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5th Annual Cedar Springs Pink Game


s-pinkgame-logoThe 5th annual Cedar Springs Pink game for cancer awareness is Friday, October 7, 2016, at Red Hawk Stadium.

Pink game T-shirts are available for purchase at the High School main office. Cost is $10 for size youth-adult xl and $12 for 2x. Honor package also available for $50~includes meet and greet with appetizers before game, goodie bag, t-shirt, and a memory walk with athlete onto field.

For more information please call the High School main office at 696-1200.

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Middle School football schedule


 

Middle school football is back! Gate fee: $3.00 adult and $2.00 per student. Rocket football players with jersey get in free.

Game times: 7th grade 5:00 p.m., 8th grade 6:30 p.m.

See schedule for next Wednesday, September 28, below:

Week          Date                Venue                Opponent

3            September 28         Cedar Springs     Kenowa Hills

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Red Hawks snag first conference win


 

By Maddie Nichols

The Red Hawks traveled to Greenville’s Legacy Field last Friday, September 9, for their first conference game of the season. After a well fought game, Cedar Springs ended the night with a win of 17-3.

The game started with a spark when junior John Todd returned the kick and made a long run to Greenville’s 37-yard line. Soon after, senior Jacob Hooker made a short run in for a touchdown with 10 minutes and 23 seconds left of the first quarter. The two point conversion failed, but the Hawks got the lead they needed making it 6-0 right away. Cedar continued to shut down Greenville with tackles by seniors Austin Ellis and Jaron Spencer. With only a little over a minute left of the first quarter, senior Dustin Shaw kicked a 34-yard field goal to increase the lead to 9-0 Red Hawks. Tackles at the end of the quarter by sophomore Ryan Ringler and seniors Jaron Spencer and Dustin Shaw prevented Greenville from getting any points.

Going into the second quarter, Jacob Hooker recovered a fumble and got the crowd roaring when he landed the ball on the 12-yard line. Hooker carried the ball the next few plays until it was 4th down on the 1-yard line. Senior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer then made an unusual touchdown by climbing over his teammates’ backs and crossing the ball over into the end zone. The two-point conversion from Alvesteffer to senior Dylan Ostrom-Howell was good, upping the score to 17-0 with 8 minutes left in the first half. Runs by Todd, Hooker, and Ringler kept the momentum going while important tackles by Alvesteffer, Ellis, and junior Nate Patin kept the Yellow Jackets from scoring.

In the second half, Cedar’s defense stepped up to maintain the lead they had. Although there were some close calls, Cedar held them off from making any runs into the end zone. Ringler, Alvesteffer, Shaw, Todd, sophomore Lucas Pienton and senior Austin Basso all made major tackles as the Yellow Jackets closed in on the one yard line. Towards the very end of the third quarter, Greenville kicked a field goal to make the score 17-3.

The Red Hawks continued with a strong defense in the fourth quarter. With huge tackles by Todd, Ryan Ringler, senior Fred Rutledge, Patin, Basso, junior Jordon Lyon, Pienton, and senior Jordan Ringler, the Yellow Jackets struggled to get close to a touchdown. Although there was no scoring by the Hawks, there were still some great runs by Ryan Ringler, Todd, Ostrom-Howell, Hooker, and Jordan Ringler to finish off the game 17-3.

Cedar Springs had 181 yards on the ground. Leading rushers were John Todd, with 60 yards on nine carries; Jacob Hooker with 46 yards on 12 carries; and Collin Alvesteffer with 24 yards on 11 carries.

Cedar Springs is now 1-0 in conference and 2-1 overall.

The Red Hawks have their Homecoming game this coming Friday, September 16, against Northview. Game time is 7 p.m. Come on out and cheer on your Red Hawks!

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Be the Referee: Covering the knees


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This week, MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl explains the increased focus on making sure knee padding is worn correctly in football.

Everything in the game of football, from a rules-making perspective, starts and ends with an increased focus on player safety.

One big point of emphasis for the 2016 season centers on equipment being worn properly by all players. Too often we see college and pro players, especially those at the skill positions, wearing football pants that come nowhere close to covering the knee area.

With a continued focus on all high school players to lower the target zone when hitting an opponent to keep the head out of football, kids must wear pants with knee pads that completely cover the knee area to avoid those types of injuries.

Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

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Mark Your Calendar 


Homecoming Football Game 

September 16  @ 7 pm vs Northview Wildcats

Red Hawk Stadium

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It’s time for football!


This was the scene last fall after the Cedar Springs Red Hawks beat Northview and were champions for the second year in a row in the OK Bronze. They kick off their season tonight (Thursday, August 25) at Zeeland West. Photo by K. Alvesteffer and Rob Lalone.

This was the scene last fall after the Cedar Springs Red Hawks beat Northview and were champions for the second year in a row in the OK Bronze. They kick off their season tonight (Thursday, August 25) at Zeeland West. Photo by K. Alvesteffer and Rob Lalone.

Thursday, August 25, marks the first game of the 2016 season for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, and you don’t want to miss it! They face off against the Division 4 state champs, Zeeland West, at Zeeland at 4 p.m. It’s the Grand Rapids Press game of the week.

Last year the Red Hawks clinched a share of the OK Bronze Championship, and shared it with Forest Hills Eastern. It was the second year in a row they were champions, as well as made it into the playoffs.

