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Be the referee


 

By Mark Uyl, Asst. Director, MHSAA

Be the Referee is a weekly message from the Michigan High School Athletics Association that is designed to help educate people on the rules in different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.

Pass Interference 

Today we’re going to talk about one of the most difficult calls for any football official—pass interference. It’s important to know that whenever a forward pass is thrown beyond the line of scrimmage that both players—the offensive receiver as well as the defender—each have an equal right to make a play on the football.

Now, not all contact will automatically result in a pass interference foul. The official must judge if that early contact before the ball arrives has placed one of the two players at a distinct disadvantage. When that contact does create the disadvantage, you have a foul for pass interference. When the contact is minimal and is simply incidental, no foul has occurred.

Asst. Director Mark Uyl oversees the MHSAA’s officiating efforts, and is an accomplished collegiate official in two sports. He also umpired the NCAA College World Series in 2014.

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Weiler earns all state honors


Junior Kenzie Weiler placed fifth in the 3200 meter run at the state finals.

Junior Kenzie Weiler placed fifth in the 3200 meter run at the state finals.

The Girls Track Team ended their season last week by participating in the Greenville Daily News Track meet on Tuesday May 27, and in the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals on Saturday at Houseman Field.

In the finals, Junior Kenzie Weiler earned All State and Academic All-State honors by placing fifth in the 3200 meter run. Senior Maddie Pekrul ended her four-year track career with a 19th place finish in the 3200 meter run. The 3200 meter relay team of Hannah Heintzelman, Shayne Mann, Ellie Ovokaitys and Maddie Pekrul placed 22nd.

At the Daily News Meet in Greenville on Tuesday May 27, freshman Aaliyah Sargent and Tara Tepin won individual events. Aaliyah took first in the 400 meter dash and Tara won the 300 meter hurdles. The 3200 relay team of Shayne Mann, Ellie Ovokaitys, Jenna Heintzelman and Hannah Heintzelman also placed first.

Aly Hamilton placed second in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. Allyson Marvel placed second in the 100 meter hurdles and Hannah Heintzelman also placed second in the 800 meter run. The 400 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby Olszewski and Aly Hamilton placed second. Earning individual third places was Allyson Marvel in the pole vault and Ellie Ovokaitys in the 1600 meter run. The 800 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Olivia Finch and Aly Hamilton also placed third as did the 1600 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Hanna Heintzelman, Jenna Heintzelman, and Tara Tepin.

 

Senior Maddie Pekrul placed 22nd in 3200 meter run at the state finals.

Senior Maddie Pekrul placed 22nd in 3200 meter run at the state finals.

Kenzie Weiler (far left) on the awards stand.

Kenzie Weiler (far left) on the awards stand.

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Wrestler competes in State finals


S-Wrestling-Wamser-webOn February 27, 2014 Zachary Wamser traveled to the Palace of Auburn Hills to compete in the MHSAA State Finals Wrestling Tournament at the 171 pound weight class.

Wamser began his journey there when he took first at the Conference tournament, moved onto District and was District champ and made his way to regionals along with Jordan Ringler, Baron Lenardson, and Logan McGahn. The four boys wrestled their hardest. Jordan, Baron and Logan came up a little short at Regionals, but Wamser ended up taking 4th place, earning him a ticket to the State tournament.

Wamser did not place at State, “But it was a major accomplishment just to be there,” said Wamser.

Zachary Wamser ended his season with a 26-5 record. “Looking forward to place next year at State as a senior,” says Wamser.

Zachary was also awarded most outstanding wrestler for 2014 from his coach, Nick Emery.

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Local grad selected for Women in Sports Leadership Award


 

 

Teri Reyburn, a 1972 Cedar Springs grad and daughter of Dick and Joan Covell, was selected for the prestigious award.

Teri Reyburn, a 1972 Cedar Springs grad and daughter of Dick and Joan Covell, was selected for the prestigious award.

From the Michigan High School Athletic Association

 

As leader of one of the Lansing area’s most successful athletic programs and a key voice in the creation and growth of the Capital Area Activities Conference, Teri Reyburn has contributed significantly to mid-Michigan sports during 15 years as athletic director at DeWitt High School. Those successes and her continuous service to Michigan High School Athletic Association programs were celebrated Sunday, Feb. 2, when she received the MHSAA’s 27th Women In Sports Leadership Award during the WISL banquet at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West.

