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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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All Conference Athletes Fall 2014


 

Girls Cross Country

Mackenzie Weiler All Conference

Shanyne Mann All Conference

Ellie Ovokaitys All Conference

Hannah Heintzelman All Conference

Tara Tepin Honorable Mention

Myla Umphrey Honorable Mention

Boys Cross Country

Austin Sargent All Conference

Justin Jones All Conference

Brandon Harthorn Honorable Mention

Girls Golf

Breanna White All Conference

Conner White Honorable Mention

Boys Tennis

Blake Fisk All Conference

Football

Zachary Wamser All Conference

Kaden Myers All Conference

Caden Burrows All Conference

MavRick Cotton All Conference

Collin Alvesteffer All Conference

Nathan Sorensen All Conference

Ted Edwards Honorable Mention

Taylor VanDyke Honorable Mention

Patrick DePiazza Honorable Mention

Boys Soccer

Julian Quiroga All Conference

Bryan Taylor All Conference

Volleyball

Sydney Plummer Honorable Mention

 

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Red Hawk 8th grade football team undefeated


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Congratulations to the 8th Grade football team, who have had two straight undefeated seasons. Way to go!

Back Row:  Coach Paul Ringler, Jason Magoon, Cody Gott, Wyatt Knauf, Colton Pope, James Myers, Coach John Gott, Coach Bob Wier

Middle Row:  Ryan Ringler, Jarrett Hoogerhyde, Kolby Swank, Ethan West, Bill Hammer, Kaleb Gordon, Xavier Anderson

Front Row:  Caleb Cook, Logan Hull, Austin Emmorey, Graham Bayink, Derek Egan

Missing from picture:  Lucus Pienton, Gage Gardner, Tucker MacDonald, James Powell

 

 

 

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Exciting football season ends at district final


Kaden Myers attempting to block an extra point.  Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Kaden Myers attempting to block an extra point.
Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

 

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team had a phenomenal season, but it ended Saturday, November 8, when they faced the Muskegon Big Reds. Fans had a lot to cheer about this year, especially the team winning the OK Bronze championship—something the team hadn’t done since 1978. Great job, guys! We all look forward to seeing what the team has in store next year under Coach Gus Kapolka and staff.

Click here for highlights from Saturday’s game.

 

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Red Hawks win first ever playoff game at Red Hawk stadium


Regional final this Saturday at Muskegon at 1 p.m.

Kaden Myers in the endzone, untouched.

Kaden Myers in the endzone, untouched.

 

On Friday, October 31, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks took on conference foe Forest Hills Northern in the first round of the division three state championship playoffs. This was the first time a playoff game was ever hosted at Red Hawk stadium, and what a game it turned out to be, on a windy, cold Halloween night.

The Red Hawks jumped out to a one-touchdown lead in the first quarter and then added two more scores in the second. The Red Hawk defense became a very nasty Halloween monster and manhandled the Huskies, by keeping them scoreless throughout the first half. It ended with the Red Hawks leading 30 to 0.

The Red Hawk defense shut out the Forest Hills Northern Huskies 36-0. That’s the first time the Huskies have been shut out since 2010.

The Red Hawk defense shut out the Forest Hills Northern Huskies 36-0. That’s the first time the Huskies have been shut out since 2010.

The second half started with the Red Hawks once again scoring in the third quarter to make it 36 to 0.

To the dismay of the normally fast paced Forest Hills Northern Husky offense, the Red Hawk defense became even uglier as Halloween night went on, and the bitter cold wind continued to blow. The Red Hawks conjured up a spell binding effort each time the Huskies attempted to navigate the Cedar Springs defensive house of pain.

At the end of this chilly night, with many Red Hawk fans watching, it was the Cedar Springs Red Hawks who received the best treat of all, with a playoff win over the Forest Hills Northern Huskies of 36-0. That’s the first time the Huskies have been shut out since 2010.

The Red Hawk offense was once again led by the offensive line that allowed MavRick Cotton to rush for 90 yards and two touchdowns, Kaden Myers added another 55 yards rushing and one score, and Collin Alvesteffer ran for another 54 yards and a touchdown, with Zach Wamser adding the final touchdown with his rushing effort for 45 yards. Anthony Topolski, Lane Gott and Jacob Hooker all added to the total rushing effort of 300 yards compared to the Huskies 70 yards on the ground.

The Red Hawk defense front line.

The Red Hawk defense front line.

The Red Hawk defense was led by Demarcus Barnett, with 10 tackles, while the defensive front line maintained pressure on the Huskies quarterback and the defensive secondary held up with a strong effort against the passing attack. The Husky offense was held to zero third down conversions out of nine attempts during the contest.

The Red Hawks football players would like to invite everyone to travel to Muskegon with them, as they advance to play The Muskegon Big Red on Saturday, November 8, at 1 p.m. Please come out and support the Red Hawks as their playoff run continues.

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