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Allendale Conference Tri and Shelby


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By Barbra Chong

Cedar Springs High School Wrestling had a successful evening at Allendale’s Conference Tri Meet last Wednesday, January 27. The Red Hawks went undefeated, starting off against Forest Hills Eastern 57-9, and ending with West Catholic, 60-12.

The team is currently in first place with a 4-0 record in the OK Bronze Conference.

At our Junior Varsity level, 125 lb Aaron Smith and 130 lb Anthony Brew went undefeated. 140 lb Gonzalo Baladia and 171 lb Billy Hammer each scored a victory. On the Varsity level 112 lb Logan Hull, 125 lb Jordan Ringler, 130 lb Jordan Andrus, 135 lb Jesse Empie, 140 lb Jacob Galinis, 145 lb Anthony Topolski, 152/160 lb Nate Patin, 160/171 lb Gage Gardner, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza all went undefeated. 119 lb Patrick Fliearman and 152 lb Xavier Anderson also claimed a victory for the evening.

Saturday, January 30, the Red Hawks traveled to Shelby for their Team Challenge. The Varsity team is still missing a 103 lb wt class, causing a void and 6 point deficit each dual. With an impressive start to the day, the Red Hawks defeated Holt with a victory, 78-0; Grand Rapids Catholic Central gave us more of a challenge but the Red Hawks were on their game and came away with their second victory, 42-34. Keeping the momentum going, Hart was our next opponent and Cedar Springs continued the winning streak, 48-22. Shelby proved to be our toughest competitor but again the Red Hawks had their game faces on and remain undefeated, 36-30. The Championship round concluded our day against Mason County Central and the Red Hawks proved to be the best team performing with a final score, 52-22. Fourteen teams were attracted to the competition and Cedar Springs brought home the coveted Championship Title.

Individual records are as follows: 119/125 lb Jordan Ringler, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza went undefeated. 135/140 lb Jacob Galinis, 145 lb Anthony Topolski, 160 lb Gage Gardner and 171/189 lb Chris Shaffer claimed four wins each. 112 lb Logan Hull, 119/125 lb Patrick Fliearman, 130 lb Jordan Andrus and 135/140 Jesse Empie claimed three wins each.  152 lb Nate Patin  claimed two wins and 130 lb Anthony Brew, 215 lb TJ Brecken and 215 lb Cody McHenry claimed a victory as well. Freshmen, Anthony Brew made his Varsity debut and won his first match by fall. Freshmen, Ryan Ringler is still turning heads with his impressive performance over Senior Spencer Knizacky of Mason County Central, who is currently Division 4’s #1 Ranked Wrestler in the state of Michigan. Ringler won his match by regular decision 13-10.

“Senior Captain Ant Topolski stepped up his leadership game and told the boys, ‘if we can upset Catholic Central and get by these other teams we will be Champions and that would feel pretty good’ and so they did. Each dual twist and turned with unique matchups therefore each player was afforded an opportunity to test their skill. The boys proved they are a team and teamwork makes the dream work,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Plank to bowl at Spring Arbor


Cedar Springs senior Jarod Plank signed with Spring Arbor University bowling last week. The signing took place at The Springs Church. Seated (L to R): SA head bowling coach Michael Hall, Jarod  Plank, and Jarod’s mother, Lorie Plank.

Cedar Springs senior Jarod Plank signed with Spring Arbor University bowling last week. The signing took place at The Springs Church. Seated (L to R): SA head bowling coach Michael Hall, Jarod Plank, and Jarod’s mother, Lorie Plank.

Spring Arbor University men’s bowling head coach Michael Hall is excited to announce the signing of Jarod Plank from Cedar Springs High School in Cedar Springs, Michigan.

Plank helped guide Cedar Springs to the state tournament three years in a row as the Red Hawks earned either first or second place at regionals in all three years.

While attending SAU, Plank intends to pursue a degree in youth ministry.

The 2016-17 academic year will be the inaugural season of competition for the Spring Arbor men’s and women’s bowling programs. The teams will practice and compete at Airport Lanes Bowling Center in Jackson, Michigan.

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Red Hawks split tri; Ringler earns 100th win at Midland


Varsity Red Hawk wrestler Jordan Ringler celebrates his 100 varsity win.

