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Boys varsity soccer wins first conference game


Aaron Dault boots the ball toward the net.

 

Goalkeeper Kyle Coutchie prepares to blast the ball down into Coopersville territory.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks opened conference play on Tuesday, August 30, at Coopersville. The Red Hawks challenged the Broncos, moving the ball well around the field. Cedar Springs took an early lead minutes into the game (36:57) when Aaron Dault darted his way through the Bronco’s defense, sending a direct pass over to Kyle Szirovecz, who finished the run and pounded the ball into the net. Kyle Szirovecz scored again minutes into the second half (37:37), when he received a pass from Jon Shaw. Szirovecz used his speed and foot skills to break away from the defenders and blasted the ball past the charging goalie. The final score ended with Cedar Springs 2-Coopersville 0.

On Thursday, September 1, 2011 Forest Hills Eastern Hawks traveled to Cedar Springs to play the Red Hawks. The match proved to be a tight battle as there was no score during the first half. Seconds into the second half, Lee Tompkins sent a ball to Kyle Szirovecz, who broke away from the defense and finessed the ball past the keeper into the right upper 90. The battle continued as Forest Hills answered with a goal of their own. Cedar Springs fans cheered when Robert Klein drilled a penalty kick into the net putting Cedar Springs ahead 2-1. Tensions intensified as Forest Hills maintained constant pressure on the defensive unit of Aaron Dault, Lee Tompkins, Donate Ensley, Bryan Taylor and goalkeeper Kyle Coutchie, who was credited with multiple saves. With minutes left in the game, Forest Hills put in two quick goals that the Red Hawks were unable to answer. At the buzzer, Cedar Springs fell to Forest Hills 2-3. Following the game, Cedar Springs Coach Avink praised his team for their efforts this week. “The guys played well as we entered into conference play this week. As our schedule continues to get tougher, we are excited to see what the team can do on the field.”

Hope to see lots of community support for this year’s varsity soccer team. Come out and cheer on your Red Hawks!

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Varsity soccer opens with double win


Kyle Szirovecz challenges Tri-County for the ball.

The reigning 2010 Cedar Springs varsity soccer Conference Champs opened their 2011 season with two non-conference victories over Tri-County and Fremont. On Tuesday, August 23, excitement filled the air in the Red Hawk stadium as the boys varsity soccer team kicked off their opening game against Tri-County, which resulted in a 5-1 Cedar Springs victory. The Vikings opened the scoring, but the Red Hawks answered back with the next five goals. Goals were scored by junior forward Kyle Szirovecz, with an assist from junior Trevor Rose. Junior defender Aaron Dault ran up the side line and knocked in the second goal. Junior  midfielder Robert Klein scored the 3rd and 4th goals, with one assist from Kyle Szirovecz. And the final goal was pounded in by junior defender Dontae Ensley, with an assist from Trevor Rose.

Kyle Szirovecz challenges Fremont for the ball.

Closing out the week, on Friday, August 26, the Red Hawks traveled to Fremont to challenge the Packers. Fremont scored the first goal, but Kyle Szirovecz lit up the score board for Cedar with 14:40 remaining in the first half when he pounced on a Fremont goal kick and quickly shot the ball right back into the far side of the net. Coming out of the half, Cedar responded to a one goal deficit, with the clock down only by two minutes (38:02), when Kyle Szirovecz blasted his second goal into the upper 90, tying up the game. Kudos to freshman Jon Shaw for kicking in the winning goal with 26:20 remaining, when he received a pass from Kyle Szirovecz out in front of the net, whizzing the ball just past the keeper’s grasp. The final score ended with the Red Hawks 3, Packers 2.

Reflecting on this weeks games, coach Kyle Avink stated, “The guys have worked really hard the past couple of weeks and it really paid off as we entered into our first week of game play. This team has a lot of talent; I’m excited about what  this season has in store,” he said.

Come out and cheer them on during this soccer season.

