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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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Varsity soccer racks up two more wins


Strong, reliable defense and goal tending, combined with offensive ball control and accurate passing resulted in two victories for the Red Hawks this week, as they kept their opponents scoreless.

Red Hawk #5 Tyler Hinton going for a header. (Also pictured #11 Austin Mora)

Red Hawk #5 Tyler Hinton going for a header. (Also pictured #11 Austin Mora)

The Red Hawks hosted the Comstock Park Panthers on September 15 and the game ended with a shut out score of 5-0. The scoring began as Austin Mora blasted in a quick penalty kick from just outside of the box. Robert Klein directed in the second goal after receiving the ball from Austin Mora. Within minutes, Robert Klein pushed in another goal with the assist credited to Kyle Szirovecz. Robert Klein opened the scoring in the second half, giving him another hat trick for the season. (Assist: Austin Mora). Kyle Szirovecz kicked in the final goal as he directed the ball into the corner of the net. (Assist: Zach Hawkins).

The following night, the scoring was fast and furious as Cedar Springs finished the game early against Belding, due to the mercy rule with a final score of 8-0. About two minutes into the game, Jake Rickner scored on a breakaway, with an assist from Zach Hawkins. The second goal came within minutes, when a header by Austin Mora was deflected off the goal post and finished off by Kyle Szirovecz. Jake Rickner knocked in the third goal after receiving a sideline pass up from Austin Mora. Goal four was a result of a powerful shot at the net by Robert Klein, which the Panther goalie deflected, and then the ball was followed up by the quickness of Kyle Szirovecz. Cody Cook fought hard through the Belding defense and plowed in another goal. (Assist: Zach Hawkins). Robert Klein finished off the half, adding goal number 6, with another assist from Zach Hawkins. The Red Hawks continued their aggressive play after the half, as Robert Klein hit the back of the net yet again. (Assist: Zach Hawkins). The game was finished off with about 20 minutes remaining, when Zach Hawkins launched a shot from the 18 and placed the ball into the upper 90 leaving the Belding keeper without a chance. Cedar Springs goalkeeper Kyle Coutchie also made some outstanding saves for the night, including a fully extended grab nearly on the goal line.

Score! #13 Freshman Robert Klein kicks in a goal!  (Also pictured # 5 Tyler Hinton)

Score! #13 Freshman Robert Klein kicks in a goal! (Also pictured # 5 Tyler Hinton)

“The guys have had a really solid week with some impressive game play!” said Coach Kyle Avink. “We look forward to an exciting week ahead as we face some tough teams, including our second match-up in conference game with our Spartan rivals as they face off on Thursday September 24 at  Sparta.” Please come out and cheer on this exciting team as they take on GR Central and Coopersville this next week. Keep up the heat!

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CS varsity soccer on fire!


Red Hawk Jake Rickner clearing out the ball. Also pictured are Bo Cook, Lee Tompkins, and Tyler Hinton

Red Hawk Jake Rickner clearing out the ball. Also pictured are Bo Cook, Lee Tompkins, and Tyler Hinton

Exciting and entertaining! That’s the understatement of the week as the Red Hawks faced off their opponents this week. On Wednesday, 9/9/09, the Red Hawks traveled to Fremont. Numerous shots ricocheted off the goal posts and crossbars. Although the Red Hawks defense was frequently tested, the Cedar team prevailed with a score of 4-1. The offensive line (consisting of a combination of Robert Klein, Kyle Szirovecz, Jake Rickner, Lee Tompkins, Gabe Martins, Ryan Austin and Brandon Goodenough) was aggressive and utilized its speed, crisp passing and ball control, to keep most of the action in Fremont’s end of the field. At the minute marker of 20:31, forward Brandon Goodenough scored the only goal of the first half with an assist from Zach Hawkins. Captain, defender Ron Fisk opened the scoring in the second half at the 22:54 mark as he ran the ball up the field and blasted the ball into the Fremont net. Cedar’s third goal came from a penalty kick in the box shot in by Robert Klein. Shortly after, Gabe Martins punched in a fourth goal with an assist credited to Jake Rickner and Robert Klein. Fremont scored late in the game. An unusual Cedar foul call, within the Cedar box, resulted in a hurried turnover to Fremont and a quick kick into an undefended goal. The following night on 9/10/09, Cedar Springs battled against Forest Hills Northern at home. Although the Red Hawks played hard through out the game, the Forest Hills Northern team dominated the ball and continuously challenged the skills of the Red Hawk team. Throughout the event, pressure was kept on freshman goalie Kyle Coutchie as he made multiple saves, yet the FH Northern offensive managed to knock in seven goals verses 2 goals for Cedar. The Red Hawks first goal was booted in by junior Jake Rickner with an assist from freshman Robert Klein. The second goal came from the quick moves of freshman Kyle Szirovecz.  Reflecting back over the game, Coach Avink and the Cedar fans can be proud of their team as they never gave up and in fact even seemed to turn up the heat a degree in the last half of the game. Way to persevere Red Hawks! Keep the heat on high! Coach Avink added, “I think the guys learned a lot from the games this week, I couldn’t be more proud of the way they have come together as a team! It’s fun to watch.” You too should come out and cheer on your home team next week as they travel away and face off against Kenowa Hills, West Catholic, and Sparta!

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Red Hawks lose to Spartans


Photo by J. Reed

Photo by J. Reed

The crowd was at capacity for the decades old rivalry of the Sparta Spartans and the Cedar Springs Red Hawks this past Friday, September 11, 2009 at Red Hawk Stadium.

Area police and fire departments provided a stirring flag ceremony to remind us of the anniversary of 9-11. The stands were full and the crowd respectful as the flag was brought to half mast and we, as a community remembered those that were lost 8 years ago.

As one would expect from a rivalry game, the action was intense and hitting just as fierce. But It became evident early on that the Red Hawks did not have an answer for the swift and elusive running of Sparta quarterback Cam Cooper, who ran for a game high 217 yards on 30 carries.

Photo by J.Reed

Photo by J.Reed

Poor execution, missed tackles and injuries plagued the Red Hawks. Sparta took advantage of an early turnover as Cooper ran in for the first score of the game at the beginning of the first quarter. The Red Hawks fought back and trailed by only one after a 75-yard touchdown run by James Putnam, who finished with 97 rushing yards in 10 attempts. But that run would be the sole highlight for the Red Hawks for the rest of the game, as Cooper and his Spartan teammates continued to pound the running game.

The defenses took over in the second half with both teams being very aggressive in attacking the line of scrimmage. Tyler Baker had a game high 12 tackles for Cedar, but it was not to be enough as Sparta downed Cedar 25-6.  Cedar will regroup this week and prepare to host Grand Rapids Central (0-3) this coming Friday at Red Hawk stadium at 7 p.m.

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