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Cedar Springs cross country boys OK White conference champs

The Cedar Springs boys cross country team won the OK White conference title last week. Courtesy photo.

History was made last week as the Cedar Springs Cross Country boys captured their first ever OK White Championship, and their first conference championship since they won the OK Blue in 2012.  

The team competed in their fourth and final conference meet of the season on October 17 at Riverside Park. Cedar Springs managed to hold off Forest Hills Central team in a 38-40 win and completed a four meet sweep by taking first place in all four conference jamborees this season.

Corey Bowers led from start to finish and finished in 1st place overall in a time of 16:26. Dilan Sargent, Jaydon Moleski, and Austin Mann all finished within 9 seconds of each other running times of 16:50, 16:52, and 16:59. That was Mann’s first time breaking the 17-minute barrier, a new lifetime best. Daniel Vermulm was back to his normal self for the first time this season after being derailed earlier in the year due to injury. He was clutch with a 59 second season personal record (PR), an 11 second lifetime PR, to finish 13th overall in a time of 17:20. Furthermore, he finished just ahead of Forest Hills Central’s 4th and 5th men, sealing the victory for the team. Gavin Braciak had a solid race finishing in 18th place in a time of 17:32. 

Three freshmen also performed well in their first conference championship meet. Carter Moleski finished 36th in a time of 18:06. Gabe White came in 45th in 18:30 and Cayden Steinebach 47th in 18:31. Those are both lifetime bests for White and Steinebach. Caleb Menefee was 65th overall in a new lifetime best of 19:13. Justin Voskuil was 73rd overall in a new lifetime best of 19:25. Gabe Minnich was 76th overall in a new lifetime best by over a minute in a time of 19:29. Alex Nylaan finished 84th overall in a time of 19:44. Logan Douglas finished 88th overall in a time of 19:54, a new lifetime best by over 45 seconds. Sam Kleynenbeg was 104th overall in a time of 20:28.

Six Cedar Springs runners also earned all-conference honors and included Corey Bowers, Dilan Sargent, Jaydon Moleski, and Austin Mann, who all made first team all-conference. Gavin Braciak and Daniel Vermulm each made honorable mention all-conference.

The team also traveled to Chippewa Hills for the Warrior Invite on Saturday, October 20. Only the JV boys raced as the varsity team is preparing for regional action. The Red Hawks finished 7th of 14 teams and were led by Cayden Steinebach who finished 22nd in a time of 18:35. He was followed by Gabe White who finished 25th in 18:50. Caleb Menefee finished 32nd overall in a new lifetime best time of 19:09. Steinebach, White, and Menefee were all medalist for their top 50 finish. Alex Nylaan was 42nd in 19:43, Justin Voskuil 44th in 19:45, Gabe Minnich 47th in 20:02, Sam Kleynenberg 57th in 20:33, and Logan Douglas 70th in 22:28. 

“We are all proud and excited to bring home the first conference title for boys’ cross-country since 2012, first in 6 years. This was the first goal for ourselves that we set for the team at the start of the season. That being said, it is only the first step. We are now looking forward to our regional meet next weekend at Gaylord, where we will look to defend our regional championship from a year ago. We also had a meet this past Saturday where our JV team only competed, and we came away with a 7th place finish out of 14 teams, so that was a great end to the season for those guys as well. All fifteen of our boys finished the season with personal records under 20 minutes for the 5k race distance, an amazing accomplishment showing the depth of our boys program,” said Coach Garrett Lacy.

On the girls’ side of things, the Lady Red Hawks finished 6th of 7th teams in the OK White Conference with a score of 161. Almost every girl had a personal record (PR) or at least a seasonal best at the meet.  