Varsity Red Hawk wrestler Jordan Ringler celebrates his 100 varsity win.

By Barbra Chong

Cedar Springs High School Wrestling traveled to Forest Hills Northern for a Conference Tri Meet last Wednesday, January 20. Cedar Springs started the evening against the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern and claimed a victory, 57-21. Ending the night, the Red Hawks suffered a loss to long time rival Sparta, 46-19. Overall, the team is 3-0 in the OK Bronze Conference.

Anthony Brew and Billy Hammer on the Junior Varsity Team each scored a victory. On the Varsity level; 119/125 lb Jordan Ringler, 135 lb Jacob Galinis, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and Heavyweight Patrick Depiazza all went undefeated for the evening. 112 lb Logan Hull, 125 lb Aaron Smith, 140 Jesse Empie, 145 lb Anthony Topolski, 152 lb Xavier Anderson and 160 lb Nate Patin each won a match as well. Freshmen Aaron Smith also claimed his first varsity win by fall against Forest Hills Northern.

Saturday, January 23, the Red Hawks traveled to Midland for their team challenge. The varsity team is not at full strength, missing a 103 and 215 lb wt class, causing a void this weekend. Unfortunately, with the voids, this caused a 12-point deficit each dual. With a show of force, the Red Hawks started the day with a victory over St. Louis, 37-36 and continued the winning streak against Flat Rock with a score 46-33. Gaylord proved to be a tough competitor and the Hawks took a loss, 57-12. After a team bye, Cedar Springs regrouped and beat Brandon, 39-31 and kept the momentum going by ending the day with a final victory against West Ottawa, 35-28. The competition attracted 10 teams looking for the coveted Championship Title. Final team standings were Gaylord first place, Anchor Bay second place and Cedar Springs third place.

The individual records are as follows: 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and heavyweight Patrick Depiazza went undefeated; 125 lb Jordan Ringler and 145/152 lb Anthony Topolski claimed four wins each; 119 lb Patrick Fliearman and 135/140 lb Jacob Galinis claimed three wins each; 130 lb Jordan Andrus, 145/152 lb Xavier Anderson, 160 lb Nate Patin and 171/189 lb Chris Shaffer claimed two wins each and 112 lb Logan Hull, 125 Aaron Smith and 130 lb Anthony Brew all claimed a victory. Freshmen, Xavier Anderson made his Varsity debut this weekend, proving he is a competitor.

S-Wrestling-Varsity-JRingler2Junior, Jordan Ringler claimed his 100th varsity career win while wrestling Jozef Motyka of Flat Rock. This is a goal that wrestlers strive to achieve over their high school career but is not easily attainable. Congratulations Jordan!

“The boys demonstrated great perseverance and teamwork this weekend, said Head Coach, Nick Emery. “They gutted it out through four dual victories all decided by one match. When we needed someone to step up, they did. Everyone contributed and it was a day to celebrate. Now back to the grind.”

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Cedar hoops win over Kent City, Northview


By Rebekah Cronk

The varsity basketball team went head to head with Kent City on Tuesday, January 19. It was a close game, but the Red Hawks took the victory with an ending score of 56-49.

The varsity team had three players score in double figures on Tuesday evening. Taylor VanDyke had with 15, Nikc Jackson had 13, and Dustin Shaw added 10.

Not only did the varsity team take the win on Tuesday against Kent City but they won yet again on Friday, January 22 against Northview. The team won by a score of 52-42.

The team was led by Nikc Jackson with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor VanDyke had 10 points and a game high of 14 rebounds.

“All but one of our games in January have been away and anytime you can get wins on the road is an accomplishment,” said varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin. “So we feel good about getting both of those wins. Also, the wins against Kent City and Northview will help us gain some momentum as we enter the halfway point of the season.”

The varsity team has suffered some losses since the start of the season, but with improvement and hard work, they have taken wins the last two weeks.

“Our team defense has been pretty consistent throughout the season and our team offense is starting to come around now. Being able to win even though you haven’t played your best yet, has given us the drive to keep continuing to improve,” said Patin.

On a roll 

The team felt as though winning against Kent City and Northview was crucial after their win against Greenville the week before.

