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"We'll be ready to play. I'll be very shocked if we're not," stated Bellmont football coach Rick Burkhalter as his Braves prepare to meet the state's No. 1 3A team, Eastbrook, Friday night at Bob Worthman Stadium.
A year ago, the Braves apparently were not ready for the Eastbrook style in a stunning 34-0 loss in the sectional title game. Eastbrook later lost to eventual state champ West Lafayette.
"There's probably any number of teams that could win it," stated Churubusco coach Lee Etzler on Sectional 35's possibilities for a champ.
"There are quite a few teams that have shown good success this year. The team that wins is going to have to show up each and every week with their A-game, that's for sure," said Etzler whose Churubusco Eagles play host to Adams Central Friday night in one of the early critical games. The No. 3 Eagles come in at 8-1, while the improving Jets are 7-2.
"This is not the first game Eastbrook wanted either," stated veteran Panthers' coach Jeff Adamson, noting the draw for the first round of the IHSAA State 3A football playoffs.
Eastbrook, rated No. 1 by the Associated Press, will be at Bob Worthman Stadium for the 7 p.m. game Friday in a rematch of the 34-0 surprise rout by the Panthers a year ago.
Adams Central sophomore Nathan Barger won his first Kokomo Regional Singles Tourney match, pounding Zach Saylor of Peru 6-1, 6-1. However, Barger fell to Bishop Dwenger's Betrum Najev, 7-5, 6-2 in the title match.
Barger finished a sterling season at 22-2.
"Nathan played some of his best tennis this Saturday. Nejev was in the zone (for the finals match)," stated Adams Central Coach Michael Hower.
Adams Central's seventh grade volleyball team went undefeated this season, racking up a 20-0 mark, going 9-0 in the ACAC, and winning the conference tournament by beating Garrett and Heritage.
Coach Becky Brown congratulated her players by saying, "They never had to go three games with any opponent all season and they defeated three previously unbeaten teams: Norwell, Bellmont, and Leo.
MARION — Both the Bellmont boys and girls cross country teams competed well Saturday at the Marion CC Regionals, and both finished in eighth place, three places short of qualifying for semistate action.
South Adams did better as both teams made it out, qualifying fourth in both races. Hannah Moore finished sixth in the girls race with a 19:17. Eric Isch led the boys with a 9th-pace finish in 16:06 for the Stars.
Bellmont held off a solid Wapahani squad, winning 25-23 in the first game, then taking the next two, 25-17, 25-20, to complete a 29-4 regular season.
The Squaws also downed Wes-Del in three (23, 17, 20) in the earlier match Saturday. Adams Central fell to both Wes-Del and Wapahani in the other two matches at the Bellmont Quad.
"Wes-Del was undersized, but definitely did a nice job against us," stated BHS coach Craig Krull.
Bellmont's volleyball team enjoyed Senior Night festivities Thursday and, by the way, the Squaws downed Jay County in three games, 25-15, 25-8, and 25-14.
"That's something I started when I first started coaching here, to start the seniors and let them play in the first game. Considering what they've gone through, they deserve to play," stated head coach Criag Krull. It worked out Thursday that all six BHS seniors played that first game together.
When South Adams lines up at the Marion Boys Cross Country Regional Saturday, they'll be led by senior Eric Isch.
A year ago, Isch wasn't on the team. Two years ago, Isch wasn't on this team, or any team.
"He was working on the farm and on getting his pilot's license. Guess he got bored with that," stated South Adams coach Clint Anderson.
Classmates, know Isch's potential, talked him into running track last spring, his first endeavor as a prep athlete.
Bellmont will be playing for a winning season against offensive powerhouse East Noble Friday, while Adams Central eyes a 7-2 regular season finish with a win against Woodlan, and South Adams will try for four straight wins at Southern Wells.
The Braves might have to go without all-time leading rusher Daniel Meyer, who is still suffering some affects of a sprained ankle. He's been rehabbing all week and hopes to play.