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Brandon Sellers, left, and his father, Rod, were named this year’s Wrestlers of the Year by Michigan Arms, the state’s premier arm wrestling organization. Rod, 52, is the current title holder in Michigan Arms’ 198-pound, right-handed class while Brandon is the state’s No. 1 contender for the 154-pound, left-handed title, which he will compete for against current title holder Matt Bourdon of Sand Lake in a tournament in Muskegon Oct. 15. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Father and son duo from Greenville named Michigan Arms’ Wrestlers of the Year

When Rod Sellers tore his bicep in an arm wrestling tournament, he figured he would retire after years of success. But all it took was his son’s newly found interest in the sport and his inspiration was reignited.

The 52-year-old Dicastal employee has been competing in arm wrestling tournaments since 1982. Currently, he is the belt holder for Michigan Arms’ 198-pound, right-handed class. He also qualified for a worlds tournament — the top level of arm wrestling. But had it not been for his son getting into the sport after watching some of his father’s arm wrestling friends compete on AMC’s “Game of Arms” reality show three years ago, none of Rod’s recent accomplishments would have ever happened.

Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) leader Rylei Helder, 13, left, and Caleb Kamradt, 11, play a strategic straw game designed to start a conversation about strategies and how Belding students can strategize for success in their day-to-day lives. (Daily News | Emilee Nielsen)

New Belding program helps build student relationships

The Beatles sang, “I get by with a little help from my friends.”

That adage rings true for sixth grade students at Belding Middle School.

Of the 126 students who started their middle school education this week, 93 of them attended a Friday morning mentoring program. The program is titled Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) and is designed to open up relationships between the sixth grade students and eighth grade mentors.

A new trophy will be presented to the winner of the Greenville-Belding football game, which is a rivalry game dating back to 1900, one of the longest ongoing football rivalries in the state. The trophy, purchased by Greenville Rotary Club, stands approximately 4-feet tall. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

New Greenville-Belding rivalry trophy used to be a tradition long ago

Bragging rights for the winner of the Greenville-Belding football game just got a little more interesting. This year’s winning team will have the opportunity to hoist a new rivalry trophy.

Belding visits Greenville at 7 p.m. Thursday at Greenville’s Legacy Field to continue a rivalry that dates back to 1900. Last year, Greenville earned the victory with a 52-29 win at Belding. (File photo)

Greenville, Belding coaches focus on maintaining game plan, keeping adrenaline in check

The 2016 high school football season is set to begin this week, and what better way to get it started then a longtime rivalry game between Greenville and Belding.

The two teams, which have been playing each other for more than a century, will face off Thursday at Greenville’s Legacy Field, with a kick off time of 7 p.m.

Belding’s Summer Eubank, far left, attacks between Central Montcalm’s Libby Ledford, middle, and Kenzie Rutz during the finals of the Daily News Volleyball Invitational Saturday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Hornets start season off winning Daily News Invitational crown

Central Montcalm’s volleyball team found a good way to start its season Saturday. The Green Hornets won the Daily News Volleyball Tournament, beating the host Belding Redskins in three games in the championship game to win.

Daily News sports editor Ryan Schlehuber

No time to waste: ‘Hit the line hard’ as new sports editor

Here it’s my first week as Daily News sports editor, and I’m already playing from behind.

Having accepted the new position on Monday, transitioning from features editor and filling the vacancy left by my dear friend and longtime and much-respected Sports Editor Bruce Bentley, I’ve had to “hit the line hard” and catch up with teams, local athletic directors and coaches as high school fall sports season is already upon us.

Greenville’s Justin Zimmer will begin rookie minicamp with the Buffalo Bills on Friday. Zimmer was signed by the Bills following the completion of the NFL draft on Saturday. - File photo collage by Cory Smith

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer signs with Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have gained a whole new fan base in West Michigan. While Justin Zimmer, a 2011 Greenville High School graduate, did not hear his name called during the three days of the NFL draft, he was quickly signed to a free agent contract following the draft by the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. A dominating defensive tackle from Ferris State University, Zimmer realized his childhood dream of playing in the NFL with the signing.

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Chip’s Clips: Where the Red Wings go from here

After another playoff disappointment, the Detroit Red Wings have some work to do to get back to being a contender for the Stanley Cup. Sure, the Wings have made the playoffs for 25 years. But in the past few years, it’s been a struggle to get there. In order to make it 26 straight and do some damage, the Wings will have to make a lot of changes.

Greenville's Milka Welder was the top female finisher (21:46.6) at the Yellow Jacket Challenge on Sunday.

Sunshine, warmth headline 9th annual Yellow Jacket Challenge

Plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures made for an outstanding turnout for the ninth annual Yellow Jacket Challenge (YJC). With temperatures in the upper 70s, albeit a little warm for racing, nearly 500 runners and walkers participated in the 5k and one-mile walk at Greenville High School and Greenville Middle School on Sunday. Hundreds more turned out to support those who participated.

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West Michigan falls 5-3 in frigid home opener

What a difference a change of venue and better weather conditions can make. The West Michigan Whitecaps went from blowing snow in South Bend, Ind., — where they won two games — to a sunny, but cold day Saturday where they lost to the South Bend Cubs 5-3 in the Whitecaps’ home opener. The game-time temperature for the home opener was 35 degrees, which was the second-coldest home opener in Whitecaps’ history. It was 34 degrees in 2003.