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Red Hawks place 2nd at Warrior Invite

Ellie Ovokaitys placing second at Warrior Invitational. 

Ellie Ovokaitys placing second at Warrior Invitational.

By Megan Kilts

The lady Red Hawks had the rain to compete with this past Saturday when they raced at the late season Chippewa Hills Warrior Invitational. As usual, the girls worked hard, taking home a trophy as the runners up out of ten teams.

“It was hilly and challenging, but a good race,” said senior Allyson Marvel, about the course at Chippewa Hills.

This year, the course was rearranged, but it didn’t throw the ladies off. They all had excellent races that helped propel their team to the podium.

Senior Ellie Ovokaitys led the Red Hawks, placing 2nd, while Marvel, junior Tara Tepin, and senior Kelsie Plugge-Webber took 11th, 17th, and 18th, respectively. Freshman Carolanne Merlington, and sophomore Hannah Gibbs both took home medals for placing in the top 50. Juniors Brooke Ross and Kayla Vanassen, along with seniors Nadja Jepson and Molly Doherty, also ran impressive races for the Red Hawks, with Ross setting a new personal record for herself.

“It’s been a great season of teamwork,” said coach Marie Covey. “It was exciting to watch [the girls] run at Chippewa Hills and finish second, our best finish of the season.”

The girls will head to the Michaywe Golf Course in Gaylord on October 31 to compete in the Division 2 MHSAA Regional meet. The top three teams in the division and any individual medalists will qualify for the State Finals, which will be held at Michigan International Speedway on November 7.

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MS cross country places first at Conference

Cedar Springs Middle School Girls cross country team took first at conference.

Cedar Springs Middle School Girls cross country team took first at conference.

Cedar Springs Middle School Boys cross country team took first at conference.

Cedar Springs Middle School Boys cross country team took first at conference.

The middle school boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Allendale on October 20 to compete in their conference meet. After an amazing season for both teams, they were ready to fight for the conference title. With hard work and determination, they were both able to come home with conference titles to show for it. Nine boys and eight girls earned medals by placing in the top 20, while all the team ran their personal best time.

Congratulations to both teams on a great season!

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Red Hawk Volleyball winding up season

 

Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball went 1-3-1 last week, beginning with a three-set away loss to conference rival Northview on Thursday, October 22. The Lady Red Hawks competed at the Sparta Invite on Saturday, October 24, where they opened pool play with a 0-2 loss to Greenville (17-25 and 12-25), convincingly beat Martin 2-0 (25-14 and 25-13), and handed Sparta their only pool play loss for the day in a tight split match (24-26 and 25-23). The team then advanced to Bracket play were only the top six teams played, losing in two sets in the quarterfinals to ranked Class C Kent City (14-25 and 16-25). The Lady Red Hawks are 1-8 in the conference and 5-26-3 overall.

Leading for the Red Hawks at the Sparta Tournament, sophomore hitter Sydney Plummer tallied 24 kills, 4 blocks and 39 digs followed by Brooke Morris and Lauren VanDenHout with 12 and 10 kills.  Freshman middle Julia Jackson put down 9 kills, while leading in blocks for the day at 6. Setter Sienna Wight recorded 43 assists, 3 kills, 1 block and 4 digs. The defense was led by Libero Kaitlyn Coons with 44 digs, who also added 4 aces and 21 service points.  Cassie Rivard registered 24 digs, 1 ace, 24 service points and 3 kills. Defensive Specialist Lindsey Lehman led the team at the service line with 5 aces and 23 service points.

The Varsity team will close out the regular season this week when they host Forest Hills Northern on Thursday, October 29, in their final conference match, followed by the Central Montcalm Tournament on Saturday, October 31. On Thursday evening, the team will honor their seniors (Brooke Bennett {C}, Sara Kriekaard, Samantha Taylor, Lauren VanDenHout {C} and Ashley Vanderhoef, as well as the parents of the athletes. The evening begins at 5 pm with the Freshman and JV matches, followed by the Varsity competition at 6pm.

The Lady Red Hawks, who drew a bye the first round, begin District competition on Thursday, November 5 at Lowell High School. The team opens their Districts against the winner of Forest Hills Northern v. Rockford match played in the 11/3/15 quarterfinal round. Match time begins at 6pm.

Good Luck Red Hawks!!

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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.

Official Demographics

A daily activity of the MHSAA is to recruit more officials in all of our sports. There is an urgency to try and bring new, younger people into the game as current average age of an MHSAA registered official is 51.86. Young officials are needed now so they can gain experience and be ready to step into the varsity and tournament ranks when many of our aging officials are ready to hang up the whistle. With players getting bigger and faster all of the time, it is important that our officials keep up with the pace of play, and the more younger, athletic officials we can recruit, the better off all of our games will be.

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Cedar Springs loses to Forest Hills Eastern

Red Hawk senior Cameron Umphrey scored both touchdowns for Cedar Springs in their loss to Forest Hills Eastern last Friday.