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Algoma Christian School Soccer team receives All-Academic honors


The Algoma Christian School Varsity Girls soccer team received recognition All-Academic honors from the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association (MHSSCA) for the 2011 soccer season. Teams earn this recognition by maintaining combined GPA over 3.3 on a 4.0 scale for the season.
Individual senior players who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale also receive recognition from MHSSCA. Senior players from Algoma Christian School receiving All-Academic recognition for the 2011 soccer season are:  Amanda Succop, Anna Fales, Lianna Dykstra, Lisa Counts, and Caitlyn Bartell.
Senior player Caitlyn Bartell also received the honor of being named to the MHSSCA All-Regional Team and the All-State Honorable Mention Team for 2011.
The 2011 girls varsity soccer team was coached by Joel Bartell.
Algoma Christian School is located just outside Kent City, MI.

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CASSA U11 boys win division


Congratulations to the U11 boys team for an outstanding season and year overall. They play for the Cedar Area Select Soccer Association (CASSA), a local travel soccer club based in Cedar Springs. They competed in the Grand Valley Soccer Association (GVSA), which covers the greater Grand Rapids area, and they traveled from Middleville to as far north as Ludington. The team was a blend of four different school districts, with boys from Greenville, Cedar Springs, Sparta and Tri-County. Many of these boys were playing up an age group, which meant that in most cases they were playing against competition that was one to two years older than them.

U11 Boys Soccer

The team is Front L-R Derek Egan, Mason Miller, Ryan Dreyer, Aidan Walker, Eli Paulen, Luke Doyle, Joey Kolenda. Back Row L-R Coach Dreyer, Jett Elerick, Brayden Marvel, Jared Hause, Dallas Mora, Brison Ricker, Jose Mosqueda , Coach Ricker.

They faced a tough, challenging year and rose to the challenge. They had an overall record of 11 wins 1 loss and 4 ties, for both the fall and spring season, which including winning their division outright in the Spring 2011 season. Many of these boys had not played together prior to last fall. They tallied 79 goals while giving up 32. This team experienced tremendous improvement in not only individual technical skills, but learned how to play as an outstanding unit.  Great TEAM effort boys!

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CASSA team recognized


CASSA teamThe girls U12 CASSA team from Cedar Springs was recently recognized by the Michigan State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) as being the MSYSA Soccer Spotlight for January 2011.
According to the article, they were praised as a talented group of young ladies focused on hard work, development, and dedication through the recent fall season. It noted that they finished the fall season with a first place finish and a 7-0-1 record within the GVSA soccer league. They also reached the championship game of the MILD Cup.
“These girls are committed to improving their individual skills and their team play. Their enjoyment and passion for the game of soccer is truly outstanding!” they said.
See it online at http://www.michiganyouthsoccer.org/programs/Soccer_Spotlight.htm

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Nine-year-old soccer player goes the extra mile


By Adam Kenyon

Brison Ricker and Father, Brian, take a break from training to show their CASSA pride at Skinner Field.

Brison Ricker and Father, Brian, take a break from training to show their CASSA pride at Skinner Field.

While many school boys are playing with action figures or glued to video games in their spare time, nine-year-old Brison Ricker has been gearing up for something a bit more challenging. This 3rd grader from Beach Elementary School is training to complete the upcoming 33rd annual Fifth Third River Bank Run 10K with his father, Brian.

Several months ago, Brian and his wife, Kim, noticed that Brison enjoyed running on the treadmill, sometimes to the point of becoming restless if not allowed to do so. On a recent treadmill jog, he went six miles, so they asked Brison about the idea of running the River Bank Run on May 8. He readily agreed.

Brison is athletic by nature and participates in several types of sports and events. He took 2nd place in the Rockford Area Kid’s Triathlon last July, his second year in the competition, and plans to participate again this summer. He also enjoys basketball, football and his dirt bike. However, he is quick to tell you that his favorite sport is soccer.

“I like playing soccer. It’s my passion,” says Brison, who has had tremendous success as both a field player and goalie for the under-10 boy’s team of Cedar Area Select Soccer Association, the CASSA Tri-Hawks.

Brison, typically a boy of few words, becomes animated as he describes, with a gleam in his eye, one of his most memorable goals last fall. “The goalie came up. I faked him out and I went to kick with my left foot and I made it.”

In fact, Brison is currently pounding the pavement not only to train for the 6.2-mile race, but also raising funds for CASSA. The girls and boys travel club has expanded significantly over recent years causing a need to acquire land for practice fields. Brison has stepped up to the plate to help out, already having raised a much-needed contribution in pledges for the club.

