FORT WAYNE—In the second semi-final matchup in the ACAC tournament on Thursday night, the South Adams Starfires went up against the shot-happy Leo Lions and had their best offensive game of the season while shooting 54% from the field on the night.
The only problem was that Leo also shot 50% and hit 13 three pointers on their way to a 105-80 rout of the Stars in front of the Coliseum crowd of ACAC faithfuls who showed up despite the icy conditions.
Playing what coach Andy Heim called "our best game of the year," the Bellmont Squaws led the entire way with the exception of a 10-10 tie, and easily knocked off Fort Wayne North Side 60-41 in non-conference girls varsity action at the Teepee.
"When we work to get good shots, we can be a successful team," Heim noted in reviewing the 50 percent shooting the Squaws had in the game while they held North Side to 12-47 or just over 25 percent.
MONROE—Adams Central's eight-game winning streak ended on Tuesday in the initial round of the 89th-annual ACAC boys' tournament.
Heritage used quickness and more timely scoring, especially in the last minute, to upend the Flying Jets, 56-51. AC is 8-2 and the Patriots are 6-6.
VAN WERT—It was off to the races early and often Tuesday night for the Van Wert Cougars as they easily dismissed the visiting Bellmont Braves 69-37 in non-conference boys cage action.
The Cougars of Coach Dave Froelich nailed their first three shots of the game for a 7-0 lead and never looked back. They continued their offensive assault against the Braves by hitting 18-26 (69.2 percent) of their first half shots and it was a 20-3 run in the second period that virtually eliminated the Braves from the game.
WOODBURN—On a quest for the Coliseum, the Woodlan Warriors hosted both the boys and girls teams from South Adams in the first round of the ACAC tournament on Tuesday night with the Lady Warriors taking the opening game 58-41 and the Starfire men winning a nail-biter 67-66.
As usual, the first Saturday of January was full of challenges for Adams County wrestlers, and for the most part they did great.
While Adams Central was winning it's own Super Dual — dabbling in the criteria chapter to get it done — South Adams was winning a 17-team invitational in Troy, Ohio, and Bellmont ... well, the Braves were put to the fire in what has to be the toughest one-day Super Dual in the state.
FORT WAYNE — State powers Homestead and Carroll duked it out as expected for honors in both the boys and girls swim titles in the annual NHC meet Saturday at Homestead with Homestead winning both events.
MONROE—What happens when a good team plays a very good team?
Well, that was Saturday's Adams Central-Garrett game, won by the 8-1 Flying Jets, 55-49, over the 5-3 Railroaders.
It was a nip-and-tuck battle as Garrett kept nipping at AC before the home team tucked the contest away with four-for-four free throwing in the last 15.6 seconds by senior star Maverick Baumer, whose 20 points led all scorers.
Brad Busse needed just 15 seconds to cradle Sam Abu-Shehab for a six-pointer, and Ben Baker was all over Justin Ford in a 38-second close-out, capping a huge comeback as Brent Faurote's Bellmont Braves took out No. 13 Mishawaka 34-30 in the final dual at Bellmont's Main Event wrestling tourney Saturday.
MONROE — Adams Central won 10 of 14 matches, drubbing Heritage 54-19 Thursday, earning at least a share of the ACAC dual meet wrestling title with it's sixth loop win in as many meets.
The Jets, 20-2 overall, are heavily favored to wrap up the crown Saturday in they face Bluffton in the first round of the Adams Central Superdaul. That match will begin at 9 a.m.