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Girls track splits meet; Weiler sets record


Sommer VanDyke and Katie Weiler in 1600m relay.

The Red Hawk Girls Varsity Track team opened the 2012 season at Greenville High School with a double dual meet against Greenville and Kenowa Hills. The Red Hawks defeated Kenowa Hills 96 to 41 and lost to Greenville 84 to 53. Freshman Kenzie Weiler set a school record in the 1600 meter run with a time of 5:04.4.

Maddie Pekrul in 3200m run.

Placing in first for the Red Hawks was:

• Jeanette Sukstas, shot put and discus

• Rieley Hondalus long jump and 400 meter dash

• Aly Hamilton 100 and 200 meter dashes

• Kenzie Weiler 1600 and 3200 meter runs

• Katei Weiler 800 meter run

• 400 Meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Sayge Wight, Abby Vandusen, and Aly Hamilton

• 800 Meter relay team of Rieley Hondalus, Sayge Wight, Marissa Oakes, and Aly Hamilton

• 1600 meter relay team of Rieley Hondalus, Fenessa Cotten, Katie Weiler, and Sommer VanDyke

• 3200 meter relay team of Sommer VanDyke, Maddie Pekrul, Kenzie Weiler, and Katie Weiler.

Placing in second was Kait Twork, shot put and discus; Abby Vandusen, long jump; Mariah Alles, high jump and 300 meter hurdles; Marissa Oakes, 100 meter dash; Katie Weiler 1600 meter run; Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run.

Placing third was Marissa Oakes, long jump; Abby Vandusen, pole vault; Mariah Alles, 100 meter hurdles; Sommer Vandyke, 1600 and 800 meter runs; and Emily Shaft, 400 meter dash.

 

 

 

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Red Hawks win liftathon


The 2nd annual Bench Brawl was a success for Cedar Springs athletes last weekend.

On Saturday, March 24, Cedar Springs hosted the 2nd annual Bench Brawl vs. Comstock Park. This event helps raise money for both schools’ football programs. The weight lifters collect donations through community sponsors and put their money where their mouth is in a bench press competition.

With 73 competitors between the two schools, Cedar Springs athletes will be keeping the trophy in their high school for the second year in a row. Cedar Springs out-lifted Comstock Park by 1,205 pounds. Cedar Springs athletes combined for the winning total of 6,435 pounds, while Comstock Park put up a respectable 5,230 pounds.

The lifters are broken down into different classes based on their body weight. The top lifters from Cedar Springs include Noah Scheidmantel (145lbs and under) 240 pounds; Cameron Link (146-165) 235 pounds; Cameron Klompstra (166-185) 220 pounds; Jeff Newland (186-205) 290 pounds; Jason Vietti (206 and up) 275 pounds.

The coaches from both programs are excited about the progress the athletes are making in the weight room and on the football field, and look forward to a successful football season.

 

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Red Hawks finish regular season with 16 – 4 record


The girls varsity hoops squad finished off their regular season with two games last week winning at Belding on Tuesday night, February 21, 64 to 36 but losing out to West Catholic on Friday, February 25, 46 to 32 in a game between the two best teams in the OK Blue conference.

Cedar enjoyed one of their best first quarter of the season putting up 23 points in the first stanza. Belding came out of the locker room hot, hitting their first four shots to take an early lead. But it was short lived, as the Red Hawks asserted themselves on defense and turned the game around quickly. By halftime, the team led the Redskins 32 to 14.

The second half was much of the same as Cedar stretched their lead to as many as 32 points to come away with the victory.

Rachael Ludtke was high scorer for the Red Hawks with 20 points hitting 8 of 10 from the field, Tiffany Karger followed with 14, and Molly Holtrop was is in double figures with 10. Chaya Coxon scored 7, Brittany Todd 6, Allie Veltkamp 6, and Abby VanDusen 1. Veltkamp led the team with 7 rebounds on the night.

On Friday night, the ladies of West Catholic came to town in a showdown for the OK Blue championship. It was a big game for both teams and both schools were well represented. West brought a big following and it was Red Hawks Kids Club night for the Cedar Springs elementary schools. What a great turn out for a big game.

West got off to an early lead going up 12 to 6 at the end of the first quarter, as the Red Hawks looked a little tight in the beginning of the game. West is a two-time league champion and played like they wanted their third straight. Cedar battled back scoring 12 points in the second quarter but trailed at the half 24 to 18.

The second half was a grind-it-out game, as the West controlled the ball well and ate up the clock. The Red Hawks were able to trim the lead to six points but would get no closer.  In the fourth quarter, with time running out, Cedar was forced to foul and West capitalized from the line to put the game away.

Tiffany Karger was high scorer for the Red Hawks, leading the way with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Chaya Coxon chipped in 5, as did Allie Veltkamp. Rachael Ludtke had 4; Hannah Wight had 4, and Molly Holtrop 2.

The girls went to districts on Monday night to face host Mona Shores. Pick up next week’s Post for all the details.

 

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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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