Maggie Prins started out strong to stick with a good pack. She had a PR of 21:02 to place 25th. Carolanne Merlington, who is back from an injury (2nd meet back), placed 39th, running a time of 22:03. Bringing up her teammate, Lily Howland came in 40th with a time of 22:07 earning herself a PR. Isabel VanDusen placed 42nd with a time of 22:08. Tonya Tepin closed some gaps to help out and was 44th running a PR of 22:10. Marjorie Hosking placed 61st and ran a 22:58, which is a huge PR for her as well. Next up was Madison Golliver who also ran a PR of 23:17 to place 67th. Next for the Lady Red Hawks was Paige Marsman. She closed some gaps placing 70th and ran a 23:25, which is 2 minutes faster than her seasonal best this year. Antonia Eigemann placed 75th with a time of 23:39 and Hannah Helton finished 109th running a time of 32:29.

“I was super pleased with each of our girls,” said Coach Melinda Stressman. “Most of them had lifetime PRs or seasonal bests. It was a nice and flat course and the weather wasn’t too bad. They managed very well with how they competed as a team. Placing 6th overall in our conference isn’t too bad, but I know we can be better than that. These girls are going to keep improving and make some waves if they keep competing like that.” 

At the Warrior Invite, Carolanne Merlington led the team out. She placed 33rd and ran a time of 22:35. Marjorie Hosking was next running a time of 23:10 to place 42nd. Antonia Eigemann finished 46th at 23:25. Paige Marsman was next, running a time of 23:32, and still looking strong. Each of these girls earned medals for placing in the top 50. Madison Golliver ran 23:43 to place 53rd. After coming back from an injury and being out all season, Jade Yowtz ran a 26:02 to place 82nd. Mikayla Caruthers coming back as well from being out all season ran 26:25 placing 83rd. Emily Caldwell also coming back from an injury ran 27:17 to place 86th.

“For most of them running, this was their last meet. The weather was pretty crazy but I’m proud of the girls for sticking through the race. We had two runners come back for their last race of the season due to injuries. Jade Yowtz and Mikayla Caruthers worked together and ran exceptionally well despite not being able to do much training beforehand. Emily Caldwell ran pretty good as well coming back from an injury in her other sport she plays in the fall,” said Stressman.

Best of the luck to the Red Hawks as they travel to Gaylord on Saturday, October 27, for their regional meet. 


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Red Hawks pull off big win over FHC

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks earned their fifth straight victory last Friday, September 28, when they took the win over Forest Hills Central at the Rangers’ homecoming. Photo by Kelly and Rob LaLone.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Red Hawks kept their winning streak alive last Friday, September 28, when they upset Forest Hills Central 24-14, on the Rangers’ home turf. However, it was a bit of a nail biter for Red Hawk fans, when the Rangers defense did something no other teams’ defense has been able to do this year: they kept the Red Hawks scoreless in the first half.

“This was a big win for us,” said Coach Gus Kapolka. “Being down at the half and fighting our way back really makes me proud as a coach. Our guys hung tough together and found a way to get it done.”  

The first score of the game came with :36 seconds left on the clock in the second quarter, when Forest Hills Central’s Cameron Deines ran right for a 4-yard touchdown, and the extra point kick was good. So Cedar Springs went into the locker room at half down 0-7.

The Red Hawks came out with renewed vigor in the second half, and scored with 7:08 left in the second quarter, when QB Kolby Swank passed to Kaden Liggett for a 10-yard touchdown, and then passed again to Sage Serbenta for another two. They led 8-7 at the end of the third quarter.

The Red Hawks scored again in the fourth, with 8:28 left, when Serbenta ran to the right for a 5-yard touchdown, and then he ran it into the end zone again for the extra two points. 

The Rangers hit the scoreboard again just a couple of minutes later (6:53 left) when Cameron Deines ran to the left for a 19-yard touchdown. The extra point kick was good. The score was now 16-14, Red Hawks, and plenty of time for it to go either way.

Cedar Springs sealed the win with 2:04 left on the clock when Lucas Pienton ran left for a 1-yard touchdown, and then Swank passed to Serbenta for the extra two points.

“We really controlled time of possession in the second half (20 minutes – 4 minutes), and we converted all three of our two-point conversions in the second half,” noted Kapolka. “I felt that was the difference in the game.”

