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Belding volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh, far right, shows a technique to volleyball players attending the Belding volleyball camp Wednesday morning.

Belding volleyball camp teaches girls to improve their game

BELDING — Getting to work on their volleyball skills kept 60 young women busy this week. Belding volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh was the director of a volleyball camp at Belding Middle School. The camp had 60 players total attending the camp, from third grade through high school. There were three sessions, depending on the grade [...]

Bruce Bentley

SPORTS GALORE: One last column, one last thank you

I’ve been thinking for a few weeks on what and how to write my final column as sports editor of The Daily News. As I write this column, I’m still not exactly sure what to say, so I’m just going to type what comes to mind. After 15 1/2 years, today is my final day working for Stafford Publishing.

Tri County’s Aaron Jason, left, and Greenville’s Landon Kemp were voted The Daily News Track Classic top male and female athletes at Tuesday’s meet. - Sports Pro Images/Jamie McNinch

Kemp, Jason lead Daily News Track Classic

In a track meet pitting the area’s best of the best, a pair of juniors stood out among the rest. On a beautiful Tuesday evening, the annual Daily News Track Classic was held at Greenville High School. The meet consists of the best athletes from The Daily News coverage area, minus Montabella (they opt to compete at the Morning Sun Invitational), plus Cedar Springs. Greenville junior Landon Kemp, winner of three events, and Tri County junior Aaron Jason, winner of two events, were named the top male and female athletes of the meet. This was the third time Kemp won the honor and first for Jason.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, May 24

Tri County splits: The Vikings played two games against Morley Stanwood on Tuesday, winning the first 5-4 and getting mercied in the second game 11-0 in five innings. The opener was won on a Jake Sickelsteel RBI double in the fourth inning. That gave Eric Hayden the win, as he went the first 4 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits and two walks around two strikeouts…

Central Montcalm’s Trenton Braman, middle, celebrates while crossing the finish line — in fifth place — during the preliminary heats of the 100 during the Division 2 regionals at Houseman Field Friday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Tri County boys, Belding girls heading to state track finals

Belding’s girls will be well represented at the state Division 2 track finals in Zeeland. The Redskin girls will be going in eight events after the regionals Friday at Houseman Field. Belding’s 800-meter relay team of Hallee Breimayer, Johanna McCully, Emma Jakeway and Lauren McDowell (1:47.04) finished second to Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills and is headed to the state finals.

Belding senior Greta Wilker connects on a pitch during a game this season at home against Vestaburg. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Belding’s Wilker named SI high school athlete of the month

Greta Wilker is the ultimate student-athlete. In less than two weeks, Wilker will graduate as valedictorian of her class (4.2 GPA). The dual-sport athlete will also wrap up the softball and track seasons and will finish her high school athletic career with 16 varsity letters. The Belding community, and others in surrounding areas, have been aware of Wilker for the past four years. Wilker will now be known nationwide and more after being named Sports Illustrated’s (SI) May Athlete of the Month this week.

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Thursday, May 5

Kelloggsville 12, Tri County 2: The Vikings struggled on the road in a non-conference game on Thursday. Kelloggsville jumped out to an 8-2 lead after two innings and needed just six to finish the win. Jacob Sickelsteel took the loss. Justin Thurston pitched four innings and allowed one run on three hits…

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ROUNDUP: Prep scores from Tuesday, May 4

CC-Crystal sweeps Montabella: The Eagles picked up a pair of MSAC wins over rival Montabella on Tuesday. CC-Crystal won 16-1 and 11-1. Jarrett Loomis won game one. Zach Pringle went 5-for-5 with three doubles, triple and five RBI. Lane Humphrey had three hits and four RBI, while Aaron Hugenot and Shane Wiggins each had two hits…

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.

Belding shortstop Lucas McNinch slides off second base to throw and complete a double play at first base during the fourth inning at Carson City-Crystal on Friday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

Pitching, defense leads Belding by CC-Crystal

Four hits and four runs by the Belding Redskins baseball team broke open a pitcher’s duel against the Carson City-Crystal Eagles. Leading 1-0, the Redskins scored four times in the sixth inning and added a run in the seventh to defeat the host Eagles 6-1 in a non-conference game on Friday. Belding only had two hits and one unearned run through the first five innings.