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Pink week to honor Brison Ricker’s memory


The seniors on the 2018 Red Hawk Varsity soccer team include (L to R): Joel Kolenda #13, Jarred Hause #5, Ryan Dreyer #10, Anthony Brew #00, Abdul Ciise #2, Derek Egan #4, Matthew Spencer #24. 

 

By Judy Reed

Pink week starts October 1 for Cedar Springs High School sports, and all the money raised during Pink Week from the fall sports teams will be donated to The Cure Starts Now (donate2csn.org/brison), the Ricker family foundation set up in Brison Ricker’s memory.

Brison, 16, the son of Kim and Brian Ricker, was a junior at Cedar Springs High School when he died on December 23, 2017, after a two-year battle with a rare and deadly childhood brain tumor called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). He was diagnosed with the disease as a freshman, when he began to have headaches and blurred vision after the soccer season ended. He had played on the Varsity team that fall, along with 10 other freshmen, and had been named offensive player of the year. 

There are seven seniors on this year’s soccer team and four of them have played together since they were six years old. But they are missing one: Brison. It would’ve been his senior year.

“The four years of high school for these senior players has been extremely challenging, not only from starting out playing against players that were 3-4 years older than them but for playing without their friend Brison,” said Barb Dreyer, a spokesperson for Team Rickerstrong. “They all play for him, every game, knowing how much he loved the game of soccer and keep his competitive spirit alive on the field.”

On September 22 of this year the team all wore gold socks to show support for Childhood Cancer Awareness month, where they beat Fremont 8-0 (a mercy) with 13-plus minutes left on the clock. On October 4, the team will play the “Rickerstrong game,” a game started their sophomore year as a fundraiser for the Ricker family while Brison was battling cancer. This year they will honor Brison’s memory as their missing, but never forgotten, teammate.

“The seniors watched not only our community support their team during Brison’s battle but many neighboring communities as well. We would have away games at other schools and the opposing teams we be holding raffles or hand us money they collected to help the Rickers. At Comstock Park, their team had shirts made for our players in Brison’s honor and took up a collection at the game and presented it to Brison himself. It was very touching to see other teams supporting Brison in his fight. These are the memories these seniors will leave CSHS with and they will never forget Brison’s #1.”

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Winning week for varsity soccer


The coach of the Cedar Springs varsity soccer team, Coach Avink, was thrilled with the team’s performance last week. “This was a great week for the guys to end their regular season! They had two awesome wins! We’re going into districts with an overall record of 11-7.”

S-Soccer1Tuesday, October 13, 2009 was a special night for the team as they honored their senior players prior to the event. The senior players honored were Steven King, Cody Cook, Gabe Martins, Austin Mora, Jake Prahl, and Matt Gravelin. The Red Hawks hosted the Belding Redskins, ending the game early due to the mercy rule, with a score of 8-0. The offensive players maneuvered the ball skillfully during the game and defense protected their end of the field well, not allowing the Redskins many opportunities to score. The Cedar scoring began when senior Steven King dropped the ball over the goalie and landed it into the back of the net. (Assist: Jake Prahl). Cody Cook added a second goal as he ran through the Belding defense allowing a close shot into the net. With less than three minutes before the half, Zach Hawkins shot one into the net (Assist: Cody Cook) and Austin Mora connected with the ball for a fourth goal. (Assist: Tyler Hinton). The Red Hawks continued the scoring after the half, with two goals being credited to Robert Klein (Assists: Cody Cook and Aaron Dault). Kyle Szirovecz also contributed two goals, with the final goal being assisted by Austin Mora.

S-Soccer2On October 14, the fans enjoyed the final game of the season at Red Hawk stadium, as they watched an aggressive match-up between the Cedar Springs Red Hawks and the West Catholic Falcons. The Red Hawks scored the first goal at the minute marker of 31:03, when Austin Mora finished off a well-placed corner kick that he received in front of the net from Jake Rickner. As the game continued both teams battled for the ball, yet the scored remained 1-0 at the half. Eight minutes into the second half, the Cedar momentum continued when Ryan Austin crossed the ball over in front of the net, allowing Kyle Szirovecz an open back door angle into the Falcon’s net. The win was truly a team effort. Cedar defense; consisting of a combination of Ron Fisk, Tyler Hinton, Aaron Dault, and Steven King; managed to shut down the Falcon’s offensive. Midfielders consisting of Austin Mora, Zach Hawkins, Robert Klein, and Jake Rickner held a strong position against the Falcon charge. Cedar goalie Kyle Coutchie had an outstanding game, as he made multiple saves during the event, allowing the Falcons only one goal from a break away late in the game. At the final buzzer, Cedar claimed victory over the Falcons with a final score of 2-1.
This team has shown dedication and teamwork as they consistently played their hearts out all season. Each one has improved their soccer skills over the season. They are truly an example of Red Hawk spirit and pride. The team has made us all proud of our Red Hawk Boys Varsity Soccer program.

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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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Taking soccer to the next level


Taking soccer to the next level
It was a perfect fall evening when the boys Varsity soccer team arrived at Boomer Park Wednesday September 30 to work with younger soccer players in the area. “The team wanted a way to give back to the community and build up the soccer program,” explained Coach Kyle Avink. “So many of the kids on the team have been a product of these youth programs here in Cedar Springs and they couldn’t think of a better way to give back than by helping out and being a role model to these young kids.”
The guys got to work as soon as they stepped onto the field. They split up into groups and worked with the different teams that were out practicing. They were out running drills and teaching the kids everything they knew.
“It is so great to see these guys out here teaching the kids things they know, as well as sharing things they have been learning over the season. The way I see it, it’s a win-win opportunity for both sides!” remarked Avink.
“This experience is helping these guys realize the impact that they have on these young kids on and off the field. They have worked hard this season and have gone above and beyond to become a team, with a goal of taking the soccer program to the next level.” They are a great representation of the Cedar Springs community and we are proud of our Red Hawk soccer players! Keep it up guys!

It was a perfect fall evening when the boys Varsity soccer team arrived at Boomer Park Wednesday September 30 to work with younger soccer players in the area. “The team wanted a way to give back to the community and build up the soccer program,” explained Coach Kyle Avink. “So many of the kids on the team have been a product of these youth programs here in Cedar Springs and they couldn’t think of a better way to give back than by helping out and being a role model to these young kids.”

The guys got to work as soon as they stepped onto the field. They split up into groups and worked with the different teams that were out practicing. They were out running drills and teaching the kids everything they knew.

“It is so great to see these guys out here teaching the kids things they know, as well as sharing things they have been learning over the season. The way I see it, it’s a win-win opportunity for both sides!” remarked Avink.

“This experience is helping these guys realize the impact that they have on these young kids on and off the field. They have worked hard this season and have gone above and beyond to become a team, with a goal of taking the soccer program to the next level.” They are a great representation of the Cedar Springs community and we are proud of our Red Hawk soccer players! Keep it up guys!

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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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