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First OK White conference win for boys cross country



The Red Hawks taking charge at the start of the race.

The Red Hawks ran smart to secure their first OK White conference meet win on September 4 on the challenging course located at Lowell High School. They came away with a 42-point performance and a 6-point victory over Lowell and the rest of the OK White conference. 

Corey Bowers (3rd), Daniel Vermulm (4th), Jaydon Moleski (6th), Dilan Sargent (11th), and Gavin Braciak (20th) rounded out the top 5 each running smart and tactical races. Austin Mann (25th) and Carter Moleski (29th) rounded out the varsity squad with some nice insurance for the team. 

Gabe White (30th), Cayden Steinebach (47th), Espen Wood (53rd), Caleb Menefee (72nd), Justin Voskuil (74th), and Ben Mallory (NT) previewed what proves to be a bright varsity squad in a couple of years. Eli Malon (96th), Logan Douglas (101st), Connor Skelonc (104th), Jonathan Reed (121st), and Gabe Minnich (142nd) showed great improvement and determination that will prove to continue throughout the season. 

 “Our boys ran a smart, tactical race on Wednesday. Lowell’s course is one of the toughest we’ll see all season. We knew the Red Arrows were a much improved team this year and would be working hard to give us a run for our money on their home course, and our veterans came through in a big way. This was our sixth consecutive first-place finish in OK White competition. Our consistent preparation and mutual trust on race day has made that possible. We’ll be working to continue this exciting stretch of success throughout the remainder of the season and beyond,” said Coach Jones.

On Saturday, September 7, the team traveled to Central Montcalm High School where they took to the course at a grade level meet. All four of the seniors were in the top 10 finishers of their race with each receiving medals. These individuals included Jaydon Moleski, Daniel Vermulm, Gavin Braciak, and Dilan Sargent. All of the juniors competing also received medals and included Corey Bowers, Austin Mann, Justin Voskuil, Caleb Menefee, and Logan Douglas. The sophomores had four receive medals for their times.  These individuals were Carter Moleski, Gabe White, Cayden Steinebach, and Ben Mallory. Freshmen earning medals for the first time this season were Espen Wood, Clayton Akerman, Eli Malon, and Connor Skelonc.  

“This was a great opportunity for our younger runners to get a real idea on where they stand against runners their age. We had a lot of breakout performances, and I was very proud of our performance. Despite not having any team scores to show for it, I believe we had the strongest team performance that day. Our future is bright. Training will continue to intensify over the next couple of weeks. They are ready for some tough workouts that will prepare them for championship racing.  I’m looking forward to watching these guys continue to improve and hit some faster courses as the season progresses. Next Friday’s MSU Invite will be the first true test as to where these boys stand against some of the best teams in Michigan,” said Coach Jones.

The team travels to the MSU Spartan Invite for competition on Friday, September 13.  

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First place finish for Cedar Springs boys cross country



Senior Jaydon Moleski finished first for the Red Hawks.

The Cedar Springs boys’ cross country team took to the course at the Long Lake Invite hosted by Kent City on August 20. They proved that they are very much still a powerhouse this year by taking first out of eight teams for the second consecutive year. The team won with a score of 25, making a huge improvement from last year’s score of 48 with five individuals finishing in the top 10.  

Jaydon Moleski took charge during the last 1k of the race finishing 1st for the second year in a row in a time of 17:28. Other teammates rounding out the top 10 of the race and receiving their first medals of the year were Corey Bowers, finishing 2nd at 17:45; Daniel Vermulm, 5th at 18:08; Dilan Sargent, 7th at 18:20; and Austin Mann, 10th at 18:30. Placing next for the Red Hawks were sophomore Carter Moleski, freshman Espen Wood, and sophomore Cayden Steinebach finishing 13th (19:29), 18th (20:12) and 20th (20:20) respectively, displaying the bright future of the program. Also showing their hard work in the off season and on the course for the Red Hawks were Justin Voskuil (26th, 20:39), Caleb Menefee (32nd, 21:11), Gabe Minnich (35th, 21:31), Ben Mallory (57th, 23:15), Connor Skelonc (61st, 23:38), Eli Malon (66th, 24:03), Logan Douglas (83rd, 25:00), and Jonathan Reed (83rd, 26:50). 

