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Red Hawks JV baseball ends season

JV baseball team in the dugout at Forest Hills.

Due to weather delays and cancellations, the JV baseball team was only able to play Greenville twice last week, on Thursday, May 23, and then took on Forest Hills Central on Friday, May 24.

In game one against Greenville, Kyle Wise pitched a great game, striking out six in the 8-2 victory. At the plate, the Red Hawks were led by Connor Ellison, Trenton Snoeyink, Dylan Knauf, Jeremy Campione and Willy Zain with two hits each. Lucas Secord and Dylan Greenland each had hits as well.  

In game two the boys lost 8-4. Colton Moore and Trenton Snoeyink struggled a bit on the mound. Clyde Dykhouse had a pair of hits, as did Knauf and Zain.  Gage Haywood and Dylan Greenland each had hits. Though they hit the ball well, the hits didn’t come at the right times during the game.

On Friday, the boys drew Forest Hills Central in the first round of their end-of-the-year conference tournament. Throughout the game our boys collected nine total hits, led by Trenton Snoeyink with two. Ellison, Knauf, Zain, Greenland, Campione, Moore and Wise each had hits also. Connor Ellison pitched a great game on the mound, taking a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the 7th. A pair of walks, followed by a string of hits led to a 4-3 walk off victory for the Rangers, effectively ending the JV season for Cedar Springs.  

All in all, the boys’ record was 13-13-1. Like many sports seasons this one was full of ups and downs. The boys learned a lot and played some great baseball against some pretty tough opponents. The outlook on the future is bright as a quality group of sophomores will head off to varsity next season, and the talented freshmen will look to improve upon this record next season.

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Rockford Area Kids Triathlon

The 14th Annual Rockford Area Kids Triathlon is set to be held on Saturday July 14, 2018 at the Rockford High School.  Races will start at 9:00am and participants should arrive an hour before race time.

This is a swim/bike/run event for children age 2-17 sponsored by the Rockford Department of Public Safety, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, and the Michigan State Police. The purpose of the Kids Triathlon is not only to promote physical fitness to our children, but to give them positive alternatives to drugs and alcohol through athletic competition 

Every participant will receive a t-shirt, medal, and participation certificate.  The top three boys and girls in each age group will receive a trophy.  The cost of this race is $20.00 and all proceeds from this event will benefit the Michigan Special Olympics.  The following is a list of races, start times, age groups and the distances they will be performing in:

A 9:00am 16-17 400 yds 6 miles 3 miles
A 9:00am 14-15 400 yds 6 miles 3 miles
B 10:00am 12-13 200 yds 4 miles 2 miles
C 10:30am 10-11 200 yds 4 miles 2 miles
D 11:00am 8-9 100 yds 2 miles 1 mile
E 11:30am 6-7 100 yds 2 miles 1 mile
F 12:00pm 0-5 1 length 100 yds 100 yds

Awards will be presented at approximately 12:45pm.

For any questions or to register for this race please contact F/Lt Kevin Sweeney of the Michigan State Police at 517-719-1195 or by email at sweeneyk@michigan.gov   

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JV Red Hawks split double header


Clyde Dykhouse and Colton Moore getting ready in the field.

On May 17, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks JV baseball team traveled to Big Rapids to take on the Cardinals in a double header.  

In game one, Connor Ellison pitched a great game, striking out 7 while only walking 1. One costly error in the final inning cost the Red Hawks the victory as they lost 5-3. The Hawks scattered 7 hits throughout. Colton Moore, Willy Zain, Kyle Wise, Clyde Dykhouse, Dylan Greenland, Lucas Secord and Dylan Knauf each contributed.  

In game two Colton Moore and Dylan Knauf divided the pitching duties in the 7-5 victory. The Cardinals came out pounding the baseball, but the boys threw strikes and were able to keep them off balance. The defense made a few great plays as well. Knauf and Zain led the team at the plate with two hits apiece. Wise, Dykhouse, Jeremy Campione and Trenton Snoeyink each had hits as well.  

The JV are now 12-11-1 and will wrap up their season with a three game series with Greenville, followed by a conference tournament next week.

