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Red Hawks take 7th at Grandville, 3rd at Allendale


The Red Hawk wrestlers took third at the Allendale Falcon Invite. Photo by Jane Ringler.

The Red Hawk wrestlers took third at the Allendale Falcon Invite. Photo by Jane Ringler.

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs High School Wrestling team traveled to Grandville on Wednesday, December 30. They started the day with a loss against Grand Haven, 32-35. Northview was their next opponent with a victory, 40-31. They took a loss to Comstock Park but it was a close dual, 29-33; and the Red Hawks finished the day against Jenison with a win and big lead, 66-12. Out of the 13 teams competing, Cedar Springs finished the day in 7th place. Grandville took the Championship, Hesperia 2nd place, Tri County 3rd place, Grand Haven 4th place, Comstock Park 5th place and Byron Center 6th place.

The individual records are as follows: Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler and 125 lb Jordan Ringler all went undefeated with four wins each; 145 lb Lucus Pienton, 140 lb Jacob Galinis, 112 lb Logan Hull all with three wins each; 171 lb Gage Gardner, 160 lb Nate Patin, 152 Anthony Topolski , 145 lb Xavier Anderson , 135 Jesse Empie and 112 lb Austin Emmorey with two wins each; 215 lb Cody McHenry, 135 lb Gonzalo Baladia, 130 lbs Aaron Smith and Jordan Andrus and 119 Patrick Fliearman with one win each.

Spanish exchange student Gonzalo Baladia entered into his first wrestling tournament and won his first Varsity wrestling match against Jenison. “We are short handed at a few weights and lost two close battles today because of it,” said Head Coach Nick Emery. “Hopefully, the boys have learned that every second, every point of each match counts. Moving forward I hope this team can rally around each other and spark the greatness it has the potential to achieve.”

Saturday, January 2, Cedar Springs traveled to Allendale for the Falcon Invite. The tournament attracted 15 area teams and some tough competition. Final team standings were Lakeshore with the Championship and score of 270.5, Allendale took 2nd Place with a score of 180 points and Cedar Springs took 3rd Place with a score of 179.5.

The tournament was broke up into Varsity A and B teams. Cedar Springs entered eleven competitors into the Varsity A division. Final Placements are as follows:

Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, who remains undefeated this season, took home a Championship Title; 171 lb Ryan Ringler also took home a Championship title; 145 Lucus Pienton and 125 lb Jordan Ringler with 2nd Place each; 140 lb Jacob Galinis with 3rd Place; 152 lb Anthony Topolski with 4th Place; 119 lb Patrick Fliearman with 5th Place and 160 lb Nate Patin and 112 lb Logan Hull with 6th Place each. The Varsity B Team entered six competitors. 145 lb Xavier Anderson took home a Championship Title; 171 lb Chris Shaffer with 3rd Place; 130 lb Aaron Smith with 5th Place and 135 lb Gonzalo Baladia and 112 lb Austin Emmorey with 6th Place each.

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CS Quad and Kent County Championships


From left to right: Nate Patin, 6th Place; Jordan Andrus, 5th Place; Logan Hull, 6th Place; Jordan Ringler, 2nd Place; Lucus Pienton, 3rd Place; Ryan Ringler, 3rd Place; Patrick Depiazza, Champion and Coach Nick Emery.

From left to right: Nate Patin, 6th Place; Jordan Andrus, 5th Place; Logan Hull, 6th Place; Jordan Ringler, 2nd Place; Lucus Pienton, 3rd Place; Ryan Ringler, 3rd Place; Patrick Depiazza, Champion and Coach Nick Emery.

by Barbra Chong

Wednesday, December 16, Cedar Springs High School Wrestling hosted a North Kent Quad where Cedar Springs, Sparta, Rockford and Kent City were all looking for the Championship Title. In the first dual of the night, Cedar Springs defeated Kent City with a final score, 42-27. The Red Hawks then went up against Sparta and lost by a difficult, 9-49. Out of the four teams competing, Cedar Springs took 2nd Place after Sparta.

