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Red Hawks up their game against Greenville


Cedar Springs put the pressure on Greenville last Friday night in their 44-8 win. Here they force the Yellow Jackets to fumble the ball. Courtesy photo.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity football team came out focused and ready to win their game against Greenville Friday evening, September 14 and fans were not disappointed. The team took the lead in the first quarter and kept the pressure on the Yellow Jackets both offensively and defensively, only allowing them to score once in the 44-8 Red Hawk victory.

“I thought our defense did a good job preparing for a unique offense that featured an unbalanced line and multiple shifts,” said head Coach Gus Kapolka. “Our kids executed our game plan well and limited big plays throughout the game. 

“Our offensive line is improving every week and they played their best game of the season Friday night. They have improved tremendously since week one. We need to maintain our focus and sense of urgency moving forward.”

Cedar Springs scored seven times on Greenville: twice in the first quarter, three times in the second, and once in each of the last two quarters.

Sage Serbenta started the scoring when he ran for a two-yard touchdown with 8:39 left in the first, and then also ran in the extra points. The Red Hawks scored again in the second with 3:23 left when Greenville’s Ryan Burden fumbled on the Cedar Springs 50-yard line and Ryan Ringler recovered it and ran 50 yards for the touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good. The quarter ended with Cedar Springs leading 14-0.

In the second quarter, QB Kolby Swank ran the two yards into the end zone for a touchdown with 10:16 left on the clock, then completed a pass to Ethan West to get the extra points. With 8:04 left on the clock, there was a bad snap from center, allowing Cedar Springs to get a safety. Then with 4:15 left, Sage Serbenta ran 15 yards for the touchdown, and Ryan Ringler ran in the extra points. At the end of the second quarter it was Cedar Springs 32, Greenville 0.

Greenville finally had their chance to score wit 8:03 left on the clock in the third when QB Cameron Heppe passed to Ryan Olsen for a 10-yard touchdown. He then passed to Jake Rasmussen for the extra points. But that was the only joy of the evening for the Yellow Jackets.

Cedar Springs came back and scored again just a few minutes later. With 5:15 on the clock, Ryan Ringler ran 15 yards up the middle for another touchdown. The extra points attempt was no good. At the end of the third quarter, it was 38-6.

Ben Shaw scored for the Red Hawks in the fourth quarter with 2:30 on the clock when he ran up the middle for a 12-yard touchdown. The run for extra points was no good, and the game ended with a score of 44-8.

The Red Hawks ran for 292 yards as a team, and lost only 3. Leading rushers for the Red Hawks were Sage Serbenta with 86; Ethan West with 59; Ryan Ringler with 54; Ben Shaw with 40; Lucas Pienton with 36; and Zack Schmid with 23. 

Greenville rushed for 114 yards but lost 41. They also passed for 138 yards with Greenville QB Cameron Heppe completing 15 of 23 passes.

Defensively, Ryan Ringler led in tackles with 12; Zack Schmid had 8; Lucas Pienton had 7; Gage Gardner had 5; Sage Serbenta and Ben Shaw each had 4; Ethan West, Seth Almas, and Landon Totten each had 3, and seven other Red Hawks got 1 or 2 each for a total of 59 tackles.

Four Red Hawks recovered fumbles: Ryan Ringler, Seth Almas, Ethan Wood, and Xavier Anderson.

The Red Hawks are now 2-0 in the OK White and 3-1 overall. This Friday they host Allendale (2-0, 3-1 overall) in a non-conference game for homecoming at Red Hawk Stadium at 7 p.m. The classes should wear class colors, and the rest of the fans should wear red. Come on out and cheer on your Red Hawks in what looks to be a great game!

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Red Hawks quash Northview pass attack in 26-10 victory


Cedar Springs’ Sage Serbenta rushed for 200 yards in the win over Northview last Friday.
Photo by Kelly and Rob LaLone.

Red Hawk offense gains 300 yards rushing

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity Football team kept their winning streak against Northview alive Friday night, September 7, defeating them 26-10 in their sixth straight victory against the Wildcats. But the Red Hawks did more than that—they limited the Wildcats to only 10 points, something the two previous teams Northview faced couldn’t do.

The Wildcats had scored 68 points in their 68-47 win over Comstock Park, and 36 points in their 43-36 loss to Jenison. But Cedar Springs stood up to the pass and didn’t allow them to get an edge.

“Our defensive coaching staff did a great job with the game plan and our kids really executed it on Friday night,” said Red Hawk Coach Gus Kapolka. “I thought we tackled well against a dangerously explosive team in the open field, and limited their opportunities. Our special teams were key as well with a blocked punt to set up a score, as well as a blocked field goal.”

