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Girls track finishes fourth in OK Bronze conference meet

 

Weiler takes conference championship in 3200-meter run

 

Shayne Mann in the 3200-meter relay.

Shayne Mann in the 3200-meter relay.

The Girls track team traveled to Houseman Field Grand Rapids to compete in the OK Bronze Conference track meet. The team scored 88 points to finish fourth in the meet and finished fourth overall in the meet. Forest Hills Eastern won the meet and was the overall conference champion.

Junior Kenzie Weiler was the loan Red Hawk to take a conference championship by winning the 3200 meter run. Also earning all-conference honors was senior Aly Hamilton, junior Marissa Oakes, sophomore Allyson Marvel and freshman Hannah Heintzelman.  The team returns to Houseman Field on Friday May 15 to compete in the MHSAA Regional meet.

Five Lady Red Hawks won all-conference honors in track, including sophomore Allyson Marvel, shown here in the 100 hurdles.

Five Lady Red Hawks won all-conference honors in track, including sophomore Allyson Marvel, shown here in the 100 hurdles.

Other top placers at the conference meet:

Second: 3200 meter relay team of Hannah Heintzelman, Shayne Mann, Maddie Pekrul and Kenzie Weiler; Kenzie Weiler 1600 meter run.

Third: Aly Hamilton 100 meter dash; Allyson Marvel 100 meter hurdles; Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run; 800 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Olivia Finch and Aly Hamilton; 400 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby Olszewski and Aly Hamilton; 1600 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Abby Olszewski, Hannah Heintzelman, and Tara Tepin.

Fourth: Marissa Oakes 100 meter hurdles and long jump; Allyson Marvel pole vault;

Aaliyah Sargent 400 meter dash; Tara Tepin 300 meter hurdles

Fifth: Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run; Aly Hamilton 200 meter dash; Tara Tepin 100 meter dash.

 

 

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Varsity softball goes 6-2 last week

 

By Kendra Coons

 

The varsity softball team played a total of eight games last week. The girls were faced with three conference games, and a tournament in Gilbraltar, Michigan on Saturday May 10. Unfortunately, the team went 6-2 throughout the week. Their overall record is now 12-14.

On Monday, May 5 the team played their last conference game against Forest Hills Eastern. This game was originally scheduled for Thursday May 1, but was rescheduled due to weather. This game was a hard fought battle between both teams until the sixth and seventh inning, when FHE scored two runs. Senior first baseman Michaela Kulak and junior shortstop Aubree Mouthaan led the team with two hits each. Cedar Springs took the loss 0-2.

“The team played great in the field and made no errors, but the bats were silent,” commented head coach Bill VanHorn.

Then on Tuesday, May 6 Cedar Springs went up against conference rival West Catholic for a double header at home. In the first game, Cedar Springs defeated WC 11-6. The leading hitters for that game were senior catcher Taylor Baker with two hits and three RBI’s, junior leftfielder Allison Snavley with two hits, senior centerfielder Charlie Saylor with a two run homerun, and senior second baseman Kendra Coons with two RBI’s. Junior pitcher Allyson Arnold took home the win in the circle only allowing 10 hits. In the second game, West Catholic came back fighting and defeated Cedar Springs 7-3. Mouthaan and Saylor both had two hits. Junior pitcher Josi Whipple added a loss to her record. Whipple only allowed three earned runs and struck out three batters and walked four.

On Thursday, May 8, Cedar Springs played West Catholic once again. The Falcons ended up taking home the series defeating the Red Hawks 10-0 in the sixth inning. Baker had two hits for the Red Hawks and junior third baseman Alexis Lucarelli had one hit.

“The win against West Catholic was a big one for us. We need to put together two good games in a row,” said VanHorn.

