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Red Hawks roll over Sparta in second week showdown 44-6


The Red Hawk Defense hard at work in Sparta. Photo By Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Red Hawk Defense hard at work in Sparta. Photo By Kelly Alvesteffer.

Mother Nature proved to be the only thing that could slow down Coach Gus Kapolka’s Red Hawks football team on Friday night, Sept. 5, in Sparta. After a one-hour rain delay, the Red Hawk offense, led by senior Captain Zach Wamser, with two touchdowns and a solid game plan, proved to be too much for the Sparta Spartans, who managed a playoff run in the 2013 season. MavRick Cotton, Taylor VanDyke, Anthony Topolski and Connor Willits all found the end zone throughout the game, as the Red Hawks executed their strategy.

As the offense rolled and skies threatened more rain, the Red Hawk defense controlled the Spartans with a relentless stranglehold that was led by Anthony Topolski’s nine tackles and nine tackle assists, with 18 Red Hawk defenders registering at least one tackle in the stats column for the game, with five tackles for loss and two sacks being counted throughout the night, for the Cedar Springs D.

The special teams play, led by kicker Hunter Larsen, for the Red Hawks, also managed to keep the Spartans at bay, by only allowing 19 return yards, in six kick off opportunities.

The Spartans managed a touchdown late in the game, with Nick Yeck breaking free in the fourth quarter to put up six points for Sparta.

This week, the Red Hawks will host Belding at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Please come out to beautiful Red Hawk stadium and support your Red Hawks!

 

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Are you ready for some football?


The Cedar Springs Red Hawks take on the Comstock Panthers in Comstock Park tonight (Thursday, August 28) 7 p.m. The photo above is from the last time they played them in 2011.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks take on the Comstock Panthers in Comstock Park tonight (Thursday, August 28) 7 p.m. The photo above is from the last time they played them in 2011.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks hit the gridiron this week for the first football games of the year. The varsity will take on last year’s OK-Blue champ Comstock Park, on the Panther’s home turf, Thursday, August 28, at 7 p.m., in the first of four non-conference games.
This game should be a great matchup between two highly competitive teams. An Mlive.com article predicted that Cedar Springs will finish second in the OK-Bronze behind Forest Hills Northern, and that Comstock Park will finish second behind West Catholic, which moved from the OK-Bronze to the OK-Blue.
The Wyoming Wolves were moved into the OK-Bronze to take the place of West Catholic.
The Red Hawks have played the Panthers 26 times since 1950, for a record of 11-15. They competed against them regularly when they were both part of the OK-Blue between 2005 and 2011, and as non-conference rivals between 1998-2002. They also competed yearly between 1960 and 1969, when they were both in the Tri-River Conference, and 1950-1953 in the Kent-Ottawa Conference.
The Red Hawks, under Coach Gus Kapolka, will need to be at the top of their game from the first whistle. In their first four games, the Red Hawks will face four teams that all made the playoffs last year—Comstock Park, Sparta, Belding, and Grand Rapids Catholic Central. Last year Comstock Park went 12-1, losing to South Christian in the Division 4 semi-final game.
Head out Thursday night, August 28, and support your Cedar Springs Red Hawks at Comstock Park. Game time is 7 p.m.

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Rule changes for fall high school sports


