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Cheer teams compete at Southgate


The JV Competitive Cheer team with their first place trophy.

The JV Competitive Cheer team with their first place trophy.

On Saturday, February 4, Cedar Springs JV and Varsity Competitive Cheer teams traveled to Southgate, Michigan, for the 2017 Southgate invitational.

Five JV teams competed at the JV level.

In round 1, Cedar Springs JV earned a score of 203.40. They gained an additional 175.6 in round 2, bringing their subtotal to 379.00. In round 3 they earned an additional 275.70  points, giving them a total score of 654.70, their highest scores of the season and another first place finish.

Nine teams competed at the Varsity level. At the end of round 1, Cedar Springs Varsity received a score of 224.20. Round 2 brought an additional 217.96 and a subtotal score of 442.16. After a couple of unfortunate errors, they earned an additional 295.8 at the end of round 3 and a final score of  721.96 and a 7th place finish.

On Wednesday, February 8, the JV and Varsity traveled to Northview for their final conference meet of the season. See results in next week’s Post.

On Friday, February 10, they will be traveling to Caledonia for the SCOTastic Competitive Cheer meet. This will be the last regular season competition before heading to districts on February 18 at Kenowa Hills.

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Cedar Springs cheer wins conference meet


Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team takes first place at the second OK White Conference meet.

Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team takes first place at the second OK White Conference meet.

Cedar Springs JV Cheer team earned their highest score of the season.

Cedar Springs JV Cheer team earned their highest score of the season.

On Wednesday, January 25, Cedar Springs High School hosted the second OK White Conference meet of the season.
Since Cedar Springs JV is the only JV team in the OK White Conference, they have one goal set for each conference meet—to beat their own high score. On Wednesday they did just that. At the end of round 1, Cedar Springs JV received a score 193.7; round 2 brought them a score of 165.8 and a subtotal score of 359.5; at the completion of round 3 they earned an additional 260.4 and a total score of 619.9, their highest scores of the season.
There are four teams competing at the Varsity level for OK White Conference Champs.
After round 1, Cedar Springs Varsity took the lead with a score of 226.7 and less than a one-point lead. Round 2 gained an additional 222.3, a subtotal score of 449 and almost a 14-point lead. At the completion of round 3 they earned a score of 303 and a final score of 752, securing their first place finish with a 20-point lead.
Saturday, January 28, the JV and Varsity teams traveled to East Kentwood High School for the LMCCOA Scholarship Invitational.
Nine teams competed at the JV level.
In round 1 they earned a score of 169.5. In round 2, they gained an additional 156.98, bringing their subtotal to 326.48. They gained an additional 245.9 points in round 3, giving them a final score of 572.38 and a fifth place finish.
Thirteen teams competed in the D2 Varsity division. Round 1 earned Cedar Springs a score of 224.7. They gained an additional 221.64 in round 2, bringing them a subtotal score of 446.34. The completion of round 3 gained them an additional 288.2 points, a total score of 734.54 and a fourth place finish.
On Saturday, February 4, Cedar Springs JV and Varsity will travel to Southgate on the east side of the state to compete at the Southgate Anderson Invitational.

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Cheer teams continue to finish in top spots


The Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer team at West Catholic High School.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer team at West Catholic High School.

The Cedar Springs JV Competitive Cheer team at Comstock Park.

The Cedar Springs JV Competitive Cheer team at Comstock Park.

On Monday, January 16, the Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer teams traveled to Comstock Park for another Comstock Park Invitational.

Two teams competed at the JV level. With an unexpected absence from the team, coach Katy Hradsky had to quickly change and rework all three rounds.

In round 1, Cedar Springs JV took the mat and earned a score of 188.6. After round 2 they scored an additional 157.2, bringing their subtotal to 345.8. Round 3 gained them an additional 229.2, giving them a final score of 575 and a second place finish.

Four teams competed at the Varsity level.

After round 1 was complete, Cedar Springs Varsity received a score of 221.2. Round 2 gained them an additional 216.58, brining their subtotal to 437.78. Round 3 gained them 285.2, giving them a final score of 722.98 and another first place finish.

On, Friday, January 20, Cedar Springs JV & Varsity traveled to West Catholic High School for the WCHS Competitive Cheer Invitational. There were 16 high school teams competing, three at the JV level, and four D2 teams competing with our Varsity girls.

Cedar Springs JV took the lead in round 1 with a score of 184.90. Round 2 gained them another 158.72. After a 10-point deduction, they had a subtotal score of 333.62 and a 30 point lead going into round 3. The completion of round 3 gained an additional 234.2 points and secured their first place finish with a final score of 567.82 Cedar Springs Varsity ended round 1 with a score of 217.6 and third place at the start of competition, with only a three-point difference between 1st and 3rd place.

