"I can't remember ever going undefeated in the ticket round. Going 7-0 .... that was huge," stated Bellmont wrestling coach Brent Faurote after his Braves earned those seven slots in the IHSAA State Individual Wrestling Finals with a flurry of impressive performances.
MONROE—At this point in the season, said Adams Central head coach Aaron McClure after Saturday's 64-37 win over Eastside, you want to be playing your best for several reasons:
•The sectionals loom and, for AC, there will be a challenge with Bluffton and Bishop Luers as potential opponents.
•The Allen County Athletic Conference race is not yet decided and the Flying Jets are 4-2, with one team left to play (South Adams).
BERNE — No. 1 Bishop Luers, already leading 33-14 at half, scored 27 third-period points to pull away in an eventual 74-28 South Adams Sectional semi-final victory over Adams Central Friday night.
The win puts the 19-2 Knights into Saturday's 7:30 p.m. championship game against Woodlan, a 43-22 winner over the host Starfires in the first game Friday.
Bellmont coach Larry Patterson decided he'd seen enough after the first half of the Braves game against Northeast Hoosier Conference foe DeKalb Thursday night at the Teepee.
After all, the Braves started the game with a 9-0 hole and then after battling back somewhat, the Braves were AWOL in the second period going 0-8 from the field, hitting just two free throws while DeKalb tallied 12 points and led 30-15 at half.
"The team's going on, so now it's a matter getting as many individual tickets as we can this weekend. The kids have to refocus and get ready with just two days of practice," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote Thursday night as his squad tries to put behind it the incredible performance in whipping No. 5 Yorktown and No. 8 Carroll at the AC Team Regional Wednesday.
"We deserved it," declared Bellmont junior Brooks Faurote, standing amidst the victory celebration at the Adams Central Team Wrestling Regional Wednesday night.
That they did. Brent Faurote's incredible Bellmont Braves turned the tables on No. 5 Yorktown and No. 8 Carroll to grab their 15th Team Regional Wrestling title, reclaiming a spot at Team State that the Yorkies took from them a year ago.
INDIANAPOLIS — IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox announced Monday the new classifications for 409 IHSAA member schools in several sports for the next two school years.
The enrollment figures, the total of boys and girls in grades 9-12, were submitted by the schools to the Indiana Department of Education last fall and are used to determine the classifications in the sports of baseball, boys and girls basketball, football, soccer, softball and volleyball.
LEO-CEDARVILLE — "Leo" is a three-letter word that ends in "o" and Leo's Lions are a three-point team with a whole lot of "O."
That point was driven home at home on Tuesday as the highest-scoring high school team in Indiana (at least five games over 100 . . . and counting) bombarded Adams Central, 104-73.
The 31-point margin was the worst loss of the season for the 9-6 Flying Jets, who carried the Lions into overtime in the ACAC Tourney last month before falling, 86-79.
The final four teams in both area girls basketball sectionals are set with No. 1 Bishop Luers hammering Bluffton at South Adams, 70-22, and 3A No. 4 Norwell blasting Maconaquah 79-14.
At South Adams in Friday's semi-finals, the host Starfires will take on Woodlan at 6 p.m. and Adams Central will meet Luers in the 7:30 p.m. second semi-final contest. At Peru in the 3A tourney there, the host Tigers will meet Wayne while Bellmont will take on Norwell.
The championship games will be Saturday night.
KENDALLVILLE — East Noble outscored Bellmont 23-13 over the final five minutes of the game Monday night and captured a Northeast Hoosier Conference game over the Braves, 56-44.
The Knights used an unexpected 21-point performance from Kyle Reece which came in handy as Bellmont shut down the main offensive threat from EN, T. J. Blair with only four points. Reece hit six straight shots at one point over the second and third period including a pair of treys.