The Red Hawks rushed for a net total of 295 yards, with Serbenta running for 99 on 14 carries; Pienton had 89 on 17 carries; Ringler 77 on 19 carries; and Swank had 23 on 5 carries. Ethan West and Zach Schmid also contributed. 

Cedar Springs also garnered some passing yardage, with Swank completing 5 out of 8 passes for 47 yards. Receivers included Pienton, Serbenta, West, Liggett, and Nate Webb.

FHC had a total of 75 yards rushing, with Deines getting 39 yards on 7 carries; and Jimmy Scholler 30 yards on 12 carries. 

Ranger QB Jimmy Scholler racked up 148 yards on 14 of 20 passes. 

On defense, Ryan Ringler led with 8 tackles; Pienton had 7; Schmid had 6; Gage Gardner and Xavier Anderson both had 5. Pienton also had an interception. 

The Red Hawks lead the OK White Conference with a record of 3-0 in conference and 5-1 overall. One more win will guarantee them a spot in the playoffs. On Friday, the Red Hawks will host Lowell (1-2, 1-5 overall) in their annual pink game at Red Hawk Stadium at 7 p.m. 

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Cedar Springs 106 Forest Hills 32

Cedar Springs Varsity wrestlers

The Cedar Springs Varsity wrestlers traveled to Forest Hills Central on Friday night, January 12, to face off against the Rangers and Huskies. After falling behind 17-3 early on, the Red Hawks then reeled off victories in 8 of the next 9 weights to claim a 43-23 win. The boys ran on the Huskies early and never looked back, topping the Huskies 63-9. Undefeated wrestlers on the night were Trevor Marsman, Nate Male, Logan Hull, Aaron Smith, Anthony Brew, Jacob Galinis, Lucus Pienton, Ryan Ringler and Zak Schmid.

On Saturday, January 13, the Red Hawks traveled across state to Warren for the Clash of the Champions. The team finished runner-up in a strong field of 19 competitive schools.

Ryan Ringler won the 171lb weight class and was awarded Most Valuable Wrestler. Ringler defeated the number two and four ranked wrestlers in his division, according to MIGrappler.com.

Runner-up finalists for the Red Hawks included Trevor Marsman (103), Lucus Pienton (152), and Chris Shaffer (189).

Important contributions and medalists on the day for Cedar Springs came from Aaron Smith (3rd), Jacob Galinis (5th), Caleb Baty (5th), Paul Duran, Anthony Brew, Logan Hull, Nate Male, Trentyn Roelofs, David Erxleben and Zak Schmid.

Don’t miss the home action on Friday night versus arch rival Greenville and Ottawa Hills at 5 p.m. The team will travel to Stevensville Lakeshore for duals on Saturday.

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Playoff bound!

The Red Hawks were in the lead 50-0 at the beginning of the fourth quarter against Ottawa Hills. They won 56-12, and are now headed to the playoffs.

By Judy Reed

The Cedar Springs Varsity Red Hawk football team won their last conference game of the season last Friday against Ottawa Hills, securing them second place in the OK-White conference (5-1) and a spot in the playoffs with an overall record of 6-3. Forest Hills Central took first in the conference with a record of 6-0,  (9-0 overall) and Lowell took third, with a record of 4-2 and 6-3 over all.

The Red Hawks will take on the winners of the OK-Gold conference, the East Grand Rapids Pioneers (6-0, 9-0) at East Grand Rapids this Friday, October 27 at 7 p.m. in their third playoff appearance in the last four years. It will be a white out, so be sure to wear white! Click here for more details on last week’s game.

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Red Hawks fall to Rangers in battle for first place

The Red Hawks lost to the FHC Rangers last week, landing them in second place in the OK-White. They need to win their last game to make the playoffs. Photo by K&R Lalone.

