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Marsman to land at Ford Field for wrestling state championship


The Marsman family (Scott, Colt, Amy and Trevor) are preparing for the state wrestling tournament at Ford Field March 6-7.

Trevor “Pee Wee” Marsman has had an epic season for the wrestling Red Hawks. The junior is currently 49-1 and heads into the MHSAA State Championship March 6-7 as the latest Cedar Springs Regional Champion. Following a seventh place finish last season, Marsman turned it up a notch and dedicated himself to wrestling over the summer. 

“If you want to win you have to train all summer,” he remarked.

Assistant Coach and Dad Scott Marsman agreed. “Hardwork always pays off,” he said. 

It worked out well this weekend for Trevor as he avenged his only loss off the season with a third period pin of Jacob Blawat from Reethes-Puffer. 

Marsman said he decided, “I didn’t want to finish second again because it sucks.”

His teammates Andrew Vangessel, Nate Elliston and Landon Demorest also competed in the Regional and will return next fall even more determined to earn the trip to Ford Field.

“I like our odds,” remarked Coach Nick Emery. “We have had kids in this position before and as long as Trevor brings it and believes in himself then he’s already a champion.”

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Red Hawks win over Potter’s House Christian


Bryce Marvel scored 22 points in the win over Wyoming Potter’s House Christian on Friday, February 14. Photo by Dennis Buttermore.

On Friday February 14, your Cedar Springs Red Hawks boys basketball team took on Wyoming Potter’s House Christian for the second time this season. 

The Red Hawks opened up the first half with a 15-point lead, led by some strong shooting beyond the arc and inside the paint. The past two games the Red Hawks have had some pretty balanced scoring, averaging about 15 points a quarter with several players scoring double digits.  We asked Coach Telman about his team’s progress this season.  

“We have really come a long way. The guys are getting better and putting up a battle no matter who we face. Though having a record of 6-10 may not seem like it, we have had a great season battling a lot of great teams. Many of our games we have had multiple opportunities where the game could have really gone either way, but when you average 50 percent from the free throw line as a team, it becomes a little difficult to win those close games.”  

After the second half, Potters House came out swinging with high tempo defense. The game’s change of pace slowed down the Red Hawks for a quarter where they only scored 6 points. In the fourth quarter, and after several adjustments, the Red Hawks finished the game by scoring 17 points in the fourth and defeating Potters House 56-44.  

Leading the way was Nate Webb with 2 points, Miles Cartwright had 4, Trenton Cooper added 8, Aiden Brunin scored 20 and Bryce Marvel led all scorers with 22 points.

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Lady Red Hawks pick up conference wins


Junior Rosie Pigorsh blocks a Northview shot. Photo by Dennis Buttermore.

The Cedar Springs Girls Basketball team picked up a pair of league road victories last week defeating Northview 34-15 on Tuesday and Lowell 49-40 on Friday.  

In both games the Red Hawks were able to get off to a fast start. Arianna Rau scored 6 points and Avery Sparling scored 5 points as Cedar jumped out to an 11-0 first quarter lead against Northview. Pressure defense forced multiple Northview turnovers and led to easy baskets for the team.  

Rau continued her strong performance inside in the second quarter scoring a pair of baskets. Rosie Pigorsh scored 4 points in the second as the ladies took a 21-3 lead into halftime.  

The Red Hawks maintained their lead throughout the low scoring second half.  Sparling and Pigorsh scored 4 points apiece and Maggie Prins chipped in 3 points in the half for the Red Hawks.  

Rau led all scorers with 12 points, while Sparling scored 9 points and hauled in 6 rebounds on the night. Pigorsh finished with 8 points.

On Friday, the Red Hawks traveled to Lowell to take on the Red Arrows. Another quick start saw Cedar jump to a 14-8 lead after the first quarter. Five points by Kaelyn Colclasure and 4 points by Kyla Andres led the team in the opening 8 minutes.  

