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Freshman and JV Volleyball hit the court

 

The JV Volleyball girls traveled to Reeths Puffer for a tournament this past Saturday, where they advanced to the semifinals and finished 3-2 on the day. While they were defeated in the semifinals match against Reeths Puffer, they greatly improved their team play by supporting each other on the court and communicating, elements that had been lacking prior to the tournament.

With the team suffering from injuries, all players stepped up to contribute their best effort. Defensive specialist Kaitlyn Coons led the team in digs with 48, while outside hitter Brooke Morris led the team in kills with 7. Setter Sienna Wight provided 17 set assists and defensive specialists Lindsay Lehman and Cassie Rivard provided solid defense and passes to target throughout each match. Middle hitters Carlee Mouthaan and Holly Scheer led the team in solo blocks with 3 each. Right side hitters Sydnee Jager and Anna Behrenwald stepped in to provide much needed defensive coverage and court awareness.

According to head coach Ashley Fisher, “the girls came together and played as a team, which has been our main goal all season. I am proud of the way they supported each other on the court and the energy they played with throughout each game.”

The next game for the team is an invitational this Saturday, September 20th at Sparta. Their first home game of the season will be Tuesday, September 23rd against Wyoming Park at 5:00pm. Come out and support your Red Hawk Volleyball players!

Freshman volleyball

The season started off with a 5th place finish at the Sparta Invitational where the freshman team lost to Wayland 21-25, 20-25, defeated Kelloggsville 25-9, 25-9 and Fremont 25-17, 25-9 in pool play.  Northview was the opponent in the Gold Bracket quarterfinals and was the winner by scores of 25-13, 25-17 in a close match. The CS freshman team finished 5th out of 12 teams.

The Grand Haven and East Kentwood quads found the Red Hawks coming up short in each of the games against Grand Haven, East Grand Rapids, Grant, East Kentwood, Byron Center and Forest Hills Northern.

The team participated in the Thornapple-Kelloggsville quad and lost to T-K and Byron Center in close matches.  Calvin Christian quad saw the Red Hawks playing Holland West Ottawa, host Calvin Christian and Hamilton. Scores were close and the team is improving each match.

On Saturday, September 6, the team was at the Muskegon Reeths Puffer Tournament. In pool play Grand Haven defeated the Red Hawks 25-14 and 25-16. Zeeland East also defeated the Hawks by scores of 25-19 and 26-24 in very close matches. The Red Hawks were placed in the semifinals of the Silver Bracket and defeated Union by scores of 25-15 and 25-19. Kenowa Hills was the opponent in the finals and ended up winning by close scores of 26-24 and 25-17.

The following week, the Red Hawks traveled to Kenowa Hills and defeated the Knights 25-22 and 25-20.

Scoring leaders include Carly Hyder with 31 aces and 21 kills followed by Emilee Pastoor with 25 aces, 25 assists and 10 kills. Maddie Nichols has served up 17 aces and Rachel Bowers has 17 kills to date.  Other players have contributed with solid defense and serving when called upon.

League action starts on Tuesday September 23, at home against Wyoming, with the action starting at 5:00 for freshman and JV teams followed by the varsity action.

 

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Red Hawks roll over Sparta in second week showdown 44-6

The Red Hawk Defense hard at work in Sparta. Photo By Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Red Hawk Defense hard at work in Sparta. Photo By Kelly Alvesteffer.

Mother Nature proved to be the only thing that could slow down Coach Gus Kapolka’s Red Hawks football team on Friday night, Sept. 5, in Sparta. After a one-hour rain delay, the Red Hawk offense, led by senior Captain Zach Wamser, with two touchdowns and a solid game plan, proved to be too much for the Sparta Spartans, who managed a playoff run in the 2013 season. MavRick Cotton, Taylor VanDyke, Anthony Topolski and Connor Willits all found the end zone throughout the game, as the Red Hawks executed their strategy.

As the offense rolled and skies threatened more rain, the Red Hawk defense controlled the Spartans with a relentless stranglehold that was led by Anthony Topolski’s nine tackles and nine tackle assists, with 18 Red Hawk defenders registering at least one tackle in the stats column for the game, with five tackles for loss and two sacks being counted throughout the night, for the Cedar Springs D.

The special teams play, led by kicker Hunter Larsen, for the Red Hawks, also managed to keep the Spartans at bay, by only allowing 19 return yards, in six kick off opportunities.

The Spartans managed a touchdown late in the game, with Nick Yeck breaking free in the fourth quarter to put up six points for Sparta.

