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CTA Ladies defeat Greenville Grattan Academy


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The CTA girls basketball team traveled east to take on the Grattan Grizzlies and were able to pull away in the second half defeating them 36-22.  It seemed early that no team was going to pull away as the lead changed hands multiple times in the first half with the Lady Chargers settling in with a 13-11 lead.  Things changed quickly in the second half as the Chargers half court trap defense led to some steals and layups on the other end.  “The half court trap is something that we spend a lot of time on, and it was nice to see it have some success in this game.”  “We did a nice job of anticipating in the second half and were able to get some layups from that increased anticipation,” explained an excited Coach Hill after the game.

CTA-girls-basketballAlthough this was a complete team effort there were a couple of players who really stood out.  Aubrey Slocum and Nadine Merz were dominant on the boards with 9 rebounds each, and Alicia Beck led the charge offensively with 10 points.  “We have such great senior leadership on this team and it really showed through in this game.” Coach Hill said. “It is such a privilege to work with such talented and hardworking ladies, they come to practice every day and want to improve. It has been a real treat so far.”

The Lady Chargers are off next week but are back in action on January 28th when they head to Fremont to take on the Quad City Mustangs.  The game will be played at the Fremont Rec Center and the game tips at 6:00pm. Come cheer on the Chargers.

 

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Girls basketball ends successful season


The Creative Technologies Academy girls’ basketball team wrapped up their season by winning the WMAES tournament for the second straight year, ending the season with a record of 11-6. The Chargers defeated Potters House in the semifinals and then took down Lakeshore Christian in the championship game, 33-25. It was the best record for the team in the program’s short three-year history and they have improved every year.

Junior Esther Hubbard led the team with 12 points and junior Grace VanEnk led the way in the post with 10. The Chargers held a lead at halftime 12-9 and a late third quarter charge was too much for Lakeshore Christian to overcome.

Coach Robin Greene credited the back-to-back championships to the hard work and dedication of her team. “Our girls worked hard to improve in the off season, responded to adversity, and came together as a team at the end,” explained Greene. “I speak for myself and my co-coach, Mae Hill, when I say that it is a pleasure leading a great group of girls and watching them mature into young women and basketball players.”

Captain and junior Grace VanEnk sums up the season with this, “Before every game, as a team, we would come together and pray that God would watch over our team and help us to do our best. This I believe was a key factor in helping us be a family and pull out the best season yet!”

The Lady Chargers will be strong in 2012-13 as they return the starting five and they do not lose anyone to graduation. CTA looks to build on this season’s successes and thanks the parents, fans and school for their support and dedication to the team.

 

 

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Cedar girls’ varsity loses at district to Mona Shores 50-39


Tiffany Karger led the Red Hawks with 14 points

The Lady Red Hawks traveled to Muskegon on Monday afternoon to play in the first round of the MHSAA state tournament against the Sailors of Mona Shores.  Cedar entered the game with a record of 16-4 and Mona Shores (13-7) had won their last 7 games in a row.

Mona Shores is a quick athletic team that presses and uses their speed to their advantage. Cedar looked tentative as the game started and worked hard breaking the press. The Sailors’ tactics worked, as Cedar had difficulty getting into their offense. The first half was the story of the game, as Cedar had ended up with more turnovers (11) than shots (10). At the half the Red Hawks trailed 27 to 15.

The second half became a physical game as the referees, as the saying goes, let them play. Cedar got good looks at the basket but was not able to hit their shots until the fourth quarter, when Chaya Coxon and Tiffany Karger hit a pair of three-pointers. A quick steal and a bucket by Molly Holtrop cut the lead to 43 to 39 with just over a minute to play. Cedar got no closer, as they were forced to foul to try to trade free throws for possessions. The Red Hawks were assessed two technical fouls in the last 40 seconds, and Mona Shores iced the game from the line.

“We just couldn’t get over the hump,” said Coach Taylor.

