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CS JV girls get another win


#14 Aly Hamilton getting the steal against Comstock Park. Photo by Ron Francis.

Cedar Springs girls JV basketball continue to have a great season. After a 12 -game winning streak, the Red Hawks suffered a tough loss at home last Tuesday against a very talented West Ottawa team.

They traveled to Comstock Park last Thursday to take on the Panthers on their home court.  They came out strong against Comstock in the 1st quarter and after several fouls for both teams, they ended it with a 13-point lead.  After allowing the Panthers only 2 points in the 2nd quarter and making several free throws they went into halftime leading 33-6. Comstock started strong in the 3rd  but Cedar responded with some very tough defense to end the quarter 44-20. With nearly everyone sharing in the scoring, they ended the game out on top, 54-26.  This improved their record for the year to 16 wins and only 2 losses.

Still undefeated in conference play, the JV girls traveled to Belding on Tuesday, the 21st and will end their season on their home court today, Thursday, to play the Falcons from West Catholic.

 

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Red Hawks lose heartbreaker to Panthers


For the second time this season, the varsity boys basketball team dropped a heartbreaker in overtime to the Comstock Park Panthers.

The Red Hawks used a strong defensive effort in the first quarter to jump out to a 9-5 lead.  The defensive battle continued throughout the 2nd quarter, and Cedar Springs took a 19-15 edge into halftime. Great defense by both teams led to Cedar Springs shooting just 35 percent in the first half and the Panthers only 22 percent.

A key steal and a basket by Comstock Park late in the 3rd quarter trimmed the Red Hawk lead to six and gave the Panthers momentum heading into the fourth. The lead went back and fourth throughout the 4th quarter.  With 8 seconds remaining, the Panthers missed a free throw and Cedar Springs appeared to be fouled in the act of shooting. However, the official ruled that the foul occurred prior to the act of shooting and no free throws were awarded. Ryan Dines’ desperation 3-point was off the mark and the game went to overtime, which the Panthers dominated en route to a 50-44 overtime win.

Coach Secor commented, “I was awfully proud of the fight, effort, and energy we played with for 32 minutes. In a few crucial situations, we made some mental errors that really cost us. Having said that, I think we have proven that we can play with anyone in this league and the difference between who finishes first and who finishes fourth is very slim. I look forward to the challenge of the next 3 games and preparing to host districts for the first time in nine years.”

Brandon Slater played a key role throughout the contest, coming off the bench to score 10 points and grab 3 rebounds in one of his best games as a Red Hawk.  Ryan Dines led the team in scoring with 14 points. Dines and Jason Gingrich also combined to play solid defense on Comstock Park junior guard Ryan Schall, the leading scorer in the OK Blue. Their defense led to Schall shooting 2/19 and only mustering 10 points. The Panthers converted on 25/32 from the free throw line while the Red Hawks shot just 5/12.

Cedar Springs, now 8-9 overall and 5-5 in the OK Blue, finishes up league play with home games this week vs. Belding and West Catholic.  Tuesday the 28th will be “Senior Night” when the Red Hawks host undefeated, and ranked #4th in the state in Class “B,” Godwin Heights

 

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Red Hawk wrestlers host fundraiser


