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Boys cross country win first conference meet 


Cedar Springs girls pushing through the heat at Lowell.

From L to R: Corey Bowers, Jaydon Moleski, and Dilan Sargent running at Lowell.

Girls take sixth

The stifling heat didn’t keep the Cedar Springs Boys Cross Country team from winning the first OK White conference meet on Wednesday, September 5, at Lowell High School.

The team went 1-3-4-12-15 for a team score of 35 points. It was a close race between Cedar Springs and Forest Hills Central, who took 2nd with 42 points. Scoring for the Red Hawks were Corey Bowers, Dilan Sargent, Jaydon Moleski, Gavin Braciak, and Austin Mann.

“Everyone ran great today. We knew the times weren’t going to be fast, but Lowell’s course is probably the toughest we will see all season, and when you consider that along with the heat today I thought everyone ran admirably. I told the team pre-race that more than times I just wanted to see them racing hard out there and competing for spots. Every point matters in meets like these and I was glad to see that kind of fight from everyone,” said Coach Lacy.

The lady Red Hawks had a sixth place finish for their first conference meet.  Scoring for the girls was Maggie Prins, Jill Detweiler, Ally Ladd, Marjorie Hosking, and Isabel VanDusen.  

“The girls ran so well despite the weather. I’m proud of them for fighting through the tough elements. This was the first conference meet and we have some work to do but with it being so hot and the course so challenging I’m proud of the girls for helping each other out and working together to do the best they could,” said Coach Stressman.

The Cedar Springs Cross Country team traveled to the Central Montcalm Hornet Invite on Saturday, September 8, where several members of the team walked away with a season best or a lifetime personal best time. Several also walked away with hardware for their efforts of placing in the top 25 of their race. This meet was different from traditional meets as each runner competed only against his/her grade instead of as a team.

Leading off for the girls was senior Carolanne Merlington, who finished with a time of 28:07 placing 21st. Juniors Jill Detweiler and Tonya Tepin placed 10th and 14th respectively in their race with times of 24:26 and 25:11. Next the sophomores took to the course where Maggie Prins placed 6th with a time of 22:43, followed by Marjorie Hosking 13th (24:41), and Antonia Eigemann coming in not far behind at the 15th spot (25:11). Next for the lady Red Hawks was Paige Marsman securing a medal at the 22nd spot with a time of 26:03. Hannah Helton ran her season best with a time of 37:57 placing 31st. Each of the freshman girls medaled and got personal best times. These ladies included Isabel VanDusen (23:35, 6th), Lily Howland (24:32, 11th), Ally Ladd (25:08, 15th), Madison Golliver (25:31, 17th), Julia Peckover (26:04, 20th), and Emily Caldwell (26:39, 21st).

“This meet was fun to watch and coach. The girls are going to do great things as the season progresses. We’ve just got to keep working hard and doing the little things that makes us better,” said Coach Stressman.

For the boys, the three juniors on the team finished in the top six of their race. These individuals included Dilan Sargent (17:08, 2nd), Jaydon Moleski (17:13, 3rd), and Gavin Braciak (17:50, 6th). Each sophomore came away with season or personal best times and included Corey Bowers (16:40, 1st), Austin Mann (18:09, 7th), Alex Nylaan (20:21, 24th), Sam Kleynenberg (20:39, 27th), Caleb Menefee (20:50, 30th), Justin Voskuil (20:52, 31st), and Logan Douglas (21:03, 34th). Each of the freshman boys medaled and came away with some personal records as well. These boys included Carter Moleski (19:06, 4th), Gabe White (19:57, 9th), Cayden Steinebach (20:03, 10th), Gabe Minnich (20:58, 17th), and Trenton Murphy (21:41, 22nd).

“We were very grateful to finally get some cool temps to race in, and the boys did not disappoint. We had members of our team at the front of the pack in each grade level race, and nearly every member of the boys’ team came away with season best times. We have a lot of work to do yet, but this was a big step forward in achieving the goals that we have set for ourselves this season,” said Coach Lacy.

The team travels next to the Sparta Invite on September 15.

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Girls cross country team finishes strong 

The Lady Red Hawks cross country team finished 10th at regionals. L to R): Coach Marie Covey, Alexis Wood, Lauren Lett, Rachel Bowers, Madison Morris, Carolanne Merlington, Jill Detweiler, Tonya Tepin. Courtesy photo.

Cedar Springs junior Carolanne Merlington (right) is headed to the state meet. She is shown here with Coach Marie Covey. Courtesy photo.

