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CTA Assists With GRPD Appreciation Project


cta-grpd-1CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. – Creative Technologies Academy teamed up with a volunteer group to assemble approximately 200 bags for the Grand Rapids Police Department. CTA parents, Laura Wortz and Ruthanne Brinks, were asked to be involved and plan an appreciation dinner for the GRPD as their husbands both protect and serve as police officers.

“We wanted our school to be a part of this,” Wortz commented. “We wanted them to have the opportunity to give back to the men and women who give so much to all of us.”

cta-grpd-218 members of the CTA Cross Country team, along with their coaches, helped pack the bags with chips, granola bars, gum and mints. CTA’s elementary students and Charger Kid’s Club spent time decorating the bags before they were filled. The bags that were leftover from the appreciation dinner were given to the community officers to share with the youth that they encountered during their shifts.

Meijer was a major sponsor and provided a generous donation for the supplies for the event.

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Student Athletes of the Month


Emilee Pastoor was named October Student Athlete of the Month for the Equestrian Team.  Emilee is the daughter of Rob & Sarah Pastoor.   She is one of the top scoring riders for the season and the high scoring rider for the Region C Meet.  Coach Ream comments “Emilee has been  a huge asset to the team.  She is very versatile and willing to try  anything  for the sake of the team.  She and her pony “Sky” are an amazing team, trying everything from showmanship to speed classes this year.”  Emilee  also has a 3.89 GPA and is a member of the NHS.

Dallas Mora was named the October Student Athlete of the Month for Boys Cross-Country.  Dallas is the son of Lee & Shelli Mora.  Coach Lacy comments “Dallas has put in more work in this season than anyone I have ever coached in my two years at Cedar Springs.  He ran almost every day all summer long and has been rewarded for it. Improved from 17:45 last year to 16:36 already this year.  He is a perfect example of how hard work can triumph over talent.  I am very proud of what he has accomplished so far this season.” Dallas also runs track at Cedar Springs and is a member of the ALC.

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Chargers have strong showing at state meet


The Creative Technologies Academy Boys and Girls Cross Country teams headed into the Class D State Championship meet with a lot of confidence, and rightfully so. Many of their runners had recently completed either their season or career best run times in the previous two weeks. For the boys team, it also meant that Junior captain Ethan Lehman was going to be able to compete after having to sit out the previous few meets with a stress fracture in his right leg.

The Charger boys finished with their best showing ever at the Class D meet, finishing in 13th out of over 30 teams. They were once again led by Sophomore Les Miner, who finished 2nd overall with a time of 16:50. Lehman finished with a season personal record in his first race back with a time of 18:51. James Hofstra (19:58), Dawson Ingersoll (21:07), and Dawson Armstrong (21:28) rounded out the top 5 for the Chargers. With no seniors on the roster but plenty of experience, expect to see even better things out of this team next year.

The CTA Lady Chargers also had an impressive race led by Freshman Brianne Calkins with a personal career best time of 24:35. Not far behind her was Junior Tatyanna Lawson (25:00). Rounding out the varsity runners was Senior Kaleigh Keech. Kaleigh was running on a sprained ankle, but still fought through her final race to finish with a time of 38:30.

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Two Cross Country runners qualify for state finals 

Red Hawk Cross Country runners Ellie Ovokaitys and Dallas Mora qualified for the state finals.

Red Hawk Cross Country runners Ellie Ovokaitys and Dallas Mora qualified for the state finals.

Two Cedar Springs High School cross country runners finished regionals with a treat, after a tricky race day on October 31.

The Cedar Springs Cross Country team and supporters traveled north to Gaylord on a cold, wet, ghoulish Halloween day. The girls and boys teams competed in the MHSAA Regional race for a chance to race one more time before ending their season. There were many pleasing results, despite the blustery weather the runners had to endure.

“I’m very pleased with my team’s performances,” boasted Coach Marie Covey. “Nearly all of the girls ran their fastest race of the season.” Ellie Ovokaitys not only ran her best race of the season, but ran well enough to be a qualifier for the State Finals this coming Saturday at Michigan International Speedway.

Also, qualifying is Dallas Mora from the boy’s team. (See other story on this page.) Congratulations Ellie and Dallas.

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MS cross country places first at Conference

Cedar Springs Middle School Girls cross country team took first at conference.

Cedar Springs Middle School Girls cross country team took first at conference.

