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Two Red Hawks wrestlers district champs

Head Coach Nick Emery (far left) with the six Cedar Springs wrestlers that will be moving on to Regionals.

Head Coach Nick Emery (far left) with the six Cedar Springs wrestlers that will be moving on to Regionals.

Two others placed second, and two more finished third

On Wednesday, February 8, Cedar Springs High School Wrestling hosted team Districts. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks fell short to Sparta with a final score, 33-38. Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 125 Aaron Smith, 135 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Jordan Ringler, 171 lb Xavier Anderson and 189 lb Ryan Ringler won their matches.

On Saturday, February 11, the Red Hawks traveled to Lowell for Individual Districts. District Champions are Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza (41-0) and 171 lb Ryan Ringler (42-1). 135 lb Jordan Ringler (36-7) and 145 lb Lucus Pienton (31-7) finished in 2nd Place. 125 lb Aaron Smith (35-11) and 160 lb Nate Patin (25-13) finished in 3rd Place. Congratulations to these six individuals who will continue on to Regionals and the chance to compete at the State Finals.

The following individuals ended their season with Varsity wins as listed: 112 lb Nate Male, 18 wins; 119 lb Logan Hull, 26 wins; 125 lb Patrick Fliearman, 21 wins; 130 Jordan Andrus, 27 wins; 140 Anthony Brew, 14 wins; 140 Jacob Galinis, 24 wins; 152 lb Zak Schmid, 10 wins and 189 lb Chris Shaffer, 13 wins. Regionals will be held at Byron Center, Saturday, Feb. 18 if you would like to continue supporting your Red Hawks.

“The boys put together a memorable season,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

“We came up just a hair short of our team goals but the heart and effort was there. We graduate two fantastic seniors, Patrick Fliearman and Jordan Andrus, who I will miss in the room everyday. But we will have six regional qualifiers returning. Now it’s time for the remaining wrestlers to focus on the Individual State Championship and bring home some medals.”

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Red Hawk bowlers take second in conference, regionals

Both the Cedar Springs boys bowling team and girls bowling team finished in second place in their conferences.

The post season conference was held at Northfield Lanes on February 14.

They had one girl and two boys make all conference. Rebecca Williams finished in 5th in the conference with a 166.6 average; Jacob Cartwright finished 4th in the conference with a 203.4 average; and Kyle Knarr finished 6th in the conference with a 199.9 average.

Two girls and one boy made all conference honorable mention: Emma Schut with a 160.8 average; Allyson Marvel with a 155 average and Blake Fisk with a 194.5 average.

Two girls and two boys also received medals during the post-season conference for the top 10 scores of the day. Rebecca Williams placed 4th with a 193 and 180 game for a 373 total; Allyson marvel placed 6th with a 180 and 140 game for a 320 total; Kyle Knarr placed 9th with a 235 and 160 game for a 395 total; and Jacob Cartwright placed 10th with a 166 and 216 game for a 382 total.

Regionals were at Sherman Lanes in Muskegon, on Friday, February 27, for the team event. The boys placed second, missing first by 13 pins. This qualifies them to go on to state.

The single event for regionals took place on Saturday, February 28. Kyle Knarr took second place, and Jacob Cartwright took first place, which qualifies them to go on to state.

Emma Schut took 9th place in the single event and this also qualifies her to go on to state. State will be held in Waterford on Friday, March 6 and Saturday March 7.

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Equestrian places fourth at regionals

This year’s Equestrian seniors are: (L to R) Bayley Wolfe, Jordan Stevens, Logan Amelia, Courtney Piatt and Nicole Kaupa.

This year’s Equestrian seniors are: (L to R) Bayley Wolfe, Jordan Stevens, Logan Amelia, Courtney Piatt and Nicole Kaupa.

The Cedar Springs High School Equestrian Team competed last weekend in the MIHA Region C Championships in Midland. The weather was perfect and a great time was had by all. The team ended with a 4th place finish in the “A” division.

Senior Bayley Wolfe led the team in points, with sophomore Ashlee Warlick and senior Courtney Piatt adding quite a few points of their own.

Assistant Coach Danni Naffziger had this to say about her team: “We had a great time in Midland. We had a teammate that was not able to go, which required other teammates to step up and fill those spots and everyone was willing to try new things. Jesseka Ruiter took her speed horse in the jumping and gained more points for the team. Ashlee Warlick tried bareback. Logan Amelia had a crash course this week in Reining. Raine Gregware gave trail a go. Everyone just stepped up to the plate and we couldn’t be more proud of what this team has achieved.”