Teammates Jaydon Moleski (R) and Corey Bowers (L) who packed a 1 and 2 finish.

The boys are led this year by new coach Justin Jones. Jones is a Cedar Springs and Alma College Alumni and had a successful career running at Cedar Springs and at Alma College where he was a three-year captain. 

“We have a very gifted group,” said Coach Jones. “I think what makes this team particularly special is that we had no one graduate from last year’s squad. It’s a veteran group with budding young talent as well. I’m blessed to be able to lead such a fun and committed group of young men. I can trust them to leave every ounce of themselves on the course on race day. We have a long ways to go if we plan on competing with the biggest and best teams in the state, but this was a strong showing to start to our season,” he added.

The Red Hawks will compete next in their first OK White Conference meet of the year at Lowell High School on September 4. 


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Student Athlete of the Month


OCTOBER 2018


Jaydon Moleski has been named the October Athlete of the Month for Boys Cross Country.   He is the son of Christopher and Kelly Moleski.   Jaydon was also named OK White First Team All-Conference, All-Region, All-Area, All State and Academic All-State.  Coach Lacy comments: 

“Jaydon had a banner season. There are very few runners or athletes in general that will ever accomplish everything that he did in one season.  One of the hardest workers on the team and he deserves much praise for everything that he accomplished this season.”

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Boys cross country team headed to state finals


The boys cross country team took second at regionals and are headed to state finals.

The Cedar Springs Boys Cross Country team is headed to the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals. The team placed 2nd out of the 15 teams that competed at the Division 2 Regional 10 meet at Michaywe Pines Golf Course in Gaylord, Michigan, on October 27.  

The boys were led by Corey Bowers who finished 3rd overall, breaking the 16 minute barrier for the second time this season in a time of 15:59. Jaydon Moleski had the biggest personal record of the day running a 30-second lifetime best and  finishing in 6th overall in a time of 16:14. Bowers and Moleski each earned All-Regional honors. Dilan Sargent just missed his lifetime best coming in 16th overall in a time of 16:44. Austin Mann ran a personal lifetime best time of 16:53 finishing in 19th overall. Gavin Braciak had a season best time of 17:09 to finish in 29th overall. Daniel Vermulm had his second best race of the year coming in 53rd overall in a time of 17:52. Carter Moleski ran well in his first meet of this importance coming in 64th overall in a time of 18:15.

 “Our boys’ team ran a hard fought race at regionals to finish 2nd and qualify for the D2 state finals at Michigan International Speedway this weekend,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “We lost to a phenomenal Fremont team, who is one of the best teams in the state. We are excited about our potential moving forward to the state meet next weekend as well. Chelsea and Fremont look to be the top two teams in the state at this point, but after that I see it being a hard fought battle amongst several teams for spots 3-10. We are hoping for a top 5 finish to improve upon our 10th place finish at the state meet a year ago.” 

L to R: Marjorie Hosking, Tonya Tepin, Isabel VanDusen, Lily Howland, Maggie Prins, Ally Ladd, Carolanne Merlington, and Coach Melinda Stressman.

The girls team had a great day of season and personal bests. The team placed 10th out of 14 teams. Senior Carolanne Merlington led the Lady Red Hawks and placed 31st in a time of 20:30 and earned herself a season record. Maggie Prins placed 38th with a time of 20:46 to finish out her season with a lifetime personal best. Coming in next for the Red Hawks was Tonya Tepin, who placed 57th with a time of 21:35, and  also earned herself a lifetime personal record. Continuing with the trend of earning lifetime personal bests, Isabel VanDusen kept the streak rolling placing 64th in a time of 22:03. Following closely was Lily Howland placing 68th with a time of 22:25.  Aslo achieving a lifetime personal best was Marjorie Hosking with a time of 22:47. She placed 76th.  Finishing 84th was Ally Ladd in a time of 23:04. She also earned herself a lifetime personal best.  

