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Two cross country girls qualify for regionals


The JV Lady Red Hawks cross country team all medaled at the Go Out on Top Invite.

The Lady Red Hawks took to their home course one last time this season for pre-regional action on Saturday, October 24.  “Words cannot express how proud I am of the ladies who ran at pre-regionals. We were in one of the toughest regions out there and it was our goal to have the team at least get fourth and slide into regionals,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. The team ended up finishing sixth out of eight teams. 

Danika Fessenden finished first for the Red Hawks in a time of 20:05 (18th overall) followed closely by Annalise Elliott (20:10, 21st).  Molly Bentley and Ally Ladd were next to cross the finish line for the Red Hawks finishing 25th and 26th at 20:53.00 and 20:53.30 respectively.  Isabel VanDusen ran a breakthrough race running her lifetime best of 21:30 (36th). Addyson Brown and Laina Payne did a great job of moving up throughout the race and keeping the gaps small finishing 21:44 (39th) and 21:50 (41st). 

Danika Fessenden and Annalise Elliott qualified to advance to run at regionals which will be held at Benzie Central High School on October 31.  Bentley and Ladd were only two spots away from qualifying. 

“This team has come a long way and has put in the work all summer and fall and to tell them we didn’t make it in as a whole was tough,” said Coach Stressman.  “I thought we ran so good and I couldn’t have asked for anyone to run better than they did. They have done so well working together and improving individually.” 

While the varsity girls ran at home, the JV girls teams traveled to Benzie Central High School for the Go Out On Top Invite on Saturday, October 24. It was a day of lifetime personal and seasonal bests for many of them.  Cedar Springs took second out of six teams with each of the Cedar Springs girls medaling. 

Some highlights include Larissa McGrath, who had a lifetime personal best of 21:05, finished 6th; Hannah Reed, with a PR of 21:36, was 9th; Paige Marsman with a season record of 22:45 (21st), Haylie Terrien with a PR of 22:54 (23rd), and Madison Golliver who ran her lifetime best of 23:17 (26th).

“Across the board our ladies ran huge lifetime and seasonal PRs. I wish we could have been there, but I want to give a huge thanks to Coach Jeff Brazier for volunteering his time on a Saturday to coach the cross country team,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

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Girls finish third in OK Gold conference


The Varsity Lady Red Hawks cross country team took third in the OK Gold.

The girls cross country team traveled to Thornapple Kellogg High School to run in the OK Gold championship meet on October 20.  “Our ladies accomplished the goal we wanted to hit in the final meet. We were tied for 3rd going in.  I told the ladies go for that number three spot and that was their goal. They got it by 2 points,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

In the varsity race, Ally Ladd, Danika Fessenden, and Annalise Elliott got out in a great spot and held on to their positions with Elliott finishing first for the Red Hawks in a time of 20:47. Molly Bentley moved up in the race towards the end and closed in on a lot of girls, knocking down some points.  Laina Payne ran smart and moved up as well. Also running well were Kelsi Green and Addyson Brown for the varsity squad.

The JV team finished second out of four teams.  Larissa McGrath and Isabel VanDusen finished in the number two and three spots and Haylie Terrien ran her lifetime personal best of 22:54 finishing 23rd.

Danika Fessenden, Annalise Elliott, and Ally Ladd each made 2nd team all conference.

“I’m so proud of these wonderful ladies. This is a very tough conference but we met our goal and are looking forward to making more moves next year,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

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Boys cross country team headed to state finals


The boys cross country team took second at regionals and are headed to state finals.

The Cedar Springs Boys Cross Country team is headed to the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals. The team placed 2nd out of the 15 teams that competed at the Division 2 Regional 10 meet at Michaywe Pines Golf Course in Gaylord, Michigan, on October 27.  

The boys were led by Corey Bowers who finished 3rd overall, breaking the 16 minute barrier for the second time this season in a time of 15:59. Jaydon Moleski had the biggest personal record of the day running a 30-second lifetime best and  finishing in 6th overall in a time of 16:14. Bowers and Moleski each earned All-Regional honors. Dilan Sargent just missed his lifetime best coming in 16th overall in a time of 16:44. Austin Mann ran a personal lifetime best time of 16:53 finishing in 19th overall. Gavin Braciak had a season best time of 17:09 to finish in 29th overall. Daniel Vermulm had his second best race of the year coming in 53rd overall in a time of 17:52. Carter Moleski ran well in his first meet of this importance coming in 64th overall in a time of 18:15.

 “Our boys’ team ran a hard fought race at regionals to finish 2nd and qualify for the D2 state finals at Michigan International Speedway this weekend,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “We lost to a phenomenal Fremont team, who is one of the best teams in the state. We are excited about our potential moving forward to the state meet next weekend as well. Chelsea and Fremont look to be the top two teams in the state at this point, but after that I see it being a hard fought battle amongst several teams for spots 3-10. We are hoping for a top 5 finish to improve upon our 10th place finish at the state meet a year ago.” 

L to R: Marjorie Hosking, Tonya Tepin, Isabel VanDusen, Lily Howland, Maggie Prins, Ally Ladd, Carolanne Merlington, and Coach Melinda Stressman.

The girls team had a great day of season and personal bests. The team placed 10th out of 14 teams. Senior Carolanne Merlington led the Lady Red Hawks and placed 31st in a time of 20:30 and earned herself a season record. Maggie Prins placed 38th with a time of 20:46 to finish out her season with a lifetime personal best. Coming in next for the Red Hawks was Tonya Tepin, who placed 57th with a time of 21:35, and  also earned herself a lifetime personal record. Continuing with the trend of earning lifetime personal bests, Isabel VanDusen kept the streak rolling placing 64th in a time of 22:03. Following closely was Lily Howland placing 68th with a time of 22:25.  Aslo achieving a lifetime personal best was Marjorie Hosking with a time of 22:47. She placed 76th.  Finishing 84th was Ally Ladd in a time of 23:04. She also earned herself a lifetime personal best.  

“I was so happy with how the girls performed. They ran hard and continued to push each other in the race to move up as it went on. We had a lot of them reach their lifetime PRs and that’s great! The course was pretty fast. We were hoping for a better place but honestly they went out and did what they were supposed to do. I’m very excited for this program. There is so much talent and they work hard, now we just have to keep applying it in the competitions more and more as we go. I’m so proud of them, they’ve really come more together as a team,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

The boys will travel to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 3, and compete at 1:30 p.m. Let’s go Red Hawks!

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We can show our thinking


Ally Ladd "Mr. Pumpkin" and Lauren Sherburn "The Puffball Place"

Jacob Wilson "Tiger"

Inspired by the Artprize activities that were taking place in Grand Rapids, Mrs. Gebhardt’s 1st Grade classroom at Cedar Trails Elementary had 90 minutes to construct a piece of art work.
With a limited amount of time and supplies, these students worked extremely hard and used their imaginations and creativity to produce brilliant art pieces. What an amazing job they did!  A few other 1st Grade teachers and Mr. Secor, one of our Principals, helped judge the art pieces. A winner could not be determined because they all were so incredibly made. Great job on your creativity and quick thinking!!

Reegan Glyshaw "Christina"

Kaden MacDonald

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