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Cotten named MVP of Pioneer Classic

Three headed to state finals

Last Friday, the boys track and field team competed at the Pioneer Classic, a qualifying meet, that takes the northern areas top eight sprinters, hurdlers and relay teams, as well as the top 12 in field events and distance. Individuals from Cedar Springs, Evart, Reed City, Big Rapids, Manistee, Baldwin, Chippewa Hills, Tri-County, Morley Stanwood and Kent City made up the field.

Opening in field events, Jordan Johnson won the discus with a toss of 141’4”. MavRick Cotten jumped 20’5” to place second in the long jump. Brandon Sipka was third in the 100m dash and won the 400m dash with a time of 50.98 (fastest 400m time posted on the team since 2002). Caden Burrows was second in the shot put and third in the discus. State qualifier Cotten also won the 110m and 300m hurdles. Another state qualifier, Austin Sargent, won the 1600m relay with a time of 4:14. Cedar’s third state qualifier, Justin Jones won the 800m run.

MavRick was selected by the Pioneer Group as the male athlete of the meet by winning two events and placing second in the long jump.

“I am impressed that our performances continue to improve each week.  Our guys continue to set reachable goals and achieve them,” commented Coach Myers.

Sargent, Jones and Cotten will compete this weekend at the MHSAA state finals at GR Houseman Field.

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Weiler breaks school record, heading to state finals

Junior Kenzie Weiler won the 3200 meter run in a school record time of 10:46.86 and qualified for the MHSAA State Finals.

Junior Kenzie Weiler won the 3200 meter run in a school record time of 10:46.86 and qualified for the MHSAA State Finals.

The Girls track team traveled to Houseman Field Grand Rapids to compete in the MHSAA Regional meet on Friday May 17. The team scored 46 points to finish seventh out of 15 teams.

Junior Kenzie Weiler was the lone Red Hawk to win a championship by winning the 3200 meter run in a school record time of 10:46.86 and qualified for the MHSAA State Finals on Saturday May 31 at Houseman Field in Grand Rapids. Maddie Pekrul placed fifth in the 3200 meter run and also qualified for the state finals with her personal time of 11:48.23. Also qualifying for the state meet was the fourth place 3200 meter relay team of Hannah Heintzelman, Shayne Mann, Maddie Pekrul and Kenzie Weiler.

Maddie Pekrul placed fifth in the 3200 meter run

Maddie Pekrul placed fifth in the 3200 meter run

Other placers at the Regional meet:

Fourth: Aly Hamilton 100 meter dash; 400 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby Olszewski and Aly Hamilton.

Fifth: 1600 meter relay team of Hannah Heintzelman, Emily Shaft, Kenzie Weiler and Tara Tepin.

Sixth: Tara Tepin 100 meter dash; Allyson Marvel 100 meter hurdles; 800 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby Olszewski and Aly Hamilton.

Seventh: Aly Hamilton 200 meter dash.

Eight: Marissa Oakes 100 meter hurdles; Tara Tepin 300 meter hurdles.

On Tuesday, May 13, the team hosted the OK Bronze JV meet. Allie Colley took two first places, winning the shot put and discus. Ellie Ovokaitys won the 1600 meter run. Placing second was Tara Tepin in the 400 meter dash and Aaliyah Sargent in the 200 meter dash; the 400 meter relay team of Allison Hall, Aaliyah Sargent, Jennifer Heintzelman and Tara Tepin; along with the 1600 meter relay team of Allison Hall, Jennifer Heintzelman, Ellie Ovokaitys and Aaliyah Sargent.

Marissa Oakes and Taylor Vanlangen of the 800 meter relay team

Marissa Oakes and Taylor Vanlangen of the 800 meter relay team

The team competes on Friday May 23 at Ferris State University in the Pioneer classic and Tuesday May 27 at Greenville in the Daily News meet.

 

 

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Lady Red Hawks give Wildcats first loss

 

By Kendra Coons 

 

The varsity softball team had another eventful week. On Tuesday May 13, the team took on the undefeated Northview Wildcats—our conference rival—in a double header. In the first game, the Red Hawks defeated the Wildcats 6-4, giving them their first loss. Leading hitters for the game were junior shortstop Aubree Mouthaan, who went three for three with two singles, a two-run homer, and three RBI’s. Junior third baseman Alexis Lucarelli also had two hits and two RBI’s, senior centerfielder Charlie Saylor and junior designated hitter Erin Johnson also had two hits. Junior pitcher Allyson Arnold caught the game winning catch, and received a bad hand injury while catching the ball. In the second game, Cedar Springs was defeated by Northview 17-0 in the third inning. Junior pitcher Josi Whipple gained a loss for Cedar Springs.

