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Chargers Basketball Off To A New Start


 

The CTA Lady Chargers headed into the 2016-17 season looking to improve on last year’s 4-11 record.

Lady chargers have 9 returning players, including senior captain Holly Fahling. “We are looking to Holly’s leadership to continue to help our younger players grow,” head coach Steve Washington commented. Along with Fahling, the Lady Chargers returning starters are sophomore Brin Calkins, and freshmen Hannah Hofstra and Faith Watson. The Ladies are rising to the challenge so far, and have started off with 3 wins and 5 losses so far this season.

The boys basketball team is developing an offensive system (with only a single court practice with new head coach Todd Bowmar), they have a strong defensive presence and the boys have bought into the idea of team success. Coach Bowmar shared that when he joined CTA, there was a lot of talk of the CTA Way, which he understood the concept of. “Today was a demonstration of that philosophy – Chargers don’t quit. Chargers play the game the right way. Chargers hold themselves to the highest expectations,” shared Bowmar as he referenced a recent game against an incredibly talented team. “I am proud to be a part of the CTA Way.”

Bowmar, who is also CTA’s high school english teacher, is looking forward to the opportunity to work with the students outside of the classroom, “ I would like to thank the players and parents of CTA for such a wonderful opportunity to work for these young men. As a team, we are growing so rapidly. I have high hopes for the rest of the season.”

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Sparling signs national letter of intent


csps-aliCongratulations Ali Sparling on signing her national letter of intent to play basketball next year at NAIA member school Aquinas College.  Ali is pictured with her parents Tracie and Brett, as well as members of the Aquinas coaching staff.

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Sparling to play basketball for Aquinas


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Cedar Springs High School senior Ali Sparling signed her national letter of intent last week to play basketball for NAIA member Aquinas College. She currently plays basketball for the Lady Red Hawks Varsity basketball team. Ali is pictured above (seated) with her parents, Tracie and Brett, on either side of her. Standing behind her is Linda Nash, head coach for the Aquinas Saints; and assistant coach Brian Morris. Congratulations, Ali!

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Chargers Take It To The Hoop


 

The ladies fought but fell to the Algoma Christian Knights in their second game of the season, which was played at “home” at Cedar Springs Middle School on Dec. 9. Faith Watson led the ladies scoring efforts with six points and was supported with points from Brianne Calkins, Holly Fahling, Hannah Hofstra, Tori Wierda and Devin Slocum. Zoe Roesner and Autumn Watson contributed valuable defensive minutes and were key players in the game. The Lady Chargers showed growth in their confidence in their roles and are looking forward to their next challenge against Aviation Academy on Dec. 22. Everyone got in on the action and was able to gain game experience. The girls are making progress and are demonstrating a stronger grasp on their offensive and defensive roles. Creative Technologies Academy Boys Varsity Basketball won against Algoma Christian with a final score of 67- 61.

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SCHOOL CALENDAR


CREATIVE TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY

 

December 16 & 21 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-2 Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

3-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:40 p.m.

19 & 20 Spring Theater Production Tryouts

21 Popcorn Day

22 Basketball game @WMAA Girls – 5:30 p.m./Boys – 7:00 p.m.

22- Jan. 3 Winter Break

January 4 School Resumes

5 Girl Talk

6 Elementary Library Day

10 Basketball game @WMAES Girls – 5:30 p.m./Boys – 7:00 p.m.

12 Girl Scouts

13 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

K-2 Dismissal at 12:50 p.m.

3-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

6-12 Dismissal at 12:40 p.m.

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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


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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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