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West Michigan Hawks fall in home opener


The West Michigan Hawks played host to the top ranked Michigan Lightning on Saturday evening at Skinner Field, in their first home game of the season. The Lightning won the contest, by a final score of 48-14. The game got off to a rocky start for the Hawks, as they trailed 28-0 after the first quarter, and 35-0 at halftime.

Things started to turn around for the team in the second half, however. Wide receiver Darwin Mathis was able to reel in a 66-yard pass from quarterback Jeff Krebs for the Hawks’ first touchdown of the game. Krebs then ran the ball into the end zone for the two-point conversion. Wide receiver Ryan Bell, team captain, also recorded a touchdown in the game, also bringing in a pass from Krebs, for an eight yard score.

Jeff Krebs finished the game 16-33 passing, with 194 yards. He threw for two touchdowns, one interception, and also carried the ball 8 times for 24 yards. Wide receiver Darwin Mathis led the Hawks with 7 catches for 117 yards, and a touchdown, while also picking up 23 yards rushing on 5 attempts. He also had an interception for the second consecutive game.

“We got off to a slow start to begin the game, but we improved as the game went on. Our goal everyday is to improve as a team,” said Mathis.

Defensively, linebacker Kam Snyder led the team in tackles, with 8. Linebacker Stan Scott had 7 tackles, and safety Nate Johnson had 5. Defensive end Corey Steele picked up the lone sack of the game for the Hawks.

Said Head Coach David Lange: “I think it’s fair to say that we have one of the toughest schedules in the league. It was very clear last night that we are coming together as a team. To score more points than any other team has this year against a team who travels the country is something to hang your hat on. With the exception of one or two bad apples, which have already been dealt with, the team is really coming together. I’m excited to see what we can do as we enter the midway point of our season!”

The Hawks travel to Detroit this Saturday, to take on the Motor City Jaguars (0-3), in a game that will see both teams looking to win their first game of the season. For information on where the game will be played, be sure to follow the West Michigan Hawks on Facebook!

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Two students to compete in world’s largest rodeo

Linnay (Couturier) Mallory competing in Barrel Racing.

Linnay (Couturier) Mallory competing in Barrel Racing.

Ana Moreno competing in Pole Bending.

Ana Moreno competing in Pole Bending.

Linnay (Couturier) Mallory and Ana Moreno, of Rockford, have both earned their spot in the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR) competition in July. They secured their spots after competing at the Michigan State Finals Rodeo in Ovid, MI last weekend, in Barrel Racing, Pole Bending and Goat Tying.

Both girls are members of the Michigan High School Rodeo Association (MiHSRA), whose intent is to promote high school rodeo at the state level and encourage eligible students to participate at MiHSRA rodeos. This association promotes the highest type of conduct and sportsmanship while at various rodeos, striving to keep Western Heritage alive and active. The MiHSRA encourages students to further their education after high school with an aggressive Scholarship Program. To compete at each rodeo, students must meet National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) grade and conduct qualifications.

Linnay (Couturier) Mallory

Linnay (Couturier) Mallory

Linnay (Couturier) Mallory, 17, a senior, has been involved with MiHSRA for four years. Two years ago when she was preparing to leave for Nationals, Linnay suffered a severe injury to her foot and had to withdraw one week before competition, leaving her devastated. Now after three years of qualifying, Linnay and her Quarter Horse, Double Vision Time (aka Blaze) are finally heading out West to compete.  “When I had my injury, I felt as if my rodeo career was coming to an end.” said Linnay. “But when I qualified for Nationals again this year…it was a true blessing, and I’m excited for the opportunity to go out to Wyoming and represent Michigan in Barrel Racing. I’m ecstatic about this trip and plan to go out with a bang for my Senior year at Nationals.” Linnay has been a member of the Rockford Equestrian Team, Kent County 4H and is the reigning Barrel Champion of the Double JJ 2014 Rodeo Season.

Ana Moreno

Ana Moreno

Ana Moreno 17, will be a Senior next fall.  Ana has been an active member of MiHSRA for three years and will be competing in Pole Bending. “The opportunity to compete at nationals with my amazing horse is an honor,” says Ana,”It will be memorable and is even more special to me because I qualified last year but due to family commitments I was unable to go.” Ana is also on the Rockford High School Equestrian Team and assisted in taking her Team to the 2014-15 State Finals in Midland.  She has been training and honing the skills of her young Quarter Horse, Playboy’s Jeweled Doc, for the last 2-1/2 years and they are consistently improving each season.  She credits her trainer, Michelle Wolf, with encouragement and direction. Ana is also involved in 4H, and plays on the Rockford High School Basketball and Track teams.

The NHSFR is the World’s largest rodeo and features more than 1,500 contestants from 42 states, five Canadian Provinces and Australia. In addition to competing for more than $200,000 in prizes, NHSFR contestants will also be competing for more than $350,000 in college scholarships and the chance to be named an NHSFR National Champion. Events include Bronc Riding, Team Roping, Steer Wrestling, Goat Tying, Pole Bending, Barrel Racing, Calf Roping, Breakaway Roping and Bull Riding.

If interested in wishing them luck, helping them travel across the country by making a donation or become a sponsor, please contact them thru: iny55@sbcglobal / 6226 Myers Lake Road, Rockford, MI 49341

For more information about MiHSRA please go to their website www.MiHSRA.com.

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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


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


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


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


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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