Each year, the Michigan High School Athletic Association seeks to improve the safety of high school athletes. Below are some rules changes in fall sports.
Football
Rules were added restricting targeting of opponent and illegal helmet contact with defenseless players, with both resulting in 15-yard penalties. Targeting is defined as taking aim at an opponent with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulder to initiate contact above the shoulders and with an intent beyond making a legal tackle or block, or playing the ball. A defenseless player can be considered one no longer involved in a play, a runner whose progress has been stopped, a player focused on receiving a kick or a receiver who has given up on an errant pass, or a player already on the ground.
Roughing-the-passer fouls now will result in an automatic first down in addition to the previous 15-yard penalty.
On kickoffs, the kicking team must have at least four players on either side of the kicker, and no kicking team players except for the kicker may line up more than five yards behind the free-kick line. These changes were made to improve safety by balancing the kicking formation and shortening the potential run-up by kicking team players heading down the field to tackle the ball carrier.
A number of significant rules changes will go into effect for other fall sports:
Cross country
In cross country, the ban on wearing jewelry has been lifted (and also for track and field in the spring). The National Federation of State High School Associations deemed the ban unnecessary in these two sports because there is little risk of injury with minimal contact between competitors. Elimination of the rule will allow officials to further focus on the competition.
Soccer
In soccer, Michigan has adopted the National Federation rule stating home teams must wear solid white jerseys and socks, with visiting teams in dark jerseys and socks (dark defined as any color contrasting white). Also, officials may now wear green and blue shirts in addition to red and black as alternates to the primary yellow shirt with black pinstripes.
Also for soccer, both field players and goalkeepers must now leave the field when injured and the referee has stopped the clock. Previously, an injured goalkeeper was not required to leave the game when the referee stopped the clock; going forward, the keeper must be replaced.
Swimming and diving
In swimming and diving, one change affects the beginning of races and another impacts a specific event. The use of starter’s pistols is now prohibited; starters must use an alternative sounding device to start races. Additionally, in the backstroke, a swimmer may not submerge his or her entire body after the start except for during turns. The swimmer must remain on or above the water surface on the finish, eliminating the abuse of submerging well before touching the wall. This change also applies to the finish of the backstroke leg of the individual medley.

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Detroit Lions players coming to Cedar Springs


Current and former Detroit Lions players to compete against local players in basketball game to raise money for teacher’s cancer treatment and expenses

Scotty Hazel

Scotty Hazel

On Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m., current and former Detroit Lions football players will take on local members of “Team Hazel,” a group of community members who have come together to show their support of Cedar Springs High School teacher and soccer coach, Scotty Hazel. Hazel is undergoing treatment for liposarcoma. This is his second fight against cancer.

The game will be in the Cedar Springs High School gym. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door. Half time will feature player autographs and a silent auction.

More than 700 tickets have already been sold to the “Team Hazel versus Detroit Lions” game. A large portion of ticket sales have come from the students he’s inspired over the years. The public outpouring of support is evident on the “Purple Haze Page” on facebook. It has more than 1,700 members.

The following Detroit Lions players will be in attendance:

Herman Moore, 11-year NFL WR and 4-time Pro Bowler. He is currently the Lions career leader in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns.

Bill Bentley, a second-year CB out of Louisiana-Lafayette. He was a third-round draft pick in 2012 and has over 40 tackles in his short career.

Cory Schlesinger, 12-year NFL FB and 3-time Pro Bowl alternate. He was a bruising back, scoring over 14 career touchdowns and is most famous for helping open holes for Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders

Rob Rubick, a 7-year NFL TE and Grand Valley State University football standout. He now does color commentary and broadcast work for the team.

Devin Taylor, at 6’ 7” and 270 lbs. this DE is a player to watch.

Theo Riddick, former Notre Dame star for coach Brian Kelly, figures to see a lot of action this year at both WR and KR.

Tahir Whitehead, a second-year LB and special teams standout. Last year, he won the Yale Larry Special Teams Most Valuable Player Award, recording nine tackles and a forced fumble.

Local players include many Cedar Springs teachers, residents, and alumni, including Austin Thornton, a former member of the MSU basketball team. The event will be announced Trey Reed, another Cedar Springs graduate.

If you would like to make a donation, make checks payable to Cliffton Young and mail to 6487 Blythefield Ave NE, Rockford MI 49341. All funds will be deposited into a special fund set-up for Scott Hazel at Lake Michigan Credit Union.

 

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Don’t miss the powder puff game


 

It’s an age-old question—who is the tougher class? The Juniors or the Seniors? Find out the answer at the annual Cedar Springs High School Junior-Senior Powder Puff  football game at Red Hawk Stadium, on Saturday, October 5, at 6:30 p.m. This annual event is a great way to bring classes together to celebrate school pride and to spur on some friendly rivalries between the Junior and Senior class. Come on out and support our teens! Tickets are $5 at the gate.

