Posted on 06 March 2014.
Cedar Springs girls varsity basketball ended their season with a loss in a close game in their district, and on their home court against Forest Hills Central on Monday, Feb. 24.
The girls played hard and stayed close for most of the game. Cedar Springs went into half time only trailing by 2 points. Forest Hills Central came out strong and extended their lead in the 2nd half ending on top with a final score of 45-52.
It was a team effort with all contributing. Scoring for the Hawks were Brittany Todd, Aubree Mouthaan, Mikenzie Francis, Sam Taylor, Taylor Baker, Sayge Wight and Allison Snavley. Aly Hamiliton grabbed several rebounds and Nikki Matzke and Alysha Chaney chipped in with great defense.
Out with injuries were Mary Monterusso and Jessica Kriekaard, who gave encouragement to all. All in all it was a great effort put out by everyone and it was sad it had to end.
Overall for the season the girls were 6-14, 4-6 in the OK Bronze conference. Through all the ups and downs the girls played tough and came up just short on several games. Having 9 seniors out of 12 on the team made it very tough for it to come to an end. Playing together for 9 years and knowing that this was the final game they would ever play on their home court at Cedar Springs High School made it even harder. Congratulations on completing the season with a great game.
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Posted on 20 February 2014.
Their first conference championship
The Cedar Springs boys bowling team finished the 2013-2014 OK Bronze conference season with a first place co-champion position with Northview. It’s their first ever conference championship.
The Cedar team consisted of Senior Josh Austin, Juniors Kyle Knarr and Mitchell Johnson, Sophomores Jacob Cartwright, Blake Fisk, Jarod Plank, and Shane Robarts, and Freshmen Trevor Ruark and Dugan Conely. The boys finished a successful season by finishing strong and challenging Northview to the end.
Cedar started the bowling season by winning the pre-season tournament on December 7 at Northfield Lanes. Cedar took the tournament with a total pin count of 2715 followed by Northview with 2684, Forest Hills Northern with a 2628, Forest Hills Eastern with a 2406, and West Catholic with a 2154.
Regular season matches took place and Cedar stayed strong throughout the season with a standing of 6 wins and 2 losses.
“The losses came early on in the season, but the boys rallied together as a team to finish a strong season,” commented Coach Austin. “Each bowler contributed a piece to such a successful season.”
The post-season tournament on February 15 at East Brook Lanes was a close match for the boys as they fought to finish first in their conference. Jacob Cartwright led the Cedar team and finished 5th in the post-season tournament with a 352 series. After 2 games, Cedar was behind Northview by 123 pins. Cedar came back strong in the 6 Baker games, but came up 18 pins short to claim the tournament from Northview.
“The boys struggled in their second game, but rallied back to finish strong with their Baker games,” explained Coach Austin. “I am proud of their accomplishments and personal bests this season.”
Some personal accomplishments this season were Blake Fisk finishing 1st in the Conference with a 208.5 average, Josh Austin finished 4th with a 191.7 average, Trevor Ruark finished 7th with a 182.2 average, and Jacob Cartwright finished 10th with a 175.9 average. Honorable mention for Kyle Knarr for a 166 average.
Congratulations to the Cedar Springs boys bowling team on a successful season.
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Posted on 07 February 2014.
Freshman Jordan Ringler
The Cedar Springs Varsity Wrestling team battled to a solid second place finish in the OK Bronze individual wrestling tournament, on Saturday, behind state-ranked Greenville. Seven Red Hawk wrestlers made it to the finals, with two winning championships and five finishing with silver medals. Three other wrestlers advanced to the consolation finals, where there were two third place finishes and one fourth.
Freshman Jordan Ringler started things off with a gold medal at 103 pounds. Jordan won his finals match with a 6-0 shutout over the defending conference champ from Forest Hills Eastern. Ringler’s record for the season is 26-4.
Zach Wamser won his first conference championship by fall in the second period. Wamser, a junior, is a solid 21-1 heading into the state tournament.
