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Volleyball winds up season


 

Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball closed out their season with two conference matches, a tournament and District play. 

The Lady Red Hawks lost to Greenville 24-26, 18-25 and 24-26 at the final home conference match October 23, where junior Middle hitter Grace Pavelka dominated the night, putting up 14 kills on 30 attempts for a solid 37 percent kill percentage and 2 solo blocks, resulting in her third Player of the Match honor this season.  

On Thursday, October 25, they traveled to Forest Hills Northern where the Huskies took the win 11-25,17-25, 25-17 and 14-25. 

On Saturday, October 27, the team traveled to Central Montcalm for the Hornet Invite. They won their first two Pool Play matches before losing to Grant, landing them in the Gold Bracket, where they lost to Grant 12-25 and 15-25 resulting in a 4th place overall finish of 12 teams.

The Red Hawks hosted the first round of District Playoffs Monday evening, October 29, and took a tough loss to Greenville 21-25; 20-25 and 16-25. They ended the season with an overall record of 11-28-1 and conference record of 2-11. Leading on the night was Grace Pavelka with 6 kills, 3 blocks and 2 aces. Outside hitter Grace Wilcox recorded 5 kills and a block, while setter Madi Outwin added 22 assists. Arianna Rau tallied 5 kills and 2 blocks, while Kaylie Andres had 3 kills and a team high 15 serve receives. Kyla Andres recorded 14 digs and 4 kills, Haillie Jones put up 8 digs and 5 service points and Elizabeth Fettig added 8 serve receives.

“We worked hard this season to build a solid foundation for next year,” said Coach Ashley Lowing. “With all of our players returning, in addition to our upcoming talent, we look forward to putting in the work and growing as a team during the off season.”

The volleyball program will meet together Monday, November 12, to acknowledge all the accomplishments made this year for each team. 

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Cedar Springs shuts out FHN 40-0


The Red Hawks scored their 8th straight win of the season Friday against Forest Hills Northern. Courtesy photo.

Red Hawks win OK White championship

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team accomplished three feats on Friday night—and two of them hadn’t been done in Cedar Springs for 60-plus years.

The biggest and most important feat was that they won their first ever OK White Conference championship, and they won it outright—they were undefeated in conference play, and finished 6-0 in conference, and 8-1 overall in the regular season. It was their first conference championship since they shared the OK Bronze conference championship with Forest Hills Eastern in 2015.

“It is a great accomplishment for our team,” said Coach Gus Kapolka. “Winning the OK White was one of our goals from the very beginning of the season. I’m proud of how dedicated all of our kids were in winning Cedar Springs’ first ever OK White Championship. We need to continue with our dedication and preparation moving forward throughout the playoffs.”

The second feat they accomplished was three straight shut outs in a row, which they hadn’t done since 1956, when they were part of the Newaygo-Cnty league and had five in a row. 

The third accomplishment was that they won eight straight games—something that had not occurred since 1954, as part of the Newaygo-Cnty league. That year they went 9-0, winning every game on their schedule. This year’s only loss was the first game of the season to Saginaw Swan Valley, the 2017 Division 5 state runner up. 

The game last Friday against Forest Hills Northern was cold and wet, but the Red Hawks pulled off another great performance. They scored once in the first quarter on a 33-yard touchdown run by Lucas Pienton, and quarterback Kolby Swank passed to Ethan West for the extra two points. 

They scored three times in the second quarter. With 9:48 on the clock, Kolby Swank ran in a 7-yard touchdown, and Ryan Ringler ran in the extra points. With 1:32 left, Sage Serbenta ran right for a 5-yard touchdown, and Ringler ran in the extra points. Then with 39 seconds left til half, Serbenta returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown, and Swank’s pass to Ringler was good for the extra points.

In the third quarter, Ringler scored on an 8-yard touchdown run, and Serbenta ran in the extra points.

The Huskies got close to scoring in the fourth quarter after a fumbled punt put them within five yards of the goal line. But the Red Hawks gave no quarter, and and the Huskies were stopped on the one-yard line, by Red Hawks Xavier Anderson and Zak Schmid, and Cedar Springs took over the ball.