 

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Are you ready for football?


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Vikings to host Red Hawks in season opener

 

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks and the Howard City Tri County Vikings will kick off the 2013 high school football season tonight (Thursday) in a neighboring school rivalry that was renewed four years ago. Prior to that, they had not played each other since 1983.

To celebrate the game, the boys and girls cross country teams from both schools will run the ball from Cedar Springs to Tri County via the White Pine Trail. They will leave Red Hawk Stadium about 4:45 p.m.

The game against Tri County is a non-conference game. Tri County is a member of the Lake 8 Activities Conference, and this is Cedar Springs’ second year in the new OK Bronze Conference.

The Red Hawks have won against Tri County three straight years. Will they do it again this year? Or will Tri County surprise them? Head on out to the game tonight and find out! Game time is 7 p.m. at Tri County.

Next week, the Red Hawks host another longtime rival, the Sparta Spartans, on Friday, September 6, at Red Hawk Stadium at 7 p.m.

 

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Freshmen Red Hawks snatch victory from Huskies


Nick Steed (#9) on the carry.

It was an intense, edge of your seat victory for the freshman Red Hawks, when they traveled to Forest Hills Northern on Thursday, September 22.
The game was off to a slow start with nothing on the board after the first quarter. The Hawks put up 6 points in the 2nd quarter with only 35 seconds left. The Huskies came back from halftime with their minds on the game and scored two touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. Neither team was allowing 2-point conversions to be scored leaving the score at Hawks 6 and Huskies 12 going into the 4th quarter.
“The boys never put their heads down when Forest Hills Northern went ahead,” said Coach Kirk Covey. “There was never any panic and everyone did their job.”
Cedar put another 6 on the board early in the 4th quarter bringing the score to 12-12.
“We were able to get receivers involved more and each of them had key catches. Defense was able to step it up at the end and get us the ball with good field position,” noted Covey.
Zachary Wamser sacked the quarterback at the FHN 6-yard line on FHN’s 3rd down. FHN’s 4th down punt fell short and set up the Hawks at the FHN 25 yard line with 2 minutes left in the game. With the fans, coaches, and players all on the edge of their seats, Cedar was able to hold off the Huskies and put another 6 on the board with 10 seconds left in the game. With 4 seconds left on the clock, FHN took possession of the ball and ended the game with an incomplete pass. The final score was Cedar Springs 18, Forest Hills Northern 12.
“The team took advantage of opportunities, which is key in tight games like that,” remarked Covey. “I’m proud of the way they finished.”
The Freshman Red Hawks (4-1) will play at Comstock Park on Thursday, September 29, and at home against Fremont on Thursday, October 6. Games start at 4:30pm. Come on out and support your Red Hawks!

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Red Hawks pull out win against Flint-Northwestern


Photo by R. Klompstra.

