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Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer dives into the endzone with the game-winning touchdown. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer dives into the endzone with the game-winning touchdown. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

 

Red Hawk MavRick Cotten brings down the ball carrier. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Red Hawk MavRick Cotten brings down the ball carrier. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team pulled off a double coup Friday night, October 10, when they not only clinched a playoff berth with their sixth win, but also took over sole possession of first place in the OK Bronze.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks brought a fearless work ethic to their match up with the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern. This game was anticipated to be an offensive brawl, with both teams averaging 40-plus points a game for the season. But things turned out to be completely different when both teams’ defenses showed up to spoil the offensive festivities.

The game began with a scoreless first quarter and an indication of how the entire game would play out. Both teams exposed their true identities, with the Huskies showing their spread offense air attack, and the Red Hawks bringing their red flannel, relentless, full house wing T.

By the end of the first half, the Red Hawks’ team determination established an 8-point lead that the Huskies players had to sit on through the course of their extended homecoming halftime show that was filled with corvettes and BMWs.

Lane Gott on the tackle for the Red Hawks. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Lane Gott on the tackle for the Red Hawks. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

To start the second half, the Huskies tied the game up through the air at the end of the third quarter leaving the score at 8 to 8 going into the fourth. This had every fan in the stadium, including our infamous 12th man—the camo-clad, Cedar Springs student section—on the edge of their seats and screaming for a win.

In the end, it came down to a fourth and inches play, after the Husky defense stopped the Red Hawks on the goal line on second and third down. Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer beat the Huskies’ defense to the end zone pylon to make the score 14 to 8, with just a few minutes to go in the game.

The Huskies then pulled out all the stops through the air and on the ground, in an attempt to keep their grip on the OK Bronze Conference title. Then came the final play for the Huskies, when the pass by Forest Hills Northern quarterback, Jake Martin, found the hands of Red Hawk defender, Collin Alvesteffer, which sealed the game for the Red Hawks!

Please join us for our 3rd Annual Pink game this Friday, October 17, when the Red Hawks face the Greenville Yellow Jackets at Red Hawk stadium at 7:00 p.m. Please come out and support your Red Hawks!

 

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Be the referee

 

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

 

Automatic first downs 

 

Today we are going to talk about one of the biggest rule difference areas in high school football, from those rules used in college and pro games, and that deals with automatic first downs.

When watching that college game on Saturday or the pro game on Sunday, all of us know there are several defensive fouls that give the offense an automatic first down. However, under high school rules, the opposite is true most of the time.

The only high school fouls that result in an automatic first down for the offense are the roughing fouls—roughing the passer, the kicker, the holder and the long snapper. Fouls such as defensive pass interference or any other personal foul do not bring an automatic first down under high school rules.

Be the Referee is a weekly message from the Michigan High School Athletics Association that is designed to help educate people on the rules in different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

 

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Red Hawks triumph over Wolves 

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Improve record to 5 and 1

On Friday, October 3, many faithful Red Hawk fans made the trip to cheer on the hometown team when the Red Hawks traveled to Wyoming to meet the Wolves for a first time conference meeting. The Red Hawks proved to be too much for Wyoming by putting up 60 points to the Wolves 28, which put a damper on Wyoming’s homecoming celebration.

Cloudy skies, steady rain and gusting west winds made their presence known as the Red Hawks began their ground assault on the unwilling Wolves defense. But in the end, Wyoming had no answers for Cedar’s offensive grind, which gained 478 yards on the ground and led to six Red Hawks—Kaden Myers, MavRick Cotton, Zach Wamser, Collin Alvesteffer, Anthony Topolski  and Taylor Van Dyke—all finding the end zone throughout the four quarters of the game.

Wyoming quarterback Brendan Berg was 10 for 16 on pass attempts, for a total of 157 yards through the air. The Wolves answered back three times, with scores from the passing attack, and a total offensive effort of 160 yards, which was not enough as the Red Hawk’s defense held steady through the night.

The Red Hawk defense was led in tackles by Cameron Umphrey with six, Anthony Topolski with five tackles, along with Damarcus Barnett, MavRick Cotton, Collin Alvesteffer, Nate Sorensen, Caden Burrows and Lane Gott all adding four take downs for the Red Hawks.

