In the 18 years Belding girls volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh has been coaching, a bar of expectation had been raised to a point to where winning a district title is always the goal, even in a year when it looks as though the team is rebuilding. As it turns out, the Redskins were able to retool. Belding finished with a 24-10-2 record and another district title, reaching the regionals yet again.
Ryan Schlehuber “Scoop”
Kenzie Rutz’s all-around statistics with this year’s Central Montcalm volleyball team alone qualifies her as the Daily News Player of the Year, but it’s what she has done beyond statistics that really spell her worthiness.
There was more to James Smith than being a great defensive player. The Lakeview senior was one of the few ironmen that played on both sides of the ball during football games.
Last year, Carson City-Crystal Drew Stout was merely the team’s backup running back, but when new Eagles coach Ben Brock took over, he was looking for a particular player to run the spread offense. He found it in Stout.
When he saw the competitiveness between two of his basketball players escalate to almost an all-out scuffle during a recent practice, Terry Larsen was liking what he was seeing.
It wasn’t until the final buzzer sounded that the new Carson City-Crystal girls basketball coach could sigh a relief.
It took three quarters for both teams to shake off the opening season jitters Tuesday, but it was Tim Stout’s Eagles that finally got into a scoring groove, exploding for 28 points in the fourth quarter to pull out a 51-33 non-conference victory against the Central Montcalm Green Hornets.
When Thaddeous Holbrook first saw Belding’s new exchange student trying out for football, he wasn’t impressed.
“He looked skinnier than the rest of us,” the Belding senior said of Simone D’Errico, of Turin, Italy, who is spending a year at Belding High School.
“I thought maybe he might get hurt.” But when the soft-spoken Italian put pads on and started practicing with the team, Holbrook’s thoughts about D’Errico’s ability completely changed.
“He blindsided me on a tackle and I was floored,” Holbrook laughed. “He was real fast, and is real good.”
As the saying goes, “When in Rome, do what the Romans do.”
For Denise Oostinga, she’s doing what Americans do, and loving it.
Oostinga, 17, of Heiloo, Netherlands, is enrolled as a senior at Carson City-Crystal, and is enjoying her first time in America.
If you know who “Wilson” and “Wilma” are, then you know just how much Anders Leine loves football.
Leine, a 17-year-old foreign exchange student who lives near Lillehammer, Norway, is enrolled as a senior at Tri County High School this year. Since his arrival in August, he can often be seen carrying Wilson and Wilma, two footballs he purchased shortly after he arrived in America, which is example of just how much this “Viking” loves American football.
The small community of Powers is quickly establishing itself as the “title town” of the Upper Peninsula with its school.
The Jets of Powers North Central used a 30-0 run in the second half of the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s eight-man football state final game Friday night at Greenville’s Legacy Field to beat the Deckerville Eagles 58-22 to repeat at state champions.