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CTA 2017-18 Basketball Game Schedule

 

Varsity Girls Games at 5:30 p.m.

Varsity Boys Games at 7:00 p.m.

*Unless otherwise noted in schedule below

12/5 vs. Algoma Christian School @ TBD

12/8 vs. Wellspring Prep @Grace Bible College

12/15 @ West Michigan Aviation Academy

12/19 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

12/21 @ Hornets Home School – TBD

1/04 vs. Calhoun Christian @DeltaPlex (girls only – 2:00pm)

1/05 @ West Michigan Lutheran (girls only – 6:00pm)

1/09 @ Wellspring Prep – (girls)  @ Pineview – (boys) *6:00pm

1/12 vs. West Michigan Lutheran @ Cedar Springs Middle School

1/16 @ Flat River Academy (boys) • OPEN girls

1/17 @ Black River Public School

1/19 @ Algoma Christian School

1/23 vs. Big Rapids Home School @ TBD

1/26 vs. West Michigan Lutheran @ St. Mark Lutheran (5:30pm boys, 7:00pm girls)

1/30 @ Flat River Academy (boys) •  OPEN girls

2/2 @ Pineview – (boys) – *6:00pm •  OPEN for girls

2/5 @ Calvary

2/9 OPEN

2/13 vs. Black River Public School @TBD (Senior Night)

2/15 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

2/21 OPEN

2/23 @ West Michigan Aviation Academy

 

CTA 2017-18 Basketball Rosters

Boys Basketball

Dawson Armstrong

James Hofstra

Tobius Potter

Charles Wortz

Collin Bishop

Luke Hubbard

Casen Armstrong

Tony Buchanan

John Wortz

Jordan Brown

Ivan Winters

Avery Bishop

Landon Winters

Head Coach: Todd Bowmar

Girls Basketball

Autumn Watson

Haven Nguyen

Brin Calkins

Elizabeth Jahns

Hannah Hofstra

Gam Puttakerd

Faith Watson

Cameron Medwayosh

Ruby Tompkins

Tori Wierda

Molly Wortz

Head Coach: Lisa Perry

Manager: Sierra Medwayosh

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Boys cross country finishes 10th at state finals

The Cedar Springs Cross Country Boys team finished 10th at state finals last weekend. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs boys cross country team made the long trip to Michigan International Speedway on Saturday, November 4, for the MHSAA LP Division 2 Finals. Mother nature was not kind. The boys’ team was on the starting line when claps of thunder and lightning meant a 30-minute delayed start to the race. This did not stop the Red Hawks from earning a top 10 finish, however. 

The conditions were muddy with light rain but the boys pushed through. Freshman Corey Bowers came away with a personal best of 16:26, placing 37th overall. Dallas Mora finished out his senior season with a time of 16:31, placing 43rd, and earning his best time and highest placing in three years of racing at MIS. Sophomore Jaydon Moleski came in next for the Red Hawks with a time of 17:01, placing 94th, followed by sophomore Dilan Sargent, with a time of 17:04, placing 104th. Coming in 183rd and 184th were sophomores Gavin Braciak and Daniel Vermulm, with times of 17:50 and 17:51 respectively. Freshman Austin Mann came in next for the team with a time of 19:08, placing 237th

The boys cross country team was a the starting line when a thunder clap caused a 30-minute delay last Saturday. Courtesy photo.

The boys also earned team academic all-state honors at MIS this past weekend with a cumulative team GPA of 3.190. Jaydon Moleski also earned it on an individual basis with a GPA of 3.834. 

I am very proud of our boys’ team performance this weekend at the state finals,” stated Coach Garrett Lacey. “They all faced a lot of adversity on a cold, rainy, and windy day, accompanied by a few weather delays, but all performed admirably. We are thrilled to come away with a top 10 finish in the state with this young team. We were hoping for a little higher finish, but still happy to finish 10th with six of our top seven runners returning for next season.”

Lady Red Hawk junior Carolanne Merlington also made the trek to MIS to finish out her season with a very respectable time of 20:58, placing 172nd. It was her third fastest time of the season. Coach Marie Covey stated, “I’m very proud of Carolanne’s performance. She worked hard all summer and during the season for the opportunity to run at the state finals. I know she will be back next year and will have some teammates along with her.”

