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."
A game of scoring runs fell into the hands of eighth-ranked Concordia Wednesday night at the Teepee as the Cadets topped the Bellmont Braves 56-45 despite scoring just two points in the final five minutes of the game.
As has been the unfortunate mantra for the Braves in the past month or so, the visitors quickly jumped out to a 7-0 lead before the Bellmonters shocked the Cadets with a sudden 12-0 blitz that included three-pointers from Forrest Fullenkamp and Payton Selking.
MONROE — "Good teams find a way to win," said Adams Central coach Aaron McClure just seconds after Tuesday's 40-36 grinder that outlasted Blackford.
Last Friday, in an emotional win over AC's oldest rival (South Adams), the Flying Jets connected for 30 points in the first quarter.
UNION CITY — South Adams started its sectional push this past Saturday, with a 53-47 decision over Union City at the Indians' gym. It was the fifth win of the season for Ryan Biegel's Starfires.
The Stars will host a sectional and will play Bluffton in a five-team tourney at the Stardome. Adams Central will play in the semi-finals against Bishop Luers.
Bellmont heavyweight Daniel Meyer (left) attempts to pull free of Jeremiah Harvey of Culver Community during the heavyweight semi-final match Saturday at Conseco Fieldhouse.
Meyer got away this time, but not in the fourth OT period in a 3-2 loss. He finished third in the state and Harvey won the title, with another overtime win.
It was Meyer's only defeat of the season.
PORTLAND—Muncie Central swept eight of the 12 events in the finals of the IHSAA boys swimming sectional Saturday at Jay County High School to easily outdistance second place Bellmont by a 335-232 count.
Delta and South Adams followed in the team score with 193 and 155 followed by Bluffton 128, Norwell 96, Jay County 93, Muncie Southside 52, Adams Central 49, and Blackford 37.