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Cross country runners head to state finals


Red Hawk runners Hannah Heintzleman and Dallas Mora will head to the Cross Country state finals this weekend. Pictured (L to R) is: Girls Varsity Coach Marie Covey, Hannah Heintzleman, Dallas Mora, and Boys Varsity Coach Garrett Lacey.

Red Hawk runners Hannah Heintzleman and Dallas Mora will head to the Cross Country state finals this weekend. Pictured (L to R) is: Girls Varsity Coach Marie Covey, Hannah Heintzleman, Dallas Mora, and Boys Varsity Coach Garrett Lacey.

Two members of the Cedar Springs Red Hawks cross-country program are returning to the State Finals on Saturday, November 5. Hannah Heintzelman, a senior, and Dallas Mora, a junior, qualified at regionals, where only the top 15 finishers move on to compete at Michigan International Speedway. Heintzelman placed 8th and Mora placed 7th.

Heintzelman competed in the 2014 finals along with her teammates, where the girls that season finished 7th. Heintzelman’s season was cut short last year due to a serious illness. Mora competed at the finals last year and placed 61st. Congratulations and good luck, Hannah and Dallas!

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Rocket football team completes undefeated season


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The Cedar Springs third and fourth grade Rocket football team coached by head coach Brian Egan and assistant coaches Greg Curtis and Jesse Smith completed an undefeated season this past Saturday with an exciting 26-0 victory over the visiting West Side Falcons.

The win closed out a blowout season where not a single point was scored on the Red Hawks defense all season, outscoring their competition 202-0.

During the season the Red Hawks had a powerful offense led by quarterback Sawyer Smith, tail backs Luke Egan, Rory Schoenborn, Kaiden Dreyer, Jacob Thompson. With solid execution of a handful of plays these offensive players were a force to be reckoned with. The powerful defensive lineup led by Isaiah Kukla and supported by team mates Dane Nienhuis, Trenton Underwood, Marcus Caruso, Branson Wood and others held back almost all attempts to move the ball.

 

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Red Hawks lose to Red Arrows


 

By Maddie Nichols, student reporter

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks took a hard loss last Friday night, September 30, losing 27-8 to the Lowell Red Arrows.

Both teams started the first half strong, leaving the end of the second quarter with only one touchdown on each side. Runs by juniors John Todd and Nick Campione, as well as seniors Jaron Spencer and Jacob Hooker, brought some momentum to the game. Despite the remarkable defensive efforts, the Arrows ran in a touchdown from the one yard line with a little over 2 minutes left in the first quarter, making the score 7-0 Red Arrows.

Going into the second quarter, the Hawks stepped up both offensively and defensively, leading to a touchdown from junior quarterback Nick Campione to Todd with 8 and a half minutes left of the first half. The two-point conversion from Campione to sophomore Ryan Ringler was good, leaving Cedar up 8-7. Tackles by junior Nate Patin, Todd, and Ringler shut down the Arrows the rest of the quarter.

The Red Arrows came back to finish out the game with a win. Although Cedar’s defense stepped up, the offense wasn’t there. Tackles by seniors Jordan Ringler, Thomas Hill, Dustin Shaw and Austin Basso held the Arrows off until two minutes left of the third quarter, making the score 13-8.

The Hawks continued to push, but couldn’t get any more points. Basso, Todd, Ryan Ringler and sophomore Lucas Pienton continued to make long runs, but the defense couldn’t hold back the Arrows from scoring two more times in the fourth quarter. After a long, rainy fight, the final score ended up 27-8, a tough loss for the Red Hawks.

The team is now 2-1 in conference, and 3-3 overall.

This Friday Cedar Springs hosts Forest Hills Northern (also 2-1, 3-3) at 7 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium.

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Girls golf ends regular season


 

The Cedar Springs Girl’s Varsity Team had a strong finish to the OK White season by shooting a 471 at Candlestone Golf Course last week. Michaela Tawney and Malory Shevock shot 112, Audrie Davis 113, and MacKenzie Clark 134 (Carrigan Clark 153) to lead the way.

“The girls did a very nice job today, gritty,” said Coach London. “Audrie even sliced her finger the night before but played her best round of the season.”

The Red Hawks were scheduled to finish their season this past week at Greenville in the Division 2 Regional.

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Red Hawks suffer tough loss to GR Christian


Red Hawk defensive back Collin Alvesteffer tackles Grand Rapids Christian receiver Darius Barfield.  Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Red Hawk defensive back Collin Alvesteffer tackles Grand Rapids Christian receiver Darius Barfield.
Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Maddie Nichols, student reporter

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks took on a tough competitor, the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles, last Friday, September 23, at home, and ended the night with a hard loss, 41-16.