The Red Hawk JV and Varsity Wrestlers exchanged their singlets for ties for their fundraising event on January 14. The teams went from wrestling to serving, when they hosted a black tie event at the American Legion Hall that included a four course meal and a fun night out. The event is a first this year in an attempt to fundraise in a new innovative way. The guests bought tickets that were sold by the wrestlers, and were in turn served by the wrestlers they bought the ticket from, and others. It was a great start this year, and next year the wrestling team is hoping the event will be even bigger and better, making this a new annual event.
The Red Hawk Wrestlers have been working hard this season, with an  overall team record of 13-8.  “We are a young team,” said head coach Scott Troost. “There are only 3 seniors on the team but most of the team consists of freshman. We are always improving.”
The Red Hawks continue to fight to clinch victories, and while not always getting that first, they are finishing usually in the top 3 at tournaments. A few of their places were in Fruitport 3rd, Tri-County 3rd, and Comstock where they took 3rd out of the 18 teams present.
The Redhawks leaders for the team with their own personal records are: Cody Oehme leading the team with his record of 25-5; Austim Wamser (Senior) who is 18-6 so far this season; Barron Lenardson 22-6; Jarred Vodry 17-9; and Dominick Chong with a 20-7 record. The Red Hawks will continue to work hard to build on the team and individual records.
The Red Hawks were scheduled to go up against West Catholic, Coopersville and Belding on Wednesday Jan. 25, and will be traveling to a tournament in St. Johns, who is ranked 3rd in the nation, on Saturday, January 28.

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Red Hawks win one, lose one in holiday tournament


Boys Varsity Basketball team: Row 1: Justin Hanes, Isaac Golczynski, Robert Klein, Jason Gingrich, Ryan Dines, Hank Porter, Trey Reed. Row 2: Assistant Coach Jimmy Booth, Kyle Longcore, Brandow Slater, Tyler Covell, Derek Ash, Marcus Walls, Mathias Mair, Cameron Link, Trevor Hill, Coach Andrew Secor.

The Cedar Springs basketball team participated in their annual Holiday Tournament last week.  Due to a power outage in the high school, the freshmen and JV played their games at the middle school and the varsity played at Kent City. The freshmen team advanced to the championship game by defeating Newaygo, but lost in overtime to Hastings in the final.  They JV team lost to Newaygo in their opener, but bounced back to defeat Hastings in the consolation game.
The varsity team lost their opening game to Newaygo by a score of 70-62. The Red Hawks held a 7-point lead at half, but great three-point shooting by the Lions led them to a 40-point second half.
In the consolation game, Cedar Springs jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead and led 34-26 at the half.  A 15-9 edge in the fourth quarter allowed to Red Hawks to finish with a 58-52 victory. The Red Hawks were paced by Ryan Dines and his 20 points, along with Jason Gingrich who added 14.
Coach Secor noted, “We were very disappointed with the way we defended against Newaygo. I was proud of the way we responded to adversity and were able to defeat a solid Kent City team on their home floor. However, if we are going to have any shot to compete in the OK Blue, we have numerous things to improve on and need to do so in a very quick manner.”
The Red Hawks now stand at 3-3 overall and 1-0 in the conference. Their next game is home, on Friday, January 6th, against Forest Hills Northern.

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Varsity soccer team racks up two more wins


Kyle Szirovecz (18) and Robert Klein (13) jump for a corner-kicked ball vs. West Catholic. Also pictured are Dontae Ensley (8) and Brandon Goodenough (15).

On Tuesday, October 11, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks hosted the West Catholic Falcons. Aaron Dault lit up the scoreboard when he blasted a rocket ball into the net just below the cross bars (23:43). Shortly after, Ilan Caballero was positioned at the back door of the net and knocked in a ball crossed over from Kyle Szirovecz. (15:09). The final goal of the game came late into the second half, when Robert Klein sliced the ball past the keeper (9:10). West Catholic offense was suffocated and they went home empty due to the fact that Cedar dominated the ball on both ends of the field. Cedar’s defense demonstrated a unified effort consisting of Dontae Ensley, Aaron Dault, Bryan Taylor, and Trevor Rose and keeper Kyle Coutchie. The final score ended with a Cedar Springs shut-out victory of 3-0.
On Thursday, October 13, Cedar Springs closed OK-Blue Conference play against their rival neighbors to the west, the Sparta Spartans. The Red Hawks took an early command of the game when Kyle Szirovecz drilled the ball past the goaltender, with an assist from Robert Klein (21:34). Minutes later, Robert Klein knocked in another goal sent to him by

Aaron Dault (7) jumps to head the ball vs. West Catholic. Also pictured Jon Shaw (20), Mitch Hanmer (11), Ilan Caballero (19).

