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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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Victory for boys varsity soccer on AYSO/CASSA night


Luke Dault (17) chases down the ball. Also pictured: #18 Kyle Szirovecz and #13 Robert Klein.

On the crisp night of Tuesday, September 20, Red Hawk stadium was buzzing with the sound of excited AYSO/CASSA players and their parents as they came to cheer on the Cedar Springs boys varsity soccer team, who was playing against the Sparta Spartans. The Spartans took an early 1-0 lead, but the Red Hawks quickly tied it up when Robert Klein connected with a cross from Kyle Szirovecz, heading the ball in over the keeper’s gloves (30:35). Mitch Hanmer’s well placed throw in to Klein, resulted in the second goal, as Klein kicked the ball over to Szirovecz, who blasted the ball into the back of the net (16:03). The Red Hawks finalized their 3-1 win, when forward Kyle Szirovecz accepted the ball up the field from defender Dontae Ensley, allowing Szirovecz to maneuver through several defenders and shot the ball into the lower corner of the net (34:08).
Following the game, Coach Avink and the team wanted to thank everyone that came out and supported us during our AYSO/CASSA night. “It was a huge success. The guys had some great wins this week and we are excited to continue to move forward in the up coming games!” he said.

Trevor Rose (12) attacks the ball. Also pictured: #20 Jon Shaw and #13 Robert Klein.

On Thursday, September 22, the Red Hawks traveled north to challenge the Big Rapids Cardinals. The Red Hawks took an early command of the game when Robert Klein connected with a pass from Kyle Szirovecz and sent the ball in to the back of the net (16:32). Red Hawk fans cheered when Szirovecz broke away from the Cardinal defense and drilled the ball past the keeper, increasing Cedar’s lead 2-1 (6:40). Szirovecz scored again 11 seconds into the second half, from a perfect cross sent to the net by Klein (39:49). Minutes later, Szirovecz scored a hat trick when he knocked in his third goal of the evening to bring the Red Hawks to a comfortable lead of 4-0 (29:42). With 37 seconds left on the clock, defender Dontae Ensley, tiptoed his way up field during a Cedar Springs corner kick, he got his foot on the ball and drilled it past the keeper giving the Red Hawks a 5-0 shut out victory over the Cardinals.

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Freshmen Red Hawks snatch victory from Huskies


Nick Steed (#9) on the carry.

It was an intense, edge of your seat victory for the freshman Red Hawks, when they traveled to Forest Hills Northern on Thursday, September 22.
The game was off to a slow start with nothing on the board after the first quarter. The Hawks put up 6 points in the 2nd quarter with only 35 seconds left. The Huskies came back from halftime with their minds on the game and scored two touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. Neither team was allowing 2-point conversions to be scored leaving the score at Hawks 6 and Huskies 12 going into the 4th quarter.
“The boys never put their heads down when Forest Hills Northern went ahead,” said Coach Kirk Covey. “There was never any panic and everyone did their job.”
Cedar put another 6 on the board early in the 4th quarter bringing the score to 12-12.
“We were able to get receivers involved more and each of them had key catches. Defense was able to step it up at the end and get us the ball with good field position,” noted Covey.
Zachary Wamser sacked the quarterback at the FHN 6-yard line on FHN’s 3rd down. FHN’s 4th down punt fell short and set up the Hawks at the FHN 25 yard line with 2 minutes left in the game. With the fans, coaches, and players all on the edge of their seats, Cedar was able to hold off the Huskies and put another 6 on the board with 10 seconds left in the game. With 4 seconds left on the clock, FHN took possession of the ball and ended the game with an incomplete pass. The final score was Cedar Springs 18, Forest Hills Northern 12.
“The team took advantage of opportunities, which is key in tight games like that,” remarked Covey. “I’m proud of the way they finished.”
The Freshman Red Hawks (4-1) will play at Comstock Park on Thursday, September 29, and at home against Fremont on Thursday, October 6. Games start at 4:30pm. Come on out and support your Red Hawks!