Northview attempted to score first with a field goal with 6:04 left in the first quarter but it was blocked by Cedar Springs. The first score of the game came in the second quarter, with 11:35 remaining, when Cedar Springs running back Sage Serbenta ran for a 60-yard touchdown. The 2-point conversion was no good.

Northview attempted a second field goal with 9:55 left in the second quarter and the 31-yard kick by Chris Mendez was good this time. The score was now 6-3.

Cedar Springs scored again with 4:55 left in the quarter when Sage Serbenta ran for a 15-yard touchdown. The two point conversion was no good, leaving the score 12-3. But the Red Hawks came back and scored again when Ryan Ringler ran for a 12-yard touchdown with 57 seconds left in the quarter. The two-point conversion was no good, and the quarter ended with a score of 18-3, Cedar Springs.

Northview scored again in the third quarter, when Jalen Williams ran for a 10-yard touchdown with 6:01 left. The extra point was good, making the score 18-10.

Cedar Springs put one more nail in the coffin with 3:07 left in the fourth quarter, when Ryan Ringler scored again with a 5-yard run. They scored two more points when Kolby Swank ran the ball in to get the two-point conversion. Final score Cedar Springs 26, Northview 10.

Overall, Cedar Springs had 301 yards rushing (but lost 15 on penalties), with Sage Serbenta getting 203. “Sage is new to our program, but he has picked up our offense quickly,” remarked Kapolka. “He has great speed and vision when running the ball, and our offensive line did a good job opening up space for him.”

Other rushing leaders included Ryan Ringler with 43 yards, Ethan West with 30, Lucas Pienton with 15, and Ben Shaw with 9.

Defensively, Ryan Ringler led in tackles with 9; Landon Totten had 7; Graham Bayink 6; Lucas Pienton and Sage Serbenta each had five. 

Cedar Springs is 1-0 in conference and 2-1 overall. They will host Greenville (also 1-0 in conference, 1-2 overall) this Friday, September 14, at Red Hawk Stadium. The Hawk’s Nest spirit theme is a blackout. Dress in black and come on out and cheer on your Red Hawks!

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Cedar Springs suffers loss to Swan Valley


Cedar Springs took a 21-12 loss at Saginaw Swan Valley in their non-conference opener last week. Photo by Kelly and Rob LaLone.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team went on the road last Thursday, August 23, for their first ever game against the Saginaw Swan Valley Vikings, the 2017 state runner-ups in Division 5. 

Cedar Springs kicked off to Swan Valley to start the game, but the Vikings fumbled the ball and the Red Hawks recovered. They didn’t score, however, and Swan Valley took over on their own 39-yard line. On their second play, Deon Danders ran up the middle for a 61-yard touchdown, and the extra point was good, making the score 7-0, Swan Valley, with 9:29 left in the quarter.

In the second quarter, the Red Hawks scored with 2:33 left when quarterbank Kolby Swank ran right for three yards into the end zone. His pass to Kaden Liggett for extra points was no good. The score was now Swan Valley 7, Cedar Springs 6.

Swan Valley scored again in the third quarter with 3:38 left, when Alex Fries ran up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown. Their extra kick was good, making the score 14-6.

The Red Hawks rallied and came back and scored again before the quarter was over. With :33 left on the clock, Swank ran up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown. Ryan Ringler attempted a run into the end zone for a two-point conversion but it was no good. The score was now Swan Valley 14, Cedar Springs 12.

The Red Hawks would not score again, but Swan Valley put one more into the end zone to seal the victory. With 4:46 left on the clock, Fries passed to Ethan Champney for a 10-yard touchdown. The after kick was good, and Swan Valley took a 21-12 victory over Cedar Springs.

Cedar Springs rushed for 179 yards, on 54 attempts. Leading rushers were Ryan Ringler with 65 yards on 19 attempts, and Ethan West with 49 yards on 15 attempts. Kolby Swank contributed 23 yards on six attempts, and Sage Serbenta had 21 on 6 attempts. Ben Shaw added 16 yards on three attempts, and Zack Schmid added 5 yards on 5 attempts.

Swan Valley rushed for 208 yards, with Deon Danders leading the way with 102 yards on 9 attempts, and quarterback Alex Fries coming in second with 43 yards on 12 attempts.

Ringler led the Red Hawks in tackles with 7, followed closely by Sage Serbenta with 6 and Zach Schmid with 5. 

Mitchel Boehler led the Vikings in tackles with 16.

Cedar Springs Coach Gus Kapolka thought his team did some things well against a tough team.

