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West Michigan Hawks start season with 46-0 victory


The Hawks start season with big win.

The Hawks start season with big win.

The West Michigan Hawks didn’t let the rain dampen their spirits on Saturday evening, April 29. Although the playing conditions weren’t ideal, the Hawks put together a complete effort in their 46-0 victory over the Highland Park Polar Bears at Skinner Field.

Acclimating to the weather was a bit of a challenge, as the team got off to a bit of a slow start offensively. But it was the defense that set the tone. The Hawks forced a safety midway through the first quarter to start the scoring, taking a 2-0 lead. Wide receiver Monte Swanigan hauled in a 60-yard pass from quarterback Charles Hodges on the next drive, and the two point conversion attempt was good, giving the Hawks a 10-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Things really came together for the Hawks in the second quarter. Hodges scored on a two-yard quarterback keeper, running back Brant Brooks scored on a run, and cornerback Omar Haynes returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown in the quarter. The Hawks took a 32-0 lead into the locker rooms at the half.

The second half was played on a running clock, but that didn’t stop the Hawks from continuing what they started. Ryan Williams returned a punt for a touchdown during the middle portion of the quarter, and the Hawks led 40-0 after three quarters. Brooks scored his second touchdown on the last play of the game, making the final score 46-0.

“It was inspiring to see all of the new elements of the team come together with such enthusiasm,” said lineman Neil Gillett. “We have a lot of new guys on the team this year. The ability for us to come together and play so cohesively in such a short amount of time really speaks for the selfless quality and team focus of our men.”

Safety Robert Bell was also quite satisfied with the team’s effort. “This was a great first test for our team. We mentioned throughout the practice weeks about answering the call when adversity dials the number. We opened our arms to our brother Brant Brooks, who prior to the game lost his brother. This game allowed our team to solidify our brotherhood and turn life’s negatives into a community of positivity. It was also great to see Alan Beamer and his family accept the #12 jersey in his recognition of his battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Life is bigger than self. Welcome to the West Michigan Hawks!”

Head coach David Lange was ecstatic after the game. “I’m very proud of our guys and what they have accomplished. We still have work to do, some corrections we need to make, but we did an outstanding job. We had our fun with this win, but now its time to move forward and focus on the next game on May 14th against the Lake Michigan Havoc.”

The game on May 14 will be played at Skinner Field, and is a benefit for Cedar Springs resident Brison Ricker, who is fighting a brain tumor. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 6. Tickets are $6 a piece, with children 10 and under free, and proceeds will go to Ricker’s cause. We hope to see you there!

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Red Hawks OK Bronze Champs, head to playoffs


The Red Hawks celebrate their win over Northview, and entry into the playoffs for the second year in a row.

The Red Hawks celebrate their win over Northview, and entry into the playoffs for the second year in a row.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks marched on to the field last Friday, October 23, at Northview, with the goal of not just winning the game, but clinching a share of the OK Bronze championship, and getting a spot in the 2015 playoffs. They scored on all counts, taking down Northview 52-29.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks are OK Bronze champions for the second year in a row. Last year they had sole title, and this year they share the title with Forest Hills Eastern, who lost last week to Forest Hills Northern. Both CS and FHE finished the season 4-1 in conference. Cedar’s only conference loss was to FHE.

The win over Northview was also the Red Hawks’ 6th win, assuring them a berth in the playoffs, which begin this weekend. They take on Zeeland West at Zeeland, on Saturday, October 31, at 1 p.m. For more on last Friday’s game, turn to page 7.

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Red Hawks advance to playoffs after win against Northview


Red Hawk QB Collin Alvesteffer is looking healthy again after an ankle injury early in the season.

Red Hawk QB Collin Alvesteffer is looking healthy again after an ankle injury early in the season.

By Lauren VanDenHout

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks faced off against the Northview Wildcats for a spot in the 2015 playoffs. This matchup took place last Friday, October 23, at Northview. The Red Hawks took charge of the field early on, and carried an aggressive mentality throughout the entire game. With a final score of 52-29, Cedar Springs proved they have what it takes to be back to back conference champions.

Cedar Springs started out strong in the first half. The first touchdown was made by senior Isaiah MacDonald, while junior Collin Alvesteffer made the two-point conversion. This dynamic duo managed to make another connection later on in the first quarter, with three minutes remaining. Macdonald again got the touchdown, and Alvesteffer scored the conversion.

