Archive - Sports Article
November 11th, 2011
When Marian University football coach Ted Karras Jr. came to Bellmont in the spring of 2009 to sign a host of players from the 2008 BHS state championship team, he had a promise.
The fourth annual Rainbow Lake 5K is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 26 in Geneva. The race starts in front of the Limberlost Cabin on Decatur Street. Cash prizes are presented to the top two male and female finishers with a $100 bonus for breaking the course record.
The Bellmont football team bus will leave school at 2 p.m. Friday and head west on Monroe Street (US 224W). Parents and football boosters are planning a special sendoff for the squad, which will travel to West Lafayette to take on that squad in a 3A Regional football contest at 7:30 p.m.
Fans who turn out and line Monroe Street are encouraged to bring signs and noisemakers for the event.
The Braves and Jets will both be traveling quite the distance for their regional match-ups tomorrow in hopes of pulling off the unlikely against West Lafayette and Sheridan, two powerhouses in their respective divisions.
The West Lafayette Red Devils have an impressive 11-1 record going into the contest and they also have the home-field advantage going their way, but the upstart Braves have something of a chip on their shoulders as they come into the game with the confidence and momentum.
FORT WAYNE— The new-look Squaws had a tall order to take on in their season opener on Tuesday night as they started the coach Andy Heim era with a tough 53-22 loss at the hands of the Concordia Lady Cadets.
The Squaws managed only five points in the first half (two in the first quarter), putting themselves in a big 28-5 hole at the half that was just too much to handle for the new Bellmont squad.
The Bellmont Braves managed to get six of their players onto the Northeast Hoosier Conference list this week as they head into their second regional match ever on Friday against West Lafayette.
Seniors Brian Hakes, Ben Baker, and Isaac Birch all were honored for their position on the first team, while Cody Walters, Lance Shifferly, and junior Jake Brown were named to the second team for the conference.
"This was something else. I don't know what to say," said Bellmont's standout runningback Cody Walters minutes after the Braves won just their second sectional football championship ever, 21-20 in overtime at Western High School Friday night.
"The whole game was hard-hitting, but we never stopped, never gave in, and we got it done," said determined senior linebacker Dewey Melcher.
Without solid line play on both sides of the ball, football teams seldom are successful.
In Bellmont's outstanding 22-7 sectional win over Yorktown last Friday, Ben, as usual, played on both offense and defense.
Offensively, Baker and Co. opened up holes that allowed BHS backs to gain 235 rushing yards while on defense, Baker was hounding the Tigers all night with seven and a half tackles, three and a half of which were tackles for loss of yardage. He also had one and a half sacks.
BY JIM HOPKINS
It's championship Friday for Adams County high school football!
Ain't it grand!
"Hopefully, all three teams will play well and win. That would be a first. That would be crazy," stated Adams Central football coach Michael Mosser, whose Jets will be seeking a 17th sectional crown for the tradition rich Class A school tonight when North Miami comes to Central's field.
While Bellmont was still basking in a little playoff glory on Wednesday, coming off that impressive sectional semi-final win over Yorktown, the squad was turning its eyes on 9-2 Western, Friday's sectional championship game foe.
The game will be played at 7 p.m. at Russiaville (near Kokomo). It will be Bellmont's fourth sectional championship contest over the past five seasons.