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CASSA U11 wins championship


By Coach Drew Brandimore

The CASSA U11 boys traveled to Kalamazoo to play in the Kingdom Cup tournament September 26-27, 2015. The boys started off the tournament with a tough loss to a very physical team from Hastings, Michigan, 0 to 3. As a coaching staff, we had concern this might set the tone for the balance of the tournament, but we remained optimistic and kept the team focused, as we prepared for our second game on Saturday.

In the second game, we made some position changes and the boys stepped up to pull off a strong win over SCOR 5 to 1. That game changed the path of the tournament for us. We went into our third game with a can do attitude and we started to come together as a team. We won our third game with a score of 5 to 1 over Rapids FC. We came off that field with a renewed confidence in our ability to work hard and play a full game start to finish.

Going into the championship game against the team we lost to in the first game, the boys had a determination to win and prove they are formidable competition. It was a very hard fought game but CASSA U11 Boys came out on top with a win over Hastings 2 to 1. They had come back to win the championship over the team we lost to first round. I must say that both Coach Boyer and I witnessed something special that day. We saw a group of kids come together through hard work, determination, and focus to win a game so they could walk off the field not as individuals but, as a TEAM. The growth we saw from this great group of kids this past weekend was amazing. They truly transformed themselves into a team. We as coaches are privileged to work with these boys and we look forward to their growth individually and as a team for the balance of our season.

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CASSA U13 girls win tournament


The CASSA U13 girls traveled to Traverse City to play in the Autumn Classic Tournament on September 18, where they went 2-1 in the first round. They had a dominating first game, winning 4-0 with great teamwork and all around individual play.
In the second game, they lost a close game 3-2 in the final seconds but came back in the third game with renewed energy and passion to get a 3-0 win to advance to the champion game, where they battled to a 1-0 win.
“Throughout the whole tournament, the girls showed great sportsmanship and teamwork,” said Coach Dan Buchner. “All the hard work they have done since the beginning of the season showed on the field with each of them stepping up their level of play.”

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Be the referee


By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

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.

Playoff selection 

As the regular season reaches the halfway point, the MHSAA begins to look ahead to the five weeks of the football playoffs. Crews and officials are selected at mid-season for the tournament based on a number of factors. Each official receives a rating from both schools following every game worked, and this rating average serves as the starting point for selection with the highest rated crews being considered first. The MHSAA also considers experience of the crew, recommendations for leagues and officials associations, football rule exam score that each official completes, as well as the strength of the schedule the crew has worked during the season. All of these factors are considered when selected the very best officials to work the most important games of the season.

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CS volleyball falls to Greenville, Northview


Cedar Springs Varsity volleyball fell to conference foe Greenville 0-3 Tuesday, September 26, with scores of 16-25, 20-25 and 19-25. The Red Hawks were led in kills by Lauren VanDenHout, with 10, and a match high 240 serve percentage. The senior co-captain also collected a dig and a block. Defensive specialist Lindsey Lehman added 4 service points, 5 digs and 8 serve receives. Libero Kaitlyn Coons had 19 digs, 1 ace and 13 service points.

On Thursday night, October 1, the Lady Red Hawks suffered their 4th conference loss to Northview 0-3, with scores of 18-25, 16-25 and 6-25.  Leading the night was middle hitter Brooke Morris, with 5 kills and 8 total blocks, followed by Brooke Bennett with 3 kills and match high .333 hit percentage, 4 blocks and 2 assists.

The Lady Red Hawks fell to 2-17-2 overall and 0-4 in the OK Gfold Conerence.

Cedar Springs Volleyball traveled to Forest Hills Northern on Tuesday, October 6, and will host Forest Hills Eastern Thursday, October 8. Freshman and JV start at 5 p.m., followed by Varsity.

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Red Hawk golf finishes 5th


The Cedar Springs Varsity Golf team wrapped up the OK Bronze season with a 5th place overall finish.

At Egypt Valley, the Red Hawks carded a 238 to finish 5th. Alyssa Keaton shot a 52 and Michaela Tawney a 56 to lead the way.