Brian, who also coaches Brison’s team, has become a huge believer in CASSA. The group’s philosophy involves athleticism, teamwork and instilling character in the kids, but above all, the goal is to make the experience positive and fun for everybody. “I like coaching a lot more than I thought I would, even more than I enjoyed playing sports. It’s watching kids grow and get better, teaching kids and being able to be there with my son. The reward you get is just unbelievable,” said Ricker.

Brian is bolstering Brison by running the River Bank with him, a method of support that he also employs as a CASSA coach. At a typical Tri-Hawks practice, Brian leads by example, often working out alongside the team while coaching. Whether it’s warm-ups, conditioning drills, sprints, practice drills or scrimmages, Brian is doing the physical work with the boys, which gives them that extra boost of team-morale and support during the exhausting moments of practice. Plus, a little fun competition with one of the dads never hurts to motivate the players during practice.

The Rickers are looking forward to the River Bank Run, the remainder of the spring CASSA season and the fall tryouts that take place in mid-June. If you would like to root Brison on in his outstanding accomplishments by pledging or becoming involved with CASSA go to:  www.cassasoccer.com. Way to go, Brison!

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Winning week for varsity soccer


The coach of the Cedar Springs varsity soccer team, Coach Avink, was thrilled with the team’s performance last week. “This was a great week for the guys to end their regular season! They had two awesome wins! We’re going into districts with an overall record of 11-7.”

S-Soccer1Tuesday, October 13, 2009 was a special night for the team as they honored their senior players prior to the event. The senior players honored were Steven King, Cody Cook, Gabe Martins, Austin Mora, Jake Prahl, and Matt Gravelin. The Red Hawks hosted the Belding Redskins, ending the game early due to the mercy rule, with a score of 8-0. The offensive players maneuvered the ball skillfully during the game and defense protected their end of the field well, not allowing the Redskins many opportunities to score. The Cedar scoring began when senior Steven King dropped the ball over the goalie and landed it into the back of the net. (Assist: Jake Prahl). Cody Cook added a second goal as he ran through the Belding defense allowing a close shot into the net. With less than three minutes before the half, Zach Hawkins shot one into the net (Assist: Cody Cook) and Austin Mora connected with the ball for a fourth goal. (Assist: Tyler Hinton). The Red Hawks continued the scoring after the half, with two goals being credited to Robert Klein (Assists: Cody Cook and Aaron Dault). Kyle Szirovecz also contributed two goals, with the final goal being assisted by Austin Mora.

S-Soccer2On October 14, the fans enjoyed the final game of the season at Red Hawk stadium, as they watched an aggressive match-up between the Cedar Springs Red Hawks and the West Catholic Falcons. The Red Hawks scored the first goal at the minute marker of 31:03, when Austin Mora finished off a well-placed corner kick that he received in front of the net from Jake Rickner. As the game continued both teams battled for the ball, yet the scored remained 1-0 at the half. Eight minutes into the second half, the Cedar momentum continued when Ryan Austin crossed the ball over in front of the net, allowing Kyle Szirovecz an open back door angle into the Falcon’s net. The win was truly a team effort. Cedar defense; consisting of a combination of Ron Fisk, Tyler Hinton, Aaron Dault, and Steven King; managed to shut down the Falcon’s offensive. Midfielders consisting of Austin Mora, Zach Hawkins, Robert Klein, and Jake Rickner held a strong position against the Falcon charge. Cedar goalie Kyle Coutchie had an outstanding game, as he made multiple saves during the event, allowing the Falcons only one goal from a break away late in the game. At the final buzzer, Cedar claimed victory over the Falcons with a final score of 2-1.
This team has shown dedication and teamwork as they consistently played their hearts out all season. Each one has improved their soccer skills over the season. They are truly an example of Red Hawk spirit and pride. The team has made us all proud of our Red Hawk Boys Varsity Soccer program.

