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Red Hawk cheer team headed to state finals

The Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer team finished 3rd in regional competition last weekend, and will compete at the state finals this Saturday, March 7. Courtesy photo.

For the second year in a row, the Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer Team will compete at the Division 2 State Finals at the Delta Plex on Saturday, March 7, after finishing third at the regional finals at Portage Northern on February 29.

Twelve teams arrived at Portage Northern High School with the same goal in mind: to place in the top four and advance to State Finals. They came prepared to battle and ready to capitalize on mistakes made by their opponents to climb towards the top of the scoreboard.  

The Lady Red Hawks executed a solid round one performance and earned 231.7, the third highest score of the round. The ladies performed strongly in round two, but mistakes resulted in the team earning a score of 219.76. The team held onto third place, but only by 1.34 of a point. Determined to not let the score of round two be a source of discouragement, the squad took the mat for round three and gave it all they had and redeemed themselves by earning 314.9, the highest round three score of the competition.

The team leaped to their feet in excitement when they heard their name announced as earning third place with a combined round three score of 766.36, only .9 of a point behind the second-place team. 

An enthusiastic coach Anne Olszewski praised her team. “These girls really rocked out round three! They definitely left that entire gym talking. I have a song in my heart!” 

A special thanks to the Sea of Red—the amazing fans who supported the girls last Saturday. Good luck Team 2020. Hold the rope…row the boat!

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Cheer earns top spots

Cedar Springs Varsity Cheer team had another strong showing last weekend at the Delta Plex invitational. Courtesy photo

Will compete in districts February 21

The 2020 Cedar Springs High School Competitive Cheer program celebrated another successful week by earning top spots against some of the best programs in the state of Michigan at the Deltaplex Invitational on February 15. 

“This was by far the biggest competition we have attended this season, in the biggest venue, the very venue that state finals will be held in three weeks from now, which can be very intimidating,” remarked Varsity Head Coach Anne Olszewski. “We saw some teams that we have yet to face this season and will compete against them in Districts and Regionals. The girls handled it all with grace and enthusiasm. Round 1 put us in 2nd place overall (232.9). We had some serious miscues in round two, which dropped us down in the standings (223.9-4th overall). We knew we needed a clean round 3, which I believe they delivered their best round 3 to date (316.3)! 

“I have an incredibly strong senior and junior class. They are awesome leaders. It makes all the difference to the underclassmen to have strong leaders who believe in them and lead the way. At this point, we only have one more guaranteed competition with districts. After that, we must earn our spot to advance. These girls are tenacious and determined. The sky is the limit and I know we can take it all the way back to the Deltaplex!” she said with excitement.

The Red Hawk JV Cheer team finished the season as OK White Champions.

Coach Katy Hradsky is very proud of the girls on her JV cheer team. “In true form, this 2020 CSHS JV team pulled it all together last minute when other teams would have fallen apart. We made last minute changes to both Round 2 and Round 3 to sub in a sick teammate. The girls fought hard to keep it together for their last competition. Our only goals were to finish, no matter what and try to beat the other D2 JV team at the Delta Plex. The girls did just that! With a 7.9-point lead after round 3 (344.6 combined round three score). I couldn’t be prouder of this team. We have reworked and rewrote our rounds to accommodate injuries and illness more times than I can keep track. It was a great way to end our 2020 season. The JV team finished the 2020 season as OK White Conference Champions in the JV division and earning 6 first-place finishes, 1 second place finish, and 3 competitions we didn’t place in due to injuries obtained at the competition.”

The Varsity team will compete in District 11 finals at St John’s High School on February 21st at 6 p.m. Good luck Lady Red Hawks! 

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Cheer teams victorious on the mat

Both the JV and Varsity cheer teams had a great week.

The Cedar Springs High School Competitive Cheer program celebrates another successful week after sweeping the second OK White Conference meet at Forest Hills Northern on January 20th and the West Catholic Invitational on January 24th.  

The resilient JV squad earned the top spot at the West Catholic Invitational by earning a combined round three score of 602.6. Coach Katy Hradsky praised the hard work of her team. “This week CSJV Cheer had half the team out due to illness or injury. Monday wasn’t our best performance, but we survived, knew our limits and pushed through them. The rest of the week was spent preparing for Friday and prayed that we could put 10 girls on the mat to avoid a 10-point penalty. The seven girls who stepped up and competed in all three rounds are superstars! They knew they had to have clean, near perfect rounds to win, and that is just what they delivered. I am so proud of them!”

The Varsity team continue to dominate the OK White by earning a combined round three score of 764.62 at their second conference meet hosted by Forest Hills Northern and continued the winning streak by earning a combined round three score of 761.46 at the West Catholic Invitational.

The Varsity cheer team won both the OK White Conference Meet and West Catholic Invitational.

 Coach Anne Olszewski is very proud of her team. “I have to share with you that each week I am amazed at what this group does,” she remarked. “They are different ages and come from various levels of experience and yet they succeed. I watch them face adversity and overcome. We faced some good teams at West Catholic, some that we have not seen before, and were able to overcome and get the win. February is a difficult month for the sport, as the girls are confronted with illness, injury and fatigue. We have a big competition every single week. We are going in with our eyes wide open and are prepared to just put it all out there. I am sure that both teams have what it takes to succeed.”

The Lady Red Hawks will compete in the final OK White conference meet of the season at CSHS on February 5th at 6 p.m. Let’s pack the stands and cheer on these two talented teams! 

