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Red Hawk girls basketball opens 2022 with win

Red Hawk Junior Jessa Patin attempts a shot in the paint during the first quarter.

Cancer awareness benefit this Saturday at Aquinas

Cedar Springs Junior Brooklyn Colclasure dribbles past Ottawa Hills defender in first half.

The Cedar Springs Girls Basketball (3-4 overall, 1-0 conference) team opened the new year and their OK Gold Conference play with a 54-17 win over Ottawa Hills this past Friday, January 7.

The Red Hawks left little doubt who was going to win the game, jumping to a 10-0 lead early in the first quarter. Senior Darrah Miller scored 11 of her game high 20 points (3-3 three pointers) in the opening 8 minutes.  

Leading 16-4 after the first period, the Red Hawks kept the pressure on and led 34-8 at halftime. Miller and fellow senior classmate Aubrie French each scored 7 points in the 2nd frame. Senior Gracie Garchow added 4 points in the quarter as well.  

The Red Hawk defense remained locked in allowing only a single Ottawa Hills basket in the third period.  Balanced scoring for the ladies saw 7 different players each score 2 points in the quarter for a 48-10 lead after the 3 quarters of play.  

Cedar Springs had their best shooting night of the season, making 54 percent from the field. In all, 10 of the 13 players dressed scored in the game.  

Miller scored 20 points, hauled in a team high 6 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists.  French was the other Red Hawk in double figures with 12 points. Junior Brooklyn Colclasure dished out a team high 7 assists.

The Red Hawks return to action this Saturday when they take on FH Eastern at Aquinas College at 10:00 a.m. The game will be played in conjunction with AQ/Cornerstone games (Women 1:00 p.m. – Men 3:00 p.m). 

Former Red Hawk Brighton Miller, and current Aquinas College Women’s Basketball Player, put together a Cancer Awareness/Benefit event in support of Coach Duke Saboo (current Varsity Assistant Coach) and Coach Justin Harnden (current CS Teacher and Varsity Girls Soccer Coach).

In addition to the basketball games, the event will feature activities, silent auction, and T-Shirt sales in order to raise money to split between the coaches.  If you are unable to attend the game, a GoFundMe has been set up as well.  Just visit:


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Red Hawk bowlers on a roll

Girls: Zoey Russo, Molly Wierstra, Kayla Walter, Chloe Fisk, Morgan French, Audrey Campbell, Kaisa Maki
Boys: Andrew Fliearman, Cole Harms, Alex Steil, Iasaiah Waite, Coach Russell, Cody Marshall, John Mitchell, Ethan Terpstra

The Cedar Springs Red Hawk bowlers have been busy since Christmas break.  On Monday, December 20, they competed against the formidable Forest Hills Eastern at home, at Rockford Lanes. The girls beat the Huskies 29-1. The Varsity guys won 22-8 and the JV guys won 27-3.

On Monday, December 27, the team competed at the South Haven/Allegan Invitational. The girls bowled well but were unable to finish in the top 4. Our Varsity guys had an outstanding day. They finished 4th in qualifying and came back to win the tournament! Great job, guys!

On Tuesday, December 29, the tournaments continued with the Annual Christmas Baker Tournament (baker=5 bowlers each bowl 2 frames, 1st bowler bowls 1st and 6th frame, etc).

The girls took the limelight in this tournament. The guys placed 5th, and the girls qualified 2nd and won the tournament! Great job, ladies!

Our January match was canceled due to weather. Saturday, January 8, we competed in the Jenison Bowl Invite at Fairlanes in Grandville. Both teams bowled well but didn’t make the top 5. The highlight of the day was Chloe Fisk. Chloe took 1st place bowling a 218 and 231.  Congratulations, Chloe!

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Youth Wrestlers compete at Lakewood after two year hiatus

By James Streeter

After a two year pause from MyWAY competition, the Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling program was back at it at Lakewood High School in Lake Odessa. The Red Hawks traveled twenty grapplers who were eager to get back on the mat and they did not disappoint! As a team the Red Hawks went 34-33 overall and finished in 8th place out of 30 teams in total pins with 19 (35:08). 

Twelve Red Hawks brought home hardware, with Henry Galinis getting things started in a big way in the 2014-13 Open 82lb. bracket with a 1st place finish. Kam Kohler finished in a strong 2nd place in the 2014-13 77lb. bracket. Kam was also 17th at the tournament in pins with 3 total (1:38).

