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Overcoming the pain


 

Cedar Springs resident to swim in Meijer State Games

Stacie Carr, of Cedar Springs, will swim in the Meijer State Games.

Stacie Carr, of Cedar Springs, will swim in the Meijer State Games.

By Kenneth DeGraaf

The opening ceremony for the 2015 Meijer State Games of Michigan–Summer Games is just a week away, and the games will include a swimmer from Cedar Springs, who is participating despite the pain she faces on a daily basis.

Born in Wyoming, Michigan, and currently a resident of Cedar Springs, 28-year old Stacie Carr considers swimming her hobby and passion only second to her husband, Cody, and newborn baby girl, Clare. Her goal in the sport is simple, to always be better than the previous day. “I want to be faster every time I am in the water,” Stacie said. Stacie began swimming competitively at the age of 12, following right in her father’s footsteps. Her dad was a swimmer in high school and they had a houseboat growing up, so getting involved in the sport was nearly inevitable for Stacie.

Stacie with her husband, Cody, and newborn baby girl, Clare.

Stacie with her husband, Cody, and newborn baby girl, Clare.

Things aren’t always easy for Stacie, however, as she is a victim of Reflect Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome. “It is a chronic pain condition that affects my nervous system,” Stacie explained. “I have had 10+ surgeries over the last 8.5 years including an implanted spinal cord stimulator to help block the pain signal from getting to my brain. I cannot feel my lower left leg except internal pain, so getting used to that while also trying to be a better swimmer has been quite the change.”

Despite the challenges she has faced, Stacie has won her fair share of medals and ribbons over the past 16 years, and she hopes this year’s Meijer State Games of Michigan will present her with another opportunity. The main goal, however, has always gone back to improving herself. “I am going to try to better my most recent times in my events,” Stacie responded when asked about her desired accomplishments for this year’s event. Throughout her years of participation in the State Games, Stacie has always seen the event as an opportunity to compete against some of the best in Michigan while keeping her on her toes and giving her something to really train for.

One phrase Stacie loves to live by is, “There is always someone better than you.” She uses this phrase on a daily basis as a means to engage in positive sportsmanship. “There is always someone better than you and in my opinion the relationships you make doing what you love are far more important than the ribbons and medals,” Stacie explained. When asked about her methods of maintaining a healthy living, Stacie responded, “I try to watch what I eat and workout 3-5 times a week even if it’s just little things. My husband and I had a baby recently so finding time can be difficult but including her in it is also important to me.”

Through the challenges of raising a family in addition to her diagnosis of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome, it would be easy to understand why Stacie might give up on her lifelong passion of swimming. But for Stacie, these have been nothing but minor obstacles in the way of her main objective. “My goals are to always be better than I was the previous day, in all aspects of life.”

The Meijer State Games of Michigan is a multi-sport, Olympic-style event(s) that welcome athletes regardless of age or ability level. The Games embody the values of participation, sportsmanship and healthy living.

The opening ceremony will take place at Fifth Third Ballpark. on June 26, starting at 7:30 p.m.

For more info on events, visit stategamesofmichigan.com.

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WMP at Meijer State Games and Big Rapids


Maston Wood was a champion in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Maston Wood was a champion in the 9/10 age group in the 130 lb wt class.

Last weekend, West Michigan Pursuit took 13 grapplers to the Meijer State Games, which was hosted by Northview, and two others entered into the North Region’s Big Rapids tournament. Out of the 15 grapplers to enter, 10 placed in the top three. The team battled 41 times and 23 ended in victory.

“When you have strong determination accompanied by strong action, it is not impossible to reach your destination. These grapplers train hard in their pursuit of becoming a Champion at this year’s State Finals,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus. Results are as follows:

3rd Place Medalist include Kameron Ogden in the 7/8 Novice age group in the 49/52 lb wt class.

2nd Place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 64/67 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 37/40 lb wt class.

