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Red Hawks roll over Ottawa Hills

The Cedar Springs Varsity Football seniors walk across Red Hawk field one last time after their win over Ottawa Hills last Friday. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Football seniors walk across Red Hawk field one last time after their win over Ottawa Hills last Friday. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By student reporter, Maddie Nichols

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team ended their season with a blowout against the Ottawa Hills’ Bengals. Although saying goodbye to our senior football players is tough, concluding with a big win made it a little easier.

The Hawks started off the game with carries by seniors Jacob Hooker and Dylan Ostrom-Howell, leading junior John Todd into the end zone with 10 minutes and 45 seconds remaining of the first quarter. With an immediate head start, the Hawks didn’t let down. Sophomore Lucas Pienton intercepted a pass and ran it in for a touchdown shortly after, and with a solid kick from senior Dustin Shaw, the score became 14-0. Todd made his way to the Bengal’s end zone again after a long run, with a little less than 7 minutes before the end of the first quarter. Pienton also made his way to another touchdown with a little over 3 minutes to go, and with a two-point conversion by Hooker, the score became 29-0. However, Cedar wasn’t stopping there. With only 38 seconds left, sophomore Ryan Ringler made a touchdown, making the lead even more significant. Tackles throughout the quarter by seniors Austin Basso, Jaron Spencer, Collin Alvesteffer and Thomas Hill, as well as Ringler, Todd and Pienton, prevented the Bengals from scoring, ending the first quarter with a score of 36-0.

Senior Thomas Hill started off the second quarter on a high note for the Hawks with a touchdown 12 seconds in. The score then became 43-0. Hill and junior Nate Patin held off Ottawa Hills for a while, but the Bengals picked off a Cedar pass and ran it into the end zone, making the score 43-6, with Cedar still holding a huge lead. Carries from seniors Austin Ellis and Joe Reich-Tanis led to junior Nick Campione running in for a touchdown with 6 minutes and 52 seconds remaining of the first half, making the score 50-6. Tackles by Pienton, juniors Darius Barnett and Colton Gould, and senior Jaron Lucas gave the ball back to Cedar. Junior Jake West made a touchdown with 3 minutes left, increasing the score to 57-6. Tackles by junior Riley Hawkins, Ringler and Ellis held that score going into the second half.

The second half was full of support from all of the players. Senior starters went on the sideline and watched their underclassmen play their hearts out. With emotions running wild, the Hawks did nothing but prevail. Carries by Todd and junior Paul Krajewski kept the momentum going, as well as tackles by Spencer, Pienton, and Krajewski. Then, as if the night couldn’t be any greater, senior Dustin Shaw kicked the longest field goal in Cedar Springs’ history—40 yards—making the score 60-6, and that’s where the score stayed until the end.

The season was an emotional and intense one, but the community of Cedar Springs could not be any prouder of the way it ended. The boys of fall graduating will be going on to greater things, and the ones remaining will keep their legacy going next year. Cedar Springs finished the season 3-3 in conference, and 4-5 overall.

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Girls Volleyball take losses against FHN, FHC

Red Hawk Volleyball seniors (L to R): Ali Sparling, Lyndsey Lehman, Brooke Morris, Sienna Wight and Kaitlyn Coons.

Red Hawk Volleyball seniors (L to R): Ali Sparling, Lyndsey Lehman, Brooke Morris, Sienna Wight and Kaitlyn Coons.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball team competed on three days this past week beginning on Tuesday night (Oct 18) when they traveled to Forest Hills Northern for a conference match that resulted in a 0-3 match loss. Senior Middle hitter Brooke Morris led in kills on the night with 5 and tallied one block while Baylie VanDyke added 4 kills and three blocks (including 2 solo blocks).  Sydney Plummer added 3 kills, 2 digs, and an ace, while Libero Kaitlyn Coons recorded 11 digs and 26 serve receives. Setter Sienna Wight and Ali Sparling each put up 7 assists.

