Bellmont and Yorktown, teams which battled for the best part of two decades in the now defunct IHSAA Team State Regional, will both bring 14 wrestlers to the Jay County Wrestling Regional Saturday.
The meet is slated to start at 8:30 a.m. with the quarter-final round. This will be an elimination round since there are no wrestlebacks. The winners in the morning round will advance to the New Haven Semi-state.
The semi-finals and championship rounds will follow. The championship round will likely start by 1 p.m.
FORT WAYNE— As the snows came down outside, Bellmont and Concordia Lutheran made chilly waves of their own combining for 7 of 37 from beyond the arc but when the waters calmed, the Cadets owned a 59-44 non-conference victory over the Braves Tuesday night.
The win came for Concordia despite the Braves holding a 23-21 advantage at the halftime horn.
PARKWAY, OH— The varsity Jets basketball team ventured to the Buckeye State Monday night earning a 46-38 non-conference victory over the Parkway Eagles in a game made up from earlier in December.
The Jets jumped out early on the Eagles leading 16-5 after one quarter, then extended the halftime lead slightly holding a 27-14 advantage heading into the break. After the third it was 39-24 with Central in the driver's seat but a 14-7 fourth quarter favored Parkway closing the deficit under double digits.
PORTLAND — Bellmont got back into the sectional championship business in a big way Saturday, claiming six individual titles, racking up 279.5 points and qualifying all 14 wrestlers for this Saturday's Jay County Regional.
Adams Central, which ended Bellmont's 22-year sectional skein in 2013, had three champions and advanced 10 in a solid second-place effort (211 points), while Barry Humble's South Adams Starfires took fourth, also with three champs, and seven advancing.
MONROEVILLE—Heritage's Aaron Horne split the middle of the Adams Central defense with less than a second to play Friday night and his lay-up at the buzzer gave the Patriots a pulsating 38-36 ACAC win over the Jets at the Heritage gym.
Tonight the Braves play host to NHC rival Carroll at the Teepee starting with the JV contest at 6:15 p.m. The DDD pre-game show will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. or after the JV contest has completed.
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The often-quoted life lesson, "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger," is a nice philosophy, but it's a creed that's a bear to put into practice.
For Bellmont wrestling, it's a way of life. The Braves were physically humbled by a talent-reeking state championship Perry Meridian team, 69-3, three weeks ago, and on their home mat. That same day they knocked off state-ranked, and state-invited Bloomington South, 45-29.
NEW HAVEN — Bellmont and Carroll were in a real NHC tug of war Wednesday night. The difference was likely a loose tooth.
The Chargers defended their NHC Tournament crown, topping the Braves 231-226. Carroll got a break in the 145-pound semi-finals when Bellmont's second seeded senior Logan Neher took a shot in the mouth from Carroll's Alex Arney, and the bolt loosened a front tooth. It was just hanging on.
More accolades for Bellmont standout runner Bailey Beery continue to roll in despite the fact cross country season ended three months ago and track season is about two months away.
Beery learned last Sunday evening at the annual Fort Wayne Track Club banquet held at the Hotel Fort Wayne that she was the recipient of the Chris Brown Outstanding High School Female Distance Runner Award a feat that Bellmont cross country and track coach Carl Risch called "a really big deal."
MONROE — Bluffton guard Kevin Moser knocked down a triple and Josh Moriarity put back a miss to give Bluffton five points.
That was it for the first half.
The Tigers struggled mightily against the AC 2-3 zone and faced an 18-5 halftime deficit. The Jets would hold on to the conference win, 42-28.