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Professional arm wrestlers Brandon Sellers, left, of Greenville, and title holder Matt Bourdon, of Sand Lake, are expected to participate in the Rockwell Open arm wrestling tournament, which is tomorrow at the Horse's Mouth Tavern. The event will include professional, amateur and novice classes, which anyone can enter in the novice class.

Arm wrestling tournament set for Saturday at Horse’s Mouth

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.

Belding coach Mikayla Linebaugh (black shirt) and her team react to game four of the district semifinals against Ithaca Wedneday, in which the Redskins made a comeback to force a fifth and final match, which Belding won to advance to the district finals against Chippewa Hills, tonight at 6 p.m. at Redskins Arena.

Belding survives Ithaca in five-game set to advance to district finals

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.

Belding’s Johanna McCully, bottom, digs a ball in front of teammates Olivia Stephan, middle, and Kyleigh Kazmerski during the first game of the Class B district match against Alma Monday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding takes down Alma in district volleyball playoffs opener

Belding’s volleyball team got its Class B district tournament off to a good start Monday night.

The Redskins had little problem with the Alma Panthers, winning 25-16, 25-17, 26-24.

Belding’s James Daniel, middle, runs for a big gain while Ithaca’s Joey Bentley, left, and Triston Miller chase him in the second quarter of the Division 5 playoff game Friday night. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding takes tough loss to reigning Division 5 champ Ithaca

Ithaca’s football team showed why it went to the Division 6 state finals six consecutive years.

The Yellowjackets mercied the Belding Redskins 61-7 on Friday in the first game of the Division 5 playoffs at Alma College.

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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.