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Ellie Ovokaitys signs letter of intent with Cornerstone


Ellie Ovokaitys recently signed a letter of intent to run for Cornerstone University. She is shown here with her parents.

Ellie Ovokaitys recently signed a letter of intent to run for Cornerstone University. She is shown here with her parents.

On Wednesday, May 4, senior Red Hawk runner Ellie Ovokaitys, the daughter of Tom and Donna Ovokaitys, signed her National Letter of Intent to continue her running career at Cornerstone University. Ellie will run both cross country and track, and has run cross country and track all four years of high school.

“Ellie was a leader on her team and finished her cross country season at the MHSAA Cross Country State Finals, which she ran the last three years,” said Varsity Coach Marie Covey. “Ellie also ran at the MHSAA Track and Field State Finals.”

“Ellie has been an essential part of the success of the girls cross country program during her four years running,” said Middle School Coach Julie Weiler. “Ellie has helped the team make it to state as well as this fall qualifying individually. She has been all conference in cross country as well. Ellie is one of the leading distance runners in track and is always willing to run in events where needed.”

We wish Ellie the best as she continues her journey as a Golden Eagle.

 

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Girls tennis takes second at Fruitport, wins Greenville match


Medal winners at Fruitport Tournament

Medal winners at Fruitport Tournament

Girls tennis won 6-2 at Greenville Monday.

Girls tennis won 6-2 at Greenville Monday.

The Cedar Springs girls tennis team took second place at the Fruitport Invitational on Saturday, April 29. Fruitport came in first place, followed by Cedar Springs, Greenville in third, and Coopersville in fourth place.

The Red Hawks played well, with several taking first and second place in their positions.

The number one doubles team of Anna Behrenwald and Mariah Rios took first place; and also taking first place was the number 2 doubles team of Alyssa Marshall and Morgan Shevock.

All of the Red Hawk singles finished in second place, including number 1 singles Emily Pastoor; number 2 singles Emma Schut; number 3 singles Jordan Ackerman; and number 4 singles Jessica Brunett.

On Monday, May 1, the Red Hawks traveled to Greenville and defeated them 6 to 2. Winning flights included number 1 singles Emily Pastoor; number 2 singles Emma Schut; number 3 singles Jordan Ackerman; number 4 singles Jessica Brunett; number 1 doubles Anna Behrenwald and Mariah Rios; and number 3 doubles Morgan Shevock and Michaela Tawney.

Their next match is at home against Northview on Monday, May 9.

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Four Varsity wrestlers headed to state


Cutline: These four varsity wrestlers placed in the top four at regionals last weekend, which qualified them for the state finals. Photo by B. Chong.

Cutline: These four varsity wrestlers placed in the top four at regionals last weekend, which qualified them for the state finals. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs High School Wrestling team had their 2016 Individual Regionals last weekend, which were hosted by the Bull Dogs of Byron Center. The Red Hawks had six regional qualifiers that entered the competition and four are advancing to the State Finals.

Heavyweight Patrick Depiazza is a junior and has been wrestling since he was four years old. He also holds three All State Michigan Youth Wrestling Association (MYWA) titles and is the 2015 MYWA National runner up. His current record is 49-0 and he is the Heavyweight 2016 Conference, District and Regional Champion. Patrick is currently ranked #4 on Michigan Grappler.

Ryan Ringler is a 171 lb freshman, and has been wrestling since he was four years old. He also holds five MYWA State Championships and a National Championship title. His current record is 47-4. He is the 2016 189 lb Conference Champion, and the 171 lb District and Regional Runner Up. Ryan is currently ranked #7 on Michigan Grappler.

Jordan Ringler is a 119 lb junior and has been wrestling since he was five years old. He also holds seven All State MYWA titles. His current record is 42-9. He is the 2016 119 lb Conference Runner up, and he finished in fourth place at Regionals. Jordan is currently ranked #8 on Michigan Grappler.

Lucus Pienton is a 145 lb freshman, and has been wrestling three short years. His current record is 28-11. He is the 152 lb Conference Runner Up, and he finished in fourth place at Regionals.

