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Freshmen girls defeat Comstock Park

Last Thursday the Cedar Springs High School freshmen girls basketball team traveled to Comstock Park to take on the Panthers.  Cedar dominated the game from the start and got out to a 19-3 halftime lead. The Red Hawks cruised in the second half and secured a 39-22 victory.
Allison Hamilton led the Cedar Springs with 17 points and 18 rebounds. She also recorded 6 steals in the game. Hamilton has an incredible 38 rebounds in the last 2 games. Mary Monterusso had 10 points and shot 2-4 from behind the arc. Alysha Chaney scored 5 points and Jessica Kriekaard had 3. Sayge Wight had 2 points and Nikki Matzke had 2. Point guard Mikenzie Francis led Cedar with 4 assists. Taylor Baker pulled down 4 rebounds. Bre Burns and Alli Rohacz had 1 rebound each.
The victory improves the Red Hawk record to 6-4, and 3-2 in the OK Blue Conference. The next game for Cedar Springs is Thursday, February 3rd at 5:30 pm at Sparta High School.

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CTA basketball downs Grand River Prep

Chargers start New Year with a defensive statement

The boy’s varsity team from Creative Technologies Academy executed a near-perfect defensive game as they held the Grand River Prep team to just 6 points in last Thursday’s competition. CTA Chargers went on to post a 39-6 victory over the Titans.
A big reason for the successful night was the 43 combined offensive and defensive rebounds, as well as getting a total of 30 steals. Freshman Bailey Witherspoon was responsible for pulling down six of those rebounds, as well as getting three steals—the majority of which came all in the 4th quarter. Junior Cole Chilcote also helped the Chargers by getting his hands on a remarkable 11 steals.
When asked about Thursday’s performance, head coach Aaron Kenemer responded, “I was most impressed by the poise that came from our bench play. This has been a group that has been working on developing confidence, and they showed that [Thursday].” The Chargers were not only confident but unselfish, often making the extra pass to an open cutting teammate. This helped allow nearly every Charger make it into the scoring book, as 12 of the 13 players helped contribute to the total 39 points.
The CTA boys face a newly developing rival Grattan Academy next week Tuesday for the first time this season. They finish the week with a game at Lakeshore Baptist for a second meeting this year, and hope for another victory for the sweep.

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Lady Red Hawks slip by Spartans

The Cedar Springs Lady Red Hawks Varsity Basketball team chalked up another win last week when they took on the Sparta Spartans at home, on Friday, December 17.

The Red Hawks took charge early, and finished out the first quarter with a 15-6 lead. The Spartans were not just going to lay down, however, and came back with a quick 10 points in the second quarter, and limited the Red Hawks to 5, ending the half at 20-16 Red Hawks. Play in the third was much the same, with the Red Hawks scoring only six points and the Spartans pumping out another 10 points to tie it up. The third quarter ended 26-26.  Cedar commanded the lead again the fourth quarter and outscored the Spartans 13-5, finishing the game with a 39-31 win.

Leading scorer on the night was Red Hawk junior Rachael Ludtke with 14 points, and the Spartans’ Karen Bacon had 13.

Also contributing for the Red Hawks was Tiffany Karger with 9 points, Hannah Wight with 6, Molly Holtrop with 5, Brittany Todd with 3, and Chaya Coxon with 2. Ludtke went 8 for 8 on free throws and snagged 9 rebounds. Wight and Coxon had three steals each.

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Tough week for JV girls

On December 14 , the Cedar Springs JV girls basketball team hosted West Catholic. The girls played a strong first half with the score close at halftime and the Red Hawks were leading 19–16. The game remained close in the second half, with West Catholic taking the lead in the fourth quarter. With just seconds left in the game, Jeanette Sukstas hit a 3-pointer but the Red Hawk girls fell to West Catholic 33-34. Sommer VanDyke lead the scoring while Tamar Clark, Molly Caniff, Allie Veltkamp and Jeanette Sukstas contributed to the Red Hawks total points.
The JV girls hosted Sparta on December 16. The Red Hawk girls played a tough first half and went into the locker room behind Sparta 17 -22. The girls came back slow in the third quarter and only scored 5 points in the second half and fell to Sparta 22 -40. The girls had balanced scoring with Sommer VanDyke, Allie Veltkamp, Tamar Clark, Jeanette Sukstas, Abby VanDusen and Shaelyn Fasel scoring for the Red Hawks. Mercedes Gonzales, Amber Freiberg, Sirena Johnson, Shelby Towers, Delaney Holtrop and Molly Caniff also saw playing time for the Red Hawks.
The Cedar Spring JV Red Hawks will travel to Kenowa Hills on January 3.

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Cedar Boys varsity has tough week

Trey Reed’s up against West Catholic along with Jason Gingrich, Derek Ash and Ryan Dines.

