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Red Hawks place 2nd at Warrior Invite

Ellie Ovokaitys placing second at Warrior Invitational. 

Ellie Ovokaitys placing second at Warrior Invitational.

By Megan Kilts

The lady Red Hawks had the rain to compete with this past Saturday when they raced at the late season Chippewa Hills Warrior Invitational. As usual, the girls worked hard, taking home a trophy as the runners up out of ten teams.

“It was hilly and challenging, but a good race,” said senior Allyson Marvel, about the course at Chippewa Hills.

This year, the course was rearranged, but it didn’t throw the ladies off. They all had excellent races that helped propel their team to the podium.

Senior Ellie Ovokaitys led the Red Hawks, placing 2nd, while Marvel, junior Tara Tepin, and senior Kelsie Plugge-Webber took 11th, 17th, and 18th, respectively. Freshman Carolanne Merlington, and sophomore Hannah Gibbs both took home medals for placing in the top 50. Juniors Brooke Ross and Kayla Vanassen, along with seniors Nadja Jepson and Molly Doherty, also ran impressive races for the Red Hawks, with Ross setting a new personal record for herself.

“It’s been a great season of teamwork,” said coach Marie Covey. “It was exciting to watch [the girls] run at Chippewa Hills and finish second, our best finish of the season.”

The girls will head to the Michaywe Golf Course in Gaylord on October 31 to compete in the Division 2 MHSAA Regional meet. The top three teams in the division and any individual medalists will qualify for the State Finals, which will be held at Michigan International Speedway on November 7.

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Red Hawk Volleyball winding up season


Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball went 1-3-1 last week, beginning with a three-set away loss to conference rival Northview on Thursday, October 22. The Lady Red Hawks competed at the Sparta Invite on Saturday, October 24, where they opened pool play with a 0-2 loss to Greenville (17-25 and 12-25), convincingly beat Martin 2-0 (25-14 and 25-13), and handed Sparta their only pool play loss for the day in a tight split match (24-26 and 25-23). The team then advanced to Bracket play were only the top six teams played, losing in two sets in the quarterfinals to ranked Class C Kent City (14-25 and 16-25). The Lady Red Hawks are 1-8 in the conference and 5-26-3 overall.

Leading for the Red Hawks at the Sparta Tournament, sophomore hitter Sydney Plummer tallied 24 kills, 4 blocks and 39 digs followed by Brooke Morris and Lauren VanDenHout with 12 and 10 kills.  Freshman middle Julia Jackson put down 9 kills, while leading in blocks for the day at 6. Setter Sienna Wight recorded 43 assists, 3 kills, 1 block and 4 digs. The defense was led by Libero Kaitlyn Coons with 44 digs, who also added 4 aces and 21 service points.  Cassie Rivard registered 24 digs, 1 ace, 24 service points and 3 kills. Defensive Specialist Lindsey Lehman led the team at the service line with 5 aces and 23 service points.

The Varsity team will close out the regular season this week when they host Forest Hills Northern on Thursday, October 29, in their final conference match, followed by the Central Montcalm Tournament on Saturday, October 31. On Thursday evening, the team will honor their seniors (Brooke Bennett {C}, Sara Kriekaard, Samantha Taylor, Lauren VanDenHout {C} and Ashley Vanderhoef, as well as the parents of the athletes. The evening begins at 5 pm with the Freshman and JV matches, followed by the Varsity competition at 6pm.

The Lady Red Hawks, who drew a bye the first round, begin District competition on Thursday, November 5 at Lowell High School. The team opens their Districts against the winner of Forest Hills Northern v. Rockford match played in the 11/3/15 quarterfinal round. Match time begins at 6pm.

Good Luck Red Hawks!!

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CS volleyball wins one, loses one


The Cedar Springs Varsity volleyball team competed in two conference matches, playing at Wyoming on Tuesday, October 13, and hosting Greenville, on Thursday, October 15. The Lady Red Hawks opened the week with a decisive 3-0 victory over Wyoming (25-10, 26-24 and 25-22) before dropping a 1-3 decision to the Hornets (25-23, 14-25, 14-25 and 19-25) in the second match.

The Red Hawks dominated Wyoming Tuesday evening, with their strong offensive and defensive play, and consistent communication and a determined focus. Leading was Sara Kriekaard and Lauren VanDenHout, with 7 and 8 kills respectively and a combined 7 blocks. Setter Sienna Wight tallied 28 assists, while Kaitlyn Coons had 19 digs, followed by Cassie Rivard with 17.

