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Archive | September, 2011

Victory for boys varsity soccer on AYSO/CASSA night

Luke Dault (17) chases down the ball. Also pictured: #18 Kyle Szirovecz and #13 Robert Klein.

On the crisp night of Tuesday, September 20, Red Hawk stadium was buzzing with the sound of excited AYSO/CASSA players and their parents as they came to cheer on the Cedar Springs boys varsity soccer team, who was playing against the Sparta Spartans. The Spartans took an early 1-0 lead, but the Red Hawks quickly tied it up when Robert Klein connected with a cross from Kyle Szirovecz, heading the ball in over the keeper’s gloves (30:35). Mitch Hanmer’s well placed throw in to Klein, resulted in the second goal, as Klein kicked the ball over to Szirovecz, who blasted the ball into the back of the net (16:03). The Red Hawks finalized their 3-1 win, when forward Kyle Szirovecz accepted the ball up the field from defender Dontae Ensley, allowing Szirovecz to maneuver through several defenders and shot the ball into the lower corner of the net (34:08).
Following the game, Coach Avink and the team wanted to thank everyone that came out and supported us during our AYSO/CASSA night. “It was a huge success. The guys had some great wins this week and we are excited to continue to move forward in the up coming games!” he said.

Trevor Rose (12) attacks the ball. Also pictured: #20 Jon Shaw and #13 Robert Klein.

On Thursday, September 22, the Red Hawks traveled north to challenge the Big Rapids Cardinals. The Red Hawks took an early command of the game when Robert Klein connected with a pass from Kyle Szirovecz and sent the ball in to the back of the net (16:32). Red Hawk fans cheered when Szirovecz broke away from the Cardinal defense and drilled the ball past the keeper, increasing Cedar’s lead 2-1 (6:40). Szirovecz scored again 11 seconds into the second half, from a perfect cross sent to the net by Klein (39:49). Minutes later, Szirovecz scored a hat trick when he knocked in his third goal of the evening to bring the Red Hawks to a comfortable lead of 4-0 (29:42). With 37 seconds left on the clock, defender Dontae Ensley, tiptoed his way up field during a Cedar Springs corner kick, he got his foot on the ball and drilled it past the keeper giving the Red Hawks a 5-0 shut out victory over the Cardinals.

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Catch of the Week!

Sierra Smith, 9, went fishing on a charter boat with a friend on Lake Michigan at Holland in August and caught this nice salmon, estimated at 10 pounds. “Sierra loves to fish but doesn’t get to very often, so she was really excited when she pulled this one in,” said Sierra’s grandmother, Rose Mary Smith.
Congratulations, Sierra, you made the Post catch of the week!

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Freshmen Red Hawks snatch victory from Huskies

Nick Steed (#9) on the carry.

It was an intense, edge of your seat victory for the freshman Red Hawks, when they traveled to Forest Hills Northern on Thursday, September 22.
The game was off to a slow start with nothing on the board after the first quarter. The Hawks put up 6 points in the 2nd quarter with only 35 seconds left. The Huskies came back from halftime with their minds on the game and scored two touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. Neither team was allowing 2-point conversions to be scored leaving the score at Hawks 6 and Huskies 12 going into the 4th quarter.
“The boys never put their heads down when Forest Hills Northern went ahead,” said Coach Kirk Covey. “There was never any panic and everyone did their job.”
Cedar put another 6 on the board early in the 4th quarter bringing the score to 12-12.
“We were able to get receivers involved more and each of them had key catches. Defense was able to step it up at the end and get us the ball with good field position,” noted Covey.
Zachary Wamser sacked the quarterback at the FHN 6-yard line on FHN’s 3rd down. FHN’s 4th down punt fell short and set up the Hawks at the FHN 25 yard line with 2 minutes left in the game. With the fans, coaches, and players all on the edge of their seats, Cedar was able to hold off the Huskies and put another 6 on the board with 10 seconds left in the game. With 4 seconds left on the clock, FHN took possession of the ball and ended the game with an incomplete pass. The final score was Cedar Springs 18, Forest Hills Northern 12.
“The team took advantage of opportunities, which is key in tight games like that,” remarked Covey. “I’m proud of the way they finished.”
The Freshman Red Hawks (4-1) will play at Comstock Park on Thursday, September 29, and at home against Fremont on Thursday, October 6. Games start at 4:30pm. Come on out and support your Red Hawks!

