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Red Hawks improve to 7 and 1 with a win over Greenville


The stingy Red Hawk defense kept the Greenville offense at bay last Friday night. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

The stingy Red Hawk defense kept the Greenville offense at bay last Friday night. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

The varsity football team wins 48-16


On Friday, October 17, the rain began as the national anthem was sung and just after the Cedar Springs Red Hawks honored so many brave people that have been affected by cancer in the third annual Hawks against Cancer pink game.

Greenville kicked off in the steady rain to start the first quarter, which ended with the Red Hawks leading 14 to 0. Collin Alvesteffer ran the ball for one touchdown and passed 34 yards to Kaden Myers for the second score. Zach Wamser added the two-point conversion on the second touchdown.

Red Hawks celebrate in the endzone after a touchdown by MavRick Cotten.

Red Hawks celebrate in the endzone after a touchdown by MavRick Cotten.

In the second quarter, the Red Hawks continued to pound on the Yellow Jacket defense by adding another touchdown to the first half tally, when Red Hawk fullback MavRick Cotton busted through the middle of the Greenville defense and scored on an 18-yard run. The Red Hawks did not capitalize on the two-point conversion, which left the score at 20 to 0, going into a rainy and windy half time.

After an excellent performance by the Red Hawk Marching Band, the third quarter began the way the second quarter ended, with MavRick Cotten breaking through the heart of the Yellow Jacket defense to score a 34-yard touchdown. The beginning of the end came when the Greenville offense fumbled the ball at midfield and Red Hawk Kaden Myers recovered the ball and ran it 52 yards for the score!

The Yellow Jackets continued to challenge the stingy, run-stopping and quarterback-sacking Red Hawk defense, with a score in the third quarter and one in the fourth, but the Red Hawks answered both times. Zach Wamser scored on a 41-yard dash with 48 seconds left in the third quarter, and Collin Alvesteffer answered again in the middle of the fourth.

In the end, it was second year head Coach Gus Kapolka’s Red Hawks that prevailed, 48-16.

This Friday, October 25, the Red Hawks will finish the regular season with a homecoming match up against conference foe Forest Hills Eastern, at 7 p.m. in Red Hawk Stadium. Get your Red Flannel on, load up the car and come out to support your 7 and 1 Red Hawks! Don’t forget the cowbell.

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Annual Walk-a-Thon


The Cedar Spring Elementary PTO is stepping up the annual Walk-a-Thon! The coordinating team, led by Liz Grice and Andrea Dersch, has been seeking corporate sponsorships in the Cedar Springs community so that there is no cost to the PTO for the Walk-a-Thon.  Thanks to the generous support of businesses with ties to Cedar Springs, each elementary student will receive a red t-shirt they will be proud to wear throughout the year.  This also means that every dollar pledged to Cedar Springs students will stay in their school.  This is the only fundraiser for the PTO this year so we are asking parents to consider what you would have spent on subs, cookie dough, wrapping paper and the like.  Put that money towards a generous pledge for your student and make a huge impact in our schools.  Want to cheer your student on? Attend the Walk-a-Thon at Red Hawk Stadium on Friday, October 17 during your school’s timeslot.  Fill the stands with cowbells, cheering, and clapping as we celebrate the support of education with a healthy and fun filled event.  Spread the word and encourage your student as they fill their pledge sheets!


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JV Red Hawks topple FHE Hawks

Freshman Collin Alvesteffer carries the ball. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

Freshman Collin Alvesteffer carries the ball. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

By Kendra Coons


After a tough loss against Zeeland West last week, the Cedar Springs JV football team came back ready to play against the Hawks of Forest Hills Eastern. On Thursday, September 25, the Red Hawks defeated Forest Hills Eastern 34-7 at Red Hawks stadium. This win now makes the team 4-1 overall, and 1-0 in conference play.

“After last week’s loss, we went back to the fundamentals in practice,” explained Coach Streeter.

Freshman quarterback Collin Alvesteffer scored two touchdowns and rushed for 58 yards. Anthony Topolski was the team leader in rushing yards, with a total of 137 for the game. Topolski also scored 2 touchdowns and made a 2-point conversion. Keenan Gosselin was the second team leader in rushing yards coming in with 109 for the game.

The defense for the Red Hawks was also on point, with Keenan Gosselin intercepting the ball for a 17-yard touchdown and leading the team in tackles. Bryan Cebrero also intercepted the ball and ran for a 90-yard touchdown! Damarcus Barnett led the team in TFL’s and finished off the game with 6 total tackles.

“We had some guys that were challenged earlier in the week to play better and they answered the challenge,” says Streeter.

