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CS girls’ varsity gets two league victories


Cedar Springs varsity girls basketball picked up two more wins last week. In the photo above, Shaelyn Fasel dribbles the ball for the Red Hawks.

The Red Hawks were twice victorious last week picking up wins on Tuesday night over Coopersville 36–21, and on Friday beating the tough Forest Hills Northern squad on the road by a 41–30 margin.  The wins put the ladies into sole possession of first place in the OK Blue conference, with a record of 8-1 (13-3 overall as of Monday).

The Coopersville game saw the Red Hawks play some more of their outstanding defense allowing the Broncos to score no more than 7 points in any quarter. On the offensive side, the team was short handed, as starting point guard Molly Holtrop was unable to play due to an ankle injury.

Cedar scored first and never trailed at any point in the game.

Tiffany Karger led the way with 19 points to continue her high scoring ways.  Rachael Ludtke followed her with 11 and Brittany Todd, Chaya Coxon, and Hannah Wight each delivered 2 point.

On Friday night, the ladies headed to Grand Rapids to face the Huskies of FHN for the second time this season. CS had won the first match up at home in a tight one 44-41, with the Red Hawks needing to hold on in the fourth quarter for the win. This game was no different than the first, with each team trading baskets and trading the lead 6 times in the first few minutes.

Early in the second quarter with FHN leading 9–8, Cedar was able to get the ball inside and Rachael Ludtke scored three consecutive buckets on excellent feeds from her teammates, forcing Northern to call time out and adjust their defense.  After that the Red Hawks were in control.

As the game wound down, Northern was forced to press and when they were unable to steal the ball, as they tried to trade fouls for possessions. The tactic failed, as Cedar hit their free throws down the stretch to put the game away.

Tiffany Karger scored 17 points to lead the ladies and went 9 of 10 on her free throw attempts, many of them coming in the fourth quarter. Rachael Ludtke pitched in with 10 points, Chaya Coxon had 5, Molly Holtrop had 4 with 3 assists, Brittany Todd 3 with a giant defensive rebound near the end, and Hannah Wight scored 2 but came away with 5 offensive rebounds.

The Red Hawks played again Tuesday the 14th at home, in a non conference battle with Holland West Ottawa, and will return to league action Friday with a home game against Comstock Park.

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Wamser claims conference and district champ titles


Red Hawk wrestlers place at regionals. (L to R) Sophomore Jared Vodry 4th, senior Austin Wamser 1st, and junior Cody Oehme 3rd.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Wrestling Team traveled to Coopersville on Saturday February 4th to compete in the OK Blue Conference Tournament.

The Young team with its few seasoned wrestlers put up a good fight with many placing. Senior Wrestler Austin Wamser led the Red Hawks by taking 1st and claiming the Conference Champ Title in the 152 pound weight class. Cody Oeheme took 3rd in the 125 pound weight class, as well as Nate Dorr claiming a 3rd place finish in the 135 pound weight class. The following Red Hawk wrestlers were able to fight and win their 4th place finishes:  Brett Bouwens in 119 pound class, Sean Thompson in the 140 pound class, Logan McGahnin the 160 pound class and Dominick Chong in the 171 pound weight class. Congratulations to all out conference placers.

The Red Hawks then traveled to Greenville on Wed. Feb 8 to compete in the Team Districts where Cedar Springs ended up being named the winner at the end due to Sparta, the #8 ranked team in the state, sending in an illegal wrestler in the 2nd to last match, forcing Sparta to forfeit the dual to Cedar Springs.  The Red Hawks then had only a mere 10 minutes to get ready to take on Greenville’s #5 state ranked team. The Red Hawks did what they could but fell to Greenville, giving them the Distict Champ Title.

On Saturday Feb. 11, the Red Hawk wrestlers then headed to Gaylord, where they competed in the Individual District Competition.  The Red Hawks came against many wrestlers that they had not wrestled throughout the season. Three Red Hawks were able to take places and move on to the Regional Individual Competition in Mt. Pleasant to be held on Feb. 18. Clinching the title of District Champion was senior Austin Wamser, taking 1st, in the 152 pound weight class.  Junior Cody Oehme placed  3rd in the 125 pound weight class and sophomore Jared Vodry placed 4th in the 145 pound weight class. When these Red Hawk wrestlers head to Mount Pleasant next week, senior Austin Wamser will also continue to strive toward his goal of 150 career wins, of which he is only 4 away.

