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June 11th, 2012
KOKOMO—Perhaps it was just a foretelling of things to come in the class 3A baseball semi-state game won 11-6 by Western High School over Bellmont at Highland Park Saturday when the start of the game was delayed for several minutes.
Never before in the history of Adams Central High School has a Jet softball team ever won an IHSAA sectional tournament, let alone a regional tournament, and heaven forbid, even think about a semi-state championship.
This year, however, a group of Adams Central ball players have banded together to play a game they love. That dedication of the game puts them in the IHSAA state finals this Saturday against the South Putnam Eagles, a team that arguably is a strong favorite to win the crown.
There are four teams left in the 3A state finals for baseball in Indiana and the Bellmont Braves are one of them for the first time since 2002 when Jon Stevens' group of Braves fell to Vincennes Lincoln, 4-0 in the state final.
Despite the visit to Victory Field in Indianapolis back in 2002, the Braves are still without a semi-state title due to the fact that there was not a semi-state conducted from 2000-03.
For the first time since 1976, the Bellmont Braves' golf team will be playing in the regional finals thanks to a second place finish at Timberidge, Norwell's course, on Friday night.
The qualifying is Bellmont's third regional berth in school history with the only others being in '72 and '76.
GREENTOWN—First it was the sectional, then it was the regional.
Adams Central softball teams had NEVER won either tournament in the history of the IHSAA softball post-season play. So the team that was 6-11 at mid-season put on a surge of epic proportions in May and ended up with both titles.
Athletes from both Bellmont and Adams Central are all seeded among the best in their events at the annual IHSAA track and field state finals to be held Friday and Saturday at the Indiana University track stadium in Bloomington.
ALBION—Winning the school’s first ever sectional title was not enough for Adams Central coach Cary Blake and his group of Lady Jets as they traveled to Central Noble and blanked the Lady Cougars, 5-0 to take the regional crown as well on Tuesday night.
The NHC has released its all-conference softball teams for the 2012 campaign but only one member of Bellmont's squad will be represented on the team.
Senior Brieann Burkhalter, daughter of the Squaws' head coach Rick Burkhalter, was named to the first team at the corner infielder position along with Hannah Schnorr of Columbia City.
Senior Matt Stidam capped a three-run fifth-inning rally with a clutch, two-run double, and Nick Fuelling's sixth-inning hit knocked in barreling baserunner Ben Baker with the key insurance run as Bellmont cut down rival Norwell 4-3 Monday to capture the 3A BHS Sectional Baseball championship.
FORT WAYNE—After defeating Churubusco with a pair of runs in the seventh inning of the sectional semi-final game at Indiana Tech earlier in the day, the Starfires ran out of magic and fell to the hosting Bishop Luers Knights, 6-3 in the title game on Memorial Day evening.
The Knights earned their seventh sectional title and first since 2008 with the win over South Adams who had won 11 straight games up to that point. They had defeated the Bluffton Tigers, 4-2 in the second game of the semi-finals.