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Girls finish third in OK Gold conference

The Varsity Lady Red Hawks cross country team took third in the OK Gold.

The girls cross country team traveled to Thornapple Kellogg High School to run in the OK Gold championship meet on October 20.  “Our ladies accomplished the goal we wanted to hit in the final meet. We were tied for 3rd going in.  I told the ladies go for that number three spot and that was their goal. They got it by 2 points,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

In the varsity race, Ally Ladd, Danika Fessenden, and Annalise Elliott got out in a great spot and held on to their positions with Elliott finishing first for the Red Hawks in a time of 20:47. Molly Bentley moved up in the race towards the end and closed in on a lot of girls, knocking down some points.  Laina Payne ran smart and moved up as well. Also running well were Kelsi Green and Addyson Brown for the varsity squad.

The JV team finished second out of four teams.  Larissa McGrath and Isabel VanDusen finished in the number two and three spots and Haylie Terrien ran her lifetime personal best of 22:54 finishing 23rd.

Danika Fessenden, Annalise Elliott, and Ally Ladd each made 2nd team all conference.

“I’m so proud of these wonderful ladies. This is a very tough conference but we met our goal and are looking forward to making more moves next year,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

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Girls place 5th at second OK Gold jamboree

On what was a very hilly and challenging course hosted by Wayland Union on September 29, the Lady Red Hawks managed themselves very well in OK Gold conference action with an overall fifth place finish missing out on fourth place by just three points.

Junior Ally Ladd led the Red Hawks on the course, keeping herself close to some of the top groups and maintaining a good position the entire race. Ladd finished 12th in a time of 21:12.Danika Fessenden was not far behind running strong herself finishing at 21:42 in the 16th spot.

Sophomore Molly Bentley ran a great race (21:58, 20th) by starting out in a good position at the beginning of the race and moving up as the race went on. Holding off the field behind her was Kelsi Green (22:08, 28th) with Annalise Elliott (22:34, 34th) helping out the team greatly. Isabel VanDusen (22:42, 41st) ran a solid race helping her teammates Addyson Brown who finished just behind VanDusen (22:57, 43rd) and Laina Payne (23:29, 49th) who ran strong to round out the varsity group.

The JV squad looked strong with Larissa McGrath who started out in the top 10 but moved her way up to the 3rd spot finishing in 22:56. Running with some fire under her shoes was Hannah Reed finishing 9th at 23:25. Next up and competing well was Reagan Viau (24:03, 15th) and maintaining a good pace not far behind was Kaitlynn Brown (24:34, 24th). Paige

Marsman finished 27th at 25:01 as she kept pushing herself to maintain a good pace and stayclose to some packs ahead. Madison Golliver ran a great race and finished 38th in 26:17. Also running well for the JV squad were Isabella Smith (27:01, 41st), Haylie Terrien (27:29, 43rd), and Mikayla Caruthers (27:38, 44th).

“Our girls have been improving every time and it is so fun to watch them go out and have fun,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

The girls are currently 3rd in the OK Gold conference standings and will compete in their third and final OK Gold Jamboree on October 20th at Thornapple Kellogg High School.

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Girls cross country takes fourth at meets

The varsity girls who finished 4th at the Cedar Springs Invitational.

The Cedar Springs girls’ cross country team had a great week of racing with several individuals running either personal best or season best races. The girls ran in the OK White Jamboree and the Cedar Springs Invitational both held on their home course.

On September 18, the team placed 4th out of six teams scoring 107 points in the OK White conference meet.  Scoring for the ladies were Ally Ladd (18th, 22:01), Danika Fessenden (27th,   22:56), Isabel VanDusen (28th, 22:57), Lily Howland (39th, 23:48), and Larissa McGrath (43rd, 23:56).  

“Going into our 2nd conference meet, our goal as a team was to keep our 3rd place spot and hold off Lowell. Both FHN and FHC are the top two teams in our conference, so we wanted to get as close to them as possible. I think we ran very smart, having the girls a little more patient throughout the first half of the race, and then they started coming more together as the race went on. We finished 4th as a team. Lowell took 3rd by 2 points so we were not too far off where we needed to be. We trained through this meet, having a pretty hard workout two days prior so I’m very happy,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

At the Cedar Springs Invitational held on September 21, the varsity girls took to the course first.  They placed 4th out of 13 teams, scoring 123, with all seven ladies finishing in the top 43 out of a field of 94 runners. Sophomore Ally Ladd led the Red Hawks taking 9th and earning a new personal best time of 21:28.  Freshman Danika Fessenden also ran her personal best time of 21:44 coming in at the 14th spot.  Isabel VanDusen and Tonya Tepin ran their season bests at 22:29 and 23:20 placing 25th and 38th. Rounding out the varsity squad were Larissa McGrath (39th, 23:20), Molly Bentley (41st, 23:27), and Lily Howland (43rd, 23:27). “I’m still so fired up about this meet! We had great weather on our home turf. Every single girl either ran a lifetime or season PR or were very close to their season PR.  Each one of them had a game plan and they made their goals happen,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