Red Hawk senior Cameron Umphrey scored both touchdowns for Cedar Springs in their loss to Forest Hills Eastern last Friday.

By Lauren VanDenHout

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks lost to the Forest Hills Eastern Hawks 49-12 last week Friday, October 16. Cedar Springs fought hard, but ultimately, they were no match for Forest Hills Eastern’s offensive and defensive line.

The Red Hawks’ first touchdown of the game was scored by senior Cameron Umphrey in the second quarter. It was an aggressive one-yard run in the middle that broke Forest Hills Eastern’s defensive line. The two-point conversion was no good. This made the score 7-6 in the middle of the second quarter. At halftime, the Red Hawks walked off the field trailing by a score of 21-6.

The Red Hawks came out aggressive in the third quarter. Umphrey scored another touchdown, and the two point conversion was incomplete. This touchdown made the score 28-12, and the Red Hawks held them at that score until the end of the quarter. However, FHE came back in the fourth quarter and scored three more touchdowns.

Cedar Springs is now in second place in the OK-Bronze, with a record of 3-1 in conference, and 5-3 overall.

Their next game is away at Grand Rapids Northview on Friday, October 23. Kickoff starts at 7:00 p.m. This game is sure to be intense, as it is the final chance for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks to make it into the playoffs.

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CS volleyball wins one, loses one

 

The Cedar Springs Varsity volleyball team competed in two conference matches, playing at Wyoming on Tuesday, October 13, and hosting Greenville, on Thursday, October 15. The Lady Red Hawks opened the week with a decisive 3-0 victory over Wyoming (25-10, 26-24 and 25-22) before dropping a 1-3 decision to the Hornets (25-23, 14-25, 14-25 and 19-25) in the second match.

The Red Hawks dominated Wyoming Tuesday evening, with their strong offensive and defensive play, and consistent communication and a determined focus. Leading was Sara Kriekaard and Lauren VanDenHout, with 7 and 8 kills respectively and a combined 7 blocks. Setter Sienna Wight tallied 28 assists, while Kaitlyn Coons had 19 digs, followed by Cassie Rivard with 17.

The Varsity team started strong on Thursday evening by grabbing a first set victory but fell the next three sets. Sydney Plummer had a teamhigh 10 kills and added 15 digs for the Red Hawks. Sienna Wight had 22 assists while adding three kills. Sara Kriekaard tallied seven kills and 2 blocks, while Lauren VanDenHout recorded 4 kills and 2 blocks. Libero Kaitlyn Coons put up 19 digs on the night, while Cassie Rivard added 10 digs and a team high 11 service points. Lindsey Lehman contributed 2 aces and 8 service points.

The Lady Red Hawks overall record is 4-23-2 with a 1-7 league record. Up next for the team is a conference match at Northview High School on Thursday, October 22 beginning at 6 p.m., and a tournament at Sparta High School on Saturday, October 24.

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Red Hawks take down Yellow Jackets

 

Senior Blake Fisher snagging an interception in the second quarter against Greenville. He ran it back 85-yards for a touchdown.

Senior Blake Fisher snagging an interception in the second quarter against Greenville. He ran it back 85-yards for a touchdown.

Face off against FH Eastern Friday for a share of OK Bronze title

By Laura VanDenHout

The Cedar Springs Varsity football team brought home another win last Friday, October 9, against the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Both the Red Hawks’ defensive and offensive lines proved to be a vigorous force that Greenville couldn’t compete with. Cedar Springs aggressively claimed victory over Greenville, with a final score of 51-22.

The first touchdown of the game was scored by Senior Lane Gott in the first quarter. Unfortunately, the two-point conversion was no good. The scoreboard remained at 6-0 until the second quarter.

In the following quarter, the Red Hawks made offensive leaps and bounds. Senior Anthony Topolski  earned a touchdown for Cedar Springs early in the second quarter. The two-point was made by senior Cameron Umphrey. After this offensive gain, junior Dustin Shaw pinned the Yellow Jackets on the 13-yard line on his kickoff, after a violation was committed against Umphrey. This aggressive stoppage by defensive players junior Jacob Hooker and senior Kyle Sphar later allowed senior Blake Fisher to make a run for a pick six for another touchdown. Umphrey successfully made the two-point. Senior Taylor VanDyke also earned a touchdown, making the score 28-0 in the first half.

Senior Taylor VanDyke making a great catch.

Senior Taylor VanDyke making a great catch.

Topolski scored another touchdown for the Red Hawks in the third quarter. Senior Isaiah MacDonald made the two-point conversion. After this play, the Yellow Jackets managed to break through the defensive line for a touchdown to make the score 36-6. However, Hooker made another touchdown, and this time, the Red Hawks decided to let Shaw kick the extra point.

In the final quarter, junior Collin Alvesteffer scored a touchdown, and VanDyke converted the two-point. Ending the quarter, Fisher intercepted another Yellow Jacket pass, stopping their offensive line.

