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Girls track wins dual meet


The Red Hawk girls track team traveled to Coopersville Thursday April 20, for an OK Blue Conference double dual track meet. The Red Hawks defeated Coopersville by a score of 81 to 56 and defeated Grand Rapids Central 99 to 30. The team’s record is 2-1 in the OK Blue Conference and 5-2 overall for the year. Senior Breeann Ovokaitys broke her school record in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:18.8.  Placing for the Red Hawks in both meets were:

1st Place: Amber TerHaar Shot Put and Discus; Haley Hawes Pole Vault;  Heather Holmes High Jump; Breeann Ovokaitys 1600 and 3200 run;  Rieley Hondalus in long jump, 100 and 400 meter dash; Katie Weiler 800 meter run; Shaelyn Fasel 100 meter hurdles; Amanda Balczak 300 meter hurdles; 1600 Meter relay team of Sommer Van Dyke, Heather Holmes, Amanda Balczak, and Katie Weiler; 400 meter relay team of Brittani Tozer, Shaelyn Fasel, Mercedes Oliver, and Abby VanDusen; 3200 meter relay team of Katie Weiler, Jessica Titus, Amanda Zinn, and Breeann Ovokaitys.

2nd Place: Rieley Hondalus 200 meter dash; Abby VanDusen 100 meter hurdles; Amanda Zinn 800 meter run; Katie Weiler 1600; Jeanette Sukstas Shot Put and Discus; Jessica Titus 3200 meter run.

3rd Place: Amanda Balczak 100 meter hurdles; Brittani Tozer 100 meter dash; Sommer VanDyke 400 meter dash; Briana Pierson High Jump; Abby VanDusen Long jump and 200 meter dash; Shaelyn Fasel Shot put and Discus.

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JV football O-K Blue champs


Congratulations to our 2009 O-K Blue Champions!

S-JV-FootballMichael Armock, Derek Ash, Rylan Ash, Zach Boorsma, Aaron Brooks, Connor Burrows, Seth Cosier, Kyle Dunmire, Jake Fisk, Austin Frandsen, Jason Gingrich, Isaac Golczynski, Noah Gwaivu, Ken Hoogerhyde, Cole Maike, Kory Myers, Aaron Nelson, Dan Sagorski, Austin Schut, Branden Slater, Casey Vaness, Austin Wamser, Jesse Wolven.

After a rough start to the season, the Cedar Springs JV football took the top of the O-K Blue conference winning 5 games in a row. They finished the season with a record of 6 wins and 3 losses. This is an incredible group of kids that work very well together exhibit the true meaning of “WE,” along with the great coaching staff of Coach Bowers, Coach Myers, Coach Hoffman and Coach Covey.

We hope to see great things the next 2 years when these young people join our varsity program.

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Red Hawks beat Belding in close game


Photo by A. Brumleve

Photo by A. Brumleve

A winning streak! That is what the Red Hawk varsity football team accomplished with last Friday’s 14-12 thrilling victory over Belding. This team seems to have a penchant for close, down to the wire contests, as this game was not over until Belding missed a potential game winning field goal with 30 seconds left in the game. If the people of Cedar Springs notice the additional grey hairs on the parents and coaches heads, you know why.

Belding got the scoring started with a lengthy drive that took most of the first quarter, with a 32-yard scamper by Chris Daller. The extra point was blocked, however, by A.J. Olszewski. The Red Hawks countered with a fine return of the ensuing kickoff, by Zack Carpentier, that gave them possession deep in Belding’s side of the field. Cedar capitalized on the drive on a 3-yard TD run by James Putnam and the extra point by Ryan Austin. Belding took the halftime lead of 12-7 on a QB keeper by Daller. They missed the extra point again; this would come back the haunt Belding in the end.

From left to right Shane Bratt #30, Scott Vodry #12, Tyler Baker #46, Andrew Klompstra #68.

From left to right Shane Bratt #30, Scott Vodry #12, Tyler Baker #46, Andrew Klompstra #68.

The Red Hawks took the opening second half kick off and drove down and scored on a 5 yard TD pass from Tyler Covell to Olszewski followed by the Austin extra point. Cedar took a 14-12 lead into the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Belding held the Red Hawks deep in their end and took possession with just 2 minutes remaining. They drove the field and were set up for a 24-yard field goal. The snap was good, hold was good, but the kick was wide right. Jubilation exploded on the Red Hawk sideline and stands.

