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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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Lady Red Hawks pull out win over Spartans


The Lady Red Hawks won the purple game last Friday night against the Spartans. Red Hawk Lindsey Kline looks for a way inside.

Last Friday’s matchup between the Lady Red Hawks and the Spartans kept the crowd on its toes with 2 lead changes and 5 ties. The first quarter ended with the Hawks in the lead 12-8, but the Spartans came back in the 2nd quarter and outscored the Hawks 9-3, and ended the half ahead of the Hawks 17-15.
Cedar came out of the break and scored some quick buckets by pressing, but Sparta kept in there and ended the 3rd quarter tied 25-25. The Red Hawks came back in the 4th and added to their score by being patient and looking inside. That drew fouls, and adding in some key free throws helped the Red Hawks outscore the Spartans 15-6, and win the game 40-31.
Tiffany Karger led the Red Hawks in scoring with 10 points, and Chaya Coxon tipped in 9. Also scoring was Rachael Ludtke (7), Hannah Wight (6), Molly Holtrop (5), Amber Milligan (2), and Lindsey Klein (1). Coxon went 5/5 in free throws, Karger went 4/5, and Ludtke ¾.
The Sparta High School boys and girls basketball teams brought attention to Lupus for both games Friday night against Cedar Springs. They raised money by asking for donations and selling purple T-shirts, and by wearing purple jerseys during the games. The girls varsity team wore purple to support and bring awareness of the auto-immune disorder that Sparta High School senior Courtney Marble has dealt with for years. Marble was able to start the game Friday after having just been cleared to play again by her doctors. She spent several weeks in the hospital this fall dealing with the disease.
For more information on this disorder, go to: www.lupus.org.

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JV Red Hawk victory over Spartans


Sirena Johnson assisting on offense

Due to the wonderful winter weather in Michigan, the JV Red Hawks girls basketball team only played one basketball game last week. The West Catholic game that was scheduled for February 1 has been rescheduled.
Although there was no school for both teams on February 3, the Cedar Springs JV Red Hawk girls traveled to Sparta to battle the Spartans. Both teams started out slow with very little scoring and ended the first quarter with Cedar Springs leading 8-3. The slow pace continued through the second quarter, with the  Red Hawks scoring 3 points and Spartans scoring 8 points to end the half tied 11-11.
Sparta stepped it up in the third scoring 14 points to Cedar Springs’ 9 points and took the lead at the end of the quarter 25-20. The Red Hawks came back with determination in the fourth quarter and tied the score at 28 points early on. Key jump shots by Abby VanDusen and 3-point baskets by Shaelyn Fasel and Allie Veltkamp helped seal the Red Hawk victory 36-33.
Abby VanDusen led the JV Redhawks in scoring, and Allie Veltkamp. Shaelyn Fasel, Sommer VanDyke and Jeanette Sukstas also scored for the Red Hawks.
The JV Lady Red Hawks were scheduled to host Tri-County on Tuesday, February 8 and Coopersville on Thursday, February 10.

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Lady Red Hawks fall to Wayland, Kent City