The Red Hawks rushed for 333 yards, with Serbenta getting 109; Ringler 78; Pienton 44; Ethan West 41; Landon Totten 33; and Swank 24.

Ringler led in tackles with 12; the rest of the team had four or less.

This Friday Cedar Springs will host Gaylord (6-3) in the Division 3 (region 1, district 1) pre-district playoffs. Ticket prices are $6. Come on out and cheer on your Red Hawks!

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Cedar Springs shuts out Ottawa Hills 48-0


Cedar Springs ran away with the game against Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills last Friday, 48-0. Courtesy photo.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team won their seventh straight game last Friday, October 12, when they traveled to Houseman Field to take on GR Ottawa Hills Bengals.

The Red Hawks controlled the game from the very first quarter, limiting the Bengals to only 47 yards and one first down the entire game. 

“I was pleased with the way our guys went out and took care of business,” said Red Hawks Coach Gus Kapolka. “We were focused and executed well, which sometimes is hard to do when you are playing an opponent who has a 1-6 record.”

Cedar scored early in the first quarter when Ryan Ringler ran up the middle for a 49-yard touchdown with 11:32 left on the clock. Ethan West’s run into the endzone for the two-point conversion was good.

The Red Hawks scored again in the first quarter with 4:43 left when Sage Serbenta ran left for a one-yard touchdown, and Kolby Swank then ran in the extra points.

They scored again with 2:09 left in the first when Ryan Ringler blocked a punt from Ottawa Hills, and Cedar scored a safety. The score at the end of the first was Cedar Springs 18, Ottawa Hills 0.

The Red Hawks scored three times in the second quarter. With 10:07 left on the clock, Ben Shaw ran up the middle for a 23-yard touchdown and Kolby Swank ran in the extra points. Three minutes later they scored again when Sage Serbenta ran one yard into the endzone for the touchdown and then Ethan West ran in the two-point conversion. They scored again at the 2:20 mark when Landon Totten ran left for a 10-yard touchdown, and took the ball into the endzone again for the two-point conversion. The score at the end of the half was Cedar Springs 42, Ottawa Hills 0.

Neither team scored during the third quarter, but the Red Hawks scored one more time in the fourth. With 2:11 left on the clock, Jeremy Champione ran up the middle for a 2-yard touchdown, then Champione attempted a pass to Zack Shcmid for the extra points, but it was no good.

The Red Hawks accumulated 380 yards rushing, with Ryan Ringler (92), Sage Serbenta (77), and Landon Totten (63) leading the way. Ben Shaw added 44, Jeremy Champione 30, Lucus Pienton 21, Gage Gardner 16, and Zack Schmid 14. Swank added 4 yards rushing, and 4 yards passing.

On defense, Kaden Liggett led in tackles with 6 and Miles Cartwright had 5. The rest of the team had 3 or less each.

The Red Hawks sealed at least a share of the conference title with the win, and as they are now only one game away from the playoffs, Kapolka was happy to give some of the younger players a chance to get some experience on the gridiron.

“We were able to play a lot of young guys in the second half, and those game reps are invaluable for them moving forward,” he said.

This Friday Cedar Springs (7-1, 5-0) hosts Forest Hills Northern (5-3, 3-2) in their last regular season game. Come on out and cheer them on!

Please note that according to Cedar Springs Athletic Director John Norton, the MHSAA has raised District Ticket prices to $6 moving forward. So be prepared as you head off to post-season events. This will include all playoff football games as well. And remember, even if the event is at Cedar Springs, no passes are accepted during post-season play.

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Red Hawk wrestlers win against FHN


 

Red Hawk Varsity Ryan Ringler was a champion and MVP of the Warren Woods Tower tournament on the southeast side of the state. Photo by B. Chong.

Red Hawk Varsity Ryan Ringler was a champion and MVP of the Warren Woods Tower tournament on the southeast side of the state. Photo by B. Chong.

Take fourth at Warren Woods invite

By Barbra Chong

On Wednesday, January 12, Cedar Springs High School hosted an OK White Conference Dual against the Forest Hills Northern Huskies. The Red Hawks claimed another victory against the Huskies with a final score 51-26. Our current team OK White record is 2-2. 119 lb Kaedrian Dines, 125 lb Aaron Smith, 135 lb Jordan Ringler, 140 lb Jacob Galinis, 152 lb Lucus Pienton, 160lb Xavier Anderson, 171 lb Ryan Ringler, 189 lb Nate Patin and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza all won their matches. JV went undefeated with 125 Patrick Fliearman, 152 Zak Schmid and 215 Caleb Baty winning their matches.