“I thought we played well in the kicking game and defense against Swan Valley, but we were just not able to generate enough offense to win the game. I thought our kids played a very tough opponent on the road and acquitted themselves very well. We need to improve in many areas before our next game, but we especially need to improve our offensive line play. I have every confidence that will happen,” he said.

Kapolka was also pleased by an email they received from Swan Valley after the game. “We were forwarded an email from Swan Valley’s Athletic Director commenting on our player’s and fans sportsmanship at the game, and complimenting us on how we handled ourselves. It makes me as a coach very appreciative of our parents and fans, and proud of our players for handling themselves with poise under difficult circumstances. It is one of the core values of our program, and one of the things that makes Cedar Springs a great place.”

The Red Hawks play their first home game of the season tonight, Thursday, August 31, when they host Caledonia at 7 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium.

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Red Hawks beat undefeated Pioneers


Red Hawk Ryan Ringler leaps over several Pioneers as he scores a touchdown. Photo by K&R LaLone photography.

Community pep rally Thursday evening

By Judy Reed

Before last Friday evening, October 24, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity Football team had only played the East Grand Rapids Pioneers a handful of times—four times to be exact, and none were wins for the Red Hawks. Two of those games were play off games. As a matter of fact, the last time Cedar Springs faced them was 10 years ago, in 2007. It was also a pre-district game at East Grand Rapids, and the Pioneers went on to win the state championship. But the Red Hawks turned up the heat Friday night, and gave the Pioneers (who were undefeated) a run for their money with a 41-40 win. And now the Red Hawks will face DeWitt in the district final on Friday, November 3, at 7 p.m. at DeWitt. Read more here.

There is even more to celebrate than the Varsity football team, and Cedar Springs High School invites everyone to come out for a community pep rally tonight (Thursday, November 2) at 8 p.m. at Red Hawk Stadium. They will celebrate band and cross country going to state, and other great things going on. The event is free. Come on out and show your spirit!

UPDATE: from Cedar Springs Public Schools… The Community Pep Rally for tonight has been moved from the Red Hawk Stadium to the Cedar Springs High School gym due to the weather.

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Red Hawks roll over Ottawa Hills


The Cedar Springs Varsity Football seniors walk across Red Hawk field one last time after their win over Ottawa Hills last Friday. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

The Cedar Springs Varsity Football seniors walk across Red Hawk field one last time after their win over Ottawa Hills last Friday. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By student reporter, Maddie Nichols

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team ended their season with a blowout against the Ottawa Hills’ Bengals. Although saying goodbye to our senior football players is tough, concluding with a big win made it a little easier.

The Hawks started off the game with carries by seniors Jacob Hooker and Dylan Ostrom-Howell, leading junior John Todd into the end zone with 10 minutes and 45 seconds remaining of the first quarter. With an immediate head start, the Hawks didn’t let down. Sophomore Lucas Pienton intercepted a pass and ran it in for a touchdown shortly after, and with a solid kick from senior Dustin Shaw, the score became 14-0. Todd made his way to the Bengal’s end zone again after a long run, with a little less than 7 minutes before the end of the first quarter. Pienton also made his way to another touchdown with a little over 3 minutes to go, and with a two-point conversion by Hooker, the score became 29-0. However, Cedar wasn’t stopping there. With only 38 seconds left, sophomore Ryan Ringler made a touchdown, making the lead even more significant. Tackles throughout the quarter by seniors Austin Basso, Jaron Spencer, Collin Alvesteffer and Thomas Hill, as well as Ringler, Todd and Pienton, prevented the Bengals from scoring, ending the first quarter with a score of 36-0.

Senior Thomas Hill started off the second quarter on a high note for the Hawks with a touchdown 12 seconds in. The score then became 43-0. Hill and junior Nate Patin held off Ottawa Hills for a while, but the Bengals picked off a Cedar pass and ran it into the end zone, making the score 43-6, with Cedar still holding a huge lead. Carries from seniors Austin Ellis and Joe Reich-Tanis led to junior Nick Campione running in for a touchdown with 6 minutes and 52 seconds remaining of the first half, making the score 50-6. Tackles by Pienton, juniors Darius Barnett and Colton Gould, and senior Jaron Lucas gave the ball back to Cedar. Junior Jake West made a touchdown with 3 minutes left, increasing the score to 57-6. Tackles by junior Riley Hawkins, Ringler and Ellis held that score going into the second half.

