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CS Tennis Wins big against two OK Bronze teams


Jared Liggett, #1 doubles, goes for the ball in a home match against Greenville.

Jared Liggett, #1 doubles, goes for the ball in a home match against Greenville.

The Cedar Springs varsity boys tennis team continued their season with three separate matches last week. On Monday, September 14, the Red Hawks traveled to Lamar Park for a match against Wyoming Park that resulted in a 7-1 win for the team. All flights won their matches except for #4 singles Austin Nielsen, who is out with an injury.

On Wednesday, September 16, the Red Hawks played a home match with Greenville that resulted in a 5-3 win for the team. Number 1 singles Blake Fisk, #2 singles Karsen Dingman, #3 singles Drew French, #1 doubles Jared Liggett & Dylan Kolasa and #2 doubles Ethan Brown & Nick Hibbs all had wins against Greenville.

The next day the boys were back in action when they traveled to Sparta for a match that began with a change in their line-up due to two players out for illness and injury.  Number 1 doubles Jared Liggett & Dylan Kolasa were moved to singles and all doubles teams moved up a spot. The Red Hawks played their best at new positions but lost 2-6.

Dylan Kolasa, part of the #1 doubles team for the Red Hawks, gets ready to return the ball at Wyoming.

Dylan Kolasa, part of the #1 doubles team for the Red Hawks, gets ready to return the ball at Wyoming.

Coach Katie Unsworth was proud of the way the boys handled the line-up change with Sparta and said, “The boys were very busy this week, with their toughest match being against Sparta because of the missing players at #1 and #4 singles. Rather than forfeiting two flights, the team decided that they would slide up and play at the position above them. This was the best match so far of the season! Play was spectacular and every court had a very competitive match! Ethan Brown & Nick Hibbs playing at #1 doubles and Tim Shovan & John Baculy playing at #2 doubles came away with wins. Dylan Kolasa rocked at #3 singles, losing in an incredible third set tie breaker (6-1, 1-6, 6-8). Jared Liggett made his #4 singles competitor work extremely hard for his win (4-6, 4-6) and #3 doubles team, Dane Conely and Alex Robinson came in with a very respectable score of (2-6, 4-6).”

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Red Hawks win against Belding


Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer scored three touchdowns in the win over Belding last Friday.

Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer scored three touchdowns in the win over Belding last Friday.

The Red Hawks limited Belding to just seven points.

The Red Hawks limited Belding to just seven points.

by Lauren VanDenHout

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team claimed another victory, this time against the Belding Redskins, on Friday, September 11. The boys kept on the offensive, resulting in a final score of 42-7. With another win under the team’s belt, they now have a non-conference record of 2-1 for this 2015 season.

Offensively junior Quarterback Collin Alvesteffer scored three touchdowns for the Red Hawks; and junior Dylan Ostrom-Howell and seniors Da’Marcus Barnett and Cameron Umphrey also made it to the end zone. Following these touchdowns, Isaiah MacDonald, Taylor VanDyke, and Cameron Umphrey made two-point conversions.

On defense, the Hawks managed to hold their own. With their quick reflexes, the team had an impenetrable defensive line that Belding only managed to break once in the game, leading to a touchdown for their side.

“We played well, and executed to a high level in all three phases of the game. It obviously helped that Collin Alvesteffer returned from injury,” said Red Hawk Coach Gus Kapolka.

With their rising performance, make sure you don’t miss the Red Hawks next match up as they go head-to-head against Grand Rapids Catholic Central. The kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. at home, at Red Hawk Stadium. The atmosphere is sure to be electrified, as it is the high school’s annual homecoming football game, as well as Mlive.com’s Game of the Week. Come out and cheer on your on your Red Hawks!

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Cedar Springs Varsity Tennis compete in Hamilton Invitational


 Red Hawks at Hamilton Invitational. Pictured Left to Right: Drew French, Alex Robinson, Jared Liggett, Austin Nielsen, Dylan Kolasa, Blake Fisk, Ethan Brown, Karsen Dingman, Nick Hibbs, Jon Baculy, Dane Conely, Tim Shovan.

Red Hawks at Hamilton Invitational. Pictured Left to Right: Drew French, Alex Robinson, Jared Liggett, Austin Nielsen, Dylan Kolasa, Blake Fisk, Ethan Brown, Karsen Dingman, Nick Hibbs, Jon Baculy, Dane Conely, Tim Shovan.