Saturday, January 14, the Red Hawks traveled to Warren Woods Tower for their Clash of the Champions Invite. The southeast side of the state is known for their tough competitors; 18 area teams came to compete. Final team standings are Warren Woods Tower with the Championship and score of 205; Holt finished 2nd with a score of 187; Marysville finished 3rd with a score of 173; and Cedar Springs finished 4th with a score of 169.5. Final individual standings are as follows: 171 lb Ryan Ringler went undefeated and took home a Championship title as well as the Most Outstanding Wrestler award. Patrick Depiazza also went undefeated and claimed a Championship title. 145 lb Lucus Pienton and 135 Jordan Ringler each took 3rd Place; 140 lb Jacob Galinis took 4th Place; 125 lb Aaron Smith and 130 lb Jordan Andrus took 5th Place and 135 lb Anthony Brew took 6th Place.

“We travelled over 150 miles to introduce ourselves to the wrestlers of Metro Detroit. We impressed them with our style and earned their respect with our grit and determination. The tournament style was unique and was run very smoothly by WWT. The Red Hawks represented our team and our community, like the true gentleman they were raised to be,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Red Hawks lose to Red Arrows


 

By Maddie Nichols, student reporter

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks took a hard loss last Friday night, September 30, losing 27-8 to the Lowell Red Arrows.

Both teams started the first half strong, leaving the end of the second quarter with only one touchdown on each side. Runs by juniors John Todd and Nick Campione, as well as seniors Jaron Spencer and Jacob Hooker, brought some momentum to the game. Despite the remarkable defensive efforts, the Arrows ran in a touchdown from the one yard line with a little over 2 minutes left in the first quarter, making the score 7-0 Red Arrows.

Going into the second quarter, the Hawks stepped up both offensively and defensively, leading to a touchdown from junior quarterback Nick Campione to Todd with 8 and a half minutes left of the first half. The two-point conversion from Campione to sophomore Ryan Ringler was good, leaving Cedar up 8-7. Tackles by junior Nate Patin, Todd, and Ringler shut down the Arrows the rest of the quarter.

The Red Arrows came back to finish out the game with a win. Although Cedar’s defense stepped up, the offense wasn’t there. Tackles by seniors Jordan Ringler, Thomas Hill, Dustin Shaw and Austin Basso held the Arrows off until two minutes left of the third quarter, making the score 13-8.

The Hawks continued to push, but couldn’t get any more points. Basso, Todd, Ryan Ringler and sophomore Lucas Pienton continued to make long runs, but the defense couldn’t hold back the Arrows from scoring two more times in the fourth quarter. After a long, rainy fight, the final score ended up 27-8, a tough loss for the Red Hawks.

The team is now 2-1 in conference, and 3-3 overall.

This Friday Cedar Springs hosts Forest Hills Northern (also 2-1, 3-3) at 7 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium.

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Volleyball round up


 

Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball went 1-5 this past week playing in two OK Bronze Conference matches and the Morley Stanwood Invite.

On Tuesday, October 6, the Lady Red Hawks traveled to Forest Hills Northern where they lost in three sets (14-25; 15-25 and 13-25).  Leading on the night was sophomore outside hitter Sydney Plummer, who had 6 kills, 1 block and 6 digs, while middle hitter Brooke Morris had three kills and two blocks. Libero Kaitlyn Coons put up 20 serve receives and 7 digs on defense.

The Varsity team then hosted Forest Hills Eastern on Thursday, October 8, and lost the match 0-3 to a tough Eastern squad (10-25; 10-25 and 21-25).  Sydney Plummer was solid on offense with 7 kills, 2 blocks and 8 digs, followed by senior co-captain Lauren VanDenHout with 6 kills, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Sara Kriekaard rallied for 5 kills and three blocks while Kaitlyn Coons had 18 digs.

