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Belding junior running back James Daniel (No. 2) stiff-arms a Wyoming Lee defender on his way to scoring a touchdown in the second quarter Friday. The Redskins earned their third victory of the season, winning 39-8. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Belding gets 39-8 win over Wyoming Lee

It took Dalton Riches four years, but he finally got into the end zone … with the ball.

Up 26-0 early in the third quarter, with Belding’s third victory of the season firmly in hand in front of a large homecoming crowd, the senior left guard was called in as a running back for the next play.

On second and one, six yards from the end zone, Riches took the hand-off from his quarterback and, like a man on a four-year mission seeing the end, busted through the trenches, rumbled, stumbled and crashed into the end zone to get his first touchdown of his career.

Belding’s Salvador Iracheta (No. 34) pushes the ball up the field as players from Grandville Calvin Christian pursue him during a Redskins home game Tuesday. Belding, which played from behind almost all game, scrapped for a well deserved 2-2 tie that took two overtimes. Pictured behind Iracheta is teammate Jose Orta. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding makes comeback for well-earned 2-2 tie against Calvin Christian

A tie is usually never satisfying, however, after trailing to Grandville Calvin Christian for much of the game Tuesday, the Belding Redskins soccer team’s 2-2 tie was a big win.

Belding’s Zoe Anderson tees off on the 11th tee at The Links At Bowen Lake during the O-K White Conference jamboree Monday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding fifth, Greenville sixth at golf jamboree

Greenville’s golf team was a little shorthanded, so coach Nancy Johnson had to call up two junior varsity players to fill out almost all of her team.

Belding had a full compliment of varsity players.

From right, Grand Rapids West Catholic’s Kateri Mills, Belding’s Astrid Aarestrup, Sparta’s Vanessa Hulbert and Belding’s Victoria Wittenbach finish in a line from second to fifth during the Redskins’ cross country meet at Lightning Bend Park Wednesday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding, Lakeview fall in shortened cross country meet

The heat index was 102 degrees when Belding and Lakeview met Sparta and Grand Rapids West Catholic in a cross country meet Wednesday.

That was the reason the meet was shortened from 5,000 meters (3.1 miles) to 3,200 meters (two miles).

Dave Riches, who has been Belding varsity baseball assistant coach for the past six years, is now the team’s new head coach, taking over the position vacated by Michael Ostrander, who has taken over principal duties at Belding High School. (Courtesy photo)

Dave Riches upgrades from assistant to head coach for Belding varsity baseball

The new Belding varsity baseball manager is a familiar face to returning players. Dave Riches, a 1996 graduate of Belding High School, was named to the job last week, a position vacated by Michael Ostrander, who was recently hired to be a full-time principal for Belding High School.

Greenville’s Haley Peters, middle, attacks over the block of Charlotte’s Brianna Hasler, left, and Alex Withney during the finals of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational on Friday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville uses extra points to win Carson City-Crystal tourney

It took a few more points than Greenville’s volleyball team would have liked, but the Yellow Jackets got the win they wanted Friday.

Greenville put away the Charlotte Orioles in extra points in the final game of the finals of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational, with the final game going 31-29 in the Jackets’ favor. Normal games go to 25 points.

Greenville senior quarterback Cal Syrjala (2) breaks through Belding defenders, juniors Andrew Gonzales (13) and James Daniel (2), en route to scoring a touchdown Thursday evening at Legacy Field in Greenville. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Syrjala leads Greenville to physical 49-6 victory over rival Belding

It took three plays for Cal Syrjala to set the tone of the 99th game between football rivals Greenville and Belding at Legacy Field on Thursday night.

On the third play, Greenville’s senior quarterback busted up the middle of the line for a physical 4-yard touchdown run to give the Yellow Jackets the first lead of the game.

Greenville never looked back, earning a 49-6 non-conference win to start their season.

Belding’s Nolan Barker, left, knocks the ball away from Tri County’s Kyle Proctor.

Belding, Tri County continue summer football preparations

BELDING — As the first full team practices of football get closer, the preparations for those practices are winding down. Belding’s football team, for example, had their last 7-on-7 passing drill Wednesday, facing Tri County and Saranac at Rudness Field. Belding coach Joe Schwander said he liked what he saw in his team. “I thought [...]

Owen Christensen spikes the ball after an interception drill during the Belding Youth Football Camp Tuesday.

Belding youth football camp had 62 attendees learning the game

BELDING — There’s lots of interest in football among youth in the Belding Area Schools. Varsity football coach Joe Schwander said there were 62 attendees at the youth football camp the Redskins’ coach is hosting this week. The camp is teaching a number of things, Schwander said. “It’s about having fun playing the game of [...]

Belding softball coach Mikayla Linebaugh, in dark shirt, speaks to her team during a game against Coopersville on April 13, 2014.

Belding’s Linebaugh resigns as softball coach

BELDING — After 13 years and a Division 2 semifinal appearance, Mikayla Linebaugh has decided she is done coaching softball. Linebaugh submitted her letter of resignation three weeks ago, but the resignation was made official earlier this week. Linebaugh is also the varsity volleyball coach, a position she will continue in. “It was a tough [...]