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Girls golf

On Monday, September 19, the Cedar Springs Girl’s Golf Team completed their final OK-Blue Jamboree at Western Greens and shot a 221, which left them with a 7th place finish.
Conner White shot a 50, Breanna White a 53 and Jessica Ingerson a 57.  The highlight was a near miss hole in one by Breanna White. It hit the pin and stuck just inches away.
On Thursday, September 22, the girls traveled to the Greenville Invitational and finished in 7th place with a team score of 432.  Conner White led the way with a 98, Breanna White a 107, Jessica Ingerson 109 and Taylor Rish a 118 (Chelsea Hull 125, Marissa Moralles 130 in her first 18 hole match).  “It was a solid week,” said Jessica Ingerson.  “I just hope we do well at the conference tournament on Monday at North Kent.”

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Youth Hunts

Alisa Bowyer

Alisa Bowyer, 13, shot this deer during the state’s annual youth hunt last weekend. She is the daughter of Phillip and Heather Butler, of Cedar Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brittney Robinson

Brittney Robinson, a 10th grader at Cedar Springs High School, bagged this nice 8-point buck on Sunday night during the youth hunt.
Brittney is the daughter Trevor and Salli Robinson of Cedar Springs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zachery Kerr

Zachery Kerr, age 10, got a 5-point buck during youth hunt on Saturday morning, September 24, while shooting his grandma’s 44 magnum rifle. This buck stepped out at 50 yards, providing the perfect opportunity for the perfect shot. Zach is a serious hunter, as you can see from the picture. He is the son of John and Cherri Kerr, of Cedar Springs.

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DNR confirms presence of cougar in Houghton County

The Department of Natural Resources today confirmed the presence of a cougar in northern Houghton County, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The animal was captured on a trail camera on Sept. 24, walking directly toward the front of the camera and clearly showing it has a radio collar.
DNR Wildlife Division staff visited the property Sept. 26 where the trail cam is mounted and verified the location of the camera. The property owner wishes to remain anonymous.
“This is almost certainly the same cat as was confirmed in Ontonogan County on Sept. 8,” said Adam Bump, a wildlife biologist with the DNR’s Cougar Team. “What is also interesting is that the Wisconsin DNR earlier verified two trail camera pictures of this cat as it passed through Wisconsin on its way to the UP.”
The DNR is still in the process of tracking down where the cougar is from and has been checking frequencies from collars of cats from South Dakota. Only western states currently have cougars collared for research projects, so the animal likely traveled a great distance to reach the Upper Peninsula.
The Department will inform the public as soon as more details are known about this cougar.
Cougars, also known as mountain lions, originally were native to Michigan but were thought to have been extirpated around the turn of the last century. The last known wild cougar taken in Michigan was killed near Newberry in 1906. However, sightings are regularly reported and although verification is often difficult, the DNR has verified sets of cougar tracks and confirmed the location of a cougar photo in the eastern Upper Peninsula in 2009 and several sets of cougar tracks in Marquette and Delta counties in 2008.
Established cougar populations are found as close to Michigan as North and South Dakota, and transient cougars dispersing from these areas have been known to travel hundreds of miles in search of new territory. Characteristic evidence of cougars include tracks, which are about three inches long by three and a half inches wide and typically show no claw marks, or suspicious kill sites, such as deer carcasses that are largely intact and have been buried with sticks and debris.
Reports of cougar tracks and other evidence should be made to a local DNR office or by calling the department’s 24-hour Report All Poaching line at 800-292-7800. If a citizen comes into contact with a cougar, the following behavior is recommended:
- Stop, stand tall, pick up small children and do not run. A cougar’s instinct is to chase.
- Do not approach the animal.
- Try to appear larger than the cougar. Never take your eyes off the animal or turn your back. Do not crouch down or try to hide.
- If the animal displays aggressive behavior, shout, wave your arms and throw rocks. The idea is to convince the cougar that you are not prey, but a potential danger.
- If a cougar attacks, fight back aggressively and try to stay on your feet. Do not play dead. Cougars have been driven away by people who have fought back.

Cougars are classified as an endangered species in Michigan. It is unlawful to kill, harass or otherwise harm a cougar except in the immediate defense of human life. If you see a cougar, call your local DNR office to report it or report it on their website. To learn more about cougars and how to identify their tracks, go to www.michigan.gov/cougars.

