FORT WAYNE — It was a big day for Ben Snider. It was a huge day for Troy Tonner.
The Adams Central juniors turned in some of the best performances of their lives as Tonner won both the shot and discus, setting the AC record in the latter, and Snider celebrated his first year in organized track with a third-place shot put finish and a ticket to regional.
"I'm blessed," stated a euphoric Tonner after a brief celebration with his friend and teammate Snider.
OSSIAN—Bellmont posted its second straight 5-0 win in as many nights and Adams Central avenged one of its four season losses Thursday night to assure an all-Adams County final in the IHSAA tennis sectional being held at Norwell High School.
Or as Bellmont tennis coach coach Tom Smith succinctly noted "we know AC and they know us. It should be a good match."
Bellmont pounded out its win with solid singles play while doubles combination continued to show improvement.
With the announcement that Nate Andrews has decided not to come to Bellmont to coach the football Braves, Bellmont Principal Scott Croner will be reviewing his list of applicants and may re-interview some of the prospects, he told the Daily Democrat Wednesday afternoon.
“We’ll begin the process of calling back and do interviews, and try to find the right fit for Bellmont,” stated Croner, who was extremely disappointed that Andrews did not accept the offer, though he understood the reasons.
Bellmont and South Adams both picked up varsity baseball wins Wednesday with the Braves whipping on the North Side Redskins 10-0 and South Adams captured an 11-5 triumph from Union City.
Bellmont pounded out three extra base hits including a double and home run by Landon Baker who finished the game with four RBIs for the Braves. Brooks Faurote had a triple among his two hits and was credited with a pair of RBIs and Nick Fuelling also hit safely twice in the contest. Brian Hakes had two RBIs for the Braves as well.
OSSIAN — Two Adams County teams advanced to the semi-final round of the IHSAA tennis sectional Saturday with opening wins Wednesday night at Norwell High School.
Adams Central turned the tables on Huntington North with a 3-2 win after losing to the Vikings 4-1 just eight days ago while Bellmont shutout South Adams 5-0.
"What happend was that we showed up at the board meeting and a lot of those hopes — our leap of faith — were crushed. We settled back, talked through some things, then came to the conclusion that this was not the right opportunity, not the right time for us," stated a gracious Nate Andrews, after announcing Tuesday afternoon that he decided against signing a contract to coach football and teach at Bellmont High School.
INDIANAPOLIS—Pairings for the annual baseball sectional were announced Tuesday by officials at the Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA).
Sectionals will be held at Bellmont and Bishop Luers for schools involving Adams County teams (the Luers sectional is held at the Indiana Tech field in Fort Wayne).
Bellmont Volleyball Coach Craig Krull is holding three meetings announcing the summer volleyball schedule. Any Bellmont student interested in playing volleyball in the fall needs to attend just one meeting to receive the calendar.
The meetings are at 8:00 p.m., dates and locations are: Sunday May 22, in the main Bellmont gym; Monday May 23, and Wednesday, May 25, in the BHS auxiliary gym.
Those with questions should contact Coach Krull at 223-5136.
MONROE—Led by a "monster" home run to left field into the wind by Alyssa Keller, the Adams Central Jets posted a 3-1 ACAC softball triumph over Southern Wells Monday evening at the AC diamond.
Keller's solo shot in the bottom of the fourth as the leadoff hitter for Adams Central broke up a scoreless pitching dual between Sydnee Peterson of the Jets and Crista Carter of Southern Wells.
MONROE—Adams Central was on the short end of 4-3 and 6-1 tallies in a varsity softball doubleheader played Saturday against Angola at the AC diamond.
The opening game went extra innings with Meghan Schwartzengraber's two-out double scoring the game-winner in the top of the eighth. Schwartzengraber also homered for Angola in a three-run fourth off losing AC hurler Sydnee Peterson and went the distance on the mound to collect the win with seven strikeouts.