Belding’s wrestling team had one easy match and one hard one at their only home meet of the season Wednesday night. The Redskins’ hard match was the one they lost. Sparta beat them 56-15. The easy match was Wyoming High, which the Redskins won 71-6.
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Lucas McNinch put the Belding Redskins on his back in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough. McNinch, a senior, scored 17 of his game-high 27 points in the fourth quarter of a 64-54 home loss to the Lake Odessa Lakewood Vikings on Tuesday.
When you’re hot, you’re hot. As was the case with the Greenville Yellow Jackets on Friday night. The red hot Yellow Jackets knocked down 13 3-pointers, six of them by freshman Adele Kemp, in a 60-46 road win over rival Belding on Friday. The game was tight for 2 1/2 quarters before a flurry of 3-pointers midway through the third quarter propelled the Yellow Jackets their second win of the season.
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.
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.