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XC Team pushes the limits

Front (L to R): Austin Fisk, Dawson Ingersoll, Jordan Brown, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Les Miner, Molly Wortz, Hannah Nickelsen. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Slock, Kevin Miner, Faith Watson, Hannah Hofstra, Autumn Watson, Casen Armstrong, Brin Calkins, Head Coach Todd Bowmar.

The CTA cross country season is drawing to an eventful conclusion. With two races remaining, 12 of 15 runners have achieved lifetime Person Records including Autumn Watson and Hannah Nickelsen who have taken nearly 10 minutes and 5 minutes off their times respectively. As the Chargers move into championship season, they are primed with early successes. Les Miner was runner up in the conference championship race while seven runners medaled, just two days after conferences at the Montabella Mustang Invite. Faith Watson, Hannah Hofstra and Brin Calkins led the Girl’s HS team to a 3rd place finish while Les Miner, Collin Bishop and James Hofstra paced the Boy’s HS team to a solid team finish. Jordan Brown also medaled in the MS race. The Chargers will look for even better Career Personal Records on Sat. Oct. 21st and Sat. Oct. 28th at the Class D and Independent State Championships.

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Red Hawks go on road, defeat FHN Huskies, 44-21

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

The Cedar Springs varsity Red Hawks took on the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern on Friday, October 6,  at a conference away game at FHN’s stadium. The Hawks have a current overall standing of 5-2, with both of their losses and one of their wins outside of the OK White conference. The face off between the Hawks and Huskies resulted in a final score of Cedar Springs 44, Forest Hills Northern, 21.

The first touchdown of the night was scored by junior Ryan Ringler, followed by a completed two-point conversion, making the score 8-0, with 6:46 left to play in the first quarter. The Huskies came back quickly, with Xavier Webster making a pass left to teammate Ian Rampersad, who then lateraled to Brandon Matthews for a 33-yard run into the end zone. 

Red Hawk varsity player Lucas Pienton scored the Hawk’s second touchdown of the night with 1:05 left in the quarter. The Hawks ended the first quarter with a completed two-point conversion after a pass made by quarterback Nicholas Campione to senior Parker Amell. 

Throughout the game, the Hawks held off the Huskies, who made no point advances in the second or third quarters. Senior running-back John Jacob Todd began the second quarter with a 59-yard touchdown. Campione assisted his team with a run into the end zone for a two-point conversion after Todd’s previous run. Todd went on to score another touchdown just before the end of the second quarter, with 59 seconds left to play in the first half.

Additional points throughout the night were scored by Cedar Springs senior halfback Darius Barnett and quarterback Campione. The Huskies scored the final touchdowns of the night, with runs by Ryan Balkema and Mack Boyer, and PATs (points after touchdowns) kicked by Carter Clark. 

In their quest to win the OK White, the varsity Red Hawks will battle first place Forest Hills Central (5-0 conference, 7-0 overall), on Friday, October 13 at Red Hawk Stadium. It’s also senior night. According to Athletic Director John Norton, they will introduce senior football players and cheerleaders PRIOR to the game on Friday. They ask that all parents of seniors meet at the flagpole no later than 6:30 p.m. on Friday. They will then do introductions at 6:40PM. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Come out and cheer on your Red Hawks!

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Cedar Springs upsets state-ranked Lowell, 28-14


The Red Hawks outscored and outplayed the Red Arrows in their first win against them since 1981. Photo by Kelly and Rob Lalone.

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

On Friday, September 28, the Cedar Springs varsity football team brought in a 28-14 win against the Red Arrows of Lowell at their homecoming game in Red Hawk stadium. The Hawks made history after beating Lowell for the first time since 1981. Varsity coach August Kapolka included the “12th man,” or the support of the Cedar Springs student section and community, in his team’s success.

Junior halfback Ryan Ringler started the scoring off with the first touchdown of the night, with 3:08 left to play in the first quarter. Ringler went on to run in a two-point conversion. The Red Arrows came back shortly after and scored their team’s first touchdown of the night at the tail end of the first quarter, with 36 seconds left to play.

In the second quarter, varsity Red Hawks John Jacob Todd and Ryan Ringler went on to score additional touchdowns, while their defensive line kept the Red Arrows from completing any runs into the end zone.

At halftime, senior varsity football player Nathan Patin and his girlfriend senior Nicole Mosher were crowned homecoming king and queen for 2017.

Returning from halftime, neither team made any advances in the third quarter, starting off the fourth with a standing score of Cedar Springs 22, Lowell 8.

In the final quarter of this year’s homecoming game, both teams scored a total of 6 points each. Lowell varsity player David Kruse scored on a one-yard up the middle into the end zone. Ringler upped the total for the Red Hawks with a 67-yard run through a clear center field, his speed giving him a major advantage.

