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Lady Red Hawks win meet, take second at invite


Tara Tepin and Catherine Chen in the 100 meter dash at Northview.

Tara Tepin and Catherine Chen in the 100 meter dash at Northview.

Improving weather had the Girls track team competing three times last week. The team split a pair of OK Bronze dual meets. The Lady Red Hawks lost a close meet to Greenville 75 to 62, at home, on Tuesday April 22, and they traveled to Northview and defeated the Wildcats 100 to 36. The team’s dual meet record is now 2 and 1 in the OK Bronze.

On Saturday, April 26, the team traveled to Remus Chippewa Hills, for the eight team Warrior Invite. The team scored 118 points and earned the second place trophy. The host Warriors won the meet. Senior Aly Hamilton won the 100-meter dash, while Junior Kenzie Weiler won the 3200-meter run. Junior Marissa Oakes placed second in long jump and Weiler also took second in the 1600-meter run.

Abby Olszewski in pole vault at Northview.

Abby Olszewski in pole vault at Northview.

Other placers at the Warrior invite:

Third: Allyson Marvel pole vault; Marissa Oakes 100 meter hurdles; Hannah Heintzelman 800 meter run; Aaliyah Sargent 400 meter dash; 400 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Abby Olszewski, and Aly Hamilton; 800 meter relay team of Marissa Oakes, Taylor Vanlangen, Olivia Finch, and Aly Hamilton; 1600 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Hannah Heintzelman, Ellie Ovokaitys, and Tara Tepin.

Fourth: Ellie Ovokaitys 1600 meter run; 3200 meter relay team of Aaliyah Sargent, Shayne Mann, Hannah Heintzelman, and Tara Tepin.

Fifth: Brittany Todd shot put; Abby Olszewski pole vault; Aly Hamilton 200 meter dash.

Sixth: Taylor Vanlangen long jump; Tara Tepin 300 meter hurdles; Allyson Marvel 100 meter hurdles; Shayne Mann 3200 meter run.

Seventh: Maddie Pekrul 3200 meter run.

 

 

 

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Red Hawks lose to Greenville, Northview


Photo by K. Alvesteffer

Photo by K. Alvesteffer

Cedar Springs boys varsity basketball suffered two tough losses last week. On Tuesday, February 18, the boys took on the Yellow Jackets of Greenville high school. Last time the boys played Greenville the Red Hawks defeated the Yellow Jackets 88-55. This time around, the tables were turned and Greenville took home the win 61-55.

“We didn’t play well defensively for 32 minutes, which is our goal, and that ended up being our eventual downfall,” commented head Coach Jeff Patin.

The lead changed a total of 9 times throughout the game and was tied a total of 6 times. In the first half, Greenville led Cedar Springs 35-32. And then in the second half, Cedar Springs added on 23 more points making their final score 55. But it wasn’t enough because Greenville came back and added on 26 more points making the final score 61-55.

Junior Brad Brechting led the team in total points coming in at 25 for the game. Brechting went 9 for 14 on his shots. Senior Cameron Link also contributed to the Red Hawks score by scoring 9 points for the game, making 2 of 6 on shots. Also scoring for the Red Hawks was senior Austin Hilyer with 6 points, senior Aaron Mabie with 5 points, and sophomore Taylor VanDyke with 4 points.

“Our defensives lapses put more pressure to score on each offensive possession.  We were able to cut our deficit to 2 points on a couple of occasions, but couldn’t get the big stop to get us over the top,” stated Coach Patin.

Also the Red Hawks took on the Wildcats of Northview. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, February 21, but due to the weather the game was moved to Saturday February 22. The first time the Red Hawks played the Wildcats, Northview defeated Cedar Springs 66-49. And the same outcome happened once again with Northview beating Cedar Springs 65-36.

“Northview came out defensively this game and really pressured the ball.  We allowed the pressure to take us out of what we wanted to do offensively,” said Coach Patin.

In the first half, Northview scored a total of 37 points while Cedar Springs scored 21. Then in the second half, Northview took hold of the lead even more by adding 28 more points while Cedar Springs scored 15. Northview took home the win by defeating Cedar Springs 65-36.

“It was disappointing. We didn’t come out and play anywhere near our best.  We have to put it behind us and get ourselves ready for the remainder of the season,” exclaimed Coach Patin.

Senior Cameron Link led the team in points coming in at a total of 14. Link went 3 for 4 on his free throws and had a shooting percentage of 62.5% for the game. Junior Brad Brechting also scored 9 points for the Red Hawks. Brechting went 3 for 5 on his free throws and had a shooting percentage of 42.9%. Also scoring for the Red Hawks was senior Dakota Bekins with 4 points, Mitchell Kooiman with 4 points, and Nate Sorenson with 2 points.

This week the boys varsity basketball team take on their last conference game of the season. On Friday, February 28, the boys go up against Forest Hills Northern. The boys are looking to defeat the Huskies once again. Also, the boys first district game is on Monday, March 3, at Cedar Springs High School against Rockford High School. Tip-off is at 7:00 p.m. for both games so come on out and support your Red Hawks!

