Three Wells County teams vying for boys regional basketball titles fell short in their bid to advance to the IHSAA semi-state this weekend with both Bluffton and Norwell faltering in the fourth period to be eliminated. Southern Wells fell to Rockville 56-39 in a Class A Regional game at Frankfort.
Bluffton saw Tipton post a 16-10 advantage in the fourth period to earn a 47-43 win over the Tigers while at Blackford, Harding tipped Norwell 53-52 by erasing a fourth period Knight lead.
The annual Daily Democrat “March Challenge” NCAA picking contest will he held as usual this year, the 25th year for the contest.
Those who want to participate should fill out a bracket, which will be available on line, or write down the names of the winners each round, and email it to email@example.com, or mail to the Democrat Sports Dept., 141 S. 2nd St., Decatur, or bring it to the front office.
The prize again will be a dinner for four at Arnold’s Drive-In in Decatur.
Via their annual "Shoot Down Cancer" fundraising efforts, the Bellmont girls basketball team has raised over $5,000 this year, with some of that money going to local causes and some to the national Jimmy V Foundation.
For the past eight seasons, the Bellmont squad has conducted the fundraiser, and over $70,000 has been raised, including $66,429 during the first seven years of the charity work.
A few weeks back, the IHSAA came out with their realignment package for the next two years, and there were some disturbing numbers.
Tops on the list is 801, the number of students that attend Bellmont High School. That number continues to drop, with no end in sight.
Area baseball leagues are wrapping up registration for the coming season. The Decatur Baseball Association, which is still taking players for all six leagues, will sign up players at the 'Spotlight' activity Saturday at the Bellmont Middle School gym, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monmouth is taking players in the Mays Division (9-10) and in their new developmental league (5-6). Monroe registration has ended, and the Pleasant Mills registration will begin on Saturday.
Brian Hakes of Decatur has been named to the Coaches All-City Team of the Fort Wayne High School Hockey Association.
A junior at Bellmont High School, the 6-3, 205-pound Hakes was one of four defensemen chosen to the 12-player squad (10 skaters, 2 goalies). The team was selected by coaches of the six teams; they could not vote for their own players.
Senior guard Joe Baker was the only Bellmont player named to the All-NHC squad this year as he was put on the second team.
The 6'2" senior led the Braves with a 10.1 scoring average this season, easily the top scorer for the 4-18 Braves team.
Bellmont went 0-7 in the NHC, which didn't give coach Larry Patterson much leverage at the conference coaches meeting recently. Homestead won the conference with a 7-0 mark while Columbia City and Carroll both went 5-2 and Norwell 4-3.
Daniel Meyer, Bellmont High School's career leader in touchdowns (42) and yards (more than 3,500), will join 11 other northeastern Indiana players on the 46-member North squad for this summer's annual North-South Indiana High School All-Star game.
Meyer, who will play fullback in the all-star contest, but will be a linebacker at the University of Indianapolis this fall, was also a top notch wrestler for the Braves, finishing third in the state this year and 112-19, with 66 pins in his four-year career.
BERNE — "We were very confident," stated Keith Cochran after Bluffton's incredible 80-68 win over perennial state power Bishop Luers in the championship game of the 2A South Adams Boys Basketball Sectional Monday night.
"We had a game plan. In fact, Coach (Kevin) Leising had a 15-page book covering everything we had to do to win this game, their strengths and weaknesses. We knew exactly what we were supposed to do, then went out and did it," added the 6-10 junior center, who lives in Decatur.
The 16-year drought is over.
Norwell jumped out 10-0 and never let up, beating Peru 58-44 for the first Knights' boys sectional basketball crown since 1995. It was the first class sectional crown ever for Norwell.
"I know exactly win the last Norwell (sectional) championship was. It came my junior year," stated Norwell coach and former Bellmont standout Randy Hawkins, just after he cut down the net at the west end of the gym at Bellmont.