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Meet the Hawks: Darren Trader

Darren Trader

Darren Trader

By Shae Brophy

Meet offensive/defensive lineman Darren Trader. Darren, a 2007 graduate from Tri County High School, is one of a few players who see time on offense and defense. Primarily used on offense, his 6 foot 4 inch frame comes in handy on the defensive line as well. Trader has been involved with football since he was in the third grade, and played baseball at Tri County his junior and senior years of high school.

When he isn’t on the gridiron, Darren enjoys hunting, fishing, and golfing. Some of his idols include (Houston Texans defensive end) JJ Watt, (former NFL defensive end) Reggie White, and Michael Jordan.

According to Trader, the chance to play football again was a chance to fall in love with the game all over again. “I got a phone call from (Hawks captain) Ryan Bell saying there would be a semi-pro team in Cedar Springs. I had my doubts at first, but he assured me that I would fall in love with the game all over again, and he was right. After the very first practice, I had made up my mind that I would join this team, and help build it in any way possible. Plus, my Mom went to Cedar Springs, and she always wanted me to play after high school. I know she’s looking down on me smiling and cheering the team on. The became a member of this team because the owner is a class act man, and the Hawks play football the way it is supposed to be played: hard, and to the whistle with no quit.”

Owner/head coach David Lange added: “Darren is one of our bigger guys. He is an anchor for our linemen. He hits hard and he creates the holes needed for our backs. Darren is not afraid to get down and dirty in the trenches. He is a very physical player with a lot of heart.”

On July 18th, the Hawks will host the Grand Rapids Thunder, in the inaugural William W. Phillips Memorial game, which is dedicated to Darren’s grandfather, who recently passed away. It will also be a military appreciation night.

The Hawks will be off this weekend, as the league celebrates Independence Day. The team will be in action again on July 11th, as they travel to Detroit to take on the Michigan Renegades.

Shae Brophy is the Media/Public Relations Director for the West Michigan Hawks.

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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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The Post goes to Boston

Don and Ruth Ann Armstrong reading The POST in Boston.

Don and Ruth Ann Armstrong reading The POST in Boston.


Don and Ruth Ann Armstrong, longtime Tiger fans, visited their son Dr. Dustin D. Armstrong (a 1996 graduate of Tri County High School) and his fiance’, Vicki Wong, in Boston. While there, they attended the Red Sox Championship parade, and this is how they watched it—with their noses buried in the Cedar Springs Post!

Dr. Dustin D. Armstrong and his fiancé, Vicki Wong.

Dr. Dustin D. Armstrong and his fiancé, Vicki Wong.

Thanks so much for taking us with you!

If readers are going on vacation, take a copy of the Post with you, snap a photo, and send it to us with some brief information to news@cedarspringspost.com.


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C-Keyes-engageLynsey Keyes and Adam Ickes of Saranac are pleased to announce their engagement. Lynsey is the daughter of Rick Keyes and Julie North. She is a 2003 graduate of Tri-County High School and is a Medical Assistant. Adam Ickes is the son of  Bob and Barb Ickes. He is a 1997 graduate of Dowagiac Union High School and is a police officer. Looking forward to celebrating the couple’s wedding on October 4, 2013 in Watervliet, Michigan are their children, Drew, Matt, Makenna and Reid, and Adam’s grandmother, Donna Brosnan.

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Teen drowns after boat capsizes

Emergency teams searched Little Whitefish Lake last Friday and Saturday for Dalton Gustinis, 15.

Facebook photo of Dalton Gustinis.

A fishing trip ended in tragedy for three Tri County High School teens last week, when one of the three drowned in Little Whitefish Lake, in Pierson Township.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff Department, the three boys headed out to fish in an aluminum rowboat about 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. Awhile later the boat began to take on water and capsized. The three teens attempted to swim back to shore, but when two of them arrived on shore, they realized their friend, Dalton Gustinis, 15, was missing.

The Montcalm County Sheriff Office dive team was dispatched to the scene about 12:30 a.m. Friday morning, March 30. Deputies from both Kent and Ottawa Counties were requested to assist with the search using side scan sonar and a Video Ray remote operated vehicle. Emergency teams took a break from the search Friday night and resumed the search Saturday morning. Deputies found the teen’s body in 32 feet of water about 2 p.m. Saturday, March 31, using sonar and the ROV.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by numerous agencies and individuals during the search, including Sand Lake Fire Department, AeroMed, Montcalm EMS, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, The Salvation Army, Howard City Fire Department, Lakeview Fire Department, Montcalm County Road Commission, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, K-9 One, and numerous volunteers.

Tri County High School had grief counselors at the school during the day Friday, and a candlelight vigil was held Friday evening at the lake by friends and family.

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Sand Lake chooses queen

Miss Sand Lake 2011 and Court (From left to right): Autumn Smith, Meghan Warren, 2011 Miss Sand Lake, Shayna Gross, Meghan Yost

Shayna Gross, a senior at Tri County High School, was chosen Miss Sand Lake 2011 at the annual pageant held Friday, June 10, at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Chosen as court members were Meghan Yost, Meghan Warren, and Autumn Smith.
Eight contestants vied for the title of 2011 Miss Sand Lake. Contestants were Ashlie Feikema, Amanda Cooper, Morgan Grecheski, Shayna Gross, Shana Shqair, Meghan Warren, Autumn Smith, and Meghan Yost.  There were three parts to the competition besides the application: An interview, a written/spoken speech (this years’ speech theme “Friendship is our Wealth”), and one randomly drawn question written by one of the contestants.
Judges this year were Kym Steffes from the Rockford Squire, and Kathy Aldrich from Spectrum Community Services.
Shayna is the daughter of David and Brenda Gross. She was Class President at Tri County High School, a member of the National Honor Society, involved in Student Council, Theatre, Cross County and Track. Her future plans include college to study advertising and psychology.
Meghan Yost is a senior at Tri County High School, a member of the National Honor Society, Band, and active in her church youth group. Future plans include studying Cosmetology and pursuing her passion of music. She is the daughter of Marjorie Yost and Ben Yost.
Meghan Warren is a 2011 graduate of Tri County High School. She was the captain of the Varsity Softball team, active in Student Council, and her church youth group.  Meghan will be attending Aquinas College this fall. She is the daughter of Rebecca Guthrie.
Autumn Smith is a junior at Tri County High School, plays volleyball, coaches youth volleyball, and loves tractor pulling with the “Judgement Day Pullers.” Autumn plans to become a special education teacher. She is the daughter of Ray and Mary Smith.

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