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Spring Senior Athletes



Julia Danielson

Parents: Elise Gates, DJ & Hollin Delacruz, Tony & Andrea Caruso

Future Plans: Attend Grand Rapids Community College to study Child Development, with future plans to work with kids

Career Highlight: Long Jumping 16 feet and 1.75 inches ,which was a new personal record at Greenville last year, in what was her last track meet

“I want to thank my whole family, and all my friends for being there and supporting me through all my years of playing track. Coming to every track meet, no matter what type of weather, they were always there for me and I love them so much. I also want to thank all the coaches that helped me get better everyday at practice, and pushed me to do my best at every track meet.”

To the Underclassmen: “Never give up, and always do your best at every track meet. Never take it for granted, because 4 years will go by fast, and they are gone just like that!”

Alyssa Washington

Parents: Steve and Jody Washington

Future Plans: Joining the Army National Guard while also majoring in chemistry and minoring in health and fitness at Muskingum University where she will be continuing to run track.

Highlight: Going to varsity conference meet at Housman Field every year and “hammocking” behind the bleachers for hours before the meet started.

“I want to thank not just my Mom and Dad, but any parent or teammate who has supported me as a runner, much love to you all. I would also love to thank each coach who I have had the honor to run under, thank you for not only believing in me, but pushing me further in my track career.”

To the Underclassmen: “I love you all and I’m going to miss you so much! I’m super bummed we didn’t get one last season together but don’t let that stop you from making your next seasons even better. Follow your heart and do what you love, but remember, no matter where you end up you all will always have a place on the track.” 

Tonya Tepin

Parents: Jim and Michele Tepin

Future Plans: Attending Olivet College to continue her Cross Country career and to major in Biology.

Track Career Highlight: Running on the 4x800relay team and making the podium at the Daily News Meet and running on the 4×400

“I would like to thank my Mom for pushing my siblings and I to run and my Dad for always supporting the work it takes. I would also like to thank all of my coaches, both old and new, for pushing me and always expecting more from me. It has helped me become more dedicated to the sport and find my love of running.”

To the Underclassmen: “Just try to be positive! With me not being around all the time, y’all are going to need to start believing in yourselves! As cliché as this sounds, you are all so talented and can do so much more, as I have seen most of your dedication and speed coming out in practice! Please, learn how to escape your own doubt, as it will help you in more places than on the course/track. Thank you so much for all the memories and not trying to kill me when my positivity is at an annoying peak.“

Avery Rugg

Parents: Todd and Becky Rugg

Future Plans: Attend Michigan State University and participate on the Rowing team at MSU

Career Highlight: 100 meter in 13.06 seconds; 200 meter in 29.05 seconds

“Thank you to Coach Neier for helping succeed in my High School track career.”

Avery has a 3.96 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society


Samantha Rusche

Parents: Matt Rusche and Jason and Beth Matthews

Future Plans: Attend Baker College to become an X-ray Technician

Career Highlight: Playing tournaments and placing first and second

Message to underclassmen: “They told me my senior year would go fast but I sure didn’t think it would be quite this short! Enjoy every minute in High School, it will be over before you know it . Congratulations Class of 2020!”

“Thank you to my wonderful parents, sisters; Payton and Kennedy, and friends who have helped to get me this far in life. I could not ask for more amazing people in my life!”

Desiree Wise

Parents: Melissa Stewart

Future Plans: Attending Central Michigan University to major in Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics and minoring in Child Development

Career Highlight: Coming in first place for my flight at the Sparta Invitational for 2 years in a row.

“I want to say thank you to my coached that I’ve been lucky to have throughout my high school career. I have grown so much because of their help and through all the hard work and the persistence they’ve helped me grow and I will never forget that. I also want to thank H (or Mr. Harden) because even though he was never my coach he helped me grow on and off the court from being a part of the Athletic Leadership Council. He taught me what it meant to be a true leader and I hope to continue growing my leadership skills. Last but not least, I want to thank my mom because I definitely wouldn’t be where I cam today without her.”

