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Rocket Football

 

Rocket Football schedule for next week Saturday, October 1, for grades 3-6. Home games are at Skinner Field.

GAME 4 – October 1st (Red Flannel Day)
Time Venue CS Team Coach Opponent FD on Duty
9:00AM HOME CS Team 2 Egan vs Sparta Team 1 Kip/Nien
10:30AM HOME CS Team 4 Austin vs Sparta Team 3 Kiphart
12:00PM HOME CS Team 6 Lange vs Kenowa Hills Team 1 Nien/Dew
1:30PM HOME CS Team 8 Kiphart vs Sparta Team 1 Deweese
3:00PM HOME CS Team 1 Castle vs Big Rapids Team 1 Dew/Kip
4:30PM HOME CS Team 3 Slager vs Big Rapids Team 2 Kiphart
6:00PM HOME CS Team 5 Crouch vs Big Rapids Team 1 Kiphart
7:30PM HOME CS Team 7 Dipiazza vs Big Rapids Team 2 Kiphart

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Girls volleyball starts conference action

 

Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball played a terrific conference opening match on Tuesday night (Sept. 13) against Lowell, with the Red Arrows prevailing in the three set match on their home floor. Lowell took the sets 19-25, 18-25 and 16-25.

The Red Hawks were led by senior setter Ali Sparling, who put up a strong all around performance with 5 kills, 8 assists, 4 blocks and 7 digs.  Sydney Plummer followed with 3 kills, 3 aces, 8 digs and an assist while Lauren Kostus added 2 kills, 5 service points and 3 aces.  Sienna Wight tallied 6 service points, 2 aces, 1 block and 4 assist while Libero Kaitlyn Coons had 15 digs on the night.

The second conference match on Thursday evening, September 15, at Greenville High School, brought a disappointing three set loss:  19-25, 18-25 and 8-25. Senior Brooke Morris supplied a match high 6 kills and 3 blocks, while freshman Lauren Kostus tallied 5 kills, 7 digs, and a block. Sydney Plummer added 5 kills, 10 digs and 2 aces. Ali Sparling recorded 10 assists, while Sienna Wight had 9. Kaitlyn Coons led the defense with 18 digs.

The Girls Varsity team moves to an overall 1-5-2 record, and drops to 0-2 in the conference.  Their next matches are both home, hosting Ottawa Hills Tuesday evening and Forest Hills Northern on Thursday night.

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Middle School football schedule

 

Middle school football is back! Gate fee: $3.00 adult and $2.00 per student. Rocket football players with jersey get in free.

Game times: 7th grade 5:00 p.m., 8th grade 6:30 p.m.

See schedule for next Wednesday, September 28, below:

Week          Date                Venue                Opponent

3            September 28         Cedar Springs     Kenowa Hills

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Red Hawks snag first conference win

 

By Maddie Nichols

The Red Hawks traveled to Greenville’s Legacy Field last Friday, September 9, for their first conference game of the season. After a well fought game, Cedar Springs ended the night with a win of 17-3.

The game started with a spark when junior John Todd returned the kick and made a long run to Greenville’s 37-yard line. Soon after, senior Jacob Hooker made a short run in for a touchdown with 10 minutes and 23 seconds left of the first quarter. The two point conversion failed, but the Hawks got the lead they needed making it 6-0 right away. Cedar continued to shut down Greenville with tackles by seniors Austin Ellis and Jaron Spencer. With only a little over a minute left of the first quarter, senior Dustin Shaw kicked a 34-yard field goal to increase the lead to 9-0 Red Hawks. Tackles at the end of the quarter by sophomore Ryan Ringler and seniors Jaron Spencer and Dustin Shaw prevented Greenville from getting any points.

Going into the second quarter, Jacob Hooker recovered a fumble and got the crowd roaring when he landed the ball on the 12-yard line. Hooker carried the ball the next few plays until it was 4th down on the 1-yard line. Senior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer then made an unusual touchdown by climbing over his teammates’ backs and crossing the ball over into the end zone. The two-point conversion from Alvesteffer to senior Dylan Ostrom-Howell was good, upping the score to 17-0 with 8 minutes left in the first half. Runs by Todd, Hooker, and Ringler kept the momentum going while important tackles by Alvesteffer, Ellis, and junior Nate Patin kept the Yellow Jackets from scoring.

In the second half, Cedar’s defense stepped up to maintain the lead they had. Although there were some close calls, Cedar held them off from making any runs into the end zone. Ringler, Alvesteffer, Shaw, Todd, sophomore Lucas Pienton and senior Austin Basso all made major tackles as the Yellow Jackets closed in on the one yard line. Towards the very end of the third quarter, Greenville kicked a field goal to make the score 17-3.

The Red Hawks continued with a strong defense in the fourth quarter. With huge tackles by Todd, Ryan Ringler, senior Fred Rutledge, Patin, Basso, junior Jordon Lyon, Pienton, and senior Jordan Ringler, the Yellow Jackets struggled to get close to a touchdown. Although there was no scoring by the Hawks, there were still some great runs by Ryan Ringler, Todd, Ostrom-Howell, Hooker, and Jordan Ringler to finish off the game 17-3.

Cedar Springs had 181 yards on the ground. Leading rushers were John Todd, with 60 yards on nine carries; Jacob Hooker with 46 yards on 12 carries; and Collin Alvesteffer with 24 yards on 11 carries.

Cedar Springs is now 1-0 in conference and 2-1 overall.

The Red Hawks have their Homecoming game this coming Friday, September 16, against Northview. Game time is 7 p.m. Come on out and cheer on your Red Hawks!