The Red Hawks started the game off strong with runs by sophomore Ryan Ringler, junior John Todd, and seniors Austin Basso, Jacob Hooker, and Collin Alvesteffer. Midway into the first quarter, Hooker ran in for a touchdown and senior Dustin Shaw kicked the extra point, giving the Hawks a 7-0 lead. However, with three minutes left of the first quarter, Grand Rapids Christian scored a touchdown. Cedar’s defense stepped up and kept the score at 7-7.

Despite the defensive efforts by Ringler, Alvesteffer, and Todd, the Eagles scored a touchdown with a little over four minutes left of the half, and Cedar trailed 14-7. The Hawks fought back, gaining some yardage and Alvesteffer threw in a touchdown to Hooker with a minute and a half to spare. The kick was no good, making the score 14-13 but not for long. Soon after, Grand Rapids Christian came back and get a touchdown at the very end of the second quarter making the score 21-13 going into halftime.

Getting into the third quarter, the Hawks defense pulled through and stopped the Eagles from advancing. Tackles by Alvesteffer, Shaw, sophomore Lucas Pienton, junior Nate Patin, and senior Austin Ellis kept GR Christian from scoring. During the third quarter, Alvesteffer made a long run, got tackled and sprained his ankle. The injury forced him to come off the field and hand over his quarter back spot to junior Nick Campione to finish out the game. Soon after, Shaw kicked a field goal to make the score 21-16, Hawks down by five points. Tackles by Patin and Todd kept the score down going into the fourth.

However, Cedar couldn’t find an opportunity to score during the fourth quarter. Another key player, Austin Ellis, received a knee injury that prevented him from coming back into the game. The Eagles made a field goal and scored two touchdowns, one with 6 and a half minutes and one with only forty five seconds left of the game. The final score was 41-16.

After a hard loss, Cedar is ready to make adjustments and defeat Lowell this Friday, September 30.

Cedar Springs is now 2-0 in the OK-White conference, and 3-2 overall.

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Red Hawks rock homecoming game


Senior Collin Alvesteffer scored four touchdowns in the game against Northview last Friday, September 16. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Senior Collin Alvesteffer scored four touchdowns in the game against Northview last Friday, September 16. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Maddie Nichols, student reporter

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks took on the Northview’s Wildcats for their fourth game of the season, the first in their own stadium this season, and also the school’s homecoming game.

With a huge student section pushing for a win, senior Collin Alvesteffer started the game with a pick six within a minute and a half of the first quarter. The kick was good and the Hawks found themselves up 7-0 with 10 minutes and 57 seconds left. Cedar held off the Wildcats with tackles by juniors John Todd and Nate Patin, as well as senior Austin Basso. Alvesteffer got another touchdown, with 5 minutes and 8 seconds remaining, while Dustin Shaw had a successful kick giving the Hawks a 14-0 lead.

Thirty seconds into the second quarter, Alvesteffer ran in for another touchdown, leaving Cedar up by 21 points. Only 10 seconds later, senior Jacob Hooker scored a touchdown with 11 minutes and 12 seconds remaining of the first half, making the score 27-0. Northview finally got on the board with a long run and touchdown with 3 minutes and 34 seconds left on the clock, making the score 27-7. Runs by seniors Hooker and Basso led to a touchdown by sophomore Lucas Pienton, with a little under 2 minutes remaining. The halftime score was Cedar up 33-7.

After the Homecoming Queen and King announcement, the sideline cheerleader routine, and the marching band performance, lightning struck and the game received a thirty-minute delay. Fans were asked to leave the stands during the delay.

Alvesteffer got his fourth touchdown shortly after the beginning of the second half, increasing the Hawks’ lead to 41-7.

In the fourth quarter, Northview made a long run and got a touchdown after a penalty was called on Cedar Springs, with 9 minutes and 20 seconds left of the game. With the score 41-13, the Northview fans got riled up to make a comeback and pushed their team to get another touchdown, which they did, with 5 minutes and 15 seconds left in the game. The two-point conversion was no good, making the score 41-19. A long run by Lucas Pienton led to a touchdown by junior Darius Barnett, 3 minutes and 30 seconds left in the game. The two-point conversion was good making the score 49-19. Tackles by sophomore Ryan Ringler and junior John Todd closed out the game with the final score being 49-19.

