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Archive | September, 2012

Win a car at the library golf outing!

Friends of the Cedar Springs Library invite you and your friends to participate in their Golf Outing Benefit on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Cedar Chase.

If you love golf…if you don’t love golf…if you know people who love golf…now is the time to spread the word and sign up to help your local Cedar Springs Library benefit by simply having fun at Cedar Chase Golf Course. Imagine how fun it would be to get a hole in one and win a FREE 2013 Chevy Malibu from Ed Koehn Chevrolet!
Put together a 4-person team for the 18-hole scramble, $75 per person. There will be a 50/50 raffle, Mulligans, a sizzler steak dinner, prizes…call Chris today for details at 616-293-5131 or Donna at the Library at 696-1910. Sponsor a team, a hole or dinner. Golf with Friends for the Library!
The library needs only $16,000 more to meet the $50,000 match challenge!
Other upcoming fundraisers:
Zumba – Oct. 13, 9am, $10, CS Middle School
Big Boy Spaghetti Dinner – Oct. 18, 5-8pm
Home Party Expo – Nov. 17, 10am-2pm at the CS Middle School
Alpha Omega Coffee & Games – for every pound of coffee purchased, $1 donated to the Library.
Take Two Video and Game Shop – Purchase $20 & $1 is donated to the Library.
More details at cedarsprings.llcoop.org.

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Red Hawks to host pink game

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team will host a “pink” game to raise money to fight breast cancer on Friday, September 28, and they are asking for the community’s help to support the cause. Proceeds generated from the game will go toward the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Both the football players and cheerleaders will wear pink jerseys during the game against Forest Hills Eastern, to honor survivors or those who have lost someone to breast cancer. Families will be presented the jersey at the end of the game.

Fans can help by buying a raffle ticket or t-shirt. They will have the chance to win some great prizes from area businesses in a raffle they are holding during the game. And, fans can purchase a t-shirt for $10. This will be the first “pink” event for the Red Hawks. Please show your support!

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Red Hawk soccer loses to FHE, wins against West Catholic

Josh Champion credited with 19 saves in loss to Forest Hills Eastern.

Josh Champion credited with 19 saves in loss to Forest Hills Eastern.

On Tuesday, September 11th, the Red Hawks traveled to Ada to take on the Forest Hills Eastern Hawks in OK Bronze Conference play. The FHE Hawks put constant pressure on the Red Hawk defensive line of Aaron Dault, Trevor Rose, Dontae Ensley and Vitor Camillo. Despite the 19 incredible saves by goal keeper Josh Champion, FHE was still able to put four goals in the net by the end of the buzzer, closing out the game with a 4-0 loss for the Red Hawks. The team looks forward to challenging FHE again, this time on home turf, September 27, at their annual AYSO/CASSA night.

On Saturday, September 15, in OK Bronze Conference play, the Red Hawks hosted the West Catholic Falcons. The Red Hawks sprang into action and took immediate control of the game on both ends of the field. Aaron Dault was credited with the team’s first goal, when his free kick hit a West Catholic defender and bounced past the surprised Falcon goal keeper (34:32). The Red Hawks pressured the Falcon net with many shots on goal and the fans cheered when Robert Klein fought his way through the Falcon defense and tapped the ball into the net, giving the Red Hawks a 2-0 lead at the half (10:51-assist Memo Garcia).

The Red Hawks’ third goal occurred minutes into the second half, when Trevor Rose sent free kick towards the net that sophomore Julion Quiroga was able to connect with and slice past the keeper (37:00-assist Rose). The Red Hawk defensive unit of Senior captains Aaron Dault and Trevor Rose, along with Dontae Ensley, Vitor Camillo and goalkeeper Josh Champion worked together to protect the Cedar Springs goal by shutting down the Falcon offense during the second half. With eleven minutes left on the clock, sophomore Josh Valentine intercepted a West Catholic goal kick and headed it towards Kyle Szirovecz, who muscled his way through the Falcon defense and slipped the ball into the net. The final score ended with a Cedar Springs shut-out victory of 4-0.

When asked to sum up last week, Coach Kyle Avink commented, “We are getting better each game and I’m excited for what the next weeks will bring.” Congratulations on another great win Red Hawks!


