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Red Hawks season ends in Districts


Alec Hanmer scores against Muskegon. Hanmer was voted to the OK Blue All Conference team.

Hanmer and Porter voted all conference

The Cedar Springs boys varsity basketball team was eliminated from state tournament play last Wednesday after being defeated by the Muskegon Big Reds. The Red Hawks kept the game within reach until late in the third quarter, but the relentless trapping and pressing by the Big Reds defense proved to be too much for Cedar Springs and Muskegon went on to win by a score of 64-42.

Muskegon got out to an 18-8 lead after one quarter. The Red Hawks traded punches with the Big Reds and tied the 2nd quarter, but Muskegon still led by 10 at the half. Midway through the 3rd quarter, Cedar cut the Big Red’s lead to 7 on a Ryan Dines 3-pointer. Muskegon responded with a 9-0 run to end the third quarter and held a commanding 49-33 lead going into the fourth.

Junior Hank Porter goes to the hoop against Muskegon. Porter was chosen All conference honorable mention.

With 4:30 to go in the game and Cedar trailing by 22, Coach Secor put the five healthy seniors in the game (Andrew Klompstra is injured and was unable to play). The five seniors—Tyler Baker, Kyle Chaney, Alec Hanmer, Jake Holtrop, and Tyler Hinton—finished the game, playing together for the last time for Cedar Springs. During that time, Alec Hanmer hit two free throws and a jump shot, and then Kyle Chaney drove the lane for a lay up. Then Alec Hanmer hit Tyler Baker on a long pass and Baker made the lay up for the final Red Hawk basket of the season.

Ryan Dines led the Red Hawks with 12 points in the game, and Hank Porter had 10. Alec Hanmer had 9 points and a team high 7 rebounds. Tyler Baker had 6 points. Kyle Chaney and Derek Ash had 2 points each, and Jason Gingrich had one. The Red Hawks finished the season with a 9-13 overall record. The Red Hawks finished 3rd in the OK Blue with a 6-6 conference record.

Head Coach Andy Secor reflected on this year’s Red Hawk team after the final game of the season. “Our entire coaching staff really enjoyed working with this group of student-athletes and parents. This group came to practice everyday, ready to work hard and improve. One of the things I am most proud when it comes to this group, is how they re-established the way we like Cedar basketball players to act as role models. It is a great group of young men who have the chance to be very successful in life.”

Senior Alec Hanmer earned a spot on the OK Blue All Conference team, which is chosen in a vote by the league coaches. He led the Red Hawks in scoring for the season with 170 points. He also led the team in defensive assists (20). Alec was second on the team in rebounds (78), blocked shots (14) and steals (21), and 3rd in assists (25).

Despite missing 5 games with a knee injury, Junior Hank Porter was second on the team with 143 points and voted OK Blue All Conference honorable mention.

Hank led the team in scoring average with 8.94 points per game. He was 2nd in “charges taken” (7), and 4th in assists (24).

See more player stats on our website at www.cedarspringspost.com.

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Lady Red Hawks lose at districts


The Cedar Springs Lady Red Hawks Varsity Basketball team faced a tough opponent in the Grand Haven Buccaneers (20-0) Monday evening, in the first round of Class A District 6 games. The OK-Red team is rated number 1 in Class A in the state, and they proved it Monday evening, limiting the Red Hawks to only 15 points the entire game, while they scored 40. However, the Red Hawks played tough defense in the second and third quarters, and held the Bucs to only 6 points in each of those time periods.

“They don’t like to play defense as much, and we saw them grow impatient having to do so for longer stretches,” said Asst. Coach Chad Wight. “They play a scrappy 2/3 zone, but we forced them to go man-to-man, and to press the ball on the inbounds. It’s rare that they do that, so we were being effective.”

Leading scorer for the Red Hawks was Tiffany Karger with 6, Molly Holtrop had 4, Hannah Wight had 2, and Rachael Ludtke, Nicole Shevock, and Chaya Coxon also contributed one.

“We dug ourselves a hole with our second half scoring (scoreless in the 3rd). When our leading scorer has 6 points, we obviously weren’t productive enough on both ends of the floor. We also could have used more points from the Free throw line,” noted Wight.
That loss means that the Lday Red Hawks are done for the season. Great job!

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