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Archive | May, 2012

Girls track qualifies six for state finals

The girls track team traveled to historic Housemen Field on Friday May 18, to compete in the MHSAA Regional meet. The team scored 32 points and placed 8th out of 17 teams. They set 2 new school records and qualified 6 athletes for the Division 2 State finals.

Kenzie Weiler lowered her school record time in the 3200-meter run, with a time of 10:48.2 while placing second. The 400-meter relay team of Rieley Hondalus, Marissa Oakes, Abby VanDusen and Aly Hamilton placed third and qualified with a new school record time of 50.8. Junior Katie Weiler also qualified for the state meet in the 1600-meter run, with a time 5:11.4 for 4th place and in the 3200-meter run with a time of 11:29.3 for third place. Sophomore Aly Hamilton also qualified for the state meet in the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.7, which was good enough for third place.

Also placing in the regional meet was Rieley Hondalus in the long jump, with a jump of 15 feet 4 inches for eighth place. The team travels to Ferris State University on Friday May 25, for the Pioneer Classic, and on Tuesday, they go to Greenville for the Daily News Classic.


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Cedar Springs Varsity Softball wins Red Hawk invite

The Cedar Springs High School Varsity Softball Team wrapped up another very successful weekend. Last week, the Red Hawks won the Fruitport Invite, and this week, Cedar Springs took home first place in their own tournament. “I am really proud of the girls,” said coach Steve Reed. “We are really playing some great softball right now and that is what we need,” he added.

Cedar Springs started out the day very strong as they posted an 11-4 win over Grant then put up 24 runs in the 24-1 win against Northpointe Christian. Entering the championship game, both Cedar Springs and Allendale stood at 2-0 for the day. The Red Hawks were down early and in the 3rd inning, trailed 3-0. Cedar Springs fought their way back to a 5-3 lead during the mid-game stretch. In the 5th inning, freshmen Aubree Mouthaan put the Red Hawks ahead for good with her first career homerun in high school. This 2-run homerun gave Cedar Springs the 8-3 lead. Two runs came in for Allendale toward the conclusion. The Red Hawks won the championship 8-5. Senior pitcher Taylor Nielsen picked up the win for Cedar Springs.

This is the first time in at least 7 years that Cedar Springs has won their own tournament. “It was a great win for the girls and the program,” remarked Reed. Cedar Springs hopes to maintain their pride, purpose, and passion, as they begin the state tournament on June 2, in Big Rapids vs Chippewa Hills, at noon. Congrats to the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, 2012 Red Hawk Invite Champions.

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Boys track places third at regionals

Last Friday, the Red Hawks traveled to Houseman Field to take on 16 other Division 2 teams at their regional meet. Qualifiers for the state meet, on June 2, at Houseman Field, are based on performance standards or placing first or second in their event. Early in the meet, senior Derek Ash became the first discus thrower to be a two-time qualifier as he placed third. He qualified for the state finals by throwing 144’ 6”, which was 6” more than the qualifying mark. Later on, the 4x800m relay team of Alex Bray, Aaron Brooks, Justin Jones, and Austin Sargent qualified to the state finals by time as they finished in 8:17, one second better than the 8:18 qualifying time. During the finals, junior and state ranked distance runner, Connor Mora won the 1600m run (4:16.00) and 800m run (school record of 1:54.7). Last, senior Aaron Brooks qualified for the state finals by placing second in the race.

“We performed very well tonight. We still have young men setting personal bests in their events and they worked their tails off. June 2nd will be a very exciting day,” stated Coach Myers.

The Hawks travel to Ferrris State University on Friday for the annual Pioneer Meet.

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JV Boys golf shoots season best

The Cedar Springs Boys JV Golf Team had a very busy week competing in 2 OK-Blue jamborees and the Mona Shores Invitational.

Monday, at Elks Highlands, the boys finished 5th with a team score of 217.  Aeron White carded a 44, Hunter Chamberlin 56, Will Stockreef 57, and Nick Mooreman 60 (Logan Tackmann 61).

Wednesday, at Moss Ridge, the crew again finished 5th with a 209.  Aeron White 48, Brandon Jones 52, Hunter Chamberlin 53, and Logan Tackmann 56.

