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Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters – Athletes of the Month

Plummer, Schut, and French, named Cedar Springs Athletic Boosters Student Athletes for November. 

Sydney Plummer

Sydney Plummer

Freshman Sydney Plummer was named the November Student Athlete of the Month for Volleyball. Sydney is completing her first season on varsity with the Red hawks. Sydney currently leads her team in kills with 89 and is second in both serve receiving and digs at 191 and 106 respectively. Sydney, really respects her teammates always having her back, and knows that she can rely on them whenever needed!

Coach Reynolds comments “As a freshman playing on the varsity girls’ volleyball team, Sydney’s work ethic was second to none. Although only a freshman, she led by example in every practice and game. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Sydney’s game is the outstanding sportsmanship she displayed throughout the entire season. Sydney represents Red Hawk athletics by consistently displaying teamwork, responsibility, and work ethic.”

Sydney is the daughter of Julie and Chip Plummer.


Julie Schut

Julie Schut

Senior Julie Schut was named the November Student Athlete of the month for Girls Golf.  Julie is a 4 year varsity team member and has worked very hard to improve her game and scoring every year. Julie is an honor student with a 3.9 GPA. Julie also plays French horn in the band, and participates on mission trips with her church youth group. Julie had a great year with her Golf teammates on this years “Dream Team”.

Coach London comments “Julie is one of my toughest competitors! She never seems to get frustrated or dismayed.”

Julie is the daughter of Chris and Joel Schut


Drew French

Drew French

Sophomore Drew French was named the November Student Athlete of the Month for Tennis.  Drew finished an incredibly successful season winning 12 matches, and finished second in conference. Drew has a 3.55 GPA. Drew also participates in Ski Club, USTA,  and volunteers his time as a youth tennis teacher .Drew is very excited about the future of CSHS Tennis!

Coach Unsworth states “Drew is very committed to taking every opportunity to improve his game by participating in tennis drills and activities outside of regular team functions.  He is not afraid to ask for coaching advice and one on one practice time from his coach to better his play!

Drew is the son of Trisha and Warren French


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Tennis ends with conference tournament and regionals

The Cedar Springs varsity boy’s tennis team completed their season the week of October 5th with an OK Bronze conference tournament at Forest Hills Northern and a Division 3 Regional tournament at Gainey Athletic Complex. The OK Bronze tournament was successfully completed on Tuesday evening, October 7th after several postponements and delays due to the weather. When all the matches were complete, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks ended up with a 4th place finish. The Red Hawk players awarded at the end of the tournament were Drew French, who took a second place finish in #3 singles, and Blake Fisk was named all conference for being #1 singles on the Cedar Springs team.

On Thursday, October 9, the team headed to their Regional tournament at Gainey Athletic Complex. The Red Hawks boys did their best to stay alive in the tough single elimination tournament. #2 singles Nick Fennessey, the only senior on the team, was the last to be eliminated in the tournament, which seemed very fitting, since it would be his last tennis match as a Red Hawk.

The Red Hawks finished their season with 8 wins and 6 losses.

Coach Katie Unsworth remarked, “2014 was a fantastic year for our team and I only see us becoming stronger and even more competitive! We are a young team and I am very excited about the next few years!


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The Cedar Springs boys’ varsity tennis team win match with Greenville

Karsen Dingman serving the ball and Austin Nielsen waiting for their opponent’s return. The boys are the #1 doubles team for Cedar Springs and won both of their matches against Cadillac and Greenville last week.

Karsen Dingman serving the ball and Austin Nielsen waiting for their opponent’s return. The boys are the #1 doubles team for Cedar Springs and won both of their matches against Cadillac and Greenville last week.

The Cedar Springs boys’ varsity tennis team began the week on their home courts. On Monday, September 22, Cadillac made the trip to Cedar Springs for a tennis match that ended in a 2-6 loss for the Red Hawks. The Red Hawk players with winning matches against Cadillac were #1 doubles team Karsen Dingman & Austin Nielsen and #3 doubles team Jared Liggett & Nick Hibbs.