Congratulations to everyone on a great season.

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Football playoff journey ends at district final

The Red Hawks scored early in the first quarter against the DeWitt Panthers, but lost the game 36-12. Photo by K&R LaLone.

By Kayleigh Boomgaard 

On Friday, November 3, in the city of DeWitt, Michigan, the Cedar Springs varsity Red Hawks faced off against the Panthers of DeWiitt, in their second round playoff game for the district chamionship. With a final game score of Cedar Springs 12, DeWitt 36, the Red Hawk boys of fall brought their season to a close. They finished with a record of 5-1 in conference play (2nd place in the OK-White) and 7-4 overall.

With touchdowns scored in the first and third quarter, the Red Hawks left the stage to their opponents, but put up a tough fight throughout the game’s entirety. The first Red Hawk touchdown, and the first touchdown of the night was scored by Cedar Springs running-back John Jacob Todd. Todd ran left for 32 yards. After his touchdown, he attempted a pass to teammate Jordan Lyon for a PAT (point after touchdown) that was incomplete. 

The Hawks’ second and last touchdown of the night was run in by Ryan Ringler in the third quarter with 4:29 seconds left to play in the quarter. This touchdown also followed an incomplete two-point conversion, which Todd attempted to run in. 

Panther players Noah Koenigsknecht, Jack Horn, Alan Smith, and Darron Weber scored for DeWitt throughout the night, with passes assisting these touchdowns thrown by Blake Gatfield and Anthony Joseph. 

In spite of their defeat, the varsity Red Hawks were greatly supported by the Cedar Springs community, who took great pride in how far their team had come in the 2017 season. The Cedar Springs High school filled three spirit buses, bringing students to fill the stands at DeWitt high school, nearly two hours away from our hometown. 

Although this game was a last for many seniors, it was only the beginning of the varsity journey for others. The future team of 2018 looks forward to what next season has in store. 

Congratulations on a great season!

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CS baseball player headed to Disney

Red Hawk Elementary student Walker Glyshaw, 11, was selected to play in a 12 and under Junior National Baseball tournament at Disney at the end of December. Courtesy photo.

Eleven-year-old Walker Glyshaw, a sixth grade student at Red Hawk Elementary, has been selected to play in a 12 and under Junior National baseball tournament in Orlando, Florida from December 27-Jan 2. He will be one of only 12 players to represent the state of Michigan in a tournament that will be played at Disney. This tournament welcomes teams from all over the United States, as well as Puerto Rico and Canada.

Walker played travel baseball for the Grand Rapids Diamonds this summer and, after throwing a no-hitter against Hawks Gold, was invited to play in an all-star tournament at the Art Van Field of Dreams complex. This tournament was run by Gameday USA. Players were run through professional-style evaluations, measuring their ability to field, throw, hit and run. They were also scrutinized during in-game play throughout the weekend.  

Walker proved to be a standout from among the hundreds of players, finishing 3rd in the home run derby, batting over .800 in four games, and posting some of the highest mph ratings while pitching. Walker drew the eyes of scouts as a solid all around player, but he has a unique skill—he is ambidextrous. The glove he wears while pitching has six fingers so he can switch arms while on the mound. He has learned to throw left handed while pitching to left handed hitters, and right handed to right handed hitters. Having developed both a change up and a curve ball with both hands, along with a strong fastball, gives him a clear advantage over every hitter he faces.  

Walker is the son of Justin and Elizabeth Glyshaw, both teachers at Cedar Springs Public Schools. Walker’s teachers are Mr. Verwys and Miss Sheckler.

Congratulations, Walker! 

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September Student Athletes of the Month;

 

Carolanne Merlington, Junior, Cross Country

Emily Pierson, Junior, Sideline Cheerleading

Jacob Outwin, Senior, Boys’ Soccer

Courtney Pienta, Junior, Girls’ Golf

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Red Hawks beat undefeated Pioneers

Red Hawk Ryan Ringler leaps over several Pioneers as he scores a touchdown. Photo by K&R LaLone photography.

