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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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Sports physicals for 2016-17 school year available in June


Sports physicals for the 2016-17 school year will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016 and Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Cherry Health (behind Red Hawk Elementary) from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Call ahead for an appointment at 616-696-3470.

Students must bring a signed parental consent form and an MHSAA physical card to the appointment. Forms are available in the High School Athletic Office or online at http://highschool.csredhawks.org/Athletics/index.html.

Please remember to complete the medical history section of the physical card before the student’s appointment. Parents are encouraged to attend the visit.

Services are provided regardless of ability to pay and no money is needed at the time of visit. However, services may be billed to insurance when possible, so please have your insurance or Medicaid card available.

Completed physical forms are required.

Per MHSAA, all 2016-17 athletes must have a physical on file dated after April 15, 2016.

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JV golf starts conference  play


The Cedar Springs JV Boy’s Golf team began the OK Bronze season last  week competing at Northview and Forest Hills Eastern Jamborees. Monday, at Boulder Creek, the squad shot a 208 and finished 5th. Jarred Reyers was medalist with a 49, Paul Krajewski 52, James Powell 53 and Cade O’Conner 54. Wednesday, at Arrowhead, the team shot a 221 and finished 5th. James Powell was medalist with a 51, Paul Krajewski 55, Jarred Reyers 56, and Cade O’Conner 59.

“We are playing alright with our top 4,” said Coach London. “We need the rest of the team to pick it up.”

Cedar Springs was scheduled to  play at Cedar Chase on Monday and Maple Hill Wednesday this week.

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Two Red Hawks sign to play at Albion


Lane Gott (center).

Lane Gott (center).

Lane Gott signs with Albion

Cedar Springs senior Lane Gott recently signed a celebratory signing form stating that he had been accepted at Albion College, an NCAA Division III institution, and that in addition to academics, he intends to participate in the sport of football during the 2016-2017 school years.

Gott was part of the championship Red Hawk football team as both a junior and senior. “Lane has been an extremely versatile player for the last two seasons,” remarked head football coach Gus Kapolka. “He’s started 18 games at corner against some of the best competition in the state and held his own.  He was a leader in our senior class that went 14-6 over the last two seasons with back to back conference championships.”

Je’len Jackson signs with Albion

Je'len Jackson (center)

Je’len Jackson (center)

On April 27, Cedar Springs senior Je’len Jackson signed a celebratory signing form stating that he had been accepted at Albion College, an NCAA Division III institution, and that in addition to academics, he intends to participate in the sport of basketball during the 2016-2017 school years.

“After moving to Cedar Springs his sophomore year, Je’len became a strong contributor for the varsity, becoming one of the leading 3-point shooters and rebounders for the program,” stated Coach Patin.

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Boys basketball team sweeps trio


 

By Rebekah Cronk

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks boys varsity basketball team is on a roll after winning against all three teams they faced last week.

On Monday February 8, the Cedar Springs varsity basketball team went head to head with Kenowa Hills, which was a makeup game from January 12. The varsity team played a solid game, winning against Kenowa Hills with an ending score of 62-47.

“We were led by Nikc Jackson with 23 points and 7 Rebounds. Taylor VanDyke added 17 points and 9 Rebounds,” said the Cedar Springs varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin.

On Tuesday, the team played a home game against Belding with a victory score of  64-46. The team had 13 different players that scored throughout the game.

“I was enlightened to see some of the guys who always bust their butts in practice, but don’t usually get to play in the game, finally be able to participate,” said varsity player, Jameson Pavelka.

“Playing against Belding wasn’t too tough of a game because Belding has a younger team and they’re still improving, we have an older team, so it was an easier game,” said varsity basketball player, Dustin Shaw.

On Friday, February 12, the varsity team played their last game for the week at Greenville in a conference game. They led the entire game, which resulted in a win with a score of 55-44. Nikc Jackson led in scoring with 14 points and 7 rebounds, and Taylor VanDyke adding 9 points and 11 rebounds.

“This was good bounce-back week for us. On February 5 we lost to Wyoming by two in a tough battle, so to bounce back with three good wins was good for us,” said Patin.

