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Belding senior Katie Wood, right, takes a back step against Sparta defender Delaney Armock at home on Friday night. Wood scored a game-high 23 points. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding remains perfect in O-K Blue, defeats Sparta

Five down, five to go. The Belding Redskins girls basketball team reached the midway portion of the O-K Blue season with a perfect 5-0 record intact. In their latest victory, the Redskins used a strong first quarter and got a game-high 23 points from Katie Wood in a 60-39 home win at Sparta on Friday.

Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker, top, tries to roll Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern’s Troy Sorensen during their 119-pound match Wednesday night. Hilliker won on a technical fall for his 100th career win. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville defeats Belding wrestlers

Greenville’s wrestling team got a pair of wins it wanted Wednesday night. The Yellow Jackets won their O-K Bronze matchup with Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northern, winning 57-24. They then beat arch rival Belding 53-15. It was good enough for Greenville coach Paul Johnson.

Belding’s Maison Krieger goes for a pin against Grandville’s Michael Carrasco during the 130-pound semifinal at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday. Krieger placed second. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding wrestlers look to carry momentum

The Belding Redskins wrestling team put on a good showing at the Lakeview Invitational on Saturday. Belding placed third out of 14 teams behind Grandville (ranked No. 6 in Division 1 by michigangrappler.com) and Chippewa Hills (ranked No. 3 in Division 3). In all, nine Belding wrestlers placed out of 12 at the individual tournament.

Montabella’s Carson Dalrymple, on bottom, tries to hold his position against Ionia’s Cole Cudney during the semifinals of the 103-pound division on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Chippewa Hills wrestlers win Lakeview Invitational

The competition at the individual Lakeview Invitational was noticeably tougher than past seasons. With the additions of Grandville (ranked No. 6 in Division 1) and Chippewa Hills (No. 3 in Division 3), the individual talent featured many 2015 state placers, including defending state champion Cameron Mahlich of Ionia. Chippewa Hills and Grandville dominated the competition with six individual champions and six runner-ups in 14 weight classes. Chippewa Hills, though, edged Granville in total points 250-233.5.

Sparta’s Alec Reese, top, tries to roll over Belding’s Connor Barker during their 145-pound match Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding wrestlers split only home meet of season

Belding’s wrestling team had one easy match and one hard one at their only home meet of the season Wednesday night. The Redskins’ hard match was the one they lost. Sparta beat them 56-15. The easy match was Wyoming High, which the Redskins won 71-6.

Belding’s Dylan McMaster grabs a rebound and scores two points with the putback during a home game against Lake Odessa Lakewood on Tuesday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding comeback falls short against Lakewood

Lucas McNinch put the Belding Redskins on his back in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. McNinch, a senior, scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter of a 64-54 home loss to the Lake Odessa Lakewood Vikings on Tuesday.

Greenville’s Adele Kemp, middle, battles Belding’s Hallee Breimayer for the ball during Friday’s rivaly game at Redskins Arena. Kemp scored 20 points in the Yellow Jackets 60-46 win. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Greenville shooters down rival Belding

When you’re hot, you’re hot. As was the case with the Greenville Yellow Jackets on Friday night. The red hot Yellow Jackets knocked down 13 3-pointers, six of them by freshman Adele Kemp, in a 60-46 road win over rival Belding on Friday. The game was tight for 2 1/2 quarters before a flurry of 3-pointers midway through the third quarter propelled the Yellow Jackets their second win of the season.

The Belding Redskins won its sixth volleyball district championship in the past eight years with a sweep over the Alma Panthers at Shepherd High School on Thursday night. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding sweeps Alma, returns to volleyball regionals

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.

Belding sophomore James Daniel scores in the first quarter against the West Catholic Falcons at Rudness Field on Friday. The Falcons won 67-37. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

West Catholic qualifies for playoffs with win over Belding

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.

Belding’s Edgar Tovar had his shot blocked by sliding West Catholic keeper Paul Gomez during the first half on Thursday. Tovar finished the game with three goals. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding starts quick, tops West Catholic 4-2

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.