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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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Red Hawks improve to 7 and 1 with a win over Greenville


The stingy Red Hawk defense kept the Greenville offense at bay last Friday night. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

The stingy Red Hawk defense kept the Greenville offense at bay last Friday night. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

The varsity football team wins 48-16


On Friday, October 17, the rain began as the national anthem was sung and just after the Cedar Springs Red Hawks honored so many brave people that have been affected by cancer in the third annual Hawks against Cancer pink game.

Greenville kicked off in the steady rain to start the first quarter, which ended with the Red Hawks leading 14 to 0. Collin Alvesteffer ran the ball for one touchdown and passed 34 yards to Kaden Myers for the second score. Zach Wamser added the two-point conversion on the second touchdown.

Red Hawks celebrate in the endzone after a touchdown by MavRick Cotten.

Red Hawks celebrate in the endzone after a touchdown by MavRick Cotten.

In the second quarter, the Red Hawks continued to pound on the Yellow Jacket defense by adding another touchdown to the first half tally, when Red Hawk fullback MavRick Cotton busted through the middle of the Greenville defense and scored on an 18-yard run. The Red Hawks did not capitalize on the two-point conversion, which left the score at 20 to 0, going into a rainy and windy half time.

After an excellent performance by the Red Hawk Marching Band, the third quarter began the way the second quarter ended, with MavRick Cotten breaking through the heart of the Yellow Jacket defense to score a 34-yard touchdown. The beginning of the end came when the Greenville offense fumbled the ball at midfield and Red Hawk Kaden Myers recovered the ball and ran it 52 yards for the score!

The Yellow Jackets continued to challenge the stingy, run-stopping and quarterback-sacking Red Hawk defense, with a score in the third quarter and one in the fourth, but the Red Hawks answered both times. Zach Wamser scored on a 41-yard dash with 48 seconds left in the third quarter, and Collin Alvesteffer answered again in the middle of the fourth.

In the end, it was second year head Coach Gus Kapolka’s Red Hawks that prevailed, 48-16.

This Friday, October 25, the Red Hawks will finish the regular season with a homecoming match up against conference foe Forest Hills Eastern, at 7 p.m. in Red Hawk Stadium. Get your Red Flannel on, load up the car and come out to support your 7 and 1 Red Hawks! Don’t forget the cowbell.

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Two Cedar Springs students crowned state champions

Kenzie Weiler and Austin Sargent

Kenzie Weiler and Austin Sargent


Two runners from the Cedar Springs Red Hawks cross country teams did something last weekend that has never been done before in Division 2—and only once before in the state’s history—a boy and girl from the same school both won the state title in Cross Country the same year.

Junior Austin Sargent finished first in the Boys Division 2 State Finals with a time of 15:42.7 and Kenzie Weiler finished first in the Girls Division 2 State Finals with a time of 17:55.1 last weekend at Michigan International Speedway.

Only one other time in state history has a boy and girl won state titles together and that was Corunna HS in 1995.

The entire girls Cross Country team also qualified for the state finals. After placing second at regionals, the girls’ team was looking for a solid performance on Saturday. The team ended up finishing 15th overall, led by Weiler, who placed first and became Cedar Springs’ first female cross country girl to win a state championship. Sophomore Kellsie Webber was 71st overall and ran her best time of her career. Senior Maddie Pekrul finished her last race, placing 90th overall, and was followed closely by Ellie Ovokaitys who placed 91st and also ran her best time. Shayne Mann (103rd) also ran her personal best time ever. Senior Caitlin McClurken also broke the 21-minute barrier and Allyson Marvel rounded out the top seven by adding a solid performance.

Austin Sargent, Cedar Springs boys only state qualifier, ran in a pack and broke away to take the lead and finish first to become the D2 state champion. Sargent becomes the third boy from Cedar to win an individual state championship. He follows Connor Mora (2012) and Landon Peacock (2005). The win also becomes the first time a school has had two different state champions in back to back years.

“This is a big moment in our school history and we are very proud of Kenzie and Austin!” remarked Autumn Mattson, Athletic Director at Cedar Springs High School. “The success of these individuals and our team is directly related to the support of our cross country parents, hard work and determination of our athletes and the countless hours our previous coaches and current coaches have put into our kids. Last Saturday was a great day to be a Red Hawk!”


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Freshmen Red Hawks win against Sparta

The freshmen Red Hawk football team were brought up to speed last week, by the high school staff, of what a cross town rivalry Cedar Springs and Sparta have become over the years.

The freshmen boys kicked off their high school rivalry with Sparta in awesome fashion, posting a 12-0 win, and allowing the freshmen coaching staff their first victory over Sparta in three tries. Setting the tone was the strong defensive effort the boys gave, stopping Sparta on many three and outs. While Cedar was able to put some long drives together on offense, including the game clincher, with a nice pass connection from QB Blake Fisher to TE Jacob Cartwright in the fourth quarter, it was the defense that held strong!

As the weeks go on, you can see the freshmen are starting to find some rhythm both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. They traveled to Wayland Thursday, to take on the Wildcats.

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Tennis News

Left to right: Amber Dunham and Jessica Naffziger #1 doubles.

The tennis team recently defeated Coopersville 5 to 3 in a dual last week Tuesday. The match was highlighted by solid wins in the singles by #1 Brooke Gust and #3 Britt Lenardson. The freshmen team of Paige Gebhardt and Samantha Alger, playing at #3 doubles defeated there opponents 6-4, 6-0 with some consistent play in the 2nd set. The fourth doubles team of Tranaya Palma and Amber Barnes dominated their opponents 6-0, 6-0. Amber Dunham and Jess Naffziger, at #1 doubles posted there 8th win of the season in a 6-2, 6-2 affair. Amber and Jess have been playing together since their freshmen year and compliment each other’s game. Amber has a keen sense at the net and is able to end points quickly with her agile volleys and dominating overhead smash. Jess is an accomplished backcourt player with a powerful and consistent serve. Both players know their limits and continually push them to improve as the season progresses. They, with the team, are looking to do well in the conference tourney in mid-May.

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Red Hawk track and field climbs atop OK Blue

The boy’s track and field team has improved to 4-0 in the conference and 7-1 overall after two wins last week against Coopersville and Grand Rapids Central.  The Hawks won all seventeen events against the Central Rams on their way to a 127-7 victory.  They won fifteen events on their way to a 97-40 victory over the Broncos.  “On paper, it looked as though we breezed through these wins, but statistically, we didn’t improve a lot of our performances.  We have come off three meets in six days.  It was a toll on the boys to be physically and mentally prepared, and ready to improve,” commented Coach Myers.

Even though the Red Hawks didn’t improve in every event, there were still some notable performances to be noted.  Freshman distance runner Conner Mora continues to turn in some of the area’s best times in the 1600m and 3200m runs.  Junior Andrew Klompstra has established himself as one of the top discus throwers in the league.  Sophomore Hank Porter has set the standard high in the league’s long jump event.  Porter has not been defeated this season.  The 3200m relay team of Austin Mora, Alex Bray, Conner Mora and Achrim Tillbrooke continue to lower their conference leading time.  Junior James Putnam continues to improve his league leading 100m and 200m dash times.

“With these wins, I’ll have to give the credit to our assistant coaches.  They continue to prepare the boys and have continued to establish personal bests in our distance, throwing, and high jumping events,” added Myers.

The Hawks have a tough battle this week against an improving Forest Hills Northern team, and complete it with the Red Hawk Invitational at Red Hawk Stadium.

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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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