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Red Hawks roll over Sparta in second week showdown 44-6


The Red Hawk Defense hard at work in Sparta. Photo By Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Red Hawk Defense hard at work in Sparta. Photo By Kelly Alvesteffer.

Mother Nature proved to be the only thing that could slow down Coach Gus Kapolka’s Red Hawks football team on Friday night, Sept. 5, in Sparta. After a one-hour rain delay, the Red Hawk offense, led by senior Captain Zach Wamser, with two touchdowns and a solid game plan, proved to be too much for the Sparta Spartans, who managed a playoff run in the 2013 season. MavRick Cotton, Taylor VanDyke, Anthony Topolski and Connor Willits all found the end zone throughout the game, as the Red Hawks executed their strategy.

As the offense rolled and skies threatened more rain, the Red Hawk defense controlled the Spartans with a relentless stranglehold that was led by Anthony Topolski’s nine tackles and nine tackle assists, with 18 Red Hawk defenders registering at least one tackle in the stats column for the game, with five tackles for loss and two sacks being counted throughout the night, for the Cedar Springs D.

The special teams play, led by kicker Hunter Larsen, for the Red Hawks, also managed to keep the Spartans at bay, by only allowing 19 return yards, in six kick off opportunities.

The Spartans managed a touchdown late in the game, with Nick Yeck breaking free in the fourth quarter to put up six points for Sparta.

This week, the Red Hawks will host Belding at 7:00 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12. Please come out to beautiful Red Hawk stadium and support your Red Hawks!

 

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Tennis team wins one, loses one last week


Red Hawk #3 doubles team Nick Hibbs (freshman) serving the ball and Jared Liggett (sophomore) waiting for the return.

Red Hawk #3 doubles team Nick Hibbs (freshman) serving the ball and Jared Liggett (sophomore) waiting for the return.

The Cedar Springs varsity boy’s tennis team started last week out right with a win. On Tuesday September 2, the Red Hawks traveled to Coopersville for match that resulted in a 5-3 win. The players with winning matches were #2 singles Nick Fennessey, #3 singles Drew French, #4 singles Dylan Kolasa, #1 doubles Karsen Dingman & Austin Nielson and #3 doubles Jared Liggett & Nick Hibbs.

The next day the Red Hawks were back in action again. A home match against a tough Northview team resulted in a 2-6 loss, their first of the season. Players posting a win for the Red Hawks were #3 singles Drew French and #3 doubles Jared Liggett and Nick Hibbs. The Red Hawks put up a great fight with Northview and recorded several close matches, one ending with a third set tie breaker.

“We had great matches against Coopersville and Northview this week,” said Coach Katie Unsworth. “I am very pleased with how the boys are playing this year! We have a solid team with a little bit of depth. The last two years Northview has beat us 8-0. This year the score was 6-2. Northview had to work for their win. Way to go guys!”

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Are you ready for some football?


The Cedar Springs Red Hawks take on the Comstock Panthers in Comstock Park tonight (Thursday, August 28) 7 p.m. The photo above is from the last time they played them in 2011.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks take on the Comstock Panthers in Comstock Park tonight (Thursday, August 28) 7 p.m. The photo above is from the last time they played them in 2011.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks hit the gridiron this week for the first football games of the year. The varsity will take on last year’s OK-Blue champ Comstock Park, on the Panther’s home turf, Thursday, August 28, at 7 p.m., in the first of four non-conference games.
This game should be a great matchup between two highly competitive teams. An Mlive.com article predicted that Cedar Springs will finish second in the OK-Bronze behind Forest Hills Northern, and that Comstock Park will finish second behind West Catholic, which moved from the OK-Bronze to the OK-Blue.
The Wyoming Wolves were moved into the OK-Bronze to take the place of West Catholic.
The Red Hawks have played the Panthers 26 times since 1950, for a record of 11-15. They competed against them regularly when they were both part of the OK-Blue between 2005 and 2011, and as non-conference rivals between 1998-2002. They also competed yearly between 1960 and 1969, when they were both in the Tri-River Conference, and 1950-1953 in the Kent-Ottawa Conference.
The Red Hawks, under Coach Gus Kapolka, will need to be at the top of their game from the first whistle. In their first four games, the Red Hawks will face four teams that all made the playoffs last year—Comstock Park, Sparta, Belding, and Grand Rapids Catholic Central. Last year Comstock Park went 12-1, losing to South Christian in the Division 4 semi-final game.
Head out Thursday night, August 28, and support your Cedar Springs Red Hawks at Comstock Park. Game time is 7 p.m.

