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Detroit Lions name Kapolka coach of the week


Red Hawk Varsity football coach Gus Kapolka at last year’s game against Greenville. He has been named the coach of the week by the Detroit Lions. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

Red Hawk Varsity football coach Gus Kapolka at last year’s game against Greenville. He has been named the coach of the week by the Detroit Lions. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Detroit Lions have named Gus Kapolka, the Cedar Springs High School varsity football coach, the week three recipient of the 2014 Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan High School Football Coach of the Week Program.

On September 12, Kapolka led his Red Hawks to a 46-7 victory over Belding to go to 3-0 on the season. Currently in his 2nd year at Cedar Springs, Kapolka spent nine seasons as a head coach at Manistee, taking the Chippewas to three state playoff berths. He also spent four years as an assistant at Boyne City and four years as an assistant at Warren Lincoln.

This Friday, the Red Hawks go on the road to take on Grand Rapids Catholic Central at Forest Hills Northern, in what will be the MLive Grand Rapids Press Game of the Week.

In terms of student-athlete health and safety at Cedar Springs High School, all Cedar Springs coaches from varsity to the middle school are first aid, CPR, and AED certified. Student-athletes in varsity football, boys/girls soccer and wrestling are also administered baseline concussion testing through Concussion Vital Signs. This scientifically based system, as part of a medical evaluation, helps facilitate confident return-to-play decisions, while helping to protect the future of student athletes in sports, academics, and life.

Each week throughout the 2014 nine-week high school football regular season, one coach that best develops his players’ character, discipline, and football skill in addition to emphasizing player health and safety in their program, will be recognized for his commitment to the team, school, and community.

The winner is selected by a panel of high school football media members: Mick McCabe (Detroit Free Press), Hugh Bernreuter (Saginaw News), Bret Bakita (WOOD Radio-106.9 FM, ESPN 96.1 FM-Fox 17/Grand Rapids), Scott DeCamp (Mlive.com/Muskegon) and James Cook (Traverse City Record-Eagle).

Each winning coach during the regular season will receive a $2,000 donation to his school’s football program. At the conclusion of the 2014 Michigan High School Football season, the Lions will also select the High School Football Coach of the Year. This season’s Coach of the Year will receive a $4,000 donation to his school’s football program. All winners will receive a certificate signed by Lions’ head coach Jim Caldwell and National Football League (NFL) commissioner Roger Goodell, a personalized game ball as well as acknowledgement at an upcoming Lions home game.

This season’s program will award $22,000 to aid in the development and promotion of high school football in the state of Michigan, thanks to contributions from the Detroit Lions, the NFL Foundation and presenting partner, Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan.

Currently in its’ 18th year, the Detroit Lions High School Coach of the Week program has awarded $323,000 to high school football programs throughout the state of Michigan.

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Red Hawks improve to 3 and 0 with 46 to 7 win over Belding


The Red Hawks blazed a trail to the endzone against Belding last week, even in the pouring rain. Photo from Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Red Hawks blazed a trail to the endzone against Belding last week, even in the pouring rain. Photo from Kelly Alvesteffer.

The steady rain could not dampen the home opener for the Red Hawk varsity football team last Friday night, September 12, which honored the Cedar Springs Rocket Football and Cheerleading programs.

Collin Alvesteffer, Kaden Myers, and Anthony Topolski led the Cedar Springs Red Hawks by using a solid running game to defeat Belding 46-7.

“We got Belding on their heels and scored on our first two possessions,” Red Hawks Head Coach Gus Kapolka said. “We focused on getting off to a quick start and we were able to keep the pressure on with our no-huddle offense. We’ve been working on it since Day 1. It’s a part of our game that we want to feature, but we hadn’t gotten to yet. We still need to work on it, but the kids came out and executed really well tonight.”

The Red Hawks offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage all night while 346 rushing yards and six touchdowns were recorded in the game stats. Kaden Myers, Anthony Topolski, Zach Wamser and Isaiah MacDonald all reached the end zone for the Red Hawks.

“Our offensive line does a great job,” Kapolka said. “We have four seniors on the offensive line and have some guys that are very hungry. We played with great pad level tonight. Belding has great size, but I felt like our line controlled the line of scrimmage.”

The Red Hawks defense was able to hold back Belding throughout the entire rainy night, only allowing one score by Belding’s Connor Barker. MavRick Cotton was on fire with 14 tackles, and one was for a 4-yard loss.

“We have to continue to improve,” Kapolka said. “We had a couple coverage breakdowns this week and that will be a point of emphasis this week.”