Merlington qualifies for State

The Cedar Springs girls cross country team finished their season strong at regionals in Gaylord at the Michaywe Pines Golf Course on Saturday, October 28. The girls placed 10th overall but each of the seven members of the team had a personal or a season best record. 

Junior Carolanne Merlington led the Red Hawks with an outstanding personal best time of 19:55, placing 14th overall, and qualifying for the state meet. Jill Detweiler (junior) was next for the team with a season best time of 20:44. Lauren Lett (freshman) followed with a personal best time of 21:27; Alexis Wood (freshman) with a personal best of 22:19; Madison Morris (sophomore) with a personal best of 22:44; Tonya Tepin (sophomore) with a personal best of 22:47; and Rachel Bowers (senior) also with a personal best of 23:00. 

 “This girl’s team is one of the largest in CSHS history, which is exciting,” said Coach Marie Covey. “We have many runners experiencing high school cross country for the first time. They have improved so much over the season. I’m very proud of their accomplishments. I’m especially proud of Carolanne Merlington’s success and look forward to coaching her through state finals.”

Congratulations to the lady Red Hawks on a great season and best of luck to Carolanne Merlington who will be traveling to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn to compete in the state meet on November 4.

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Middle school cross country winds up season

The 2017 middle school cross country team had a successful season this year.  A record-breaking 52 runners, grades 6-8, came out this year.  

The boy’s team placed in the top two at their jamborees and invitationals this season. Led by a tight group of runners together, the boys placed 2nd at the conference meet, losing only by 5 points. Every boy improved his time throughout the season.  

The girl’s team also had a great season, finishing in the top 4 at every jamboree. At the conference meet, they finished 5th, however only 12 points separated 2nd through 5th place. Every girl improved her time throughout the season as well.

The future is bright for our Red Hawk Runners!

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XC Team pushes the limits

Front (L to R): Austin Fisk, Dawson Ingersoll, Jordan Brown, James Hofstra, Collin Bishop, Les Miner, Molly Wortz, Hannah Nickelsen. Back (L to R): Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson, Ethan Slock, Kevin Miner, Faith Watson, Hannah Hofstra, Autumn Watson, Casen Armstrong, Brin Calkins, Head Coach Todd Bowmar.

The CTA cross country season is drawing to an eventful conclusion. With two races remaining, 12 of 15 runners have achieved lifetime Person Records including Autumn Watson and Hannah Nickelsen who have taken nearly 10 minutes and 5 minutes off their times respectively. As the Chargers move into championship season, they are primed with early successes. Les Miner was runner up in the conference championship race while seven runners medaled, just two days after conferences at the Montabella Mustang Invite. Faith Watson, Hannah Hofstra and Brin Calkins led the Girl’s HS team to a 3rd place finish while Les Miner, Collin Bishop and James Hofstra paced the Boy’s HS team to a solid team finish. Jordan Brown also medaled in the MS race. The Chargers will look for even better Career Personal Records on Sat. Oct. 21st and Sat. Oct. 28th at the Class D and Independent State Championships.

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Cross Country teams show individual and team success

The boys team puts their strongest foot forward at the Hill and Bale Invitational.

Captain Brin Calkins, doesn’t miss a step as she hurdles the straw bales at the Hill and Bale Invitational.

CTA’s cross country season is off to early successes for both the team and its individual athletes. The Chargers have had individuals medal in each of its first three invitationals; Baker Woods, Hill and Bale and Spartan. The Chargers boy’s team is led by Senior Captain Les Miner and Sophomore Collin Bishop. The Lady Chargers have a mix of returning runners and first time runners led by Sophomore Faith Watson and Captain Brin Calkins. The Chargers look to continue their success after a week off with a conference dual meet on 9/27 and the Falcon Invite in Allendale on 9/30. The Chargers Cross Country teams are both coached by Head Coach Todd Bowmar and Assistant Coach Ben Fredrickson.

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Creative Technologies Academy SCHOOL CALENDAR


Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: (7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. including 2 self-scheduled hours)


22 Open House (K-12) – 5:30 – 8:00 PM

28 First Day of School

31 Early Release Day (12:45 and 1:00 pm)


1-4 No School – Labor Day Break

6 XC #1 Conference Meet @Riverside Park

9 Hill & Bale XC Invitational @Fremont Middle School

12 School Picture Day

13 Mobile Dentist

15 Early Release Day

15 XC MSU Spartan Invitational @Forest Akers Golf Course

29 Early Release Day

*Early Release Dismissal Schedule

● K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

● 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.

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Hannah Heintzelman commits to MCC

Hannah Heintzelman will be running Cross Country and Track for Muskegon Community College next fall. Hannah finishes her high school running career with Cedar Springs as an outstanding athlete. As a Red Hawk she competed at the state level in both cross country and track.