This week, the Red Hawks will host Belding at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Please come out to beautiful Red Hawk stadium and support your Red Hawks!

 

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Tennis team wins one, loses one last week

Red Hawk #3 doubles team Nick Hibbs (freshman) serving the ball and Jared Liggett (sophomore) waiting for the return.

Red Hawk #3 doubles team Nick Hibbs (freshman) serving the ball and Jared Liggett (sophomore) waiting for the return.

The Cedar Springs varsity boy’s tennis team started last week out right with a win. On Tuesday September 2, the Red Hawks traveled to Coopersville for match that resulted in a 5-3 win. The players with winning matches were #2 singles Nick Fennessey, #3 singles Drew French, #4 singles Dylan Kolasa, #1 doubles Karsen Dingman & Austin Nielson and #3 doubles Jared Liggett & Nick Hibbs.

The next day the Red Hawks were back in action again. A home match against a tough Northview team resulted in a 2-6 loss, their first of the season. Players posting a win for the Red Hawks were #3 singles Drew French and #3 doubles Jared Liggett and Nick Hibbs. The Red Hawks put up a great fight with Northview and recorded several close matches, one ending with a third set tie breaker.

“We had great matches against Coopersville and Northview this week,” said Coach Katie Unsworth. “I am very pleased with how the boys are playing this year! We have a solid team with a little bit of depth. The last two years Northview has beat us 8-0. This year the score was 6-2. Northview had to work for their win. Way to go guys!”

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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.

Pass Interference 

Today we’re going to talk about one of the most difficult calls for any football official—pass interference. It’s important to know that whenever a forward pass is thrown beyond the line of scrimmage that both players—the offensive receiver as well as the defender—each have an equal right to make a play on the football.

Now, not all contact will automatically result in a pass interference foul. The official must judge if that early contact before the ball arrives has placed one of the two players at a distinct disadvantage. When that contact does create the disadvantage, you have a foul for pass interference. When the contact is minimal and is simply incidental, no foul has occurred.

Asst. Director Mark Uyl oversees the MHSAA’s officiating efforts, and is an accomplished collegiate official in two sports. He also umpired the NCAA College World Series in 2014.

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We are looking for coaches, parents, students or fans of school sports to write up summaries and/or take photos of games. If you want to see your sport covered in the Post and are willing to devote a little time to the effort, please contact your coach to let him or her know you are volunteering, and then contact us here at the Post for further information and a set of guidelines. We’d love to hear from you! Call Judy at (616) 696-3655, or send an email to cspostjudy@hotmail.com.

 

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Cedar Springs crushes Comstock Park in football debut

Sophomore quarterback Collin Alvesteffer had two interceptions in last week’s win against Comstock Park.

Sophomore quarterback Collin Alvesteffer had two interceptions in last week’s win against Comstock Park.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team started their season off with a bang last Thursday, August 28, by rolling over Comstock Park 50-13.

The Panthers went 12-1 last year, losing only to South Christian in the semifinals. But they were no match for this year’s Red Hawks, who hit the ground running on the Panther’s home turf and never looked back.

An aggressive offense and a strong defensive line worked perfectly in tandem to give the Red Hawks the edge they needed to come out on top.

The Red Hawks dominated the game from the very first drive, scoring only two minutes into the game. They scored twice in the first quarter—once on a run by Kaden Myers, and the second on a run by MavRick Cotton.

They scored three touchdowns in the second quarter. One on a pass from sophomore quarterback Collin Alvesteffer to Cotton, the second on a pass to Myers, and the third was a 35-yard interception by Alvesteffer. He ended up with two interceptions on the night.

The Red Hawks scored again in the third on a run by Cotton, and again in the fourth on a run by Alvesteffer.

The Panthers scored twice—once in the second quarter and once in the third.

Five Red Hawks—Myers, Cotton, Alvesteffer, Anthony Topolski, and Zach Wamser—combined for 340 yards rushing, and Cotton and Myers added another 77 yards in receiving for 417 yards.

They never punted the ball the entire game.

Mlive.com has now ranked Cedar Springs #10 in their Grand Rapids football power poll. The other teams include Rockford, Zeeland West, Lowell, Grand Rapids Christian, Hudsonville, South Christian, Caledonia, West Catholic and East Kentwood.

This week the Red Hawks take on longtime rival the Sparta Spartans at 7 p.m. at Sparta.

 

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Tennis team records two more wins 

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks’ #1 singles Blake Fisk serving the ball to his opponent.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks’ #1 singles Blake Fisk serving the ball to his opponent.