Congratulations to these four individuals for qualifying for the State Finals. If you would like to support your local Red Hawks, they will be competing at the Palace of Auburn Hills, March 3-5.

Do your best. Play hard. It’s more fun if you win,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Two Cedar Springs seniors to play in All-Star football game


Cutline: Two Red Hawk senior football players will play in the Muskegon All-Star Classic next summer. Shown here is senior Cameron Umphrey (far left), MAC founders Terrence Williams and Nick VandenBosch, and senior Taylor VanDyke (far right).

Two Red Hawk senior football players will play in the Muskegon All-Star Classic next summer. Shown here is senior Cameron Umphrey (far left), MAC founders Terrence Williams and Nick VandenBosch, and senior Taylor VanDyke (far right).

Taylor VanDyke and Cameron Umphrey, both seniors at Cedar Springs High School, have been awarded a spot on the “Muskegon All-Star Classic” football team. They attended the MAC selection banquet on February 17,where they received their awards. This is a great honor, as the MAC chooses players for the All-Star team from 40 West Michigan schools. Taylor and Cameron will be playing in the All-Star game at 7:00 p.m., on June 17, at Orchard View High School in Muskegon, Mich.

The award states “These awards are presented for your hard work and excellence both on and off the field. The WV Foundation is pleased to recognize your achievements among the elite student-athletes in West Michigan, and excited to include you as a participant in the Muskegon All-Star Classic football game and scholarship program.”

The WV Foundation is founded by Terrence Williams and Nick VandenBosch.  The mission of the MAC is to use athletics as a vector toward higher education and community growth.

The Muskegon All-Star Classic gives graduated senior athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents with the best student athletes in West Michigan, as well as become eligible for scholarship funding and internships through The WV Foundation.  

Since 2011, The WV Foundation has awarded over $35,000 in scholarships to West Michigan students. Scholarships are generated from proceeds from the Muskegon All-Star Classic.

Watch the website at www.wvfoundation.org for tickets to go on sale.

 

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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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Girls track placed third in conference


Allie Veltkamp in the 1600 meter relay.

On Tuesday May 4 the girls track team traveled to Comstock Park for the final OK Blue double dual track meet of the year.  The Red Hawks defeated Comstock Park 85 to 46 and lost to league leading Sparta 93 to 44.  The team’s final dual meet record is 7 and 3 overall and 5 and 2 in the OK Blue Conference good for third place in the Conference.  The team travels to Sparta on Thursday May 13 and Friday May 14 for the conference track meet. Placing in both meets for the team was:

Kayla Ovokaitys in the 800 meter run.

1st Place: Rieley Hondalus 100 and 400 meter dashes;  Amber TerHaar Discus and Shot put; Abby VanDusen 100 meter hurdles; Katie Weiler 1600 and 3200 meter run; Amanda Balczak 300 meter hurdles; Heather Holmes high jump; 3200 meter relay team of Katie Weiler, Amanda Balczak, Amanda Zinn and Breeann Ovokaitys; 1600 meter relay team of Allie Veltkamp, Heather Holmes, Sommer VanDyke, and Amanda Balczak.

2nd Place: Brittani Tozer 100 meter dash; Abby VanDusen 200 meter dash and long jump; Jessica Titus 3200 meter run; Briana Pierson high jump; Haley Hawes pole vault; Jeanette Sukstas shot put.

On Monday, May 10, the girls track team traveled to Lakeview for the Wildcat JV Invite.  The team scored 91.5 points and placed third in the 9-team meet. Taking first places was the 3200 meter relay team of Amanda Balczak, Sommer Van Dyke, Kayla Ovokaitys, and Katie Weiler and the 1600 meter relay team of Amanda Balczak, Sommer Vandyke, Allie Veltkamp and Rieley Hondalus. Amanda Balczak took the only individual first for the team in the 1600 meter run.  Also placing was:

2nd Place: Abby VanDusen long jump; Rieley Hondalus 400 meter dash; Sommer Van Dyke 800 meter run; Christina Dean 3200 meter run.

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