“We felt it was important for us to play well after our first conference win against Greenville.  It [was] exam week for Cedar Springs students, so that added another dimension to our weekly preparations,” said Patin.

The team worked hard and took the victory against Kent City and Northview, despite the pressure of school.

“Throughout the season, thus far, we’ve gotten some good individual contributions from Taylor VanDyke, Nikc Jackson, Jameson Pavelka, Dustin Shaw, and Je’len Jackson.  Knowing that we have a different person who can step up on any given night is a nice feeling to have,” said Patin.

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Cedar suffers tough losses to Lowell and Wyoming


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Defense continues to improve

By Rebekah Cronk

On Tuesday, January 5, the varsity basketball game had fans on the edge of their seats as Cedar Springs went head to head with Lowell.

“Lowell is one of the better teams in the area this season. We battled with them throughout the game,” said Cedar Springs varsity basketball coach Jeff Patin.

The Red Hawks lost against Lowell with an ending score of 73-58. The game was close and the basketball team definitely gave the Arrows a run for their money.

“We played Lowell last year in the regular season and the districts, unfortunately, [we lost] both times. Their program has improved much in the last several years,” said Patin.

Although Cedar Springs suffered a loss at Lowell, there were some highlights throughout the game. Jameson Pavelka led the team with 17 points, and Taylor VanDyke added 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Cedar Springs varsity basketball team has not won against Lowell the last few times they played against them, but their losses against the team will not hinder their hopes for the next time they take them on.

The Cedar Springs varsity basketball team also battled it out with Wyoming on Friday, January 8.

“It was our first league game and we wanted to come out with a good start. We didn’t play particularly well in the first half. We were trailing by 9. In the second half, we fought back and took the lead midway through the fourth quarter. From that point, the game was back and forth,” said Patin.

Unfortunately, the Red Hawks lost that night against Wyoming with a final score of 69-66.

“Losing on Friday is a minor setback for us, but we’ll keep focusing on the areas we need to improve,” said Patin.

It wasn’t the strongest week for the varsity basketball team, but they’re taking the losses against Lowell and Wyoming and spinning something positive out of it.

“Our defense has continued to improve. We will [continue] to work in all areas as we approach the midpoint of the season,” said Patin.

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Red Hawks take two at Tri Conference


Red Hawk Jordan Andrus (130 lbs) was one of several Cedar Springs wrestlers that went undefeated last Wednesday. Photo by B. Chong.

Red Hawk Jordan Andrus (130 lbs) was one of several Cedar Springs wrestlers that went undefeated last Wednesday. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

Cedar Springs High School Wrestling traveled to Comstock Park last Wednesday, January 6, for a Tri Conference Meet. The evening was a huge success for the Red Hawks. Cedar Springs took on Greenville with a long anticipated win 34-24.This is the first victory against the Jackets since 2003. Next they took on the Panthers of Comstock Park and took another win with a large point advantage of 39-18. This currently puts the Red Hawks 1-0 in the OK Bronze Conference.

Individual records are as follows: Heavy Weight, Patrick Depiazza, 189 lb Ryan Ringler, 160/171 lb Nate Patin, 145/152 lb Lucus Pienton, 140 lb Jacob Galinis, 130 lb Jordan Andrus and 125 Jordan Ringler all went undefeated.

Our 215 lb Chris Shaffer, 171 lb Gage Gardner, 152 lb Anthony Topolski and 112 lb Logan Hull all had one win each, which contributed to the overall team scores.

Some highlights for the Red Hawks: three grapplers are currently ranked on Michigan Grappler, where the best of the best are featured. Featured is our 119 lb Jordan Ringler (Junior) currently ranked #5; 171 lb Ryan Ringler (Freshmen) currently ranked #7; and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza (Junior) currently ranked #4 in the State of Michigan.  Depiazza also remains undefeated this season.

“The Cedar boys have become fierce and relentless in their pursuit of the Conference Championship. Their skill, commitment, and team cohesion bloom as a garden in the month of June,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Red Hawk girl bowlers take 2nd


Pictured left to right: Coach Jackson, Ellie Ovokaitys, Kathy Dancer, Melissa Meguire, Rebecca Williams, Allyson Marvel, Emma Schut, Sarah Galloway, and Breanna Feikema.