“I was so happy with how the girls performed. They ran hard and continued to push each other in the race to move up as it went on. We had a lot of them reach their lifetime PRs and that’s great! The course was pretty fast. We were hoping for a better place but honestly they went out and did what they were supposed to do. I’m very excited for this program. There is so much talent and they work hard, now we just have to keep applying it in the competitions more and more as we go. I’m so proud of them, they’ve really come more together as a team,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

The boys will travel to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 3, and compete at 1:30 p.m. Let’s go Red Hawks!

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We are the champions


Pictured is the Varsity football team after their Ok White conference win.

Boys cross country are number one in the OK White conference.

Two Cedar Springs athletic teams made history last week when they captured their first ever OK White conference championships. Both the Varsity football and boys cross country teams have won championships in the past, but this is the first in the OK White, which they’ve been a member of since 2016. Way to go! For more details, see stories here.

COMMUNITY TAILGATE: The football team will host Gaylord this Friday, October 26, in a pre-district game at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to a community tailgate in the Cedar Springs High School parking lot from 4 p.m. until game time. Lots of fun planned: music/DJ, balloon artist, contests, lawn games, cheap hot dogs (50 cents or $1 with chips) and free waters. Or bring your own food and snacks! Cheerleaders and band will be there as well. Be sure to wear all black—it’s a black out game!

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Cross country boys bring home another first place


Red Hawk Cross Country boys bringing home another first place.

From L to R:  Isabel VanDusen (86) and Carolanne Merlington (83).

The Cedar Springs Boys’ Cross Country team kept their winning streak rolling taking first in the Kent Division of the Kent Ottawa County Race held Saturday, October 6, at Gainey Athletic Complex.

The varsity boys finished 1st out of 17 teams. Corey Bowers finished with a time of 16:46 (2nd) getting outkicked in a sprint to the finish line. Jaydon Moleski and Dilan Sargent finished 17:10 (10th) and 17:22 (14th) respectively.  Bowers, Moleski, and Sargent each took home individual medals for finishing in the top 15. Austin Mann and Gavin Braciak both ran what Coach Lacy considered their best races of the season finishing 17:38 (19th) and 17:45 (22nd) respectively. Next to finish for the Red Hawks was Daniel Vermulm 18:34 (58th), Carter Moleski 18:44 (64th), Cayden Steinebach 19:03 (75th), Gabe White 19:13 (84th), and Alex Nylaan 21:10 (133rd).

The junior varsity boys placed 8th of 12 teams. Caleb Menefee led the way finishing 37th in a time of 20:11. He was followed closely by Justin Voskuil and Gabe Minnich who pushed each other throughout the race to finish in 52nd and 53rd overall in times of 20:30 and 20:31. Minnich’s time was a lifetime personal best improving his time by 6 seconds in muddy conditions. Sam Kleynenberg was next finishing in 68th in a time of 20:54 and Logan Douglas rounded out the JV finishers coming in at 115th overall in a time of 22:05.

“I thought the boys had their best team race of the season on Saturday,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “Our gap between our one through five runners was the tightest it has been all year. Times were not fast due to muddy course conditions, but we competed very well against some of the top competition in the county, and were able to come away with another team win. Now we are just looking forward to taking care of business Wednesday to bring home our first conference title in 6 years.” 

The Lady Red Hawks finished 11th out of 14 teams. Maggie Prins finished 41st in a time of 22:18. Senior Carolanne Merlington ran her season best of 23:03 (69th) after time off for an injury. Freshmen Isabel VanDusen and Lily Howland followed closely placing 70th (23:04) and 72nd (23:06) respectively with Howland earning a lifetime personal best. Tonya Tepin was next to cross the finish line for the Red Hawks placing 87th in a time of 23:47. Ally Ladd finished 97th (24:20), Antonia Eigemann 101st (24:32), Marjorie Hosking 110th (25:24), and Paige Marsman 111th (25:25) who earned her season best.  Madison Golliver finished 118th with a time of 27:01. Hannah Helton ran her lifetime personal best for the JV girls in a time of 31:31 placing 132nd.