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Girls softball splits doubleheader with FH Eastern


 

By Kendra Coons

 

The girls varsity softball team had a week full of game cancellations and delays. The team was scheduled for a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 29 at Forest Hills Eastern, but it was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather. The game was rescheduled to Wednesday, April 30 and the softball team traveled back to FHE once again. The Red Hawks faced FHE the weekend before in the Fruitport tournament and won 8-7. This time around, Cedar Springs beat FHE in the first game of the double header 11-9 and lost to them 10-8 in the second game. The team’s overall record is now 10-7.

“We hit very well…but our defense let us down,” stated head coach Bill VanHorn.

Throughout the two games, the Red Hawks had a lot of hits and runs. The leading hitters for the Red Hawks throughout the two games were senior centerfielder Charlie Saylor with 2 doubles and 3 hits total, and senior second baseman Kendra Coons also with 2 doubles, 3 hits and 3 RBI’s. Also contributing to the Red Hawks score were senior catcher Taylor Baker, junior designated hitter Erin Johnson, senior right fielder Brittney Robinson, junior left fielder Allison Snavely, and junior shortstop Aubree Mouthaan, all with 2 hits each. Junior third baseman Alexis Lucarelli also had a triple that cleared the bases and had a total of 4 RbI’s. Pitching in the circle for the Red Hawks was junior Allyson Arnold. Arnold added a win for the first game, and added a loss for the second. She had a total of 4 strikeouts and one walk in the first game.

“We can play with any team if we play defense,” commented VanHorn.

The team was also scheduled to play FHE again on Thursday, May 1 but the game was cancelled once again due to weather. The game was rescheduled for Monday, May 5. This will be the final match-up between Cedar Springs and FHE. Also this week, the Red Hawks went up against their conference rival, West Catholic. The Red Hawks played West Catholic on Tuesday, May 6 at home for a doubleheader and then traveled to West Catholic to play the Falcons once again for a single game. Look for game results in next week’s paper.

The varsity team is also playing in the Gilbrater Carlson Cancer tournament in Detroit this Saturday. There will be a total of four games. Please come on out and support your varsity softball team as they take on another busy and hopefully successful week!

 

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Red Hawks win Sparta Invitational


The Varsity girls tennis team won the Sparta Invitational on Saturday, April 19th. The final team scores were: Cedar Springs 13, Sparta 9, Fremont 8, and Grand Rapids Union 2.

All four singles players for the Red Hawks brought home first place medals: Shannon Leal (#1), Megan Burnett (#2), Katie Schumann (#3), and Rebecca Williams (#4).

The #1 doubles team of Julie Schut and Emma Schut also were winners for Cedar Springs.

The Varsity girls will be in action on Thursday, May 8th at Northview High School at 4:15 and at the OK Bronze conference tournament on Saturday, May 10 at Forest Hills Northern High School at 9:00 a.m.

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JV boys golf hampered by weather


 

The Cedar Springs Boy’s JV Golf Team finally got their season started by competing in three matches last week. Monday, April 21, at Boulder Creek, the Red Hawks shot a 226 in the first OK Bronze Jamboree finishing 6th. Nick Rethamel shot a 48, Bradly Barnard 54, Brayden Harper 60 and Cam Patin 64. Wednesday, April 23, at Brookside, the Red Hawks shot a 229 finishing 6th at the jamboree. Nick Rethamel 53, Nick Scott 54, Bradley Barnard 58 and Brayden Harper 64.

At Cedar Chase, the boys finished 2nd to Lowell, and Sparta came in 3rd, in a tri with a team score of 227. Drew Simington shot a 53, Rethamel and Scott and Kody Hall carded 58s.

“It has been a tough start to the season because of the weather,” said Coach London. “We will hope for it to get warmer and improve these scores.”

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Red Hawk boys basketball ends season at districts


Brad Brechting going for the shot.

Brad Brechting going for the shot.

