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JV Baseball loses to Northview


 

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks JV baseball team played a three game set against Northview last week.  

Games 1 and 2 were played Monday, May 7.  Game 1 went nine innings with Northview coming out on top 9-8. Connor Ellison and Trenton Snoeyink pitched a great game but, again, errors cost the Red Hawks the game. At the plate, Gage Haywood, Dylan Greenland, and Willy Zain each had two hits. Snoeyink, Ellison and Dylan Knauf each had a hit as well. The boys had several chances to win the game, leaving 10 runners on base throughout the game.  

In game 2, errors cost them again as Colton Moore took the mound. Five errors led to big innings by Northview as they defeated the Red Hawks again 10-2.  Connor Ellison continued hitting the ball well with two hard hits. Jeremy Campione chipped in with two hits as well. Trenton Snoeyink and Dylan Knauf each had a hit.

Game 3 was played on Wednesday, May 9. Kyle Wise, Willy Zain and Jeremy Campione shared time on the mound. The Wildcats of Northview hit the ball well, scoring 18 runs. The Red Hawks managed 8 runs on 8 hits, led by Connor Ellison with two. Snoeyink, Campione, Secord, Greenland, Knauf and Dykhouse each had hits as well.

It was a long week of fighting illness and injuries, leaving the JV team with an 11-10-1 record. Next is a non-conference week against West Ottawa and Big Rapids.

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Hawks Nest moves to semifinals in Battle of the Fans


Cedar Springs is one of nine schools across the state competing to win the “Battle of the Fans.” Courtesy photo.

Every athlete knows that there is a member of the team that doesn’t play on the field or court with them, but they are part of the team just the same—and that’s the fans that cheer them on. Anyone who has been to a Cedar Springs Red Hawks sporting event knows that the student section—the Hawks Nest—is one of the best around. And now the student section has a chance to prove it.

Teacher and Coach Justin Harnden has been working with the Athletic Leadership Council at the school to create a culture that’s positive and supportive to all fans and teams—including the opposing ones. And Tuesday morning he saw some of the fruits of that labor when it was announced by the MHSAA that Cedar Springs was one of nine schools chosen to continue on to the semifinals in the “Battle of the Fans VII” contest.

The Battle of the Fans was organized by the MHSAA staff and its 16-member Student Advisory Council. Schools were invited throughout the fall to submit short videos, via YouTube, of their cheering sections in action, with the deadline Jan. 13. Nine semifinalists were announced on Tuesday, January 16: Cedar Springs, Petoskey and Traverse City West from Class A; Boyne City, Buchanan and Charlotte from Class B; and Munising, Negaunee and Pellston from Class C/D. 

Instead of choosing five finalists as in past years, the Advisory Council selected nine semifinalists to accomplish a list of tasks showing off their sections over the next 12 days–and the Council will then select three finalists for MHSAA visits.

This year’s winner will be announced Feb. 23 and recognized March 23 at the Breslin Center.

Semifinalists are required to complete 10 challenges via their social media channels by 11 p.m. Jan. 27. Five mandatory challenges focus on contest criteria: positive sportsmanship, student body participation, school spirit, originality of cheers, organization of the group, student section leadership and overall fun.

Five elective challenges (taken from a list of 15 opportunities) will allow semifinalists more opportunities to show the unique characteristics that make their sections elite. 

“Our Student Advisory Council wanted to keep more of these great student sections involved in Battle of the Fans longer, and also make sure our best sections were showing their best on more than just the days they applied and we visited,” said Andy Frushour, MHSAA director of brand management and advisor to the Student Advisory Council. “The ‘Challenge Round’ sets up a true competition as these nine schools watch and try to outdo each other’s best work over the next 12 days. We’re excited to watch them step up their games to answer the competition.”

Harnden was pleased that they had been chosen to head on to the semifinals. “We have a lot of work to do, but we are up for it,” he said.

A total of 19 schools applied for this year’s contest – seven from Class A schools, six from Class B, four from Class C and two from Class D. Three semifinalists each were selected from the Class A, Class B and Class C/D applicants.

The Student Advisory Council will select the finalists for announcement Jan. 29 on Second Half. MHSAA staff and Student Advisory Council members will visit all three finalists for home basketball games during the second half of this regular season, with coverage and video from those visits and the announcement of the winner all to be published on Second Half.

The winner will be selected by another Advisory Council vote based in part on activity on the MHSAA’s social media sites. All social media postings regarding Battle of the Fans VII should include the hashtag #BOTF. The MHSAA will share semifinalists’ challenge posts over the next two weeks on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram sites and Snapchat feed. The MHSAA also will post from the three finalists visits on those channels.

Cedar Springs will be using their social media sites on Facebook (CSHS Athletic Leadership Council) and Twitter (@CedarALC). Don’t forget to check them out and share their content!

To see the application video they put together, go to YouTube and search for CedarSpringsTV. Click on it, and then you will see their “Battle of the Fans” video listed.