The JV team had a great day of running despite the warm and humid conditions with several running their personal or season bests for the day. The JV team finished 3rd out of six teams.  Placing 5th overall was Alexis Wood running setting a new personal record of 23:38.  Paige Marsman was not far behind coming in 8th running her season best at 24:22.  Keeping the streak going, Lauren Lett came in 13th also running her season best at 24:47 and Cloe Shoffner placing 17th at 25:23 running her new personal lifetime best.  Next for the Red Hawks were Madison Golliver (28th, 26:21), Marjorie Hosking (30th, 26:53), and Jade Yowtz (33rd, 27:43).   Isabella Smith ran her personal best (45th, 28:47) and Rachel Gallup also ran her season best (55th, 30:12).  

The girls will travel to Shepherd on Saturday, September 28, for the Shepherd Bluejay Invite.  

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Girls cross country takes third

Sophomore Ally Ladd came in first at Lowell for the Red Hawk team with a time of 23:03

The lady Red Hawks moved up three spots in conference action from last year on Wednesday, September 4, when they took to the very tough course at Lowell High School. The team placed third out of six teams scoring 100 points following Forest Hills Northern (30 points) and Forest Hills Central (43).

Coming in first for the team was sophomore Ally Ladd in a time of 23:03 (18th) followed by freshman Danika Fessenden (27th).  Isabel Vandusen (28th), freshmen Molly Bentley (33rd), Lily Howland (37th), and Tonya Tepin (39th) ran as a pack and moved up well together.  Next freshmen Larissa McGrath tried to catch the pack (47th) along with Alexis Wood (48th). Paige Marsman (52nd) finished next and not too far behind was Marjorie Hosking (61st) and Lauren Lett (62nd). Cloe Shoffner was next for the squad (70th) rounded out by Isabella Smith (98th).

 “The girls ran with a lot of heart, and they helped each other every step of the way. They did exactly what they were supposed to do,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.  “It was so exciting watching them compete. I was very excited to see we placed 3rd against some pretty competitive teams! On the girl’s side, both Forest Hills Northern and Forest Hills Central are competitive and have a lot of runners, so it’s very impressive where we placed!”

The ladies also competed in the grade level meet hosted by Central Montcalm High School on Saturday, September 7.  Bringing home medals were senior Tonya Tepin, juniors Alexis Wood, Paige Marsman, Lauren Lett, and Majorie Hosking, and sophomores Ally Ladd, Isabel VanDusen, Lily Howland, and Cloe Shoffner.  Freshmen donning new hardware included Danika Fessenden, Molly Bentley, Larissa McGrath, and Isabella Smith. 

The ladies will compete in the MSU Spartan Invite on Friday, September 13.  

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Boys cross country team headed to state finals

The boys cross country team took second at regionals and are headed to state finals.

The Cedar Springs Boys Cross Country team is headed to the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals. The team placed 2nd out of the 15 teams that competed at the Division 2 Regional 10 meet at Michaywe Pines Golf Course in Gaylord, Michigan, on October 27.  

The boys were led by Corey Bowers who finished 3rd overall, breaking the 16 minute barrier for the second time this season in a time of 15:59. Jaydon Moleski had the biggest personal record of the day running a 30-second lifetime best and  finishing in 6th overall in a time of 16:14. Bowers and Moleski each earned All-Regional honors. Dilan Sargent just missed his lifetime best coming in 16th overall in a time of 16:44. Austin Mann ran a personal lifetime best time of 16:53 finishing in 19th overall. Gavin Braciak had a season best time of 17:09 to finish in 29th overall. Daniel Vermulm had his second best race of the year coming in 53rd overall in a time of 17:52. Carter Moleski ran well in his first meet of this importance coming in 64th overall in a time of 18:15.

 “Our boys’ team ran a hard fought race at regionals to finish 2nd and qualify for the D2 state finals at Michigan International Speedway this weekend,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “We lost to a phenomenal Fremont team, who is one of the best teams in the state. We are excited about our potential moving forward to the state meet next weekend as well. Chelsea and Fremont look to be the top two teams in the state at this point, but after that I see it being a hard fought battle amongst several teams for spots 3-10. We are hoping for a top 5 finish to improve upon our 10th place finish at the state meet a year ago.” 

L to R: Marjorie Hosking, Tonya Tepin, Isabel VanDusen, Lily Howland, Maggie Prins, Ally Ladd, Carolanne Merlington, and Coach Melinda Stressman.

