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Red Hawk Cross Country boys take first at Kent City

Top 1-2 finishers Jaydon Moleski (L) and Corey Bowers (R).

Top finisher for Red Hawk girls was Maggie Prins.

Girls place fifth at meet

The Cedar Springs Boys and Girls Cross Country teams started their 2018 season off well. They competed in the first meet of the season on Tuesday, August 21, at the Kent City Long Lake Invitational held at Long Lake Park. 

The boys’ team took first place out of eleven teams at the invite with a score of 48 followed by GR Kenowa Hills with a score of 71. Junior Jaydon Moleski dominated the boys’ race placing first overall with a time of 16:52 followed by sophomore Corey Bowers taking second with a time of 16:58. Junior Dilan Sargent also secured a medal placing 9th with a time of 17:46. Rounding out the top five for the boys were junior Gavin Braciak (16th) with a time of 18:29 and junior Daniel Vermulm (20th) with a time of 18:36. 

“I was very pleased with our boys’ team performance on Tuesday,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “It was great to start out the season with a team win, and I was very encouraged by the performances of our top two runners, Jaydon Moleski and Corey Bowers. They took command of the race from the start and ran stride for stride the entire race for a 1-2 finish. That was great to see in our first meet. We have some work to do yet but am feeling very optimistic on our team’s outlook for this season.” The girls’ team placed fifth out of ten teams scoring 123 with only 2 points separating them from 4th place GR Kenowa Hills. The girls are headed up this year by new coach Melinda Palinkas. “It was a first great meet. We have a lot of young talent on the team and I can’t wait to see what the season holds. Some of the girls have never ran a 5k before so they did excellent,” said Coach Palinkas. 

Sophomore Maggie Prins had an impressive cross country debut coming in first for the Red Hawks with a time of 22:24 placing 13th overall for the girls followed by junior Jill Detweiler (23:33, 21st ), junior Tonya Tepin (23:49, 22nd), sophomore Marjorie Hosking (24:22, 34th), and senior Carolanne Merlington (24:58, 40th). 

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Red Hawk volleyball takes second at Loy Norrix invite

Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball earned 2nd place at Loy Norrix Invite Saturday. Front Row (L to R): Kyla Andres, Grace Wilcox, Haillie Jones, Kaylie Andres, Maddie Outwin and Michelle Brennen.
Back Row (L to R):  Coach Lowing, Grace Pavelka, Arianna Rau and Kalli Green . Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Varsity volleyball team opened the 2018 season with three tournaments in 8 days, building on each date. At the WMVOA on 8/17 the Lady Red Hawks finished 0-3-1, followed on Tuesday at the NorthPointe Christian Invite where they went 1-4 on the day beating the #1 seed Western Michigan Christian in bracket play and Junior Middle Hitter Grace Pavelka was named a tournament MVP.

The Varsity Ladies completed the week at the Loy Norrix Invite on Saturday where they were undefeated in pool play beating host team Loy Norrix, Ottawa Hills and Galesburg-Augusta before losing to Niles in a crossover match. The #2 seeded Red Hawks then defeated Parchment 2-1 in the quarterfinals, and Galesburg-Augusta 2-1 in the semifinals, bringing them to the tournament championship match, where they suffered a 0-2 loss to first seed Niles.

Leading on the day was outside hitter Grace Wilcox, who dominated on the service line with 18 aces and 42 service points, while adding 19 kills, 8 blocks, and 33 digs. Grace Pavelka led the offensive barrage with 41 kills, and added 15 aces and 8 blocks. Libero Haillie Jones recorded 49 digs and 91 serve receives, while setter Maddie Outwin had 72 assists on the day.

“The girls are working hard to get better each time they step out on the court,” said Coach Ashley Lowing. “They made great improvements in their mental toughness, never counting themselves out of any game they were in. They pushed through adversity and either stayed on top of teams in sets they were winning, or came back in sets they were losing. This will be a great building block for us moving forward.” 

