BERNE— The Starfires fought valiantly in a game that featured only six different varsity players on the floor for first year coach Ryan Cunningham as South Adams continues to struggle early in the season falling to an 0-4 record with a 52-37 defeat at the hands of Union City on Saturday night.
Bellmont football coach Larry Getts, who led Bellmont to only its second sectional crown in school history this past fall, feels that team stayed together despite a tough start, and that allowed the squad to prosper in the 3A playoffs.
"The biggest highlight was watching these kids come together as a team, seeing them believe in the invisible and make it a reality. The 2011 team demonstrated time and again what it means to play for the guy next to you," said Getts, who took over a program in a bit of disaray.
The IHSAA's decision to drop the Team State Wrestling Tournament following this season is a huge disappointment to 24-year Bellmont coach Brent Faurote, while Adams Central coach Doug Schultz and South Adams mentor Eric Myers have different takes.
The Braves have earned 14 (out of 16) Team State Finals berths and have earned multiple placements in the meet, and have beaten very strong Yorktown teams in two of the past three years. No other team has had as many Team State entries as Bellmont.
FORT WAYNE— The Squaws traveled to Bishop Dwenger seeking their first win last night as they faced the Saints in their third contest the year, and they fell short by a 54-46 count.
Bellmont played up and down with Dwenger for most of the game, but never really found the lead except for early in the first quarter. The game was, in fact, tied at 12 after the first frame.
The Lady Warriors of Woodlan outscored the Squaws of Bellmont 14-6 in the fourth quarter to come back and win at home in girls basketball action on Saturday night, 46-40.
The game, which was originally scheduled for Friday night, was postponed until Saturday because of the Braves' regional game in West Lafayette.
OSSIAN—Adams County teams won seven of the 11 events staged at the annual Norwell Girls Swim Invitational Saturday but the team score was won by Jay County which easily outdistanced second place Bellmont 250-195.5.
South Adams swept four blue ribbons but was fifth out of the nine teams. The Squaws had two first place finishes while Adams Central took one. In the team race, Oak Hill was third with 184.5, followed by Columbia City 169, South Adams 140, Bishop Dwenger 116, Bluffton 92, Norwell 86, and Adams Central 67.
The fourth annual Rainbow Lake 5K is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 26 in Geneva. The race starts in front of the Limberlost Cabin on Decatur Street. Cash prizes are presented to the top two male and female finishers with a $100 bonus for breaking the course record.
The Bellmont football team bus will leave school at 2 p.m. Friday and head west on Monroe Street (US 224W). Parents and football boosters are planning a special sendoff for the squad, which will travel to West Lafayette to take on that squad in a 3A Regional football contest at 7:30 p.m.
Fans who turn out and line Monroe Street are encouraged to bring signs and noisemakers for the event.
The Braves and Jets will both be traveling quite the distance for their regional match-ups tomorrow in hopes of pulling off the unlikely against West Lafayette and Sheridan, two powerhouses in their respective divisions.
The West Lafayette Red Devils have an impressive 11-1 record going into the contest and they also have the home-field advantage going their way, but the upstart Braves have something of a chip on their shoulders as they come into the game with the confidence and momentum.