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Cheer teams takes second in conference

The Red Hawk Competitive Cheer Team had another eventful week. On Wednesday, February 8, the Lady Red Hawks hosted the O-K Blue Conference Finals. The Red Hawks fought hard but fell short of a Conference Title taking second place behind Comstock Park. During the first round of competition the Lady hawks came out strong, leaving only a 5-point margin between them and Comstock Park. The second round is where the Red Hawks lost their high point standing due to some errors that cost them deductions that would make it difficult to rebound from in the 3rd round. The third round they still came out with their heads held high and ready to show what they had, scoring above Comstock Park in the round, but still unable to recover from the mistakes made earlier and landing them the 2nd place finish.

“We are still very proud of our girls and excited to see what they will bring to districts,” said a spectator. “The girls have continued to improve and even though they have had set backs, still come out strong.”

The Lady Red Hawks also traveled to the Delta Plex on Saturday, February 11, where they participated in a PR Cheer Tournament, to help familiarize the team with the complex and scoring that they may face if able to attend a state tournament.  The Lady Hawks faced a lot of new competition there that they had not seen yet this year—many of them teams they will face at the regional level, if they place at districts. The Red Hawks did what they could but were only able to place 9th out of the 13 teams in the Division 2 seatings.

“It was a great experience to have,” said Lauren Oehme, a cheerleader on the team. “We were all a little nervous because of the size of the building and, for many, it was their first time there and it was a little overwhelming.”

The Lady Red Hawks will host the District competition on Saturday Feb. 18, at the Cedar Springs High School.  Come and Cheer the Lady Red Hawks on as they attempt to advance out of districts to the regional competition.

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Lady Red Hawks earn two more victories

Tiffany Karger goes up for the shot.

Cedar Springs girls varsity basketball team came away last week with two hard fought victories over Sparta 45 to 31 and Comstock Park 41 to 30 in OK Blue competition.  The victories, coupled with FHN’s win over West Catholic, put the team back into a first place tie with West Catholic, with each team boasting a 6-1 conference record.

On Tuesday night, January 31, Cedar travelled to Sparta to play the always tough Spartans.  The Red Hawks started out with a 13 point first quarter and stretched their lead to 8 points at the halftime break. Sparta fought back in the second half to close with 6 at the end of the third quarter but Cedar again showed their composure by hitting free throw after free throw, as the Spartans were forced to foul at the end of the game.

Tiffany Karger continued her high scoring ways with 23 points, including going 11 of 14 from the line. Supporting her efforts were Rachael Ludtke with 11, Chaya Coxon with 7, Molly Holtrop chipped in 3 and Brittany Todd added 1 and much needed rebounding support.

On Thursday night, February 2, against the Panthers, the Red Hawks started out slow, hindered by their own unforced errors and some ineffective shooting.  Comstock Park held a two-point lead at the break 16 to 14.

Coach Taylor thought that the team rushed themselves too much in the first half but settled down as the game progressed. “We did a much better job of taking care of the ball and did not rush as much. We played more the way that we practiced,” said Taylor.

Rachael Ludtke going for a shot.

The team again shot well from the charity stripe going 15 for 22.

The girls were led by Tiffany Karger’s 14 points, followed by Rachael Ludtke with 11, Molly Holtrop scored 4, Brittany Todd and Allie Veltkamp had 4 each, and Chaya Coxon 1.

The team host Coopersville on Tuesday night and travels to Forest Hills Northern on Friday. See next week’s Post for results of those games.

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Lady Red Hawks roll over Red Skins

Lady Red Hawk Tiffany Karger had a career best scoring 26 points against the Red Skins.

Tuesday night the ladies from Cedar Springs hosted the Belding Redskins in girls basketball but they were not very generous hosts. Cedar got the victory by a final score of 56 to 32.
Cedar got off to a fast start in the first quarter and at one point led 15-2. Belding fought back in the second to close the lead to 8 points, with about four minutes to go in the quarter, before Cedar reasserted themselves to take a 27 to 14 into the break.
The second half was a shooting clinic by Cedar as they made 11 of 16 shots for 69 percent. Coach Taylor said it was gratifying to see the girls work the game plan that they had put in place this week.  “We played strong defensively, keeping our girls in front of us and denying their drives.  We did have some shot lapses where we seemed to play too loose and we have to eliminate those.”
The Red Hawks made 20 of 33 shots for the game and had a 28 point lead at one point in fourth quarter.
Tiffany Karger had a career best scoring 26 points while making 11 of 13 shots from the field and pulling in 10 rebounds. Rachael Ludtke followed with 7 points; Brittany Todd had 6, as did Hannah Wight. The rest of the scoring was Chaya Coxon with 5, Molly Holtrop, Shaelyn Fasel, and Jeanette Sukstas each contributed 2 point.
The Red Hawks have two more contests this week. Friday night they will meet West Catholic in a battle for the lead in the OK Blue Conference. On Saturday afternoon they travel to Howard City to face Tri County in a make up game from earlier this season.