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Red Hawks take down Northview, fall to West Catholic


Senior Cameron Link scored 22 points for the Red Hawks in their win against Northview last Friday, January 31.

Senior Cameron Link scored 22 points for the Red Hawks in their win against Northview last Friday, January 31.

By Kendra Coons 

 

The varsity boys basketball team conquered their ninth win on Friday, January 31. The Red Hawks defeated the Wildcats of Northview High School 66-49. This win brought their record to 9-1.

“It felt good to play a very good second half against a good team and to come out with a win,” commented head Coach Jeff Patin.

In the first quarter, Cedar Springs scored 10 points. Northview was just behind them coming in at a total of 7 points. In the second quarter, Northview came back and scored 20 points while Cedar Springs scored 9. The score was 27-19 with Northview leading going into halftime. The Red Hawks came back out after halftime and scored 24 more points taking back the lead. The Wildcats scored a total of 9 points in the 3rd quarter making the score 43-36 at the end with the Red Hawks in the lead. In the fourth quarter, Cedar Springs lengthened their lead by adding 23 more points to their score, while Northview added on 13. This made the final score 66-49 with Cedar Springs taking home the win.

“I was very pleased, in general, at how well we shared the ball and found the open man in the second half,” stated Coach Patin.

Senior Cameron Link scored 22 points for the Red Hawks. Coming in close behind Link was senior David Kearney with 17 points, and Junior Brad Brechting also contributed to the Red Hawks score by adding on 14 points.

“I told [the team] I was proud of their effort, as a group, especially in the second half when we had to come back from an 8 point halftime deficit,” explained Coach Patin.

The varsity boys play the Wildcats again, on Friday, February 21, but this time at Northview. It should be a fantastic match-up once again. “We will play [Northview] again, at their place, and it should be a good game,” remarked Patin.

After Friday’s game, the varsity Red Hawk boys took on the Falcons of West Catholic on Saturday, February 1.

In the first quarter, Cedar Springs scored 6 points, while West Catholic scored 8. In the second quarter, West Catholic scored 3 points and Cedar Springs came back and scored a whopping 12 points to take the lead 18-11 going into halftime. After halftime, West Catholic came back and scored 19 points and Cedar Springs only scored 8. West Catholic had taken back the lead. At the end of the third quarter the score was 30-26 in favor of the Falcons. In the fourth quarter the Red Hawks came fighting back and scored 17 points, but the Falcons were just a step ahead of them and scored 16 which kept their lead. The final score of the game was 46-43, with West Catholic defeating the Red Hawks by only 3 points. The loss brings Cedar Springs’ record to 9-2.

“We had a hard time of matching the energy of West Catholic. Friday’s game took a lot out of us physically and emotionally, and I thought that fatigue showed,” said Coach Patin.

Junior Brad Brechting and senior Cameron Link led the Red Hawks in the team’s points. Brechting scored 19 points for the Red Hawks and Link scored 14. Austin Hilyer, Aaron Mabie and Taylor Vandyke also contributed to the Red Hawks score. For West Catholic, Travis Russel, Jason McDonough, and Donovan Carpenter scored a combined total of 35 points for the Falcons.

“We feel like we let one slip away, but the nice part about conference games is that we get another chance to play them,” stated Coach Patin.

The boys varsity basketball team’s next game is Friday, February 7 against Forest Hills Eastern. The game is located in the Red Hawk’s gymnasium and Cedar Springs is looking for their 10th win. Tip off is at 7:30 p.m. so please be there to cheer on your Red Hawks!

“We only have a couple of home games left, FHE being one of them,” noted Coach Patin. “We hope to protect our home floor the rest of the season.”

 

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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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JV Red Hawks conquer Wildcats


By Kendra Coons 

 

JV Red Hawk Anthony Topolski runs with the ball during their 38-6 win over Northview last Thursday. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

JV Red Hawk Anthony Topolski runs with the ball during their 38-6 win over Northview last Thursday. Photo by Kelly Alvesteffer.

On Thursday, October 3, the JV football team took on the Wildcats of Northview high school at Red Hawk stadium. The JV team combined with the Freshmen team to play Northview because that is how Northview has their team set up. With both of the teams on the sidelines, the Red Hawks then went to work against the Wildcats. Cedar Springs defeated Northview 38-6 making their record 5-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

The Red Hawks offense was strong with Keenan Gosselin scoring three touchdowns and rushing 116 yards. Anthony Topolski also rushed 83 yards for the Red Hawks.

The team’s defense was also solid with Leo Rios, Damarcus Barnett, Anthony Topolski, and Lane Gott all recovering fumbles from the Wildcats. The defense also was balanced with 15 different players registering tackles.

“A great team win against an athletic Northview team,” stated Coach Streeter. “We were able to capitalize on some of their mistakes and relied on what we have relied on all season…ball security and hustle.”

On Thursday, October 10, the JV Red Hawks travel to West Catholic to play the Falcons. Kickoff is at 6:30 pm, so make the trip to Falcon stadium to support your Cedar Springs Red Hawks as they look for their third conference win.

