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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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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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