Seniors on the team are Logan Amelia, Nicole Kaupa, Courtney Piatt, Jordan Stevens and Bayley Wolfe.

The coaches would like to thank the parents for their time and support this season.

Naffziger will be stepping down from her coaching duties as life takes her in a different direction with a new job. “I would like to personally thank Danni on behalf of the team for the amazing amount of support she has given this us,” said Coach Emily Ream. “She has selflessly given of her time and energy for the team, and I’m still in denial that she’s leaving. We will miss you Danni! Good luck!”

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Pursuit wrestlers head to finals


This weekend was a big tournament, MYWA Western Regionals, which was hosted by Kenowa Hills. Ages 4-10 competed on Saturday and ages 11-High School competed on Sunday. West Michigan Pursuit brought 18 grapplers to compete on Saturday and 15 on Sunday. Our team battled 112 times with 64 ending in victory. This past weekend, WMP qualified 16 young competitors for the opportunity to earn a coveted spot at the State Finals. Of the 16 that qualified, eight of them were novice wrestlers with two years wrestling experience or less.

This year’s State Finals will be held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek the weekend of March 28-30. “These next two weeks will be our pursuit for the podium,” said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus.

This week’s placements are as follows:

Fourth place Medalists include Casey Eberspeaker in the 7/8 Open age group in the 61 lb wt class, Caden Peterman in the 9/10 age group in the 59 lb wt class, Zak Schmid in the 11/12 age group in the 119 lb wt class, Jay Smith in the 11/12 age group in the 100 lb wt class and Caleigh Wood in the 4/5/6 age group in the 37 lb wt class.

Third place Medalists include Josh Chilcote in the High School age group in the 288 lb wt class.

Second place Medalists include Cameron Fess in the 11/12 age group in the 85 lb wt class, Landon Foss in the 4/5/6 age group in the 46 lb wt class, Anthony Szubinski, Jr. in the 7/8 age group in the 61 lb wt class, Ty Whalen in the 11/12 age group in the 60 lb wt class and Kamden Witte in the 4/5/6 age group in the 49 lb wt class.

Regional champions are Luke Egan in the 4/5/6 age group in the 49 lb wt class, Brocke Fisher in the 11/12 age group in the 60 lb wt class, Jayden Marcano-Cruz in the 4/5/6 age group in the 43 lb wt class, Jacob Osmolinski in the 11/12 age group in the 85 lb wt class and Blake Peasley in the 4/5/6 age group in the 58 lb wt class. Blake Peasley remains undefeated.

Congratulations to all of our grapplers for stepping out on the mat and working as hard as you do. You truly are The Pursuit of Champions!

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Youth wrestlers finish strong


On Sunday, March 2, Grand Valley State University hosted one of the last two regular season tournaments at the campus field house. Competition was fierce, as over 600 wrestlers from all over the state of Michigan attended. Seven Red Hawk youth wrestlers brought home medals.

First place finishers were Caleigh Wood at 37lb in the 5/6 age group, Tommy Stevens at 6lb in the 7/8 age group and Allexis Gonzales at 122 pounds in the 13/15 age group.

Second place finishers were Pistachio Gonzales at 55lb in the 5/6 age group and Wyatt Cooper at 82 lbs in the 7/8 age group.

Third place finishers were Carter Falan at 80 lb in the 9/10 age group and Gage Gardner at 145 lb in the 13-15 age group.

On March 9, 10 wrestlers won medals at the last regular season tournament hosted by Cedar’s backyard rivals, Rockford.

First place winners were Veronica Tapia at 37lb in the 5/6 age group, Pistachio Gonzales at 58lb in the 5/6 age group, Tommy Stevens at 58lb in the 7/8 age group and Landon Demorest at 51lb in the 9/10 age group.

Chase Sarniak took second at 46lb in the 5/6 age group.

Third place finishers were Caleigh Wood at 37lb in the 5/6 age, Wyatt Cooper at 82lb in the 7/8 age group, Lane Wiggins-Russo at 112 in the 7/8 age group, Aiden Bowens at 95lb in the 9/10 age group, and Sergei Byxbe in the 110 pound 9/10 age group.

These youth wrestlers spent the last three months conditioning and competing at developmental tournaments in preparation for MYWAY regionals and state finals. Regionals were held March 15-16  at Kenowa Hills. MYWAY state finals will be held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek,  Michigan on March 28- March 30. Be sure to check next week’s Post to see which of your favorite Red Hawk wrestlers placed at Regionals and will be going to State Finals. Anyone wishing to attend state finals may get information online at www.cedarspringsyouthwrestling.com or www.mywaywrestling.com


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Odyssey of Mind team takes second at regionals

Cedar View Elementary Odyssey of the Mind Team is made up of 4th graders Henry Matthew and Blayke Darling and 5th graders Katia Corwin, Ryllie Rivard, Taylor Warner, Sarah Martin and Rebecca Yaklin. Coaches are Jennifer Rivard, Kathy Corwin, Jill Matthew and Angel Martin.

