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Belding visits Greenville at 7 p.m. Thursday at Greenville’s Legacy Field to continue a rivalry that dates back to 1900. Last year, Greenville earned the victory with a 52-29 win at Belding. (File photo)

Greenville, Belding coaches focus on maintaining game plan, keeping adrenaline in check

The 2016 high school football season is set to begin this week, and what better way to get it started then a longtime rivalry game between Greenville and Belding.

The two teams, which have been playing each other for more than a century, will face off Thursday at Greenville’s Legacy Field, with a kick off time of 7 p.m.

Belding’s Summer Eubank, far left, attacks between Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford, middle, and Kenzie Rutz during the finals of the Daily News Volleyball Invitational Saturday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Hornets start season off winning Daily News Invitational crown

Central Montcalm’s volleyball team found a good way to start its season Saturday. The Green Hornets won the Daily News Volleyball Tournament, beating the host Belding Redskins in three games in the championship game to win.

Daily News sports editor Ryan Schlehuber

No time to waste: ‘Hit the line hard’ as new sports editor

Here it’s my first week as Daily News sports editor, and I’m already playing from behind.

Having accepted the new position on Monday, transitioning from features editor and filling the vacancy left by my dear friend and longtime and much-respected Sports Editor Bruce Bentley, I’ve had to “hit the line hard” and catch up with teams, local athletic directors and coaches as high school fall sports season is already upon us.

Belding’s Nolan Barker, left, knocks the ball away from Tri County’s Kyle Proctor.

Belding, Tri County continue summer football preparations

BELDING — As the first full team practices of football get closer, the preparations for those practices are winding down. Belding’s football team, for example, had their last 7-on-7 passing drill Wednesday, facing Tri County and Saranac at Rudness Field. Belding coach Joe Schwander said he liked what he saw in his team. “I thought [...]

Owen Christensen spikes the ball after an interception drill during the Belding Youth Football Camp Tuesday.

Belding youth football camp had 62 attendees learning the game

BELDING — There’s lots of interest in football among youth in the Belding Area Schools. Varsity football coach Joe Schwander said there were 62 attendees at the youth football camp the Redskins’ coach is hosting this week. The camp is teaching a number of things, Schwander said. “It’s about having fun playing the game of [...]

Belding softball coach Mikayla Linebaugh, in dark shirt, speaks to her team during a game against Coopersville on April 13, 2014.

Belding’s Linebaugh resigns as softball coach

BELDING — After 13 years and a Division 2 semifinal appearance, Mikayla Linebaugh has decided she is done coaching softball. Linebaugh submitted her letter of resignation three weeks ago, but the resignation was made official earlier this week. Linebaugh is also the varsity volleyball coach, a position she will continue in. “It was a tough [...]

Belding volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh, far right, shows a technique to volleyball players attending the Belding volleyball camp Wednesday morning.

Belding volleyball camp teaches girls to improve their game

BELDING — Getting to work on their volleyball skills kept 60 young women busy this week. Belding volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh was the director of a volleyball camp at Belding Middle School. The camp had 60 players total attending the camp, from third grade through high school. There were three sessions, depending on the grade [...]

Bruce Bentley

SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

Tri County’s Aaron Jason, left, and Greenville’s Landon Kemp were voted The Daily News Track Classic top male and female athletes at Tuesday’s meet. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Kemp, Jason lead Daily News Track Classic

In a track meet pitting the area’s best of the best, a pair of juniors stood out among the rest. On a beautiful Tuesday evening, the annual Daily News Track Classic was held at Greenville High School. The meet consists of the best athletes from The Daily News coverage area, minus Montabella (they opt to compete at the Morning Sun Invitational), plus Cedar Springs. Greenville junior Landon Kemp, winner of three events, and Tri County junior Aaron Jason, winner of two events, were named the top male and female athletes of the meet. This was the third time Kemp won the honor and first for Jason.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, May 24

Tri County splits: The Vikings played two games against Morley Stanwood on Tuesday, winning the first 5-4 and getting mercied in the second game 11-0 in five innings. The opener was won on a Jake Sickelsteel RBI double in the fourth inning. That gave Eric Hayden the win, as he went the first 4 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits and two walks around two strikeouts…