By Kendra Coons 

The boys varsity basketball season has finally come to a close. The Red Hawks took on Sparta, and Forest Hills Northern last week. And on Monday, February 3, the Red Hawks played their first round of Districts against Rockford. Cedar Springs did defeat Sparta 58-42, but unfortunately lost to FHN 58-53 and lost in the first round of Districts against Rockford 59-55. The varsity team ended up 12-9 overall, and 6-4 in conference.

The Sparta game was held on Tuesday, February 25. In the first half, the Spartans scored a total of 24 points, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Red Hawks and they scored a total of 30 points. In the second half, the Spartans scored 18 more points to bring their score to 42. The Red Hawks scored 28 more points making the final score 58-42, with the Red Hawks taking home the win.

“We played a much better second half in which we got back to some things that had been successful for us earlier in the season,” commented head Coach Jeff Patin.

During the Sparta game, sophomore Taylor VanDyke and junior Brad Brechting led the team in total points coming in at 12 each. Senior Mitchell Kooiman also scored for the Red Hawks scoring a total of 8 points for the game. Seniors Aaron Mabie and senior Dakota Bekins also contributed with 5 points.

“It was a good road win for us in the last week of the season,” stated Coach Patin.

On Thursday February 27, the Red Hawks played their last conference game of the season against Forest Hills Northern.

In the first half, the Huskies had a lead of 28-21 over the Red Hawks. In the second half, Cedar Springs tried to fight back and scored 30 more points, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead away from the Huskies, who scored 32 points to take home the win 58-53.

“This game was a physical battle from start to finish. It came down to a couple of possessions and unfortunately we didn’t come out on top,” explained Coach Patin.

Junior Brad Brechting scored a total of 21 points for the Red Hawks. Also scoring for the Red Hawks was senior David Kearney with 6 points, sophomore Taylor VanDyke, senior Cameron Link, and senior Kyler Marble each also scored 5 points.

“In any game you play, you want to give yourself a chance at winning. We had opportunities to win, but it just didn’t work out for us,” said Coach Patin.

Also this week, Monday February 3, the boys had their first round of districts against Rockford. The loss against Rockford concludes the season for the Red Hawks. It was a very close game, but the Red Hawks were defeated 59-55.

In the first half, the Rams of Rockford led Cedar Springs into halftime with the score being 36-25. The Red Hawks came back out after halftime trying to fight back, but came up short, scoring 30 more points while Rockford scored 23. Rockford is now advancing to the second round of Districts.

“We talked before the game about leaving everything out on the court and having no regrets. I feel we did that. We fought hard throughout the whole game and just came up short,” stated Coach Patin.

Junior Brad Brecthing led Cedar Springs in points with a total of 33 for the game. Senior Cameron Link also scored for the Red Hawks with a total of 12 points. Senior Dakota Bekins and senior Austin Hilyer also contributed by Bekins scoring 5 points and Hilyer scoring 4.

The community of Cedar Springs would like to congratulate the boys on such a fantastic season.

“Like almost all seasons, this one had its ups and downs as far as wins and losses. One constant was the effort these 14 guys gave every day. The weather this winter brought its scheduling challenges and really disrupted any type of rhythm we could get into, but it was like that for everybody this year,” stated Coach Patin.

Especially, congratulations to the seniors for all of their hard work they have put into the basketball program for the past 4 years.

Coach Patin concluded, “The hardest part of every season is knowing that you won’t have your seniors anymore. We will be graduating 9 this year, and they will be greatly missed.”

 

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Red Hawks lose to Greenville, Northview


Photo by K. Alvesteffer

Photo by K. Alvesteffer

Cedar Springs boys varsity basketball suffered two tough losses last week. On Tuesday, February 18, the boys took on the Yellow Jackets of Greenville high school. Last time the boys played Greenville the Red Hawks defeated the Yellow Jackets 88-55. This time around, the tables were turned and Greenville took home the win 61-55.

“We didn’t play well defensively for 32 minutes, which is our goal, and that ended up being our eventual downfall,” commented head Coach Jeff Patin.

The lead changed a total of 9 times throughout the game and was tied a total of 6 times. In the first half, Greenville led Cedar Springs 35-32. And then in the second half, Cedar Springs added on 23 more points making their final score 55. But it wasn’t enough because Greenville came back and added on 26 more points making the final score 61-55.