Kyle Szirovecz (14:07). Szirovecz was credited for the third goal of the match, giving the Red Hawks a comfortable lead of 3 to 0. A minute before the halftime buzzer, Sparta was granted a free kick, opening an opportunity to sneak a shot in, snatching the ball from the grasp of goalkeeper, Kyle Coutchie, making the score 3 to 1 at the half. Heavy rain began to fall as second half play resumed, creating challenging conditions for the players. Sparta benefited from this when a shot on goal slipped through Coutchie’s gloves and into the net. This unfortunate event fired up the Red Hawk squad and the team went to work to shut down the Spartans and closed out the game with a 3-2 victory. Special acknowledgment goes out to the reserve members of the Cedar Springs team for their strong team efforts and supportive play exhibited throughout the season. They are as follows: Kyle Longcore, Parker Selleck, Brandon Goodenough, Tyler Aungst, and Santiago Quiroga. Red Hawks end their OK-Conference schedule with a 9 win-3 loss record and an overall season record of 12-5. Great playing guys and good luck in districts! The soccer teams appreciated all of the fan support during this season!

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Freshmen Red Hawks hold off West Catholic


Red Hawk Tyler Luevano #5 intercepts the ball in the end zone. Photo by R. Klompstra.

The Cedar Springs freshmen Red Hawks won after a forfeit by Fremont on October 6, and then concentrated on tackling West Catholic October 13. “The boys stepped up to the challenge of facing one of the top teams in our league (West Catholic) and were very focused leading up to game day,” said freshman football Coach Kirk Covey.
With many players in positions they hadn’t practiced all season due to injuries, it was a tough game. The first quarter was a back and forth battle at midfield until the Red Hawks scored, ending the quarter 6-0.
The battle continued in the second quarter when Tyler Luevano made an interception in the end zone denying West Catholic a touchdown. Late in the quarter our offensive line, once again, provided the opportunity for a running back to gain some yards. Jesse VanHemert took advantage of that opportunity and ran it in for another Cedar Springs touchdown. The Falcons responded with a touchdown of their own with one minute left in the half. The Red Hawks were still going strong and with 40 seconds left in the first half, MavRick Cotton scored a touchdown. With a successful 2-point conversion, the first half ended with Cedar 20 and West Catholic 6.
The Falcons came back from halftime determined to even the score. Both sides battled hard, but the Falcons were the only ones to score in the 3rd quarter, bringing the score to Cedar 20 and West Catholic 13.
Early in the 4th quarter, the Falcons intercepted the ball in the end zone preventing a Red Hawk touchdown. Midway through the quarter, the Falcons scored a touchdown bringing the score to Cedar 20 and West Catholic 19. With 5 seconds left, the Falcons threatened to take the lead on a field goal but the kick wasn’t successful and the game ended with a score of Cedar 20 and West Catholic 19.
Our guys showed a lot of heart, most of them were out on the field 100 percent of the time without rest and they hung in there at the end when it counted most. Great job guys! Good luck with your last game of the season at Sparta on October, 20.

