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Cross country team invites Superintendent to meet

The Middle School cross country team stopped by District Office to invite Superintendent Smith to their cross country meet on Saturday, September 22.  Superintendent Smith accepted and attended the meet to watch the Middle School and the High School teams compete. 

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Athletic Golden Age Pass 

 

If you are 60 years of age or older and are a resident of the Cedar Springs School District, you could be eligible for a Lifetime Golden Age Pass.    This pass entitles you to admission to school sponsored activities and athletic events offered by member schools.  Some restrictions apply.  Certain athletic contests may require a fee (conference, regional and state tournaments).  For an application, visit www.csredhawks.org Athletics or stop by the Cedar Springs District Office.

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Red Hawk marching band gets ready for season

On Saturday, September 15, the Marching Red Hawks performed at Sparta High School in a MCBA Field Day. A field day serves to provide educational feedback to the band before the season starts. Since this is a field day there are no scores and no awards.  

This also helps the freshman with any jitters they may have since this is their first season marching forward, backward, diagonally, and sideways while playing an instrument.

Their next performance is at Otsego, Mich. on September 29 at 5 p.m. Their show is called “We the People.”

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Equestrian heads to regionals

Congratulations to the Cedar Springs Equestrian team as they head to regionals this weekend at the Ingham County Fairgrounds. Events start Friday at 3 p.m. and go through the weekend. The team would love your support for their riders and horses as they go up against some tough Class A competition!

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Red Hawk volleyball news

The Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball team competed in a busy week last week with two conference matches and a Saturday tournament. The Lady Red Hawks took a loss (0-3) to host team Forest Hills Central on Tuesday evening, September 18, followed by a home loss to the Northview Wildcats (0-3), on Thursday, September 20.

The team competed at the Zeeland East Invite Saturday, September 22, losing in Pool Play to Zeeland East (23-25;18-25), Greenville (11-25;12-25), West Catholic (11-25;19-25) and Wyoming (19-25;22-25) ultimately eliminating the team from Bracket competition. Leaders for the day include Michelle Brennan with 5 aces and 14 service points, 3 kills, 46 serve receives and 8 digs. Kaylie Andres debuting in the setter position due to team injuries posted an impressive 21 assists, 4 kills, 2 aces,12 service points,3 blocks and 8 digs. Grace Pavelka added 11 digs and 5 blocks while Kyla Andres contributed 8 kills, 4 aces,18 digs and 2 blocks. Libero Haillie Jones tallied 47 serve receives and 24 digs.

Red Hawk volleyball (7-16-1) returns to action on Thursday, September 27, when they travel to Greenville for a 6 p.m. match.

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Boys cross country wins two conference meets

The boys cross country team with their 1st place trophy from the Cedar Springs Invite.

 

The Cedar Springs Boys Cross Country team took 1st in their second conference meet of the season with a team score of 34 points, 11 points better than 2nd place Lowell. This meet took place on September 19 at Cedar Springs.

Corey Bowers led the way taking 1st place overall in a winning time of 16:24. Dilan Sargent and Jaydon Moleski worked together for much of the race through the 2-mile mark remaining in the top 5 throughout. Sargent had a fantastic last mile and almost chased down the 2nd place finisher in the last 800, but finished 4th overall in season best time of 16:50, only three seconds off of 2nd. Moleski also finished strong to finish 5th at 17:00. Gavin Braciak and Austin Mann ran tough throughout as well, did their jobs, and held their spots to finish 11th and 15th respectively in times of 17:47 and 17:55. Other finishers were Carter Moleski (31st, 18:33) and Gabe White (35th with a lifetime best time of 18:45). Alex Nylaan ran a lifetime best of 19:37 finishing 52nd. Cayden Steinebach was 65th (19:59), Sam Kleynenberg 74th (season best of 20:17), Caleb Menefee 80th (20:33), Justin Voskuil 81st (lifetime best time of 20:33), Logan Douglas 89th (20:53), and Gabe Minnich 95th (21:14).

