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Lady Red Hawks defeat West Ottawa

Senior Ali Sparling drives to the basket in the Friday, Dec. 2 game against Big Rapids.  Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone

Senior Ali Sparling drives to the basket in the Friday, Dec. 2 game against Big Rapids.
Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone

The Cedar Springs Girls Basketball Team capped off a busy eight-day stretch by defeating Holland West Ottawa 53-41 on Friday night, Dec. 9. The win marked the Red Hawks fourth straight victory after losing their season opener. Senior Ali Sparling led the team with 19 points, including five three-pointers. Sophomores Brighton Miller and Baylie VanDyke followed with 12 and 10 points respectively.

“West Ottawa was a good test for us,” said Coach Brandon Miller. “They were big and athletic. I am very proud of the girls and the way that they stepped up and executed our game plan. This team has set their goals very high and they are working extremely hard to reach them. We had a very busy week of basketball and it would have been easy to lose focus. Our leadership and work ethic from top to bottom has been great.”

The eight-day stretch began the previous Friday, Dec. 2, when the Lady Red Hawks defeated Big Rapids 44-41. Ali Sparling again led the way, scoring 18 points and hauling in 6 rebounds. Classmates Aaliyah Sargent and Maddie VanDusen chipped in 8 points each. Sargent also led the team with 9 rebounds.

The middle two games of the four game stretch saw Sparta and Grant come to town. The Lady Red Hawks defeated Sparta 45-35 on Monday, Dec. 5. The Red Hawks built a 21-point lead after three quarters. Baylie VanDyke recorded her first double-double of the season netting 10 points and hauling in 10 rebounds. Brighton Miller led the team in scoring with 12 points. Maddie VanDusen chipped in with 9 points.

The team was back at it the next night battling Grant. Cedar Springs held a slim 7-point lead going into half but pulled away for a 55-28 victory. Senior Aaliyah Sargent led the team with 17 points  and 6 rebounds followed by Ali Sparling with 11 and 6 rebounds. Ashley Wise and Morgan Shevock also contributed 8 points each in the winning effort.

The Lady Red Hawks next game will be this Friday, Dec. 16, at Comstock Park. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

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CTA 2016-17 Basketball Game Schedule


Varsity Girls Games at 5:30 p.m.*

Varsity Boys Games at 7:00 p.m.*

*Unless otherwise noted in schedule below


12/6 @ Black River Public School

12/9 Scrimmage vs. Algoma Christian School @ Cedar Springs Middle School

12/22 @ West Michigan Aviation Academy

1/10 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

1/13 @ West Michigan Lutheran (Girls Only)

1/31 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

2/3 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (Pending 1/31 win)

2/7 @ West Michigan Lutheran (Girls Only)

2/10 @ Algoma Christian School

2/17 VS. Wellspring Prep @ Grace Bible College

2/21 @ West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science

2/22 @ West Michigan Aviation Academy

2/22 @Cavary Schools of Holland (Girls – 6:00 p.m.; Boys – 7:00 p.m.)

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Sam Taylor signs to play at Muskegon Community College


Cedar Springs High School senior Sam Taylor has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her basketball career at Muskegon Community College.

Sam is a four-year letter winner for the Red Hawks basketball team. Over the past two seasons, Taylor was team captain and compiled averages of 7.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. She was often tasked with defending the other team’s top player.

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Chargers Finish on High Note, Sweep Senior Night


CTA Boys Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Casen Armstrong, Bailey Hawkins, James Hofstra, Jarod Bouma, Collin Bishop, Mason Dood, James Bishop. Back (L to R): Dawson Armstrong, Isaiah Piskun, Coach Scott Bultman, Charles Wortz, Brandon Beck, Luke Hubbard, John Wortz, Jackson Bowers

CTA Boys Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Casen Armstrong, Bailey Hawkins, James Hofstra, Jarod Bouma, Collin Bishop, Mason Dood, James Bishop. Back (L to R): Dawson Armstrong, Isaiah Piskun, Coach Scott Bultman, Charles Wortz, Brandon Beck, Luke Hubbard, John Wortz, Jackson Bowers

In their only home games of the year, the Creative Technologies Academy boys and girls basketball teams came up with great performances, winning both games against West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science (WMAES).