Next week the Red Hawks will journey back to Forest Hills Northern for a 7:00 p.m. contest with the Forest Hills Northern Huskies. This will be a showdown of the top two teams in the OK Bronze Conference. Please come out and make some noise for your Red Hawk Football team!

 

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Tennis team adds one more win to their season

Red Hawk Dylan Kolasa, #4 singles, prepares to return the ball to his opponent’s side of the court.

Red Hawk Dylan Kolasa, #4 singles, prepares to return the ball to his opponent’s side of the court.

The Cedar Springs varsity boy’s tennis team had a busy schedule last week, with two home matches and one away, before they begin their conference and regional tournaments.

On Monday, September 29, Cedar Springs played on their home court against Sparta, which ended with a 2-6 loss for the Red Hawks. The players with wins over Sparta were #1 doubles team Karsen Dingman and Austin Nielson, and #2 doubles team Ethan Brown and Jon Baculy.

On Wednesday, October 1, the team traveled to Kellogsville, which resulted in a 6-2 win for the Red Hawks. The players with winning matches for Cedar Springs were #1 singles Blake Fisk, #2 singles Nick Fennessey, #1 doubles Karsen Dingman and Austin Nielson, #2 doubles Ethan Brown and Jon Baculy, #3 doubles Jared Liggett and Nick Hibbs and #4 doubles Jesse Empie and Tim Shovan. #4 singles Dylan Kolasa made a great effort to score an additional win for Cedar Springs by going into a 10-point tie-breaker, with his Kellogsville opponent.

The next day the Red Hawks were back in action on their home courts with Spring Lake, where they lost 2-6. The players scoring wins for Cedar Springs were #2 singles Nick Fennessey and #3 singles Drew French. #1 singles Blake Fisk went into a 10-point tie breaker with his Spring Lake opponent and #4 singles Dylan Kolasa scored two very close sets with his opponent, both making a great effort to gain additional wins for Cedar Springs.

Coach Katie Unsworth commented, “This has been a very exciting season for varsity boy’s tennis. We have several players vying for first and second places at our regional tournament. This has been our first winning season in the past three years. Something we can all be proud of! We have a young team with some depth. Not only has this been a great season, but the next couple of years should only get better!”

 

 

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Young Chargers perform well at Portage Invitational

Casen Armstrong

Casen Armstrong

Les Miner

Les Miner

On a cold, wet Saturday morning (Red Flannel Day), the Creative Technologies Academy Chargers Cross Country team made their way to the Portage Invitational. The invite included both a varsity race, as well as an open 5K race. The entire coaching staff, which consists of Coach Gerry Verwey, Coach Tyler Buitenwerf, and Coach Danielle Davies, competed in the open race. All three posted impressive times, with Coach Verwey leading the way with a time of 19:49. Coach Buitenwerf was not far behind with a time of 21:56, and Coach Davies also had an impressive run, with a total time of 25:52. Casen Armstrong, a 6th grade student at CTA, posted a fantastic time of 24:40 in the open race as well.

The varsity race turned out to be one of the best showings the Chargers have had all season. Freshman Les Miner, the #1 runner for the Chargers, received a medal and finished 29th overall with a time of 17:47. Several other members finished with either season personal records or lifetime personal records. Sophomore Ethan Lehman  and Senior Olivia Wortz set lifetime personal records with superb times of 18:55 and 27:59, respectively. Sophomore Logan Colter set his own season personal record with a time of 20:40, missing his lifetime PR by a mere 6 seconds.

With the season coming near a close, the Chargers have three races this week. On Tuesday, they will be competing in the Kent City Invite, followed by the Conference Championship on Wednesday at Riverside Park, and then finishing the week at the Montabella Invite on Friday. Friday’s race will be the last race for the 6th grade runners. It should be a great week for all involved.

