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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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Lady Chargers finish season on winning note


CTA girls basketballSeniors Ashley Witherspoon and Evie Ramirez led the CTA Lady Chargers in scoring in a 23-21 win over West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science, in the championship game of the WMAES Invitational Tournament Friday night.

The Lady Chargers ended their season with three consecutive wins. For seniors Trisha Davies, Danielle Davies, Ashley Witherspoon, Evie Ramirez, and Heather Harris it was a thrilling way to close out their high school careers.  The win marked the first time the young CTA girls basketball program, in its second year, brought home a trophy.

The Lady Chargers had defeated Lakeshore Baptist Academy on Tuesday by the same score to earn a spot in Friday’s championship game.  Grace VanEnk led CTA in that game with 9 points. Dani George contributed 6 points and had a game high 15 rebounds.  The Lady Chargers were down by 8 at the half but had a strong second half to secure the win.

“This was a growing year for our young program,” said Coach Robin Greene.  “Our girls have worked hard to improve this year.  The three wins to close out the season topped with a tournament championship will give us encouragement to work harder between now and the start of next season.”

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Red Hawks defeat West Catholic and Belding


Hank Porter goes up for two against West Catholic.

After starting the OK Blue conference season with a disappointing 1-4 record, the Cedar Springs boy’s varsity basketball team needed motivation. “We set a goal about halfway through the year to finish in the top half of the conference, and we needed to win 3 of our last 4 league games to do it,” said Coach Andy Secor. With a victory over Forest Hills Northern two weeks ago and a loss to Comstock Park last Tuesday, the Red Hawks needed to win their last two league games to achieve their goal.

Last Wednesday the Red Hawks hosted West Catholic in a blizzard make up game. In the first half, the lead changed 6 times as the teams traded punches. The Red Hawks took a 4-point lead with 3:50 to go in the half on Tyler Covell’s second 3-pointer of the game. Then West Catholic took over and led 21-18 at halftime. The Falcons led 31-27 after 3 quarters, and extended their lead to 9 points early in the 4th. Then, with things looking bleak for the Red Hawks, senior Alec Hanmer took charge. Hanmer scored 12 points in the final 5:27 of the game. Hanmer hit two 3-pointers to keep the game close. Then with 4:01 to go and Cedar still trailing 40-33, Hanmer drove the lane and hit a short jumper, was fouled and made his free throw to cut the Falcon lead to 4. A Hank Porter 3-pointer cut the Falcon lead to one point. Then Hanmer hit another 3-pointer to give Cedar a 42-40 lead with 1:30 left. The Red Hawks got the defensive stop they needed and West Catholic was forced to foul.  Free Throws by Ryan Dines and Hank Porter iced the game for the Red Hawks. The final score was Cedar Springs 44, West Catholic 40.

“I’m not sure I’ve ever been part of a game where we finished on an 11-0 run to win by four points.” said Coach Secor. “It was one of those games where it would’ve been easy for us to mail it in, down 9 in the 2nd half and really struggling offensively. Alec Hanmer’s 9 consecutive points in the fourth quarter really got us going,” he said.

Hanmer finished with a game high 20 points along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocked shots. Porter had 9 points and Covell finished with 6. Ryan Dines had 4 points and a game high 6 assists, including 4 assists during the fourth quarter comeback. Jason Gingrich and Derek Ash rounded out the scoring for Cedar with 3 and 2 points, respectively.

The Red Hawks traveled to Belding last Friday for their final league game of the year. Cedar started the game red hot hitting 6 of their first 7 shot attempts and jumping out to a 13-0 lead. During that span Jason Gingrich and Hank Porter each scored 4 points while Alec Hanmer had 5. The Red Hawks led 13-4 after 1 quarter. Derek Ash and Hanmer scored on lay ups to start the second quarter. Then Kyle Chaney hit a baseline jumper and Ryan Dines hit a pull up jumper and the Red Hawks led by 11 with 2:07 left in the half. Then the wheels came off for Cedar as Belding went on an 8-0 run to end the half with the Red Hawks leading by only three 22-19.

A three pointer by Hanmer and a lay up by Ash built the Red Hawk lead back to 8 in the first 2 minutes of the second half. Ryan Dines also scored 6 points in the quarter and Cedar Springs had a 12 point lead after 3 quarters. Jason Gingrich made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch and the Red Hawks hung on for a 55-47 victory. “We played 4 of the best minutes of the year out of the gate, jumping to a 13-0 lead” said Coach Secor. “Our mental toughness and poise was tested in the 2nd half by a couple runs by Belding. Playing at Belding is never easy and Coach Babbitt gets his teams to play very hard.  In the end, we made some key plays on offense and enough free throws to get by.” he said.

