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Equestrian places fourth at regionals

This year’s Equestrian seniors are: (L to R) Bayley Wolfe, Jordan Stevens, Logan Amelia, Courtney Piatt and Nicole Kaupa.

This year’s Equestrian seniors are: (L to R) Bayley Wolfe, Jordan Stevens, Logan Amelia, Courtney Piatt and Nicole Kaupa.

The Cedar Springs High School Equestrian Team competed last weekend in the MIHA Region C Championships in Midland. The weather was perfect and a great time was had by all. The team ended with a 4th place finish in the “A” division.

Senior Bayley Wolfe led the team in points, with sophomore Ashlee Warlick and senior Courtney Piatt adding quite a few points of their own.

Assistant Coach Danni Naffziger had this to say about her team: “We had a great time in Midland. We had a teammate that was not able to go, which required other teammates to step up and fill those spots and everyone was willing to try new things. Jesseka Ruiter took her speed horse in the jumping and gained more points for the team. Ashlee Warlick tried bareback. Logan Amelia had a crash course this week in Reining. Raine Gregware gave trail a go. Everyone just stepped up to the plate and we couldn’t be more proud of what this team has achieved.”

Seniors on the team are Logan Amelia, Nicole Kaupa, Courtney Piatt, Jordan Stevens and Bayley Wolfe.

The coaches would like to thank the parents for their time and support this season.

Naffziger will be stepping down from her coaching duties as life takes her in a different direction with a new job. “I would like to personally thank Danni on behalf of the team for the amazing amount of support she has given this us,” said Coach Emily Ream. “She has selflessly given of her time and energy for the team, and I’m still in denial that she’s leaving. We will miss you Danni! Good luck!”

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The Cedar Springs boys’ varsity tennis team win match with Greenville

Karsen Dingman serving the ball and Austin Nielsen waiting for their opponent’s return. The boys are the #1 doubles team for Cedar Springs and won both of their matches against Cadillac and Greenville last week.

Karsen Dingman serving the ball and Austin Nielsen waiting for their opponent’s return. The boys are the #1 doubles team for Cedar Springs and won both of their matches against Cadillac and Greenville last week.

The Cedar Springs boys’ varsity tennis team began the week on their home courts. On Monday, September 22, Cadillac made the trip to Cedar Springs for a tennis match that ended in a 2-6 loss for the Red Hawks. The Red Hawk players with winning matches against Cadillac were #1 doubles team Karsen Dingman & Austin Nielsen and #3 doubles team Jared Liggett & Nick Hibbs.

On Wednesday, September 24, the team traveled to Greenville for an OK Bronze match up that resulted in a close 5-3 win for the Red Hawks. Both the #2 and #3 singles matches went into a 3rd set tie breaker before Cedar Springs would come away with a win. The Red Hawk players with wins against Greenville were #1 singles Blake Fisk, #2 singles Nick Fennessey, #3 singles Drew French, #4 singles Dylan Kolasa and #1 doubles team Karsen Dingman and Austin Nielsen.

Coach Katie Unsworth remarked, “We have been having a very successful season. Our match record is 7-4 thus far and I am very excited heading into our conference and regional tournaments. I believe this will be the best season Cedar Springs has had in the past few years.”

 

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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.

Overtime 

There is nothing better for a football fan than a close game and the ultimate is when that close game ends up going into overtime.

The high school overtime rules are quite similar to those used at the college level. In other words, both teams are going to be guaranteed one possession of the ball starting out first down and goal to go from the ten-yard line. A couple of keys differences is, if the defense gets possession of the ball on an interception or on a fumble, the ball is dead and the teams switch offense and defense. In other words, that ball can’t be returned for a defensive score to end the game.

There is also no requirement that the offense at any point after a touchdown be required to go for two. If the game would go seven or eight overtimes, teams can continue to simply kick the one point extra point.

 

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Red Hawks improve to 3 and 0 with 46 to 7 win over Belding

The Red Hawks blazed a trail to the endzone against Belding last week, even in the pouring rain. Photo from Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Red Hawks blazed a trail to the endzone against Belding last week, even in the pouring rain. Photo from Kelly Alvesteffer.

The steady rain could not dampen the home opener for the Red Hawk varsity football team last Friday night, September 12, which honored the Cedar Springs Rocket Football and Cheerleading programs.

Collin Alvesteffer, Kaden Myers, and Anthony Topolski led the Cedar Springs Red Hawks by using a solid running game to defeat Belding 46-7.

“We got Belding on their heels and scored on our first two possessions,” Red Hawks Head Coach Gus Kapolka said. “We focused on getting off to a quick start and we were able to keep the pressure on with our no-huddle offense. We’ve been working on it since Day 1. It’s a part of our game that we want to feature, but we hadn’t gotten to yet. We still need to work on it, but the kids came out and executed really well tonight.”

The Red Hawks offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage all night while 346 rushing yards and six touchdowns were recorded in the game stats. Kaden Myers, Anthony Topolski, Zach Wamser and Isaiah MacDonald all reached the end zone for the Red Hawks.

