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Cedar View Elementary 55 meter dash championships

 

On Wednesday, June 3rd, all 4th and 5th grade students walked to Red Hawk Stadium for the 55 meter dash finals. It was a prefect day for running with blue skies and warm temperatures.

The final results for the 4th grad girls were: 1st place, Kendal Brown, 2nd place, Adrianna Bergman-Swanson, 3rd place, Brianna Goerbig, and in 4th place, Naliya Clark.

The 4th grade boys winners were: 1st place, Ryan West, 2nd place, Hayden Morris, 3rd place, Dylan Dine, and in 4th place, Cole Hefner.

The final results for the 5th grade girls were: 1st place, Alli Carlson, 2nd place, Olivia Endres, 3rd place, Aaliyah Calkins, and in 4th place, Ashly Erxleben.

The 5th grade boys winners were: 1st place, Carter Bayink, 2nd place, Mitch Metiva, 3rd place, Kyle Hoort, and in 4th place, Josh Vitacco.

A special thanks goes out to the finish line judges, Principal Mr. Secor and school board member Jeff Gust. Also, three high school students, Taylor Holloway, Sam Long, and Katie Schumann assisted with the organization of the event.

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CASSA Tri-Hawks make it to the championship finals in Traverse City

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The CASSA Tri-Hawks girls U-12 soccer team traveled to Traverse City, on May 15, for the annual Cherry Capital Cup soccer tournament.  The tournament hosts hundreds of teams from Michigan.  Under the direction of coaches Dan Buchner and Tim Lett, the Tri-Hawks made it to the championship game, on May 17, against Carpathia Kickers and took home second place for their division.

“The girls played a well-fought game and showed excellent sportsmanship” noted Coach Buchner.

The team has traveled to Traverse City for the past few years for both the fall and spring tournaments.  This was their first tournament in which they made it to the championship game.

“All their hard work paid off,” stated Coach Lett. “They should be very proud.”

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Meet the Hawks: Norman Colburn

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By Shae Brophy

Meet center Norman Colborn. Norman was born and raised in Cedar Springs, and graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2006. Colborn, one of the rookies on the team, played basketball and was on the bowling team in high school. His passion for sports has been fueled throughout his life by his role models, who are LeBron James, and (former Detroit Lions defensive end) Robert Porcher, as well as his grandfather.

When asked why he wanted to be a member of the West Michigan Hawks, his answer was simple: “I wanted to be a part of a new team, and make a statement, as well as a brotherhood. Being a part of a football team and joining the great group that we already have, and have a group that can stick together to become one.” In his spare time, Norman enjoys bowling and fishing.

When asked what Colborn brings to the team, owner/head coach David Lange had this to say: “He’s got tremendous heart. Quick at the line and though he’s not the biggest, he is one of the hardest working. He is a quick learner, and applies what he is taught about the game in order to better himself at the center position. He has gotten more vocal in the locker room over the course of the season, as well.”

You can see Norman and the West Michigan Hawks in action this Saturday, June 13. They will be hosting the top ranked Michigan Lightning at Skinner Field, in what will be the first regular season home game in the history of the Hawks franchise. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the game begins at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $5 a piece, with children 8 and under getting in free. We hope to see you there!

“Meet the Hawks” is an article written about an individual who plays for the West Michigan Hawks. Every article will be focusing on a different player from the team. Shae Brophy is the Media/Public Relations Director for the West Michigan Hawks.

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West Michigan Hawks fall in Indiana

 

By Shae Brophy

Last Saturday, June 6, the West Michigan Hawks traveled to Legonier, Indiana, to face the Michiana Thunderhawks, in a conference matchup. It was a warm and sunny afternoon at kickoff, however, things did not go as planned for the Hawks. Michiana took the game by a final score of 52-8.

With the Thunderhawks leading the game 28-0 late in the first quarter, wide receiver Omar Haynes reeled in a pass from quarterback Jeff Krebs for a 70-yard West Michigan touchdown. Haynes finished with two catches for 92 yards, as well as a 17-yard run on a 4th down punt fake.

Quarterback Jeff Krebs went 11 for 32 passing, with 192 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. “I thought we marched the ball down the field really well the whole game. We just need to capitalize in the red zone,” said Krebs.

Linebacker Kam Snyder led the way on the defensive side of the ball, with 10 tackles, including one for an 8 yard loss. Linebacker Stan Scott finished with 6 tackles and a sack, and linebacker Austin Garza also finished with 6 tackles.