On Thursday, May 15 Cedar Springs was scheduled to play Northview, but it was cancelled due to weather. The game was rescheduled to Friday, May 16. In this game, Northview defeated Cedar Springs once again, 15-0 in the fourth inning. Senior pitcher Michaela Kulak gained a loss for the Red Hawks. Lucarelli had the only hit for Cedar Springs. Cedar Springs lost the series 2-1.

“We played well in the first game, but lacked intensity in the next two games,” commented head coach Bill VanHorn.

The Red Hawks are now 5-8, in conference and 13-15 overall. Cedar Springs now has one week left of conference play. This week, the Red Hawks will take on the Forest Hills Northern Huskies. Cedar Springs hosted a double header against FHN on Monday, May 19 and this was senior night. Then the Red Hawks took on the Tri- Country Vikings on Tuesday, May 20. Cedar Springs finishes out their conference play with FHN at FHN with a single game. Watch for results in next week’s paper.

 

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Girls track finishes fourth in OK Bronze conference meet

 

Weiler takes conference championship in 3200-meter run

 

Shayne Mann in the 3200-meter relay.

Shayne Mann in the 3200-meter relay.

The Girls track team traveled to Houseman Field Grand Rapids to compete in the OK Bronze Conference track meet. The team scored 88 points to finish fourth in the meet and finished fourth overall in the meet. Forest Hills Eastern won the meet and was the overall conference champion.

Junior Kenzie Weiler was the loan Red Hawk to take a conference championship by winning the 3200 meter run. Also earning all-conference honors was senior Aly Hamilton, junior Marissa Oakes, sophomore Allyson Marvel and freshman Hannah Heintzelman.  The team returns to Houseman Field on Friday May 15 to compete in the MHSAA Regional meet.

Five Lady Red Hawks won all-conference honors in track, including sophomore Allyson Marvel, shown here in the 100 hurdles.

Five Lady Red Hawks won all-conference honors in track, including sophomore Allyson Marvel, shown here in the 100 hurdles.

Other top placers at the conference meet:

Second: 3200 meter relay team of Hannah Heintzelman, Shayne Mann, Maddie Pekrul and Kenzie Weiler; Kenzie Weiler 1600 meter run.

Third: Aly Hamilton 100 meter dash; Allyson Marvel 100 meter hurdles; Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run; 800 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Olivia Finch and Aly Hamilton; 400 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby Olszewski and Aly Hamilton; 1600 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Abby Olszewski, Hannah Heintzelman, and Tara Tepin.

Fourth: Marissa Oakes 100 meter hurdles and long jump; Allyson Marvel pole vault;

Aaliyah Sargent 400 meter dash; Tara Tepin 300 meter hurdles

Fifth: Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run; Aly Hamilton 200 meter dash; Tara Tepin 100 meter dash.

 

 

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Varsity softball goes 6-2 last week

 

By Kendra Coons

 

The varsity softball team played a total of eight games last week. The girls were faced with three conference games, and a tournament in Gilbraltar, Michigan on Saturday May 10. Unfortunately, the team went 6-2 throughout the week. Their overall record is now 12-14.

On Monday, May 5 the team played their last conference game against Forest Hills Eastern. This game was originally scheduled for Thursday May 1, but was rescheduled due to weather. This game was a hard fought battle between both teams until the sixth and seventh inning, when FHE scored two runs. Senior first baseman Michaela Kulak and junior shortstop Aubree Mouthaan led the team with two hits each. Cedar Springs took the loss 0-2.

“The team played great in the field and made no errors, but the bats were silent,” commented head coach Bill VanHorn.

Then on Tuesday, May 6 Cedar Springs went up against conference rival West Catholic for a double header at home. In the first game, Cedar Springs defeated WC 11-6. The leading hitters for that game were senior catcher Taylor Baker with two hits and three RBI’s, junior leftfielder Allison Snavley with two hits, senior centerfielder Charlie Saylor with a two run homerun, and senior second baseman Kendra Coons with two RBI’s. Junior pitcher Allyson Arnold took home the win in the circle only allowing 10 hits. In the second game, West Catholic came back fighting and defeated Cedar Springs 7-3. Mouthaan and Saylor both had two hits. Junior pitcher Josi Whipple added a loss to her record. Whipple only allowed three earned runs and struck out three batters and walked four.

