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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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Girls golfers in third place

The Cedar Springs Lady Red Hawks competed in two Ok Bronze Jamborees this past week finishing 3rd at Cedar Chase with a team score of 197 and 4th at Highlands with a 205. Bre White carded scores of 50 and 50, Conner White 48 and 52, Marisa Morales 45 and 53, Julie Schut 58 and a season best 50, Alyssa Keaton 54 and 57, and Alysha Chaney 60 and 60.

“This is a very competitive conference so we are excited to be in 3rd place right now,” said Bre White. The Red Hawks have one more jamboree Monday to wrap up the regular season.

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Red Hawks place in Pioneer Classic


The Lady Red Hawks Track team traveled to Ferris State University in Big Rapids to compete in the non-scoring Pioneer Classic All Star Meet. The team earned two first-place finishes. Katie Weiler won the 1600 meter run and the 1600-meter relay team of Emily Shaft, Christina Dean, Ellie Ovokaitys and Katie Weiler closed out the night with the teams other first place of the night.

Marissa Oakes placed second in the long jump with a season best jump of 16’ 7 ¼”. The 3200-meter relay team of Caitlin McClurken, Ellie Ovokaitys, Maddie Pekrul and Katie Weiler and the 400 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby VanDusen and Olivia Finch also earned second place finishes.

Abby VanDusen earned two third-place finishes. Abby placed third in the long jump and a season best jump of 8 feet in the pole vault earned Abby third place. Maddie Pekrul placed third in the 3200-meter run to go along with her fourth place in the 1600 meter run. Also placing third was the 800 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby VanDusen and Olivia Finch.

Ellie Ovokaitys placed fifth in the 800 meter run. Jeanette Sukstas placed sixth in the shot put. Shayne Mann earned two sixth places in the 1600 and 3200-meter runs. Shayne took ten seconds off her best time in the 1600-meter run with a time of 5:50.9. Briana Pierson place sixth in the pole vault. Senior Christina Dean took 18 seconds off her year’s best time in the 1600-meter run to place seventh in the event with a time of 5:53.9.


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Weiler qualifies for state meet

The Lady Red Hawks Track team traveled to Houseman Field in Grand Rapids, on Friday, May 19, to compete in the 14-team MHSAA Regional track meet.  The team scored 31 points and placed seventh in the meet. Senior Katie Weiler was the loan Red Hawk to qualify for the MHSAA State Finals. Katie qualified for the fourth year in a row. Katie will compete at the State meet in the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run. She was regional champion in the 3200 meter run with a season best time of 11:06.22. Katie also ran a season best in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:08.8 to place second.

Junior Kayla Bohy placed 6th in the discus with a throw of 92’ 6”.  Her throw was 10 feet improvement on her best throw of the year. Sophomore Marissa Oakes placed sixth in the long jump with a jump of 15’ 6 ½”. Senior Jeanette Sukstas had her best throws of the year in the shot put and discus of 30’ 1” and 87”. Both earned Jeanette seventh places. The 3200-meter relay team of Caitlin McClurken, Ellie Ovokaitys, Allie Veltkamp and Christina Dean placed seventh with a time of 10:47.89.

The team next competes in the Pioneer Classic on Friday May 24 at Ferris State University and then in the Daily News All-Star meet in Greenville on Tuesday May 28.

JV Conference

The Lady Red Hawks Track team competed in the non-scoring OK Bronze JV Conference meet at Greenville on Tuesday May 14. With only four girls competing the team took 4 first places. Ellie Ovokaitys was a double winner. Ellie took 22 seconds off her best time in the 1600 meter run winning in a time of 5:51.9. Ellie also won the 800-meter run. Alison Hall won the long jump with her best jump of the year of 13’ 8 ¼”. Alison also was second in the 400-meter dash and sixth in the 2oo meter dash. Ali Colley won the shot put and placed third in the discus with a season best throw of 64’ 4”. Vana Havens also set season best times in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash.


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Cedar Springs Varsity Softball wins Fruitport invite

The Lady Red Hawks Varsity softball team went three for three on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Larry Cantu Invitational in Fruitport. They posted wins over Kent City, Fruitport, and Orchard View to wrap up another very successful weekend.