“The kids did a great job wrestling all season for being such a young team,” said head coach Scott Troost.

Good luck to the three wrestlers headed to regional to continue shooting for their chance at a state title.

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Girls golf


On Monday, September 19, the Cedar Springs Girl’s Golf Team completed their final OK-Blue Jamboree at Western Greens and shot a 221, which left them with a 7th place finish.
Conner White shot a 50, Breanna White a 53 and Jessica Ingerson a 57.  The highlight was a near miss hole in one by Breanna White. It hit the pin and stuck just inches away.
On Thursday, September 22, the girls traveled to the Greenville Invitational and finished in 7th place with a team score of 432.  Conner White led the way with a 98, Breanna White a 107, Jessica Ingerson 109 and Taylor Rish a 118 (Chelsea Hull 125, Marissa Moralles 130 in her first 18 hole match).  “It was a solid week,” said Jessica Ingerson.  “I just hope we do well at the conference tournament on Monday at North Kent.”

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Girls golf team improving


It was a busy week last week  for the Cedar Springs Girl’s Varsity Golf team as they completed in 3 Ok Blue Jamborees at Cedar Chase, The Highlands, and Ridgeview. At Cedar Chase the girls fired a 234 and finished in 6th place. Leading the way for the Red Hawks was Conner White with a 52, Breanna White 60, Taylor Rish 60 and Chelsea Hull 62.  At the Highlands, the girls shot a 233 and finished 7th. Chelsea Hull led the way with a 56, Conner White 57, Breanna White 59, Jessica Ingerson 61, and in her first ever match Jessica Blacker 67.

“It is early in the season,” said Conner White.  “We really need to work on chipping and putting.”

The final match saw some much needed improvement as the Red Hawks shot a 211 and finished in 5th. Nicole Shevock was medalist with a 47, Conner White 51, Jessica Ingerson 54, and Breanna White 59.

“We are a young and relatively inexperienced team,” said team captain Nicole Shevock.  “We will work hard at getting better this season.”

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Records fall as boys track sits atop OK Blue


Red Hawks were winners of their own invitational. Photo by Jim Harthorn.

The Cedar Springs boys varsity track team completed the dual meet portion of the season with a record of 8-0, 6-0 in the conference, with victories over West Catholic (76-61), Sparta (101.5-34.5), and Coopersville (96-41). The team finished the week off by defending their own Red Hawk Invitational by outscoring Jenison, Forest Hills Northern, Rockford, Ionia, and Kenowa Hills. Battling through injuries and Mother Nature, the team was led by a group of seniors that for four years have compiled a record of 29-4 in dual meets, 26-1 in conference meets and own a 23-meet winning streak.

Justin Balczak set a school record this week in the 300m hurdles. Photo by Aimee Brumleve.

There were some outstanding performances this past week. AJ Olszewski set a school, Red Hawk stadium, and OK Blue conference record in the pole vault at 15 feet. Hank Porter set a school and stadium record in the long jump at 21 feet 10 inches and Justin Balczak set a school record in the 300m hurdles at 38.85 seconds.
Personal best performances this week were also put in by Alex Hemry in the 200m, Aaron Dault in the 300m hurdles, Justin Balczak in the shot put, Derek Ash and Dan Sagorski in the discus, Jake Rickner in the pole vault and long jump, Aaron Brooks in the 3200m run, Connor Mora in the 1600m run, Aaron Leal in the high jump, and Ryan Austin in the 100m.
The team enters the conference meet this week as the number one seed. They face a strong challenge from West Catholic and Forest Hills Northern to claim the outright OK Blue Championship. The preliminary heats are today at 4pm and finals Friday at 6pm Forest Hills Northern. As the defending champions, everyone is shooting to knock us off the podium and take our crown. With the weather finally warming up, let’s fill the stands for the boys and cheer them on to victory.

AJ Olszewski set a record in the pole vault at 15 feet. Photo by Mark Balczak.

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Boys track wins dual meet


Alex Bray running with baton for the Red Hawks.

