It took the Belding Redskins less time to defeat the Alma Panthers than it took to drive to Shepherd High School. With a five-set district finals loss in 2014 fresh on their minds, the Redskins dispatched the Panthers in dominating fashion and straight sets at Shepherd on Thursday night. In near flawless play, Belding won 25-14, 25-9, 25-12 to win its sixth Class B district championship in eight years.
On Saturday across the state, 11 area cross country runners qualified for the state finals, which will take place at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) this coming Saturday. Included in the 11 runners are six from the Montabella girls team, which qualified with a third place finish at regional. In addition to the top three teams in each regional, the top 15 individual runners in each regional qualify for the state finals.
It’s now been 107 years since the Chicago Cubs, aka the Lovable Losers, have won a World Series championship. In 1908, the Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games to win their second World Series championship. No one then would’ve dreamed their beloved Cubbies would suffer such a drought since then.
The Belding Redskins girls cross country team surprised everyone on Tuesday. The Redskins won their first conference meet of the season with a one point upset win over Allendale.
The West Catholic Falcons won’t be calling No. 13 unlucky any time soon. With a 67-37 win at Belding on Friday, the Falcons qualified for their 13th consecutive trip to the Michigan High School Athletic Association football playoffs. After starting the season 1-2, the Falcons have won four straight games, the last three against O-K Blue rivals.
Quarterback Dan Orlovsky would like to forget 2008 as much as anyone. Orlovsky was at the helm for the Detroit Lions as they fell 31-21 to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field that year. While any loss has the ability to leave a sting, this particular defeat marked a milestone that anyone would love to go without. A 10-point difference was all it took for the Lions to earn the title of becoming the first team to go winless throughout an entire 16-game season, since the 1976 expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which finished their year at 0-14.
Every week, I’m one of a couple million people who plays daily fantasy sports via Fanduel, DraftKings or other companies. Fanduel and DraftKings are the most popular and handle a majority of the marketplace. These companies and their product have skyrocketed in popularity the past couple of years much like online poker gambling in the early 2000s.
Central Montcalm senior Ava Miller is the only area golfer to continue her season beyond regionals. On Thursday, playing at the Grayling Country Club, Miller fired a 90 to qualify for the Division 4 state championship at Michigan State’s Forest Akers East Oct. 16-17. The Hornets shot 443, but did not qualify as a team, which meant Miller did so as an individual. The top three teams and top three players from non qualifying teams advance to the state finals.
Edgar Tovar, Fabian Corona and Chris Ornelas are Belding’s version of the big three. The soccer trio uses their quickness, agility and chemistry to weave in-and-out of opponents and have helped lead the Redskins to 13 wins this season. The latest victory was a 4-2 victory over O-K Blue rival West Catholic at Rudness Field on Thursday evening.
The regular season ending O-K Blue post conference tournament was held at The Pines on Thursday. The match was hosted by Grandville Calvin Christian. The Belding Redskins finished fourth at the tournament and fifth overall in the league, which factors in the preseason tournament and all season jamborees.