MUNCIE—The Adams Central girls varsity basketball team enjoyed an early New Year's present Thursday night by traveling to Muncie Southside and claiming a 51-32 victory over the Rebels.
The Jets won three of the four quarters. After two lead changes and two ties, the AC squad took a 20-18 lead at the half and then posted 16-7 and 15-7 margins in the final two stanzas to earn the victory.
MISHAWAKA — Bellmont's John Mahlan tripped LaPorte's Alex Stewart at the edge of the mat as the final seconds ticked off the clock in the 160-pound match to advance, and he latched onto Stewart's leg, earning the buzzer-beating takedown to secure one of five BHS spots in the semi-finals in the Al Smith Wrestling Classic.
The Braves have four more wrestlers on the consolation side and led the 32-team tourney after the first day with 128 points to the 123 of Penn and 121 of host Mishawaka.
Bellmont guard Joe Baker drilled in two three-point shots on consecutive possessions to start the second period to give the Braves a 24-21 lead Tuesday night and the Braves never trailed thereafter enroute to a 70-63 triumph over county rival Adams Central at the Teepee.
A high school football player in Arizona, one with strong ties to Decatur and Adams County, recently completed a highly successful grid season and is being recruited by several colleges to continue his playing career.
KJ Gould, grandson of Jay and Carolyn Gould of rural Berne, also achieved success in soccer, and track during his high school career. He will have 12 varsity letters when he graduates, according to information furnished by the Gould family.
Bellmont has won the Mishawaka Wrestling Invitational 14 times, more than any other school, and the last Braves' win came in 2003.
That's one winless streak that Bellmont would like to end.
"It's wide open. There are five or six teams with a legitimate chance. Whoever places the most, pops the most into the finals will win the tourney," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Jeff Brooks had a career-high 23 points and Talor Battle added 19 to help Penn State hold off Indiana 69-60 on Monday night.
The Nittany Lions (8-4, 1-0 Big Ten) snapped a two-game losing streak with their second straight win at Assembly Hall — a venue where they had lost 15 straight before finally winning a game two years ago. The two teams met only once last season, in State College, Pa.
Bellmont has four top-four seeds for the annual 32-team Al Smith Classic at Mishawaka High School this week, including top seeds Travis Thatcher at 215 pounds and heavyweight Daniel Meyer.
The tourney, once dominated by Bellmont, will be held Wednesday and Thursday of this week starting at 9 a.m.
Five of the top 10 rated teams in the state are in the tourney: No. 4 Merrillville, No. 5 Mishawaka, No. 7 Lawrence North, No. 8 Penn and No. 10 Bellmont.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Peyton Manning has won so many games for Indianapolis with his powerful right arm that it was only fitting that he was the one who sealed the victory with his legs in the Colts' best rushing game in three years.
Manning threw three touchdown passes to put Indianapolis in the lead and then iced the game with a 27-yard naked bootleg that gave the Colts a 31-26 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday in a game that turned out to have little playoff meaning.
Good things happen when a basketball team puts the ball in the basket and the Bellmont Squaws proved that Wednesday night at the Teepee with its best shooting performance of the season hitting 16-34 for 47 percent and adding nearly 70 percent from the foul line on 13-19 to post a 48-37 win over the visiting Woodlan Warriors in non-conference action.
"This team is pretty good, I just don't know how much the girls believe it," noted Bellmont coach Tory Fuelling following the game.
It's like tossing an ice cube into a pan of hot oil ... but it's got to be said. Geno Auriemma and the UConn women did not break the UCLA-John Wooden 88-game consecutive win record!
Sure, they have 89 wins in a row, but the last time I checked, it was a different sport. UConn plays women's basketball. UCLA played men's basketball. It's not the same. It's not even close!