To support your Red Hawks, come out to the stadium of Forest Hills Northern on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. and cheer them on as your Hawks look to continuing to make history.

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“Dig Pink” volleyball game for cancer awareness

The Lady Red Hawk Volleyball team will host a “Dig Pink” game in honor of breast cancer awareness month on Tuesday, October 10, at the Cedar Springs High School gymnasium. They are hosting the game in place of the football team this year.

The night kicks off at 5:00 p.m. when the freshman and JV play against Greenville.

At 6:00 p.m. they will introduce and honor the cancer survivors and remember those we have lost. The Varsity then kicks off play at 6:15 p.m.

They will also have tee shirts, beads, bracelets, and face painting available to raise money for this cause. All proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Susan G. Komen foundation of Michigan.

Anyone looking to make a personal, group, or business donation should contact the athletic director, John Norton at John.Norton@csredhawks.org.

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Women’s tackle football team holding tryouts

The Grand Rapids Tsunami, a women’s full-contact football team out of Grand Rapids, will be making their debut in 2018. They will play their inaugural season in Division III of the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA), a national league with over 65 teams.

“We are trying to bring recognition to the sport of women’s football and provide female athletes from Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas a platform to chase their dream of playing competitive football,” explained a spokesperson for the team. “Our league is a full-contact league just like the NFL. The only difference is that our sport is not well known and therefore our players actually have to pay to play the sport they love. Our players have full-time jobs and play for the love of the game.”

They are holding open player evaluations/tryouts at Douglas Walker Park, 1195 84th Street, Byron Center, on Saturday, October 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and Sunday, October 22, from 3-5:30 p.m. Bring athletic apparel, cleats or athletic shoes, and water. No experience or equipment is necessary to tryout. They will teach new players everything they need to know to play this sport.

For more info, visit them on Facebook at GRTsunami; their website at www.grandrapidstsunami.com; or email them at grandrapidstsunami@gmail.com.

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Equestrian team heads to regionals

 

The Cedar Springs Equestrian team won first place in districts by five points over Rockford on the weekend of September 17-18, with hard, hot days of showing on both sides. They compete this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, in Region E of MIHA in Mason, MI.

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Red Hawks fall to GR Christian in close game

 

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

On Friday, September 22, the varsity Red Hawks of Cedar Springs took on the Eagles of Grand Rapids Christian and fell just short of their opponent, with a final score of Cedar Springs 44, Grand Rapids Christian 48. This non-conference game was a tough match up for the Hawks, who struggled to keep up with the Eagles throughout the night.

In the first quarter, the Hawks began on the defensive line. After a kickoff made by Cedar Springs sophomore Kaleb Gordon, the Eagle’s took possession of the ball. Grand Rapids Christian player Isaac Dykema made multiple runs, first tackled by Red Hawk seniors John Jacob Todd and Riley Hawkins. Additional tackles throughout the first quarter were made by juniors Ethan West and Lucas Pienton, as well as senior Colton Gould.

With 8:55 left to play in the first quarter, the Eagles scored the night’s first touchdown with Tre Vallar sweeping right for a 12 yard run. The Eagles then went on to complete a PAT (point after touchdown). Senior halfback Darius Barnett scored the Hawks first touchdown of the night shortly after, with 4:13 left to play in the first quarter.

The second quarter played out similarly, with the two teams back and forth with completed runs into their end zones. When halftime arrived, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks and Grand Rapids Christian Eagles were tied with a score of 28-28.

In the third quarter, the Hawks scored an additional 8 points, taking a one point lead against the Eagles, who scored 7. The atmosphere of this game was intense due to the tough competition both teams faced. Red Hawk touchdowns were scored by Darius Barnett, with PATs completed by Ryan Ringler and Todd.

The final touchdown of the night, after a pass made by Dykema to Myson Childs, and a field goal kicked by Grand Rapids Christian player Dayne Wendy, sealed the win for Grand Rapids Christian with a four point gap between the final score of the two teams, 48-44.

The Hawks, who are now 2-0 in conference and 3-2 overall, are preparing for a better outcome in next week’s homecoming game against Lowell, (2-0 in conference and 4-1 overall). The game begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 at Red Hawk Stadium.

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Be the Referee

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

Misunderstood Football Rules – Kicking 

Some of the most misunderstood high school football rules revolve around the kicking game.

At the high school level, on both kickoffs and punts, the rules are unique to what’s seen at the college and pro levels. When a kick breaks the plane of the goal line, it does not matter if it’s a punt or a kickoff. When that ball breaks the plane, the ball is dead under high school rules and it results in an automatic touchback.

And an even more unique set of rules deal with field goals. Under high school rules, whenever there’s a missed field goal, it’s treated just like a punt, so that long field goal that comes up well short and goes out of bounds at the 2-yard line means the other team gets the ball, first and 10 at the 2.

