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Red Hawk cheer team headed to state finals



The Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer team finished 3rd in regional competition last weekend, and will compete at the state finals this Saturday, March 7. Courtesy photo.

For the second year in a row, the Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer Team will compete at the Division 2 State Finals at the Delta Plex on Saturday, March 7, after finishing third at the regional finals at Portage Northern on February 29.

Twelve teams arrived at Portage Northern High School with the same goal in mind: to place in the top four and advance to State Finals. They came prepared to battle and ready to capitalize on mistakes made by their opponents to climb towards the top of the scoreboard.  

The Lady Red Hawks executed a solid round one performance and earned 231.7, the third highest score of the round. The ladies performed strongly in round two, but mistakes resulted in the team earning a score of 219.76. The team held onto third place, but only by 1.34 of a point. Determined to not let the score of round two be a source of discouragement, the squad took the mat for round three and gave it all they had and redeemed themselves by earning 314.9, the highest round three score of the competition.

The team leaped to their feet in excitement when they heard their name announced as earning third place with a combined round three score of 766.36, only .9 of a point behind the second-place team. 

An enthusiastic coach Anne Olszewski praised her team. “These girls really rocked out round three! They definitely left that entire gym talking. I have a song in my heart!” 

A special thanks to the Sea of Red—the amazing fans who supported the girls last Saturday. Good luck Team 2020. Hold the rope…row the boat!

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Cheer teams take second at Northview


The Cedar Springs Varsity Competitive Cheer team came in second at the LMCCOA Scholarship Invitational last Saturday. Courtesy photo.

On Saturday, February 1, the Lady Red Hawks traveled to Northview High School to compete in the LMCCOA Scholarship Invitational. Many of the best teams in West Michigan were present at this event and each team (32 overall) came prepared to win. Once again, the character of this team was tested by adversity when a teammate injured her wrist during warm-ups the morning of the meet. 

“We had an injury during warm-ups that sent one of our girls to the ER. We had to scramble hard and add someone to round 2 and 3. Last minute changes to detailed rounds are always the most dicey thing to do with our sport,” explained Coach Anne Olszewski. “Competitive Cheer rules require round 1 and 3 to match in the number of athletes on the mat, or suffer a 10 point penalty. We stunted only three groups and the fourth group had to sell it with all the attitude and enthusiasm they had. I am so proud of this team and this program! The parents in the stands that stood up and screamed for their kids to press on taught them that someone has their backs through any adversity we come across!” 

Despite the challenges and anxiety, the Varsity team performed strongly and ended round two in first place by .36 of a point! With a spirit of determination and perseverance, the team gave it all they had for round three and earned a very respectable score of 311.4 and slipped into second place, trailing first place Mona Shores by only 5.84 points. 

Coach Olszewski praised the team. “What to take away from this? A little wisdom about what this sport takes and that these girls are not quitters. They fought hard. I am 1000 percent impressed and proud of these girls and what they accomplished this Saturday…each week they amaze me!”

The JV squad also continues to face adversity and despite challenges placed 2nd against the teams in the Division 2 JV bracket with a combined round three score of 569.3. “Another week battling illness for our JV program. The remaining girls stepped up and covered positions for their ill teammates and did so without any complaint. I am very proud of the way these girls keep rolling with the punches, week after week,” a proud Coach Katy Hradsky commented.

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Cheer teams victorious on the mat



Both the JV and Varsity cheer teams had a great week.

The Cedar Springs High School Competitive Cheer program celebrates another successful week after sweeping the second OK White Conference meet at Forest Hills Northern on January 20th and the West Catholic Invitational on January 24th.  

The resilient JV squad earned the top spot at the West Catholic Invitational by earning a combined round three score of 602.6. Coach Katy Hradsky praised the hard work of her team. “This week CSJV Cheer had half the team out due to illness or injury. Monday wasn’t our best performance, but we survived, knew our limits and pushed through them. The rest of the week was spent preparing for Friday and prayed that we could put 10 girls on the mat to avoid a 10-point penalty. The seven girls who stepped up and competed in all three rounds are superstars! They knew they had to have clean, near perfect rounds to win, and that is just what they delivered. I am so proud of them!”

The Varsity team continue to dominate the OK White by earning a combined round three score of 764.62 at their second conference meet hosted by Forest Hills Northern and continued the winning streak by earning a combined round three score of 761.46 at the West Catholic Invitational.

