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Red Hawks eke out win over Huskies in overtime


By Kendra Coons

 

Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Varsity football team conquered their second win of conference play on Friday, October 18, against Forest Hills Northern. The Red Hawks defeated the Huskies 14-12 in overtime at Red Hawk Stadium. This win now makes the Red Hawks 2-2 in conference play and 4-4 in overall play.

In the first quarter, senior Nick Krajewski intercepted the ball and ran for a 41-yard touchdown. This put the Red Hawks in the lead 6-0. The Huskies came back in the third quarter and also scored 6 points. At the end of official time the score was tied 6-6. The teams went into overtime and the Red Hawks Jeff Newland scored making it 12-6. Cedar Springs than went for the 2-point conversion and senior quarterback Austin Hilyer passed to senior Dylan Block and it was good. The score was then 14-6 in favor of the Red Hawks. The Huskies came back and scored in OT making it 12-14 and also went for the two point conversion, but it ended up being no good. The Red Hawks took home the win.

On offense, the Red Hawks had 7 first downs throughout the game. They also gained 114 yards while rushing and had possession of the ball for 18:34. Seniors Jeff Newland and Dylan Block led the Red Hawks with rushing yards.

On defense, the Red Hawks had a total of 79 tackles. Jeff Newland led the team in tackles with 14 total and Kaden Myers was right behind him with 12. Junior Caden Burrows and senior Austin Hilyer both recovered fumbles.

This was the last home game of the season for the Red Hawks. Coach Gus Kapolka is very proud of the way the team and the seniors on the Red Hawk squad played.

“It felt great to watch the seniors go out with a win in their last game on Red Hawk Field.  I’d like to thank the seniors for sticking things out, and staying the course,” said Coach Kapolka.

The Red Hawks final game of the season is on Friday, October 25, against Greenville at Yellow Jacket stadium. “I’m looking forward to us going out and playing our best game of the season,” remarked Kapolka.

Kickoff will be at 7 pm, so please come out and support as the Red Hawks finish off the season looking for their last win.

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Red Hawks lose to Falcons


Prepare for pink game this Friday

By Kendra Coons 

The Red Hawks suffered a tough loss to West Catholic last Friday night. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Red Hawks suffered a tough loss to West Catholic last Friday night. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

On Friday, October 11, the Varsity football team went up against West Catholic at Red Hawk stadium for their annual Homecoming game. The Hawks came out strong, but ended up losing to the Falcons 36-14. This loss now makes their record 3-4 in overall play and 1-2 in conference play. The Red Hawks are now no longer in the running for the playoffs.
In the first quarter, with 12 seconds into the game, the Hawks very own Junior Mavrick Cotten ran up the middle for a 65-yard touchdown. Kaden Myers then passed to Senior Cameron Link for a two-point conversion. At the end of the first quarter the score was 8-0 with the Red Hawks in the lead.

In the second quarter, West Catholic’s Travis Russel passed to Brad Burns for a 23-yard touchdown. They added a two-point conversion, which tied up the game at 8-8. Cedar Springs scored again when senior quarterback Austin Hilyer passed to senior Cameron Link for an 8-yard touchdown. The Hawks tried for the two-point conversion, but it was no good. At the end of the first half the Hawks were in the lead 14-8.

In the third quarter West Catholic came out strong by scoring 3 touchdowns in 4 minutes. Travis Russel passed to David Banuck for a 15-yard touchdown and passed to Brad Burns for a 48-yard touchdown. Lasavian Majewski also ran the ball for a 38-yard touchdown. All three kicks by Travis Hoving were good. At the end of the third quarter, the Falcons took the lead 29-14.

In the fourth quarter West Catholic scored another touchdown by Andy Corey running for a 3-yard touchdown and the kick by Travis Hoving was good. At the end of the game the final score was 36-14 in favor of West Catholic.

“I feel we played well, but just not good enough to win,” commented Red Hawk Coach Gus Kapolka. “It was a hard fought game and [West Catholic] made more plays in the second half to win.”

On Friday, October 18, the Varsity team matches up at home against the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern The game will be played at Red Hawk Stadium and it is the annual “Pink Game” to honor breast cancer survivors and victims. It is also the team’s last home game of the season.

“[The Pink game] is for a good cause and the boys feel honored and privileged to be a part of it,” said Kapolka.

Come out and support your Cedar Springs Red Hawks as they play in their last home game of the season! The game starts at 7, so please be there to cheer on the team and don’t forget to wear pink!

 

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JV Red Hawks fall to West Catholic


By Kendra Coons 

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On Thursday, October 10, the Cedar Springs JV football team went up against West Catholic at Falcon stadium. West Catholic took the win, 40-30 over the Red Hawks. The JV team’s overall record is now 5-2 and 2-1 in conference play.

