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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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Former CSHS track athlete is national Champion 

Justin Balczak captured the 2015 NCAA Division II decathlon national championship, picking up his second individual national title. Photo by Joe Reinsch, Asuza Pacific University.

Justin Balczak captured the 2015 NCAA Division II decathlon national championship, picking up his second individual national title. Photo by Joe Reinsch, Asuza Pacific University.

Justin Balczak (center) on winner’s stand. Photo courtesy Jeff Myers.

Justin Balczak (center) on winner’s stand. Photo courtesy Jeff Myers.

Grand Valley State University hosted the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships on May 21-23. Former state champion hurdler, Justin Balczak (class of 2011), who attends Azusa Pacific University in California, competed in the decathlon, a grueling two-day event.

The event accumulates points based on how close the decathletes come to the world record mark in each event. Upon the conclusion of each event, the athletes are given 30 minutes to prepare for their next. There is very little mental and physical rest.

On day one, Justin competed in the 100m dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m dash. Balczak posted an 11.37 in the 100; long jumped 23’ 2”; threw the 16lb. shot put 42’ 8”; won the high jump event at 6’ 7.5”; and ran the 400 in 50.36 seconds. After the first day of competition, Justin led the field of 15.

Day two started with the 110m hurdles, followed by the discus, pole vault, javelin, and concluded with the 1500m run. His 14.71 seconds in the hurdles placed him second; he struggled in the discus by throwing 116’ 3”; placed second in the pole vault with a jump of 14’ 11”; threw the javelin 175’ 10”; and finished the 1500 in 4:43.99. His points earned declared him national champion in Division II.

This was Justin’s first outdoor national championship, while he won the heptathlon this past winter. “It’s terribly taxing on the mind and body,” remarked Justin. “You learn that you have to forget the last event and prepare for the next.”

He is coached by former Olympic decathlete, Brian Clay.

In July, Justin will compete in the Pan-American Games in Toronto. With success, he can earn a roster spot on the U.S. National team.

Balczak is a well decorated collegiate athlete. He has earned All-American status four consecutive years competing in indoor track and field (three at Lake Superior State University and one at Azusa Pacific), while being awarded All-American three times in the outdoor season (two at LSSU and his first at A.P.U.). He has one season of eligibility remaining in outdoor track and field.

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Three Red Hawk grads national champs in cheer

(L to R) Brittani Tozer, Heather Howard, and Amber Dunham are part of the Davenport University Cheer Team, which won national championships in both Competitive cheer and Stunt this spring.

(L to R) Brittani Tozer, Heather Howard, and Amber Dunham are part of the Davenport University Cheer Team, which won national championships in both Competitive cheer and Stunt this spring.

Three Cedar Springs High School graduates performed a rare feat—they captured two national championships, in different events, in the same season. Brittani Tozer, Heather Howard, and Amber Dunham, accomplished this in Competitive Cheer and Stunt, as part of the Davenport University Cheer team.

The team won their third national competitive cheer title in a row, after competing on April 9 and 10, in Daytona Beach, Florida. On April 9, 26 teams participated in the preliminaries, with Davenport finishing in the top spot. Half the teams moved on to the finals on April 10, with Davenport performing last. They had a near perfect performance to win the NCA/NDA Division III All Girls Competitive Cheer National Championship.

In May, the team won their first national title in Stunt, in which they have only competed two years. The dates were May 1-3, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The top four schools in each division were invited to participate. The divisions were I and II, and Davenport was rated 2 in Division II. Their challenge was to defeat Oklahoma Central University, who had won this championship three years in a row. The tournament was double-elimination. Davenport defeated Oklahoma Central in the semi-final, and then again in the final.

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Meet the Hawks: Joel Paasch


By Shae Brophy

Meet cornerback Joel Paasch. A 2010 Tri County High School graduate who is originally from “small town” Howard City, MI, Paasch moved around a lot as a kid, but somehow made his way back north. One of the rookies on the team, Joel has always enjoyed playing sports. He played as many sports as possible during school, eventually getting into MMA for about two years, before being able to step back on the field wearing a Hawks jersey.

