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Red Hawks defeat Belding


Trey Reed

Trey Reed goes up for 2 as Kyle Chaney (21) and Andrew Klompstra (right) battle for position.

For the first time since game two of the season in early December, the Cedar Springs boys’ varsity basketball team is healthy. The team welcomed back Hank Porter last week. Porter had undergone knee surgery and missed almost a month of the season. Porter responded with his best game of the year, scoring 15 points, as Cedar Springs defeated Belding 53-32.
The game didn’t start off well for Cedar Springs as Belding got out to a quick 7-0 lead, scoring 3 field goals and a free throw in the first minute of the game. The Red Hawks got the offense going with a Jason Gingrich jumper followed by a Hank Porter three-pointer. Alec Hanmer hit a put back lay up, then Porter made a free throw to cut the Belding lead to 9-8. Hanmer canned a three-pointer to give Cedar the lead 11-9, but Belding responded with a 4-0 run to retake the lead. Kyle Chaney tied the game with a driving lay-up and the score was 13-13 after one quarter.
“Belding is very physical and really pressures you on defense,” said Cedar head coach Andy Secor. “I think they were very prepared and got off to a great start. I am just happy with how my guys responded.”
A Chaney put back lay up gave the Red Hawks the lead 15-13 early in the second. Belding tied it up again at 15. Then Chaney pulled in an offensive rebound, made a dribble move in the lane and hit a short fade away jumper to give Cedar a lead they would not lose. Then Hank Porter took over, scoring 7 straight points, including a mid-range jumper, a three-pointer, and a put pack lay up. Andrew Klompstra got in to the act with a strong inside move for an “and one” lay up. Klompstra made the free throw to complete the 3-point play and the Red Hawks led 27-20 at halftime.
Cedar extended its lead with an 8-1 run to start the second half. Hanmer hit a couple of free throws and a jump shot, Gingrich hit a jumper, Porter hit a jumper, and the Red Hawks led 35-21. After two Porter free throws, Gingrich scored another field goal. Then Trey Reed grabbed an offensive rebound in traffic, and hit a short jumper over the defense. A Klompstra lay up gave the Red Hawks a commanding 43-25 lead after 3 quarters.
In the fourth quarter, Ryan Dines made 3 free throws, Reed hit a baseline jumper, and Gingrich made 2 free throws to extend the Cedar lead. Then Brandon Slater scored on a nice reverse lay up and Tyler Hinton made a free throw and Cedar Springs had a 53-32 victory.
“It was a much-needed win.” said coach Secor. “We responded well from some early adversity and played 3 of our best quarters of the year.” The Red Hawk defense held Belding to only 32 points and held their star post player, Gil Corder, to only 8 points. “We really hang our hat on half-court defense, and our defense was great,” said Coach Secor. The Red Hawks have held their opponents to an average of only 40 points per game this season.
Porter shot 5-7 from the floor on the way to his game high 15 points. Hanmer scored 9 points, had 5 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Gingrich had 8 points and 4 assists. Chaney had 6 points and a game high 7 rebounds. Klompstra had 5 points and 6 rebounds. Trey Reed had 4 points, Dines 3, Slater 2 and Hinton 1 point.
The Red Hawks improve their record to 4-7 and 2-4 in the OK Blue. Comstock Park is threatening to run away with another league title with a 6-0 record, but all the other conference teams are either 3-3 or 2-4, so the Red Hawks are very much in the hunt for second place. Cedar Springs travels to Sparta Friday for another big rivalry game against the Spartans. Game time is 6 p.m. Then on Tuesday, February 8, they travel to Howard City to take on the Tri-County Vikings at 7 p.m.

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Lady Red Hawks win one, lose one


Chaya Coxon

Chaya Coxon was leading scorer for the Red Hawks against Comstock Park with 15 points. Photo by R. Karger.

