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Archive | September, 2012

Post Script to the Editor

To All Concerned Cedar Springs:


I have repeatedly said I was not going to get into this fiasco but the more I read and hear people talk that old saying comes back to me, “You have the right to remain silent but you don’t have the ability,” so here go again.

It is time for all parties to button up the flap on your Red Flannels and end this “blank” contest. I mean the School, City Hall, and the Red Flannel Committee.

I for one do not need a new logo, theme, handle or any other saying to know I am from Cedar Springs Michigan the Red Flannel Town U.S.A.

If the Red Flannel Committee, City Hall, and the School wan to end this BS before someone goes off and spends a lot of money to hire a consultant to give us a new logo you all can do it. If you have four council members who are sorry this happened then you have a majority to change the outcome.

If the Red Flannel Committee has to charge for the logo, then sit down and come to an agreement on the fee.

If the School needs to charge the Red Flannel Committee for the use of the parking lot, sit down and come to an agreement on the fee.

We as taxpayers of Cedar Springs have a right to say how our money is spent and I for one want the Cedar Springs Red Flannel underwear flyng from my light post, I want the Red Flannel logo on our police cars, I want the Red Flannel logo in the City Hall council room. I want that Red Flannel logo in as many places as possible and so should you all.

I do not think anyone really wants this outcome we are now faced with.

So button up that flap and celebrate Red Flannel Day in Cedar Springs, Michigan.

Sincerely, Bud Bailey

Cedar Springs

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Church to hold “Rocktastic” Fall Festival Concert

Want a family-friendly reason to stay in town after the Red Flannel Day parade? The Springs Church is holding its first ever Red Flannel Day Awesome Rocktastic Fall Festival Concert right after the parade, in the church parking lot at the corner of Oak and First Streets. Come enjoy some of your favorite tunes from 89.9 WAYFM, let the kids jump in the free bounce house or make their way through the free obstacle course, and munch out on free hotdogs. Come party with The Springs—you’ll have a rockin’ good time! For more information, call the church at 696-2970.

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Motorcycle escort route final

Motorcycles will escort the Vietnam Memorial Wall (weather permitting) from the Rockford Meijer at 9 a.m. and will arrive in Cedar Springs approximately 10 a.m. They will come off of the freeway to 17 Mile Road, and follow into downtown on Muskegon to First Street. They will turn north on First Street, then follow it to Oak Street where they will turn west, and then north on Main Street to Vanderhyde Ford.

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Parade route change for marching bands

Those who enjoy watching the marching bands in the Red Flannel Day parade need to be aware of a change in their route.

Red Flannel Festival President Michele Andres said that the school requested all bands be staged just south of Muskegon on Main Street. It’s easier logistically and the Grand Valley State University band (who will march this year) is very large. Marching bands will be on MAIN STREET ONLY of the parade route, not from the start at Fifth and Muskegon to Main. So if you normally sit on Muskegon Street and don’t want to miss them, you might want to find another location this year.

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Comedy chosen as next CSCP production

By Sue Harrison, Director

The Cedar Springs Community Players will present The Dixie Swim Club, a Jones, Hope and Wooten comedy, at the Kent Theatre on October 18, 19, 20, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. The show is directed by Sue Harrison, with Linda Hunt as stage manager.

The show is about five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team. They set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships—free from husbands, kids and jobs. They meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. The Dixie Swim Club focuses on four of those weekends and spans a period of 33 years. The story is a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever.

The “Dixie Gals” in the photo are: Top L to R: Randi Richardson plays Vernadette; Joan Snyder plays Dinah; Shannon Rop plays Sheree. Seated L to R: Kate Cragwell plays Lexie; Laura Johnson plays Jeri Neal.

The cast includes Shannon Rop as Sheree, the captain of the team, who continues to try to organize the activities; Joan Snyder as Dinah, the wisecracking lawyer and career dynamo; Kate Cragwall as Lexie, who is pampered and outspoken and has been married over and over again; Randi Richardson-Royer as Vernadette, the self-deprecating, acerbic and accident-prone former school teacher; and Laura Johnson as Jeri Neal, who is sweet and eager-to-please and experiences a late entry into motherhood.

