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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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High school football kicks off tonight

It’s that time of year again—can’t you feel it? Time for some football!

Fans are looking forward to Friday night, August 26, when the Cedar Springs Red Hawks travel a short way north to take on neighboring rival the Howard City Tri County Vikings!

This year will mark the second year in a row the teams have met to renew a rivalry of years gone by. Before last year’s game, which the Red Hawks won 33-6, Cedar Springs had only played Howard City Tri County twice since Sand Lake and Howard City merged in the early 1960s. They played them in both 1982 and 1983, for the last game of the season, when they were part of the Tri River Conference. Cedar Springs lost 14-0 and 20-15, respectively. Prior to that Cedar Springs faced Howard City in 1954 and 1955, winning 60-0, and 64-0, respectively, when they were part of the Newaygo County conference. They did not face Sand Lake in the 1950s or 1960s, though they did play both Sand Lake and Howard City in earlier years.

Game time is 7 p.m. The Cedar Springs Cross Country team will run the game ball down the White Pine Trail to the Vikings’ football field, so be sure to get there early to see it happen!

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It’s a Win-Win!

How to feed football fans and fight hunger

Tailgate Turkey Pile-On

Pat and Gina Neely

(Family Features) When it’s your turn to call the plays on game day food, you need recipes that are easy to make, easy to eat, and will feed a crowd of hungry fans. These four recipes from celebrity chefs Pat and Gina Neely are a must for your tailgating playbook — full of satisfying flavor that will score big with football fanatics.

The recipes make it easy to please the football crowd, and Kraft Foods’ “Huddle to Fight Hunger” makes it easy to help your neighbors in need. According to Feeding America, more than 50 million Americans — that’s 1 in 6 of your neighbors — live in food insecure households. But you can do something about it.

Join the Huddle to Fight Hunger on Facebook — for every “like” at  HYPERLINK “http://www.facebook.com/KraftFightHunger” www.facebook.com/KraftFightHunger, Kraft Foods will help donate one meal to Feeding America. Last year, Kraft Foods and their family of iconic brands donated more than 20 million meals. Its mission this year is to help donate 25 million meals.

It’s a win-win for everyone — make the recipes for your friends, like the Kraft Fight Hunger Facebook page and you will help feed your neighbors.

Zesty 100 Yard Bites

Zesty 100 Yard Bites
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 12 servings
1/3     cup Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
1     tablespoon Sriracha sauce
1     teaspoon fresh lime juice
12     slider buns
12     slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Honey Ham
12     slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Slow Roasted Roast Beef
3     Kraft Big Slice Colby Jack Cheese Slices, cut into quarters
2     plum tomatoes, cut into 12 slices
12     Claussen Bread ’N Butter Pickle Chips
12     stuffed green olives

Mix mayo, Sriracha and lime juice in a small bowl. Spread each bun with 1/2 tablespoon (1 1/2 teaspoons) mayo mixture.

Fill each bun with 1 folded slice each ham and roast beef, a cheese slice quarter, tomato slice and pickle.

Top each bun with a small decorative bamboo skewer, skewered with an olive.
Substitute: Substitute hot pepper sauce for the Sriracha sauce.

Potato Dog Skins

Potato Dog Skins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Makes: 6 servings
3     large baking potatoes (2 1/2 pounds), baked
2     cloves garlic, minced
2     tablespoons butter, melted
3     Oscar Mayer Selects Premium Beef Franks
1/3     cup Bull’s-Eye Original Barbecue Sauce, warmed
1/2     cup Kraft Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheeses
1/3     cup Breakstone’s or Knudsen Sour Cream
1/4     cup chopped fresh chives

Heat grill to medium heat.

Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and spoon out the flesh, leaving half-inch shells. Mix garlic and melted butter. Brush potatoes on both sides with garlic butter mixture.