The Hawks played with only 20 players on the roster for this particular game. Head coach David Lange added: “We face the struggles of every first year team. We are facing teams that have been playing together for years, while we are still getting to know one another. Because we are a first year team, we don’t have the depth that a lot of these other teams do, which makes things difficult. Blocking assignments and intensity are a couple other things we will be working on this week in practice. We need to find and recruit more players to give us depth at each position.”

The Hawks will be playing their first regular season home game in the history of the franchise this weekend, as they will be hosting the top ranked Michigan Lightning. The game will be played on Saturday at Skinner Field. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $5 each, with children 8 and under are free. We hope to see you there!

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U-13 girls champions again

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Coaches Nathan Barr, Ryan Outwin and Savannah Swanson (missing in picture) led their U-13 Girls Red Soccer Team in 2 consecutive undefeated seasons 2014-15. The young ladies, comprised of 16 players from both Cedar Springs and Sparta, worked hard together, played as a cohesive unit and remained positive with each other in order to sweep both the Fall Division 3 and Spring Division 2 Championships. The parents are proud of the girls’ hard work and dedication to soccer and the CASSA program, and are grateful for the coaches and the consistent drive they instill in the team to play their game, play hard and love what they do. The girls have a good chance to head to the Elite Division for fall 2015. Good luck Lady Tri-Hawks!

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Summer Athletic Sports Physicals

 

Each participant must pass a physical examination and have it on file in the office before participation (IT MUST BE DATED AFTER APRIL 15TH OF THE PREVIOUS SCHOOL YEAR).

Dates:   June 11th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and August 6th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location:   Cedar Springs High School

Cost:   $20

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West Michigan Hawks fall in a rain filled soaker

 

By Shae Brophy

While the Hawks could not have asked for a better start, the game last Saturday, May 30, did not end the way they would have hoped. After kicking off to start the game, the Battle Creek Coyotes fumbled the return, allowing the Hawks to recover and score a touchdown on their opening drive. Wide receiver Ryan Bell pulled in a pass from quarterback Jeff Krebs on 4th down, for the first score of the game. Team captain Ryan Bell had this to say about the touchdown: “It was just a great pass from Jeff that took advantage of a mistake by the Battle Creek defense. I was just there to capitalize.”

After a defensive struggle in the first half, the Hawks had a punt blocked at their own goal line with 1:27 left in the 2nd quarter, which Battle Creek recovered in the end zone for a Coyote touchdown. Battle Creek led 9-6 at halftime, in a half that could have been considered a washout because of the nonstop, down pouring rain.

Battle Creek rushed out of the locker room as a completely different team to start the second half, running out to a 35-6 lead after the 3rd quarter. The Coyotes eventually won the game, by a final score of 42-6.

Despite the lopsided score, the Hawks forced a whopping 8 turnovers and got some very solid contributions from every player who took the field.

“Our guys showed a lot of heart tonight, especially considering the fact that Battle Creek was a very highly ranked team, and the playing conditions were not what we would have hoped,” remarked head coach David Lange. “Moving forward, we know what we have to work on. It’s in the past now, and we welcome the opportunity to work hard in practice this week to prepare for our game this coming weekend. We played good, smash-mouth football in the first half. The second half got the best of us. This week our focus is to keep the same intensity for the entire game.”

This Saturday the Hawks will travel to Nappanee, Indiana, to take on the Michiana Thunderhawks, who are coming off a 42-40 loss to the Michigan Vipers. You are welcome to travel down to enemy territory with the team! We hope to see you there!

Shae Brophy is the Media/Public Relations Director for the West Michigan Hawks.

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Meet the Hawks: Stan Scott

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By Shae Brophy

Meet middle linebacker Stan Scott. Stan, originally from Indianola, Mississippi, is a 2011 graduate from Grosse Pointe South High School. Scott was a three-sport athlete in school, where he wrestled, ran track, and played football. After high school, he attended Saginaw Valley State University, as well as joining the Army. Scott is an E4 Specialist in the United States Army, and says his biggest fans are his wife and daughter. One of his proud accomplishments in the Army was shooting 40 out of 40 with an M4.

When asked who his role models are, Scott said, “My Mom and Dad are some of the best athletes I know, so they are my biggest idols.” When he isn’t causing chaos on the gridiron, Scott says he enjoys working out, and loves to fish and shoot.

Scott chose to become a member of the West Michigan Hawks, when he met owner David Lange, and realized that David was starting a football team. The meeting just happened to occur on the very day Stan decided he wanted to continue playing football, so he took it as a sign that he was supposed to be playing for the Hawks.

