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Girls track team opens OK Blue with two wins

Abby VanDusen (center) in the 100 meter hurdles.

The Girls Varsity track team hosted their first OK Blue meets of the year. In a double dual meet at Red Hawk Stadium the Red Hawks defeated West Catholic by a score of 76 to 59 and Belding 81.5 to 54.5. The teams overall record is now 5-1 and are 2 – 0 in the Ok Blue. The team travels to Chippewa Hills on Saturday April 21 for the Warrior Invitational and on Tuesday April 25 Travel to Forest Hills Northern for an Ok Blue meet.

Placing for the Red Hawks was:

First Place: Jeanette Sukstas shot put and discus; Abby VanDusen long jump;  Aly Hamilton 100 and 200 meter dashes; Kenzie Weiler 1600 and 3200 meter runs; Katie Weiler 800 meter run; 400 Meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Sayge Wight, Abby Vandusen, and Aly Hamilton; 1600 meter relay team of Riley Hondalus, Aly Hamilton, Katie Weiler, and Sommer VanDyke; 3200 meter relay team of Sommer VanDyke, Maddie Pekrul, Kenzie Weiler, and Katie Weiler.

Second Place: Rieley Hondalus 400 meter dash; Shaelyn Fasel discus; Abby VanDusen pole vault and 100 meter hurdles; Marissa Oakes long jump; Katie Weiler 1600 meter run; Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run; Briana Pierson high jump; Sommer VanDyke 1600 and 800 meter run.

Third Place: Kayla Bohy discus; Rieley Hondalus high jump; Christina Dean 3200 meter run; Marissa Oakes 200 meter dash; Emily Shaft 400 meter dash.

Spartan Classic

The Girls Varsity Track traveled to Sparta for the Spartan Tri-Level Classic. In the 9th and 10th grade Division the team scored 75 points and placed 4th out of 8 teams. In the 11th and 12th grade division they scored 46.5 points and placed 6th out of 8 teams. Kenzie Weiler won the 3200 meter run and set a new school record with a time of 10:55.55. Also taking first places were Aly Hamilton in the 100 meter dash and the 3200 meter relay team of Emily Shaft, Shayne Mann, Maddie Pekrul and Kenzie Weiler.

Also placing for the Red Hawks was:

Second Place: Aly Hamilton 200 meter dash; Marissa Oakes 100 meter dash and long jump; Katie Weiler 1600 meter run; Abby VanDusen pole vault; 400 meter relay team of Rieley Hondalus, Marissa Oakes, Abby VanDusen, and Aly Hamilton.

Third Place: Maddie Pekrul 1600 meter run; 800 meter relay team of Kellie Spahr, Sayge Wight, Mara Ellison, and Emily Shaft; 3200 meter relay team of  Sommer VanDyke, Kayla Ovokaitys, Allie Veltkamp, and Katie Weiler.


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Boys track off to a 4-0 start

Aaron Brooks and Connor Mora in the 800 meter run. Photo by R. Klompstra.

The Red Hawk Varsity boys track and field team are off to an impressive start to the season, as they competed in and won two double dual meets before spring break. On March 26, they began the season at Greenville. They competed against the Yellow Jackets and Knights from Kenowa Hills. They defeated Greenville 85-52 and Kenowa Hills 76-61.

Leading the way for the Hawks was returning all-state distance runner Connor Mora. Connor led the 3200m relay team to victory with Ethan Menefee, Austin Sargent and Aaron Brooks. Mora also won the 1600m and 800m runs. Junior Aaron Dault also was impressive as he won the high jump (tie with senior Nate Jones), long jump, 110m high hurdles and 300m low hurdles. Senior and discus state qualifier Derek Ash won the shot put and discus events.

Next, the Hawks hosted their first home meet of the season versus Muskegon Mona Shores and Muskegon Oakridge. The Hawks handed Mona Shores a 99-38 defeat, while the Eagles from Oakridge were beaten 77-60.

Dault remained undefeated in both hurdle events. Mora won the 3200m relay along with the 1600m and 800m runs and the 400m dash. The 800m relay of Blake Willett, Brandon Sipka, Tyler Hindenach and Mathias Mair won a controversial race. Tyler Hindenach defeated all others in the pole vault. Derek Ash won the discus event, while senior Rylan Ash beat all others in the shot put. Finally, senior Aaron Brooks was victorious an impressive early season time in the 3200m run.

