Three times during the boys basketball game between Greenville and Belding Friday night the Yellow Jackets started out on big runs. Those runs led to a 51-44 win by Greenville over the Redskins in the teams’ annual rivalry game.
For a moment, Greenville’s girls basketball team experienced a bit of deja vu. The Yellow Jackets, coming off a loss to Central Montcalm Tuesday, fell behind against their archrival Belding early Friday. However, defense took care of that.
In the 18 years Belding girls volleyball coach Mikayla Linebaugh has been coaching, a bar of expectation had been raised to a point to where winning a district title is always the goal, even in a year when it looks as though the team is rebuilding. As it turns out, the Redskins were able to retool. Belding finished with a 24-10-2 record and another district title, reaching the regionals yet again.
When Thaddeous Holbrook first saw Belding’s new exchange student trying out for football, he wasn’t impressed.
“He looked skinnier than the rest of us,” the Belding senior said of Simone D’Errico, of Turin, Italy, who is spending a year at Belding High School.
“I thought maybe he might get hurt.” But when the soft-spoken Italian put pads on and started practicing with the team, Holbrook’s thoughts about D’Errico’s ability completely changed.
“He blindsided me on a tackle and I was floored,” Holbrook laughed. “He was real fast, and is real good.”
An estimated 30 people competed in a Rockwell Open arm wrestling tournament Saturday at The Horse’s Mouth Tavern, which continues to expand ways to entertain its patrons and the community.
With the Big Ten Conference (B1G) announcing it will schedule more games on Friday nights next year, one question remains: Will this really hurt high school football?
The third time wasn’t a charm for the Belding volleyball team.
The Redskins lost to the Saginaw Swan Valley Vikings for the third time in four years Tuesday, losing 25-16, 25-17, 25-20.
At Thursday’s district finals against Chippewa Hills, the Belding Redskins’ mental game was just as great as their physical game, beating the Warriors 25-21, 19-25, 25-17 and 25-14, earning a trip to the regionals at Bay City John Glenn to face Saginaw Swan Valley on Tuesday.
Arm wrestling is a test of strength and endurance and a showcase for those watching it.
All arm wrestlers alike — professional, amateur, novice, young, older, men, women — will be participating in Saturday’s Rockwell Open tournament at The Horse’s Mouth at 402 W. Main St., which begins with a weight-in for participants at 1 p.m. The tournament begins at 3:30 p.m.
It took all five games to settle the winner between the Belding Redskins and Ithaca Yellowjackets in the Belding district semi-finals volleyball game Wednesday.
The Redskins won 15-11 over Ithaca in the rubber match to clinch a spot in the district finals against Chippewa Hills, which is today at 6 p.m. at Redskins Arena. Belding won 25-23, 23-25, 16-25 and 25-19 before winning the rubber match.