NEW CASTLE—This year's Squaws are a different type of challenge for coach Craig Krull, and Saturday's performance at the annual New Castle Invitational seemed to be a good barometer of Bellmont's post-season potential as they split a pair of matches against two of the toughest volleyball programs Indiana has to offer.
Bellmont took advantage of a pair of breaks, driving for scores after the Norwell miscues to carve out a key 14-6 NHC victory over the Knights Friday night at Bob Worthman Stadium, improving to 3-1 overall with three tough loop contests looming.
The game somehow dodged the storm bullets and was over by 9 p.m., seconds before a huge bolt of lightening cut open the skies.
"We did the things we needed to do to win," stated Bellmont's second-year head coach Larry Getts.
Bellmont tennis reached a few firsts under coach Joe Selking on Thursday night when they hosted NHC-rival Norwell.
First and foremost, the Braves won the match, 3-2, marking the first time that Bellmont has defeated the Knights in tennis. Another big mark, however, was the Braves' 9-1 record, the best start in Selking's tenure at Bellmont.
The Braves picked up their three key wins from David Baker at number two singles, Mason Selking at three, and Logan Baker/Drake Reidenbach at number two doubles.
Villa Lanes of Decatur and Haworth Lanes in Berne have announced registration for youth leagues this fall.
Tomorrow evening from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., both bowling alleys will be set up for parents to come register their youth for either Friday night or Saturday morning leagues. The age divisions will be separated 4-7 year-olds for the Bumper League, 8-13 year-olds for the Bantam League, and 14-19 for Junior League.
Bellmont moved its record to 11-2 for the season in varsity volleyball Tuesday night after delivering a three-win win over non-conference foe Fort Wayne North Side at the Teepee.
The Squaws steamrolled their way to a 25-9 triumph in the first game that started with a 1-0 BHS lead before the first serve of the game when North Side was called for an illegal alignment. After a sluggish start in round two, Bellmont came on to easily take a 25-13 verdict from the Redskins, but the third game was anything but in the bag for the Squaws.
COLUMBIA CITY—Untimely penalties and the absence of a "big play" kept Bellmont from staying undefeated on Friday night as they ventured to Columbia City for their first NHC meeting of the year.
The Braves, now 2-1, fell to the Eagles (2-1) 24-13, after being shut down in the second half.
Bellmont coach Larry Getts commented after the game, "We didn't have any consistency in the second half."
MONROE — Abbey Lichtle stroked the ball through the Bishop Luers defense for the final point of the evening, capping a huge Adams Central win in a five-game showdown with the Lady Knights.
"I am very proud of my girls," stated Adams Central coach Ashley Beard.
FORT WAYNE—The first words coach Krull used to describe the Snider/Bellmont game on Thursday night was "intense."
The Squaws got off to another slow start which led to the eventual dropping of game one, but, as Bellmont has shown all season long to this point, when they get warmed up they are hard to beat.
In a four-game battle with the Lady Panthers, Bellmont emerged victorious 20-25, 25-17, 25-13, 25-10.
The Squaws lost a tough conference match against the Norwell Lady Knights on Tuesday night, falling by a 3-2 score in a match that saw two overtime periods and a shootout, while picking up a win last Thursday against rival Columbia City, 3-0.
MONROE—The Braves collided with the Flying Jets of Adams Central on Tuesday night at the Hangar picking up a huge victory over the talented Jet team, 3-2 to remain perfect on the season.
Bellmont, now 5-0 to begin the year, got a boost of confidence from their doubles team, an area that coach Joe Selking thought may be the hardest to replace after last season's successful team.