On Thursday, October 3, the JV team takes on the Northview Wildcats for their second game of conference play at Red Hawk stadium. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m., so come out and support your JV team!

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Dux dominate Red Hawks

Dux defenders stop a Red Hawk run. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

Dux defenders stop a Red Hawk run. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

By Kendra Coon


On Friday, September 20, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team took on the Dux of Zeeland West at Red Hawk Stadium. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks received their second loss of the season and the final score of the game was 56-6 in favor of the Dux. The Red Hawks’ record is now 2-2.

In the first quarter, Zeeland West’s offense was on fire with Danny Bauder running for a 1-yard touchdown and a 39-yard touchdown. After the first quarter, Zeeland West was up 14-0.

In the second quarter, Zeeland West’s Grant Postma recovered a fumble by the Red Hawks and ran for a 47-yard touchdown. Zeeland West’s quarterback, Casey Brinks, then passed to Danny Bauder for a 71-yard touchdown. After the Dux received the ball back again, Casey Brinks passed to Danny Bauder for another 47-yard touchdown. At halftime, the score was 34-0. in favor of the Dux.

After halftime, Zeeland West came out strong again, with Casey Brinks passing to Jordan Vanhort for a 2-yard touchdown. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 42-0 Zeeland West.

After the third quarter, the Hawks started to pick up speed and senior quarterback Austin Hilyer passed to senior Jeff Newland for an 8-yard touchdown. The Dux fought back, with Evan Macdonald running for a 71-yard touchdown. At the end of the fourth quarter, Zeeland West took home the win by defeating the Red Hawks 56-6.

“I think we played well,” stated Red Hawk Coach Kapolka. “We just need to work on not turning the ball over.”

On Friday, September 27, the Red Hawks travel to Forest Hills Eastern High school to play their first conference game of the season. Kickoff is at 7 pm. So come out and support your Red Hawks as they look for their third win of the season. Good luck Hawks!


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Red Hawks roll over Spartans

LET’S GET PHYSICAL—The Cedar Springs Red Hawks dominated the Spartans last Friday night in a 49-13 win.

LET’S GET PHYSICAL—The Cedar Springs Red Hawks dominated the Spartans last Friday night in a 49-13 win.

By Kendra Coons

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team hosted the Sparta Spartans at Red Hawk Stadium on Friday, September 6. The Red Hawks achieved their second win of the season defeating the Spartans 49-13. The team is now 2-0 after defeating Tri-County and Sparta.

“We keep getting better and I’m pleased about that, but we have a long way to go,” commented Coach Kapolka.

Cedar Springs’ offensive line was strong against the Spartans. In the first quarter, Senior Cameron Link ran eight yards for a touchdown. Senior Jeff Newland also ran eight yards for a touchdown and in the second quarter, Junior Kaden Myers ran the ball nine yards for another touchdown. Sparta’s Shane Miedzielec also scored, on a 20-yeard pass from Christian Pangborn. The score at halftime was 28-7 in favor of the Red Hawks.

“I thought we played very well,” said Kapolka. “We talked about being physical and fast all week and I thought Friday night we went out and did that.”

In the third quarter, Cameron Link ran for a 51-yard touchdown and Jeff Newland followed with another six-yard touchdown run. Miedzielec scored again for Sparta, this time on a 58-yard run, but the extra kick was no good.

Cedar Springs scored again in the fourth quarter, when senior Jared Vodry dove into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown. The final score of the game was 49-13, in favor of the Red Hawks.

The Cedar Springs offense put up some impressive scoring numbers against the Spartans. In the first quarter they totaled 20 points, followed by 8 points in the second quarter, 14 points in the third quarter and 7 points in the final quarter.

The defensive line was also very strong for the Red Hawks. Kaden Myers intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown. Senior Cameron Klompstra led the defensive line with seven tackles and four assists, including a quarterback sack for 15 yards. Overall, the defense ended the night with 53 tackles, two quarterback sacks and two tackles, for a loss of four yards.

Being 2-0 is a great feeling for Cedar Springs, but what makes it even better for the team is that they defeated their rival the Sparta Spartans!

“It’s a rivalry I’m just beginning to understand,” says Kapolka. “The Sparta game is really important here and I’m glad we brought home a victory.”

On Friday, September 13, the Red Hawks take on Wayland Union at Wildcat stadium at 7 p.m. The team is looking for their third win of the season so come out and support your Cedar Springs Varsity football team!


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Cedar View holds 55m dash championships

On Thursday, June 6th, the annual Cedar View Elementary 55 meter dash championships were held at Red Hawk Stadium. Heats were held to determine the fastest girl and boy in the 4th and 5th grade. With the assistance of Principal, Mr. Secor, Mrs. Lesley and the “Voice of the Red Hawks,” Trey Reed, the events were enjoyed by over 450 students, plus staff and parents.