An Odyssey of the Mind team made up of students from Cedar View Elementary competed in Regional competition at Greenville High School Saturday, March 24, and placed 2nd in their division.

The team has been working on practicing spontaneous problems, as well as their long-term problem, Ooh-Motional Vehicle, since November. For their long-term problem, the students had to come up with a vehicle that had 2 propulsion systems and 4 emotions.  They decided on a Cedar Springs Red Flannel Parade theme, making their vehicle into a red hawk and making cardboard replicas of the Kent Theater, Crown Trophy, Library and Post Office.

Their second place finish at Regionals advances them to State competition at Davenport University in Caledonia on Saturday, April 21.

Odyssey of the Mind is an educational program that fosters creative thinking and problem solving skills, involving students from kindergarten through college. Students learn to work with others as a team, evaluate ideas, make decisions, and create solutions while developing self-confidence from their experiences. Odyssey of the Mind was created by a New Jersey professor in 1978 and now expands beyond the US to 30 countries.


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Varsity wrestlers place at regionals

Pictured is sophomore Jared Vodry, senior Austin Wamser, Coach Scott Troost, and junior Cody Oehme.

Will move on to state competition


The Cedar Springs Red Hawk Varsity Wrestlers endured a hard weekend wrestling last weekend at the regional competition. Cedar Springs had three boys qualify for the regional competition that was held in Mount Pleasant on Saturday Feb. 18, and all three were able to advance to the state competition that will be held at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 3 and 4.

Senior Austin Wamser, ranked 5th in the state, claimed a second place finish in the 152 pound weight class, losing to Travis Curley from St. Johns, who is currently ranked Number 2 in the state. Wamser went head to head with Curley, without getting pinned but lost by points in the end.

Junior Cody Oehme grabbed a 4th place finish in the 125 pound weight class, losing only to the #6 division 2 state ranked wrestler Alec Ward, from Greenville, and honorable mention wrestler Luke Klein, from Sparta.

Sophomore Jared Vodry wrestled his way back to grab a 4th place finish in the 135 pound weight class, after losing to the #1 state ranked wrestler Brant Schafer, from St. Johns. Vodry then won his next match and moved on to take on state honorable mention wrestler Cameron Bender, also of St. Johns.

“The boys did a heck of a job,” Said Coach Scott Troost. “I knew Austin and Cody were going to make it through, but Jared was more of a long shot considering he had to wrestle a wrestler that had beat him twice the week before, but he pulled it off and beat that same wrestler, and that’s when I knew all 3 were going to advance to the state finals.” Troost continued, “I am very proud of them, just going to state is a huge accomplishment, all having very tough kids to beat to get there.  But the hard work isn’t finished yet. We have a week and a half to have them ready for state.”

Good luck to our regional finishers and we wish them well as they travel to Auburn Hills for the state competition on March 3 and 4. We are very proud of our wrestler Hawks.


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Cross Country teams among best in state

It was a banner year for the Cedar Springs Cross Country teams, with both boys and girls winning regionals, and then carrying on that excellence to the state finals last weekend, where the girls finished second behind East Grand Rapids, and the boys took fourth. Three Red Hawks earned all state honors: Katie Weiler (left) took 6th, Connor Mora (Center) took 3rd, and Kenzie Weiler (right) took 2nd. Congratulations, Red Hawks! Read the complete story here.

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Father-Daughter coaching duo makes Cedar Springs history

Both boys and girls cross country regional champs

Coach Ted Sabinas, his daughter Jen (Sabinas) Kahler (Girls Cross Country Coach).

