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2021 High school football media all-conference selections


by Judy Reed

Media unanimously voted that the Cedar Springs Red Hawks has the top offensive line in the OK Gold. Photo by Brandon Kramer Photography.

Congratulations to the Cedar Springs Red Hawks for being voted as having the top offensive line in the OK Gold by media covering the conference! And to make it even sweeter, the vote was unanimous!

Congratulations also go to Antwuan Nicholls for being one of the two top running backs in the OK Gold. Other individuals recognized on defense/OL included Alex Ream and Cam Heiss; and honorable mention to Aiden Brunin.

Media voted Antwuan Nicholls as one of the top two running backs in the OK Gold. Photo by Brandon Kramer Photography.

See the entire line up below:

** Denotes a Unanimous Selection

OK GOLD

QB: John Passinault, Grand Rapids Catholic Central**

RB: Chandler VanSolkema, South Christian

RB: Antwuan Nichols, Cedar Springs

WR: Nolan Zeigler, Grand Rapids Catholic Central**

WR: Devin Fridley-Bell, Grand Rapids Catholic Central

At large player: Keymarion Gibson, Ottawa Hills

K: Clune Van Andel, Forest Hills Eastern

RET: Ian Thompson, Wayland

TEAM OL: Cedar Springs**

TEAM D: Grand Rapids Catholic Central**

Player of the Year: Nolan Zeigler, Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Coach of the year: Todd Kolster, Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Individuals on Defense/OL Recognized by Voters: Alex Ream (Cedar Springs), Cam Heiss (Cedar Springs), Isaiah Clark (Wyoming), Jack Cook (Grand Rapids Catholic Central), Kyle Hoort (Cedar Springs), Nolan Zeigler (Grand Rapids Catholic Central)

Honorable Mention (at least 2 votes): Aiden Brunin (Cedar Springs), Bryson Kuzdzal (Forest Hills Eastern), Joey Silveri (Grand Rapids Catholic Central), Nate Brinks (South Christian)

To see media selections from each conference, go to https://michigansportsradio.com/2021/11/02/2021-high-school-football-media-all-conference-selections/

From Michigan Sports Radio

For the first time ever, a panel of media members have gathered together to spotlight the best players from each conference within the coverage area. The voting panel each voted on the select conferences that they cover. In addition to Michigan Sports Radio’s Nick Tuori, the voters include:

Andy Roberts (Oceana’s Herald-Journal & White Lake Beacon), Bill Broderick (Battle Creek Enquirer), Christian Booher (Big Rapids Radio Network), Doug Donnelly (Daily Telegram), Jason Hutton (FOX17), Jason Lewis (ABC12), John Hendler (Marshall Ad-visor & Chronicle), John Tuinhoff (MSR/Central Montcalm Hornets), Judy Reed (Cedar Springs Post), Justin Scott (Lowell Ledger), Keven Krieger (Black Knight Radio Network), Kyle Turk (Grand Haven Tribune), Lenny Padilla (Holland Sentinel), Lou Gamelin (MSR/Freeland Falcons), Matthew Ehler (Grand Haven Tribune), Matt Gard (13 On Your Sidelines), Melvin Lane Jr. (Local Sports Journal), Mike Meekhof (M7 Sports), Nate Dreyer (Michigan Game Night), Randy Gregory (MSR/Rockford Squire), Rick Berkey (Sportsplay), Snooze (Snooze2You.com), Steve DeLong (Sailor Nation Sports Network), Steve Kaminski (MLive), Tate Baker (The D Zone), Tate Greer (FHC Sports Report), Troy Tennyson (The Daily Reporter), Zach Harig (FOX17)

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Two Cedar Springs seniors to play in All-Star football game


Cutline: Two Red Hawk senior football players will play in the Muskegon All-Star Classic next summer. Shown here is senior Cameron Umphrey (far left), MAC founders Terrence Williams and Nick VandenBosch, and senior Taylor VanDyke (far right).

Two Red Hawk senior football players will play in the Muskegon All-Star Classic next summer. Shown here is senior Cameron Umphrey (far left), MAC founders Terrence Williams and Nick VandenBosch, and senior Taylor VanDyke (far right).

