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Red Hawks JV baseball takes 2 of 3 vs Northview

Trenton Snoeyink pitched a complete game shutout at Northview. Courtesy photo.

With all the rain last week, the JV baseball team still was able to get their three games in with OK White Conference opponent Northview. The visiting Red Hawks traveled to Northview on Tuesday, April 30. Trenton Snoeyink took to the mound in the rain and mud and pitched a complete five-inning shutout 8-0, allowing only one hit and striking out six.  Snoeyink, Aiden Brunin, Jeremy Campione, and Gage Haywood led the team with a hit each. The Red Hawks also totaled seven walks in the contest. 

On Friday, May 3, the Red Hawks hosted Northview in a double header. In the first game of the evening, Dylan Knauf pitched really well but did not get any help from his offense, and the defense had three errors in the contest, resulting in a 7-2 loss to the Wildcats.  The Red Hawks only managed 3 hits, with one each by Jeremy Campione, Knauf and Anthony Lizardo. 

In game 2 of the double header, Aiden Brunin started on the hill and the Red Hawk offense heated up in this contest totaling 10 hits and defeated the visiting Wildcats 10-0 in 5 innings.  Brunin pitched a complete 5 inning game shutout, striking out four batters and his defense had 0 errors in the contest. Leading the team with three  hits was Trenton Snoeyink, including one that was a triple; getting two hits each was Jeremy Campione and Willy Zain; and getting one hit each was Dylan Knauf, Anthony Lizardo and Gage Haywood. 

See next week’s issue for results of games against Fremont, Saugatuck, Central Montcalm and Newaygo.

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Girls track results for week of April 29

The Red Hawks hosted two meets last week. On Tuesday, April 30, the team competed against Greenville and Ottawa Hills in a steady rain. The girls lost to Greenville 61-57 and defeated Ottawa Hills 100 to 36. The team’s OK White record is 1 and 3.  

Emily Neiderheide handing off to Emma Waller in the 4 x 100. 

On Saturday, May 4, was the 24th Red Hawk Invite. The team scored 682.5 points in the unique team-scoring format to place fifth out of nine teams.

Outstanding performances for the week: 

Tuesday against Greenville and Ottawa Hills

*Lily Howland first overall 800-meter run.

*Carolanne Merlington first overall and Tonya Tepin second overall in the 1600-meter run.

Grace Sova in the pole vault.

*Izzy VanDusen first overall and Paige Marsman second overall 3200-meter run

*4 x 800-relay team of Marjorie Hosking, Kristen Parker, Quinn Priolo, and Jade Yowtz first overall

*Ariana Meyers first overall Shot Put and Discus

*Alyssa Detweiler first overall High Jump

*Julia Danielson first overall Long Jump

Medal Winners Saturday:

*Julia Danielson second Long Jump

*Ariana Meyers second Shot Put

*Grace Sova third Pole Vault

*Avery Rugg fourth 100 High Jump

This week the team traveled to Lowell to compete against Lowell and Northview on Tuesday May 7, and then on Friday, May 10, thet go to historic Houseman Field for the OK White Conference Meet. Field events start at 4:15 and Running Events start at 5:00.

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Boys and Girls track

Boys track takes second at Red Hawk Invite

This 4×800-meter relay team is currently third in Division 2 state rankings.  L to R:  Corey Bowers, Dilan Sargent, Jaydon Moleski, and Daniel Vermulm.

The boys from the Cedar Springs track team competed in the Red Hawk Invitational on Saturday, May 4, 2019, held at Red Hawk Stadium. The team finished second out of eight teams, with Caledonia taking first place.

 Starting off the day, the 4×800 meter relay team comprised of Daniel Vermulm, Jaydon Moleski, Dilan Sargent, and Corey Bowers finished second in a time 8:10.26, shaving 13 seconds off their previous best time. They currently hold the third fastest time in Division 2 state rankings.

Other outstanding performances throughout the day included Alex Nylaan in the 300-meter hurdles, where he finished second in a time of 43.54; and right behind him was Logan Douglas, who finished third in 43.56. Corey Bowers took second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:04.09. 

In field events, Justus Larsen placed third in the high jump at 5-10, and Anthony Brew took third in pole vault at 12-6.  

To round out the day, the 4×400-meter relay team consisting of Logan Douglas, Daniel Vermulm, Jaydon Moleski, and Corey Bowers took second with a time of 3:38.27.

