The Belding Redskins struggled to find wins in 2014. They struggled to stay competitive. The Redskins went just 2-7 overall this year, which followed a 7-4 season and playoff appearance in 2013.
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The Belding Redskins always seem to play its best volleyball this time of the year. That means the district tournament. On Monday, the Redskins took their first step toward winning a fourth consecutive Class B district title with a 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17 win over Alma in the first round of district play at Central Montcalm High School. The Redskins domination goes further back with district title wins in six of the last seven tourneys.
Teresa Myles is returning to her second Division 2 state cross country finals when she runs Saturday at Michigan International Speedway. When she gets there, the Belding junior has some goals in mind.
The Belding football team was hoping to give its senior players a proper send-off in their final game at Rudness Field and the community a perfect end to the fourth annual Day to Believe. Unfortunately, the Redskins got off to a slow start against the Broncos of Coopersville, and despite scoring 21 unanswered points in the second and third quarters, they suffered their fifth setback of the season by a score of 52-28.
The Belding football team waited through a 90-minute rain delay Friday night before taking the field for its home opener against Lakewood. Despite the delay, the night ended on a positive for the Redskins as they walked off the turf at Rudness Field with a 22-14 victory. Although pleased with the effort of his players, Belding coach Joe Schwander said he is looking for his team to improve their execution going forward.
The Belding Redskins volleyball team has a new look this year, but still the same winning mentality. The Redskins — winners of three consecutive Class B district titles and six of seven overall — graduated plenty of talent from last year’s winning squad. With some retooling, Belding is off to a great start with a 6-0-2 record.
It didn’t take long for the Greenville Yellow Jackets to set the tone for its annual rivalry grudge match against the Belding Redskins. Actually, it took just 18 seconds. On the first play from scrimmage, Greenville senior Eric Plate cut to the outside, he turned on the burners and raced 82 yards for a touchdown.
Belding’s volleyball team started out the season the same way they started last season. The Redskins won the opening tournament of the season, the Daily News Invitational at their own gym.
The Belding Redskins and Tri County Vikings are coming off dramatically different seasons in 2013. The Redskins are coming off a 7-4 season, which included it first playoff appearance since 2007. The Vikings went 1-8, a year ago, following two consecutive winless seasons.
Even though baseball season is still underway in the major leagues, 38 Belding boys were thinking about football. Those boys were at the football camp being hosted by coach Joe Schwander, which takes place until Thursday (5 to 9 p.m. each day).