Presale tickets are available for $10 from any cast member or call (616) 696-0456. Tickets will be $12 at the door on nights of performance.

Grab several friends and come for a night of hilarious comedy and fun. For further information visit the Players website at www.cscommunityplayers.org.


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Red Hawks stung by Yellow Jackets

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks fell to the Greenville Hornets last week in the opener of the Bronze conference, bringing their overall record to 3-2.

The Red Hawks started off strong in the first quarter answering each of Greenville’s touchdowns. Greenville scored first on a 58-yard run by Brennan Ramirez, and Caleb Wolfe’s kick was good.

The Red Hawks scored a minute later, when Cam Cooper passed left to Kaden Myers, who then passed a lateral to Mavrick Cotton, who ran 83 yards for the touchdown. Cooper’s pass to Kaden Myers for the 2-point conversion was good, bringing the score to 8-7.

Greenville’s Greg Krusniak scored their second touchdown on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Chris Heppe, and Wolfe’s kick was good. But the Red Hawks came fighting back with one of their own with 8 seconds left in the quarter, when QB Cam Cooper ran one yard up the middle to the goal line. The 2-point conversion attempt failed, ending the first quarter 14-14.

The Yellow Jackets owned the field during the second quarter, scoring three unanswered touchdowns. Tyler Rasmussen scored on a 10-yard pass from Heppe, Dakota Sherrick recovered a Red Hawk fumble for a 65-yard touchdown, and Corey Zimmerman scored on a 5-yard run. All of Wolfe’s kicks were good, to make the score 35-14 at the end of the half.

The Red Hawks were never able to regain control. The Yellow Jackets scored again in the 3rd quarter (35-yard pass to Corey Zimmerman) and again in the fourth (55-yard pass to Carter Stephens).

The Red Hawks found the goal line again in the fourth quarter, when Austin Hilyer passed left to Cam Lotter for a 3-yard touchdown. The 2-point conversion attempt was no good. The final score was 49-20 Greenville.

Leading rushers for the Cedar Springs offense were Dylan Block and Cam Cooper. Leading receivers were MavRick Cotten with 83 yards and Timmy Karafa with 71 yards. QB Cam Cooper completed 4 of 19 attempts for 99 yards, and QB Austin Hilyer went 8 for 15 with 109 yards.

Defensive leaders in the game were Jason Vietti with 9 tackles and 6 assists, Jared Vodry with 9 tackles, 3 assists and Maverick Cotten with 9 tackles and 2 assists. Cotten also had an interception.

Greenville quarterback Chris Heppe completed 11 of 15 attempts for 225 yards. Carter Stephens led in rushing and receiving, with 94 yards on the ground, and 87 in the air.

“I feel like we let one get away,” said Coach Busen about the game. “This is one, after watching films, to see how close we were from really having the scores reversed is upsetting. Many times we had nine guys doing great and one or two with blown assignments and that cost us on both sides of the ball. As a team, we just need to stick with the game plan, and, as a coach, that falls on me. I take responsibility for that. This week we address those issues and look forward to a cleaner game vs FHE.”

Join us in the First Annual Cedar Springs PINK Game when the Red Hawks take on the Hawks of Forest Hills Eastern on Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m.

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CASSA U13 Girls undefeated at tournament

Front Row, L to R: Autumn Hinton, Shelby Shotko, Maddi Case, Ashlee Neve, Julia VanDenHout, Myla Umphrey, Nicole Mosher, Maddie Nichols; Second Row, L to R: Jenica Buchner, Leah Kuzma, Sydney Plummer, Jordan Falk, Payton Rumsey, Baylie VanDyke, Grace Dault, Skyler Calati, Carly Hyder, Carly McCuaig; Back Row, L to R: Coach Timothy Hinton, Asst. Coach Jake Holtrop, Asst. Coach John Rumsey.

