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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.

Comstock Park defensive back Sam LaRoche grabs a first quarter interception for the Panthers. Comstock Park grabbed three interceptions in Friday’s 30-7 win over the Belding Redskins.

Comstock Park hands Belding first loss

In a battle of unbeaten teams, it was the Comstock Park Panthers making key plays when needed. Comstock Park forced three turnovers, Jake Bush rushed for 161 yards (scored four touchdowns) and they stopped the Belding Redskins when they needed it the most in a 30-7 O-K Blue Conference win on Friday night.

Belding senior Nick Price evades a tackler from Coopersville during last week’s game at home. The Redskins host Leslie on Friday

Belding prepares for homecoming game

The Belding football team is back in a familiar position from many years ago. The Redskins are ranked in a tie for ninth in the state in the latest Associated Press Division 4 football poll.

Belding’s Cameron Dombrowski returns an interception for a 60-yard touchdown on Friday night.

Belding now 3-0, tops Coopersville 54-35

The Belding football team continued to show its ability to be explosive on the offensive side of the ball Friday night in its Ottawa-Kent Blue Conference opener at Rudness Field. The Redskins scored 36 points in the opening half to take a commanding lead into the third en route to a 54-35 win.

Carson City-Crystal’s Tyler Craig, right, starts the senior division race quick during Saturday’s Hornet Run at Central Montcalm. Craig placed third overall with a time of 17:49.91.

Central Montcalm hosts 36th annual Mike Noll Hornet Run

Saturday morning started out as a great day for a run. Later in the morning, the same couldn’t be said as rain and lighting delays slowed the event and runners. Central Montcalm hosted 14 high school cross country teams and another 13 middle school teams for the 36th annual Mike Noll Hornet Run on Saturday. Area schools participating included Belding, Carson City-Crystal, Central Montcalm, Montabella and Vestaburg.