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CS Girls suffer second defeat of the season

Lady Red Hawk Brittany Todd pulled down 11 rebounds and made 8 points against Kent City last week.

The Lady Red Hawks went down to defeat for only the second time this season, 72-51, at the hands of Kent City, who posted their tenth win against no losses. Cedar had two consecutive games postponed prior to the matchup against Kent City on January 19, and had not played in almost two weeks. They looked a little rusty especially from the free throw line in the first half, making only 6 of 17 charity attempts. Even with the poor shooting, they were tied 27-27 with the Class C number 4 rated Eagles.
The second half was a totally different story as the Eagles reached for another gear and put the Red Hawks in the rearview mirror.  Cedar gave up 45 points to the Eagles in the second half of the game. Previously Cedar had not give up more than 44 points in an entire game this season. Kent City hit over 70 percent from the field in the second half and over 40 percent from the three-point line for the game.
“We just got out worked in the second half,” said Coach Scott Taylor. “But as I told the girls, this was a good test and Kent City is a good team but that it doesn’t affect us as we go forward with our conference schedule. We need to be able to put this game behind us.”
Cedar was led by senior Tiffany Karger’s double/double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Brittany Todd pulled down 11 rebounds to go with her 8 points. Other scorers for Cedar were Rachael Ludtke with 10, Chaya Coxon and Molly Holtrop with 6 apiece, Hannah Wight with 4, and Allie Veltkamp with 1.
Kent City was led by Sonnie Kurnat with 19 points and 8 steals and Kara Carlson chipped in 18.
Cedar faced conference foe Belding Tuesday (see story this page), and will face West Catholic on Friday.

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Lady Red Hawks earn sixth straight win

Molly Holtrop goes airborne while making this shot.


Rachael Ludtke goes for the ball.

In a low scoring contest Tuesday night, the Cedar Springs girl’s varsity basketball team came away with their sixth consecutive victory, when they beat the Knights of Kenowa Hills by a score of 40 to 20.
The Knights hit first with a two point to take a quick lead but it would be short lived.  Cedar turned up the defensive pressure and bottled up the Knights for the rest of the first quarter.  Kenowa employed a methodical cut, pick, and pass offense that the ladies from Cedar defended almost perfectly.
“The team’s defense was probably the best they played all season,” remarked Coach Scott Taylor. “We played solid defense in the first half and on several occasions had stands that lasted 35 to 40 seconds.”
In the second quarter the defensive minded Hawks continued their man to man defensive dominance not allowing Kenowa to score at all. The Red Hawks managed 11 points to take a 16 to 2 lead to the locker room.
Kenowa’s shooting did improve in the second half, when they hit 7 of 14 second-half shots but it was not enough. Cedar outscored them 24-18.
Cedar’s offensive production was spread out, with 9 different players scoring. Chaya Coxon and Tiffany Karger led the way with 10 points each. Brittany Todd scored 6, Hannah Wight and Rachael Ludtke each dropped in 4, and Molly Holtrop and Shaelyn Fasel added 2 apiece. Allie Veltkamp and  Abby VanDusen scored one point each.
The Lady Hawks return to action Friday night to meet conference foe Forest Hills Northern at 6:00 p.m.

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Lady Red Hawks get a win at Coopersville

#22 Allie Veltkamp driving hard to the basket

#33 Tiffany Karger driving hard in for a layup

Cedar Springs girls’ varsity traveled to Coopersville Tuesday night to play the Broncos. Cedar pulled out the victory win 35 to 33.

The Red Hawks got off to a quick start taking an early lead 13 to 7 at the end of the first quarter. The Broncos stepped up their defensive pressure in the second quarter holding Cedar to only eight points and hitting a buzzer beater at the end of the half to trail 21 to 13.

The third quarter saw some outstanding shooting for the Broncos as they connected on two three pointers and went on a 7 to 1 point run to put themselves right back into the game. Coopersville out scored the Red Hawks 13 to 6 in the period leaving Cedar with only a one point advantage to begin the final stanza.