On Wednesday, September 24, the team traveled to Greenville for an OK Bronze match up that resulted in a close 5-3 win for the Red Hawks. Both the #2 and #3 singles matches went into a 3rd set tie breaker before Cedar Springs would come away with a win. The Red Hawk players with wins against Greenville were #1 singles Blake Fisk, #2 singles Nick Fennessey, #3 singles Drew French, #4 singles Dylan Kolasa and #1 doubles team Karsen Dingman and Austin Nielsen.

Coach Katie Unsworth remarked, “We have been having a very successful season. Our match record is 7-4 thus far and I am very excited heading into our conference and regional tournaments. I believe this will be the best season Cedar Springs has had in the past few years.”


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Cedar Springs tennis team adds another win 

#3 singles Drew French (sophomore) backhands a ball to his FHN opponent.

The Cedar Springs varsity boy’s tennis team started the week out on a positive note when they played a home match against Big Rapids on Monday, September 8 and picked up a 7-1 win. Honorable mention goes to #1 singles player Blake Fisk, who made a valiant effort to make the final score 8-0 by going into a lengthy second set, with his Big Rapids opponent, that ended with a 10-point tie-breaker.

On Thursday, September 11, the team traveled to Forest Hills Northern, where the Red Hawks made a terrific effort to match the skills of a talented FHN team consisting of several seniors, but fell in the end with a 0-8 loss. The Cedar Springs boy’s tennis team is young, and of the 12 Red Hawk players, #2 singles Nick Fennessey is the only senior on the team this year. Coach Katie Unsworth gave the boys good advice after the FHN match by telling them to think about how they played against FHN and use what they learned that day to further improve their playing strategies in upcoming matches.

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Tennis team wins one, loses one last week

Red Hawk #3 doubles team Nick Hibbs (freshman) serving the ball and Jared Liggett (sophomore) waiting for the return.

Red Hawk #3 doubles team Nick Hibbs (freshman) serving the ball and Jared Liggett (sophomore) waiting for the return.

The Cedar Springs varsity boy’s tennis team started last week out right with a win. On Tuesday September 2, the Red Hawks traveled to Coopersville for match that resulted in a 5-3 win. The players with winning matches were #2 singles Nick Fennessey, #3 singles Drew French, #4 singles Dylan Kolasa, #1 doubles Karsen Dingman & Austin Nielson and #3 doubles Jared Liggett & Nick Hibbs.

The next day the Red Hawks were back in action again. A home match against a tough Northview team resulted in a 2-6 loss, their first of the season. Players posting a win for the Red Hawks were #3 singles Drew French and #3 doubles Jared Liggett and Nick Hibbs. The Red Hawks put up a great fight with Northview and recorded several close matches, one ending with a third set tie breaker.

“We had great matches against Coopersville and Northview this week,” said Coach Katie Unsworth. “I am very pleased with how the boys are playing this year! We have a solid team with a little bit of depth. The last two years Northview has beat us 8-0. This year the score was 6-2. Northview had to work for their win. Way to go guys!”

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Red Hawk Varsity tennis wraps up season


The Lady Red Hawks tennis team won the Sparta invitational by the score of Cedar Springs 13, Sparta 8, Fremont 5, and G.R. Union 2.

In OK Bronze conference play, Cedar Springs won one over Greenville, tied with West Catholic, and lost to Forest Hills Eastern, Forest Hills Northern, and Northview.

In regional competition, Cedar Springs had four players advance to the second round: #2 double Kellsie Rypma and Jordan Ackerman; #3 singles Katie Schumann; and #4 singles Rebecca Williams.

Competing in singles for the Red Hawks this year was #1 Shannon Leal; #2 Megan Brunett; #3 Katie Schumann; and #4 Rebecca Williams. Competing in doubles play was #1 Emma Schut and Julie Schut; #2 Kellsie Rypma and Jordan Ackerman; #3 Kat Scrivner and Jessica Brunett; and #4 Anna Behrenwald and Mariah Rios.