Community pep rally Thursday evening

By Judy Reed

Before last Friday evening, October 24, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity Football team had only played the East Grand Rapids Pioneers a handful of times—four times to be exact, and none were wins for the Red Hawks. Two of those games were play off games. As a matter of fact, the last time Cedar Springs faced them was 10 years ago, in 2007. It was also a pre-district game at East Grand Rapids, and the Pioneers went on to win the state championship. But the Red Hawks turned up the heat Friday night, and gave the Pioneers (who were undefeated) a run for their money with a 41-40 win. And now the Red Hawks will face DeWitt in the district final on Friday, November 3, at 7 p.m. at DeWitt. Read more here.

There is even more to celebrate than the Varsity football team, and Cedar Springs High School invites everyone to come out for a community pep rally tonight (Thursday, November 2) at 8 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium. They will celebrate band and cross country going to state, and other great things going on. The event is free. Come on out and show your spirit!

UPDATE: from Cedar Springs Public Schools… The Community Pep Rally for tonight has been moved from the Red Hawk Stadium to the Cedar Springs High School gym due to the weather.

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Red Hawks beat East Grand Rapids

The Red Hawks celebrate their win over EGR. Photo by K&R LaLone.

 

The Red Hawks scored more points on the Pioneers in the first quarter (27) than the Pioneers allowed in each game all year. Photo by K&R LaLone.

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

Under the Friday night lights on October 27, the varsity Red Hawks of Cedar Springs faced off against the Pioneers of East Grand Rapids in the first round of playoffs. The Red Hawks defeated the previously undefeated Pioneers with a final score of Cedar Springs 41, East Grand Rapids 40.

Throughout the entirety of this intense match up, the two teams were neck in neck on the scoreboard. The Red Hawks finished with a one point lead due to a kick in the first quarter by Moritz Lerch.

The Red Hawks were the first to make it on the scoreboard, with a touchdown run in by Ryan Ringler at 10:07 left to play in the first quarter. This touchdown was followed by a PAT (point after touchdown) also scored by Ringler. Additional Cedar Springs touchdowns in the first quarter were run in by Darius Barnett and Ringler, followed by incomplete attempts at PATs.

In the second quarter, running back John Jacob Todd scored an additional touchdown shortly after a Pioneer run made by Max Lundeen, who received a key pass from teammate Michael Malewitz. Malewitz also made passes to Connor Davis for a run into the end zone, and to Pioneers Ben Forestner and Nick Milanowski for two completed two-point conversions.

Coming back from halftime with a standing score of Cedar Springs 33, East Grand Rapids 28, the close game continued. Pioneer player Connor Davis ran up the middle for a total of 8 yards, scoring a touchdown with 7:39 left to play in the third quarter. Cedar Springs senior Nicholas Campione finished off the third quarter with a Red Hawk touchdown, then passed to teammate Ryan Ringler for a PAT.

The Hawk’s defeat of the Pioneers was a triumphant win, and the Cedar Springs varsity football team greatly looks forward to next week’s game against DeWitt at DeWitt high school. The Cedar Springs High School will be hosting a spirit bus for students to travel to the home of the Panthers and show their Red Hawk pride. The game will take place on Friday, November 3rd at 7pm.

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Boys cross country team wins regionals, heads to state

The Red Hawk boys cross country team is headed to state. Pictured (L to R): Jaydon Moleski, Gavin Braciak, Daniel Vermulm, Corey Bowers, Dallas Mora, Dilan Sargent, Coach Garrett Lacy (Austin Mann not pictured).

It may have been an overcast, chilly day but that did not stop the Cedar Springs Boys Cross Country team from winning the Division II Regional Championship and upsetting the number three state ranked team of Fremont. 

The boys competed in the Division II MHSAA Regional competition at Michaywe Pines Golf Course in Gaylord on October 28 and clinched the championship, edging out Fremont with a score of 47 to 50. 

“Our key in the race was our top 5 runners racing as a pack,” explained Coach Garrett Lacey. “Top runner was 16:28, 5th runner was 16:49. Very tight 21-second gap for our 1-5 runners. We could not have beaten a team like Fremont, who has phenomenal front runners, without packing it up like that.”

