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Wrestlers earn championships


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On Saturday, March 15 and Sunday March 16, MYWAY Wrestling Western Region held Regional Finals at Kenowa Hills High School. Wrestlers have spent the last four months competing in preparation for the tournament. Competition was fierce as the top wrestlers in the western region came to compete to place top four in their weight classes in order to qualify for the MYWAY State Finals. Twenty three Cedar Springs Youth Wrestlers went to regionals and seventeen of those qualified for State Finals, four whom where Champions!

2014 Western Region Champions are Veronica Tapia at 37lb in the 5/6 age group, Keaton Klaasen at 52lb in the 7/8 age group, Landon Demorest at 47lb in the 9/10 age group, and Ryan Ringler at 158lb in the 11/12 age group.

Second place finishers were Pistachio Gonzales at 58lb in the 5/6 age group, Tommy Stevens at 58lb in the 7/8 age group, Trevor Marsman at 63lb in the 9/10 age group, and Jordan Ringler at 106lb in the 99-98 High School division.

Third place finishers Aiden Bouwens at 100lb in the 9/10 age group, Logan Hull at 85lb in the 11/12 age group and Samuel Couturier at 112lb in the 11/12 age group.

Rounding out the state qualifiers in fourth place were Caleigh Wood at 37lb in the 5/6 age group and Gage Gardner at 145 in the 13-15 age group.

Reese and Tacho Gonzales both fell one win short of qualifying by taking fifth place in their weight classes.

Cedar Springs will also be sending four girls to the MYWAY Girls State Championships,which will be held in conjunction with regular state finals. Allexis, Reese, Cora, and Zoe Gonzales will all be competing in the girls only tournament.

MYWAY State Finals will be held this weekend at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, MI from Friday, March 28 until March Sunday, March 30. Anyone wanting to come out and watch the best wrestling in the state of Michigan can get the full schedule at www.mywaywrestling.com.

Cedar Springs youth wrestlers and coaches would like to thank the Post and its readers for their support by printing and reading the wrestling results each week. It has been a great season, with many more to come.

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CTA Boys Cross Country Ends Season on High Note



On Saturday, October 29, the cross country teams from Creative Technologies Academy concluded their racing schedule at the inaugural Michigan Independent High School Championships at Allendale High School. The meet featured schools from around the state and provided a venue for non-MHSAA schools to compete against each other.  The men’s team from CTA earned runner-up honors against tough competition from Grand Rapids Track Club, who won the meet, and narrowly defeated third place Kalamazoo Home School by one point.
The Chargers were led by sophomore Aaron Nutt (5th place) in a time of 17:57.  Also scoring for CTA were junior Jeremiah Wortz (19:23), freshman Benett Tomandl (19:49), seventh grader Brandon Beck (19:58), and senior Steve Van Enk (20:08).  “The boys decided before the gun that they were going to win a trophy today.  They immediately put themselves in position once the race started and never looked back.  I was very satisfied with the team performance,” remarked Coach Gerry Verwey.
CTA’s ladies team placed third at the meet.  Sophomore Erin Munger (20:35) won the race and was crowned “MIHS Champion.” Freshman Hannah Hubbard, sophomores Alicia Beck and Michaela Smith, and junior Grace Van Enk contributed in the scoring as well.
After experiencing their most successful season of cross country in their young four years of existence, the Chargers celebrated their accomplishments with a highly interactive and festive team banquet on November 9th.  The banquet featured a murder mystery dinner, in which each team member received a character and objectives to act out to solve an imaginary crime, all while partaking in a wonderfully fulfilling three-course feast provided by some of the parents.  The party also featured mock awards and photo highlights, complete with funny stories from the season.
“This was one of the most memorable seasons ever,” commented Verwey.  “These kids were a team from day one – from camp through to the end.  It was incredibly rewarding to see so many students set new lifetime personal bests throughout the season.  I can’t wait to see what we will do next year.”

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