“The most exciting shot of the day was from Michaela,” said Coach London. “She holed one from 120 yards out. We could hear her group yell from all around the course.”

At the league tournament, the girls shot a 479 to finish 5th. Alyssa Keaton shot a season best 95 to finish in the top 10. Michaela Tawney shot a 104 (season best), Audrie Davis a 133 and Courtney Pienta a 147.

“I may not have shot well,” said Pienta. “But I think I set a record for lost golf balls.”

The Red Hawks finish their season next week at the State Regional.

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Red Hawks show confidence during come back win

Cedar beat Wyoming 44-28

by Lauren VanDenHout

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks marched on the field hungry for a win last Friday night, September 25. The team found themselves up against a conference foe this game, the Wyoming Wolves. After last week’s game ended in a loss against the Catholic Central Cougars, the Red Hawks were more than ready to claim victory against the Wolves. The game proved to be a fairly even match-up in the first half; however, the Red Hawks persevered and came out on top with a final score of 44-28.

The Hawks situation looked grim in the first quarter. The Wolves were up by 20 points to six. Sophomore John Todd was the only Red Hawk that was able to break through the Wolves’ defense for a 13-yard touchdown.

In the second quarter, junior Jacob Hooker put another touchdown up on the board early for the Hawks. Senior Cameron Umphrey successfully made the two-point conversion. With a score of 20-14, the Red Hawks were beginning to close the lead the Wolves had created in the first quarter. Junior Troy Patin made a 5-yard touchdown, with Umphrey completing the two-point. With six minutes and 38 seconds left, the Hawks now began to step up and put big points on the scoreboard.

In the third quarter, the Red Hawks attacked the Wolves’ end zone. Senior Lane Gott scored a touchdown and the two-point conversion was good by Umphrey. Their strong offensive runs tied the score 28-28.

Adrenaline was running high both on the field and in the stands. The Hawks offensive line became bigger and bolder than before. Todd made a pass interception, allowing Patin to make another touchdown with less than two minutes remaining. Umphrey got the two-point conversion.

The score was now 36-28 leading into the final quarter. After senior Blake Fisher’s pass interception, the Hawks made one last final touchdown by Gott. The final conversion was made by Umphrey.

“The reason for our comeback was that the kids really stayed positive,” said Red Hawk Coach Gus Kapolka. “We were energetic and confident that we would keep scoring. Getting stops on their offense helped us convert them into opportunities.”

The Red Hawks’ next game is this Friday, October, 2, at home once again against Forest Hills Northern at 7:00 p.m. It’s also their 4th annual PINK game.

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Chargers take 2nd in Fremont Cross Country Invitational

CTA Chargers with their 2nd place trophy L to R: Ethan Lehman, Les Miner, Dawson Ingersoll, James Hofstra, Johnathon LeTourneau and Dawson Armstrong.

CTA Chargers with their 2nd place trophy L to R: Ethan Lehman, Les Miner, Dawson Ingersoll, James Hofstra, Johnathon LeTourneau and Dawson Armstrong.

The Creative Technologies Academy Chargers boys cross country team took second in the Fremont Invitational on Sept. 24. Five runners medaled and placed in the top 15, including: junior Ethan Lehman; sophomores Les Miner, James Hofstra, Casen Armstrong; and seventh grader Tony Buchanan.

“For a meet that is known to be our most difficult course of the season to run, we ran it like we have been training on it,” commented Coach Danielle Davies. “I cannot begin to express how proud I am of all of our Chargers.”

Coach Davies encouraged the team to focus on position—rather than time—for the race and saw the team members push themselves to hold their running positions, which brought them out with a second place trophy for their hard work.

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Cedar ties Northview in tennis match

The Cedar Springs varsity boys tennis team traveled to Northview last week for a match, on Wednesday, September 23, that resulted in a 4-4 tie.

Winning courts were #1 singles Blake Fisk, #2 singles Karsen Dingman, #3 singles Drew French and #2 doubles Ethan Brown & Nick Hibbs.

Cedar Springs #3 doubles Jon Baculy following through after a return hit.

Cedar Springs #3 doubles Jon Baculy following through after a return hit.

