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Lady Red Hawks take down league leader


The Cedar Spring Girls Basketball team finished off a 2-0 week Friday (2-7) with an impressive 55-50 win over league leading Forest Hills Northern. 

Junior Jenna Powell goes up for two in game against Mona Shores. Photo by Dennis Buttermore.

In their first meeting in early January, the Red Hawks dug themselves a hole falling behind 14-2 before battling back and giving themselves a chance to win late in the game. This time however, the game stayed neck and neck throughout and the Red Hawks made plays down the stretch to come away with a hard fought victory.

Cedar Springs held a 16-13 lead after the first quarter behind a trifecta of three-pointers from Darrah Miller, Kaelyn Colclasure and Avery Sparling.  Senior Kyla Andres added a pair of buckets to lead the Red Hawks in quarter one.  

FH Northern responded in the second outscoring Cedar Springs to tie the game 28-28 heading into halftime. Maggie Prins scored 4 points in the quarter.

Junior Arianna Rau finishes at the basket. Photo by Dennis Buttermore.

Cedar Springs responded in the third outscoring Northern 12-9 to take a three-point lead into the final quarter.  Northern had built a 4 point lead halfway through the quarter, but the Red Hawk defense stepped up in the second half of the period. Arianna Rau scored a pair of baskets in the quarter to lead the balanced scoring attack.  

The game remained tight throughout the fourth quarter. Sparling knocked down a three-pointer with 5:54 remaining to give the Red Hawks a 4-point lead. Sparling hit another long jumper and a layup by Andres pushed the lead to 5 points with 2 minutes remaining. Cedar Springs made 8 straight free throws down the stretch to come away with the 55-50 victory.

Sparling led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Miller added 9 points and 5 assists, Andres put in 8 points, Rau added 7 points and hauled in 10 rebounds, Colclasure finished with 7 points, and Prins scored 6.

On Tuesday (2-4) the Red Hawks welcomed Mona Shores to town. Another close game, Cedar Springs won 38-34.

A low scoring first half saw the Red Hawks fall behind 13-14 at halftime. Prins scored 5 points in the opening half and Miller and Rau put in four apiece to lead the team through 16 minutes.  

Cedar Springs used pressure defense to jump on Mona Shores in the third period outscoring the Sailors 15-8 in the period. Sparling and Rau scored 5 points apiece to lead the Red Hawk scoring attack.  Cedar held a 28-22 lead after three quarters.

Mona Shores would not go away however and kept the game close in the fourth quarter. Big three pointers by Colclasure and Sparling kept the guests at bay and Cedar Springs was able to hang on for the victory.

Rau led the Red Hawks with 11 points and 7 rebounds followed by Sparling with 8 points, while Miller and Prins scored 6 points each. Prins added 6 rebounds and Colclasure dished out 6 assists on the evening.

Cedar Springs is 10-5 on the season and 4-3 in conference play. The Red Hawks were at home again on Tuesday (2-11) where they hosted FH Central in another battle against a league leading team. See that story in next week’s paper.

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Cedar grad named to Oakland University Hall of Honor


Katie Wolfe Trolla is part of the Hall of Honor Class of 2020 at Oakland University. 
Courtesy photo.

Katie (Wolfe) Trolla, a 1998 Cedar Springs graduate and a graduate of Oakland University has been named to Oakland’s Hollie L. Lepley Hall of Honor class of 2020. Wolfe was a member of the Oakland women’s basketball team from 1998-2003.

The Cedar Springs, Mich. native earned All-American honors in 2001 and became just the second person in Mid-Con history to earn all league honors all four seasons.

Wolfe enjoyed a very successful career at Oakland, tallying 2,065 points to rank third on Oakland’s all-time list. She also appears on 10 other career lists, including ranking first in free throws made, amassing 509. Wolfe also holds the all-time record for free throws in a game, sinking 17 against Niagara on Nov. 25, 2001.

