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THE REVIEW: Blashill ready for third season with Griffins

It was a moment that will be remembered by West Michigan hockey fans for years to come. Seventeen years following the decision by the DeVos and Van Andel families to bring hockey to Grand Rapids, the city watched as the Grand Rapids Griffins prepared to close out game six of the 2013 Calder Cup Championship against the Syracuse Crunch in Syracuse, New York.

Belding’s defense gangs up on Lakewood’s quarterback, running him out of bounds for little to no gain during second quarter action Friday evening at Rudness Field. - Ryan Schlehuber

Belding holds off Vikings in home opener

The Belding football team waited through a 90-minute rain delay Friday night before taking the field for its home opener against Lakewood. Despite the delay, the night ended on a positive for the Redskins as they walked off the turf at Rudness Field with a 22-14 victory. Although pleased with the effort of his players, Belding coach Joe Schwander said he is looking for his team to improve their execution going forward.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, Sept. 4

Coopersville 3, Belding 0: The Broncos got the better of the Redskins in the first O-K Blue match of the season on Thursday. The host Broncos won in straight sets 25-14, 25-17, 25-16…

Belding’s Brooke Linebaugh sets the ball during a match last year. The Redskins are off to a 6-0-2 start this season.

Belding volleyball off to great start

The Belding Redskins volleyball team has a new look this year, but still the same winning mentality. The Redskins — winners of three consecutive Class B district titles and six of seven overall — graduated plenty of talent from last year’s winning squad. With some retooling, Belding is off to a great start with a 6-0-2 record.

West Michigan Whitecap Javier Betancourt smiles during this year’s Midwest League All-Star game.

THE REVIEW: One team, one dream

When an individual processes the ability to reassure a group of thousands through something as simple as a smile, this is truly a gift. The signature grin and youthful exuberance of West Michigan Whitecaps second baseman Javier Betancourt seems to come as naturally to him as his ability to set the table for turning an effortless double play.

Greenville senior Eric Plate rushes for an 82-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage Thursday evening against Belding at Legacy Field in Greenville. Plate rushed for a school single-game record  265 yards and totaled a single-game record of 373 all-purpose yards.

Greenville dominates rivalry game vs. Belding

It didn’t take long for the Greenville Yellow Jackets to set the tone for its annual rivalry grudge match against the Belding Redskins. Actually, it took just 18 seconds. On the first play from scrimmage, Greenville senior Eric Plate cut to the outside, he turned on the burners and raced 82 yards for a touchdown.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, Aug. 26

Belding 3-0: The Redskins continued their great start to the season with three wins at Saranac on Wednesday. Belding first defeated Rivertown Christian 25-10, 25-14; then Holland Calvery 25-19, 25-16; and Saranac 11-25, 25-13, 15-2

The Belding Redskins won The Daily News Volleyball Invitational on Saturday at home. The Redskins defeated Tri County in three sets to win the championship for the second consecutive season. The team consists of, front row from left, Greta Wilker, Sam McNeal and Brooke Linebaugh; back row from left, Izzy Wood, coach Mikayla Linebaugh, Summer Eubank, Emily Byrne, Olivia Stephan, Jo McCully, Kimmie Thomas, Sarah Brownell and Madison Gregory. Missing from photo is Lexi Pilkington. - Courtesy photo

Belding makes it two in a row at DN Invite

Belding’s volleyball team started out the season the same way they started last season. The Redskins won the opening tournament of the season, the Daily News Invitational at their own gym.

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THE REVIEW: Tri County’s Overbeek a true inspiration

When students of Tri County High School take to the halls this fall to begin the new school year, they are sure to cross paths with one individual in particular, who has solidified himself as a fixture in the growth of the school district both in the classroom and on the field. Oh, and did we also mention the basketball court?

RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore poses with the Danish Festival men’s softball tournament championship trophy on Sunday.

RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore wins Danish championship

Schnepp and Sons entered the Danish Festival men’s softball championship game undefeated. Their opponent, RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore, had one loss. To win a championship, RJ’s Sports Bar/Sports Galore needed two wins against Schnepp and Sons on Sunday afternoon. They did just that win the tournament title with an 8-1 record.