The girls team had a great day of season and personal bests. The team placed 10th out of 14 teams. Senior Carolanne Merlington led the Lady Red Hawks and placed 31st in a time of 20:30 and earned herself a season record. Maggie Prins placed 38th with a time of 20:46 to finish out her season with a lifetime personal best. Coming in next for the Red Hawks was Tonya Tepin, who placed 57th with a time of 21:35, and  also earned herself a lifetime personal record. Continuing with the trend of earning lifetime personal bests, Isabel VanDusen kept the streak rolling placing 64th in a time of 22:03. Following closely was Lily Howland placing 68th with a time of 22:25.  Aslo achieving a lifetime personal best was Marjorie Hosking with a time of 22:47. She placed 76th.  Finishing 84th was Ally Ladd in a time of 23:04. She also earned herself a lifetime personal best.  

“I was so happy with how the girls performed. They ran hard and continued to push each other in the race to move up as it went on. We had a lot of them reach their lifetime PRs and that’s great! The course was pretty fast. We were hoping for a better place but honestly they went out and did what they were supposed to do. I’m very excited for this program. There is so much talent and they work hard, now we just have to keep applying it in the competitions more and more as we go. I’m so proud of them, they’ve really come more together as a team,” said Coach Melinda Stressman.

The boys will travel to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Saturday, November 3, and compete at 1:30 p.m. Let’s go Red Hawks!

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Red Hawk Cross Country boys take first at Kent City

Top 1-2 finishers Jaydon Moleski (L) and Corey Bowers (R).

Top finisher for Red Hawk girls was Maggie Prins.

Girls place fifth at meet

The Cedar Springs Boys and Girls Cross Country teams started their 2018 season off well. They competed in the first meet of the season on Tuesday, August 21, at the Kent City Long Lake Invitational held at Long Lake Park. 

The boys’ team took first place out of eleven teams at the invite with a score of 48 followed by GR Kenowa Hills with a score of 71. Junior Jaydon Moleski dominated the boys’ race placing first overall with a time of 16:52 followed by sophomore Corey Bowers taking second with a time of 16:58. Junior Dilan Sargent also secured a medal placing 9th with a time of 17:46. Rounding out the top five for the boys were junior Gavin Braciak (16th) with a time of 18:29 and junior Daniel Vermulm (20th) with a time of 18:36. 

“I was very pleased with our boys’ team performance on Tuesday,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “It was great to start out the season with a team win, and I was very encouraged by the performances of our top two runners, Jaydon Moleski and Corey Bowers. They took command of the race from the start and ran stride for stride the entire race for a 1-2 finish. That was great to see in our first meet. We have some work to do yet but am feeling very optimistic on our team’s outlook for this season.” The girls’ team placed fifth out of ten teams scoring 123 with only 2 points separating them from 4th place GR Kenowa Hills. The girls are headed up this year by new coach Melinda Palinkas. “It was a first great meet. We have a lot of young talent on the team and I can’t wait to see what the season holds. Some of the girls have never ran a 5k before so they did excellent,” said Coach Palinkas. 

Sophomore Maggie Prins had an impressive cross country debut coming in first for the Red Hawks with a time of 22:24 placing 13th overall for the girls followed by junior Jill Detweiler (23:33, 21st ), junior Tonya Tepin (23:49, 22nd), sophomore Marjorie Hosking (24:22, 34th), and senior Carolanne Merlington (24:58, 40th). 

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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


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


Sydney Plummer Honorable Mention


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Cross country girls team state runner up, boys team 4th

On Saturday, November 5, both the high school boys and girls cross country teams boarded a chartered bus and headed off to MIS Speedway for the State Cross Country Finals. After both teams won regionals the previous weekend the teams were ready to take on the competition.
Last year, the girls team placed their highest finish of 6th place. The girls were looking forward to improving on that performance. They did just that, finishing as the Division 2 state runner-ups to East Grand Rapids. In a race that featured 245 girls, the Cedar Springs girls rose to the occasion to claim the best finish once again by any Cedar girls cross country team! Leading the way for the Red Hawks was Kenzie Weiler, who ran to a second place finish, with a time of 17:35, and was the top freshman in the state; junior Katie Weiler (Kenzie’s sister) who finished 6th; Michaela Burnett (85th), Maddie Pekrul (86th),

Kenzie Weiler

Sommer Vandyke, Christina Dean and Kendahl Oberdorfer.  MacKenzie and Katie received All State honors for their finishes. This is the third straight year that Katie received that honor.
Ranked pretty high going into the state meet, the boys were ready to race their competition. The boys team ran exceptionally well to finish 4th place overall. This is one of the best finishes the boys team has had in school history. In a race also featuring 245 runners, the Red Hawks were led by Connor Mora, who placed 3rd overall; Aaron Brooks (36th), Austin Sargent (52nd), Justin Harthorn, (79th), Alex Bray, Ethan Menefee and Dan Zinn. Connor Mora received All State Honors for his 3rd place finish (his third year in a row). What a great way to top off a great season!
Congratulations to both teams and their coaches Ted Sabinas and Jen Kahler on their amazing seasons!


Connor Mora

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