On Thursday, May 8, Cedar Springs played West Catholic once again. The Falcons ended up taking home the series defeating the Red Hawks 10-0 in the sixth inning. Baker had two hits for the Red Hawks and junior third baseman Alexis Lucarelli had one hit.

“The win against West Catholic was a big one for us. We need to put together two good games in a row,” said VanHorn.

Then on Saturday the Red Hawks traveled to Gilbraltar for the Gilbraltar Carlson Cancer Tournament. The team went 3-1 in the tournament. In the first game, the Red Hawks went up against fourth ranked division one team Farmington Hills Mercy and were defeated 17-2. Then Cedar Springs faced Flat Rock, and were defeated 12-2. The team also played Dearborn twice and split with them in the tournament. The first game was 10-7 with Dearborn taking home the win, and the second was 8-2 with Cedar Springs bringing in their first win of the tournament. Leading hitters for the tournament for the Red Hawks were Kulak with two hits, Coons with two hits and two RBI’s, senior right fielder Brittney Robinson with five hits and four RbIs, Mouthaan with two hits, Baker with two hits, and freshmen Reagan Hickok with two hits and three RBIs. Whipple was the winning pitcher for the Dearborn win. She had a total of five strikeouts and no walks.

“We played well in the last two games. We have to cut down on our mistakes in the field,” stated VanHorn.

This week, Cedar Springs goes up against the Northview Wildcats. The Red Hawks traveled to Northview for a double header on Tuesday, May 13. Then on Thursday, May 15, the Wildcats travel to Cedar Springs for a single game at 4:15. Please come on out as the Red Hawks are looking for some more conference wins!

VanHorn concludes, “I am waiting for our team to peak. We want to make a good run at the end of the season.”

 

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Girls Track takes fourth in dual meets

Marissa Oakes in the long jump

Marissa Oakes in the long jump

Varsity Girls track team hosted both of the Forest Hills schools last week in an OK Bronze contest. The team lost both meets, 71 to 65 against Forest Hills Northern and 83 to 54 to league-leading Forest Hills Eastern. The Lady Red Hawks’ final team record is 2 wins and 3 losses and placed 4th in the league in the dual meet part of league competition. This week they compete on Thursday and Friday in the OK Bronze conference meet at Houseman Field. Both days of completion start at 12:00.

The team also hosted the Red Hawk Team Invite on Saturday May 3 at Red Hawk Stadium. They placed seventh in the eight-team meet with 497.5 points. Jenison won the meet with 663.5 points. Kenzie Weiler won the 3200 meter run and teamed with Hannah Heintzelman, Shayne Mann and  Maddie Pekrul in the 3200 meter relay to take the only other first place for the team.

Olivia Finch and Taylor VanLangen.

Olivia Finch and Taylor VanLangen.

Other top placers at the meet:

Second: Ally Hamilton 100 meter dash; 400 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby Olszewski and Ally Hamilton; 1600 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Abby Olszewski, Hannah Heintzelman, and Tara Tepin.

Fourth: Marissa Oakes 100 meter hurdles and long jump; Ellie Ovokaitys 1600 meter run; Aly Hamilton 200 meter dash.

Fifth: Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run; Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run.

Sixth: Taylor Vanlangen long jump; Tara Tepin 300 meter hurdles; Allyson Marvel 100 meter hurdles; Shayne Mann 3200 meter run; Aaliyah Sargent 400 meter dash.

 

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Girls softball splits doubleheader with FH Eastern

 

By Kendra Coons

 

The girls varsity softball team had a week full of game cancellations and delays. The team was scheduled for a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 29 at Forest Hills Eastern, but it was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather. The game was rescheduled to Wednesday, April 30 and the softball team traveled back to FHE once again. The Red Hawks faced FHE the weekend before in the Fruitport tournament and won 8-7. This time around, Cedar Springs beat FHE in the first game of the double header 11-9 and lost to them 10-8 in the second game. The team’s overall record is now 10-7.

“We hit very well…but our defense let us down,” stated head coach Bill VanHorn.