In the second quarter, senior Da’Marcus Barnett intercepted a Wildcat pass that reignited the Red Hawks’ offensive brutality. Junior John Todd earned the third touchdown for Cedar Springs that quarter, while senior Cameron Umphrey made the two-point. Umphrey also made an explosive run down the middle that the Wildcats’ defense was unable to stop until the Red Hawks got dangerously close to their end zone. This run led Alvesteffer to score another touchdown. The quarterback also made the pass to MacDonald for the two-point conversion. To end the second quarter, Alvesteffer put another touchdown on the scoreboard to make the score 32-14 leading into the second half.

The Wildcats started to fight back offensively in the third quarter, however, the Red Hawks were stronger. Offensively, Alvesteffer was the only one to score a touchdown in the third quarter. The conversion was completed by Umphrey. The score was now 46-21.

Alvesteffer intercepted a pass early on in the final quarter. With an unstoppable lead, this gave other Red Hawks the chance to step up and contribute to their team. Senior Connor Willitts made an aggressive run for a touchdown with three minutes remaining in the quarter. This final touchdown sealed the win for Cedar Springs to make it into the playoffs. The conversion after Willitts’ touchdown was incomplete, however. Defensively, big blocks put up by senior Alex Tanis and junior Ryan Ringler in the final quarter helped ensure the Red Hawks’ victory.

The Red Hawks finished the regular season 4-1 in conference (6-3 overall), and tied with Forest Hills Eastern, also 4-1 in conference (8-1 overall), for a share of the OK Bronze championship. This is the second year in a row they are OK Bronze champions.

Cedar Springs is away at Zeeland East against the Chixs for the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. Kickoff time is 1 p.m.

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Cedar Springs loses to Forest Hills Eastern


Red Hawk senior Cameron Umphrey scored both touchdowns for Cedar Springs in their loss to Forest Hills Eastern last Friday.

Red Hawk senior Cameron Umphrey scored both touchdowns for Cedar Springs in their loss to Forest Hills Eastern last Friday.

By Lauren VanDenHout

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks lost to the Forest Hills Eastern Hawks 49-12 last week Friday, October 16. Cedar Springs fought hard, but ultimately, they were no match for Forest Hills Eastern’s offensive and defensive line.

The Red Hawks’ first touchdown of the game was scored by senior Cameron Umphrey in the second quarter. It was an aggressive one-yard run in the middle that broke Forest Hills Eastern’s defensive line. The two-point conversion was no good. This made the score 7-6 in the middle of the second quarter. At halftime, the Red Hawks walked off the field trailing by a score of 21-6.

The Red Hawks came out aggressive in the third quarter. Umphrey scored another touchdown, and the two point conversion was incomplete. This touchdown made the score 28-12, and the Red Hawks held them at that score until the end of the quarter. However, FHE came back in the fourth quarter and scored three more touchdowns.

Cedar Springs is now in second place in the OK-Bronze, with a record of 3-1 in conference, and 5-3 overall.

Their next game is away at Grand Rapids Northview on Friday, October 23. Kickoff starts at 7:00 p.m. This game is sure to be intense, as it is the final chance for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks to make it into the playoffs.

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Red Hawks roll over Forest Hills Northern 


The Red Hawk defense did not allow Forest Hills Northern into the end zone until the fourth quarter. Above, senior Taylor VanDyke takes down a Husky ball carrier. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

The Red Hawk defense did not allow Forest Hills Northern into the end zone until the fourth quarter. Above, senior Taylor VanDyke takes down a Husky ball carrier. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Lauren VanDenHout

There was no doubt about who ruled the gridiron at Red Hawk Stadium last Friday night.

Friday, October 2, wasn’t just any ordinary football game. The Cedar Springs Red Hawks were battling not only the undefeated, state-ranked Forest Hills Northern Huskies, but battling for cancer awareness as well. Red Hawk Stadium was packed with spectators, as people came to root the Hawks on in their final home game of the 2015 season. It was the annual Pink Game and Senior Night. With all of the overwhelming support, the Red Hawks were able to annihilate the Huskies and take down their perfect record with a final score of 34-8.

From the very first quarter, the Red Hawks showed that Red Hawk Stadium is their territory. They shut down the Huskies on 4th down and 1 on the opening possession, and set the tone for the rest of the game.

Senior Lane Gott was the first player to jumpstart the Red Hawks attack. The running back scored the first touchdown on a pass from junior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer, and senior Cameron Umphrey ran it in for the two-point conversion. In the second quarter, Senior Da’Marcus Barnett also gained a touchdown for the Hawks on a pass from Alvesteffer. However, the two-point was no good. This left the Red Hawks with a lead of 14-0, until senior Anthony Topolski made a 55-yard run for another touchdown. They ended the half with a lead of 20-0.

Junior Collin Alvesteffer was back in action last Friday after being off with a sprained ankle. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Junior Collin Alvesteffer was back in action last Friday after being off with a sprained ankle. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

In the second half, Alvesteffer made a 2-yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter. The conversion was no good. The Red Hawks defensive line once again denied the Huskies entry into their end zone. The score remained 26-0 until the final quarter.