After a two game losing streak, the Cedar Springs Varsity girls basketball team broke the slump on January 25 and came back to win against Comstock Park 49 to 42. The Red Hawks ended the 1st period behind 14 to 18 but made up ground in the 2nd by outscoring the Panthers 11-3. It was an exciting game with 3 lead changes. Leading scorer was Chaya Coxon with 15 points and three rebounds and went 5 for 5 at the line for free throws; Tiffany Karger with a double double had 14 points and 11 rebounds; Rachael Ludtke also with a double double had 10 points and 12 rebounds; Hannah Wight with 6 points and 3 rebounds; Molly Holtrop with 2 points and 2 rebounds; and finishing up the scoring was Lindsey Kline with 2 points.
On Monday, January 28, the Lady Red Hawks hosted the Belding Redskins. It was a tough loss at home with Belding holding the lead throughout the night. Belding finished the 1st quarter with a 10 point lead 16 -6. Cedar came back with a better 2nd quarter scoring 10 points, but still ended the half trailing 31-16. Cedar out scored Belding in the 3rd quarter 9-6 but Belding was strong in the 4th and finished the game 49-34.

Rachael Ludtke

Rachael Ludtke goes up for the shot. Photo by R. Karger.

The Red Hawks leading scorer was Tiffany Karger with 11 points, Molly Holtrop, Hannah Wight and Rachael Ludtke all had 6 points and Chaya Coxon had 5 points. Tiffany Karger led the rebounding with 8, Amber Milliagan with 7, Rachel Ludtke with 6, Chaya Coxon with 5, Hannah Wight with 4, Brittany Todd with 3 and Molly Holtrop and Meghan Andres both with 2.
The Hawks’ record is 7-5 and 4-2 in the OK Blue. The Hawks were scheduled to play Tuesday, February 1, against West Catholic, who remain undefeated in the OK Blue, but that came was canceled due to the weather.

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Belding man arrested for larceny


A Belding man was arrested last week after he illegally removed property from a vacant house southwest of downtown Greenville.
The Montcalm County Sheriff Department reported that a neighbor called and said they saw a man removing items from an unoccupied residence that was for sale at 10061 Fletcher Road. Deputies responded to the scene, and were in the process of interviewing the witness and property owner when the witness saw the suspect’s vehicle drive past the scene. Deputies initiated a traffic stop and identified the suspect as a 46-year-old Belding man.
The man told officers he was in the process of purchasing the home, and that the realtor told him he could begin cleaning up the property. Deputies contacted the realtor in charge of the property, and they refuted his claim. They said no one had made an offer on the property, nor had they given anyone permission to clean it up. The realtor did tell officers that the man had been speaking with them expressing interest in the property, however.
The man was arrested and lodged in the Montcalm County jail for larceny from a building and driving while license suspended. The incident remains under investigation.

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Red Hawk wrestlers conquer Belding


Red Hawk Joe Simon (285 lb), senior, takes down his opponent.

On Wednesday, January 12, the Cedar Springs Varsity wrestling team beat Belding 53-13 at the first home match of the season. Beginning with the 171 lb class, Levi Whipple earned the first points of the night with an overtime win 5-4. A fall executed by Corey Wozniak (189 lb) midway through the second period brought the score to 9-0 in favor of the Red Hawks.
Belding countered in the 215 lb and 285 lb weight classes to tie the score 9-9.
Baron Lenardson (103 lb) rallied with a quick pin just 27 seconds into his first round to continue the momentum for the Hawks.  A major win by Jared Vodry (125 lb), a void at 130 lb for Danny Wier, and a 15-0 technical fall in the second period by Cody Oehme (135 lb) tallied the score at 40-9. With no hope for Belding to make a comeback, the Hawks earned wins by Matt Patin (140 lb) with a fall in the first period, a major win by Jake Marsman (152 lb), who kept his opponents score at zero for three periods, and a solid match by Austin Wamser (160 lb) brought the final score to 53-13 and a conference win for the Hawks.
The Hawks take to the mat at home this week:
Conference match vs West Catholic Wednesday, January 19 (last night)
JV Invitational Friday, January 21, at 4:00 p.m.
Red Hawk Varsity Invitational Saturday, January 22,  at 9:00 a.m.
Come cheer them on!

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