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2021 High school football media all-conference selections

by Judy Reed

Media unanimously voted that the Cedar Springs Red Hawks has the top offensive line in the OK Gold. Photo by Brandon Kramer Photography.

Congratulations to the Cedar Springs Red Hawks for being voted as having the top offensive line in the OK Gold by media covering the conference! And to make it even sweeter, the vote was unanimous!

Congratulations also go to Antwuan Nicholls for being one of the two top running backs in the OK Gold. Other individuals recognized on defense/OL included Alex Ream and Cam Heiss; and honorable mention to Aiden Brunin.

Media voted Antwuan Nicholls as one of the top two running backs in the OK Gold. Photo by Brandon Kramer Photography.

See the entire line up below:

** Denotes a Unanimous Selection


QB: John Passinault, Grand Rapids Catholic Central**

RB: Chandler VanSolkema, South Christian

RB: Antwuan Nichols, Cedar Springs

WR: Nolan Zeigler, Grand Rapids Catholic Central**

WR: Devin Fridley-Bell, Grand Rapids Catholic Central

At large player: Keymarion Gibson, Ottawa Hills

K: Clune Van Andel, Forest Hills Eastern

RET: Ian Thompson, Wayland

TEAM OL: Cedar Springs**

TEAM D: Grand Rapids Catholic Central**

Player of the Year: Nolan Zeigler, Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Coach of the year: Todd Kolster, Grand Rapids Catholic Central

Individuals on Defense/OL Recognized by Voters: Alex Ream (Cedar Springs), Cam Heiss (Cedar Springs), Isaiah Clark (Wyoming), Jack Cook (Grand Rapids Catholic Central), Kyle Hoort (Cedar Springs), Nolan Zeigler (Grand Rapids Catholic Central)

Honorable Mention (at least 2 votes): Aiden Brunin (Cedar Springs), Bryson Kuzdzal (Forest Hills Eastern), Joey Silveri (Grand Rapids Catholic Central), Nate Brinks (South Christian)

To see media selections from each conference, go to https://michigansportsradio.com/2021/11/02/2021-high-school-football-media-all-conference-selections/

From Michigan Sports Radio

For the first time ever, a panel of media members have gathered together to spotlight the best players from each conference within the coverage area. The voting panel each voted on the select conferences that they cover. In addition to Michigan Sports Radio’s Nick Tuori, the voters include:

Andy Roberts (Oceana’s Herald-Journal & White Lake Beacon), Bill Broderick (Battle Creek Enquirer), Christian Booher (Big Rapids Radio Network), Doug Donnelly (Daily Telegram), Jason Hutton (FOX17), Jason Lewis (ABC12), John Hendler (Marshall Ad-visor & Chronicle), John Tuinhoff (MSR/Central Montcalm Hornets), Judy Reed (Cedar Springs Post), Justin Scott (Lowell Ledger), Keven Krieger (Black Knight Radio Network), Kyle Turk (Grand Haven Tribune), Lenny Padilla (Holland Sentinel), Lou Gamelin (MSR/Freeland Falcons), Matthew Ehler (Grand Haven Tribune), Matt Gard (13 On Your Sidelines), Melvin Lane Jr. (Local Sports Journal), Mike Meekhof (M7 Sports), Nate Dreyer (Michigan Game Night), Randy Gregory (MSR/Rockford Squire), Rick Berkey (Sportsplay), Snooze (Snooze2You.com), Steve DeLong (Sailor Nation Sports Network), Steve Kaminski (MLive), Tate Baker (The D Zone), Tate Greer (FHC Sports Report), Troy Tennyson (The Daily Reporter), Zach Harig (FOX17)

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Dancing under the stars

Dancing under the stars became a reality at the prom for CSHS and CTA last Friday. Photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

We’ve often heard the phrase “it takes a village…” And sometimes, it even takes a neighboring village. 

That saying was put to the test last Friday evening, May 21, when the Village of Sand Lake closed off Lake Street for several hours and hosted a prom outdoors for both Cedar Springs High School and Creative Technologies Academy.

“I was so glad to be able to do something for the kids,” said Mollie Doerr, President of the Village of Sand Lake. “I’d hate for them to have to go another year without one.”

And by all accounts, the kids really seemed to enjoy themselves. “I’m really glad they could pull it off,” said senior Sarah Chenowith.

“This is awesome,” said another student, when asked what they thought of the prom.