Tiffany Karger was high scorer for the Red Hawks with 12. Chaya Coxon put in 8 points, Molly Holtrop and Rachael Ludtke each chipped in 6, Hannah Wight 4, Allie Veltkamp 2, and Brittany Todd 1.

Seniors Chaya Coxon, Nicole Shevock, Rachael Ludtke, and Tiffany Karger played their last game for the Red Hawks and they will be sorely missed next season.  The future for Coach Scott Taylor looks bright with two starters returning and a junior varsity that posted an 18-2 record this season.

Thanks to all the Red Hawks for an exciting year of winning basketball.

 

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Lady Red Hawks roll over Red Skins


Lady Red Hawk Tiffany Karger had a career best scoring 26 points against the Red Skins.

Tuesday night the ladies from Cedar Springs hosted the Belding Redskins in girls basketball but they were not very generous hosts. Cedar got the victory by a final score of 56 to 32.
Cedar got off to a fast start in the first quarter and at one point led 15-2. Belding fought back in the second to close the lead to 8 points, with about four minutes to go in the quarter, before Cedar reasserted themselves to take a 27 to 14 into the break.
The second half was a shooting clinic by Cedar as they made 11 of 16 shots for 69 percent. Coach Taylor said it was gratifying to see the girls work the game plan that they had put in place this week.  “We played strong defensively, keeping our girls in front of us and denying their drives.  We did have some shot lapses where we seemed to play too loose and we have to eliminate those.”
The Red Hawks made 20 of 33 shots for the game and had a 28 point lead at one point in fourth quarter.
Tiffany Karger had a career best scoring 26 points while making 11 of 13 shots from the field and pulling in 10 rebounds. Rachael Ludtke followed with 7 points; Brittany Todd had 6, as did Hannah Wight. The rest of the scoring was Chaya Coxon with 5, Molly Holtrop, Shaelyn Fasel, and Jeanette Sukstas each contributed 2 point.
The Red Hawks have two more contests this week. Friday night they will meet West Catholic in a battle for the lead in the OK Blue Conference. On Saturday afternoon they travel to Howard City to face Tri County in a make up game from earlier this season.

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CS Girls suffer second defeat of the season


Lady Red Hawk Brittany Todd pulled down 11 rebounds and made 8 points against Kent City last week.

The Lady Red Hawks went down to defeat for only the second time this season, 72-51, at the hands of Kent City, who posted their tenth win against no losses. Cedar had two consecutive games postponed prior to the matchup against Kent City on January 19, and had not played in almost two weeks. They looked a little rusty especially from the free throw line in the first half, making only 6 of 17 charity attempts. Even with the poor shooting, they were tied 27-27 with the Class C number 4 rated Eagles.
The second half was a totally different story as the Eagles reached for another gear and put the Red Hawks in the rearview mirror.  Cedar gave up 45 points to the Eagles in the second half of the game. Previously Cedar had not give up more than 44 points in an entire game this season. Kent City hit over 70 percent from the field in the second half and over 40 percent from the three-point line for the game.
“We just got out worked in the second half,” said Coach Scott Taylor. “But as I told the girls, this was a good test and Kent City is a good team but that it doesn’t affect us as we go forward with our conference schedule. We need to be able to put this game behind us.”
Cedar was led by senior Tiffany Karger’s double/double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Brittany Todd pulled down 11 rebounds to go with her 8 points. Other scorers for Cedar were Rachael Ludtke with 10, Chaya Coxon and Molly Holtrop with 6 apiece, Hannah Wight with 4, and Allie Veltkamp with 1.
Kent City was led by Sonnie Kurnat with 19 points and 8 steals and Kara Carlson chipped in 18.
Cedar faced conference foe Belding Tuesday (see story this page), and will face West Catholic on Friday.

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Lady Red Hawks earn sixth straight win


Molly Holtrop goes airborne while making this shot.

 

Rachael Ludtke goes for the ball.