Cedar Springs Middle School Boys cross country team took first at conference.

Cedar Springs Middle School Boys cross country team took first at conference.

The middle school boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Allendale on October 20 to compete in their conference meet. After an amazing season for both teams, they were ready to fight for the conference title. With hard work and determination, they were both able to come home with conference titles to show for it. Nine boys and eight girls earned medals by placing in the top 20, while all the team ran their personal best time.

Congratulations to both teams on a great season!

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Chargers have strong showing at Conference Meet


The Creative Technologies Academy Cross Country teams have been  pushing all season long to meet their individual and team goals, and many of them did just that at Riverside Park this past Wednesday. It was the second conference meet of the year for the Chargers, and they did not disappoint.

The boys cross country was led once again by sophomore Les Miner with a time of 17:17. Junior captain, Ethan Lehman had a nice run as well with a time of 18:52. Sophomore James Hofstra came in third for the team finishing at 20:36, but the real surprise was the personal best time for seventh grader Casen Armstrong, beating his previous time by more than two minutes with a time of 20:54. His brother, sophomore Dawson Armstrong, also had a nice race with a time of 21:42, and Sophomore John LeTourneau cruised past his old personal best by more than four minutes, finishing his race at 22 minutes flat.

The girls also had a great run, with eighth grader Zoe Lehman leading the way, gathering in her personal best time at 25:10. Not far behind was fellow eighth grader Hannah Hofstra (25:16), Freshman Brianna Calkins (25:25), seventh grader Amy LeTourneau (30:16), junior Tatyanna Lawson (30:20), and senior Kaleigh Keech (36:42).

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Girls Cross Country Team Finishes 7th at State Championship Finals

Austin Sargent finished second in the state in the Division 2 boys cross country finals last weekend.

Austin Sargent finished second in the state in the Division 2 boys cross country finals last weekend.

Kenzie Weiler finished second in the state in the Division 2 girls cross country finals last weekend.

Kenzie Weiler finished second in the state in the Division 2 girls cross country finals last weekend.

Runners Kenzie Weiler and Austin Sargent both finish second in state

Kenzie Weiler (defending State Champion in Division 2) led her team to a great finale by finishing second place overall in the State Finals held at Michigan International Speedway Saturday Nov. 1. Kenzie finished her high school cross country career by running in the State Finals all four years and finishing 2nd, 2nd, 1st and this year 2nd.

“She has proven to be one of the state’s best all-time runners in history,” said Coach Marie Covey.

The remaining lady Red Hawk runners also ran well. Ellie Ovokaitys (42nd), Tara Tepin (135th), and Hannah Heinzelman (136th) all ran their personal records. Remaining team members Shayne Mann (63rd), Allyson Marvel (195th), and Myla Umphrey (210th) ran close to their best races of the season in a field of 248 of the best runners in the state. “I’m so proud of how hard this entire team worked all season,” said Coach Covey, “I was hoping for top ten after finishing 15th last year. It was a great day to be a Red Hawk.”

The girls weren’t the only runners from Cedar Springs in the highlights. Austin Sargent (the defending boys State Champion in Division 2) had a great race on the cold windy day at the State Finals. He ran just one second off his personal record with a time of 15:42 and finished runner-up.



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Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Athletes of the Month

Jones, Kaupa, and Burrows are named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes of the Month for October

Justin Jones

Justin Jones

Senior Justin Jones was named October Student Athlete of the Month for Cross Country. Justin has participated in Cross country all 4 years in high school, and is a team captain. Justin is a returning OK Bronze All-Conference runner and is on pace to do it again this season. He started the season strong finishing 4th in each of the first two races. Justin also participates in basketball and runs track. This is done all while maintaining a 3.4 GPA.

Coach Garrett Lacy comments “Justin is one of two co captains that we have on the team this year. He does a great job of leading by example on and off the field. Justin has worked hard to prepare for his senior year logging the most miles on the team this past summer. He is an exemplary student and does a great job managing his time amongst three varsity sports. Right now he is also taking dual enrollment classes at Grand Rapids Community College along with his high school work at Cedar Springs, as well as being an integral part of the cross-country team.”

Justin is the son of Mary and Tony Jones.


Nicole Kaupa

Nicole Kaupa

Senior Nicole Kaupa was named October Student Athlete of the month for Equestrian. Nicole has worked hard to improve for her senior year and is a leader on her team. Nicole has a 3.3 GPA.