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Taking soccer to the next level


Taking soccer to the next level
It was a perfect fall evening when the boys Varsity soccer team arrived at Boomer Park Wednesday September 30 to work with younger soccer players in the area. “The team wanted a way to give back to the community and build up the soccer program,” explained Coach Kyle Avink. “So many of the kids on the team have been a product of these youth programs here in Cedar Springs and they couldn’t think of a better way to give back than by helping out and being a role model to these young kids.”
The guys got to work as soon as they stepped onto the field. They split up into groups and worked with the different teams that were out practicing. They were out running drills and teaching the kids everything they knew.
“It is so great to see these guys out here teaching the kids things they know, as well as sharing things they have been learning over the season. The way I see it, it’s a win-win opportunity for both sides!” remarked Avink.
“This experience is helping these guys realize the impact that they have on these young kids on and off the field. They have worked hard this season and have gone above and beyond to become a team, with a goal of taking the soccer program to the next level.” They are a great representation of the Cedar Springs community and we are proud of our Red Hawk soccer players! Keep it up guys!

It was a perfect fall evening when the boys Varsity soccer team arrived at Boomer Park Wednesday September 30 to work with younger soccer players in the area. “The team wanted a way to give back to the community and build up the soccer program,” explained Coach Kyle Avink. “So many of the kids on the team have been a product of these youth programs here in Cedar Springs and they couldn’t think of a better way to give back than by helping out and being a role model to these young kids.”

The guys got to work as soon as they stepped onto the field. They split up into groups and worked with the different teams that were out practicing. They were out running drills and teaching the kids everything they knew.

“It is so great to see these guys out here teaching the kids things they know, as well as sharing things they have been learning over the season. The way I see it, it’s a win-win opportunity for both sides!” remarked Avink.

“This experience is helping these guys realize the impact that they have on these young kids on and off the field. They have worked hard this season and have gone above and beyond to become a team, with a goal of taking the soccer program to the next level.” They are a great representation of the Cedar Springs community and we are proud of our Red Hawk soccer players! Keep it up guys!

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Red Hawk soccer highlights


Red Hawk soccer highlights
The Grand Rapids Central Rams defeated the Cedar Springs Red Hawks on September 29, with a score of 6-3. Both teams battled aggressively for the ball, but the Rams offensive capitalized on several defensive openings. Two Cedar goals came from midfielder Zach Hawkins, with assists being credited to Gabe Martins and Jake Rickner. In the second half, Tyler Hinton found the back of the net with an assist from Austin Mora.
On October 1, there was excitement in the air at Red Hawk stadium as the stands filled with AYSO/CASSA  players and supportive fans to watch the Red Hawks take on Coopersville. A special feature of the event took place during half time as the AYSO/CASSA teams were introduced to the crowd. The Cedar varsity team came to the field fired up and gave the crowd something to cheer about as they shut out Coopersville with a score of 4-0. Within the first three minutes of the game, Cedar racked up two points on the scoreboard. Forward Robert Klein kicked in the first goal as he received the ball in front of the net from Jake Rickner. Forward Kyle Szirovecz quickly followed with a second goal as he made a back kick on the ball and blasted the ball into the net. (assist: Austin Mora). Kyle Szirovecz scored the third goal, as the Coopersville keeper came out for the ball, leaving the net open. (assist Robert Klein and Austin Mora). The final goal of the night occurred when defender Aaron Dault sent a long kick up to Zach Hawkins, who then drilled the ball into the net. At the end of the game, a fan commented, “This group plays with fire and enthusiasm. More importantly, they exhibit good sportsmanship, win graciously and use losing as a reason to improve. What a great group of players who are exciting to watch and who play as a team.”
Coach Avink added, “We started out a little slow in the week, but ended on a very strong note! AYSO/CASSA night was a huge success. Thanks to all those who helped make that happen!” Come out and cheer on your Red Hawk varsity soccer team this week.
Defender Aaron Dault sends the ball up the field.

Defender Aaron Dault sends the ball up the field.

The Grand Rapids Central Rams defeated the Cedar Springs Red Hawks on September 29, with a score of 6-3. Both teams battled aggressively for the ball, but the Rams offensive capitalized on several defensive openings. Two Cedar goals came from midfielder Zach Hawkins, with assists being credited to Gabe Martins and Jake Rickner. In the second half, Tyler Hinton found the back of the net with an assist from Austin Mora.