The second quarter was much of the same as Cedar outscored Lowell 13-4 to take a 27-12 lead into halftime. Colclasure scored nailed a pair of three pointers and knocked down 4 free throws to score 10 points in the quarter (15 points in the first half).  

Lowell responded early in the third quarter scoring the first 7 points of the quarter to cut into the Red Hawk lead. Cedar led 33-25 at the end of three quarters.  

The fourth quarter saw a back and forth battle as every time Lowell tried to close the gap further Cedar Springs responded. Prins scored a pair of baskets, one a key offensive rebound put-back, and Jenna Powell nailed a three in the quarter.  

Colclasure led all scorers with 18 points followed by Rau with 8.  Rau hauled down all 12 of her game high rebound total in the second half.  Prins scored 7 points and had 8 rebounds on the evening.

The team faced off against Greenville Tuesday, and you can see those results in next week’s paper.

This Friday, February 28, they play at Home vs. Ottawa Hills, starting at 5:30 p.m. It will be senior night between the boys and girls games, and the benefit spaghetti dinner for boys basketball player Ryan Smith. 

On Monday, March 2, the team will play in the district game at Forest Hills  Northern at 6:00 p.m.

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Red Hawks Medal at Western GREIGHTS


By James Streeter

The Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling (CSYW) Club continued its winning ways while participating in the MYWAY West Region GREIGHTS tournament hosted by Grandville High School. The Red Hawks distinguished themselves again as one of the top clubs by placing first overall in total match points with 474 and second overall in pins with 27. 

Coach Jake Marsman had this to say about his team’s performance. “With these GREIGHTS tournaments you never really know who is going to make the trip so some of our wrestlers had some pretty tough brackets and were challenged, which is exactly what we want to see at this part of the season.”

In the 2013-2015 age group Bently Hughes took home a 4th place finish in the 40lb weight bracket while Ethan Trompen and Henry Galinis both earned themselves 3rd place finishes in the 55lb and 58lb brackets respectively.

The 2011-2012 age group continued its dominance as Brycen Alber avenged a 2nd place finish from a week ago by taking 1st in the 49lb bracket. Hudson Cassiday battled back from an early loss to earn a 2nd place finish in the 55lb bracket while Dillon Vandyke wrestled his way to a 2nd place finish in the 72lb bracket. Jaxon Fitgerald had himself a day by taking 1st in the 82lb weight class. 

On the Novice side Christian Homrich earned himself a 3rd place finish in the 64lb weight class while teammate Wyatt Workman wrestled his way to a 4th place finish. In the girls bracket the Red Hawks claimed two of the top four spots as Sierra Streeter and Taylor Crystal took 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 58lb weight class.

It was much of the same for the Red Hawks in the 2009-2010 age group as seven wrestlers medaled. Eli Gunderson got things started with a hard fought 4th place finish in the 57lb bracket. In the 60lb weight class Bryson Streeter battled his way to a 4th place finish in the 60lb bracket while two of his teammates earned medals in the 69lb weight class with Tucker Crystal taking 2nd and Cade Troupe taking 4th. In the 95lb bracket Dayton Reynolds showed a lot of grit wrestling to a 3rd place finish. Jon Libera continued to be the anchor of the age group as he wrestled his way to a 2nd place finish in the 100lb weight class. On the Novice side, Timothy Smith continued his winning ways, taking 1st overall in the 81lb bracket.

The 2007-2008 age group saw some stiff competition for the Red Hawks with Deegan Pike and Blake Falan both earning 4th place finishes in the 80lb and 90lb brackets respectively. Beau Savage had himself a day finishing 1st overall in the 133lb weight class.

Of special note was Avery Gitchel who traveled to Alma in the North Region and earned his first 1st place finish in the 55lb weight class of the 2010-2011 age group! Also an omission from last week was the outstanding finish by Deegan Pike at the South West Region GREIGHTS tournament where he finished 2nd overall 2007-2008 80lb bracket.

This weekend the Red Hawks will travel to Hudsonville for more MyWAY West Region action as well as Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo for the team state competition.