The Cedar Springs boys track team started their defense of the 2010 OK Blue championship with resounding victories in their opening double dual meet. The Red Hawks won every event in their 127-10 victory over Muskegon Oakridge and 122-15 victory over Mona Shores. Even with winning all the events, there were some stand-out performances of note. AJ Olszewski broke the school record in the pole vault at 14’6”, Alex Hemry won the 100, in a personal best of 11.0, and also won the 200 and anchored the winning sprint relays. Aaron Dault set a personal best in the high jump of 6’1”, and Derek Ash won the discus and shot put in personal bests of 127’4” and 43’.5”. Conner Mora led the young distant group with victories in the 1600 and 3200 while Justin Balczak provided victories in the 110 and 300 hurdles.

Trevor Hemry with the discus for the Red Hawks.

The team has spent the off season hard at work in the weight room and running in indoor meets to prepare for this season. The expectations on this team are sky high with their talented core of seniors that are 20-1 in conference dual meets since 2008, 17 straight, and 23-4 overall.

Even head coach Jeff Myers was impressed with the opening meet. “The team’s performance exceeded the coaching staff’s expectation,” he said.

The team’s next scheduled meet is Saturday, April 16 at Coopersville for the Bronco Classic. The Red Hawks are the 3 time defending champions of the meet and are looking for the Cedar Spring community to come spend a spring day supporting them.

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Red Hawks defeat West Catholic and Belding


Hank Porter goes up for two against West Catholic.

After starting the OK Blue conference season with a disappointing 1-4 record, the Cedar Springs boy’s varsity basketball team needed motivation. “We set a goal about halfway through the year to finish in the top half of the conference, and we needed to win 3 of our last 4 league games to do it,” said Coach Andy Secor. With a victory over Forest Hills Northern two weeks ago and a loss to Comstock Park last Tuesday, the Red Hawks needed to win their last two league games to achieve their goal.

Last Wednesday the Red Hawks hosted West Catholic in a blizzard make up game. In the first half, the lead changed 6 times as the teams traded punches. The Red Hawks took a 4-point lead with 3:50 to go in the half on Tyler Covell’s second 3-pointer of the game. Then West Catholic took over and led 21-18 at halftime. The Falcons led 31-27 after 3 quarters, and extended their lead to 9 points early in the 4th. Then, with things looking bleak for the Red Hawks, senior Alec Hanmer took charge. Hanmer scored 12 points in the final 5:27 of the game. Hanmer hit two 3-pointers to keep the game close. Then with 4:01 to go and Cedar still trailing 40-33, Hanmer drove the lane and hit a short jumper, was fouled and made his free throw to cut the Falcon lead to 4. A Hank Porter 3-pointer cut the Falcon lead to one point. Then Hanmer hit another 3-pointer to give Cedar a 42-40 lead with 1:30 left. The Red Hawks got the defensive stop they needed and West Catholic was forced to foul.  Free Throws by Ryan Dines and Hank Porter iced the game for the Red Hawks. The final score was Cedar Springs 44, West Catholic 40.

“I’m not sure I’ve ever been part of a game where we finished on an 11-0 run to win by four points.” said Coach Secor. “It was one of those games where it would’ve been easy for us to mail it in, down 9 in the 2nd half and really struggling offensively. Alec Hanmer’s 9 consecutive points in the fourth quarter really got us going,” he said.

Hanmer finished with a game high 20 points along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocked shots. Porter had 9 points and Covell finished with 6. Ryan Dines had 4 points and a game high 6 assists, including 4 assists during the fourth quarter comeback. Jason Gingrich and Derek Ash rounded out the scoring for Cedar with 3 and 2 points, respectively.

The Red Hawks traveled to Belding last Friday for their final league game of the year. Cedar started the game red hot hitting 6 of their first 7 shot attempts and jumping out to a 13-0 lead. During that span Jason Gingrich and Hank Porter each scored 4 points while Alec Hanmer had 5. The Red Hawks led 13-4 after 1 quarter. Derek Ash and Hanmer scored on lay ups to start the second quarter. Then Kyle Chaney hit a baseline jumper and Ryan Dines hit a pull up jumper and the Red Hawks led by 11 with 2:07 left in the half. Then the wheels came off for Cedar as Belding went on an 8-0 run to end the half with the Red Hawks leading by only three 22-19.

