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Belding junior running back James Daniel (No. 2) stiff-arms a Wyoming Lee defender on his way to scoring a touchdown in the second quarter Friday. The Redskins earned their third victory of the season, winning 39-8. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Belding gets 39-8 win over Wyoming Lee

It took Dalton Riches four years, but he finally got into the end zone … with the ball.

Up 26-0 early in the third quarter, with Belding’s third victory of the season firmly in hand in front of a large homecoming crowd, the senior left guard was called in as a running back for the next play.

On second and one, six yards from the end zone, Riches took the hand-off from his quarterback and, like a man on a four-year mission seeing the end, busted through the trenches, rumbled, stumbled and crashed into the end zone to get his first touchdown of his career.

A few of Lakeview’s student body, which was in attendance for the assembly game, rub a student’s head for good luck for their Wildcats team. High school students got out early from class to attend both the varsity and junior varsity games between Central Montcalm and Lakeview. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central sweeps two close sets versus Lakeview at ‘assembly game’

The intimidation factor was on full tilt for Central Montcalm’s volleyball team in its match against Lakeview. The event took place Thursday afternoon in front of the school’s entire student body. Facing a boisterous crowd that filled the stands, the Green Hornets were able to overcome the intimidation to sneak away with a two-game sweep, winning 25-23 in each game.

The Vestaburg Wolverines will visit the Carson City-Crystal Eagles Oct. 7 in the annual Salute to Our Soldiers football game, a tradition that is in its fifth year. (File photo)

Four local schools honoring military veterans at football games

On Friday, the Lowell at Greenville football game and Merrill at Montabella football game will be dedicated to military veterans, with Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg’s game to celebrate their traditional Salute to Our Soldiers game Oct. 7 in Carson City.

Belding’s Salvador Iracheta (No. 34) pushes the ball up the field as players from Grandville Calvin Christian pursue him during a Redskins home game Tuesday. Belding, which played from behind almost all game, scrapped for a well deserved 2-2 tie that took two overtimes. Pictured behind Iracheta is teammate Jose Orta. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding makes comeback for well-earned 2-2 tie against Calvin Christian

A tie is usually never satisfying, however, after trailing to Grandville Calvin Christian for much of the game Tuesday, the Belding Redskins soccer team’s 2-2 tie was a big win.

Lakeview senior Ricky Harvey (middle) shoots the ball past Reed City’s senior goalkeeper Silas Schultz with 18 seconds left to put the Wildcats up 6-0 in the first half of Monday’s game at Lakeview. The Wildcats won 9-1. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Lakeview soccer gets impressive win over Reed City

Lakeview soccer team’s midfield defense disrupted the offensive flow of Reed City all game in a decisive 9-1 divisional victory Monday.

The Lakeview Wildcats (6-2 overall) took control of the game quickly against their Central State Activities Association opponent, almost scoring on a behind-the-back kick by junior Dan Steele four minutes into the game. The Wildcats would get on the board two minutes later with junior Nick Ruvalcaba’s goal with 34:58 remaining in the first half.

Central Montcalm junior Tyler Giles, center, wraps up Newaygo’s running back during the first half of Friday’s game in Stanton. Newaygo won 41-13. Giles led the Green Hornets with 15 tackels. Also pictured are Blake Ryan (No. 7) and Zach Bigelow (No. 3). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Newaygo too much for Central Montcalm in 41-13 loss

Lightning was in the air, but the thunder was coming from the ground game of the Newaygo Lions, who overtook Central Montcalm 41-7 Friday evening.

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Lakeview take best-of-5 series to the brink before falling to Hesperia

Losing is never fun, but for Ashley Martz’s Lakeview Wildcats volleyball team, its close loss to the Hesperia Panthers in a five-game series Wednesday was a needed learning lesson.

In Martz’s first year as coach last year, winning was problematic, so much so the Wildcats went winless last year. This year, however, Martz is seeing major improvement and the ever-so-important wins. The loss to Hesperia, however, may prove more valuable than the win.

The Wildcats came out hot in the first game, leading the whole way to a 25-20 win and looking like the favorite between the two teams. However, the Panthers took the next two matches, 25-18 and 25-16.

Tri County’s Joseph Nagy heads the soccer ball during the second half of a CSAA game against Reed City Monday. The Vikings won, 6-1, earning their second win of the season. Tri County is now 2-4 overall. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County earns solid 6-1 win over Reed City

Though their coach was missing from the game, the Tri County Vikings’ offense surely wasn’t, as the soccer team earned its second win of the season with a solid 6-1 victory over Reed City Monday.

Brandon Sellers, left, and his father, Rod, were named this year’s Wrestlers of the Year by Michigan Arms, the state’s premier arm wrestling organization. Rod, 52, is the current title holder in Michigan Arms’ 198-pound, right-handed class while Brandon is the state’s No. 1 contender for the 154-pound, left-handed title, which he will compete for against current title holder Matt Bourdon of Sand Lake in a tournament in Muskegon Oct. 15. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Father and son duo from Greenville named Michigan Arms’ Wrestlers of the Year

When Rod Sellers tore his bicep in an arm wrestling tournament, he figured he would retire after years of success. But all it took was his son’s newly found interest in the sport and his inspiration was reignited.

The 52-year-old Dicastal employee has been competing in arm wrestling tournaments since 1982. Currently, he is the belt holder for Michigan Arms’ 198-pound, right-handed class. He also qualified for a worlds tournament — the top level of arm wrestling. But had it not been for his son getting into the sport after watching some of his father’s arm wrestling friends compete on AMC’s “Game of Arms” reality show three years ago, none of Rod’s recent accomplishments would have ever happened.

Cedar Springs quarterback Collin Alvesteffer leaps over the trenches of linemen to reach the football over the goal line to score the Red Hawks’ second touchdown against Greenville at Legacy Field on Friday. Cedar Springs won 17-3, handing the Yellow Jackets their first loss of the season. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville’s offense stifled by Cedar Springs’ defense

It took two series to establish what was going right for the Red Hawks, and what wasn’t going at all for the Yellow Jackets in Cedar Springs’ 17-3 win against Greenville on Friday at Legacy Field.