 

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Red Hawks beat Northview at Home 26 to 3

 Senior Captain Zach Wamser scored one of the Red Hawk touchdowns last Friday in the win against Northview. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Senior Captain Zach Wamser scored one of the Red Hawk touchdowns last Friday in the win against Northview. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

This year’s seniors include: (bottom row L to R) Nick Morris, Zach Wamser, MavRick Cotten, Drew Simington, Joe Sherman, Nate Sorensen. Top row (L to R) Caden Burrows, Ted Edwards, Hunter Larsen, Kaden Myers,  Jimmy Tepin, Cody Dunmire. Not pictured: Trevor Ash.

This year’s seniors include: (bottom row L to R) Nick Morris, Zach Wamser, MavRick Cotten, Drew Simington, Joe Sherman, Nate Sorensen. Top row (L to R) Caden Burrows, Ted Edwards, Hunter Larsen, Kaden Myers, Jimmy Tepin, Cody Dunmire. Not pictured: Trevor Ash.

On a beautiful fall evening at impressive Red Hawk Stadium the stage was set for the first conference match of the season. Friday night, September 26, started off by honoring our football, cheer and band seniors and the inspiring voices of the Cedar Springs Middle School choir singing an outstanding rendition of our national anthem. Pride was the theme of the night, as many Cedar Springs community members watched as the Red Hawks took the field.

The first quarter shaped up to be a slugfest. The Northview kicker made a 30-yard field goal that would be the only score in the first quarter and the only score of the entire game for Northview.

After that, the Red Hawks took over on both sides of the ball and special teams. Senior running back MavRick Cotton rushed for two second quarter touchdowns, with the longest run going for 60 yards. MavRick later added another score, making him the offensive top gun for the Red Hawks. Senior Captain Zach Wamser added a fourth touchdown run to the Red Hawks game tally accounting for 26 total points for the night.

Northview attempted to rally throughout the contest but the Red Hawk defense proved to be too much for the Wildcats, with Cameron Umphrey leading the defense in tackles with 12.

The Northview passing attack tested the Red Hawk secondary throughout the game. But the defensive secondary, driven by Kaden Myers, and coupled with pressure from the defensive line, led by Senior Captain Caden Burrows, Nate Sorensen and Ted Edwards, proved to be too much for Northview.

The icing on the cake for the Red Hawks was two blocked field goals provided by special teams, which sealed the fate for Northview.

This Friday the Red Hawks travel to Wyoming to take on the Wolves at 7:00 p.m. Please come out and support your team.

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Equestrian places fourth at regionals

This year’s Equestrian seniors are: (L to R) Bayley Wolfe, Jordan Stevens, Logan Amelia, Courtney Piatt and Nicole Kaupa.

This year’s Equestrian seniors are: (L to R) Bayley Wolfe, Jordan Stevens, Logan Amelia, Courtney Piatt and Nicole Kaupa.

The Cedar Springs High School Equestrian Team competed last weekend in the MIHA Region C Championships in Midland. The weather was perfect and a great time was had by all. The team ended with a 4th place finish in the “A” division.

Senior Bayley Wolfe led the team in points, with sophomore Ashlee Warlick and senior Courtney Piatt adding quite a few points of their own.

Assistant Coach Danni Naffziger had this to say about her team: “We had a great time in Midland. We had a teammate that was not able to go, which required other teammates to step up and fill those spots and everyone was willing to try new things. Jesseka Ruiter took her speed horse in the jumping and gained more points for the team. Ashlee Warlick tried bareback. Logan Amelia had a crash course this week in Reining. Raine Gregware gave trail a go. Everyone just stepped up to the plate and we couldn’t be more proud of what this team has achieved.”

Seniors on the team are Logan Amelia, Nicole Kaupa, Courtney Piatt, Jordan Stevens and Bayley Wolfe.

The coaches would like to thank the parents for their time and support this season.

Naffziger will be stepping down from her coaching duties as life takes her in a different direction with a new job. “I would like to personally thank Danni on behalf of the team for the amazing amount of support she has given this us,” said Coach Emily Ream. “She has selflessly given of her time and energy for the team, and I’m still in denial that she’s leaving. We will miss you Danni! Good luck!”

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The Cedar Springs boys’ varsity tennis team win match with Greenville

Karsen Dingman serving the ball and Austin Nielsen waiting for their opponent’s return. The boys are the #1 doubles team for Cedar Springs and won both of their matches against Cadillac and Greenville last week.

