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Solon man dies in crash


Aaron Dault, 23, died early Sunday, when the car he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree. Facebook photo.

 

Aaron Dault takes the ball upfield for Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer in 2010. Post file photo.

A 23-year-old Solon Township man died early Sunday morning in a one-car crash on White Creek Avenue.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, the crash occurred about 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning on White Creek Avenue, between 18 Mile and Wiersma, when the car that Aaron Lee Dault was driving veered off the roadway and struck a tree. Police reported that he died instantly. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, and police are investigating whether alcohol was a factor.

Aaron Dault, 23. Facebook photo.

Aaron is the son of Dean and Kara (Wiles) Dault, of Solon Township.

Aaron graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 2013, where he played varsity soccer and track. He was currently finishing his bachelor’s degree at Ferris State University. Aaron was also involved at his church, St. John Paul II Catholic Church here in Cedar Springs. According to his obituary, “he was adored by the parishioners and everyone he met. He will be remembered for his million dollar smile, holding the door open, and saying ‘hi’ to the people as they came for Mass.”

Click here to see Aaron’s obituary.

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Varsity wrestlers shine on and off the mat


Red Hawk wrestler Jacob Galinis. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs High School wrestling team kicked off their season early in December and have been busy handing out surprises both on and off the mat ever since.

Off the mat, high school wrestlers adopted a family for the holidays, and team mom Teresa Galinis, along with some of the wrestlers, shopped, wrapped, and delivered gifts to the family for Christmas.   

On the mat, wrestlers have brought home some exciting wins this season against schools with historically good wrestling programs, including Fruitport, Grant, Mona Shores and Greenville. 

Individually, five wrestlers placed at the Kent County Championships held two weeks ago, where 22 schools were represented, and that number is expected to increase before finals in February. Off-season training camps along with an unbeatable work ethic, depth, returning talent and upcoming talent has propelled Cedar Springs wrestling to a viable (and feared) contender in a very difficult OK White conference. 

Wrestlers head to Greenville today to face both Lowell and Northview in what was sure to be a nail biter in an OK White conference showdown. Come out and show them your support!

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BRISON CHRISTOPHER RICKER


Brison Christopher Ricker of Cedar Springs, Michigan, age 16, passed away on the morning of Saturday, December 23, 2017, after a brave & courageous battle with DIPG brain cancer. He was surrounded by his family in the comfort of his home, and rests now, comfortably in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Born on January 4, 2001, Brison grew up in Cedar Springs and attended Cedar Springs High School. He was outgoing and driven by his faith in everything he did—always striving for greatness. Brison raced motocross, and played soccer and basketball. He loved watching sports too. Brison had a great sense of humor and a kind heart to match. He was an incredible and loving son, wonderful brother and best friend, grandson and teammate, and was loved by so many. Brison leaves behind his parents Brian and Kimberly (Morris) Ricker; brother Preston Ricker; grandparents Kathryn (Gary Burger) Ricker, Joe (Gail) Ricker; Mark Sheldon; uncle Mark Ricker; and many special friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Deb Sheldon. The funeral service for Brison will be celebrated by Pastors Julian Newman and Dawn Damon at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Resurrection Life Church, 3233 10 Mile Road NE, Rockford, MI 49341. Relatives and friends may call on the family during a time of visitation from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the church. Those wishing to offer an expression of sympathy are encouraged to make a memorial contribution to Brison’s family to assist them with funeral expenses. Brison will be laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Cedar Springs, Michigan.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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CS Athletic hall of fame


 

The Cedar Springs Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Athletic Boosters and the Athletic Leadership Council, is looking to create an Athletic Hall of Fame for Cedar Springs High School.  We are well aware that an Athletic Hall of Fame had previously existed in the former High School building. We are asking for ANYONE who may have information on the previous Hall of Fame, the contents of the Hall of Fame, the selection process, or any members who may have been in the Hall of Fame (maybe even you or a family member) to please come forward and share that information with us.
We are looking to gather as much information as possible on the previous Hall of Fame.  If you have any information at all as it relates to this, we very eagerly await to hear from you.  Please share what you may know on this topic with the Cedar Springs Athletic Department, and Athletic Director, John Norton. He can be reached via phone at 696-9080 or via email at john.norton@csredhawks.org.

