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HIT THE LINE HARD: Surviving the first round of March Madness

Perhaps there were many like me, but my brackets for the NCAA mens basketball tournament last year found its way to the trash can far, far too early. And I can thank the first round of upsets — and expected upsets that didn’t happen — for that.

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HIT THE LINE HARD: What’s wrong with second favorites?

I have been a fan of all the Detroit pro sports teams all my life. But I also have second favorites. For some reason, that doesn’t sit well with others. I remember the very day I became a New England Patriots fan … are you done gasping? Ok. So, as I was saying, I remember the day I became a New England Patriots fan. It was the 1985-86 Super Bowl. If you can’t recall, they were thumped by the Chicago Bears 46-10.

Cedar Rock Sports Plex in Cedar Rock is offereing a free program to young children who are interested in learning the sport of hockey. The program is at 6 p.m. Saturday. (Courtesy photo)

Free program offers hockey lessons to youths

James Hodge has loved the sport of hockey since he was 7 years old. Now he’s getting the chance to love the sport through his two sons.

Hodge, of Greenville, has played many levels of hockey during his life, including collegiate. And now that his sons, Zander, 5, and Conner, 4, are old enough to strap on a pair of ice skates, Hodge has introduced them to the sport he loves through a free program called “Try Hockey for FREE,” offered at the Cedar Rock Sports Plex.

Lloyd McMaster, left, of Elsie, arm wrestles with Danny Picola of LeRoy during an amateur match at the Rockwell Open arm wrestling tournament at The Horse’s Mouth in Belding Saturday. McMaster, who participated in the tournament with his brother, Steve McMaster (pictured in back with a hat), of Belding, hadn’t arm wrestled in nine years. Picola, who won the match, had broken his right arm in an arm wrestling match years ago, and learned to arm wrestling left-handed. He now arm wrestles with both. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Arm wrestling event draws 30 pullers to Belding

An estimated 30 people competed in a Rockwell Open arm wrestling tournament Saturday at The Horse’s Mouth Tavern, which continues to expand ways to entertain its patrons and the community.

Professional arm wrestlers Brandon Sellers, left, of Greenville, and title holder Matt Bourdon, of Sand Lake, are expected to participate in the Rockwell Open arm wrestling tournament, which is tomorrow at the Horse's Mouth Tavern. The event will include professional, amateur and novice classes, which anyone can enter in the novice class.

Arm wrestling tournament set for Saturday at Horse’s Mouth

Arm wrestling is a test of strength and endurance and a showcase for those watching it.

All arm wrestlers alike — professional, amateur, novice, young, older, men, women — will be participating in Saturday’s Rockwell Open tournament at The Horse’s Mouth at 402 W. Main St., which begins with a weight-in for participants at 1 p.m. The tournament begins at 3:30 p.m.

WXMI’s Jason Hutton reports on the Cleveland-Detroit baseball game from the station’s studios Tuesday night. (Courtesy photos)

Belding’s Jason Hutton named lead sports anchor

Jason Hutton had been hoping to be the main sports anchor on WXMI-TV Fox 17.

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.