Red Hawk Tiffany Karger scored 9 points against the Kent City Eagles last week. Photo by R. Karger.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity girls basketball team had a rough couple of games last week, losing to both Wayland and unbeaten Kent City.
The Red Hawks traveled to Wayland to face the Wildcats on Thursday, January 20.
Cedar Springs kept up with Wayland in the 1st and 3rd quarters, but were out scored in the 2nd and 4th due to a lot of unanswered buckets. The Red Hawks trailed by a score of 14-10 in the first quarter, and while the Wildcats kept up the pace in the second quarter, scoring another 14 points, the Red Hawks only managed 2. The third quarter saw more buckets from Cedar, but they only scored 10 points to Wayland’s 11. The fourth quarter was also dismal for Cedar, with them scoring only four points to answer Wayland’s 12. Final score was Wayland 51, Cedar Springs 26.
Scoring for the Red Hawks was Rachael Ludtke and Molly Holtrop both with 8 points; Chaya Coxon with 6; and Brittany Todd and Tiffany Karger both with 2. Coxon also went 4 for 4 on free throws and Ludtke 4 for 6.
Leading scorer for the Wildcats was Molly Lameyer with 18 points.
The Red Hawks then faced an unbeaten Kent City team on Saturday, January 22. Kent City kept the Red Hawks at bay, allowing them to score only 12 points in the first half, to Kent City’s 22. The Eagles came on even stronger in the second half, scoring 16 points in the third quarter to Cedar’s 5, and 19 in the fourth. Cedar answered with 13, but it was not nearly enough and the Red Hawks lost 57-30.
Leading scorers for the Red Hawks were Tiffany Karger with 9 points, and Rachael Ludtke with 7.
Leading scorer for the Eagles was Anna Iwaniw with 16 points. Also in double digits were Kara Carlson and Sonnie Kumat, both with 11. Alleigh Braford tipped in 8.
The Red Hawks were back on their game Tuesday, January 25, when they pulled out a close victory over the Comstock Panthers, 49-42. Read about it next week’s Post!
The Red Hawks are in second place in the OK-Blue with a 4-1 record, and are 7-4 overall. They host Belding on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gym, and travel to face division leader West Catholic (5-0, 10-3) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at West Catholic High School.

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JV Red Hawks win one, lose one


Sommer VanDyke driving to the basket.

The girls JV Red Hawks were snowed out on January 18 but made it up in more ways than one on Saturday, January 22. It was a great afternoon of basketball with the JV Red Hawks traveling to Kent City. At the end of an exciting first quarter, the girls were behind with a score of 12-10. The Red Hawks played hard in the second quarter, scoring another 10 points and going to the locker room leading 20-16.The girls came out from halftime to play another good quarter of basketball and still held the lead 30-26. They scored 12 points in the fourth to take the victory 42-39.
“We played very intense and our free throws won the game for us in the end,” commented Coach Tom Welsh.
Jeanette Sukstas, Sommer VanDyke and Allie Veltkamp scored a combined total of 37 points with Molly Caniff, Shealyn Fasel and Abby VanDusen also scoring for the Red Hawks.
On Thursday January 20, the JV Red Hawks hosted Wayland. The game started very physical and the girls fought hard against a very good Wayland team.  The Red Hawks found themselves behind 39-23 at the halftime buzzer. The girls came out scoring in the third quarter to shorten Wayland’s lead to 14 points and end the quarter 55-41. The hard physical play was too much for the Red Hawks and they fell to Wayland 68-48.
Even with a 20 point loss coach Tom Welsh commented that the JV girls were out sized but everyone played hard and played their best.
Sommer VanDyke led the Red Hawks in total points with Allie Veltkamp. Jeanette Sukstas, Sirena Johnson, Abby VanDusen, Delaney Holtrop and Shelby Towers also scoring the the Red Hawks.
The JV girls traveled to Comstock Park on Tuesday January 25 and will play on Friday January 28 against Belding.

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Lady Red Hawks outscore Broncos


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Junior Chaya Coxon helped lead the Red Hawks to another win with 10 points against the Broncos Friday night. Photo by R. Karger.

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Freshman Brittany Todd led the scoring for the Red Hawks with 13 points against Coopersville last Friday. Photo by R. Karger.

Cedar Springs Lady Red Hawk Varsity Basketball paid a visit to Coopersville last Friday, January 7 and came away with another victory under their belt.
The Red Hawks hit the ground running early and ended the first period with a 16-6 lead, and finished out at halftime with a 25-9 advantage. The Broncos did not back down, however, and out scored the Hawks by one point in the 3rd quarter and six points in the 4th. The Hawks were already well in the lead, though, and held on to win a 42-33 O-K Blue victory against Coopersville.
Cedar Springs, now 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the O-K Blue, were led by freshman Brittany Todd with 13 points coming off the bench. Also contributing was Chaya Coxon with 10 points, Tiffany Karger with 5 points, Molly Holtrop with 4 points, Amber Milligan 4 points, Rachael Ludtke with 3 and Lindsey Kline 3 points.

