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Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Athletes of the Month

Todd, Hughes and White are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month for November



Brittany Todd

Senior Brittany Todd was named the November 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Volleyball. Brittany is a four year varsity player and middle hitter for the Red Hawks. Brittany is a 3 sport athlete also participating in Basketball and Softball at CSHS, and was named All Conference honorable mention for Softball in 2013. Brittany has earned 10 varsity letters thus far in her high school career. Brittany excels in the classroom with a 3.6 GPA and has been on the honor roll every trimester in high school. She is a member of Red Hawk kids club, ALC and has volunteered many hours with Hawks hoops and in youth camps.

Coach Mike Lozier says; “Brittany has been a tremendous athlete for the varsity volleyball program since I arrived last year.  When I first started I asked her to take on a new position that she had never played before and without hesitation she agreed.  This year yet again I have asked her to change positions and she did without question.  She is a lead by example player, and the type of competitor that you know no matter what she is giving 100%.  It has been really fun to watch her grow as a player, and I know with her personality and drive she will see great success in the future, both on and off the court.  I can say without hesitation that Brittany has been one of my favorite players to coach.  She shows up and works hard each and every day, and a respect.



Alex Hughes

Senior Alex Hughes was named the November 2013 Student Athlete of the month for Tennis. Alex just completed his first varsity season playing Tennis for the Red hawks. Besides sports Alex is actively involved in Advanced Drama, Newspaper, and Advanced TV Pro and, he also has many different roles in the student body. Alex also is a public address announcer for Red Hawk sporting events. Alex has a 3.6 GPA, and is on the honor roll every trimester. He also volunteers at Gods Kitchen.

Coach Unsworth states; “This was his first year on the team and he played Two Doubles.  I am nominating him because he had tremendous team spirit and was ALWAYS encouraging the other players and complimenting them.  He was this way with our opponents as well!  Other coaches often came to me to compliment him on his sportsmanship.  He was the most positive person on the team.”

Alex is the son of Sue and Mark Hughes.


Conner White

Conner White

Conner White

Junior Conner White has been named the November 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Golf. Conner has just finished a very successful season she averaged 47.5 for 9, 96.5 for 18.  She shot an 88 at Regional (6th overall) and finished 12th place at State. At the state finals Conner played in spite of being sick with tonsillitis. She has received recognition as all conference honorable mention and being named OK Bronze All Conference in 2013. Conner also plays soccer, and volunteers her time in coaching AYSO this past summer. Conner has a 3.3 GPA.

Coach London say that, “Conner does not hit the ball long, but she is very accurate with her short game. She has the knack to shake off a bad shot and focus on the next one.”

Conner is the daughter of Tammy and Tom White.









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Two Cedar Springs students crowned state champions

Kenzie Weiler and Austin Sargent

Kenzie Weiler and Austin Sargent


Two runners from the Cedar Springs Red Hawks cross country teams did something last weekend that has never been done before in Division 2—and only once before in the state’s history—a boy and girl from the same school both won the state title in Cross Country the same year.

Junior Austin Sargent finished first in the Boys Division 2 State Finals with a time of 15:42.7 and Kenzie Weiler finished first in the Girls Division 2 State Finals with a time of 17:55.1 last weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

Only one other time in state history has a boy and girl won state titles together and that was Corunna HS in 1995.

The entire girls Cross Country team also qualified for the state finals. After placing second at regionals, the girls’ team was looking for a solid performance on Saturday. The team ended up finishing 15th overall, led by Weiler, who placed first and became Cedar Springs’ first female cross country girl to win a state championship. Sophomore Kellsie Webber was 71st overall and ran her best time of her career. Senior Maddie Pekrul finished her last race, placing 90th overall, and was followed closely by Ellie Ovokaitys who placed 91st and also ran her best time. Shayne Mann (103rd) also ran her personal best time ever. Senior Caitlin McClurken also broke the 21-minute barrier and Allyson Marvel rounded out the top seven by adding a solid performance.

