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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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Red Hawk Equestrians place third at regionals


The Cedar Springs High School Equestrian team travelled to Midland County Fairgrounds this past weekend to compete in the MIHA Regional Meet after winning the District Championship for District V two weekends before. The meet stretched over three days and drew teams from all over the state.

Going into Sunday’s competition, the team was 18 points behind the 2nd place team.  Although they put forth an impressive effort, it wasn’t quite enough to overtake that team and Cedar Springs took home a respectable 3rd place. Only the first and second place teams continue on to the State competition in two weeks.

Every rider placed in several events and had impressive scores. Junior Bayley Wolfe led the team in points, with seniors Jessica Kriekaard, Alexis Stevens and Freshman Ashlee Warlick not far behind.

“We are extremely proud of how hard these girls have worked to come this far in this season,” said Assistant Coach Danni Naffziger. “Each one gave their best performances at this meet and we fell just short of heading to State. Our seniors have been a great group of ladies that have shown superior sportsmanship and leadership. We are sad to see them graduate and wish them luck in the future.” Graduating this year are Brianna Kolasa, Keri Krankall, Jessica Kriekaard, Kylie Piatt, and Alexis Stevens.

The team would like to thank the parents and coaches Emily Ream, Danni Naffziger and Lisa Taylor for their support this season.

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Equestrian team places in several events

The Cedar Springs Equestrian Team competed in two district meets last weekend. From L-R is Bayley Wolfe, Kylie Piatt and Assistant Coach Danni Naffziger.

The Cedar Springs Equestrian Team competed in two district meets last weekend. From L-R is Bayley Wolfe, Kylie Piatt and Assistant Coach Danni Naffziger.

The Cedar Springs High School Equestrian Team had their first two District meets at the Montcalm County Fairgrounds this past weekend, September 7-8. Although the team is the only “A” Division team, they put forth an impressive effort and ended with many top placings.

Junior Bayley Wolfe led the team with 73 points, with seniors Jessica Kriekaard and Alexis Stevens not far behind. Every rider on the team placed in multiple events.

Coach Emily Ream commented on the team’s success. “I was very impressed with how well everyone pulled together and supported one another this past weekend. There were several riders who tried new events, some who are pretty new to showing that stepped up and helped the team, and others that are very seasoned riders that put in solid performances. I’m very proud of all of them.”

The third District meet is Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Montcalm Co. Fairgrounds. Anyone is welcome to spectate and there is no admission fee. Go Red Hawks!

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