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Red Hawks rough up Redskins


The Varsity Red Hawks bounced back from a loss last week to clinch their 5th win of the season against the Redskins of Belding.  It wasn’t easy with the Red Hawk injury list growing.
The Red Hawk offensive started strong in the first quarter scoring the first points of the game, after moving the ball down the field and then Austin Wamser sweeping in the last 2 yards for the touchdown, and then completing the pass from Tyler Covell for the 2-point conversion. Belding was looking good as well on their first possession, moving the ball toward a touchdown, when sophomore Red Hawk Cameron Link intercepted a pass from the Redskins, ending the first quarter 8-0 Cedar Springs.
The second quarter, the Red Hawks continued to battle the Redskins as they both fought to score, but it was the Redskins that would score and tie the game 8-8.  Cedar Springs was able to turn around and score again, when Tyler Covell passed right to Ike Golczynski for a Red Hawk  touchdown, and then added two more on Tyler Covell’s pass to Austin Wamser, bringing the score to 16-8 Red Hawks.  The Redskins weren’t going down that easy though, and answered with a touchdown of their own with only 29 seconds left in the half, ending the half 16-16.
The Red Hawks defense didn’t give the Redskins much room to move the ball in the third quarter. Red Hawk Jason Gingrich intercepted a Redskin pass, but neither team scored in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter proved to be an exciting one as the battle raged, but it was the Red Hawk offense that scored again when Tyler Covell passed to the middle to Jason Gingrich for 14-yard touchdown. Up 22-16, the Red Hawks defense held strong and didn’t allow the Redskins on the board again. Cedar took it in for one more touchdown, when Connor Burrows ran up the middle with 2:03 left in the game.  The final score was 28-16 Cedar Springs Red Hawks.
Jason Vietti led the Red Hawk defense with 13 tackles and 4 assists, and Rylan Ash had 10 tackles and 1 assist.  Dan Sagorski, Brandon Slater and Cameron Link all contributed as well with 8 tackles each.
Offensively, Austin Wamser led the team with a total of 86 yards rushing, along with Connor Burrows who had 76 yards rushing.  Quarterback Tyler Covell completed 10 of 18 passes for 126 yards, and Jason Gingrich led in pass receiving with 44 yards on 4 completed passes, and Ike Golczynski had 36 yards with 2 passes. Brandon Slater had 27 yards on 2 passes and Austin Wamser had 19 yards on 2 passes.
“Our guys played their hearts out,” said Coach Busen,  “We had an amazing effort in the second half and had a number of guys step up to fill in for our injured players. After a sloppy first half we were able to go in at halftime, talk about it, and come back out and pitch a shutout on defense while putting up two more scores on offense for the win.”
The Red Hawks (2-2 conf, 5-2 overall) will travel to Grand Rapids to take on the OK-Blue conference leader West Catholic Falcons (4-0 conference, 5-2 overall) Friday, October 14 at 7 p m. Come out and support your Red Hawks!

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Varsity Red Hawks fall to Panthers


It was a hard night for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks as they faced the Panthers of Comstock Park last Friday, September 30, and fell to them 28-6.
The Panthers came out showing claws in the first quarter, recovering a fumble from Cedar Springs’ first possession, and scoring the first points of the game. The Red Hawks were unable to answer, and lost senior Hank Porter to an injury. The ball turned back over to the Panthers, who were then able to score again on the Red Hawks. The Red Hawks held the Panthers the rest of the quarter, and ended the first quarter 14-0 Panthers.
The second quarter proved to be as brutal as the first. Both teams fought to move the ball down the field, however, it was the Panthers who scored points, and ended the half at 21-0, Comstock Park.
The Red Hawks regrouped in the third quarter, even after losing Hank Porter earlier and then Allen Slagter at the half to injury. The Red Hawk defense continued to hold the Panthers, while the offense fought the Panther defense and scored their only points in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the battle continued as the Red Hawks continued to fight down the field, but the attempts would not pay off, and the Panthers were able to score one last time ending the game 28-6, Comstock Park.
“Our first play on our first offensive possession we fumbled the ball and three plays later we were down 7 nothing,” said Coach Busen. “After the kickoff we ran 3 plays for 30 yards and at the tail end of that third play Hank Porter got his leg rolled up on by a CP defender. Hank had to leave the game and I think that took some more wind out of our sails. We gave up two more scores before half and went in to the locker room down 21-0 and lost Allen Slagter to a concussion. Allen ended up leaving the game at halftime by ambulance. The second half we regrouped and had guys step up and fill in for Hank and Allen and we played much better but not good enough.
“For the second straight year we have been bitten by the injury bug,” continued Busen. “Losing Hank and Cam Cooper for the season is tough.  It will literally take 5 different players to replace what Hank did for us on offense, defense and special teams.  However, this team has set the playoffs as their goal and now they need to come together and step up in order to make their goal a reality.”
The Red Hawks travel to Belding this week to take on the Redskins, and hope to improve their now 4-2 record. Come out and show your support.   Good Luck Red Hawks!