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Team wins Cherry Capital Cup championship

Pictured above: Bottom Row (Left to Right):  Avery Lake, Molly Wierstra, Madison Viau, Madison Reyburn, Ella Peck; Middle Row (Left to Right):  Kelsi Green, Stella Malon, Molly Perez, Sienna Wolfe, Reagan Viau, Madelyn Carnes, Gabrielle Christie, Olivia Williams, Adrianna Newhof; Back Row: Coaches Michael Viau, Steve Malon, Chad Lake

This past weekend (May 19-20) the CASSA Tri-Hawks U12 girls team participated in the Cherry Capital Cup Tournament in Traverse City in the Silver Division and came away winners.

The tournament bracket consisted of two pools. The champion from each pool goes onto the championship game. Two games were played on Saturday, where the girls came out with decisive 2-0 wins in both games and against Michigan Fire Juniors and TASC.  

Sunday started out just as successful with a 4-0 win over Cadillac Crush to set up a championship game with Michigan Legends FC from Brighton. The girls fought hard through a very physical game that was tied at the end of regulation, which leads to two 5-minute overtime periods. The Tri-Hawks scored early off a corner kick in the first 5-minute session, which led to the eventual final score of 1-0 to take home the championship.  

To go through four games in a tournament without giving up a single goal is an amazing accomplishment and can’t be done without great teamwork, effort, and soccer ability. The coaches and parents are very proud of this group that have many girls that have played together for 3-plus years from multiple schools in the area and have had continued success against increasing competition to build up to this achievement. We look forward to continue to see these girls on the pitch in the future! 



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MHSAA adopts revised transfer regulation at spring meeting



The adoption of major changes to the Michigan High School Athletic Association transfer regulation was among notable actions taken by the Representative Council during its annual Spring Meeting, May 6-7, in Gaylord.

The Spring Meeting of the 19-member legislative body of the Association’s more than 1,400 member schools is generally the busiest of its three sessions each year. The Council considered 29 committee proposals and dealt with a variety of eligibility rule, postseason tournament and operational issues.

The revised transfer regulation will go into effect for the 2019-20 school year, based on a student-athlete’s sports participation during 2018-19. The new transfer rule will make transferring student-athletes ineligible for one year in any sport played during the previous year at the previous school—unless that student-athlete’s situation fits one of the current 15 exceptions that allow for immediate eligibility. However, the revised transfer regulation also allows that transferring student-athlete immediate eligibility in any other MHSAA-sponsored sport not participated in during that previous year at the previous school.

 The additions to the transfer rule received vast support from member schools in surveys leading up to the Council’s vote.

 “We are hopeful this ‘sport-specific’ transfer rule will be easier to understand, and therefore, more consistently enforced,” MHSAA Executive Director John E. “Jack” Roberts said. “This rule better addresses the changing landscape of transfers, hopefully dissuading those considering moving for athletic reasons while still allowing a full range of sports for those who do switch. It may seem like a punishment to some, but the new rule is actually more permissive for many transfer students, and we saw growing support for these changes from our schools since we began discussing this proposal a year ago.”

To read about other changes made at the spring meeting, read the entire article at https://www.mhsaa.com/News/Press-Releases/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/7243/MHSAA-Representative-Council-Adopts-Revised-Transfer-Regulation-at-Spring-Meeting.

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WAAAM wrestlers place at state finals

These Cedar Springs wrestlers competed at the WAAAM state finals earlier this month. Courtesy photo.

On Sunday, May 6, nine boys from Cedar Springs competed at the Wrestling Amateur Athletic Association (WAAAM) State wrestling competition at Battle Creek Lakeview High School.

Maston Wood took a 1st place; Cole Hacck took a 3rd; James Joldersma took 7th; Aaron Smith took 5th; David Erxleben took 5th; Westley Wentworth took 6th; Ben Brunner took 2nd; Trevor Marsman took 1st; and Andrew VanGessel took a 3rd place.

“These boys have worked hard all season and made a big Improvement throughout the season. We are so proud of all the accomplishments they made and can’t wait for next season,” said Coach Nick Emery.

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Three new sports added to the Meijer State Games 

Footgolf is one of three new sports added to the Meijer State Games this summer. Photo by FIFG [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Registration is open for most sports 

Grand Rapids, Mich., May 15, 2018 — The Meijer State Games of Michigan will showcase three new sports at the 2018 Summer Games. The three sports that will be added to the Summer Games lineup this year are: Footgolf, BB Gun/Air Rifle/Air Pistol and Archery Tag. The Meijer State Games of Michigan is now offering over 40 sports in this year’s event lineup.