Pictured left to right: Coach Jackson, Ellie Ovokaitys, Kathy Dancer, Melissa Meguire, Rebecca Williams, Allyson Marvel, Emma Schut, Sarah Galloway, and Breanna Feikema.

On December 29, at Park Center Lanes, the girls team took second place at a baker tournament.

“The girls were bowling well and qualified 7 out of 8 teams,” said Coach Jackson. “It came down to Cedar and Northview to determine who would win. It was the 10th frame and Northview needed a strike to beat us. They got that strike, beating us by one pin. It was a great game.”

The girls had a match Monday January 11 at Spectrum Lanes against Wyoming and won. During the match, Allyson Marvel bowled a 265 game.

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Red Hawks take 7th at Grandville, 3rd at Allendale


The Red Hawk wrestlers took third at the Allendale Falcon Invite. Photo by Jane Ringler.

The Red Hawk wrestlers took third at the Allendale Falcon Invite. Photo by Jane Ringler.

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs High School Wrestling team traveled to Grandville on Wednesday, December 30. They started the day with a loss against Grand Haven, 32-35. Northview was their next opponent with a victory, 40-31. They took a loss to Comstock Park but it was a close dual, 29-33; and the Red Hawks finished the day against Jenison with a win and big lead, 66-12. Out of the 13 teams competing, Cedar Springs finished the day in 7th place. Grandville took the Championship, Hesperia 2nd place, Tri County 3rd place, Grand Haven 4th place, Comstock Park 5th place and Byron Center 6th place.

The individual records are as follows: Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and 125 lb Jordan Ringler all went undefeated with four wins each; 145 lb Lucus Pienton, 140 lb Jacob Galinis, 112 lb Logan Hull all with three wins each; 171 lb Gage Gardner, 160 lb Nate Patin, 152 Anthony Topolski , 145 lb Xavier Anderson , 135 Jesse Empie and 112 lb Austin Emmorey with two wins each; 215 lb Cody McHenry, 135 lb Gonzalo Baladia, 130 lbs Aaron Smith and Jordan Andrus and 119 Patrick Fliearman with one win each.

Spanish exchange student Gonzalo Baladia entered into his first wrestling tournament and won his first Varsity wrestling match against Jenison. “We are short handed at a few weights and lost two close battles today because of it,” said Head Coach Nick Emery. “Hopefully, the boys have learned that every second, every point of each match counts. Moving forward I hope this team can rally around each other and spark the greatness it has the potential to achieve.”

Saturday, January 2, Cedar Springs traveled to Allendale for the Falcon Invite. The tournament attracted 15 area teams and some tough competition. Final team standings were Lakeshore with the Championship and score of 270.5, Allendale took 2nd Place with a score of 180 points and Cedar Springs took 3rd Place with a score of 179.5.

The tournament was broke up into Varsity A and B teams. Cedar Springs entered eleven 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; 171 lb Ryan Ringler also took home a Championship title; 145 Lucus Pienton and 125 lb Jordan Ringler with 2nd Place each; 140 lb Jacob Galinis with 3rd Place; 152 lb Anthony Topolski with 4th Place; 119 lb Patrick Fliearman with 5th Place and 160 lb Nate Patin and 112 lb Logan Hull with 6th Place each. The Varsity B Team entered six competitors. 145 lb Xavier Anderson took home a Championship Title; 171 lb Chris Shaffer with 3rd Place; 130 lb Aaron Smith with 5th Place and 135 lb Gonzalo Baladia and 112 lb Austin Emmorey with 6th Place each.

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CS Quad and Kent County Championships


From left to right: Nate Patin, 6th Place; Jordan Andrus, 5th Place; Logan Hull, 6th Place; Jordan Ringler, 2nd Place; Lucus Pienton, 3rd Place; Ryan Ringler, 3rd Place; Patrick Depiazza, Champion and Coach Nick Emery.