This week the Red Hawks will travel to Forest Hills Northern to take on Grand Rapids Catholic Central at 7:00 p.m. Friday, in the M-Live Grand Rapids Press Game of the Week. Please come out and support your Red Hawks!

 

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Red Hawks roll over Yellow Jackets


Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer

Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer

By Kendra Coons 

On Friday, October 25, the Cedar Springs Red Hawk Varsity football team played their last game of the season at Greenville high school. The final score of the game was 24-14 in favor of the Red Hawks. The team finished the season with a record of 5-4 in overall play and 3-2 in conference play.

Cedar Springs came out in the first quarter and scored making the game 6-0 and then scored a two point conversion making it 8-0. Greenville came back in the second quarter and scored two touchdowns. Greenville took the lead going into halftime 14-8. Neither teams scored in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Cedar Springs came fighting back and scored 16 more points making the final score of the game 24-14.

On offense, Cedar Springs had a total of 14 first downs, gained 184 yards while rushing, and had possession of the ball for 26:55. Senior Jeff Newland, and junior Mavrick Cotton both scored for the Red Hawks. Jeff Newland had a total of 73 net yards while rushing. Junior Kaden Myers wasn’t far behind him with 55, and senior Dylan Block also contributed with 17. Senior quarterback, Austin Hilyer, also scored a touchdown for the Red Hawks. On punt returns, junior, Mavrick Cotton ran for 14 yards and Kaden Myers ran for 32 yards.

On defense, Jeff Newland led the team with 10 tackles. Seniors Jordan Johnson, Nick Krajewski and junior Caden Burrows, came in with a total of five for the game. The team had a total of 53 tackles against the Yellow Jackets. Mavrick Cotton also had a pass interception for five yards.

“It was a great game, I’m very happy that our seniors could go out with a win over Greenville like that,” comments Coach Gus Kapolka. “It was a great feeling in the locker room after the game. Everybody was very satisfied with the outcome.”

The Red Hawks football season is officially over and the community of Cedar Springs wishes the best to our seniors, and also good luck to the Red Hawks football program next year.

 

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Red Hawks eke out win over Huskies in overtime


By Kendra Coons

 

Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Varsity football team conquered their second win of conference play on Friday, October 18, against Forest Hills Northern. The Red Hawks defeated the Huskies 14-12 in overtime at Red Hawk Stadium. This win now makes the Red Hawks 2-2 in conference play and 4-4 in overall play.

In the first quarter, senior Nick Krajewski intercepted the ball and ran for a 41-yard touchdown. This put the Red Hawks in the lead 6-0. The Huskies came back in the third quarter and also scored 6 points. At the end of official time the score was tied 6-6. The teams went into overtime and the Red Hawks Jeff Newland scored making it 12-6. Cedar Springs than went for the 2-point conversion and senior quarterback Austin Hilyer passed to senior Dylan Block and it was good. The score was then 14-6 in favor of the Red Hawks. The Huskies came back and scored in OT making it 12-14 and also went for the two point conversion, but it ended up being no good. The Red Hawks took home the win.

On offense, the Red Hawks had 7 first downs throughout the game. They also gained 114 yards while rushing and had possession of the ball for 18:34. Seniors Jeff Newland and Dylan Block led the Red Hawks with rushing yards.

On defense, the Red Hawks had a total of 79 tackles. Jeff Newland led the team in tackles with 14 total and Kaden Myers was right behind him with 12. Junior Caden Burrows and senior Austin Hilyer both recovered fumbles.

This was the last home game of the season for the Red Hawks. Coach Gus Kapolka is very proud of the way the team and the seniors on the Red Hawk squad played.

“It felt great to watch the seniors go out with a win in their last game on Red Hawk Field.  I’d like to thank the seniors for sticking things out, and staying the course,” said Coach Kapolka.

The Red Hawks final game of the season is on Friday, October 25, against Greenville at Yellow Jacket stadium. “I’m looking forward to us going out and playing our best game of the season,” remarked Kapolka.

Kickoff will be at 7 pm, so please come out and support as the Red Hawks finish off the season looking for their last win.

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Red Hawks lose to Falcons


Prepare for pink game this Friday

By Kendra Coons 

The Red Hawks suffered a tough loss to West Catholic last Friday night. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Red Hawks suffered a tough loss to West Catholic last Friday night. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

On Friday, October 11, the Varsity football team went up against West Catholic at Red Hawk stadium for their annual Homecoming game. The Hawks came out strong, but ended up losing to the Falcons 36-14. This loss now makes their record 3-4 in overall play and 1-2 in conference play. The Red Hawks are now no longer in the running for the playoffs.
In the first quarter, with 12 seconds into the game, the Hawks very own Junior Mavrick Cotten ran up the middle for a 65-yard touchdown. Kaden Myers then passed to Senior Cameron Link for a two-point conversion. At the end of the first quarter the score was 8-0 with the Red Hawks in the lead.