#34 Rachael Ludtke laying up between two opponents

The contest remained close for the entire fourth quarter, with Cedar Springs maintaining a slim 3 to 5 point margin for most of time. Coopersville continued their hot outside shooting finishing the game at 55 percent from three but Cedar managed some timely defensive stops to hold off the Broncos.

Coach Scott Taylor was pleased with the win, and noted that he knew that Coopersville was a good shooting team from scouting them earlier  this month. “We did contest their shots well but we need to work on the rebounding. At the end of the game we knew that they had fouls to give and would be coming after the ball hard and we take better care of the ball,” he said.

Tiffany Karger led the Red Hawks with 16 points and 8 rebounds. She got help from Rachael Ludtke, who finished with 11 points, Brittany Todd with five, Hannah Wight with two and Allie Veltkamp with one.

Cedar Springs improved their record to 5-­1 and Coopersville slipped to 3-­4.

The team is off until January 3, when they take on Kenowa Hills at home.

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Lady Red Hawks lose to Huskies

After two canceled meets due to the weather and three weeks since their team’s first meet, the Cedar Springs Red Hawk girls track team finally was able to get on the track to compete. The team opened the OK Blue season with a dual meet at Forest Hills Northern on Thursday, April 21. Despite many fine performances and an outstanding effort by all members of the team, the Lady Red Hawks lost by a close score of 72 to 65.
Sophomore Katie Weiler earned 4 first places in the meet. Katie won the 800, 1600, 3200, and was a member of the winning 3200-meter really team.  Senior
Amber Terhaar continued her dominance of the throwing events by winning the shot put and discus.  The team’s overall record are now 1 and 2.  They host the Belding Redskins at Red Hawk Stadium on Thursday April 28 for their first home meet of the year. Field events start at 4:00 and the running events start at 4:45.
Placing for the Red Hawks were:
First Place: Amber TerHaar Shot put and discus; Aly Hamilton 100 meter dash; Katie Weiler 3200, 1600, and 800-meter runs; 3200-meter relay team of Kayla Ovokaitys, Allie Veltkamp, Sommer VanDyke, and Katie Weiler.
Second Place: Jeanette Sukstas Shot Put and Discus; Aly Hamilton long jump; Sommer VanDyke 1600 and 800 meter run; Briana Pierson High Jump; Abby VanDusen 100 meter hurdles; Fenessa Cotton 300 meter hurdles.
Third Place: Fenessa Cotten 100 meter hurdles; Jessica Titus 3200 meter run; Rieley Hondalus High Jump; Abby VanDusen Pole Vault;Allie Veltkamp 400 meter dash; Aly Hamilton 200 meter dash.

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Lady Red Hawks lose at districts

The Cedar Springs Lady Red Hawks Varsity Basketball team faced a tough opponent in the Grand Haven Buccaneers (20-0) Monday evening, in the first round of Class A District 6 games. The OK-Red team is rated number 1 in Class A in the state, and they proved it Monday evening, limiting the Red Hawks to only 15 points the entire game, while they scored 40. However, the Red Hawks played tough defense in the second and third quarters, and held the Bucs to only 6 points in each of those time periods.

“They don’t like to play defense as much, and we saw them grow impatient having to do so for longer stretches,” said Asst. Coach Chad Wight. “They play a scrappy 2/3 zone, but we forced them to go man-to-man, and to press the ball on the inbounds. It’s rare that they do that, so we were being effective.”

Leading scorer for the Red Hawks was Tiffany Karger with 6, Molly Holtrop had 4, Hannah Wight had 2, and Rachael Ludtke, Nicole Shevock, and Chaya Coxon also contributed one.

“We dug ourselves a hole with our second half scoring (scoreless in the 3rd). When our leading scorer has 6 points, we obviously weren’t productive enough on both ends of the floor. We also could have used more points from the Free throw line,” noted Wight.
That loss means that the Lday Red Hawks are done for the season. Great job!

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Lady Red Hawks finish third in conference

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Tiffany Karger sealing the defense for Rachael Ludtke

The last home game of the 2011 season for the Cedar Springs Girls Varsity basketball team was a slow-paced, low scoring game but it went well for the Red Hawks. Cedar led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, 12-10 after the second, 21-12 at the end of the third. The Red Hawks scored five more points in the fourth, and they Panthers came up with 8, but it wasn’t enough and the Red Hawks won 26-20.