By Kayleigh Boomgaard

On Friday, October 13, at 7pm, the Varsity Red Hawks of Cedar Springs faced off against the undefeated Rangers of Forest Hills Central at Red Hawk Stadium. The Red Hawks were defeated in this conference match up, with a final score of Forest Hills Central 35, Cedar Springs 20, setting a somber mood for senior night in Red Hawk Stadium.

Forest Hills Central athlete Luke Majick ran in the first touchdown of the night, with 9:25 left to play in the first quarter. Ranger Daniel Riser went on to kick a PAT (point after touchdown). The Hawks got on the board with only a little time left in the first quarter when junior Ryan Ringler made a 5-yard run into the end zone, followed by a completed two point conversion. Additional points for the Rangers in the quarter were scored by Kyle Basch and Ranger kicker Riser. The first quarter concluded with a score of Forest Hills Central 14, Cedar Springs 8.

The Red Hawks took the lead in the second quarter when Ringler made two additional completed runs into the end zone. The attempted PAT’s after these runs were incomplete. 

After returning from halftime with a standing score of Cedar Springs 20, Forest Hills Central 14, the game slowly went downhill for the Red Hawks. In the third and fourth quarters, the Red Hawks were unable to add to the scoreboard. The Rangers racked up a total of 21 points. 

Final score was FHC 35, Cedar Springs 20. This boosted FHC’s record to 6-0 in conference and 8-0 overall; and the Red Hawks’ record went to 4-1 conference and 5-3 overall. Although the Cedar Springs varsity football team was defeated by Forest Hills Central, the night was memorable, as the seniors played for what may be the very last time on their home turf. The boys walked the length of the field alongside one another as the song “The Boys of Fall” played throughout the stadium.

The next, and last regular game of the season for the Red Hawks will take place on Friday, October 20th against Ottawa Hills. This game will begin at 7 p.m. at Ottawa Hills’ home stadium. 

The Red Hawks need just one more win to advance to the playoffs. 

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Forest Hills Central and Midland Chemic Clash Invite

Red Hawk senior Patrick Fliearman at 125 lbs with a victory over Talan Cole of Midland. Photo by B. Chong.

Red Hawk senior Patrick Fliearman at 125 lbs with a victory over Talan Cole of Midland. Photo by B. Chong.

By Barbra Chong

On Friday, January 20, the Cedar Springs High School wrestling team traveled to Forest Hills Central for an OK White Conference Dual. The Red Hawks claimed a victory with a final score of 43-28. Winning their matches to contribute to the win was 119 lb Logan Hull; 125 lb Aaron Smith; 135 lb Jordan Ringler; 140 lb Jacob Galinis; 145 lb Lucus Pienton; 171 lb Ryan Ringler; Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza; and 112 lb Nathan Male.

On Saturday, January 21, the Red Hawks traveled to Midland for their Chemic Clash Invite with six teams competing. The first opponent of the day was Anchor Bay, and the Red Hawks lost, 24-40. The Red Hawks rallied to secure a win against Freeland, 57-15 and continued the winning streak against Mott, 66-16. Gaylord was the next opponent and it ended with a loss, 30-47. The Red Hawks ended the day against Midland with a win and final score of 42-26.

The final team standings were Anchor Bay with the Championship, Gaylord in 2nd Place, Cedar Springs with 3rd Place and Midland in 4th Place.

Individual records are as follows: 171/189 lb Ryan Ringler, Heavy Weight Patrick Depiazza and 135/140 lb Jordan Ringler went undefeated, 5-0 for the day. Also undefeated for the day are 125/130 lb Aaron Smith, 4-0 and 125 lb Patrick Fliearman, 3-0. 215 lb Chris Shaffer, 119 lb Logan Hull, 140/145 lb Jacob Galinis and 145/152 lb Lucus Pienton secured 3 wins each. 112 lb Nathan Male, 130/135 lb Jordan Andrus, 152/160 lb Zak Schmid and 160/171 lb Xavier Anderson secured 2 wins each and 189 lb Nate Patin secured a win.

“With the post season rapidly approaching, we are seeing some of the boys begin to peak at the right time. February 2017 should be a very exciting time for Cedar Springs Varsity Wrestling,” said Head Coach Nick Emery.