Throughout the two games, the Red Hawks had a lot of hits and runs. The leading hitters for the Red Hawks throughout the two games were senior centerfielder Charlie Saylor with 2 doubles and 3 hits total, and senior second baseman Kendra Coons also with 2 doubles, 3 hits and 3 RBI’s. Also contributing to the Red Hawks score were senior catcher Taylor Baker, junior designated hitter Erin Johnson, senior right fielder Brittney Robinson, junior left fielder Allison Snavely, and junior shortstop Aubree Mouthaan, all with 2 hits each. Junior third baseman Alexis Lucarelli also had a triple that cleared the bases and had a total of 4 RbI’s. Pitching in the circle for the Red Hawks was junior Allyson Arnold. Arnold added a win for the first game, and added a loss for the second. She had a total of 4 strikeouts and one walk in the first game.

“We can play with any team if we play defense,” commented VanHorn.

The team was also scheduled to play FHE again on Thursday, May 1 but the game was cancelled once again due to weather. The game was rescheduled for Monday, May 5. This will be the final match-up between Cedar Springs and FHE. Also this week, the Red Hawks went up against their conference rival, West Catholic. The Red Hawks played West Catholic on Tuesday, May 6 at home for a doubleheader and then traveled to West Catholic to play the Falcons once again for a single game. Look for game results in next week’s paper.

The varsity team is also playing in the Gilbrater Carlson Cancer tournament in Detroit this Saturday. There will be a total of four games. Please come on out and support your varsity softball team as they take on another busy and hopefully successful week!

 

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Red Hawks win Sparta Invitational

The Varsity girls tennis team won the Sparta Invitational on Saturday, April 19th. The final team scores were: Cedar Springs 13, Sparta 9, Fremont 8, and Grand Rapids Union 2.

All four singles players for the Red Hawks brought home first place medals: Shannon Leal (#1), Megan Burnett (#2), Katie Schumann (#3), and Rebecca Williams (#4).

The #1 doubles team of Julie Schut and Emma Schut also were winners for Cedar Springs.

The Varsity girls will be in action on Thursday, May 8th at Northview High School at 4:15 and at the OK Bronze conference tournament on Saturday, May 10 at Forest Hills Northern High School at 9:00 a.m.

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OK Bronze Cedar Springs All Conference Athletes

CSPS-All-conference-2014

Front Row (L-R):  Katherine Krankall (Competitive Cheer), Jenna Zoerman (Competitive Cheer),  Jordan Ringler (Wrestling),  Alyssa Alger (Competitive Cheer)

2nd Row (L-R):  Zachary Wamser (Wrestling), Hannah Cederquist (Competitive Cheer), Alexis Oliver (Competitive Cheer), Liz DeBoe (Bowling), Emma Schut (Bowling), Jacob Cartwright (Bowling)

3rd Row (L-R):   Trevor Ruark (Bowling), Aubree Mouthaan (Basketball), Brittany Todd (Bowling), Allyson Marvel (Bowling), Rebecca Williams (Bowling)

Back Row (L-R):  Joshua Austin (Bowling), Kyle Knarr (Bowling), Brad Brechting (Basketball), Cameron Link (Basketball), Blake Fisk (Bowling)

CONGRATUATIONS TO THESE OUTSTANDING STUDENT ATHLETES!  GO RED HAWKS!

 

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Balczak wins Fallis award

Lake Superior State University Math Professor Tom Boger presents track and field’s Justin Balczak with the Jim Fallis Award during an all-sports banquet April 17 at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Lake Superior State University Math Professor Tom Boger presents track and field’s Justin Balczak with the Jim Fallis Award during an all-sports banquet April 17 at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Justin Balczak, a 2011 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, has won the Jim Fallis Award, from Lake Superior State University.

The award, named after LSSU’s All-American wrestler and former director of athletics, goes to an All-American or student-athlete who has excelled in the classroom and in his or her sport.

Balczak, a junior at LSSU, is a four-time All-American in the multi-events. He finished second in the NCAA Outdoor decathlon last spring and third the year before. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, he has finishes of 10th, second and fifth in the heptathlon. He owns LSSU school records in both events, along with the indoor 55-meter hurdles, and outdoor 110-meter hurdles and pole vault.

He got off to a slow start during this year’s NCAA Indoor heptathlon, but improved throughout the meet, topping off his performance with a first-place finish in the shot put. He went on to finish fifth in the event. He is red-shirting during this outdoor season.

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