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Playoff bound!

The Red Hawks were in the lead 50-0 at the beginning of the fourth quarter against Ottawa Hills. They won 56-12, and are now headed to the playoffs.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Varsity Red Hawk football team won their last conference game of the season last Friday against Ottawa Hills, securing them second place in the OK-White conference (5-1) and a spot in the playoffs with an overall record of 6-3. Forest Hills Central took first in the conference with a record of 6-0,  (9-0 overall) and Lowell took third, with a record of 4-2 and 6-3 over all.

The Red Hawks will take on the winners of the OK-Gold conference, the East Grand Rapids Pioneers (6-0, 9-0) at East Grand Rapids this Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in their third playoff appearance in the last four years. It will be a white out, so be sure to wear white! Click here for more details on last week’s game.

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Red Hawks roll over Tigers and into playoffs

Red Hawk junior Ethan West runs with the ball. Photo by Rob LaLone/Brittany Todd.

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

On Friday, October 20, the varsity Red Hawks of Cedar Springs squared off against the Tigers of Ottawa Hills, hoping to earn their spot in the playoffs. With a final game score of Cedar Springs 56, Ottawa Hills 12, the Hawks will move forward into the postseason, facing off against the Pioneers of East Grand Rapids at the Pioneers’ home stadium on Friday, October 27. 

In the first quarter against Ottawa Hills, the Red Hawks began on a high note, with 10 points on the scoreboard in their favor within the first 28 seconds of game time. The Hawks acquired their first points from a safety after a run by Tiger Jaier Harden. The Hawks then went on to score their first touchdown, ran in by junior Ryan Ringler, and followed by Nicholas Campione’s completed two-point conversion. Additional points in the first quarter were scored by Red Hawks Darius Barnett, Lucas Pienton, Gage Gardner, and Ethan West. 

The second quarter began with a score of Cedar Springs 26, Ottawa Hills 0. The Tigers were unable to take their place on the scoreboard until the second half of the game, leaving the stage to the Red Hawks. When the second quarter ended, the score stood at Cedar Springs 36, Ottawa Hills 0. 

In the second half of the game, the Tigers were able to score a total of 12 points, with their first touchdown ran in by Jaier Harden, and the second by Dajalon Copeland after a completed pass from Jaquise Jackson. 

The Hawk’s final touchdowns were scored by junior Ethan West and senior Hunter Daniels. These touchdowns were both followed by PATs (points after touchdowns) kicked by Moritz Lerch. 

Get ready for a white out! Dress in white to show your support for the Red Hawks when they play the EGR Pioneers this Friday, October 27. Photo by Justin Harnden.

The Red Hawks hope to bring in a win in the pre-regional round of the playoffs this Friday, October 27, at 7 p.m. at East Grand Rapids, and they need your help to do it. They are asking all Red Hawk fans (kids and adults) to come dressed in white for a white out! Be ready to cheer on your Red Hawks and help usher them into the regional finals next week with a win against the Pioneers. Go Red Hawks!

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Cedar Springs upsets state-ranked Lowell, 28-14

The Red Hawks outscored and outplayed the Red Arrows in their first win against them since 1981. Photo by Kelly and Rob Lalone.

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

On Friday, September 28, the Cedar Springs varsity football team brought in a 28-14 win against the Red Arrows of Lowell at their homecoming game in Red Hawk stadium. The Hawks made history after beating Lowell for the first time since 1981. Varsity coach August Kapolka included the “12th man,” or the support of the Cedar Springs student section and community, in his team’s success.

Junior halfback Ryan Ringler started the scoring off with the first touchdown of the night, with 3:08 left to play in the first quarter. Ringler went on to run in a two-point conversion. The Red Arrows came back shortly after and scored their team’s first touchdown of the night at the tail end of the first quarter, with 36 seconds left to play.

In the second quarter, varsity Red Hawks John Jacob Todd and Ryan Ringler went on to score additional touchdowns, while their defensive line kept the Red Arrows from completing any runs into the end zone.

At halftime, senior varsity football player Nathan Patin and his girlfriend senior Nicole Mosher were crowned homecoming king and queen for 2017.

Returning from halftime, neither team made any advances in the third quarter, starting off the fourth with a standing score of Cedar Springs 22, Lowell 8.

In the final quarter of this year’s homecoming game, both teams scored a total of 6 points each. Lowell varsity player David Kruse scored on a one-yard up the middle into the end zone. Ringler upped the total for the Red Hawks with a 67-yard run through a clear center field, his speed giving him a major advantage.

