The Lady Jets came to town to visit county-rival Bellmont in a battle at the Teepee and the Squaws defended their home turf well coming away with an impressive 59-34 victory against Adams Central improving winning their second straight game in a row after losing their first ten.
AUBURN—The Jets played their second game in as many days on Saturday after defeating the Woodlan Warriors handily the night before as they travelled to Auburn to take on the Lakewood Park Christian Panthers winning, 68-53.
There was a sense of "déjà vu" for AC as the game was very similar to the Woodlan game the night before in that the Jets played even with their competition in the first half, then had a strong third quarter and coasted in the fourth for the victory.
Keyed by solid wins from seniors Blake Adams at 126 and Dewey Melcher at 152 pounds, and back-to-back falls from Jon Poling at 113 and Bob Keuneke at 120, Bellmont kept its NHC train roaring with a convincing 43-14 win over Carroll at the Teepee Thursday night.
The win, which clinched at least a tie for the NHC regular-season crown, puts the Braves at 6-0 in the conference with only Homestead left. Bellmont is now 14-2 overall while Carroll slipped to 7-3 and 3-3 in the league.
GARRETT—The Jets took on half the ACAC field in the Garrett-hosted conference quad match and came away with three decisive victories in each match.
The three matches had almost identical outcomes with AC winning first over Woodlan, 61-9, then 63-12 over Southern Wells, and finally crushing the home team Railroaders, 62-10 to cap off the perfect night despite several Jets suffering from flu-like symptoms.
Drawings for the 89th annual boys and 38th annual girls ACAC basketball tournament were revealed Thursday afternoon in a meeting of conference coaches and athletic directors held at the Back 40 Restaurant in Decatur.
ACAC president Steve Rhoades, athletic director at Garrett, noted the ACAC boy’s event is the longest running conference tournament in the state of Indiana and thanked the numerous corporate sponsors including the orthopaedic group ONE in Fort Wayne for their generous assistance in putting the tournament on.
Three quick pops in succession from behind the arc by the Garrett Railroaders spelled defeat for the Bellmont boys basketball team Wednesday night at the Teepee as the Braves fell by a final 62-58 count.
MONROE—A comeback rally in the second half fell short for the Adams Central girls basketball team Tuesday night as New Haven survived a quick AC blitz to gain a 46-33 non-conference win at the Hangar.
New Haven had led by 13 midway through the third period at 31-18 before the Jets, now 2-6 on the season, started to chip away at the Bulldog lead. Madison Carroll and Bess Fiechter scored baskets, the latter coming on an offensive rebound of a missed free throw.
A rock-solid second half by the Bellmont Braves led by a 19-point game performance by Payton Selking found the Braves posting a 43-39 victory over Heritage at the Teepee on Saturday.
Bellmont took just 15 shots in the second half but made 10 of them as they erased a 23-18 lead that Heritage owned at halftime to go up 31-29 at the end of the third period. In that stanza, Selking danced his way through the Heritage trees for a pair of baskets but perhaps his biggest shot of the night came just before the horn sounded.
Bellmont wrestling fans will get a rare treat tonight when the 9-2 Braves take on the 4-3 New Haven Bulldogs, and I'm not talking about the 1,030 wins that the two veteran coaches will take to the tussle.
No, mat fans will get to see the home debut of Brian Hakes, a new 205-pound senior heavyweight.
A couple of weeks ago, Hakes, already a three-sport standout for two high schools, was just minding his own business at Bellmont High.