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.
Bellmont continued its tradition of advancing its girls cross country team out of the sectional and into IHSAA regional action Tuesday evening with the Squaws placing fourth to move on to regional action Saturday morning at Marion on the Indiana Wesleyan University course.
HARTFORD— The Lady Jets traveled all of the way to Blackford county to take on the Lady Bruins and were not disappointed as they came away with the win in exciting fashion. The scores were 26-24, 25-16, and 25-22 in favor of AC.
Adams Central came away with key points during the matches, but what ultimately did in the Lady Bruins of Blackford was too many unforced errors.
Based on past history, all three Adams County teams should be favored in the first week of IHSAA football sectional play.
South Adams is the only county school with a home game and they'll entertain the Golden Bears from Monroe Central, currently in just its second year of having a varsity team. Monroe Central went winless for the year in its initial campaign but has captured three games this year including a season-opening 20-19 win over Edinburgh of Johnson County.
What are the odds that two members of the same high school graduating class would become world-class motorcycle performers?
The odds are two for two when you talk about Ryan Schnitz and Josh Borne, both of whom graduated in 2000 from Bellmont High School.