To support your Red Hawks, come out to the stadium of Forest Hills Northern on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. and cheer them on as your Hawks look to continuing to make history.

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Red Hawks take on Wildcats and bring home a win

Ryan Ringler, #24, with ball and Nick Campione, #5 take on the Wildcats. Photo by Rob and Kelly LaLone.

Local spectators travel to Northview and show off their Red Hawk pride.

On Friday, September 15th, the varsity Red Hawks of Cedar Springs took on the Wildcats of Northview in their second conference game, bringing in a win at the Wildcat’s stadium with a final score of Cedar Springs 48, Northview 20.

The game began with both teams head to head, each scoring two touchdowns within the first quarter. Northview running back Cody Tierney scored the first touchdown of the night after receiving a pass from junior Kennedy Smith and completing his run into the end zone.

The Red Hawks retaliated quickly, John Jacob Todd scoring their first touchdown with 6:01 left to play in the first quarter after a completed 22 yard run down center field. The first quarter ended with a score of Cedar Springs 14, Northview 13, due to a two point conversion  ran by halfback Ryan Ringler, completed after the Hawks’ second touchdown scored by junior Lucas Pienton. The Wildcats were able to acquire an extra point after their second touchdown as well through a PAT (point after touchdown) kicked by Collin Cromwell, but fell just short of the Hawks’ score.

In the second quarter, the two teams were neck in neck once again with additional points scored by Cedar Springs quarterbacks Darius Barnett and Nicholas Campione, as well as Northview players Cody Tierney and Collin Cromwell.

With a standing score of Cedar Springs 22, Northview 20, the Red Hawks kicked it into high gear after coming back from the second half, racking up an additional 26 points.

Nearing the end of the game, Todd made a memorable interception on a Northview attempt to score, turning the ball around and completing a 33 yard run for his third touchdown of the night.

The final touchdown of this past week’s game was run in by junior Lucas Pienton with 8:56 left to play. The Wildcats of Northview had 0 touchdowns in the second half due to the Red Hawks’ strong defensive lines.

Next week, the Cedar Springs varsity football team will face off against the varsity Eagles of Grand Rapids Christian, on Friday September 22nd. This game begins at 7pm and will take place at the Eagles’ stadium.

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Red Hawks stand tough against Greenville

The Red Hawks held the Yellow Jackets to only 7 points last Friday night at Red Hawk Stadium.

The Red Hawks run back out onto the field after half time, ready to take on the Yellow Jackets in the third and fourth quarters.

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

Under the Friday night lights of September 8, the Red Hawk varsity football team took on the Greenville Yellow Jackets in their third game of the season and brought in a win on their own turf 48-7.

After both the Cedar Springs freshman and junior varsity football teams defeated the Jackets on Thursday evening, the varsity boys were determined to continue the winning streak.

Senior fullback John Jacob Todd scored the first touchdown of the night with 8:30 to play in the first quarter. Todd ran up the middle for 20 yards and completed his run into the end zone, starting the game off on a good foot.

Junior halfback Ryan Ringler finished off the play with a two-point conversion, bringing the score to Cedar Springs 8, Greenville 0.

Todd scored three additional touchdowns during the game, and a two-point conversion in the second quarter, after securing a pass thrown by senior quarterback Nicholas Campione.

Senior halfback Darius Barnett, whose second touchdown consisted of a short pass by Campione and a 53-yard run, put up additional points for the Red Hawks.

Campione assisted one touchdown and two two-point conversions, and made key passes on multiple occasions to contribute to the team’s win.

In the third quarter, shortly after returning from halftime, Greenville junior Ryan Burden ran a reverse left and scored his team’s only touchdown of the night. The touchdown was followed by a PAT (point after touchdown) kicked by Greenville player Bryce Priebe.

The first conference game of the season for the Red Hawks concluded with a winning score of Cedar Springs 48, Greenville 7.

To see the results of the upcoming game, support the Cedar Springs varsity football team at the Northview Wildcat’s stadium on Friday, September 15. Game time is 7 p.m.

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Going Green At Red Hawk Elementary


Since 2010, Red Hawk Elementary has been yearly awarded the Green School Environmental Stewardship Award issued by the KISD. This is based on Michigan legislation that encourages schools to participate in environmentally-focused activities. In order to be certified as a Green School, staff and students at Red Hawk had to qualify in areas of recycling, energy saving, environmental learning, and ecological activities. A school is eligible to receive a Green School, Emerald School, or Evergreen School Designation if the school or students perform a required number of activities. In March of 2017, Red Hawk staff and students exceeded expectations by qualifying for the more prestigious Emerald School Award bestowed by the State of Michigan and the KISD.  We are proud to be Red Hawks!

