Daily News All-Area boys basketball awards

Daily News All-Area boys basketball awards

Belding girls basketball coach Connor Hoke praised Hallee Breimayer's work ethic and all-around talent. "I couldn’t be any more proud of her. It is well deserved,” he said. “She meant a lot to our team.”

Belding’s Hallee Breimayer is Daily News’ girls basketball player of the year

“She was the best player on the floor on any team I’ve seen this entire year. She could play the one spot or fifth spot and dominate,” said first-year Belding girls basketball coach Connor Hoke about his senior scoring leader. “She’s one of the most versatile players I’ve seen all year.”

Despite missing some time due to an ankle injury, Hallee Breimayer pushed through the pain and continued to lead the team in several categories — 18.3 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, 5.2 assists per game and 1.3 steals per game.

Belding senior Dylan McMaster is one of the key players to the team’s strongest group this year, the pitching staff. “We are very deep at pitching, which is a nice problem to have,” Belding first-year coach David Riches said. (File photos)

Belding baseball team looking for encore to last season’s school-record 28 wins

When a team loses four of its core players to graduation, including its starting catcher, some would say that team is headed for a rebuilding year.

But with what first-year head coach Dave Riches has returning to his Belding baseball team, this season’s team may only need to readjust rather than rebuild.

Belding senior Johanna McCully signs on the dotted line on a letter of intent with Aquinas College, where she will be one of a few incoming freshmen for the Saints women’s volleyball team next year. Behind her is her mother, at left, MaryJo McCully, and her Belding high school volleyball coach, Mikayla Linebaugh, who retired after the season.

Belding’s Johanna McCully signs with Aquinas to play volleyball

When Rick Schroeder was hired as Aquinas College’s women’s volleyball coach, Johanna McCully was the first person he wanted to recruit. “Right now, we’re graduating six seniors, so the team got a little smaller,” Schroeder said. “So, in 2017, we’re definitely looking to build our roster up with not only great athletes, but great individuals, too. We definitely think that Johanna offers both, exceptionally.” McCully, 18, a senior at Belding, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play volleyball with the Aquinas Saints and study nursing at the college, which is just as important to McCully.

By Ryan Schlehuber

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.

Belding’s Mitchell Ward reacts to his blood round win against Mount Morris’ Jesse Munsell during the second round of consolation matches Friday. He was 2-1 on the day and has reached Saturday’s next consolation round.

15 of the 21 local wrestlers still alive in state finals

With each wrestler that walked onto the mats at the state individual wrestling finals, there is a story of hard work, dedication as well as triumph and heartbreak.

Belding’s Avery German, middle, tries to put up a shot but is blocked by both Central Montcalm’s Bree Brasington, left, and Kenzie Rutz during the teams’ Class B district game Monday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Central Montcalm beats Belding 47-37 to advance in districts

One quarter and one missing player ended Belding’s girls basketball season Monday night. Belding had its season end by Central Montcalm in the Class B girls basketball district opener Monday night, losing 47-37 in Alma.

Tri County’s Dakota Greer will compete in the individual state finals as the only undefeated wrestler in the local area, having set a 50-0 record this season and is the 119-pound district champion. Individual state finals are at The Palace of Auburn Hills March 2-4. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

21 local wrestlers move to individual state finals at The Palace March 2-4

A total of 21 local wrestlers are going to The Palace of Auburn Hills to try to win a title. All 21 finished fourth or better at their individual tournaments across the state and will move on to wrestle at The Palace for the final time March 2 to March 4.

Members of the Tri County competitive cheer team show off their stunt abilities during the third and final round of the districts tournament in Comstock Park on Saturday. The Vikings finished second and qualified for the state regionals next weekend. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Tri County cheer moves on again while Belding wraps up historic season

In the District 18, Division 3 competitive cheer finals Saturday, the host team, Comstock Park, took first place while Tri County finished second and Belding finished sixth.

The Belding competitive cheer team includes, in front, Shae Pallick, Ebony Noland, Jaimie Cole and Jasmine Royce, second row, Lauren Barker, Karah Ring, Megan Couture, Julia Lacopelli and Kailey Heath, third row, Aly Kline, Paige Martin and Alexis McCarty, back row, coaches Rikki Venneman, Rachelle Stressman, Laney Klooster and Stacy Venneman. (Courtesy photo)

Belding competitive cheer team heads to districts

With its first conference championship in hand, Belding’s competitive cheer team is looking to continue rewriting the history books.