In a low scoring contest Tuesday night, the Cedar Springs girl’s varsity basketball team came away with their sixth consecutive victory, when they beat the Knights of Kenowa Hills by a score of 40 to 20.
The Knights hit first with a two point to take a quick lead but it would be short lived.  Cedar turned up the defensive pressure and bottled up the Knights for the rest of the first quarter.  Kenowa employed a methodical cut, pick, and pass offense that the ladies from Cedar defended almost perfectly.
“The team’s defense was probably the best they played all season,” remarked Coach Scott Taylor. “We played solid defense in the first half and on several occasions had stands that lasted 35 to 40 seconds.”
In the second quarter the defensive minded Hawks continued their man to man defensive dominance not allowing Kenowa to score at all. The Red Hawks managed 11 points to take a 16 to 2 lead to the locker room.
Kenowa’s shooting did improve in the second half, when they hit 7 of 14 second-half shots but it was not enough. Cedar outscored them 24-18.
Cedar’s offensive production was spread out, with 9 different players scoring. Chaya Coxon and Tiffany Karger led the way with 10 points each. Brittany Todd scored 6, Hannah Wight and Rachael Ludtke each dropped in 4, and Molly Holtrop and Shaelyn Fasel added 2 apiece. Allie Veltkamp and  Abby VanDusen scored one point each.
The Lady Hawks return to action Friday night to meet conference foe Forest Hills Northern at 6:00 p.m.

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Lady Red Hawks get a win at Coopersville


#22 Allie Veltkamp driving hard to the basket

#33 Tiffany Karger driving hard in for a layup

Cedar Springs girls’ varsity traveled to Coopersville Tuesday night to play the Broncos. Cedar pulled out the victory win 35 to 33.

The Red Hawks got off to a quick start taking an early lead 13 to 7 at the end of the first quarter. The Broncos stepped up their defensive pressure in the second quarter holding Cedar to only eight points and hitting a buzzer beater at the end of the half to trail 21 to 13.

The third quarter saw some outstanding shooting for the Broncos as they connected on two three pointers and went on a 7 to 1 point run to put themselves right back into the game. Coopersville out scored the Red Hawks 13 to 6 in the period leaving Cedar with only a one point advantage to begin the final stanza.

#34 Rachael Ludtke laying up between two opponents

The contest remained close for the entire fourth quarter, with Cedar Springs maintaining a slim 3 to 5 point margin for most of time. Coopersville continued their hot outside shooting finishing the game at 55 percent from three but Cedar managed some timely defensive stops to hold off the Broncos.

Coach Scott Taylor was pleased with the win, and noted that he knew that Coopersville was a good shooting team from scouting them earlier  this month. “We did contest their shots well but we need to work on the rebounding. At the end of the game we knew that they had fouls to give and would be coming after the ball hard and we take better care of the ball,” he said.

Tiffany Karger led the Red Hawks with 16 points and 8 rebounds. She got help from Rachael Ludtke, who finished with 11 points, Brittany Todd with five, Hannah Wight with two and Allie Veltkamp with one.

Cedar Springs improved their record to 5-­1 and Coopersville slipped to 3-­4.

The team is off until January 3, when they take on Kenowa Hills at home.

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Lady Chargers off to fast start


Sophomore captain Alicia Beck scores two on a layup following a steal.

Junior captain Grace VanEnk shows perfect form in boxing out a WMAES player.

The Lady Chargers’ season is off to a great 3-0 start this year following their most recent win over West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science on Tuesday by a score of 27-18.  Coach Mae Hill writes, “The team appreciates the support of our teammates, coaches, parents, teachers and fellow students.  Team captains, Grace VanEnk and Alicia Beck, have elevated their level of play this year and have done a great job of instilling team values within the organization.  We look forward to making the most of our time together, on and off the court.”

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Freshmen girls basketball finishes season 10-6


Aly Hamilton goes up for two. Hamilton led the freshmen Red Hawks in rebounding, steals and blocked shots this season.

The Cedar Springs girl’s freshmen basketball team wrapped up their season with a thrilling overtime victory over a very good West Catholic team. The game was close from start to finish, and the Red Hawks trailed by 3 with only 8 seconds to go. The ball was inbounded to Mary Monterusso, who dribbled to the 3-point line, but the defender was too close and she could not get a shot off. Mary passed to Nikki Matzke, who drained a game tying last second 3-pointer to send the game in to overtime.

