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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.