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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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Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer sweeps Portage Central invitational


The first competitive cheer meet of 2019 took place on a foggy Saturday morning at Portage Central High School on January 5. Despite the challenges of illness and a limited practice schedule due to Christmas break, the Lady Red Hawks swept the invitational by earning first place in all three levels.  

The Varsity, JV, and Middle School cheer teams sporting their medals at the Portage Central invitational. Courtesy photo.

“We were lucky enough to take all three levels (Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity) to Portage Central this week,” commented Varsity Coach Anne Olszewski. “We always try to take the entire program to at least one invitational so they can support one another and see one another’s hard work.” 

Twelve schools competed at the Varsity level, with four teams competing in the Division 2 bracket. Although Cedar Springs consistently earned the highest scores in their Division, they ended the first round in fourth place overall and had to dig deep in order to close the gap between them and that number one spot. The squad earned their highest round three score to-date and was able to secure the second highest overall score of the event, with a combined score of 733.64, only 1.64 points behind Portage Central High School. 

JV Coach Katy Hradsky remarked, “I am ecstatic at the level of skill from this small and young team and excited to see what else they achieve this season. Our scores have been consistent over the last month and we have gotten great feedback from judges and coaches on how ‘exciting, unique and fun’ our rounds are! This is just the beginning of our journey.”

“I am super proud to take an entire program to the Kalamazoo area and show them what we have just north of Grand Rapids. It’s a proud day for Red Hawk Cheerleading,” replied an enthusiastic Coach Olszewski.

The High School teams will travel to the east side of the state to compete at the Stoney Creek High School Competitive Cheer Invitational in Rochester Hills on Saturday, January 12. Good luck Lady Red Hawks! 

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Girls basketball starts season with wins


Sophomore Kaelyn Colclasure puts up a shot attempt against Sparta. Photo by Lisa Lewis.

The Cedar Spring Girls Varsity Basketball Team started their season with two non-conference victories over Sparta (47-35) on Tuesday, December 4, and Kenowa Hills 36-20 on Friday, December 7. 

On Tuesday night, the Lady Red Hawks used an 18-2 third quarter to overcome a 4-point halftime deficit and never looked back. Feisty defense led to a productive offensive outburst in that third quarter. Seven points by senior Brighton Miller and 5 points by sophomore Kaelyn Colclasure helped spark the offense in the 3rd frame. Miller led the Red Hawks with 14 points, followed by sophomore Maggie Prins, with 9 points and 5 rebounds. Colclasure scored 8 points on the night to go along with 6 rebounds. Sophomore Arianna Rau collected 9 rebounds on the night.

Friday evening the Red Hawks again used a solid defensive effort to come away victorious. Holding Kenowa Hills to 4 first half points, the ladies held a 15-point lead heading into halftime. Senior Courtney Pienta led the scoring with 9 points, all three-pointers, followed by Miller with 8.

The Red Hawks will be on the road this Friday with a non-conference battle against Comstock Park. Boys tip-off at 6:00 p.m. followed by the girls at 7:30 p.m.

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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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Volleyball winds up season


 

Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball closed out their season with two conference matches, a tournament and District play. 

The Lady Red Hawks lost to Greenville 24-26, 18-25 and 24-26 at the final home conference match October 23, where junior Middle hitter Grace Pavelka dominated the night, putting up 14 kills on 30 attempts for a solid 37 percent kill percentage and 2 solo blocks, resulting in her third Player of the Match honor this season.  

On Thursday, October 25, they traveled to Forest Hills Northern where the Huskies took the win 11-25,17-25, 25-17 and 14-25. 

On Saturday, October 27, the team traveled to Central Montcalm for the Hornet Invite. They won their first two Pool Play matches before losing to Grant, landing them in the Gold Bracket, where they lost to Grant 12-25 and 15-25 resulting in a 4th place overall finish of 12 teams.

The Red Hawks hosted the first round of District Playoffs Monday evening, October 29, and took a tough loss to Greenville 21-25; 20-25 and 16-25. They ended the season with an overall record of 11-28-1 and conference record of 2-11. Leading on the night was Grace Pavelka with 6 kills, 3 blocks and 2 aces. Outside hitter Grace Wilcox recorded 5 kills and a block, while setter Madi Outwin added 22 assists. Arianna Rau tallied 5 kills and 2 blocks, while Kaylie Andres had 3 kills and a team high 15 serve receives. Kyla Andres recorded 14 digs and 4 kills, Haillie Jones put up 8 digs and 5 service points and Elizabeth Fettig added 8 serve receives.

“We worked hard this season to build a solid foundation for next year,” said Coach Ashley Lowing. “With all of our players returning, in addition to our upcoming talent, we look forward to putting in the work and growing as a team during the off season.”

The volleyball program will meet together Monday, November 12, to acknowledge all the accomplishments made this year for each team. 

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Cedar Volleyball to host district action Monday


 

The Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball team (9-23-1 overall and 2-8 in conference) competed at Northview Tuesday Oct. 16 and at the Sparta Invitational on Saturday Oct.20 going 1-3 on the week. The Lady Red Hawks played a strong match against the Wildcats on Tuesday, losing 22-25;15-25 and15-25. Libero Haillie Jones held the defense against a powerful Northview offense, posting the team high dig and receive percentages and recording 15 serve receives with 13 digs. Grace Pavelka added 9 kills, 2 aces and a block while Arianna Rau tallied 5 kills and a block. Setter Maddie Outwin had 18 assists on the night.