Round 2 gained them 213.86 points and brought them to a subtotal score of 431.46, which moved them to second place with more than a 20-point lead.

The completion of round 3 gained an additional 274.6 and a final score of 706.06 and a second place finish.

Wednesday Cedar Springs will host the next Conference meet. Conference meets are what helps move the girls beyond the regular season and on to districts, regionals, and state competition.

On Saturday January 28, Cedar Springs JV and Varsity will travel to East Kentwood High School for the LMCOAA Competition.

Come out and support these ladies and show your Red Hawk pride, as they work hard to represent their coaches and school.

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JV and Varsity Cheer finish in top three at Mona Shores


Varsity: The Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team finished 3rd out of 15 teams at Mona Shores.

Varsity: The Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team finished 3rd out of 15 teams at Mona Shores.

This weeks competitions brought the Cedar Springs High School Varsity & JV teams to Mona Shores High School. It was a long night for the girls, due to there being 33 teams at this competition.

Starting in round one, Cedar Springs Varsity scored a 218.5 with a 4-point penalty bringing their score to a 214.5 and placing them in 4th place at the end of round one.

JV: The Cedar Springs JV team finished first out of six teams at Mona Shores.

JV: The Cedar Springs JV team finished first out of six teams at Mona Shores.

Cedar Springs JV scored a 195.7 placing them in 1st place at the end of round one.

Continuing on to round two Cedar Springs Varsity scored a 218.7 making their subtotal for round two a 433.28 bringing them up to second place at the end of round two.

Cedar Springs JV scored a 163.6 bringing the subtotal to a 359.3 and holding their first place standing.

Lastly, in round three Cedar Springs Varsity scored a 280.1, bringing their overall total for all three rounds 713.38. This gave them a third place finish out of 15 Division 2 teams, with less than a one-point difference for second place.

Cedar Springs JV finished round three with a 248.7, bringing their overall total to 608 and securing a first place finish out of six JV teams.

Great job to all the girls.

The next High School competition will be Saturday January 7 at Comstock Park High School.

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MS cheer takes first at conference meet


The Cedar Springs Red Hawks middle school cheer team took first place at a conference meet at the middle school last week.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks middle school cheer team took first place at a conference meet at the middle school last week.

With the second conference meet of the middle school season being canceled due to weather, last Thursday, Dec. 15, brought seven teams to Cedar Springs Middle School for their next conference meet.

Illness hit a teammate the night before competition and brought a quick change to the routines and had the girls relearning them only hours before competition.

The girls finished round two with a score of 114.26 putting them in first place with a 14.66 lead.

That brought them to round three where the girls and coaches get to show their unique routines and tumbling skills. They finished round three with a score of 255.8, bringing their total score to 370.6 with a 57.06 lead and another first place finish.

“The team had to come together and rework the round after school when a teammate fell ill. I am so happy with their performance in round three! We improved our round three score by 37 points from our last competition.

The girls put their nerves aside and executed the round, I could not ask for anything more from them!” said coach Abby Olszewski.

The next middle school competition will be January 15 at Thornapple Kellogg.

The Cedar Springs high school JV & Varsity teams will compete Wednesday at Mona Shores and Saturday, January 7 at Comstock Park.

Come out and support a great group of girls and show your Red Hawk pride!

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Three Red Hawk grads national champs in cheer


(L to R) Brittani Tozer, Heather Howard, and Amber Dunham are part of the Davenport University Cheer Team, which won national championships in both Competitive cheer and Stunt this spring.

(L to R) Brittani Tozer, Heather Howard, and Amber Dunham are part of the Davenport University Cheer Team, which won national championships in both Competitive cheer and Stunt this spring.

Three Cedar Springs High School graduates performed a rare feat—they captured two national championships, in different events, in the same season. Brittani Tozer, Heather Howard, and Amber Dunham, accomplished this in Competitive Cheer and Stunt, as part of the Davenport University Cheer team.

The team won their third national competitive cheer title in a row, after competing on April 9 and 10, in Daytona Beach, Florida. On April 9, 26 teams participated in the preliminaries, with Davenport finishing in the top spot. Half the teams moved on to the finals on April 10, with Davenport performing last. They had a near perfect performance to win the NCA/NDA Division III All Girls Competitive Cheer National Championship.

In May, the team won their first national title in Stunt, in which they have only competed two years. The dates were May 1-3, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The top four schools in each division were invited to participate. The divisions were I and II, and Davenport was rated 2 in Division II. Their challenge was to defeat Oklahoma Central University, who had won this championship three years in a row. The tournament was double-elimination. Davenport defeated Oklahoma Central in the semi-final, and then again in the final.