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Hawks win conference series

Logan Kobayashi had a good week calling games behind the plate for the JV Red Hawks. Here he is shown in one of the games against Greenville.

Logan Kobayashi had a good week calling games behind the plate for the JV Red Hawks. Here he is shown in one of the games against Greenville.

JV Baseball

Last week was a good week for the JV Red Hawks baseball team. They went 2-2 for the week and won the conference series against Greenville. They were only a couple of plays away from being 4-0.

Coach Tyson Hoffman said, “Typically in baseball average is about .500 baseball. We hit that this week, but were right on the cusp of being above average. The difference is just a couple plays that we need to make.”

The week ended with a 4-2 loss against Grant. Tuesday’s games against Greenville were wins, 11-3 and 9-4. Thursday, April 20, they lost to Greenville 5-4.

“After the game against Grant, we really improved our base running, had timely hitting, and made the plays we needed to make,” said Hoffman. “We were evenly matched with Greenville and it took the little things to get the series win.”

Logan Kobayashi had a good week calling games behind the plate and showed great base running instincts.

This week’s games will be against Grand Rapids Ottawa Hills.

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Two Red Hawks wrestlers district champs

Head Coach Nick Emery (far left) with the six Cedar Springs wrestlers that will be moving on to Regionals.

Head Coach Nick Emery (far left) with the six Cedar Springs wrestlers that will be moving on to Regionals.

Two others placed second, and two more finished third

On Wednesday, February 8, Cedar Springs High School Wrestling hosted team Districts. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks fell short to Sparta with a final score, 33-38. Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 125 Aaron Smith, 135 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Jordan Ringler, 171 lb Xavier Anderson and 189 lb Ryan Ringler won their matches.

On Saturday, February 11, the Red Hawks traveled to Lowell for Individual Districts. District Champions are Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza (41-0) and 171 lb Ryan Ringler (42-1). 135 lb Jordan Ringler (36-7) and 145 lb Lucus Pienton (31-7) finished in 2nd Place. 125 lb Aaron Smith (35-11) and 160 lb Nate Patin (25-13) finished in 3rd Place. Congratulations to these six individuals who will continue on to Regionals and the chance to compete at the State Finals.

The following individuals ended their season with Varsity wins as listed: 112 lb Nate Male, 18 wins; 119 lb Logan Hull, 26 wins; 125 lb Patrick Fliearman, 21 wins; 130 Jordan Andrus, 27 wins; 140 Anthony Brew, 14 wins; 140 Jacob Galinis, 24 wins; 152 lb Zak Schmid, 10 wins and 189 lb Chris Shaffer, 13 wins. Regionals will be held at Byron Center, Saturday, Feb. 18 if you would like to continue supporting your Red Hawks.

“The boys put together a memorable season,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

“We came up just a hair short of our team goals but the heart and effort was there. We graduate two fantastic seniors, Patrick Fliearman and Jordan Andrus, who I will miss in the room everyday. But we will have six regional qualifiers returning. Now it’s time for the remaining wrestlers to focus on the Individual State Championship and bring home some medals.”

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Three Red Hawk wrestlers are conference champs

Red Hawk Lucus Pienton claimed the 145 lb OK White Conference Championship. Photo by B. Chong.

Red Hawk Lucus Pienton claimed the 145 lb OK White Conference Championship. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

Home quad

Wednesday, February 1, Cedar Springs High School wrestling hosted a home quad meet. The Red Hawks had a successful night and claimed victories against both Northview, 71-6 and Grant, 40-24. The team overall record is 21-8 and the Conference Record is 4-2.

125/130 lb Aaron Smith, 135/140 lb Jordan Ringler, 189 lb Ryan Ringler, Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 103 lb Miles Cartwright and 119 lb Logan Hull all won both of their matches. 125 lb Patrick Flierman, 135 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Anthony Brew, 145 lb Lucus Pienton, 160 lb Nate Patin, 171 lb Xavier Anderson, 215 Chris Shaffer and 112 lb Nate Male all claimed a victory. Junior Varsity 189 lb Caleb Baty won both of his matches and 125 lb Kaedrian Dines won a match.