Then on Saturday the Red Hawks traveled to Gilbraltar for the Gilbraltar Carlson Cancer Tournament. The team went 3-1 in the tournament. In the first game, the Red Hawks went up against fourth ranked division one team Farmington Hills Mercy and were defeated 17-2. Then Cedar Springs faced Flat Rock, and were defeated 12-2. The team also played Dearborn twice and split with them in the tournament. The first game was 10-7 with Dearborn taking home the win, and the second was 8-2 with Cedar Springs bringing in their first win of the tournament. Leading hitters for the tournament for the Red Hawks were Kulak with two hits, Coons with two hits and two RBI’s, senior right fielder Brittney Robinson with five hits and four RbIs, Mouthaan with two hits, Baker with two hits, and freshmen Reagan Hickok with two hits and three RBIs. Whipple was the winning pitcher for the Dearborn win. She had a total of five strikeouts and no walks.

“We played well in the last two games. We have to cut down on our mistakes in the field,” stated VanHorn.

This week, Cedar Springs goes up against the Northview Wildcats. The Red Hawks traveled to Northview for a double header on Tuesday, May 13. Then on Thursday, May 15, the Wildcats travel to Cedar Springs for a single game at 4:15. Please come on out as the Red Hawks are looking for some more conference wins!

VanHorn concludes, “I am waiting for our team to peak. We want to make a good run at the end of the season.”

 

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Girls Track takes fourth in dual meets

Marissa Oakes in the long jump

Marissa Oakes in the long jump

Varsity Girls track team hosted both of the Forest Hills schools last week in an OK Bronze contest. The team lost both meets, 71 to 65 against Forest Hills Northern and 83 to 54 to league-leading Forest Hills Eastern. The Lady Red Hawks’ final team record is 2 wins and 3 losses and placed 4th in the league in the dual meet part of league competition. This week they compete on Thursday and Friday in the OK Bronze conference meet at Houseman Field. Both days of completion start at 12:00.

The team also hosted the Red Hawk Team Invite on Saturday May 3 at Red Hawk Stadium. They placed seventh in the eight-team meet with 497.5 points. Jenison won the meet with 663.5 points. Kenzie Weiler won the 3200 meter run and teamed with Hannah Heintzelman, Shayne Mann and  Maddie Pekrul in the 3200 meter relay to take the only other first place for the team.

Olivia Finch and Taylor VanLangen.

Olivia Finch and Taylor VanLangen.

Other top placers at the meet:

Second: Ally Hamilton 100 meter dash; 400 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby Olszewski and Ally Hamilton; 1600 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Abby Olszewski, Hannah Heintzelman, and Tara Tepin.

Fourth: Marissa Oakes 100 meter hurdles and long jump; Ellie Ovokaitys 1600 meter run; Aly Hamilton 200 meter dash.

Fifth: Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run; Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run.

Sixth: Taylor Vanlangen long jump; Tara Tepin 300 meter hurdles; Allyson Marvel 100 meter hurdles; Shayne Mann 3200 meter run; Aaliyah Sargent 400 meter dash.

 

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Girls softball splits doubleheader with FH Eastern

 

By Kendra Coons

 

The girls varsity softball team had a week full of game cancellations and delays. The team was scheduled for a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 29 at Forest Hills Eastern, but it was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather. The game was rescheduled to Wednesday, April 30 and the softball team traveled back to FHE once again. The Red Hawks faced FHE the weekend before in the Fruitport tournament and won 8-7. This time around, Cedar Springs beat FHE in the first game of the double header 11-9 and lost to them 10-8 in the second game. The team’s overall record is now 10-7.

“We hit very well…but our defense let us down,” stated head coach Bill VanHorn.