In the second quarter, West Catholic’s Travis Russel passed to Brad Burns for a 23-yard touchdown. They added a two-point conversion, which tied up the game at 8-8. Cedar Springs scored again when senior quarterback Austin Hilyer passed to senior Cameron Link for an 8-yard touchdown. The Hawks tried for the two-point conversion, but it was no good. At the end of the first half the Hawks were in the lead 14-8.

In the third quarter West Catholic came out strong by scoring 3 touchdowns in 4 minutes. Travis Russel passed to David Banuck for a 15-yard touchdown and passed to Brad Burns for a 48-yard touchdown. Lasavian Majewski also ran the ball for a 38-yard touchdown. All three kicks by Travis Hoving were good. At the end of the third quarter, the Falcons took the lead 29-14.

In the fourth quarter West Catholic scored another touchdown by Andy Corey running for a 3-yard touchdown and the kick by Travis Hoving was good. At the end of the game the final score was 36-14 in favor of West Catholic.

“I feel we played well, but just not good enough to win,” commented Red Hawk Coach Gus Kapolka. “It was a hard fought game and [West Catholic] made more plays in the second half to win.”

On Friday, October 18, the Varsity team matches up at home against the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern The game will be played at Red Hawk Stadium and it is the annual “Pink Game” to honor breast cancer survivors and victims. It is also the team’s last home game of the season.

“[The Pink game] is for a good cause and the boys feel honored and privileged to be a part of it,” said Kapolka.

Come out and support your Cedar Springs Red Hawks as they play in their last home game of the season! The game starts at 7, so please be there to cheer on the team and don’t forget to wear pink!

 

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Red Hawks shut down Northview


by Kendra Coons 

 

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks shut out the Wildcats 28-0 last Friday at Northview. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks shut out the Wildcats 28-0 last Friday at Northview. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

On Friday, October 4, the Varsity football team took on the Wildcats of Northview High School. After a tough loss against Forest Hills Eastern last week, the Red Hawks came out wanting to prove what they were worth, and that’s exactly what they did. Cedar Springs defeated Northview 28-0 at Wildcat stadium. They are now 3-3 overall, and 1-1 in conference play.

In the first quarter, with 4:53 seconds left, senior quarterback Austin Hilyer passed to sophomore Taylor Vandyke for a one-yard touchdown. The Red Hawks then went for the two-point conversion, but it was no good. After the first quarter, the score was 6-0 in favor of the Red Hawks.

In the second quarter of the game, with 4:02 left in the first half, senior Jeff Newland ran right for a three-yard touchdown. The Red Hawks decided to go for the two-point conversion again and this time it was good. At the end of the first half, Cedar Springs was led with the score being 14-0.

In the third quarter, both teams went back and forth with the ball, but neither team was successful in scoring.

In the fourth quarter, junior Mavrick Cotten ran up the middle for a 16-yard touchdown. The Hawks tried for another two-point conversion, but it was no good. After Cedar Springs received the ball back, Austin Hilyer passed to Mavrick Cotten for a 4-yard touchdown. Cotten then ran it into the endzone for two points. With the Wildcats unable to get any points on the board, the game ended 28-0 Cedar Springs.

The defense was solid, with senior Jared Vodry having seven tackles, leading the team, and senior Cameron Klompstra and junior Zach Wamser having five.

“We played our best game of the season by far. Our effort was great and we came out focused,” commented Coach Kapolka. “I’m very proud of the kids for hanging in there and believing in the system after three tough weeks.”

On Friday, October 11, the Red Hawks are back home after being away for two weeks. Cedar Springs takes on West Catholic for their Homecoming game. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. so come out and join the Red Hawks as they look for their second conference win of the season!

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Cedar Springs falls to Forest Hills Eastern


By Kendra Coons

Cedar Springs took a loss against Forest Hills Eastern last Friday night. Here Red Hawk Austin Hilyer is tackled by a FHE Hawk. Photo by Rob LaLone.

Cedar Springs took a loss against Forest Hills Eastern last Friday night. Here Red Hawk Austin Hilyer is tackled by a FHE Hawk. Photo by Rob LaLone.