Cedar Springs is now 2-0 in conference and 3-1 overall. Their next game is Friday, September 23, when they host Grand Rapids Christian (4-0) in the MLive Game of the Week.

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Girls volleyball starts conference action


 

Cedar Springs Varsity Volleyball played a terrific conference opening match on Tuesday night (Sept. 13) against Lowell, with the Red Arrows prevailing in the three set match on their home floor. Lowell took the sets 19-25, 18-25 and 16-25.

The Red Hawks were led by senior setter Ali Sparling, who put up a strong all around performance with 5 kills, 8 assists, 4 blocks and 7 digs.  Sydney Plummer followed with 3 kills, 3 aces, 8 digs and an assist while Lauren Kostus added 2 kills, 5 service points and 3 aces.  Sienna Wight tallied 6 service points, 2 aces, 1 block and 4 assist while Libero Kaitlyn Coons had 15 digs on the night.

The second conference match on Thursday evening, September 15, at Greenville High School, brought a disappointing three set loss:  19-25, 18-25 and 8-25. Senior Brooke Morris supplied a match high 6 kills and 3 blocks, while freshman Lauren Kostus tallied 5 kills, 7 digs, and a block. Sydney Plummer added 5 kills, 10 digs and 2 aces. Ali Sparling recorded 10 assists, while Sienna Wight had 9. Kaitlyn Coons led the defense with 18 digs.

The Girls Varsity team moves to an overall 1-5-2 record, and drops to 0-2 in the conference.  Their next matches are both home, hosting Ottawa Hills Tuesday evening and Forest Hills Northern on Thursday night.

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Red Hawks snag first conference win


 

By Maddie Nichols

The Red Hawks traveled to Greenville’s Legacy Field last Friday, September 9, for their first conference game of the season. After a well fought game, Cedar Springs ended the night with a win of 17-3.

The game started with a spark when junior John Todd returned the kick and made a long run to Greenville’s 37-yard line. Soon after, senior Jacob Hooker made a short run in for a touchdown with 10 minutes and 23 seconds left of the first quarter. The two point conversion failed, but the Hawks got the lead they needed making it 6-0 right away. Cedar continued to shut down Greenville with tackles by seniors Austin Ellis and Jaron Spencer. With only a little over a minute left of the first quarter, senior Dustin Shaw kicked a 34-yard field goal to increase the lead to 9-0 Red Hawks. Tackles at the end of the quarter by sophomore Ryan Ringler and seniors Jaron Spencer and Dustin Shaw prevented Greenville from getting any points.

Going into the second quarter, Jacob Hooker recovered a fumble and got the crowd roaring when he landed the ball on the 12-yard line. Hooker carried the ball the next few plays until it was 4th down on the 1-yard line. Senior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer then made an unusual touchdown by climbing over his teammates’ backs and crossing the ball over into the end zone. The two-point conversion from Alvesteffer to senior Dylan Ostrom-Howell was good, upping the score to 17-0 with 8 minutes left in the first half. Runs by Todd, Hooker, and Ringler kept the momentum going while important tackles by Alvesteffer, Ellis, and junior Nate Patin kept the Yellow Jackets from scoring.

In the second half, Cedar’s defense stepped up to maintain the lead they had. Although there were some close calls, Cedar held them off from making any runs into the end zone. Ringler, Alvesteffer, Shaw, Todd, sophomore Lucas Pienton and senior Austin Basso all made major tackles as the Yellow Jackets closed in on the one yard line. Towards the very end of the third quarter, Greenville kicked a field goal to make the score 17-3.

The Red Hawks continued with a strong defense in the fourth quarter. With huge tackles by Todd, Ryan Ringler, senior Fred Rutledge, Patin, Basso, junior Jordon Lyon, Pienton, and senior Jordan Ringler, the Yellow Jackets struggled to get close to a touchdown. Although there was no scoring by the Hawks, there were still some great runs by Ryan Ringler, Todd, Ostrom-Howell, Hooker, and Jordan Ringler to finish off the game 17-3.

Cedar Springs had 181 yards on the ground. Leading rushers were John Todd, with 60 yards on nine carries; Jacob Hooker with 46 yards on 12 carries; and Collin Alvesteffer with 24 yards on 11 carries.

Cedar Springs is now 1-0 in conference and 2-1 overall.

The Red Hawks have their Homecoming game this coming Friday, September 16, against Northview. Game time is 7 p.m. Come on out and cheer on your Red Hawks!