Each year, the Representative Council considers the achievements of women coaches, officials and athletic administrators affiliated with the MHSAA who show exemplary leadership capabilities and positive contributions to athletics.

Both DeWitt’s girls and boys golf teams have won two MHSAA Finals championships apiece during Reyburn’s tenure. The football program has played in four Finals, and both the boys basketball team and competitive cheer teams also have finished as MHSAA runners-up. The Panthers girls basketball team has advanced to three MHSAA Semifinals, and the boys and girls soccer teams and baseball team have combined for five Semifinal appearances during her time guiding the athletic program.

Since taking over as DeWitt’s interim athletic director in March 1999, and then fulltime that summer, Reyburn also has led in the hosting of more than 80 MHSAA tournaments at various levels in various sports, plus more than 20 rules meetings and a number of clinics in coordination with statewide coaches and officials associations.

“Teri Reyburn has provided nearly two decades of quiet, steady leadership in her school district and serves as a mentor for those who are following her in the athletic director role,” said John E. “Jack” Roberts, executive director of the MHSAA. “She’s a role model for not just women, but anyone who aspires to a career in educational athletics. We’re pleased to honor her with the Women In Sports Leadership Award.”

Reyburn is a 1972 graduate of Cedar Springs High School and formerly served on the Portland Public Schools board of education for 11 years before her family moved to DeWitt. She worked as a media specialist, middle school sports coordinator and assistant to the high school athletic director for five years before taking over the Panthers’ high school sports program on an interim basis after the death of previous director Jim Lutzke in 1999.

Reyburn was among athletic directors who played a significant role in the formation of the Capital Area Activities Conference, which combined schools from four leagues in 2003. She also played a significant part in the formation of DeWitt High School’s Hall of Fame, which has inducted 35 athletes and nine teams since 2008.

“I absolutely love the kids. And I take a huge amount of pride in being able to put on and prepare an event, have hundreds or thousands walk in and sit down, enjoy themselves and walk out and leave not knowing the amount of work it took,” Reyburn said. “We have a large amount of volunteers who make that happen. I have some of the most amazing coaches, and the parents support their kids too. It doesn’t get any better than here, and I love what I do.”

Reyburn has spoken at WISL conferences on both the role of Title IX in high school athletics and “Tackling the Media Blitz” for young coaches and athletes. She has served on the WISL planning committee as well as on the MHSAA’s Scholar-Athlete Award, athletic equity, competitive cheer rules, site and officials selection committees.

Reyburn was recognized as her region’s Athletic Director of the Year in 2006 by the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

 

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C.S.T.V. Production Program “Hits it out of the park” at Ford Field


N-CSTV1-webBy Kendra Coons

 

Change. It’s something many people don’t deal with well. In this case, it was for the better at Cedar Springs High School. In 2012, drama teacher Justin Harnden took over the television program at CSHS. The second he took it over many changes were made to the C.S.T.V. program. The program bought brand new cameras, computers, TVs, and much more. He started working on getting his students to film sporting events, work on Public Service Announcements, capture the latest news in the school, and the biggest change, start announcing play-by-play.

N-CSTV2-web“We are here to put out more than just news for our school and community. We are doing sports, award shows, graduation, Red Flannel things, and much more. We are destined for great things,” expresses Harnden.

With one year under his belt, Harnden started to submit C.S.T.V.’s work to MHSAA. After the fall season of 2013, Thom Lengyel and Ken Kolb, who are a part of the Student Broadcast Foundation, heard C.S.T.V. production students Kyle Maka and Kody Hall perform play-by-play for one of the Cedar Springs’ football games. After listening to both of them, Lengyel contacted Harnden and offered for Maka, Hall, and the rest of the class to come down to Ford Field. Lengyel explained to Harnden that the trip to Ford Field would give the class a chance to receive a behind the scenes look at what goes on during a broadcast and give Maka and Hall a chance to call the Division 1 state championship high school football game.

