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Belding golfers had ‘strong finish’

The 2014 season wasn’t one of the best for Belding’s girls golf team. The Redskins finished last in the O-K Rainbow Conference, which had some strong teams in it.

Belding’s Alexa Syrjala, right, and Zac Brown left, compete during the Central Montcalm Hornet Invitational early this season. - Bruce Bentley

Belding boys runners young, girls solid

The two different Belding cross country teams had divergent seasons. While the boys finished sixth in the O-K Blue Conference, the girls finished third and had the second-fastest team time in school history.

Belding’s Damion Ball (52) makes a tackle with the help of Sam Beckett (28) and Alex Hubbert (3) during the season opening game at Greenville. - Cory Smith

Belding struggled on the gridiron in 2014

The Belding Redskins struggled to find wins in 2014. They struggled to stay competitive. The Redskins went just 2-7 overall this year, which followed a 7-4 season and playoff appearance in 2013.

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THE REVIEW: Logic and ping pong

Logic is a funny thing in the game of football. It’s that still, small voice reminding you that in order to be successful, it’s all about the numbers. It’s all about the players toting the last names, that dominate jersey sales, being in your starting lineup each Sunday. It’s all about that rookie who brought the rave reviews to the table on draft day living up to the hype of his collegiate reputation

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SPORTS GALORE: Lauren Hill is an inspiration

There is more than just winning and losing when it comes to sports. Despite stories of reckless youth parents, win-at-all-cost college athletic programs and law breaking professional athletes, sports provide us with stories of courage and inspiration.

The Lakeview Wildcats volleyball team poses with its district championship trophy on Thursday at Central Montcalm High School. - Joe Veselenak

Lakeview wins district final over Belding

The Class B district volleyball final took extra points three times and saw another Lakeview comeback. Down two games to one to Belding, the Wildcats came back and beat the Redskins 28-26, 28-30, 26-28, 25-11, 15-13 Thursday night.

Belding’s Sarah Brownell, right, Greta Wilker, middle, and Sam McNeal, left, get ready to serve receive during Monday’s Class B district volleyball opener at Central Montcalm. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding advances with 3-1 victory over Alma

The Belding Redskins always seem to play its best volleyball this time of the year. That means the district tournament. On Monday, the Redskins took their first step toward winning a fourth consecutive Class B district title with a 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17 win over Alma in the first round of district play at Central Montcalm High School. The Redskins domination goes further back with district title wins in six of the last seven tourneys.

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THE REVIEW: Motown magic

He wasn’t part of the original plan. No one had expected to discover him. Hockey scouting reports weren’t singing his praises, but as fate would have it, the ambition of a resilient Russian would give just enough of a push to grab the eye of an organization and forever change his future.

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New Belding basketball coach ready for season

Michael Redell knows a thing or two about basketball. The 2004 Rockford High School graduate was a star player for the 2003 undefeated Class A state champion Rams (28-0). Redell played collegiately at Cleveland State University for a season before transferring to Western Michigan University to finish his career.

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THE REVIEW: Rebuilding a roster

It was a dream lineup. Some of the league’s hottest hitters all together under the same roof, sporting the storied English D. What was predicted to be a dominating season would ultimately take an unfortunate turn for the Detroit Tigers and thanks to a midseason unraveling, 1984 would continue to hold its place in the franchise’s history.