The girls’ team placed 7th scoring 170 points. Maggie Prins led the team, placing 26th overall running a lifetime best of 22:08. Isabel VanDusen was not far behind the entire meet, running a lifetime best of 22:38 placing 32nd. Lily Howland also ran a lifetime best of 23:30 placing 41st. Antonia Eigemann placed 49th also running a lifetime best of 23:40. Tonya Tepin moved up along the way to help her team. She ran 23:56 placing 56th. Ally Ladd was right behind her and placed 57th running a time of 23:59. Marjorie Hosking placed 59th with a lifetime best of 24:12. Paige Marsman came in 79th running a season best of 25:54. Julia Peckover placed 85th and ran 26:44. Emily Caldwell helped her along the way, placing 87th with a time of 26:52. Madison Golliver placed 96th with a time of 27:46. Hannah Helton ran her best time this season with a time of 36:57 placing 105th taking a minute of her time from last weekend.

Coach Melinda Stressman said, “This was not quite where we wanted to be, but improvement was made with how we competed. Now we just need to keep competing like that to close some gaps. Little by little we will get there.”

On Saturday, September 22, the teams hosted the Cedar Springs Invite. Fifteen schools competed with the boys’ team securing another first place finish, gaining another trophy, and 10 boys earning individual medals.

The boys dominated the competition in the varsity race with individual finishes of 1-3-4-14-15 for a team score of 35 points and a 1st place finish. Grant finished 2nd with 76 points. 

Corey Bowers broke the 16-minute barrier for the first time in 15:59. Dilan Sargent and Jaydon Moleski worked together throughout the entire race finishing 3rd and 4th overall in times of 16:42 (personal best) and 16:45 (season best). Gavin Braciak and Austin Mann rounded out the scoring for boys’ team finishing in 14th and 15th in times of 17:29 (season best) and 17:30 (personal best). Carter Moleski finished in 29th overall setting a new lifetime best of 17:52. Daniel Vermulm finished 41st overall in a season best time of 18:27 after coming back from an injury.

On the JV side of things, Gabe White and Cayden Steinebach competed at the front of the race and finished in 3rd and 5th overall in personal lifetime best times of 18:35 and 18:38. The next three individuals had huge lifetime personal bests, shaving nearly 1 minute off their times. They included Sam Kleynenberg 11th in 19:17, Justin Voskuil 18th in 19:36, and Caleb Menefee 19th in 19:39. Gabe Minnich finished in 34th in a time of 20:37, about a 20 second lifetime best. Logan Douglas finished 41st in a time of 20:58 and Alex Nylaan finished the race in 56th place in a time of 21:52.

“I was very pleased with both races this week,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “On Wednesday we won our 2nd straight OK White Jamboree. We have some work left to do with two conference meets left to go, but we will be in great position to bring home an OK White Conference title to Cedar Springs here in a month or so. On Saturday we had one of the rare experiences as a team where nearly every single runner came away with personal lifetime best, or season best times. On top of that we were able to come away with a win at our home invitational in front of all of our fans and supporters. I am happy with the progress we are making from top to bottom on our roster. Everyone is getting faster and finding success in their own way, which is all you can ask for as a coach.” 

The varsity girls took 6th at the invite with 178 points. Unfortunately, there are no times available at this time due to a rare glitch in the system. However, each girl either ran of lifetime personal best or season best. Running for the varsity girls were Maggie Prins (22nd), Isabel VanDusen (33rd), Ally Ladd (44th), Lily Howland (46th), Tonya Tepin (47th), and Marjorie Hosking (48th). Paige Marsman also ran for the varsity but unfortunately her time or place is not available. 

Both of the JV girls had a great race day with Madison Golliver placing 20th with a time of 24:25 and Hannah Helton running her best race of the season shaving almost 3 minutes off her time placing 65th in a time of 34:24. 