Throughout the two games, the Red Hawks had a lot of hits and runs. The leading hitters for the Red Hawks throughout the two games were senior centerfielder Charlie Saylor with 2 doubles and 3 hits total, and senior second baseman Kendra Coons also with 2 doubles, 3 hits and 3 RBI’s. Also contributing to the Red Hawks score were senior catcher Taylor Baker, junior designated hitter Erin Johnson, senior right fielder Brittney Robinson, junior left fielder Allison Snavely, and junior shortstop Aubree Mouthaan, all with 2 hits each. Junior third baseman Alexis Lucarelli also had a triple that cleared the bases and had a total of 4 RbI’s. Pitching in the circle for the Red Hawks was junior Allyson Arnold. Arnold added a win for the first game, and added a loss for the second. She had a total of 4 strikeouts and one walk in the first game.

“We can play with any team if we play defense,” commented VanHorn.

The team was also scheduled to play FHE again on Thursday, May 1 but the game was cancelled once again due to weather. The game was rescheduled for Monday, May 5. This will be the final match-up between Cedar Springs and FHE. Also this week, the Red Hawks went up against their conference rival, West Catholic. The Red Hawks played West Catholic on Tuesday, May 6 at home for a doubleheader and then traveled to West Catholic to play the Falcons once again for a single game. Look for game results in next week’s paper.

The varsity team is also playing in the Gilbrater Carlson Cancer tournament in Detroit this Saturday. There will be a total of four games. Please come on out and support your varsity softball team as they take on another busy and hopefully successful week!

 

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Red Hawks win Sparta Invitational

The Varsity girls tennis team won the Sparta Invitational on Saturday, April 19th. The final team scores were: Cedar Springs 13, Sparta 9, Fremont 8, and Grand Rapids Union 2.

All four singles players for the Red Hawks brought home first place medals: Shannon Leal (#1), Megan Burnett (#2), Katie Schumann (#3), and Rebecca Williams (#4).

The #1 doubles team of Julie Schut and Emma Schut also were winners for Cedar Springs.

The Varsity girls will be in action on Thursday, May 8th at Northview High School at 4:15 and at the OK Bronze conference tournament on Saturday, May 10 at Forest Hills Northern High School at 9:00 a.m.

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OK Bronze Cedar Springs All Conference Athletes

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Front Row (L-R):  Katherine Krankall (Competitive Cheer), Jenna Zoerman (Competitive Cheer),  Jordan Ringler (Wrestling),  Alyssa Alger (Competitive Cheer)

2nd Row (L-R):  Zachary Wamser (Wrestling), Hannah Cederquist (Competitive Cheer), Alexis Oliver (Competitive Cheer), Liz DeBoe (Bowling), Emma Schut (Bowling), Jacob Cartwright (Bowling)

3rd Row (L-R):   Trevor Ruark (Bowling), Aubree Mouthaan (Basketball), Brittany Todd (Bowling), Allyson Marvel (Bowling), Rebecca Williams (Bowling)

Back Row (L-R):  Joshua Austin (Bowling), Kyle Knarr (Bowling), Brad Brechting (Basketball), Cameron Link (Basketball), Blake Fisk (Bowling)

CONGRATUATIONS TO THESE OUTSTANDING STUDENT ATHLETES!  GO RED HAWKS!

 

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Balczak wins Fallis award

Lake Superior State University Math Professor Tom Boger presents track and field’s Justin Balczak with the Jim Fallis Award during an all-sports banquet April 17 at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Lake Superior State University Math Professor Tom Boger presents track and field’s Justin Balczak with the Jim Fallis Award during an all-sports banquet April 17 at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Justin Balczak, a 2011 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, has won the Jim Fallis Award, from Lake Superior State University.

The award, named after LSSU’s All-American wrestler and former director of athletics, goes to an All-American or student-athlete who has excelled in the classroom and in his or her sport.

Balczak, a junior at LSSU, is a four-time All-American in the multi-events. He finished second in the NCAA Outdoor decathlon last spring and third the year before. At the NCAA Indoor Championships, he has finishes of 10th, second and fifth in the heptathlon. He owns LSSU school records in both events, along with the indoor 55-meter hurdles, and outdoor 110-meter hurdles and pole vault.