Austin Sargent, Cedar Springs boys only state qualifier, ran in a pack and broke away to take the lead and finish first to become the D2 state champion. Sargent becomes the third boy from Cedar to win an individual state championship. He follows Connor Mora (2012) and Landon Peacock (2005). The win also becomes the first time a school has had two different state champions in back to back years.

“This is a big moment in our school history and we are very proud of Kenzie and Austin!” remarked Autumn Mattson, Athletic Director at Cedar Springs High School. “The success of these individuals and our team is directly related to the support of our cross country parents, hard work and determination of our athletes and the countless hours our previous coaches and current coaches have put into our kids. Last Saturday was a great day to be a Red Hawk!”


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Tri County AYSO teams take top spots

Tri County U12 Girls take first place at the Allegan AYSO Halloween Classic Invitational

Tri County U12 Girls take first place at the Allegan AYSO Halloween Classic Invitational

Tri County U14 Girls take second place at the Allegan AYSO Halloween Classic Invitational

Tri County U14 Girls take second place at the Allegan AYSO Halloween Classic Invitational

The Allegan AYSO Halloween Classic Invitational was held last weekend. Forty-one AYSO teams competed in tournament play. Only the top four teams of each division went on to compete in championship play on Sunday. Tri County (region 1298) brought four AYSO teams.

The U12 Tri County Girls competed in a bracket of 10 total teams and only the top 4 of that bracket of 10 went on. They ended Saturday in first place and then played two games on Saturday and came out in first place in the championship.

The U12 Boys competed in a bracket of eight teams, where the top two from each bracket of 4 went on to play on Sunday. They placed fourth in their division.

The U14 girls competed in a bracket of five teams. They were in first place at the end of Saturday and placed second in the championships games on Sunday.

The U10 boys team also competed, but did not place on Saturday.

All four teams represented Tri County Soccer well. The sportsmanship and endurance they showed was phenomenal. Many thanks to the kids for their hard work and dedication.  Also a big thank you to the coaches, families and friends for all the hard work they did. If anyone is interested in signing up for Tri County AYSO REGION 1298 soccer, they can go to the web page for information. It is tricountyayso.com.


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Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month

Link, Sargent and Kolasa are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month for October


Cam Link

Cam Link

Senior Cam Link was named the October 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Football. Cam is a 2 year varsity player for the Red Hawks playing running back and defensive back. Cam is having a great senior season for the leading the team in rushing with 412 yards on 51 carries including 6 touchdowns. Cam has a 2.5 GPA, and he is involved Red Hawks Kids club.

Cam’s favorite class is Hitler Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. When asked what he likes about football Cam states that he loves that his team is so passionate and committed to playing together and improving with every game.

Cam is the son of Tami and Mike Link.


Brianna Kolasa

Brianna Kolasa

Senior Brianna Kolasa was named the October 2013 Student Athlete of the month for the Equestrian Team. Brianna is passionate about horses, so much that she says “Horses are my Life”. Brianna spends time volunteering at the Hidden Horse Haven and her favorite class is the Dave Ramsey class. She also commented that a couple things she loved about her Equestrian Team experience this year was that the team was so diverse in trying new events. Brianna excels in the classrom with a  3.55 GPA.

Coach Emily Ream says that,” Bri has a wonderful work ethic, and she is always willing to try new events and step up to fill spots where she is needed. She always has a smile on her face and is quick with and uplifting and encouraging word. She may not have known many of the other members of the team when she started, but definitely made a point to make friends and support her fellow teammates at every turn. She has been a great role model to our younger riders. WE are very blessed to have Brianna on our team and will miss her as she graduates.”

Brianna is the daughter of LeeAnn and Todd Kolasa.


Austin Sargent

Austin Sargent

Junior Austin Sargent has been named the October 2013 Student Athlete of the Month for Boys Cross Country. Austin is a leader for the team this season, and is having an excellent season currently ranked as the #1 runner in the state of Michigan for Division 2.  Austin also excels in the classroom with a 3.53 GPA.

Austin has blossomed into one of the elite runners in the area and many good things are ahead for him. Austin participates in Red Hawks kids club and enjoys his conditioning and weight training class the most so far this year. Austin loves how the Cross Country Team works together to push each other to get better every day!