Conference meet

On Friday, February 3, the Red Hawks traveled to Ottawa Hills for the OK White Conference Meet. Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza (38-0), 171 lb Ryan Ringler (38-1) and 145 lb Lucus Pienton (28-5) are the OK White Conference Champions. 160 lb Nate Patin, 140 Jacob Galinis, 135 lb Jordan Ringler and 125 lb Aaron Smith all finished in 2nd Place. 112 lb Nate Male finished in 3rd Place. 189 lb Chris Shaffer and 130 lb Jordan Andrus finished in 4th Place.

Lowell won the Conference out right by going undefeated in the conference and earning a score of 234 for the tournament. Cedar Springs and Greenville shared runner up in the Conference, but the Red Hawks took 2nd in the Conference Tournament with a score of 173.5, while Greenville scored 157.

In the D2 Individual Rankings for the State of Michigan: senior Jordan Ringler is currently ranked #6 at the 135 lb wt class; sophomore Lucus Pienton is currently ranked #7 in the 145 lb wt class; sophomore Ryan Ringler is currently ranked #2 in the 171 lb wt class; and senior Patrick Depiazza is currently ranked #2 in the Heavy Weight division. Congratulations to these student athletes! Their next meet will be at Lowell this Saturday, 2/11, if you are interested in coming to support your Red Hawks.

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Two Red Hawk wrestlers reach 150 wins

Senior Patrick Depiazza, Coach Nick Emery and Senior Jordan Ringler after the two wrestlers reached 150 wins. Photo by Jane Ringler.

Senior Patrick Depiazza, Coach Nick Emery and Senior Jordan Ringler after the two wrestlers reached 150 wins. Photo by Jane Ringler.

Team defends championship dual title

By Barbra Chong

The Cedar Springs Varsity wrestling team had a great week last week with wins at the Mona Shores quad and the Shelby Super Duals, and two Red Hawks each getting their 150th career win.

The team traveled to Mona Shores on Wednesday, January 25, for a quad meet. The Red Hawks had a successful night and claimed victories against both Grand Rapids Catholic Central, 65-9 and Grand Rapids Union, 78-6. 189 lb Ryan Ringler, Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza, 112 lb Nathan Male, 119 lb Logan Hull, 125/130 lb Aaron Smith, 125/130 lb Patrick Fliearman, 135 lb Jordan Andrus, 140 lb Jordan Ringler, 145 lb Jacob Galinis, 152 lb Lucus Pienton and 160 Zak Schmid all won both of their matches. 171 lb Xavier Anderson, 171 lb Nate Patin and 215 Chris Shaffer each won a match. Junior Varsity 125 lb Kaedrian Dines and 135 lb Anthony Brew each won both of their matches. 160 lb Corey Dymerski and 189 lb Caleb Baty each won a match.

On Saturday, January, 28, the Red Hawks traveled to Shelby for their Super Duals Meet with 12 area schools entered to compete. It was a successful day for the team. The day started off with a win against Ravenna, 56-6. The winning streak continued against Muskegon Catholic, 71-6. Fremont called out the Red Hawks during the Coaches seeding meeting. They felt they could match up pretty evenly with our team and the boys accepted the challenge and delivered a win, 50-21. Semi Finals brought us up against Shelby and concluded with another win, 56-12. Cedar Springs and Hart met against each other for the Championship Dual and the Red Hawks defended their Championship title for the second year in a row, final score, 45-21. Hart finished in 2nd Place and Shelby finished in 3rd Place. Individual placements are as follows: 125 lb Aaron Smith, 145/152 lb Lucus Pienton, 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler, 171/189 lb Nate Patin and Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza all went undefeated with records of 5-0 for the day. 112 lb Nathan Male, 119 lb Logan Hull, 130 lb Jordan Andrus and 135 lb Jordan Ringler all claimed 4 wins each. 140/145 lb Jacob Galinis claimed 3 wins. 215 lb Chris Shaffer claimed 2 wins. 140 lb Anthony Brew and 160 lb Xavier Anderson claimed a win. There were also exhibition matches to gain more mat time. Patrick Fliearman claimed 2 wins, Anthony Brew and David Erxleben also claimed a win. During the Championship dual, two CS seniors, Patrick Depiazza and Jordan Ringler claimed their 150 Varsity Career win. This is a major accomplishment for any wrestler; it shows the level of skill and dedication to the sport. Patrick and Jordan are ranked in the top five of Cedar Springs Wrestling history. Senior Patrick Depiazza is currently ranked #4 and Sophomore Ryan Ringler are currently ranked #5 in the Power 15 State Ranking. The Power 15 is the best of the best of all the divisions listed in the State of Michigan. Ryan is the only Sophomore listed in this category full of Seniors. Congratulations to these hard working student athletes.

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