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High School Special Olympics basketball team wins gold!


The High School Special Olympics Basketball Team, with eight students from Mr. White’s class, took first place at the State Unified Basketball Tournament. The students played two games and won both, with a score of 24-18 in the first and 32-30 in overtime in the second game. The students received gold medals at the medal ceremony.

Congratulations to the team!

 

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Red Hawks finish regular season with 16 – 4 record


The girls varsity hoops squad finished off their regular season with two games last week winning at Belding on Tuesday night, February 21, 64 to 36 but losing out to West Catholic on Friday, February 25, 46 to 32 in a game between the two best teams in the OK Blue conference.

Cedar enjoyed one of their best first quarter of the season putting up 23 points in the first stanza. Belding came out of the locker room hot, hitting their first four shots to take an early lead. But it was short lived, as the Red Hawks asserted themselves on defense and turned the game around quickly. By halftime, the team led the Redskins 32 to 14.

The second half was much of the same as Cedar stretched their lead to as many as 32 points to come away with the victory.

Rachael Ludtke was high scorer for the Red Hawks with 20 points hitting 8 of 10 from the field, Tiffany Karger followed with 14, and Molly Holtrop was is in double figures with 10. Chaya Coxon scored 7, Brittany Todd 6, Allie Veltkamp 6, and Abby VanDusen 1. Veltkamp led the team with 7 rebounds on the night.

On Friday night, the ladies of West Catholic came to town in a showdown for the OK Blue championship. It was a big game for both teams and both schools were well represented. West brought a big following and it was Red Hawks Kids Club night for the Cedar Springs elementary schools. What a great turn out for a big game.

West got off to an early lead going up 12 to 6 at the end of the first quarter, as the Red Hawks looked a little tight in the beginning of the game. West is a two-time league champion and played like they wanted their third straight. Cedar battled back scoring 12 points in the second quarter but trailed at the half 24 to 18.

The second half was a grind-it-out game, as the West controlled the ball well and ate up the clock. The Red Hawks were able to trim the lead to six points but would get no closer.  In the fourth quarter, with time running out, Cedar was forced to foul and West capitalized from the line to put the game away.

Tiffany Karger was high scorer for the Red Hawks, leading the way with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Chaya Coxon chipped in 5, as did Allie Veltkamp. Rachael Ludtke had 4; Hannah Wight had 4, and Molly Holtrop 2.

The girls went to districts on Monday night to face host Mona Shores. Pick up next week’s Post for all the details.

 

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Red Hawks win one, lose one in holiday tournament


Boys Varsity Basketball team: Row 1: Justin Hanes, Isaac Golczynski, Robert Klein, Jason Gingrich, Ryan Dines, Hank Porter, Trey Reed. Row 2: Assistant Coach Jimmy Booth, Kyle Longcore, Brandow Slater, Tyler Covell, Derek Ash, Marcus Walls, Mathias Mair, Cameron Link, Trevor Hill, Coach Andrew Secor.

The Cedar Springs basketball team participated in their annual Holiday Tournament last week.  Due to a power outage in the high school, the freshmen and JV played their games at the middle school and the varsity played at Kent City. The freshmen team advanced to the championship game by defeating Newaygo, but lost in overtime to Hastings in the final.  They JV team lost to Newaygo in their opener, but bounced back to defeat Hastings in the consolation game.
The varsity team lost their opening game to Newaygo by a score of 70-62. The Red Hawks held a 7-point lead at half, but great three-point shooting by the Lions led them to a 40-point second half.
In the consolation game, Cedar Springs jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead and led 34-26 at the half.  A 15-9 edge in the fourth quarter allowed to Red Hawks to finish with a 58-52 victory. The Red Hawks were paced by Ryan Dines and his 20 points, along with Jason Gingrich who added 14.
Coach Secor noted, “We were very disappointed with the way we defended against Newaygo. I was proud of the way we responded to adversity and were able to defeat a solid Kent City team on their home floor. However, if we are going to have any shot to compete in the OK Blue, we have numerous things to improve on and need to do so in a very quick manner.”
The Red Hawks now stand at 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference. Their next game is home, on Friday, January 6th, against Forest Hills Northern.

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Hawks win National AYBT championship


The winning AYBT team.

Our Cedar Hawks traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana last week for the National AYBT (American Youth Basketball Tour) Tournament, from Wednesday July 20, through Saturday July 23. The team was comprised of freshman, sophomores and juniors from Cedar Springs High School. The Hawks took first place in Division III Girls 10th-11th grade, after winning their bracket games on Saturday. Their first match was against the Kalamazoo Storm, the Semi-Finals against Wyoming Park then a tough battle against the Spiece Gym Rats in the finals to take the National Championship 52 to 50.

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Four CTA Chargers sign with Grace Bible


Danielle Davies (center)

Since the hallways and classrooms have been vacated by the students and staff at Creative Technologies Academy for summer break, four graduating student-athletes from CTA have decided to take their talents to Grace Bible College, located in Wyoming, Michigan.