According to organizer Katy Austin, the Nelson Township treasurer and mother of a senior at Cedar Springs this year, she wanted to do something to help the students get a prom this year, since last year’s was canceled due to Covid-19. She said she reached out to school officials in February to find out if they would be able to have one. She said that at the time, the place the school had booked only had a capacity of 25 percent, so it looked like a no go. So she began to plan one herself, starting in March. She got the idea to have it outdoors, where the capacity could be greater. But she also wanted to bring business to the struggling restaurants. “I just thought we could pack these restaurants full,” she explained.

Austin said she talked to the City of Cedar Springs, but they couldn’t shut down Main Street, and if they held it in the Heart of Cedar Springs, it would need to be a public event. So she approached the Village of Sand Lake. Skinner Field officials also offered but ultimately, Austin opted for Dancing Under the Stars on Main Street in Sand Lake. “Both the Village and the Cedar Springs Chamber approached me and asked me to please consider Sand Lake,” she said. “They really wanted to do it.”

 So Austin and three others—Heidi Greenland, Tami Elliston, and Shannon Cooper—got to work. Donations came pouring in from both private citizens and businesses to make the event happen. Tickets were $10 each. For that $10, the teens got a $6 voucher for Rosie’s, and a booklet is being bought to give to the students with memories of the night. 

About 300 attended the event. 

Main Street was beautifully decorated with lights, a tent, balloons, and various spots to get photographs taken. There was a vintage truck from Dean’s Excavating; Phil Harrison donated a vintage car for kids to take pictures in; a flower wall; a starry night backdrop with 8 foot moon; and a balloon garland in the VFW hall. Kids were also able to get free pizza thanks to generous businesses. They also had a DJ to play music.

Austin said people came out in droves to help set up, including the Village employees and their families; the Sand Lake Chamber and their families; the Sand Lake Fire Department and families, and their own families as well.

Austin was overwhelmed at the generosity. “Thank you to everyone,” she said. “It truly takes a a village. I could not have done it without everyone’s help.”

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Nylaan signs with Siena Heights University

Alexander Nylaan, a senior at Cedar Springs High School, officially signed with Siena Heights University on Wednesday, March 10. He was a member of the Cedar Springs High School Cross Country team for 2 years and Track and Field for 4, where he competes in hurdles. The University saw great potential in more than just his athletics, though. His academic achievements and participation in the University’s Scholarship Competition earned him a Dean’s Scholar designation, for which he will receive a 4-year academic scholarship. 

Alexander is excited to bring his talents to Siena Heights University and is looking forward to furthering his education. He has plans to major in Business Management. 

Congratulations and best of luck in your future, Alex!

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Cedar Springs High School temporarily shifts to remote learning

High School students will be learning from home November 9 through December 1

Cedar Springs High School students will be learning from home for the next few weeks because of a large number of student absences due to quarantine. The Post asked Superintendent Scott Smith to explain what is happening.

“We continue to see a dramatic increase in the number of students in grades 9-12 absent from class due to COVID-19. The actual number of positive cases for High School students on any given day has remained relatively low.  However, the number of students and staff required to quarantine for 14 days has become significant and currently accounts for nearly 99 percent of the absences we are seeing,” he explained. 

“On Monday, November 9, the High School was expecting three student absences due to a positive COVID-19 test and over 180 students out due to quarantine.  One out of every five desks at the High School was going to be empty on Monday due to COVID-19 related absences.  To stabilize the learning experience for all High School students, we decided to move to our remote learning plan beginning on November 9 and lasting through December 1.”

Smith said that the increase in absences has caused a significant strain on the learning process for students missing class due to COVID-19.  “Teachers were doing their best to deliver the same lesson both in-person and remotely. In comparison, teaching a lesson remotely or in-person requires similar but very different strategies. The shift to remote learning allows our teachers to focus on one delivery method for their lessons, providing equitable instruction for all students. The decision to launch our remote learning model at the High School was clear.”

So far, attendance levels in the other buildings indicate that students in grades PK-8 can continue to learn in-person.  

How will this affect certain high school activities?

Athletics/Co-curricular programs – At this time, we will continue with all scheduled athletic/co-curricular eventsand activities. All current safety measures will remain in place.

KCTC/KTC transportation will continue to be provided. Some minor adjustments to routes and schedules may be necessary. 

