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Red Hawks win liftathon

The 2nd annual Bench Brawl was a success for Cedar Springs athletes last weekend.

On Saturday, March 24, Cedar Springs hosted the 2nd annual Bench Brawl vs. Comstock Park. This event helps raise money for both schools’ football programs. The weight lifters collect donations through community sponsors and put their money where their mouth is in a bench press competition.

With 73 competitors between the two schools, Cedar Springs athletes will be keeping the trophy in their high school for the second year in a row. Cedar Springs out-lifted Comstock Park by 1,205 pounds. Cedar Springs athletes combined for the winning total of 6,435 pounds, while Comstock Park put up a respectable 5,230 pounds.

The lifters are broken down into different classes based on their body weight. The top lifters from Cedar Springs include Noah Scheidmantel (145lbs and under) 240 pounds; Cameron Link (146-165) 235 pounds; Cameron Klompstra (166-185) 220 pounds; Jeff Newland (186-205) 290 pounds; Jason Vietti (206 and up) 275 pounds.

The coaches from both programs are excited about the progress the athletes are making in the weight room and on the football field, and look forward to a successful football season.


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Football team raises money through lift-a-thon

Picture left to right: Andy DiPiazza, Hank Porter, Coach Busen, Jake Fisk & Conner

The Cedar Springs football team recently competed in their seventh annual “Lift-a-thon” to raise money for Cedar Springs football. According to a letter that head coach Brian Busen sent out, the event brought in $7,000 in donations.
He said this year’s lift-a-thon was a “Bench Brawl” competition with Comstock Park. Competing athletes were divided in to 5 groups based on weight class. Cedar Springs’ lifters were victorious in 4 out 5 weight classes.  Individual champions for Cedar Springs included Jake Fisk, Hank Porter, Connor Burrows and Andy DiPiazza. The combined weights from the top lifters in each class were added together to determine an overall champion and Cedar Springs took home the trophy, out-lifting Comstock Park by over 500 lbs.
Coach Busen thanked those who supported the event. “With your donation we will be able to buy needed equipment, help pay coaches, defer the two-a-day costs of the athletes that participate in the lift-a-thon and do the necessary things to make this a quality program,” he said.
“WE will again be playing in the very competitive OK Blue and opening with non conference opponent and neighbor Tri County,” added Busen. “Our league was well represented in the playoffs last year not only with a playoff berth of our own, but with West Catholic earning a state championship and Comstock Park making it to the semi-finals. I can assure you that WE are working hard toward being the last team standing and will continue working hard throughout the summer to prepare for the upcoming season. This year’s group of athletes has already begun training and is eagerly awaiting their opportunity to put all their work into motion.
“Thanks again for your support. GO HAWKS!”
Please visit www.cedarfootball.com to keep up with your Red Hawks.

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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