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Simone D’Errico, a foreign exchange student from Turin, Italy, and a senior at Belding, played football for the first time with the Belding varsity football team. He’s now focused on playing with the basketball team this winter. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Italian exchange student playing 3 sports for Belding

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.”

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If done right, Friday night football can be better — for everyone

With the Big Ten Conference (B1G) announcing it will schedule more games on Friday nights next year, one question remains: Will this really hurt high school football?

Belding’s Johanna McCully, right, attacks around the block of Saginaw Swan Valley’s Kristen Huebner, left, and Emily Buska during the teams’ Class B regional semifinal in Bay City Tuesday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding Redskins lose to Swan Valley in volleyball regionals for third time

The third time wasn’t a charm for the Belding volleyball team.

The Redskins lost to the Saginaw Swan Valley Vikings for the third time in four years Tuesday, losing 25-16, 25-17, 25-20.

Players from the Belding volleyball team react to clinching the district finals series against Chippewa Hills on Thursday at Redskin Arena. The Redskins earned their second consecutive district trophy with a 3-1 win over the Warriors. Pictured are, from left, Olivia Stephan, Johanna McCully, Avery German and Summer Eubank. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding beats Chippewa Hills to win volleyball districts, advances to regionals

At Thursday’s district finals against Chippewa Hills, the Belding Redskins’ mental game was just as great as their physical game, beating the Warriors 25-21, 19-25, 25-17 and 25-14, earning a trip to the regionals at Bay City John Glenn to face Saginaw Swan Valley on Tuesday.

Belding coach Mikayla Linebaugh (black shirt) and her team react to game four of the district semifinals against Ithaca Wedneday, in which the Redskins made a comeback to force a fifth and final match, which Belding won to advance to the district finals against Chippewa Hills, tonight at 6 p.m. at Redskins Arena.

Belding survives Ithaca in five-game set to advance to district finals

It took all five games to settle the winner between the Belding Redskins and Ithaca Yellowjackets in the Belding district semi-finals volleyball game Wednesday.

The Redskins won 15-11 over Ithaca in the rubber match to clinch a spot in the district finals against Chippewa Hills, which is today at 6 p.m. at Redskins Arena. Belding won 25-23, 23-25, 16-25 and 25-19 before winning the rubber match.

Belding’s Johanna McCully, bottom, digs a ball in front of teammates Olivia Stephan, middle, and Kyleigh Kazmerski during the first game of the Class B district match against Alma Monday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding takes down Alma in district volleyball playoffs opener

Belding’s volleyball team got its Class B district tournament off to a good start Monday night.

The Redskins had little problem with the Alma Panthers, winning 25-16, 25-17, 26-24.

Belding’s James Daniel, middle, runs for a big gain while Ithaca’s Joey Bentley, left, and Triston Miller chase him in the second quarter of the Division 5 playoff game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding takes tough loss to reigning Division 5 champ Ithaca

Ithaca’s football team showed why it went to the Division 6 state finals six consecutive years.

The Yellowjackets mercied the Belding Redskins 61-7 on Friday in the first game of the Division 5 playoffs at Alma College.

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SPORTS UPDATE: Belding, Ithaca football game moved to Alma College

The location of the Division 5 playoff football game between Belding and Ithaca on Friday has been moved from Ithaca High School to Bahlke Field at Alma College in Alma.

Ithaca football coach Terry Hessbrook said one of the biggest keys to his team winning the Div. 5 playoff game against Belding Friday is containing Redskins running back James Daniel. (File photo)

Belding Redskins to face defending Division 5 champions Ithaca Yellowjackets

On paper, it looks like the Division 5 football playoff game between Belding and Ithaca is a mismatch.

The Redskins haven’t made the playoffs since 2013. The Yellowjackets have won five of the last six Division 6 championships.

Both the Belding Redskins and Greenville Yellow Jackets qualified for the Michigan High School Athletics Association football playoffs, sneaking in with five wins each. Greenville will have a rematch with Lowell, which the Red Arrows beat Greenville 35-10 in a September meeting at Greenville. Meanwhile, Belding will face 9-0 Ithaca. Ithaca, which is from the Tri-Valley-West Conference, hasn't lost since Nov. 28, 2014, when it lost in the state finals to Monroe Saint Mary Catholic.

Four out of five eligible football teams make MHSAA playoffs

It was possible that five area football teams would make the playoffs, if the points fell just right. Of those five, four will have another game.