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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Red Hawks take on Wildcats and bring home a win

Ryan Ringler, #24, with ball and Nick Campione, #5 take on the Wildcats. Photo by Rob and Kelly LaLone.

Local spectators travel to Northview and show off their Red Hawk pride.

On Friday, September 15th, the varsity Red Hawks of Cedar Springs took on the Wildcats of Northview in their second conference game, bringing in a win at the Wildcat’s stadium with a final score of Cedar Springs 48, Northview 20.

The game began with both teams head to head, each scoring two touchdowns within the first quarter. Northview running back Cody Tierney scored the first touchdown of the night after receiving a pass from junior Kennedy Smith and completing his run into the end zone.

The Red Hawks retaliated quickly, John Jacob Todd scoring their first touchdown with 6:01 left to play in the first quarter after a completed 22 yard run down center field. The first quarter ended with a score of Cedar Springs 14, Northview 13, due to a two point conversion  ran by halfback Ryan Ringler, completed after the Hawks’ second touchdown scored by junior Lucas Pienton. The Wildcats were able to acquire an extra point after their second touchdown as well through a PAT (point after touchdown) kicked by Collin Cromwell, but fell just short of the Hawks’ score.

In the second quarter, the two teams were neck in neck once again with additional points scored by Cedar Springs quarterbacks Darius Barnett and Nicholas Campione, as well as Northview players Cody Tierney and Collin Cromwell.

With a standing score of Cedar Springs 22, Northview 20, the Red Hawks kicked it into high gear after coming back from the second half, racking up an additional 26 points.

Nearing the end of the game, Todd made a memorable interception on a Northview attempt to score, turning the ball around and completing a 33 yard run for his third touchdown of the night.

The final touchdown of this past week’s game was run in by junior Lucas Pienton with 8:56 left to play. The Wildcats of Northview had 0 touchdowns in the second half due to the Red Hawks’ strong defensive lines.

Next week, the Cedar Springs varsity football team will face off against the varsity Eagles of Grand Rapids Christian, on Friday September 22nd. This game begins at 7pm and will take place at the Eagles’ stadium.

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Varsity Volleyball outlasts Greenville for thrilling 3-2 victory

#2 Sydney Plummer goes up for the kill

The Lady Red Hawks fought a long and exciting battle against conference rival Greenville Thursday (9/14) evening, alternating set victories with the Hornets and coming back from a 3-9 fifth set deficit to secure the 3-2 match victory.  The final line score showed an intense first set loss 32-34, followed by three competitive sets (25-17, 21-25 and 26-24) and ending with an impressive comeback fifth set/match victory 15-12.

With the win, the Lady Red Hawks are 1-1 in conference and 3-8-2 overall.

While the final score shows a tight 3-2 win, the Red Hawks numbers revealed an outstanding night which included team totals of 47 kills, 46 assists, 12 total blocks, 12 service aces and 57 digs.

Thursday’s match began with the Red Hawks leading throughout the first set while a determined Greenville team slowly came back to tie the game at 23-23, followed by a nail biting back-and-forth 8 set point lead changes before Greenville took the set.  In the final 15 point deciding set, Cedar Springs found themselves at a 3-9 deficit and fought their way back to tie it up at 11-11 before winning 15-12.

Senior Outside hitter Sydney Plummer had a stellar double-double kill/dig night leading the Red Hawks with 27 kills (.267 hitting percentage) and 12 digs,  while also contributing 3 blocks, 4 aces and an assist. Sophomore Kyla Andres had 8 kills, 2 aces, a team leading 15 service points, 2 blocks and 10 digs.  Middle hitter Grace Pavelka tallied 6 kills and 5 blocks while Lauren Kostus added 4 kills, 2 blocks, 13 service points and 10 digs.  Setter Maddie Outwin put up 135 sets with 43 assists and 2 blocks while Libero Brighton Miller led on the night in digs (18) and serve receives (37).

“I think Thursday nights match was something that every coach hopes for their players, not only in their sports but in life- when the chips are down and you’re struggling- you find a way to pull yourself up and those around you to push through. The girls fought for every single point and didn’t give up one time. They deserved that win- and really put their whole heart in claiming that win”  said Varsity Head Coach Ashley Reynolds.

The Lady Red Hawks opened conference play Tuesday evening (9/12) with a loss at Lowell 14-25, 22-25 and 12-25.  Senior Sydney Plummer led on the night with 8 kills and 6 digs while Lauren Kostus contributed 2 kills and 4 digs.  Libero Brighton Miller put up 8 digs while setter Maddie Outwin added 10 assists.

Cedar Springs hosts Ottawa Hills for their season conference home opener on Tuesday September 19th followed by Thursday’s match (9/21) at home against Forest Hills Northern.  Freshman and JV begin at 5pm with Varsity following.

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