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WMP results from Greights, Valentine’s Day Brawl and Pennway


Pictured L to R: Quinten Cassiday, Luke Egan, Brody Compau and Josh Vasquez along with Coaches Dave Andrus and Bill Ketchum.

By Barbra Chong

This past weekend West Michigan Pursuit had kids traveling to Pennsylvania, Kalamazoo and Grandville for competition this past weekend. 

The PENNWAY Duals and Individual events were held in California, Pennsylvania at the University Convocation Center. WMP had seven grapplers enter. 86 lb Alex Buskirk wrestled for Michigan Mahem Blue, 12U. He won two matches and his team finished 1st. 78 lb Luke Egan and 82 lbTyler Parmeter wrestled for TNT, 12U. Egan went 4-1 and Parmeter won 2 matches.  Their team finished 4th. 54 lb Carter Giles, 74 lb Evan Andrews and 78 lb Quinten Cassiday wrestled for Michigan Mahem White, 12U. Giles and Cassiday both went 4-1 and Andrews won two matches. Their team finished 5th. 44 lb Kooper Witte wrestled for TNT 7U. Witte won three matches and his team finished 2nd. Quinten Cassiday also entered the individual event at Pennway and claimed the Championship Title in the 12U, 78 lb wt class! The West Region was hosted by Grandville and WMP entered four to compete. 66 lb Travis Pike, 9/10 age group finished 3rd and 63 lb Blake Werkema, 9/10 age group finished 2nd. 

The Southwest region hosted the Valentine’s Day Brawl at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo.  WMP entered 17 grapplers to compete, placing 12 in the top four. 114 lb Evan Mouch, 13/15 age group finished 4th. 64 lb Dylan Russo, 7/8 age group; 90 lb Harper Cheng, 11/12 age group and 80 lb Alex Russo, 11/12 age group all finished 3rd. 97 lb Declan Mead, 7/8 age group; 57 lb Carter Giles, 9/10 age group and 95 lb Ayden McClurken, 11/12 age group all finished 2nd. Valentine’s Day Brawl Champions are 55 lb Ethan VanDyke, 5/6 age group; 54 lb Brody Compau, 9/10 age group; 80 lb Luke Egan, 11/12 age group; 105 lb Blake Peasley, 11/12 age group and 80 lb Josh Vasquez, 13/15 age group. 

WMP would like to recognize Luke Egan and Carter Giles for their travel. Both competed in Pennsylvania on Saturday, and they traveled through the night to get back to Michigan and compete in Kalamazoo on Sunday. 

“It is the dedication from the parents of my athletes and the drive they have themselves that help build the reputation of my program. These kids love to compete, and helping them obtain their goals is my passion,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

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Want salmon in your classroom?

Apply by April 15

Students from third grade and up learn a lot in the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Salmon in the Classroom program. Guided by a trained teacher, students monitor fish growth in their classroom tanks, study fish ecology and prepare all year for the springtime release of fish into Michigan waters. Here, students from Gier Park Elementary School in Lansing took part in a previous year’s release on Sycamore Creek. Photo courtesy Michigan DNR.

Reading, writing and … raising salmon? For some 30,000 students across Michigan, definitely! Their schools are participating this year in the DNR’s Salmon in the Classroom program, a unique, hands-on opportunity to watch salmon eggs hatch and move through several life stages, while also monitoring their aquarium habitat, and eventually taking the fish to local watersheds for spring release. 

Tracy Page, who coordinates Salmon in the Classroom for the DNR, said the department is gratified that the program has grown from a handful of classrooms in 1997 to more than 280 this year.

“This program is all about ‘real science’ and gives teachers a powerful tool for helping kids understand the connections between their everyday actions and the effects on our natural world,” Page said. “It’s also great exposure to possible career pathways in natural resources.”

If you know an educator (third-grade classrooms and older) who might be interested in the next cycle, which starts in fall 2020, the application deadline is April 15.