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Red Hawks rack up first conference win


Darius Barnett scores one of several Red Hawk touchdowns against the Yellow Jackets.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks rolled over the Greenville Yellow Jackets 48-7 last Friday, September 8, to bring home the win in their first conference game of the season. The Red Hawks now stand at 1-0 conference, and 2-1 overall. They previously won against Battle Creek Lakeview, 60-13, and lost to Zeeland West 50-12, in their first two games of the season, which were both non-conference.

The Red Hawks hit the road this week to take on Northview (0-3) in another conference match up. Click here for details on last week’s game against Greenville.

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It’s time for football!


Thursday, August 24, marks the first game of the 2017 season for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, and you don’t want to miss it! They face off against Zeeland West, at Red Hawk Stadium at 7 p.m.

Last year the Red Hawks moved into the OK White conference after the OK Bronze was dissolved, and went 3-3 in conference, 4-5 overall. They will face some tough competitors in the OK White, including Lowell, Forest Hills Central, Forest Hills Northern,  and Greenville.

Their first three games are home, and the first two are non-conference games. They will face Zeeland West tonight (Thursday, August 25), Battle Creek Lakeview on Thursday, August 31, and Greenville on Friday, August 8. All games are at 7 p.m.

Come on out and cheer on your Cedar Springs Red Hawks and see the brand new turf on the playing field!

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Athlete signs to play basketball


S-Nick-Scott-signs

Cedar Springs Red Hawk senior Nick Scott recently signed to play basketball at Judson University next fall. Judson University is a Christian college in northwest Illinois. Congratulations, Nick!

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MS cheer takes first at conference meet


The Cedar Springs Red Hawks middle school cheer team took first place at a conference meet at the middle school last week.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks middle school cheer team took first place at a conference meet at the middle school last week.

With the second conference meet of the middle school season being canceled due to weather, last Thursday, Dec. 15, brought seven teams to Cedar Springs Middle School for their next conference meet.

Illness hit a teammate the night before competition and brought a quick change to the routines and had the girls relearning them only hours before competition.

The girls finished round two with a score of 114.26 putting them in first place with a 14.66 lead.

That brought them to round three where the girls and coaches get to show their unique routines and tumbling skills. They finished round three with a score of 255.8, bringing their total score to 370.6 with a 57.06 lead and another first place finish.

“The team had to come together and rework the round after school when a teammate fell ill. I am so happy with their performance in round three! We improved our round three score by 37 points from our last competition.

The girls put their nerves aside and executed the round, I could not ask for anything more from them!” said coach Abby Olszewski.

The next middle school competition will be January 15 at Thornapple Kellogg.

The Cedar Springs high school JV & Varsity teams will compete Wednesday at Mona Shores and Saturday, January 7 at Comstock Park.

Come out and support a great group of girls and show your Red Hawk pride!

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Red Hawks roll over Ottawa Hills


The Cedar Springs Varsity Football seniors walk across Red Hawk field one last time after their win over Ottawa Hills last Friday. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Football seniors walk across Red Hawk field one last time after their win over Ottawa Hills last Friday. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By student reporter, Maddie Nichols

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team ended their season with a blowout against the Ottawa Hills’ Bengals. Although saying goodbye to our senior football players is tough, concluding with a big win made it a little easier.

The Hawks started off the game with carries by seniors Jacob Hooker and Dylan Ostrom-Howell, leading junior John Todd into the end zone with 10 minutes and 45 seconds remaining of the first quarter. With an immediate head start, the Hawks didn’t let down. Sophomore Lucas Pienton intercepted a pass and ran it in for a touchdown shortly after, and with a solid kick from senior Dustin Shaw, the score became 14-0. Todd made his way to the Bengal’s end zone again after a long run, with a little less than 7 minutes before the end of the first quarter. Pienton also made his way to another touchdown with a little over 3 minutes to go, and with a two-point conversion by Hooker, the score became 29-0. However, Cedar wasn’t stopping there. With only 38 seconds left, sophomore Ryan Ringler made a touchdown, making the lead even more significant. Tackles throughout the quarter by seniors Austin Basso, Jaron Spencer, Collin Alvesteffer and Thomas Hill, as well as Ringler, Todd and Pienton, prevented the Bengals from scoring, ending the first quarter with a score of 36-0.

Senior Thomas Hill started off the second quarter on a high note for the Hawks with a touchdown 12 seconds in. The score then became 43-0. Hill and junior Nate Patin held off Ottawa Hills for a while, but the Bengals picked off a Cedar pass and ran it into the end zone, making the score 43-6, with Cedar still holding a huge lead. Carries from seniors Austin Ellis and Joe Reich-Tanis led to junior Nick Campione running in for a touchdown with 6 minutes and 52 seconds remaining of the first half, making the score 50-6. Tackles by Pienton, juniors Darius Barnett and Colton Gould, and senior Jaron Lucas gave the ball back to Cedar. Junior Jake West made a touchdown with 3 minutes left, increasing the score to 57-6. Tackles by junior Riley Hawkins, Ringler and Ellis held that score going into the second half.

