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Youth wrestlers qualify for state


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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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Congratulations to the Varsity Competitive Cheer team!


Red Hawk Cheer team 7th in state

“Take the Lead” was the team motto for the season and it seemed to take on different meanings over the course of the season.  One might interpret it as taking the lead in all 3 rounds to win that competition while another might interpret it as being the leader for their team. Throughout this season, this team definitely encountered numerous adversities that they had to overcome in order to reach their final goal of making it to the D2 Competitive Cheer State Finals. The week before State Finals wasn’t any different, the team would have another obstacle to overcome as they entered into the State Finals competition.

“I’m so proud of how all of the girls really pulled together and helped each other out while we were preparing for the biggest competition of our season. I saw new leaders stepping up on our team and our team motto ‘take the lead’ took on a whole new meaning for me!” said Coach Pamela Ingles.

As Saturday approached, the team was continuing to prepare for their competition by finishing all the last minute details for each round.  At the end of their practice on Friday, the girls took a few minutes to share a funny memory from the season with their teammates and several had tears from laughing so hard about a memory that may have been forgotten.  They also shared what they were going to do at State Finals to give everything they could for themselves and their teammates as this would be the last time this team would compete together this year. Saturday morning, the team traveled to the Delta Plex in style. A limo transported all 20 teammates and their coach to the State Finals competition at the Delta Plex.

“It was nice to be able to surprise the girls with special transportation for something that they have worked so hard to accomplish all season—making it to State Finals,” remarked Coach Ingles.

When they arrived to the Delta Plex, they were greeted by several of their fans holding a banner that said “Congratulations Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer.” Out of the 20 girls on the team, 11 where returning from last years team. For 9 of the girls, this experience would be a brand new experience.

Junior Kelli Markosky described her first year experience at State Finals as, “One word—accomplishment. I know that’s what was on everyone’s mind as we walked through the doors of the Delta Plex and realized ‘WOW, we met our goal…we are at State Finals.’ As we stood in line for the national anthem, our hearts were pumping with excitement.”

The Delta Plex was filled to capacity and this was the biggest crowd the girls would compete in front of all year. After they finished round 1, they had their highest round 1 score of the season with a 223.3.  After all the teams had finished round 1, the Red Hawks were in 7th place by .2 behind Kenowa Hills.  Round 2 was started off by Gibraltor Carlson who had 16 girls on the floor compared to Cedar’s 12.  The girls knew they would have to go out there and have their best day in round 2.  Again, they had one of their best round 2 scores with a 235. With only one round left to go, the Lady Red Hawks were still in 7th place behind Lakeshore. Kenowa Hills had dropped to 8th place with an 8 point penalty during round 2.

“Walking out for round 3 was my last time to compete with this team, I knew I had to make it the best round ever and make it a lasting memory for our seniors,”  said sophomore Nicki Luevano. They earned a round 3 score of 307.6.

All of the hard work that started in November would be finished after round 3 was completed.  The perseverance, determination, hard work, and dedication to never give up led this team to their 2nd State Finals appearance, one that they hope will continue as a tradition into the upcoming years.

“It was an amazing feeling to be back at State Finals. Now we just need to aim to go back next year.  I would be so ecstatic if we went to State all four years of High School,” said sophomore Katie Maka.

As the final scores were tallied, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks would score their highest score of the season – 766, which would place them as the 7th best team in the State for D2. “7th isn’t what we were hoping for, but considering everything our team went through I’m satisfied. We found that when its necessary we can pull together and we did as we earned our highest score of the season!” remarked senior Brittany Lenardson.
In the future when this team reflects on their season, they will remember all of the memories they made during practices, competitions, team bonding activities, and ultimately the journey throughout the season to make it to their final goal – making it to the D2 State Finals Cheer Competition. As stated by senior Heather Mindler,”It was the best experience ever to compete at the State Finals!”

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Two Red Hawks wrestle at state


Austin Wamser placed 8th in the state in his weight class.

Two Cedar Springs Red Hawk wrestlers, Junior Austin Wamser (160) and Senior Nic Baird (119) headed to the 2011 Individual State Finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills, March 3-5.

Baird had a tough chart at weight class 119. His opponents, Anthony Gonzales from Holly, and Tyler Daniels, Stevensville Lakeshore, were both returning state champions. He lost two tough matches, so didn’t place, although he did well against his opponents. Baird earned his 100th win during the regular season and is a returning state qualifier, earning a trip to the MHSAA wrestling finals in both 2010 and 2011. Job well done, Nic.
Wamser’s run for the podium started out with a bout against Alex Fluegel from Fowlerville, 11-4 placing him in the consolation rounds. Day two earned Wamser a spot in the second round consolations by earning a pin with five seconds left in the first period against Cas Guzdziol from Holly, and an intense match with opponent Peter McAlpine, Madison Heights that went into OT and earned Wamser a triumphant win by a 7-3 decision. The final day of wrestling found Wamser up against Mike Cross, of Hastings and he incurred a loss with a final score 2-13. The consolation finals put Wamser on the podium with a 4-13 major decision in favor of Nico Mitchell-Garcia, GR Creston, placing Wamser 8th overall in the 160 lb class of the MHSAA Division 2 finals.
Coach Dave Andrus said, “I am very proud of Austin.  He has great work ethic and is a quiet leader.  He accomplished a lot this year.  In his junior year he earned 100 wins and conference champion during the 2010-2011 season. He also earned all-state honors, which hasn’t been done (at Cedar Springs) since 2005.  His senior season has great promise and I see a possible state champion.”

“I am very proud of Austin & Nic with their accomplishments this season.”

Good job coach Dave Andrus for first year as varsity wrestling coach to have 2 state qualifiers and one state placer.  See you next wrestling season!

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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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Freshman bowler going to state


Congratulations to freshman bowler Quintin Heath for making it to the Division 2 State bowling finals. Quintin put together a 6 game total of 1145 in the division 2 regional finals last Saturday at Sherman Lanes in Muskegon. He will now be bowling next Saturday at Century Lanes in Warterford for the division 2 State Championship. Quintin is the first Cedar Springs freshman bowler to reach the state finals. Quintin would like to send out a special thank you to Coach Brandon Engstrom for all the help he has been giving him this year.  Good Luck Quintin!

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