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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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Girls 1600 meter relay races to conference win

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Varsity Girls Track has had a busy two weeks. They had a close loss to Greenville on Monday, April 27, 71 to 67. Kenzie Weiler lowered her school record in the 800 to 2:17 at the meet and set Yellow Jacket Stadium records in the 800 and 3200 meter runs.

On Saturday, May 2, the team hosted the Red Hawk Team Invite and competed against some of the best teams in Division 1 in the OK Conference. Rockford won with Kenowa Hills in second. Kenzie Weiler lowered her school record in the 1600 meter run to 4:55.69 and set a new meet record and a new Red Hawk Stadium Record. Tara Tepin placed in both hurdles events and Allyson Marvel was fourth in the pole vault.

In the final OK Bronze dual meets of the year, on Monday, May 4, the team defeated Northview and lost to Forest Hills Eastern. Kenzie Weiler, Tara Tepin and Allyson help lead the team, combining for nine first place finishes. The team’s final dual meet record is 4 and 3.

On Friday, May 8, the team competed in the OK Bronze Conference meet at Forest Hills Northern. The team scored 83 points to take fourth in the meet and finished in fourth place overall in the League. Kenzie Weiler earned three conference championships by winning the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, and as a part of the wining 1600 meter relay team. In the most exciting and last race of the night, the 1600 meter relay team of Mackenzie Rudd, Hannah Heintzelman, Mackenzie Weiler and Tara Tepin came from more than 30 meters behind, in the last half of the race, which was capped off by a mad dash down the final 100 meters by Tara Tepin, to catch the Forest Hills Eastern team and win the race. Earning all-conference honors was Kenzie Weiler, Tara Tepin, Hannah Heintzelman, Mackenzie Rudd and Ellie Ovokaitys.

Placers in the Conference meet:

Second: Tara Tepin 100 and 300 hurdles

Third: Allyson Marvel Pole Vault, 400 meter relay team of Kaley Louck, Tara Tepin, Faith Peacock, and Mathilda Stocke and the 3200 meter relay team Mackenzie Rudd, Hannah Heintzelman, Mackenzie Weiler and Ellie Ovokaitys.

Fourth: Ellie Ovokaitys in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run and 800 meter relay team of Kaley Louck, Jenna Zoerman, Faith Peacock, and Mathilda Stocke

Fifth: Allyson Marvel 100 meter hurdles

Sixth: Allyson Marvel 300 meter hurdles

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Red Hawks move to 2-0 in conference action

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The boys track and field team went on the road and handed a tough Forest Hills Northern squad a 73-64 defeat.

“We knew coming into their home place, we had to open up and put up big performances in the field events,” said Coach Jeff Myers. “Our boys responded to the challenge. Not only did we accomplish what we needed in the field events, our depth in the distance and hurdles helped us to victory. We also found ways to earn points in the open sprint events,” he added.

Winning events for the Hawks were: MavRick Cotten in the 100m dash, 110m and 300m hurdles and long jump; Austin Sargent in the 800m and 1600m runs; Taylor VanDyke in a league leading 6-foot jump in the high jump; Remington Sawade in the pole vault, and Caden Burrows in the shot put and discus.

Gaining much needed valuable points was John Todd (second in the long jump, 100m dash and third in the 200m dash); Sargent and Sawade in the 400m dash; Alex Douglas (third in the 110m and 300m hurdles); Nikc Jackson (third in the high jump); Todd and Jacob Hooker (second and third in long jump); and Jaron Spencer (second in the shot put and third in the discus).

“We faced a big challenge tonight. We gave up 20 points in the relays. However, we can fix things to make them quicker,” stated Myers.

Last Saturday, the Hawks visited the 12-team Warrior Invitational at Chippewa Hills HS. The boys faced chilly conditions and wind, yet persevered to finish third. Winning events were Cotten in the 110m hurdles; Sargent in the 800m and 1600m runs; and Sawade in the pole vault.

Earning medals were Mike VanAssen in the pole vault; the 4x400m relay team of Lane Gott, Sargent, Sawade and Todd; Cotten in the long jump, VanDyke and Todd in the high jump; Spencer in the shot put and discus; and Sawade in the 400m dash.

The boys continue OK Bronze Conference action on Monday as they head to Greenville before concluding the week with the annual Red Hawk Invitational.

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Lady Red Hawks Tepin, Weiler, Marvel take firsts in track

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The Red Hawk Varsity girls track traveled to Forest Hills Northern On April 21, and lost by a score of 94 to 41, to even their OK Bronze record to 1 and 1 and overall record is now 3 and 1.

Tara Tepin and Kenzie Weiler took two individual first places. Tara won the 100 and 300 hurdles, and Kenzie won the 1600 and 800 meter runs. Allyson Marvel earned the other first place in the pole vault.