“Saturday’s meet was fun to watch. It was nice to see some runners out competing coming back from injuries,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. “The course was pretty challenging due to all the mud and sogginess from Friday night’s rain. I told the girls we weren’t looking for fast times. I wanted them to focus more on moving up and helping each other out. Those faster times will come. The weather was perfect for running, and the competition was solid.” 

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Boys cross takes blue championship at Sparta


The Red Hawk boys cross country team took the Blue Division championship at the Sparta Invitational.

The Cedar Springs Boys Cross Country team kept rolling with their winning streak at the Sparta Cross Country Invite on Saturday, September 15. The team went 1-3-4-8-9 for a score of 25 followed by Lowell with 37. The boys were the blue division champs bringing home a team trophy, several individual medals, and several lifetime personal records (PR) and season records (SR) for the day.  

Running for the Red Hawk Varsity were Corey Bowers (1st, 16:21, PR), Jaydon Moleski (3rd, 17:03), Dilan Sargent (4th, 17:04, SR), Gavin Braciak (8th, 17:38, SR), Austin Mann (9th, 17:40, PR), Carter Moleski (22nd, 18:15, PR), and Gabe White (51st, 19:34, PR).  

On the JV side of things, the boys placed 6th with a team score of 145. Cayden Steinebach led the Red Hawks (12th, 19:34, PR) followed by Alex Nylaan (24th, 19:56, PR), Caleb Menefee (40th, 20:27, PR), Sam Kleynenberg (49th, 20:37, SR), Justin Voskuil (53rd, 20:42, PR), Logan Douglas (61st, 20:57, PR), and Gabe Minnich (68th, 21:08).

“I was very pleased with how the boys competed in both the JV and Varsity races this weekend. We came away with many season PRs and medalists, and the boys team dominated up front in the varsity race. We are beginning to close the gap between our 1-5 runners so that is good to see as we move forward in the season.” said Coach Garrett Lacy.

Ally Ladd

The Varsity Lady Red Hawks finished 7th with a team score of 187. Running for the varsity girls were Maggie Prins (17th, 22:28), Isabel VanDusen (37th, 23:29, PR), Ally Ladd (42nd, 23:55, PR), Lily Howland (45th, 24:21, PR), Tonya Tepin (46th, 24:56), and Marjorie Hosking (47th, 24:58).

Three of the five JV girls had personal records for the day.  Leading the JV race was Antonia Eigemann (23rd, 23:51, PR), Madison Golliver (49th, 25:13, PR), Paige Marsman (65th, 26:14), Emily Caldwell (66th, 26:18, PR), and Hannah Helton (98th, 37:57).  

“I’m beyond impressed with the girls. As a team, we really improved with how we competed. Our girls worked together wonderfully throughout the race and before it as well. These ladies have so much talent and are capable of doing great things ahead,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

The Red Hawks will be running on their home course on Saturday, September 22, for the Cedar Springs Invitational.

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Red Hawk Cross Country boys take first at Kent City


Top 1-2 finishers Jaydon Moleski (L) and Corey Bowers (R).

Top finisher for Red Hawk girls was Maggie Prins.

Girls place fifth at meet

The Cedar Springs Boys and Girls Cross Country teams started their 2018 season off well. They competed in the first meet of the season on Tuesday, August 21, at the Kent City Long Lake Invitational held at Long Lake Park. 

The boys’ team took first place out of eleven teams at the invite with a score of 48 followed by GR Kenowa Hills with a score of 71. Junior Jaydon Moleski dominated the boys’ race placing first overall with a time of 16:52 followed by sophomore Corey Bowers taking second with a time of 16:58. Junior Dilan Sargent also secured a medal placing 9th with a time of 17:46. Rounding out the top five for the boys were junior Gavin Braciak (16th) with a time of 18:29 and junior Daniel Vermulm (20th) with a time of 18:36. 

“I was very pleased with our boys’ team performance on Tuesday,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “It was great to start out the season with a team win, and I was very encouraged by the performances of our top two runners, Jaydon Moleski and Corey Bowers. They took command of the race from the start and ran stride for stride the entire race for a 1-2 finish. That was great to see in our first meet. We have some work to do yet but am feeling very optimistic on our team’s outlook for this season.” The girls’ team placed fifth out of ten teams scoring 123 with only 2 points separating them from 4th place GR Kenowa Hills. The girls are headed up this year by new coach Melinda Palinkas. “It was a first great meet. We have a lot of young talent on the team and I can’t wait to see what the season holds. Some of the girls have never ran a 5k before so they did excellent,” said Coach Palinkas. 

