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Grandville Calvin Christian’s Brooke Barendsen, far left, attacks past the block of Belding’s Summer Eubank (7) and Jessica Wittenbach (5) during the first game of a match Thursday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Serve receive, defense key to Redskins’ win over Squires Thursday

Thursday night was the last time the seniors on Belding’s volleyball team took to the court in its home gymnasium in a regular-season game.

The players made themselves — and the parents in attendance — happy with a straight-game win over the Grandville Calvin Christian Squires, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18.

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Tim Stout to lead Carson City-Crystal’s girls basketball team

Only two years removed from its Class C regional finals trip, the Carson City-Crystal girls basketball team is looking to return, this time under new leadership.

In his 20 years as a local resident, Tim Stout, 40, has taken on many enjoyable challenges, such as opening two businesses — Muffin Top in Carson City and Ike’s Ice Cream in Crystal — with his wife, Amanda, and coaching, both the boys junior varsity basketball team and, currently, working as the defensive coach for the Eagles football team the last nine years.

This winter, Stout is taking on another coaching challenge as the new girls basketball coach, replacing Larry Farmer, who took a position at Portland High School.

Senior Marissa Schmitt throws her hands up in the air as she celebrates a point during Carson City-Crystal’s game against Vestaburg. Each team wore pink jerseys to commemorate those who have fought and are still fighting against cancer. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Carson City-Crystal sweeps Vestaburg during ‘pink out’ game

There was a continuous thundering sound coming from Carson City-Crystal’s gymnasium Tuesday night.

The booming sounds were the many spikes from CC-C senior Marissa Schmitt, who led her team with 16 kills to help her team earn a three-game sweep over Vestaburg in the Eagles’ final regular season home game.

The Eagles beat the Wolverines, 25-14, 25-11 and 25-19.


Montabella’s Jordan Mawhirter takes first at Carson City-Crystal Jamboree

It was a fine fall day for a run Wednesday, and, for Montabella’s Jordan Mawhirter, it was a fine first-place finish.

The sophomore cross country runner took first place at a Mid-State Athletic Conference jamboree at Fish Creek Sportsman’s Club, finishing with a time of 17:17.60, almost six seconds ahead of second-place finisher Hunter Chovanec of Breckenridge.

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Lakeview basketball coach resigns after complaints of ‘pattern of behavior’

Steve Graphos, who was hired last spring as the Lakeview girls varsity basketball coach, resigned under the urging of the school’s Board of Education on Sept. 12, according to school documents requested by The Daily News via the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA).

Belding’s Kade Walker (No. 6) leaps into the arms of teammate Dominica Francisco (with glasses) after scoring the first goal of the game versus Tri County in the teams’ Distict 35 playoffs game Monday at Belding. The Redskins outlasted the Vikings 3-2 in overtime. Belding will play Wednesday versus Grand Rapids Wellspring, which beat Grand Rapids West Catholic 2-1 to advance. Others pictured are Belding’s Josh Van Dyke (No. 10), Keenan Walker (No. 16) and Tri County’s Bryce Ruppert (No. 4). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding outlasts Tri County 3-2 in O.T. to win District 3 soccer playoff opener

Edgar Tobar knew it was the moment of all moments. The season lay in his hands … or rather, his foot.

With the score knotted at two each between Belding and Tri County during a Division 3, District 35 soccer game at Rudness Field, the Belding captain was faced with a chance to put his team ahead on a penalty kick.

Belding’s Josh Daniel (No. 2) runs past a Kelloggsville player as Belding’s Mitchell Ward is in tow during the first half of Friday’s game. Belding lost 48-28, missing a chance to earn an automatic playoff berth, however, the Redskins can still clinch a playoff berth with a win against Calvin Christian at home next Friday. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Redskins’ 48-28 loss to Rockets leaves one more chance to make playoffs

It will come down to the last game of the season for the Belding Redskins to earn an automatic berth in the playoffs after losing to the Kelloggsville Rockets 48-28 at home Friday.

It was a battle of two teams both on winning streaks looking to take sole possession of the O-K Silver Conference and, after a high-scoring first half, it looked as though the game would be decided by whoever had the ball last.

Amy Tasker, left, and Haley Dawe, right, directing practice Monday, took over the Central Montcalm varsity volleyball program after former coach Jim Johnson unexpectedly resigned just before the school year began. The two women, both teachers at the school, have helped the team establish a 21-5-5 record so far. Picturd in the middle is Green Hornets junior varsity volleyball coach Amy Kolbe. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm volleyball’s new coaches help team excel this season

It is said a team learns more about itself after a loss than a win. But when a team loses its coach suddenly, it is a lesson no one is prepared for.

When Jim Johnson abruptly stepped down as Central Montcalm volleyball coach at the beginning of the school year because, what the school administration said, was for “personal reasons,” it was a shock to the players.

Brandon Sellers, 22, of Greenville, is contending for his first arm wrestling title at Muskegon’s VFW Post 446 on Saturday. He is facing Sand Lake’s Matt Bourdon for the 157-pound, left-hand arm wrestling title. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Greenville’s Brandon Sellers to arm wrestle for title against champion Matt Bourdon

It’s the tale of two pullers. One is an experienced champion with a decorated resume in arm wrestling, while the other is an up-and-coming newcomer with rising potential.

As the sun sets over Carson City-Crystal’s Community Field, the Vestaburg Wolverines punch in the first touchdown in the annual Salute Our Soldiers football game Friday. Vestaburg, now 5-2, beat the Eagles 40-14 to earn the Salute Our Soldiers trophy for the first time. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Vestaburg defeats CC-C in Salute Our Soldiers football game

For the Vestaburg Wolverines, there were a few firsts in its 40-14 victory against the Carson City-Crystal Eagles.

The Friday night win gave the Wolverines (5-2 overall, 3-2 Mid-State Activities Conference) its first victory against the Eagles since CC-C (4-3, 4-2 MSAC) joined the MSAC four years ago.