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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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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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