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Belding senior Justin McMaster recovered from a knee injury during his junior year and played the entire year his senior year under first-year coach Steve Saboo, who praised McMaster’s characteristics on the court. ““Just an intense competitive spirit and he listens,” Saboo said of McMaster. Anything that a coach tells him he goes 100 percent effort, a great attitude.” (File photo)

Belding’s Justin McMaster to play basketball at Concordia

Belding’s Justin McMaster returned to basketball from a knee injury and impressed Concordia University enough to offer him a roster spot.

As many as 32 students from Belding High School have joined the newly-formed disc golf club this year, which is headed by Belding High School science and mathematics teacher Nathan Davey. Pictured, from left, are disc golf club members Jesse Preston, Elvis Preston II, Isabella Connour, August Medema, Erin Rich, Summer Eubank, Max Walker, Jonathan Silva, Reese Reidy and Phoenix Chiavola during a recent practice. (Courtesy photos)

Belding’s new disc golf club attracts 32 students, seeks to be sanctioned sport

Belding’s new disc golf club team gets 32 high school participants. Competitive team will compete in championship tournament in Byron Center June 17/

Three Belding baseball players joined together to sign their letters of intent to continue their baseball careers into college Thursday. Logan Campbell, left, will play ball at Mesa Community College in Arizona, Anthony “Ant” Baltruczak will play at Olivet College, and Dylan McMaster signed to play with Concordia University. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding baseball has three players sign letters of intent to play in college

It was a bittersweet day for Dave Riches, as he saw three of his Belding baseball players sign letters of intent Thursday to play at the collegiate level next year, which also meant he will soon be losing his big-time players. Starting pitcher Logan Campbell, outfielder and pitcher Dylan McMaster and infielder Anthony “Ant” Baltruczak decided to sign their letters of intent to play baseball and attend their respective colleges.

Belding’s Kyleigh Kazmerski, left, turns with the ball while being chased by Wyoming Kelloggsville’s Elizabeth Batumawukuze during the teams’ game Monday.

Belding’s fast start dooms Kelloggsville

BELDING — A quick two goals gave Belding’s girls soccer team the cushion it needed. Belding used those two goals, which all came in the first half, to beat the Wyoming Kelloggsville Rockets 4-1 in an intermittent rain Monday. “We just played great,” Belding coach Matt Bailey said. “We stuck it out through these crappy [...]

Belding’s Jo VanderRoer, left, drops a ball that allowed Greenville’s Addie Chesebro, right, safe at first during the first game of the two teams’ doubleheader Friday.

Belding sweeps shorthanded Greenville in doubleheader

GREENVILLE — Belding’s softball team continued to roll Friday. Belding defeated its arch rival Greenville in a pair of games Friday, winning 14-0 in five innings and 13-3 in six innings. “We’ve been on a streak now,” Belding coach Sadie Stowell said. “Seven in a row. We’re finally clicking now and we’ve found a lineup [...]

Taylor Johnson, left, teaches fielding to attendees of her softball clinic at Demorest Field on Saturday. Johnson is a 2010 graduate of Belding.

Belding grad Taylor Johnson teaches softball to young players

BELDING — Taylor Johnson was a member of the 2010 Belding softball team that went to the state semi-finals. On Saturday, she used that experience to teach young girls the proper techniques of softball at Demorest Field during her second annual softball clinic. Johnson, who also played basketball for Central Michigan University, said she was [...]

Belding senior Hallee Breimayer, center, signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Grand Rapids Community College Wednesday. Surrounding her are, from left in front, her mother, Shawn, Belding girls basketball coach Connor Hoke; in back, her father, Shad, and her new basketball coach, Dave Glazier. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding’s Breimeyer to play basketball at GRCC

Dave Glazier is used to allowing freshman players to flourish on his Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) women’s basketball team. Soon, he will have another freshman who can bring a whole new attitude to the Raiders team.

Hallee Breimayer, Belding senior and The Daily News girls basketball player of the year, signed a letter of intent to attend GRCC and play for Glazier, who is in his second year as the Raiders head coach.

The Belding-Greenville football rivalry game has been an ongoing event since at least 1897. Overall, the teams have played at least 108 games since then. (File photo)

HIT THE LINE HARD: Greenville, Belding’s historic football rivalry goes back 108 years

It may be official, or unofficial, but whatever the fact may be, Bob Dumond knows the historic football rivalry between Greenville and Belding has long passed the mark that many people believed was going to be next year.

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By Ryan Schlehuber

Rooting for Carson City-Crystal’s underdog

As a sports editor who covers multiple teams for up to eight local high schools, I try not to be a “homer” for one particular team.

But I have to admit, after doing a story on Carson City-Crystal’s girls soccer team, it’s hard to not throw on an Eagles hat and root for them.

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Daily News winter sports ‘Spark Plug’ Players of the Year

We’ve had our Daily News All-Area award winners, and now we recognize those players who might not fill up the stats book, but their team may not be as successful or enjoy the sport as much without them.