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.
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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.
It didn’t take long for the Greenville Yellow Jackets to set the tone for its annual rivalry grudge match against the Belding Redskins. Actually, it took just 18 seconds. On the first play from scrimmage, Greenville senior Eric Plate cut to the outside, he turned on the burners and raced 82 yards for a touchdown.
Belding’s volleyball team started out the season the same way they started last season. The Redskins won the opening tournament of the season, the Daily News Invitational at their own gym.
The Belding Redskins and Tri County Vikings are coming off dramatically different seasons in 2013. The Redskins are coming off a 7-4 season, which included it first playoff appearance since 2007. The Vikings went 1-8, a year ago, following two consecutive winless seasons.
Even though baseball season is still underway in the major leagues, 38 Belding boys were thinking about football. Those boys were at the football camp being hosted by coach Joe Schwander, which takes place until Thursday (5 to 9 p.m. each day).
Taylor Johnson thought her basketball career was over after four years at Central Michigan University. The 2010 Belding graduate was working out to try out for CMU’s softball team next winter.
BELDING – Taylor Johnson thought her basketball career was over after four years at Central Michigan University. The 2010 Belding graduate was working out to try out for CMU’s softball team next winter. Those plans are temporarily on hold. See Wednesday’s Daily News for the complete story.
Belding sophomore Greta Wilker was standing on deck. Just one batter away from having the chance to win the game for the Redskins. It was Wilker, after all, who sparked the Redskins in the final inning. Unfortunately, Wilker never got the chance to bat for the second time in the seventh, as the Allendale Falcons held on for a 12-9 Division 2 regional semifinal win at Hope College on Saturday.
Belding’s softball team made it six straight Division 2 district titles on Saturday at their own field. Winning six straight district titles has not been lost on coach Mikayla Linebaugh, who has coached the Redskins for all six of those titles.