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Soccer teams raise funds for teen with cancer

Brison being pushed out on to the field during the event. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Brison being pushed out on to the field during the event. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Brison Ricker smiles as he sees his teammates lined up holding signs that spell out Rickerstrong#one at Tuesday’s fundraising game between Greenville and Cedar Springs. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

Brison Ricker smiles as he sees his teammates lined up holding signs that spell out Rickerstrong#one at Tuesday’s fundraising game between Greenville and Cedar Springs. Photo by K. Alvesteffer/R. LaLone.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs and Greenville Varsity Soccer teams might be rivals on the field, but they were teammates for a cause Tuesday evening, October 4, as they raised money for medical treatment for Cedar Springs teen Brison Ricker, who suffers from DIPG, an inoperable brain tumor.

At this time last year, Brison was a freshman playing for the Varsity Red Hawks, and was voted offensive player of the year. He was diagnosed in January with the tumor.

“It was an amazing night and I’m so glad Brison was feeling well enough for our family to be there,” said Brison’s mom, Kim Ricker. “It was incredible how many people came out to support Brison, the stands were full of people and love. We are so grateful to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to be there, and extra grateful for all the people who volunteered and worked hard to make it such a successful night.”

It was the annual youth soccer night, combined with the fundraising event, so it was nicknamed the #Rickerstrong Game. “The high school soccer parents, along with help from the Student Leadership Council and the Athletic Leadership Council, promoted the event to try to bring in a record crowd and student section to cheer on the boys in their game against Greenville High School,” explained parent Barb Dreyer. “We chose this game to have this event because Brison Ricker played soccer with several of the boys from the Greenville team so it meant a lot to them to be able to help raise money for the family also.”

“We sold T-shirts, cotton candy, glow necklaces, balloons and had a huge auction to help raise money for the family,” explained Dreyer. Greenville and Cedar Springs teams had a pop can drive challenge to see who could bring in the most cans. “Although Greenville brought in a ton of cans, Cedar Springs won because this community is just amazing!” remarked Dreyer. “People who didn’t even go to the game dropped off their cans at the high school anyway. We had to bring in a second trailer to collect them all.”

Both communities helped bring in donations and worked together to raise $4748.20 for the Ricker’s accumulating medical bills, which doesn’t include all the cans. “We also collected an astronomical number of cans that we will return soon to add to that total,” said Dreyer. She said she thinks it could be at least another $1,000.

Brison’s medical bills for treatment are around $17,000 per month. Conventional treatments were not working, and his doctor felt there was nothing more they could do, so the Rickers sought out an alternative treatment for Brison, and he has seen improvement on the protocol.

Dreyer said Coach Kyle Avink gave a touching speech after the national anthem on how cancer has affected every person in some way these days, that we all know someone who has battled, is currently fighting or lost their battle with cancer. Then after a moment of silence they had a balloon release in Brison’s honor.

It was evident that Brison enjoyed the night. When the team lined up on the field with each holding a letter spelling out Rickerstrong #one, a big smile spread across his face.

“I have not seen Brison smile so much in a long time!” remarked Kim. “He was so proud of how hard his team played and that they took home a win. He was especially excited for his best friend Derek Egan who took home the rickerstrong boots last night. He left it all on the field and earned them, well deserved!”

Kim said that Brison will have another MRI next week to see how well the treatment is working. She said that they also now have a couple of doctors helping with wound care. The steroids that he was taking tore his skin apart.

“These wounds are still so painful and are the only thing holding him back right now from pushing hard like he so badly wants to, to gain his strength and mobility back,” explained Kim. “Once these are healed we have no doubt he will be out of his wheelchair and walking in no time! He can’t wait to run down a soccer field again!”