In the first game, the Lady Chargers battled throughout, trailing by as many as 8 in the fourth quarter. Senior Aubrey Slocum and junior Holly Fahling came up with big baskets to give the Chargers their first lead of the quarter with only two minutes remaining. Stifling defense by 8th graders Hannah Hofstra and Faith Watson shut down WMAES, and the Lady Chargers went on to win their final home game at Grace Bible College, 34-30.

CTA Girls Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Gabriela Fahling, Bridget Lass, Zoe Lehman, Faith Watson, Holly Fahling, Autumn Watson, Cameron Medwayosh, Molly Wortz. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Danielle Davies, Hannah Hofstra, Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, Brianne Calkins, Shauna Russell, Tori Wierda, Sierra Medwayosh, Devin Slocum, Coach Steve Washington

CTA Girls Basketball Team: Front (L to R): Gabriela Fahling, Bridget Lass, Zoe Lehman, Faith Watson, Holly Fahling, Autumn Watson, Cameron Medwayosh, Molly Wortz. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Danielle Davies, Hannah Hofstra, Kaleigh Keech, Aubrey Slocum, Brianne Calkins, Shauna Russell, Tori Wierda, Sierra Medwayosh, Devin Slocum, Coach Steve Washington

It was the last home game of the careers of Slocum, Kaleigh Keech, and Shauna Russell. Many tears were shed, but it was exactly the way the seniors had hoped to go out, with many hugs passed around after the game. The girls’ team showed great improvement throughout the season, ending with a 4-10 record.

The CTA boys team came out with great intensity after the senior festivities had ended. Junior Brandon Beck and sophomore Dawson Armstrong got started early, and the Chargers never looked back, holding a comfortable double digit lead throughout the majority of the game, winning by 15.

The Chargers varsity team finished with their best record in four years, at 8-6. With no seniors on the team, and growth and maturity expected over the next year, the Chargers could be an extremely dangerous team come next November. Congratulations on a great season, Chargers!

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Boys basketball team sweeps trio


By Rebekah Cronk

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks boys varsity basketball team is on a roll after winning against all three teams they faced last week.

On Monday February 8, the Cedar Springs varsity basketball team went head to head with Kenowa Hills, which was a makeup game from January 12. The varsity team played a solid game, winning against Kenowa Hills with an ending score of 62-47.

“We were led by Nikc Jackson with 23 points and 7 Rebounds. Taylor VanDyke added 17 points and 9 Rebounds,” said the Cedar Springs varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin.

On Tuesday, the team played a home game against Belding with a victory score of  64-46. The team had 13 different players that scored throughout the game.

“I was enlightened to see some of the guys who always bust their butts in practice, but don’t usually get to play in the game, finally be able to participate,” said varsity player, Jameson Pavelka.

“Playing against Belding wasn’t too tough of a game because Belding has a younger team and they’re still improving, we have an older team, so it was an easier game,” said varsity basketball player, Dustin Shaw.

On Friday, February 12, the varsity team played their last game for the week at Greenville in a conference game. They led the entire game, which resulted in a win with a score of 55-44. Nikc Jackson led in scoring with 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Taylor VanDyke adding 9 points and 11 rebounds.

“This was good bounce-back week for us. On February 5 we lost to Wyoming by two in a tough battle, so to bounce back with three good wins was good for us,” said Patin.

Looking strong; looking to stay hot 

It was a strong week for the varsity team, and they also feel as though the season will continue to be strong.

“I feel pretty good about the season. It started off with its ups and downs but we have been on a comeback lately,” said varsity player Blake Fisher.

“We’ve had games where we’ve played well and we’ve had other games where we’ve struggled, but we all know how well we can play. We have only scratched the surface of how good we can be. The best for us has yet to come,” said Shaw.

The team has had many difficulties throughout the season, but they are willing to work hard, and to work together to be the best they can be to win.

“We are brothers, we have our moments but it’s normal. We just know when it comes down to it we need to be all together in order to come out on top,” said varsity player, Da’Marcus Barnett.

Come on out and cheer on your Red Hawks when they host Northview Friday night at 7 p.m., at Cedar Springs High School.

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Cedar hoops win over Kent City, Northview

By Rebekah Cronk

The varsity basketball team went head to head with Kent City on Tuesday, January 19. It was a close game, but the Red Hawks took the victory with an ending score of 56-49.