Grill franks 7 to 9 minutes, or until heated through, turning occasionally; slice into rounds. Grill potatoes until crisp, about 4 to 4 1/2 minutes on each side.

Spoon sliced franks into the potato shells; drizzle with barbecue sauce and top with cheese. Grill until the cheese is melted. Top with sour cream and chives.

Alternative Cooking Method: If you prefer, bake the buttered potato skins in a 250°F oven until crisp, about 15 minutes, before adding the toppings. Fill as directed and bake 5 minutes more.

Tailgate Turkey Pile-On
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 6 servings
1     12-inch loaf Italian bread with sesame seeds, sliced in half horizontally
1/4     cup Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil Cracked Pepper Reduced Fat Mayonnaise
24     slices Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
6     slices Oscar Mayer Fully Cooked Bacon, crisped
1/2     cup shredded iceberg lettuce
1/4     cup sliced black olives
1/4     cup drained roasted red pepper strips

Hollow top of bread slightly; discard removed bread or save for another use. Spread mayonnaise on both sides of bread.

Fill with remaining ingredients.

Slice into 6 (2-inch) pieces.

Tailgating Tip: To make for easy eating, wrap sandwich in parchment paper (like at a sandwich shop) and then slice with a serrated knife. Wrap in foil for transport.

Chipotle Chile Mac and Cheese

Chipotle Chile Mac and Cheese
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 6 servings, about 1 cup each
1     package (14 ounces) Kraft
Deluxe Macaroni &
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
1     pound lean ground beef
1     onion, finely chopped
1     red bell pepper, finely
1     canned chipotle pepper in
adobo sauce, minced
4     green onions, thinly sliced
3/4     cup Kraft shredded
cheddar cheese
6     Ritz crackers, coarsely
crushed (about 1/4 cup)

Heat oven to 400°F.

Prepare dinner as directed on package. Meanwhile, brown beef with onion and bell pepper in large skillet over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Drain.

Add meat mixture to prepared dinner and stir in chipotle pepper. Spoon into greased 2-quart casserole or baking dish. Top with green onions, cheese and cracker crumbs.

Bake 15 minutes or until mixture is hot.

Tailgating Take Along: Make your casserole in a disposable foil pan. Just heat on a covered grill on low heat until mixture is golden and heated through.

Tip: For additional heat, increase to 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.
Substitute: Prepare using extra-lean ground beef and Kraft 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese.

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First football game of the season

Summer’s not yet over, and it’s time for the first high school football game of the season! You don’t want to miss the game on Friday, August 26, when the Cedar Springs Red Hawks travel to Tri County High School to take on the Vikings at 7 p.m. Get there early to see the Cedar Springs Cross Country team run the ball down the White Pine Trail! It’s a new tradition that was started last year, when the two teams met for the first time since the 1980s. Look for more info in next week’s Post!

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Football team raises money through lift-a-thon

Picture left to right: Andy DiPiazza, Hank Porter, Coach Busen, Jake Fisk & Conner

The Cedar Springs football team recently competed in their seventh annual “Lift-a-thon” to raise money for Cedar Springs football. According to a letter that head coach Brian Busen sent out, the event brought in $7,000 in donations.
He said this year’s lift-a-thon was a “Bench Brawl” competition with Comstock Park. Competing athletes were divided in to 5 groups based on weight class. Cedar Springs’ lifters were victorious in 4 out 5 weight classes.  Individual champions for Cedar Springs included Jake Fisk, Hank Porter, Connor Burrows and Andy DiPiazza. The combined weights from the top lifters in each class were added together to determine an overall champion and Cedar Springs took home the trophy, out-lifting Comstock Park by over 500 lbs.
Coach Busen thanked those who supported the event. “With your donation we will be able to buy needed equipment, help pay coaches, defer the two-a-day costs of the athletes that participate in the lift-a-thon and do the necessary things to make this a quality program,” he said.
“WE will again be playing in the very competitive OK Blue and opening with non conference opponent and neighbor Tri County,” added Busen. “Our league was well represented in the playoffs last year not only with a playoff berth of our own, but with West Catholic earning a state championship and Comstock Park making it to the semi-finals. I can assure you that WE are working hard toward being the last team standing and will continue working hard throughout the summer to prepare for the upcoming season. This year’s group of athletes has already begun training and is eagerly awaiting their opportunity to put all their work into motion.
“Thanks again for your support. GO HAWKS!”
Please visit www.cedarfootball.com to keep up with your Red Hawks.