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Competitive Cheer takes second at invitational

Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer is looking to earn a spot in the state finals this year. Courtesy photo.

“EARN IT!” is the theme for the 2018-19 Cedar Springs High School Competitive Cheer team. After falling short of competing at the 2018 Cheer State Finals by only a few points, the Lady Red Hawks are looking for redemption and are determined to earn a spot on the mat at the 2019 State Finals on March 2nd at the Delta Plex.

Coach Anne Olszewski is excited about the young talent of the team and is very proud of their hard work and dedication. “I have 10 girls in all three rounds and they are all awesome stunters. I see conference potential everywhere!” she said. 

In addition to the hard work of the current squad, CSHS Cheer alumni frequently attend practices and offer encouragement and support to the team. “It’s all about family and it’s awesome to see those girls, who are cheering in college, coming back to make sure the girls know that they are pulling for them.” 

On December 8, the Cedar Springs High School Competitive Cheer team traveled to Kenowa Hills High School to compete against 30 teams in the Competitive Cheer Coaches Association of Michigan (CCCAM) Scholarship Invitational. After three rounds of competition, the Cedar Springs JV team earned 2nd place with a combined score of 603.74 and the Cedar Springs Varsity team finished 2nd in Division 2, with a combined score of 732.86 (the highest score that a Cedar Springs team has earned since Coach Olszewski began coaching five years ago). In addition to walking away with 2nd place, two Red Hawk athletes earned a prestigious “Golden Ticket” from the coaching staff at Albion College! 

Come and support the Lady Hawks this season. The team will travel to West Ottawa on December 15 and Jenison on December 19 to round out 2018. Congratulations on a great start and good luck on the rest of the season! 

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Cheer team finishes fifth at regionals

The 2017-18 Competitive Cheer team are both conference and district champions. They placed fifth at regionals.

Competitive Cheer all-conference athletes this year, from L to R: Gabby Endres, Sophie Mihlethaler, Emily Pierson, Kaley Louck, Elayna Male. Not pictured: Honorable Mention Paige Pierson and Kacie Uhall.

Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer competed in Regional competition at Thornapple Kellogg High School on Saturday, Feb 24. Competition was very tight with Cedar Springs, Kenowa Hills, Mona Shores, Reeths Puffer and DeWitt. 

According to Cheer coach Anne Olszewski, they were going into the last round ahead of the Reeths Puffer and DeWitt, giving them an opportunity to advance to state finals. “We stunted our very best round 3 to date until the very last sequence, where we had a fall that landed us an 8-point penalty and we did not advance by 2 points,” she explained. That placed them fifth.

Coach said the team was crushed and disappointed. “We had worked so hard this season and really wanted to advance for the 6 seniors that will be leaving us at the end of this year,” she said. “They have been wonderful leaders and assets to the team function as a whole. Four of them were in all three rounds.”

Seniors include Kaley Louck, Sophie Mihlethaler, Emilee Hickox, Jasmine Suschil, Kacie Uhall and Peyton Elliston. “They have left an incredible legacy for our program and the remaining members are focused and determined to get to state next year,” she said. “I have no doubt those six girls will be there cheering us on!”

As a coach, Anne has come to rely on several of the seniors over the years. “I have coached 4 of them for the last six years.  It is going to be a completely new experience for me not having Kaley, Sophie, Emilee and Jasmine on the mat next year.  This team has my heart. We will continue to succeed and love having the alumni come back and cheer us on each year!  This year we had 12 former cheerleaders there rooting for us at TK. It was amazing having them there and meant the world to the team!” she said.  

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Athlete signs with Davenport


Congratulations to Hannah Cederquist on committing to cheer next year at Davenport University. Hannah is pictured signing her letter of intent with Cedar Springs Cheer coach Anne Olszewski.

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CS Cheer teams take first at meets

The Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer team took first at both Comstock Park and Forest Hills Northern.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer team took first at both Comstock Park and Forest Hills Northern.

Saturday, January 7, brought all three Cedar Springs competitive cheer teams to Comstock Park for the Comstock Park cheer invitational. In total there were 12 middle school teams, six JV teams and 24 Varsity teams, in which our varsity competed for first place against seven district teams.
Cedar Springs middle took second place with a round 2 score of 135.08 and a round 3 score of 284.3, bringing them a total score of 419.38.

Cedar Springs JV took first place with a round 1 score of 180.7, a round 2 score of 147.3 and a round 3 score of 243.7, bringing them to an overall total of 571.94.

Cedar Springs Varsity took first place with a round 1 score of 211.6, a round 2 score of 216..28 and a round 3 score of 264.4, bringing them an overall total of 692.28.

On Monday, January 9, the JV & Varsity traveled to FHN for their first conference meet of the season.

Cedar Springs JV brought home another first place finish with a final score of 566.90. Coach Katy Hradsky said, “I am very proud of my team and their first conference performance. Since we are the only JV team in our conference our goal is to be ourselves and improve every week. I would have to say that the girls did just that! This is a very talented group of athletes. I can’t wait to see where the season takes them.”

Cedar Springs Varsity also brought home another first place finish with the final score of 738.48 and some of their highest scores of the season.

Coach Anne Olszewski said, “I am very proud of them. This is only the fourth meet of the season and we are scoring above 725! If we can continue to improve and maintain our work ethic, I am very hopeful for state finals at the Delta Plex in March!”

The next competition will be Saturday, January 14, at Wyoming Middle school at 1 p.m.

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