Archery Tag will take place on Saturday, June 16, at East Kentwood High School (6230 Kalamazoo Ave. SE Kentwood, MI 49508). The shooting sports divisions of BB Gun, Air Rifle and Air Pistol will take place on Saturday, June 23, at the Grand Rapids Rifle and Pistol Club (1331 Nagel Ave SW Wyoming, MI 49509). Footgolf will take place at Stormy Creek Footgolf Course on Sunday, June 24 (3450 36th St Kentwood, MI 49512).

Footgolf sport director, Mirza Causevic, talked about the addition of footgolf to the Meijer State Games of Michigan. “Footgolf is a twist of golf and soccer, which I think will draw interest from all age groups.” “Participants can expect to play 18 holes with a soccer ball, in a competitive environment.”

Ron Carr will be running this year’s shooting events.

“There are three new shooting divisions being introduced to the summer games, and I think this will be appealing to people who want to get in the shooting range, be competitive and have some fun,” said shooting sports director, Ron Carr. “I’m eager to see more shooting sports in the State Games, and I’m honored to be able to coordinate this event.”

Registration is now open for most sports. There is an estimated 8,000+ athletes participating in over 40 sporting events in this year’s Summer Games. For more information about registration, please visit www.stategamesofmichigan.com/summer-games-sports-lineup/. Registration is located on each sports page.

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JV Baseball loses to Northview


The Cedar Springs Red Hawks JV baseball team played a three game set against Northview last week.  

Games 1 and 2 were played Monday, May 7.  Game 1 went nine innings with Northview coming out on top 9-8. Connor Ellison and Trenton Snoeyink pitched a great game but, again, errors cost the Red Hawks the game. At the plate, Gage Haywood, Dylan Greenland, and Willy Zain each had two hits. Snoeyink, Ellison and Dylan Knauf each had a hit as well. The boys had several chances to win the game, leaving 10 runners on base throughout the game.  

In game 2, errors cost them again as Colton Moore took the mound. Five errors led to big innings by Northview as they defeated the Red Hawks again 10-2.  Connor Ellison continued hitting the ball well with two hard hits. Jeremy Campione chipped in with two hits as well. Trenton Snoeyink and Dylan Knauf each had a hit.

Game 3 was played on Wednesday, May 9. Kyle Wise, Willy Zain and Jeremy Campione shared time on the mound. The Wildcats of Northview hit the ball well, scoring 18 runs. The Red Hawks managed 8 runs on 8 hits, led by Connor Ellison with two. Snoeyink, Campione, Secord, Greenland, Knauf and Dykhouse each had hits as well.

It was a long week of fighting illness and injuries, leaving the JV team with an 11-10-1 record. Next is a non-conference week against West Ottawa and Big Rapids.

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MHSAA Representative Council Selects Mark Uyl as Next Executive Director


Mark Uyl

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Mark Uyl, formerly a high school teacher, coach and administrator and currently an assistant director for the Michigan High School Athletic Association and one of the nation’s most respected voices in sports officiating, has been selected as the next executive director of the MHSAA by its Representative Council.

He will succeed retiring Executive Director John E. “Jack” Roberts in August. Roberts, who has served as executive director since the fall of 1986, announced his retirement April 24.

Uyl (pronounced yule), 44, joined the MHSAA staff in January 2004 and coordinates the Association’s nearly 10,000 officials in addition to serving as director of baseball and administrator of the MHSAA’s catastrophic and concussion care insurance plans. He also has served as director of cross country and wrestling during his tenure.

As assistant director, Uyl was instrumental as the MHSAA became the first state high school athletics association to offer concussion care insurance, which provides gap coverage to assist in covering costs for athletes who are injured while participating in MHSAA-sponsored sports. As an official himself, Uyl has worked to build a stronger relationship with those working high school events that has included an increase in training and support. As a sport director, Uyl has sought to create the best experiences for Michigan high school teams, including with the move of the MHSAA Baseball and Softball Finals to Michigan State University in 2014.

“The foundation built here by Jack Roberts over the last 32 years is the strongest in the country, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead our staff in building on that foundation,” Uyl said. “There will be many ways we’ll continue to protect the same values of educational athletics, while also looking for new ways and new opportunities to best serve the students and our member schools in Michigan.”