Thursday, at Stonegate, the JV Team shot a season best 366 and finished 10th overall in a very competitive tournament. Aeron white was medalist with an 85, Brett Bouwens 89, Hunter Chamberlin and Kyle Koutchie 96’s.

“It is nice to see the guys play well as the season comes to an end,” said Coach London.

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CASSA U12 team wins division

Last weekend, the Cedar Springs Area Select Soccer Association U12 girls team played in a tournament in Traverse City. They won all three of their games on Saturday and Sunday, earning a spot in the championship game on Sunday. They tied the championship game, resulting in overtime (25-minute halves). Our girls continued to persevere, and the overtime resulted in yet another tie game. They then continued on in a shootout, where our girls got 3/5 goals making them the championship winners for their division, with a score of 6-5.

The girls play grand Rapids Crew for the championship game, another great group of athletes, they held their own.

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Thanks for all you do!!!


From left to right: Joanne Carter, Kim Johnson, Russ Cole, Wyatt Phillips and Megan Faye Maddocks. Photo by T. Noreen.

Reviewed by Tom Noreen

Local playwright Scott Phillips brings the office to the stage in his newest production, Thanks for all you do!!! If you have ever worked in any kind of office setting, you will recognize and appreciate his portrayal of office life as the cast takes you through the sales of Smalley Small Arms. As a Dilbert fan, I laughed so hard I cried. One cast member commented afterwards that she almost broke character when she heard me laughing so hard.

Joanne Carter plays the evil Director of Human Resources, Roberta, and with her gravelly voice makes you cringe with every un-human comment she makes. Russ Cole does a great job portraying the narcissistic Top Salesman Phil, as he continually pats himself on the back and takes credit for the company’s profitability. Kim Johnson takes on the role of the melancholic Max, from Accounts Receivable, who hates his job of badgering clients for money. Megan Faye Maddocks is spot on as she brings to life the ever-optimistic peacemaker, Ingrid, from Accounts Payable. Always trying to keep the office from self-imploding, she cringes with each cynical, biting comment from the other staff. To save money, Roberta has hired the Temp Guy (TG) to cover both janitorial services and the IT helpdesk! Wyatt Phillips is super as he bounces back and forth between these and other roles.

With all their imperfections, the staff keeps the company running in the black as the unengaged owner Henry, played by Jon Gamm, plays online poker and watches off-colored movies. Wanting to join the professional poker circuit, Henry puts the company up for sale on Ebay and gets an immediate hit. Kim Powell, as Penelope Prentis, the Acquisition Specialist, and James Broskey, as the legalese speaking Risk Management Lawyer Gregory Garfield, arrive with little warning to scope out the company. To round out the fun, Shirley Saenz shows up as an IRS auditor.

For a great evening of entertainment and more laughs than you can count, the play runs Friday, May 25, and Saturday, May 26 at the Kent Theatre. Show times are at 7:30 PM. Tickets are available at the Library and Alpha and Omega Coffee Shop. Adults are $12, and children under 18 are $6.



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Dancing Plus annual revue

Dancing Plus students from Cedar Springs and surrounding areas will be presenting their annual revue entitled “Born to Dance.” They have been practicing and perfecting their tap, ballet, jazz, gymnastic, flag and hip hop routines since last September, in anticipation of this special event. The production will take place in full costume on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at the Cedar Springs High School Auditorium. All seats are reserved. Tickets are only $11. They are available at Dancing Plus and at the door.

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Dream BIG…Read!

Summer reading program at CS Library


Join us at the Cedar Springs Public Library for our 2012 Summer Reading Program! This year’s theme is DREAM BIG…READ! We have dreamed up 20 great programs, for all ages, from 0-120, running from June 11 to July 25! We have a special program for our youngest readers, cradle to 24 months, programs for preschoolers, for tweens, for teens, six special family programs for all ages, and four programs just for adults!

