Three local schools will be taking part in a program designed to help athletes with concussions. The pilot program, which is being administered through the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), involves 70 schools, including Belding, Central Montcalm and Greenville. The program will help trainers diagnose concussions and help track athlete progress in recovering from concussions, according to Belding athletic trainer Heidi Wilker.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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 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 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 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).