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Red Hawks fall to Broncos


Last Friday night was a blow to the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, when they fell to the Broncos of Coopersville 28-13, bringing their winning streak to an end and their record to 3-1.
The Red Hawks looked strong in the first quarter, scoring the first two touchdowns of the game. The first came when Hank Porter swept in for a 3-yard touchdown and the second when quarterback Tyler Covell’s pass was completed to Allen Slagter, who then ran the remaining 9 yards for the touchdown. That would be the last that Cedar Springs would make. The Broncos came out strong in the second quarter, scoring two touchdowns of their own, ending the half with a score of 14-13 Coopersville.
The Broncos continued their rally in the third quarter with another touchdown, again unanswered by Cedar Springs offense. The defense did all they could to hold them to one touchdown in the third and fourth quarters. The fourth quarter continued to be a struggle for the Red Hawks as they were unable to answer another touchdown by the Broncos.
“That was a disappointing loss,” Said Coach Busen. “We started out strong and played assignment football. The second half we missed assignments on both sides of the ball. The frustrating part was Coopersville played the same defense on our first two scoring drives as they did throughout the game, they didn’t do anything different, nothing we didn’t practice against, we just missed assignments and I take full responsibility for that. We now need to learn from that loss, have a great week of practice and, most importantly, focus on assignment football as we prepare for a very talented FHN squad.”
The Red Hawks will host the Forrest Hills Northern Huskies this Friday at Red Hawk stadium at 7 p.m.

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Split results for Red Hawk boys varsity soccer


On Tuesday, September 13, at the Red Hawk stadium, the Cedar Springs boys varsity team faced off against the visiting Belding Redskins. The Red Hawks jumped into a quick lead when Kyle Szirovecz booted the ball into the net within seconds of the whistle (39:20). Closing out the first half, the score was 1-1, but that quickly changed shortly into the second half when Cedar Springs player Aaron Dault blasted the ball over the head of the keeper (37:06). Robert Klein positioned himself out in front of the net and connected with an air ball crossed over from Szirovecz, heading the ball into the corner of the net for a third Red Hawk goal. With 25 minutes left on the clock, Dault once again slipped the ball past the keeper giving the Red Hawks a 4-1 victory over the Redskins.
The Red Hawks traveled to the west side of Grand Rapids on Thursday, September 15, to challenge OK-Blue Conference rival West Catholic. It was evident that both teams entered the contest prepared for the high level of intensity that ensued throughout the entire match. The only Red Hawk goal was credited to forward Kyle Szirovecz, who fired a free kick past the West Catholic goal tender. The Red Hawk squad pushed the ball downfield but was unable to capitalize on several scoring opportunities and fell to their opponent 3 to 1.
“As we look forward, we are focused on the things we need to do to continue to become a better team,” remarked Coach Kyle Avink.
Come show your Red Hawk pride this season and cheer on the soccer teams!

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Red Hawks pull out win against Flint-Northwestern


Photo by R. Klompstra.

Last Friday night, September 9, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks faced the Wildcats of Flint Northwestern and pulled out another exciting victory (22-21) with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The Red Hawks took the lead early, when Hank Porter ran in a 24-yard touchdown, giving the Hawks the lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats came into the 2nd quarter ready to play and scored a touchdown of their own, but had an unsuccessful kick for the extra point, ending the second quarter 7-6 Red Hawks.
The third quarter posed to be difficult for the Red Hawks, as the Wildcats scored again, with a successful 2-point conversion raising their score to 14. The Hawks were able to answer back with another score of their own, when Austin Wamser took the ball and ran for a 47-yard touchdown, and the Josh Champion kick was good to end the 3rd quarter with a score of 14-14.
The fourth quarter became an intense one, neither team wanting to give up, but it was Flint Northwestern that was able to pull off another touchdown and an extra point with only 5:09 left in the game, leaving the score at 21-14 Wildcats and only minutes left to play. The Hawks struggled to move the ball down the field, turning the ball back over to the Wildcats with only 3:25 left on the clock. It wasn’t looking good for the Red Hawks, but the defense held the Wildcats, and got another chance to move the ball. The Hawks offense took the field for what appeared to be a final attempt to score. With only 1:32 remaining, the Hawks pulled off an exciting double pass play when quarterback Tyler Covell passed to Hank Porter, who then fired it to Brandon Slater, who ran it 75 yards for a Red Hawk touchdown. With the score now 21-20 Wildcats, the Red Hawks went for two points and found success when Tyler Covell completed a pass to Hank Porter to bring the score to 22-21 Cedar.
The Wildcats took possession of the ball again, but the Red Hawk defense rose to the occasion and clinched the win when Jake Benton intercepted a pass from the Wildcats at the Cedar Springs 35-yard line with 42 seconds left in the game. The Red Hawks ran down the clock and improved their season record to 3-0.
“This was an exciting victory and I think our players did a great job of not hanging their heads and kept a belief in each other that they could pull it out,” said Coach Busen. “On the flip side, we didn’t execute very well on the offensive side of the ball. We missed 4 or 5 big play opportunities and our line as a whole played too high most of the night. These are things we will need to fix going into a rugged conference schedule. The turn out to our first home game was fantastic and from myself and the rest of the Red Hawk varsity football team we thank you for your support!”
The Red Hawks will be traveling to Coopersville this week for their conference opener, to take on the Broncos, who are 0-1 in conference, and 1-2 overall. Coopersville lost to Sparta last week 13-10.