You will love programs such as the one from John Ball Traveling Zoo; and how about Junior Naturalist where kids learn how to weigh birds, handle turtles, feed snakes, care for frogs? the greatest magician, Tom Plunkard, will be back, and we’re so excited about the Wolverine Skyhawks, who will have two model airplane air shows for us—one  at the Middle School, and one at July 25, at our Reading Celebration Carnival at Morley Park. The Skyhawks will be giving away an Aranca Champ model airplane (wingspan 20”) complete with flying lessons…just a few of our attractions!
We have four programs for adults, two with Cedar Springs’ own Sarah Jehnzen, who is the “Coupons & Deals Expert” for WOTV4Women’s “Live Better for Less.” Check her out on her blog: www.sarahsdeals.net. Bring your questions! Families, meet Tractor Dave!  He fixed up his old tractor and headed out across America in an effort to raise money for needy families. He will share about his trip in pictures, and said he has a few really great stories, one is miraculous. Farmer friendly!
Thanks to the many sponsors from our local community, we have a great line-up of programs and prizes. you won’t want to miss opening day, June 11, Monday, from noon to 6pm.  We have a petting zoo, a Friends Book Sale, free ice cream, free themed book bags for K-12 and we’re raffling off a new Kindle Touch eBook Reader to help raise the last $20,000 of our $50,000 Matching Grant–$1 for 1 ticket or $2 for 3.

The Library’s Summer Reading Program is a blast! Your library staff and board have dreamed a big dream, and it includes you. Program booklets are available at the Library, 43 W. Cherry Street, or online at cedarsprings.llcoop.org. See you June 11 between noon and 6pm!

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Stage Door Players present “My funny Valentine”

The Stage Door Players will present “My Fatal Valentine,” by Eileen Mousehy, on June 1 and 2, at the Edgar Farms on M-46 at Gravel Ridge Road.  The setting of this audience participation murder mystery is a convention of romance writers and their fans. Five authors have been nominated for the Loveknot Award for the Best Romance of the Year, including Hattie Glick (Denise Gray of White Cloud), Priscilla and Veronica Emberly (Mary Unger of Howard City), Chet Farquirk (David Schmuker of Belmont), Edith Crumpowski (Peggy Snell of Rockford) and Lady Dorothy Knolls (Tammy Reagan of Howard City). Benton Fish (Ken Busch), the editor of Heartthrob Books, is the Master of Ceremonies.

Contributing to the mayhem are Maynard Glick (Ken Koning of Newaygo),  Mitzi Mooney (Millianne Lewis of  Pierson), Martha Crumpowski (Dorothy Galicki of Howard City). Providing security for the evening is Jane Forthright (Shelly VandePanne of Howard City) the no nonsense Head of Security for Heartthrob Books.

Maude Petry (Shirley Corner, of Newaygo) has the festivities planned for 7:00 p.m. on June 1 and 2. She has a wonderful dinner and local talent planned for the evening.  Reservations are a must. Please purchase your tickets for $25.00 at Firstbank or Uptown Hair Design in Lakeview. In Howard City tickets are available at Firstbank and Kindle & Company. For more information call Stage Door Theater at 231-689-5437.

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Summer reading at Kent District Library

Studies show that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of summer vacation. Kent District Library’s summer reading program is an important step in helping to prevent what’s known as summer reading loss by providing programs and activities that encourage learning while children and teens are away from school, and it’s a great way to have fun this summer.

Last year, KDL had the busiest summer reading program of any public library system in Michigan–26,000 people, or 18,183 kids, 4,660 teens and 3,091 adults at its 18 libraries. This year’s Summer Reading @ KDL program runs from Friday, June 1 to Friday, August 31.

With activities for babies, kids, teens and adults, Summer Reading @ KDL offers something for everyone: There’s Summer Reading for Babies 0-24 months, Dream Big Read for kids 24 months through grade 5, Own the Night for teens grades 6-12, and Between the Covers for adults. Our new “Experience Summer” online badge component will encourage participants to learn not only through reading, but also through seeing, going and experiencing. Read for the chance to win great prizes such as gift certificates, getaways and even an Amazon Kindle!

KDL is also offering an exciting line-up of summer programs, including Animal Crackers Petting Zoo, Super Sub Sampler, Could You Survive the Hunger Games, Summer Carnivals and so much more!

Sign up for Summer Reading @ KDL starting June 1 at any of KDL’s 18 branch locations.

For more information, call 784-2007 or visit www.kdl.org.

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