On October 1, there was excitement in the air at Red Hawk stadium as the stands filled with AYSO/CASSA  players and supportive fans to watch the Red Hawks take on

Goalie Kyle Coutchie gets his hands on the ball. Also pictured Tylyer Hinton.

Goalie Kyle Coutchie gets his hands on the ball. Also pictured Tylyer Hinton.

Coopersville. A special feature of the event took place during half time as the AYSO/CASSA teams were introduced to the crowd. The Cedar varsity team came to the field fired up and gave the crowd something to cheer about as they shut out Coopersville with a score of 4-0. Within the first three minutes of the game, Cedar racked up two points on the scoreboard. Forward Robert Klein kicked in the first goal as he received the ball in front of the net from Jake Rickner. Forward Kyle Szirovecz quickly followed with a second goal as he made a back kick on the ball and blasted the ball into the net. (assist: Austin Mora). Kyle Szirovecz scored the third goal, as the Coopersville keeper came out for the ball, leaving the net open. (assist Robert Klein and Austin Mora). The final goal of the night occurred when defender Aaron Dault sent a long kick up to Zach Hawkins, who then drilled the ball into the net. At the end of the game, a fan commented, “This group plays with fire and enthusiasm. More importantly, they exhibit good sportsmanship, win graciously and use losing as a reason to improve. What a great group of players who are exciting to watch and who play as a team.”

Coach Avink added, “We started out a little slow in the week, but ended on a very strong note! AYSO/CASSA night was a huge success. Thanks to all those who helped make that happen!” Come out and cheer on your Red Hawk varsity soccer team this week.

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Varsity soccer soaring high!


S-Soccer1The Red Hawks started the week out strong on September 21, as they battled against Kenowa Hills. The Knights managed to kick in their lone goal quickly, but the rest of the game belonged to the Red Hawks as they pelted in a total of six shots for the night, giving Cedar the victory 6-1.

Cedar was on their game as their forwards dominated control of the ball, defense challenged any intruders in their territory and goalie Kyle Coutchie kept the net empty. Senior Cody Cook finished the first goal, heading the ball into the net. (Assist: Zach Hawkins). Forward Robert Klein added a second goal (Assist: Cody Cook). The Red Hawks scored again due to offensive pressure on the ball in front of the Knight’s net, causing the ball to be deflected off a Kenowa Hills player into their net. In the final minute of the first half, Zach Hawkins kicked a lofting ball over the goalie into the net. Goal five was credited to defender Ron Fisk as he ran up from the backfield and arched the ball over the fingertips of the goalie, dropping the ball in the net. With 38 seconds left on the clock, Cedar Cody Cook fought through the defense and blasted in the final goal.

On September 22, Cedar visited West Catholic to play the Falcons. The physical game challenged the offense, defense, and keeper skills as the Falcons continuously pressured the team at all angles. Cody Cook scored the only Red Hawk goal as the team worked their way through the defense, allowing a shot to be directed into the corner of the net. (Assist: Robert Klein). Even though Cedar’s goalkeeper, Kyle Coutchie, was credited with multiple saves for the game, by the end of the event, Cedar came up short by a score of 5-1.

S-Soccer2The third game of the week (September 24) was a hard fought, aggressive match up between OK-Blue conference rivals Cedar Springs and Sparta. Cedar lit up the scoreboard with the first goal as freshman Kyle Szirovecz shot the ball into the corner of the net. With 2:22 left in the first half, Sparta headed in a corner kick, leaving the score 1-1. Six minutes into the second half, Cedar picked up the scoring, as Kyle Szirovecz scored on a penalty kick in the box. Shortly after, Kyle Szirovecz was once again tackled in the box. This allowed Cedar a third goal, as freshman Robert Klein booted in the penalty kick in the box. Sparta quickly added two more goals. Both scores were a result of penalty kicks being direct into a congested Cedar goal area allowing the ball to be knocked into the net. Sparta scored the winning goal on a penalty kick due to a handball in the box. Cedar fans left the field proud of the Red Hawk players for the determination and sportsmanship their team exhibited on and off the field.

“We are a different team than when we started the season,” said Coach Kyle Avink. “The guys have improved a lot and we look forward to some more exciting games!” Go Red Hawks!

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