COMMUNITY PEP RALLY - Once a Red Hawk Always a Red HawkTop of Page
Thursday, November 2 was a night of celebration in Cedar Springs. Billed as a Community Pep Rally, the CS Athletic Department set out to recognize and share all the great happenings at the High School with the whole community. It was a time to share what was going on, celebrate, and get fired up for the events to come! Although rain pushed the event indoors, it couldn't dampen the excitement of the evening.
Athletic Director John Norton, Teacher Justin Harnden, and Alumni Trey Reed hosted the event before a full house in the High School gymnasium. The cheerleaders were there to fire up the crowd with cheers, as well as leading them in multiple renditions of the Fight Song. The band was there to share part of their half time show from this year, as well as to get the crowd fired up with some more music of their own.
In between getting the crowd fired up with various cheers, including the new traditional “Viking Clap,” there was alot of fun and laughter. There was Cedar Springs trivia, and maybe the highlight of the night, the “dance-off” competition. This competition was slightly different, it did not pit student against student, but rather parents against parents. When the dust had settled, CS freshman girls’ basketball coach Steve Washington walked away with the prize, and the coveted title of Dance-Off Champion.
In between all the activities going on, the event really focused on recognizing students here at the high school. The band was recognized for all their fine achievements this season, and wished good luck by those in attendance at their state competition on Saturday, November 4.
The equestrian team was introduced, and recognized, for their District Championship, and third place finish in Regionals this past Fall.
One of the other highlights of the night came with the recognition of the boys’ cross country team. This group was Regional Champions and preparing to head off to their state meet on Saturday. After the players were introduced along with their season accolades, out came the big surprise of the night. Dathan Ritzenheim, Rockford Alumni and former US Olympian entered the gym to give the team a quick pep talk and to get the crowd fired up. Along with Dathan, the middle school cross country team surprised the state runners with a gift to commemorate their season, and to take along to the state meet. This moving tribute to the cross country team brought the crowd to their feet.
Feeding off this energy, the night ended with recognition of the football team. The football team had just upset state-ranked, and undefeated, East Grand Rapids in the playoffs and were heading to DeWitt the following day for the District Championship Game. Before the team was introduced, the lights were lowered, and a video (produced by Justin Harnden) was unveiled. The motivational video focused on the football teams season, their lack of respect from opponents all year long, with the common theme of “why not us.” After the team was introduced, the captains and then Coach Myers delivered an inspiring message to the team, and the crowd, about the big game. Immediately the crowd erupted into a chant of, “why not us….why not us.” This became the team, and fans, rally cry all the way through the game on Friday night.
The night ended with alumni from each sport and activity in attendance joining their former teams, to show community support and unity for each activity, especially as they enter into their big events the coming weekend. As this gathering occurred, the host for the evening Trey Reed ended the night with the comment, “Once a Red Hawk, Always a Red Hawk.”
It was truly a night to celebrate and come together. It was fun, it was motivational, and it was uniting.
Everybody left with the feeling, “Once a Red Hawk, Always a Red Hawk.”