The two highlights of the evening were wins by junior Jordan Ringler at 119 lbs and junior Patrick Depiazza at Heavyweight.  Jordan Ringler took to the mat against Sparta senior Dylan Wilkins, who is currently ranked #1 in the state of Michigan. Ringler and Wilkins went head to head but Ringler successfully defended Wilkins’ signature low single as time expired, final score 5-3. Patrick Depiazza had the anticipated last match of the evening against Sparta senior Tom Rock, who is currently ranked #2 in the state of Michigan. Depiazza and Rock battled into overtime, with Depiazza defeating his opponent with the first take down and final score of 5-3.

Saturday, December 19, Cedar Springs traveled to Davenport University for the Kent County Championship. The tournament attracted 17 area teams and some of the best wrestlers in the area. The best fan base award was claimed by our very own Cedar Springs crowd. Final team standings were Lowell, 1st Place; Forest Hills Central, 2nd Place; Rockford, 3rd Place and Cedar Springs, 4th Place.

The individual records were: heavyweight, Patrick Depiazza, who went undefeated with 3 wins and took home the Championship title; 119 lb Jordan Ringler, with two wins and 2nd place; 145 lb Lucus Pienton and 171 lb Ryan Ringler with three wins and 3rd place each; 130 lb Jordan Andrus with 4 wins and 5th place; 112 lb Logan Hull and 160 lb Nate Patin with two wins each and 6th Place. 152 lb Anthony Topolski, 160 lb Gage Gardner and 189 lb Chris Shaffer won two matches each and 125 lb Patrick Fliearman and 135 lb Jesse Empie with 1 win each.

“Facing adversity, the boys decided to double down this weekend,” said Head Coach Nick Emery. “There were unexpected and eye opening performances throughout the day. In the words of the great Vince Lombardi, ‘It doesn’t matter how many times you get knocked down, as long as you keep getting back up.’ Our fans were spectacular and I love our grassroots mentality. Freshmen Ryan Ringler and Lucus Pienton both proved they are legit contenders with tough battles against all-state seniors.”

If you are able to come support the Red Hawks, the next tournament will be held at Grandville High School, next Wednesday, December 30. Competition will start at 9 a.m.

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Red Hawks win hoops opener against Kelloggsville


 

Coach reveals what they will do to be successful this season

By Rebekah Cronk

It was the first game of the season and the heart of every player was racing, hands were sweating, and the pressure to win was overpowering. Sneakers squeaked and scuffed against the gymnasium floors as the players shuffled along the court; words of encouragement were shouted as the ball was dribbled and passed.

The fans went wild Tuesday night, December 8, when Jameson Pavelka led the Cedar Springs Varsity basketball team to scoring 23 points, including making 4 of 6 from the three point range. Nikc Jackson and Taylor VanDyke also scored in the double digits, with Jackson putting up 11 points and VanDyke adding 10. Jackson also pulled down 16 rebounds.

“We won at Kelloggsville 59-39. We had a slow start shooting the ball, but came out in the third quarter strong defensively as well as knocking down some shots,” said Cedar Springs Varsity basketball coach, Jeff Patin.

The victory for the basketball team’s first game at Kelloggsville will be one of many to come. Coach Jeff Patin has a great deal of faith in the boys and feels as though they will have a strong season if they put forth their best efforts.

“We are going to try and give our best efforts. We have the ability to do well this season and we will try to continue to improve as the season moves on,” said Patin.

Patin said that in order to become more successful this year, there needs to be more balance between their outside and inside game, but having a group of boys that work well together is what helps them become successful too.

“We have a great group of young men,” said Patin. “Each one brings their own unique personality and skills to our team. The joy I get from coaching is finding ways to get them to play as one, and have each other’s backs. The memories created going through this process is what has impacted me.”

“To help us be successful this season, we hope that [the fans] can continue to support us and be a positive example for other teams and communities,” said Patin.

 

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Red Hawks OK Bronze Champs, head to playoffs


The Red Hawks celebrate their win over Northview, and entry into the playoffs for the second year in a row.

The Red Hawks celebrate their win over Northview, and entry into the playoffs for the second year in a row.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks marched on to the field last Friday, October 23, at Northview, with the goal of not just winning the game, but clinching a share of the OK Bronze championship, and getting a spot in the 2015 playoffs. They scored on all counts, taking down Northview 52-29.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks are OK Bronze champions for the second year in a row. Last year they had sole title, and this year they share the title with Forest Hills Eastern, who lost last week to Forest Hills Northern. Both CS and FHE finished the season 4-1 in conference. Cedar’s only conference loss was to FHE.

