PORTLAND—The Bellmont Braves put themselves into the role as favorite to win the Jay County IHSAA boys swimming sectional Thursday after a strong swim in the preliminary round Thursday at the Jay County pool.
"We've really been trying to focus on not being content just making it to state. All the kids want to medal, especially Todd (Batt) who has been there twice and come up short both times," said South Adams Coach Eric Myers, who will take three wrestlers to Banker's Life Fieldhouse tomorrow night for the 74th running of the IHSAA State Wrestling Tournament.
Batt will go at 132 and comes in as a top seed, while frosh Sawyer Miller is a No. 2 seed at 106 and junior Lane Moser is a No. 4 at 113 pounds.
This just in: there's no truth to the rumor that Adams Central's school board has renamed the boys' varsity "The Steamrolling Jets."
It only seems like that after AC's 14-2 squad ran off with a 70-48 decision on Tuesday over Southwood, the third game in a row won by more than 20 points.
A fiery display of three-point shooting in the first half by the 17-2 Northrop Bruins had some at the Teepee ready to call the Decatur Fire Department to come extinguish the blaze in an 83-38 Bruin rout of the Bellmont Braves Tuesday night.
Brooks Faurote, according to the Indianamat.com IHSAA State Wrestling preview, is the field's best chance to stop three-time state champ Jason Tsirtsis from matching the four state title resume of his older brother, Alex.
And that from a group which doesn't exactly gush about the Bellmont wrestling program, though statistics don't lie, the Braves are, have been, and will be the best in northeast Indiana. Look it up!
FORT WAYNE — "If the kids wrestle anything like we did today this Friday night, we'll be in good shape. We just had an outstanding day," stated a euphoric Bellmont wrestling coach Brent Faurote Saturday night after the Braves foursome took the tourney by storm.
The Braves went an incredible 17-4 on the day, winning their last eight matches as Bobby Keuneke at 120, Brooks Faurote at 145, Brad Busse at 182 and Ben Baker at 195 stood atop the podium as champions in one of Bellmont's best-ever Fort Wayne showings.
BUTLER—Eastside's nickname is the Blazers, but Adams Central did all the blazing on Saturday in a commanding 82-58 victory.
The 13-2 Flying Jets cut loose with 11 threes in 21 tries (52%) and hit 28 of 53 attempts from the field (almost 53%) plus 15 of 21 free throws (71%).
By DYLAN MALONE
AUBURN — In what came down to what Bellmont coach John Baker would call a lack of "fire", the Braves went down in flames on the road at DeKalb last night in a conference match-up with the Barons, 45-33.
"It's the end of the year. These seniors should have a sense of urgency and we just don't have it right now," lamented coach Baker.
By JIM HOPKINS
"They're all tough right now," said Adams Central coach Doug Schultz on the opponents for his eight wrestlers at the Snider Wrestling Semistate set for Saturday at the Memorial Coliseum.
"We're telling all of the kids to go there expecting to win, wrestle to win, and don't worry about if they're supposed to win, or if you're supposed to win, just take a crack and whoever is there."
HARTFORD CITY— The Berne boys tried to pick up a non-conference win on the road against a the Blackford Bruins but a sluggish start earned them another loss on the season (5-11) after a 61-51 final score.
The Bruins, now 5-9, played slow tempo basketball and their patience paid off for them. The visiting Stars found themselves down 13-8 after the first period and managed only seven points in the second quarter facing a 25-15 deficit heading into the locker room break.