“Our offensive line does a great job,” Kapolka said. “We have four seniors on the offensive line and have some guys that are very hungry. We played with great pad level tonight. Belding has great size, but I felt like our line controlled the line of scrimmage.”

The Red Hawks defense was able to hold back Belding throughout the entire rainy night, only allowing one score by Belding’s Connor Barker. MavRick Cotton was on fire with 14 tackles, and one was for a 4-yard loss.

“We have to continue to improve,” Kapolka said. “We had a couple coverage breakdowns this week and that will be a point of emphasis this week.”

This week the Red Hawks will travel to Forest Hills Northern to take on Grand Rapids Catholic Central at 7:00 p.m. Friday, in the M-Live Grand Rapids Press Game of the Week. Please come out and support your Red Hawks!

 

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Equestrian team heads to regionals

Senior Bayley Wolfe and her horse Joe, ready for their turn in Western Fitting & Showing.

Senior Bayley Wolfe and her horse Joe, ready for their turn in Western Fitting & Showing.

The Cedar Springs High School Equestrian Team battled with Rockford the past two weekends at the MIHA District 5 Meets. At the first meet, the Red Hawks had a wonderful showing, beating the Rams by 10 points (174-164). The second meet was a dead tie (151-151), and Rockford edged out Cedar Springs by 2 points (155-157) at the third meet. However, scores are cumulative and Cedar Springs won the District trophy by 8 points. The Red Hawks will head to Regional competition in Midland, Sept. 26-28.

Senior Bayley Wolfe had a great meet 1 and 2, winning 7 of her 16 classes and not placing below 4th place in the rest. Seniors Courtney Piatt and Nicole Kaupa also boosted the team’s score with very consistent placings. Speed riders Jesseka Ruiter and Jordan Stevens helped keep the Red Hawks on top, especially at Meet 3.

From L-R: Asst. Coach Kylie Piatt, Jordan Stevens, Head Coach Emily Ream, Jesseka Ruiter, Nicole Kaupa, Katherine Krankall, Courtney Piatt, Logan Amelia, Emilee Pastoor, Asst. Coach Liz Gear, Bayley Wolfe, Ashlee Warlick, Ashley Pohl, Asst. Coach Danni Naffziger, Raine Gregware.  

From L-R: Asst. Coach Kylie Piatt, Jordan Stevens, Head Coach Emily Ream, Jesseka Ruiter, Nicole Kaupa, Katherine Krankall, Courtney Piatt, Logan Amelia, Emilee Pastoor, Asst. Coach Liz Gear, Bayley Wolfe, Ashlee Warlick, Ashley Pohl, Asst. Coach Danni Naffziger, Raine Gregware.  

Coach Emily Ream had this to say about her team: “We had a great Meet 1 and 2, struggled a little bit at Meet 3. The weather at Meet 3 was cold and super muddy, so the team and their horses had to trudge through some nasty muck. I’m very proud of all of our riders! They kept a great attitude all day, trying new classes, as I needed them. One of our freshmen, Emilee Pastoor, was thrown in a totally new discipline and kept a smile on her face the whole time. That’s what it means to take one for the team! We are very excited for Regionals!”

Ream offered special thanks to coaches Danni Naffziger, Liz Gear and Kylie Piatt, and said the team would also like to thank Lisa Taylor for all her generosity toward the team.

 

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Cedar Springs tennis team adds another win 

#3 singles Drew French (sophomore) backhands a ball to his FHN opponent.

The Cedar Springs varsity boy’s tennis team started the week out on a positive note when they played a home match against Big Rapids on Monday, September 8 and picked up a 7-1 win. Honorable mention goes to #1 singles player Blake Fisk, who made a valiant effort to make the final score 8-0 by going into a lengthy second set, with his Big Rapids opponent, that ended with a 10-point tie-breaker.

On Thursday, September 11, the team traveled to Forest Hills Northern, where the Red Hawks made a terrific effort to match the skills of a talented FHN team consisting of several seniors, but fell in the end with a 0-8 loss. The Cedar Springs boy’s tennis team is young, and of the 12 Red Hawk players, #2 singles Nick Fennessey is the only senior on the team this year. Coach Katie Unsworth gave the boys good advice after the FHN match by telling them to think about how they played against FHN and use what they learned that day to further improve their playing strategies in upcoming matches.

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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.

Tackle Box 

Today we are going to talk about the rules that govern the quarterback, specifically when the quarterback is being rushed and is looking to throw the ball away and avoid the sack.

Under both pro and college rules, they have what’s called the tackle box. When the quarterback gets outside of the original position of the offensive tackles and throws the ball and it reaches the original line of scrimmage, there is never a foul for intentional grounding. However, under high school rules there is no such thing as a tackle box.

If the quarterback is either in pocket or scrambles outside of the pocket and now is trying to throw that ball away to avoid the sack, there always must be a receiver in the vicinity of the pass to avoid an intentional grounding foul.

 

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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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