The final score was probably a little too close for comfort for the Belding Redskins, but in the end, it didn’t matter as the Redskins qualified for the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs for the first time since 2007. The Redskins started the scoring and finished the game with a defensive stand with the Wyoming Wolves needing a two-point conversion for a victory. When the ball fluttered out of the hands of Wyoming’s Jalen Arizola-Betts and landed alone at the one-yard line, the Redskins could finally celebrate a 26-25 victory at Rudness Field on Friday night.
Saturday is a big day for all the area cross country teams, as the regional tournaments are that day. In polling area cross country coaches, they all think their teams are ready for the competition.
In a sense, the playoffs start a week early for the Belding Redskins. With a 5-3 record entering tonight’s regular season finale at home, the Redskins need a victory to guarantee a spot in the 256-team field of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) football playoffs. Six wins is needed for guaranteed inclusion, while a handful of teams in each division make the playoffs with 5-4 records.
So long, Jim Leyland. I say that with sadness. I say that with respect. And I say that with admiration.
The Redskins are still in a position to achieve their biggest goal of the season. With its 35-14 win over O-K Blue rival Sparta Friday night, Belding ended its three-game skid and kept the possibility of a playoff berth intact with one week left to play.
n their annual Day to Believe game, the Belding Redskins looked like a group that never gave up hope despite trailing visiting Allendale 32-20 in the fourth quarter. After giving up scores on a 94-yard punt return touchdown by Falcon junior Nate Couturier and a fumble return by senior Jon Nielsen for another in the third, the Redskins battled back with a late score in the fourth and a defensive stop to give them a shot to win with 2:00 left.
The Detroit Tigers begin their quest for its first World Series win since 1984 tonight in Oakland with the start of the American League Divisional Series. Detroit locked up a playoff spot with its third consecutive Central Division title. It was the first time since 1907-09 that the Tigers had won its division three straight times.
Volleyball Vestaburg 3, Montabella 0: The Wolverines kept the Mustangs from winning the MSAC matchup with a 25-20, 25-10, 25-19 win over Montabella Thursday night. Ryalee Dove led Vestaburg with eight kills and seven aces and Anna Steinhouwer had six assists on the night. Records: Vestaburg is 7-12-5 and 1-2; Montabella is 0-19 and 0-4. [...]
Belding’s volleyball team took an O-K Blue Conference loss to Coopersville Tuesday and was looking to get back on track. They picked a good night to do so.
In a battle of unbeaten teams, it was the Comstock Park Panthers making key plays when needed. Comstock Park forced three turnovers, Jake Bush rushed for 161 yards (scored four touchdowns) and they stopped the Belding Redskins when they needed it the most in a 30-7 O-K Blue Conference win on Friday night.