Meal availability – Student meals will be available for pick-up between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at the HS loop (near the office) on the following dates:

Monday – 11/9

Thursday – 11/12

Monday – 11/16

Thursday – 11/19

Monday – 11/23

Students will be given meals for three days. Please reach out to the High School office if you need meals but are not available during the scheduled times.

Mobile Hotspots may be available through CSPS if you do not have an internet connection where you live. These devices are being distributed based on need and availability. 

Personal items The High School will be open during regular school hours. Students can pick up any personal items starting on Monday. 

Early Middle College – A separate communication will be sent to our EMC families outlining specificinformation on this program.

Smith said they would keep parents informed of any future adjustments to their schedule or programs.  

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Cedar Springs HS streams high school sports

CedarSpringsTV broadcasting a home football game. Courtesy photo.

As many of you are aware, for fall sports this year at Cedar Springs High School, fans will be limited to two fans per each participant. You will need a special pass for entry which will be given to the athlete if you are one of those athlete’s two guests. Away contests will still require these passes, and it is up to each host school if they will be charging or not. Cedar will not be charging for home events.

How can other fans watch the games?

Cedar Springs High School Athletics, in conjunction with CedarSpringsTV (the high school video production class), is committed to getting events out for everyone to watch digitally online.  With the current restrictions on spectators this is an imperative thing for all Red Hawk fans. Since 2012 Cedar Springs HS has been a member of the National Federation of High School (NFHS) Network, which is the streaming platform that the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) utilizes. Through the NFHS subscribers have access to 1000s of events monthly across the country covering a multitude of sports and other activities. 

Is there a fee?

Subscribing to the NFHS Network is $10.99 a month or $69.99 a year (and you can cancel at any time). So, for the cost of roughly two tickets to a sporting event you will have access to a month’s worth of games.  

How do we watch?

NFHS Network offers a variety of ways to watch from smartphone apps, web browsers on tablets and computers, and even apps on Roku, Amazon Fire, and AppleTV. There is definitely a way for you to catch the games. See https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/ways-to-watch.

How do we sign up?

Link to subscribe to NFHS


Which games will be livestreamed?

All games at Red Hawk stadium will be live streamed. That includes jv and varsity boys’ soccer and freshmen, jv, and varsity football. We are still trying to ensure that girls volleyball will be able to be streamed as well. With other sports such as cross country, tennis, and golf, we are working on alternate ways to get those out for people as well that will most likely not air on the NFHS Network page.

In regard to away games, those are often streamed as well by the host school. In the case of football, if the host school does not have streaming capabilities for varsity football, CedarSpringsTV will make sure it is streamed via their page on the NFHS Network.  

Can a business subscribe to NFHS?

The personal subscriptions are intended for use by the subscriber and unfortunately not intended for business use.  Those businesses are generally used to paying fees for cable and satellite companies that are different from this program.  

Who do we contact if we have a question?

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the high school athletic department (Mr. John Norton – john.norton@csredhawks.org), or CedarSpringsTV’s director (Mr. Justin Harnden – cedarspringstv@csredhawks.org).

We look forward to helping you all get the most high school sports that you can – even in this crazy time we find ourselves in.  
Go Red Hawks!

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Michael R. Gillette age 60 of Cedar Springs passed away peacefully in his sleep Thursday, July 9, 2020. Mike was born September 9, 1959 in Grand Rapids, MI the son of Roger and Arlene (Morris) Gillette. Mike attended Cedar Springs High School where he enjoyed wrestling and playing football. He was involved in the FFA and was proud to serve as president his senior year. Mike was humble, thoughtful and a gentle soul. He was a quiet man, but if you got him talking about something he enjoyed, he loved to share that knowledge with others. Mike enjoyed playing his guitar, music, and cooking from his Grandma Jessie’s cookbook. He enjoyed being outdoors and spending time at John Deere Camp. Mike liked antiques, history, gardening, and classic cars. He loved morning coffee with his wife and spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Lisa; daughters, Jessie (Nic) Pemberton and Erin (Matt) Smith; grandchildren, Gianna, Bennett and Kenzie; brothers, Roger “Rip” (Kenda) Gillette, and Jeff Gillette; many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Springs Future Farmers of America, 204 E. Muskegon Cedar Springs, MI 49319. 