The win over Northview was also the Red Hawks’ 6th win, assuring them a berth in the playoffs, which begin this weekend. They take on Zeeland West at Zeeland, on Saturday, October 31, at 1 p.m. For more on last Friday’s game, turn to page 7.

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Red Hawks advance to playoffs after win against Northview


Red Hawk QB Collin Alvesteffer is looking healthy again after an ankle injury early in the season.

Red Hawk QB Collin Alvesteffer is looking healthy again after an ankle injury early in the season.

By Lauren VanDenHout

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks faced off against the Northview Wildcats for a spot in the 2015 playoffs. This matchup took place last Friday, October 23, at Northview. The Red Hawks took charge of the field early on, and carried an aggressive mentality throughout the entire game. With a final score of 52-29, Cedar Springs proved they have what it takes to be back to back conference champions.

Cedar Springs started out strong in the first half. The first touchdown was made by senior Isaiah MacDonald, while junior Collin Alvesteffer made the two-point conversion. This dynamic duo managed to make another connection later on in the first quarter, with three minutes remaining. Macdonald again got the touchdown, and Alvesteffer scored the conversion.

In the second quarter, senior Da’Marcus Barnett intercepted a Wildcat pass that reignited the Red Hawks’ offensive brutality. Junior John Todd earned the third touchdown for Cedar Springs that quarter, while senior Cameron Umphrey made the two-point. Umphrey also made an explosive run down the middle that the Wildcats’ defense was unable to stop until the Red Hawks got dangerously close to their end zone. This run led Alvesteffer to score another touchdown. The quarterback also made the pass to MacDonald for the two-point conversion. To end the second quarter, Alvesteffer put another touchdown on the scoreboard to make the score 32-14 leading into the second half.

The Wildcats started to fight back offensively in the third quarter, however, the Red Hawks were stronger. Offensively, Alvesteffer was the only one to score a touchdown in the third quarter. The conversion was completed by Umphrey. The score was now 46-21.

Alvesteffer intercepted a pass early on in the final quarter. With an unstoppable lead, this gave other Red Hawks the chance to step up and contribute to their team. Senior Connor Willitts made an aggressive run for a touchdown with three minutes remaining in the quarter. This final touchdown sealed the win for Cedar Springs to make it into the playoffs. The conversion after Willitts’ touchdown was incomplete, however. Defensively, big blocks put up by senior Alex Tanis and junior Ryan Ringler in the final quarter helped ensure the Red Hawks’ victory.

The Red Hawks finished the regular season 4-1 in conference (6-3 overall), and tied with Forest Hills Eastern, also 4-1 in conference (8-1 overall), for a share of the OK Bronze championship. This is the second year in a row they are OK Bronze champions.

Cedar Springs is away at Zeeland East against the Chixs for the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. Kickoff time is 1 p.m.

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CS volleyball wins one, loses one


 

The Cedar Springs Varsity volleyball team competed in two conference matches, playing at Wyoming on Tuesday, October 13, and hosting Greenville, on Thursday, October 15. The Lady Red Hawks opened the week with a decisive 3-0 victory over Wyoming (25-10, 26-24 and 25-22) before dropping a 1-3 decision to the Hornets (25-23, 14-25, 14-25 and 19-25) in the second match.

The Red Hawks dominated Wyoming Tuesday evening, with their strong offensive and defensive play, and consistent communication and a determined focus. Leading was Sara Kriekaard and Lauren VanDenHout, with 7 and 8 kills respectively and a combined 7 blocks. Setter Sienna Wight tallied 28 assists, while Kaitlyn Coons had 19 digs, followed by Cassie Rivard with 17.

The Varsity team started strong on Thursday evening by grabbing a first set victory but fell the next three sets. Sydney Plummer had a teamhigh 10 kills and added 15 digs for the Red Hawks. Sienna Wight had 22 assists while adding three kills. Sara Kriekaard tallied seven kills and 2 blocks, while Lauren VanDenHout recorded 4 kills and 2 blocks. Libero Kaitlyn Coons put up 19 digs on the night, while Cassie Rivard added 10 digs and a team high 11 service points. Lindsey Lehman contributed 2 aces and 8 service points.

