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Belding's Erin Rich, left, and Olivia Stephan, middle, trap Hopkins' Taryn Kilbane during the second half of Tuesday's game in which Belding won 47-38 to earn its first conference victory of the season.

Belding beats Hopkins for first conference win

First-year head coach Connor Hoke told his Belding girls basketball team all week to be tough with everything they do and good things will come.

On Tuesday, at home against a taller Hopkins Vikings team, the Redskins earned its first conference win of the season with a 47-38 win.

Connor Hoke, Belding’s new girls varsity basketball coach, has implemented a new, fast-paced tempo for his team this year that includes running the full-court press defense often to make up for his team’s lack of size. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch)

First-year Belding coach ingraining fast-pace tempo, philosophy

For the Belding’s girls basketball team, it’s not just a new coach the players are getting accustomed to. Connor Hoke, 25, spent the past four years with the Lowell Red Arrows boys varsity basketball program, where he learned the strategy of basketball’s full-court press defense, which is one of Belding’s newest looks Hoke’s new team is learning.

Belding’s Trent Collins drives to the basket against a Wyoming Lee player during the first half of Friday’s game. The Rebels beat Belding 74-46 to stay undefeated on the season. Belding fell to 2-5 overall. (Sports Pro Images | Jamie McNinch

Wyoming Lee stays undefeated with win over Belding

  BELDING — The game between the Wyoming Lee Rebels and the Belding Redskins was pretty well decided by the third quarter, but the intensity and high emotions continued throughout the game Friday. The Rebels stayed undefeated (6-0 overall, 1-0 OK-Silver) with a decisive 74-46 win against Belding (2-5, 0-1). The conference win was the [...]

Belding’s David Ross, right, battles Carson City-Crystal’s Taylor Wilson in the 171-pound match Saturday. Ross won the match.

Though less teams than expected, competition still at high level at Belding wrestling invitational

There weren’t as many teams as expected that showed up at Belding’s wrestling invitational Saturday, however, there was no lack of the level of competition. Lowell’s B team went 5-0 in what turned out to be a round robin tournament, owing to five teams unable to show up because of Friday night’s snow storm. That left five other teams competing on the day.

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Greenville’s Gavin Cossou (32) blocks the shot of Belding’s Josh VanDyke (10) during Friday night’s game. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville boys use runs to beat Belding, 51-44

Three times during the boys basketball game between Greenville and Belding Friday night the Yellow Jackets started out on big runs. Those runs led to a 51-44 win by Greenville over the Redskins in the teams’ annual rivalry game.

A scramble for the ball involves, from left, Belding’s Avery German, Greenville’s Landon Kemp, Belding’s Alyssa German and Greenville’s Mallory Hinken during Friday night’s game. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville girls basketball overcome early deficit, beat Belding 61-37

For a moment, Greenville’s girls basketball team experienced a bit of deja vu. The Yellow Jackets, coming off a loss to Central Montcalm Tuesday, fell behind against their archrival Belding early Friday. However, defense took care of that.

Mikayla Linebaugh, right, The Daily News Volleyball Coach of the Year, once again led her Belding Redskins team to a district title with wins over Ithaca and Chippewa Hills. The team finished the season 24-10-2 overall. (File photo)

VOLLEYBALL COACH OF THE YEAR: Mikayla Linebaugh, Belding

In the 18 years Belding girls volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh has been coaching, a bar of expectation had been raised to a point to where winning a district title is always the goal, even in a year when it looks as though the team is rebuilding. As it turns out, the Redskins were able to retool. Belding finished with a 24-10-2 record and another district title, reaching the regionals yet again.

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?