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Red Hawk soccer team ends season at districts

Senior Bo Cook #4 challenges for the ball Cedar Springs Keeper Kyle Coutchie jumps for the ball. Also pictured: #9 Jake Rickner, #4 Bo Cook, #5 Tyler Hinton, and #2 Ron Fisk.

Reflecting back over this past season, the Cedar Springs varsity soccer team has given their school and community much to be proud of. Coach Avink has impressed upon them not only strong soccer technique, but also teamwork, brotherhood, hard work, team spirit, and sportsmanship. This talented team has shown a lot of growth throughout the season as demonstrated by their 17-3 win/loss record, making school history by becoming OK Blue Conference Champs, and competing for the district title. This team had high expectations going into the district games, knowing they had worked so hard up to this point and they believed it was within their reach.

On the cold, windy Thursday of October 21, 2010 the Cedar Springs Red Hawks traveled to Ludington to match up against the Ludington Orioles in the second round of district games. The score remained 0-0 at the half. Shortly into the second half, with 30:07 on the clock, Mikko Jarviniemi knocked the ball into the net for a 1-0 Red Hawk lead. With approximately 15 minutes left in the game, the Orioles tied it up 1-1. The Red Hawks kept the pressure on the Orioles. At the 6:47 mark, senior Ryan Austin (assist Kyle Szirovecz) scored the winning goal allowing the Red Hawks to claim a 2-1 victory and earned them the opportunity to play for the district title on Saturday, October 23.

The varsity team once again hit the road and traveled to Muskegon Orchard View Schools to take on the Greenville Hornets. The final game of districts took place on a rainy Saturday, but it didn’t damper the fan support and enthusiasm for the team. Even though the Red Hawks played a spirited game and had more scoring opportunities than Greenville, the Hornets came out victorious with a 2-0 win.

After the final game, Coach Avink commented on the season. “The guys had a tremendous season and accomplished more than we could’ve imagined. They have everything to be proud of. The program took huge steps this year and I look forward to the years to come! Great job guys!”

The team would also like to thank their parents and faithful fans for their encouragement and support throughout this amazing season.

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JV football winds up winning season

Red Hawk Allen Slagter about to be tackled. Photo by R. Klompstra

The JV Cedar Springs Red Hawks fell to Sparta last week, ending their season at 8-1. Sparta came out strong in the first quarter scoring the first points, but the Red Hawks answered with a touchdown of their own, ending the first quarter at 8-6 Red Hawks. But it wasn’t to last. By half time the Red Hawks trailed 26-16 and had two injured starters on the sidelines, both with broken shoulders. The Red,Hawks continued to struggle through the third quarter, then scored two more touchdowns in the fourth. It wasn’t enough, however, and the Spartans won the game 53-30.

The JV Red Haws had a great season, but injuries took their toll. “We were just unable to overcome our injuries,” Coach Bowers said.

Scoring for the Red Hawks was Cameron Cooper, Kyle Niewiadomski and Harrison Owens.  Congratulations JV on a well played season! We look forward to seeing what you can do next year.

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Boys cross country team runner up at conference

Pictured are this year’s seniors.

The Cedar Springs Boys Cross Country team finished with an impressive second place finish at OK BLUE Conference Championship meet, three points better than their rival Sparta. Sophomore Connor Mora finished first overall with a time of 15:54. Contributing with fantastic times were sophomore Alex Bray (8th) with a time of 16:54, sophomore Justin Harthorn (17th) with a time of 17:24, junior Aaron Brooks (19th) with a time of 17:45, sophomore Ethan Menefee (21st) with a time of 17:55, senior Justin Balczak (30th) with a time of 18:31 and junior Dann Zinn (37th) with a time of 19:12. In the JV race, sophomore Alex Sias placed in the top 10. Congratulations to all the boy athletes and their coach Ted Sabinas on their season and good luck at regionals!

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What to do when you don’t know what to do for deer

By J. Wayne Fears

Deer know that to survive hunting season, they don’t walk in open places, don’t come into a green field or move before dark, but they do hole-up in thick cover during daylight hours. Let’s look at some strategies to help you bag a nice-sized buck.

Plan how to hunt green fields:

* Remember, that older-age-class bucks seldom will show themselves on green fields when there’s still enough light to shoot.

* Find the trail the deer most often use to come into a green field, and follow it back into the woods to the point where it intersects one or two more trails 100- or 200-yards from the edge of the green field.

* Look for some type of food source near that intersection, and put-up a tree stand as far away from that intersection and the food source as you possibly can but in a spot that still allows you to see the intersection and the food source and make a lethal shot.

* Place the tree stand facing the prevailing wind to hunt with a proper wind.

* Locate a route from the tree stand to the closest road that allows you to come back and forth to the stand without going through the green field.

* Don’t hunt from this stand more than one afternoon a week.

* Develop stand sites like this near every green field on the property you hunt, so you can hunt a different stand site every time you hunt that land.

