Bruce Bentley

Belding forward Greta Wilker (12) battles for a defensive rebound with Lakeview’s Amanda Heady (40) during third-quarter action Monday night. - Courtesy photos/Joe Veselenak

Belding’s defense, rebounding leads to victory over Lakeview

The Belding Redskins squared off with the Lakeview Wildcats in what felt like a girls basketball district final, but was just a tournament opener. Playing at home, the Redskins used their physicality, defense and rebounding to defeat the Wildcats 55-41 in the Class B district tournament game on Monday night.

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Belding boys bowling advances to state finals

The Belding Redskins boys bowling team placed third at the regional tournament to qualify for the Division 3 state finals on Saturday. The Redskins shot 3,445 to place behind regional champions Wyoming Kelloggsville (3,681) and Fremont (3,541).

Lakeview’s Rylee Nielsen goes in for a fast break basket during the first quarter of Friday’s home game against Hesperia. Lakeview finished the regular season 15-5 overall and will face Belding in districts on Monday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Lakeview girls roll past Hesperia in season finale

LAKEVIEW — Senior night was a good one for the Lakeview Wildcats girls basketball team. While not much of a contest, the Wildcats used Friday’s 61-17 win over Hesperia as a tune-up for Monday’s Class B district tournament opener. Sadie Massie’s 22 points and Maddie Shurlow’s 13 assists helped pace the Wildcats to victory. “This [...]

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 27

CC-Crystal 71, Ashley 49: The Eagles were winners in a MSAC contest with the Bears Friday night. Grant Gage led CC-Crystal with 18, Kolton Kavanaugh added 17 and Jeremy Schneider added 11…

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SPORTS GALORE: Detroit Tigers optimism … with question marks

Spring training is a time of optimism for Major League Baseball fans, players, management and even media. It’s a fresh start, with new hopes and new dreams. The sun is shining, the temperatures are rising — at least in Arizona and Florida — and optimism is bursting at the seems.

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Vestaburg in contention for MSAC title

The Vestaburg Wolverines boys basketball team is in a unique position. The Wolverines, with just three regular season games remaining, are in contention for their first Mid-State Athletic Conference (MSAC) title since 2004. Winning that title rests firmly in the hands of the Wolverines.

Lakeview’s Nate Shurlow looks to make a pass over the head of Montabella’s Josh Balhorn during Tuesday’s game. Shurlow scored 10 points for the Wildcats. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Defense leads Lakeview past Montabella at home

The Lakeview Wildcats thrive when their defense leads to easy offense. Such was the case Tuesday night at home. The Wildcats’ defense forced 21 turnovers, which led to easy baskets — 30 field goals in all — in a 69-27 victory over Montabella.

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COLLEGE ROUNDUP

Torrey Davis/Lake Forest College: The Greenville graduate, a junior, started the Forester’s season finale at Carroll University on Saturday. Davis scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in the 75-61 loss…

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Seven area wrestlers win regional championships

t was a successful weekend for area wrestlers as 22 of 36 regional qualifiers advanced to the Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state finals tournament on Saturday. Seven wrestlers won regional championships in their respective divisions and weight classes. The top four placers in each bracket advances to the state finals.

Belding’s Katie Wood, left, dribbles the basketball to her right, while Monica Baylis posts up against West Catholic’s Libby O’Brien (24) during Friday’s game at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

West Catholic outlasts Belding girls 57-48

Brooke Wila got hot right when the Grand Rapids West Catholic Falcons needed her to. Immediately after the Belding Redskins gained their first lead of the night, early in the fourth quarter, the junior guard went off for a quick eight points, which spurred the Falcons to a 57-48 O-K Blue victory over the Redskins on Friday night.