“As impressive as those four victories were, we cannot be satisfied. We will have our work cut out for us this season, our last, in the OK Blue. We have to effectively utilize our time at practice and in the weight-room if we have any hopes of retaining our two year run as conference champs. Forest Hills Northern, Sparta, West Catholic and Coopersville will each provide difficult match-ups this season,” stated Coach Myers.

The Hawks begin their conference title defense on Tuesday as they host West Catholic and Belding. They then travel to Coopersville on Saturday to compete at the annual Bronco Classic Invitational.


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Girls track wins meet in home opener

The Red Hawk girls Varsity track team hosted their first home meet of the year, Wednesday, March 28. The Red Hawks defeated Mona Shores 75 to 62 and defeated Muskegon Oakridge 121 to 14. The team’s overall record is now 3 wins and 1 loss. The 121 points scored against Oakridge is a team record for points scored in a dual meet. The team opens the OK Blue conference at Red Hawk Stadium on Tuesday April 10, with a double dual against Belding and West Catholic.

Placing for the Red Hawks was:

First Place:

Jeanette Sukstas shot put

Kait Twork discus

Abby VanDusen 100 meter hurdles, long jump and pole vault

Aly Hamilton 100 and 200 meter dashes

Mariah Alles high jump and 300 meter hurdles

Rieley Hondalus 400 meter dash

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 Emily Shaft, Allie Veltkamp, Katie Weiler, and Sommer VanDyke

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

Second Place: Jeanette Sukstas discus; Rieley Hondalus long jump; Shaelyn Fasel shot put; Briana Pierson pole vault; Marissa Oakes 100 meter dash; Katie Weiler 1600 meter run; Emily Shaft 400 meter dash; Samantha Robinson 200 meter dash; Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run.

Third Place: Marissa Oakes long jump; Shaelyn Fasel discus; Kait Twork shot put; Briana Pierson high jump; Mariah Alles 100 meter hurdles; Sommer Vandyke meter 1600 run; Allie Veltkamp 800 meter run; Kellie Spahr 200 meter dash; Christina Dean 3200 meter run.


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Red Hawk tennis opens new season

Row 1: Kristen Bull, Katie Schumann, Molly VonSeggern, Monica West, Jessica Blackmer, Paige Gebhardt, Anna Frausin Row 2: Hannah Sommer, Bayley Wolfe, Samantha Alger, Shannon Leal, Megan Brunett, Molly McCarthy, Sam Durkee Row 3: Coach Kennedy, Kellsie Rypma, Tamara Tiethoff, Cortney O’Brien, Julie Schut, Isabela Miranda, Beth Bullen, Seana Pursley, Coach Russel Not in Picture: Emma Balsby

The Cedar Springs girls tennis team has a renewed line-up this season after losing 7 of 12 starters to graduation last year. “The returning players are going to have to step up and compete in the top spots vacated by last year’s seniors,” said Coach Jerry Kennedy.

Three juniors and one sophomore—Paige Gebhardt, Jess Blackmer, Samantha Alger, and Kristen Bull—will be challenging to fill the top spots. Kennedy said all four girls have developed sound ground strokes and have what it takes to compete in the upper section of  the line-up. Joining them are Megan Brunett and Shannon Leal, both sophomores, who were a winning pair at 4 doubles last year. “The new freshmen and last year’s JV players will all be a factor in the formation of the renewed team,” said Coach Kennedy.

Team starts out winning

The girls tennis team won their first two matches of the season, Saturday, March 24, defeating Rogers 8-0, and Grant 5-3, at Rockford’s MVP Athletic Club. Cedar Springs singles players Paige Gebhardt #1, Anna Frausin #2, Samantha Alger #3, and Kristen Bull #4, won all of their singles matches for the day, to give the Red Hawks a sweep in the singles. The #4 doubles team of Julie Schut and Monica West won both of their matches with close scores. Megan Brunett and Shannon Leal (#1 doubles), Jessica Blackmer and Katie Schumann (#2 doubles), and Bayley Wolfe and Molly VonSeggern (#3 doubles) all finished with one win and one loss for the day.

The team will take on Sparta on April 11.

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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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