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HIT THE LINE HARD: What’s wrong with second favorites?

I have been a fan of all the Detroit pro sports teams all my life. But I also have second favorites. For some reason, that doesn’t sit well with others. I remember the very day I became a New England Patriots fan … are you done gasping? Ok. So, as I was saying, I remember the day I became a New England Patriots fan. It was the 1985-86 Super Bowl. If you can’t recall, they were thumped by the Chicago Bears 46-10.

After coming off the bench as a freshman for the varsity team last year, Levi Syrjala has matured into a starter and leader for this year’s Belding Redskins basketball team. ““He’s a very versatile player. He has matured not only as a player but also as a person,” said Lynette Syrjala, Levi’s mother.

Syrjala stepping up as one of leaders of young Belding team

On a team still finding itself in a rebuilding year, one player, in particular, is helping to keep all of his teammates together. “He’s the heart and soul of our team,” first-year Belding boys basketball coach Steve Saboo said about Levi Syrjala. The soon-to-be 16-year-old sophomore is in his second year on the varsity basketball team and has been leaned on to take on more of a leadership role on a team that is underclassmen-heavy.

Belding’s Justin McMaster (5) and Trent Collins wrestle the ball away from Kelloggsville’s Alex Guzman in the second half of Friday’s game. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

Despite loss to Kelloggsville, Belding’s bench players stepping up

The Kelloggsville Rockets know all too well what this year’s Belding Redskins team is going through. Though the Rockets (9-1 overall, 5-1 O-K Silver) looked superior in its 77-42 win against the Redskins (2-10, 0-5) Friday, it was only last year that they too had to go through the growing pains to get better as a team.

Belding senior guard Hallee Breimayer scored a game-high 30 points against Kelloggsville Friday. It was two points shy of tying her career-high in points in a game.

Belding’s Breimayer outscores entire Kelloggsville team with 30 in 69-24 win

In a game where one player outscored an entire team, one would think it would be all smiles on the winning coach’s face. Not the case for Connor Hoke. The first-year Belding’s girls basketball coach expected his team to win against an undermanned and inexperienced Kelloggsville team, which they did 69-24 Friday, but what he didn’t expect was his team making the same mistakes they have in past games.

Vikings senior Parker Martin, who is now sitting at 97 career wins, battles Big Rapids’ Aaron Repke in the 130-pound match Wednesday. Martin earned a 5-3 win against Repke. The two are longtime friends and it was the first time Martin was able to beat him since they became friends. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County close to having four wrestlers with 100 career wins on the team

It was a milestone night for Tri County’s Parker Martin in the Vikings’ dual meet Wednesday. Though he inched closer to 100 wins, on this night, he bested a rival friend for the first time. The Vikings (18-8 overall), ranked 10th in Division 3, hosted Newaygo, Big Rapids and No. 1 Division 3 ranked Chippewa Hills. Tri County lost to Chippewa Hills 45-30 and beat Big Rapids 62-18.

Dakota Harris, 17, of Lakeview, recently competed in the Vintage World Series Oval Racing in Eagle River, Wisconsin, an annual snowmobile race event. It was his first time competing in the race, in which he won the heat race and finished fifth overall in the finals. (Photo courtesy by Brian Caswell of Speed Shot Photography)

Lakeview’s Dakota Harris finishes fifth in World Series snowmobile race

Dakota Harris is a three-sport athlete at Lakeview High School. But he also has another sport he’s into, one that he is doing very well in. The 17-year-old senior who plays football, baseball and basketball for the Wildcats competed in the annual Vintage World Series Oval Racing, a snowmobile racing event held in Eagle River, Wisconsin, on Jan. 14-15, winning his heat race and finishing fifth overall in the finals.

Central Montcalm sophomore guard Kiara Wernette works around Lakeview’s Alleigh Lint at the baseline in the second quarter of Tuesday’s game. Wernette scored six points. She also had three steals.

Hornets win tight, defensive battle over Wildcats

Coming into Tuesday’s girls basketball rivalry game between Central Montcalm and Lakeview, the Hornets were the easy favorite to win, but the Wildcats proved otherwise. In a tight game, where defense was dominating on both ends of the court, Central Montcalm (9-2 overall, 4-1 CSAA-Gold) squeaked out a 34-30 win over Lakeview (3-7 overall, 3-2 CSAA-Silver).

Mikayla Linebaugh pumps her fist in the air as she and Belding volleyball team’s bench celebrate a match point win  against Ithaca in the district semifinal game in November 2016. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding varsity volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh steps down after 15 years

When Belding’s volleyball team clinched its third district title in four years last November, Mikayla Linebaugh darted toward the center of the court, dived to the floor and slid into the open arms of her overjoyed team. It was a prime example of what she brought to the team: Energy, heart, confidence and, above all, passion. After 19 years of coaching volleyball — 15 at the varsity level — Linebaugh has decided to step down from the position, saying that it was just time.

Haugen’s hometown is Trondheim, the third-most populated city in Norway with about 187,353 people. He admits it took some time getting used to the country-like atmosphere of the Stanton community, but has enjoyed his host family and friends as well as playing sports at Central Montcalm.

Central Montcalm’s Norwegian wrestler Haugen not afraid of new challenges

  STANTON — When Fredrik Haugen came from Norway to America, he never thought he’d be physically tussling with Americans. But since last November, the 17-year-old foreign exchange student can be found each week on a mat wrestling with Central Montcalm teammates in practice or in wrestling meets with the Green Hornets team. Before coming to [...]

Lakeview’s David Larson extends to the basket to get the shot in and the foul during Wednesday’s game against Montabella, in which the Wildcats won 52-31. Pictured, from left, defending Larson, are Montabella’s Jake Korte, Connor Riley and Wyatt Sackett (32). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Lakeview shakes off snow-day rust to earn fifth win

It’s been a work in progress all season for Pete Wurm to find consistency for his Lakeview boys basketball team, but the Wildcats put together a solid 52-31 win against Montabella Wednesday.