Varsity Volleyball returns to actions on Tuesday, September 11 at Lowell High School for the Conference opener.  

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Kent Theatre golf outing

Pictured is the winning team at the Kent Theatre golf outing fundraiser.
From L to R: Kyle Little, Cody Harper, Brian Little, Derek Burns.

The 18th Annual Kent Theatre Golf Outing Fundraiser was a success again this year with a first place finish by the team of Cody Harper, Derek Burns, Brian Little, and Kyle Little. Second place honors went to the team of Tom Winquist, Scott Winquist, Ron Nielson, and Steve Nielson. Prizes went to Tyler Covell for Longest Drive (Men) and to Katie Vanderweele  for Longest Drive (Women). Prize for Longest Putt went to Brian Little. Winners of the “Hit the Boat” contest went to Tyler Covell, Tom Winquist, and Len Allington. 

A great time was had by all and the event raised approximately $2,500 for the Kent theatre. Special thanks to the volunteers that made the event possible.  Volunteers include Sally Grayvold, Rose Powell, Bryn Powell, and Connor Knapp.

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Golden Age Pass


If you are 60 years of age or older and are a resident of the Cedar Springs School District, you could be eligible for a Lifetime Golden Age Pass.    This pass entitles you to admission to school sponsored activities and athletic events offered by member schools.  Some restrictions apply.  Certain athletic contests may require a fee (conference, regional and state tournaments). 

For an application, visit www.csredhawks.org/Athletics/index.html or stop by the Cedar Springs District Office.

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Cheerleaders perform at 5th/3rd ballpark

Football team and cheerleaders in the stands at the Whitecaps game on August 15.

The Red Hawk Cheerleaders performed at 5th/3rd ballpark on August 15 during whitecaps baseball game.   The Football team went to the event to support the Cheerleaders. The Athletic Director has received many compliments regarding the cheerleaders performance and CSPS sportsmanship.  Go Red Hawks! 

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Outdoor Youth Day

September 8, 2018 

Sportsmen for Youth will hold Youth Day on September 8, 2018, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Muskegon County Fairgrounds, 6621 Heights Ravenna Road, in Muskegon. 

This is an absolutely FREE family friendly day. The first 2,500 youth 17 years and younger will receive a t-shirt, free lunch, prize drawings, and goodie bag.

Youth Day is designed to introduce and educate youth to all things outdoors—from hunting and fishing to conservation and good stewardship of our natural resources. It is also dedicated to promoting the safe pursuit of outdoor activities.

Youth Day includes fantastic guest speakers at the Hawg Trough, which is a semi-trailer size tank that will be filled with local fish species and act as a stage for guest speakers.  Mark Martin, Logan Locke, Dan Zatarga, Mitch Johnson, Chris Noffsinger, Kyle Buck, Todd Sokolow and Stacey Chuppallo will entertain the crowd. A rock climbing wall and birds of prey exhibit will be on hand. 

Return favorites to Youth Day are: the “Trout Pond” where live trout are caught and cleaned for youth; shooting of firearms and archery; and many others. Over 60 exhibitors will be on hand to educate the youth.

A partnership between Sportsmen for Youth and the Muskegon County Area Fire Chiefs was formed several years ago. At Youth Day, attendees will experience various fire safety exhibits, demonstrations and tours of fire trucks of all types. Law Enforcement will also be on hand with displays.

Sportsmen for Youth is a non-profit organization and is able to continue Youth Day free thanks to the generosity and donations from local businesses and private donations. It costs approximately $30,000 to make Youth Day happen free of charge. Again this year there will be a raffle for five firearms. All proceeds to be used for Youth Day!

For more information, visit their website at sportsmenforyouth.com or email sportsmenforyouth.info@gmail.com.  

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Boys tennis opens season with wins

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity boy tennis team took first at the Sparta invite last week. Courtesy photo.