“Football is where my heart is,” were Joel’s exact words.

His number one idol in life has always been his father. Joel, who is also one of the captains on the team, credits his Dad for the way he helped raise him as a kid, pushing him to be the best he could be and reaching his full potential, and teaching Joel the right morals to become the man he is today.

Outside of football and work, Joel enjoys spending time with his daughter, going to the gym, and spending time with friends and family with a grill.

When asked what his desire to join the Hawks was based on, Joel’s response was simple: “For love of the game.”

Coach David Lange has nothing but good things to say about what Joel brings to this team. “Joel is fun to watch because he is a heavy hitter, and he is always ready to work,” he explained. “Regardless of whether its practice, a game, or a community event, his work ethic is second to none.”

Paasch and the West Michigan Hawks will be in action this Saturday, as they travel to Battle Creek to take on the #3 ranked Battle Creek Coyotes. Fans are invited to make the trip with the team, as they take on their biggest challenge to date. The game will be played at Battle Creek Central High School, located at 100 West VanBuren Street, Battle Creek, MI 49017. We hope to see you come out and support your team!

Shae Brophy is the Media/Public Relations Director for the West Michigan Hawks.

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CTA 5k raises funds for Wounded Warriors


S-CTA-5K2Creative Technologies Academy’s newest after school running program, Girls Charging Ahead, which encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running, held its first 5k on Monday, May 18.

The team consisted of over 20 girls from grades 2nd-6th, many high school volunteers, and the two head coaches, Samantha Liscombe and Amy VanHarten. In connection with the celebration 5k, the girls on the team chose to take pledges to raise money for the Wounded Warriors Foundation, as their team service project. The group raised a total of $1,003.35 for the foundation.

The 5k was held on the portion of the White Pine trail just North of Pine St. There was a huge turnout that consisted of many CTA staff and students as well as family members of the girls on the team.

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West Michigan Hawks profile: David Lange


S-West-Michigan-Hawk-David-Lange-in-his-MRAPBy Shae Brophy

Meet the owner and head coach of the West Michigan Hawks, David Lange. Lange has spent the majority of his life in Cedar Springs, graduating from Cedar Springs High School in 2007. He knew that when the idea of the Hawks came together, Cedar Springs was the only place he wanted to call home for the Hawks.

“When I decided to start this franchise, I knew for a fact that Cedar Springs would be the perfect place,” said Lange. “The love for football in this city is outstanding! The thing that makes me most proud about this city is the amount of support shown by the community.”

Coach Lange has already started the process of creating bonds with the city, as well. The Hawks have been very active in community projects, despite the fact that they have not been around for more than a few months. “It is a requirement to give back to the community if you want to wear the Hawks jersey,” Lange explained. “We have helped with the cleanup along the White Pine Trail, as well as picking up trash along the highway. Our next goal is to help a child who is fighting cancer. Ideally, we would like to raise funds to be able to help with hospital expenses.”

Lange knows a thing or two about giving back. Lange is a veteran of the United States Army, having joined the National Guard in 2007 right out of high school as a 19 Delta Cavalry Scout. In 2009, he decided to transfer to active duty, and was stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While on active duty, he also served a 12-month deployment in Basra, Iraq. “My biggest takeaway from my time in the Army was how important teamwork is. Every mission that was carried out was a team effort. I relied on my teammates as they relied on me to keep one another safe, and to play my role in the mission to be successful. I use these same techniques from the Army and apply them to this football team, in order to build teamwork and trust. Without teamwork and trust, you can never be a successful team.”

When preparing the team for a game, Coach Lange says that there are quite a few advantages of being a first year team. “Nobody really knows what a first year team will be bringing to the table, which makes us very difficult to prepare for. Our guys are really coming together and starting to gel as a team.” Preparation is another one of Lange’s strong points, as you could guess because of who his main idol in life is. “My role model would have to be (UFC fighter) Georges St. Pierre. He is without a doubt a true champion, and a great role model both in the cage, and in life. He strives for excellence, while remaining humble at all times. Nothing but class.”

