MONROEVILLE—Bellmont coach Larry Patterson perhaps said it best after the Saturday night non-conference basketball match-up between his Braves and the Heritage Patriots.
"You can't score if you don't shoot the ball," he succinctly analyzed.
BERNE — Cody Conner cradled Adams Central sub Luke Marbach for a 2:50 fall at 189 pounds, creating the sixth lead change in the ACAC dual, and igniting a 38-18 victory for the host Starfires Thursday night.
"The kids that were on the mat wrestled well. You can't spot them 12 and let them steal a couple and expect to win," stated Adams Central coach Doug Schultz, noting forfeits in two of the last three weight classes on the line at the Stardome.
Bellmont scored eight pins and a tech fall, winning 11 of 14 matches in a 59-11 rout of Fort Wayne Snider Thursday at Bellmont. The victory put Bellmont at 11-2 on the season. The Braves travel to East Noble Saturday for a conference triple-dual involving DeKalb and Norwell.
KOKOMO — Adams Central's Derek Roe was named Most Outstading Wrestler at the Northwestern 7 Super Duals this past Saturday as he went 5-0, leading the Jets to a perfect 5-0 mark and the tourney win.
Roe scored a 1:26 fall over Brennen Popp of Cass, won by injury default over Bishop Luers' Will Thoma, pinned Marion's Kyle Arenas in 2:53, and pinned Shannon Soloman of Lafayette Jeff. He also took a forfeit against Madison-Grant. Roe is 11-1 on the season.
The ball simply didn't bounce the way the Bellmont Squaws wanted it to on three different occasions late in the game Tuesday night and Bellmont was handed its second straight overtime loss of the season by the Leo Lions at the Teepee, 50-48.
Bellmont's best chance at victory came with just 2.6 ticks to go in regulation with the score tied at 42-42. After having called a timeout eight seconds earlier, Bellmont got the ball into the hands of guard Dana Kaczmarek who drove to the basket and was fouled while shooting.
NEW HAVEN — Bellmont senior middle weight wrestler Anthony Stebing pronounced himself "fine" Tuesday night, answering concerns over dropping three weight classes to land a slot in the BHS lineup. He sure looked fine against 2010 state streeter Zach Zurbrugg as he jumped out 5-0, hitting his favorite fireman's carry, en route to a solid 8-6 win at 152 pounds, and that ignited a 50-19 Braves rout of their NHC foes.
INDIANAPOLIS—The 2010 ICGSA all-state volleyball team was announced Monday with two members of the class 3A state champion Bellmont Squaws making first team status.
Alex Fuelling culminated an outstanding high school career by being named to the top team for the third year in a row for Bellmont while senior Madison Schultz was also among the elite team announced.
"Indianamat.dot.com" has issued class rankings for wrestling, splitting the state's prep schools into three classes. Coaches and wrestling supporters have been pushing for class wrestling for the IHSAA Team Tournament for several years. Most all states have class wrestling.
South Adams is No. 5 in Class A, and Adams Central just missed the top 10, gaining the 11th most votes.
The regular poll has Bellmont 11th. The Braves are rated third in the 2A poll.
NEW CASTLE â€” Despite a tough one-point loss to host New Castle, No. 11 Bellmont walked away with the tourney hardware Saturday, winning the eight-team New Castle Invitational with a little help from New Palestine.
"We were disappointed with the loss to New Castle, but they had several guys ranked and those kids performed really well," lauded Bellmont coach Brent Faurote on the 38-37 loss to the Trojans.