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Belding’s Michael Hunter, top, works over Greenville’s Stephen Hilliker during the 112- pound match Wednesday.

Greenville wrestlers go 2-0, stop Redskins, Rams

While Greenville’s wrestling team continued their winning ways at the Rockford quadrangular, Belding’s team went the other way. The Yellow Jackets won both of their matches Wednesday, beating the Redskins 41-28. While they were beating Rockford 38-33, the Redskins lost to Fruitport 42-30.

Central Michigan senior Taylor Johnson, left, talks to Belding girls basketball players after a practice Wednesday.

CMU’s Johnson talks work, work, work to Belding girls

Taylor Johnson knows only one thing when it comes to winning. It takes work. That’s what she told Belding’s girls basketball players when she was invited by coach Brad Wilson to speak to them after practice Wednesday.

Belding’s Gabby Holyfield skies to tap the ball over the nete during a match this season.

Belding ready for Swan Valley

Belding’s volleyball team has a long road ahead of them –— literally. The Redskins will have a long trip to travel to Pinconning today to play in the Class B regionals. Pinconning, for those who haven’t looked it up on a map, is north of Bay City on the other side of the state.

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Belding miscues hurt in loss to Panthers

Belding’s football team came close to pulling an upset against Comstock Park in the Division 4 regionals Friday night. Instead the Redskins had their season end at the hands of the Panthers 35-17.

The Belding Redskins won its sixth district title in the past seven seasons on Thursday night at Alma.

Belding takes third straight district title

Belding’s volleyball team did it again – just like they have two times before. The Redskins won a Class B district volleyball tournament, knocking off Central Montcalm in straight games 25-23, 25-7, 25-13 in Alma Thursday night.

The Belding Redskins defense lines up against Comstock Park during the regular season. The Redskins travel to Spring Lake for the first round of the MHSAA playoffs and could face O-K Blue rival Comstock Park in the second round.

Three area teams qualify for football playoffs

The 2013 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs begin on Friday night. On Sunday, the 256-team field was announced live on Fox Sports Detroit. This year, three area teams qualified for the postseason and will continue their seasons.

Belding’s Nick Price dives into the endzone to complete a 26-yard touchdown run in the first quarter on Friday night at Rudness Field. Price finished with 115 yards rushing.

Belding earns first playoff berth since 2007

The final score was probably a little too close for comfort for the Belding Redskins, but in the end, it didn’t matter as the Redskins qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs for the first time since 2007. The Redskins started the scoring and finished the game with a defensive stand with the Wyoming Wolves needing a two-point conversion for a victory. When the ball fluttered out of the hands of Wyoming’s Jalen Arizola-Betts and landed alone at the one-yard line, the Redskins could finally celebrate a 26-25 victory at Rudness Field on Friday night.

Belding’s Nick Price (3) goes in motion behind the Redskins’ offensive line and quarterback Kole Hart (12) during the game at Comstock Park this season.

Belding one win away from playoffs

In a sense, the playoffs start a week early for the Belding Redskins. With a 5-3 record entering tonight’s regular season finale at home, the Redskins need a victory to guarantee a spot in the 256-team field of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs. Six wins is needed for guaranteed inclusion, while a handful of teams in each division make the playoffs with 5-4 records.

Belding running back Neil McCully stiff arms an Allendale defender during Friday’s game at home. Allendale held on to defeat the Redskins 32-26.

Belding football falls short against Allendale

n their annual Day to Believe game, the Belding Redskins looked like a group that never gave up hope despite trailing visiting Allendale 32-20 in the fourth quarter. After giving up scores on a 94-yard punt return touchdown by Falcon junior Nate Couturier and a fumble return by senior Jon Nielsen for another in the third, the Redskins battled back with a late score in the fourth and a defensive stop to give them a shot to win with 2:00 left.

Belding’s Gabby Holyfield, right, tips the ball around the block attempt of Comstock Park’s Madi Dobb during the first game of the teams’ match Thursday.

Belding earns volleyball win on Believe Night

Belding’s volleyball team took an O-K Blue Conference loss to Coopersville Tuesday and was looking to get back on track. They picked a good night to do so.