In the 2012-11 age group, a number of Red Hawks found success. Sierra Streeter took 4th in the open 69 bracket while Dillon VanDyke had a strong 2nd place finish in the open 90 bracket. Ben Streeter had a strong showing in the 110lb bracket with a 2nd place finish while Jaxon Fitzgerald managed a 4th place finish in the 110lb weight class.

The 2010-09 age group showed that they were up to the task with four medals of their own. Elijah Elam and Eli Gunderson shook the rust off with a pair of 2nd place finishes in the 65lb and 70lb brackets respectively. Bryson Streeter wrestled his way to 4th place in the 80lb. bracket while Jon Libera placed 3rd in the 119.

Wrapping up the day was the 2008-07 age group, which collected a pair of medals with Deegan Pike claiming 2nd in the open 90/95lb bracket and Gavyn Byxbe placing 3rd in the 155lb bracket.

Next week CSYW travels to Fremont for more MyWAY West Region action.

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Bowlers face Kenowa Hills

On Wednesday, December 15, the Cedar Springs Red Hawk bowlers had their first conference match.  They competed against Kenowa Hills at Westgate Bowl.  

The girls had a strong showing against Kenowa Hills. Contributing to the 29-1 win were Kloe Fisk, Kayla Walters, Audrey Campbell, and Morgan French.

The Kenowa Hills guys have a very talented team. They put up a valiant effort—including Cody Marshall, Alex Steil and Braedyn Brewer—but were defeated by Kenowa Hills 18-12.

The bowlers are looking forward to their next match against Forest Hills Eastern at home at Rockford Lanes on December 20. Let’s Go Red Hawks!

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Athlete of the Month – October 2021

Carter Sherman—Boys Soccer

Carter Sherman is a sophomore and starting mid-fielder for the varsity soccer squad. Carter joined the team as a freshman last year and quickly distinguished himself as a starter due to his impressive technique on the ball, cool-temperament under pressure, vision for the defense-splitting pass, and endurance. He has played in every game, most of the time going the full 80 minutes, and has contributed one goal and a team-high nine assists through 12 games this season. Carter’s assists stat line is particularly impressive, considering that he is often the focus of opposing defenses, who are looking to limit his effectiveness in mid-field by man-marking, double teaming, or intensely physical play. Through it all, Carter is tenacious, competitive, and unphased – often raising his game to the next level when the team needs a big moment. He is our offensive catalyst and serves as the creative spark in midfield to orchestrate our attack and set up his teammates with opportunities to score.

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Red Hawk bowlers take 3rd, 4th at tournament

Cedar Springs boy bowlers took third place at the tournament at Fairlanes Bowling Center. From L to R: John Mitchell, Alex Steil, Zach Vedders, Isaiah Waite, Cody Marshall, Cole Harms, Andrew Fliearman and Noah Bayink. Courtesy photo.
Chloe Fisk bowled a 483 and took third place in individual competition at the tournament at Fairlanes Bowling Center last week. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawk bowling teams are off to a good start for the season. With the Covid restrictions lessened, they are able to have full rosters for both the guys and the girls. The girls have nine  on their Varsity team. The guys have 15 bowlers, filling both Varsity and JV teams.

Saturday, December 11, was the first tournament of the season, at Fairlanes Bowling Center. The guys took 3rd place. The girls took 4th. The highlight of the day was Chloe Fisk, who took 3rd place in individual competition with a score of 483. A great way to start the season!

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OK-Gold All Conference fall 2021

Cedar Springs High School


Blake Scheer

Antwuan Nicholls

Josh Kriekaard

Brennan Porter

Cam Heiss

Aiden Brunin

Alex Ream

Honorable Mention

Tate Ringelberg

Ryan West

Ryan Mitchell

Boys Cross Country

Espen Wood

Gabe White

Honorable Mention

Carter Moleski

Boys Soccer

Carter Sherman

Cole Detloff

Honorable Mention

Daniel Cole


Walker Glyshaw


Honorable Mention

Makenna Outwin

Girls Cross Country

Annalise Elliott

Larissa McGrath

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MHSAA Student Advisory Council’s ‘Battle of the Fans’ returns for 10th year

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Dec. 8 – The Michigan High School Athletic Association’s Student Advisory Council will host its 10th “Battle of the Fans” contest this winter to award the top high school student cheering section in Michigan, with three rounds of competition that will recognize nine semifinalists, three finalists and eventually the 2021-22 champion.

