afterschool youth center is provided for students in grades 6-8th along with special events for high school students and community members.

This year’s event hit new record highs in donations from area businesses, attending participants, and net profits. Bidders are first allowed to anonymously submit their offer on a wide variety of items ranging from college sports tickets, home furnishings, outdoor equipment and supplies, hunting adventures, games, collective dolls, athletic training items and many more items. A few En Gedi students then presented a short original skit along with a viewing of the En Gedi video. The last event of the night includes a live auction for larger items as well as an opportunity to Sponsor-a-Student.

En Gedi is dependent upon donations to achieve the group’s goal of “building up families in our community.” Kevin Pike, En Gedi Board Secretary, and Jodi Coxon co-chair the event, which netted over $46,000, covering En Gedi’s yearly expenses.

Pastor Craig Owens serves as the Youth Center Director, assisted by Pastors Shasta and Joe Gross, and many adult and high school volunteers. “If you would like to get involved and share your hobby, gifts, and talents with our young people, please get in touch with me at Craig@CSCalvary.org,” said Pastor Owens.

Event Co-Chair Kevin Pike added, “The entire En Gedi Team would like to thank everyone who has and continues to support this local mission and especially this year’s event. Your commitment to the youth of our community is greatly appreciated.”

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Were 70-80 students expelled from high school?

By Judy Reed

The rumor mill on social media and between students was in high gear this last week, with a tale of drug dogs, locker checks, and 70-80 students being expelled for having marijuana brownies at Cedar Springs High School.

The problem is that the rumor was not true, according to both police and the high school. As with many rumors, there was a grain of truth, but the details were greatly exaggerated.

According to Sgt. Jason Kelley, with the Kent County Sheriff Department’s Cedar Springs Unit, they were called to the high school on March 16 to investigate the possible sale of brownies made with marijuana butter. The school had already begun the investigation, and identified the possible juvenile involved. The investigating deputy continued the investigation and spoke with three juveniles, who admitted to making and consuming the brownies. It was discovered that one brownie had been sold to another student at school, and one brownie had been sold on a school bus. “No brownies or marijuana were located at the school,” reported Sgt. Kelley, who said they did not search any lockers or bring the dogs.

According to Anne Kostus, Academic Support Services Director at the High School, they do searches in the high school periodically, but didn’t this time. “The incident was reported by students,” she explained. She verified that three students brought the marijuana brownies to school and distributed it.

Three of the students are being disciplined for distribution, and two of the three for possession,” she said. “We are following our board adopted policies for discipline. We have high standards, and they need to be held accountable,” she explained.

Kostus noted that the students were honest about what happened. “These are good kids who made a bad choice,” she said. “I hope people treat them with compassion.”

She added that this kind of thing doesn’t happen often. “We rarely have this problem,” she said.

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Depiazza claims 100th win as Red Hawks finish second in conference

Red Hawk junior Patrick Depiazza got his 100th varsity career win last week. Photo by B. Chong.

Red Hawk junior Patrick Depiazza got his 100th varsity career win last week. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

Cedar Springs High School Wrestling traveled to Wyoming for the last Conference Tri Meet last Wednesday, February 3. Cedar Springs started the evening against Wyoming and claimed a victory, 71-6. Ending the night against Belding, it proved to be a battle going back and forth with each weight class. Unfortunately the Red Hawks came up short, with a 26-25 loss.

The Red Hawks finished second in the OK Bronze conference. Photo by B. Chong.

The Red Hawks finished second in the OK Bronze conference. Photo by B. Chong.

Overall, the team is 5-0 in the OK Bronze Conference. At our Junior Varsity level, 125 lb Anthony Brew, 145 lb Jacob Pease, 160 lb Xavier Anderson, 171 lb Billy Hammer and 215 lb Cody McHenry all won their matches. Special recognition goes out to freshman Anthony Brew, who wrestled an undefeated season. At our Varsity level, 112 lb Logan Hull, 125 lb Jordan Ringler, 135/140 lb Jacob Galinis, 145 Lucus Pienton, 189 lb Ryan Ringler and heavyweight Patrick Depiazza all went undefeated for the evening. 119 lb Patrick Fliearman, 130 lb Aaron Smith, 140 lb Jesse Empie, 152 lb Anthony Topolski, 171 Gage Gardner and 160 lb Nate Patin all won a match as well.

Junior, Patrick Depiazza claimed his 100th Varsity Career Win against Wyoming’s Caleb Gullick. This is a goal that wrestlers strive to achieve over their high school career but not easily attainable. Congratulations Patrick!

Friday, February 5, the Red Hawks traveled to Northview for the 2016 Conference Finals.  Final team placements ended with the Yellow Jackets of Greenville in first place with a score of 189.5, the Wildcats of Northview in Second Place with a score of 166 and Cedar Springs in Third place with a score of 160. Cedar Springs finished third in the Tournament and Second in the OK Bronze Conference.

Final individual placements ended with 135 lb Jacob Galinis, 189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza with Conference Championship Titles. 119 lb Jordan Ringler, 145 lb Anthony Topolski and 152 lb Lucus Pienton took Second Place. 112 lb Logan Hull, 130 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Jesse Empie and 160 lb Nate Patin took Third Place and 125 lb Aaron Smith and 171 lb Gage Gardner took Fourth Place. Freshmen, Ryan Ringler continues to show his impressive skill sets. Ringler broke the Freshmen wins record of 31 set in 1992, he is now at 40 wins and still climbing. He also took the 189 lb Conference Championship wrestling above his usual weight class, giving up almost 20 lbs.