The second half was full of support from all of the players. Senior starters went on the sideline and watched their underclassmen play their hearts out. With emotions running wild, the Hawks did nothing but prevail. Carries by Todd and junior Paul Krajewski kept the momentum going, as well as tackles by Spencer, Pienton, and Krajewski. Then, as if the night couldn’t be any greater, senior Dustin Shaw kicked the longest field goal in Cedar Springs’ history—40 yards—making the score 60-6, and that’s where the score stayed until the end.

The season was an emotional and intense one, but the community of Cedar Springs could not be any prouder of the way it ended. The boys of fall graduating will be going on to greater things, and the ones remaining will keep their legacy going next year. Cedar Springs finished the season 3-3 in conference, and 4-5 overall.

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Red Hawks battle hard but lose to Rangers


A Red Hawk tackles a Ranger during last Friday night’s loss to Forest Hills Central. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

A Red Hawk tackles a Ranger during last Friday night’s loss to Forest Hills Central. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team took on the Forest Hills Central Rangers this past Friday, constantly pushing themselves and their teammates, but was defeated 31-20.

The Red Hawks came out into the first quarter ready to go with runs by junior John Todd, sophomore Ryan Ringler and senior Jacob Hooker. The Hawks got the first touchdown within 4 minutes, with a pass from quarterback and junior Nick Campione to Jacob Hooker. The kick from senior Dustin Shaw was good, giving the Hawks a lead of 7-0. The Rangers came back a few minutes later with a touchdown at 3:28 left of the first quarter. Carries by Hooker, Campione, and Todd showed they weren’t giving up, and major tackles by Todd and Shaw shut down the Rangers.

Right into the second quarter, Central ran in a touchdown, taking the lead 14-7. Tackles by Ringler, Shaw and sophomore Lucas Pienton slowed down the Rangers for a little while, but they came back with another touchdown with 6 minutes and 44 seconds left of the first half. The Hawks refused to give up and continued to run the ball. Seniors Dylan Ostrom-Howell, Austin Basso, Jacob Hooker, as well as Todd and Ringler make their way down the field, but couldn’t get the touchdown.

Going into the second half, junior Nate Patin and senior Collin Alvesteffer got in some good tackles before the Rangers scored another touchdown, 3 minutes in, upping the score to 31-7. Carries by Hooker, Ostrom-Howell, and Todd led to a touchdown by Hooker with 3 minutes remaining of the third quarter. The two-point conversion was no good making the score 31-13 Rangers, going into the fourth quarter.

The Hawks found some stamina and completely shut down the Rangers in the last quarter. Runs by Ringler, Campione, and Ostrom-Howell as well as tackles by Alvesteffer, Patin, and senior Jordan Ringler get the energy up. In the last minute of the game, Junior Darius Barnett made a huge run, leading to Campione’s touchdown with 4.2 seconds remaining. With Cedar’s efforts, the game ending up being closer than expected, with a final score of 31-20.

This coming week, Cedar Springs hosts Ottawa Hills in the final game of the season.

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Red Hawks battle it out with Zeeland West


Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer runs with the ball.

Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer runs with the ball.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team showed everyone last Thursday night that they won’t back down from a challenge. They needed someone to play the first week, and state champion Zeeland West needed an opponent. So they said yes. And come game time, they surprised a lot of people with how well they kept the Dux at bay. In fact, the Red Hawks did something no other team has done in two years—they kept them scoreless in the first half, and only allowed 14 points the whole game. And that’s on a team that generally scores 30-70 points each game. The Red Hawks went into half leading 3-0, but ultimately lost the game 14-9.

“I couldn’t be happier with the effort of our team, but obviously we are disappointed in the result,” said Head Coach Gus Kapolka. “We had opportunities to win the game and just came up a little short. This game will make us stronger moving forward, and we will be a better team for having played a team the caliber of Zeeland West.”

Click here for an article on the game by student reporter Maddie Nichols.

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It’s time for football!


This was the scene last fall after the Cedar Springs Red Hawks beat Northview and were champions for the second year in a row in the OK Bronze. They kick off their season tonight (Thursday, August 25) at Zeeland West. Photo by K. Alvesteffer and Rob Lalone.

This was the scene last fall after the Cedar Springs Red Hawks beat Northview and were champions for the second year in a row in the OK Bronze. They kick off their season tonight (Thursday, August 25) at Zeeland West. Photo by K. Alvesteffer and Rob Lalone.

Thursday, August 25, marks the first game of the 2016 season for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, and you don’t want to miss it! They face off against the Division 4 state champs, Zeeland West, at Zeeland at 4 p.m. It’s the Grand Rapids Press game of the week.

Last year the Red Hawks clinched a share of the OK Bronze Championship, and shared it with Forest Hills Eastern. It was the second year in a row they were champions, as well as made it into the playoffs.

This year, the OK Bronze was dissolved, and the teams moved to other conferences. The Red Hawks are now in the OK White, where they will face teams such as Greenville, Northview, Forest Hills Northern (all from OK Bronze), Forest Hills Central, Lowell, and Grand Rapids Christian. Next week they play long time rival Sparta, at Sparta.

Come on out and cheer on your Cedar Springs Red Hawks!

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