The Northeast Hoosier Conference has released just before sectionals the all-conference volleyball teams and as expected it is filled with Squaws and Chargers.
Carroll knocked Bellmont off the pedestal earlier this season giving them their only conference loss of the season and the Chargers earned the regular season crown with an undefeated slate (7-0).
Bellmont closed out the 2012 regular season in style Saturday at the Bellmont Quad competition, taking out 2A No. 1 Wapahani 3-1 with an outstanding all-around effort.
"I don't know if we're peaking, but we're getting there," stated Bellmont volleyball coach Craig Krull, whose No. 2, 3A Squaws swept Wes-Del in three sets to cap a 28-4 pre-tourney campaign.
MARION—Bellmont's girls and South Adams' boys ran spectacular races Saturday at the IHSAA cross country regional meet at Indiana Wesleyan University and as a result will advance to the semi-state competition this weekend at the Plex in Fort Wayne.
The Squaws finished third in the 10-team field, just one point out of second place but the story of the day was the huge improvement in times all five scorers for Bellmont recorded over the sectional race five days earlier.
The Burkhalter Plumbing and Heating Bengals finished its domination of the Decatur Football League Saturday capturing the championship game over the First Bank of Berne Bears by a 24-0 tally at Bob Worthman Stadium on DFL Championship Day.
The Bengals finished the year with a 5-0 slate and got all the points they would need in the title game when Noah Macklin scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak with 6:30 to play in the second period. Logan Mosser made it 12-0 at the half when he scampered in from 12 yards out for the Bengals.
Four interceptions and a pair of fumbles put the Braves in a big hole behind East Noble who scored 42 unanswered points to beat Bellmont 51-10 at the Teepee on Friday night in the last regular season game before next week's sectional.
Bellmont senior Sarah Norder finally earned a point on her last service of the match against Jay County to the cheering of the Squaw faithful at the Teepee Thursday night in a three-set victory on cruise control 25-10, 25-14, 25-13.
Norder has been out the entire season with a knee injury missing out on her last year in the program but last night was senior night and the Squaw had enough mobility to make an appearance in the serving game on four occasions in the win.
FORT WAYNE—With only the Bellmont quad left before sectionals, Adams Central tangled with North Side in a non-conference battle on Wednesday night earning a four-set victory over the Redskins 26-24, 25-12, 25-10, 25-13.
The Lady Jets found themselves on the wrong end of a slow start in set one that they could not recover from combined with the good play of North Side out of the gate. AC would keep the set close until finally the Lady Redskins pulled out the victory needing an extra point to do so in a 26-24 set one victory.
One long streak for Bellmont cross country lived on and another was halted in the IHSAA cross country sectional held at the BHS course.
The Squaws found themselves squeezed out of first place by Norwell (58-73) but will still advance to the IHSAA regional this Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion along with Canterbury 103, Fort Wayne South Side 109, and Bishop Luers 119.
The advancement will be the 19th consecutive regional appearance for Bellmont at the girls level.
The volleyball sectionals are set for 2012 as Bellmont seeks to defend their title, while AC and South Adams co-exist in the same 2A bracket for county bragging rights and beyond.
Bellmont drew the toughest team in the sectional in the Norwell Knights, but a three-set sweep in their NHC meeting earlier in September saw the Squaws getting the best of their adjacent county foes 25-21, 25-18, 27-25.
MONROE—An Adams Central and St. Joseph team were crowned county champs over the weekend at the Hangar during the annual middle school tournament between the four schools Bellmont, AC, South Adams, and the Commodores.
At the eighth grade level, St. Joe's came away with the trophy after knocking off the Squaws in game one, then besting South Adams in the final.