Coach Craig Potter says, “Austin is a very hard worker with great leadership skills for the underclassmen on the team.”

Austin is the son of Misti and Shane Sargent.


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2nd Annual Athletic Boosters Wild Game Potluck Fundraiser

CSPS-Wild GameSaturday, Feb 22, 2014 6:00 pm @ American Legion


Gun & Archery Raffle

Silent Auctions

Live Auction

Cash Bar

Potluck Dinner


• $25/person OR $250/table (seats 8) – includes a package of gifts for the purchaser the night of the event.

• Wild game dish or vegetable dish is your contribution to the potluck dinner.

• Drink tickets will be sold by the Athletic Boosters for a full service bar.

• Guests are to be 21 years of age or older.


Limited number of tickets will be sold.  Deadline is February 1, 2014

Tickets will be sold at home basketball games or by contacting :

Jodi Mouthaan (616) 636-4158 Jodi@fulldrawelectric.com

Pam Todd (616) 696-3526 pamtodd@chartermi.net


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Cedar Springs Cross Country teams compete at regionals

Both teams qualify for state meet

S-Cross-countryThe boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Grand Traverse Resort on Saturday, October 26, to compete in their regional meet. Despite some challenging conditions of wind, rain, and mud, the teams represented very well. The course was on one of the golf courses that align the resort.

The boys team placed 9th overall, led by junior Austin Sargent, with his first place finish, and qualified for the MHSAA division 2 state meet this coming Saturday.  Justin Jones just missed qualifying for the state meet by placing 22nd. Also competing and having a great race were Brandon Harthorn, Dylan Finch, Remington Sawade, Tyler Lovell and Jonathon Wolfarth. This group of young men ran great despite the challenging conditions and finished the season on great note.

The girls team placed 2nd overall and qualified for the state meet as a team for the 5th straight year. Leading the Red Hawks was junior Kenzie Weiler, who finished first overall. Ellie Ovokaitys (18th), Shayne Mann (24th), Kellsie Webber (31st), Maddie Pekrul (32nd), Caitline McClurken(43rd) and Allyson Marvel (59th) all had great races to lead the Red Hawks back to another state meet at MIS Speedway this coming Saturday.

Good luck to the Red Hawks this weekend!

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Red Hawks roll over Yellow Jackets

Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer

Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer

By Kendra Coons 

On Friday, October 25, the Cedar Springs Red Hawk Varsity football team played their last game of the season at Greenville high school. The final score of the game was 24-14 in favor of the Red Hawks. The team finished the season with a record of 5-4 in overall play and 3-2 in conference play.

Cedar Springs came out in the first quarter and scored making the game 6-0 and then scored a two point conversion making it 8-0. Greenville came back in the second quarter and scored two touchdowns. Greenville took the lead going into halftime 14-8. Neither teams scored in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Cedar Springs came fighting back and scored 16 more points making the final score of the game 24-14.

On offense, Cedar Springs had a total of 14 first downs, gained 184 yards while rushing, and had possession of the ball for 26:55. Senior Jeff Newland, and junior Mavrick Cotton both scored for the Red Hawks. Jeff Newland had a total of 73 net yards while rushing. Junior Kaden Myers wasn’t far behind him with 55, and senior Dylan Block also contributed with 17. Senior quarterback, Austin Hilyer, also scored a touchdown for the Red Hawks. On punt returns, junior, Mavrick Cotton ran for 14 yards and Kaden Myers ran for 32 yards.

On defense, Jeff Newland led the team with 10 tackles. Seniors Jordan Johnson, Nick Krajewski and junior Caden Burrows, came in with a total of five for the game. The team had a total of 53 tackles against the Yellow Jackets. Mavrick Cotton also had a pass interception for five yards.

“It was a great game, I’m very happy that our seniors could go out with a win over Greenville like that,” comments Coach Gus Kapolka. “It was a great feeling in the locker room after the game. Everybody was very satisfied with the outcome.”

