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Algoma Christian grad makes athlete of the week

Charisa Becker, an Algoma Christian grad and freshman at Grace Bible college, was named student-athlete of the week in Div. II by the NCCAA.

Charisa Becker, an Algoma Christian grad and freshman at Grace Bible college, was named student-athlete of the week in Div. II by the NCCAA.

Charisa Becker

Charisa Becker

Charisa Becker, a woman’s soccer player from Grace Bible College, was named Div. II student athlete of the week by the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) last week.

Becker, a 2015 Algoma Christian grad, scored the game tying goal in a 1-1 tie with Andrews University on October 22, and played solid defense throughout the match. The freshman defender/goalkeeper from Algoma Township was sent forward late in the game and responded by beating the Andrews keeper after a nice move in the penalty area. On Saturday, October 24, Charisa stepped into the goal and held a tough Cleary team to 2 goals, making 10 saves along the way.

Becker is the daughter of Tod and Rebecca Becker, of Algoma Township.

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U14 Lady Tri-Hawks remain undefeated


CASSA was founded in 1998 to help area soccer players who had played recreational soccer advance their game to a higher level known as “Select.” This U14 Elite Girls Team, comprised of 16 players and 3 coaching staff, not only took their play to the next level but also made CASSA history in the process. For two   consecutive years, they have remained undefeated in their league play. Headed into this season as Elite they remained undefeated, and on September 19, they won their game against a tough club from St. Joseph, Mich., to become the most winning team in CASSA history. Go lady Tri-Hawks!

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Scott Hazel Memorial Game 

The Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer Team will play the Rockford Rams in a purple game on April 16 to commemorate the memory of Scott Hazel.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Soccer Team will play the Rockford Rams in a purple game on April 16 to commemorate the memory of Scott Hazel.

Cedar Springs and Rockford soccer teams honor teacher

The Scott Hazel Memorial Game will be hosted by the Rockford Rams on April 16 at 7 p.m. (The JV game will be played immediately prior to this game.)

Scott Hazel lost his battle against cancer last summer. The Rams and the Red Hawks are coming together to raise money for the Purple Community in his memory. Mr. Hazel coached soccer at both Rockford and Cedar Springs at various levels, and was a well-known and much loved teacher in Cedar Springs.

Yes, there will be a game but this night will be so much more as both communities come together to honor Scott Hazel and raise money for cancer research in memory of him.

Rockford’s school colors are orange and black and Cedar Springs are red and black. However, on April 16, both communities will come together in a sea of purple for the man who influenced so many.


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Rule changes for fall high school sports

Each year, the Michigan High School Athletic Association seeks to improve the safety of high school athletes. Below are some rules changes in fall sports.
Rules were added restricting targeting of opponent and illegal helmet contact with defenseless players, with both resulting in 15-yard penalties. Targeting is defined as taking aim at an opponent with the helmet, forearm, hand, fist, elbow or shoulder to initiate contact above the shoulders and with an intent beyond making a legal tackle or block, or playing the ball. A defenseless player can be considered one no longer involved in a play, a runner whose progress has been stopped, a player focused on receiving a kick or a receiver who has given up on an errant pass, or a player already on the ground.
Roughing-the-passer fouls now will result in an automatic first down in addition to the previous 15-yard penalty.
On kickoffs, the kicking team must have at least four players on either side of the kicker, and no kicking team players except for the kicker may line up more than five yards behind the free-kick line. These changes were made to improve safety by balancing the kicking formation and shortening the potential run-up by kicking team players heading down the field to tackle the ball carrier.
A number of significant rules changes will go into effect for other fall sports:
Cross country
In cross country, the ban on wearing jewelry has been lifted (and also for track and field in the spring). The National Federation of State High School Associations deemed the ban unnecessary in these two sports because there is little risk of injury with minimal contact between competitors. Elimination of the rule will allow officials to further focus on the competition.
In soccer, Michigan has adopted the National Federation rule stating home teams must wear solid white jerseys and socks, with visiting teams in dark jerseys and socks (dark defined as any color contrasting white). Also, officials may now wear green and blue shirts in addition to red and black as alternates to the primary yellow shirt with black pinstripes.
Also for soccer, both field players and goalkeepers must now leave the field when injured and the referee has stopped the clock. Previously, an injured goalkeeper was not required to leave the game when the referee stopped the clock; going forward, the keeper must be replaced.
Swimming and diving
In swimming and diving, one change affects the beginning of races and another impacts a specific event. The use of starter’s pistols is now prohibited; starters must use an alternative sounding device to start races. Additionally, in the backstroke, a swimmer may not submerge his or her entire body after the start except for during turns. The swimmer must remain on or above the water surface on the finish, eliminating the abuse of submerging well before touching the wall. This change also applies to the finish of the backstroke leg of the individual medley.