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Freshmen Red Hawks outscore Panthers


Jesse VanHemert (#51) on the carry.

The threat of a thunderstorm lingered as the Red Hawks fought for a win against the Comstock Park Panthers on Thursday, September 29. The Hawks started early with a touchdown in the first quarter and made good on their two-point conversion. The Hawk’s defense fought hard against a comeback by the Panthers, with an interception in the end zone ending the quarter with Hawks 8 Panthers 0.
“Defense was able to step up and create turnovers, which was key, at the beginning of the game, preventing Comstock Park from scoring early. The offensive line was able to create some nice holes up front and the running backs made some great runs,” said Coach Covey.
The 2nd quarter had another successful touchdown by the Hawks. Although the two-point conversion was not any good, the score remained in Cedar’s favor at 14 to 0.
The battle continued through the 3rd quarter, without gain for either team. The Panthers put 8 on the board in the 4th quarter. The Hawks answered back with a touchdown of their own. Late in the 4th quarter, the Panthers continued to fight, but the Red Hawks’ defense made another interception in the end zone to end the game. The final score was Cedar Springs 20, Comstock Park 8.
The Red Hawks, now 5-1, will take on Fremont on Thursday, October 6, at Red Hawk Stadium, and West Catholic on Thursday, October 13, also at home. Games start at 4:30 p.m.

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Red Hawks run Huskies out of town


The Cedar Springs Red Hawks won against Forest Hills Northern for the second year in a row. Photo by R. Klompstra.

Fans rocked Red Hawk stadium last Friday night when the Cedar Springs Red Hawks showed strength on the field and beat the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern 28-7, improving their season record to 4-1.
The win was sweet, because it is only the second time since the Red Hawks began playing the Huskies in 1980 that they have beaten them. They played them every year from 1980-1999 (and lost), didn’t play them in the early 2000’s, and began playing them again in 2008. The Red Hawks have now won the last two years in a row.
The Red Hawk defense started the game strong last Friday by not allowing FHN to move the ball down the field. The offense came out showing no mercy, scoring the first touchdown of the game when Austin Wamser ran a reverse for 21 yards. Both teams fought hard the rest of the quarter, ending the first at 6-0 Cedar Springs. The second quarter appeared to repeat the first as CS defense continued to hold FHN offense off, and the CS offense scored again when Hank Porter ran it in for another Red Hawk touchdown. The Red Hawks went into the half ahead 14-0.
In the third quarter, the defense again did not falter. They held the FHN offense and pushed them close to the Red Hawk endzone, forcing them to punt it off. But Allen Slagter blocked the punt, sending the ball bouncing into the Red Hawk endzone and then picked it up for another Red Hawk touchdown!  The third quarter ended with the Red Hawks on top 20-0.
In the fourth, FHN was able to recover a fumble and run it down the field to score their only points in the game, but their scoring was answered by the Red Hawks when Conner Burrows ran into the endzone, bringing the score to 28-7 Red Hawks.
“We bounced back very well this week.” said Coach Brian Busen. “We had a great week of practice, very good focus and it showed Friday night. I thought we did well in all phases of the game with two huge special teams plays and great production on both sides of the ball. I would like to give special mention to our bruisers on the O and D line for having their best game of the year to this point, they made very few mental mistakes and set the tone for the game.”
The Cedar Springs Red Hawks will host the Coopersville Panthers this Friday at Red Hawk stadium at 7 p.m.

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