Once again, Gott and Topolski led the team on the offensive. Gott made an 8-yard run for the touchdown, while Topolski completed the two-point. The Huskies finally managed to break through the Hawks defensive line for both a touchdown and a two-point conversion. The Hawks once again got the ball, but instead of running up the score, they let the clock run down, and finished the game with a win of 34-8.

The Red Hawks are now 2-0 in conference play, and 4-2 overall. They are tied with Forest Hills Eastern (2-0, 6-0) for first in the OK Bronze standings.

They take on the Greenville Yellow Jackets (0-2 in conference, 2-4 overall) on Friday, October 9, in Greenville. Kickoff starts at 7:00 p.m. at their high school stadium.

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Red Hawks fall to Panthers in GRidiron Classic


Red Hawk junior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer hands off the ball to senior Cameron Umphrey. Photos by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

Red Hawk junior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer hands off the ball to senior Cameron Umphrey. Photos by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

By Lauren VanDenHout

Red Hawk sophomore John Todd runs with the ball. Photos by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

Red Hawk sophomore John Todd runs with the ball. Photos by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

To kickstart their 2015 season, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks faced the Comstock Park Panthers on Saturday, August 29, at Grand Valley State University Lubbers Stadium in the GRidiron classic. The feeling of Red Hawk Pride was contagious throughout the stands as the boys took the field for the first time. The varsity team fought hard but the game ended in a loss for the Hawks, with a final score of 48-38.

The Hawks came out strong in the first quarter. Senior Cameron Umphrey made an explosive run up the middle for a 77-yard touchdown only 58 seconds into the game, followed by a two-point conversion from junior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer. Senior Isaiah MacDonald scored the second touchdown for the Red Hawks, with five minutes and thirty-five seconds remaining in the quarter. After Alvesteffer made another conversion for the team, the Hawks had a small lead against the Panthers going into the second quarter, 16-14.

Comstock Park came back and scored on a two-yard run by Pat Naughton, and the extra kick was good, making the score 21-16. Sophomore John Todd made a 63-yard run, which lessened the Panther’s advantage. Comstock Park scored again, and at halftime the scored stood 28-24 Panthers.

The Hawks stepped it up in the third and fourth quarter after starting quarterback Alvesteffer left the game with a sprained ankle. Umphrey scored on a 30-yard run in the third quarter (the conversion failed), and a 24-yard run in the fourth quarter. Junior Jacob Hooker, the back-up quarterback, made the two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Final score was 48-38 Panthers.

“I thought the game came down to us getting stops on defense and not having turnovers on offense. We did not accomplish those things, and we didn’t capitalize on Comstock Park’s mistakes. That was the difference in the game,” commented Red Hawk Coach Gus Kapolka on his team’s performance throughout the game.

Regardless of this loss, the boys are hungry for a win against the Sparta Spartans on Thursday, September 3. They play at home at The Red Hawk Stadium at 7 p.m. Come out and support the Red Hawks in their first home game of the season!

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It’s time for football!


The Cedar Springs Red Hawks will host the Comstock Park Panthers in the new GRidiron Classic at Grand Valley State University on August 29. The photo shows Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer being tackled by a Panther during last fall’s win over Comstock Park.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks will host the Comstock Park Panthers in the new GRidiron Classic at Grand Valley State University on August 29. The photo shows Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer being tackled by a Panther during last fall’s win over Comstock Park.

Saturday, August 29, marks the first game of the 2015 season for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, and you don’t want to miss it! They will host the Comstock Park Panthers at Grand Valley State University Lubbers Stadium, in the brand new GRidiron classic, at 4 p.m.

The West Michigan Sports Commission (WMSC) partnered with Grand Valley State University and the OK Conference to promote the newly created high school football showcase, which will feature three games:

1:00 p.m. Hamtramck vs. NorthPointe Christian (host)

4:00 p.m. Comstock Park vs. Cedar Springs (host)

7:00 p.m. Oak Park vs. Zeeland West (host)

“West Michigan prides itself in our high school football and this event will highlight the start of the season with some great matchups at a superb facility,” stated Mike Guswiler, President of the WMSC, in a press release last spring.

Each purchased ticket entitles the bearer to attend all three scheduled games. Tickets are available online at a cost of $8 Adults / $6 Students. Tickets purchased on the day of the event at the door will be sold for $10 Adults / $8 Students.

Last year, the Red Hawks took on Comstock Park in their opening game on the Panther’s home turf, and ran away with the game, 50-13. They went on to become OK-Bronze Champions, and ended their season after losing to Muskegon in the second game of the playoffs.