 

On Friday, September 27, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team took on Forest Hills Eastern at their stadium. It was a tough match for the Red Hawks and the final score of the game was 45-22 in favor of Forest Hills Eastern. After Friday’s loss, their record is 2-3 and they are 0-1 in conference play.

In the first quarter of the game Forest Hills Eastern’s quarterback, Luke Wilkerson, passed to Ryan Knight for a 30-yard touchdown and also passed to Gabe Vansolkema for a 24-yard touchdown. Both kicks by Patrick Gregory were good. The Red Hawks came back with junior Kaden Myers running for a 56-yard touchdown, but the kick was no good. After the first quarter the score was 14-6 Forest Hills Eastern.

In the second quarter, Luke Wilkerson passed to Ryan Knight for a 68-yard touchdown and the kick by Patrick Gregory was good. Cedar Springs received the ball back and Forest Hills Eastern’s Devon Reininger intercepted the ball at the Cedar Springs 43-yard line and returned it for a touchdown. The kick by Patrick Gregory was good. They scored again once Eastern received the ball back and they went for a 26-yard field goal by Patrick Gregory, which was good. At the end of the second quarter, Eastern was still in the lead with the score being 31-6.

At the end of the third quarter, senior Jeff Newland ran for a one-yard touchdown, and senior quarterback Austin Hilyer passed to Kaden Myers for a two-point conversion. At the end of the third quarter, Forest Hills Eastern was still leading, with the score being 31-14.

In the fourth quarter, Forest Hills Eastern’s John Mccready ran for a seven-yard touchdown and the kick by Patrick Gregory was good. With 3:03 left to go in the fourth quarter, Austin Hilyer passed to Kaden Myers for a 49-yard touchdown and Kaden Myers also received a pass for the 2-point conversion. Forest Hills Eastern came back with 1:11 left in the game and John Mccready ran for a 63-yard touchdown and once again the kick by Patrick Gregory was good. Forest Hills Eastern ended up winning the game 45-22.

“We will continue to concentrate on fundamentals, and work to get better this week,” says Coach Kapolka. “We are going to work on doing the little things correctly, and stay within our system.”

On Friday, October 5, the Red Hawks have their second conference game lined up. The Varsity team will be playing the Northview Wildcats at Wildcat stadium.

“Northview is a very good football team, with a lot of speed,” commented Kapolka. “We will have to play with discipline and poise to beat them Friday night.”

Kickoff is at 7p.m., so come and support your Red Hawks as they look for their first conference win of the season. Good luck Hawks!

 

 

 

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Dux dominate Red Hawks


Dux defenders stop a Red Hawk run. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

Dux defenders stop a Red Hawk run. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

By Kendra Coon

 

On Friday, September 20, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team took on the Dux of Zeeland West at Red Hawk Stadium. Unfortunately, the Red Hawks received their second loss of the season and the final score of the game was 56-6 in favor of the Dux. The Red Hawks’ record is now 2-2.

In the first quarter, Zeeland West’s offense was on fire with Danny Bauder running for a 1-yard touchdown and a 39-yard touchdown. After the first quarter, Zeeland West was up 14-0.

In the second quarter, Zeeland West’s Grant Postma recovered a fumble by the Red Hawks and ran for a 47-yard touchdown. Zeeland West’s quarterback, Casey Brinks, then passed to Danny Bauder for a 71-yard touchdown. After the Dux received the ball back again, Casey Brinks passed to Danny Bauder for another 47-yard touchdown. At halftime, the score was 34-0. in favor of the Dux.

After halftime, Zeeland West came out strong again, with Casey Brinks passing to Jordan Vanhort for a 2-yard touchdown. At the end of the third quarter, the score was 42-0 Zeeland West.

After the third quarter, the Hawks started to pick up speed and senior quarterback Austin Hilyer passed to senior Jeff Newland for an 8-yard touchdown. The Dux fought back, with Evan Macdonald running for a 71-yard touchdown. At the end of the fourth quarter, Zeeland West took home the win by defeating the Red Hawks 56-6.

“I think we played well,” stated Red Hawk Coach Kapolka. “We just need to work on not turning the ball over.”

On Friday, September 27, the Red Hawks travel to Forest Hills Eastern High school to play their first conference game of the season. Kickoff is at 7 pm. So come out and support your Red Hawks as they look for their third win of the season. Good luck Hawks!

 

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Red Hawks roll over Spartans


LET’S GET PHYSICAL—The Cedar Springs Red Hawks dominated the Spartans last Friday night in a 49-13 win.