Sophomore Maggie Prins had an impressive cross country debut coming in first for the Red Hawks with a time of 22:24 placing 13th overall for the girls followed by junior Jill Detweiler (23:33, 21st ), junior Tonya Tepin (23:49, 22nd), sophomore Marjorie Hosking (24:22, 34th), and senior Carolanne Merlington (24:58, 40th). 

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Boys cross country team wins regionals, heads to state


The Red Hawk boys cross country team is headed to state. Pictured (L to R): Jaydon Moleski, Gavin Braciak, Daniel Vermulm, Corey Bowers, Dallas Mora, Dilan Sargent, Coach Garrett Lacy (Austin Mann not pictured).

It may have been an overcast, chilly day but that did not stop the Cedar Springs Boys Cross Country team from winning the Division II Regional Championship and upsetting the number three state ranked team of Fremont. 

The boys competed in the Division II MHSAA Regional competition at Michaywe Pines Golf Course in Gaylord on October 28 and clinched the championship, edging out Fremont with a score of 47 to 50. 

“Our key in the race was our top 5 runners racing as a pack,” explained Coach Garrett Lacey. “Top runner was 16:28, 5th runner was 16:49. Very tight 21-second gap for our 1-5 runners. We could not have beaten a team like Fremont, who has phenomenal front runners, without packing it up like that.”

Each of the seven team members had impressive personal best times. Freshman Corey Bowers had a time of 16:28 (5th overall); senior Dallas Mora 16:29 (6th overall); sophomore Jaydon Moleski 16:44 (10th overall); sophomore Dilan Sargent 16:49.49 (12th overall); sophomore Gavin Braciak 16:49.71 (14th overall); sophomore Daniel Vermulm 17:31 (42nd overall); and freshman Austin Mann 18:28 (69th overall). It was a true team effort that paid off for the Red Hawks. Bowers, Mora, Moleski, Sargent, and Braciak each took home all-regional medals after placing in the top 15. 

The Red Hawks have had an exciting season. They brought home trophies from the Sparta Invitational (first); Red Hawk Invite (first); Carson City Invitational (second); and the Kent/Ottawa County Championship (first). Highlights also include the team winning the last OK White conference meet by outrunning Forest Hills Northern with a score of 43 to 47. Bowers, Mora, and Moleski each earned first team all-conference honors with Sargent also earning honorable mention all-conference honors.

“The boys started this journey back in June, and worked very hard during the off season this summer, and continued that into the regular season this fall,” said Coach Lacey. “All the work they have put in came to fruition last Saturday with an upset of the #3 ranked team in the state—Fremont—and a regional championship. The team is filled with confidence going into the state meet this weekend and seeking a top 5 finish.”

The boys travel to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 4, for state finals. Good luck to them! #LetsGoRedHawks.

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All Conference Athletes Fall 2014


 

Girls Cross Country

Mackenzie Weiler All Conference

Shanyne Mann All Conference

Ellie Ovokaitys All Conference

Hannah Heintzelman All Conference

Tara Tepin Honorable Mention

Myla Umphrey Honorable Mention

Boys Cross Country

Austin Sargent All Conference

Justin Jones All Conference

Brandon Harthorn Honorable Mention

Girls Golf

Breanna White All Conference

Conner White Honorable Mention

Boys Tennis

Blake Fisk All Conference

Football

Zachary Wamser All Conference

Kaden Myers All Conference

Caden Burrows All Conference

MavRick Cotton All Conference

Collin Alvesteffer All Conference

Nathan Sorensen All Conference

Ted Edwards Honorable Mention

Taylor VanDyke Honorable Mention

Patrick DePiazza Honorable Mention

Boys Soccer

Julian Quiroga All Conference

Bryan Taylor All Conference

Volleyball

Sydney Plummer Honorable Mention

 

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