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Three area teams meet at football passing camp

On an overcast, humid morning, five football teams strapped on the helmets, huddled and continued to prepare for the upcoming high school football season. With just 22 days until the first official practice and 40 days until the first game of the season, it’s crunch time for each program to make sure they are ready for the start of the season. On Friday, the Lakeview Wildcats and Tri County Vikings squared off with the host Belding Redskins, Ionia Bulldogs and Saranac Redskins in a 7-on-7 passing camp.

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Belding, Tri County prep for football in July

It may be July, but there was football being played in Belding on Friday. The Redskins joined Tri County, Ionia and Saranac at Rudness Field for a series of 7-on-7 scrimmages. That’s where there are no linemen and the idea is to work on the passing offense and passing defense against teams that don’t play each other in the regular season.

Belding’s Aaden Quinn rounds third base during a game at home against Carson City-Crystal this season. - Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Belding baseball had up and down year

Belding’s baseball team was good and bad this season, according to coach Mike Ostrander. Calling the season “up and down,” Ostrander saw the Redskins get to a 13-19-2 record overall, but just 3-12 in the O-K Blue Conference.

Belding’s Hallee Breimayer drives in for a basket during a scrimmage at Central Montcalm Friday.

Central Montcalm hosts girls hoops shootout

Four area girls basketball teams joined a few others for a round robin of scrimmages to close out the month of June. Basketball season doesn’t start until November, but June and even July, are busy months for basketball programs with preparation for the season.

Belding junior Greta Wilker connects for a double during a game at home this season. Wilker earned Division 2 first team All-State honors. - File photo

Wilker, 3 others earn All-State softball honors

The Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association released its All-State honorees on Wednesday. In all, four area players earned All-State honors this season. For the second straight season, Belding’s Greta Wilker was named to the Division 2 first team. This year as a utility fielder (third base in 2014).

An offensive line drill takes place as Belding players go after coach Joe Schwander, black shirt, Wednesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding football practicing for August at line camp

It may only be June, but Belding’s football teams were preparing for August. The Redskins were practicing at the final day of linemen camp at Rudness Field Wednesday morning, learning some of the things they will need to be ready for when the full-team practices start in August.

Greenville’s Reece Burden delivers a pitch during the Belding Invitational against the Redskins Saturday. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Redskins 3-0. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville wins Belding baseball invitational

Greenville’s baseball team was almost perfect Saturday. The Yellow Jackets won both of their games at the Belding Invitational Saturday, winning without giving up a single run.

Belding’s softball team lines up for the National Anthem in their pink softball shirts for cancer awareness Thursday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Coopersville beats Belding girls in 8th

Belding’s softball team had a short-lived comeback. The Redskins came from a 4-0 deficit against the Coopersville Broncos on Thursday, only to lose in extra innings 5-4. The comeback started in the bottom of the sixth inning with a Greta Wilker solo home run. It was completed in the bottom of the seventh inning on a two-RBI double by Olivia Stephan.

Belding’s Teresa Myles, left, and Monica Baylis, front right, start the 3,200-meter relay out front during Monday’s home meet against Sparta. - File photo

Belding girls win O-K Blue track title again

Belding’s girls track team is the O-K Blue Conference champions again. The Redskins beat the other five teams in the conference at the conference tournament Friday night, scoring 116.5 points to beat Coopersville (108) and Grand Rapids West Catholic (89.5).

Belding junior Alex Parker, middle, clears a hurdle during a home meet against Sparta on Monday. She set a school record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.49 seconds. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding girls top Sparta, finishes O-K Blue regular season perfect

The Belding Redskins girls track team has a stranglehold on the O-K Blue. With Monday’s 89-48 win at home against Sparta, the Redskins finished the league regular season schedule undefeated for the third consecutive season. That’s 15 straight dual meet wins.