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Soccer team pulls out victory as ONE


s-soccer1s-soccer2Being part of a team means sacrificing yourself for what is best for those around you. This year, the Cedar Springs boys soccer program is finding out what that means on and off the field. The idea of coming together as ONE has meant more to these players than ever before. After their teammate #1, Brison Ricker, was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer in the late months of 2015, their goal became very clear; be one. This means more than simply playing together on a soccer field. For the Cedar Springs boys soccer program, this means honoring Brison by exemplifying the qualities that he showed on the field and continues to show every day in his battle against cancer. Being ONE means showing perseverance, positivity, high work ethic, and an unconquerable spirit on and off the field.

Any coach will tell you that success begins to happen when everything your team has worked for culminates in a game. On Thursday, September 8, this happened for the Cedar Springs boys soccer program when they traveled to Greenville High School. At half time the Varsity scoreboard showed a 2-0 deficit against the Red Hawks. Heads were hanging and spirits were low as the half-time whistle blew. When the second half began, they stepped on the field with 40 minutes on the clock. The team had a choice; Give up, or work. They decided to make a conscious decision to try to come together as ONE. In a hard fought battle for the next forty minutes, each player began to discover what ONE truly meant for them. Things like grit, passion, sacrifice, leadership, and unity suddenly became real. When the final whistle blew, their grit and sacrifice paid off. The team was able to pull off a 3-2 victory over Greenville High School after coming from behind 2-0.

“The players from both the JV and Varsity soccer teams walked away on Thursday night with more than just a win,” said Kyle Avink, Varsity Soccer Coach. “They walked away with a new meaning for what it meant to be part of a team. They have begun to truly understand the sacrifice it takes to be ONE. They showed that no matter what they face, together they are strong…Rickerstrong.”

#one #Rickerstrong

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Hawks end Spartan rivalry with win


Red Hawk Jacob Hooker runs with the ball. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Red Hawk Jacob Hooker runs with the ball. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Maddie Nichols

After playing the Sparta Spartans 65 times in the last 66 years (and probably even longer) the Cedar Springs Red Hawks faced the Spartans for the last time this past Thursday. Sparta had asked to end their contract with Cedar Springs, saying the matchup was not “favorable to Sparta.” In this final rivalry game, Cedar ended the game with a significant 35-7 win.

The Hawks started the game off strong and held off the Spartans. With 4 minutes and 34 seconds left of the first quarter, Red Hawk junior John Todd made a run down the middle and scored Cedar’s first touchdown. After a successful two-point conversion pass from senior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer to another senior, Austin Basso, the Hawks were up 8-0. Cedar kept the lead on the Spartans with some great defensive efforts by sophomore Ryan Ringler and John Todd.

Early in the second quarter, senior Jacob Hooker made a long run in for a touchdown with 10 minutes and 31 seconds left. After a successful extra point, the Hawks were up 15-0. Cedar continued to shut down any of Sparta’s attempts with great tackles by Collin Alvesteffer, John Todd, and Austin Basso. At the end of the first half, the score remained 15-0.

The combined efforts of the offense and defense kept the Red Hawk momentum going in the third quarter. Tackles by junior Nathan Patin, senior Dustin Shaw, sophomore Lucas Pienton, senior Jaron Spencer and senior Thomas Hill kept the Spartans at bay. Runs by Jacob Hooker and pass deflections by Dustin Shaw and Lucas Pienton kept both the team and the fans energized. Ryan Ringler’s incredible 65-yard touchdown and Cedar’s successful point after at the end of third quarter made the score 22-0.

Cedar marched downfield in the fourth quarter with runs by Ryan Ringler, Jacob Hooker, and Collin Alvesteffer. Alvesteffer made a four-yard touchdown run with nine minutes left in the game. The two-point conversion was no good, but Cedar remained on top 28-0. Sparta snuck in a long run and a touchdown with six minutes 44 seconds left in the game, making the game 28-7. Cedar continued to push and Dustin Shaw got a touchdown and point after in with four minutes left, making it 35-7. The Hawks weren’t letting another touchdown go past them and they shut down the Spartans’ offense for the rest of the game.

Coach Gus Kapolka knows the Red Hawks still have some things to work on.

“After a sluggish start, I thought we played much better in the second half,” he said. “I’m disappointed in the number of penalties that we had, so it’s something that we will have to clean up for this week.”

The Red Hawks head to  Greenville to take on the Greenville Yellow Jackets this Friday, September 9, and then will host Northview on Friday, September 16, the first home game of the season.

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