Archive - Mar 2011 - Sports Article
"It was time," stated Bellmont football coach Rick Burkhalter, who turned in his resignation Tuesday afternoon after two years as head coach and eight years as an assistant.
"If they have teaching openings, and can fill that with a football coach, then that's what they need to do," said Burkhalter, who took the reins for the 2009 season along with Greg Meyer, who then stepped back as an assistant head coach for 2010.
Five members of the state finals Bellmont wrestling team were honored recently for more than athletic achievement as two were placed on the first team Academic All-State and three more were honorable mention All-State.
Ryley Hankenson, the 171-pound wrestler for the Braves, joined fellow senior and 152-pound wrestler Will Busse on the Academic first team.
Youth baseball programs in Berne and Geneva are now operating under one umbrella, with the possibility of girls softball joining that association at some point in the future.
At the Adams County Parks & Recreation Board meeting Monday, it was noted and approved that the Decatur Baseball Association and the Decatur Softball Association will trade fields for the coming season and thereafter.
Three Wells County teams vying for boys regional basketball titles fell short in their bid to advance to the IHSAA semi-state this weekend with both Bluffton and Norwell faltering in the fourth period to be eliminated. Southern Wells fell to Rockville 56-39 in a Class A Regional game at Frankfort.
Bluffton saw Tipton post a 16-10 advantage in the fourth period to earn a 47-43 win over the Tigers while at Blackford, Harding tipped Norwell 53-52 by erasing a fourth period Knight lead.
The annual Daily Democrat “March Challenge” NCAA picking contest will he held as usual this year, the 25th year for the contest.
Those who want to participate should fill out a bracket, which will be available on line, or write down the names of the winners each round, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to the Democrat Sports Dept., 141 S. 2nd St., Decatur, or bring it to the front office.
The prize again will be a dinner for four at Arnold’s Drive-In in Decatur.
Via their annual "Shoot Down Cancer" fundraising efforts, the Bellmont girls basketball team has raised over $5,000 this year, with some of that money going to local causes and some to the national Jimmy V Foundation.
For the past eight seasons, the Bellmont squad has conducted the fundraiser, and over $70,000 has been raised, including $66,429 during the first seven years of the charity work.
A few weeks back, the IHSAA came out with their realignment package for the next two years, and there were some disturbing numbers.
Tops on the list is 801, the number of students that attend Bellmont High School. That number continues to drop, with no end in sight.
Area baseball leagues are wrapping up registration for the coming season. The Decatur Baseball Association, which is still taking players for all six leagues, will sign up players at the 'Spotlight' activity Saturday at the Bellmont Middle School gym, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monmouth is taking players in the Mays Division (9-10) and in their new developmental league (5-6). Monroe registration has ended, and the Pleasant Mills registration will begin on Saturday.
Brian Hakes of Decatur has been named to the Coaches All-City Team of the Fort Wayne High School Hockey Association.
A junior at Bellmont High School, the 6-3, 205-pound Hakes was one of four defensemen chosen to the 12-player squad (10 skaters, 2 goalies). The team was selected by coaches of the six teams; they could not vote for their own players.