WAPAHANI—The king is dead...at least for this year in Indiana high school volleyball.
Long-time spike power Muncie Burris, the winner of 14 consecutive state championships in class 2A was ousted in the opening game of the 40th annual IHSAA sectional at Wapahani Thursday night by the host team in a four-game series, 25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 25-16.
The St. Joe Commodores opened up their CYO volleyball tournament Wednesday night with both the seventh and eighth grade in action with both squads coming away with victories in the first round.
In the seventh grade match, St. Joe found themselves in the second round by virtue of the bye because of their number one seed. They matched up against St. Vincent's and won easily in two games, 25-18, 25-11.
The Northeast Hossier Conference announced its All-Conference teams this week for boys and girls soccer as eight Bellmont players were recognized for their stellar seasons.
For the boys, senior forward Alex Hammond was the lone member of the first team from the Braves' roster. This is Hammond's second time being honored for first team as he finishes the season with 20 goals and eight assists.
FT. WAYNE— For the Lady Starfires of South Adams, it was a battle they never expected at South Side as they took on the Lady Archers in their last regular season volleyball match before sectionals and came away with a stellar four-game victory Monday night, 25-27, 25-21, 25-22, 28-26.
MARION-Strong runs by a pair of Adams County female runners at the IHSAA cross country regional Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University turned out to earn qualifying spots in this coming Saturday's semi-state race at the Plex in Fort Wayne.
South Adams' Hannah Moore and Bellmont's Cadence Faurote both will move on in semi-state Saturday with top 15 finishes. Moore crossed the line in seventh for South Adams with at 19:41.75 while Faurote blazed her way to 11th spot with an amazing 19:58.49 clocking.
MARION–South Adams and Bellmont each placed a runner in the top five of the IHSAA boys cross country regional race Saturday on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University and the Starfires advanced as a team as well to the semi-state competition in Fort Wayne this coming weekend.
Bellmont came, saw, and conquered in three straight games against Jay County Thursday night to increase its season record to 25-5.
The Squaws polished off the Patriots by scores of 25-14, 25-15, 25-10 to accomplish the win and did so behind double kill nights from Payton Schultz and Holly Hankenson as the senior-sophomore combo had 15 and 10 kills respectively.
Former Bellmont outfielder Will Busse was honored this week for his outstanding play, mental attitude, and team commitment on the baseball field for the Braves last season as he wins the Outstanding Player of the Year Award for Adams County.
The award was sponsored by the website www.adamscountyvoice.com, which honors a baseball-playing student athlete from Adams County (Bellmont, Adams Central, or South Adams) for the display of character and determination, as well as a selfless showing of what it means to be a good teammate.
From the time Bellmont senior hitter Payton Schultz recorded the first point of the night with a tip kill to the moment she concluded the scoring in the third game with appropriately enough another tip kill, the Squaws showed the Wayne Generals no mercy in virtually coasting to an extremely easy 25-8, 25-8, 25-5 win on Senior Night at the Teepee.
The good news for the Bellmont boys cross country team is that they managed to score well enough to advance from the IHSAA cross country sectional they hosted Tuesday night to the regional at Marion this Saturday.
The Braves ended up fifth out of 11 teams (the top five advance to the regional) with 127 points despite the fact Bellmont senior Evan Boucher ran a 16:53.63 race that was good for third place out of 75 runners on the day.