In 2nd place was Allyson Marvel 100 hurdles; Mackenzie Rugg 400 meter dash; Ellie Ovokaitys 3200 meter run; and Kaley Louck 100 meter dash.

In 3rd place was Allie Colley Shot put and Discus; Allyson Marvel 300 hurdles; and Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter dash.

On Saturday, April 25, the team traveled to Chippewa Hills, for the Warrior invite. The team scored 86 points and placed 5th in the big school division. Tara Tepin earned two first place finishes in the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. Tara also anchored the winning 1600 meter relay team with her teammates Kaley Louck, Hannah Heintzelman and Mackenzie Rugg.

In 2nd place was Allyson Marvel Pole Vault and the 400 meter relay team of Kaley Louck, Tara Tepin, Jenna Zoeman and Mathilda Stocke.

In 3rd place was Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run, and Allyson Marvel 100 meter hurdles.

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BOYS GOLF

Row 1: Nick Scott, Ethan Brown, Bradley Barnard, Paul Krajewski, Brendan Johnson, Kyle Sanders, Bryce Lenardson, Dylan Tanis, Kevin Galloway, Cam Patin.  Row 2: Coach London, Drew French, Brayden Harper, Alex Robinson, Brandon Sypka, Cole Davis, Rider Swanson, Austin Nielsen, Coach Schlump. Missing are:  Brandon Eadie, Nick Rethamel

Row 1: Nick Scott, Ethan Brown, Bradley Barnard, Paul Krajewski, Brendan Johnson, Kyle Sanders, Bryce Lenardson, Dylan Tanis, Kevin Galloway, Cam Patin.
Row 2: Coach London, Drew French, Brayden Harper, Alex Robinson, Brandon Sypka, Cole Davis, Rider Swanson, Austin Nielsen, Coach Schlump.
Missing are:  Brandon Eadie, Nick Rethamel

The Red Hawks boys golf team photo was not available when we ran sports schedules a few weeks ago featuring all the spring sports teams. This is your spring 2015 golf team.

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Boys track runs well after spring break 

 

The Red Hawks began spring break where they left off, with a 91.5-45.5 victory over Wyoming. The Hawks came out of the field events scoring 42 of the possible 45 points. The distance, mid-distance and hurdling crew dominated the races while the Hawks were no match for Wyoming’s top sprinter. A rare disqualification by Cedar in the 4x200m relay allowed the Wolves to take 10 of the 40 points in the relays.

“Coming back from break, we did a great job of performing. So many guys set personal bests in the field events as well as our sprints, hurdles and distance guys,” stated Coach Myers.

On April 18, the Hawks went to the annual Bronco Classic in Coopersville. The three leveled division meet saw the middle school group finish second; the junior varsity group took home a first place trophy; and the varsity group finished third. Overall, the boys finished second in the 5-team invite.

Winning gold medals were senior Austin Sargent (1600m and 800m runs), MavRick Cotten (long jump and 110m hurdles), Jaron Spencer in the junior varsity division discus, Remington Sawade in the pole vault, Isaiah Schatz in the junior varsity pole vault, and Nikc Jackson in the junior varsity high jump.

“It was a great day to perform with temperatures near 70. Most of the athletes took advantage of the great weather and set personal bests again for the team,” said Coach Myers. “We just have to keep pushing ourselves to be better each day. We can never be satisfied about our performances for any longer than a day.”

The Hawks continue on the road as they are headed to rival Forest Hills Northern (conference meet), Chippewa Hills (April 25), and Greenville (April 27), before returning May 2 to host the annual Red Hawk Invitational.

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Girls track wins conference opener

 

The Varsity Girls Track Team had a very successful week of competition. They defeated Wyoming 89 to 42 in the OK conference opener on Wednesday, April 15 and ran their dual record to 3 and 0. On Saturday, April 18, they went to Sparta for the Tri Level Classic. The 9-10 grade team won 8 of the 16 events and took first place with 120 points. In the 11-12 grade division, the team scored 78 points and placed 4th. Combining their scores with the Middle School, who took first place, the overall place in the meet for the teams was second—the highest place they have ever finished at this meet.

Earning first place medals at the Spartan Tri-Level Classic in the 11-12 division was Kenzie Weiler (1600 and 3200 meter runs), and Ellie Ovokaitys (800 meter run). Earning first place in the 9-10 division was Rachel Crystal (long jump), Tara Tepin (100 and 300 hurdles), Faith Peacock (100 and 200 meter dashes), Hannah Heintzelman (800 meter run), the 400-relay team of Kaley Louck, Rachel Bowers, Rachel Crystal, and Faith Peacock, and the 1600 meter relay team of Hannah Heintzelman, Mackenzie Rugg, Rachel Bowers, and Tara Tepin.