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Red Hawk football player signs with GVSU

Andrew signs his letter of intent at Celebration Cinema with 39 other West Michigan college bound athletes. From Left: Rebecca Klompstra, Andrew Klompstra, and Chuck Klompstra.

Cedar Springs senior Andrew Klompstra has signed his letter of intent to play football at Grand Valley State University. He is the third Cedar Springs football player to receive a scholarship to play college football in the past 4 years and the first at GVSU.  Andrew was selected All-Conference and All-area this past football season as well as Academic All-State HM.
Coach Brian Busen says that he will miss Andrew, and his leadership and work ethic that he grew into over his high school career.
“I am very proud of Andrew. He has worked hard and is very deserving of this great opportunity. I look forward to see the growth and improvement in college for Andrew.  Andrew is not only a great football player but he is also a great student and I think GVSU is a perfect fit for Andrew both academically and athletically,” said Busen.

CS senior Andrew Klompstra and Coach Busen.

“I wish Andrew and GVSU great success, with the exception of the Ferris State game!”

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Are you ready for some football?

Cedar Springs to host neighboring Tri County Friday

UPDATE: Cedar Springs triumphed over Tri County 33-6.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks could be a smokin’ team this year, and fans are looking forward to a matchup with neighbor and long ago rival, Howard City Tri County on Friday at 7 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium. The last time the two played was in 1983.

To celebrate the game, the boys and girls cross country teams from both schools will run the ball from Tri County to Cedar Springs via the White Pine Trail. They will get a police escort into the back of the stadium once they hit 17 Mile around 6:30 p.m. They will enter the stadium about 5 minutes before game time. After they are introduced they will present the game ball to the football captains.

Cedar Springs Athletic Supervisor Autumn Mattson came up with the idea. “I know that Belding and Greenville do it, and thought it would be an awesome way to kick off the season, and also to showcase the cross country team,” she explained. Mattson said she spoke with officials at Tri County and they liked the idea also.

Cedar Springs has only played Howard City Tri County twice since Sand Lake and Howard City merged in the early 1960s. They played them in both 1982 and 1983, for the last game of the season, when they were part of the Tri River Conference. Cedar Springs lost 14-0 and 20-15, respectively. Prior to that Cedar Springs faced Howard City in 1954 and 1955, winning 60-0, and 64-0, respectively, when they were part of the Newaygo County conference. They did not face Sand Lake in the 1950s or 1960s, though they did play both Sand Lake and Howard City in earlier years.

Prospects for the Red Hawks look good this year, with 15 returning starters, including top running back James Putnam. They also have a group of JV players that won the OK Blue last year, and now have moved up to varsity.

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Red Hawks lose to Spartans

Photo by J. Reed

Photo by J. Reed

The crowd was at capacity for the decades old rivalry of the Sparta Spartans and the Cedar Springs Red Hawks this past Friday, September 11, 2009 at Red Hawk Stadium.

Area police and fire departments provided a stirring flag ceremony to remind us of the anniversary of 9-11. The stands were full and the crowd respectful as the flag was brought to half mast and we, as a community remembered those that were lost 8 years ago.

As one would expect from a rivalry game, the action was intense and hitting just as fierce. But It became evident early on that the Red Hawks did not have an answer for the swift and elusive running of Sparta quarterback Cam Cooper, who ran for a game high 217 yards on 30 carries.