Wolfe led the Golden Grizzlies to the NCAA Tournament in 2002 after claiming the program’s first ever Mid-Con tournament title, and was named to the league’s all-tournament team for her performance. One year prior, Wolfe was a Kodak All-America honorable mention selection as a sophomore and registered double figures in 28 of the team’s 30 games that year.

After redshirting the 1998-99 season, Wolfe was named the Mid-Con’s Newcomer and Freshman of the Year after starting all 29 games for Oakland while ranking second on the team and third in the conference with 17.3 points per game. For her career, Wolfe averaged 17.5 ppg to tie for fourth in Oakland’s record book and rank fifth in conference history.

Wolfe played professionally in Denmark and Iceland for two years before a knee injury brought a halt to her playing career and brought her back to the U.S. where she went on to join the Oakland women’s basketball staff in 2005.

Katie answered some questions in a press release sent out by the university.

What does being inducted to the Hall of Honor mean to you?

“It’s an incredible honor to be inducted to the Hall of Honor. When you are part of a collegiate team you work hard every day and just pray it’s enough to help your team win some games and even Championships if you’re lucky,” said Katie.  

What does Oakland mean to you?

“Oakland was family, my home for many years. I watched the University grow year after year. I spent 12 years of my life as a player and coach and wouldn’t trade those years for anything,” she said.

What is your favorite Oakland memory?

“Obviously winning the Post Season Conference Championship and playing Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA tournament will be a memory I will never forget. There were so many memories made at team Christmas parties, team dinners, long bus trips, layovers at the airport, the list is never ending!” 

 What does your sport mean to you?

“Basketball was my life. The sport allowed me to travel all around the world, create friendships and memories of a lifetime. I loved competing, I loved being part of a team, basketball just brought me joy and happiness. It still does.”

 What did you do after your Oakland experience?

“Life after Oakland Basketball….more Basketball ha. Played two years professionally overseas in Denmark and Iceland. Tore my ACL while playing in Iceland, got surgery, stopped playing professionally and was hired as an assistant basketball coach at Oakland in 2005. Coached for 7 years. Had my first son the last year of coaching (2012) and then decided to be a stay home mom. I have an 8-year-old son Lincoln, 7-year-old son Jaxson and a 3-year-old daughter Reagan. Married to Joe. We lived in Rochester as a family until 2017 then we moved to Rockford, MI where we currently live.”

This year’s induction ceremony took place on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac. 

Katie is the daughter of Tim and Sue Wolfe, of Cedar Springs.

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Lady Red Hawks split road games


The Cedar Springs Girls Basketball team split a pair of road games this past week, losing a close one at rival Greenville on Tuesday, and putting together a convincing victory at Ottawa Hills on Friday.

Senior Julia Danielson drives by a defender in recent game against Ottawa Hills. Photo by Dennis Buttermore.

Lady RedHawks split road games

In a closely contested game throughout the night at Greenville, Cedar Springs fell behind 8-9 after one period. Sophomore Darrah Miller nailed a three pointer in the opening quarter and Junior Arianna Rau put in a pair of baskets to lead the scoring in the first.

Both teams struggled to score in the second period. The Red Hawks were on spot defensively, holding Greenville to two points on the quarter, however, Cedar was only able to muster 4 points of their own. Cedar led 12-11 at halftime.

Junior Avery Sparling goes up for a three pointer against Greenville. Photo by Dennis Buttermore.

The offenses started to pick up in the third. Three pointers by Miller and Junior Avery Sparling, along with a layup by Junior Maggie Prins keyed the Red Hawk attack. The teams continued to battle back and forth throughout the fourth quarter.

Cedar Springs led by two points with 30 seconds left in the game when Greenville came down and hit a three pointer to take the lead. The Red Hawks had a couple of opportunities in the final seconds but could not put any points on the board. Greenville managed a pair of free throws and defeated the Red Hawks 31-34.

Rau led the team in scoring with 9 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Miller and Sparling with 8 points apiece. Prins pulled down 6 rebounds.

