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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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Red Hawks end solid week with victory

Senior Alec Hanmer goes up for 2.

After suffering two losses the week of February 7, and finding out Andrew Klompstra was likely out for the season with an ankle injury, the Cedar Springs boys varsity basketball team needed a better week. On February 15, they traveled to Godwin Heights to take on the OK Silver Champion Wolverines. Godwin entered the game with a 13-2 record and had clinched a share of their league championship.
The Red Hawks kept the game close and trailed 24-21 at the half. In the third quarter, Cedar exploded with a 10-2 run with buckets by Jason Gingrich and Ryan Dines along with two Alec Hanmer 3-pointers and the Red Hawks took a 31-26 lead. Godwin fought back to take the lead. Derek Ash hit four straight free throws to keep the game close with Cedar trailing 38-35.
Kyle Chaney opened the 4th quarter with a 3-pointer from the corner to tie the game at 38. Then after a Wolverine bucket, Derek Ash tied it up again at 40 with a lay up. Godwin responded with a 5-0 run and Cedar could get no closer as the Wolverines came out with a slim 6 point victory 57-51.

Senior Tyler Baker scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for the Red Hawks.

Cedar Head Coach Andy Secor talked after the game. “To play a team as good as Godwin that close, on their home floor, showed our team and coaches just how far we have come,” he said. “Our starting three guards (Hanmer, Dines, and Gingrich) did a great job of handling the Godwin press for most of the game.  That, along with our solid team defense, gave us a chance to win.”
Hanmer led the Red Hawks with 13 points. Hank Porter had 10 points and led the team with 5 rebounds. Gingrich had 7 points and 7 assists. Ash had 8 points, Dines 5, Tyler Baker 4, Chaney 3, and Trey Reed 1.
On Friday, February 18, the Red Hawks traveled to Forest Hills Northern to take on the Huskies. After the Huskies took a quick 2-0 lead, Tyler Baker tied it up with two free throws. Then 7 points by Alec Hanmer and 5 by Ryan Dines, followed by a Hank Porter 3-pointer, gave the Red Hawks a 16-9 first quarter lead. In a low scoring 2nd quarter, Cedar maintained a 7-point lead with baskets by Hanmer, Porter and Trey Reed and led 22-15 at the half.
Cedar opened the second half with 5 points from Dines and a Derek Ash free throw. Huskies cut the Cedar lead to one point with a relentless pressing and trapping defense. Then Hank Porter drove the lane and made a strong left handed lay up, was fouled, and completed the 3-point play and the Red Hawks led 31-27 after 3 quarters. Tyler Baker made 3 free throws and Ryan Dines hit a driving lay up to build the Red Hawk lead to 9 with 6 minutes to go in the game. After the Huskies cut the lead to 4, a Derek Ash lay up put the Red Hawks up by 6. Then Cedar hit 12 free throws down the stretch as the Huskies were forced to foul. The final score was Cedar Springs 49, Forest Hills Northern 44.
“It was a big win for us,” said Coach Secor  “We have now knocked off the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place teams in our conference. It was all about team defense once again, holding them to 15 first half points.  Ryan Dines had the best game of his career, making great decisions vs. their multiple defenses and also scoring 15 points.  I really thought Tyler Baker and Trey Reed did a lot of little things on both ends of the court that don’t always show up in the stats,” he said.
Dines led the Red Hawks with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Hanmer had 11 points and Porter had 8. Tyler Baker had 6 points and 6 rebounds. Gingrich had 4 points, Ash had 3 and Reed 2.
Secor looked ahead to this week. “Now, a new challenge, 3 league games in one week. Something I have never been a part of. A player’s dream and coach’s nightmare.” The Red Hawks play at Comstock Park on February 22, home against West Catholic the next day, and at Belding on Friday the 25th at 6 p.m.

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Freshmen girls roll over Sparta

Mary Monterusso goes up for the jumper and Nikki Matzke goes for the rebound.

The Cedar Springs Girls freshmen basketball team won its second straight game with an easy 43-16 win at Sparta last Thursday. The Red Hawks got out to a quick lead and never looked back.
Mary Monterusso led Cedar with 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Monterusso also grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. Jessica Kriekaard had 8 points and 4 steals. Allison Hamilton had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocked shots in a solid defensive performance.
Nikki Matzke scored 6 points and pulled down 4 rebounds for the Red Hawks. Alysha Chaney had 4 points and 4 steals. Mikenzie Francis played a great defensive game, grabbing 7 steals to go with her 4 points and 3 assists.
The Red Hawks welcomed back Kate Miller, who had missed several games due to illness. Kate had 3 points and 3 rebounds and played solid defense. Bre Burns scored 2 points and grabbed a rebound for Cedar Springs, while Taylor Baker had 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Sayge Wight had a solid all around game with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Ally Rohacz also saw plenty of action for Cedar Springs in the win.
The victory improves the Red Hawk record to 7-4, and 4-2 in the OK Blue Conference. The next game for the freshmen girls is at home on Thursday, February 10 at 4 p.m. against Coopersville. Then the Red Hawks travel to West Ottawa High School on February 15 at 4 p.m. to take on the Panthers.

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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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