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Belding boys track had to gain experience

Belding’s boys track team had some really good athletes. However, they were also young. As a result the boys were fifth in the six-team O-K Blue Conference this season.

Belding junior Greta Wilker connects for a double during a game at home this season. Wilker earned Division 2 first team All-State honors. - File photo

Wilker, 3 others earn All-State softball honors

The Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association released its All-State honorees on Wednesday. In all, four area players earned All-State honors this season. For the second straight season, Belding’s Greta Wilker was named to the Division 2 first team. This year as a utility fielder (third base in 2014).

An offensive line drill takes place as Belding players go after coach Joe Schwander, black shirt, Wednesday. - Daily News/Chip Burch

Belding football practicing for August at line camp

It may only be June, but Belding’s football teams were preparing for August. The Redskins were practicing at the final day of linemen camp at Rudness Field Wednesday morning, learning some of the things they will need to be ready for when the full-team practices start in August.

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SPORTS GALORE: MLB All-Star game vote turning into a joke

Major League Baseball All-Star game starting position players have been selected by fans continually since 1970. Prior to 1970, the voting process changed many times between fans, players and managers for both starting and reserve positions.

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Experience gap hurt Belding golfers in 2015

Belding’s boys golf team had an experience gap this season, noted coach Doug Anderson. “We were top-loaded with experience and the bottom guys, we had some inexperience,” Anderson said.

West Michigan’s Michael Gerber prepares for a pitch during Sunday’s game against Cedar Rapids. - Daily News/Emily Waldon

THE REVIEW: Whitecaps’ Michael Gerber taking success in stride

A key to survival in the world of minor league baseball is not allowing yourself to be defined by mistakes. A game established on a history of beauty and tradition has the ability to hand you the game-winning long ball and can make you hitless the very next night. Baseball, with all of its intricacies, does not play favorites.

Jack Kole is all smiles after picking up a hole-in-one at Candlestone May 7.

Kole hits first ace at Candlestone

Jack Kole finally hit the shot every golfer is waiting to do. On May 7, Kole hit his first hole-in-on at Candlestone Golf and Resort while playing in the Thursday Night Men’s league. Kole used an 8-iron on hole No. 12, a 144-yard, par 3. Kole hit second on the hole.

Greenville sophomore Landon Kemp attempts a pole vault during the Division 1 state finals at Rockford High School on Saturday. - Daily News/Bruce Bentley

CC-Crystal’s Coston wins discus state title, Kemp places in three

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) held its state championship track meets in four divisions on Saturday. With 34 area athletes competing across West Michigan, the day, despite the rain, turned out to be pretty good for many.

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Central Montcalm ends Belding’s district softball title string

It took one bad inning for Belding’s streak of Division 2 district softball titles to end. The Central Montcalm Green Hornets broke open a close game with five runs in the seventh inning to beat the Redskins 7-4 in the Alma district semifinals Saturday.

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Central Montcalm baseball tops Belding to reach finals

Central Montcalm’s baseball team got the bats going at the right time. The Green Hornets pounded out 10 hits and took advantage of seven walks to beat Belding 11-5 in the semifinals of the Division 2 baseball district Saturday.