February 14th, 2011
"I can't remember ever going undefeated in the ticket round. Going 7-0 .... that was huge," stated Bellmont wrestling coach Brent Faurote after his Braves earned those seven slots in the IHSAA State Individual Wrestling Finals with a flurry of impressive performances.
MONROE—At this point in the season, said Adams Central head coach Aaron McClure after Saturday's 64-37 win over Eastside, you want to be playing your best for several reasons:
•The sectionals loom and, for AC, there will be a challenge with Bluffton and Bishop Luers as potential opponents.
•The Allen County Athletic Conference race is not yet decided and the Flying Jets are 4-2, with one team left to play (South Adams).
After 15 years on the Adams County Election Board, Ralph Smith Jr. of rural Decatur has resigned, effective February 28, citing "health problems and my desire to travel for six months out of the year."
Smith, a Republican, was replaced by Abby Dyer of Decatur, who was named by county Republican Party Chairman Rob Noetzel. Dyer is the wife of Decatur City Councilman Matt Dyer.
The fledgling North Adams Community Schools Fund is gaining support, and Superintendent Wylie Sirk said committee members are discussing "a variety of ideas to generate revenue" to allow the fund to award an increasing number of annual scholarships.
Included are a pair of challenges — one to employees of the school district, the other to school board members — issued by Sirk.
Kenneth L. "Bummy" Baumgartner, 72, of Bluffton, died Friday in Parkview Hospital at Fort Wayne.
He was born in Adams County to Russell L. and Pauline Clowser Baumgartner.
Among survivors are his wife, Susie; three sons, Kevin Baumgartner of Decatur; Kerry Baumgartner of Garrett; and Greg Norris of Ossian; and two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Kendra) Mendez of Decatur and Angela Norris of Bluffton.
Raymond L. Berry Sr., 68, of Geneva, died Friday in Adams Memorial Hospital.
He was born to Willian D. and Mary H. Taylor Berry.
Among survivors are his wife, Julia; two daughters, Annette Berry of Berne and Mrs. Murlin (Kelly) Criner of Decatur; one son, Raymond L. Berry Jr. of Bluffton; and three sisters, Mary Scott and Janet Evans of Berne and Bonnie Reusser of Celina, Ohio.
Lillian M. Bertsch, 80, of Bluffton, died on Friday in Christian Care Center.
She was born to John J. and Lydia Gerber Fiechter.
Among survivors are her husband, Walter W. Bertsch; two sons, Lonnie Bertsch of Decatur and Tom Bertsch of Bluffton; and two daughters: Mrs. Jeff (Jodi) Towle of Ossian and Mrs. Wayne (Jeanne) Steffen of Decatur.
Amanda E. Schwartz, 2, of rural Berne, died Sunday in St. Vincent Hospital at Indianapolis.
She was born on October 24, 2008, in rural Berne to Enos E.S. and Wilma M. Schwartz Schwartz.
Among survivors are her parents; five sisters, Katherine, Wilma, Sylvia, Ester, and Bertha Schwartz, all at home; and four brothers, Jonathon, Menno, Enos, and Jacob Schwartz, all at home.
BERNE — No. 1 Bishop Luers, already leading 33-14 at half, scored 27 third-period points to pull away in an eventual 74-28 South Adams Sectional semi-final victory over Adams Central Friday night.
The win puts the 19-2 Knights into Saturday's 7:30 p.m. championship game against Woodlan, a 43-22 winner over the host Starfires in the first game Friday.
Bellmont coach Larry Patterson decided he'd seen enough after the first half of the Braves game against Northeast Hoosier Conference foe DeKalb Thursday night at the Teepee.
After all, the Braves started the game with a 9-0 hole and then after battling back somewhat, the Braves were AWOL in the second period going 0-8 from the field, hitting just two free throws while DeKalb tallied 12 points and led 30-15 at half.