The Belding football team is back in a familiar position from many years ago. The Redskins are ranked in a tie for ninth in the state in the latest Associated Press Division 4 football poll.
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The Belding football team continued to show its ability to be explosive on the offensive side of the ball Friday night in its Ottawa-Kent Blue Conference opener at Rudness Field. The Redskins scored 36 points in the opening half to take a commanding lead into the third en route to a 54-35 win.
Saturday morning started out as a great day for a run. Later in the morning, the same couldn’t be said as rain and lighting delays slowed the event and runners. Central Montcalm hosted 14 high school cross country teams and another 13 middle school teams for the 36th annual Mike Noll Hornet Run on Saturday. Area schools participating included Belding, Carson City-Crystal, Central Montcalm, Montabella and Vestaburg.
The Coopersville Broncos volleyball team went undefeated last year in league play en route to an O-K Blue Conference championship. After Thursday nights’ match, the Belding Redskins have the early hand in the league championship race this year. Belding played near flawless volleyball as they swept the Broncos 25-22, 25-22, 25-21.
The Belding Redskins scored early and often. In the process, they stunned the capacity crowd on both sides of the football field. The Greenville Yellow Jackets had won five straight games and nine of the last 10 against the Redskins. The streak is no longer intact after the Redskins rolled up more than 400 yards rushing and convincingly defeated the Yellow Jackets 47-14.
After a win in the Daily News Invitational Saturday, Belding’s volleyball team got into some dual action Tuesday. Belding beat Saranac in the first dual of the season 25-7, 25-7, 25-8 in a battle of teams nicknamed the Redskins that lasted just 44 minutes.
After pool play was done, there were two standout teams at The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament — Belding and Greenville. Both had been undefeated in pool play, so they were the favorites to advance the finals.
Football season is officially under way now that the first full-team practices of the season are taking place. Belding’s football team had their first full-team practice Monday, and coach Joe Schwander was ready for his team to get going.
For three days, the Belding Redskins football coaching staff and varsity players are hosting a youth fundamentals camp at Rudness Field. The camp began on Monday and wraps up today. The camp was for third through eighth graders, non-contact and focused on proper technique and skill development.
Belding’s softball team did it again in 2013. The Redskins went to the Division 2 quarterfinals for the fifth season in a row this year, and coach Mikayla Linebaugh loved it.