INDIANAPOLIS — Todd Batt made history for South Adams, becoming the first Starfire wrestler to compete under the lights at the IHSAA State Wrestling Finals Saturday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, and Bellmont continued its storied tradition with state placers Ben Baker, Brooks Faurote and Brad Busse.
Frosh Sawyer Miller also had a very successful debut for the Stars, earning fourth place at 106 pounds for coach Eric Myers.
PORTLAND—Members of the 2011-12 Bellmont boys swim team weren't alive the last time a sectional trophy made its way to the BHS awards case but a spectacular performance in the pool Saturday by the Braves resulted in seven first place finishes and a sectional championship.
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.