The Lady Redhawks hosted Class A ranked Forest Hills Central Thursday evening (10/20) ending in a 0-3 conference loss: 15-25, 11-25 and 13-25. The night, which the programs seniors and parents were honored at their last home match, was led with a solid performance by senior setter Sienna Wight, who had the team high 26 Sets and 12 assists. Sydney Plummer rallied with 8 kills, 12 digs and 2 blocks. Senior Setter Ali Sparlinghad 11 assists, 4 kills and 3 blocks, while Kaitlyn Coons recorded 14 digs and 25 serve receives. Middle blocker Brooke Morris added 7 kills and 2 blocks, while Lyndsey Lehman played a strong defensive game with 3 digs and 10 serve receives.

The ladies rounded out the week competing at the Sparta High School Invite Saturday (Oct 22), where they played in three matches ending in a loss in the Silver Bracket finals against Comstock Park. The competition began for the Lady Red Hawks with an impressive match against rival Greenville, falling 26-27 (games capped in Pool Play at 27), 25-18 and 20-25. The next match was against host Sparta and handed over a 0-3 loss (16-25, 14-25 and 24-26. In the Silver Bracket Finals, the Red Hawks took a loss to Comstock Park 10-25 and 14-25. Senior Middle hitter Brooke Morris led the offense with 15 kill and 9 blocks and Ali Sparling contributed 14 kills, 7 blocks, 27 assists, 7 aces and a team high 16 service points. Sydney Plummer, who left the tournament play in the second match with an injury, tallied 14 kills and 15 digs on the day, while Baylie VanDyke added 8 kills and a team high 11 blocks. Setter Sienna Wight had 27 assists, 3 blocks and 10 digs. Leading on defense was Libero Kaitlyn Coons with 34 digs and 58 serve receives. Also having a solid day on serve receives were Lindsey Lehman and Rachel Bouwers with 20 each.

The Lady Red Hawks (5-22-2) return to action at Northview Thursday night (10/27), travel to Central Montcalm on Saturday (10/29) for tournament play, and begin Districts on Monday, October 31, when they play Lowell at Lowell.

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Rocket football team completes undefeated season


The Cedar Springs third and fourth grade Rocket football team coached by head coach Brian Egan and assistant coaches Greg Curtis and Jesse Smith completed an undefeated season this past Saturday with an exciting 26-0 victory over the visiting West Side Falcons.

The win closed out a blowout season where not a single point was scored on the Red Hawks defense all season, outscoring their competition 202-0.

During the season the Red Hawks had a powerful offense led by quarterback Sawyer Smith, tail backs Luke Egan, Rory Schoenborn, Kaiden Dreyer, Jacob Thompson. With solid execution of a handful of plays these offensive players were a force to be reckoned with. The powerful defensive lineup led by Isaiah Kukla and supported by team mates Dane Nienhuis, Trenton Underwood, Marcus Caruso, Branson Wood and others held back almost all attempts to move the ball.


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Middle school cross country finishes record setting season 

The CSMS girls and boys track teams had a great season.

The CSMS girls and boys track teams had a great season.

Middle school girls with first place plaque.

Middle school girls with first place plaque.

The Cedar Srings Middle School cross country team started off the season with a record amount of athletes.  No team has been larger than the team that competed this year. The cross team also was put into a new league that aligns more with the teams that the High School teams compete against. However, that didn’t stop these athletes from rising above and competing hard. Week after week, each one of the runners worked hard and the results were evident.

At the conference meet held on Oct 18, the boys team finished 3rd overall out of 8 teams. These were all teams they battled back and forth with all season. Corey Bowers was conference champion leading the way for the Red Hawks. Austin Mann, Alex Nylaan, Spencer Bray, and Caleb Menefee all set season personal bests to round out the top five scoring. Carter Moleski, Sam Kleyenberg, Justin Voskuil, Andy Luke, Nate VanKampen, Andy Luke, Andrew Koning, Gabe White, Drew Mattson, Cayden Steinebach, Ian Little and Justin Kennedy Johnson also ran exceptional races to help their team out.