By Sue Wolfe

Boys Cross Country Coach Ted Sabinas, his daughter Jen (Sabinas) Kahler (Girls Cross Country Coach) and their teams have been setting Cedar Springs school records all season. However, this year’s teams are definitely earning elite status that may never be surpassed.
Last Saturday, both the girls and boys cross country teams finished first in the Division II Regional Cross Country meets held at Benzie Central High School. Not only did they earn two (boys and girls) regional team titles for Cedar Springs, but they also laid claim to the top two running times from all divisions in the State of Michigan. Kenzie Weiler and Connor Mora each finished with the best current individual times in the state according to athletic.net.
“We have two of the very best cross country runners in Michigan right here in Cedar Springs,” explains Coach Sabinas. “These runners have not only accomplished outstanding personal running feats but have also inspired and challenged the rest of the team knowing that it takes a entire team to win conference, regional, and state competitions.”
Kenzie Weiler, a freshman on the girls team and Connor Mora, a junior, have been posting some of the fastest times in the state all year. The Cedar Springs girls team has sisters Kenzie and Katie Weiler (daughters of Pat and Julie (Myers) Weiler, both outstanding high school and collegiate athletes themselves) finished first and second at regionals with times of 17.13 minutes and 17.57 respectively.
“Our team has worked very hard this year. At the regional meet, all seven runners from both the girls and boys teams achieved personal best times of their career thus far,” said Coach Kahler. The Weiler’s other five running mates had personal best times which include Sommer Vandyke 19:23, Maddie Pekrul (19:32), Michaela Burnett (19:41), Christina Dean (20:04), and Kendahl Oberdorfer (20:22). “It is important that our players stay healthy and reach their peak at this point of the season. They are doing just that,” she noted.
Part of the teams’ success is the great rapport between the athletes and their coaches. “We respect and admire the blend of coaching our team has received this year from both Coach Sabinas and Coach Kahler. They brought different elements into our practices and meets at different times during the season. As shown in the team’s success, it has been the perfect combination of coaching styles,” said both Katie and Kenzie Weiler.
For the first time ever in Cedar Springs High School history, the girls team has been ranked first in the state. They have been bouncing back and forth among the top five all season. The team won both the conference and regional meets and is ready for the state meet scheduled for this Saturday, November 5 at MIS Speed Way in Brooklyn, Michigan starting at 1:30 for the girls and 2:30 for the boys.
Coach Kahler had to miss only a few weeks of the season, giving birth to her and her husband Bryan’s first child, Lela. She and her father worked together to keep the team with a well-planned schedule during Kahler’s short absence. This is Kahler’s 9th  season as the varsity girls coach, during which the team holds three consecutive conference and regional titles, along with a 6th place team finish at the state level in 2010, a school record for the women’s team.
When Coach Kahler was asked how she can continually bring the best out of her runners both physically and mentally she explains, “The girls and I believe strongly in the sense of team and the work that they put in day in and day out for each other helps strengthen each individual’s running performance.”
Sabinas had high praise for his daughter. “Jen is highly respected among the running class of athletes and coaches throughout the state for her knowledge and abilities. In just 9 years, she has already accomplished many of the goals I set for my teams in a 27-year span,” explained Sabinas. “She is doing an amazing job with the many facets of coaching necessary to achieve conference, regional, and state level success.”
Veteran Coach Sabinas is in his 27th year as varsity men’s coach. He too holds school and state records for his cross-country teams. Sabinas’s teams highest honor is runner up at the state meet in 1990. Other significant accomplishments include over 160 dual meet wins, 3 conference titles, 3 regional titles, and 10 teams placing in state meets.
“Conner Mora has consistently been an outstanding runner. He finished 2nd at the 2010 state finals and continued to improve his times this year. He improved through hard work and tremendous dedication. However, Connor would be quick to point out that our team’s success is just that—team success and not individual success. His six regional teammates all achieved personal best times with Aaron Brooks (16:06), Justin Harthorn (16:26), Alex Bray (16:32), Austin Sargent (16:32), Ethan Menefee (16:48), and Dan Zinn (17:27) stepping up to secure the championship,” said Sabinas.
“Coach Sabinas understands us really well,” commented Mora. “He knew what type of training we needed to take our team to the state level. We are now ready and excited for next week.”
Autumn Mattson, CSHS Athletic Director, urged fans to support the teams. “This is a year when the Cedar Springs Community will want to get out and cheer for their two cross country teams as we have some of the finest ever Red Hawk runners competing,” she said. “This is a pretty unique moment for our school and community having two teams qualify for state during the same season and to have the best male and female runner in the state on our teams. This is all happening under the leadership of a father-daughter cooperative coaching effort,” she remarked.

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Youth wrestlers qualify for state

youth wrestlers

The entire western region met up at MYWAY Wrestling Regionals held March 12 and 13 at Muskegon Orchardview High School as hundreds of youth wrestlers competed for their ticket to MYWAY State Finals.  The Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling program reserved 13 of those top spots; five of which were regional champions! Landon Demorest, who went undefeated this season, took first in the 5/6 year 37lb class.  Ryan Ringler took first in the 9/10 year 85lb class. Allexis Gonzales, the only girl to take western region champion, took first in the 9/10 year 90lb class. Jordan Ringler, who also went undefeated this season, took first  in the 11/12 year 70lb class.  Chuckie Scheidel took first in the 13-15 year 145lb class. The eight remaining spots were taken by kids who placed from fourth up to second.