In the overtime period, Mikenzie Francis penetrated the lane several times and drew fouls. Francis made enough free throws to ice the game for the Red Hawks. Cedar Springs came away with a 47-41 victory to end the season on a high note. Francis led the Red Hawks with 15 points and Monterusso had 13. Matzke had 5 points. Aly Hamilton had 5 points and a team high 10 rebounds. Taylor Baker had 4 points, Sayge Wight 3, and Kate Miller two.

The Red Hawks finished the season with a fine 10-6 record, and were 7-3 in the OK Blue conference. Coach Emily Sorensen noted that opposing coaches complimented the Red Hawks on their defense, teamwork, attitude and passing skills.

Mary Monterusso goes over the West Cathloic player. Mary led the Cedar Springs freshmen girls in scoring this season.

Monterusso led the team in scoring with 133 points, and in 3-pointers made with 12. Francis was second with 118 points, and led the team in assists with 37. Aly Hamilton was third with 91 points and led the team in rebounds (134), steals (54), and blocked shots (23).

Nikki Matzke scored 69 points and was third on the team with 66 rebounds. Taylor Baker also had 69 points and led the team by shooting 36 percent from the floor. Sayge Wight was next with 39 points and was second on the team with 69 rebounds. Jessica Kriekaard had 28 points and 29 steals for the Red Hawks, while Kate Miller had 18 points and led the team shooting 75 percent from the free throw line.

Alysha Chaney had 13 points, 14 steals and shot 40 percent from 3-point range. Bre Burns had 5 points and 14 rebounds, and Ally Rohacz had 3 points and 6 rebounds.

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Heart breaking week for JV Lady Red Hawks


Red Hawk Jeanette Sukstas driving to the basket with Shaelyn Fasel and Tamar Clark ready to assist.

The JV lady Red Hawks traveled to West Ottawa and Forest Hills Northern last week and suffered two heartbreaking losses.
On Tuesday February 15, the JV lady Red Hawks played the Panthers of West Ottawa. The first quarter stayed even with 3 lead changes and the score tied 4 times with the quarter ending with the Red Hawks leading 12 -8. West Ottawa came on strong in the second scoring 15 points to Cedar Springs 10 points and took the lead into halftime 23-22.
The game remained close in the third but the Red Hawks were still behind 31-29 at the end of the quarter. The JV Red Hawks fought hard in the fourth quarter but fell to the Panthers by a heartbreaking one point with a final score of 40-39.
Another balanced scoring attack saw Sommer VanDyke, Allie Veltkamp, Tamar Clark, Jeanette Sukstas and Abby VanDusen scoring for the JV lady Red Hawks. Jeanette Sukstas and Tamar Clark both pulled down double-digit rebounds for Cedar Springs.
The JV Lady Red Hawks then traveled to Forest Hills Northern on Thursday February 17. Both teams came out fast and ready to score with the first quarter ending with the lady Red Hawks leading 13-12. With the second quarter close and the teams tying the score 3 times they took the halftime buzzer all tied up at 22 points.
The close scoring continued in the third quarter with two more lead changes and another tied score but Forest Hills held the lead at the end of the quarter 31-30. The lady Red Hawks took the lead 36-33 part way through the fourth quarter but fell short of the victory by one basket. The final score was Forest Hills Northern 39 and Cedar Springs 37.
Leading scorer for the JV Lady Red Hawks was Sommer VanDyke followed by Tamar Clark, Jeanette Sukstas, Allie VeltKamp and Abby VanDusen. Shaelyn Fasel, Molly Caniff and Sirena Johnson also had good playing time for the Red Hawks.
The JV Lady Rehawks are scheduled to host Comstock Park on Tuesday February 22 and they have a make up game with West Catholic on Wednesday February 23 and will travel to Belding on Friday February 25.

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