SOUTH WHITLEY—A monster 28-0 start propelled the Braves to a 35-13 stroll into the sectional semi-finals on Friday night over the Whitko Wildcats on the road.
"Our schedule prepared us for this," Bellmont coach Larry Getts noted after the win. "These guys were co-champs in their conference but we played some 6A and 4A schools in ours. We picked up a good win against a good team but we definitely felt prepared with the tough conference games we played."
MONROEVILLE—While crowd management was a big issue at Heritage on Thursday night, the Squaws quietly engaged a motivated Columbia City team in the opening round of sectionals managing a sweep in three sets 25-23, 26-24, 25-21.
Bringing signs and an abundance of support for the team, students from Bellmont were forced to sit in the Eastbrook section of the gym due to Norwell fans hanging around to see their future opponent for tomorrow as they were the winners of the first match.
Two Bellmont High School products are back on the football field this season for Manchester University along with three former Heritage performers also play for the Spartans.
Wideout Lance Shifferly, a sophomore, has caught 13 passes for 122 yards in six games, averaging 9.4 yards per catch with a longest gain of 18 yards. The Bellmont product also has been credited with two tackles.
WOODBURN— The old adage that you can't beat a good team three times in a season was at stake last night at Woodlan High School.
Superstitions aside, the Warriors were winners of a nail-biting, five-set affair to open up sectional play against the Adams Central Lady Jets 25-18, 23-25, 18-25, 25-18, 14-16.
The difficulty of beating the Warriors three times in a season was not lost on AC head coach Ashley Beard after the match.
Missing only the Miami/Buffalo game this week, Max Eichenauer is the winner of week seven Pigskin Picks. Just behind him is Harley Hilty with two wrong but also getting the closest to the tie-breaker game score of 30 points in the Jags/Chargers game with (31). Gareth Harvey was third place with two wrong and a tie-break score of 37. Congrats to the prize winners and thanks to all for playing Pigskin Picks!
KOKOMO — Bellmont's Evan Selking had already broken tradition as the school's first singles participant in the IHSAA semi-state tennis tournament.
As it happened, though, the junior fell a bit short of lengthening his season as he fell to his opponent, Kendal Norman from Owen Valley, in straight sets during the opening round Saturday, 6-2, 6-2.
MARION—Three out of four Adams County teams entered in Saturday's IHSAA cross country regional tournament at Indiana Wesleyan University survived to run another day and will move on to the semi-state competition at The Plex in Fort Wayne this Saturday.
KENDALLVILLE — Two long kickoff returns put across one touchdown and set up another, plus a pick-six in the final period spurred East Noble to a 34-7 victory over Bellmont Friday night in a game that saw the Braves out-gain the host Knights.
FORT WAYNE—The Braves squared off against Indiana's class 1A repeat state champions on the soccer pitch Thursday night eventually losing a 3-0 battle in the opening game of regionals.
Coming in with their fourth sectional title in school history, Bellmont played physical with Canterbury in the first game at Carroll but the talented 2A school, who made the lead to 2A soccer this season, made their mark in the first 30 seconds of play.