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Belding’s Johanna McCully taps the ball over the net for a point during Wednesday’s match vs. Coopersville. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Coopersville rallies for five set victory against Belding

The road to an O-K Blue volleyball championship goes through Coopersville. The Belding Redskins know this. The three-time defending league champion Coopersville Broncos definitely know this. For two-and-a-half sets Belding was on cruise control. Like a typical Michigan road following a rough winter, the Redskins hit some bumps and potholes as the Broncos found their direction in a come-from-behind 3-2 win on Wednesday night.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, Sept. 2

Belding 2nd: The Redskins competed in an O-K Blue Jamboree at the Mines Golf Course hosted by NorthPointe Christian on Wednesday. Grand Rapids West Catholic won the tournament with a 185. Belding tied with NorthPointe Christian with 197. Coopersville shot 201, Comstock Park 216, Calvin Christian 221, Sparta 225 and Allendale 255…

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THE REVIEW: Expand and conquer

For the first time in roughly six years, the Detroit Tigers find themselves face to face with a slim chance at the playoffs, a chance that’s slimmer by the day. Working to bolster their chances, the Tigers will use the start of September to shift focus from bullpen frustrations to a roster expansion. At this time, major league teams move beyond their usual 25-man roster count and open an opportunity for some of the standout prospects to get a chance at playing in the big leagues.

The Belding girls cross country team competed at Benzie Central High School and placed 12th on Saturday. The Redskins girls cross country team consists of, front row from left, Kelsey Stahlin, Kassidy Gross, Veronica Muniz, Olivia Muniz and Hannah Kellogg; back row from left, coach Chris Kmiecik, Lauren McDowell, Tori Wittenbach, Bridget Myles, Teresa Myles, Carissa Stenquist and coach John Carlson. Missing are Christy Smith, Lexi Syrjala and Laura Tuttle. Belding will run at the Saranac Invitational on Wednesday. Courtesy photo/Joe Veselenak

Belding runners 12th at Benzie Central

The Belding girls cross country team was in action this weekend, while the boys team had the weekend off. The Redskins competed at the Benzie Central Pete Moss Invitational and placed 12th out of 21 teams in the big school division on Saturday.

Belding’s Olivia Stephan, right, has her attack deflect off Grant’s Andrea Gardner during pool play of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding vollebyall wins CC-Crystal Invitational

Belding’s volleyball team kept rolling through the season Friday, but this time the road was a little tougher. The Redskins won the Carson City-Crystal Invitational Friday, beating Grant 26-24, 22-25, 15-5.

Greenville junior Calvin Syrjala tries to stiff-arm Belding’s Alex Hubbert during a 52-29 Yellow Jackets win in a season opening win at Rudness Field. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville starts quick in opening win at Belding

Big and physical are just a couple of words to describe the Greenville Yellow Jackets offensive line. Throw in an uptempo offense and the Yellow Jackets provide quick scoring capability and the ability to wear down an opponent, especially, when that opponent is young and lacking depth.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Aug. 27

CC-Crystal loses in finals: The Eagles went across M-57 to the Fulton Invitational on Thursday and made it to the finals. They started with a 25-20, 25-8 loss to eventual champion Ovid-Elsie, then beat Webberville 25-20, 25-17 and Breckenridge 25-19, 25-21. Then CC-C split with the host Pirates, losing the first 25-13 but winning the second 25-19…

Belding’s Jessica Wittenbach (5) tries to block the attack of Greenville’s Rylie Jenks (13) during The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding does it again at The Daily News Invitational

Just like last year, Belding’s volleyball team was the best in the area. The Redskins went undefeated and won the Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament at their home gym Saturday. The Redskins beat Lakeview and Vestaburg in pool play, then had a tough match with Central Montcalm before besting Greenville 25-7, 25-13 in the finals.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, Aug. 22

Belding girls 5th ,boys 12th at St. Johns: The Redskin boys were 1212 out of 13 teams at the St. Johns Night Meet Friday. The boys got 320 points while the girls had 163 for fifth. Top boys runners were Blake Flynn in 50th (19:01.2), Justin McMaster in 80th (20:06.3), Royce Braman in 85th (20:27.5), Tommy Myles in 88th (20:33.8) and Zac Brown in 107th (21:37.8)…

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CHIP’S CLIPS: Lessons not learned

The Little League Softball World Series showed some adults really know how to mess up a kid’s love of sports. It also showed some adults don’t get it when it comes to playing sports properly. For those readers who don’t know what I’m talking about, there was a controversy in the Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Ore., earlier this week.