Cedar, (3-3 in OK Blue and 4-4 overall) will go into their final game this coming week at league leading West Catholic (6-0 in OK Blue and 8-0 overall) with a chance to finish the season with a winning record.

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Red Hawks claw their way to victory over Panthers


photo by R. Klompstra

photo by R. Klompstra

The Cedar Springs varsity football team finally found a way to win a close game last Friday night, at Red Hawk stadium, against Comstock Park, with a 21-20 victory. After losing a heartbreaking game the previous week to Forest Hills Northern in overtime 28-27, the Red Hawks were determined to finish and come away on homecoming with a victory. On a rainy night both offenses were prone to turnovers and sloppy play, but it led to a very exciting finish for the crowd.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Panthers opened the scoring after a lengthy drive. The Red Hawks took advantage of a turnover deep in Comstock’s end with a one yard burst by Shane Bratt. With the first half winding down, it appeared that the score would stayed tied, but Comstock’s Trevor Crittendon caught a short pass and broke 6 tackles on his way to a touchdown that gave the Panthers a 14-7 halftime lead.

Photo by R. Klompstra

Photo by R. Klompstra

With a back and forth third quarter that included a blocked punt by Cedar’s Andrew Klompstra, Comstock broke through and scored on a Kevin McCarty’s 5-yard run, but missed the extra point, for a 20-7 lead going into the forth quarter. With 9 minutes to go in the game, the Red Hawks drove the field and scored on Bratt’s second touchdown of the game. Drawing the score to 20-14, the Red Hawk defense forced a quick punt that resulted in the final drama of the night. Cedar’s James Putnam attempted to field the punt but muffed it. Comstock Park apparently took advantage by returning the muff back for a touchdown, but by rule, a muffed punt cannot be advanced. With 2 minutes to go in the game, Comstock had the ball and looked in control. On the second play of the Panther’s drive, Cedar’s Kenny Mitz stole the handoff and ran it back 70 yards for a touchdown, and Ryan Austin’s extra point gave Cedar the final point in the 21-20 victory.

The Red Hawks look to even their record as they go on the road to face Belding with third place in the OK-Blue up for grabs, this coming Friday night.

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Golf team heads to state


The Varsity Golf Team had some lows and highs this past week. On Tuesday, the Lady Red Hawks lost out to Forest Hills Northern by one stroke for the Ok-Blue Conference title. Nikki Bouwens was medalist with an 87, followed by Kaylee Costello with a 100 (5th place), and Chaya Coxon and Jackie Champion with 112s.

“That one stroke was a hard one to take,” said Costello. “Hopefully we can bounce back at Regional.”

And bounce back they did. The girls finished 2nd with a 397 at Katke in Big Rapids.  The top 3 teams in each regional advance to the state meet at the Meadows.  “The girls played really well.  I am proud of all five,” said Coach Glen London.

Nikki Bouwens was once again match medalist with an 80. “Nikki has been tough all season,” said London. “She has won three of the five tournaments that we have played at.” Jackie Champion had a season best 101, Zarah Smith a 105, and Kaylee Costello a 111 to round out the scoring (Coxon carded a 115).

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Soccer team beats Panthers, loses to Huskies


Red Hawk Kyle Szirovecz challenging for the ball

Red Hawk Kyle Szirovecz challenging for the ball

On a cold, rainy Tuesday, October 6, the Red Hawks battled against the Forest Hills Northern Huskies. The Red Hawks opened the scoring with a goal by Kyle Szirovecz, after he broke through the Husky defense and booted the ball into the net. Robert Klein received the assist. The Huskies tied up the game 1-1 just before the half. Even though the Red Hawks played strong, the Huskies managed to rack up three more goals before the buzzer ended the game with a score of 4-1.

It was another cold, rainy game day, Thursday, October 8, when the Cedar Springs Red Hawks shut out the Panthers of Comstock Park. The weather didn’t shake the Red Hawks, as numerous spectacular saves by goalie Kyle Coutchie was coupled with sharp passing and determined defense, and resulted in a 6-0 Red Hawk shut out.

Red Hawk Defender Bo Cook chases down the ball. Also pictured is goalie Kyle Coutchie.

Red Hawk Defender Bo Cook chases down the ball. Also pictured is goalie Kyle Coutchie.