Only a few months ago, a U12 girls soccer team went to Traverse City and won the club’s first Cherry Capital Cup Tournament Championship. On September 15, that same team, now a U13 girls soccer team, returned to Traverse City, but this time with a mission to claim the Autumn Classic Tournament Championship.

Although the team was without two players (Jordan Falk, Leah Kuzma) due to injuries, they still went to the tournament determined to win the championship, and it appeared they would during qualifying play. Goalkeepers Autumn Hinton and Maddie Nichols, along with defensive players, Skyler Calati, Maddi Case, Grace Dault, Carly Hyder, Sydney Plummer, and Shelby Shotko did not allow any goals scored, while the combination play of the midfield (Hinton, Carly McCuaig, Nicole Mosher, Ashlee Neve, Payton Rumsey, Umphrey, and VanDyke) and forward players (Buchner, Nichols and Julia VanDenHout) kept constant pressure on opposing teams throughout the tournament.

The team won their first game with a 1-0 (Baylie VanDyke) victory over Bay Area Spirit, tied their second game 0-0 against TKO Crew and bounced back with a 2-0 (Jenica Buchner, Myla Umphrey) victory over North Strom. Unfortunately, although the team was undefeated at the end of qualifying play, and tied for first place with TKO Crew, due to tournament tiebreaker rules, TKO Crew was determined to have a better record based on the number of goals scored and moved on to the championship game, which they won.

“While it was disappointing that the team was not able to play in the championship game, it’s still quite an accomplishment that the team went undefeated given that we added six new players to the team this year and tournament play was the first opportunity for these girls to play together as a complete team. Our focus from the start has been about playing together as a team and it showed during the tournament,” said Coach Hinton.


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JV football loses to Greenville

The JV team suffered its second loss of the year in Greenville on Thursday, September 20, to the tough Yellow Jackets. Greenville got on the scoreboard early by returning an interception for a touchdown and never looked back. The Red Hawks got their only score on a 60 yard run by Nick Steed.

“Injuries are really starting to take a toll on the team,” noted Coach Bowers. “When you have to spend halftime teaching kids new positions because you don’t have anyone left to play, it is hard to be competitive.”

The Red Hawks will regroup from all the recent team changes and prepare to travel to Hastings on Thursday, September 27. The JV team added Hastings to their schedule due to the early cancellation of the Forest Hills Eastern JV team. On Thursday, October 4, the JV will go to Northview. Please come out and support these boys!

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Freshmen football comeback falls short

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks freshmen football squad took the field last Thursday at Greenville’s newly unveiled stadium, and with little evidence of it in the first half, ended up in a battle with the Yellow Jackets that wouldn’t be decided until the last snap. In the end the Red Hawks came up just short of a gritty, spirited comeback, and fell to the Yellow Jackets 26-22.

It was definitely a tale of two halves with the Yellow Jackets up 20-0 at halftime. But the second half belonged to the Red Hawks. They came out fired up, when most teams would have called it quits. The Red Hawks dug deep, came together as a team, and drove up and down the field, with one score after another. Led by their defense once again, in the second half, Cedar forced some key turnovers, and got right back into the game. The game came down to the final snap, with Cedar’s effort falling just short on Greenville’s 40-yard line.

Coach Covey said, “The kids showed a lot of heart this week, playing hard all the way until the end of the game, and as coaches we are proud of how the players came out and gave it their all.”

Follow the Red Hawks as they get back in the win column against Forest Hills Eastern this Thursday on the road. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

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Seven-year-old gets buck

Seven-year-old Alec Johnson knew what deer he wanted. And he got it last Sunday—his first time hunting.

Alec, of Spencer Township, was hunting on his great-grandpa Gary Johnson’s farm in Solon Township. “He’s been watching that deer all year on the trail cam,” said Alec’s mom, Jessica. “It was the one he wanted.”

Alec took the 7-point buck with a .243 rifle. “He was so excited and still is!” remarked Jessica.

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