When asked about what Stan brings to the team, owner/head coach David Lange said, “I can’t say enough about Stan. I am very proud of what he has accomplished with joining the military, as well as what he does on the football field. He is an absolute great guy and is a beast! He is without a doubt one of the hardest hitters we have. He has a passion for the game and it shows every time he steps on that field because he plays every play as if it’s his last play. I’m proud of Stan.”

Scott and the West Michigan Hawks will be in action again this Saturday, June 6, as they travel down to Nappanee, Indiana. They will be taking on the Michiana Thunderhawks. As always, you are encouraged to travel with the team, and show your support for the Hawks! Game time is 4 p.m.

Shae Brophy is the Media/Public Relations Director for the West Michigan Hawks.

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Former CSHS track athlete is national Champion 

Justin Balczak captured the 2015 NCAA Division II decathlon national championship, picking up his second individual national title. Photo by Joe Reinsch, Asuza Pacific University.

Justin Balczak captured the 2015 NCAA Division II decathlon national championship, picking up his second individual national title. Photo by Joe Reinsch, Asuza Pacific University.

Justin Balczak (center) on winner’s stand. Photo courtesy Jeff Myers.

Justin Balczak (center) on winner’s stand. Photo courtesy Jeff Myers.

Grand Valley State University hosted the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships on May 21-23. Former state champion hurdler, Justin Balczak (class of 2011), who attends Azusa Pacific University in California, competed in the decathlon, a grueling two-day event.

The event accumulates points based on how close the decathletes come to the world record mark in each event. Upon the conclusion of each event, the athletes are given 30 minutes to prepare for their next. There is very little mental and physical rest.

On day one, Justin competed in the 100m dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m dash. Balczak posted an 11.37 in the 100; long jumped 23’ 2”; threw the 16lb. shot put 42’ 8”; won the high jump event at 6’ 7.5”; and ran the 400 in 50.36 seconds. After the first day of competition, Justin led the field of 15.

Day two started with the 110m hurdles, followed by the discus, pole vault, javelin, and concluded with the 1500m run. His 14.71 seconds in the hurdles placed him second; he struggled in the discus by throwing 116’ 3”; placed second in the pole vault with a jump of 14’ 11”; threw the javelin 175’ 10”; and finished the 1500 in 4:43.99. His points earned declared him national champion in Division II.

This was Justin’s first outdoor national championship, while he won the heptathlon this past winter. “It’s terribly taxing on the mind and body,” remarked Justin. “You learn that you have to forget the last event and prepare for the next.”

He is coached by former Olympic decathlete, Brian Clay.

In July, Justin will compete in the Pan-American Games in Toronto. With success, he can earn a roster spot on the U.S. National team.

Balczak is a well decorated collegiate athlete. He has earned All-American status four consecutive years competing in indoor track and field (three at Lake Superior State University and one at Azusa Pacific), while being awarded All-American three times in the outdoor season (two at LSSU and his first at A.P.U.). He has one season of eligibility remaining in outdoor track and field.

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Three Red Hawk grads national champs in cheer

(L to R) Brittani Tozer, Heather Howard, and Amber Dunham are part of the Davenport University Cheer Team, which won national championships in both Competitive cheer and Stunt this spring.

(L to R) Brittani Tozer, Heather Howard, and Amber Dunham are part of the Davenport University Cheer Team, which won national championships in both Competitive cheer and Stunt this spring.

Three Cedar Springs High School graduates performed a rare feat—they captured two national championships, in different events, in the same season. Brittani Tozer, Heather Howard, and Amber Dunham, accomplished this in Competitive Cheer and Stunt, as part of the Davenport University Cheer team.

The team won their third national competitive cheer title in a row, after competing on April 9 and 10, in Daytona Beach, Florida. On April 9, 26 teams participated in the preliminaries, with Davenport finishing in the top spot. Half the teams moved on to the finals on April 10, with Davenport performing last. They had a near perfect performance to win the NCA/NDA Division III All Girls Competitive Cheer National Championship.

In May, the team won their first national title in Stunt, in which they have only competed two years. The dates were May 1-3, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The top four schools in each division were invited to participate. The divisions were I and II, and Davenport was rated 2 in Division II. Their challenge was to defeat Oklahoma Central University, who had won this championship three years in a row. The tournament was double-elimination. Davenport defeated Oklahoma Central in the semi-final, and then again in the final.

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