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Cedar Springs Cheer continues to dominate


Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer took first-place at their own invitational last weekend.

Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer took first-place at their own invitational last weekend.

Cedar Springs Cheer hosted an invitational this past Saturday, which included the Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity teams. This is the first event of the season where all four teams were able to compete at the same time and location.

Cedar Springs Middle School White team took second-place at last weekend’s invitational.

Cedar Springs Middle School White team took second-place at last weekend’s invitational.

Due to inclement weather, schools had to back out last minute, which cut down the Middle Schools competition to three teams. Cedar Springs White took second-place after Round 2 with a score of 95.04. They secured a second-place ranking after gaining an additional 226.4 points after Round 3 and overall score of 321.44. “The girls were excited to cheer in front of their home town and I am proud to be a part of the Cedar Springs Cheer tradition,” said Head Coach Cassandra Chartier.

Cedar Springs Middle School Red team took first-place at their own invitational.

Cedar Springs Middle School Red team took first-place at their own invitational.

Cedar Springs Red earned a high score of 129.40 to take the lead of first-place after Round 2. With an additional score of 270 points and an overall score of 399.4, Cedar Springs Red remains undefeated, with another first-place Victory. “This crazy Michigan weather left us with one day to practice a new round, and these girls performed absolutely amazing with the time they had to work with. I pushed them pretty hard and I had confidence they would rise to the challenge,” said Head Coach Amy Arnold.

Cedar Springs JV Cheer took first-place at the Cedar Springs invitational.

Cedar Springs JV Cheer took first-place at the Cedar Springs invitational.

Again, with the last minute school cancellations, the Junior Varsity team, coached by Katy Baird, also had three teams to compete against. Coach Baird is returning to Cedar Springs and bringing with her nine years of coaching experience. She has been part of Cedar Springs Cheer for four years prior to her return. Round 1 of competition brought a score of 170.7, taking the lead of first-place. Round 2 gained an additional score of 152.06 and bringing their subtotal score to 322.76, which kept them in the lead. Securing another Championship and remaining undefeated, the JV team earned an additional score of 202 points, giving them an overall score of 524.76. “Due to the nasty weather this week, our team missed two practices after learning a new routine. There were a lot of challenges but these girls stuck with it and did very well. I am very proud of them,” said Head Coach Katy Baird.

The Varsity Team, coached by Anne Olszewski, had five teams competing against each other. Coach Olszewski has 31 years of coaching experience, the last 10 years has been here at Cedar Springs; seven years with our Competitive and nine years with our Sideline. She has coached or been involved at every level of the Cedar Springs Cheer Program and still serves as League Director to Northern Rocket Cheer. Round 1 earned a score of 218 points taking the lead. Round 2 kept the lead with an additional 179.48 points bringing their sub total to 397.48. Round 3 gained an additional 258.6 and secured the Championship with a score of 258.6 and an overall score of 656.08.

“Part of my job as coach is to pick out the wrong but to also find the good, recognize the good and how to improve the good.  Each week we are making small improvements, contributing to the overall success, we are making the good into great. We are really kicking butt and they rise to the challenge with everything that I throw at them. The Varsity team has 2 twisting full layouts on the team and we have not had this since 2007. I am extremely proud of my team and honored to work with them every day,” said Head Coach Anne Olszewski.

Cedar Springs Cheer is building a tradition where the collective efforts of the athletes, coaches, parents and community make championships possible. Please keep supporting Cedar Springs Cheer, “faith over fear, this is our year!”

 

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Cheer team clinches district title


Ingles named Coach of the Year

The Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer team hosted the MHSAA’s Division 2 District Competition last Saturday, February 18, where they walked away as the District Champs. The Lady Red Hawks faced fierce competition, as all teams came prepared to win. However, it was the Red Hawks that rose above the rest.

After Round 1, in which precision is key and jumps are crucial, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, Byron Center Bull Dogs, Grand Rapids Christian Eagles and Kenowa Hills Knights were all one point from each other, with Byron Center in first, Grand Rapids Christian second, Kenowa Hills in third and Cedar Springs fourth.  The Lady Red Hawks came out in the second round with determination and focus, pulling ahead of the rest of the competition with an 8-point lead, while also achieving their best round 2 score of the year with 227.4 for a subtotal of 450.3, landing them in first place going into round 3.

In Round 3, the stunting and gymnastics round, the competition was tough, anticipation rising, and it was too close to call from the view of the parents and spectators. It was suspenseful, with everyone wondering who would finish on top.