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C.A.S.S.A Tri-Hawks U10 girls win Division title

Front: Elizabeth Fettig  Middle: Left to right: Brandy Singleton, Lily Briggs, Andrea Rios, Darrah Miller. Back Row: Loren Riddle, Makenna Outwin, Olivia Hearth, Ali Carlson, Emma Cassiday, Mia Joppich Assistant Coach Pete Singleton (Gray), Head Coach Ryan Outwin (Red)

Front: Elizabeth Fettig
Middle: Left to right: Brandy Singleton, Lily Briggs, Andrea Rios, Darrah Miller.
Back Row: Loren Riddle, Makenna Outwin, Olivia Hearth, Ali Carlson, Emma Cassiday, Mia Joppich
Assistant Coach Pete Singleton (Gray), Head Coach Ryan Outwin (Red)

The U10 girls clinched their Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA) Division 2 title, finishing the season 6-1-1.  This is their 2nd consecutive division title. After winning the Division 3 fall title with a record of 7-1, the Tri-Hawks were moved up to Division 2 this spring season.

This title came down to the final game. Coming into the last weekend, with two games left, the Tri-Hawks were sitting in 3rd place. The top two teams had finished their season and the Tri-Hawks just had to win their final two games to take the title.

On Saturday, they faced a relentless USA WISE team from Zeeland. Even though their opponents were winless on the season and only had one player on the bench to sub in, they put up a great effort. The Tri-Hawks won 2-1, moving into 2nd place. With TC Strikers sitting at 5-0-3 with 18 points, the Tri-Hawks were 5-1-1 with 16 points.  The Tri-Hawks 1 loss and 1 tie were at the hands of the first place TC Strikers team.  A win in their final game of the season would give them 19 points and the title.

The girls played some of their best soccer of the season. Great passing and communication on the field, as well as aggressive pressure on their opponents, got them a 3-0 shutout win and the title. The girls scored 17 goals in 8 games, and only gave up 11 goals on the season.


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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

TOPS weight loss support group

Jan. 28: Take off pounds sensibly (TOPS), a non-profit weight loss support group for men and women, meets every Tuesday at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sand Lake. Your first visit is free so come check out what TOPS can do to help you reach your weigh loss goals! Weigh-ins 8:15-9am, meeting starts at 9:15am. In case of inclement weather, meetings are cancelled if Tri-County or Cedar Springs schools are closed. Call Martha at 696-1039 for more information. #4


Winter Family Fun Day at HCNC

Feb. 1: Be a proud Michigander get out and enjoy winter. Here is your chance to come out and play in the snow with us. Children’s games, free snowshoe walk with your family, snowman or snow animal building contest, hula hoop contest, bubble blowing (if temp is below 32), make a snow glove, use our water filled bottles of color to create snow art in our open prairie. Then warm up with a bowl of chili or some s’mores around the campfire at Camp Lily’s location. Saturday, February 1 from12 noon to 3 pm. Donation of $6/person or $15 family. Howard Christensen Nature Center, 16190 Red Pine Dr., Kent City. 616-675-3158. #4