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Update on sporting events

The Athletic Leadership Council of Cedar Springs High School would like to inform our community of recent and upcoming sporting events. In this first addition, we would like to inform you all of the results of last week’s football game, the Equestrian Team’s regional meet last weekend, and Monday night’s volleyball Pink Game; while also looking ahead to Youth Soccer Night, Powderpuff, and upcoming football events. 

Last weekend, our equestrian team made the trip to Lansing to participate in the Regional Competition. Overall, the effort was a success with the team placing second and moving on to the State Competition. We wish the team the best of luck next week in their competition. 

This Monday was our annual Pink athletic event, which this year was hosted by our Volleyball teams who prepared to defeat Forest Hills Northern. Two out of our three teams were successful and walked away victorious. Congrats to those lady athletes and thank you to all who came and supported our Pink game. 

Thursday evening is Youth Soccer Night for our boys soccer program. We hope to see many of our community’s young athletes come out for a night of fun as our boys take on the Yellowjackets of Greenville. Though the Red Hawks defeated Greenville in their last encounter, this matchup promises to be competitive as district play draws near.

We would like to congratulate the boys football team on their 48-39 win over Allendale this past week. This upcoming week the Red Hawks will be taking on Forest Hills Central at home at 5 p.m. and would like everyone to come support. Next week, the Red Hawks will be playing the Red Arrows of Lowell High School. 

We hope to see our community spirit this weekend at the traditional Cedar Springs Red Flannel festival! Not only is the community able to come out and support our town’s history, but we also would love to support our Juniors and Seniors in their Powderpuff game this Saturday, at 6:00 p.m. at the high school stadium. We hope to see you there! 

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

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Cedar Rock soccer

The U19 Great Lakes FC after their most recent tournament victory in Traverse City on Sept 21, 2019. The girls went 4-0 in tournament and bested regional power house Midwest United 3-0 in the finals. Courtesy photo.

The U19 Great Lakes FC are made up of 95 percent Cedar Springs High School players. They participate as a tournament only team to allow girls flexibility to play other sports and attend social activities. Since the team was formed last fall they have played in five tournaments and appeared in the finals of 3 out of the 5. Their current record stands at 12-3-4 . Next week they will take on Aquinas College Womens JV soccer team and Grace Christian University.  They are coached by Joe Brefczynski.

Team members are:  Abby Buttermore – CS;  Delaney Drum – CS;  Anna Gaskin – Lowell;  Emma Cassidy- CS; Darrah Miller – CS;  Elizabeth Fettig – CS;  Maggie Prins –CS; Jade Wight- CS; Emily Misiewicz- CS; Emerson Lille- Rockford; Brenna Sims – Rockford; Katie Gale – Sparta; Rose Pigorsh- CS; Larissa Fettig – CS; Morgan Reyers – CS; Katelyn Hoogerhyde- CS; Sydney Schafer- CS; Kaylyn Colclasure-CS.

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It’s time to celebrate!

Congratulations Class of 2019

Hundreds of students stepped out into a brand new world over the last couple of weeks as they graduated high school and now celebrate what lies ahead. Here in our area, students graduated from Cedar Springs High School, New Beginnings High School, Creative Technologies Academy, Algoma Christian School, and Tri County High School.

To see photos of top honors students in our area and class photos, click here to download

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Host families needed for teens

Host families are needed for two different teens. Both arealready in the area, but need to nd a family. One attendsCedar Springs High School, and one attends Creative Tech- nologies Academy.

A host family is needed for a 17-year-old girl from Cen- tral Asia for the rest of the current school year. She is in the US on a full scholarship from FLEX. She has her own spending money and insurance. She loves shopping, and other things teens love to do. A loving family is needed to provide a bed, 3 meals a day and the desire to includeher in the life of their family. Need to nd a family in theCedar Springs School district. She currently attends Ce- dar Springs High School and would like to stay there. Forquestions, please contact ASSE Representative El Ristau616.272.9473.

A host family is also needed for Binh, a senior boy from Viet Nam who attends Creative Technologies Academy. He has excellent English skills, outstanding academics, and is extremely polite. This is his second year in the UnitedStates. He spent last year in Georgia and the rst thing youwill notice is his southern charm. He enjoys playing sports, hanging out with friends, watching American movies, and playing sports. Host families provide the student with room and board as well as some transportation and guidance. Students come with their own spending money and insur-ance. For more info on Binh contact the ECEP of ce at616-951-7010 or email ecep@ecepnet.org.

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