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Soccer team pulls out victory as ONE

s-soccer1s-soccer2Being part of a team means sacrificing yourself for what is best for those around you. This year, the Cedar Springs boys soccer program is finding out what that means on and off the field. The idea of coming together as ONE has meant more to these players than ever before. After their teammate #1, Brison Ricker, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in the late months of 2015, their goal became very clear; be one. This means more than simply playing together on a soccer field. For the Cedar Springs boys soccer program, this means honoring Brison by exemplifying the qualities that he showed on the field and continues to show every day in his battle against cancer. Being ONE means showing perseverance, positivity, high work ethic, and an unconquerable spirit on and off the field.

Any coach will tell you that success begins to happen when everything your team has worked for culminates in a game. On Thursday, September 8, this happened for the Cedar Springs boys soccer program when they traveled to Greenville High School. At half time the Varsity scoreboard showed a 2-0 deficit against the Red Hawks. Heads were hanging and spirits were low as the half-time whistle blew. When the second half began, they stepped on the field with 40 minutes on the clock. The team had a choice; Give up, or work. They decided to make a conscious decision to try to come together as ONE. In a hard fought battle for the next forty minutes, each player began to discover what ONE truly meant for them. Things like grit, passion, sacrifice, leadership, and unity suddenly became real. When the final whistle blew, their grit and sacrifice paid off. The team was able to pull off a 3-2 victory over Greenville High School after coming from behind 2-0.

“The players from both the JV and Varsity soccer teams walked away on Thursday night with more than just a win,” said Kyle Avink, Varsity Soccer Coach. “They walked away with a new meaning for what it meant to be part of a team. They have begun to truly understand the sacrifice it takes to be ONE. They showed that no matter what they face, together they are strong…Rickerstrong.”

#one #Rickerstrong

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Be the referee: Concussions 

 

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

In all contact sports, the biggest issue of the day continues to be concussions. Game officials play a vital role in keeping athletes safe on the field, court, ice and mat. While officials are never placed in the position to diagnose a possible concussion, the officials can often see when a player first becomes injured. When that possible injury is noticed by an official, all game rules require the contest be stopped and the student is evaluated by the school’s health care team. It then becomes the call of the school to determine if the player has suffered a possible concussion. If yes, the player is out for at least the rest of that day. If no, the player can return to the contest.

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.

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Rocket Football

 

Rocket Football for grades 3-6 is back! Listed below are the games for next week Saturday, September 24.  Home games are at Skinner Field.

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Middle School football schedule

Middle school football is back! Gate fee: $3.00 adult and $2.00 per student. Rocket football players with jersey get in free.

Game times: 7th grade 5:00 p.m., 8th grade 6:30 p.m.

See schedule for next Wednesday, September 21, below:

Week: 2

Date: September 21

Venue: Wyoming

Opponent: Wyoming

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Hawks end Spartan rivalry with win

Red Hawk Jacob Hooker runs with the ball. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Red Hawk Jacob Hooker runs with the ball. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Maddie Nichols

After playing the Sparta Spartans 65 times in the last 66 years (and probably even longer) the Cedar Springs Red Hawks faced the Spartans for the last time this past Thursday. Sparta had asked to end their contract with Cedar Springs, saying the matchup was not “favorable to Sparta.” In this final rivalry game, Cedar ended the game with a significant 35-7 win.

The Hawks started the game off strong and held off the Spartans. With 4 minutes and 34 seconds left of the first quarter, Red Hawk junior John Todd made a run down the middle and scored Cedar’s first touchdown. After a successful two-point conversion pass from senior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer to another senior, Austin Basso, the Hawks were up 8-0. Cedar kept the lead on the Spartans with some great defensive efforts by sophomore Ryan Ringler and John Todd.

Early in the second quarter, senior Jacob Hooker made a long run in for a touchdown with 10 minutes and 31 seconds left. After a successful extra point, the Hawks were up 15-0. Cedar continued to shut down any of Sparta’s attempts with great tackles by Collin Alvesteffer, John Todd, and Austin Basso. At the end of the first half, the score remained 15-0.

The combined efforts of the offense and defense kept the Red Hawk momentum going in the third quarter. Tackles by junior Nathan Patin, senior Dustin Shaw, sophomore Lucas Pienton, senior Jaron Spencer and senior Thomas Hill kept the Spartans at bay. Runs by Jacob Hooker and pass deflections by Dustin Shaw and Lucas Pienton kept both the team and the fans energized. Ryan Ringler’s incredible 65-yard touchdown and Cedar’s successful point after at the end of third quarter made the score 22-0.

Cedar marched downfield in the fourth quarter with runs by Ryan Ringler, Jacob Hooker, and Collin Alvesteffer. Alvesteffer made a four-yard touchdown run with nine minutes left in the game. The two-point conversion was no good, but Cedar remained on top 28-0. Sparta snuck in a long run and a touchdown with six minutes 44 seconds left in the game, making the game 28-7. Cedar continued to push and Dustin Shaw got a touchdown and point after in with four minutes left, making it 35-7. The Hawks weren’t letting another touchdown go past them and they shut down the Spartans’ offense for the rest of the game.

Coach Gus Kapolka knows the Red Hawks still have some things to work on.

“After a sluggish start, I thought we played much better in the second half,” he said. “I’m disappointed in the number of penalties that we had, so it’s something that we will have to clean up for this week.”

The Red Hawks head to  Greenville to take on the Greenville Yellow Jackets this Friday, September 9, and then will host Northview on Friday, September 16, the first home game of the season.

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Red Hawk Girls golf 

 

The Girl’s Varsity Golf Team shot a 225 at Indian Trails and finished 6th in the OK white jamboree. Courtney Pienta was medalist with a 52, Michaela Tawney 54, Audrie Davis 58 and Mallory Shevock 61 (Carrigan Clark 71, MacKenzie Clark 73). “This was our best team score of the season,” said Coach London. “Our goal is to simply get better as October gets near.”

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