“I wish her all the best as she continues her running career as a MCC Jayhawk,” said Coach Marie Covey. “Her leadership and athleticism will be greatly missed.”

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CTA cross country awarded academic all-state

(L to R): Coach Danielle Davies, Collin Bishop, Dawson Ingersoll, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Les Miner and Dawson Armstrong. Not pictured team member is Ken Roesner.

(L to R): Coach Danielle Davies, Collin Bishop, Dawson Ingersoll, Ethan Lehman, James Hofstra, Les Miner and Dawson Armstrong. Not pictured team member is Ken Roesner.

Creative Technologies Academy boys cross country team was awarded the Michigan Class D Cross Country Championship Team Academic All-State Award. Only the top five highest ranking combined GPA team averages are awarded “Team Academic All-State.” The Championship meet was held at Maple Creek Golf course in Shephard, Mich.

In order to be eligible, individual team members must have a 3.50 GPA or better, who finish in the top 25 percent of places overall in order to receive the honor. Athletes must be at least a sophomore and the GPA is based on a standard 4.0 grade scale with no weighted grades.

“The award is for all of the hard work, diligence and sacrifice the cross country athletes put forth in the classroom during the season,” said Coach Danielle Davies. “Fewer than 10 percent of all athletes in the Class D State Championship receive this team award. It is a high honor to have such a great team committed to both their education and cross country.”

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Cross country runners head to state finals

Red Hawk runners Hannah Heintzleman and Dallas Mora will head to the Cross Country state finals this weekend. Pictured (L to R) is: Girls Varsity Coach Marie Covey, Hannah Heintzleman, Dallas Mora, and Boys Varsity Coach Garrett Lacey.

Red Hawk runners Hannah Heintzleman and Dallas Mora will head to the Cross Country state finals this weekend. Pictured (L to R) is: Girls Varsity Coach Marie Covey, Hannah Heintzleman, Dallas Mora, and Boys Varsity Coach Garrett Lacey.

Two members of the Cedar Springs Red Hawks cross-country program are returning to the State Finals on Saturday, November 5. Hannah Heintzelman, a senior, and Dallas Mora, a junior, qualified at regionals, where only the top 15 finishers move on to compete at Michigan International Speedway. Heintzelman placed 8th and Mora placed 7th.

Heintzelman competed in the 2014 finals along with her teammates, where the girls that season finished 7th. Heintzelman’s season was cut short last year due to a serious illness. Mora competed at the finals last year and placed 61st. Congratulations and good luck, Hannah and Dallas!

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Middle school cross country finishes record setting season 

The CSMS girls and boys track teams had a great season.

The CSMS girls and boys track teams had a great season.

Middle school girls with first place plaque.

Middle school girls with first place plaque.

The Cedar Srings Middle School cross country team started off the season with a record amount of athletes.  No team has been larger than the team that competed this year. The cross team also was put into a new league that aligns more with the teams that the High School teams compete against. However, that didn’t stop these athletes from rising above and competing hard. Week after week, each one of the runners worked hard and the results were evident.

At the conference meet held on Oct 18, the boys team finished 3rd overall out of 8 teams. These were all teams they battled back and forth with all season. Corey Bowers was conference champion leading the way for the Red Hawks. Austin Mann, Alex Nylaan, Spencer Bray, and Caleb Menefee all set season personal bests to round out the top five scoring. Carter Moleski, Sam Kleyenberg, Justin Voskuil, Andy Luke, Nate VanKampen, Andy Luke, Andrew Koning, Gabe White, Drew Mattson, Cayden Steinebach, Ian Little and Justin Kennedy Johnson also ran exceptional races to help their team out.

The girls team was conference champions for the second year in a row, setting another record. Again with a tougher conference, the girls prevailed and almost all ran their personal bests. Kaelyn Colclasure, Lauren Lett, Abby Buttermore, Paige Marsman, and Sierra Johnson placed in the top 20. This was the first time Cedar Springs has had five runners in the top 20 at a conference meet. Alexis Wood, Olivia Sherman, Chloe Grifhorst, Ella See and Grace Sova finished right on their heels setting new personal best times. The following girls also set new personal best times helping their team to victory:  Emma Waller, Kirsten Parker, Aubrie French, Lily Howland, Kristen Perry, Cloe Shoffner, Muriel Cook, Emily Caldwell, Julia Pecker, Isabel Vandusen, Abbey Shotko, Brilynn Smith, and Emily Neiderheide.

Congratulations to a great season to all our runners!!

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