Seniors Danielle Davies, Timothy Hubbard, Trisha Davies, and Ashley Witherspoon have each signed letters of intent to participate at the college level.  Danielle plans on attending Grace and running on the cross country team in the fall, and Tim, Trisha, and Ashley will be hitting the hardwood for the Tiger’s basketball teams this winter.

Trisha Davies (center)

When asked what this meant for CTA’s athletic programs, Athletic Director Kyle Bohl stated, “This is a tribute to not only the athletes, but also the commitment made throughout the years from both their parents and their coaches. Not only do the coaches care about player development within the confines of competition, but they also care about their student athletes as positive contributors to our society, and that’s what matters most.”

Ashley Witherspoon (right)

Although CTA will be losing these excellent student athletes to college, some fierce competitors are coming up through the ranks to take over the roles that these players are leaving behind. “Although we will miss these students on campus and on the field, every year graduation happens. The mark of a solid program is when a team doesn’t skip a beat from year to year due to player development, a lot of support from parents, and a ton of hard work,” Bohl said. The Chargers’ programs will look to continue a tradition of excellence on and off the court again for the 2011-2012 season.

Timothy Hubbard (right)

The signings of the new Tigers are located on the Grace Bible College Athletics website. If you are interested in learning more about the signing of Tim Hubbard, please go to http://gbcol.edu/bbmens/. For more information pertaining to the signings of Trisha Davies and Ashley Witherspoon, please go to http://gbcol.edu/bbwomens/. Danielle Davies’ signing is documented at   http://gbcol.edu/crosswomens/. Congratulations to all four of you!

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Pilgrim Bible teams compete at state


Last week Pilgrim Bible Academy traveled to Adrian College to compete in state competition.
Pilgrim’s basketball team played great basketball all week and made it to the state championship game, where they fell to Faith Christian 45-29. They were led by team captains junior Matt Metz and seniors Josh Cole and Jordan Price. After winning their first two games, they had to come back in the loser bracket to make it to the state championship game.
Coach Don Slocum said he couldn’t be happier. “The boys played hard. No one thought we could do it with just six boys on the team. So proud of you all!” he said.
Also placing at the state in girls track in the 200 meter run was Emma Bishop, 4th place, and Erin Brecken, 5th place.
Now all of them qualify for national competition, which will be held at James Madison University in Virginia.

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Mother son movie night and Wee Hawks basketball


Two programs put on by Cedar Springs Parks and Rec are underway in the next week.
The Wee Hawks Basketball Program begins this Saturday, April 30, from 9-10:30 am at the Cedar View Elementary Gym and runs four weeks. Cedar Springs High School basketball coaches work with students in Kindergarten through 2nd grade to help them get a good fundamental start at the game. They will work on some basic ball handling skills and drills, dribbling and work on making a few shots. The program is held at Cedar View Elementary gymnasium and there are special baskets put up so that the youth do not have to shoot as high to get their two points. The participants will receive a basketball at the end of the camp that will allow them to keep practicing on their newfound talent over the summer. Registration forms can be found online at www.csaparksandrec.com or at the CS Public Schools District Office.  Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required.
To celebrate Mother’s Day, there will be a mother-son movie night at the Cedar Springs Middle School on May 6, from 6-9 p.m. The event features the movie “Megamind,” while enjoying pizza and popcorn. It also includes fun activities that give the boys a chance to make a meaningful gift and card for the holiday, and a chance to go into the gym and play together or sit in the cafeteria and have a few moments away from television and distractions of home to play a game together. The night is filled with opportunities for the boys to play with their friends and spend time with their mothers. Tickets are on sale now during normal daytime office hours at Hilltop and Monday-Wednesday evenings at the Middle School from 6-9pm. Tickets in advance are $12 for two people, or $15 for three or more. Tickets can be purchased at the door for an additional fee, $15 for two people, or $20 for three or more.

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Bailey named National Coach of the Year


Gary Bailey (r) is national coach of the year.

Grace Bible College men’s basketball coach and Cedar Springs resident Gary Bailey has been named the 2011 NCCAA II “National Coach of the Year.”  This year Bailey guided the Tigers to their third straight NCCAA II National Championship and the school’s fourth National Championship in the last six years.  This is the second time that Bailey has received this honor.  He also received the award in 2009.  Bailey has been named the NCCAA II Midwest Region “Coach of the Year” for four consecutive years from 2008-2011.

“This has been a great run for Grace basketball,” said Bailey.  “It is a great honor to receive this award.  As I have said many times, this award should be presented to the entire coaching staff.  All of our staff contributes to the success of this program.  Dan George, Kyle Bohl, Kent Karnemaat, David Oldebekking, and John Bailey all play a major role in what we do all year.”  Dan George is also a Cedar Springs resident.

Bailey is the all-time win leader at GBC with 148 wins in his six years at the helm and is averaging 24.7 wins per season.  This season the Tigers broke the regular season win mark with 25 and the season win mark with 31 finishing the year at 31-7.

