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Belding’s Connor Barker, at top, tries to finish pinning Carson City-Crystal’s Colton Blasher during the John Baum Invitational Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding tops CC-Crystal to win own invitational

Belding’s wrestling team needed a big win over Carson City-Crystal in the championship match to win its own invitational Saturday. The Redskins got it, beating the Eagles 51-23 to cap off an undefeated tournament.

Belding’s Lucas McNinch fires up a shot between a pair of Hastings defenders during Thursday’s game at home. McNinch finished with eight points. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Turnovers hurt Belding in 51-42 loss to Hastings

The Belding Redskins had the momentum in the final minutes of the second quarter. They were unable to carry it over into the second half. Tied at halftime, the Hastings Saxtons defense held the Redskins to just five field goals in the second half in a 51-42 win.

Belding’s Monica Baylis, front, boxes out during a district tournament game last season. The Redskins opened this season on Tuesday with a win over Lakewood. - File photo

Belding works for successful season

The Belding Redskins girls basketball team got off to a good start this season. After a slow start Tuesday night, the Redskins used a dominating second half to defeat Lakewood to open the 2014-15 season with a 44-33 win. Hallee Breimayer scored 16 points in the win, while Katie Wood finished with 14 points and Monica Baylis with eight points.

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.

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.

Belding’s Teresa Myles runs a distance relay during a home track meet in May against Allendale. Myles qualified for the Division 2 cross country state finals on Saturday. - Bruce Bentley/Daily News

Belding’s Teresa Myles has goals for Saturday

Teresa Myles is returning to her second Division 2 state cross country finals when she runs Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. When she gets there, the Belding junior has some goals in mind.

Belding defenders Jesse Scheidel (31) and Sean Paauwe (35) tackle Coopersville quarterback Ben Cushway in the second quarter Friday evening at Rudness Field in Belding. - Daily News/Cory Smith

Coopersville spoils special night for Belding with win

The Belding football team was hoping to give its senior players a proper send-off in their final game at Rudness Field and the community a perfect end to the fourth annual Day to Believe. Unfortunately, the Redskins got off to a slow start against the Broncos of Coopersville, and despite scoring 21 unanswered points in the second and third quarters, they suffered their fifth setback of the season by a score of 52-28.

Belding’s defense gangs up on Lakewood’s quarterback, running him out of bounds for little to no gain during second quarter action Friday evening at Rudness Field. - Ryan Schlehuber

Belding holds off Vikings in home opener

The Belding football team waited through a 90-minute rain delay Friday night before taking the field for its home opener against Lakewood. Despite the delay, the night ended on a positive for the Redskins as they walked off the turf at Rudness Field with a 22-14 victory. Although pleased with the effort of his players, Belding coach Joe Schwander said he is looking for his team to improve their execution going forward.

Belding’s Brooke Linebaugh sets the ball during a match last year. The Redskins are off to a 6-0-2 start this season.

Belding volleyball off to great start

The Belding Redskins volleyball team has a new look this year, but still the same winning mentality. The Redskins — winners of three consecutive Class B district titles and six of seven overall — graduated plenty of talent from last year’s winning squad. With some retooling, Belding is off to a great start with a 6-0-2 record.