Charles “Bub” Mahar loved sports. More specifically, he loved Belding Redskins football. On Saturday, the Belding Redskins family lost a longtime supporter and friend in Mahar. He was 86.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) volleyball district tournaments begin today across the state. The road to a district title for the Greenville Yellow Jackets is always a tough one. This year, isn’t going to be any different, as the Yellow Jackets open up tournament play tonight against the host Forest Hills Northern Huskies in the Class A District No. 7 bracket.
A year ago, the Evart Wildcats ended the season of the Carson City-Crystal Eagles in the first round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association football playoffs. On Friday night, the Eagles returned the favor with a defensive led 21-6 win at home over the Wildcats. The win improved the Eagles to a perfect 10-0 this season.
The 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs begin on Friday night. On Sunday, the 256-team field was announced live on Fox Sports Detroit. This year, three area teams qualified for the postseason and will continue their seasons.
The final score was probably a little too close for comfort for the Belding Redskins, but in the end, it didn’t matter as the Redskins qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs for the first time since 2007. The Redskins started the scoring and finished the game with a defensive stand with the Wyoming Wolves needing a two-point conversion for a victory. When the ball fluttered out of the hands of Wyoming’s Jalen Arizola-Betts and landed alone at the one-yard line, the Redskins could finally celebrate a 26-25 victory at Rudness Field on Friday night.
In a sense, the playoffs start a week early for the Belding Redskins. With a 5-3 record entering tonight’s regular season finale at home, the Redskins need a victory to guarantee a spot in the 256-team field of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs. Six wins is needed for guaranteed inclusion, while a handful of teams in each division make the playoffs with 5-4 records.
A year ago, the Lakeview Wildcats fell one win shy of an automatic berth into the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs. With one week remaining this season, the Wildcats won’t have to worry about their week nine result in the same manner. With last weeks 42-8 win at home against White Cloud, the Wildcats earned their sixth win of the season and with that the coveted automatic berth into the playoffs.
So long, Jim Leyland. I say that with sadness. I say that with respect. And I say that with admiration.
Forest Hills Eastern scored the first and final touchdowns against the Greenville Yellow Jackets. It was the last one that hurt the most. After the Yellow Jackets pulled off a dramatic, final drive score to force overtime, the Eastern defense stepped up and their offense found the end zone one final time to defeat the Yellow Jackets 27-21 on Friday night at Legacy Field.
For the first time in school history, the Montabella Mustangs girls cross country team won its league championship. The Mustangs finished first on Wednesday with a score of 28 points, while Carson City-Crystal was second with 41. Montabella edged out the Eagles for the Mid-State Athletic Conference title with a three meet total of 97. Again, Carson City-Crystal was second with 139.