Karsen Dingman serving the ball and Austin Nielsen waiting for their opponent’s return. The boys are the #1 doubles team for Cedar Springs and won both of their matches against Cadillac and Greenville last week.

The Cedar Springs boys’ varsity tennis team began the week on their home courts. On Monday, September 22, Cadillac made the trip to Cedar Springs for a tennis match that ended in a 2-6 loss for the Red Hawks. The Red Hawk players with winning matches against Cadillac were #1 doubles team Karsen Dingman & Austin Nielsen and #3 doubles team Jared Liggett & Nick Hibbs.

On Wednesday, September 24, the team traveled to Greenville for an OK Bronze match up that resulted in a close 5-3 win for the Red Hawks. Both the #2 and #3 singles matches went into a 3rd set tie breaker before Cedar Springs would come away with a win. The Red Hawk players with wins against Greenville were #1 singles Blake Fisk, #2 singles Nick Fennessey, #3 singles Drew French, #4 singles Dylan Kolasa and #1 doubles team Karsen Dingman and Austin Nielsen.

Coach Katie Unsworth remarked, “We have been having a very successful season. Our match record is 7-4 thus far and I am very excited heading into our conference and regional tournaments. I believe this will be the best season Cedar Springs has had in the past few years.”

 

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Be the referee

 

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

 

Be the Referee is a weekly message from the Michigan High School Athletics Association that is designed to help educate people on the rules in different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Overtime 

There is nothing better for a football fan than a close game and the ultimate is when that close game ends up going into overtime.

The high school overtime rules are quite similar to those used at the college level. In other words, both teams are going to be guaranteed one possession of the ball starting out first down and goal to go from the ten-yard line. A couple of keys differences is, if the defense gets possession of the ball on an interception or on a fumble, the ball is dead and the teams switch offense and defense. In other words, that ball can’t be returned for a defensive score to end the game.

There is also no requirement that the offense at any point after a touchdown be required to go for two. If the game would go seven or eight overtimes, teams can continue to simply kick the one point extra point.

 

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Red Hawks improve to 3 and 0 with 46 to 7 win over Belding

The Red Hawks blazed a trail to the endzone against Belding last week, even in the pouring rain. Photo from Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Red Hawks blazed a trail to the endzone against Belding last week, even in the pouring rain. Photo from Kelly Alvesteffer.

The steady rain could not dampen the home opener for the Red Hawk varsity football team last Friday night, September 12, which honored the Cedar Springs Rocket Football and Cheerleading programs.

Collin Alvesteffer, Kaden Myers, and Anthony Topolski led the Cedar Springs Red Hawks by using a solid running game to defeat Belding 46-7.

“We got Belding on their heels and scored on our first two possessions,” Red Hawks Head Coach Gus Kapolka said. “We focused on getting off to a quick start and we were able to keep the pressure on with our no-huddle offense. We’ve been working on it since Day 1. It’s a part of our game that we want to feature, but we hadn’t gotten to yet. We still need to work on it, but the kids came out and executed really well tonight.”

The Red Hawks offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage all night while 346 rushing yards and six touchdowns were recorded in the game stats. Kaden Myers, Anthony Topolski, Zach Wamser and Isaiah MacDonald all reached the end zone for the Red Hawks.

“Our offensive line does a great job,” Kapolka said. “We have four seniors on the offensive line and have some guys that are very hungry. We played with great pad level tonight. Belding has great size, but I felt like our line controlled the line of scrimmage.”

The Red Hawks defense was able to hold back Belding throughout the entire rainy night, only allowing one score by Belding’s Connor Barker. MavRick Cotton was on fire with 14 tackles, and one was for a 4-yard loss.

“We have to continue to improve,” Kapolka said. “We had a couple coverage breakdowns this week and that will be a point of emphasis this week.”

This week the Red Hawks will travel to Forest Hills Northern to take on Grand Rapids Catholic Central at 7:00 p.m. Friday, in the M-Live Grand Rapids Press Game of the Week. Please come out and support your Red Hawks!

 

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