In addition to his full-time MHSAA duties, Uyl has officiated collegiate baseball since 1997 and is regarded as one of the best at that level. In addition to umpiring major conference baseball all over the United States, Uyl was part of the crews for the 2014 and 2017 College World Series. He also officiated college football for 12 years with several NCAA postseason assignments, and did serve as coordinator of officials for the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association. He was registered with the MHSAA for at least three sports beginning in 1992 and worked the Baseball Finals in 1999.

Additionally, Uyl served on the board of directors of the National Association of Sports Officials (NASO) from 2012-15 and as its chairperson during his final year. Currently, he serves as the high school representative on the Officiating Development Alliance (ODA), which consists of the supervisors of officials for the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, CFL, MLS and NCAA Division I sports.

The Council made its decision at the conclusion of its annual Spring Meeting on May 7 in Gaylord. Uyl will become only the fifth full-time executive in the MHSAA’s 94-year history, following Charles E. Forsythe (1931-42, 1945-68), Allen W. Bush (1968-78), Vern L. Norris (1978-86) and Roberts.

“Mark has spent the past 14 years as a highly effective assistant director for the MHSAA,” said Representative Council President Scott Grimes, who serves as Assistant Superintendent of Human Services for Grand Haven Area Public Schools. “He is a proven leader in the organization committed to providing outstanding service to both internal and external constituents. The positive relationships he has fostered with school administrators will help make this a very smooth transition.”

Prior to his time at the MHSAA, Uyl first taught and coached and then served as athletic director and assistant principal at Middleville-Thornapple Kellogg High School, the latter from 2001-03. Before becoming an administrator there, Uyl served as athletic director at Caledonia High School in 2000-01.

During his tenure as an assistant director at the MHSAA, Uyl also served a four-year term on the Baseball Committee for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

“Mark was the obvious choice to become the next executive director of the MHSAA,” Roberts said. “Mark has the proper student-focused perspective of educational athletics, excellent person-to-person communications skills and a deep practical understanding of what is happening day to day in school sports in our state and nationally.”

Uyl graduated from Caledonia High School in 1992, and from Calvin College in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in history and physical education. He later received a master’s in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University. At Calvin, Uyl was a four-year starter on the baseball team, earning all-conference honors twice and serving as team captain.

Uyl resides in DeWitt with his wife Marcy, an accomplished educator and coach who has served as a high school varsity basketball coach since 1994. They have three children: Jackson (17), Grant (15) and Madison (11).

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,500 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract more than 1.4 million spectators each year.

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JV baseball loses to FHC, beats Belding

JV Red Hawk Baseball players Colton Moore, Lucas Secord, and Dylan Knauf warming up before a game.

The JV Red Hawk baseball team ran into a talented group of ballplayers when they faced off against the Rangers of Forest Hills Central last week. Cedar Springs dropped the three game set 12-2, 12-6 and 12-4. Pitchers struggled throwing strikes at times and defensive errors allowed the Rangers to put together a big inning in each of the three games. 

The Red Hawks hit the ball well but, again, left many runners on base. Caden Vandenberg led the Hawks at the plate with 6 hits, three of them doubles.  Jeremy Campione and Trenton Snoeyink each had 5 hits in the series. Dylan Knauf and Connor Ellison each had 3 hits, while Willy Zain and Dylan Greenland added a pair of hits each. Clyde Dykhouse, Kyle Wise and Jerome Patin also each had a hit.  

On Friday, May 4, the boys traveled to Belding for a non-conference double header. In game one they got a strong performance from Dylan Knauf and Connor Ellison. Trenton Snoeyink, Lucas Secord and Willy Zain led the team at the plate with a pair of hits each. Jeremy Campione added a triple while Dylan Greenland, Gage Haywood and Clyde Dykhouse also had hits. The final score was 9-0.

In game two, Belding came out swinging but were no match for the Zain/Greenland combination on the mound. Walking only one batter, the boys allowed their defense to make plays and pick up their eleventh win of the season with a final score of 17-7. Connor Ellison led the team at the plate with four hits, one of them a triple. Campione added another triple. Snoeyink continued hitting the ball well with three more hits. Willy Zain had a pair of hits as well. Dylan Greenland, Clyde Dykhouse and Dylan Knauf each had a hit as well.  

Overall the JV team is 11-7-1 on the season. They’ll play three against a tough Northview team this week.

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