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Red Hawk bowling results

Red Hawk Bowlers Breanna Feikema, Josh Hamilton, Trevor Ruark, and Dugan Conely were among the top 10 bowlers at their own invite at the Westgate bowling alley December 17.

Red Hawk Bowlers Breanna Feikema, Josh Hamilton, Trevor Ruark, and Dugan Conely were among the top 10 bowlers at their own invite at the Westgate bowling alley December 17.

On Wednesday December 14, the boys and girls Red Hawk bowling teams had a conference match against Forest Hills Central. The boys secured a win 18 to 12. The girls won 22 to 8, with freshman Omani Morales bowling her high school high game of 246.

On Saturday, December 17, Cedar Springs held an invite at Westgate. The boys placed second in the top 8 to qualify for tournament play out of 13 teams, but fell short in the semi- finals to Caledonia, with a 2 baker total of 381 to 387.

The girls placed third in the top 8 to qualify for tournament play out of 10 teams, but fell short in the semi-finals to Caledonia with a 2 baker total of 328 to 338.

Three boys bowlers and one girl bowler made the top 10 bowlers of the day. Breanna Feikema placed 10th; junior Josh Hamilton placed first, bowling his highest game ever—a 279; Trevor Ruark placed third; and Dugan Conely 8th.

On Wednesday, December 21, the Red Hawks had a conference match against Ottawa Hills, with the boys securing a win 26-4. Sophomore Dane Conely scored his high school high game of 213.

The girls won 29-1, with 3 Cedar Springs girls bowling their high school highs. Sophomore Sarah Galloway had a 181; freshman Katelyn Paige had a 175; and sophomore Michayla Paige had a 154.

Aliya Linson secured the one point for Ottawa Hills by bowling a 143.

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Red Hawk Volleyball loses to FH Central


CSHS Varsity Volleyball dropped a 0-3 decision to conference foe Forest Hills Central on their home court Tuesday evening (Sept. 27). The Rangers, a top team in the conference, took the match 13-25, 13-25 and 13-25, dropping the Lady Red Hawks to 1-4-0 in the conference and 3-11-1 overall.

Stat leaders in the match for the Red Hawks were Senior Captain Kaitlyn Coons who played a strong defensive game putting up 24 serve receives, 7 digs, 1 ace and 3 service points.  Outside Hitter Sydney Plummer led the offense with 8 kills.  Setters Ali Sparling and Sienna Wight tallied 6 and 4 assists respectively.

The ladies hosted Northview Tuesday, and will host Lowell on Thursday evening at 6:30pm, and then travel to Morley Stanwood on Saturday for tournament play beginning at 9:00 a.m.

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Girls Basketball season ends with loss to Forest Hills Central


Cedar Springs girls varsity basketball ended their season with a loss in a close game in their district, and on their home court against Forest Hills Central on Monday, Feb. 24.

The girls played hard and stayed close for most of the game. Cedar Springs went into half time only trailing by 2 points. Forest Hills Central came out strong and extended their lead in the 2nd half ending on top with a final score of 45-52.

It was a team effort with all contributing.  Scoring for the Hawks were Brittany Todd, Aubree Mouthaan, Mikenzie Francis, Sam Taylor, Taylor Baker, Sayge Wight and Allison Snavley. Aly Hamiliton grabbed several rebounds and Nikki Matzke and Alysha Chaney chipped in with great defense.

Out with injuries were Mary Monterusso and Jessica Kriekaard, who gave encouragement to all. All in all it was a great effort put out by everyone and it was sad it had to end.

Overall for the season the girls were 6-14, 4-6 in the OK Bronze conference.  Through all the ups and downs the girls played tough and came up just short on several games. Having 9 seniors out of 12 on the team made it very tough for it to come to an end. Playing together for 9 years and knowing that this was the final game they would ever play on their home court at Cedar Springs High School made it even harder. Congratulations on completing the season with a great game.

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