The team came in second at the Cadillac invitational. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity boys tennis team had good showings last week at both Sparta and Cadillac to open the fall 2018 tennis season.

The team traveled to Sparta on Aug. 15 for the Sparta Invitational. Also attending was Coopersville. Cedar Springs placed first for the team plaque. Individually each single or doubles team won a medal. 

Individual placements were:

Senior Dane Conely 1st singles-1st place

Junior Caleb Fisk 2nd singles-1st place

Sophomore Ethan Plummer 3rd singles-1st place

Senior Tyler St.Amoure 4th singles-1st place

Sophomores Gabe Serek and Easton Lynch-1st doubles-2nd place

Junior Conner Hall and freshman Landon Kolodziej-2nd doubles-1st place

Sophomore Trevor Marshall and freshman-3rd doubles-Tim Minnema-1st place

Freshmen Spencer Smith and Cole Harms-4th doubles-1st place.

The team traveled to Cadillac on Aug. 17 to compete in the Cadillac Invitational. Zeeland East and Alpena schools were also there. The team finished 2nd in the tournament with 2017 state finalists Zeeland East taking first place. 

Red Hawks that placed were:

2nd singles Caleb Fisk- 2nd place

3rd singles Ethan Plummer-2nd place

1st doubles Gabe Serek & Easton Lynch-2nd place

2nd doubles Conner Hall & Landon Kolodziej-2nd place

Great job to all the boys. 

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Sixth-grader to play baseball in Orlando

Austin Alcumbrack at the MVP All Star Tournament with his Chamionship ring. 

Austin hitting his last home run that was over 370 feet.

Cedar Springs sixth-grader Austin Alcumbrack was picked from over 3,000 baseball players in the first round to represent Game Day USA on their Disney team down in Orlando this winter.

He is the son of Todd and Sandy Alcumbrack, of Cedar Springs.

According to his older sister, Kali, Austin has played many years of little league but just had his first year of travel ball this last year playing at the Rockford Baseball Academy. 

“He helped out a 12-year-old team, and was picked by the opposing team as an MVP. Getting this allowed him to play in the Game Day USA All Star MVP tournament at the Art Van Complex in Rockford, where his team won the championship,” she explained. 

She said he pitched in two games and batted over .800 during the four games. While doing individual evaluations he got 1st in 3 out of the 4; ball velocity off the bat, throwing speed, and 40 yard dash; and took second in the 4th event, 5-10-5 drill. 

Austin plays 1st and 3rd base but is mainly a pitcher. “He pitches 65 mph but can hit 70. He can throw a solid fastball along with an amazing change up and curveball,” said Kali.

He bats 4th in the lineup and has hit 6 home runs in his baseball career, the last reportedly being over 370 feet. He has already started practices with his new team and league and is joining the Grand Rapids Diamonds. 

The Disney New Year’s Baseball Classic takes place at the end of December.

Congratulations and good luck, Austin!

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Be the referee


By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

2018 Football Rule Changes 

The biggest rules changes in high school football across the country this year involve player safety. When any required player equipment is missing or worn improperly, an official’s time-out shall be declared, and the player must come out of the game for one down. This includes players not wearing knee or thigh pads or rolling their pant legs up over their knees and equipment such as shoulder pads or back pads being exposed. The other change continues to hone the definition of a defenseless player. This time affecting the quarterback once he has thrown the ball and becomes a passer. Until that time, he is defined as a runner. As a passer, he continues to be defenseless until the pass ends or he moves to participate in the play. The penalty for hitting a defenseless player is 15 yards.

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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Marching band completes band camp

The Cedar Springs High School Marching band recently attended band camp where they worked on their 2018 show entitled “We the people.” At the end of the week, they did performed for the community to showcase what they had learned.

The band is grateful to the Cedar Springs Fire Department for hosing them off after a hot day, and appreciates the community for their support!

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