The Varsity team started strong on Thursday evening by grabbing a first set victory but fell the next three sets. Sydney Plummer had a teamhigh 10 kills and added 15 digs for the Red Hawks. Sienna Wight had 22 assists while adding three kills. Sara Kriekaard tallied seven kills and 2 blocks, while Lauren VanDenHout recorded 4 kills and 2 blocks. Libero Kaitlyn Coons put up 19 digs on the night, while Cassie Rivard added 10 digs and a team high 11 service points. Lindsey Lehman contributed 2 aces and 8 service points.

The Lady Red Hawks overall record is 4-23-2 with a 1-7 league record. Up next for the team is a conference match at Northview High School on Thursday, October 22 beginning at 6 p.m., and a tournament at Sparta High School on Saturday, October 24.

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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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CS volleyball falls to Greenville, Northview


Cedar Springs Varsity volleyball fell to conference foe Greenville 0-3 Tuesday, September 26, with scores of 16-25, 20-25 and 19-25. The Red Hawks were led in kills by Lauren VanDenHout, with 10, and a match high 240 serve percentage. The senior co-captain also collected a dig and a block. Defensive specialist Lindsey Lehman added 4 service points, 5 digs and 8 serve receives. Libero Kaitlyn Coons had 19 digs, 1 ace and 13 service points.

On Thursday night, October 1, the Lady Red Hawks suffered their 4th conference loss to Northview 0-3, with scores of 18-25, 16-25 and 6-25.  Leading the night was middle hitter Brooke Morris, with 5 kills and 8 total blocks, followed by Brooke Bennett with 3 kills and match high .333 hit percentage, 4 blocks and 2 assists.

The Lady Red Hawks fell to 2-17-2 overall and 0-4 in the OK Gfold Conerence.

Cedar Springs Volleyball traveled to Forest Hills Northern on Tuesday, October 6, and will host Forest Hills Eastern Thursday, October 8. Freshman and JV start at 5 p.m., followed by Varsity.

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CS volleyball suffers losses at home opening quad


The lady Red Hawks were host to Belding, Sparta and Reeths Puffer in their home opening quad on Thursday, September 17.

The Red Hawks fell short to Belding in the first match, 16-25 and 10-25. Sophomore Sydney Plummer led with 4 kills, 1 block and 4 digs. Samantha Taylor recorded 3 aces, 6 service points and five aces. Senior Lauren Vandenhout racked in 3 kills and junior Sienna Wight had 5 assists.

In the second match of the night against Sparta, the Lady Red Hawks suffered a 23-25 and 10-25 loss. They were led by Brooke Morris who recorded 5 kills, 2 blocks and a dig, along with Lauren Vandenhout, with 3 kills and 5 service points.  Samantha Taylor tallied 2 aces and six digs. Sophomore Kaitlyn Coons led the defense with 8 digs. Alyssa Stull also contributed offensively for the Mounties.

The final match of the evening was an exciting and competitive series resulting in the Red Hawks tough final loss 27-25, 23-25 and 13-15. Outside hitter Sydney Plummer led this match with 10 kills and 8 digs while Sara Kriekaard chipped in 8 kills and a block. Lauren Vandenhout tallied 8 service points, 3 aces and 3 kills while Kaitlyn Coons put up 20 digs.  Setter Sienna Wight had 23 assists.

Cedar Springs is back in action Tuesday when then travel to Forest Hills Eastern for their first conference match at 6 p.m. and then host Wyoming on Thursday, September 24, for the first home conference match in the OK Bronze League. Freshman and junior varsity begin at 5:00 p.m. The Lady Red Hawks have a 2-9-2 overall record.

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Girls Cross Country Team Finishes 7th at State Championship Finals

Austin Sargent finished second in the state in the Division 2 boys cross country finals last weekend.

Austin Sargent finished second in the state in the Division 2 boys cross country finals last weekend.

Kenzie Weiler finished second in the state in the Division 2 girls cross country finals last weekend.

Kenzie Weiler finished second in the state in the Division 2 girls cross country finals last weekend.

