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.
By JOE SPAULDING
MONROE—Eastside and Churubusco won opening round games of sectional 36 in the class 2A tournament held at Adams Central Tuesday night to advance to Friday night semi-final play against Bishop Luers and Adams Central respectively.
The opening contest was a battle down to the wire with Eastside knocking off Bluffton 42-40 while in the nightcap Busco raced out to an early 12-0 lead in the first period before settling for a 42-27 victory over the Starfires.
By JIM HOPKINS
PORTLAND — Bellmont avoided a letdown from Wednesday's emotional team regional victory, stamping eight semistate tickets with three champs, while South Adams had two champs with seven qualifiers, and Adams Central churned up a title and also shoved seven through Saturday at the Jay County Individual Regional Wrestling Tournament.
PORTLAND—South Adams had a spectacular performance Saturday from freshman Cady Farlow who won two events in the Jay County IHSAA girls swim sectional including a record pace in the 100 breaststroke, in addition to taking the 100 freestyle.
With the wins, Farlow will travel to Indianapolis on Friday night for the preliminary session of the IHSAA state finals.
BY ERIC MANN
MONROE—None of Adams Central's players was alive when AC last defeated Leo in the 1990-91 season, 59-58.
However, the atmosphere in The Hangar on Saturday night was extremely alive as the Flying Jets out-Leo-ed the Lions, 90 to 64, to end a 26-game losing streak over the past 21 years versus the Allen Countians.
It was also only the ninth game out of 1,564 played in AC's 62 years of basketball in which the Jets scored 90 points or more.
PORTLAND—South Adams claimed two first place finishes in the preliminary round of the IHSAA girls swimming sectional Thursday night at Jay County High School, but the Bellmont Squaws finished the night by advancing 11 swimmers to the final round on Saturday.
No team score is kept during the preliminary round as teams battle to whittle the field down to a consolation and championship round on Saturday. The top eight finishers in each event will go to the championship round while those placing 9-16 swim for consolation points.
"Somehow, we just found a way to get it done," stated Bellmont senior Ben Baker, after a pair of incredible wins over Yorktown (34-31) and Fort Wayne Snider (34-27) Wednesday night earned the Braves their 15th trip to the IHSAA Team State Wrestling Finals.