N-CSTV3-webOn Saturday, Nov. 30 the C.S.T.V. Production program traveled out of their little town of Cedar Springs, Michigan to face the big town of Detroit, Michigan. The day started out with the students boarding the bus at 8:15 a.m. for a three-hour drive to the east side of the state. Once the students stepped off the bus they received their press passes. This gave them full access to walk out onto the field, and sit in press row. Once the class arrived at Ford Field, they traveled up to the seventh floor to meet Lengyel. Lengyel then introduced the class to Kolb, showed them where Fox Sports does all of their announcing, and showed them where press row was located. After all of that was done, it was time for Maka and Hall to announce play-by-play for the Division 1 championship. Another member of C.S.T.V., Alex Hughes, also received a chance to announce play-by-play for the game.

Coming from a town with an estimated 3,500 people in it, the three boys were not used to a big stage. A lot of the community would annually attend our high school football games, but nothing to the caliber of what the three boys were about to announce.

“Doing the play by play was just amazing. I felt on top of the world. It was the best experience of my life,” comments Maka.

“It was honestly a feeling that I’ve never felt before…. It almost didn’t seem real at first, but once I opened up [to] the environment I had an amazing time,” states Hughes.

While the three boys were announcing play-by-play, the rest of the class received the opportunity to walk onto the field and sit in press row. After the game, the students received the chance to walk through the Fox Sports trailers. These trailers are where all of the action happens. Being able to walk through these trailers was a once in a lifetime experience for the C.S.T.V program.

“I thought looking around the Fox Sports Detroit mobile studio was eye opening. Seeing two of the three trucks that will handle all the production aspects of the Super Bowl was really great. We were able to see all that goes on in that setting and we were amazed by it,” explains Harnden.

“Getting to tour Fox Sports was crazy because normally the behind the scenes work isn’t seen at all, so that opportunity was perfect for the class,” says Hall.

After the students toured the buses, they all headed back up to the seventh floor to grab their things, say their goodbyes, and thank Lengyel and Kolb for the opportunity. Right before the class got ready to leave Lengyel had a few words to say to the class. He told the class how well they were behaved and how well the three boys did at calling the game.

“Getting those compliments from someone who has been in the business for so long was quite overwhelming, especially for myself not knowing much about football and being the first time doing commentary,” says Hughes.

“[I had] a sense of joy and pride. I was so glad that somebody of his job caliber enjoyed how we did…” tells Hall.

“When Thom gave us those compliments, I just could not stop smiling. When Thom said that we were just as good on our fourth game as those who have been calling games for four years, just made me believe that this is something I can really do for the rest of my life. I hope that dream comes true,” comments Maka.

Not only did Lengyel and the rest of their class believe they did a great job, Maka, Hughes, and Hall’s teacher also believed that they did exceptional.

“I thought Kyle, Kody, and Alex did a great job. This was only the fourth game that they have called and they went above and beyond our expectations. Everyone involved with the production was impressed with what they did,” states Harnden.

The students were able to take away many things from traveling to Ford Field. Going behind the scenes of Fox Sports is something not many people get a chance to say that they did. The class and Harden believe it was very beneficial to be able to participate in an experience like this.

“The students were exposed to a lot of aspects within media production. From press row, to the Fox Sports Detroit mobile studio, calling the game on the radio, and being allowed to see every aspect of a big stadium production really was eye opening,” explains Harnden.

The experience of traveling to Ford Field was definitely an experience that none of the class members will ever forget. Not only did they have a blast, but they learned a ton too.

“I definitely think that the trip benefited the class because we [were all able] to see things about professional broadcasting that most people can’t. [Also] we [were able] to learn what it takes to make a professional broadcast,” says Maka.

The day after the program traveled to Ford Field, Lengyel emailed Harnden about C.S.T.V. Production and his view on their performance.

“Yesterday, before I uploaded your mp3 file to your class email and apps account, and after trimming the front and tale of the dead air (that is the only editing I did. The rest of the file has no editing done on it), during the broadcast I knew that they were doing a good job,” expresses Thom. “So I wanted to listen to their broadcast when I got home. I could not put the mp3 player down. I did not pause it until halftime. For their fifth broadcast, listening to their preparation come out in the broadcast, changed my opinion to they hit it out of the park.”

Lengyel has been in the business for many years. Having a compliment like that from a man with so much experience really hit home for the C.S.T.V. Production program.