Placing second in the 11-12 division was Allyson Marvel (Pole Vault and 100 meter hurdles); and in the 9-10 division was Rachel Bowers (long jump).

Placing third in the 11-12 division was Ellie Ovokaitys (1600 meter run), Mathilda Stocke (200 meter dash), the 400-meter relay team of Emily Shaft, Allyson Marvel, Kaylee Mihlethaler, and Mathilda Stocke, and the 1600-meter relay team of Kaley Louck, Allyson Marvel, Mathilda Stocke, and Emily Shaft. Finishing third in the 9-10 division was Jenna Zoeman (100 meter dash), Hannah Heintzelman (1600 meter run), and Mackenzie Rugg (400 meter dash).

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WMP wrestlers at NUWAY nationals

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This past weekend West Michigan Pursuit traveled to the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek for the 2015 NUWAY Nationals. There were tough wrestlers from coast to coast, many champions and All-Americans from multiple states taking home the NUWAY Eagle super-sized trophies and All-American status. West Michigan Pursuit brought 10 grapplers to compete and 8 placed in the top eight. The team battled 44 times with 28 ending in victory.

Luke Egan entered Division 2 in the 52 lb wt class. He is a second year wrestler and is a first grader of Cedar Trails Elementary. Luke finished 6th in the Nation with a final record of 37-15 securing an All American Status.

Gage Bowen entered Division 2 in the heavy weight class. He is a fourth year wrestler and is a third grader of Woodview Elementary of Belding. Gage finished 5th in the Nation with a final record of 39-7 securing an All American Status.

Lee Braun entered Division 2 in the 56 lb wt class. He is a third year wrestler and is a third grader of Jamestown Elementary of Hudsonville. Lee finished 4th in the Nation with a final record of 36-8 securing an All American Status.

Blake Peasley entered Division 2 in the 64 lb wt class. He is a third year wrestler and is a second grader of Lakes Elementary of Rockford. Blake finished 4th in the Nation with a final record of 38-10 securing an All American Status.

Zak Schmid entered Division 4 in the 135 lb wt class. He is a second year wrestler as a seventh grader of Cedar Springs Middle School. Zak finished 4th in the Nation with a final record of 33-5 securing an All American Status.

Josh Vasquez entered Division 2 in the 49 lb wt class. He is a third year wrestler as a third grader of Oriole Park of Wyoming. Josh finished 3rd in the Nation with a final record of 54-5 securing an All American Status.

Jayden Marcano-Cruz entered Division 1 in the 45 lb wt class. He is a second year wrestler as a first grader of Grandview Elementary. Jayden finished 2nd in the Nation with a final record of 45-5 securing an All American Status.

Patrick Depiazza entered into Division 6 as a wild card in the High School division. Patrick is a sophomore of Cedar Springs High School and has been wrestling for thirteen years. He finished 2nd in the Nation, securing an All American Status.

There were over 270 teams competing this past weekend. Team awards were available for the top six programs. West Michigan Pursuit finished 3rd overall with a team score of 176. Region Wrestling of Indiana took first place with a score of 212.5 and Contenders Wrestling of Indiana took 2nd place with a score of 193. West Michigan Pursuit also finished 2nd for the win by fall category. Shore Sports Club of Ohio finished in first place for the win by fall category. Overall, West Michigan Pursuit ended the season on a high note. The program would not have its current success without its dedicated coaching staff: Head Coach and Owner, Dave Andrus; William Ketchum; and Dominick Chong. We look forward to next season and will watch our numbers continue to grow and succeed. We are the Pursuit of Champions.

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Scott Hazel Memorial Game 

The Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer Team will play the Rockford Rams in a purple game on April 16 to commemorate the memory of Scott Hazel.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer Team will play the Rockford Rams in a purple game on April 16 to commemorate the memory of Scott Hazel.

Cedar Springs and Rockford soccer teams honor teacher

The Scott Hazel Memorial Game will be hosted by the Rockford Rams on April 16 at 7 p.m. (The JV game will be played immediately prior to this game.)

Scott Hazel lost his battle against cancer last summer. The Rams and the Red Hawks are coming together to raise money for the Purple Community in his memory. Mr. Hazel coached soccer at both Rockford and Cedar Springs at various levels, and was a well-known and much loved teacher in Cedar Springs.

Yes, there will be a game but this night will be so much more as both communities come together to honor Scott Hazel and raise money for cancer research in memory of him.

Rockford’s school colors are orange and black and Cedar Springs are red and black. However, on April 16, both communities will come together in a sea of purple for the man who influenced so many.

 

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