Champions are Gage Bowen in the 7/8 Open age group in the 82/97 lb wt class, Xavier Contreras in the 9/10 (Big Rapids) age group in the 75 lb wt class, Chayson Eberspeaker in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 55/58 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 Novice age group in the 46 lb wt class, Josh Vasquez in the 7/8 Open age group in the 52 lb wt class, Brandson Wood in the 7/8 Open age group in the 43/46/49 lb wt class and Maston Wood in the 9/10 Open age group in the 130 lb wt class.

 

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Youth wrestlers win big


S-Wresting-youth-win-bigCedar Springs Youth Wrestlers have been very busy and working hard, wrestling in at least three separate tournaments over the last two weeks. The first two tournaments were both held on February 16, 2104. Half of the team traveled south to wrestle in the Meijer State Games held at the Ford Fieldhouse, downtown Grand Rapids. Champions were Keaton Klaasen at 49lb in the 7/8 division and Gage Gardner at 145lb in the 13-15 division. Lane Wiggins-Russo took second in the 112lb in the 7/8 division.

The other half of the team traveled to the north to wrestle at Tri County High School in Sand Lake. Champions from that tournament were Pistachio Gonzales at 55lb in the 5/6 division, and Trever Marsman at 67lb in the 9/10 division. Second place finishers were Caleigh Wood at 37lb in the 5/6 division, Tacho Gonzales at 67lb in the 9/10 division, and Samuel Couturier at 112 in the 11/12 division. Rounding off the medal winners were third place finishers Chase Sarniak at 46lb and Dominic Vanderhyde at 55lb in the 5/6 division. Carter Falan also took third at 80lb in the 9/10 division.

On February 23, the entire team went to rumble at Sparta High School where they won a grand total of 18 medals!

Medal winners in the 5/6 age group were Veronica Tapia 2nd at 37lb, Caleigh Wood 4th at 37lb, Gavyn Byxbe 4th at 52lb, and Pistachio Gonzales 1st at 61lb. In the 7/8 age group winners were Nehemiah Kaiserlian 2nd at 46lb, Keaton Klaasen 2nd at 49lb, Tommy Stevens 1st at 58lb, Jordan Kaiserlian 2nd at 58lb, JuanAngel Acosta 4th at 72lb, Wyatt Cooper 3rd at 82lb, and Lane Wiggins-Russo 2nd at 112. Winners in the 9/10 age group were Landon Demorest 1st at 55lb, Trever Marsman 2nd at 63lb, Tacho Gonzales 4th at 67lb, and Carter Falan 2nd at 80lb. Medal winners in the 11/12 age group were Reese Gonzales 4th at 95lb and Samuel Couturier 3rd at 112lb. Allexis Gonzales was the lone placer in the 13-15 age group with at 4th place finish at 122/130lb.

Keep your eyes on the Post for more exciting results from your Red Hawk youth wrestlers, including results from the NUWAY National Dual Tournament where five of Cedar Springs own wrestlers represented Team Michigan.

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Rios wins gold in Meijer State Games


Ricardo Rios won the gold at Meijer State games.

The Meijer State Games of Michigan were held in Grand Rapids June 26 and 27, and two of our local athletes finished right up there with the best.

The best athletes came from all over Michigan to compete, and one of the sports that local athletes participated in was boxing. Cedar Springs’ Jeff Knapp and Ricardo Rios both boxed in the gold medal bouts for their respective weight class. Jeff lost a close decision in his bout against Nefty Chico of Holland’s Venture Boxing Club. Rios, however, was able to win the gold medal in his bout against Grand Rapid’s Burim Beqiri.

“I fought a smart fight,” said Rios. “I stayed in the middle of the ring and boxed him. I didn’t let him get me into a slugfest. I just controlled him in the middle of the ring.”

The Sand Lake Boxing Club will be holding a Boxing Exhibition Saturday July 9 at 5:00 p.m. Boxers from Grand Rapids, Holland and Mt. Pleasant will be putting their talents on display against the boxers of Sand Lake. Tickets will be $6. Proceeds from this event will be going toward the purchase of new uniforms for the Sand Lake Boxing team.

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