If you’d like to help Brison heal and return to the soccer field, there are several opportunities coming up to do so. The next can drive held by Team Brison will be Monday, October 10, at Meijer in Cedar Springs. They are usually in the early evening. See the Team Brison Facebook page for details. Also, next Saturday, October 15, is a big event at Skinner Field from noon to 5 p.m.—a music festival with food, fun and games to help raise funds for Brison. See page 2 for details, or check out the Team Brison facebook page. You can also make a direct donation by visiting Brison’s gofundme page at https://www.gofundme.com/brisonricker.

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Cedar Springs youth soccer night 


#Rickerstrong Game 

Join the Cedar Springs Soccer teams on Tuesday October 4th, 2016, when they hold a Youth Cancer Awareness Night in support of Brison Ricker, a Cedar Springs High School Varsity Soccer player. Cedar Springs will host Greenville with JV at 5:00 p.m. and Varsity at 6:45 p.m.

There will be Face Painting, Giveaways, Raffles, Prizes, and a halftime presentation. Youth players wearing a jersey get in free with a paid adult.

Contact Kyle.Avink@gmail.com with any questions.

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Act of kindness overwhelms family

The Comstock Park Varsity Soccer team showed solidarity with the Cedar Springs Soccer team by giving each one of them a shirt showing their support for a cure for Brison Ricker.

The Comstock Park Varsity Soccer team showed solidarity with the Cedar Springs Soccer team by giving each one of them a shirt showing their support for a cure for Brison Ricker.

Back row (L to R): Comstock Park coach Jamie Bogart, Kim Ricker, Brian Ricker, Cedar Springs coach Kyle Avink. Front: Brison Ricker.

Back row (L to R): Comstock Park coach Jamie Bogart, Kim Ricker, Brian Ricker, Cedar Springs coach Kyle Avink. Front: Brison Ricker.

A year ago, 15-year-old Brison Ricker was playing on the Cedar Springs Red Hawk Varsity soccer team as a freshman. Just a few short months after the season ended, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and has been fighting for his life ever since.

This year, Brison and his family traveled to Comstock Park to watch and support the Varsity Soccer team for their first game on August 24 against Comstock Park. But what happened at the game was something unexpected.

“It was tear-filled start to the night as the ‘opposing team’ showed our family amazing support, with a t-shirt for Brison and all the players on the CS team, a signed game ball and a donation to our family,” wrote Kim Ricker on her Facebook page. “Over $800 was raised from this team who does not even know our family personally. This shows incredible sportsmanship and what a great coach and team they are! Tonight was so much more than a game, and we are so grateful to coach Jamie Bogart and the Comstock Park Varsity Team!”

The t-shirts given to the team and to Brison had a number one on the front with Cedar Springs vs Comstock Park 8/24/2016 over it, and on the back it read: Opponents on the field; teammates for a cure. #Rickerstrong

Thank you for sharing that wonderful act of kindness!

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Varsity soccer team racks up two more wins

Kyle Szirovecz (18) and Robert Klein (13) jump for a corner-kicked ball vs. West Catholic. Also pictured are Dontae Ensley (8) and Brandon Goodenough (15).

On Tuesday, October 11, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks hosted the West Catholic Falcons. Aaron Dault lit up the scoreboard when he blasted a rocket ball into the net just below the cross bars (23:43). Shortly after, Ilan Caballero was positioned at the back door of the net and knocked in a ball crossed over from Kyle Szirovecz. (15:09). The final goal of the game came late into the second half, when Robert Klein sliced the ball past the keeper (9:10). West Catholic offense was suffocated and they went home empty due to the fact that Cedar dominated the ball on both ends of the field. Cedar’s defense demonstrated a unified effort consisting of Dontae Ensley, Aaron Dault, Bryan Taylor, and Trevor Rose and keeper Kyle Coutchie. The final score ended with a Cedar Springs shut-out victory of 3-0.
On Thursday, October 13, Cedar Springs closed OK-Blue Conference play against their rival neighbors to the west, the Sparta Spartans. The Red Hawks took an early command of the game when Kyle Szirovecz drilled the ball past the goaltender, with an assist from Robert Klein (21:34). Minutes later, Robert Klein knocked in another goal sent to him by

Aaron Dault (7) jumps to head the ball vs. West Catholic. Also pictured Jon Shaw (20), Mitch Hanmer (11), Ilan Caballero (19).