Identify bottlenecks:

Search for bottlenecks and funnels in thick-cover areas, out-of-the-way places and regions where most people don’t hunt. Deer already know where hunters enter the woods, the placement of their tree stands, the most-likely places where hunters will walk and the least-likely spots they’ll hunt. Very-few hunters will put-up tree stands in small places in little patches of timber. But deer will use these runways to move between major woodlots. Study an aerial photo of your property to identify small bottlenecks and funnels where two-different types of terrain come together and meet that neck-down the woods. You’ll see the most deer there.

Hunt clear cuts:

Although most hunters hate clear cuts, deer love them. To hunt a clear cut successfully, use western tactics. Purchase the most-comfortable climbing tree stand you can find with a shooting bar all the way around it. Attach a window mount to the shooting bar of the tree stand and a spotting scope on the window mount. Attach your tree stand to the tallest tree, and study every inch of that clear cut. Big bucks will bed-down in clear cuts during daylight hours, but they won’t remain motionless. Use a quality set of binoculars to see a wider field of view, and pinpoint the exact spot where you see the buck in the scope. Then use your riflescope to find the buck and to aim and shoot. A 16X scope when hunting clear cuts will make the target look larger and enable you to aim more accurately at 200 and 300 yards. Remember any time you climb high to use a full-body safety harness.

Study pine plantations:

Most hunters consider pine plantations biological deserts and rarely go into the pines to hunt. However, longtime deer hunter, Larry Norton of Butler, Ala., says, “Inside many pine plantations, you’ll find windrows, covered with blackberry bushes, greenbrier and other lush foliage the deer will eat, where old stumps, logs and brush have been piled-up and burned when the land has been cleared to plant the pines. From the middle of the season until the end of the season, deer will move into these pine plantations and feed along the edges of these windrows. Take a stand any place where you can see a break in the windrows where the deer can walk around the brush. Or, build a ground blind as far away from the windrow as you possibly can and still be able to see the edge of the windrow and make a shot. Hunt these areas only when the wind’s in your favor.”

You can learn more information about bottlenecks in the”Deer Hunter’s Pocket Reference,” and more on clear cuts in “How to Hunt Clear Cuts Successfully,” both available at www.jwaynefearsbrand.com/my-books/new-books/.

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DNRE reminds hunters to follow off-road vehicle laws 

With hunting seasons under way, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment reminds hunters heading afield using an off-road vehicle (ORV) to follow ORV land-use regulations.

“We’re seeing a lot of people riding ORVs where it’s illegal to operate them, particularly in the Lower Peninsula,” said DNRE Law Enforcement Division Chief Gary Hagler. “ORV restrictions were put in place to help prevent damage to our natural resources and conflict with other outdoor recreationists. To ensure the future of legal ORV use in Michigan, we ask riders to know and closely follow the regulations and encourage others to do the same.”

ORV land-use regulations hunters should be aware of include the following:

*It is illegal to operate an ORV on public lands in the Lower Peninsula that are not posted open. ORVs are prohibited on state game areas or state parks and recreation areas unless posted open.

*On state forest lands, ORV use on designated trails is limited to vehicles less than 50 inches in width. Off-trail or off-route ORV operation outside of a designated area is prohibited, except for licensed hunters operating an ORV at speeds of 5 miles per hour or less for the purpose of removing deer, bear or elk. Big-game ORV retrieval provisions do not apply to the Pigeon River Country State Forest or to state game areas and national forests.

*In all national forests, motor vehicles can be used only on roads, trails or areas that are designated as open on Motor Vehicle Use maps. For more information, contact the local national forest headquarters.

*It is illegal to operate an ORV from 7 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. on any area open to public hunting during the Nov. 15-30 firearm deer season. For exceptions to these time restrictions, see the 2010 Hunting and Trapping Digest or the Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws.

*Roads, streets and highways maintained for year-round automobile travel are closed to ORV operation, including the shoulder and the right-of-way, unless designated open to ORV use by local ordinance.

Private land is closed to ORV operation except by the landowner and the landowner’s invited guests.

*An ORV may not be operated in a manner that creates an erosive condition. Michigan’s soils and shorelines are fragile, and ORV operation in these areas and along stream banks and other waterways is restricted.

*It is unlawful to operate any ORV in or on the waters of any stream, river, marsh, bog, wetland or quagmire.

For more information about ORV regulations – including rules for transporting weapons and hunting provisions for those with disabilities – see the Handbook of Michigan Off-Road Vehicle Laws at www.offroad-ed.com/mi/handbook.

Violations of these and other rules should be reported by calling 1-800-292-7800.

To find ORV trail maps for state-owned lands, visit http://www.michigan.gov/orvtrails.

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Public sight-in day

Sparta Hunting and Fishing Club will hold a public sight-in day on November 6, starting at 10 a.m. The club is located at 13218 Long Lake Dr., Sparta, MI 49345. Contact Morrie Seites at (616) 678-4523 for more information.

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From the Pulpit

God’s green earth

The environment is a hot topic lately (pun intended). Everybody is “going green” and worried about their “carbon footprint,” which can’t be a bad thing—can it? The environment is, after all, God’s creation.  So what is our responsibility as children of God and followers of Jesus Christ to the environment?

