FORT WAYNE — In a bout both sides considered a swing match, Bellmont junior Dewey Melcher headlocked Jeff Clark, scoring one of five Bellmont pins in a 39-31 victory over Carroll Thursday at the Chargers' gym.
Melcher actually trailed 2-0 going into the second period and was on top of Clark, who tried to scramble out but was caught by Melcher, who finally go the trip he wanted and put the match away in 2:48, giving the Braves an impressive 27-13 lead.
BLUFFTON — South Adams, rated No. 1 earlier this week in a Class A poll put out by Indianamat.com, remained unbeaten, but had a big scare, tipping ACAC foe Leo 34-33 in a conference triple-dual meet Thursday.
The Stars improved to 21-0 overall and 6-0 in the ACAC with only Southern Wells left on the slate. They've clinched at least a share of the ACAC regular-season title by beating the other three contenders, Leo, Garrett and Adams Central.
GARRETT — Bellmont's full-court press baffled the host Railroaders in the third period Wednesday and the result was a 22-5 run, setting up the 68-53 Braves' non-conference victory.
"We talked at halftime how the first four minutes of the third quarter are the most important of the game," stated Garrett coach John Bodey.
North Adams School Board on Tuesday approved Andy Heim as head coach of the Bellmont High School boys track team.
The board also approved Mark Okoniewski as high school assistant baseball coach, Gavin Hisner as high school assistant boys track coach, and Daniel Porter as high school assistant rifle coach.
In addition, Sarah Krey was named a volunteer with the high school girls' basketball program.
According to the tale of the tape, the 6-0 Carroll Chargers may have their best chance ever to beat the wrestling Braves Thursday night in the NHC showdown at the Carroll gym.
In fact, Bellmont coach Brent Faurote, who has never lost to Carroll in his 22 previous years at the helm, gives them the edge in seven matches while Bellmont is favored in six, with one toss-up, at 135 pounds.
BERNE—South Adams swim teams split a pair of matches with Jay County at the SA pool Monday night with the Starfish boys downing the Patriots 113-70 while Jay County won the girls meet 124-62.
South Adams won seven events in the boys meet with six different individuals winning and then four of those six teamed up to win a relay race.
The Starfish took the opening event of the night, the 200 medley relay, as Joel Schmidt, Caleb Wurster, Jacob Werst, and Cole Farlow posted a 1:56.76 finish.
MONROE — Bellmont won a 16-team junior varsity wrestling invitational at Adams Central on Saturday, with South Adams third and AC fourth.
The day's outstanding wrestler was Brad Busse of Bellmont at 189 pounds. one of five champions that Bellmont produced on the day en route to compiling 238 points to the 155 of New Haven, 105 of South Adams and 99 of Adams Central.
KENDALLVILLE — Bellmont went unbeaten in eight weight classes and went 34-8 overall to dominated the annual NHC triple-dual, blanking Norwell and soundly trimming both East Noble and DeKalb Saturday.
The wins put the No. 11 Braves at 14-2 and 5-0 in the NHC, setting up the conference showdown at Carroll on Thursday.
Despite the dominance, BHS coach Brent Faurote was pleased with the opposition. "It's a pretty solid wrestling conference. The competition is good and it's getting better.
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.