The defensive line was mainly manned by Ron Fisk, Bo Cook, and Tyler Hinton. The first goal landed in the net within the first few minutes of the game, and made by Austin Mora when he received the ball in front of the net from forward Kyle Szirovecz. Szirovecz shot in the next three goals with assists being credited to Robert Klein, Zach Hawkins, and Jake Rickner. Jake Prahl kicked in the fifth goal, with an assist from Kyle Szirovecz. The final goal of the game occurred when Trevor Rose found the back of the net, with an assist from Jake Rickner. The game brought their record to 9-7.

Coach Avink commented, “It was a great week for the guys. The season is coming to a close, but we are still working hard and looking forward to our first district game at Fruitport on October 20.”

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Red Hawk soccer highlights


Red Hawk soccer highlights
The Grand Rapids Central Rams defeated the Cedar Springs Red Hawks on September 29, with a score of 6-3. Both teams battled aggressively for the ball, but the Rams offensive capitalized on several defensive openings. Two Cedar goals came from midfielder Zach Hawkins, with assists being credited to Gabe Martins and Jake Rickner. In the second half, Tyler Hinton found the back of the net with an assist from Austin Mora.
On October 1, there was excitement in the air at Red Hawk stadium as the stands filled with AYSO/CASSA  players and supportive fans to watch the Red Hawks take on Coopersville. A special feature of the event took place during half time as the AYSO/CASSA teams were introduced to the crowd. The Cedar varsity team came to the field fired up and gave the crowd something to cheer about as they shut out Coopersville with a score of 4-0. Within the first three minutes of the game, Cedar racked up two points on the scoreboard. Forward Robert Klein kicked in the first goal as he received the ball in front of the net from Jake Rickner. Forward Kyle Szirovecz quickly followed with a second goal as he made a back kick on the ball and blasted the ball into the net. (assist: Austin Mora). Kyle Szirovecz scored the third goal, as the Coopersville keeper came out for the ball, leaving the net open. (assist Robert Klein and Austin Mora). The final goal of the night occurred when defender Aaron Dault sent a long kick up to Zach Hawkins, who then drilled the ball into the net. At the end of the game, a fan commented, “This group plays with fire and enthusiasm. More importantly, they exhibit good sportsmanship, win graciously and use losing as a reason to improve. What a great group of players who are exciting to watch and who play as a team.”
Coach Avink added, “We started out a little slow in the week, but ended on a very strong note! AYSO/CASSA night was a huge success. Thanks to all those who helped make that happen!” Come out and cheer on your Red Hawk varsity soccer team this week.
Defender Aaron Dault sends the ball up the field.

Defender Aaron Dault sends the ball up the field.

The Grand Rapids Central Rams defeated the Cedar Springs Red Hawks on September 29, with a score of 6-3. Both teams battled aggressively for the ball, but the Rams offensive capitalized on several defensive openings. Two Cedar goals came from midfielder Zach Hawkins, with assists being credited to Gabe Martins and Jake Rickner. In the second half, Tyler Hinton found the back of the net with an assist from Austin Mora.

On October 1, there was excitement in the air at Red Hawk stadium as the stands filled with AYSO/CASSA  players and supportive fans to watch the Red Hawks take on

Goalie Kyle Coutchie gets his hands on the ball. Also pictured Tylyer Hinton.

Goalie Kyle Coutchie gets his hands on the ball. Also pictured Tylyer Hinton.

Coopersville. A special feature of the event took place during half time as the AYSO/CASSA teams were introduced to the crowd. The Cedar varsity team came to the field fired up and gave the crowd something to cheer about as they shut out Coopersville with a score of 4-0. Within the first three minutes of the game, Cedar racked up two points on the scoreboard. Forward Robert Klein kicked in the first goal as he received the ball in front of the net from Jake Rickner. Forward Kyle Szirovecz quickly followed with a second goal as he made a back kick on the ball and blasted the ball into the net. (assist: Austin Mora). Kyle Szirovecz scored the third goal, as the Coopersville keeper came out for the ball, leaving the net open. (assist Robert Klein and Austin Mora). The final goal of the night occurred when defender Aaron Dault sent a long kick up to Zach Hawkins, who then drilled the ball into the net. At the end of the game, a fan commented, “This group plays with fire and enthusiasm. More importantly, they exhibit good sportsmanship, win graciously and use losing as a reason to improve. What a great group of players who are exciting to watch and who play as a team.”