The Varsity cheer team won both the OK White Conference Meet and West Catholic Invitational.

 Coach Anne Olszewski is very proud of her team. “I have to share with you that each week I am amazed at what this group does,” she remarked. “They are different ages and come from various levels of experience and yet they succeed. I watch them face adversity and overcome. We faced some good teams at West Catholic, some that we have not seen before, and were able to overcome and get the win. February is a difficult month for the sport, as the girls are confronted with illness, injury and fatigue. We have a big competition every single week. We are going in with our eyes wide open and are prepared to just put it all out there. I am sure that both teams have what it takes to succeed.”

The Lady Red Hawks will compete in the final OK White conference meet of the season at CSHS on February 5th at 6 p.m. Let’s pack the stands and cheer on these two talented teams! 

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Cheer team takes first at Lowell



Varsity cheer team

JV cheer team

Perseverance. Dedication. Determination. Despite major setbacks to their program, the Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer program pushed through obstacles and swept its first OK White Conference meet on January 8 at Lowell High School. 

Coach Anne Olszewski is very proud of this team. “They have had some pretty significant adversaries this year and they are still battling through and coming out on top. We have had some members leave the team, for personal reasons, and this requires us to rewrite, rework and relearn the rounds in a very short amount of time. Our rounds are difficult, intricate and highlight certain skills that require many skills that require many repetitions in order to perfect.”

The Lady Red Hawks arrived at Lowell High School feeling anxious about their losses but determined to do what was needed to finish first at the meet. Despite trailing Forest Hills Northern by .5 at the end of round one, the Lady Red Hawks secured the top spot by executing three solid performances, earning a combined round three score of 734.4 and outscoring the second-place team by 18.3 points. 

Coach O affirmed the hard work of the team. “Wednesday night was our best round three score of the season and it was due to the grit and determination of 19 young women that know they can take on anything that is handed to them and never quit. What coach wouldn’t be proud?”

The JV Lady Red Hawks finished first at the junior varsity level with a combined round three score of 553.2. Coach Katy Hradsky commented, “We started 2020 off with a win at our first Conference Meet January 8th at Lowell High School. It was definitely not our best day, but it was a learning experience, and the girls really have made big goals for the rest of our season. I am excited to see them fulfill those goals over the next few weeks!”

Next Saturday, both levels will compete against some of the highest ranked teams in the state of Michigan at the prestigious Stoney Creek High School Invitational in Rochester Hills. On Monday, January 20, the ladies will travel to Forest Hills Northern to compete in their second OK White Conference Meet. Good luck girls! 

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Lady Red Hawk use balanced attack to defeat Newaygo



Junior Maggie Prins led the scoring against Newaygo with 13 points and nine rebounds. Photo by Dennis Buttermore.

Cedar Springs Girls Basketball is off to their best start in recent memory. The team, off to a 4-0 start has outscored their opponents by an average of 19 points. Passing their first real test of the season, the team came from behind to defeat a scrappy Newaygo team 49-39.

Another strong start saw Cedar jump out to a 13-7 first quarter lead. Five different players scored during the first eight minutes of play.

Newaygo clawed all night and rallied in the 2nd period to tie the score 21-21 at halftime. The Lions jumped ahead by 8 points early in the third period before the Red Hawks got back on track. A pair of baskets by Junior Maggie Prins and a three-point bucket by classmate Avery Sparling helped spur a comeback in the third for a Cedar one point lead at the end of the quarter, 31-30.  

Junior Kaelyn Colclasure and Sparling each knocked down a three-pointer and the team hit 8 free throws in the fourth quarter to secure their fourth win in the opening two weeks of the season.

A balanced scoring attack was key to the Red Hawk victory. Prins led the scoring attack with 13 points and 9 rebounds followed by Colclasure and Sparling with 12 points each and Junior Arianna Rau hauled in a team high 13 rebounds.

The Lady Red Hawks will be back in action on Tuesday, December 17 when they travel to Big Rapids to take on the undefeated Cardinals and again on Friday, December 20 when they play at Northpointe Christian.  

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Girls basketball opens season 3-0



The Cedar Springs Girls Basketball Team has opened the season with three impressive wins against Sparta, Grant and Muskegon Oakridge.

The Lady Red Hawks return 6 players, including 4 starters from last year’s squad that reached the District Final.  Add in five players from last year’s JV team, along with putting in a lot of effort throughout the preseason and the team is focused on competing for an OK White Championship.

