SPARTA — Out of the three area coaches who had teams in the Sparta Invitational wresting tournament Saturday, none said they were really disappointed in their teams. Belding, Lakeview and Tri County were among the 17 teams at Sparta, which was an individual tournament, even though team scores were kept. Belding had one winner. Mitchell [...]
First-year head coach Connor Hoke told his Belding girls basketball team all week to be tough with everything they do and good things will come.
On Tuesday, at home against a taller Hopkins Vikings team, the Redskins earned its first conference win of the season with a 47-38 win.
For the Belding’s girls basketball team, it’s not just a new coach the players are getting accustomed to. Connor Hoke, 25, spent the past four years with the Lowell Red Arrows boys varsity basketball program, where he learned the strategy of basketball’s full-court press defense, which is one of Belding’s newest looks Hoke’s new team is learning.
BELDING — The game between the Wyoming Lee Rebels and the Belding Redskins was pretty well decided by the third quarter, but the intensity and high emotions continued throughout the game Friday. The Rebels stayed undefeated (6-0 overall, 1-0 OK-Silver) with a decisive 74-46 win against Belding (2-5, 0-1). The conference win was the [...]
There weren’t as many teams as expected that showed up at Belding’s wrestling invitational Saturday, however, there was no lack of the level of competition. Lowell’s B team went 5-0 in what turned out to be a round robin tournament, owing to five teams unable to show up because of Friday night’s snow storm. That left five other teams competing on the day.
Recognizing our local “spark plug” players from our fall sports season.
Three times during the boys basketball game between Greenville and Belding Friday night the Yellow Jackets started out on big runs. Those runs led to a 51-44 win by Greenville over the Redskins in the teams’ annual rivalry game.
For a moment, Greenville’s girls basketball team experienced a bit of deja vu. The Yellow Jackets, coming off a loss to Central Montcalm Tuesday, fell behind against their archrival Belding early Friday. However, defense took care of that.
In the 18 years Belding girls volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh has been coaching, a bar of expectation had been raised to a point to where winning a district title is always the goal, even in a year when it looks as though the team is rebuilding. As it turns out, the Redskins were able to retool. Belding finished with a 24-10-2 record and another district title, reaching the regionals yet again.
When Thaddeous Holbrook first saw Belding’s new exchange student trying out for football, he wasn’t impressed.
“He looked skinnier than the rest of us,” the Belding senior said of Simone D’Errico, of Turin, Italy, who is spending a year at Belding High School.
“I thought maybe he might get hurt.” But when the soft-spoken Italian put pads on and started practicing with the team, Holbrook’s thoughts about D’Errico’s ability completely changed.
“He blindsided me on a tackle and I was floored,” Holbrook laughed. “He was real fast, and is real good.”