Kyle Szirovecz (14:07). Szirovecz was credited for the third goal of the match, giving the Red Hawks a comfortable lead of 3 to 0. A minute before the halftime buzzer, Sparta was granted a free kick, opening an opportunity to sneak a shot in, snatching the ball from the grasp of goalkeeper, Kyle Coutchie, making the score 3 to 1 at the half. Heavy rain began to fall as second half play resumed, creating challenging conditions for the players. Sparta benefited from this when a shot on goal slipped through Coutchie’s gloves and into the net. This unfortunate event fired up the Red Hawk squad and the team went to work to shut down the Spartans and closed out the game with a 3-2 victory. Special acknowledgment goes out to the reserve members of the Cedar Springs team for their strong team efforts and supportive play exhibited throughout the season. They are as follows: Kyle Longcore, Parker Selleck, Brandon Goodenough, Tyler Aungst, and Santiago Quiroga. Red Hawks end their OK-Conference schedule with a 9 win-3 loss record and an overall season record of 12-5. Great playing guys and good luck in districts! The soccer teams appreciated all of the fan support during this season!

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Dual win for Cedar Springs varsity boys soccer

#20 Jon Shaw challenges for the ball vs. Comstock Park. Also pictured are #7 Aaron Dault, #17 Luke Dault, #19 Ilan Caballero.

The Cedar Springs boys varsity soccer team walked on the field Tuesday, October 4, geared up for an aggressive match up with the Comstock Park Panthers. The tone of the game remained charged up when only a little over 10 minutes into the game, Red Hawks forward Kyle Szirovecz knocked the ball under the keeper’s gloves, giving Cedar Springs a quick lead (28:48) [Assist Aaron Dault]. With only 7:23 remaining on the clock, Comstock Park tying up tied up the game and put it into two 10 minute regulation overtime periods. In the first over-time, on a free kick, Aaron Dault blasted the ball past a wall of Panther players into the upper 90. Once again the Panthers tied the game up in the second over-time with only 5:07 remaining in play. But the Red Hawks fought back when #7 Luke Dault found the back of the net with only 4 minutes left on the clock. Assists were credited to Kyle Szirovecz and Jon Shaw. Cedar Springs claimed a 3-2 double over-time victory over Comstock Park.
On Thursday, October 6, the Red Hawks added another win to their OK Blue record by shutting out the Belding Redskins 8 to 0. The Hawks jumped to an early lead when Jon Shaw connected with a pass from Robert Klein and drilled it into the net (35:25). Minutes later, Aaron Dault drove a free kick past the goaltender into the upper 90 giving Cedar a 2-0 lead (29:49). The Red Hawks third goal was credited to Josh Champion, who rocketed a shot, from the 40 yard line, over the keeper’s head.(17:05). Freshman Parker Selleck, redirected in a corner kick, sent by Trevor Rose, giving Cedar Springs a comfortable lead of 4 to 0 at the half (14:29). The defensive line of Dontae Ensley, Trevor Rose, Josh Champion, Bryan Taylor and Kyle Longcore protected the Cedar Springs goal by shutting down the Redskin offense. Second half scoring began right away when Cedar Springs was awarded a direct penalty kick and the team called goalkeeper, Kyle Coutchie, upfield to score his first goal of the season (38:02). Minutes later, Aaron Dault scored his second goal of the evening, when he launched a free kick past the goaltender (36:20). The last two goals of the match were credited to forward Robert Klein, with Dontae Ensley assisting both, and Trevor Rose also assisting the final goal on the game. This secured Cedar Springs second mercy win of the season.
“This week our goal was to really enjoy the game and get back to the reason we all started playing soccer…for the love of the game,” said Cedar Springs Coach Kyle Avink.
Congratulations on another great win Red Hawks!

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