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Red Hawks beat undefeated Pioneers


Red Hawk Ryan Ringler leaps over several Pioneers as he scores a touchdown. Photo by K&R LaLone photography.

Community pep rally Thursday evening

By Judy Reed

Before last Friday evening, October 24, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity Football team had only played the East Grand Rapids Pioneers a handful of times—four times to be exact, and none were wins for the Red Hawks. Two of those games were play off games. As a matter of fact, the last time Cedar Springs faced them was 10 years ago, in 2007. It was also a pre-district game at East Grand Rapids, and the Pioneers went on to win the state championship. But the Red Hawks turned up the heat Friday night, and gave the Pioneers (who were undefeated) a run for their money with a 41-40 win. And now the Red Hawks will face DeWitt in the district final on Friday, November 3, at 7 p.m. at DeWitt. Read more here.

There is even more to celebrate than the Varsity football team, and Cedar Springs High School invites everyone to come out for a community pep rally tonight (Thursday, November 2) at 8 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium. They will celebrate band and cross country going to state, and other great things going on. The event is free. Come on out and show your spirit!

UPDATE: from Cedar Springs Public Schools… The Community Pep Rally for tonight has been moved from the Red Hawk Stadium to the Cedar Springs High School gym due to the weather.

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Former MLB player dies of carbon monoxide poisoning


Ross Powell was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1989. Photo courtesy of Mark Schumann.

Ross John Powell, 49, a Cedar Springs High School graduate and former Major League baseball pitcher, died last week in Texas, after his lawn care van was overcome with carbon monoxide fumes.

His father, Lyle John Powell, 72, was also found dead in the van.

The Collin County Sheriff Department told media that it appeared the van rolled to a stop in a cul-de-sac of Thunder Bay Drive and Enchanted Way, in Lucas, Texas. 

Powell, who played for three different MLB teams, and served as a youth baseball coach, had recently opened the new lawn care business.

Ross Powell (above) and his father, Lyle, were found dead in a commercial lawn care van last week. Photo from Ross Powell’s facebook page.

A woman who saw the men in the van reportedly called 911 after she knocked on the window and got no response. 

The fumes were so intense that a sheriff’s deputy, EMS officer, and three firefighters were all transported to the hospital for treatment and then later released.

Ross was a 1986 graduate of Cedar Springs High School, where he was selected as an All State pitcher his senior year. He pitched for three seasons at the University of Michigan and was a third-round draft pick for the Cincinnati Reds in 1989. He made his major league debut on Sept. 5, 1993. In April 1994, he was traded to the Houston Astros. In July, 1995, his contract was sold to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was his last year in the major leagues. His career spanned eight seasons. 

Ross’ father, Lyle John Powell, 72, was also found dead in the van.
Facebook photo.

Ross was living in Carrollton, Texas.

A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Allen, Texas. A memorial service will also be held at a later date in Michigan.

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Red Hawks beat East Grand Rapids


The Red Hawks celebrate their win over EGR. Photo by K&R LaLone.

 

The Red Hawks scored more points on the Pioneers in the first quarter (27) than the Pioneers allowed in each game all year. Photo by K&R LaLone.

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

Under the Friday night lights on October 27, the varsity Red Hawks of Cedar Springs faced off against the Pioneers of East Grand Rapids in the first round of playoffs. The Red Hawks defeated the previously undefeated Pioneers with a final score of Cedar Springs 41, East Grand Rapids 40.

Throughout the entirety of this intense match up, the two teams were neck in neck on the scoreboard. The Red Hawks finished with a one point lead due to a kick in the first quarter by Moritz Lerch.

The Red Hawks were the first to make it on the scoreboard, with a touchdown run in by Ryan Ringler at 10:07 left to play in the first quarter. This touchdown was followed by a PAT (point after touchdown) also scored by Ringler. Additional Cedar Springs touchdowns in the first quarter were run in by Darius Barnett and Ringler, followed by incomplete attempts at PATs.

In the second quarter, running back John Jacob Todd scored an additional touchdown shortly after a Pioneer run made by Max Lundeen, who received a key pass from teammate Michael Malewitz. Malewitz also made passes to Connor Davis for a run into the end zone, and to Pioneers Ben Forestner and Nick Milanowski for two completed two-point conversions.

