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Cross country boys finish 7th at state meet


Jaydon Moleski earned all-state recognition at the boys cross country state meet last weekend.

The Cedar Springs boys’ cross country team traveled to Michigan International Speedway for the Division 2 State Meet on November 3. The team finished in 7th place, which is the team’s best finish since 2012. The team improved three spots from their 10th place finish at the state meet last year.

The team was led by Jaydon Moleski who finished 28th overall in a time of 16:28 to earn all-state recognition, the first of his career. Dilan Sargent was next across the line in a personal lifetime best of 16:39, finishing 32nd overall and just barely missing all-state honors. Corey Bowers was 41st overall in a time of 16:46. Gavin Braciak finished 103rd overall in a time of 17:11. Daniel Vermulm 141st overall in 17:29. Austin Mann 213th overall in 18:34, and following close behind was Carter Moleski also in 18:34 finishing 214th.

“I am very proud of everything that the boys were able to accomplish this season. We were hoping for a little lower finish, but are still very excited about our 7th place finish at the state meet this past weekend. A couple of our runners had off days, but the rest of our guys really stepped up allowing us to have a top 10 finish for the second year in a row. It was a great year for us that resulted in an OK White Conference Championship, a Kent County Championship, a Regional Runner-Up finish, and a 7th place finish at the D2 State Meet. We have no seniors on our team, so we are very excited about our potential moving forward into next season,” said Coach Garrett Lacy.

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Boys finish fourth at Portage invite


The Cedar Springs boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Portage on Saturday, October 6, for the biggest invitational in the state. Early morning storms came through creating muddy sections on an already relatively difficult course containing hills.

The boys’ varsity team finished 4th overall, but was only 15 points from 2nd and 3 points from 3rd. There were nearly 320 runners representing 46 schools in this race. The team proved they are capable of running right up there with the best teams in the state, with wins over other state ranked teams. 

Corey Bowers led up front with a 6th place finish in a time of 16:03. Dilan Sargent and Jaydon Moleski gave two more low finishes as they finished in 22nd and 25th overall in times of 16:46 and 16:49. Bowers, Sargent, and J. Moleski all earned medals for placing in the top 50. Gavin Braciak had a great comeback race finishing in 62nd overall in a season best time of 17:17. Austin Mann rounded out the top 5 finishers coming in 89th in a time of 17:39. Freshman Carter Moleski performed admirably in his first race of this caliber finishing in 133rd in a time of 18:07. Daniel Vermulm had a season best time of 18:19 finishing in 152nd.

JV medalist Freshman Cayden Steinebach

The boys JV team finished 14th overall out of 27 teams. Cayden Steinebach led for the Red Hawks finishing 39th overall in a time of 19:10 earning a medal for a top 50 finish. Alex Nylaan just missed a personal lifetime best coming in 67th overall in a time of 19:38. Caleb Menefee finished 101st overall in a time of 20:14. Justin Voskuil ran a 20:33 and placed 125th. Logan Douglas had a personal lifetime best of 20:39 (133rd). Sam Kleynenberg ran a 21:33 (184th) and Gabe Minnich 23:05 (278th).

“I am ecstatic about how our boys competed in what is the biggest invitational in the state of Michigan, against the top competition in the state, on what is a challenging course normally, but even tougher this past Saturday with the amount of rainfall we received creating many muddy sections on the course. To finish 4th in a meet of this caliber is a great step forward for our boys program. We had wins over several state ranked teams, including previously #2 ranked Spring Lake. We still have a long way to go, but I have great expectations for this team at the state meet this year,” said Coach Garrett Lacy.

The Varsity Lady Red Hawks placed 35th of 45 teams with 297 girls competing in their race. Leading the varsity was Maggie Prins with a time of 22:08 (141st). Tonya Tepin ran her lifetime personal best of 22:39 (166th). Isabel VanDusen ran a 22:42 placing 169th. Lily Howland and Ally Ladd ran lifetime personal bests of 23:19 (202nd) and 23:55 (233rd) respectively. Marjorie Hosking ran 24:46 (261st) and Paige Marsman ran her season best of 25:26 placing 281st.  Maddie Golliver competed in the JV race running a 25:09 and placing 181st.

“With weather and course conditions, each girl ran very well. It was the biggest invite in the state, so with having them run against some pretty good competition, they stuck to it and ran more competitively. Tonya Tepin ran a lifetime PR of 22:39 and she really improved on moving up to close some gaps. Paige Marsman ran her season PR of 25:26. Very proud of her breaking through the pack at the end to help her get to that point. Ally Ladd just got back to competing from having a slight injury and she looked great. All the girls did their part so now we just have to keep moving forward with that same momentum,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. 

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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


SCHOOL HOURS

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)

August

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)

September

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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