All three seniors Meghan Andres, Lindsey Kline, and Maddie Bueche started the game. Leading scorer was Molly Holtrop with 7 points, followed by Tiffany Karger and Rachael Ludtke, who both put up 6, Hannah Wight with 3, and Chaya Coxon and Amber Milligan who each chipped in 2.

On Wednesday, February 25, the Red Hawks traveled to West Catholic to face the Falcons in a makeup game. The Red Hawks were behind from the outset, trailing behind 10-4 at the end of the first quarter, and 29-14 at half. They upped their game in the third, scoring 15 points and allowing only 7 for the Falcons, and ended the third behind by only 6 points. But West Catholic came on strong in the fourth, scoring 17 points and holding the Red Hawks to 7. Final score was West Catholic 53, Cedar Springs 36.

Leading scorer for the Red Hawks was Tiffany Karger with 11, followed by Molly Holtrop with 7, Chaya Coxon with 6 and Rachael Ludtke with 5.  Nicolve Shevock, Brittany Todd, Amber Milligan and Lindsey Klein also scored.

The Red Hawks finished their last game of league play with a win on Friday, February 25, against Belding, putting them in 3rd place in the OK Blue Conference.

In their last meeting with Belding on January 28, they fell to the Redskins 49-34, so the Hawks came with a score to settle. The game was exciting through to the end, with four lead changes and being tied twice. Cedar came out strong and maintained the lead and finished the 1st quarter 14-8. Belding was no way backing down and out scored Cedar 14-11 in the 2nd quarter and closed the gap, with the Hawks still in the lead 25-22 at the end of the half. The Redskins came out after the break and outscored the Hawks 13-9, and finished the 3rd quarter ahead of the Hawks 35-34. Cedar came back strong in the 4th quarter and regained the lead, by out scoring Belding 18-9 and finished the game Cedar Springs 52-Belding 44.

“Belding’s guard Kelsey Pollack, who is going to play next year at Calvin, was a threat the entire game,” remarked Cedar Springs assistant coach Chad Wight. “She had 19 and was pesty defensively. But our girls faced the adversity well and played a solid game.”

Leading scorer was Rachael Ludtke with a double double 13 points and 13 rebounds; followed by Molly Holtrop with 11 points; Tiffany Karger 9 points and 9 rebounds; Hannah Wight with 7 points and 5 rebounds; Chaya Coxon with 6 points and 3 rebounds; Brittany Todd with 4 points and 1 rebound; Amber Milligan with 2 points; and Maddie Bueche with 1 rebound.

“It was great that we were hitting our shots,” said Wight. “We were shooting with more confidence, and the girls were sharing the ball for open looks. That was really the key to our win.”

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Lady Red Hawks lose two

Red Hawk Tiffany Karger led scoring in two games last week, scoring 14 points against West Ottawa, and 8 against Forest Hills Northern.

Cedar Springs Varsity Girls traveled to Holland on Monday February 15, for their last non-conference game against West Ottawa. The game was fast paced and had 4 lead changes and the teams were tied twice. The Hawks ended the first quarter behind by two points, 13-11 but came back to finish the half 21 to 17. The Panthers came back to out score the Hawks 8 to 15 and ended the 3rd quarter with Cedar trailing 32-29. In the fourth quarter, Cedar regained the lead but West Ottawa fought back and out scored the Hawks 5 to 10 and ended the game West Ottawa 42, Cedar Springs 34.

Leading scorer was Tiffany Karger with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Rachael Ludtke with 10 points and 9 rebounds, Hannah Wight had 4 points and 4 rebounds, Molly Holtrop with 2 points and 2 rebounds, Amber Milligan had 2 points and 3 rebounds, Lindsey Kline with 2 points and 1 rebound, Chaya Coxon with 4 rebounds and Meghan Andres with 1 rebound.

The Red Hawks then traveled to Forest Hills Northern on Friday, February 18 to take on the Huskies. The Red Hawks led by one point at the end of the first quarter, 8-7, but the Huskies outscored them in every succeeding quarter. Cedar trailed 15-10 at the end of the second quarter, 25-15 at the end of the third, and finished up the game with a 37-26 loss to FHN.

Tiffany Karger led in scoring with 8 points and 7 rebounds. Rachael Ludktke scored 6 points and 6 rebounds, and Molly Holtrop scored 6 points and had one rebound. Also scoring was Hannah Wight with 4 points and 2 rebounds, and Chaya Coxon with 2 points and 3 rebounds.

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