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If done right, Friday night football can be better — for everyone

With the Big Ten Conference (B1G) announcing it will schedule more games on Friday nights next year, one question remains: Will this really hurt high school football?

The Lakeview Wildcats football team finished 6-4 overall, making the playoffs, losing to Ravenna in the first round. The team had 13 seniors, which was the first group to play all four years with head coach Sean Rinehart. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Lakeview Wildcats’ football season a success, but goal still not reached

When the clock struck zero at the Division 6 playoff game at Ravenna, many of the Lakeview football players hung around in the end zone, not wanting to leave the field just yet.

The 42-21 loss to the Bulldogs meant the Wildcats’ great season was done, and, for the seniors, so too was their high school football career. So the players took their time walking off the field, relishing what they inevitably would have to leave behind for the final time.

Players from the Belding volleyball team react to clinching the district finals series against Chippewa Hills on Thursday at Redskin Arena. The Redskins earned their second consecutive district trophy with a 3-1 win over the Warriors. Pictured are, from left, Olivia Stephan, Johanna McCully, Avery German and Summer Eubank. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding beats Chippewa Hills to win volleyball districts, advances to regionals

At Thursday’s district finals against Chippewa Hills, the Belding Redskins’ mental game was just as great as their physical game, beating the Warriors 25-21, 19-25, 25-17 and 25-14, earning a trip to the regionals at Bay City John Glenn to face Saginaw Swan Valley on Tuesday.

Professional arm wrestlers Brandon Sellers, left, of Greenville, and title holder Matt Bourdon, of Sand Lake, are expected to participate in the Rockwell Open arm wrestling tournament, which is tomorrow at the Horse's Mouth Tavern. The event will include professional, amateur and novice classes, which anyone can enter in the novice class.

Arm wrestling tournament set for Saturday at Horse’s Mouth

Arm wrestling is a test of strength and endurance and a showcase for those watching it.

All arm wrestlers alike — professional, amateur, novice, young, older, men, women — will be participating in Saturday’s Rockwell Open tournament at The Horse’s Mouth at 402 W. Main St., which begins with a weight-in for participants at 1 p.m. The tournament begins at 3:30 p.m.

As teammate Libby Ledford (17) looks on, Central Montcalm senior Kenzie Rutz leaps up to spike the ball against Ithaca during a districts semifinals game Wednesday in Belding. Chippewa Hills won the series in five games, ending the Green Hornets’ season. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Central Montcalm’s season ends with epic semis battle

After the back-and-forth battle between Central Montcalm and Chippewa Hills in volleyball district semifinals Wednesday, the only thing left on the court were tears, sweat and, for one team, the “what could have been.”

The Chippewa Hills Warriors defeated the Green Hornets 25-21, 19-25, 27-25, 24-26 and 15-10, to advance to the districts finals, which is today at 6 p.m. against Belding at Redskins Arena.

Belding coach Mikayla Linebaugh (black shirt) and her team react to game four of the district semifinals against Ithaca Wedneday, in which the Redskins made a comeback to force a fifth and final match, which Belding won to advance to the district finals against Chippewa Hills, tonight at 6 p.m. at Redskins Arena.

Belding survives Ithaca in five-game set to advance to district finals

It took all five games to settle the winner between the Belding Redskins and Ithaca Yellowjackets in the Belding district semi-finals volleyball game Wednesday.

The Redskins won 15-11 over Ithaca in the rubber match to clinch a spot in the district finals against Chippewa Hills, which is today at 6 p.m. at Redskins Arena. Belding won 25-23, 23-25, 16-25 and 25-19 before winning the rubber match.

From left, Carson City-Crystal’s Aoife O’Grady, Ariana Dockham and Makayla Baker, competing in a MSAC Jamboree the school hosted at Fish Creek Sportsman’s Club in Hubbardston Oct. 19. The girls team qualified for the Nov. 5 state finals at the Division 4 regionals in Gaylord Saturday. (File photos)

Carson City-Crystal’s Barrett, Ward, girls team qualify for state finals

It was a bittersweet day for Grant Woodman during the Division 4 boys and girls cross country regionals in Shepherd Saturday. The girls team finished third overall to qualify for the state finals, a feat that hasn’t been done in 18 years. Two runners from the boys team qualified as individuals to compete in the state finals — Kaleb Barrett and Jamison Ward.

Between Kaitlyn and Joshua Naert, the sister-brother duo has combined for 18 state titles, four national titles and three world titles in powerlifting. They recently competed in a national tournament in Chicago in May and in a world tournament in Portland, Oregon, Oct. 6-9.

Crystal siblings rack up medals at powerlifting tournament

During a World Powerlifting Association tournament in Portland, Oregon, both Joshua and Kaitlynn Naert, representing the state of Michigan and the American Powerlifting Association (APA), went up against competitors from 15 states and five foreign countries, where they dominated in all three of the powerlifting categories — squat, bench and deadlift — for their age groups, with Kaitlynn establishing three world records in the the 14-year-olds category.

Lakeview running back Mike Zerka (5) storms down the field with his teammates Luke Nunley (70) and Riley Nunley (61) in tow while Ravenna Bulldogs players bear down on him during the Division 6 playoff game Friday. Ravenna won 42-21 to advance to the second round against Kent City. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Ravenna running back racks up 323 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns against Lakeview in 42-21 Division 6 game

It only took the first snap of the game Friday for Lakeview to realize just what it was up against in its Division 6 football playoff game against Ravenna.

Bulldogs senior David Thompson may have been listed as the quarterback for Ravenna, but in the first few minutes of the game, he showed his high-level running back skills, busting out for an 80-yard and an 84-yard touchdown run that put Ravenna up 14-0, quickly.

Thompson ended up with 323 of Ravenna’s 425 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns to lead his Bulldogs to a convincing 42-21 first round win. The win earns Ravenna a second-round match-up with Kent City (8-2 overall), which upset favored Montague (7-3), 20-19.

With blockers James Smith (55) and Addison Mitchell (10) leading the way, Lakeview’s Mike Zerka (5) hands off to Jason Kroeze (21) during the Wildcats’ game against Morley Stanwood on Sept. 16. — File photo

Run game key in Ravenna, Lakeview match-up

Fifty-four years have passed since these two teams faced each other.

Tonight, the Lakeview Wildcats and Ravenna Bulldogs will go head to head in a Division 6 playoffs game in Ravenna.