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Varsity Red Hawks go 2-1 against FHC

In game one of a three game series with Forest Hills Central, sophomore Bryce Marvel threw a great game earning a 4-1 victory. In his brilliant complete game he struck out 5 and walked none while allowing only 2 hits.

Bryce Marvel on the mound at Forest Hills Central. Courtesy photo.

At the plate the Hawks totaled 13 hits, led by seniors Peyton Newman and Dylan Williams who had three each. Thomas Reed and Bryce Marvel each had two each, while Trevor Reed, Nathan Draper and Connor Ellison each added one apiece.  

Game two started out with Seth Biggs throwing 2 excellent innings. However, in the third inning, the wheels came off and the Hawks committed 7 errors that allowed the Rangers to score 12 unearned runs.  

The struggles continued at the plate as the Red Hawks were only able to manage four hits. Newman led the team with two. Ellison and Trevor Reed each had one hit as well.  

In game three the boys struggled to get things going at the plate. The lackluster game totaled only four hits. Bryce Marvel had a double and a single, while both Trevor and Thomas Reed had a single. The final score was 9-0.  

Sitting at 6-6, Coach Glyshaw said he is happy with the boys’ overall attitude but they need to play clean baseball to beat good teams. 

This week they play another three game set, this time against Northview, and wrap up the week with a double header against Big Rapids.  

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Getting smart but acting foolishly: there is a solution

By Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations and Mark Uyl, Executive Director of the Michigan High School Athletic Association

We communicate on smart phones, drive smart cars, make purchases using smart cards and even drink smart water. But, really, how smart are we?

 Between college admission and Internet privacy scandals, sexual misconduct investigations, stolen trade secrets and the growing concern about how we communicate and connect with each other, technology seems to be outpacing our capacity to understand the most responsible way to use it.  

 In other words, how are tomorrow’s leaders being prepared to make decisions that provide the perspective, balance and strength of character that today’s advanced world needs?   

 The answer is by participating in high school sports like the ones offered by the high schools in Michigan. 

Most researchers agree that leaders are made, not born, through relationships with others. Human interaction and life experiences enable young men and women to develop leadership characteristics such as trust, mutual respect, integrity and accountability. These are the same values that are learned as a result of playing on a high school sports team. 

And while club sports often have only a singular focus (the participant’s athletic abilities), research documents that high school sports programs have an unparalleled positive effect on the physical, academic and emotional growth of teens, including a more mature level of character development.

In other words, high school sports have a more profound role to play in society today than you may realize.

The high school sports and activity programs in Michigan—including music, speech, theatre and debate—typically account for only about 1 to 3 percent of a school’s overall budget, making them one of the wisest investments your community makes. You can help by attending as many games and events as possible, donating to the booster club and volunteering to work in the concession stand.  

Most of all encourage your children to participate in as many sports and activities as they can. Because when they do, they will be joining a new generation of leaders who are both technologically smart and ethically responsible.

And that’s exactly the kind of leadership our hyper-intelligent world needs.

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JV baseball bats heat up to avoid sweep by the Rangers

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks welcomed a home OK White doubleheader matchup with the Rangers of Forest Hills Central on Monday April 22. The hometeam Red Hawks were no match for the visiting Rangers. The Red Hawks lost the game 12-2 and Game 2 by a score of 11-5.  The Red Hawks’ bats were quiet and struggled against the Rangers. In the two games at home, the Red Hawks only managed 10 hits.  

“It was a very odd night for these boys,” said Coach Greenland. “Everything seemed quiet.”

For the third and final game of the series, the Red Hawks visited the Rangers on Wednesday April 24. The Red Hawks did not allow the Rangers to sweep them. They pounded out 17 hits in the game and defeated the hometeam Rangers 17-4. Dylan Knauf led the team with 4 hits in the contest, followed by Aiden Brunin, Trenton Snoeyink, Jeremy Campione, Anthony Lizardo and Alec McDonald with 2 hits each, and with one hit each was Logan Petty, Willy Zain and Caleb Menefee.

The JV Team currently has a record of 6-4-1 on the year.

Next week they have an OK White 3-game series with Northview and a double header against Big Rapids.

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Varsity Red Hawks baseball win two, lose two

The Varsity Red Hawks baseball team squeezed in a pair of games between rainstorms last week at Ottawa Hills.