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Grace Bible College wins third straight national title


Coach Gary Bailey of Cedar Springs named coach of the year


Grace Bible College won its third consecutive NCCAA II national championship and the fourth in six years in Springfield, Missouri Saturday night with a 76-56 drubbing of Valley Forge Christian College.  The championship game was a rematch of the 2009 title game which Grace won by 2 points.

Grace’s head coach, Gary Bailey, and assistant coach, Dan George, are Cedar Springs residents.  George was Bailey’s college coach 32 years ago and the two have been teamed up at Grace for the last six years.  “It has been an amazing run, especially these last three years,” said Dan George.  “It kind of started two years ago when we beat Ferris State University on their floor.  People started paying attention to tiny Grace.”

Gary Bailey was named Midwest Region Coach of the Year for the fourth consecutive year and he was named National Coach of the Year for the second time, previously winning the honor in 2009.

Team accomplishments this year included:

•    Victories over Calvin College and Hope College in their tournaments with Grace winning both tournaments

•    Leading NAIA Champion Cornerstone University by 16 at halftime before falling to the Golden Eagles on a buzzer beating three-pointer.

•    Setting a new school record for victories in a season (breaking the 30-8 record they set in 2009) with a record of 31-7.

•    Expanding their record setting NCCAA II winning streak to 58 in a row.  The Tigers have not lost an NCCAA II game in three years and they have been ranked #1 in the country since January of 2009.

This year’s tournament run began at the Midwest Regionals in Chicago where Grace dominated Emmaus, Northland International University, and Lincoln Christian University and moved on to the National Tournament in Springfield, Missouri last week as the #1 seed.  The Tigers handled #8 Kentucky Christian University on Thursday, 74-53, but survived a scare from #4 Dallas Christian on Friday night.  Grace trailed by 13 at halftime before fighting back and winning in overtime, 69-67.  The Tigers built a 13 point lead at the half of the championship game against Valley Forge and expanded it to as much as 27 points in the second half before Bailey emptied his bench to give all his players an opportunity to contribute.

Allen Durham (Wyoming Park) was named Tournament MVP and winner of the Maravich Award as NCCAA II Player of the Year.  Durham and Cory Jamieson (Wayland) were named All-Americans.

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Red Hawks season ends in Districts


Alec Hanmer scores against Muskegon. Hanmer was voted to the OK Blue All Conference team.

Hanmer and Porter voted all conference

The Cedar Springs boys varsity basketball team was eliminated from state tournament play last Wednesday after being defeated by the Muskegon Big Reds. The Red Hawks kept the game within reach until late in the third quarter, but the relentless trapping and pressing by the Big Reds defense proved to be too much for Cedar Springs and Muskegon went on to win by a score of 64-42.

Muskegon got out to an 18-8 lead after one quarter. The Red Hawks traded punches with the Big Reds and tied the 2nd quarter, but Muskegon still led by 10 at the half. Midway through the 3rd quarter, Cedar cut the Big Red’s lead to 7 on a Ryan Dines 3-pointer. Muskegon responded with a 9-0 run to end the third quarter and held a commanding 49-33 lead going into the fourth.

Junior Hank Porter goes to the hoop against Muskegon. Porter was chosen All conference honorable mention.

With 4:30 to go in the game and Cedar trailing by 22, Coach Secor put the five healthy seniors in the game (Andrew Klompstra is injured and was unable to play). The five seniors—Tyler Baker, Kyle Chaney, Alec Hanmer, Jake Holtrop, and Tyler Hinton—finished the game, playing together for the last time for Cedar Springs. During that time, Alec Hanmer hit two free throws and a jump shot, and then Kyle Chaney drove the lane for a lay up. Then Alec Hanmer hit Tyler Baker on a long pass and Baker made the lay up for the final Red Hawk basket of the season.

Ryan Dines led the Red Hawks with 12 points in the game, and Hank Porter had 10. Alec Hanmer had 9 points and a team high 7 rebounds. Tyler Baker had 6 points. Kyle Chaney and Derek Ash had 2 points each, and Jason Gingrich had one. The Red Hawks finished the season with a 9-13 overall record. The Red Hawks finished 3rd in the OK Blue with a 6-6 conference record.

Head Coach Andy Secor reflected on this year’s Red Hawk team after the final game of the season. “Our entire coaching staff really enjoyed working with this group of student-athletes and parents. This group came to practice everyday, ready to work hard and improve. One of the things I am most proud when it comes to this group, is how they re-established the way we like Cedar basketball players to act as role models. It is a great group of young men who have the chance to be very successful in life.”

Senior Alec Hanmer earned a spot on the OK Blue All Conference team, which is chosen in a vote by the league coaches. He led the Red Hawks in scoring for the season with 170 points. He also led the team in defensive assists (20). Alec was second on the team in rebounds (78), blocked shots (14) and steals (21), and 3rd in assists (25).

Despite missing 5 games with a knee injury, Junior Hank Porter was second on the team with 143 points and voted OK Blue All Conference honorable mention.

Hank led the team in scoring average with 8.94 points per game. He was 2nd in “charges taken” (7), and 4th in assists (24).

See more player stats on our website at www.cedarspringspost.com.

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