Springs Soccer Registration

Feb. 4&6: Springs 2014 Soccer Registration for American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) is Tuesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 6 at Burger King Restaurant, 4065 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs from 6 – 8 pm. Fee for the Spring Session is $60 per child with a $5 discount per child for families registering 3 or more players. Players must be at least 4 years of age by March 24, 2014. First time players – please bring Birth Certificate for age verification. Please complete online application at www.eayso.org – print two copies and take advantage of our Express Lane! These will be the final registration dates for the Spring Season. Please tell you friends and neighbors. If you have questions please contact us through the link on our website: www.ayso902.org. #4-6p


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Soccer teams place in tournaments

Three Tri County AYSO teams placed in this year’s AYSO Section 8 Tournament held on June 22-24, 2012, at the Creal Soccer Complex & Heritage Park in Coldwater, Michigan.

Three Tri County teams all finished in third place: The U10 girls team, the U12 girls team, and the U14 boys team (which had both boys and girls on the team). Some 70-plus teams were scheduled for the tournament.

Congratulations to you all!

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Short-term host families needed to help fund soccer trip

By Judy Reed


If you’ve been thinking about hosting an exchange student, and would like to try it out on a short-term basis (four weeks), this summer might be the time to try it. If you do, you will not only get to help a teen from another culture, you will also be helping some members of the Cedar Springs boys soccer team fund a trip to Brazil.

According to the Red Hawk boys soccer coach Kyle Avink, he and JV coach Josh Hause are taking the three Varsity captains, Robert Klein, Aaron Dault, and Trevor Rose, who will be seniors next year, to Niteroi, Brazil. They are leaving on June 15, and they will stay for two weeks. While there they will train for 30 hours per week with a semi-professional soccer club, attend a game, and do some sightseeing.

“Every year I take the captains somewhere for leadership training,” explained Avink. “This year I wanted it to be big, because this is the first group I’ve had all four years. I joked about taking them to Brazil, and somehow it worked out.”

Avink hopes that the boys will bring back something they can share with the whole team about what they’ve learned—whether it’s another way of playing or something else. He also said that in the future he’d like to take all the seniors.

Avink partnered with the Counsel for Educational Travel, USA (CETUSA), who is looking for host families for a four-week commitment during July 21-August 18.  For every Cedar Springs area family that hosts an exchange student during that time, CETUSA will fund the soccer trip $200. “We are looking for a bout 25 host families,” said Avink. “We want to keep costs down as much as possible.”

They are also looking at doing some other fundraising also, such as a 50/50 raffle at the girls soccer game on May 21, a popcorn drive, and other things. But they will also accept direct donations.

If you are interested in hosting an exchange student to help the soccer team, or would like to make a direct donation, you can contact Coach Avink at kyleavink@gmail.com.

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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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U13 boys CASSA team runner-up in mild cup

First row (L to R): Coach George Gonzales Sr. Paul Bowerman, Hayden Barr, Blaise Knight, Zachary White, Taylor Plekker, Joey Kolenda, Allexis Gonzales, Jamison Pavelka Coach Paul Kolenda. Second Row: Calvin Garvey, Hunter Titmus, Ryan Jamgoch, Dustin Shaw, George Gonzales Jr., Brayden Harper, Jake Nelson and Allen Kolenda. (Not pictured was Coach John Nelson)

While most boys and girls were relaxing during the last weekend of summer, the U-13 Boys CASSA Tri-Hawks (Cedar Area Select Soccer Association) spent their time doing what they love most, playing soccer. The Tri-Hawks travelled to Holland where they participated in the 2011 Mild Cup, hosted by Costa United Soccer. The U-13 team went into the semifinals undefeated to meet up with VARDAR, who was also undefeated. Despite suffering a loss of 2-4, the Tri-Hawks advanced into the finals to once again face the same VARDAR team.
Although the Tri-Hawks dominated in the final, leading 3-2 at half time, VARDAR was able to tie the game up with a penalty shot late in the game. The game remained tied until the last second of the game when VARDAR was given another penalty shot. VARDAR scored and the whistle blew, giving VARDAR the victory with a score of 4-3. The Tri-hawk team played like champions, taking home the runner-up trophy.

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