A three pointer by Hanmer and a lay up by Ash built the Red Hawk lead back to 8 in the first 2 minutes of the second half. Ryan Dines also scored 6 points in the quarter and Cedar Springs had a 12 point lead after 3 quarters. Jason Gingrich made 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch and the Red Hawks hung on for a 55-47 victory. “We played 4 of the best minutes of the year out of the gate, jumping to a 13-0 lead” said Coach Secor. “Our mental toughness and poise was tested in the 2nd half by a couple runs by Belding. Playing at Belding is never easy and Coach Babbitt gets his teams to play very hard.  In the end, we made some key plays on offense and enough free throws to get by.” he said.

Alec Hanmer and Jason Gingrich led Cedar Springs with 13 points each. Ryan Dines had 11 points and led the team with 4 assists. Derek Ash had 9 points and Hank Porter had 4. Kyle Chaney and Trey Reed had 2 points each. Tyler Baker had 1 point and led Cedar with 6 rebounds. The 2 victories gave Cedar a 3rd place finish in the OK Blue Conference. The Red Hawks final regular season game is Thursday, March 3rd at Cedar Springs High School as they take on the Unity Christian Crusaders. Before the game the Red Hawks will honor their six Seniors who will be playing in their final home game. The Freshmen game begins at 4 PM, followed by the JV at 5:30 and the Varsity at 7.

The Red Hawks begin state tournament play in the district tournament at Grand Haven High School on Wednesday, March 9th at 6 PM as they take on the winner of the Mona Shores vs Muskegon game.

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JV cheer wins OK Blue; Varsity takes second


This past week was a busy one for both Cedar Springs Competitive Cheer teams.  For the JV team, it marked the end of their season as they competed at the conference final meet at West Catholic. The JV team had a remarkable season as they won their 4th conference meet earning them the title of Ok Blue Conference JV Champs for the 2nd year in a row. They won every competition they competed in this year except for one where they placed 2nd behind Division 1 Grandville JV.
The Varsity team finished in 2nd place for the OK Blue Conference meet behind Comstock Park. The competition between Cedar Springs, Sparta, and Forest Hills Northern has been pretty intense all season during the OK Blue conference meets. The same held true at conference finals where they all finished within tenths of points of each other. Sparta finished with a 760.9, Cedar had a 760.2, and Forest Hills had a 760.1.
“I have never been in a competition where several teams finished so close within tenths of points like we did at the conference finals,” remarked Coach Pamela Ingles. “It definitely was a good competition, but also very nerve racking when you are waiting for the final scores to be posted to see where everyone stands.”
The Varsity team also competed at the Delta Plex on Saturday, February 12.  There were several teams that they could potentially compete against at the Regional competition and also State Finals. The Delta Plex is where State Finals is held, so it is a great competition to get the varsity girls in the arena where they are hoping to be in just a couple of weeks. They competed against 15 Division 2 teams and finished the competition in 5th place. They will continue to work hard all week to make all 3 rounds the best they have been all season to compete at the District Competition at Kenowa Hills on Saturday, February 19 at 10:00. The top 4 teams will advance to the Regional competition next week at GR Christian.  Please come out and support the Varsity Cheerleaders at the District competition.

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Three wrestlers earn OK Blue championship titles


It just wasn’t in the cards for the Red Hawks to earn a wrestling team title, with a fourth-place finish overall at the OK Blue Conference on Saturday, February 5. Individually, the Hawks wrestled tough and sent over half the team into the final rounds of the conference meet.

It just wasn’t in the cards for the Red Hawks to earn a wrestling team title, with a fourth-place finish overall at the OK Blue Conference on Saturday, February 5. Individually, the Hawks wrestled tough and sent over half the team into the final rounds of the conference meet. Eight Cedar Springs wrestlers placed at the OK Blue Conference meet and three wrestlers earned first place championship titles.
Senior Joe Simon pinned Wade Schipper of Sparta in 2:00 in the 285-pound title; freshman Jared Vodry beat Kyle Hurley of Sparta in a 9-7 decision in the 125-pound championship bout; and Junior Austin Wamser (160 lb) earned a win by decision over his Belding opponent.
The consolation rounds earned third place wins by fall for Senior Nic Baird (119 lb) and freshman Baron Lenardson (103 lb) by a 7-6 decsion. Three other Hawk wrestlers medaled fourth, Cody Oehme (130 lb), Corey Wozniak (189 lb) and Conner Ackerman (215 lb).
The Red Hawks move into team districts on Wednesday at Sparta and then they travel to Gaylord for individual districts Valentine’s weekend.
Go Hawks!