To the Underclassmen: “Don’t take this for granted and make sure you put in the work. You should always give your 110% no matter if you are at practice or at a game it doesn’t matter. Your never know when this is going to end so take it from a member of the Class of 2020 and make every moment count because it can be over before you know it.”

Rachael Ells

Parents: Jeff and Kelly Ells 

Future Plans: Attend Grand Valley State University and study Allied Health Sciences 

Career Highlight: 1st place at Sparta Invitational and 2nd place at Middleville Invitational

“I want to first off thank my parents and my brother Connor for supporting me no matter what. For coming to every single match, for sitting for hours in the hot sun at my tournaments every weekend. For always having to remind me to grab my water bottle and sunscreen. I love you guys so much! I’d also like to thank Coach Russel and Coach Johns. Thank you guys so much for always encouraging us to do our best, and for coaching us every step of the way! And lastly to my long time partner Sam Rusche, I have had so much fun being your partner for the last couple of seasons! You are an amazing player, and I’m so happy that we got to kick butt together!


David Mitchell

Parents: Ricky Mitchell & Kristy Mitchell

“Dave was one of our top golfers, and he has opportunities to continue his golf career at the next level.” – Coach Schlump

Trey Lewis 

Parents: Amy Lewis & Jason Lewis

“Trey has been committed to our golf program and has shown consistent growth and has improved each sea-son” – Coach Schlump

Lucas Secor 

Parents: Robin Secord & Wayne Secord

“Lucas is a second year golfer who plays like he is much more experienced than that! Lucas is fun to be around and works very hard to improve his game.” – Coach London


Connor Ellison

Parents: Megan and Pat Ellison

Future Plans: Michigan State University for Hospitality Business and Accounting

Career Highlight: Winning the Minors All-Star Tournament

“Thank you to my parents and coaches throughout the years. 

To the underclassmen: Enjoy every moment

 Colton Moore

Parents: Mike and Teresa Moore

Future Plans: Ferris State University for Plastics and Rubber Engineering

Favorite Memory: Breaking my nose on a grounder from Coach Bob in the first practice of all-stars for CSJBL.

“I just want to say thank you to my parents and coaches for helping me through all my years of playing .”

Nathan Male

Parents: Dan and Heather Male

Future Plans: Attend trade school to become a heavy equipment operator.

Career Highlight: Last year in the Allendale Tournament he threw three guys out on 1st base, from right field, in one game!!

To the underclassmen:“Every time you walk out on that diamond appreciate it because it will be over before you know it. Be confident and not cocky, remember why you started playing in the first place. Love the game! “

“I want to thank my Mom and Dad for always supporting me athletically, emotionally and financially. I love you guys. I also would like to thank all the coaches I have had over the years, and Mr. Norton for his support.”

Kyle Wise

Parents: Kit and Hollie Wise

Future Plans: Attend trade school for HVAC or become an electrician

Career Highlight: Pitching a perfect game for his Algoma team

“I thank my Mom and Dad for always playing catch with me as a kid, and for coming to every game. I also thank my grandparents who got to see me pitch a few times. I also want to thank every coach I’ve had, especially Coach Glyshaw, he has been my favorite coach, and he was the most competitive!”

To the underclassmen: “Keep practicing everyday, and never stop playing baseball.”

Caden Markey-VandenBerg

Parents: Angela and Gregory VandenBerg

Future Plans: Try to play baseball at MCC or GRCC, and pursue a degree as a sports analysis.

Baseball Highlight: One of my best memories come from when I was in the 5th grade and the Coach at the time, Steve Saboo, let me practice with the varsity team in open gyms

“Thank you to the Zain family playing a big role in my baseball life. Also thank you to everyone who has supported me.”

To the Underclassmen: “You guys are only losing 5 seniors. stay together and keep working. Next year is coming fast and you never know when it will be gone.”

“Forever, Cedar Spring’s Red Hawks!”

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