Runners Kenzie Weiler and Austin Sargent both finish second in state

Kenzie Weiler (defending State Champion in Division 2) led her team to a great finale by finishing second place overall in the State Finals held at Michigan International Speedway Saturday Nov. 1. Kenzie finished her high school cross country career by running in the State Finals all four years and finishing 2nd, 2nd, 1st and this year 2nd.

“She has proven to be one of the state’s best all-time runners in history,” said Coach Marie Covey.

The remaining lady Red Hawk runners also ran well. Ellie Ovokaitys (42nd), Tara Tepin (135th), and Hannah Heinzelman (136th) all ran their personal records. Remaining team members Shayne Mann (63rd), Allyson Marvel (195th), and Myla Umphrey (210th) ran close to their best races of the season in a field of 248 of the best runners in the state. “I’m so proud of how hard this entire team worked all season,” said Coach Covey, “I was hoping for top ten after finishing 15th last year. It was a great day to be a Red Hawk.”

The girls weren’t the only runners from Cedar Springs in the highlights. Austin Sargent (the defending boys State Champion in Division 2) had a great race on the cold windy day at the State Finals. He ran just one second off his personal record with a time of 15:42 and finished runner-up.



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Red Hawk Varsity tennis wraps up season


The Lady Red Hawks tennis team won the Sparta invitational by the score of Cedar Springs 13, Sparta 8, Fremont 5, and G.R. Union 2.

In OK Bronze conference play, Cedar Springs won one over Greenville, tied with West Catholic, and lost to Forest Hills Eastern, Forest Hills Northern, and Northview.

In regional competition, Cedar Springs had four players advance to the second round: #2 double Kellsie Rypma and Jordan Ackerman; #3 singles Katie Schumann; and #4 singles Rebecca Williams.

Competing in singles for the Red Hawks this year was #1 Shannon Leal; #2 Megan Brunett; #3 Katie Schumann; and #4 Rebecca Williams. Competing in doubles play was #1 Emma Schut and Julie Schut; #2 Kellsie Rypma and Jordan Ackerman; #3 Kat Scrivner and Jessica Brunett; and #4 Anna Behrenwald and Mariah Rios.

The Red Hawks graduated two seniors this year, Shannon Leal and Megan Brunett.

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Lady Red Hawks win meet, take second at invite

Tara Tepin and Catherine Chen in the 100 meter dash at Northview.

Tara Tepin and Catherine Chen in the 100 meter dash at Northview.

Improving weather had the Girls track team competing three times last week. The team split a pair of OK Bronze dual meets. The Lady Red Hawks lost a close meet to Greenville 75 to 62, at home, on Tuesday April 22, and they traveled to Northview and defeated the Wildcats 100 to 36. The team’s dual meet record is now 2 and 1 in the OK Bronze.

On Saturday, April 26, the team traveled to Remus Chippewa Hills, for the eight team Warrior Invite. The team scored 118 points and earned the second place trophy. The host Warriors won the meet. Senior Aly Hamilton won the 100-meter dash, while Junior Kenzie Weiler won the 3200-meter run. Junior Marissa Oakes placed second in long jump and Weiler also took second in the 1600-meter run.

Abby Olszewski in pole vault at Northview.

Abby Olszewski in pole vault at Northview.

Other placers at the Warrior invite:

Third: Allyson Marvel pole vault; Marissa Oakes 100 meter hurdles; Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run; Aaliyah Sargent 400 meter dash; 400 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby Olszewski, and Aly Hamilton; 800 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Olivia Finch, and Aly Hamilton; 1600 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Hannah Heintzelman, Ellie Ovokaitys, and Tara Tepin.

Fourth: Ellie Ovokaitys 1600 meter run; 3200 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Shayne Mann, Hannah Heintzelman, and Tara Tepin.

Fifth: Brittany Todd shot put; Abby Olszewski pole vault; Aly Hamilton 200 meter dash.

Sixth: Taylor Vanlangen long jump; Tara Tepin 300 meter hurdles; Allyson Marvel 100 meter hurdles; Shayne Mann 3200 meter run.

Seventh: Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run.




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Volleyball team works with Campus Kids



Ten players from the Cedar Springs High School Lady Red Hawks Volleyball team visited the Campus Kids Before and After School Care program on October 25. They worked with the students on hitting, setting, and serving. They also had a contest for serving accuracy.

Campus Kids Director Teresea Schlump was especially pleased with how the visit went. “The Before and After School program is promoting new experiences for the children, and this is just one great example,” she said.

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