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Red Hawks dominate Spartans in home opener


Red Hawk senior Isaiah McDonald (10) scored both a 24-yard touchdown and a 73-yard touch down in the 35-0 win over Sparta. Photo by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

Red Hawk senior Isaiah McDonald (10) scored both a 24-yard touchdown and a 73-yard touch down in the 35-0 win over Sparta. Photo by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks came out on the offensive Thursday, September 3, against the Sparta Spartans, at Red Hawk Stadium. The boys played their hearts out that game to honor a recently passed student, Evan Kobayashi. With this mindset and determination to win, the Hawks dominated throughout the game, ending with a final score of 35-0.

“We played this game with heavy hearts, but our guys stayed really focused on the task at hand, and went out and played extremely well,” said Red Hawk Coach Gus Kapolka.

The Red Hawks never let the Spartans score Thursday night, in their home opener at Red Hawk Stadium. Photo by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

The Red Hawks never let the Spartans score Thursday night, in their home opener at Red Hawk Stadium. Photo by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

Junior Troy Patin put the Hawks on the board with a 3-yard touchdown with eight minutes and six seconds on the clock in the first quarter. Senior Cameron Umphrey also ran a 17-yard touchdown shortly after. However, the crowd wasn’t really energized until junior Jacob Hooker intercepted a Spartan pass and returned it for a touchdown. Following that play, senior Isaiah MacDonald was able to make the two-point conversion to end the first quarter.

The Hawks kept up their intensity on offense in the following quarter. MacDonald managed to score first a 24-yard touchdown, and then a 73-yard touchdown for his team. He also made a two-point conversion in the second quarter.

“We were given a lift [in the game] by Jacob Hooker, John Todd, and Thomas Hill, who all stepped in as quarterback for the injured Collin Alvesteffer,” commented Kapolka.

The boys worked together as a team offensively and defensively to achieve their win Thursday night. Juniors Jordan Ringler and Christian Twichell both led the team with four tackles, followed by Jordan Andrus, Ryan Ringler, Dustin Shaw and Taylor VanDyke with three.

The Red Hawks are now 1-1, and their next game is a non-conference match against the Belding Redskins (o-2), on Friday, September 11. They play at Belding at 7:00 p.m.

 

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Exciting football season ends at district final


Kaden Myers attempting to block an extra point.  Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Kaden Myers attempting to block an extra point.
Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

 

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team had a phenomenal season, but it ended Saturday, November 8, when they faced the Muskegon Big Reds. Fans had a lot to cheer about this year, especially the team winning the OK Bronze championship—something the team hadn’t done since 1978. Great job, guys! We all look forward to seeing what the team has in store next year under Coach Gus Kapolka and staff.

Click here for highlights from Saturday’s game.

 

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Red Hawks powerhouse season comes to a close


Quarterback Collin Alvesteffer scored both touchdowns against the Muskegon Big Reds. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Quarterback Collin Alvesteffer scored both touchdowns against the Muskegon Big Reds. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

“What a season! Our guys are the best and most honest players…” says Donna Male-Cotten, speaking for members of the Cedar Springs football family. A united “thank you” goes out to each and every player for their dedication and drive. The young men of Cedar Springs football united the community, while playing full on throughout the season, showing strength in offensive play, defensive play, and personal character.

Saturday, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks traveled to Muskegon to take on the Big Red in the district final match up. Under cloudy skies following a morning of rain, teams took to the field for a well matched, well-played game. At the half, Cedar led with a score of 14-7. However, Muskegon was able to come back in the second half and limited the Red Hawks to two first downs through the rest of the game.

Football Senior Captain Caden Burrows working in the trenches. Photo by K. Alvesteffer

Football Senior Captain Caden Burrows working in the trenches. Photo by K. Alvesteffer

The Red Hawks defense made running inside tough on the Big Red team. Senior linebacker MavRick Cotten led the team with 13 tackles, followed by Anthony Toploski with 10 and Collin Alvesteffer with 9.

The Red Hawks defense could not keep the Big Reds out of the end zone in the third and fourth quarters. The Red Hawks fell to the Big Reds 27-14 in the end.

It was a season of records. After a pause of 36 years, the 2014 Hawks brought home the title of OK Bronze Conference Champions! The school record for total points scored in a season was raised to 388. Coach Gus Kapolka endeared himself to the community and earned well-deserved recognition as Detroit Lion’s Coach of the Week.

The long held tradition of team meals the evening prior to every game continued, supported by family members and local businesses. Thank you to the parents and all the businesses who generously gave supported us and gave of their time each week.

The Cedar Springs community says, “Thank you!” to the coaching staff and young men of the Cedar Springs football program for a remarkable year of memories. From Rocket to Red Hawk you make us proud!

 

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