If you would like to see what  C.S.T.V. is all about, like us on Facebook “CSTV”, follow us on Twitter “@CedarSpringsTV”, visit our website, “www.cedarspringstv.com” and make sure to watch our newscasts and listen for our play by play on MHSAA!

C.S.T.V. Production truly wants to thank the Student Broadcast Foundation for the opportunity that they were given. And a special thanks to Lengyel and Kolb for selecting C.S.T.V. and helping them with advancing their program to the next level.

Hughes states, “I can’t thank the Student Broadcast Foundation and the MHSAA enough for letting our class have the opportunity to go to Ford Field and experience everything that we did. I would also like to thank our teacher Justin Harnden for turning around our TV Pro program… Lastly, I would like to thank our class for always being there for one another and making this year memorable.”

 

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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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Mora earns two state titles


Connor Mora running with the pack during the 800m run”

Last Saturday, Red Hawk junior distance runner Connor Mora finished where no other Cedar Springs track and field athlete has before. Connor was state champion in two events at the MHSAA Division 2 State Finals at Houseman Field.

Going into the meet, he was seeded as the number one runner in the 1600m and 800m runs. Mora carried out his pre-race strategy exactly as planned in the 1600m run, beating his nearest competitor from Chelsea by 1.5 seconds. His official time of 4:13.97 was the fastest from all divisions in the state Saturday.

Connor Mora breaking from the competition in the 1600m run.

After recovering and refocusing for the 800m run, he once again carried out his plan and passed a small group of runners on the backstretch of the last lap, with 250m to go, and didn’t look back. His official time was 1:56.41. Although exhausted, Connor was able to gather his thoughts for some media interviews.

“Connor showed the entire state why he is considered to be the best distance runner in the state,” remarked Coach Jeff Myers. “His hard work began after last season’s disappointing finishes right here at the state finals. He did a lot of maturing over the course of the season, became focused on his race strategies and will out work anyone. We are very excited to find out what opportunities lie ahead for him at the next level.”

Connor with All-State distance sisters Kenzie (left) and Katie Weiler.

Also competing for the Hawks last Saturday was Derek Ash, 12th in the discus at 149’ 5”; the 3200m relay team placed 17th with a time of 8:16; and Aaron Brooks in the 3200m run with a time of 9:58.

Congratulations to all Red Hawks for their season’s accomplishments.

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Two girls earn All State honors at MHSAA track finals


Katie Weiler (Middle Front) and Kenzie Weiler (Left in 2nd row) on the awards stand with the other placers in the 3200 run.

Rieley Hondalus and Marissa Oakes in the 400 Relay.

On Saturday June 2, sisters Kenzie and Katie Weiler placed in the top 8 in the 3200-meter run to earn all state honors. Kenzie, a freshman, place third, with a time of 10:52.88. Katie, a junior, placed seventh, with a personal best time of 11:04.54. Katie will also earn Academic All-State honors for her finish at the meet and her 4.0 grade point.

Sophomore Aly Hamilton advanced to the semi finals in the 100-meter dash and placed ninth overall in the event. The 400-meter relay team of Rieley Hondalus, Marissa Oakes, Abby VanDusen and Aly Hamilton placed 11th with a time of 51.21.

The team had an outstanding year, winning the OK Blue Conference for the first time in school history. They broke five school records and many grade level records. Congratulations to all of the team members for a memorable season.

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Wamser wins all-state honors


Cedar Springs senior Austin Wamser finished his high school wrestling career by placing 8th in the state last week, at 152 pounds, in the MHSAA Division 2 Individual State Wrestling Tournament.

Wamser has wrestled as a Varsity Wrestler since his freshman year. He was named the Conference Champ in his weight class 2 years in a row, 2011 and 2012. He also claimed a district champion title this year (2012) and two all state titles in his career, 2011 and 2012. He had an overall record this year of 39-11.

Junior Cody Oehme and Sophomore Jared Vodry also attended the state tournament, wrestling hard for their first time there, but did not place.

“State is a very tough competition, one mistake and it can cost you the match,” Said Head Coach Scott Troost. “These boys wrestled hard and I am proud of them.”

Oehme finished this year with an overall record of 30-11, and Vodry had a 29-16 record.

The Red Hawk wrestling team will be losing three seniors this year, Austin Wamser, Matt Patin and Cory Wozniack. Good luck to all of you!

 

 

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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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