Ryan Schlehuber “Scoop”

After starting the season 0-2, the Belding Redskins have turned things around and are riding a four-game winning streak heading into week 7 going on the road to Godwin Heights (3-3) hoping to get one step closer to an automatic bid to the playoffs.

Five local teams have legitimate shot to make the post-season

With three games left in the regular season, five local football teams have a chance to lock up a playoff spot.

It takes six wins to automatically qualify for the Michigan High School Athletics Association playoffs, although, if there aren’t enough teams with six or more wins, five-win teams can sneak in.

Coaches prefer to get that solid sixth win, and, as it stands now, Belding, Carson City-Crystal, Greenville, Lakeview and Vestaburg have a legitimate shot at earning an automatic bid to the post-season. Tri County can maybe sneak in if it wins its last three games, which would give the Vikings five wins.

Quaterback Drew Stout (No. 9) dives over a Breckenridge defender for extra yards during Friday’s homecoming game against the Huskies. (Daily News | Ryan Nielsen)

Eagles’ winning streak snapped with 38-0 loss to Breckenridge

On a dreary, rain-soaked evening in an air versus ground attack game between the Breckenridge Huskies and the Carson City-Crystal Eagles, the running game won.

The Huskies (6-0 overall) spoiled the Eagles’ homecoming night with a 38-0 win Friday, which Carson City-Crystal head coach Ben Brock said was a hard learning lesson, not only for his team but him personally, as well.

Sophomores Daniel Smith, left, and Drew Stout are this year’s captains for the Carson City-Crystal Eagles football team. Smith plays both middle linebacker and right guard, while Stout converted from running back to quarterback and also plays defensive back. The two captains have led the team to a surprising 4-1 record this season in which was thought to be a rebuilding year. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Sophomore captains lead Eagles to early success, helping establish a 4-1 record

To many critics, this was suppose to be a rebuilding year for the Carson City-Crystal Eagles football team.

With a very young team, a new coach, a new offense and no varsity-experienced quarterback on the roster, the Eagles community was bracing for a rough season.

Having two sophomores named as team captains would have most likely been the tipping point for any critic to write the Eagles off even before the season started. And after opening the season with a 45-6 loss at home to Saranac, it seemed the plot was going to play out as predicted.

Logan Campbell is coming off an impressive season as a junior with Belding, where he has been a starting pitcher the last four years. This past season, Campbell held a 1.13 ERA and set a few school strikeout records.

Belding senior Logan Campbell joins San Francisco Giants-affiliated scout baseball team

Belding fans already know the kind of baseball player Logan Campbell is. Now, so too are college baseball scouts.

The 17-year-old Belding High School senior recently joined an Indiana-based scout team that is organized and coached by San Francisco Giants regional scout Kevin Christman.

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.