The Belding Redskins scored early and often. In the process, they stunned the capacity crowd on both sides of the football field. The Greenville Yellow Jackets had won five straight games and nine of the last 10 against the Redskins. The streak is no longer intact after the Redskins rolled up more than 400 yards rushing and convincingly defeated the Yellow Jackets 47-14.
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After a win in the Daily News Invitational Saturday, Belding’s volleyball team got into some dual action Tuesday. Belding beat Saranac in the first dual of the season 25-7, 25-7, 25-8 in a battle of teams nicknamed the Redskins that lasted just 44 minutes.
After pool play was done, there were two standout teams at The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament — Belding and Greenville. Both had been undefeated in pool play, so they were the favorites to advance the finals.
Football season is officially under way now that the first full-team practices of the season are taking place. Belding’s football team had their first full-team practice Monday, and coach Joe Schwander was ready for his team to get going.
For three days, the Belding Redskins football coaching staff and varsity players are hosting a youth fundamentals camp at Rudness Field. The camp began on Monday and wraps up today. The camp was for third through eighth graders, non-contact and focused on proper technique and skill development.
Belding’s softball team did it again in 2013. The Redskins went to the Division 2 quarterfinals for the fifth season in a row this year, and coach Mikayla Linebaugh loved it.
For the fifth consecutive season, the Belding Redskins softball team won a district championship. They followed that win up with a fourth consecutive regional championship a week later. This year, though, they did it without three-time all-state pitcher Kyleigh Linebaugh. The former Belding star just completed her freshman season of softball for the Davenport University Panthers.
With just one returning senior this year, the Belding Redskins were not expected to advance this far into the state softball playoffs. Still, the Redskins feel they let one slip away during the Division 2 quarterfinal against the Linden Eagles at Davenport University in Grand Rapids on Tuesday.
The Belding Redskins softball team has won four consecutive regional titles. They will be looking for their first trip to the Division 2 state semifinals since 2010. In 2010, the Redskins defeated Williamston 3-2 to advance to Bailey Park in Battle Creek for the state semifinals. After two quarterfinal losses the past two years (2011 to Stevensville Lakeshore and 2012 to Wayland Union), the Redskins are ready for the return trip to the “Cereal City.”
Year after year, the Belding Redskins continue to find ways to win. Saturday wasn’t any different. The Redskins earned a pair of exciting 3-2 victories, the first over Grand Rapids Christian and the second in eight innings over Hudsonville Unity Christian to capture the Division 2 regional championship at Hope College in Holland.