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Hunters using ORVs with orange flags are disabled

The Department of Natural Resources reminds hunters that persons using off-road vehicles that display an orange flag are hunters with disabilities and are allowed to have their ORVs operating in an area open to hunting.
According to state law, persons who meet certain criteria are permitted to operate licensed ATVs/ORVs on forest roads that are open to public vehicular travel on state lands, including those not posted open to ORVs. Privileges do not extend to cross-country travel, nor to areas, trails and roads specifically posted closed to vehicle or ORV use. Privileges also do not extend to the operation of an ORV within state game, wildlife, or research areas, federal forest lands, state parks, state recreation areas or Michigan trailways.
The law is intended to prevent misunderstandings between sportsmen and sportswomen that might arise when confronted with an ORV operating in an area open to hunting.  It is important for hunters to understand that under certain circumstances, ORV use is permitted, said Lt. Andrew Turner of the DNR’s Law Enforcement Division.
Turner said the law simply allows hunters with disabilities to display an orange flag if they so choose. The law does not require a flag, and there are no size or height requirements in the law for the flag. The DNR chose orange for the flag color because orange flags are readily available, highly visible, inexpensive and commonly used for safety purposes.
For more information on hunting opportunities in Michigan, visit the DNR’s Hunting website at www.michigan.gov/hunting.

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Museum adds eye-catching exhibits

By Judy Reed

It was a long time coming but worth the wait. The Cedar Springs Historical Museum in Morley Park officially held an open house Saturday to show off the new addition and many artifacts they were never able to show before. What they have is a treasure trove of Cedar Springs history that you won’t find anywhere else.
“We still have a lot to add, and we’ll keep polishing it,” said Museum Director Sharon Jett.
The museum has made many of the exhibits hands-on and included cards about the exhibits that patrons can take with them. One of the more striking exhibits is that of an Indian wigwam, which is still under construction. It features many tools used by the Indians. Another is the exhibit dedicated to the railroad, including a large photo of one of our old railroad depots. Other exhibits in the new addition include a livery stable, millinery and dressmaker shop, a general store, a doctor’s office, lumbering exhibit, and Clipper newspaper exhibit. There are many photos of Main Street from the 1880s. Coming soon to that area will also be a jail cell, with some of the bars from the original jail cell in Cedar Springs.
As you walk in the door of the museum, there is an exhibit dedicated to our firefighters, including an old engine from the late 1800s. Other exhibits in the front portion include a military exhibit, old-fashioned kitchen, living room, and a barn. The boards on the barn floor are 14-inches wide, and made from the tree that was cut down in Morley Park to make room for the new addition.
The genealogy area has grown and includes a desk from the old Rockford railroad station. There are many references for those researching family history.
Historical Society President Fred Gunnell was pleased with the way the open house went. “We had a nice turnout, and the boy scouts did a great job,” he said, referring to the lunches they served.
The museum is usually open on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jett said that they will also be open on Veteran’s Day, November 11, and will have special military books, uniforms, and other paraphernalia out. A Chinook helicopter will be landing here in Cedar Springs for the occasion. Watch the Post for more details!

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Woman arrested for arson

Tasha Fisher

The fire was already out when the Cedar Springs Fire Department responded to the scene at 13360 Darcy Circle. It turned out that the fire was intentionally set.

A Cedar Springs woman was arrested over the weekend for the arson of mobile home fire early last week.
The Cedar Springs Fire Department responded to the scene of a mobile home fire on Monday September 12, about 3:05 p.m., at 13360 Darcy Circle, in Northland Estates Mobile Home Park, near Northland Drive and 16 Mile Road.
Cedar Springs police officer Sgt. Ed Good investigated and learned that a maintenance worker for the mobile home park noticed smoke coming from inside the home and extinguished the fire with a power washer before the fire department arrived. The fire was contained to a small area of one room, within the mobile home.
The fire investigation indicated that the cause of fire and location within the mobile home appeared suspicious.  The scene was secured and an arson investigator, Sgt. Stormzand, with the Michigan State Police, assisted. His initial findings indicated a liquid accelerant was involved.
The investigation resulted in the arrest of Tasha Anika-Juanita Fisher, 25, of Cedar Springs, who had recently been evicted from the home through a court action. She was arrested on Sunday, September 18, and arraigned in 63rd District Court for arson of a dwelling, a 20-year felony. She received a $4,000 cash/surety bond and her preliminary exam was set for September 29 at 2:15 p.m.

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Don’t miss out on Red Flannel fun!

The weather is getting cooler, the leaves just starting to fall and glimpses of red can be seen throughout the town. It can only mean one thing—the Red Flannel Festival is just around the corner!
All the fun starts this weekend with a smorgasbord of activities: a firefighter’s parade this Friday after the football game (about 9:30 p.m.); and on Saturday there is a 5K run/walk, basketball shootout, the bed races, chili cookoff, children’s parade, lumberjack dinner, queen pageant and more! Click here for a complete schedule of this weekend and next weekend’s events!

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