Junior Brad Brechting led the team in total points coming in at 25 for the game. Brechting went 9 for 14 on his shots. Senior Cameron Link also contributed to the Red Hawks score by scoring 9 points for the game, making 2 of 6 on shots. Also scoring for the Red Hawks was senior Austin Hilyer with 6 points, senior Aaron Mabie with 5 points, and sophomore Taylor VanDyke with 4 points.

“Our defensives lapses put more pressure to score on each offensive possession.  We were able to cut our deficit to 2 points on a couple of occasions, but couldn’t get the big stop to get us over the top,” stated Coach Patin.

Also the Red Hawks took on the Wildcats of Northview. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, February 21, but due to the weather the game was moved to Saturday February 22. The first time the Red Hawks played the Wildcats, Northview defeated Cedar Springs 66-49. And the same outcome happened once again with Northview beating Cedar Springs 65-36.

“Northview came out defensively this game and really pressured the ball.  We allowed the pressure to take us out of what we wanted to do offensively,” said Coach Patin.

In the first half, Northview scored a total of 37 points while Cedar Springs scored 21. Then in the second half, Northview took hold of the lead even more by adding 28 more points while Cedar Springs scored 15. Northview took home the win by defeating Cedar Springs 65-36.

“It was disappointing. We didn’t come out and play anywhere near our best.  We have to put it behind us and get ourselves ready for the remainder of the season,” exclaimed Coach Patin.

Senior Cameron Link led the team in points coming in at a total of 14. Link went 3 for 4 on his free throws and had a shooting percentage of 62.5% for the game. Junior Brad Brechting also scored 9 points for the Red Hawks. Brechting went 3 for 5 on his free throws and had a shooting percentage of 42.9%. Also scoring for the Red Hawks was senior Dakota Bekins with 4 points, Mitchell Kooiman with 4 points, and Nate Sorenson with 2 points.

This week the boys varsity basketball team take on their last conference game of the season. On Friday, February 28, the boys go up against Forest Hills Northern. The boys are looking to defeat the Huskies once again. Also, the boys first district game is on Monday, March 3, at Cedar Springs High School against Rockford High School. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. for both games so come on out and support your Red Hawks!

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Red Hawks lose to Eagles, edge out Falcons


Red Hawk Austin Hilyer takes the ball down court. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Red Hawk Austin Hilyer takes the ball down court. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

By Kendra Coons

 

The boys varsity basketball team had one tough lineup last week. On Tuesday, February 11, the boys played the Grand Rapids Christian Eagles. The game was a long hard fought battle, but in the end Grand Rapids Christian came out on top 64-56.

In the first quarter, the Red Hawks came out scoring fast and put a total of 15 points on the scoreboard. Grand Rapids Christian wasn’t far behind them coming in at 12. Going into the second quarter GRC came back and put up a total of 17 while Cedar Springs put up 7. The Eagles went into halftime with the lead 29-22 over the Red Hawks. Cedar Springs came back out after halftime and put up another 17 points. This wasn’t enough to take back the lead though. The Eagles scored a total of 14 points in the third quarter making the score 43-39 in favor of GRC. Then came the fourth quarter and Cedar Springs put up another 17 points, but GRC came back with 21, giving the Eagles the win 64-56.  The game had a total of 3 lead changes throughout and was tied twice, but in the end GRC came out on top.

“This was the second of back-to-back games and it was against a quality opponent.  We knew it was going to be a battle,” commented Head Coach Jeff Patin.

Cedar Spring’s players senior Cameron Link, junior Brad Brechting, senior Aaron Mabie and senior Kyler Marble were all big scorers for the Red Hawks. Link led the team in points coming in at a total of 14. Brechting wasn’t far behind him with 11 and Mabie and Marble both came in at a total of 8 points. Cedar Springs went a total of 23/48 on their field goals and had a shooting percentage of 47.9 percent.

“We gave a great effort throughout the game. Christian is a very athletic team, and we were able hang with them,” stated Coach Patin.

Also this week the boys varsity basketball team took on the Falcons of West Catholic for a second time this season. The first time the boys played them the Red Hawks fell to the Falcons 43-46. This time around on Friday, February 14 Cedar Springs returned the favor and defeated West Catholic 56-45, bringing home a great Valentine’s Day present to all Red Hawks!