Come on out and cheer on your Cedar Springs Red Hawks!

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Be the referee


 

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

Be the Referee is a weekly message from the Michigan High School Athletics Association that is designed to help educate people on the rules in different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Make The Call – Missed Field Goal 

Let’s get everyone in “football game shape” with the following You make the Call.

One team has the chance to kick a 50-yard field goal just before halftime. As the kicker approaches the ball being held at the 40-yard line, his plant leg slips and the kick comes up well short and wide, and it rolls out of bounds at the 4-yard line. Under high school rules, where will the team that forced the bad kick next snap the ball?

Believe it or not, under high school rules, missed field goals that roll out of bounds before reaching the goal line are treated just like a punt! The new offense will put the ball in play, first and 10, from the 4-yard line.

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Meet the Hawks: Jeff Krebs


 

Jeff Krebs

Jeff Krebs

By Shae Brophy

Meet #9, quarterback Jeff Krebs. Originally from Howard City, Krebs  was a three-sport athlete in high school. He played baseball, basketball and football all four years of school. After high school, he continued playing baseball at Grand Rapids Junior College, where he played for two additional years. After taking a couple years off from football, Krebs jumped back in as the quarterback of the Hawks, and his development has been very fast paced.

When he is not on the football field, his hobbies include hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends and family. His idols include (NFL Hall of Fame quarterback) Archie Manning, and (Denver Broncos quarterback) Peyton Manning. In his six games with the Hawks, Krebs has thrown for over 1,000 yards, while throwing 12 touchdown passes. He also has shown a knack for running from the pocket, amassing 70 yards on the ground, as well as two rushing touchdowns.

“I wanted to play for the West Michigan Hawks because I have always had the desire to play football again,” said Krebs. “I thought it was pretty cool that they were starting a team in Cedar Springs, and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Head coach/owner David Lange has nothing but good things to say about Krebs. “Jeff is undoubatbly one of the better quarterbacks in the league. He has something that most quarterbacks don’t have—the ability to drop his shoulder and lay a hit on someone. Although I would sleep better at night if he would slide to protect himself, Jeff plays with such an intensity and aggressiveness that forbids him to ‘play it safe.’ He plays every down like it’s his last, and I respect him for it. He is the perfect quarterback for the style our team plays, and I’m proud of what he has accomplished thus far.”

Coming off their second consecutive win, Jeff and the Hawks will be playing at home again on Saturday. They will welcome the Michigan Vipers, who are coming off a 23-14 loss. Tickets will be $5 at the gate, with kickoff scheduled for 7pm. Doors will open at 6, and the Hawks would love to see you at the game!

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Chamber to host movies in the park, sidewalk sales


Polar Express

For the Christmas in July movie the “Polar Express” will be shown at Morley Park on July 10th

August's science fiction movie is planned for E.T.

August’s science fiction movie is planned for E.T.

When the Game Stands Tall is the football movie scheduled for September.

When the Game Stands Tall is the football movie scheduled for September.

Would you like to get some great deals locally and have some fun at the same time? Would you like to try something new on Friday night for family time? If that’s the case, the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce has some events coming up you are going to love.

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (CSACoC) is hosting Sidewalk Sales the second Saturday in July, August, and September. Each month the sidewalk sales will be themed differently for more excitement. July is Christmas in July, August is Science Fiction, and September is football.

The Chamber is also providing free family-friendly movies in Morley Park during the summer months. The movies in the park will be held on the Friday before the sidewalk sales and will match the themes of the sidewalk sales. If by chance it is rained out on Friday, the movie will be played on Saturday.

On July 10, the movie will be “Polar Express” and start just before dark. It will coincide with “Christmas in July” sidewalk sales on July 11. Come to the CSACoC’s booth in the parking lot in front of the Cedar Chest Retail Shop and Curves/Jenny Craig for details on how to win a free bicycle. Bicycles will be given away at the August movie in the park just before the movie starts. There will also be a dunk tank at the corner of Elm and Main from 11:30 to p.m.

The August 7 movie will be “ET” to coincide with the August 8 Science Fiction-themed sidewalk sales (pending city council approval).

The September 11 movie will be “When the Game Stands Tall” to go along with the football-themed sidewalk sales on September 12  (pending city council approval).

The Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce is asking the local businesses to get in the spirit and decorate their businesses and/or storefronts to the theme of the month. The decorating doesn’t have to be limited to just the weekend of the movie/sidewalk sales. Feel free to use the theme all month long. For more info, contact Chamber president Perry Hopkins at Perry’s Place at the corner of Main and Maple Streets or email kinofhope@yahoo.com.

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