While it appears Bellmont High School may be on the verge of hiring a new football coach to replace the recently resigned Rick Burkhalter, it was learned Thursday that another major sport coach has resigned.
Bellmont girls varsity basketball coach Tory Fuelling has confirmed he has submitted his resignation as coach to athletic director Dale Manis noting "I've been doing this (coaching girls basketball) for 11 years, seven as an assistant and four as head coach. It's time now to take a look at doing something else."
Rain, rain go away seems to be the new mantra for area athletic directors as they scramble to reschedule events postponed due to recent rainy weather.
Bellmont has had to alter its schedule somewhat this week to accommodate NHC contests and will now host Columbia City on Friday instead of South Adams at 5 p.m. A new date for the BHS-SA game has not yet been determined.
OSSIAN — Bellmont won eight of 16 first places, but the Norwell depth was way too much for Carl Risch's Squaws in an 81-49 NHC loss Tuesday at the Norwell oval.
The Norwell boys won four of five field events to score an 87-45 win over the Braves in that dual.
BHS frosh Holly Hankenson continued her dominating ways with four blue ribbons while sister Bailee had three firsts, as did sophomore sprinter Alexis Harvey.
The Adams Central boys used eight blue ribbons to outscore Woodlan and Bluffton to win an ACAC three-way meet Tuesday, while the AC girls scored seven firsts and added nine second-place finishes to win that three-way meet.
The AC boys tallied 68 points to the 60 of Woodlan and 28 of Bluffton.
An effort to find a physical outlet for a hyper-active six-year-old boy started a series of events 13 years ago which dramatically changed the lives of the Hess family.
"I was a really hyper kid and dad wanted to get me involved in a sport, but I was too young for soccer or some of the other sports," said Cody Hess of his father, Greg.
"She's probably going to play outside mid for us. She has awesome speed, and she's a smart player," praised St. Francis College girls soccer coach Christy Young, speaking of Bellmont senior Jessica Brewer.
Brewer recently committed to play soccer for Young, who has coached Brewer in travel soccer over the years.
CHURUBUSCO — Alexis Harvey ran a career-best 25.06, setting the Bellmont mark by .34 of a second, winning the 200-meter event with what may be the fastest time recorded in Indiana this spring, in winning the blue in the Turtle Town Classic Saturday at Churubusco.
Harvey, who finished second in the 100 meter dash with a 12.45, had the only first for Bellmont, which finished seventh in the 12-team Gold Division.
FORT WAYNE—A 14-team Concordia Invitational at Foster Park Golf Course Saturday turned into a two-team horse race with sixth-ranked Norwell rallying on the back nine to fashion a 291-309 win over Bellmont.
The Braves led by one at the turn but sub-par rounds from McCormick Clouser and Ross Matthews from Norwell turned the tide to the Knight's favor. Clouser fired a sparkling 67 with Matthews just one behind him at 68.
Adams Central ran away with both the boys and girls ACAC track meet with Southern Wells Thursday afternoon, scoring a huge 92-31 win in the boys meet and a 70-53 victory in the girls.
The Jets girls won nine firsts with Briona Case taking three firsts, winning the 100 in n13.2, the 200 in 28.9, and the long jump with a leap of 15'6".
PONETO — Two of the better pitchers in the ACAC softball picture squared off at Southern Wells High School Thursday afternoon and Adams Central survived the contest with a 3-2 triumph over the host Raiders.
Sydnee Peterson tossed a five-hitter for the win for the Jets fanning a pair and walking only one while Cristin Carter retired nine AC batters on strikes, walked none, and allowed just five hits. Both teams only had one earned run and defensive lapses in the fourth cost Southern Wells a pair of runs.