Looking strong; looking to stay hot 

It was a strong week for the varsity team, and they also feel as though the season will continue to be strong.

“I feel pretty good about the season. It started off with its ups and downs but we have been on a comeback lately,” said varsity player Blake Fisher.

“We’ve had games where we’ve played well and we’ve had other games where we’ve struggled, but we all know how well we can play. We have only scratched the surface of how good we can be. The best for us has yet to come,” said Shaw.

The team has had many difficulties throughout the season, but they are willing to work hard, and to work together to be the best they can be to win.

“We are brothers, we have our moments but it’s normal. We just know when it comes down to it we need to be all together in order to come out on top,” said varsity player, Da’Marcus Barnett.

Come on out and cheer on your Red Hawks when they host Northview Friday night at 7 p.m., at Cedar Springs High School.

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Cedar Springs loses to Forest Hills Eastern


Red Hawk senior Cameron Umphrey scored both touchdowns for Cedar Springs in their loss to Forest Hills Eastern last Friday.

Red Hawk senior Cameron Umphrey scored both touchdowns for Cedar Springs in their loss to Forest Hills Eastern last Friday.

By Lauren VanDenHout

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks lost to the Forest Hills Eastern Hawks 49-12 last week Friday, October 16. Cedar Springs fought hard, but ultimately, they were no match for Forest Hills Eastern’s offensive and defensive line.

The Red Hawks’ first touchdown of the game was scored by senior Cameron Umphrey in the second quarter. It was an aggressive one-yard run in the middle that broke Forest Hills Eastern’s defensive line. The two-point conversion was no good. This made the score 7-6 in the middle of the second quarter. At halftime, the Red Hawks walked off the field trailing by a score of 21-6.

The Red Hawks came out aggressive in the third quarter. Umphrey scored another touchdown, and the two point conversion was incomplete. This touchdown made the score 28-12, and the Red Hawks held them at that score until the end of the quarter. However, FHE came back in the fourth quarter and scored three more touchdowns.

Cedar Springs is now in second place in the OK-Bronze, with a record of 3-1 in conference, and 5-3 overall.

Their next game is away at Grand Rapids Northview on Friday, October 23. Kickoff starts at 7:00 p.m. This game is sure to be intense, as it is the final chance for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks to make it into the playoffs.

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Red Hawks dominate Spartans in home opener


Red Hawk senior Isaiah McDonald (10) scored both a 24-yard touchdown and a 73-yard touch down in the 35-0 win over Sparta. Photo by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

Red Hawk senior Isaiah McDonald (10) scored both a 24-yard touchdown and a 73-yard touch down in the 35-0 win over Sparta. Photo by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks came out on the offensive Thursday, September 3, against the Sparta Spartans, at Red Hawk Stadium. The boys played their hearts out that game to honor a recently passed student, Evan Kobayashi. With this mindset and determination to win, the Hawks dominated throughout the game, ending with a final score of 35-0.

“We played this game with heavy hearts, but our guys stayed really focused on the task at hand, and went out and played extremely well,” said Red Hawk Coach Gus Kapolka.

The Red Hawks never let the Spartans score Thursday night, in their home opener at Red Hawk Stadium. Photo by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

The Red Hawks never let the Spartans score Thursday night, in their home opener at Red Hawk Stadium. Photo by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

Junior Troy Patin put the Hawks on the board with a 3-yard touchdown with eight minutes and six seconds on the clock in the first quarter. Senior Cameron Umphrey also ran a 17-yard touchdown shortly after. However, the crowd wasn’t really energized until junior Jacob Hooker intercepted a Spartan pass and returned it for a touchdown. Following that play, senior Isaiah MacDonald was able to make the two-point conversion to end the first quarter.

The Hawks kept up their intensity on offense in the following quarter. MacDonald managed to score first a 24-yard touchdown, and then a 73-yard touchdown for his team. He also made a two-point conversion in the second quarter.

“We were given a lift [in the game] by Jacob Hooker, John Todd, and Thomas Hill, who all stepped in as quarterback for the injured Collin Alvesteffer,” commented Kapolka.