The Red Hawks football season is officially over and the community of Cedar Springs wishes the best to our seniors, and also good luck to the Red Hawks football program next year.


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Red Hawks eke out win over Huskies in overtime

By Kendra Coons


Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Varsity football team conquered their second win of conference play on Friday, October 18, against Forest Hills Northern. The Red Hawks defeated the Huskies 14-12 in overtime at Red Hawk Stadium. This win now makes the Red Hawks 2-2 in conference play and 4-4 in overall play.

In the first quarter, senior Nick Krajewski intercepted the ball and ran for a 41-yard touchdown. This put the Red Hawks in the lead 6-0. The Huskies came back in the third quarter and also scored 6 points. At the end of official time the score was tied 6-6. The teams went into overtime and the Red Hawks Jeff Newland scored making it 12-6. Cedar Springs than went for the 2-point conversion and senior quarterback Austin Hilyer passed to senior Dylan Block and it was good. The score was then 14-6 in favor of the Red Hawks. The Huskies came back and scored in OT making it 12-14 and also went for the two point conversion, but it ended up being no good. The Red Hawks took home the win.

On offense, the Red Hawks had 7 first downs throughout the game. They also gained 114 yards while rushing and had possession of the ball for 18:34. Seniors Jeff Newland and Dylan Block led the Red Hawks with rushing yards.

On defense, the Red Hawks had a total of 79 tackles. Jeff Newland led the team in tackles with 14 total and Kaden Myers was right behind him with 12. Junior Caden Burrows and senior Austin Hilyer both recovered fumbles.

This was the last home game of the season for the Red Hawks. Coach Gus Kapolka is very proud of the way the team and the seniors on the Red Hawk squad played.

“It felt great to watch the seniors go out with a win in their last game on Red Hawk Field.  I’d like to thank the seniors for sticking things out, and staying the course,” said Coach Kapolka.

The Red Hawks final game of the season is on Friday, October 25, against Greenville at Yellow Jacket stadium. “I’m looking forward to us going out and playing our best game of the season,” remarked Kapolka.

Kickoff will be at 7 pm, so please come out and support as the Red Hawks finish off the season looking for their last win.

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Hawks against cancer

S-Pink-gameLast Friday night’s Varsity game against Northview was the second annual pink game for Hawks against cancer.

The fans turned out for this special night, to help honor both victims and survivors of breast cancer. The Athletic Leadership Council provided cotton candy, face painting, and glow stick necklaces. The football team wore pink jerseys, pink socks and put pink stickers on their helmets. The cheerleaders also wore pink jerseys. The football players and cheerleader’s sponsors were given pink jerseys too. All proceeds went to Gilda’s club.


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Gary Bailey inducted into Grace Bible Athletic Hall of Fame


Cedar Springs resident and Grace Bible College Men’s Basketball Head Coach, Gary Bailey, was inducted into the Grace Bible College Athletic Hall of Fame in ceremonies on October 12, at the Aldrich Center on the GBC campus. Also inducted was Jodi Kline, women’s basketball standout at Grace from 2004-2008.

Bailey was named the Tigers head coach in 2005 and came to Grace with a strong winning tradition. As a player at Wheelersburg High School in southern Ohio, he helped the Pirates to a 64-4 record over four years. Upon graduation, he played at Jordan College, in Cedar Springs, where he helped the Suns to winning records from 1978-1982. Associate Head Coach at Grace, Dan George, the head coach at Jordan College in those years, recruited and signed Bailey as a scholarship athlete at Jordan. The two have remained friends since and Coach George was the master of ceremonies for Bailey’s induction Saturday night.

Gary Bailey coaching during a game.

Gary Bailey coaching during a game.

George joked with the gathering, “This is not the guy I recruited in 1978. To be sure, some things are still the same. He still likes his Ohio State Buckeyes and he can still hit the 22-foot bank shot from the wing. But his knees don’t work nearly as well. His hair is gray and there is a lot less of it. And he’s a lot smarter now than he was in 1978. And the guy I recruited looked a lot more like Donny Osmond.”