Fenessa Cotten, a senior on the team for The Red Hawks said, “I believe that during this past week, the team really pulled together and was extra excited about districts because we were hosting it. During the week, coach had us watch some inspirational videos at practice. Once we were on the mat for round one, I was thinking that I didn’t want it to be the last time to be performing our rounds together as a team. So I put my heart and soul into every round and gave it everything I could. I kept thinking to myself, ‘if I want to succeed, I need to want it more than I can breathe’ (it’s from one of the videos coach had us watch). Also, everyone was helping to get each other pumped up! Which helped a bunch!”

The Lady Red Hawks hit all their marks and now all they could do was wait for the scores. Senior Kelli Markosky, was excited to say, “Winning the title of district champs was something I didn’t even think about going into that competition, but after our round three, I knew we had given it our very best, and to hear our name called as District Champs my senior year is a memory I will cherish the rest of my life.”

The Lady Red Hawks’ score of 316.3 for the third round was a new school record for the Lady Red Hawks for round 3 and they scored 766.6 to take first place overall. The Kenowa Hills Knights took second with a final score of 746.6, Byron Center Bull Dogs placed third and the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles took fourth. All four move on to regionals, which will be held on February 25 at Grand Rapids Christian High School.

Coach Pam Ingles commented, “I’m so proud of all of the girls pulling together and working as a team. Their talent and drive came shining through at a pivotal point in our season. I can’t wait to see what we will continue to do this week at regionals on Saturday.”

Congratulations also go out to Coach Pam Ingles for being awarded Competitive Cheer Coaches Association of Michigan’s “Coach of the Year for 2012” for our district.

 

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Cheer team takes second at tournaments


The Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer Team has been working hard and living up to their team motto of, Never Settle.

On February 1, they arrived at Sparta High School for the OK Blue Competitive Cheer Competition.  After 2 rounds of competition, the Lady Hawks were only 3 points from first place.  After a hard fought third round, the Lady Hawks took second place falling to Comstock Park by only 6 points.

The cheer team traveled to Lowell’s Invitational Cheer Meet on Saturday, February 4.  They went head to head with some of the areas top teams and after 2 rounds of competition only a few points separated the Lady Hawks from Jenison who was holding second place and Kenowa Hills in first place.  It was an exciting round 3 with the Lady Hawks scoring their best in the third round for the season and after all points were calculated, the Lady Hawks took second losing to Kenowa Hills by only 5 points. The team also achieved their highest final score of 739.1 for the season showing that this team is not giving up.

“The competition at Lowell was in my opinion the best competition this season, by far. We really stepped it up, and got another high score of the season,” said junior Devon woods. “The announcer kept calling off schools, finally placing us at second, and second place couldn’t have felt better. This competition really showed me why I do competitive.”

“After seeming to struggle to get the consistency going, this week seems to be a turning point for the girls,” noted head coach Pam Ingles. “Our round 3 has finally scored 304.5 and one of our goals was to score above 300. We will continue to focus on the details in all 3 rounds to prepare for the upcoming competitions.”

The Red Hawk Competitive Cheer Team competing at conference finals at press time on February 8 at Cedar Springs High School. They will then travel to the Delta Plex on February 11.  Come on out and show your support for our Lady Hawks.

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Cheer team take first and second place finishes


The Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Team has been showing what they’ve got this season, finishing usually in the top two.  After losing many seniors last year the team has had their struggles, however using their team motto of never settle, they have shown that they can and will overcome. Their season started when they finished 2nd at the Cedar Springs Invitational on January 7, losing to Kenowa Hills. On January 12, they went on to fight for another 2nd place finish at the OK Blue Conference Tournament at Belding, falling short of a 1st place finish by only one point to Comstock Park. The Red Hawk Cheer Team achieved another 2nd place finish on January 18 at The OK Blue Conference Tournament at Comstock Park, again falling to Comstock Park’s 1st place finish. The Red Hawks continued to show their determination, clinching another first place finish at the Red Hawk Invitational on January 26.

Changes in the team’s line-up have also been an obstacle for the Red Hawks. It showed in last week’s competition, where they placed 6th out of 11 at East Kentwood. “This season has definitely been a season of lessons learned about perseverance and the will to overcome obstacles, “ said head Coach Pam Ingles. “This team has shown that they will do what it takes to get the job done for any given competition.” Ingles went on to say, “We will continue to work on cleaning up our rounds and working towards our goal of advancing out of the district competition in three weeks.  I know that they will push and work hard to get the job done.”

The Red Hawk Competitive Cheer Team will continue to fight for those top finishes when they travel to Sparta on February 1st and again when they travel to Lowell on February 4th.  Please come and cheer on these hard working girls and show them they are supported.

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