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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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Red Hawks lose against Cougars


Cedar Springs senior Cameron Umphrey scored the lone touchdown for the Red Hawks against Catholic Central, after grabbing a pass one-handed. Photos by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone

Cedar Springs senior Cameron Umphrey scored the lone touchdown for the Red Hawks against Catholic Central, after grabbing a pass one-handed. Photos by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone

Red Hawk defender Lane Gott bats away a pass intended for a Cougar receiver. Photos by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Red Hawk defender Lane Gott bats away a pass intended for a Cougar receiver. Photos by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

by Lauren VanDenHout

Last Friday, September 18, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks faced off against the Catholic Central Cougars. In this match, the Hawks weren’t only battling the opposing team, they also found themselves pitted against the natural elements. The severe downpour that took place in the second half of the game was a major challenge the team had to overcome. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks fell to the Cougars 29-6.

Scoring the only touchdown for the game was senior Cameron Umphrey. In the second quarter, the halfback sprinted for a 33-yard touchdown, after he snatched the ball with only one hand on a pass.

Defensively, the Hawk’s line was impenetrable for two quarters. The boys denied the Cougars into their endzone during the first and third quarter. In the first quarter, senior Da’Marcus Barnett punted the ball to the 11-yard line, making it quite the challenge for the Cougars to return it for a touchdown. Powerful tackles made by seniors Barnett and Taylor VanDyke, and freshman Ryan Ringler were key in stopping Catholic Central on the offensive.

Mother nature decided to step in during the second half of the game. This drastic weather change made it difficult for either team to score. Catholic Central is considered to be more of a passing team, where as Cedar Springs takes more to running the ball for its offensive strategy. The rain worked out more in the favor of the Hawks since their sense of offensive style isn’t affected as much as Catholic Central’s. This factor enabled the Hawks to put more pressure on the Cougars to keep their lead.

In the last quarter, Cedar Springs quarterback Collin Alvesteffer reinjured his ankle. While attempting to advance the ball up the field, Alvesteffer appeared to have almost slipped in response to the heavy rain around him as he tried to avoid the Cougar’s defense.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks now have a record of 2-2. Their next game is home at the Red Hawks Stadium, at 7:00 p.m. They will host the Wyoming Wolves, who have an overall record of 1-3.

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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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