In 4th grade, the girl winners were: 1st place, Abby Buttermore (Nielsen), 2nd place, Sophia Dault (Falcinelli) and in 3rd place, Cassidy Canfield (Van Dam).

The 4th grade boy winners were: 1st place, Da’Montae Barnett (Alvarez), 2nd place, Caleb Menefee (Nielsen) and in 3rd place, which was a four way tie, Nayden Krupp (Underwood), Christian Moleski (Gregory), Daniel Vaughn (Van Dam) and Trenton Snoeyink (Underwood).

The 5th grade girl winners were: 1st place, Brittany Flanagin (Luttrell), 2nd place, Katie Grooters (Luttrell) and in 3rd place, Kaylie Andres (Latimer).

The 5th grade boy winners were: Dilan Sargent (Moleski), 2nd place, Jaydon Moleski (Latimer) and in 3rd place, Miles Cartwright (Mumford).

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Red Flannel Marching Band Competition

The Cedar Springs Music Boosters invite you to attend the 51st annual Red Flannel Marching Band Competition to be held on Saturday, October 1 (Red Flannel Day) from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium. (It was originally scheduled for 9 a.m. but was moved up an hour due to the number of bands competing.)

The event will kick off at 8 a.m. with the opening by the Cedar Springs 8th grade band. High schools performing between 8:15 a.m. and 9:30 will be Greenville, Fremont, Montague, Ithaca, White Cloud and Fulton; 10 to 10:45 will be Wyoming Park, Sparta, DeWitt, and Plainwell; 11:15 to noon will be Newaygo, Big Rapids, Comstock Park, and Tri County; 1 p.m. to 1:45 will be Mona Shores, Zeeland, Kenowa Hills, Petoskey, and Cedar Springs; and awards will be at 2 p.m.

This contest is held each year in conjunction with the city’s annual Red Flannel Celebration. The Red Flannel Grand Parade begins at 3 p.m. and all visiting marching bands are invited to stay after the competition to march in the parade. Come out and support your Cedar Springs Marching Band!

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Red Hawk Boys track improves to 5-0

Cameron Klompstra passing baton to teammate in relay.

Mother Nature continued to play havoc with the Cedar Springs boy’s varsity track team as another meet was postponed and forced them to have a double dual meet against Belding and Comstock Park at Red Hawk Stadium last Thursday, April 30. The team showed resiliency by defeating Comstock Park 118-19 and Belding 124-13 on a very cold, misty, and windy night to improve their record to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in conference. The Red Hawks took all the possible points in 13 of the 17 events against Belding and 10 of 17 against Comstock Park by winning all the events except the shot put against Comstock.
Individual field event winners were Dan Sagorski(discus), Nate Jones(high jump), Derek Ash (shot put), Hank Porter (long jump), and AJ Olszewski (pole vault). The sprint winners were James Putnam (100), Alex Hemry (200), Ron Fisk (400), and Justin Balczak (110H and 300H). Connor Mora led the distance crew by winning the 800m, 1600m, and the 3200m runs.  The 400m relay (Putnam, Hemry, Olszewski, and Ryan Austin), 800m relay(Hemry, Fisk, Balczak, Austin), 1600m relay(Hemry, Fisk, Balczak, Aaron Leal), and the 3200m relay(Mora, Fisk, Alex Bray, and Aaron Brooks)  were all undefeated on the evening.
“We had to go into the evening with the mind-set that we must do what it takes to get better,” said Coach Myers. “As everyone knows, the weather has limited our opportunities to train to our potential and to work on things during competition. We are running out of time to prepare for the most important meets of the year. We have to go full throttle in every event to maximize our potential,” he explained. “Our training this upcoming week must come from the meets that we participate in. Practice is now for fine-tuning and muscle memory training. It is time to test our mental toughness.”

Justin Balczak jumping hurdles. Photo by M. Balczak.

The team enters this week with the biggest meets of the year, but in this season it must prefaced with the caveat “weather permitting.” Tuesday the 3rd we are home against a tough West Catholic team, while Thursday the 5th we travel to Sparta to take on the Spartans and Coopersville.  The week concludes Saturday the 7th as we host the Red Hawk Invitational at Red Hawk Stadium.  Field events begin at 9:00 am, while the running gets underway at 11:00 am.
“This will be a tough meet for us to compete at,” said Coach Myers.W”e have invited three Division I schools.  After a big week against West Catholic and our biggest rival, Sparta, we cannot relax on Saturday.”

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