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Red Hawks win at Coopersville


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Kyle Chaney (21) goes up for two with Andrew Klompstra (54) and Jason Gingrich (10) looking for a rebound.

The Cedar Spring boys varsity basketball team traveled to Coopersville Friday to take on the Broncos in an OK Blue League match up. The Red Hawks entered the game with a 2-5 record and had yet to win a close game, having lost three games after leading in the 4th quarter. That changed Friday as the Cedar Springs stopped Coopersville on the last possession of the game to hang on for a slim 43-42 victory.
In a fast paced first quarter, Coopersville was able to break the Red Hawk full court press and made 5 of their first 7 field goal attempts. During this time, the Red Hawks could not buy a bucket, missing their first 13 field goal attempts. An Andrew Klompstra free throw was the Red Hawks only point as the Broncos were out to a quick 13-1 lead. With 1:22 left in the first quarter, Kyle Chaney drove the lane and scored the Red Hawks first field goal to make the score 13-3 after one quarter. It was Chaney’s first score since returning from a knee injury which forced him to miss 3-1/2 weeks.
In the second quarter, the Red Hawk offense got going. After a Klompstra Lay-up, Jason Gingrich took a pass from Chaney and canned a 3-pointer. After a Ryan Dines free throw, Gingrich went to work with 5 assists on the next 5 Cedar field goals. Buckets by Alec Hanmer and Trey Reed cut the Broncos lead to 17-13. Then Hanmer took over for the Red Hawks. The senior wing scored the next 13 Red Hawk points, including three 3 pointers. With the Red Hawks trailing by 5 late in the third quarter, Chaney found an open Gingrich who sank a 3-pointer to cut the Bronco lead to 31-29. Then another Hanmer Field goal brought the Red Hawks within one, 32-31 after 3 quarters.
Tyler Covell sank 2 free throws to give Cedar their first lead of the game early in the 4th quarter. In the next four minutes, there were 2 ties and 4 lead changes. A Klompstra free throw and a big three point play by Trey Reed again gave the Red Hawks a one point lead with 4 minutes left. After a Bronco basket, Klompstra gave Cedar the lead for good with a put back lay up. Then with 1:28 left, Jason Gingrich got the ball to Klompstra who hit a huge turn around jumper to give the Red Hawks a 3-point lead. After a Bronco field goal, Gingrich threw a perfect pass from half court to a wide open Klompstra for an open lay up that gave Cedar a seemingly comfortable 4-point lead with 30 second left. The Broncos hit a 3-pointer to cut the Cedar lead to 43-42. Then the Broncos forced a Red Hawk turnover with 8 seconds left, but Red Hawk defense held on for the hard fought come from behind victory.
“We essentially shredded the game plan in the first five minutes and had to make plenty of adjustments. I think our players adjusted well and it’s great to comeback and win a game you trailed 13-1,” said Coach Secor. “It was good to win a close game like this. Hopefully it will give us the confidence that we can make plays down the stretch to win games. We have been right in every game, and that is a credit to how well we have played defensively.”
Coach Secor continued. “Alec Hanmer had his best game as a Red Hawk and kept us in the game when we were struggling offensively. Andrew Klompstra had a double-double and made a big bucket late in the game. Jason Gingrich’s 7 assists and Tyler Baker’s 2nd half defense were other big individual performances,” noted the coach.
Hanmer finished with 17 points. Klompstra had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Gingrich scored 6 points and Trey Reed had 5. Derek Ash had 7 rebounds. Chaney had 2 points and 5 rebounds, and Covell had 2 points.
The Red Hawks continue OK Blue play with a home game Friday at 6 p.m.  against the Forest Hill Northern Huskies.

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