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Cedar Springs holds back Allendale in 42-35 win

The Red Hawk offense ran their offense like a well-oiled machine, chewing up the field with 451 yards in rushing that resulted in six touchdowns.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks (OK White) hosted the Allendale Falcons (OK Blue) last Friday night in their first ever meeting. Both teams had the same record going into the game (2-0 conference, 3-1 overall). But the Red Hawk offense ran their offense like a well-oiled machine, chewing up the field with 451 yards in rushing that resulted in six touchdowns. 

“We had a really good night running the football with three players over 100 yards rushing,” remarked Coach Gus Kapolka. “I think it reflects the improvement of our offensive line since week 1. That group has really improved and is starting to really take it to the defense.”

Ryan Ringler chalked up 163 yards, Sage Serbenta had 136, and Lucas Pienton 101. They each averaged 8 and 9 yards per carry. Kolby Swank, Zack Schmid, and Ben Shaw also contributed.

The first score of the night came with 3:55 left on the clock in the first quarter, when Cedar Springs quarterback Kolby Swank ran to the right for 7-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good. Allendale then got on the scoreboard with 1:45 left when Falcon quarterback Mason Hotovy passed left to Carter Ginn for a 45-yard touchdown. The extra point was good, and Allendale led for the only time during the game at the end of the first quarter, 7-6.

Cedar Springs scored twice during the second quarter, first with 10:50 left on a 13-yard run by Ryan Ringler, then again with only :15 left when Swank passed to Lucas Pienton for a 13-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, and Cedar Springs had the lead 20-7.

Cedar Springs scored again in the third quarter with 6:23 left when Swank ran right for 2-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, and the score was 28-7.

Allendale then scored with 2:24 left in the third on a one-yard run by Owen Burk. The point after kick was no good, and the score was now 28-13.

Cedar scored again in the third with :57 remaining when Ringler ran up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown. The two-point conversion was good, and the score was 36-13.

Allendale turned up the heat in the fourth quarter, scoring three times. They scored early, with 11:02 left on a pass by Owen Burk to Mason Vredeveld for a 22-yard touchdown, and two-point conversion. Score was then 36-21. 

Allendale scored again with 7:23 left when Burk ran right for a 2-yard touchdown, and the point after kick was good. Score was now 36-28, and the Red Hawks were in danger of losing their lead.

But Cedar Springs rose to the occasion, and Ringler ran up the middle for a 45-yard touchdown with 5:54 on the clock. The two-point conversion was no good. Score was now 42-28.

Allendale scored for the final time with 2:28 left when Burk ran up the middle 55 yards for the touchdown, and the extra point kick was good. The final score was Cedar Springs 42, Allendale 35.

Those 35 points was the most that the Cedar Springs defense has allowed so far in a game. They had only allowed 46 points total in the four previous games combined.

But it’s right on par with what Allendale has been scoring—going into last Friday’s game they were averaging 37.5 points per game. “Allendale is a good offensive football team with some explosive players,” said Coach Kapolka. “We had a 3-touchdown lead in the second half, and we had some breakdowns that allowed them to get back in the game. We need to correct those mistakes moving forward and learn from them.”

Leading in tackles for the Red Hawks was Ryan Ringler with 11; Lucas Pienton with 10; Gage Gardner with 8; Ben Shaw with 7; Landon Totten with 5; and 9 other Red Hawks with between 1 and 4 each.

The Red Hawks are now 4-1 overall, and lead the OK White with a 3-0 record. This Friday, September 28, they travel to face Forest Hills Central, who is 2-3 overall, and 1-1 in the OK White. Game time is 7 p.m.

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Pink week to honor Brison Ricker’s memory

The seniors on the 2018 Red Hawk Varsity soccer team include (L to R): Joel Kolenda #13, Jarred Hause #5, Ryan Dreyer #10, Anthony Brew #00, Abdul Ciise #2, Derek Egan #4, Matthew Spencer #24. 

 

By Judy Reed

Pink week starts October 1 for Cedar Springs High School sports, and all the money raised during Pink Week from the fall sports teams will be donated to The Cure Starts Now (donate2csn.org/brison), the Ricker family foundation set up in Brison Ricker’s memory.