“The most important thing you can learn from high school sports is to get back up. We took a beating and how we react will summarize our character and determine the outcome of our season. It’s been a good season and we still have an opportunity on Wednesday to make it great,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Melvin K. Brown, age 93, of Big Rapids, Michigan, and formerly of Grand Rapids, died peacefully on December 1, 2015 at home. He was born May 3, 1922 in Sparta, Michigan, and was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School, Western Michigan University, and Michigan State University. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rosemary, and is survived by his two sons, Steven and Timothy, and his two grandchildren, Cody (Angela) and Caitlin. As Melvin requested, cremation has taken place, and no memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the charity of your choice. A private farewell to Melvin for the immediate family will be planned at a later date.

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Mr. David Lee Tisdel of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 71, passed away on the evening of Sunday, January 17, 2016. He was born to Mervel and Virginia (Wood) Tisdel on May 3, 1944, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. David was the oldest child of three brothers, raised on their family farm in the Cedar Springs area. He was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School and David was married to Jill Tisdel (Gunneson) of Kent City. David was an exceptional truck driver, hauling steel, and hauled people too, as his career shifted into the charter business. In his free time, David enjoyed pulling antique tractors, and snowmobiling, as well as motorcycling. David is survived by his wife of eighteen years, Jill Tisdel; childen, Mischelle Felbab, Scott (Jennifer Bedel) Smith, Nancy Smith, and Cindy Smith; grandchildren Myckala Felbab, Amanda Harmon, Jimmy Harmon, Jasmyn Smith, Cheyenne Smith, Jeremiah Smith, Brendan Paepke; great grandchildren Elliot, Cain, and Jaxon; brothers Dennis (Connie) Tisdel and Brian Tisdel; and son-in-law Michael Felbab. He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife Barbara (Giles) Tisdel. There will be a memorial visitation held from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 23, 2016, at Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Those wishing to offer expressions of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to the American Diabetes Association, 1550 E. Beltline Avenue SE, Suite 250, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home


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Youth wrestlers medal at tournaments

Troupe facing off against his opponent in the 46lb 09-11 All class. Photo courtesy of J. Troupe.

Troupe facing off against his opponent in the 46lb 09-11 All class. Photo courtesy of J. Troupe.

By J. Troupe

Despite the weather last Sunday, January 10, the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club sent 21 wrestlers to tournaments in Grand Haven and Big Rapids.

“The kids are really starting to put their moves into action and it’s showing in their matches. Out of 21 wrestlers, 15 medaled. We have some great young wrestlers!” said Coach Jake Marsman.

Ending the day 4th in their weight classes were Tucker Crystal in 46lb 09-11 All, Zack Haack in the 61lb 07-08 Novice & Gavyn Byxbe in the 67lb 07-08 Open brackets.

Finishing in 3rd Place was Logan Troupe in the 85lb 03-04 Novice bracket.

2nd Place grapplers were Treyce Niles in the 49lb 09-11 All, Reed Haack in the 61lb 09-11 All, Trevor Marsman in the 75lb 03-04 Open and Austin Miller in the 183lb 03-04 Novice brackets.

1st Place Champions were Blake Falan in the 55lb 07-08 Novice, Keaton Klaasen in the 59lb 05-06 Open, Hudson Crystal in the 72lb 07-08 Open, Blake Pickard in the 80lb 05-06 Novice, Andrew VanGessel in the 85lb 01-02 All, Carter Falan in the 90lb 03-04 Open and Ariana Meyers in the 133lb 03-04 Open brackets.

If you would like to check out our program please feel free to check out a practice at the Cedar Springs High School on Tuesday or Thursday evening at 6 p.m. in the wrestling room.  Also look up our Facebook page Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling or our homepage http://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=cedarspringswrestling.

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James R. Cole


colejamesJames R. Cole, Sr. 70 of Sand Lake, died Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Spectrum Health United Memorial Hospital, Greenville. Jim was born September 28, 1945 in Cedar Springs, MI the son of Waldo and Mary (Day) Cole. He was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School Class of 1963 and was a truck driver for Spartan Stores retiring in 2007 after 34 ½ years. His real passion was farming and being in the outdoors. He deeply loved his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Gloria (Ostrander) whom he married on June 28, 1963; sons, James Jr. (Lisa), David (Dawn), Jon (Sandra); 10 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; brothers, Max (Cindy), Bill (Kathy); sister, Patricia (Pat) Holland; brothers-in-law, Gary Baxter, Gerald Parker; sisters-in-law, Laura (Larry) McCrory, Leone Conner; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Doug (Jean) Randall, John Frantz; his springer spaniel, Bear; and his cat, General Mattis. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Ruth Baxter, Beverly Parker; brother, Arthur Cole, Sr.; nephew, Kevin Cole. The family will greet friends Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. The service will be Tuesday at 11:00 am at the Jesus Non-Denominational Church, 9206 W. Peck Road, Greenville. Pastor Tommy Turner officiating. Interment Trufant Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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