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.

Greenville’s Branden Parris, left, tries to tackle Lowell’s David Kruse on Friday night. (Sports Pro Images | Jaime McNinch)

Yellow Jackets lose to No. 2-ranked Red Arrows 35-10 at home

Greenville’s football team had a tough task to climb back against the No. 2 team in the state in Division 2 according to The Associated Press.

The Yellow Jackets couldn’t do it, losing 35-10 to the Lowell Red Arrows on military night Friday at Legacy Field.

The Vestaburg Wolverines will visit the Carson City-Crystal Eagles Oct. 7 in the annual Salute to Our Soldiers football game, a tradition that is in its fifth year. (File photo)

Four local schools honoring military veterans at football games

On Friday, the Lowell at Greenville football game and Merrill at Montabella football game will be dedicated to military veterans, with Carson City-Crystal and Vestaburg’s game to celebrate their traditional Salute to Our Soldiers game Oct. 7 in Carson City.

Belding’s Zoe Anderson tees off on the 11th tee at The Links At Bowen Lake during the O-K White Conference jamboree Monday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Belding fifth, Greenville sixth at golf jamboree

Greenville’s golf team was a little shorthanded, so coach Nancy Johnson had to call up two junior varsity players to fill out almost all of her team.

Belding had a full compliment of varsity players.

Greenville’s senior quarterback Cal Syrjala scores a touchdown against Forest Hills Central. The two teams went down to the wire, with Greenville stopping a two-point conversion to win the game on the road 35-34. (Jamie McNinch | Sports Pro Images)

Greenville edges Forest Hills Central in a thrilling 35-34 road win

With a chance to tie, Forest Hills Central opted to win the game against Greenville with 18 seconds left, but the defense made one more big play to clinch a thrilling 35-34 road win Friday night.

Brandon Sellers, left, and his father, Rod, were named this year’s Wrestlers of the Year by Michigan Arms, the state’s premier arm wrestling organization. Rod, 52, is the current title holder in Michigan Arms’ 198-pound, right-handed class while Brandon is the state’s No. 1 contender for the 154-pound, left-handed title, which he will compete for against current title holder Matt Bourdon of Sand Lake in a tournament in Muskegon Oct. 15. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Father and son duo from Greenville named Michigan Arms’ Wrestlers of the Year

When Rod Sellers tore his bicep in an arm wrestling tournament, he figured he would retire after years of success. But all it took was his son’s newly found interest in the sport and his inspiration was reignited.

The 52-year-old Dicastal employee has been competing in arm wrestling tournaments since 1982. Currently, he is the belt holder for Michigan Arms’ 198-pound, right-handed class. He also qualified for a worlds tournament — the top level of arm wrestling. But had it not been for his son getting into the sport after watching some of his father’s arm wrestling friends compete on AMC’s “Game of Arms” reality show three years ago, none of Rod’s recent accomplishments would have ever happened.

Greenville’s Noah Day serves as tennis doubles teammate Jeremy Stowitts looks on during Greenville’s match with Cedar Springs. Day and Stowitts were able to get the team’s only point, as Greenville lost 7-1 during Wednesday’s matches at Greenville. (Daily News | Ryan Schlehuber)

Despite being short-handed, Greenville tennis team stays focused, keeps fighting

Jeremy Stowitts and Noah Gager know that every match they play is going to be a unique challenge, because they’ll be behind as soon as they step on the court.

The Greenville Yellow Jackets boys tennis team is four players short of a full roster, which means they automatically lose two points overall to a team with a full roster of 12 players.

An All-Conference basketball player in the early 1950s, Bill Allinder (No. 35 in the photo) set a Greenville basketball record for scoring in a season, which stood for 17 years. (File photo)

Greenville Hall of Fame to induct four athletes during Sept. 9 football game

For the fifth consecutive year, Greenville High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame is inducting previous student-athletes.

This year, four have been selected:

• Fran Larsen, Class of 1963
• Lyn Hallock Arons, Class of 1984
• Kathy Commee, Class of 1984
• Bill Allinder, Class of 1953


Buffalo Bills cut Greenville grad Zimmer

Greenville graduate Justin Zimmer’s NFL plans are on hold.

Greenville’s Haley Peters, middle, attacks over the block of Charlotte’s Brianna Hasler, left, and Alex Withney during the finals of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational on Friday. (Daily News | Chip Burch)

Greenville uses extra points to win Carson City-Crystal tourney

It took a few more points than Greenville’s volleyball team would have liked, but the Yellow Jackets got the win they wanted Friday.

Greenville put away the Charlotte Orioles in extra points in the final game of the finals of the Carson City-Crystal Invitational, with the final game going 31-29 in the Jackets’ favor. Normal games go to 25 points.