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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


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)



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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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Girls softball has busy week


by Kendra Coons 


The girls’ Varsity softball team was busy last week, going 5-3.

On Tuesday, April 22 the team played their first conference double header of the season against Greenville, and lost both games 6-7 and 5-8. Junior Aubree Mouthaan went 3 for 6, with multiple homeruns and 4 RBI’s. Senior Michaela Kulak also had 5 hits to add onto the Red Hawks score throughout both games.

Then on Wednesday, April 23 the girls had two more games against Godwin Heights. In the first game, the team mercied Godwin Heights, in the third inning 19-1. In the second game, the team mercied Godwin Heights in the third inning again, but this time 23-3. Throughout both games, junior Taylor Noskey had 3 total hits, with a single, double, a triple, and 3 RBI’s. Senior Charlie Saylor racked up a total of 4 hits, including a double and a triple, and 7 RBI’s. Junior Aubree Mouthaan also went 3 for 3 with two doubles and 5 RBI’s. Junior pitcher Josi Whipple pitched the first game for the Red Hawks and picked up a win. Senior Michaela Kulak pitched the second game for Cedar Springs and also picked up a win.

“I think our team played well offensively and we are improving defensively. If we can [shape up] our defense, we can beat anyone,” stated head coach Bill VanHorn.

Then on Thursday, April 24, the varsity team faced Greenville again, and this time the tables were turned. Cedar Springs beat Greenville 9-6. Junior Alexis Lucarelli came in strong with an RBI triple, and senior Brittney Robinson had a single that scored two runs to win the game. Junior Josi Whipple pitched for the Red Hawks and received the win. Whipple had 3 strikeouts and 4 walks to end the game.

On Saturday April 26, the team traveled to Fruitport for a tournament. In the first game Cedar Springs went up against Forest Hills Eastern and beat them 8-7. In the next game, the Red Hawks faced the Trojans of Fruitport. It was a tough game, but in the end the Red Hawks pulled away from Fruitport beating them 12-9. Winning this game advanced Cedar Springs into the championship game against Zeeland West. Unfortunately, the team lost in the finals 8-5, but came in second overall in the tournament. Throughout the tournament, senior Taylor Baker received 5 hits and 5 RBI’s. Also contributing to the Red Hawks hits and runs were junior Alexis Lucarelli with 3 hits, junior Erin Johnson also had 3 hits, and junior Aubree Mouthaan went 7 for 11 with 4 doubles, 2 homeruns, and 9 RBI’s. Junior Josi Whipple pitched both games against FHE and Fruitport and picked up the wins for both. Junior pitcher Allyson Arnold also picked up a save against FHE.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing our team reach their potential. They are working very hard to get better,” commented VanHorn.

The varsity softball team is now 9-6 overall. During the week, the team faced Forest Hills Eastern on Tuesday, April 29, for a double header and again on Thursday, May 1 for a single game at their home field behind Cedar View Elementary at 4:15. Please come on out and support your Red Hawks as they are looking for their third conference win!

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Wrestlers place at nationals

Blake Peasley takes national championship title


S-Wrestling-Nationals-264-webWest Michigan Pursuit thought that the MYWA State Finals would be their last tournament of the season but we have some wrestlers who were not ready to end their season quite yet. There is the National United Wrestling Association for Youth (NUWAY). This competition typically brings the top 8 wrestlers from each state to compete. WMP brought five grapplers to compete and all five brought home a coveted All American Status Title.

“I have a core group of kids who can’t get enough wrestling. Looking forward to training these young kids during the off season and start out strong next year, said Owner and Head Coach, Dave Andrus.”

Luke Egan, a first year wrestler, is six years old and attends Cedar Trails here in Cedar Springs! Luke wrestled the 49 lb wt class and finished taking 7th Place in the nation with a season record of 57-9 and eight Championships under his belt. Olivia Male, a fourth year wrestler, is 10 years old and attends Cedar View here in Cedar Springs! Olivia wrestled the 70 lb wt class in the USAW Women’s Nationals and finished taking 6th Place in the nation with a season record of 23-23 and two Championships under her belt. Jayden Marcano-Cruz, a first year wrestler, is five years old and attends East Elementary in Grandville. He wrestled the 43 lb wt class and finished his season taking 4th Place in the nation with a season record of 37-8 and seven Championships under his belt. Brocke Fisher, a fourth year wrestler, is 11 years old and attends Rockford middle school. Brocke wrestled the 60 lb wt class and finished his season taking 3rd Place in the nation

with a final record of 19-9 and five Championships under his belt. Blake Peasley, a second year wrestler, is six years old and attends Lakes Elementary in Rockford. He wrestled the 58 lb wt class and finished his season taking home a National Championship Title and giant eagle trophy. Blake is our only West Michigan Pursuit grappler who remained undefeated the entire season with a record of 36-0 and fourteen Championships under his belt. Congratulations to all of our Pursuit of Champions!