Last Friday night, September 9, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks faced the Wildcats of Flint Northwestern and pulled out another exciting victory (22-21) with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The Red Hawks took the lead early, when Hank Porter ran in a 24-yard touchdown, giving the Hawks the lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats came into the 2nd quarter ready to play and scored a touchdown of their own, but had an unsuccessful kick for the extra point, ending the second quarter 7-6 Red Hawks.
The third quarter posed to be difficult for the Red Hawks, as the Wildcats scored again, with a successful 2-point conversion raising their score to 14. The Hawks were able to answer back with another score of their own, when Austin Wamser took the ball and ran for a 47-yard touchdown, and the Josh Champion kick was good to end the 3rd quarter with a score of 14-14.
The fourth quarter became an intense one, neither team wanting to give up, but it was Flint Northwestern that was able to pull off another touchdown and an extra point with only 5:09 left in the game, leaving the score at 21-14 Wildcats and only minutes left to play. The Hawks struggled to move the ball down the field, turning the ball back over to the Wildcats with only 3:25 left on the clock. It wasn’t looking good for the Red Hawks, but the defense held the Wildcats, and got another chance to move the ball. The Hawks offense took the field for what appeared to be a final attempt to score. With only 1:32 remaining, the Hawks pulled off an exciting double pass play when quarterback Tyler Covell passed to Hank Porter, who then fired it to Brandon Slater, who ran it 75 yards for a Red Hawk touchdown. With the score now 21-20 Wildcats, the Red Hawks went for two points and found success when Tyler Covell completed a pass to Hank Porter to bring the score to 22-21 Cedar.
The Wildcats took possession of the ball again, but the Red Hawk defense rose to the occasion and clinched the win when Jake Benton intercepted a pass from the Wildcats at the Cedar Springs 35-yard line with 42 seconds left in the game. The Red Hawks ran down the clock and improved their season record to 3-0.
“This was an exciting victory and I think our players did a great job of not hanging their heads and kept a belief in each other that they could pull it out,” said Coach Busen. “On the flip side, we didn’t execute very well on the offensive side of the ball. We missed 4 or 5 big play opportunities and our line as a whole played too high most of the night. These are things we will need to fix going into a rugged conference schedule. The turn out to our first home game was fantastic and from myself and the rest of the Red Hawk varsity football team we thank you for your support!”
The Red Hawks will be traveling to Coopersville this week for their conference opener, to take on the Broncos, who are 0-1 in conference, and 1-2 overall. Coopersville lost to Sparta last week 13-10.

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Red Hawks sack FH Eastern


It was a hot night for football last Thursday, when the Red Hawks traveled to Forest Hills Eastern to take on the Eastern Hawks, clinching their 2nd win of the season, 28-14. Cedar Springs started a little slow, not scoring in the first quarter but were able to hold Forest Hills Eastern to only one touchdown by the end of one.  The Red Hawks came back strong in the 2nd quarter with two touchdowns of their own, one when Tyler Covell’s pass to Hank Porter was completed and then again when Austin Wamser caught a pass from Covell and ran it down the field for another Cedar Springs touchdown, The defense continued to hold the against Eastern’s offense, ending the half at 14-7 Cedar.  During the 3rd quarter, the Red Hawk defense stayed strong and didn’t allow any scoring. The Red Hawk offense showed no signs of stopping either when Hank Porter ran the ball down the field for another Cedar Springs touchdown.

During the fourth quarter, Cedar Springs scored another touchdown on a run by Hank Porter, and Eastern tossed in a final touchdown to end the game, 28-14.

“It was a great win for us Friday,” said Brian Busen, Head Coach for Cedar Springs.  “Our defense played great and our offense had some big plays. We made great improvement from week 1 as a team and look to continue that into week 3.”

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks will host Flint Northwestern this Friday in a JV-Varsity doubleheader night’s game, September 9th at Red Hawk Stadium starting at 4 p.m. with the JV game and the varsity following at 7 p.m.

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Red Hawks win season opener against Tri County


Photo by R. Klompstra.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawk Varsity football team started their season with a 35-14 win last Friday over Tri-County on the Vikings’ home turf.  The offense came out strong, allowing the Red Hawks to beat the Vikings, and the defense held strong, only allowing two touchdowns throughout the night, and getting in an extra point block.

Quarterback Tyler Covell completed 6 of 9 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown pass, as well as ran for a touchdown. Brandon Slater caught the 38-yard touchdown pass.

Austin Wamser led the Red Hawks offense with 128 yards on 2 kick returns and a touchdown, rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown and added 24 yards on punt returns.

Hank Porter also helped Cedar Springs along with 72 yards on 10 carries.

The game was cut short by about three minutes due to lightning in the area.

“Our kids played hard and I was proud of the effort,” said Cedar Springs Coach Brian Busen. “However, we made a number of mental mistakes and some of our juniors weren’t ready for the speed of the game at this level.  I was also disappointed to get the lightning cancellation. We had some kids that we were getting into the game at that point and they missed out due to the weather.”

This Friday, Cedar Springs travels to Forest Hills Eastern, who is 0-1 after their 30-7 loss to Zeeland West last week.

Coopersville, Sparta, Comstock Park and Forest Hills Northern also won their games this week in the OK Blue. West Catholic and Belding lost.

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