On Friday, the ladies traveled to Ottawa Hills High School to take on the Lady Bengals. Sparling and Junior Kaelyn Colclasure each scored 5 points in the opening 8 minutes to put Cedar ahead 12-4 after the first quarter.  

Sparling continued her hot hand in the second period knocking down two more three pointers and scoring 10 points in the quarter. Rau put in 4 points of her own as Cedar took a 28-10 lead into the halftime break.  

Cedar kept the pressure on in the second half.  Junior Jenna Powell drained a three pointer in the third quarter and Senior Julia Danielson scored a nice running jumper in the lane in the 4th as Cedar cruised to a 42-22 victory.

Sparling led all scorers with 15 points, followed by Colclasure with 9.  Rau hauled in a team high 9 rebounds on the evening.

The Lady Red Hawks are 8-5 overall on the season and 3-3 in conference play.  They will be back in action at home on Tuesday, February 4th when they take on Mona Shores, and again Friday (2-7) when they take on FH Northern.

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Girls basketball heads to districts


Senior Brighton Miller drives past a defender in a recent game at Mona Shores. Photo by Lisa Lewis. 

Will play in district championship on Friday, March 8

Cedar Springs girls basketball headed into district tournament action this week after picking up a pair of wins on the road the last week of the regular season.  

On Tuesday, February 26, the Lady Red Hawks made the trip to the lakeshore to take on Mona Shores.  After giving up 16 points in the first quarter, the defense stepped up and only allowed 13 total points over the final three quarters to win 41-29.

Senior Brighton Miller led the Red Hawks with 18 points. Sophomore Maggie Prins hauled in 9 rebounds on the night.

On Thursday, February 28, the ladies closed out their regular season winning a nail biter at Lowell. Cedar Springs jumped out to an early lead, before Lowell answered for a three-point halftime lead. Lowell continued in the second half building an 8-point lead midway through the third quarter. Cedar Springs answered the run to pull within one point at the end of the third.

With Lowell leading by three with under a minute to play, Sophomore Avery Sparling found Junior Kyla Andres under the goal for an easy basket to cut the lead to one. After rebounding a missed Lowell free throw, Cedar Springs guard Brighton Miller put the Red Hawks in front with a layup with 16 seconds left in the game. Lowell was unable to score in the final seconds and the Hawks earned a 37-36 victory.

Miller led the Red Hawks with 14 points followed by classmate Courtney Pienta with 9. Arianna Rau hauled down 12 rebounds followed by Sparling and Andres with 7 apiece.

At press time Wednesday evening, we learned that the girls got a big win over Forest Hills Central in district semi-final action. They will play Friday night, March 8, at Northview High School, for the district championship at 7 p.m. Come out and support your Lady Red Hawks! 

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Lady Red Hawk basketball wins five straight


Sophomore Baylie Vandyke knocks down a short jumper over a Comstock Park defender Friday night.

Sophomore Baylie Vandyke knocks down a short jumper over a Comstock Park defender Friday night.

The Cedar Springs Girls Basketball team won their fifth straight game Friday evening, December 16, defeating Comstock Park 60-41. The Lady Red Hawks are currently 5-1 overall heading into the Christmas Break.

Cedar Springs jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead less than a minute into the game on a pair of free throws by Baylie VanDyke, a Brighton Miller jumper, and an Ali Sparling steal and layup. The Panthers however kept the game close throughout the first half until the Red Hawks finished the half strong to build a 29-20 halftime lead.

Cedar Springs came out of the break on a terror, outscoring Comstock Park 19-5 in the third period to build a 23-point lead after three quarters. Six different players scored for the Red Hawks in the period.

The Red Hawks were led by Vandyke with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Sparling had another strong game netting 14 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and blocking 6 shots on the evening. Maddie Vandusen added 11 points, while Ashley Wise chipped in 8 points and 9 rebounds in the winning cause.

Cedar Springs is off for Christmas Break. The Red Hawks will travel to play Rockford on January 3, before beginning conference play at Lowell on January 6.

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