The second half was full of support from all of the players. Senior starters went on the sideline and watched their underclassmen play their hearts out. With emotions running wild, the Hawks did nothing but prevail. Carries by Todd and junior Paul Krajewski kept the momentum going, as well as tackles by Spencer, Pienton, and Krajewski. Then, as if the night couldn’t be any greater, senior Dustin Shaw kicked the longest field goal in Cedar Springs’ history—40 yards—making the score 60-6, and that’s where the score stayed until the end.

The season was an emotional and intense one, but the community of Cedar Springs could not be any prouder of the way it ended. The boys of fall graduating will be going on to greater things, and the ones remaining will keep their legacy going next year. Cedar Springs finished the season 3-3 in conference, and 4-5 overall.

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Red Hawks lose close game to Zeeland West


Red Hawks take down the Zeeland West ball carrier. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Red Hawks take down the Zeeland West ball carrier. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Maddie Nichols

This past Thursday, August 25 , the Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team traveled from Cedar Springs to Zeeland West to compete with the Dux for their first game of the season. The intensity, offensively and defensively, from both sides stayed consistent throughout the whole game. However, in the end, the Red Hawks fell short with a final score of 14-9.

The first quarter may have finished without scoring from either side, but senior Collin Alvesteffer had some major tackles that led to shutting down the Dux’s offense. Going into the second quarter, the combination of tackling from Alvesteffer and Junior John Todd took Zeeland down. With two minutes left of the first half, senior Dustin Shaw had a successful 22-yard field goal attempt, concluding the second quarter with the Red Hawks up 3-0.

After a long 10 minute drive from Zeeland West in the third quarter, the Red Hawks were left to hold the Dux at the 1-yard line. The Hawks give up the touchdown after a second attempt making them fall behind 8-3.

Right away in the fourth quarter, Collin Alvesteffer made a 34-yard touchdown to up the score 9-8. Both teams fought hard during the rest of the game. Great tackles from senior Austin Basso held back the Dux until the Red Hawks lost them defensively and the Dux got a touchdown after their fourth attempt, with 1 minute and 43 seconds left of the game. After a failed two-point conversion, the score was 14-9, Dux up by 5.

The Red Hawks came back with a strong offensive drive. With great efforts from John Todd, Collin Alvesteffer, and sophomore Ryan Ringler, the Hawks kept possession of the ball and got to the Dux 18-yard line. A 5-yard penalty against the Dux gave Cedar Springs more hope towards getting into the end zone. With only 2.8 seconds left on the clock, the Red Hawks fell short with an incomplete pass, concluding the game with a Hawk loss, 14-9.

Tonight, Thursday, September 1, the Red Hawks travel to Sparta to take on the Spartans at 7 p.m. Next week Friday, September 9, they travel to Greenville.

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Red Hawks win against Belding


Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer scored three touchdowns in the win over Belding last Friday.

Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer scored three touchdowns in the win over Belding last Friday.

The Red Hawks limited Belding to just seven points.

The Red Hawks limited Belding to just seven points.

by Lauren VanDenHout

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team claimed another victory, this time against the Belding Redskins, on Friday, September 11. The boys kept on the offensive, resulting in a final score of 42-7. With another win under the team’s belt, they now have a non-conference record of 2-1 for this 2015 season.

Offensively junior Quarterback Collin Alvesteffer scored three touchdowns for the Red Hawks; and junior Dylan Ostrom-Howell and seniors Da’Marcus Barnett and Cameron Umphrey also made it to the end zone. Following these touchdowns, Isaiah MacDonald, Taylor VanDyke, and Cameron Umphrey made two-point conversions.

On defense, the Hawks managed to hold their own. With their quick reflexes, the team had an impenetrable defensive line that Belding only managed to break once in the game, leading to a touchdown for their side.

“We played well, and executed to a high level in all three phases of the game. It obviously helped that Collin Alvesteffer returned from injury,” said Red Hawk Coach Gus Kapolka.

With their rising performance, make sure you don’t miss the Red Hawks next match up as they go head-to-head against Grand Rapids Catholic Central. The kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. at home, at Red Hawk Stadium. The atmosphere is sure to be electrified, as it is the high school’s annual homecoming football game, as well as Mlive.com’s Game of the Week. Come out and cheer on your on your Red Hawks!

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Red Hawk’s Alvesteffer voted WZZM13’s MVP of the season


Cedar Springs sophomore Collin Alvesteffer (center) receives the 2014 Season MVP award from WZZM13 and sponsor Mercy Health during last Friday’s edition of “On your sidelines.” Brent Ashcroft, left, and Dan Harland, right, are the show’s anchors. Photo by K. Alvesteffer

Cedar Springs sophomore Collin Alvesteffer (center) receives the 2014 Season MVP award from WZZM13 and sponsor Mercy Health during last Friday’s edition of “On your sidelines.” Brent Ashcroft, left, and Dan Harland, right, are the show’s anchors. Photo by K. Alvesteffer

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity Football team had a great season, going 9-2 and winning the OK-Bronze Conference Championship outright. They won their first playoff home game at Red Hawk Stadium, against Forest Hills Northern, and were defeated by Muskegon in the district regional the following week. They scored an average 35 points per game.