The Lady Red Hawks overall record is 4-23-2 with a 1-7 league record. Up next for the team is a conference match at Northview High School on Thursday, October 22 beginning at 6 p.m., and a tournament at Sparta High School on Saturday, October 24.

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Red Hawks take down Yellow Jackets


 

Senior Blake Fisher snagging an interception in the second quarter against Greenville. He ran it back 85-yards for a touchdown.

Senior Blake Fisher snagging an interception in the second quarter against Greenville. He ran it back 85-yards for a touchdown.

Face off against FH Eastern Friday for a share of OK Bronze title

By Laura VanDenHout

The Cedar Springs Varsity football team brought home another win last Friday, October 9, against the Greenville Yellow Jackets. Both the Red Hawks’ defensive and offensive lines proved to be a vigorous force that Greenville couldn’t compete with. Cedar Springs aggressively claimed victory over Greenville, with a final score of 51-22.

The first touchdown of the game was scored by Senior Lane Gott in the first quarter. Unfortunately, the two-point conversion was no good. The scoreboard remained at 6-0 until the second quarter.

In the following quarter, the Red Hawks made offensive leaps and bounds. Senior Anthony Topolski  earned a touchdown for Cedar Springs early in the second quarter. The two-point was made by senior Cameron Umphrey. After this offensive gain, junior Dustin Shaw pinned the Yellow Jackets on the 13-yard line on his kickoff, after a violation was committed against Umphrey. This aggressive stoppage by defensive players junior Jacob Hooker and senior Kyle Sphar later allowed senior Blake Fisher to make a run for a pick six for another touchdown. Umphrey successfully made the two-point. Senior Taylor VanDyke also earned a touchdown, making the score 28-0 in the first half.

Senior Taylor VanDyke making a great catch.

Senior Taylor VanDyke making a great catch.

Topolski scored another touchdown for the Red Hawks in the third quarter. Senior Isaiah MacDonald made the two-point conversion. After this play, the Yellow Jackets managed to break through the defensive line for a touchdown to make the score 36-6. However, Hooker made another touchdown, and this time, the Red Hawks decided to let Shaw kick the extra point.

In the final quarter, junior Collin Alvesteffer scored a touchdown, and VanDyke converted the two-point. Ending the quarter, Fisher intercepted another Yellow Jacket pass, stopping their offensive line.

The Red Hawks are now 3-0 in conference and 5-2 overall. They are tied with Forest Hills Eastern (3-0 conference, 7-0 overall) for first place in the OK-Bronze, and they take them on this Friday at Forest Hills Eastern High School, for a share of the title. Kick off is at 7 p.m. You don’t want to miss it! Come on out and show your support for your Red Hawks!

 

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Tennis ends season with conference and regionals


Senior Ethan Brown

Senior Ethan Brown

Senior Blake Fisher

Senior Blake Fisher

Leading to the end of the Red Hawks boys tennis season was the conference meet on Saturday, October 3.

“As is the traditional weather situation, the winds were gusting and wind chills were in the 30’s. Great tennis weather!” remarked Coach Katie Unsworth.

The team’s conference record going in to the tournament was 4-4-1, and they were tied with Northview for 3rd place. “Despite the weather conditions, the boys were able to get in some decent matches but at the end of the day, finished 5th overall, due to some upset matches with Greenville,” said Unsworth.  First singles Blake Fisk received the all-conference award for the Red Hawks team. Taking first and second in the conference meet were Forest Hills Northern and Forest Hills Eastern.

The final tournament of the varsity boys tennis season was the regional tournament held in Big Rapids on Thursday, October 8.

