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Belding junior Alex Parker, middle, clears a hurdle during a home meet against Sparta on Monday. She set a school record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.49 seconds. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding girls top Sparta, finishes O-K Blue regular season perfect

The Belding Redskins girls track team has a stranglehold on the O-K Blue. With Monday’s 89-48 win at home against Sparta, the Redskins finished the league regular season schedule undefeated for the third consecutive season. That’s 15 straight dual meet wins.

Belding’s Alyviah Mason, second from right, signs a letter of intent to play for Cornerstone University’s women’s bowling team Friday. Watching are, from left, her father Tim Mason, Cornerstone bowling coach Michael Hall and mother Amber Rood. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding senior joins Cornerstone’s bowling program

A Belding senior will be one of the first members of the Cornerstone University women’s bowling team. Alyviah Mason signed her letter of intent to bowl for Cornerstone in front of her family and her Belding softball teammates Friday.

Belding junior Veronica Muniz sends a shot toward the goal, which resulted in the Redskins’ second goal against Allendale at home on Monday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding soccer wins big 7-1, Wood scores 4 goals

Belding’s Katie Wood scored four goals, but it’s the Redskins’ chemistry that has the team rolling early in the season. Wood scored the final goal of the first half and the first three goals of the second half to help lead the Redskins past O-K Blue rival Allendale 7-1 on Monday night.

Belding’s Monica Baylis, second from right, talks with teammates while waiting for pictures to be taken prior to Friday’s practice. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding’s Monica Baylis to run track at MSU

Belding runner Monica Baylis has her future plans set. The senior track standout announced Tuesday on Twitter she will be running track for Michigan State University next spring.

Belding’s Greta Wilker fields a bunt from third base and makes the throw to Julia Rupert at first base during Tuesday’s game against Sparta. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding softball opens conference play with a pair of wins

The Belding Redskins broke open a close ballgame with a six-run sixth inning. Holding on to a 2-1 advantage over the Sparta Spartans, the Redskins pounded out six hits, while batting around the lineup to open an 8-1 lead after six innings.

Belding’s Max Walker, bottom, tries to excape the grip of Sparta’s Dyland Wilkins during their meet Jan. 14.

Belding matmen ‘had fun,’ said coach

Belding wrestling coach Travis Meyer said he enjoyed coaching his team this year. “It’s always fun to have that level of success at the mat,” Meyer said.

Carson City-Crystal's Dillen Decker points to his family after defeating Montabella’s Joey Durham 15-6 in the Division 4, 152-pound final on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Four area wrestlers win individual state titles, 13 place in top eight

Blood, sweat and tears. Not in any particular order, but that is the life of a wrestler. Without any of the three, success on the mat is hard to come by.

Belding’s girls basketball team poses with the Class B district trophy after winning the district they hosted Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding girls earn district tournament win over Alma

Belding’s girls basketball team is head- ed deeper into the Class B state tournament. The host Redskins held the Alma Panthers to just three players scoring in a 52-25 win in the district tournament.

Belding forward Greta Wilker (12) battles for a defensive rebound with Lakeview’s Amanda Heady (40) during third-quarter action Monday night. - Courtesy photos/Joe Veselenak

Belding’s defense, rebounding leads to victory over Lakeview

The Belding Redskins squared off with the Lakeview Wildcats in what felt like a girls basketball district final, but was just a tournament opener. Playing at home, the Redskins used their physicality, defense and rebounding to defeat the Wildcats 55-41 in the Class B district tournament game on Monday night.

Belding’s Katie Wood, left, dribbles the basketball to her right, while Monica Baylis posts up against West Catholic’s Libby O’Brien (24) during Friday’s game at home. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

West Catholic outlasts Belding girls 57-48

Brooke Wila got hot right when the Grand Rapids West Catholic Falcons needed her to. Immediately after the Belding Redskins gained their first lead of the night, early in the fourth quarter, the junior guard went off for a quick eight points, which spurred the Falcons to a 57-48 O-K Blue victory over the Redskins on Friday night.