Photo by J.Reed

Photo by J.Reed

Poor execution, missed tackles and injuries plagued the Red Hawks. Sparta took advantage of an early turnover as Cooper ran in for the first score of the game at the beginning of the first quarter. The Red Hawks fought back and trailed by only one after a 75-yard touchdown run by James Putnam, who finished with 97 rushing yards in 10 attempts. But that run would be the sole highlight for the Red Hawks for the rest of the game, as Cooper and his Spartan teammates continued to pound the running game.

The defenses took over in the second half with both teams being very aggressive in attacking the line of scrimmage. Tyler Baker had a game high 12 tackles for Cedar, but it was not to be enough as Sparta downed Cedar 25-6.  Cedar will regroup this week and prepare to host Grand Rapids Central (0-3) this coming Friday at Red Hawk stadium at 7 p.m.

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Red Hawks lose to Catholic Central

Poor execution, missed tackles, mental mistakes, and flat play are all phrases that best describe the first half for the Red Hawks against Grand Rapids Catholic Central last Thursday night, September 3. After a stirring and emotional win versus Lansing Eastern in the opening week, expectations were high going into this non-conference meeting at Grand Rapids Christian field. Hopes were dashed quickly as Catholic Central jumped out to a 14-point lead after Cedar’s first two opening series.

Alex Hemry running the football. Photo by Becky Klompstra

Alex Hemry running the football. Photo by Becky Klompstra

An interception on the Red Hawks’ second offensive play led to a quick score for GRCC. Cedar’s next drive was a quick three and out. The ensuing short punt was returned 37 yards for a touchdown by Nathan Lowe. Just like that, down 14 points, facing an aggressive defense and an offense led by highly touted quarterback Nick Ens, Cedar dug itself a hole that they would not recover from as GRCC continued to pour it on.

Ens threw three touchdown passes in the second quarter of 19, 6, and 21 yards all to John Haley to extend their lead to 35-0 at the half. Total yards in the first half reflected the lopsided score as GRCC outgained Cedar Springs 224-4 in total yards in the first half. If any team needed half time to come to regroup it was the Red Hawks.

The Red Hawks came out in the second half and showed their coaches and fans their heart and determination by scoring two touchdowns to make a game of it. Junior James Putnam legged out a 64-yard run for a touchdown and the sophomore duo of Tyler Covell and Hank Porter connected on a 49-yard touchdown pass.  After the Red Hawks took control of the third quarter with their aggressive play, GRCC came back in the fourth to close out the scoring with another touchdown pass from Ens to Haley.

James Putnam races downfield with the ball. Photo by: Aimee Brumleve.

James Putnam races downfield with the ball. Photo by: Aimee Brumleve.

The Red Hawks will need to take the lessons they learned about preparation, execution, and mental readiness into their next game this Friday against rival Sparta at Red Hawk stadium. The team is expecting a large and raucous crowd at home as this rivalry produces tough and hard-hitting football.

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Red Hawk football starts strong

Post photo by J. Reed

Post photo by J. Reed

The Cedar Springs Varsity football team welcomed Lansing Eastern to Red Hawk territory last Friday, August 28, by scoring only minutes into the first quarter. Junior James Putnam scored a 25-yard and an 8-yard rushing touchdown, and Tyler Baker returned a 28-yard interception to give the Red Hawks a comfortable lead going into the second half, at 20-0.

Photo by J. Reed

Photo by J. Reed

Lansing Eastern came back with two touchdowns, but the Red Hawks held on, and added 10 points in the fourth quarter for good measure, winning 30-14. The Red Hawks rushed for 249 yards, and completed three of five passes. Complete stats were not available at press time.

Cedar Springs was one of three football teams in the OK-Blue to post wins last week. The others were West Catholic and Forest Hills Northern. The Red Hawks take on the Catholic Central Cougars this Thursday, Sept. 3 at Grand Rapids Christian High School at 7 p.m.

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