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Freshmen Red Hawks snatch victory from Huskies

Nick Steed (#9) on the carry.

It was an intense, edge of your seat victory for the freshman Red Hawks, when they traveled to Forest Hills Northern on Thursday, September 22.
The game was off to a slow start with nothing on the board after the first quarter. The Hawks put up 6 points in the 2nd quarter with only 35 seconds left. The Huskies came back from halftime with their minds on the game and scored two touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. Neither team was allowing 2-point conversions to be scored leaving the score at Hawks 6 and Huskies 12 going into the 4th quarter.
“The boys never put their heads down when Forest Hills Northern went ahead,” said Coach Kirk Covey. “There was never any panic and everyone did their job.”
Cedar put another 6 on the board early in the 4th quarter bringing the score to 12-12.
“We were able to get receivers involved more and each of them had key catches. Defense was able to step it up at the end and get us the ball with good field position,” noted Covey.
Zachary Wamser sacked the quarterback at the FHN 6-yard line on FHN’s 3rd down. FHN’s 4th down punt fell short and set up the Hawks at the FHN 25 yard line with 2 minutes left in the game. With the fans, coaches, and players all on the edge of their seats, Cedar was able to hold off the Huskies and put another 6 on the board with 10 seconds left in the game. With 4 seconds left on the clock, FHN took possession of the ball and ended the game with an incomplete pass. The final score was Cedar Springs 18, Forest Hills Northern 12.
“The team took advantage of opportunities, which is key in tight games like that,” remarked Covey. “I’m proud of the way they finished.”
The Freshman Red Hawks (4-1) will play at Comstock Park on Thursday, September 29, and at home against Fremont on Thursday, October 6. Games start at 4:30pm. Come on out and support your Red Hawks!

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Freshmen girls roll over Sparta

Mary Monterusso goes up for the jumper and Nikki Matzke goes for the rebound.

The Cedar Springs Girls freshmen basketball team won its second straight game with an easy 43-16 win at Sparta last Thursday. The Red Hawks got out to a quick lead and never looked back.
Mary Monterusso led Cedar with 10 points, including two 3-pointers. Monterusso also grabbed 4 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. Jessica Kriekaard had 8 points and 4 steals. Allison Hamilton had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocked shots in a solid defensive performance.
Nikki Matzke scored 6 points and pulled down 4 rebounds for the Red Hawks. Alysha Chaney had 4 points and 4 steals. Mikenzie Francis played a great defensive game, grabbing 7 steals to go with her 4 points and 3 assists.
The Red Hawks welcomed back Kate Miller, who had missed several games due to illness. Kate had 3 points and 3 rebounds and played solid defense. Bre Burns scored 2 points and grabbed a rebound for Cedar Springs, while Taylor Baker had 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Sayge Wight had a solid all around game with 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals. Ally Rohacz also saw plenty of action for Cedar Springs in the win.
The victory improves the Red Hawk record to 7-4, and 4-2 in the OK Blue Conference. The next game for the freshmen girls is at home on Thursday, February 10 at 4 p.m. against Coopersville. Then the Red Hawks travel to West Ottawa High School on February 15 at 4 p.m. to take on the Panthers.

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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