The girls team was conference champions for the second year in a row, setting another record. Again with a tougher conference, the girls prevailed and almost all ran their personal bests. Kaelyn Colclasure, Lauren Lett, Abby Buttermore, Paige Marsman, and Sierra Johnson placed in the top 20. This was the first time Cedar Springs has had five runners in the top 20 at a conference meet. Alexis Wood, Olivia Sherman, Chloe Grifhorst, Ella See and Grace Sova finished right on their heels setting new personal best times. The following girls also set new personal best times helping their team to victory:  Emma Waller, Kirsten Parker, Aubrie French, Lily Howland, Kristen Perry, Cloe Shoffner, Muriel Cook, Emily Caldwell, Julia Pecker, Isabel Vandusen, Abbey Shotko, Brilynn Smith, and Emily Neiderheide.

Congratulations to a great season to all our runners!!

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Red Hawks battle hard but lose to Rangers

A Red Hawk tackles a Ranger during last Friday night’s loss to Forest Hills Central. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

A Red Hawk tackles a Ranger during last Friday night’s loss to Forest Hills Central. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team took on the Forest Hills Central Rangers this past Friday, constantly pushing themselves and their teammates, but was defeated 31-20.

The Red Hawks came out into the first quarter ready to go with runs by junior John Todd, sophomore Ryan Ringler and senior Jacob Hooker. The Hawks got the first touchdown within 4 minutes, with a pass from quarterback and junior Nick Campione to Jacob Hooker. The kick from senior Dustin Shaw was good, giving the Hawks a lead of 7-0. The Rangers came back a few minutes later with a touchdown at 3:28 left of the first quarter. Carries by Hooker, Campione, and Todd showed they weren’t giving up, and major tackles by Todd and Shaw shut down the Rangers.

Right into the second quarter, Central ran in a touchdown, taking the lead 14-7. Tackles by Ringler, Shaw and sophomore Lucas Pienton slowed down the Rangers for a little while, but they came back with another touchdown with 6 minutes and 44 seconds left of the first half. The Hawks refused to give up and continued to run the ball. Seniors Dylan Ostrom-Howell, Austin Basso, Jacob Hooker, as well as Todd and Ringler make their way down the field, but couldn’t get the touchdown.

Going into the second half, junior Nate Patin and senior Collin Alvesteffer got in some good tackles before the Rangers scored another touchdown, 3 minutes in, upping the score to 31-7. Carries by Hooker, Ostrom-Howell, and Todd led to a touchdown by Hooker with 3 minutes remaining of the third quarter. The two-point conversion was no good making the score 31-13 Rangers, going into the fourth quarter.

The Hawks found some stamina and completely shut down the Rangers in the last quarter. Runs by Ringler, Campione, and Ostrom-Howell as well as tackles by Alvesteffer, Patin, and senior Jordan Ringler get the energy up. In the last minute of the game, Junior Darius Barnett made a huge run, leading to Campione’s touchdown with 4.2 seconds remaining. With Cedar’s efforts, the game ending up being closer than expected, with a final score of 31-20.

This coming week, Cedar Springs hosts Ottawa Hills in the final game of the season.

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Cedar Springs falls to FH Northern

A tough game between Cedar Springs and Forest Hills Northern ended in a heartbreaking loss for the Red Hawks. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

A tough game between Cedar Springs and Forest Hills Northern ended in a heartbreaking loss for the Red Hawks.
Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Maddie Nichols, student reporter

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks took on a hard competitor, the Forest Hills Northern Huskies, this past Friday and ended the fight with a close loss, 36-29.

Hawks started off with a successful offensive drive, due to runs by senior Jacob Hooker, junior John Todd, and sophomore Ryan Ringler. The drive culminated in a touchdown by quarterback Nick Campione, with 7 minutes left of the first quarter, making the score 8-0 after a two point conversion.