On offense, the team’s quarterback, Collin Alvesteffer, had 11 carries, 71 rushing yards, 71 passing yards, and also scored one touchdown. Keenan Gosselin had 14 carries, 52 rushing yards, three touchdowns and one two-point conversion. Isiah MacDonald had 8 carries, and 29 rushing yards. Bryan Cebrero had 6 carries, and 52 rushing yards. And, Anthony Topolski had 17 carries, 157 rushing yards, one touchdown, and 2 two-point conversions.

On defense, Collin Alvesteffer led the team in tackles with a total of 8. Coming in close behind him with 7 was Anthony Topolski. Lane Gott came in with 6, and DaMarcus Barnett had 5.

“As a team we felt like we had a good game plan coming into the game, but in the end it came down to who made the least amount of mistakes,” said Coach James Streeter.

On Thursday, October 17, the Hawks take on Forest Hills Northern at Husky Stadium. With 2 conference games left, the games are on the line for the JV Red Hawks.

“As a team with a lot of new faces, we’re still working on finding our identity, but we’re looking forward to finishing strong,” commented Streeter.

The game starts at 6:30 p.m. Come out and support your Red Hawks as they play their last away game of the season!

 

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JV Red Hawks conquer Wildcats


By Kendra Coons 

 

JV Red Hawk Anthony Topolski runs with the ball during their 38-6 win over Northview last Thursday. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

JV Red Hawk Anthony Topolski runs with the ball during their 38-6 win over Northview last Thursday. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

On Thursday, October 3, the JV football team took on the Wildcats of Northview high school at Red Hawk stadium. The JV team combined with the Freshmen team to play Northview because that is how Northview has their team set up. With both of the teams on the sidelines, the Red Hawks then went to work against the Wildcats. Cedar Springs defeated Northview 38-6 making their record 5-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

The Red Hawks offense was strong with Keenan Gosselin scoring three touchdowns and rushing 116 yards. Anthony Topolski also rushed 83 yards for the Red Hawks.

The team’s defense was also solid with Leo Rios, Damarcus Barnett, Anthony Topolski, and Lane Gott all recovering fumbles from the Wildcats. The defense also was balanced with 15 different players registering tackles.

“A great team win against an athletic Northview team,” stated Coach Streeter. “We were able to capitalize on some of their mistakes and relied on what we have relied on all season…ball security and hustle.”

On Thursday, October 10, the JV Red Hawks travel to West Catholic to play the Falcons. Kickoff is at 6:30 pm, so make the trip to Falcon stadium to support your Cedar Springs Red Hawks as they look for their third conference win.

 

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Cedar Springs falls to Forest Hills Eastern


By Kendra Coons

Cedar Springs took a loss against Forest Hills Eastern last Friday night. Here Red Hawk Austin Hilyer is tackled by a FHE Hawk. Photo by Rob LaLone.

Cedar Springs took a loss against Forest Hills Eastern last Friday night. Here Red Hawk Austin Hilyer is tackled by a FHE Hawk. Photo by Rob LaLone.

 

On Friday, September 27, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team took on Forest Hills Eastern at their stadium. It was a tough match for the Red Hawks and the final score of the game was 45-22 in favor of Forest Hills Eastern. After Friday’s loss, their record is 2-3 and they are 0-1 in conference play.

In the first quarter of the game Forest Hills Eastern’s quarterback, Luke Wilkerson, passed to Ryan Knight for a 30-yard touchdown and also passed to Gabe Vansolkema for a 24-yard touchdown. Both kicks by Patrick Gregory were good. The Red Hawks came back with junior Kaden Myers running for a 56-yard touchdown, but the kick was no good. After the first quarter the score was 14-6 Forest Hills Eastern.

In the second quarter, Luke Wilkerson passed to Ryan Knight for a 68-yard touchdown and the kick by Patrick Gregory was good. Cedar Springs received the ball back and Forest Hills Eastern’s Devon Reininger intercepted the ball at the Cedar Springs 43-yard line and returned it for a touchdown. The kick by Patrick Gregory was good. They scored again once Eastern received the ball back and they went for a 26-yard field goal by Patrick Gregory, which was good. At the end of the second quarter, Eastern was still in the lead with the score being 31-6.

At the end of the third quarter, senior Jeff Newland ran for a one-yard touchdown, and senior quarterback Austin Hilyer passed to Kaden Myers for a two-point conversion. At the end of the third quarter, Forest Hills Eastern was still leading, with the score being 31-14.

In the fourth quarter, Forest Hills Eastern’s John Mccready ran for a seven-yard touchdown and the kick by Patrick Gregory was good. With 3:03 left to go in the fourth quarter, Austin Hilyer passed to Kaden Myers for a 49-yard touchdown and Kaden Myers also received a pass for the 2-point conversion. Forest Hills Eastern came back with 1:11 left in the game and John Mccready ran for a 63-yard touchdown and once again the kick by Patrick Gregory was good. Forest Hills Eastern ended up winning the game 45-22.