 

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Red Hawks pull out win against Flint-Northwestern


Photo by R. Klompstra.

Last Friday night, September 9, the Cedar Springs Red Hawks faced the Wildcats of Flint Northwestern and pulled out another exciting victory (22-21) with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
The Red Hawks took the lead early, when Hank Porter ran in a 24-yard touchdown, giving the Hawks the lead 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Wildcats came into the 2nd quarter ready to play and scored a touchdown of their own, but had an unsuccessful kick for the extra point, ending the second quarter 7-6 Red Hawks.
The third quarter posed to be difficult for the Red Hawks, as the Wildcats scored again, with a successful 2-point conversion raising their score to 14. The Hawks were able to answer back with another score of their own, when Austin Wamser took the ball and ran for a 47-yard touchdown, and the Josh Champion kick was good to end the 3rd quarter with a score of 14-14.
The fourth quarter became an intense one, neither team wanting to give up, but it was Flint Northwestern that was able to pull off another touchdown and an extra point with only 5:09 left in the game, leaving the score at 21-14 Wildcats and only minutes left to play. The Hawks struggled to move the ball down the field, turning the ball back over to the Wildcats with only 3:25 left on the clock. It wasn’t looking good for the Red Hawks, but the defense held the Wildcats, and got another chance to move the ball. The Hawks offense took the field for what appeared to be a final attempt to score. With only 1:32 remaining, the Hawks pulled off an exciting double pass play when quarterback Tyler Covell passed to Hank Porter, who then fired it to Brandon Slater, who ran it 75 yards for a Red Hawk touchdown. With the score now 21-20 Wildcats, the Red Hawks went for two points and found success when Tyler Covell completed a pass to Hank Porter to bring the score to 22-21 Cedar.
The Wildcats took possession of the ball again, but the Red Hawk defense rose to the occasion and clinched the win when Jake Benton intercepted a pass from the Wildcats at the Cedar Springs 35-yard line with 42 seconds left in the game. The Red Hawks ran down the clock and improved their season record to 3-0.
“This was an exciting victory and I think our players did a great job of not hanging their heads and kept a belief in each other that they could pull it out,” said Coach Busen. “On the flip side, we didn’t execute very well on the offensive side of the ball. We missed 4 or 5 big play opportunities and our line as a whole played too high most of the night. These are things we will need to fix going into a rugged conference schedule. The turn out to our first home game was fantastic and from myself and the rest of the Red Hawk varsity football team we thank you for your support!”
The Red Hawks will be traveling to Coopersville this week for their conference opener, to take on the Broncos, who are 0-1 in conference, and 1-2 overall. Coopersville lost to Sparta last week 13-10.

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Lady Red Hawks fall to Wayland, Kent City


Red Hawk Tiffany Karger scored 9 points against the Kent City Eagles last week. Photo by R. Karger.

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks Varsity girls basketball team had a rough couple of games last week, losing to both Wayland and unbeaten Kent City.
The Red Hawks traveled to Wayland to face the Wildcats on Thursday, January 20.
Cedar Springs kept up with Wayland in the 1st and 3rd quarters, but were out scored in the 2nd and 4th due to a lot of unanswered buckets. The Red Hawks trailed by a score of 14-10 in the first quarter, and while the Wildcats kept up the pace in the second quarter, scoring another 14 points, the Red Hawks only managed 2. The third quarter saw more buckets from Cedar, but they only scored 10 points to Wayland’s 11. The fourth quarter was also dismal for Cedar, with them scoring only four points to answer Wayland’s 12. Final score was Wayland 51, Cedar Springs 26.
Scoring for the Red Hawks was Rachael Ludtke and Molly Holtrop both with 8 points; Chaya Coxon with 6; and Brittany Todd and Tiffany Karger both with 2. Coxon also went 4 for 4 on free throws and Ludtke 4 for 6.
Leading scorer for the Wildcats was Molly Lameyer with 18 points.
The Red Hawks then faced an unbeaten Kent City team on Saturday, January 22. Kent City kept the Red Hawks at bay, allowing them to score only 12 points in the first half, to Kent City’s 22. The Eagles came on even stronger in the second half, scoring 16 points in the third quarter to Cedar’s 5, and 19 in the fourth. Cedar answered with 13, but it was not nearly enough and the Red Hawks lost 57-30.
Leading scorers for the Red Hawks were Tiffany Karger with 9 points, and Rachael Ludtke with 7.
Leading scorer for the Eagles was Anna Iwaniw with 16 points. Also in double digits were Kara Carlson and Sonnie Kumat, both with 11. Alleigh Braford tipped in 8.
The Red Hawks were back on their game Tuesday, January 25, when they pulled out a close victory over the Comstock Panthers, 49-42. Read about it next week’s Post!
The Red Hawks are in second place in the OK-Blue with a 4-1 record, and are 7-4 overall. They host Belding on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school gym, and travel to face division leader West Catholic (5-0, 10-3) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at West Catholic High School.

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