The varsity team had three players score in double figures on Tuesday evening. Taylor VanDyke had with 15, Nikc Jackson had 13, and Dustin Shaw added 10.

Not only did the varsity team take the win on Tuesday against Kent City but they won yet again on Friday, January 22 against Northview. The team won by a score of 52-42.

The team was led by Nikc Jackson with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor VanDyke had 10 points and a game high of 14 rebounds.

“All but one of our games in January have been away and anytime you can get wins on the road is an accomplishment,” said varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin. “So we feel good about getting both of those wins. Also, the wins against Kent City and Northview will help us gain some momentum as we enter the halfway point of the season.”

The varsity team has suffered some losses since the start of the season, but with improvement and hard work, they have taken wins the last two weeks.

“Our team defense has been pretty consistent throughout the season and our team offense is starting to come around now. Being able to win even though you haven’t played your best yet, has given us the drive to keep continuing to improve,” said Patin.

On a roll 

The team felt as though winning against Kent City and Northview was crucial after their win against Greenville the week before.

“We felt it was important for us to play well after our first conference win against Greenville.  It [was] exam week for Cedar Springs students, so that added another dimension to our weekly preparations,” said Patin.

The team worked hard and took the victory against Kent City and Northview, despite the pressure of school.

“Throughout the season, thus far, we’ve gotten some good individual contributions from Taylor VanDyke, Nikc Jackson, Jameson Pavelka, Dustin Shaw, and Je’len Jackson.  Knowing that we have a different person who can step up on any given night is a nice feeling to have,” said Patin.

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Cedar Springs boys win against Greenville

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks are now 1-1 in conference after their win over Greenville. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks are now 1-1 in conference after their win over Greenville.
Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Rebekah Cronk

Friday, January 15th was the first and only home basketball game for the month of January and every player and fan were anxious to win against Greenville.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very well from field or from the free-throw line.  Our defense was okay, but when you don’t shoot well you put so much pressure on your defense to keep coming up with stops,” said varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin.

Although, the varsity team was struggling with shooting the ball, they were able to take a victory against Greenville, with an ending score of 60-51. The varsity team was led by three guys  in the double figures: Dustin Shaw with 13, Je’len Jackson 12, and Jameson Pavelka with 12.

“The win on Friday evened our record to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference,” said Patin.

The Friday night win against Greenville had the boys confident again, but they are still striving to improve their skills, and as a team.

“We feel good about the win knowing that we can still play better, [but] we are continuing to improve and find our rhythm,” said Patin.

The boys are continuing to work hard to try and accomplish the goals they have set as a team.

“We set several goals this year as a team and one [goal] was to win the conference championship,” said Patin.

The goal the team set to win the conference championship is a goal that not only the players would like to accomplish, but a goal that the fans would like to see met as well.

The team played Kent City on Tuesday, January 19, and they play Northview this Friday, January 22. See next week’s Post for coverage of those games.

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Red Hawks win hoops opener against Kelloggsville


Coach reveals what they will do to be successful this season

By Rebekah Cronk

It was the first game of the season and the heart of every player was racing, hands were sweating, and the pressure to win was overpowering. Sneakers squeaked and scuffed against the gymnasium floors as the players shuffled along the court; words of encouragement were shouted as the ball was dribbled and passed.

The fans went wild Tuesday night, December 8, when Jameson Pavelka led the Cedar Springs Varsity basketball team to scoring 23 points, including making 4 of 6 from the three point range. Nikc Jackson and Taylor VanDyke also scored in the double digits, with Jackson putting up 11 points and VanDyke adding 10. Jackson also pulled down 16 rebounds.

“We won at Kelloggsville 59-39. We had a slow start shooting the ball, but came out in the third quarter strong defensively as well as knocking down some shots,” said Cedar Springs Varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin.

The victory for the basketball team’s first game at Kelloggsville will be one of many to come. Coach Jeff Patin has a great deal of faith in the boys and feels as though they will have a strong season if they put forth their best efforts.

“We are going to try and give our best efforts. We have the ability to do well this season and we will try to continue to improve as the season moves on,” said Patin.