This year, the OK Bronze was dissolved, and the teams moved to other conferences. The Red Hawks are now in the OK White, where they will face teams such as Greenville, Northview, Forest Hills Northern (all from OK Bronze), Forest Hills Central, Lowell, and Grand Rapids Christian. Next week they play long time rival Sparta, at Sparta.

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.

Clipping in the free-blocking zone

Most of the recent rules changes in high school football have all dealt with increasing player safety.  The most significant change for the 2016 season focuses on safety, especially for offensive and defensive linemen.

For many years, the Free Blocking Zone, that area between the two offensive tackles, was an area where two types of blocks that are illegal on other parts of the field—blocks below the waist and clipping—were legal if it was done by linemen, initially at the start of the play.

For this season, clipping is now an illegal block, even in the Free Blocking Zone; while blocks below the waist continue to be legal from in front.

 

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Meet the Hawks: Ryan Williams


 

Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams

By Shae Brophy

Meet West Michigan Hawks safety/kick returner Ryan Williams. Originally from Muskegon, Michigan, Williams graduated from Muskegon High School in 2012. This is his fourth season playing in the semi-pro football ranks.

One of his biggest role models is Martin Luther King Jr. “I look up to historical figures who did more than just talk,” said Williams. When he isn’t on the field for the Hawks, Williams enjoys playing basketball and flag football.

“Ryan is an incredible safety,” said head coach/owner David Lange. “He is a huge asset for the defense, and a big contributor towards the overall success of our defense. His explosive speed is tackle breaking ability is a big reason as to why he has success returning punts and kickoffs.”

Like a lot of his teammates, Williams heard big things about the Hawks and was hopeful to be a part of the team. “I heard about the team and the things they do, and wanted to give it a try. I liked what I saw,” he said. “I also love that Coach Lange wants everyone to get involved with the community. It’s a good feeling to know that we have created a fan base for the team, as well.”

Williams and the Hawks will enjoy a bye week over the holiday weekend, and will be back in action on July 9th when they travel to face the Battle Creek Coyotes.

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Meet the Hawks: Nick Steimel


West Michigan Hawk Nick Steimel and his girlfriend, Brittney McCarthy.

West Michigan Hawk Nick Steimel and his girlfriend, Brittney McCarthy.

By Shae Brophy

Meet West Michigan Hawks defensive end/tight end Nick Steimel. Originally from Grand Rapids, Steimel moved to Cedar Springs during second grade, graduating from Cedar Springs High School in 2007. He has played football since his youth, and has also coached one year of rocket football. While in school, he also played baseball and was on the bowling team, and also played AYBT basketball during the summer.

Nick’s biggest role model is his father, Walter Steimel. “He’s the most hard-working person i know,” Nick said. “He’s the one that has shown me with dedication and hard work you can accomplish anything in life. Growing up he made sure i had all the right tools to succeed whether it was bringing me to practice, or in my later years helping me pay for college. I can’t express how grateful I am to have him as a father.”

When not on the football field, Steimel enjoys disc golf, recreational basketball and softball, and spending time with friends and family.

“What makes me want to be part of the West Michigan Hawks is the positive influence and impact the team strives to have on people,” he said. “You won’t see that out of other semi-pro teams. The fact that I can be part of a team that can help a person in need while doing what I love is truly a blessing. The people we dedicate games to are people that are part of the community I grew up in, which makes this team that much more special to me.”

“Nick has amazing work ethic,” said head coach/owner David Lange. “His motor never stops going, and he is a great teammate. He’s the kind of guy that any coach would be glad to have on their team.”

Steimel and the Hawks will be on the road again this weekend, as they travel to Kalamazoo for a matchup with the Grizzlies. As always, you are encouraged to make the trip with the team and cheer them on in enemy territory!

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Hawks improve to 3-0 with blowout win over West Michigan Bulls


West Michigan Hawks

West Michigan Hawks

By Shae Brophy

On the heels of the biggest win in franchise history, the West Michigan Hawks hit the road for their first game away from Skinner Field this season. The 1 p.m. start also marked the team’s first afternoon game of the season.

The Hawks would not allow either of those things stop them from showcasing a dominating performance on the field, as they came home with a 56-8 victory. Wide receiver Monta Swanigan had three receiving touchdowns on the day, while Robert Bell had two (one receiving, one fumble return) of his own. Dontae Ensley, also brought in a receiving touchdown, and Jeremiah Cochran took one to the house on a run. Cornerback Omar Haynes also found the end zone, taking an interception all the way back for the score. Quarterback Charles Manny Hodges threw for all five of the touchdowns that the team scored through the air.

“It was a great day to deal with adversity. Not the bad, but the good adversity,” said Bell. “We were tested in the first half and played comfortably, but the moment the second half started, we were able to take away from what we did a week ago and add to our great performance as a team.”

The Bulls found the end zone for the only time during the second quarter.

Although the Hawks only took a 14-8 lead into the locker room at halftime, the team knew that they were better than the performance they exhibited in the first half.

“We just had to execute better,” said head coach David Lange. “After a big win last week, I think we may have been guilty of not playing to our full potential in the first half this week, which is something that was addressed during halftime. As you can see by the final score, we turned it on in the second half, and brought home a really big win.”

Next up for the Hawks is another road game. The team will travel to take on the Kalamazoo Grizzlies on Saturday. We would like to see you travel with the team for another big matchup! For details on where the game will be played, be sure to follow the West Michigan Hawks on Facebook!

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