Cedar Springs #2 doubles Ethan Brown and Nick Hibbs.

Cedar Springs #2 doubles Ethan Brown and Nick Hibbs.

The Cedar Springs boys varsity tennis team reached the halfway mark to their season last week with a match against Forest Hills Eastern and an invitational at Hamilton High School.

On Wednesday September 9, the Red Hawks competed against Forest Hills Eastern on home courts, which resulted in an 0-8 loss for the Red Hawks.

On Saturday September 12, the Red Hawks traveled to Hamilton High School for an invitational. Several of the Cedar Springs players had very close sets with their opponents. Red Hawk players finishing in second place were #2 singles Karsen Dingman, #3 singles Drew French, #4 singles Austin Nielsen and #2 doubles Ethan Brown and Nick Hibbs. Overall the Cedar Springs Red Hawks came in third place competing against Coopersville, Hamilton and Coloma schools.

“Boys tennis faced some tough competition with a loss to Forest Hills Eastern this week,” noted Coach Katie Unsworth. “At the Hamilton Invitational #2, #3, #4 singles and #2 doubles all took second place and individual medals. #4 singles Austin Nielsen was well on his way to taking first place overall in his flight when unfortunately during his third match suffered a severe sprained ankle. This injury takes him out for the next two weeks. The boys played well. I would like to compliment Jon Baculy who had some incredible winning shots in his match Saturday! I’d also like to compliment Timothy Shovan and Alex Robinson on their tenacity at the net! Way to play guys. We have a talented team and its really quite fun watching all the guys play!”

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Girls golf results


 

The Cedar Springs Girl’s Golf team competed in the Russ Johnson Invite this past week. Alyssa Keaton shot a 103, Audrie Davis and Michaela Tawney each shot a 117.

In another OK Bronze Jamboree at Cedar Chase, the Red Hawks finished 5th, with a team score of 253. Alyssa Keaton shot a 54, Malory Shevock 62, Courtney Pienta 63 and Audrie Davis 74. “The first week of school is always tough,” said Coach London. “We have been improving. We will get it back next week.”

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Varsity golf kicks off season


 

The Cedar Springs Girl’s Varsity Golf Team started their OK Bronze league season last week by finishing 5th with a score of 235. Alyssa Keaton was medalist with a 47, Courtney Pienta 59, Michaela Tawney 61, and Malory Shevock 68.

“We only have one returning varsity player,” said Coach London. “Everyday our freshmen and sophomore girls are simply working on getting better.”

In a non-league match the Red Hawks lost by 2 strokes to Calvin Christian.  Alyssa Keaton and Courtney Pienta carded a 46, Michaela Tawney and Malory Shevock 46, and Morgan Shevock and Audrie Davis a 55. “We played a two-person scramble,” said Alyssa Keaton. “It’s a little different but fun.”

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Red Hawks fall to Panthers in GRidiron Classic


The Red Hawks and the Comstock Panthers faced off last Saturday in the GRidiron Classic. Their game was one of the three hosted at Grand Valley’s Lubbers Stadium in Allendale. The games were put together by the West Michigan Sports Commission. Football photos by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

The Red Hawks and the Comstock Panthers faced off last Saturday in the GRidiron Classic. Their game was one of the three hosted at Grand Valley’s Lubbers Stadium in Allendale. The games were put together by the West Michigan Sports Commission. Football photos by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

It was an offensive battle last Saturday, August 26, between the Cedar Springs Red Hawks and Comstock Panthers, in the first ever GRidiron Classic, at Grand Valley’s Lubbers Stadium. Both teams had something to prove, but it was the Panthers that came out on top, 48-38. The Red Hawks will take on another non-conference rival Thursday (tonight), when they host the Sparta Spartans at Red Hawk Stadium. Come on out at cheer on your 2014 OK-Bronze champions! Game time is 7 p.m. Click here to read about Saturday’s game.

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Red Hawks fall to Panthers in GRidiron Classic


Red Hawk junior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer hands off the ball to senior Cameron Umphrey. Photos by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

Red Hawk junior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer hands off the ball to senior Cameron Umphrey. Photos by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

By Lauren VanDenHout

Red Hawk sophomore John Todd runs with the ball. Photos by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

Red Hawk sophomore John Todd runs with the ball. Photos by K. Alvesteffer and R. LaLone.