Patin said that in order to become more successful this year, there needs to be more balance between their outside and inside game, but having a group of boys that work well together is what helps them become successful too.

“We have a great group of young men,” said Patin. “Each one brings their own unique personality and skills to our team. The joy I get from coaching is finding ways to get them to play as one, and have each other’s backs. The memories created going through this process is what has impacted me.”

“To help us be successful this season, we hope that [the fans] can continue to support us and be a positive example for other teams and communities,” said Patin.


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Chargers Own Senior Night, Sweep the Grizzlies


The Creative Technologies Academy boys’ and girls’ basketball teams have been known as road warriors, but on February 20th, the Chargers were able to play their one and only “home” game of the season for Senior Night at Grace Bible College.

The girls’ team was up first, taking on the Grizzlies of Grattan Academy. The teams had met twice before during the season, with Grattan coming out with tight victories on each occasion. This time, however, the Lady Chargers were not to be denied. CTA led throughout the entire game, and fought to a 40-32 victory.

It was an emotional night for Charger seniors Olivia Wortz (4 points, 8 rebounds) and Hannah Hubbard (9 points, 7 rebounds). In a very physical game, Wortz and Hubbard kept their composure and used their senior leadership to lead the Chargers to the eight point victory. Junior Aubrey Slocum had the first double-double of her career with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and sophomore Holly Fahling chipped in 10 points of her own.

The boys had a fierce battle themselves, as they took on a Grizzlies team who had played them closely in their first two meetings. The Chargers got off to a strong start, leading by as many as 18 in the first half. One key of the game was to slow down the Grattan point guard, and CTA did just that. They forced him into four first half fouls, which made him sit for much of the first half.

The third quarter started off slowly for the Chargers, as Grattan cut the lead down to five on back to back banked in three pointers, but senior Logan Ogden led a Charger run which eventually led them to a 50-34 victory.

Ogden had another double-double for the Chargers with 13 points and 10 rebounds in his last home game. Freshmen Dawson Armstrong finished with a team high 16 points, and sophomore Brandon Beck scored 15 after sitting out the last meeting with the Grizzlies with a sprained ankle.

It was certainly a senior night to remember for Creative Technologies Academy, and it was a great way to go into the offeason.

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Boys Basketball Preview


Chargers Look to Flip the Script in 14-15

The Creative Technologies Academy boys basketball team had a few highlight moments during last year’s basketball campaign, but unfortunately were unable to come up with any victories. This year, the players and coaches are confident that a young Chargers team can turn it around.

Led by second year head coach Scott Bultman, the Chargers have gained a year of experience playing with each other, and are looking for quite a few victories on the scoreboard this season. Senior and team co-captain Preston Hawkins likes what he has seen in his team this preseason. “I believe our team is a lot better than last year” Said Hawkins. “We are much deeper than we were. I expect us to win at least half of our games this season.”

Joining Hawkins as the only other upperclassmen on the Charger roster is the other co-captain, senior Hunter George, senior Logan Ogden, and junior Nate Marble. Although young, the Chargers have many younger players who earned valuable experience from playing on the team last year. CTA has two very athletic wings who are poised for great things this year in sophomore Brandon Beck and freshman Dawson Armstrong. Armstrong sees a couple of keys for his team to have a successful season. “In practice we are doing a much better job of minimizing turnovers and we are being much more patient offensively, which will help us during the season.”

A couple of other returning players who are expected to see a lot of minutes this year are freshman James Hofstra, and sophomores Logan Colter and Bailey Hawkins. Hofstra will be stepping into the starting point guard role this season. “It is very important that we are unselfish as a team this season” said Hofstra. “We have been working a lot on our team chemistry, and are moving the ball very well.”

Sophomore Tim DeVries, who is in his first year at Creative Technologies Academy, likes what he has seen in the team so far. “There is a lot more talent here than where I had played before. We work very hard defensively, and coach Bultman makes sure we are very well conditioned.”

Rounding up the roster for the Chargers are sophomores Jackson Bowers and Jared Bouma, eighth grader Charles Wortz, and seventh graders Luke Hubbard and Collin Bishop.

The Chargers have a 16 game schedule this season, and begin the season Tuesday, December 16, at the West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. Best of luck this season to Coach Bultman and the Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy.

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