In game one, despite some control problems, Junior Kyle Wise was able to throw a complete game on the mound, striking out 5. Dylan Williams led the team at the plate with a pair of singles and a pair of doubles. Colton Moor and Kyle Wise added three hits each, including a double. Seth Biggs, Jarrett Hoogerhyde and Nathan Draper also chipped in with a pair of hits each to seal the 19-4 victory.

In game two, the Hawks senior right-hander Nathan Draper hurled a one-hitter, striking out 6 in a 5-inning complete game in a 13-1 victory. Again the boys hit the ball well. Peyton Newman had three hits to lead the team. Bryce Marvel and Trevor Reed each had two singles. Connor Ellison and Seth Biggs each added another hit. Jarrett Hoogerhyde had 2 doubles, and Thomas Reed added a double and a triple.  

This improved the Red Hawks’ record to 5-2. 

On Friday, April 19, the Red Hawks traveled to Forest Hills Eastern for a double header.  

In game one, Seth Biggs combined with Bryce Marvel to complete the game.  Though they both pitched well and only allowed four runs between them, the offense was only able to scatter 7 hits throughout the game. The first inning started with a bang with a single from Thomas Reed and a double from Dylan Williams. Bryce Marvel then drove a ball into the gap, hitting the top of the fence, to score the only two runs for the Red Hawks. Nathan Male also added a pair of singles in the game and Nathan Draper also added a hit. Final score was FHE 4, Red Hawks 2.

In game two, Peyton Newman pitched 4 strong innings before Eastern’s bats did some damage in the 5th. Trevor Reed led the team with three singles. Marvel continued to hit the ball well by adding a single and a double. Williams and Newman each added a single apiece. The final score for game 2 was FHE 10, Red Hawks 3.  

After those games, the varsity record sat at 5-4. This week they play a 3-game series with the Forest Hills Central Rangers. Watch next week’s paper for those results.

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JV Baseball goes 3-0-1 for the week

After getting rained out Monday and Tuesday last week, the JV Baseball team welcomed Ottawa Hills for a double header at home on Wednesday evening, April 17.  

In game 1, Willy Zain took to the hill and picked up the win.  Anthoney Lizardo pitched well in relief.

Trenton Snoeyink pitches 5 scoreless innings against Forest Hills Eastern.  

Jeremy Campione, Trenton Snoeyink, Willy Zain  and Caleb Menefee totaled 2 hits each in the game.  While picking up a hit each was Logan Petty, Bailey Drake and Alec McDonald.

In game, 2 Issac Rypma was the starting pitcher and picked up the win for Game 2. Caleb Menefee also pitched in relief to close the game. The bats stayed hot in game 2 as the team totaled 11 hits. Leading the team with 3 hits each was Campione and Petty.  Lizardo and Zain had 2 hits each and Dylan Knauf had 1 hit for the team.

On Friday April 19, the team hosted a double header once again welcoming the Hawks of Forest Hills Eastern.

The team celebrates after picking up a win and a tie against FHE

 In game 1, Dylan Knauf took to the mound and pitched 5 innings, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits. The offense took advantage of some early errors by the visiting team and took an early 2-0 lead through 3 innings. In the top of the 4th inning, the visiting bats heated up and scored 4 runs on the Red Hawks taking a 4-2 lead after 4 innings. The Red Hawks scored a run in the 5th inning and 2 more in the 6th inning to retake the lead 5-4 going into the 7th.  Aiden Brunin was on the mound to pitch in the 6th and the 7th. After getting the first two batters out to start the 7th inning, the Red Hawks allowed a base runner on an error, which put the tieing run on first base. The runner then stole 2nd base, so now with the tieing run at second base and 2 outs, the Red Hawks needed one more out to win the game.  The hitter came to the plate and hit a shallow looping fly ball to right field. Logan Petty picked up the ball, relayed it to Gage Haywood, who threw it to homeplate, where Bailey Drake placed the tag on the runner trying to score from 2nd base to end the game with a final score of 5-4!  The offense totaled 9 hits in the game led by Brunin with 3 hits, Petty with 2 hits and with a hit each was Snoeyink, Campione, Zain and Rypma.