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CASSA girls win

Congratulations to the U14 CASSA Girls team from Cedar Springs, Michigan. In the month of September they played  two separate tournaments, (the MILD Cup in Holland, Michigan and the TBays Autumn Classic in Traverse City, Michigan). In both tournaments they finished first in their division.

For both weekend competitions the team ran a 4-4-2 formation, focused on keeping the field spread, controlling the ball in the middle, and creating scoring opportunities in the offensive zone. The goalkeepers (Ali Sparling and Makalya Williams) came up with some critical saves that helped secure the wins in all games. The defense backs (Erika Larsen, Carlee Mouthaan, Jessica Plowman, Cassandra Rivard, Tara Tepin, Lauren White, & Sienna Wight) continually stepped to the ball and forced attacking offensive pressure to the outside, then worked to regain position and move the ball forward. The midfielders (Megan Dreyer, Elizabeth Redfield, and Maddie VanDusen) controlled the ball in the middle, switched the field of play, and fed the ball to the outside midfielders (Lindsay Lehman, Samantha TerHorst, and Breanna Zandstra) for crossing opportunities in the offensive zone. The forwards (Kaitlyn Coons, Brooke Morris, and Taylor Pasley) continually pounded the ball at the opposing keepers for successful goal scoring opportunities.

Combined in both tournaments, the U14 Girls CASSA\ team scored 41 goals and had 2 goals against in eight games, including both championship games. Specifically, in the MILD Cup the team had 16 of the 18 players score at least one goal during the tournament and in the Tbays tournament the team completed the unthinkable by shutting out all the opposing teams they faced.

Congratulations to these very talented and skilled young athletes. Their work ethic, focus, and drive for team success is truly outstanding. Great work ladies!

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Red Hawks lose to state champs

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team traveled to Zeeland last week to take on last year’s state champs. The Zeeland West Dux came out strong and hard against the Red Hawks, scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter and their defense stopping the Red Hawks each attempt they had at the ball. The second quarter continued to be run by Zeeland’s offense, as they scored three more touchdowns against the Red Hawk defense. The score was 52-0 at half.

Red Hawk Dylan Block is swept off his feet by a flock of Dux. Photo by Rebecca Klompstra.

Red Hawk Dylan Block is swept off his feet by a flock of Dux. Photo by Rebecca Klompstra.

By half time the Red Hawks lost two key players of the game to injury, but they did not give up. They made some changes and came out ready to play harder, and the third quarter was scoreless for both teams. The Red Hawk defense also held strong in the fourth quarter and did not allow the Dux to score again.

On the last play of the game, the Red Hawk offense was able to get past the Zeeland Dux and scored their first and only touchdown of the game, when sophomore Kaden Myers took it on a reverse for 60 yards, then Austin Hilyer’s pass to Cameron Link for the 2 point conversion was good, bringing the game to an end with a final score of Cedar Springs 8, Zeeland West 52.

“We got beat up in all phases of the game this week,” said Coach Brian Busen. “We suffered some key injuries to Allen Slagter, Andy Depiazza, and Dylan Block during the game and hope to see all of them back soon. We are going to learn a lot about each other this week based on how we respond as individuals and as a team to this loss. I believe in the guys on our team and expect to see them use this as a learning experience.”

The Red Hawks will take on the Hornets of Greenville Friday in their homecoming game and the first conference game of the season.

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JV Red Hawks lose to Zeeland

The JV Red Hawks football team suffered their first loss of the season to a very good Zeeland West team.

Red Hawk Nick Steed looks for an opening in the Dux defense. Photo by Cameron Klompstra.

Red Hawk Nick Steed looks for an opening in the Dux defense. Photo by Cameron Klompstra.

The JV team pulled things together this week after losing standout athletes Kaden Myers and MavRick Cotten to the varsity team. The Hawks took the opening kick off down the field and scored on a TD pass from Hunter Larsen to Ty Timmers. On the following possession Zeeland was able to go down and score and take the lead 8-6. The Hawks once again easily drove down the field only to fumble on the 20 yard line of Zeeland. Zeeland took the ball down and scored to make it 16-6. Again Cedar drove down the field and fumbled the ball deep in Zeeland territory. Zeeland again drove the ball and scored to make the score 24-6 at the half.