The Red Hawks are now 3-0 in conference and 5-2 overall. They are tied with Forest Hills Eastern (3-0 conference, 7-0 overall) for first place in the OK-Bronze, and they take them on this Friday at Forest Hills Eastern High School, for a share of the title. Kick off is at 7 p.m. You don’t want to miss it! Come on out and show your support for your Red Hawks!

 

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Tennis ends season with conference and regionals

Senior Ethan Brown

Senior Ethan Brown

Senior Blake Fisher

Senior Blake Fisher

Leading to the end of the Red Hawks boys tennis season was the conference meet on Saturday, October 3.

“As is the traditional weather situation, the winds were gusting and wind chills were in the 30’s. Great tennis weather!” remarked Coach Katie Unsworth.

The team’s conference record going in to the tournament was 4-4-1, and they were tied with Northview for 3rd place. “Despite the weather conditions, the boys were able to get in some decent matches but at the end of the day, finished 5th overall, due to some upset matches with Greenville,” said Unsworth.  First singles Blake Fisk received the all-conference award for the Red Hawks team. Taking first and second in the conference meet were Forest Hills Northern and Forest Hills Eastern.

The final tournament of the varsity boys tennis season was the regional tournament held in Big Rapids on Thursday, October 8.

A 2015 regional realignment made the idea of going to state an actual achievable goal for the Red Hawks!” noted Unsworth. “Competition included:  Petoskey, Cadillac, Bay City John Glen, Clio, Goodrich and Fremont. It was an exciting day of tennis with six out of seven flights advancing to the second round. The #1 Doubles team Dylan Kolasa and Jared Liggett managed to upset the number two seed Clio in an epic two set battle. The two players had brought their ‘A’ game and took out the competition from Clio but unfortunately succumbed to the superior skills of Petoskey in the final round. Kolasa and Liggett took second place overall in the #1 doubles flight. Way to go guys. All of the boys played extremely well and, as it turned out, the Red Hawks came in third place.  The top two teams, whom advanced to the state tournament, were Petoskey and Cadillac.”

She said the team would be losing two seniors this year: Blake Fisk and Ethan Brown. “But with eight returning senior players next year, we have our eyes set on State. Thank you guys for an incredible season this year!” added Unsworth.

Their final match record was 7-4-1.

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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.

Make the call: Intentional grounding 

A quarterback is rolling out wide toward the sideline and is being chased by two large defenders. To avoid a certain sack, the QB throws the ball away, deep down the field, where no offensive receiver is even in the same zip code where the ball hits the ground. What’s the call?

Under high school rules, this is intentional grounding, as there always has to be a receiver in the general area of the pass. At the college and pro levels, all the QB has to do is throw the ball beyond the line of scrimmage, if he has scrambled outside of the tackle box. When at your next game, know this important difference when it comes to intentional grounding.

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Volleyball round up

 

Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball went 1-5 this past week playing in two OK Bronze Conference matches and the Morley Stanwood Invite.

On Tuesday, October 6, the Lady Red Hawks traveled to Forest Hills Northern where they lost in three sets (14-25; 15-25 and 13-25).  Leading on the night was sophomore outside hitter Sydney Plummer, who had 6 kills, 1 block and 6 digs, while middle hitter Brooke Morris had three kills and two blocks. Libero Kaitlyn Coons put up 20 serve receives and 7 digs on defense.

The Varsity team then hosted Forest Hills Eastern on Thursday, October 8, and lost the match 0-3 to a tough Eastern squad (10-25; 10-25 and 21-25).  Sydney Plummer was solid on offense with 7 kills, 2 blocks and 8 digs, followed by senior co-captain Lauren VanDenHout with 6 kills, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Sara Kriekaard rallied for 5 kills and three blocks while Kaitlyn Coons had 18 digs.

Competing in the Morley Stanwood Invite on Saturday, October 10, the team played solid despite their 1-3 record on the day. In pool play, the Lady Red Hawks were defeated by Western Michigan Christian 19-25 and 17-25; fell to McBain 15-25 and 22-25; and put up an aggressive victory over White Cloud 25-23 and 25-23. The team landed a third place berth for bracket play, where they fell in a close match to Pine River 23-25, 25-18 and 11-15. Leading on offense was Sydney Plummer, with a strong day, having 26 kills, 13 blocks and 36 digs. Lauren VanDenHout recorded 12 kills and 5 blocks, while Julia Jackson put down 10 kills and 10 blocks. Senior co-captain Brooke Bennett had an impressive 9 kills and 3 blocks, while libero Kaitlyn Coons owned the defense, with 52 digs and 68 serve receives. On the service line, Ashley Vanderhoef put up 2 aces and 22 service points, while also recording 3 kills and 2 blocks on the day.  Cassie Rivard had 40 serve receives, 5 aces and 28 service points. Setter Sienna Wight had 47 assists on the day.

The Lady Red Hawks continued conference competition on Tuesday, October 13, when they traveled to Wyoming, and will host Greenville on Thursday, October 15.  JV and Freshman begin play at 5pm with Varsity starting at 6pm. The Varsity team dropped to 0-6 in the OK Bronze Conference, while their overall record is now 3-22-2.

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