A 2015 regional realignment made the idea of going to state an actual achievable goal for the Red Hawks!” noted Unsworth. “Competition included:  Petoskey, Cadillac, Bay City John Glen, Clio, Goodrich and Fremont. It was an exciting day of tennis with six out of seven flights advancing to the second round. The #1 Doubles team Dylan Kolasa and Jared Liggett managed to upset the number two seed Clio in an epic two set battle. The two players had brought their ‘A’ game and took out the competition from Clio but unfortunately succumbed to the superior skills of Petoskey in the final round. Kolasa and Liggett took second place overall in the #1 doubles flight. Way to go guys. All of the boys played extremely well and, as it turned out, the Red Hawks came in third place.  The top two teams, whom advanced to the state tournament, were Petoskey and Cadillac.”

She said the team would be losing two seniors this year: Blake Fisk and Ethan Brown. “But with eight returning senior players next year, we have our eyes set on State. Thank you guys for an incredible season this year!” added Unsworth.

Their final match record was 7-4-1.

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Red Hawks roll over Forest Hills Northern 


The Red Hawk defense did not allow Forest Hills Northern into the end zone until the fourth quarter. Above, senior Taylor VanDyke takes down a Husky ball carrier. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

The Red Hawk defense did not allow Forest Hills Northern into the end zone until the fourth quarter. Above, senior Taylor VanDyke takes down a Husky ball carrier. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Lauren VanDenHout

There was no doubt about who ruled the gridiron at Red Hawk Stadium last Friday night.

Friday, October 2, wasn’t just any ordinary football game. The Cedar Springs Red Hawks were battling not only the undefeated, state-ranked Forest Hills Northern Huskies, but battling for cancer awareness as well. Red Hawk Stadium was packed with spectators, as people came to root the Hawks on in their final home game of the 2015 season. It was the annual Pink Game and Senior Night. With all of the overwhelming support, the Red Hawks were able to annihilate the Huskies and take down their perfect record with a final score of 34-8.

From the very first quarter, the Red Hawks showed that Red Hawk Stadium is their territory. They shut down the Huskies on 4th down and 1 on the opening possession, and set the tone for the rest of the game.

Senior Lane Gott was the first player to jumpstart the Red Hawks attack. The running back scored the first touchdown on a pass from junior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer, and senior Cameron Umphrey ran it in for the two-point conversion. In the second quarter, Senior Da’Marcus Barnett also gained a touchdown for the Hawks on a pass from Alvesteffer. However, the two-point was no good. This left the Red Hawks with a lead of 14-0, until senior Anthony Topolski made a 55-yard run for another touchdown. They ended the half with a lead of 20-0.

Junior Collin Alvesteffer was back in action last Friday after being off with a sprained ankle. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Junior Collin Alvesteffer was back in action last Friday after being off with a sprained ankle. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

In the second half, Alvesteffer made a 2-yard run for a touchdown in the third quarter. The conversion was no good. The Red Hawks defensive line once again denied the Huskies entry into their end zone. The score remained 26-0 until the final quarter.

Once again, Gott and Topolski led the team on the offensive. Gott made an 8-yard run for the touchdown, while Topolski completed the two-point. The Huskies finally managed to break through the Hawks defensive line for both a touchdown and a two-point conversion. The Hawks once again got the ball, but instead of running up the score, they let the clock run down, and finished the game with a win of 34-8.

The Red Hawks are now 2-0 in conference play, and 4-2 overall. They are tied with Forest Hills Eastern (2-0, 6-0) for first in the OK Bronze standings.

They take on the Greenville Yellow Jackets (0-2 in conference, 2-4 overall) on Friday, October 9, in Greenville. Kickoff starts at 7:00 p.m. at their high school stadium.

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Red Hawk golf finishes 5th


 

The Cedar Springs Varsity Golf team wrapped up the OK Bronze season with a 5th place overall finish.

At Egypt Valley, the Red Hawks carded a 238 to finish 5th. Alyssa Keaton shot a 52 and Michaela Tawney a 56 to lead the way.

“The most exciting shot of the day was from Michaela,” said Coach London. “She holed one from 120 yards out. We could hear her group yell from all around the course.”

At the league tournament, the girls shot a 479 to finish 5th. Alyssa Keaton shot a season best 95 to finish in the top 10. Michaela Tawney shot a 104 (season best), Audrie Davis a 133 and Courtney Pienta a 147.

“I may not have shot well,” said Pienta. “But I think I set a record for lost golf balls.”

The Red Hawks finish their season next week at the State Regional.

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