The annual Battle of the Fans was put on hold for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19, but crowds have returned to most venues, with county health departments and individual school districts making local decisions on potential spectator limits. The most recent champion was Buchanan in 2020; Buchanan has won three BOTF championships, Frankenmuth has won two, and North Muskegon, Traverse City West, Dowagiac and Beaverton also have won over the first nine years.

Schools are invited to submit a short video, via Tik Tok, of their cheering sections in action at a school sporting event. Video submissions should be up to three minutes long and explain how that section meets the following contest criteria: positive sportsmanship, student body participation, school spirit, originality of cheers, organization of the group, student section leadership and fun.

The deadline for student-submitted video applications is noon Jan. 8. Nine semifinalists then will be chosen – three each from Class A, Class B and Class C/D – to partake in a two-week challenge where each will be required to complete five tasks further showing why it should be chosen as Michigan’s best student section. From those nine, three finalists then will be selected by the Student Advisory Council and visited on a home game night by MHSAA staff and Advisory Council representatives. The MHSAA will produce a video of that finalist after each visit, with the champion being selected by the Student Advisory Council based in part on support each section receives on the MHSAA’s social media sites.

This year’s Battle of the Fans X winner will be announced Feb. 18 and recognized March 25 at the Breslin Center.

“After a year of limited fans in the stands, students have been itching to support their local teams,” said Andy Frushour, MHSAA director of brand management and advisor to the Student Advisory Council. “Even though we are not yet past this pandemic, we know student sections are safely organizing to support their classmates and be part of something that for many is among the most memorable parts of the high school experience. It was great to see students in the stands together this fall, and we are excited to see the enthusiasm in gyms this winter.

“We are even more excited to bring this competition to Tik Tok. Students spend a lot of time making videos on that platform, and we are eager to see what they come up with for Battle of the Fans.”

Rules, directions for submitting videos, plus links to coverage of finalists from the first nine years of the contest can be found on the MHSAA Website at www.mhsaa.com/BOTF. This year’s finalist videos, plus the announcement of the 2021-22 winner, will be published on the MHSAA Second Half site at SecondHalf.MHSAA.com.

The Student Advisory Council is made up of eight seniors and eight juniors who each serve two-year terms. The Council acts as the voice of Michigan’s student-athletes; it serves as a student sounding board for the MHSAA’s Representative Council, assists in planning Sportsmanship Summits, Captains Clinics and other student leadership events; participates in a yearly focus group about the state of high school sports for Michigan State University’s Institute for the Study of Youth Sports and assists with medal ceremonies at MHSAA championship events.

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October Athletes of the Month

Cole DetloffBoys Soccer

Cole Detloff is a junior and starting center-back for the varsity squad. He is a three-year varsity letterman, having begun his Cedar Springs soccer career as the only freshman player on the 2019 squad. Cole has taken on a new leadership role as a team captain this season and has served admirably in that role, modeling the work ethic, positive attitude, and commitment required of all varsity team members. On the field, Cole is a dominant presence, marshaling our defense and organizing our build-up play with his vision, passing accuracy and range, and physical commitment in tackles and aerial duels. He is also a credible offensive weapon, scoring four goals and notching two assists through 12 games – an especially impressive stat line for a center-back, who are not normally tasked with goal-scoring duties. Cole’s tally of four goals is good enough for 3rd on the team and makes him, almost certainly, the highest scoring center-back in the conference.

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November Athletes of the Month

Girls Cross Country

Larissa McGrath, Junior

Parents: Christine Hartuniewicz and Shawn McGrath

Larissa is a very coachable young lady! Works extremely hard in whatever she does! All-Conference, placed 13th at regionals, State qualifier in Division 1. Broke a record to become the 8th fastest girl in Cedar Springs history!

Isabel VanDusen, Senior

Parents: Jon and Kim VanDusen

Isabel has an awesome work ethic, one of our Team captains, Leads with heart and integrity. Has been on varsity all 4 years.

Madison Golliver, Senior

Parents: Brian Golliver and Christina Zinn

Madison is a hard worker. One of our other team captains. Has a lot of heart and always wanting to help out anyone at any time with open arms.

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