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.
FT. WAYNE— From the time the Cadets of Concordia got the tip, swung the basketball to the corner for the three-point shot, and Marq Rogers stepped out of bounds negating the tri-fecta, Bellmont knew they had a shot. The omen proved to be just another case of "almost" for the Braves this season as they lost another heart-breaker to a more athletic foe in Condordia 69-60 on Tuesday night.
MONROE—The Jessica Rupright and Company Road Show visited Adams Central Tuesday night and the state-ranked Norwell girls basketball team easily handled Adams Central by a 74-28 count in non-conference action.
Rupright led a Norwell contingent that saw four Knights hit double figures on offense as Norwell hiked its record to 18-3 on the season. Rupright dominated the Jets inside as she hit 13-14 shots (she also missed her only three-point shot) and posted all 26 of her points from the field.
"We're looking at possible matchups with Yorktown, and I'm just happy to be doing that," said Bellmont wrestling coach Brent Faurote, whose Braves survived a three-way sectional run-off with neighbors Adams Central and South Adams Saturday at Jay County.
"We could be focusing on individual stuff because we had to battle back to get where we are. I'm just glad to be in this position," stated the coach.
PORTLAND — Bellmont roared back from 23 points down midway through the meet and somehow held off a resilient Adams Central squad in the topsy-turvy final round to squeak out their 22nd consecutive sectional wrestling title Saturday in a mad thee-way wrestling race at Jay County.
When the dust had settled in a final round, which saw six lead changes on the team scoreboard, the Braves had 228 points to the 222 of Central and 212 of South Adams, which rolled through the finals with five champions.