“The match against Northview turned out to be one of the most competitive matches the boys have had against the Wildcats in four years,” remarked Coach Katie Unsworth. “Relatively easy wins for CS were courts 1, 2 and 3 Singles (Blake Fisk -6-2, 6-2, Karsen Dingman 6-0, 6-0, Drew French 6-0, 6-1). Fighting a little harder for the win was #2 Doubles (Ethan Brown, Nick Hibbs). It’s always an exciting match with these two. They pulled out the win 7-5, 6-2. #1 and #3 Doubles had a tougher time of it but still had incredible match play. #1 Doubles (Dylan Kolasa, Jared Liggett) lost 7-5, 6-3.  #3 Doubles (Jon Baculy, Tim Shovan) had an epic battle stretching the match out to three full sets but were unable to secure a win with a final score of 6-0, 0-6, 6-3.  Dane Conely and Alex Robinson at #4 doubles had a decent match but their competitors were just slightly more seasoned players. Their final score was 6-1, 6-2. Our final conference record this year is 2-2-1. We are looking forward securing 3rd place or better at the conference tournament on Saturday, October 3.”

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Red Hawk volleyball falls to Wyoming

The Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball team suffered defeat on Thursday, September 24, in their opening home conference match against Wyoming, losing 1-3 (24-26, 20-25, 25-23 and 20-25).

Leading the team on the night was Brooke Morris, who tallied 11 kills and 1 block, alongside fellow hitter Sydney Plummer, who had 14 kills, 1 block and 10 digs. Senior co-captain Lauren VandenHout added 9 kills, 2 blocks and 3 aces, while setter Sienna Wight contributed 28 assists. Kaitlyn Coons had 19 digs on the night, while Brooke Bennett tallied 2 aces, 5 service points and an assist. 

The Lady Red Hawks then traveled to Zeeland East to participate in their Varsity Invitational on Saturday, September 26, falling to host Zeeland East 0-2 (14-25 and 11-25), Greenville 0-2 (16-25 and 15-25), Buchanan 1-2 (25-18, 22-25 and 8-15) and Wyoming 0-2 (17-25 and 21-25) resulting in elimination for the day and dropping their overall record to 2-15-2.

The Lady Red Hawks resumed action on Tuesday, September 29 by hosting Greenville, and will host Northview on Thursday, October 1.

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Girls Cross Country team has unity

Baylie Vandyke, Ellie Ovokaitys, Carolanne Merlington, Allyson Marvel, Tara Tepin, Kelsie Webber, Kayla VanAssen, Brooke Ross, Hannah Gibbs. Front: Hannah Heintzelman.

Baylie Vandyke, Ellie Ovokaitys, Carolanne Merlington, Allyson Marvel, Tara Tepin, Kelsie Webber, Kayla VanAssen, Brooke Ross, Hannah Gibbs. Front: Hannah Heintzelman.

This year’s theme for CSHS athletics is unity, and the girl’s cross country team is a great example of it. According to Coach Marie Covey, the team sticks together to support each other’s goals, as well as sharing a common team goal.

“A few of the girls ran at the State Finals last year, and as a team we finished 7th, and they want to return this year,” explained Covey. “It hasn’t been easy for this year’s team; losing last year’s top 2 runners has made things challenging, but the girls stay focused on their goals.”

Covey said that seniors Ellie Ovokaitys, Kelsie Webber, and Allyson Marvel have been leading the pack in races, as well as leadership. Junior Hannah Heintzelman, sophomore Hannah Gibbs, and freshmen Carolanne Merlinton and Baylie Vandyke finish out the top seven. Juniors Tara Tepin and Madisen Mora are veteran team members and add depth, as do seniors Allison Hall and Nadja Jepsen, and juniors Brooke Ross and Kayla VanAssen, all new team members.

Coach Covey says she is impressed with the work ethic of the girls and how much they support one another through their tough workouts. The team is currently positioned fourth in the conference and recently took third at their own invitational. The team will not see competition until Oct. 7, at Riverside Park. The team would love the support of the community at their last home race for the 2015 season at Cedar View Elementary. It is scheduled for Oct. 21 at 4:30. p.m.

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