Alec Hanmer and Jason Gingrich led Cedar Springs with 13 points each. Ryan Dines had 11 points and led the team with 4 assists. Derek Ash had 9 points and Hank Porter had 4. Kyle Chaney and Trey Reed had 2 points each. Tyler Baker had 1 point and led Cedar with 6 rebounds. The 2 victories gave Cedar a 3rd place finish in the OK Blue Conference. The Red Hawks final regular season game is Thursday, March 3rd at Cedar Springs High School as they take on the Unity Christian Crusaders. Before the game the Red Hawks will honor their six Seniors who will be playing in their final home game. The Freshmen game begins at 4 PM, followed by the JV at 5:30 and the Varsity at 7.

The Red Hawks begin state tournament play in the district tournament at Grand Haven High School on Wednesday, March 9th at 6 PM as they take on the winner of the Mona Shores vs Muskegon game.

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Lady Red Hawks lose at districts


The Cedar Springs Lady Red Hawks Varsity Basketball team faced a tough opponent in the Grand Haven Buccaneers (20-0) Monday evening, in the first round of Class A District 6 games. The OK-Red team is rated number 1 in Class A in the state, and they proved it Monday evening, limiting the Red Hawks to only 15 points the entire game, while they scored 40. However, the Red Hawks played tough defense in the second and third quarters, and held the Bucs to only 6 points in each of those time periods.

“They don’t like to play defense as much, and we saw them grow impatient having to do so for longer stretches,” said Asst. Coach Chad Wight. “They play a scrappy 2/3 zone, but we forced them to go man-to-man, and to press the ball on the inbounds. It’s rare that they do that, so we were being effective.”

Leading scorer for the Red Hawks was Tiffany Karger with 6, Molly Holtrop had 4, Hannah Wight had 2, and Rachael Ludtke, Nicole Shevock, and Chaya Coxon also contributed one.

“We dug ourselves a hole with our second half scoring (scoreless in the 3rd). When our leading scorer has 6 points, we obviously weren’t productive enough on both ends of the floor. We also could have used more points from the Free throw line,” noted Wight.
That loss means that the Lday Red Hawks are done for the season. Great job!

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Lady Red Hawks finish third in conference


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Tiffany Karger sealing the defense for Rachael Ludtke

The last home game of the 2011 season for the Cedar Springs Girls Varsity basketball team was a slow-paced, low scoring game but it went well for the Red Hawks. Cedar led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, 12-10 after the second, 21-12 at the end of the third. The Red Hawks scored five more points in the fourth, and they Panthers came up with 8, but it wasn’t enough and the Red Hawks won 26-20.

All three seniors Meghan Andres, Lindsey Kline, and Maddie Bueche started the game. Leading scorer was Molly Holtrop with 7 points, followed by Tiffany Karger and Rachael Ludtke, who both put up 6, Hannah Wight with 3, and Chaya Coxon and Amber Milligan who each chipped in 2.

On Wednesday, February 25, the Red Hawks traveled to West Catholic to face the Falcons in a makeup game. The Red Hawks were behind from the outset, trailing behind 10-4 at the end of the first quarter, and 29-14 at half. They upped their game in the third, scoring 15 points and allowing only 7 for the Falcons, and ended the third behind by only 6 points. But West Catholic came on strong in the fourth, scoring 17 points and holding the Red Hawks to 7. Final score was West Catholic 53, Cedar Springs 36.

Leading scorer for the Red Hawks was Tiffany Karger with 11, followed by Molly Holtrop with 7, Chaya Coxon with 6 and Rachael Ludtke with 5.  Nicolve Shevock, Brittany Todd, Amber Milligan and Lindsey Klein also scored.

The Red Hawks finished their last game of league play with a win on Friday, February 25, against Belding, putting them in 3rd place in the OK Blue Conference.

In their last meeting with Belding on January 28, they fell to the Redskins 49-34, so the Hawks came with a score to settle. The game was exciting through to the end, with four lead changes and being tied twice. Cedar came out strong and maintained the lead and finished the 1st quarter 14-8. Belding was no way backing down and out scored Cedar 14-11 in the 2nd quarter and closed the gap, with the Hawks still in the lead 25-22 at the end of the half. The Redskins came out after the break and outscored the Hawks 13-9, and finished the 3rd quarter ahead of the Hawks 35-34. Cedar came back strong in the 4th quarter and regained the lead, by out scoring Belding 18-9 and finished the game Cedar Springs 52-Belding 44.

“Belding’s guard Kelsey Pollack, who is going to play next year at Calvin, was a threat the entire game,” remarked Cedar Springs assistant coach Chad Wight. “She had 19 and was pesty defensively. But our girls faced the adversity well and played a solid game.”

Leading scorer was Rachael Ludtke with a double double 13 points and 13 rebounds; followed by Molly Holtrop with 11 points; Tiffany Karger 9 points and 9 rebounds; Hannah Wight with 7 points and 5 rebounds; Chaya Coxon with 6 points and 3 rebounds; Brittany Todd with 4 points and 1 rebound; Amber Milligan with 2 points; and Maddie Bueche with 1 rebound.

“It was great that we were hitting our shots,” said Wight. “We were shooting with more confidence, and the girls were sharing the ball for open looks. That was really the key to our win.”

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