The Red Hawks graduated two seniors this year, Shannon Leal and Megan Brunett.

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Red Hawks win over Kellogsville

Singles Paige Gebhardt

Singles Kristen Bull

Cedar Spring Tennis posted their 7th win of the season by defeating Kellogsville 5 to 3, on Wednesday, May 2. Paige Gebhardt and Anna Frausin got off to a slow start but showed to be true competitors by stretching their opponents to the limit in their loss at #1 and #2 singles. The #3 and #4 singles, Kristen Bull and Samantha Alger easily bested their opponents 6-0, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-1 respectively. Megan Brunett and Shannon Leal, #1 doubles, defeated their opponents 6-4, 6-3 in a match of long volleys and amazing shots by both teams. Katie Schumann played one of her best matches of the season having to adjust to a new partner and new position receiving. Samantha Durkee, the #13 girl and Katie’s partner, was pushed into the line-up at the last minute because of the regular, Jess Blackmer, being sick. Despite a 6-2, 6-4 loss both girls began to click in the 2nd set and almost turned the match around. The #3s, Molly VonSeggern & Bayley Wolfe improved as their match wore on and defeated their opponents 7-6, 6-2. Their match was peppered with impossible gets, long rallies and stiff determination. One of the last matches of the day, along with Anna’s 3-setter, was a 3-set win by Monica West and Julie Schut 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. This match clinched the team win at the end of the day.


Red Hawk tennis outscores Greenville

Cedar Spring Girls Tennis defeated Greenville 5 matches to 3 last Friday, May 4. The #1 doubles girls, Megan Brunett and Shannon Leal, defeated their opponents 6-4,6-4 and the #3 doubles, Bailey Wolfe and Molly VonSeggern, bested their opponents 6-3,6-0. Both doubles team showed great concentration in their wins. The #4 doubles, Julie Schut and Monica West, were defeated 6-3,6-4 while the #2s, Katie Schumann and Samantha Durkee, extended their opponents to three sets in their 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 defeat.

Singles Samantha Alger

The singles won three of the four matches and an almost, in the fourth. Playing without the #1, Paige Gebhardt, not in the line-up because of a family matter, saw everyone moved up a level. Jessica Blackmer defeated her opponent at #4 6-4,6-2. Samantha Alger was defeated in a 3-set affair 1-6, 6-2,6-3, while Kristen Bull at #2 came out on top 6-3,6-2. The last match to finish of the day was the #1 singles Anna Frausin. The match lasted more than 2 hours and ended with an overtime tiebreaker in the 3rd set. Anna prevailed 1-6, 6-2,7-6 (11-9), which gave Cedar Springs the fifth match and the win for the day.

This win brought the Red Hawks to 8-2, and they finish the season at league and regionals in mid-May.

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Tennis News

Left to right: Amber Dunham and Jessica Naffziger #1 doubles.

The tennis team recently defeated Coopersville 5 to 3 in a dual last week Tuesday. The match was highlighted by solid wins in the singles by #1 Brooke Gust and #3 Britt Lenardson. The freshmen team of Paige Gebhardt and Samantha Alger, playing at #3 doubles defeated there opponents 6-4, 6-0 with some consistent play in the 2nd set. The fourth doubles team of Tranaya Palma and Amber Barnes dominated their opponents 6-0, 6-0. Amber Dunham and Jess Naffziger, at #1 doubles posted there 8th win of the season in a 6-2, 6-2 affair. Amber and Jess have been playing together since their freshmen year and compliment each other’s game. Amber has a keen sense at the net and is able to end points quickly with her agile volleys and dominating overhead smash. Jess is an accomplished backcourt player with a powerful and consistent serve. Both players know their limits and continually push them to improve as the season progresses. They, with the team, are looking to do well in the conference tourney in mid-May.

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