“We will continue to concentrate on fundamentals, and work to get better this week,” says Coach Kapolka. “We are going to work on doing the little things correctly, and stay within our system.”

On Friday, October 5, the Red Hawks have their second conference game lined up. The Varsity team will be playing the Northview Wildcats at Wildcat stadium.

“Northview is a very good football team, with a lot of speed,” commented Kapolka. “We will have to play with discipline and poise to beat them Friday night.”

Kickoff is at 7p.m., so come and support your Red Hawks as they look for their first conference 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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JV Red Hawk football takes second win


S-Football-JVBy Kendra Coons

The Cedar Springs JV football team earned their second win of the season on Thursday, September 5, against their rival, the Sparta Spartans at Spartan stadium.

At halftime the score was 22-8 in favor of the Red Hawks. The Hawks fought hard throughout the whole game. The Hawk’s offense was strong, with Keenan Gosselin running a 98-yard touchdown. Anthony Topolski returned an onside kick for a touchdown and Collin Alvesteffer rushed for a pair of touchdowns. The defense was also on point with Lane Gott having a big defensive interception.

“The defense had another all-around great game holding Sparta to only 14 points,” commented Coach Streeter.

The final score of the game against Sparta was 44-14. After two games of the season the JV team is now 2-0.

“Our average right now is giving up 7 points and averaging 46 points through the first two games,” says Streeter. “We still have room to improve, but the team is looking forward to our conference games.”

The JV team was scheduled to travel to Holland Christian on Wednesday, September 11, because Wayland does not have a JV team. Watch for details in next week’s Post!

 

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Red Hawk golfers take third at meet


 

The Cedar Springs Varsity Girl’s Golf team got off to a very positive start in the OK Bronze by finishing third in the Pre Conference Meet at Boulder Creek Golf Course, with a five-year best team score of 382.

Bre White and Marisa Morales carded 89s, Conner White 96 and Alyssa Keaton 108 (Julie Schut 112 and Alysha Chaney 128).

“The OK Bronze is a very competitive league, so we were happy with the results,” said Coach Glen London.

The Red Hawks finished 4th in the first jamboree at Egypt Valley with a team score of 212. Bre White shot a 44, Marisa Morales 51, Conner White 55 and Julie Schut and Alyssa Keaton 62s (Jordyn Nichols 68).

“It is a short season so we will just try to keep working hard and stay competitive,” said Marisa Morales.

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Are you ready for football?


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Vikings to host Red Hawks in season opener

 

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks and the Howard City Tri County Vikings will kick off the 2013 high school football season tonight (Thursday) in a neighboring school rivalry that was renewed four years ago. Prior to that, they had not played each other since 1983.

To celebrate the game, the boys and girls cross country teams from both schools will run the ball from Cedar Springs to Tri County via the White Pine Trail. They will leave Red Hawk Stadium about 4:45 p.m.

The game against Tri County is a non-conference game. Tri County is a member of the Lake 8 Activities Conference, and this is Cedar Springs’ second year in the new OK Bronze Conference.

The Red Hawks have won against Tri County three straight years. Will they do it again this year? Or will Tri County surprise them? Head on out to the game tonight and find out! Game time is 7 p.m. at Tri County.

Next week, the Red Hawks host another longtime rival, the Sparta Spartans, on Friday, September 6, at Red Hawk Stadium at 7 p.m.

 

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Lady Red Hawks take fourth at track meet


Katie Weiler in the 3200 meter run.

Katie Weiler in the 3200 meter run.

The girls track team traveled to Chippewa Hills for the Warrior Invite on Saturday April 20. On a cold, windy and at sometimes-snowy day, the team took fourth place in the Big School Division, which was won by Rockford. Taking first place in the big school division for the team was Senior Katie Weiler in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs. Sophomore Marissa Oakes placed second in the 100 hurdles and long jump in the big school division. Taking third places in the big school division for the team was senior Abby VanDusen in the long jump and the 3200 meter relay team of Caitlin McClurken, Christina Dean, Allie Veltkamp and Maddie Pekrul.
Also placing for the Red Hawks was:
4th Place: Abby VanDusen Pole vault; 400 Meter Relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby VanDusen, and Olivia Finch.
5th Place: Jeanette Sukstas Discus; Briana Pierson High Jump; Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run; 800 meter relay team of Taylor Vanlangen, Emily Shaft, Kellie Spahr, and Olivia Finch; 1600 meter relay team of Emily Shaft, Abby VanDusen, Allie Veltkamp and Katie Weiler.
6th Place: Briana Pierson, Pole Vault
7th Place: Kaitlyn Twork, Discus
8th Place: Jeanette Sukstas, Discus

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