Coming back from halftime with a standing score of Cedar Springs 33, East Grand Rapids 28, the close game continued. Pioneer player Connor Davis ran up the middle for a total of 8 yards, scoring a touchdown with 7:39 left to play in the third quarter. Cedar Springs senior Nicholas Campione finished off the third quarter with a Red Hawk touchdown, then passed to teammate Ryan Ringler for a PAT.

The Hawk’s defeat of the Pioneers was a triumphant win, and the Cedar Springs varsity football team greatly looks forward to next week’s game against DeWitt at DeWitt high school. The Cedar Springs High School will be hosting a spirit bus for students to travel to the home of the Panthers and show their Red Hawk pride. The game will take place on Friday, November 3rd at 7pm.

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Community pep rally – TONIGHT


UPDATE: from Cedar Springs Public Schools… The Community Pep Rally for tonight has been moved from the Red Hawk Stadium to the Cedar Springs High School gym due to the weather.

Thursday, November 2, 8 p.m.

From John Norton, Athletic Director, Cedar Springs High School

Come out this Thursday to Red Hawk stadium for a Community Pep Rally at 8:00 p.m. This is a completely free event where the school plans to celebrate the accomplishments of various sports teams and activities from this past fall. It will be a time to rally as a community and show support for those individuals that are representing our school and community at state level competitions this weekend. Music, introductions, giveaways and maybe a surprise or two. We hope to see everyone there! Go Red Hawks!

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Cedar Springs upsets state-ranked Lowell, 28-14



The Red Hawks outscored and outplayed the Red Arrows in their first win against them since 1981. Photo by Kelly and Rob Lalone.

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

On Friday, September 28, the Cedar Springs varsity football team brought in a 28-14 win against the Red Arrows of Lowell at their homecoming game in Red Hawk stadium. The Hawks made history after beating Lowell for the first time since 1981. Varsity coach August Kapolka included the “12th man,” or the support of the Cedar Springs student section and community, in his team’s success.

Junior halfback Ryan Ringler started the scoring off with the first touchdown of the night, with 3:08 left to play in the first quarter. Ringler went on to run in a two-point conversion. The Red Arrows came back shortly after and scored their team’s first touchdown of the night at the tail end of the first quarter, with 36 seconds left to play.

In the second quarter, varsity Red Hawks John Jacob Todd and Ryan Ringler went on to score additional touchdowns, while their defensive line kept the Red Arrows from completing any runs into the end zone.

At halftime, senior varsity football player Nathan Patin and his girlfriend senior Nicole Mosher were crowned homecoming king and queen for 2017.

Returning from halftime, neither team made any advances in the third quarter, starting off the fourth with a standing score of Cedar Springs 22, Lowell 8.

In the final quarter of this year’s homecoming game, both teams scored a total of 6 points each. Lowell varsity player David Kruse scored on a one-yard up the middle into the end zone. Ringler upped the total for the Red Hawks with a 67-yard run through a clear center field, his speed giving him a major advantage.

To support your Red Hawks, come out to the stadium of Forest Hills Northern on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. and cheer them on as your Hawks look to continuing to make history.

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Hometown Hero


 

Brandon F. Sischo has been promoted to Master at Arms Chief Petty Officer, surface warfare, aviation warfare.

Brandon is a 2003 graduate of Cedar Springs High School.  He joined the Navy in Sept. 2004. After recruit training he attended Master at Arms School in San Antonio, Texas. He was then assigned to NAS JRB Willow Grove, Penn.

In 2008, he served on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN71) where he deployed to the Arabian Gulf. During this tour he attended Naval Corrections Officer and Anti-terrorism training.

In 2012, he transferred to Supreme Allied Commander Transformation Command at NSA Hampton Roads, Virginia, where he was leading Petty Officer of Anti-Terrorism and Physical Security Depts.

Currently Brandon is serving on the USS Bainbridge (DDG96), where he just attended his pinning ceremony for Master at Arms, Chief Petty Officer.

He resides in Virginia Beach with his family. Brandon is the son of Glenn and Tammy Sischo, of Gowen.

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