The boys worked together as a team offensively and defensively to achieve their win Thursday night. Juniors Jordan Ringler and Christian Twichell both led the team with four tackles, followed by Jordan Andrus, Ryan Ringler, Dustin Shaw and Taylor VanDyke with three.

The Red Hawks are now 1-1, and their next game is a non-conference match against the Belding Redskins (o-2), on Friday, September 11. They play at Belding at 7:00 p.m.

 

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It’s time for football!


The Cedar Springs Red Hawks will host the Comstock Park Panthers in the new GRidiron Classic at Grand Valley State University on August 29. The photo shows Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer being tackled by a Panther during last fall’s win over Comstock Park.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks will host the Comstock Park Panthers in the new GRidiron Classic at Grand Valley State University on August 29. The photo shows Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer being tackled by a Panther during last fall’s win over Comstock Park.

Saturday, August 29, marks the first game of the 2015 season for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, and you don’t want to miss it! They will host the Comstock Park Panthers at Grand Valley State University Lubbers Stadium, in the brand new GRidiron classic, at 4 p.m.

The West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) partnered with Grand Valley State University and the OK Conference to promote the newly created high school football showcase, which will feature three games:

1:00 p.m. Hamtramck vs. NorthPointe Christian (host)

4:00 p.m. Comstock Park vs. Cedar Springs (host)

7:00 p.m. Oak Park vs. Zeeland West (host)

“West Michigan prides itself in our high school football and this event will highlight the start of the season with some great matchups at a superb facility,” stated Mike Guswiler, President of the WMSC, in a press release last spring.

Each purchased ticket entitles the bearer to attend all three scheduled games. Tickets are available online at a cost of $8 Adults / $6 Students. Tickets purchased on the day of the event at the door will be sold for $10 Adults / $8 Students.

Last year, the Red Hawks took on Comstock Park in their opening game on the Panther’s home turf, and ran away with the game, 50-13. They went on to become OK-Bronze Champions, and ended their season after losing to Muskegon in the second game of the playoffs.

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

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Boys track OK Bronze champions


The Red Hawk boys track team won the OK Bronze Championship last Friday. Courtesy photo.

The Red Hawk boys track team won the OK Bronze Championship last Friday. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks boys track and field team took home the 2015 OK Bronze Conference Championship last week. After securing a number one seed during the dual season by going 5-0, the Hawks defeated the league last Friday at Forest Hills Northern. Final scoring was: Cedar Springs 130.50, Greenville 105.50, FHN 80.75, FHE 80.25, Northview 76 and Wyoming 50. This is their fifth conference title since 2000.

Leading the way for the Hawks was senior Austin Sargent, with a first in the 1600m, 800m, and 3200m runs, and he anchored the winning 4x800m relay team. The other three members of the relay team included senior Justin Jones and juniors Remington Sawade and Brandon Harthorn. Senior MavRick Cotten won both hurdle events, while Sawade was champion in the pole vault.

Earning All-Conference were: Sargent, Cotten, Jones, Sawade, Harthorn and sophomore hurdler Alex Douglas.

Other teammates that captured necessary points were Caden Burrows and Jaron Spencer in the shot put; Mike VanAssen and Brandon Sawade in the pole vault; Nikc Jackson and Taylor VanDyke in the high jump; Dallas Mora in the 3200m run; Jones in the 800m run; Cotten in the long jump; Douglas in both hurdle events; the 4x200m relay team of Jacob Hooker, Paul Mead, Lane Gott and John Todd; the 4x100m relay team of Gott, Austin Basso, Todd and Cotton; and the 4x400m relay team of Gott, Todd, R. Sawade and Jones.

“We struggled out of the gate in the field events. That is typically an area that we are strong at,” commented Coach Jeff Myers. “We didn’t earn the places and points that we expected. Yet, we didn’t panic, and got after it in the hurdles, relays and distance events. Many athletes set personal bests in 14 of the 17 events. All four relays ran their best times of the year.That’s what we focus on here, ‘What can we do to better the team?’ We don’t worry about what the competition is trying to do,” he added.

This week, the Hawks host the JV Conference meet before heading to GR Houseman Field and competing at the MHSAA regional meet.

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