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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.

Belding’s Olivia Stephan returns a serve against West Catholic at home on Tuesday. Johanna McCully (3) and Sarah Brownell, right, are there to provide support. Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Beldings tops West Catholic, ready for Coopersville rematch

Playing the first varsity game of Belding’s 5th annual Pink Week, the Redskins volleyball team put on a stellar display. On Tuesday, the Redskins pieced together three solid sets to defeat O-K Blue rival Grand Rapids West Catholic. The win sets up another showdown with three-time defending league champion Coopersville on Thursday.

Central Montcalm’s Mackenzie Rutz, center, fires an attack past Shepherd’s Ashtyn Snyder (10) and Jordyn Emelander (6) during pool play of the Montabella Invitational Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding does it again at Montabella Invite

For the third straight tournament, Belding’s volleyball team came out on top. The Redskins won the Montabella Invitational Saturday, adding to their wins at The Daily News Invitational and the Carson City-Crystal Invitational earlier in the season.

Belding’s Johanna McCully taps the ball over the net for a point during Wednesday’s match vs. Coopersville. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Coopersville rallies for five set victory against Belding

The road to an O-K Blue volleyball championship goes through Coopersville. The Belding Redskins know this. The three-time defending league champion Coopersville Broncos definitely know this. For two-and-a-half sets Belding was on cruise control. Like a typical Michigan road following a rough winter, the Redskins hit some bumps and potholes as the Broncos found their direction in a come-from-behind 3-2 win on Wednesday night.

The Belding girls cross country team competed at Benzie Central High School and placed 12th on Saturday. The Redskins girls cross country team consists of, front row from left, Kelsey Stahlin, Kassidy Gross, Veronica Muniz, Olivia Muniz and Hannah Kellogg; back row from left, coach Chris Kmiecik, Lauren McDowell, Tori Wittenbach, Bridget Myles, Teresa Myles, Carissa Stenquist and coach John Carlson. Missing are Christy Smith, Lexi Syrjala and Laura Tuttle. Belding will run at the Saranac Invitational on Wednesday. Courtesy photo/Joe Veselenak

Belding runners 12th at Benzie Central

The Belding girls cross country team was in action this weekend, while the boys team had the weekend off. The Redskins competed at the Benzie Central Pete Moss Invitational and placed 12th out of 21 teams in the big school division on Saturday.

Belding’s Olivia Stephan, right, has her attack deflect off Grant’s Andrea Gardner during pool play of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding vollebyall wins CC-Crystal Invitational

Belding’s volleyball team kept rolling through the season Friday, but this time the road was a little tougher. The Redskins won the Carson City-Crystal Invitational Friday, beating Grant 26-24, 22-25, 15-5.

Greenville junior Calvin Syrjala tries to stiff-arm Belding’s Alex Hubbert during a 52-29 Yellow Jackets win in a season opening win at Rudness Field. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville starts quick in opening win at Belding

Big and physical are just a couple of words to describe the Greenville Yellow Jackets offensive line. Throw in an uptempo offense and the Yellow Jackets provide quick scoring capability and the ability to wear down an opponent, especially, when that opponent is young and lacking depth.

Lakeview’s JaTrevion Williams, right, is chased by Belding’s Matt Ferman, left, during a scrimmage Thursday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview, Belding, Montabella tune up for next week

It was the final tuneup for the football teams from Lakeview, Belding and Montabella on Thursday at Kos Field. The scrimmage was the last chance for the Redskins, Mustangs and Wildcats to check themselves out before the games become real next week.