Brison, 16, the son of Kim and Brian Ricker, was a junior at Cedar Springs High School when he died on December 23, 2017, after a two-year battle with a rare and deadly childhood brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). He was diagnosed with the disease as a freshman, when he began to have headaches and blurred vision after the soccer season ended. He had played on the Varsity team that fall, along with 10 other freshmen, and had been named offensive player of the year. 

There are seven seniors on this year’s soccer team and four of them have played together since they were six years old. But they are missing one: Brison. It would’ve been his senior year.

“The four years of high school for these senior players has been extremely challenging, not only from starting out playing against players that were 3-4 years older than them but for playing without their friend Brison,” said Barb Dreyer, a spokesperson for Team Rickerstrong. “They all play for him, every game, knowing how much he loved the game of soccer and keep his competitive spirit alive on the field.”

On September 22 of this year the team all wore gold socks to show support for Childhood Cancer Awareness month, where they beat Fremont 8-0 (a mercy) with 13-plus minutes left on the clock. On October 4, the team will play the “Rickerstrong game,” a game started their sophomore year as a fundraiser for the Ricker family while Brison was battling cancer. This year they will honor Brison’s memory as their missing, but never forgotten, teammate.

“The seniors watched not only our community support their team during Brison’s battle but many neighboring communities as well. We would have away games at other schools and the opposing teams we be holding raffles or hand us money they collected to help the Rickers. At Comstock Park, their team had shirts made for our players in Brison’s honor and took up a collection at the game and presented it to Brison himself. It was very touching to see other teams supporting Brison in his fight. These are the memories these seniors will leave CSHS with and they will never forget Brison’s #1.”

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Red Hawks up their game against Greenville

Cedar Springs put the pressure on Greenville last Friday night in their 44-8 win. Here they force the Yellow Jackets to fumble the ball. Courtesy photo.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team came out focused and ready to win their game against Greenville Friday evening, September 14 and fans were not disappointed. The team took the lead in the first quarter and kept the pressure on the Yellow Jackets both offensively and defensively, only allowing them to score once in the 44-8 Red Hawk victory.

“I thought our defense did a good job preparing for a unique offense that featured an unbalanced line and multiple shifts,” said head Coach Gus Kapolka. “Our kids executed our game plan well and limited big plays throughout the game. 

“Our offensive line is improving every week and they played their best game of the season Friday night. They have improved tremendously since week one. We need to maintain our focus and sense of urgency moving forward.”

Cedar Springs scored seven times on Greenville: twice in the first quarter, three times in the second, and once in each of the last two quarters.

Sage Serbenta started the scoring when he ran for a two-yard touchdown with 8:39 left in the first, and then also ran in the extra points. The Red Hawks scored again in the second with 3:23 left when Greenville’s Ryan Burden fumbled on the Cedar Springs 50-yard line and Ryan Ringler recovered it and ran 50 yards for the touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good. The quarter ended with Cedar Springs leading 14-0.

In the second quarter, QB Kolby Swank ran the two yards into the end zone for a touchdown with 10:16 left on the clock, then completed a pass to Ethan West to get the extra points. With 8:04 left on the clock, there was a bad snap from center, allowing Cedar Springs to get a safety. Then with 4:15 left, Sage Serbenta ran 15 yards for the touchdown, and Ryan Ringler ran in the extra points. At the end of the second quarter it was Cedar Springs 32, Greenville 0.

Greenville finally had their chance to score wit 8:03 left on the clock in the third when QB Cameron Heppe passed to Ryan Olsen for a 10-yard touchdown. He then passed to Jake Rasmussen for the extra points. But that was the only joy of the evening for the Yellow Jackets.

Cedar Springs came back and scored again just a few minutes later. With 5:15 on the clock, Ryan Ringler ran 15 yards up the middle for another touchdown. The extra points attempt was no good. At the end of the third quarter, it was 38-6.