Page said that Salmon in the Classroom has been popular at schools in the metro Detroit and Grand Rapids areas, and she looks forward to welcoming even more schools in coming years. The program thrives with support from sportsmen’s groups, community foundations and other partners, plus thorough teacher training and comprehensive curriculum and classroom activity ideas.

Questions? Contact Tracy Page at 517-284-6033 or visit Michigan.gov/SIC for program details and a brief informational video.

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Lend your ear to DNR’s annual frog and toad survey


The wood frog, pictured here, is just one of 13 frog and toad species you might find in Michigan. The Department of Natural Resources is welcoming volunteers to help with its annual spring frog and toad survey, an important data-collection effort that helps wildlife biologists better understand current populations and abundance in different parts of the state. Photo by Michigan DNR.

If you love the sound of deep croaks and rhythmic ribbits, consider helping the DNR with its annual frog and toad survey. Now in its 25th year, Michigan’s survey is the second-longest-running such survey in the nation, after Wisconsin, and relies on volunteers’ keen ears and observations to provide a clearer picture of species abundance and location.

Caitlin Boon, the DNR’s acting Wildlife Action Plan coordinator, said that declining populations of frogs, toads and other amphibians have been well-documented worldwide since the 1980s. Studies suggest that trend is due to habitat loss, pollution, disease and collection.

“This survey work is key to department efforts to understand and manage amphibian populations, and that work couldn’t be completed without the people who volunteer each year,” Boon said. “It’s really a cool opportunity to get out in nature, along back roads and into the fields and forests, and do something a little different and fun that makes a difference for Michigan’s natural resources.”

Volunteer observers cover a statewide system of permanent survey routes, each consisting of 10 wetland sites. Sites are visited three times during spring, when frogs and toads are actively breeding. Observers listen for calling frogs and toads, identify which of Michigan’s 13 species they hear, and then estimate how many frogs and toads are present.

The survey’s continued success depends on strong volunteer support, and help is needed all over the state. Interested volunteers should contact the Wildlife Division at 517-284-9453 or DNR-FrogSurvey@Michigan.gov.

For more information on the frog and toad survey and other projects supported by the Nongame Fish and Wildlife Fund, visit Michigan.gov/Wildlife.

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Wildlife Encounters

Ranger Steve

By Ranger Steve Mueller


Knowing when and where to explore outdoors increases the opportunity for seeing wildlife. There are many opportunities where you can see birds, butterflies, wildflowers or different types of wild creatures in natural habitats. Exploration encounters might be two-hour ventures, several hours, or even weekend events. 

Mark dates on your calendar and plan ahead to participate with guides that will help you find, see, and hear wildlife. Bird, flower, and butterfly field outings are suggested.

Butterfly Counts

3 July 2020 (Fri) 9:00 a.m. Allegan Butterfly Count – Allegan Co. Leader: Ronda Spink. Meet at the Allegan State Game Area, Fennville Farm Unit, 6013 118th Ave, Fennville (butterflynetwork@naturecenter.org)

11 July 2020 (Sat) 9:00 a.m. Rogue River Butterfly Count – Kent Co. Leader: Ranger Steve (Mueller) Meet at Long Lake County Park south of 17 Mile on the east side at the beach parking area. odybrook@chartermi.net 

15 July 2020 (Wed) 9:00 a.m. Greater Muskegon Butterfly Ct – Muskegon Co. Leader: Dennis Dunlap. Meet on Mill Iron Road from M-46 (Apple Ave.) east of Muskegon at second set of power lines that cross the road north of MacArthur Road. dunlapmd@charter.net. 

17 July 2020 (Fri) 9:00 a.m. Newaygo County – Manistee National Forest Butterfly Count. Leaders: Ronda Spink and Ranger Steve (Mueller). Meet at Leppink’s Grocery parking lot at the corner of M 82 & M 37 in Newaygo. butterflynetwork@naturecenter.org or odybrook@chartermi.net)

Contact leaders to sign up or for additional details. Rain day alternates will likely be the next day. Sign up with Ranger Steve at Odybrook@chartermi.net so unexpected changes can be shared. There is a $3 charge to participate.