Competing in the Morley Stanwood Invite on Saturday, October 10, the team played solid despite their 1-3 record on the day. In pool play, the Lady Red Hawks were defeated by Western Michigan Christian 19-25 and 17-25; fell to McBain 15-25 and 22-25; and put up an aggressive victory over White Cloud 25-23 and 25-23. The team landed a third place berth for bracket play, where they fell in a close match to Pine River 23-25, 25-18 and 11-15. Leading on offense was Sydney Plummer, with a strong day, having 26 kills, 13 blocks and 36 digs. Lauren VanDenHout recorded 12 kills and 5 blocks, while Julia Jackson put down 10 kills and 10 blocks. Senior co-captain Brooke Bennett had an impressive 9 kills and 3 blocks, while libero Kaitlyn Coons owned the defense, with 52 digs and 68 serve receives. On the service line, Ashley Vanderhoef put up 2 aces and 22 service points, while also recording 3 kills and 2 blocks on the day.  Cassie Rivard had 40 serve receives, 5 aces and 28 service points. Setter Sienna Wight had 47 assists on the day.

The Lady Red Hawks continued conference competition on Tuesday, October 13, when they traveled to Wyoming, and will host Greenville on Thursday, October 15.  JV and Freshman begin play at 5pm with Varsity starting at 6pm. The Varsity team dropped to 0-6 in the OK Bronze Conference, while their overall record is now 3-22-2.

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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 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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Tennis ends with conference tournament and regionals


The Cedar Springs varsity boy’s tennis team completed their season the week of October 5th with an OK Bronze conference tournament at Forest Hills Northern and a Division 3 Regional tournament at Gainey Athletic Complex. The OK Bronze tournament was successfully completed on Tuesday evening, October 7th after several postponements and delays due to the weather. When all the matches were complete, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks ended up with a 4th place finish. The Red Hawk players awarded at the end of the tournament were Drew French, who took a second place finish in #3 singles, and Blake Fisk was named all conference for being #1 singles on the Cedar Springs team.

On Thursday, October 9, the team headed to their Regional tournament at Gainey Athletic Complex. The Red Hawks boys did their best to stay alive in the tough single elimination tournament. #2 singles Nick Fennessey, the only senior on the team, was the last to be eliminated in the tournament, which seemed very fitting, since it would be his last tennis match as a Red Hawk.

The Red Hawks finished their season with 8 wins and 6 losses.

Coach Katie Unsworth remarked, “2014 was a fantastic year for our team and I only see us becoming stronger and even more competitive! We are a young team and I am very excited about the next few years!

 

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Red Hawks triumph over Wolves 


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Improve record to 5 and 1

On Friday, October 3, many faithful Red Hawk fans made the trip to cheer on the hometown team when the Red Hawks traveled to Wyoming to meet the Wolves for a first time conference meeting. The Red Hawks proved to be too much for Wyoming by putting up 60 points to the Wolves 28, which put a damper on Wyoming’s homecoming celebration.

Cloudy skies, steady rain and gusting west winds made their presence known as the Red Hawks began their ground assault on the unwilling Wolves defense. But in the end, Wyoming had no answers for Cedar’s offensive grind, which gained 478 yards on the ground and led to six Red Hawks—Kaden Myers, MavRick Cotton, Zach Wamser, Collin Alvesteffer, Anthony Topolski  and Taylor Van Dyke—all finding the end zone throughout the four quarters of the game.

Wyoming quarterback Brendan Berg was 10 for 16 on pass attempts, for a total of 157 yards through the air. The Wolves answered back three times, with scores from the passing attack, and a total offensive effort of 160 yards, which was not enough as the Red Hawk’s defense held steady through the night.

The Red Hawk defense was led in tackles by Cameron Umphrey with six, Anthony Topolski with five tackles, along with Damarcus Barnett, MavRick Cotton, Collin Alvesteffer, Nate Sorensen, Caden Burrows and Lane Gott all adding four take downs for the Red Hawks.

Next week the Red Hawks will journey back to Forest Hills Northern for a 7:00 p.m. contest with the Forest Hills Northern Huskies. This will be a showdown of the top two teams in the OK Bronze Conference. Please come out and make some noise for your Red Hawk Football team!

 

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