No. 1 Bellmont bounced back from a tough loss at Concordia on Tuesday to take out South Adams 25-8, 25-14 and 25-5, Thursday night at the Teepee.
Except for a streak in the second game when South Adams seemed to find all the creases, breaking out to a 10-7 lead, it was all Bellmont in the intra-county showdown.
Taylor Kennedy scored the first and last goal Thursday in Bellmont's loop showdown with Columbia City and the defense held up late for a 4-3 Squaws' win over the Eagles.
It was the fourth win without a loss for the Squaws.
With three coaches switching sidelines Friday night at Bob Worthman Stadium, it would make sense that the normal level of intensity at a Bellmont-South Adams football game would increase a bit.
Not so say both head coaches, Larry Getts, who replaced Rick Burkhalter at Bellmont, and Jason Arnold, who recruited Burkhalter to lead his offense at South Adams.
"Our plan is to keep their offense off the field by moving the ball ourselves," stated Union County football coach Rich Padgett on the strategy that his Patriots will use in facing Michael Mosser's No. 6 Adams Central Jets for the first time this Friday night.
The game will take place at Union County, which is located three counties south, 80 miles, and it will begin at 7:30 p.m.
FORT WAYNE — Aided by a pair of crucial "in the net" calls during the latter stages of game five, No. 5 Concordia outlasted No. 1 Bellmont 16-14 for the 3-2 victory in a clash of area volleyball titans Tuesday night at a stuffy Concordia gym.
The Lady Cadets rallied to win the first game 26-24, then took game two 25-20. Bellmont stormed back to dominate game three, 25-17 and won a tough game four 25-23 to set the stage for an exciting game five.
South Adams runners fared well in the annual Bellmont Cross Country Invitational Tuesday afternoon with Evan Liechty and Brody Shane placing one-two in the boys race and Hannah Moore and Kristen Muselman going three-four on the girls side.
New Haven scored a 3-1 victory over Adams Central Monday in high school girls volleyball. Again, the Jets were without veteran setter Alyssa Keller, out of the lineup because of illness.
The Jets lost a close game 25-23 in the opener, tied the match with a 25-18 win, then lost the final two games to the Bulldogs, 21-25.
Adams Central blanked Huntington North on Monday in boys' varsity and reserve tennis, winning by a combined score of 9-0. The games were played at Huntington.
The Flying Jets are 2-1 in varsity and 3-0 in reserve.
The 5-0 varsity victory included these results:
—Nathan Barger over Ben North, 6-0 and 6-0.
—Jon Weil over Aaron Gilmore, 6-4 and 6-0.
—Conner Lengerich over Matt Sieburns, 6-0 and 6-0.
A somewhat undermanned Adams Central volleyball team traveled to the Teepee Saturday night to battle defending class 3A state champ Bellmont and although the Squaws won the match in three straight games fairly easily the final scores were not indicative of the play on the court.
The edge that Craig Krull's Squaws took to Bishop Dwenger Tuesday was definitely not present last night as the defending 3A state champs had their home opener, taking out Woodlan with a less-than-spectacular showing, 25-12, 25-15, and 25-15.
"We didn't seem to have a whole lot of energy. I think we were caught off guard because the jayvee match lasted about a half hour and we were still in the locker room, so we got off to a slow start," explained Krull.