If you are interested in obtaining more information about West Michigan Pursuit, please come check us out. We are located in the Cedar Springs Sports Plex and practices are on Tuesday and Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 p.m.






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Four youth wrestlers are state champions

Cedar springs youth state placers and coaches. Missing from photo is Veronica Tapia. Visit Cedar Springs Wrestling on Facebook to follow your local youth and high school champions.

Cedar springs youth state placers and coaches. Missing from photo is Veronica Tapia. Visit Cedar Springs Wrestling on Facebook to follow your local youth and high school champions.

Months of hard work and dedication to one of the toughest sports known to man has paid off for Red Hawk youth wrestlers. From March 28 to March 30, over 2,500 wrestlers, ages 4 to 19, competed at the MYWAY State Championships held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, MI. Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club sent a grand total of 17 state qualifiers to compete at the finals. Of those 17 wrestlers, 12 placed in the top 6, further qualifying them to compete at Nationals. Another accomplishment, not held by any other club in the area, is that Cedar Springs crowned a total of four 2014 State Champions this year!

Landon Demorest took on Mason Willis from Jr Marauders in the championship round. Demorest, who had a career record of 1 win and 2 losses against Willis, defeated Willis with a score of 3-2, making him the 2014 State Champion in the 47lb 9/10 division.

Ryan Ringler went undefeated, 4 pins and one decision, on a chart of 30 wrestlers.  Ringler, with a second round pin against runner-up Devin Trevino from Oxford, was crowned State Champion at 158lb in the 11/12 division.

Sisters, Reese and Allexis Gonzales both took State Champion in the first MYWAY Girls State Tournament.  Reese, who weighed in at 92lbs, earned her State Championship title with first round pins against all of her opponents in the 12 and under Heavy Weight division. Allexis, a seventh grader, took State Champion with one pin and two decisions in the 14 and under 122/130 combined weight division, taking championship over 8th grader, Brittney Ratliff from Onsted.

Pistachio Gonzales battled his way back on a chart of 26 wrestlers after suffering a second round loss to state runner-up, Da’Quavon White from Pontiac Huskies. He worked back to take third at 58lb in the 5/6 division!

Tommy Stevens, who wrestled at 58lb in the 7/8 division also worked his back on a 33 person chart. Suffering only one loss, Stevens took third after a 45 second pin against Oxford wrestler, Auggie Anderson.

Cora Gonzales, who competed at 52lb in the Girls 8 and under division, took a very impressive third place finish.  This was her first year wrestling and she plans to continue.

Rounding off the third place finishers, was high schooler, Jordan Ringler. After his initial loss in the second round, Jordan won his next five matches, three pins and two decisions, to take third place against Michael Gibbs from Waterford.

Zoe Gonzales took fourth in the Girls State 12 and under 76lb division.

Veronica Tapia took fifth in the Girls State 8 and under 44lb division.

On a 29 person chart at 63lb in the 9/10 division, Trevor Marsman wrestled his way to a sixth place finish with a total of four wins and two losses.

Aiden Bouwens, who went 4-2 on a 20 person chart, also finished sixth place at 100lb in the 9/10 division.

The Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers did very well during the 2014 season and will continue to excel against some of the toughest wrestlers here in Michigan and the nation because they ARE the toughest. They work hard and are determined to be champions.


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Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Athletes of the Month

Schreiber and Lenardson are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month for March


Kristen Schreiber

Kristen Schreiber

Senior Kristen Schreiber was named the March 2014 Student Athlete of the Month for Competitive Cheer. Kristen is wrapping up her high school career in competitive cheer, having been involved all 4 years, as well as participating 2 year in middle school. Kristen has a 3.93 GPA and will be attending Johnson and Wales University in Florida after graduation. Kristen also participates in Red hawk kids club and is a Rocket cheer coach.

Coach Ramirez comments, “Kristen has participated in Competitive cheer for the past 6 years. This year she has grown as a great leader, and advocate for her team. Next fall as she begins her college career pursuing a degree in culinary arts, I know they will be lucky to have such a dedicated hard working young lady to add to their program!”

Kristen is the daughter of Wendy Schreiber and Rob Hilton.


Baren Lenardson

Baren Lenardson

Senior Baren Lenardson was named the March 2014 Student Athlete of the Month for Wrestling. Baren is finishing an impressive career having accumulated an impressive 124 wins. He is a 2 time regional qualifier, and a conference champ. Baren excels in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA. Baren is also a member of the Jazz band. After graduation Baren will attend Michigan Tech to pursue a degree in computer engineering.

Coach Nick Emery says “Baren was the hardest worker in the room, especially in the second half of his senior season! He demonstrated great leadership ability! All while balancing, wrestling, 2 AP classes, and playing trumpet in the band. He ends his CSHS career as one of the most winning wrestlers in school history!”

Baren is the son of Chris Ellis and Rick Lenardson.


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