Of the wrestlers who placed second to qualify for State, three of them were first year (Novice)  5/6 year old wrestlers Cody Averill, Tacho Gonzales and Ronnie Brown; Cody at 37lbs, Tacho at 49lbs and Ronnie at 58lbs. Trenton Snoeyink also had a second place finish in the 7/8 year 64lb class. Trevor Marsman, who is also a first year wrestler, took third in the 7/8 year 55lb class. Maston Wood finished third in th 5/6 year 58lb class. Aaron Smith qualified with a fourth place finish in the 9/10 year 71lb class. Missing State Finals by only one loss in their classes were Logan Hull, Reese Gonzales and Tylor Carter, who all finished in fifth. Aiden Bouwens, Austin Emmorey and Cedar Springs High Schooler, Levi Whipple, finished sixth in their classes.

All of the 13 State qualifiers will be facing some tough competition as there may be up to 32 wrestlers in each age group/weight class. Finals are being held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 25-27, 2011 at the Kellog Arena in Battle Creek. Check out the schedule at MYWAYWrestling.com and come out to support your local wrestlers.

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Youth wrestlers to compete at regionals

Cedar Springs youth wrestlers visited Allendale on February 27, 2011. Placers in the 5/6 division were Landon Demorest 37lbs/1st, Cody Averill 37lbs/4th, Tacho Gonzales 49lbs/1st, and Maston Wood 58lbs/3rd.  Placers in the 7/8 division Trevor Marsman 52nd/2nd, Jayden Herroon 64lbs/4th, Aiden Bouwens 67lbs/2nd, Anthony Lizardo 67lbs/3rd.  Placers in the 9/10 division were Aaron Smith 71lbs/4th, Ryan Ringler 85lbs/1st and Allexis Gonzales 90lbs/2nd.  Placers in the 11/12 division Jordan Ringler 75lbs/1st, Fred Rutledge 100lbs/4th and George Gonzales Jr. 126lbs/1st.
Don’t miss your last chance to see your favorite wrestler compete locally this Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13 at MYWAY Western Regionals being held at Muskegon Orchardview High School.  Wrestling will start at 10:00 a.m. both days. Wrestlers born from 2006-2000 will wrestle on Saturday; while wrestlers born 1999-1994 will wrestle on Sunday.  Competition will continue to the top six in each age group. From there, the top four qualify to compete at the MYWAY State Finals in Battle Creek on March 25, 26 and 27.  Last year eleven Cedar Springs youth wrestlers went to State, they are hoping for the same this year.

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Red Hawk cheer team heads to state

Cheer team takes third at regionals

Next stop: State finals!

One major goal was set as a team by the Varsity Competitive Cheer team back in November at the beginning of their season…to make it to the D2 Competitive Cheer State Finals. Many hours of practice, competing, changing the rounds to make them better, and getting the girls to push themselves to work harder finally paid off at the Regional competition on Saturday at Grand Rapids Christian.

Seniors on the cheer team. Back: Ally Byrnes, Amber Dunham, Brittani Tozer, Kirsten Vanloo. Front: Taylor Denslow, Brittany Lenardsen, Heather Mindler.

The Red Hawks were the first team to start off the competition in round 1.  “We talked all week about coming out in round 1 and to give everything they have because once your done you can’t go back and do it over,” said Coach Pamela Ingles.  That is exactly what they did and had one of their highest scores with a 223. They were in 3rd place by 1.5 points.

Next, they had to prepare for round 2, which is the round that really starts to separate the teams scores because of the difficulty of skills used. The Red Hawks had really been working very hard to clean up all of theory skills on round 2 and it was well worth it. They scored a 232, which pulled them up to 2nd place.

One more round to go and they could be competing at the State Finals again.  “I remember telling them before round 3 to think about the details we had been working on all week and most of all to have fun!” remarked Coach Ingles.  They had a solid round 3 with their highest score of the season with a 308.

In the end, they placed third, ¾ of a point behind second-place Kenowa Hills. Mount Pleasant won the District, and Stevensville Lakeshore took 4th, to round out the top four heading to state

Their hard work all season-long earned the Red Hawks a return trip to the State Finals.  They will be competing at the D2 Competitive Cheer State Finals on Saturday, March 5 at the Delta Plex.  Starting time will be 10:00 a.m. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. for spectators.

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