Northern fought back and, despite big tackles by senior Jordan Ringler, Todd, and sophomores Lucas Pienton and Ryan Ringler, the Huskies scored a touchdown with 3 minutes remaining.

However, Cedar wasn’t going down without a fight; they pushed for another touchdown with a pass from Campione to senior Dylan Ostrom-Howell. The kick was good, and the score became 15-6. Tackles by juniors Riley Hawkins and Colton Gould, as well as Pienton and senior Thomas Hill, led the Hawks led the Red Hawks into the second quarter with a 15-6 lead.

Cedar came back with more momentum and Ostrom-Howell made a long run for another touchdown, with a little under 8 minutes left of the first half, advancing the lead to 21-6. Northern came back with a touchdown shortly after with a successful two-point conversion, making the game close, 21-14. Carries by Hooker, Campione and Ostrom-Howell get the Hawks close to a touchdown, but not quite into the end zone. Northern took advantage and made another touchdown in the last minute of the second quarter, tying the game 21-21.

Going into the third quarter, Jordan Ringler, Ryan Ringler, Hill, and seniors Dustin Shaw and Austin Basso held off the Huskies for a while, until they get a touchdown with 8 minutes left, leaving the Hawks behind, 21-28. Runs by Todd, Campione, and Hooker got Ryan Ringler into the endzone with 2 minutes remaining. The two-point conversion was good and Cedar had their lead back, 29-28.

The fourth quarter became a tough 12 minutes for both teams. Tackles by Ryan Ringler, junior Nate Patin, and senior Jaron Spencer kept the Huskies out of the endzone until halfway into the quarter. With a good two-point conversion from Northern, Cedar found themselves down 36-29. Carries by Ryan Ringler and Hooker got the Hawks to Northern’s 8-yard line, and a timeout was called. The pass from Campione to senior Nick Scott was intercepted in the end zone and shut the door on a Hawks win and another trip to the playoffs. Tackles by Jordan Ringler, Hill, Ryan Ringler, and Basso kept the score where it was and the game ended with a tough loss, 36-29.

The Red Hawks are now 2-2 in conference, and 3-4 overall.

The game against hard competition was a constant fight, but it was a night of great football. Cedar Springs travels to Forest Hills Central this Friday, October 15 to take on the Rangers (3-2 in conference, and 5-2 overall).

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Volleyball teams suffers losses to Northview, Lowell


Make it to semifinals of Morley invite

Outside hitter Sydney Plummer (#2) goes up for a kill while Brooke Morris #9, Sienna Wight #10 and Kaitlyn Coons #2 cover.

Outside hitter Sydney Plummer (#2) goes up for a kill while Brooke Morris #9, Sienna Wight #10 and Kaitlyn Coons #2 cover.

Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball had a busy competition week beginning with a home Conference match against the Northview Wildcats Tuesday evening October 4, resulting in a 0-3 loss: 12-25, 12-25 and 12-25.

Senior middle hitter Brooke Morris led in kills in the match with 4 and put up one block while Sydney Plummer added 3 kills. Libero Kaitlyn Coons tallied 12 digs.

On Thursday evening, October 6, the Lady Red Hawks hosted Lowell leading to a 0-3 conference loss:15-25, 18-25 and 24-26.

Sydney Plummer led the Red Hawks with 13 kills, 9 digs and 2 blocks.  Kaitlyn Coons held the defense with 19 digs, 25 serve receives, 8 service points and 2 aces. Setter Ali Sparling added 13 assists, 5 kills and 2 blocks.

The ladies completed the week competing at the Morley Stanwood Invite Saturday where they played a solid day falling in the Semi-finals against Onaway. The team went 2-2-1 on the day, which began with a split against Onaway 25-18 and 13-25, followed by a loss to McBain 22-25 and 19-25.  The Lady Red Hawks easily handled White Cloud 25-13 and 25-9 before defeating Tri County 25-22, 25-23.

