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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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Five youth wrestlers state champions

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Five state champions…one for each month that the Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers have worked toward the MYWAY State Wrestling Championships. Since early November, youth wrestlers and coaches have been sacrificing and training in hopes of earning the coveted title of State Champion. Twenty of those Red Hawks, along with approximately 2,500 other youth wrestlers, earned their spot to wrestle at the 2015 MYWAY State Championships, held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan,  March 28, 29 and 30.  Of the 20 who competed, twelve of them placed in the top eight, further qualifying them to compete in national events. Possibly the biggest accomplishment of any club in the state of Michigan is that Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling had five wrestlers crowned 2015 State Champions!

Eighth grader, Ryan Ringler, went 4-0 to earn his fifth State Champion title! Ringler’s second period pin in the championship round against Aaron Gilmore of Donahoe secured his 2015 State Champion Title in the 170lb, 13/14 division.

Allexis Gonzales, also an eighth grader, took Girls State Champion in the 14U division at 130lbs. She went 5-0, winning her first four matches by pins. She earned a minor decision in her championship match against Kelsy Coger of Pennfield.

Seventh grader, Reese Gonzales, went 4-0, pinning all of her opponents, in a round robin. She earned Girls State Champion at 110 lbs in the 14U division. Her toughest match was against runner-up Payton Smith of Clio, who she pinned in the second round.

Zoe Gonzales battled her way to Girls State Champion at 76lbs in the 11U division. Gonzales went 3-0, winning each match by only one point. In the championship round, she beat Karlie Woodall of Coloma, with a score of 3-2. Gonzales won after she earned a reversal in the last few seconds of the third round.

Cora Gonzales was the youngest Girls State Champion for the Red Hawks this year. Gonzales, who wrestled at 52lbs in the 9U division, went 4-0, with 3 pins and one decision. She won her State Champion title with a 5-0 decision in the final round against Tricia Pyrzewski  of Gladwin.

Freshman George Gonzales Jr. battled the toughest side of the 20-man chart to earn his second place finish. With a record of 4-1, he suffered his only loss, at 174lbs in the 15/16 division, against Trevor Piggott of Ionia.

Seventh grader Rosie Castro finished in second place at 122lbs in the 14U Girls Division. She had first and second round pins to secure her spot in the championship round where she took runner-up to Kennedi Gotha of Linden.

By placing in the top three spots at State or top two in the Girls division, all seven wrestlers listed above won a custom championship singlet and the opportunity to be partially sponsored by MYWAY  for national tournaments. The next five wrestlers below battled tough, but were unable to secure a top finish.

Six-year-old, Veronica Tapia was the only girl in the area who competed in both the MYWAY State Finals and the MYWAY Girls State Finals, wrestling a total of 12 matches! Tapia went 5-2 on a 32-person chart to take fourth at 40lb in the 4/6 division.  She went 3-2 at 40lb in the 9U Girls’ division to take third.

Keaton Klaasen had a very impressive  6th place finish at 52lbs in the 7/8 division. He went 5-2 on a chart of 31 wrestlers.

The girls rounded out the results with 6th and 7th place finishes in the Girls Division. First year wrestler Madisyn Britley took 6th in the 11U HWT division. Analize Tapia took 7th at 43lbs in the 9U division. Brooklyn Wright finished 7th at 122 lbs in the 14U division.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club has been and continues to be one of the most successful youth wrestling clubs in the state of Michigan. Head Coach George Gonzales Sr. attributes that to the hard work and dedication of the volunteer coaches and the wrestlers.

“I am proud to be part of a program that teaches athletes about integrity, hard work and dedication,” said Gonzales. “Sure, there are times when the wrestlers want to give up, but you don’t win by giving up. They need to earn what they want by working hard and not by cheating themselves. These are lessons they will be taking into adulthood. It’s about integrity, on and off the mat. That is what makes us champions and that is what will make these kids champions in life.”

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Girls track starts season with 2-0 dual record

 

The Varsity Girls Track Team opened their season before spring break for the first time in two years. The team traveled to Sparta for the Snowmelter Invitational.
The team scored 136.6 points and placed third, in the five-team meet, behind Sparta and Lowell. Junior Alyson Marvel won the 100 meter hurdles and placed second in the pole vault. Sophomore Tara Tepin earned third places in the high jump, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. Also placing for the team was:

2nd Place: 

Ellie Ovokaitys 1.6 mile run

Shuttle hurdle relay team of Tara Tepin, Kayley Louck, Madison Mora, and Allyson Marvel.