LET’S GET PHYSICAL—The Cedar Springs Red Hawks dominated the Spartans last Friday night in a 49-13 win.

By Kendra Coons

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team hosted the Sparta Spartans at Red Hawk Stadium on Friday, September 6. The Red Hawks achieved their second win of the season defeating the Spartans 49-13. The team is now 2-0 after defeating Tri-County and Sparta.

“We keep getting better and I’m pleased about that, but we have a long way to go,” commented Coach Kapolka.

Cedar Springs’ offensive line was strong against the Spartans. In the first quarter, Senior Cameron Link ran eight yards for a touchdown. Senior Jeff Newland also ran eight yards for a touchdown and in the second quarter, Junior Kaden Myers ran the ball nine yards for another touchdown. Sparta’s Shane Miedzielec also scored, on a 20-yeard pass from Christian Pangborn. The score at halftime was 28-7 in favor of the Red Hawks.

“I thought we played very well,” said Kapolka. “We talked about being physical and fast all week and I thought Friday night we went out and did that.”

In the third quarter, Cameron Link ran for a 51-yard touchdown and Jeff Newland followed with another six-yard touchdown run. Miedzielec scored again for Sparta, this time on a 58-yard run, but the extra kick was no good.

Cedar Springs scored again in the fourth quarter, when senior Jared Vodry dove into the end zone for a one-yard touchdown. The final score of the game was 49-13, in favor of the Red Hawks.

The Cedar Springs offense put up some impressive scoring numbers against the Spartans. In the first quarter they totaled 20 points, followed by 8 points in the second quarter, 14 points in the third quarter and 7 points in the final quarter.

The defensive line was also very strong for the Red Hawks. Kaden Myers intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown. Senior Cameron Klompstra led the defensive line with seven tackles and four assists, including a quarterback sack for 15 yards. Overall, the defense ended the night with 53 tackles, two quarterback sacks and two tackles, for a loss of four yards.

Being 2-0 is a great feeling for Cedar Springs, but what makes it even better for the team is that they defeated their rival the Sparta Spartans!

“It’s a rivalry I’m just beginning to understand,” says Kapolka. “The Sparta game is really important here and I’m glad we brought home a victory.”

On Friday, September 13, the Red Hawks take on Wayland Union at Wildcat stadium at 7 p.m. The team is looking for their third win of the season so come out and support your Cedar Springs Varsity football team!

 

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Red Hawks’ playoff hopes dashed by Spartans


The Cedar Springs Varsity Red Hawks ended their season with a 5-4 record. Photo by R. Klompstra.

Friday, October 21, was a night filled with hopes of making it to the playoffs again for the Cedar Springs Red Hawks, but their rival, the Sparta Spartans, fought hard to ensure that it would not happen and outscored the Red Hawks 17-7.
The first quarter was truly a battle with both teams not allowing the other to score. As the 2nd quarter went on, the ball moving again back and forth, it was Sparta that was able to score the first points of the game. With 1:20 left in the second quarter, Cedar Springs was given the chance to tie the game when Brandon Slater picked off a pass from the Spartans quarterback, but they turned the ball back over to Sparta on downs.
The 3rd quarter looked promising for the Red Hawks when Jason Vietti recovered a Spartan fumble, but the Red Hawks then fumbled the ball and Sparta recovered it and took it in for another touchdown, bringing the score to 14-0 Sparta. The Red Hawks weren’t stopping though and answered Sparta’s touchdown with one of their own when Connor Burrows barreled through the D-line of Sparta, ending the 3rd quarter 14-7 Spartans.
The 4th quarter was a tense one as the Red Hawks fought to keep their hopes of a playoff game alive, and Sparta fought to keep the Red Hawks out. The Spartans kept the lead by intercepting a pass and taking the Red Hawks out of scoring position. The Spartans then kicked a field goal to extend the lead to 17-7.  The Red Hawks did what they could but fell short.
“I feel bad for this senior class,” said head coach Brian Busen. “These seniors are a great group and deserved a trip to the playoffs. I had a great time coaching this team and will really miss not being around them everyday. I am very proud of each of these guys and look forward to seeing where life will bring them in the future. This year’s group represented Cedar with class and the whole community should be proud of these young men.”
Jason Vietti led the defense with 8 tackles and 3 assists; Cory Wozniak had 5 tackles and 2 assists; and Brandon Slater and Allen Slagter both had 5 tackles and 1 assists. Connor Burrows led the offense with a total of 89 yards and Austin Wamser with 71 yards.

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