The ladies competed in the tournament semi finals for their final match suffering a tough loss to Onaway 21-25, 25-16 and 8-15. Junior Outside hitter Sydney Plummer led the team on the day with 41 kills, 6 blocks, 23 digs, 23 service points and 6 aces followed by Middle Hitter Brooke Morris with 15 kills, 12 blocks, 12 service points, 9 digs and 4 aces.

Freshman Lauren Kostus owned the service line putting up 37 service points and 11 aces along with 11 kills. Leading the defense was Libero Kaitlyn Coons with 49 digs. Setter Ali Sparling had a solid day adding 50 assists, 8 kills, 4 blocks and 14 digs while Sienna Wight added 41 assists, 4 kills, 3 blocks and 4 aces.

Baylie VanDyke tallied 15 kills and 8 blocks while Defensive Specialist Lindsey Lehman had 14 digs.

The Lady Red Hawks (5-15-2) are at home Tuesday night (10/11) against rival Greenville and then travel to Ottawa Hills Thursday, games begin at 6:30pm.

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Middle School football schedule


Middle school football has one more week. Gate fee: $3.00 adult and $2.00 per student. Rocket football players with jersey get in free.

Game times: 7th grade 5:00 p.m., 8th grade 6:30 p.m. See schedule for next Wednesday, October 19, below:

Week Date Venue Opponent

6 October 19 Belding Belding

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Rocket Football


Rocket Football schedule for next week Saturday, October 22, for grades 3-6.

GAME 7 – October 22nd – FINAL GAME

Time Venue CS Team Coach Opponent FD on Duty

9:00AM AWAY CS Team 3 Slager Comstock Park N/A

9:00AM HOME CS Team 2 Egan West Side Falcons Kiphart

9:00AM AWAY CS Team 5 Crouch Coopersville Team 1 N/A

10:30AM AWAY CS Team 4 Austin Comstock Park Team 1 N/A

10:30AM HOME CS Team 1 Castle Sparta Team 3 Kip/Dew

12:00PM HOME CS Team 6 Lange Coopersville Team 2 Deweese

12:00PM AWAY CS Team 8 Kiphart Kenowa Hills Team 3 N/A

1:30PM HOME CS Team 7 Dipiazza Middleville Team 2 Dew/Kip

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Red Hawks lose to Red Arrows


By Maddie Nichols, student reporter

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks took a hard loss last Friday night, September 30, losing 27-8 to the Lowell Red Arrows.

Both teams started the first half strong, leaving the end of the second quarter with only one touchdown on each side. Runs by juniors John Todd and Nick Campione, as well as seniors Jaron Spencer and Jacob Hooker, brought some momentum to the game. Despite the remarkable defensive efforts, the Arrows ran in a touchdown from the one yard line with a little over 2 minutes left in the first quarter, making the score 7-0 Red Arrows.

Going into the second quarter, the Hawks stepped up both offensively and defensively, leading to a touchdown from junior quarterback Nick Campione to Todd with 8 and a half minutes left of the first half. The two-point conversion from Campione to sophomore Ryan Ringler was good, leaving Cedar up 8-7. Tackles by junior Nate Patin, Todd, and Ringler shut down the Arrows the rest of the quarter.

The Red Arrows came back to finish out the game with a win. Although Cedar’s defense stepped up, the offense wasn’t there. Tackles by seniors Jordan Ringler, Thomas Hill, Dustin Shaw and Austin Basso held the Arrows off until two minutes left of the third quarter, making the score 13-8.

The Hawks continued to push, but couldn’t get any more points. Basso, Todd, Ryan Ringler and sophomore Lucas Pienton continued to make long runs, but the defense couldn’t hold back the Arrows from scoring two more times in the fourth quarter. After a long, rainy fight, the final score ended up 27-8, a tough loss for the Red Hawks.

The team is now 2-1 in conference, and 3-3 overall.

This Friday Cedar Springs hosts Forest Hills Northern (also 2-1, 3-3) at 7 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium.

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