1600 meter relay team of  Mathilda Stocke, Kayley Louck, Hannah Heintzelman, and Kenzie Weiler.

3rd Place: 400 and 800 meter relay team of Kayley Louck, Kaylee Mihlethaler, Emilee Hickox,  Mathilda Stocke.

4th Place:

Allie Colley discus

Rachel Bowers long jump

5th Place:

Mackenzie Rugg 200 meter dash

Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run

On Wednesday, April 1, the team hosted a double dual meet against Comstock Park and Newaygo. They defeated both teams to start the season with a 2 and 0 dual meet record. Senior Kenzie Weiler lowered here school record in winning the 800 meter run with a time of 2:19.37. Kenzie also won the 3200 meter run. Tara Tepin won four events, 100 and 200 meter dashes, high jump and the 300 meter hurdles.  Allyson Marvel and Allie Colley were double event winners. Marvel won the pole vault and the 100 meter hurdles while Colley won the shot put and discus.

Other event winners were:

Rachel Bowers long jump, Ellie Ovokaitys 1600 meter run, Mackenzie Rugg 400 meter dash, 3200 meter relay team of Ellie Ovokaitys, Hannah Heintzelman, Emily Shaft and Kenzie Weiler, 800 meter relay team of Kayley Louck, Rachel Bowers, Mackenzie Rugg, and Emilee Hickox, 400 meter relay team of Kayley Louck, Rachel Bowers, Emilee Hickox, and Mathilda Stocke, and the 1600 meter relay team of Hannah Heintzelman, Allyson Marvel, Kayley Louck, and Kenzie Weiler

2nd Place finishers:

Danielle Zachmann shot put, Mackenzie Weber discus, Sophie Mihlethaler long jump, Kayley Louck 100 meter hurdles, Kaylee Mihlethaler 100 meter dash, Emily Shaft 400 meter dash, Allyson Marvel 300 meter hurdles, Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run, Mathilda Stocke 200 meter dash, and Yuki Noma 3200 meter run.

3rd Place Finishers:

Mackenzie Weber shot put, Danielle Zachmann discus, Megan Shevock long jump, Abby Hall 100 meter dash, Madison Mora 300 meter hurdles, Ellie Ovokaitys 800 meter run, and Rachel Bowers 200 meter dash.

After Spring Break the team starts the OK Bronze Conference season by hosting
Wyoming on Wednesday, April 15, and then travels to Sparta, on Saturday, April 18, for the Spartan Tri-Level Classic.

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Three Red Hawks sign to play college football

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Cedar Springs seniors Caden Burrows, Ted Edwards and Kaden Myers will continue to wear the red and black as they are headed to Davenport University this fall to play college football. The Panthers have started a brand new football program, which will begin this fall with its first recruiting class. However, they won’t play their first game until 2016 and all will be redshirted. Last Saturday, the 80 new signees participated in their first team meeting. An orientation to mandatory study hall, housing, financial aid and fitting for all of the brand new equipment was covered with the athletes and their parents.

Burrows, who will wear #63, was signed by DU to play center for new head coach Lou Espositio.  Myers, who will wear #39, was brought on to play strong safety and rover back for the defense. Edwards, who will be #77, is expected to compete for a position on either defensive or offensive lines.

Davenport University is in the process of constructing a multi-million dollar athletic complex on 68th Street, east of the Beltline, which is southeast of their main campus. Beginning in 2015, the team will practice daily at the new track and field stadium and then open the 2016 season next door at the football stadium.

“The best part of going to Davenport to play football is that everything we are going to do is first. Our team motto is ‘B1st’. Our stadium, locker room, weight room, helmet, pads and uniforms will all be brand new. No one else can say that,” stated Myers.

Burrows finished his football career at CSHS as a three-year starter. He was an all-area and a two-time OK Bronze all-conference lineman. Edwards was honorable mention all-conference as a defensive tackle. Myers, a three-year starter, was selected to the 2014 Detroit Free Press and News all-state team as a safety, was a two time OK Bronze all-conference selection, all-area and GR Press honorable mention Dream Team. All three are excited that they have been provided an opportunity to continue to play the game they love.

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