The second half opened with Cedar kicking off to Zeeland and forcing them to punt. Again Cedar turned over the football and Zeeland was able to capitalize and score to make it 32-6. The Red Hawks weren’t able to hit pay dirt until the 4th quarter and the final score was 40-13.

“Hunter and Nick (Steed) did a really nice job stepping in for Kaden and MavRick,” said Coach Bowers. “We were able to move the ball pretty well and our passing game was good. The turnovers just killed our momentum and I think it had an impact on our defense.”

The JV team is now 3-1 on the season and begins league play this week at OK Bronze rival Greenville. On September 27, the JV will travel to Hastings to replace the previously scheduled Forest Hills Eastern game.

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Frosh football team stumbles against Zeeland West

For the first time in their young high schools careers the Cedar Springs Red Hawks freshmen football players experienced defeat last Thursday, September 13, when they fell to the Dux of Zeeland West, 40-8.

The Red Hawks came out fired up and ready to go, but the Dux deceiving wing-T offense proved to be too much, as they scored on their first 5 possessions to jump out to a 40-0 lead.

Photo by Cameron Klompstra.

Cedar Springs was bound and determined not to get skunked, as most of these freshmen boys had not given up more than 18 points in a game, for the last two years. Blake Fisher drove them down the field on a series of pass completions, finally connecting with Keronte Hale in the end zone, giving Cedar Springs its only score of the competition.

One thing is for certain, these boys will not hang their heads on one game, and are preparing to bounce back against Greenville this Thursday, and represent Cedar Springs well. They are determined to get back in the win column.

“We will put this one behind us and get ready for Greenville,” said Coach Covey. Come make the trek to Greenville and support these boys as they go for win number four this Thursday at Greenville at 4:30 p.m.

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Joe Watson named 2012 Grand Marshal

The Red Flannel Festival Board of Directors proudly named Cedar Springs resident Joe Watson, Sr. as the 2012 Grand Marshal for the 73rd Annual Celebration, to be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Watson, 77, moved to Cedar Springs in 1963. He was raised in Virginia, and served in the military in North Carolina before moving here. He and his wife, Florence, have been married 54 years and raised five children: Jedonne, Joseph Jr., Charlie, Kelli and Merri. All graduated from Cedar Springs High School.

“The Festival is extremely proud and thankful for the many years of Mr. Watson’s outstanding dedication to the entire Cedar Springs community,” said Michele Tracy-Andres, President of the Festival. “His outstanding community service in several organizations is very impressive and exactly what we look for in a Red Flannel Festival Grand Marshal. It’s very obvious Joe loves Cedar Springs and especially the Red Flannel Festival! The Red Flannel Town is a better place because of Joe’s involvement.”

Watson has been a leader in the community, volunteering his time to several organizations coaching youth sports and was one of the founding members of the Cedar Springs Athletic Association (created for youth athletics) prior to the formation of the Athletic Boosters. He supported the Festival for several years with his dedicated service as a Keystone Kop and Grand Parade Organizer.

Watson said he was excited to serve and honored to be chosen. “I think it’s a nice gesture,” he remarked. “I was very surprised.”

Mr. Watson and his wife Florence will reign over the two weekends of the 15th oldest Festival in the state of Michigan, sharing the Red Flannel warmth of our community to visitors and residents.


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Red Flannel 5K Run/walk

The Red Flannel 5K Run/walk takes place Saturday, September 29, and is a fun thing for the whole family to do! Awards and kids fun run follow the main run. 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Red Flannel office, on 21 E. Maple Street. The kids fun run starts at 9:45 a.m. There is a “best dressed” Red Flannel competition.

Download a form from redflannelfestival.org or visit their Facebook. You can also call them at 696-2662.

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Rotary Chicken Dinner

It’s that Red Flannel time of year again, so get ready and get hungry for the Cedar Springs Rotary Club Chicken Dinner! Cooked right on site at Cherry and Main St. Juicy grilled chicken, side salads, roll/butter and a beverage all for just $8.50! Tickets are on sale now through your local Rotarians or check in with Julie Wheeler at Independent Bank, Denise Gates at ChoiceOne Bank or Aaron Gauger at White Creek Lumber.
Get your Chicken Dinner tickets today!

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