Bailey also coached at Pineview Boys Home in Evart, Michigan for eight years, compiling a 153-31 record before coaching at Grace.

In 8 seasons coaching at Grace, Bailey’s accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable.

All-time leader in wins at Grace with 190

Coached GBC to six Regional Titles

Coached GBC to five National Championships, including four consecutively

Most National Championships of any men’s coach in NCCAA History

Teams have averaged over 23 wins a year

Over the last eight seasons, the Tiger’s have a 126-20 record against NCCAA teams nationally and an NCCAA Regional record of 77-8.

NCCAA Midwest Region Coach of the year 4 times (2008, 2009, 2010, & 2011)

NCCAA National Coach of the Year 2 times (2009 & 2011)

The Christian College Sports Network Coach of the Year 2011

The Glen VanWieren (Hope College) Champions of Character Coach of the Year in 2012

The Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan College Coach of the Year in 2011

During the run of four consecutive national championships, from 2009-2012, Coach Bailey’s Grace teams established a record 69 consecutive NCCAA wins, a record that may never be broken.

Coached 13 players named Academic All American.

Coached 25 NCCAA All Region selections & 12 NCCAA All Americans

Coached 9 players named to the NCCAA National All-tournament Team and 5 players selected as the tournament MVP

Coached 2 players named the Pete Maravich Award winner as the top player in the NCCAA (Allen Durham & Cory Jamieson)

It should be noted that Bailey and his teams accomplished all of the above while playing the toughest competition that he could schedule including NCAA DI, DII, and DII and NAIA programs.

Perhaps one of the best measures of a man is what his competitors and members of the coaching profession say about him.

“He certainly has had a big impact on Grace Bible College itself but I’d go even bigger in that, because of his integrity and influence, Grace has had an impact on the bigger community. Because Grace Men’s Basketball has been able to compete with (and beat) colleges in West Michigan I think Grace Bible College as a whole is now seen as an institution of higher learning on a par with so many more schools.” –Kevin Vandestreek, Head Basketball Coach, Calvin College

“Coach Bailey has always impressed me as a man of character, honor and integrity. He understands how to win with dignity and is willing to share this knowledge with his players…I have learned a ton from Coach Bailey and am glad to join in his tribute as he is inducted into the Grace Bible College Athletics Hall of Fame.” –Matt Neil, Head Basketball Coach, Hope College

“Gary is one of the best coaches in the state of Michigan, all divisions included.  What he has done in such a short time at Grace Bible is remarkable. I appreciate the fact that he is willing to schedule anyone. Gary has instilled in his teams confidence and a ‘fear nobody’ mindset. Coach Bailey is one of the classiest coaches that I know. He does things the right way, without compromising any of his standards.  His teams are always well-coached and well-prepared.” –Coach Kim Elders, Head Basketball Coach, Cornerstone University

“I have never had a more amiable relationship with a coach who won every game our teams competed in. Gary has been a friend, a confidant, and has provided a model for building a program that balances athletic excellence with Christian virtue. He demonstrates admiration and respect for his opponents and their efforts. He excels in all areas of the game as a coach, but more importantly seeks to instill godly character into his student athletes. If I had to pick a coach for my son, Gary would be at the top of my list. Congratulations to Grace for inducting a true winner into your Hall of Fame!” –Neil Ring, Head Basketball Coach, Bob Jones University (formerly head coach at Maranatha Baptist Bible College)

“This is a great honor for one of the best coaches in NCCAA history. What I appreciate most about our many battles of competition is the genuine friendship that we have developed over the years.  You have challenged me directly and indirectly how to be a winner beyond the game of basketball, and for that, I am forever grateful for our friendship.  Continue to be a reflector for Christ!  Congratulations, my friend! Well deserved!” –Jon Mack, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Valley Forge Christian College

Behind every successful man is a patient and good woman. Gary has been married to his wife, Danette, for 32 years. He has two children, Kirby 30, an All American basketball player at Grace and a member of the Hall of Fame, and a daughter Kylie and son in law Kyle. He has two grandchildren, Christian and Kennedy Grace (appropriately named).



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