Ben Shaw scored for the Red Hawks in the fourth quarter with 2:30 on the clock when he ran up the middle for a 12-yard touchdown. The run for extra points was no good, and the game ended with a score of 44-8.

The Red Hawks ran for 292 yards as a team, and lost only 3. Leading rushers for the Red Hawks were Sage Serbenta with 86; Ethan West with 59; Ryan Ringler with 54; Ben Shaw with 40; Lucas Pienton with 36; and Zack Schmid with 23. 

Greenville rushed for 114 yards but lost 41. They also passed for 138 yards with Greenville QB Cameron Heppe completing 15 of 23 passes.

Defensively, Ryan Ringler led in tackles with 12; Zack Schmid had 8; Lucas Pienton had 7; Gage Gardner had 5; Sage Serbenta and Ben Shaw each had 4; Ethan West, Seth Almas, and Landon Totten each had 3, and seven other Red Hawks got 1 or 2 each for a total of 59 tackles.

Four Red Hawks recovered fumbles: Ryan Ringler, Seth Almas, Ethan Wood, and Xavier Anderson.

The Red Hawks are now 2-0 in the OK White and 3-1 overall. This Friday they host Allendale (2-0, 3-1 overall) in a non-conference game for homecoming at Red Hawk Stadium at 7 p.m. The classes should wear class colors, and the rest of the fans should wear red. Come on out and cheer on your Red Hawks in what looks to be a great game!

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Boys cross takes blue championship at Sparta

The Red Hawk boys cross country team took the Blue Division championship at the Sparta Invitational.

The Cedar Springs Boys Cross Country team kept rolling with their winning streak at the Sparta Cross Country Invite on Saturday, September 15. The team went 1-3-4-8-9 for a score of 25 followed by Lowell with 37. The boys were the blue division champs bringing home a team trophy, several individual medals, and several lifetime personal records (PR) and season records (SR) for the day.  

Running for the Red Hawk Varsity were Corey Bowers (1st, 16:21, PR), Jaydon Moleski (3rd, 17:03), Dilan Sargent (4th, 17:04, SR), Gavin Braciak (8th, 17:38, SR), Austin Mann (9th, 17:40, PR), Carter Moleski (22nd, 18:15, PR), and Gabe White (51st, 19:34, PR).  

On the JV side of things, the boys placed 6th with a team score of 145. Cayden Steinebach led the Red Hawks (12th, 19:34, PR) followed by Alex Nylaan (24th, 19:56, PR), Caleb Menefee (40th, 20:27, PR), Sam Kleynenberg (49th, 20:37, SR), Justin Voskuil (53rd, 20:42, PR), Logan Douglas (61st, 20:57, PR), and Gabe Minnich (68th, 21:08).

“I was very pleased with how the boys competed in both the JV and Varsity races this weekend. We came away with many season PRs and medalists, and the boys team dominated up front in the varsity race. We are beginning to close the gap between our 1-5 runners so that is good to see as we move forward in the season.” said Coach Garrett Lacy.

Ally Ladd

The Varsity Lady Red Hawks finished 7th with a team score of 187. Running for the varsity girls were Maggie Prins (17th, 22:28), Isabel VanDusen (37th, 23:29, PR), Ally Ladd (42nd, 23:55, PR), Lily Howland (45th, 24:21, PR), Tonya Tepin (46th, 24:56), and Marjorie Hosking (47th, 24:58).

Three of the five JV girls had personal records for the day.  Leading the JV race was Antonia Eigemann (23rd, 23:51, PR), Madison Golliver (49th, 25:13, PR), Paige Marsman (65th, 26:14), Emily Caldwell (66th, 26:18, PR), and Hannah Helton (98th, 37:57).  

“I’m beyond impressed with the girls. As a team, we really improved with how we competed. Our girls worked together wonderfully throughout the race and before it as well. These ladies have so much talent and are capable of doing great things ahead,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

The Red Hawks will be running on their home course on Saturday, September 22, for the Cedar Springs Invitational.

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