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Belding running back and junior James Daniel (2), works his way past Grandville Calvin Christian defender and junior Sam Elliot (23) for positive yardage Friday evening. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Belding sits and waits after 47-27 loss to Calvin Christian

The wait until Sunday is going to be agonizing for Belding’s football team.

The Redskins finished 5-4 overall on the season after losing to Grandville Calvin Christian 47-27 on Friday night.

Grandville Calvin Christian’s Brooke Barendsen, far left, attacks past the block of Belding’s Summer Eubank (7) and Jessica Wittenbach (5) during the first game of a match Thursday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Serve receive, defense key to Redskins’ win over Squires Thursday

Thursday night was the last time the seniors on Belding’s volleyball team took to the court in its home gymnasium in a regular-season game.

The players made themselves — and the parents in attendance — happy with a straight-game win over the Grandville Calvin Christian Squires, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18.

Grandville Calvin Christian’s Brooke Barendsen, far left, attacks past the block of Belding’s Summer Eubank (7) and Jessica Wittenbach (5) during the first game of a match Thursday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Seniors go out as winners on home court as Belding volleyball beats Calvin Christian

Thursday night was the last time the seniors on Belding’s volleyball team took to the court in its home gymnasium in a regular-season game.

The players made themselves — and the parents in attendance — happy with a straight-game win over the Grandville Calvin Christian Squires, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18.

Belding’s Kade Walker (No. 6) leaps into the arms of teammate Dominica Francisco (with glasses) after scoring the first goal of the game versus Tri County in the teams’ Distict 35 playoffs game Monday at Belding. The Redskins outlasted the Vikings 3-2 in overtime. Belding will play Wednesday versus Grand Rapids Wellspring, which beat Grand Rapids West Catholic 2-1 to advance. Others pictured are Belding’s Josh Van Dyke (No. 10), Keenan Walker (No. 16) and Tri County’s Bryce Ruppert (No. 4). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding outlasts Tri County 3-2 in O.T. to win District 3 soccer playoff opener

Edgar Tobar knew it was the moment of all moments. The season lay in his hands … or rather, his foot.

With the score knotted at two each between Belding and Tri County during a Division 3, District 35 soccer game at Rudness Field, the Belding captain was faced with a chance to put his team ahead on a penalty kick.

Belding’s Josh Daniel (No. 2) runs past a Kelloggsville player as Belding’s Mitchell Ward is in tow during the first half of Friday’s game. Belding lost 48-28, missing a chance to earn an automatic playoff berth, however, the Redskins can still clinch a playoff berth with a win against Calvin Christian at home next Friday. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Redskins’ 48-28 loss to Rockets leaves one more chance to make playoffs

It will come down to the last game of the season for the Belding Redskins to earn an automatic berth in the playoffs after losing to the Kelloggsville Rockets 48-28 at home Friday.

It was a battle of two teams both on winning streaks looking to take sole possession of the O-K Silver Conference and, after a high-scoring first half, it looked as though the game would be decided by whoever had the ball last.

After starting the season 0-2, the Belding Redskins have turned things around and are riding a four-game winning streak heading into week 7 going on the road to Godwin Heights (3-3) hoping to get one step closer to an automatic bid to the playoffs.

Five local teams have legitimate shot to make the post-season

With three games left in the regular season, five local football teams have a chance to lock up a playoff spot.

It takes six wins to automatically qualify for the Michigan High School Athletics Association playoffs, although, if there aren’t enough teams with six or more wins, five-win teams can sneak in.

Coaches prefer to get that solid sixth win, and, as it stands now, Belding, Carson City-Crystal, Greenville, Lakeview and Vestaburg have a legitimate shot at earning an automatic bid to the post-season. Tri County can maybe sneak in if it wins its last three games, which would give the Vikings five wins.

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Local schools to dedicate games to cancer awareness

A few local teams are participating in cancer awareness games for the month of October. Breast cancer is usually recognized during the month of October, and most schools will be dedicating “pink out” games for that particular cause, however, this year, Central Montcalm is also dedicating some games towards childhood cancer, which the representing color is gold.

Tri County has decided to bring awareness to all types of cancer, which is signified by the color purple.

Belding’s Victoria Wittenbach, right, leads a group of runners, including teammate Astrid Aarestrup (623), during the O-K Silver jamboree Tuesday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding’s boys, girls finish in third place at own cross country conference jamboree

Belding’s boys cross country team moved up the O-K Silver standings with their latest performance at home Tuesday.

The Redskin boys finished third at the conference jamboree they hosted at Lightning Bend Park. Belding scored 73 points, which trailed Grandville Calvin Christian (26) and Hopkins (68).

Logan Campbell is coming off an impressive season as a junior with Belding, where he has been a starting pitcher the last four years. This past season, Campbell held a 1.13 ERA and set a few school strikeout records.

Belding senior Logan Campbell joins San Francisco Giants-affiliated scout baseball team

Belding fans already know the kind of baseball player Logan Campbell is. Now, so too are college baseball scouts.

The 17-year-old Belding High School senior recently joined an Indiana-based scout team that is organized and coached by San Francisco Giants regional scout Kevin Christman.

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.