Cedar Springs Boys Varsity Basketball entered the week with a 1-1 record facing two OK Blue Conference opponents. On Tuesday, December 14 they visited West Catholic High School to take on the Falcons. The Red Hawks led at halftime 21-20 after Andrew Klompstra found an open Derek Ash for a lay up in the final seconds of the half. The Red Hawks were outscored 10-4 in the third quarter, and West Catholic converted on their first 13 free throws of the fourth quarter and hung on for a 43-35 victory over Cedar.
Hank Porter led the Red Hawks with 8 points, Alec Hanmer had 7, followed by Jason Gingrich with 6. Klompstra, Ash and Ryan Dines had four points each and Trey Reed chipped in with two. Gingrich had 3 assists and Ash collected 5 rebounds to lead the team.
On Friday, December 17, Sparta came to town for the Red Hawks home opener. Cedar got off to a fast start with a Trey Reed lay up, a Tyler Covell 3-pointer and a Jason Gingrich jumper. Then in the final seconds of the first quarter, Kyle Chaney found an open Gingrich, who hit a three-pointer to give Cedar a 10-2 lead after one quarter. In the second quarter a Derek Ash putback was followed by another 3 from Covell. Then Tyler Baker hit an open Ash who converted a 3-point play. The the home crowd went crazy when Jason Gingrich hit a running half court shot at the buzzer to give Cedar a 21-14 halftime lead.
In the 3rd quarter, after a Covell 3 pointer, a Porter jumper and an Alec Hanmer 3 pointer, Cedar still held a 29-23 lead entering the 4th Quarter. Sparta went on a 12-4 run to take the lead late in the fourth. Then Derek Ash made two free throws with 2:57 left in the game to tie it up at 35. Cedar could not take advantage of several scoring chances in the last 3 minutes, and the game went to overtime. The overtime was scoreless until Sparta scored in the final seconds to give the Spartans their first victory of the year, and their first victory at Cedar Springs since 1999. The Red Hawks’ record falls to 1-3.
Gingrich led all scorers with 10 points. Covell had nine. Ash had 7 points and became the first Red Hawk this year with double digit rebounds, grabbing Ten. Hanmer had 3 points, while Porter, Reed and Klompstra scored two each.
The Red Hawks have been bitten by the injury bug as team Captains Hank Porter and Kyle Chaney both have been slowed by knee injuries. Chaney was injured in game 2 of the season, and may be back for the next game. Porter will undergo surgery and is expected to miss a month. Porter leads the Red Hawks in scoring, assists, steals and charges taken and he will be missed by the Red Hawks. The team will have to step up and respond to the challenges of being without one of their best players.
The next test for the Red Hawks will be the 2nd annual Cedar Springs Holiday Tournament at Cedar Springs High School. Participating in the tournament are boys freshmen, JV and Varsity teams from Fremont, Kent City, and Thornapple-Kellog (Middleville) along with the host Red Hawks. There will be 6 games in the Cedar Springs gym both Monday, December 27th and Tuesday, December 28th.
On Monday, Cedar Springs takes on Kent City and Fremont faces Middleville. Freshmen games begin at noon with the Femont – Middleville match up, followed by the Red Hawks versus Kent City Freshmen at 1:30. JV games begin at 3 p.m. with Fremont – Middleville, followed at 4:30 with the Cedar Springs – Kent City JV game. Varsity Action begins at 6 PM with the Fremont – Middleville game, followed at 7:30 with the Red Hawks taking on Kent City.
On Tuesday the 28th, game times are the same. The Monday winners will face off for the championship in the late games, and the Monday losers will play in the early games.

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Pilgrim Bible Academy sports

In front of a packed house Thursday night, December 9, the Pilgrim Bible Academy volleyball team won three close sets over Lighthouse 25-22, 26-24, and 25-16. The team was led by juniors Erin Brecken and Makayla Ogden. Their record now stands at 7-2.
The Pilgrim Bible basketball team also won over Lighthouse in a blowout 61-29. The team was led by junior Josh Cole with 25 points, and freshman James Raisch, with his first double double of the year—14 points and 10 rebounds.
On Friday, December 10, the basketball team traveled to Beth Haven and lost their first game of the year, 59-39. Matt Metz led the team with 17 points. This brought their record to 3-1.

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CTA Calendar


16th – Basketball @ WM Academy of Env. Science (Grand Rapids) – G-5:30 PM, B-7 PM
17th – Last Day before Winter Break
20th-31st – No School, Winter Break


3rd – Classes Resume
4th – Basketball @ Brockway Christian Academy (Morley) – B-6 PM
5th – Teacher PD 3-4 PM
6th – Basketball @ Grand River Prep (Grand Rapids) – G-5 PM, B-6:30 PM
11th – Basketball @ Grattan Academy (Greenville) – G-5:30 PM, B-7 PM
13th – CTA Board Meeting
14th – Basketball @ Lakeshore Baptist (Haven) – G-6:15 PM, B-7:30 PM
18th – Basketball @ WM Academy of Env. Science (Grand Rapids) – G-5:30 PM, B-7 PM
19th – Teacher PD 3-4 PM
20th – Parent Teacher Conferences (HS only) 3:15 – 7 pm
21st – No School for students or Staff

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Pilgrim Bible Academy sports

The Pilgrim Bible Academy volleyball and basketball teams traveled to Kalamazoo to play Lighthouse last week.
The girls volleyball team came away with a win when they took three out of four sets. They lost the first set 25-19, then came back and won three close games in a row. Erin Brecken, Emma Bishop, and Aubrey Slocum led the team in play. This brought their record to 6-2.
The boys basketball also came away with a win in a low scoring game, 49-31. They were led by junior Matt Metz with 19 points, and seniors Josh Cole (18 points) and Jordan Price (4 points and 18 rebounds).
Come out and support the team tonight when they play at home at Pilgrim Bible Church on Pine Street at 5:30 p.m.

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