Taylor VanDyke and Cameron Umphrey, both seniors at Cedar Springs High School, have been awarded a spot on the “Muskegon All-Star Classic” football team. They attended the MAC selection banquet on February 17,where they received their awards. This is a great honor, as the MAC chooses players for the All-Star team from 40 West Michigan schools. Taylor and Cameron will be playing in the All-Star game at 7:00 p.m., on June 17, at Orchard View High School in Muskegon, Mich.

The award states “These awards are presented for your hard work and excellence both on and off the field. The WV Foundation is pleased to recognize your achievements among the elite student-athletes in West Michigan, and excited to include you as a participant in the Muskegon All-Star Classic football game and scholarship program.”

The WV Foundation is founded by Terrence Williams and Nick VandenBosch.  The mission of the MAC is to use athletics as a vector toward higher education and community growth.

The Muskegon All-Star Classic gives graduated senior athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents with the best student athletes in West Michigan, as well as become eligible for scholarship funding and internships through The WV Foundation.  

Since 2011, The WV Foundation has awarded over $35,000 in scholarships to West Michigan students. Scholarships are generated from proceeds from the Muskegon All-Star Classic.

Watch the website at www.wvfoundation.org for tickets to go on sale.

 

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Red Hawks powerhouse season comes to a close


Quarterback Collin Alvesteffer scored both touchdowns against the Muskegon Big Reds. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Quarterback Collin Alvesteffer scored both touchdowns against the Muskegon Big Reds. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

“What a season! Our guys are the best and most honest players…” says Donna Male-Cotten, speaking for members of the Cedar Springs football family. A united “thank you” goes out to each and every player for their dedication and drive. The young men of Cedar Springs football united the community, while playing full on throughout the season, showing strength in offensive play, defensive play, and personal character.

Saturday, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks traveled to Muskegon to take on the Big Red in the district final match up. Under cloudy skies following a morning of rain, teams took to the field for a well matched, well-played game. At the half, Cedar led with a score of 14-7. However, Muskegon was able to come back in the second half and limited the Red Hawks to two first downs through the rest of the game.

Football Senior Captain Caden Burrows working in the trenches. Photo by K. Alvesteffer

Football Senior Captain Caden Burrows working in the trenches. Photo by K. Alvesteffer

The Red Hawks defense made running inside tough on the Big Red team. Senior linebacker MavRick Cotten led the team with 13 tackles, followed by Anthony Toploski with 10 and Collin Alvesteffer with 9.

The Red Hawks defense could not keep the Big Reds out of the end zone in the third and fourth quarters. The Red Hawks fell to the Big Reds 27-14 in the end.

It was a season of records. After a pause of 36 years, the 2014 Hawks brought home the title of OK Bronze Conference Champions! The school record for total points scored in a season was raised to 388. Coach Gus Kapolka endeared himself to the community and earned well-deserved recognition as Detroit Lion’s Coach of the Week.

The long held tradition of team meals the evening prior to every game continued, supported by family members and local businesses. Thank you to the parents and all the businesses who generously gave supported us and gave of their time each week.

The Cedar Springs community says, “Thank you!” to the coaching staff and young men of the Cedar Springs football program for a remarkable year of memories. From Rocket to Red Hawk you make us proud!

 

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Freshmen Red Hawks win against Sparta


The freshmen Red Hawk football team were brought up to speed last week, by the high school staff, of what a cross town rivalry Cedar Springs and Sparta have become over the years.

The freshmen boys kicked off their high school rivalry with Sparta in awesome fashion, posting a 12-0 win, and allowing the freshmen coaching staff their first victory over Sparta in three tries. Setting the tone was the strong defensive effort the boys gave, stopping Sparta on many three and outs. While Cedar was able to put some long drives together on offense, including the game clincher, with a nice pass connection from QB Blake Fisher to TE Jacob Cartwright in the fourth quarter, it was the defense that held strong!

As the weeks go on, you can see the freshmen are starting to find some rhythm both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. They traveled to Wayland Thursday, to take on the Wildcats.

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