Wildflower Discovery

22 – 25 May 2020 Michigan Botanical Club Spring Foray in Onaway, Michigan. For Memorial Day Weekend, join for three days with a wide variety of field trips led by Michigan’s premier botanists that focus of various groups of plants. Lodging, meals, and field trips are scheduled. Camping is usually an option to keep expense low. Details and registration will soon be posted online at Michigan Botanical Club Website. 

Aman Park is owned by the City of Grand Rapids. 0-1859 Lake Michigan Dr NW, Grand Rapids 49534. It is located west of Grand Rapids before Grand Valley State University. A wonderfully rich array of flowers will be found along trails at the end of April and in May. Google the park to see trail maps. 

Bird Watching

One of the best birding opportunities for close views of about 100 species is at Tawas Point State Park on Lake Huron during the Tawas Birding Festival from May 15-17, 2020. Guided field trips help with viewing and identification of about 20 species of wood warblers on a walk along the park’s peninsula while encountering many other species. Field trips include car-pool/bus destinations in Iosco County. Participants can expect to see Eastern Whippoorwills, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Trumpeter Swans, migrating warblers, Bobolinks, and Scarlet Tanagers.  Some field trips focus on the unique Kirtland’s Warbler’s nature niche and habitat. Mid May is peak migration.

A variety of birding field trips are available in the Grand Rapids area. One is held weekly at Millennium Park. Others are led at Reed’s Lake, area marshes, and in State Game Areas. Visit the Grand Rapids Audubon website (www.graud.org) for details listed in the Caller Newsletter.

Natural history questions or topic suggestions can be directed to Ranger Steve (Mueller) at odybrook@chartermi.net – Ody Brook Nature Sanctuary, 13010 Northland Dr. Cedar Springs, MI 49319 or call 616-696-1753.

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Happy Little 5K registration ends Saturday; don’t wait


Has the DNR’s Happy Little 5K / Run for the Trees been on your list of spring things to do? Well, if you haven’t signed up yet, the clock is ticking! Registration for this virtual, state parks-supporting race closes Saturday, Feb. 29. 

The race is inspired by beloved “Joy of Painting” artist Bob Ross and his passion for natural landscapes and “happy little trees.” All proceeds from the race will support the DNR’s tree-planting program in Michigan state parks, including locations that have been hard-hit by tree pests and diseases.

Participants can complete their race anywhere and at whatever speed suits them, as long as it is between April 17-26. Everyone gets a keepsake race T-shirt, medal and race bib, plus the satisfaction of helping to bring more happy little trees to Michigan’s public outdoor spaces. Learn more about the race and register today. 

Questions? Contact Michelle Coss at 517-881-5884.

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RICHARD K. FUNK


Richard “Rick” K. Funk age 59 of Cedar Springs died Monday, February 24, 2020 at his home. Rick was born in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Kenneth and Verna Funk. He was a graduate of Cedar Springs High School. He is survived by his children, Ricky Funk, Kim (Maciej) Kozak, Chad Funk, Rachel (Bob) Taylor, Crystal Funk and Natasha Stinson; mother, Patricia Waite; grandchildren, Nathan, Bryan, Elizabeth, Emmi, Tyler Kozak, Aunaleigh, Corbin, Emalyn Taylor, Jorden, Jackson, Jayden, Jesse Funk, Mia Stinson, Emma Mund; siblings, Joe (Janette) Funk, Debra Funk, Tim Funk and Judy Pease. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Kenneth Funk. The family will greet friends Saturday 10 a.m. with the service at 11 a.m. at Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs. Pastor Mel Hesselink officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Meijer Heart Center, 100 Michigan St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or Trufant Area Scholarship Fund c/o First Community Federal Credit Union, 110 South A St. Box 21, Trufant, MI 49347.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs

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