To kickstart their 2015 season, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks faced the Comstock Park Panthers on Saturday, August 29, at Grand Valley State University Lubbers Stadium in the GRidiron classic. The feeling of Red Hawk Pride was contagious throughout the stands as the boys took the field for the first time. The varsity team fought hard but the game ended in a loss for the Hawks, with a final score of 48-38.

The Hawks came out strong in the first quarter. Senior Cameron Umphrey made an explosive run up the middle for a 77-yard touchdown only 58 seconds into the game, followed by a two-point conversion from junior quarterback Collin Alvesteffer. Senior Isaiah MacDonald scored the second touchdown for the Red Hawks, with five minutes and thirty-five seconds remaining in the quarter. After Alvesteffer made another conversion for the team, the Hawks had a small lead against the Panthers going into the second quarter, 16-14.

Comstock Park came back and scored on a two-yard run by Pat Naughton, and the extra kick was good, making the score 21-16. Sophomore John Todd made a 63-yard run, which lessened the Panther’s advantage. Comstock Park scored again, and at halftime the scored stood 28-24 Panthers.

The Hawks stepped it up in the third and fourth quarter after starting quarterback Alvesteffer left the game with a sprained ankle. Umphrey scored on a 30-yard run in the third quarter (the conversion failed), and a 24-yard run in the fourth quarter. Junior Jacob Hooker, the back-up quarterback, made the two-point conversion in the fourth quarter. Final score was 48-38 Panthers.

“I thought the game came down to us getting stops on defense and not having turnovers on offense. We did not accomplish those things, and we didn’t capitalize on Comstock Park’s mistakes. That was the difference in the game,” commented Red Hawk Coach Gus Kapolka on his team’s performance throughout the game.

Regardless of this loss, the boys are hungry for a win against the Sparta Spartans on Thursday, September 3. They play at home at The Red Hawk Stadium at 7 p.m. Come out and support the Red Hawks in their first home game of the season!

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Boys track runs well after spring break 


 

The Red Hawks began spring break where they left off, with a 91.5-45.5 victory over Wyoming. The Hawks came out of the field events scoring 42 of the possible 45 points. The distance, mid-distance and hurdling crew dominated the races while the Hawks were no match for Wyoming’s top sprinter. A rare disqualification by Cedar in the 4x200m relay allowed the Wolves to take 10 of the 40 points in the relays.

“Coming back from break, we did a great job of performing. So many guys set personal bests in the field events as well as our sprints, hurdles and distance guys,” stated Coach Myers.

On April 18, the Hawks went to the annual Bronco Classic in Coopersville. The three leveled division meet saw the middle school group finish second; the junior varsity group took home a first place trophy; and the varsity group finished third. Overall, the boys finished second in the 5-team invite.

Winning gold medals were senior Austin Sargent (1600m and 800m runs), MavRick Cotten (long jump and 110m hurdles), Jaron Spencer in the junior varsity division discus, Remington Sawade in the pole vault, Isaiah Schatz in the junior varsity pole vault, and Nikc Jackson in the junior varsity high jump.

“It was a great day to perform with temperatures near 70. Most of the athletes took advantage of the great weather and set personal bests again for the team,” said Coach Myers. “We just have to keep pushing ourselves to be better each day. We can never be satisfied about our performances for any longer than a day.”

The Hawks continue on the road as they are headed to rival Forest Hills Northern (conference meet), Chippewa Hills (April 25), and Greenville (April 27), before returning May 2 to host the annual Red Hawk Invitational.

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Scott Hazel Memorial Game 


The Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer Team will play the Rockford Rams in a purple game on April 16 to commemorate the memory of Scott Hazel.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer Team will play the Rockford Rams in a purple game on April 16 to commemorate the memory of Scott Hazel.

Cedar Springs and Rockford soccer teams honor teacher

The Scott Hazel Memorial Game will be hosted by the Rockford Rams on April 16 at 7 p.m. (The JV game will be played immediately prior to this game.)

Scott Hazel lost his battle against cancer last summer. The Rams and the Red Hawks are coming together to raise money for the Purple Community in his memory. Mr. Hazel coached soccer at both Rockford and Cedar Springs at various levels, and was a well-known and much loved teacher in Cedar Springs.

