It's a good thing that the wrestling winners Saturday at the Snider semi-state won't be decided "on paper." or worse yet, by some funky formula dreamed up by the Indiana Wrestling Coaches Association.
"The odds on paper probably don't favor us in about nine of our 10 matches," stated Bellmont coach Brent Faurote.
"But they are not guys we can't beat. The opportunities will be there, it's up to the kids, when they see something, to go get it."
Norwell motored to Decatur Tuesday night and ignored the cold weather outside as they blistered the nets hitting 66.7 percent of their shots from the field on 28-42 (21-29 from two and 7-13 from three) to mercifully end a winless season for the Bellmont Squaws by a lopsided 81-28 tally in the opening game of the IHSAA class 3A sectional 23.
FORT WAYNE— The largest school in the NHC extracted revenge on Bellmont Monday night as Homestead blasted the Braves on the hard court 66-39.
The football Braves' victory over the Spartans in the fall may still have been fresh on the minds of some of the Spartans who were on that team because the home team played like men on a mission in the game scoring the first 10 points of the game.
BERNE— Starfires’ senior Alyssa Bluhm scored 10 of the last 11 points of the game for South Adams icing the lead mostly at the foul line for the 58-45 victory over the winless Bellmont Squaws Friday night.
It was a fitting end to the senior night as Bluhm ended with a game-high 16 points including a 10-12 performance from the charity stripe that mostly came in the fourth quarter. Fellow senior Dzejna Ahmetovic was dominant early on the way to matching Bluhm with 16 points of her own.
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.