On Tuesday, December 3, they opened the season with a 39-26 victory on the road against Sparta. Cedar jumped out quick and led 12-4 after the first quarter. The Red Hawks continued their pressure defense throughout the first three quarters and pushed their lead to 21 points.

Sophomore Darrah Miller led the Red Hawks with 10 points and 9 rebounds followed by Junior Arianna Rau with 9 points and 5 rebounds.

The ladies again hit the road on Friday, December 6, when they traveled to Grant. Avery Sparling scored 7 first quarter points and Maggie Prins added 4 in another fast start by the Red Hawks, who led 12-0 after one.  Balanced scoring in the 2nd period produced similar results as Cedar led 23-6 going into the break.  

The final score on the evening was 44-28 in favor of the Red Hawks. Junior Maggie Prins led the way scoring 11 points and hauling in 5 rebounds, followed by Sparling who added 10 points and 6 rebounds. Junior Kaelyn Colclasure dished out 7 assists on the evening.

In the first home game of the season on December 9, the Red Hawks cruised to victory defeating Muskegon Oakridge 57-20. After scoring on the opening tip, the Red Hawks never looked back—scoring early and often to take a 23-4 lead after the first quarter.  

All 11 girls on the roster scored on the evening and were led by Sparling with 11, Rau with 10, and Prins with 8. Colclasure was again dishing the rock with 5 assists and Junior Rosie Pigorsh hauled down a team high 7 rebounds.

The Red Hawks were back in action Wednesday evening when Newaygo came to Red Flannel town. See results of that game in next week’s paper.

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Red Hawk ladies improving with each meet


The Cedar Springs Cross Country girls ran in the Kent Ottawa County Meet held at the Calvin College Gainey Athletic Complex on Saturday, October 12, showing that with each race they just keep getting better and better. 

The JV Red Hawks getting out of the start box. 
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The varsity squad finished 8th overall out of 14 teams.  Coming in first for the ladies and running strong in a time of 21:14 was Danika Fessenden who placed 24th. Izzy VanDusen moved her way up as the race progressed finishing 49th in 22:24. Tonya Tepin ran her season best in an incredibly smart race placing 54th in a time of 22:44 with teammate Molly Bentley finishing four spots behind in 58th place in a time of 22:48, which is her new lifetime best. Finishing next for the Red Hawks in the 70th spot was Alexis Wood who ran yet another personal best of 23:07. Lily Howland ran strong coming in 75th in a time of 23:16. Larissa McGrath was not far behind snagging the 77th spot running a 23:20 with Jade Yowtz placing 80th in a time of 23:39, which is a new lifetime personal best for her. 

The JV squad also had amazing performances and finished 5th of 6 teams missing out on 4th place by just two points. Junior Paige Marsman had her fastest race since her freshman season and the 6th fastest time for the team finishing 8th at 23:08, which is a new personal best. Madison Golliver ran her season best placing 13th in a time of 23:44. Rounding out for the JV team were Cloe Shoffner (32nd, 25:01), Isabella Smith (67th, 27:53), and Rachel Gallup (90th, 30:20).

 “Anyone who has watched our girls compete this season are noticing with every meet they just keep getting better and better. With how the conditions of the course were, and how windy it was, our girls competed with grit and heart no matter what they were up against. Words cannot describe who proud I am of our girls. They have been working so hard and are just an amazing group that I’m blessed to coach,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. 

The team will travel to Chippewa Hills High School to compete in the Late Season Warrior Invitational on Saturday, October 19.

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Girls basketball wins semi-final, ends season at Districts


The Lady Red Hawks celebrate their semi-final win over Forest Hills Central last week. Courtesy photo.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawk Girls Basketball team advanced to the District Championship game this past week by defeating Forest Hills Central 42-38 in the District Semi-Final game that was played at Northview High School.

After losing to the Rangers by 9 points twice this season, the Red Hawks started fast building a 14-6 lead after one quarter. Sophomore Kaelyn Colclasure knocked down an early 3-point basket and scored off an inbounds play for five first quarter points. Classmate Maggie Prins chipped in four points on the quarter after the Red Hawks made the extra pass and broke the Central press.

The game remained close throughout the second quarter as Cedar headed into the locker room with a 21-15 lead. 