On Saturday, the team traveled to Sparta where they were points away from taking first place in their pool. The Lady Red Hawks started competition with a tough loss to the eventual pool bracket leader Comstock Park (23-25;23-25;25-18). The second pool match against Loy Norrix resulted in a 25-20;25-22; 25-21 victory. The 2nd place pool finish positioned the ladies in the Gold Bracket single elimination quarterfinal competition where they lost to Grand Rapids Covenant Christian 25-18; 17-25; 6-15.  

Team leaders on the day were Grace Pavelka with 18 kills, 9 blocks and 12 aces.  Kaylie Andres added 14 kills and 13 digs. Setter Madison Outwin put up 48 assists and 4 aces while Michelle Brennen added14 digs and 4 aces. Kyla Andres contributed 12 kills and 4 blocks, Arianna Rau had 11 kills and 3 blocks, Kalli Green added 4 aces and Haillie Jones recorded 24 digs.

The Volleyball program will honor their parents and youth at their final home regular season match Tuesday night against Greenville before travelling to Forest Hills Northern Thursday night. JV matches begin at 5 p.m. followed by Varsity at 6 p.m. The Varsity team then travels to Central Montcalm on Saturday (Oct 27) for tournament play starting at 9 a.m.  

Cedar Springs will host first round District action on Monday, October 29 against Greenville at 6 p.m. The winner of the match will travel to Lowell on Tuesday, October 30 to play the winner of Forest Hills Northern/Rockford with a 5:30 p.m. match start.  

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Cross country boys bring home another first place


Red Hawk Cross Country boys bringing home another first place.

From L to R:  Isabel VanDusen (86) and Carolanne Merlington (83).

The Cedar Springs Boys’ Cross Country team kept their winning streak rolling taking first in the Kent Division of the Kent Ottawa County Race held Saturday, October 6, at Gainey Athletic Complex.

The varsity boys finished 1st out of 17 teams. Corey Bowers finished with a time of 16:46 (2nd) getting outkicked in a sprint to the finish line. Jaydon Moleski and Dilan Sargent finished 17:10 (10th) and 17:22 (14th) respectively.  Bowers, Moleski, and Sargent each took home individual medals for finishing in the top 15. Austin Mann and Gavin Braciak both ran what Coach Lacy considered their best races of the season finishing 17:38 (19th) and 17:45 (22nd) respectively. Next to finish for the Red Hawks was Daniel Vermulm 18:34 (58th), Carter Moleski 18:44 (64th), Cayden Steinebach 19:03 (75th), Gabe White 19:13 (84th), and Alex Nylaan 21:10 (133rd).

The junior varsity boys placed 8th of 12 teams. Caleb Menefee led the way finishing 37th in a time of 20:11. He was followed closely by Justin Voskuil and Gabe Minnich who pushed each other throughout the race to finish in 52nd and 53rd overall in times of 20:30 and 20:31. Minnich’s time was a lifetime personal best improving his time by 6 seconds in muddy conditions. Sam Kleynenberg was next finishing in 68th in a time of 20:54 and Logan Douglas rounded out the JV finishers coming in at 115th overall in a time of 22:05.

“I thought the boys had their best team race of the season on Saturday,” said Coach Garrett Lacy. “Our gap between our one through five runners was the tightest it has been all year. Times were not fast due to muddy course conditions, but we competed very well against some of the top competition in the county, and were able to come away with another team win. Now we are just looking forward to taking care of business Wednesday to bring home our first conference title in 6 years.” 

The Lady Red Hawks finished 11th out of 14 teams. Maggie Prins finished 41st in a time of 22:18. Senior Carolanne Merlington ran her season best of 23:03 (69th) after time off for an injury. Freshmen Isabel VanDusen and Lily Howland followed closely placing 70th (23:04) and 72nd (23:06) respectively with Howland earning a lifetime personal best. Tonya Tepin was next to cross the finish line for the Red Hawks placing 87th in a time of 23:47. Ally Ladd finished 97th (24:20), Antonia Eigemann 101st (24:32), Marjorie Hosking 110th (25:24), and Paige Marsman 111th (25:25) who earned her season best.  Madison Golliver finished 118th with a time of 27:01. Hannah Helton ran her lifetime personal best for the JV girls in a time of 31:31 placing 132nd.

“Saturday’s meet was fun to watch. It was nice to see some runners out competing coming back from injuries,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. “The course was pretty challenging due to all the mud and sogginess from Friday night’s rain. I told the girls we weren’t looking for fast times. I wanted them to focus more on moving up and helping each other out. Those faster times will come. The weather was perfect for running, and the competition was solid.” 

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Volleyball beats Ottawa Hills


 

The Cedar Springs Varsity volleyball team (8-20-1, 2-7 conference) split in a couple of 3-0 matches this week during conference play. 

The Lady Red Hawks opened the week on Tuesday, October 9, at Ottawa Hills, where they beat the Bengals by scores of 25-9, 25-12, and 25-12. Leading on the night with a double/double was Junior Middle Hitter Grace Pavelka, recording 11 kills and10 aces. The middle hitter also recorded a team high 17 service points and 2 blocks. Grace Wilcox added 10 kills, 1 block and 2 digs, while Arianna Rau tallied 5 kills. Setter Michelle Brennen contributed 27 assists.  

Thursday, October 11, the Red Hawks hosted Forest Hills Central and lost 14-25, 16-25 and 11-25. Kyla Andres led on the night with 6 kills, 1 block, 13 serve receives and 7 digs; followed by Arianna Rau who added 5 kills and 3 blocks. Kaylie Andres recorded 2 kills and a block. Libero Haillie Jones chipped in 8 digs and Grace Wilcox contributed 23 serve receives.  

The Red Hawks continued competition this week at Northview Tuesday, October 16, and travel to the Sparta Invite on Saturday, October 20, with an 8 a.m. competition start.

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