Chip Burch

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Friday night special for Belding hoop teams

Belding’s basketball teams have a special night planned for Friday when they face Wyoming High in a girl-boy doubleheader. The Redskins have designated Friday night as Armed Forces Night. It will be a night to salute the veterans in the area, according to boys varsity coach Jeff Wierzbicki.

Montabella’s Sarah Miller (33) goes up for a shot between a couple of Belding defenders on Tuesday night at Redskins Arena. Belding won 50-31.

Belding holds down Smith, Montabella

Belding girls basketball coach Brad Wilson wanted to make sure Montabella’s Taylor Smith didn’t beat them Tuesday night. “Smith, No. 23 from Montabella, is a special player and we knew that going in,” Wilson said. “We wanted to limit her touches and make the others beat us.”

Lakeview’s Maddie Shurlow looks to make a pass through hands and defenders of Morley Stanwood during a game this season.

Lakeview girls win 13th straight

Lakeview’s girls basketball team continued their impressive roll Monday night. The Wildcats picked up their 13th straight win by beating the Chippewa Hills Warriors 52-31 in Remus.

Belding’s Neil McCully, top, tries to get his hands together to turn Allendale’s Jon Nielsen during the finals of the 189-pound class at the O-K Blue Conference championships Saturday.

Belding places nine at O-K Blue tournament

Belding’s wrestling team had nine of the 14 wrestlers it entered into the O-K Blue Conference wrestling championships place. Despite having only three conference champions, that was good enough for coach Travis Meyer.

Montabella’s Taylor Smith shoots between two Fulton defenders during the teams’ game Tuesday night.

Montabella’s Miller, Smith share chemistry

Sarah Miller and Taylor Smith have been playing girls basketball for Montabella for four years. In that time, the seniors have developed some knowledge of what each other is going to do.

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CHIP’S CLIPS: NASCAR going in reverse with Chase

NASCAR has never been a believer in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In fact, even if something is working well, NASCAR teams will still try to get that extra tenth of a second off of lap times if they can.

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CC-Crystal clinches CMAC wrestling title

The Carson City-Crystal wrestling team has picked up another piece of hardware. The Eagles won the regular-season Central Michigan Athletic Conference wrestling title Wednesday night with wins over Montabella and Laingsburg. The Mustangs went down 54-24, then the Wolfpack fell 49-22.

Former Michigan linebacker Obi Ezeh speaks about football and life at Montcalm Community College Monday.

Former U-M linebacker talks life, football at MCC

A former running back turned linebacker for the University of Michigan related his experiences playing for the Wolverines at Montcalm Community College Monday to crowd of about 50 people. Obi Ezeh, who played for Michigan from 2007-2010, was the guest speaker at an event that was part of a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Ezeh spoke about how his experiences with the Wolverines related to life.

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CMU’s Johnson scores 1,000th point

Finally, Taylor Johnson can concentrate on team basketball. The Central Michigan senior and 2010 graduate of Belding High School scored her 1,000th career point Saturday when the Chippewas beat Bowling Green in overtime 82-79.

Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker, right, has the leg of Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern’s Ryan Roth during the 112-pound match. Hilliker won 9-1.

Greenville hands FH Eastern first league loss

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern’s wrestling team may be young, but they were able to win their first two O-K Bronze matches. That winning streak ended at the hands of Greenville, who won 67-9 over the Hawks.