One of the sparkplugs that fired that success was sophomore quarterback Collin Alvesteffer, who was equally efficient on both offense and defense. He received a great honor last week when he was voted by fans as WZZM13’s 2014 Season MVP. WZZM listed 10 nominees for the award, and fan voting online narrowed it to three. Fans then voted again, and Collin came out on top. He was given the award on their final “On your sidelines” show of the season last Friday evening.

Collin was selected as a MVP of the week earlier in the season, and also voted to MLive’s defensive dream team. That’s a lot of attention for a 15-year-old. The Post asked how he was dealing with all the attention.

Collin Alvesteffer scored both touchdowns against the Muskegon Big Reds. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Collin Alvesteffer scored both touchdowns against the Muskegon Big Reds. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

“It’s all exciting, but I just try to focus on the team’s success instead of my own,” said Collin. The attention was not something he was expecting. “I knew I was not the best football player that we had, so figured they would get all the attention,” he added.

Football is in Collin’s blood. He started playing flag football at ages 4-6, and then Rocket at age 7. He’s continued to play ever since.

The Post asked him if he did anything special to prepare for this season. “I just tried to become the best player and teammate that I could,” he remarked.

And it seems to have paid off, not just for him but the whole team. “We had excellent team work and effort in practice and during the offseason,” he explained, when asked why he thought the team did so well.

Collin knows his success was made possible by those around him.

“I want to thank my teammates and coaches for always pushing me and making me better,” said Collin. “But most importantly, I want to thank my Mom and Dad, because they support me no matter what and are my biggest fans.”

Collin’s Mom, Kelley Alvesteffer, won’t argue with that. “Collin has always excelled at football and I have always been proud of him for that. However, this year he learned that it is not about him. He learned to play for the team—not for himself. He learned good sportsmanship and learned to be truly humble.”

Congratulations to Collin, and we look forward to seeing what the Red Hawks can do in 2015!

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Playoff bound!


Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer dives into the endzone with the game-winning touchdown. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer dives into the endzone with the game-winning touchdown. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

 

Red Hawk MavRick Cotten brings down the ball carrier. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Red Hawk MavRick Cotten brings down the ball carrier. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks varsity football team pulled off a double coup Friday night, October 10, when they not only clinched a playoff berth with their sixth win, but also took over sole possession of first place in the OK Bronze.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks brought a fearless work ethic to their match up with the Huskies of Forest Hills Northern. This game was anticipated to be an offensive brawl, with both teams averaging 40-plus points a game for the season. But things turned out to be completely different when both teams’ defenses showed up to spoil the offensive festivities.

The game began with a scoreless first quarter and an indication of how the entire game would play out. Both teams exposed their true identities, with the Huskies showing their spread offense air attack, and the Red Hawks bringing their red flannel, relentless, full house wing T.

By the end of the first half, the Red Hawks’ team determination established an 8-point lead that the Huskies players had to sit on through the course of their extended homecoming halftime show that was filled with corvettes and BMWs.

Lane Gott on the tackle for the Red Hawks. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

Lane Gott on the tackle for the Red Hawks. Photo by K. Alvesteffer.

To start the second half, the Huskies tied the game up through the air at the end of the third quarter leaving the score at 8 to 8 going into the fourth. This had every fan in the stadium, including our infamous 12th man—the camo-clad, Cedar Springs student section—on the edge of their seats and screaming for a win.

In the end, it came down to a fourth and inches play, after the Husky defense stopped the Red Hawks on the goal line on second and third down. Red Hawk quarterback Collin Alvesteffer beat the Huskies’ defense to the end zone pylon to make the score 14 to 8, with just a few minutes to go in the game.

The Huskies then pulled out all the stops through the air and on the ground, in an attempt to keep their grip on the OK Bronze Conference title. Then came the final play for the Huskies, when the pass by Forest Hills Northern quarterback, Jake Martin, found the hands of Red Hawk defender, Collin Alvesteffer, which sealed the game for the Red Hawks!

Please join us for our 3rd Annual Pink game this Friday, October 17, when the Red Hawks face the Greenville Yellow Jackets at Red Hawk stadium at 7:00 p.m. Please come out and support your Red Hawks!

 

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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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