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JUST IN: Belding’s Johnson to play for Team USA in Taiwan

BELDING – Taylor Johnson thought her basketball career was over after four years at Central Michigan University. The 2010 Belding graduate was working out to try out for CMU’s softball team next winter. Those plans are temporarily on hold. See Wednesday’s Daily News for the complete story.

Belding starter Paige Ledin delivers a pitch in the first inning during Saturday’s Division 2 regional semifinal. - Bruce Bentley

Belding rally falls short in regional semifinal

Belding sophomore Greta Wilker was standing on deck. Just one batter away from having the chance to win the game for the Redskins. It was Wilker, after all, who sparked the Redskins in the final inning. Unfortunately, Wilker never got the chance to bat for the second time in the seventh, as the Allendale Falcons held on for a 12-9 Division 2 regional semifinal win at Hope College on Saturday.

Belding senior Rachel Hunt connects on a pitch during a game this season. The Redskins won its sixth straight district title on Saturday at home.

Belding looking ahead to only Allendale

Belding’s softball team made it six straight Division 2 district titles on Saturday at their own field. Winning six straight district titles has not been lost on coach Mikayla Linebaugh, who has coached the Redskins for all six of those titles.

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Belding wins 6th straight district title

The Belding Redskins softball team is returning to the regional tournament after winning its sixth straight Division 2 district title on Saturday at home. The Redskins defeated the East Grand Rapids Pioneers in the semifinals 23-0 in three innings.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, May 31

Kemp third, fourth at state: Greenville freshman Landon Kemp took a third and a fourth at the Division 1 state track finals Saturday. Kemp was third in the pole vault (12-0) and fourth in the long jump (17-9 ½). Kemp broke her own school pole vault record for the second time on Saturday. Her previous best was 11-8.

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3 Belding football players headed to college ball

A trio of Belding football players will be trying to bring wins to college football teams this fall. Neil McCully, Bobby Whorely and Chase Fairchild-Kenny all will be playing football in college, it was announced Wednesday.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Wednesday, May 28

Central Montcalm 0-2: The Hornets were swept in their regular season finale against Newaygo on Wednesday. The Lions won game one 7-0. Brandon Braman took the loss, while Bo Studley had a double…

Greenville’s Landon Kemp and Carter Stephens were named Most Outstanding Male and Female athletes during Tuesday’s Daily News Track Classic.

Stephens, Kemp win top honors at Daily News Track Classic

Greenville’s Carter Stephens and Landon Kemp are on the opposite end of the athletic spectrum. Stephens is wrapping up his high school career, while Kemp is one track meet shy of completing her freshman season. Both are exceptional athletes and were voted the Most Outstanding Male and Female Athlete awards by coaches at Tuesday’s Daily News Track Classic.

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Belding golfers miss out on regionals

The Belding Redskins golf team competed at the Division 2 district tournament on Wednesday at The Emerald in St. Johns. The top six teams and top six individuals from non-qualifying teams advance to the regional tournament.

Belding’s Brady Blasher prepares for his at bat Monday against Greenville. Belding fell to Greenville 9-8 in game one of the double header.

Greenville baseball takes two from Belding

Greenville’s baseball team got some offense going in their doubleheader against Belding Monday. The Yellow Jackets were able to pound out 19 runs in beating the Redskins 9-8 and 10-1 on Belding’s diamond.