 In game 2, Trenton Snoeyink started on the hill and pitched 5 scoreless innings, striking out 7 and only allowing 3 hits.  After 5 innings. the home team Red Hawks were up 1-0. Brunin started the 6th inning and the defense fell apart in the top of the 6th inning. The defense allowed 7 runs on only 3 hits but had 4 errors. Going into the bottom of the 6th inning the visitors took the lead 7-1. The Red Hawks would not give up.  They picked up 2 runs in the 6th inning and Petty and Lizardo held the opponents scoreless in the top half of the 7th inning leaving the score 7-3 going into the Red Hawks last at bats. Lizardo starting the inning by hitting a hard ground ball to 3rd base and reaching first, following by a sharp single by Snoeyink, then another single by Brunin left the score 7-4. A pitch then hit Campione, leaving bases loaded. Zain was then also hit by a pitch, bringing in Snoeyink to make the score 7-5. Knauf then hit a bloop single to bring in Brunin, making the score 7-6.  After a strikeout and a great diving catch by the opposition, it was bases loaded and 2 outs.  Bailey Drake then hit a sharp ground ball base hit to score Campione, which tied the game.  The game ended that way, as the couldn’t muster 1 more run.  

Coach Greenland was extremely proud of the fight the fine young men had and they never gave up. “We had 1 bad half inning and had more errors in that half inning than then we have had all year,” said Coach Greenland. “But the boys never gave up in their last 2 at bats and that shows a lot of grit and determination to never give up in baseball and life.”

The JV baseball team has conference match ups with Forest Hills Central this week. Watch for those results in next week’s paper.

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CS JV baseball season gets under way

After a few game cancellations before spring break, the Cedar Springs JV baseball team finally took the field for four games during the week of April 8. 

JV Baseball team gets together after picking up win Friday night at Lowell. Courtesy photo.

They opened the season Monday, April 9, with an 11-3 non-conference win against Grant. New coaches Matthew Greenland and Kevin McDonald were happy with the play of the young men for the first game of the year. The coaching staff decided on a pitching by committee for the game. Dylan Knauf, Aiden Brunin, William Zain, Gage Haywood and Logan Petty all pitched in the game. William Zain let the team with 2 hits in the contest, Logan Petty, Jeremy Campione, Dylan Knauf, Gage Haywood, Alec McDonald and Issac Rypma each having a hit.

OK White Conference play opened immediately after with a home double-header contest with Lowell on April 10. During the first game, Dylan Knauf pitched well but the Red Hawks could not get bats going against a good Lowell team and lost the first game 6-2.  

Trenton Snoeyink started Game 2 of the double header against Lowell and he pitched 5 strong innings. At the end of 5 innings, the game was called due to darkness and was tied 2-2 in the top of the 6th inning.  

The team then traveled to Lowell on Friday, April 12, to Lowell to complete the season series and complete game 2. Logan Petty got the pitching going for the continuation game and pitched great. The game was still deadlocked 2-2 after 7 innings.  The Red Hawks then had a bad half inning allowing 4 runs in the top of the 8th inning, and lost game 2 of the series 6-2.  

The third and final game of the series was well played on both sides with mistake-free baseball. The Red Hawks were down 2-1 thru 4 innings. In the top of the 5th, Issac Rypma had a great at bat and drew a walk. Gage Haywood then pinch ran for Rypma, and that’s when Coach Greenland went to small ball. Great bunts by McDonald and Snoeyink led to bases loaded. Campione drew another timely walk making the score 2-2. Zain then hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Snoeyink to take the lead 3-2. The Red Hawks picked up an insurance run in the 7th and picked up the win in the game 4-2. Freshmen Aiden Brunin pitched a complete game, a 2-hitter. There was great overall defense by the team including a great diving foul ball catch by Anthony Lizardo. In the series, Campione led the team with 3 hits; Zain, Snoeyink, Rypma, and Brunin had 2 hits each; and Mcdonald had 1 hit. 

At the end of opening week, the JV baseball team stands at 2-2. Coach Greenland was pleased with the first week of baseball. “I am extremely happy with our pitching and defense to start the season. The hitting will come; it’s a long season and we need to stay healthy.” 

Before the season started, the team lost Dylan Greenland for the season and Gage Haywood is battling some early arm soreness. “Like any team with injuries, we’re going with the next man up mentality,” he said. 

“We are looking forward to a great season with high expectations for these fine young men. We have 5 games gain next week and it’s time to go to work.”

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