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Volunteers needed for tree planting in Sparta


May 13, 2019 – Sparta, MI — ReLeaf Michigan, a non-profit tree organization, is partnering with the Village of Sparta, Davey Resource Group, Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (an agency of the Grand Valley Metro Council) and the MDNR – Urban and Community Forestry Program to plant over 40 trees on Saturday, June 8, 2019 in William Rogers Park and Bayleat Field.  

Trees provide innumerable benefits to communities such as shade, improving economic vitality of commercial districts, absorbing storm water, and many health benefits. 

Funding for the program is provided through a US Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant awarded to ReLeaf Michigan to support and expand local capacity to manage community forest and trees.  Tree locations were determined based on the results of a tree canopy assessment, which identified areas where trees would have the most environmental, economic and aesthetic impact.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to help plant trees on Saturday morning.  No experience necessary.  Volunteers are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothing and bring a shovel and other appropriate tools.  The group will meet at William Rogers Park, 152 N. State St., at 8:45 a.m. to sign in and enjoy light refreshments.  ReLeaf Michigan will demonstrate how to properly plant a tree at 9:00 a.m.  After the planting demo, the volunteers will break into groups to plant the trees.  This event is family friendly and a great opportunity for those requiring community service hours.  Letters provided on site. We plant rain or shine (we’re a hearty group)!

RSVP’s are appreciated. RSVP to Sue Blackall at Sue.blackall@spartaschools.org or call 616-460-2429.

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WMP wrestler earns team MVP honor


By Barbra Chong

WMP wrestler Josh Vasquez, 72 lbs, went 12-0 last weekend.

West Michigan Pursuit travelled to Lansing for the Sparty School Team Duals, Individual and Team Duals and West Region’s Reeths Puffer tournament this last weekend. 

School-based duals were held on Friday. Kaleb Pautke and Harper Cheng wrestled with Byron Center. Pautke won two of his matches and Cheng won a match. Their team finished in 8th. Josh Vasquez wrestled with Grandville and he went 4-0, his team finished in 7th. 

WMP entered 11 wrestlers in the Saturday individual event. 49 lb Brody Compau, 8U finished in 4th. 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, 9U Girls finished in 2nd and 72 lb Luke Egan, 12U finished in 2nd. Sparty Champions are 95 lb Blake Peasley, 12U and 72 lb Josh Vasquez, 12U. 

Team Duals were on Sunday and WMP had six wrestlers enter. 49 lb Brody Compau wrestled on the 8U Team MYWAY. He won 3 matches and his team finished 2nd. 72 lb Luke Egan, 85 lb Ayden McClurken and 95 lb Blake Peasley wrestled on the 12U Cyclone Team. Egan and Peasley won 4 matches each and McClurken won 2 matches. Their team finished 4th. 85 lb Tyler Parmeter wrestled on the 10U Cyclone Team. Parmeter won three matches and his team finished 6th. 72 lb Josh Vasquez wrestled on the 12U Michigan Revolution team. He went 5-0, earning Team MVP of the day. Special recognition to Josh for going 12-0 the entire weekend. His Team MVP status is very well deserved. 

Josh Vasquez. Photo by Melissa Egan.

We also had nine wrestlers enter the Reeths Puffer tournament. 67/72 lb Jaxon Bowyer, 7/8 age group; 78 lb Logan Galinis, 9/10 age group; 61/64 lb Dylan Russo, 7/8 age group and 46 lb Emmett Russo, 4/6 age group all finished in 4th. 80 lb Alex Russo, 11/12 novice age group finished 3rd. Champions of the day are 58 lb Tatianna Castillo, 7/8 age group and 61/64 lb Blake Werkema, 7/8 age group. 

“I have been pushing these kids hard, preparing them for very bright futures. They are competing with some of the best wrestlers in the Nation and I am very proud of their response,” said Head Coach Dave Andrus.

If you are interested in learning more about this sport or if your wrestler is looking to compete at the next level, come check us out.  We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex, practices are Tuesday and Thursdays.

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