Sophomore Arianna Rau scored 8 third quarter points for the Red Hawks as she was the beneficiary of a multitude of assists from her teammates.  Cedar built a 12-point lead early in the third before FH Central ratcheted up the pressure defense forcing a couple of Cedar miscues.  Cedar Springs led 31-23 after three quarters.

The Lady Red Hawks maintained their composure throughout the final 8 minutes, handled the pressure of Central, and knocked down crucial free throws to seal the win and the right to play for the District Championship last Friday night, March 8.

The team was led by Senior Brighton Miller with 12 points, followed by Arianna Rau with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Kaelyn Colclasure chipped in 8 points, Sparling 7, and Prins finished with 4 points and 9 rebounds.

On Friday, March 8, the Red Hawks were geared up in hopes of winning their first District Title in 13 years as they took on Forest Hills Northern.  

A hot shooting Northern team jumped out of the blocks building an 11-2 lead. Cedar Springs kept the game within striking distance trailing 15-8 after the first quarter.

Northern’s hot shooting continued into the second and third quarters while Cedar tried to find its rhythm.  Northern made 10 three-pointers through the first three quarters and held a 34-16 lead at halftime and 52-24 lead after three quarters.  

The Lady Red Hawks continued to scrap throughout the night but the cards were not in their favor. The loss, 65-42, put and end to the Red Hawks season.  

Brighton Miller led the Lady Red Hawks in her final game finishing with 21 points. Maggie Prins followed with 6 points and 6 rebounds on the night.  The Red Hawks finished the season with a 10-12 over all record.

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Girls basketball action


The Cedar Springs Girls Basketball Team wrapped up another busy weeks playing three games in four days. 

L to R: Seniors Courtney Pienta, Nicole VanderHoef, Brooke Weeks, Brighton Miller, Mikayla Lewis-Frank, and Ashley Wise were honored on seniors night, February 21.

Maggie Prins led Cedar Springs with 13 points and 13 rebounds, followed by Brighton Miller with 11 points and Avery Sparling with 8.

On Tuesday, February 19, the ladies traveled to Kent City High School to take on the 2nd ranked (Division 3) team in the state. Cedar Springs battled through out the night but a hot shooting Kent City Team (14 three-pointers) built a double-digit lead early in the second half that was too much for the Red Hawks to overcome. Kent City won the game 60-45.

The lady Red Hawks welcomed Forest Hills Central to town on Thursday, February 21, for the team’s final home game of the season and senior night. Seniors Courtney Pienta, Brighton Miller, Brooke Weeks, Nicole Vanderhoef, Mikayla Lewis-Frank, and Ashley Wise were honored prior to the contest.

After a tight contest for most of the night, FH Central came out on top by a score of 40-31. Avery Sparling led the Red Hawks in scoring with 14 points on the evening.

The ladies were back at it a night later as they traveled to Greenville. In a game in which Cedar led most of the evening, Greenville used a strong fourth quarter to defeat the Red Hawks 39-38. Brighton Miller and Maggie Prins each scored 10 points and Avery Sparling and Kyla Andres chipped in 8 points each.

Cedar Springs will play its final game of the regular season on Thursday, February 28, as they travel to Lowell to play the Red Arrows. 

District Tournament brackets are out and the Lady Red Hawks will play the winner of Greenville and Forest Hills Central on Wednesday night, March 6, at Northview High School. That game will start at 5:30 p.m. The District Final game will also be held at Northview High School on Friday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m.

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Lady Red Hawks win over Ottawa Hills


Cedar Springs senior Mikayla Lewis-Frank boxes out for a rebound in game action Friday against Ottawa Hills. Photo by Lisa Lewis.

The Cedar Springs girls basketball team started 2019 with a win in their first conference game of the season this past Friday.  The Red Hawks defeated Ottawa Hills 54-46 at home to improve their record to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the OK White.

Seven points from sophomore Kaelyn Colclasure and 5 points from senior Courtney Pienta in the third quarter helped the Lady Red Hawks outscore Ottawa Hills 19-9 and build a 12-point lead heading into the final quarter.  

Senior Brighton Miller led the Red Hawk scoring attack with 17 points and 4 assists. Colclasure totaled 12 points and 9 rebounds on the evening followed by fellow sophomore Maggie Prins with 8 points and 11 rebounds.

The team continues conference action this week with away games at Forest Hills Northern on Tuesday and Forest Hills Central on Friday.

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