Five wrestlers dropped their final match to finish second including 145-pounder Mike Smith, 160-pounder Logan McGahan, and 215-pounder Teddy Edwards. All three are juniors and are being counted on to be team leaders coming back into their senior seasons. Senior Kyle Rice was able to successfully trim down 35 pounds during the season and made his first varsity appearance at the conference finals at 189 pounds and added valuable team points with his second place effort. Freshman Patrick DePiazza also pulled out a silver medal at heavyweight in his first conference meet.
In the consolation battles for third place, Baron Lenardson came back strong after being pinned in his first match and avenged an earlier season loss with a smooth 17-3 major decision over his Northview opponent at 125 pounds. Anthony Topolski also won by a second period fall in his patented headlock at 140 pounds, for his first conference medal. Freshman Wayne White finished fourth at 135. In all, 10 Red Hawk grapplers placed in the tournament, with only two of them, Lenardson and Rice, being seniors.
“I feel that the team will be overall stronger next year and we are looking to marginalize the difference between us and Greenville,” said Coach Nick Emery.
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Posted on 24 January 2014.
The Cedar Springs wrestling team moved into sole possession of second place in the OK Bronze with a victory over homestanding Northview. Cedar took a big early lead in the upper weights beginning with a void at 171, followed by pins at 189 and 215 by juniors Austin Wamser and Teddy Edwards who both recorded their 20th victories. Northview voided to Partick DePiazza at heavyweight. When the match shifted back to the lightweights, freshman Jordan Ringler pinned in 36 seconds to run the lead to 30-0, but Northview stormed back with five straight wins of their own including a 6-5 win at 135 to make the score 30-25.
In a wild back and forth match at 140, sophomore Anthony Topolski pulled out a 26-15 win to earn four team points to push the lead to 34-25. At 145 Mike Smith quickly recorded a first period pin to make the lead an insurmountable 40-25. Cedar Springs voided at 152 but moved senior Jarrod Vodry up to 160 where he recorded the 100th win of his career with a pin. Final score 46-31 in favor of the Red Hawks.
An interesting twist to the match was provided by the rival coaches being former teammates, which increased the intensity of the match. Cedar coach Nick Emery and Northview coach Eric Fransen both were Red Hawk wrestlers from 1998-2001, and Fransen formerly was an assistant coach in the CS program.
With the win the Red Hawks secured second place in the OK Bronze needing wins against Forest Hills Eastern and Northern to earn the number two seed in the conference tournament.
Overall, the team dual record is 13-10 including a second place finish last weekend at the Pine River Invitational. Saturday 4 wrestlers placed at the Lakeview Individual Tournament. Pat DePiazza placed fourth at heavyweight while both Jordan Ringler at 103 and senior Baron Lenardson at 125 placed third. Junior Teddy Edwards pulled out heartpounding overtime win to be tournament champion at 215 pounds.
Ringler is off to a fast start to his high school career with a team leading 23 wins followed by Edwards with 22 wins including 15 pins. State ranked Zack Wamser has piled up 19 wins while Lenardson has 18 including his 100th career victory.
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Posted on 05 December 2013.
Front Row – (L-R) Maddie Pekrul, Kenzie Weiler, Breanna White, Kelsie Webber, Conner White, Marissa Morales, Julian Quiroga
2nd Row – (L-R) Jordan Johnson, Brittany Todd, Mia Scheidel, Jared Vodry, Blake Fisk
Back Row – (L-R) Caden Burrows, Austin Sargent, Justin Jones, Mitch Hamner, Kaden Myers, Cameron Klompstra
Boys Cross Country: Austin Sargent, Justin Jones
Girls Cross Country: Kenzie Weiler, Maddie Pekrul
Volleyball: Brittany Todd
Tennis: Blake Fisk
Girls Golf: Conner White, Bre White
Football: Kaden Myers, Caden Burrows, Jordan Johnson
Soccer: Mitch Hanmer
2013 Fall OK Bronze Honorable Mention Athletes:
Marissa Morales – Girls Golf, Julian Quiroga – Boys Soccer, Jared Vodry – Football, Cameron Klompstra – Football, Kelsie Webber – Cross Country, Mia Schiedel – Volleyball
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