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21 area grapplers aim for state championships

The Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling finals is an experience unlike any other. Whether a first time qualifier or one with state finals experience, the state finals can bring plenty of nerves and anxiety for wrestlers. Controlling those nerves can be the difference between standing on the podium or heartbroken in defeat. The three-day state finals tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills begins today and concludes Saturday.

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Belding rolls to first round district win at CM

Belding was so dialed in from long distance during Monday’s Class B district opener at Central Montcalm High School that even Redskins coach Brad Wilson found himself pleasantly surprised. Led by their bookend guard combination of Hallee Breimayer and Katie Wood, the OK Blue Conference champion Redskins opened postseason play in convincing fashion with a 71-25 victory over Central Montcalm. Even more impressive than the margin of victory was the number of 3-pointers the Redskins sank. An even dozen, to be exact.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 26

Tri County 71, Grant 64: The Vikings got by the Tigers in a CSAA-Gold game Friday night. Jacob Sickelsteel and Colton Harris had 19 points each and Dylan Matulis had 10 points, nine rebounds and 10 steals for Tri County…

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21 area grapplers qualify for state finals

The dream of a Michigan High School Athletic Association individual state wrestling championship is still alive for 21 area grapplers. On Saturday, a trio of seniors were able to capture regional championships: Tri County’s Nick McGhan at 112 pounds in Division 3, Carson City-Crystal’s Taylor Barkley at 119 pounds and Dallas O’Green at 130 pounds in Division 4. In Division 3, the Belding Redskins qualified five wrestlers, which tied a school record for most individual qualifiers in a single season.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Friday, Feb. 19

CC-Crystal 53, Montabella 38: The Eagles downed the Mustangs in an MSAC game Friday night, getting 46 of their 53 points from two sources. CC-Crystal was led by Kaleb Barrett with 24 points and Garrett Tabor added 22. Montabella was led by Josh Balhorn with 19…

The referee checks the shoulders of Grand Rapids Catholic Central’s Calvin Dent, bottom, as he is getting pinned by Belding’s Mitchell Ward during the 171-pound match Wednesday night. - Daily News/Chip Burch

GR Catholic Central knocks Belding out of regionals

A few matches that could have gone either way ended up being the difference for Belding’s wrestling team. In the first round of the Division 3 regionals at Tri County High School, the Redskins were ousted by Grand Rapids Catholic Central 38-33. The result was not what Belding coach Art Ward hoped for.

Belding’s Alexandria Parker, bottom, signs her letter of intent to run Tuesday at Madonna University. Watching, from left, is her father Dave, her mother Janet and Madonna track coach Patrick Daugherty. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding’s Parker to run for first-year program in college

Belding’s school record-holder in the 100-meter hurdles is going to continue her career in college. Alexandria Parker signed a letter of intent Tuesday to run for Madonna University near Livonia. Parker is one of the first recruits to the program, which will begin its first season this spring.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Feb. 16

Tri County 77, Chippewa Hills 46: The Vikings had no problems with the Warriors in a CSAA-Gold game Tuesday night. Austin Nagelhout had 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for Tri County. Alec Paasch had 12 points and Dylan Matulis added eight points and eight steals…

A battle for a rebound takes place among, from left, Montabella’s Josh Balhorn, Belding’s Xavier Andino and Montabella’s Kelton Eldred during Monday night’s game. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Montabella basketball survives Belding run

Montabella’s boys basketball team had to hold off a resilient Belding team. But hold the Redskins off the Mustangs did, winning 64-57 after leading by 18 after three quarters. “They (Belding) played a tough fourth quarter, hit some tough shots that got their motivation going, got a little bit of momentum,” Montabella coach Jared Simon said. “They carried that and did a good job of making a run back. You have to credit them.”

Belding senior Katie Wood pulls up for a shot and two of her game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter against Comstock Park at home on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Wood’s 28 points leads Belding in final home game

Katie Wood played her final game at home. Wood, a four-year starter, went out in style, scoring 28 points while leading the Belding Redskins to a 75-60 win over Comstock Park on Friday. “We wanted her last game to be really special,” Belding coach Brad Wilson said. “She led us offensively and defensively. She just has the drive to win and she will do anything it takes to do that. As a coach, it’s fun to watch and sit back and marvel at her talent.”