Each of the seven team members had impressive personal best times. Freshman Corey Bowers had a time of 16:28 (5th overall); senior Dallas Mora 16:29 (6th overall); sophomore Jaydon Moleski 16:44 (10th overall); sophomore Dilan Sargent 16:49.49 (12th overall); sophomore Gavin Braciak 16:49.71 (14th overall); sophomore Daniel Vermulm 17:31 (42nd overall); and freshman Austin Mann 18:28 (69th overall). It was a true team effort that paid off for the Red Hawks. Bowers, Mora, Moleski, Sargent, and Braciak each took home all-regional medals after placing in the top 15. 

The Red Hawks have had an exciting season. They brought home trophies from the Sparta Invitational (first); Red Hawk Invite (first); Carson City Invitational (second); and the Kent/Ottawa County Championship (first). Highlights also include the team winning the last OK White conference meet by outrunning Forest Hills Northern with a score of 43 to 47. Bowers, Mora, and Moleski each earned first team all-conference honors with Sargent also earning honorable mention all-conference honors.

“The boys started this journey back in June, and worked very hard during the off season this summer, and continued that into the regular season this fall,” said Coach Lacey. “All the work they have put in came to fruition last Saturday with an upset of the #3 ranked team in the state—Fremont—and a regional championship. The team is filled with confidence going into the state meet this weekend and seeking a top 5 finish.”

The boys travel to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 4, for state finals. Good luck to them! #LetsGoRedHawks.

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Band heads to state

The Cedar Springs Marching Band competed Saturday, October 28, in Rockford, for the Reeths-Puffer Invitational. They placed fourth in their flight with a score of 87.05. They head to state competitionon Friday, November 4, at Ford Field.

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Volleyball news

 

The Lady Red Hawks competed in their season’s last tournament, the Central Montcalm Hornet Classic on Saturday, Oct 28, and brought home the Silver Bracket Championship trophy. 

During Pool play, the Red Hawks started the day with a loss to Tri County 13-25 and 18-25. The next pool match resulted in a tie with ranked Cadillac 26-24 and 16-25. The Lady Red Hawks took control the rest of the day with a victory in the final pool match against Chippewa Hills, putting them in 5th place of 12 teams. The victorious semi-final match against Morley Stanwood (25-20, 18-25 and 15-12) sent the team to the Championship Silver Bracket match, where they won the Championship title against Ionia 25-27, 25-20 and 15-7. 

Leaders on the day were middle hitter Grace Pavelka, who owned the service line with 37 service points and 15 aces, while also contributing 25 kills, and a team leading 13 blocks; senior Sydney Plummer tallied an amazing team high 61 kills while adding 6 blocks, 25 digs and 13 service points; outside hitter Kyla Andres had a solid day with 17 kills, 28 service points, 8 aces, 7 blocks and 28 digs; while libero Brighton Miller played tough defensively, contributing the leading 36 digs and 83 serve receives. Setter Maddie Outwin ran the offense with an amazing 282 sets and 89 assists, along with 27 service points, 4 aces and 3 blocks. Freshman middle blocker Arianna Rau put down 10 kills and 10 blocks,  while Lauren Kostus rallied 13 service points,19 digs and 30 serve receives. Ashley Wise added 3 blocks and 2 kills while Nikki Vanderhoef tallied 8 serve receives and 3 digs.

“Wow is all I can say! These girls battled long breaks and pushed through bracket play to come out on top,” remarked Coach Ashley Reynolds. “All the hard work, frustrations, and lessons learned throughout the season prepared us for that moment. We persevered and pulled together as a team to win this tournament. I could not be more proud of each and every one of the girls, as they each played a significant role in our success on Saturday.”

The Varsity Volleyball team closed out conference competition with a 0-3 loss at Northview on Thursday, Oct 26. 

The team heads into the District Championship at Rockford on Thursday, Nov. 2, at 5:30pm to take on the winner of the East Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Northern quarterfinal match, with a season record 8-25-6 overall and 2-10 in the conference.

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