When God created us He gave us a job description. In Genesis 2:15 (NIV) it says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” We were made to manage the resources that God put on the earth. And we’re responsible for using them wisely.

For instance, God provides the forest and says, “I want you to take care of the forest.”  We can use the trees, but the problem is we often take what we want out of greed, not out of need. We need to be wise in what we use, wise in how we manage, wise in the ways we use the earth’s resources.

I love the hymn “This is my Father’s World.” It’s a beautiful song about how God created the world and how the world belongs to Him. We sing it, but do we treat the earth as if it belongs to God? Are we caring for the environment the way God wants us to?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American produces about 4.4 pounds of garbage a day, or a total of 29 pounds per week, and 1,600 pounds a year.  This does not take into account industrial waste or commercial trash. With the garbage produced in America, we could bury more than 990,000 football fields under six feet of waste. Paper waste makes up 35 percent of the total material filling up landfills. It takes 1000 years for a water bottle to degrade. Landfills are filling up. We need to stop creating so much trash.

God wants us to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. We live in a fallen, broken world. It is broken because of sin. And our sin continues to have devastating effects on all of creation. In fact, the Bible says that creation groans with pain.

Romans 8:20-22 (NLT) says, “Against its will, everything on earth was subjected to God’s curse. All creation anticipates the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”

When Adam and Even sinned everything on earth was cursed. The corruption introduced into God’s creation by sin made an impact on all of nature, so that even the power of nature was corrupted from God’s original plan.

Scientists call this the “second law of thermodynamics.” That law states that everything in this universe is decaying. What seems fresh and new one day will someday be old and broken down. The Biblical term for the second law of thermodynamics is simply this: God’s curse—death and decay.

The good news is God is the Great Recycler, and you and I are proof of it. God is into recycling things that most people don’t think have any use anymore. He’s into restoring things that are broken—like us. He’s all about recycling, about taking us from a trashed state and turning us into a renewed state.

The story of Noah is a great example of the redemptive process that God wants to work in creation and in our personal lives. It shows us that God has a heart for His creation. He didn’t want it all to be destroyed and lost by the flood. He wanted to preserve it and save it.

Noah is a Biblical example of environmental stewardship. God gave Noah an assignment to ensure that God’s creatures would be preserved when the flood came. God can use us to preserve creation like He used Noah. How? What could you do that would make a difference? Take the simple first steps. Noah started building the massive ark—a ship the size of the Titanic—with a single board. He picked up the first board and the first nail and he started pounding away at the problem. That’s what we can do too.

Maybe for you the first step would be to start recycling. Maybe it would be to stop drinking bottled water and start drinking water out of a refillable container. One less bottle makes a difference. Maybe your first step is to start using energy more efficiently.  It starts by taking the simple first steps. You can make a difference. Thank you for doing your part to take care of God’s green earth.

Pastor Barry Briggs
The Springs Church
Corner of Oak/Grant, Cedar Springs

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Clair Middleton

In loving memory of Clair Middleton who passed away 11 years ago October 27, 1999.

Still your presence we miss. Your memory we treasure forever.
Loving you always, forgetting you never.

Loved and missed so much,
Your family

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Please note that all after school and evening activities have been canceled.

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Bear hunting preacher

A country preacher decided to skip services one Sunday and head to the hills to do some bear hunting. As he rounded the corner on a perilous twist in the trail, he and a bear collided, sending him and his rifle tumbling down the mountainside. Before he knew it, his rifle went one way and he went the other, landing on a rock and breaking both legs.
That was the good news. The bad news was the ferocious bear was charging at him from a distance, and he couldn’t move.
“Oh, Lord,” the preacher prayed, “I’m so sorry for skipping services today to come out here and hunt. Please forgive me and grant me just one wish: Please make a Christian out of the bear that’s coming at me. Please, Lord!”
That very instant the bear skidded to a halt, fell to its knees, clasped its paws together and began to pray aloud right at the preacher’s feet:
“Dear God, bless this food I am about to receive….”

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Varsity Soccer wins OK Blue championship

Varsity Soccer team

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity Soccer team did something last week that no boys Red Hawk Varsity soccer team has ever done—they won the OK Blue conference championship! They finished the conference part of the season with an overall record of 16-2, and a conference record of 11-1. Click here to read all about it.

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Halloween Spook-tacular!

Halloween 2009

Are you looking for a fun, safe place for your child to go trick-or-treating this year?

The City of Cedar Springs will be hosting their annual Halloween Spook-tacular, on Sunday, October 31, beginning at 6 p.m. Kids under 18 have the chance to get some tasty treats, as well as some great prizes donated by local businesses. First stop is City Hall to register and get your game board. The Cedar Springs Police, Kent County Traffic Squad, and Cedar Springs Fire Department will be at the Fire Department on Maple Street handing out reflective trick or treat bags, candy, cider and donuts, and many businesses will be handing out candy. Kids who visit every participating business get their names entered into a drawing for some fantastic prizes. Be sure to be at the Kent Theatre at 7:10 p.m. for the drawing. Kids must be present to win! Watch for an ad in next week’s Post with all the details!

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