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Double victory week for JV girls basketball


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Red Hawk Jeanette Sukstas shoots a 3-pointer.

It was a great week of basketball for the Cedar Springs JV girls as they recorded two victories last week. After the long holiday break, the JV Red Hawks traveled to Kenowa Hills on Monday, January 3. Both teams came ready to play with an exciting first half and kept the scoring close. The two teams exchanged the lead five times and tied the game four times before the halftime buzzer. The Red Hawks went to the locker room behind by one point 14-15.
The second half began as the first half left off. The teams again tied the game once in the 3rd quarter and exchanged the lead six times in the second half. Finally the relentless pressure of the defense sealed the victory for the lady Red Hawks with a final score of 32-27. Jeanette Sukstas, Sommer VanDyke, Shaelyn Fasel, Allie Veltkamp and Abby VanDusen had a combined total of 25 steals. Allie Veltkamp was high in scoring with Sommer Vandyke, Molly Caniff, Abby VanDusen and Tamar Clark adding to the total points.
“The team played with integrity and teamwork,” commented Coach Tom Welsh.
The team then traveled to Coopersville on January 6. The girls had another tough game with the lead going back and forth. They fell behind at the end of the first quarter 8–9 and went to the locker room down 16–19 at the half. The Red Hawks came back strong in the third quarter and took the lead 33-29. Coopersville came back in the forth by scoring 10 points to end the game in a tie 39–39 and send the game to overtime.
The girls went into overtime determined to win with four Red Hawk girls scoring a combined 13 points in the overtime period to beat Coopersville 52-45. “It was an even game, but we really picked up the intensity once the game hit overtime,” noted Coach Welsh.
Sommer Vandyke led the scoring effort while Jeanette Sukstas, Tamar Clark, Abby VanDusen and Allie Veltkamp added points to the Red Hawks total.
The Red Hawk girls play at home on Thursday January 13 against Forest Hills Northern.

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Freshmen girls basketball off to strong start


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Allison Hamilton (14) goes for the steal while Jessica Kriekaard plays defense.

The Cedar Springs girls freshmen basketball team started the season with a fine 4-1 record. However, last week they suffered two tough losses by a total of 3 points. After a one-point loss to Kenowa Hills, the Red Hawks played the undefeated Coopersville Broncos last Thursday, January 6. Coopersville had won every game this year by a margin of 13 points or more. Cedar Springs led after one quarter, but Coopersville controlled the second and third quarters to take the lead. The Red Hawks fought back, responding with 17 fourth quarter points to tie the game in the last minute, but the Broncos scored with less than 10 seconds left to defeat the Red Hawks 36-34.
The Cedar Springs freshmen girls have victories over Greenville, Lowell, Sparta and Forest Hills Eastern this season. They are coached by former Cedar Springs basketball player Emily Sorensen. The Freshmen are playing without their top player, Brittney Todd, who is playing on the varsity this season, and led the varsity in scoring last Friday in a win over Coopersville.
The freshmen team scoring leader this season is Mary Monterusso with 59 points (8.43 average per game). Mary also leads the team in steals with 26, and 3-pointers, making four of 11 attempts (36.4 percent). Mikenzie Francis is second in scoring with 46 points and leads the team in assists with 15. Nikki Matzke is third in scoring with 40 points and she leads the team in shooting percentage from the floor (18-48 for 37.5 percent) and is second in rebounding with 29.
Allison Hamilton leads the Red Hawks in rebounds with 40 (5.71 per game) and also leads in blocked shots. She is fourth on the team in scoring with 26 points. Taylor Baker is next with 24 points and 21 rebounds. Sayge Wight has 19 points and 23 rebounds. Kate Miller has 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jessica Kriekaard has 9 points and 10 rebounds for the season, while Alysha Chaney has 4 points and 6 rebounds. Bre Burns has 2 points and 8 rebounds, and Alli Rohacz has 2 points and 3 rebounds.
The Red Hawk freshmen girls continue their season against Forest Hills Northern on Thursday, January 13 at Cedar Springs High School. Game time is 4 p.m.

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