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SPORTS UPDATE: Belding, Ithaca football game moved to Alma College

The location of the Division 5 playoff football game between Belding and Ithaca on Friday has been moved from Ithaca High School to Bahlke Field at Alma College in Alma.

Ithaca football coach Terry Hessbrook said one of the biggest keys to his team winning the Div. 5 playoff game against Belding Friday is containing Redskins running back James Daniel. (File photo)

Belding Redskins to face defending Division 5 champions Ithaca Yellowjackets

On paper, it looks like the Division 5 football playoff game between Belding and Ithaca is a mismatch.

The Redskins haven’t made the playoffs since 2013. The Yellowjackets have won five of the last six Division 6 championships.

Both the Belding Redskins and Greenville Yellow Jackets qualified for the Michigan High School Athletics Association football playoffs, sneaking in with five wins each. Greenville will have a rematch with Lowell, which the Red Arrows beat Greenville 35-10 in a September meeting at Greenville. Meanwhile, Belding will face 9-0 Ithaca. Ithaca, which is from the Tri-Valley-West Conference, hasn't lost since Nov. 28, 2014, when it lost in the state finals to Monroe Saint Mary Catholic.

Four out of five eligible football teams make MHSAA playoffs

It was possible that five area football teams would make the playoffs, if the points fell just right. Of those five, four will have another game.

Belding running back and junior James Daniel (2), works his way past Grandville Calvin Christian defender and junior Sam Elliot (23) for positive yardage Friday evening. (Daily News | Cory Smith)

Belding sits and waits after 47-27 loss to Calvin Christian

The wait until Sunday is going to be agonizing for Belding’s football team.

The Redskins finished 5-4 overall on the season after losing to Grandville Calvin Christian 47-27 on Friday night.

Grandville Calvin Christian’s Brooke Barendsen, far left, attacks past the block of Belding’s Summer Eubank (7) and Jessica Wittenbach (5) during the first game of a match Thursday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Serve receive, defense key to Redskins’ win over Squires Thursday

Thursday night was the last time the seniors on Belding’s volleyball team took to the court in its home gymnasium in a regular-season game.

The players made themselves — and the parents in attendance — happy with a straight-game win over the Grandville Calvin Christian Squires, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18.

Grandville Calvin Christian’s Brooke Barendsen, far left, attacks past the block of Belding’s Summer Eubank (7) and Jessica Wittenbach (5) during the first game of a match Thursday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Seniors go out as winners on home court as Belding volleyball beats Calvin Christian

Thursday night was the last time the seniors on Belding’s volleyball team took to the court in its home gymnasium in a regular-season game.

The players made themselves — and the parents in attendance — happy with a straight-game win over the Grandville Calvin Christian Squires, 25-16, 25-20, 25-18.

Belding’s Kade Walker (No. 6) leaps into the arms of teammate Dominica Francisco (with glasses) after scoring the first goal of the game versus Tri County in the teams’ Distict 35 playoffs game Monday at Belding. The Redskins outlasted the Vikings 3-2 in overtime. Belding will play Wednesday versus Grand Rapids Wellspring, which beat Grand Rapids West Catholic 2-1 to advance. Others pictured are Belding’s Josh Van Dyke (No. 10), Keenan Walker (No. 16) and Tri County’s Bryce Ruppert (No. 4). (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Belding outlasts Tri County 3-2 in O.T. to win District 3 soccer playoff opener

Edgar Tobar knew it was the moment of all moments. The season lay in his hands … or rather, his foot.

With the score knotted at two each between Belding and Tri County during a Division 3, District 35 soccer game at Rudness Field, the Belding captain was faced with a chance to put his team ahead on a penalty kick.

Belding’s Josh Daniel (No. 2) runs past a Kelloggsville player as Belding’s Mitchell Ward is in tow during the first half of Friday’s game. Belding lost 48-28, missing a chance to earn an automatic playoff berth, however, the Redskins can still clinch a playoff berth with a win against Calvin Christian at home next Friday. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Redskins’ 48-28 loss to Rockets leaves one more chance to make playoffs

It will come down to the last game of the season for the Belding Redskins to earn an automatic berth in the playoffs after losing to the Kelloggsville Rockets 48-28 at home Friday.

It was a battle of two teams both on winning streaks looking to take sole possession of the O-K Silver Conference and, after a high-scoring first half, it looked as though the game would be decided by whoever had the ball last.

After starting the season 0-2, the Belding Redskins have turned things around and are riding a four-game winning streak heading into week 7 going on the road to Godwin Heights (3-3) hoping to get one step closer to an automatic bid to the playoffs.

Five local teams have legitimate shot to make the post-season

With three games left in the regular season, five local football teams have a chance to lock up a playoff spot.

It takes six wins to automatically qualify for the Michigan High School Athletics Association playoffs, although, if there aren’t enough teams with six or more wins, five-win teams can sneak in.

Coaches prefer to get that solid sixth win, and, as it stands now, Belding, Carson City-Crystal, Greenville, Lakeview and Vestaburg have a legitimate shot at earning an automatic bid to the post-season. Tri County can maybe sneak in if it wins its last three games, which would give the Vikings five wins.

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.