A home match with Grant Public Schools on Wednesday, August 27, resulted in a 5-3 win for the Cedar Springs Red Hawk varsity boys tennis team. #1 singles Blake Fisk (junior), #2 singles Nick Fennessy (senior), #3 singles Drew French (sophomore), #4 singles Dylan Kolasa (sophomore) and #1 doubles Karsen Dingman and Austin Nielson (sophomores) all won their matches.

On Thursday, August 28, the Red Hawks traveled to Fruitport for a match, which led to in an 8-0 win.

Rounding out the roster is junior Ethan Brown and sophomore Jonathon Baculy at #2 doubles; sophomore Jared Liggett and freshman Nicholas Hibbs at #3 doubles; and sophomore Timothy Shovan and junior Jesse Empie at #4 doubles.

Coach Katie Unsworth has confidence in her young team. “So far we are off to a positive start to our season! We took first place as a team in the Sparta Invitational and won both of our dual matches against Grant and Fruitport. We are looking forward to a strong, successful season with 10 returning players and two new team players (Hibbs and Empie) who seem to be natural tennis players!” she said.

 

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CS tennis wins Sparta invitational

Doubles team Jon Baculy serving the ball and Ethan Brown ready for a return from the opposing team.

Doubles team Jon Baculy serving the ball and Ethan Brown ready for a return from the opposing team.

Red Hawk tennis team with first place trophy.

Red Hawk tennis team with first place trophy.

The Cedar Springs boys’ varsity tennis team took first place at the Sparta Invitational on Wednesday, August 20.
Singles and doubles team members played matches against Sparta, Coopersville and Fremont to gain their first place finish. According to scores reported at MLive.com, Cedar finished with 17 points, Sparta came in second with 15, Coopersville, 12, and Fremont, 3.
Taking wins in the finals for Cedar Springs were Nick Fennessy, #2 singles; Drew French, #4 singles; and #2 doubles Jon Baculy and Ethan Brown.
This year’s tennis team, coached by Katie Unsworth and Assistant coach Mike Gariepy, consists of 12 players: senior Nick Fennessy; juniors Ethan Brown, Jesse Empie, and Blake Fisk; sophomores Jon Baculy, Carson Dingman, Drew French, Dylan Kolasa, Jared Liggett, Austin Nielson, and Tim Shovan; and freshman Nick Hibbs.

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Rule changes for fall high school sports

Each year, the Michigan High School Athletic Association seeks to improve the safety of high school athletes. Below are some rules changes in fall sports.
Football
Rules were added restricting targeting of opponent and illegal helmet contact with defenseless players, with both resulting in 15-yard penalties. Targeting is defined as taking aim at an opponent with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulder to initiate contact above the shoulders and with an intent beyond making a legal tackle or block, or playing the ball. A defenseless player can be considered one no longer involved in a play, a runner whose progress has been stopped, a player focused on receiving a kick or a receiver who has given up on an errant pass, or a player already on the ground.
Roughing-the-passer fouls now will result in an automatic first down in addition to the previous 15-yard penalty.
On kickoffs, the kicking team must have at least four players on either side of the kicker, and no kicking team players except for the kicker may line up more than five yards behind the free-kick line. These changes were made to improve safety by balancing the kicking formation and shortening the potential run-up by kicking team players heading down the field to tackle the ball carrier.
A number of significant rules changes will go into effect for other fall sports:
Cross country
In cross country, the ban on wearing jewelry has been lifted (and also for track and field in the spring). The National Federation of State High School Associations deemed the ban unnecessary in these two sports because there is little risk of injury with minimal contact between competitors. Elimination of the rule will allow officials to further focus on the competition.
Soccer
In soccer, Michigan has adopted the National Federation rule stating home teams must wear solid white jerseys and socks, with visiting teams in dark jerseys and socks (dark defined as any color contrasting white). Also, officials may now wear green and blue shirts in addition to red and black as alternates to the primary yellow shirt with black pinstripes.
Also for soccer, both field players and goalkeepers must now leave the field when injured and the referee has stopped the clock. Previously, an injured goalkeeper was not required to leave the game when the referee stopped the clock; going forward, the keeper must be replaced.
Swimming and diving
In swimming and diving, one change affects the beginning of races and another impacts a specific event. The use of starter’s pistols is now prohibited; starters must use an alternative sounding device to start races. Additionally, in the backstroke, a swimmer may not submerge his or her entire body after the start except for during turns. The swimmer must remain on or above the water surface on the finish, eliminating the abuse of submerging well before touching the wall. This change also applies to the finish of the backstroke leg of the individual medley.

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