He got off to a slow start during this year’s NCAA Indoor heptathlon, but improved throughout the meet, topping off his performance with a first-place finish in the shot put. He went on to finish fifth in the event. He is red-shirting during this outdoor season.

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Former Lady Red Hawks help Davenport win national title

S-Cheer-titleThree former Cedar Springs High School cheerleaders were part of the Davenport University cheer team that won the National NAIA All Girl cheer championship last month.

Brittnani Tozer, Amber Dunham and Heather Howard traveled with the team to Daytona Beach, Florida, where the team competed and won their second NCA College National Championship.

Last season the Lady Panthers won the All-Girl Division III championship, and this year moved to the NAIA All-Girl Division. Davenport finished prelims in first place, which allowed them to perform last and the team could see how the rest of the field performed before they hit the mat. Head coach Rachel Nemmers and assistant coaches, Katrina Wireman and Celia Woodfill, led the team into their final routine on Friday.

After performing a near perfect routine, which only had .5 points in deductions, the Davenport cheer team posted a final score of 91.90, beating out four other teams to secure the championship.

The Lady Panthers are the only All-Girl squad to win two back-to-back National Championships from the state of Michigan.

 

 

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Lady Red Hawks win meet, take second at invite

Tara Tepin and Catherine Chen in the 100 meter dash at Northview.

Tara Tepin and Catherine Chen in the 100 meter dash at Northview.

Improving weather had the Girls track team competing three times last week. The team split a pair of OK Bronze dual meets. The Lady Red Hawks lost a close meet to Greenville 75 to 62, at home, on Tuesday April 22, and they traveled to Northview and defeated the Wildcats 100 to 36. The team’s dual meet record is now 2 and 1 in the OK Bronze.

On Saturday, April 26, the team traveled to Remus Chippewa Hills, for the eight team Warrior Invite. The team scored 118 points and earned the second place trophy. The host Warriors won the meet. Senior Aly Hamilton won the 100-meter dash, while Junior Kenzie Weiler won the 3200-meter run. Junior Marissa Oakes placed second in long jump and Weiler also took second in the 1600-meter run.

Abby Olszewski in pole vault at Northview.

Abby Olszewski in pole vault at Northview.

Other placers at the Warrior invite:

Third: Allyson Marvel pole vault; Marissa Oakes 100 meter hurdles; Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run; Aaliyah Sargent 400 meter dash; 400 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby Olszewski, and Aly Hamilton; 800 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Olivia Finch, and Aly Hamilton; 1600 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Hannah Heintzelman, Ellie Ovokaitys, and Tara Tepin.

Fourth: Ellie Ovokaitys 1600 meter run; 3200 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Shayne Mann, Hannah Heintzelman, and Tara Tepin.

Fifth: Brittany Todd shot put; Abby Olszewski pole vault; Aly Hamilton 200 meter dash.

Sixth: Taylor Vanlangen long jump; Tara Tepin 300 meter hurdles; Allyson Marvel 100 meter hurdles; Shayne Mann 3200 meter run.

Seventh: Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run.

 

 

 

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JV boys golf hampered by weather

 

The Cedar Springs Boy’s JV Golf Team finally got their season started by competing in three matches last week. Monday, April 21, at Boulder Creek, the Red Hawks shot a 226 in the first OK Bronze Jamboree finishing 6th. Nick Rethamel shot a 48, Bradly Barnard 54, Brayden Harper 60 and Cam Patin 64. Wednesday, April 23, at Brookside, the Red Hawks shot a 229 finishing 6th at the jamboree. Nick Rethamel 53, Nick Scott 54, Bradley Barnard 58 and Brayden Harper 64.

At Cedar Chase, the boys finished 2nd to Lowell, and Sparta came in 3rd, in a tri with a team score of 227. Drew Simington shot a 53, Rethamel and Scott and Kody Hall carded 58s.

“It has been a tough start to the season because of the weather,” said Coach London. “We will hope for it to get warmer and improve these scores.”

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