From left to right: Nate Patin, 6th Place; Jordan Andrus, 5th Place; Logan Hull, 6th Place; Jordan Ringler, 2nd Place; Lucus Pienton, 3rd Place; Ryan Ringler, 3rd Place; Patrick Depiazza, Champion and Coach Nick Emery.

by Barbra Chong

Wednesday, December 16, Cedar Springs High School Wrestling hosted a North Kent Quad where Cedar Springs, Sparta, Rockford and Kent City were all looking for the Championship Title. In the first dual of the night, Cedar Springs defeated Kent City with a final score, 42-27. The Red Hawks then went up against Sparta and lost by a difficult, 9-49. Out of the four teams competing, Cedar Springs took 2nd Place after Sparta.

The two highlights of the evening were wins by junior Jordan Ringler at 119 lbs and junior Patrick Depiazza at Heavyweight.  Jordan Ringler took to the mat against Sparta senior Dylan Wilkins, who is currently ranked #1 in the state of Michigan. Ringler and Wilkins went head to head but Ringler successfully defended Wilkins’ signature low single as time expired, final score 5-3. Patrick Depiazza had the anticipated last match of the evening against Sparta senior Tom Rock, who is currently ranked #2 in the state of Michigan. Depiazza and Rock battled into overtime, with Depiazza defeating his opponent with the first take down and final score of 5-3.

Saturday, December 19, Cedar Springs traveled to Davenport University for the Kent County Championship. The tournament attracted 17 area teams and some of the best wrestlers in the area. The best fan base award was claimed by our very own Cedar Springs crowd. Final team standings were Lowell, 1st Place; Forest Hills Central, 2nd Place; Rockford, 3rd Place and Cedar Springs, 4th Place.

The individual records were: heavyweight, Patrick Depiazza, who went undefeated with 3 wins and took home the Championship title; 119 lb Jordan Ringler, with two wins and 2nd place; 145 lb Lucus Pienton and 171 lb Ryan Ringler with three wins and 3rd place each; 130 lb Jordan Andrus with 4 wins and 5th place; 112 lb Logan Hull and 160 lb Nate Patin with two wins each and 6th Place. 152 lb Anthony Topolski, 160 lb Gage Gardner and 189 lb Chris Shaffer won two matches each and 125 lb Patrick Fliearman and 135 lb Jesse Empie with 1 win each.

“Facing adversity, the boys decided to double down this weekend,” said Head Coach Nick Emery. “There were unexpected and eye opening performances throughout the day. In the words of the great Vince Lombardi, ‘It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down, as long as you keep getting back up.’ Our fans were spectacular and I love our grassroots mentality. Freshmen Ryan Ringler and Lucus Pienton both proved they are legit contenders with tough battles against all-state seniors.”

If you are able to come support the Red Hawks, the next tournament will be held at Grandville High School, next Wednesday, December 30. Competition will start at 9 a.m.

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Red Hawks win hoops opener against Kelloggsville


 

Coach reveals what they will do to be successful this season

By Rebekah Cronk

It was the first game of the season and the heart of every player was racing, hands were sweating, and the pressure to win was overpowering. Sneakers squeaked and scuffed against the gymnasium floors as the players shuffled along the court; words of encouragement were shouted as the ball was dribbled and passed.

The fans went wild Tuesday night, December 8, when Jameson Pavelka led the Cedar Springs Varsity basketball team to scoring 23 points, including making 4 of 6 from the three point range. Nikc Jackson and Taylor VanDyke also scored in the double digits, with Jackson putting up 11 points and VanDyke adding 10. Jackson also pulled down 16 rebounds.

“We won at Kelloggsville 59-39. We had a slow start shooting the ball, but came out in the third quarter strong defensively as well as knocking down some shots,” said Cedar Springs Varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin.

The victory for the basketball team’s first game at Kelloggsville will be one of many to come. Coach Jeff Patin has a great deal of faith in the boys and feels as though they will have a strong season if they put forth their best efforts.

“We are going to try and give our best efforts. We have the ability to do well this season and we will try to continue to improve as the season moves on,” said Patin.

Patin said that in order to become more successful this year, there needs to be more balance between their outside and inside game, but having a group of boys that work well together is what helps them become successful too.

“We have a great group of young men,” said Patin. “Each one brings their own unique personality and skills to our team. The joy I get from coaching is finding ways to get them to play as one, and have each other’s backs. The memories created going through this process is what has impacted me.”

“To help us be successful this season, we hope that [the fans] can continue to support us and be a positive example for other teams and communities,” said Patin.

 

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