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Freshman Red Hawks off to good start


Freshman Red Hawks Jesse VanHemert (51) and Nate Sorensen (78) bring down the Greenville ball carrier in the opening game of the season. Photo by R. Klompstra.

The freshman football team is well on their way. The first game, on August 25 was against Greenville, a tough opponent. Despite some setbacks, Cedar continued to drive the ball, and landed a 14-12 victory. The second game, on August 31, against Forest Hills Eastern, fell short with a loss of 21-8. But the Red Hawks bounced back with a 44-22 victory against Fruitport on September 8, with the special teams keeping them in a good position throughout the game. “It was our best week of practice this season and with it being a holiday week the boys stayed focused the entire time,” said head coach Kirk Covey. “They are a very cohesive and coachable team. Offensively they are beginning to understand our playbook and are gaining confidence as they learn the plays. Defensively they are becoming more aggressive and getting to the ball quicker. They also have better discipline in pass coverage situations. They came into the game Thursday very eager to play and focused, including during our pre-game preparation.” The Red Hawks will take on Coopersville at home on September 15 and play at Forest Hills Northern on September 22.

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Varsity boys soccer endures competitive week


Dontae Ensley jumps and blocks a ball during the FHN game. Also pictured are keeper Kyle Coutchie, 12-Trevor Rose, 11-Mitch Hanmer, 9-Brian Taylor, 10-Lee Tompkins, 7-Aaron Dault.

On Tuesday, September 6, 2011 the Cedar Springs Red Hawks battled head-to-head against their conference rivals the Forest Hills Northern Huskies. The game was fast-paced as the Huskies pressured the defensive squad of Aaron Dault, Dontae Ensley, Lee Tompkins, and Brian Taylor. Even though Cedar Springs goal-keeper Kyle Coutchie kept on his toes and racked up 14 saves, the Huskies managed to take the lead of 3-0 at the half. Shortly into the second half (36:56), Kyle Szirovecz received a well-placed pass from Robert Klein, Szirovecz then darted through several FHN defenders and knocked the ball past the charging FHN keeper, giving the Red Hawks their only goal of the match. Both teams gave a strong effort. The final score ended with FHN 3, Cedar Springs 1.
The following evening, Wednesday, September 7, the Red Hawks hosted the Rockford Rams. The Rams proved to be a tough opponent who put constant pressure on the defensive line and goal-keeper, Kyle Coutchie (15 saves), who kept the Rams scoreless throughout the first half. Minutes into the second half, the Rams slipped the ball past the Red Hawk defense and tapped it into the net, giving them a 1-0 advantage. Despite fierce Red Hawk offensive efforts, Cedar Springs fell to Rockford, 1 to 0.
Cedar Springs closed out their busy week at Comstock Park, on Thursday, September 8. The Panthers put up a good fight, but were unable to stop Red Hawk forward Kyle Szirovecz, when he sent a perfect pass to Venezuela exchange student llan Caballero, who drilled it into the back of the net (32:26). The Red Hawk squad was once again grateful to goalkeeper Kyle Coutchie, for his hard work in the net. The physically drained Cedar Springs crew worked hard to protect their lead and were triumphant at the final buzzer, beating the Panthers 1 to 0.
Summing up the week, Coach Kyle Avink noted, “The guys had a packed week of games and it was an opportunity for us to really step up! Come show your team spirit on September 20 at 6:45 for AYSO/CASSA night against Sparta. It is sure to be a great game!”

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