Bruce Bentley

The Belding girls cross country team competed at Benzie Central High School and placed 12th on Saturday. The Redskins girls cross country team consists of, front row from left, Kelsey Stahlin, Kassidy Gross, Veronica Muniz, Olivia Muniz and Hannah Kellogg; back row from left, coach Chris Kmiecik, Lauren McDowell, Tori Wittenbach, Bridget Myles, Teresa Myles, Carissa Stenquist and coach John Carlson. Missing are Christy Smith, Lexi Syrjala and Laura Tuttle. Belding will run at the Saranac Invitational on Wednesday. Courtesy photo/Joe Veselenak

Belding runners 12th at Benzie Central

The Belding girls cross country team was in action this weekend, while the boys team had the weekend off. The Redskins competed at the Benzie Central Pete Moss Invitational and placed 12th out of 21 teams in the big school division on Saturday.

Central Montcalm senior Trenton Braman, left, works during a drill at practice on Tuesday. Braman rushed for 1,107 yards as a junior and is a three-year captain. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Central Montcalm’s Trenton Braman’s main goal: Reaching playoffs

It only takes a quick visit to a Central Montcalm football practice to realize Trenton Braman is a special player. It only takes a quick conversation with him to also realize he is a special person. In an age with a me-first mentality, the senior and three-year varsity player is focused on one thing — getting the Hornets back to the playoffs.

Lakeview’s Dakota Hershberger (84) and Tony Seaborn (on the ground) team up to bring down Tri County’s Dylan Matulis during the first half of the Wildcats’ 28-21 victory on Friday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview outlasts Tri County to win season opener

Every time the Tri County Vikings seized the momentum, the Lakeview Wildcats took it right back. In a thrilling season opening game, both teams made mistakes, but also kept every fan on their toes in the final minutes of the game. In the end, the Wildcats avenged last year’s one-point loss with a 28-21 win over the Vikings on Friday night.

Greenville junior Calvin Syrjala tries to stiff-arm Belding’s Alex Hubbert during a 52-29 Yellow Jackets win in a season opening win at Rudness Field. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville starts quick in opening win at Belding

Big and physical are just a couple of words to describe the Greenville Yellow Jackets offensive line. Throw in an uptempo offense and the Yellow Jackets provide quick scoring capability and the ability to wear down an opponent, especially, when that opponent is young and lacking depth.

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Central Montcalm struggles in second half, falls 54-21

Central Montcalm was halfway home to a successful start for the high school football season against Morley Stanwood on Thursday night when the inevitable, and totally unavoidable, occurred. The second half began. The Hornets looked impressive while building up a 21-14 lead over the first 24 minutes before being outscored 40-0 in the second half of a 54-21 season-opening loss to the Mohawks.

Belding’s Jessica Wittenbach (5) tries to block the attack of Greenville’s Rylie Jenks (13) during The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding does it again at The Daily News Invitational

Just like last year, Belding’s volleyball team was the best in the area. The Redskins went undefeated and won the Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament at their home gym Saturday. The Redskins beat Lakeview and Vestaburg in pool play, then had a tough match with Central Montcalm before besting Greenville 25-7, 25-13 in the finals.

Greenville’s Felicia Callahan nears the finish line at last year’s annual Central Montccalm Hornet Run. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Greenville girls ready for cross country season

The Greenville Yellow Jackets girls cross country team will begin the season in just a few days. Even though the team returns five runners from last year’s squad, the Yellow Jackets will be a small team.

Lakeview senior golfer Lauren Corwin chips onto the green on hole No. 8 at Holland Lake Golf Course on Wednesday. Corwin shot 93 to finish second overall. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Big Rapids wins CSAA jamboree at Holland Lake

The Big Rapids Cardinals were expected to be the favorite to take home the CSAA championships this season. On Wednesday, at the first league match of the season, the Cardinals showed exactly why so many had those expectations.

Greenville junior Keegan Cossou goes up for a touchdown grab along the back of the end zone against Muskegon Mona Shores during a scrimmage at Legacy Field on Wednesday. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

GHS scrimmages with three teams, opens season next week

The focus for the Greenville Yellow Jackets has officially turned toward next week’s season opening football game against rival Belding. That was the message from coach Dave Moore following a four team scrimmage at Legacy Field on Wednesday, which pitted the Yellow Jackets against East Lansing, Muskegon Mona Shores and Jenison.

Greenville’s Nathan Larson, middle, takes part in on-field activities prior to the Detroit Lions game at Ford Field on Thursday. Larson was there for the #MiKidsCan Play Like a Lions Challenge. - Courtesy photo

Greenville kid takes to field prior to Lions win

The Detroit Lions took to the field to open its preseason football schedule at Ford Field on Thursday. Also taking the field, prior to the Lions 23-3 win over the Jets, was Greenville 7-year-old Nathan Larson.