By JIM HOPKINS
The Christmas season of 2011 is a special one for me. I was fortunate to survive my "event" this past summer. To steal a line from the great philosopher, Yogi, I appreciate all those who made this column necessary!
It's been an eventful year in Adams County sports, and there are many who deserve special rewards. That happens under the Daily Democrat Christmas Tree.
Below are a few of the most deserving:
BERNE — South Adams coach Eric Myers rolled the dice with seven lineup changes as his Starfires faced area wrestling behemoth Bellmont for the first time in 40 years, and the result was six victories and 29 points, but it wasn't enough as the No. 17 Braves scored a 45-29 victory at the Stardome Thursday night.
(Kenadee) “The biggest thing that keeps her apart from the others is that she never says she cannot do something. At practice she is never lying down, back talking me, or refusing to do something that she might not feel to be important.” ~ Coach Tiffany Lee.
(Jenna) “She always tries her best, no matter who we are playing or what the score is.” ~Coach Gary Lepper.
"I'm excited about it and I think our guys are excited, but we need to do much better than we did at Adams Central," stated South Adams' seventh-year wrestling coach Eric Myers on the match set for the Stardome tonight versus No. 17 Bellmont.
Lifelong South Adams Starfire friends recently reunited in Green Bay and attended the Green Bay Packers - Oakland Raiders football game. Scott Habegger, a Wisconsin resident, got the idea for the reunion after hearing TV announcers say that all football fans, at least once in their life, should see a game at historic Lambeau Field.
"I've had the opportunity to see several Packers games at Lambeau, and I thought my high school buddies would enjoy seeing a game there as well," said Habegger.
BERNE—The Starfire boys hosted buckeye state foe, Parkway, on Tuesday night and came away with a solid 57-42 victory over the Panthers to improve their record to 3-4 on the season.
After starting the season 2-0, the South Adams Starfires had lost their last four games including ugly losses to Jay County and Bluffton before finding their stride in a close loss at home to Heritage last week. Against Parkway, the Stars shot the ball very well at 49% for the game and 70% from the free throw line.
The Lady Jets came to town to visit county-rival Bellmont in a battle at the Teepee and the Squaws defended their home turf well coming away with an impressive 59-34 victory against Adams Central improving winning their second straight game in a row after losing their first ten.
AUBURN—The Jets played their second game in as many days on Saturday after defeating the Woodlan Warriors handily the night before as they travelled to Auburn to take on the Lakewood Park Christian Panthers winning, 68-53.
There was a sense of "déjà vu" for AC as the game was very similar to the Woodlan game the night before in that the Jets played even with their competition in the first half, then had a strong third quarter and coasted in the fourth for the victory.
Keyed by solid wins from seniors Blake Adams at 126 and Dewey Melcher at 152 pounds, and back-to-back falls from Jon Poling at 113 and Bob Keuneke at 120, Bellmont kept its NHC train roaring with a convincing 43-14 win over Carroll at the Teepee Thursday night.
The win, which clinched at least a tie for the NHC regular-season crown, puts the Braves at 6-0 in the conference with only Homestead left. Bellmont is now 14-2 overall while Carroll slipped to 7-3 and 3-3 in the league.
GARRETT—The Jets took on half the ACAC field in the Garrett-hosted conference quad match and came away with three decisive victories in each match.
The three matches had almost identical outcomes with AC winning first over Woodlan, 61-9, then 63-12 over Southern Wells, and finally crushing the home team Railroaders, 62-10 to cap off the perfect night despite several Jets suffering from flu-like symptoms.