In the first quarter, the Red Hawks were up 19-14. In the second quarter, West Catholic came back and scored 7 more points. The 7 points still wasn’t enough to take the lead though because the Red Hawks put up 11 keeping the lead going into halftime, 30-21. The Falcons came back fighting hard after halftime and scored 13 points in the third quarter while Cedar Springs scored 9. The Red Hawks still had the lead though at 39-34. In the fourth quarter West Catholic scored 11 points and Cedar Springs came in and finished strong putting up 17 more points to take home the win, 56-45.

“The first time we played West, we felt we let one get away from us. This time, at their place, we knew we had to play a complete game to stay in the hunt for the conference championship,” said Coach Patin.

The Red Hawks fought exceptionally hard for this game. Junior Brad Brechting and Seniors Cameron Link, Aaron Mabie and Kyler Marble played a huge role in the win for Cedar Springs.

“Cam Link led us with 23 points.  Brad Brechting had 15 points, 18 rebounds, and 7 blocks. In the fourth quarter we had a big 3-pointer by Aaron Mabie and two big defensive plays (a blocked shot and a charge) by Kyler Marble,” remarked Coach Patin.

The boys varsity basketball team’s record is now 11-5 overall and 6-1 in conference. The boy’s next game is Friday, February 21 at Northview. Tip-off is at 7:30 PM. This game is expected to be a very great match-up. So come on out and support your Red Hawks!

 

 

 

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Red Hawks lose to Wyoming Park; beat up on Eastern


Cameron Link looking to take a shot against Wyoming Park. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Cameron Link looking to take a shot against Wyoming Park. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

By Kendra Coons

On Monday, February 3, the Cedar Springs varsity boys basketball team took on the Wolves of Wyoming Park. It was a tough battle between the Red Hawks and the Wolves, but in the end Wyoming Park took home the win 72-60.

At the end of the first quarter, the Red Hawks were leading 23-21. The Wolves came back after the first quarter and scored 14 more points, but that wasn’t enough to take the lead away from the Red Hawks. Cedar Springs went into halftime leading 38-35. Wyoming fought back and came out after halftime and scored 15 more points to take the lead. Cedar Springs tried to come back after the third quarter and scored 13 points in the fourth, but it wasn’t enough. Wyoming scored 22, giving them the win 72-60.

“Wyoming is a good team, with a lot of athleticism. It was a good for us to play a team that plays a little different style,” commented head Coach Jeff Patin.

Senior Cameron Link and junior Brad Brechting led Cedar Springs in points. Link had a total of 30 points with a shooting percentage of 47.6. Brechting was right behind him coming in at 20 and went 9 for 12 on all of his shots. Wyoming’s Nick Staten led the Wolves in points coming in at 23 and went 7 for 14 on his shots. Coming in second for Wyoming was Jacob Traylor with 17 and a shooting percentage of 35.7.

“I thought we played well for most of the game. It was an up tempo game and we were playing our 3rd game in 4 days, and with about 2 minutes to go, we just couldn’t get the big stop or a basket,” stated Coach Patin.

The boys varsity basketball team also played Forest Hills Eastern this week on Friday, February 7. This was the second meeting of Cedar Springs and FHE. The first time the Red Hawks played the Hawks Cedar Springs defeated FHE 61-57.

In this matchup, it was very close at the beginning. At the end of the first quarter, Cedar Springs was in the lead 20-14 over FHE. After the first quarter, FHE came back fighting hard and scored 11 more points to make the score 30-25 still in favor of the Red Hawks. After halftime, Cedar Springs was still in the grove and added 19 more points to their score to stay in the lead. At the end of the third quarter the score was 49-40. FHE tried fighting back during the fourth, but it wasn’t enough. The final score was 70-55 with Cedar Springs defeating FHE.

“It was a good win for us. This time of year it’s good to win even if you haven’t played your best,” said Coach Patin.

Junior Brad Brechting led the team in points for Cedar Springs coming in at a total of 20. Senior Austin Hilyer was not far behind with 13 and Cameron Link came in third at 10.

“We were able to string some good defense possessions together to extend the lead,” exclaimed Coach Patin.

The boys varsity next game is Friday, February 14 at West Catholic. The team will be looking for their 11th win. So come on out and cheer on your Red Hawks!

 

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