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Winter sports

By the Athletic Leadership Conference at CSHS

At Cedar Springs High School, our teams continue to work hard as winter sports are in full swing. The basketball, bowling, cheer, and wrestling teams continue to be successful and show our school spirit each week. We encourage all athletes to keep up the hard work and invite all students to continue coming out and supporting our athletes this winter season!

Among the most important sports which take place at our high school is Special Olympics Basketball. The program focuses not on winning but on the true heart of all sports: comradery, exercise, and enjoyment. Each game consists of three athletes with two general education players in assistance. The main goal of each game is to build connections between not only those on the court but those of the court as well. Last week that sense of community came to Cedar Springs High School. Many students went to the gym on their lunch or with their teachers to cheer on the Cedar Springs and Sparta teams as they played. All in attendance contributed to a positive and supportive environment grounded in the mutual love of the game. 

In similar fashion, our boys and girls basketball teams have been drawing crowds not seen in years. The girls got off to a fast start, going undefeated in their first four games. After losing three hard-fought games in a row, the RedHawks momentum slowed. However, hope returned to the team after a nail biting win over Lowell on Friday of last week. With two games this week, the Hawks look to build on that success. The boys team follows an almost completely opposite path. The boys stumbled into the holiday break winless and lacking in spirit. Nevertheless, rallying as a team, the RedHawks pulled off a shocking succession of wins and came out on top of the Cornerstone Tournament. Since then, the Hawks have been undeterred, not allowing sporadic defeats to break their unity. 

In the world of underappreciated sports, two of our most successful sports teams—wrestling and bowling—continue to be successful. Last year was marked by outstanding state performances from Omani Morales (Senior, bowling), Sage Serbenta (Senior, Wrestling), and Ryan Ringler (Graduated, Wrestling). Both sports have schedules more rigorous than any other. Bowling averages one tournament a week and wrestling spends entire weekends at meets. The dedication displayed by both sets of athletes serves as an inspiration to our entire student body. 

The 2019-2020 Competitive Cheer team has shown how much a team can truly grow once teamwork and effort is put forth. With the loss of last season’s seniors, there were some doubts about continued success. However, the girls went to conference with predictions of success. Their hard work paid off when they won their first two conference meets. At last Friday’s invitational the ladies beat Charlotte, the third in the state, continuing to show our Red Hawk pride.

Through success and hardship, all of our sports clubs and teams at Cedar Springs are models of community and Red Hawk Pride. 

Ella See, Olivia Sherman, and Nathan Van Kampen all contributed to this article.

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