Winter Athletics Update

It is with disappointment we announce that there will not be a girls Varsity and JV basketball team this year due to lack of interest and low numbers of student players; however, the players who do have interest will continue to play together during the off season. Athletics has every intention to have a program for next year!

BMS is excited, however, to announce that John Pannizzo will be coaching the Varsity and JV boys’ basketball teams for the 2017-18 season!  John is the father of JP, 6th grade, and Frankie, 11th grade.  John has many years of experience coaching youth basketball and is very committed to building a strong program for years to come. 

In addition, Kelsey and Kyle Baublitz are back to coach another season of the junior high girls’ team.  Doug Snook is also back to coach the junior high boys’ team.   We are looking forward to another season of growing and learning new skills to further develop the future of the basketball program for the THUNDER teams! 

Lady Thunder field hockey team enters coop with Huntingdon Area High School 

Belleville Mennonite School has entered into a cooperative agreement with Huntingdon Area High School to combine the schools’ field hockey teams for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. The agreement was formed when the lady Thunder team struggled to field a team for the 2017 season.

BMS Athletic Director Stephanie Hoffman, remarked, "We are grateful for the warm welcome Huntingdon has offered to our girls. While the numbers of field hockey players at BMS is low, the passion for the sport is not. We are thankful they have the opportunity to continue to play a sport they love."

An interesting part of this story is that Huntingdon and BMS have actually been playing together for over two years. The past several summers, BMS has hosted a field hockey Open Field and the Huntingdon players have been coming to scrimmage at it. While there are new faces, there is a familiarity from playing together each summer. Hoffman remarked, “We believe this is the door the Lord has opened and are excited to be moving forward.”

The benefits of the coop are significant for both teams. Huntingdon has struggled with numbers in the past as well. Additionally, this is the first season that both teams will be able to scrimmage 11 v. 11 in practice- like a proper game is played. The season includes a full JV schedule; which leads to continued skill development in younger players.

Hoffman concluded, “We are excited to see what we will be able to accomplish together; as girls from BMS and Huntingdon are seeking a District 6 title together.” She continued, “The schools are excited to join forces for a competitive team for the upcoming season.”

Belleville Mennonite School will play under the Huntingdon Area High School name. All games are being held at Huntingdon's field above Standing Stone Elementary at 10 W 29th St, Huntingdon PA 16652.


"For physical training is of some value, but Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.1 Timothy 4:8

Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Assocation: District 6

Athletic Mission Statement
The Belleville Mennonite School athletic program is an extension of the family, school, and church. It is desired that the athletic program will bring honor and glory to God in the realm of interscholastic competition, both as spectators and players. We trust that the discipline developed in doing this will carry over into other areas of life.