In the first game of the day, the Red Hawks faced Kent City and were down early. After the top of the first inning they trailed 4-0. Cedar Springs came back firing, quickly extinguishing Kent City’s lead and posting 4 runs of their own. The Red Hawks controlled the rest of the game until the 6th inning, when Kent City took the 9-8 lead. Cedar Springs entered the bottom of the 6th inning down by one run. The winning rally started when junior Abby Olszewski got a base hit with already 2 outs. Freshman Aubree Mouthaan came to the plate next, for Cedar Springs, with Olszewski on first, and hit a double. With runners on second and third for Cedar Springs, sophomore Brittany Robinson hit a line drive to score the two runs, which put Cedar Springs in the winning column on this walk off hit. Senior pitcher Taylor Nielsen picked up the win for the Red Hawks and also went 3 for 4 with a double, plus scoring three times. Abby Olszewski went 2 for 3 scoring twice. Aubree Mouthaan went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles, 3 RBIs, and scoring 3 times, while Brittany Robinson went 3 for 3 with 1 RBI. The Red Hawks beat Kent City in game one, 10-9.

Game 2 was a great team effort for Cedar Springs as multiple players got on base against a very strong Fruitport team. Taylor Nielsen was the winning pitcher and also went 2 for 2 with a double and RBI. Junior Nicki Luevano went 2 for 3 in this game as well. Cedar Springs defeated Fruitport in game two, 7-2.

For game 3, Cedar Springs was back in the championship game for the third straight year. Standing in the Red Hawks’ way was one of Muskegon County’s most dominant teams, the Cardinals of Orchard View. Cedar Springs jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead and led most of the game. In the 6th inning, Orchard View rallied to tie the game at 4 apiece. In the bottom of the 7th, Nielsen started out with a single and Olszewski moved her to second on a SAC hit. With one out, the Cardinals now elected to load the bases. Mouthaan and Robinson were both walked and bases remained loaded. Sophomore Brittany Todd had the winning hit to centerfield for Cedar Springs and Nielsen scored the winning run on another walk off hit. Nielsen went 2 for 2 and scored 3 runs while Mouthaan went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s. Freshman Allison Arnold pitched her way to the victory for Cedar Springs.

Congrats to the Cedar Springs Varsity Softball team, the 2012 Larry Cantu Invitational Champions.

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Cedar girls’ varsity loses at district to Mona Shores 50-39

Tiffany Karger led the Red Hawks with 14 points

The Lady Red Hawks traveled to Muskegon on Monday afternoon to play in the first round of the MHSAA state tournament against the Sailors of Mona Shores.  Cedar entered the game with a record of 16-4 and Mona Shores (13-7) had won their last 7 games in a row.

Mona Shores is a quick athletic team that presses and uses their speed to their advantage. Cedar looked tentative as the game started and worked hard breaking the press. The Sailors’ tactics worked, as Cedar had difficulty getting into their offense. The first half was the story of the game, as Cedar had ended up with more turnovers (11) than shots (10). At the half the Red Hawks trailed 27 to 15.

The second half became a physical game as the referees, as the saying goes, let them play. Cedar got good looks at the basket but was not able to hit their shots until the fourth quarter, when Chaya Coxon and Tiffany Karger hit a pair of three-pointers. A quick steal and a bucket by Molly Holtrop cut the lead to 43 to 39 with just over a minute to play. Cedar got no closer, as they were forced to foul to try to trade free throws for possessions. The Red Hawks were assessed two technical fouls in the last 40 seconds, and Mona Shores iced the game from the line.

“We just couldn’t get over the hump,” said Coach Taylor.

Tiffany Karger was high scorer for the Red Hawks with 12. Chaya Coxon put in 8 points, Molly Holtrop and Rachael Ludtke each chipped in 6, Hannah Wight 4, Allie Veltkamp 2, and Brittany Todd 1.

Seniors Chaya Coxon, Nicole Shevock, Rachael Ludtke, and Tiffany Karger played their last game for the Red Hawks and they will be sorely missed next season.  The future for Coach Scott Taylor looks bright with two starters returning and a junior varsity that posted an 18-2 record this season.

Thanks to all the Red Hawks for an exciting year of winning basketball.


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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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