Every home game for the Hawks this season will be on a Saturday evening, and the West Michigan Hawks would like for you to come out and watch their games! Added Coach Lange, “Our fans are just as much a part of the team as our players. We strive to make our games family friendly, and a fun environment! What better way to spend a Saturday evening than under the lights at a football game!”

The Hawks have completed the non-conference portion of their schedule. They will open the conference portion of their schedule on May 30, against the Battle Creek Coyotes. The game will be played at Harper Creek High School, in Battle Creek, and will begin at 7 p.m. As always, you are encouraged to make the trip with the team to watch West Michigan semi-pro football at its finest!

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Red Hawk boys track takes second at regionals


The Cedar Springs boys track team finished second to Grand Rapids Christian at the Houseman Field regional meet last Friday, May 15. Qualifying for the MHSAA State Finals were: Remington Sawade in the pole vault, MavRick Cotten in the long jump and 110m hurdles, and Austin Sargent in the 1600m and 3200m runs. The state finals will be held on May 30, at Zeeland High School.

Other athletes earning valuable points in the meet were: Jaron Spencer in the discus; Caden Burrows in the shot put and discus; Mike VanAssen in the pole vault; Taylor VanDyke and Nikc Jackson in the high jump; Justin Jones in the 800m run; Alex Douglas in the 110m hurdles; the 400m relay team of Lane Gott, Austin Basso, John Todd and Cotten; and the 4x400m relay team of Sargent, Sawade, Todd and Jones.

The team will move on to the Pioneer and Daily News Invitationals before the individuals conclude their season at the state finals.

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Boys track OK Bronze champions

The Red Hawk boys track team won the OK Bronze Championship last Friday. Courtesy photo.

The Red Hawk boys track team won the OK Bronze Championship last Friday. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks boys track and field team took home the 2015 OK Bronze Conference Championship last week. After securing a number one seed during the dual season by going 5-0, the Hawks defeated the league last Friday at Forest Hills Northern. Final scoring was: Cedar Springs 130.50, Greenville 105.50, FHN 80.75, FHE 80.25, Northview 76 and Wyoming 50. This is their fifth conference title since 2000.

Leading the way for the Hawks was senior Austin Sargent, with a first in the 1600m, 800m, and 3200m runs, and he anchored the winning 4x800m relay team. The other three members of the relay team included senior Justin Jones and juniors Remington Sawade and Brandon Harthorn. Senior MavRick Cotten won both hurdle events, while Sawade was champion in the pole vault.

Earning All-Conference were: Sargent, Cotten, Jones, Sawade, Harthorn and sophomore hurdler Alex Douglas.

Other teammates that captured necessary points were Caden Burrows and Jaron Spencer in the shot put; Mike VanAssen and Brandon Sawade in the pole vault; Nikc Jackson and Taylor VanDyke in the high jump; Dallas Mora in the 3200m run; Jones in the 800m run; Cotten in the long jump; Douglas in both hurdle events; the 4x200m relay team of Jacob Hooker, Paul Mead, Lane Gott and John Todd; the 4x100m relay team of Gott, Austin Basso, Todd and Cotton; and the 4x400m relay team of Gott, Todd, R. Sawade and Jones.

“We struggled out of the gate in the field events. That is typically an area that we are strong at,” commented Coach Jeff Myers. “We didn’t earn the places and points that we expected. Yet, we didn’t panic, and got after it in the hurdles, relays and distance events. Many athletes set personal bests in 14 of the 17 events. All four relays ran their best times of the year.That’s what we focus on here, ‘What can we do to better the team?’ We don’t worry about what the competition is trying to do,” he added.

This week, the Hawks host the JV Conference meet before heading to GR Houseman Field and competing at the MHSAA regional meet.

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