Nicole’s coaches state that “Nicole has been a huge asset to our team. She is willing and able to try anything we throw at her. She has improved in both skill and attitude, and is always willing to lend a hand with her teammates. She is always early for practice and, asks for help when struggling with anything. We will miss you Nicole!!”

Nicole is the daughter of Kathy and Ted Kaupa.


Caden Burrows

Caden Burrows

Senior Caden Burrows was named October Student Athlete of the Month for Football. Caden a team captain is coming off a strong junior year in football, where he was named 2013 OK Bronze 1st team All-Conference. Caden plays both offensive and defensive line. The team is off to a great start at 5-1. Caden a multiple sport athlete is also a member of ALC and Red Hawk kids club. Caden has a 3.51 GPA .

Coach Kapolka comments, “Caden is one of the unquestioned leaders of our team. His rock solid leadership and even-keeled demeanor have led us to a 4-1 start. His work ethic serves as an example to the younger players in our program, and his performance on the field makes him one of the best linemen in the entire OK conference regardless of division.

Caden is the son of Kim and Tim Burrows.


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Girls Cross Country takes first at regionals

2014 Cross Country Regional Champions. L to R: Kenzie Weiler, Myla Umphrey, Tara Tepin, Ellie Ovokaitys, Shayne Mann, Hannah Heintzelman and Allyson Marvel. Coached by Marie Covey.

2014 Cross Country Regional Champions. L to R: Kenzie Weiler, Myla Umphrey, Tara Tepin, Ellie Ovokaitys, Shayne Mann, Hannah Heintzelman and Allyson Marvel. Coached by Marie Covey.

The Red Hawk runners decided to follow the local gridiron heroes by extending their season. The boys and girls teams competed in the regional cross country meet in Traverse City last weekend.

The Cedar Springs Girls Cross Country Team placed first at regionals and will compete at the state finals November 1. Senior Kenzie Weiler led the pack of 100 girl competitors racing on the course at Grand Traverse Resort, with a finishing time of 18 minutes 15 seconds, 53 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. Kenzie has held the title of Regional Champion all four years of high school. Senior Shayne Mann and junior Ellie Ovokaitys ran their personal best records finishing 8th and 9th with times of 19:46 and 19:50, respectfully. Teammates Hannah Heintzelman (sophomore) finished 22nd in 21:00, Tara Tepin (sophomore) 34th in 21:27, Allyson Marvel (junior) 56th in 22:44 and Myla Umphrey (freshman) 66th in 23:12.

Coach Covey said they were seeded to place third in the meet behind Whitehall and Sparta, but with the performance her team ran on Saturday they were able to take home the trophy by overcoming second place Whitehall by 8 points, 74-82. Gaylord is the third place team that will also be traveling to the State Finals.

“I am so excited to have this team win a big meet. We were very close to winning the conference title but we fell short of Forest Hills Northern at every conference meet. These girls deserved it!” Covey exclaimed. This is Covey’s first regional championship.

The boy’s team placed fifth and did not qualify for the state meet. However, senior Austin Sargent won the boys race and will represent Cedar this weekend at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn.



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Charger Cross Country team goes to state 

*S-Cross Country CTA Les Miner State ChampionIt may have been a cold, damp Saturday morning, but it did not slow down the Chargers of Creative Technologies Academy at their Cross Country Class D State Championship meet. Head Coach Gerry Verwey challenged every one of his runners to set a new lifetime personal record during the race, and many of them did just that.

The boys’ team finished in an overall place of 14th out of 34 teams, which was quite an accomplishment. They were once again led by freshman Les Miner (17:10), who received all state honors. Not far behind was Sophomore Ethan Lehman, who finished with a lifetime PR of 18:31. Freshman James Hofstra (19:40) finished third for the Chargers, while Sophomore Logan Colter (20:24) and Freshman Dawson Armstrong (lifetime PR 21:28) rounded out the top five.

While the girls team did not have enough participants required to be scored in the team results, two Charger ladies still had great meets. Senior Olivia Wortz finished with a lifetime PR of 27:56, and Junior Kaleigh Keech continued her impressive improvement by posting a time of 36:22.

The Chargers have one week left of practice, followed by the Michigan Independent High School Championships next Saturday in Allendale. It is the final race of the season, and the Chargers will look to close out the season strong.

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