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Belding’s Johanna McCully taps the ball over the net during the Class B district final tournamet at Central Montcalm last year. - File photo

Belding volleyball returns experience

Expectations are high for the Belding Redskins volleyball team. That happens when you win district championships every year from 2009 to 2013. Last year, a young Redskins team lost in a five set district final thriller to Lakeview.

Belding cross country runners Lexy Syrjala, right, and Zac Brown compete during the Central Montcalm Hornet Run last year. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding runners ready for 2015 XC season

One team is experienced and the other, not so much. That is the tale of the Belding Redskins cross country team for the upcoming 2015 season. The girls (3rd in the O-K Blue in 2014) are the experienced squad with seven returning runners who have broken the 22 minute mark. The boys, on the other hand, return just three runners from last year’s team, which placed 5th in the league.

Belding trainer Heidi Wilker, left, checks on an injured Grand Rapids West Catholic football player. - In Action Photography/Joe Veselenak

Local schools join football concussion program

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.


Three area teams meet at football passing camp

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.


Belding, Tri County prep for football in July

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 Aaden Quinn rounds third base during a game at home against Carson City-Crystal this season. - Daily News/Ryan Schlehuber

Belding baseball had up and down year

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.

Belding’s Hallee Breimayer drives in for a basket during a scrimmage at Central Montcalm Friday.

Central Montcalm hosts girls hoops shootout

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.

Belding junior Greta Wilker connects for a double during a game at home this season. Wilker earned Division 2 first team All-State honors. - File photo

Wilker, 3 others earn All-State softball honors

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).

An offensive line drill takes place as Belding players go after coach Joe Schwander, black shirt, Wednesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding football practicing for August at line camp

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 Reece Burden delivers a pitch during the Belding Invitational against the Redskins Saturday. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Redskins 3-0. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Greenville wins Belding baseball invitational

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.