Yes, there will be a game but this night will be so much more as both communities come together to honor Scott Hazel and raise money for cancer research in memory of him.

Rockford’s school colors are orange and black and Cedar Springs are red and black. However, on April 16, both communities will come together in a sea of purple for the man who influenced so many.

 

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Five youth wrestlers state champions


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Five state champions…one for each month that the Cedar Springs Youth wrestlers have worked toward the MYWAY State Wrestling Championships. Since early November, youth wrestlers and coaches have been sacrificing and training in hopes of earning the coveted title of State Champion. Twenty of those Red Hawks, along with approximately 2,500 other youth wrestlers, earned their spot to wrestle at the 2015 MYWAY State Championships, held at the Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek, Michigan,  March 28, 29 and 30.  Of the 20 who competed, twelve of them placed in the top eight, further qualifying them to compete in national events. Possibly the biggest accomplishment of any club in the state of Michigan is that Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling had five wrestlers crowned 2015 State Champions!

Eighth grader, Ryan Ringler, went 4-0 to earn his fifth State Champion title! Ringler’s second period pin in the championship round against Aaron Gilmore of Donahoe secured his 2015 State Champion Title in the 170lb, 13/14 division.

Allexis Gonzales, also an eighth grader, took Girls State Champion in the 14U division at 130lbs. She went 5-0, winning her first four matches by pins. She earned a minor decision in her championship match against Kelsy Coger of Pennfield.

Seventh grader, Reese Gonzales, went 4-0, pinning all of her opponents, in a round robin. She earned Girls State Champion at 110 lbs in the 14U division. Her toughest match was against runner-up Payton Smith of Clio, who she pinned in the second round.

Zoe Gonzales battled her way to Girls State Champion at 76lbs in the 11U division. Gonzales went 3-0, winning each match by only one point. In the championship round, she beat Karlie Woodall of Coloma, with a score of 3-2. Gonzales won after she earned a reversal in the last few seconds of the third round.

Cora Gonzales was the youngest Girls State Champion for the Red Hawks this year. Gonzales, who wrestled at 52lbs in the 9U division, went 4-0, with 3 pins and one decision. She won her State Champion title with a 5-0 decision in the final round against Tricia Pyrzewski  of Gladwin.

Freshman George Gonzales Jr. battled the toughest side of the 20-man chart to earn his second place finish. With a record of 4-1, he suffered his only loss, at 174lbs in the 15/16 division, against Trevor Piggott of Ionia.

Seventh grader Rosie Castro finished in second place at 122lbs in the 14U Girls Division. She had first and second round pins to secure her spot in the championship round where she took runner-up to Kennedi Gotha of Linden.

By placing in the top three spots at State or top two in the Girls division, all seven wrestlers listed above won a custom championship singlet and the opportunity to be partially sponsored by MYWAY  for national tournaments. The next five wrestlers below battled tough, but were unable to secure a top finish.

Six-year-old, Veronica Tapia was the only girl in the area who competed in both the MYWAY State Finals and the MYWAY Girls State Finals, wrestling a total of 12 matches! Tapia went 5-2 on a 32-person chart to take fourth at 40lb in the 4/6 division.  She went 3-2 at 40lb in the 9U Girls’ division to take third.

Keaton Klaasen had a very impressive  6th place finish at 52lbs in the 7/8 division. He went 5-2 on a chart of 31 wrestlers.

The girls rounded out the results with 6th and 7th place finishes in the Girls Division. First year wrestler Madisyn Britley took 6th in the 11U HWT division. Analize Tapia took 7th at 43lbs in the 9U division. Brooklyn Wright finished 7th at 122 lbs in the 14U division.

Cedar Springs Youth Wrestling Club has been and continues to be one of the most successful youth wrestling clubs in the state of Michigan. Head Coach George Gonzales Sr. attributes that to the hard work and dedication of the volunteer coaches and the wrestlers.

“I am proud to be part of a program that teaches athletes about integrity, hard work and dedication,” said Gonzales. “Sure, there are times when the wrestlers want to give up, but you don’t win by giving up. They need to earn what they want by working hard and not by cheating themselves. These are lessons they will be taking into adulthood. It’s about integrity, on and off the mat. That is what makes us champions and that is what will make these kids champions in life.”

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