Coach Avink added, “We started out a little slow in the week, but ended on a very strong note! AYSO/CASSA night was a huge success. Thanks to all those who helped make that happen!” Come out and cheer on your Red Hawk varsity soccer team this week.

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8th graders win against Goldenhawks


Sean Thompson scored three touchdowns at last Wednesday’s game. Photo by T. Elliston

Sean Thompson scored three touchdowns at last Wednesday’s game. Photo by T. Elliston

The eighth grade Cedar Springs football team played a good game at Skinner Field Wednesday, Sept 23. Winning 27-0 against Wyoming Rogers Goldenhawks, they are 1-1 for the season and were scheduled to take on Coopersville Wednesday night at home again.

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Varsity soccer soaring high!


S-Soccer1The Red Hawks started the week out strong on September 21, as they battled against Kenowa Hills. The Knights managed to kick in their lone goal quickly, but the rest of the game belonged to the Red Hawks as they pelted in a total of six shots for the night, giving Cedar the victory 6-1.

Cedar was on their game as their forwards dominated control of the ball, defense challenged any intruders in their territory and goalie Kyle Coutchie kept the net empty. Senior Cody Cook finished the first goal, heading the ball into the net. (Assist: Zach Hawkins). Forward Robert Klein added a second goal (Assist: Cody Cook). The Red Hawks scored again due to offensive pressure on the ball in front of the Knight’s net, causing the ball to be deflected off a Kenowa Hills player into their net. In the final minute of the first half, Zach Hawkins kicked a lofting ball over the goalie into the net. Goal five was credited to defender Ron Fisk as he ran up from the backfield and arched the ball over the fingertips of the goalie, dropping the ball in the net. With 38 seconds left on the clock, Cedar Cody Cook fought through the defense and blasted in the final goal.

On September 22, Cedar visited West Catholic to play the Falcons. The physical game challenged the offense, defense, and keeper skills as the Falcons continuously pressured the team at all angles. Cody Cook scored the only Red Hawk goal as the team worked their way through the defense, allowing a shot to be directed into the corner of the net. (Assist: Robert Klein). Even though Cedar’s goalkeeper, Kyle Coutchie, was credited with multiple saves for the game, by the end of the event, Cedar came up short by a score of 5-1.

S-Soccer2The third game of the week (September 24) was a hard fought, aggressive match up between OK-Blue conference rivals Cedar Springs and Sparta. Cedar lit up the scoreboard with the first goal as freshman Kyle Szirovecz shot the ball into the corner of the net. With 2:22 left in the first half, Sparta headed in a corner kick, leaving the score 1-1. Six minutes into the second half, Cedar picked up the scoring, as Kyle Szirovecz scored on a penalty kick in the box. Shortly after, Kyle Szirovecz was once again tackled in the box. This allowed Cedar a third goal, as freshman Robert Klein booted in the penalty kick in the box. Sparta quickly added two more goals. Both scores were a result of penalty kicks being direct into a congested Cedar goal area allowing the ball to be knocked into the net. Sparta scored the winning goal on a penalty kick due to a handball in the box. Cedar fans left the field proud of the Red Hawk players for the determination and sportsmanship their team exhibited on and off the field.

“We are a different team than when we started the season,” said Coach Kyle Avink. “The guys have improved a lot and we look forward to some more exciting games!” Go Red Hawks!

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Red Hawk golf team wins tournament


It was a good week for the Lady Red Hawks girl’s golf team last week. They traveled to the Royal at Canadian Lakes and won the Chippewa Hills Invitational with a 396 score. Nikki Bouwens finished 1st with a solid round of 77. Kaylee Costello finished 10th with a 101, Zarah Smith added a 106 and Tricia Luke a 112. (Megan Rice had a 117 and Chaya Coxon a 120).

“It was a big boost for us,” said Coach Glen London. “We have not won a big tournament in over 5 years. Nikki shot great and the rest of the girls posted some good scores,” he added.

In league action the Red Hawks went 1-1 by defeating Coopersville 201-211 and losing to Forest Hills Northern 205-225.  At Western Greens, Bouwens shot a 40, Costello a 50, Maggie Bielak a 55 (her personal best) and Zarah Smith a 56. The split puts the golf team at 2-1 in conference.

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