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Belding’s Olivia Stephan, right, has her attack deflect off Grant’s Andrea Gardner during pool play of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding vollebyall wins CC-Crystal Invitational

Belding’s volleyball team kept rolling through the season Friday, but this time the road was a little tougher. The Redskins won the Carson City-Crystal Invitational Friday, beating Grant 26-24, 22-25, 15-5.

Greenville junior Calvin Syrjala tries to stiff-arm Belding’s Alex Hubbert during a 52-29 Yellow Jackets win in a season opening win at Rudness Field. - Courtesy photo/Jamie McNinch

Greenville starts quick in opening win at Belding

Big and physical are just a couple of words to describe the Greenville Yellow Jackets offensive line. Throw in an uptempo offense and the Yellow Jackets provide quick scoring capability and the ability to wear down an opponent, especially, when that opponent is young and lacking depth.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Aug. 27

CC-Crystal loses in finals: The Eagles went across M-57 to the Fulton Invitational on Thursday and made it to the finals. They started with a 25-20, 25-8 loss to eventual champion Ovid-Elsie, then beat Webberville 25-20, 25-17 and Breckenridge 25-19, 25-21. Then CC-C split with the host Pirates, losing the first 25-13 but winning the second 25-19…

Belding’s Jessica Wittenbach (5) tries to block the attack of Greenville’s Rylie Jenks (13) during The Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament Saturday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding does it again at The Daily News Invitational

Just like last year, Belding’s volleyball team was the best in the area. The Redskins went undefeated and won the Daily News Invitational Volleyball Tournament at their home gym Saturday. The Redskins beat Lakeview and Vestaburg in pool play, then had a tough match with Central Montcalm before besting Greenville 25-7, 25-13 in the finals.


ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Saturday, Aug. 22

Belding girls 5th ,boys 12th at St. Johns: The Redskin boys were 1212 out of 13 teams at the St. Johns Night Meet Friday. The boys got 320 points while the girls had 163 for fifth. Top boys runners were Blake Flynn in 50th (19:01.2), Justin McMaster in 80th (20:06.3), Royce Braman in 85th (20:27.5), Tommy Myles in 88th (20:33.8) and Zac Brown in 107th (21:37.8)…

Lakeview’s JaTrevion Williams, right, is chased by Belding’s Matt Ferman, left, during a scrimmage Thursday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Lakeview, Belding, Montabella tune up for next week

It was the final tuneup for the football teams from Lakeview, Belding and Montabella on Thursday at Kos Field. The scrimmage was the last chance for the Redskins, Mustangs and Wildcats to check themselves out before the games become real next week.

Belding’s Johanna McCully taps the ball over the net during the Class B district final tournamet at Central Montcalm last year. - File photo

Belding volleyball returns experience

Expectations are high for the Belding Redskins volleyball team. That happens when you win district championships every year from 2009 to 2013. Last year, a young Redskins team lost in a five set district final thriller to Lakeview.

Belding cross country runners Lexy Syrjala, right, and Zac Brown compete during the Central Montcalm Hornet Run last year. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding runners ready for 2015 XC season

One team is experienced and the other, not so much. That is the tale of the Belding Redskins cross country team for the upcoming 2015 season. The girls (3rd in the O-K Blue in 2014) are the experienced squad with seven returning runners who have broken the 22 minute mark. The boys, on the other hand, return just three runners from last year’s team, which placed 5th in the league.


Wednesday big day for local volleyball players

The first day of practice for high school volleyball player may determine whether there will be a second day for that player. All the local high schools will have tryouts when the first day of practice comes and the local coaches have some things they are looking for in a varsity player.

Belding trainer Heidi Wilker, left, checks on an injured Grand Rapids West Catholic football player. - In Action Photography/Joe Veselenak

Local schools join football concussion program

Three local schools will be taking part in a program designed to help athletes with concussions. The pilot program, which is being administered through the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA), involves 70 schools, including Belding, Central Montcalm and Greenville. The program will help trainers diagnose concussions and help track athlete progress in recovering from concussions, according to Belding athletic trainer Heidi Wilker.