BERNE — Bluffton built a 10-point lead over South Adams going into the fourth quarter of their Sectional 38 opener Tuesday, then Tigers' coach Kevin Leising pulled the plug as his squad successfully kept the ball away from the SA defenders in an eventual 50-31 victory at the Stardome.
The win puts the 14-6 Tigers in the 7:30 p.m. semi-final game against 2-18 Woodlan Friday night. Adams Central, 13-7, will take on state 2A power Bishop Luers, 16-4, in the 6 p.m. semi-final.
Aaron McClure really likes basketball. He played it a lot as a youth, still plays a bit as an adult, and has been a coach for 10 years or more at his alma mater.
However, as much as Adams Central's head coach (and very good former Flying Jet) enjoys the game, he was stone-faced serious when he talked about AC's sectional matchup with powerful Bishop Luers, winner of two of the last three Indiana Class 2A championships.
"How could you even consider getting rid of this," stated Bellmont wrestling coach Brent Faurote, minutes after his club was beaten by Penn, with the fiasco of a first-round match between Mater Dei and Crown Point finishing up on the next mat.
GREENWOOD — Penn wrestlers Sarah Hildebrandt at 112 and Jacob Davis at 119 pounds scored key come-from-behind wins over Bellmont's Jacob Girod and Bobby Keuneke to shift the momentum, propelling the Kingsmen to a 35-20 win over the Braves the Wrestling Team State quarter-finals Saturday morning at Center Grove.
It's been a long time since the Bellmont Braves have exited the locker room after a game with a smile on their face but BHS cage coach Larry Patterson said he believes the Braves "match up well" with the Maconaquah Braves, a team Bellmont will face in the opening game of the class 3A sectional Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at the Bellmont gym.
JIM HOPKINSINDIANAPOLIS â€” Bellmont's 200 freestyle relay team did not get the top swim that it needed Friday evening at the IUPUI Natatorium, finishing 31st out of 32 teams in the preliminary round of the IHSAA Boys State Swimming and Diving championships. The foursome went 1:32.34, slower than its seeded time. A 1:28.28 would have been required to make the top 18, which will compete for places tomorrow. Munster went 1:24.18 to take the top slot in the event. Jay Watters also failed to make the consolation finals, finishing 30th in the 50 free with a 22.72, a second off of his seeded time, and 36th in the 100 free prelims at 50.02, exactly one second off of his seeded time of 49.02. Watters would have needed to better the 21.67, which tied for 18th and required a swim-off in the 50. In the 100 free, a 47.42 was required to make the consolation finals. Harrison Wagner of Brebeuf took the top spot in both events, qualifying first in the 50 with a 20.65, and going a swift 44.78 to top the field in the 100.
Bellmont's three-time first team All-State outside hitter Alex Fuelling has received the ultimate honor in high school sports, selection to an All-American team.
PrepVolleyball.com placed Fuelling, who led Bellmont to the 2010 3A Indiana state crown, on their 2010 All-American list, which includes the 150 top prep volleyball players in the country.
"I'm very proud and very happy for her," stated Bellmont volleyball coach Craig Krull on hearing the news Friday night.
Bellmont's 400 freestyle relay team broke the school record in the Jay County Sectional last Saturday. That record had stood for 27 years. Ironically, that was the last time that Bellmont advanced a swimmer to the second day of state competition. Bellmont's four swimmers set for the 2011 Boys Swimming and Diving State Championships feel they have a chance to break that skein and earn some Bellmont points at Indy.
While Bellmont has some 30 points to make up from a previous loss to Penn in the first round of the IHSAA Team State Wrestling Championships Saturday at Center Grove, Roncalli also has some ground to cover after losing to Perry Meridian 37-15 in a Dec. 11 meet. That was the only loss of the season for the Rebels, coached by former four-time state champ Lance Ellis of Indianapolis Cathedral.
"We need that championship effort," stated Bellmont wrestling coach Brent Faurote, who has challenged his team to follow the Bellmont tradition and "find that switch and turn it on, take it to the next level" against a strong Penn team Saturday at Center Grove in the first round of the IHSAA Team State Wrestling Tournament.
"We definitely wrestled at a high level at Team Regional against Yorktown and Carroll. If we can find that performance, that level, we'll be fine."