AC sectional win an emotional one
For Adams Central, 2012 collided with 1964 and 1966 last night.
This year's Flying Jets tied the school record for season victories at 19 with a stirring and dominant 74-62 conquest of Bishop Luers in the Class 2A sectional title game at South Adams. AC (19-3) also posted 19 wins in the 1963-64 and 1965-66 seasons, under coach Vernon Zurcher and including the school's first 1,000-point scorer, Roger Schnepp.
It was Adams Central's first sectional championship in 11 years, the second for head coach Aaron McClure as well as for assistant coaches Tim Hildebrand and Cole Becher, and the sixth in school history. Becher was on the 2000-01 team that McClure coached and Hildebrand was on the 1993-94 team guided by coach Dave Mahurin.
For another assistant Jet coach, Jerry Mitchel, a good player for Central who graduated in 1956, it was an emotional moment. "I've been in five championship games and this is the first time I've been with the winning team!" he said, as he hugged people on the Stardome court afterwards.
For McClure, whose record in 11 years at the controls includes 0-20 and 1-19 season marks, the second sectional is a sweet reward, coming after the squad wrapped up a perfect Allen County Athletic Conference race at 7-0 and after the opening-game triumph over Churubusco gave him 100 wins in his career, all at his alma mater.
In addition, if the Jets lose another game, the four losses would establish a record for the fewest defeats in any Adams Central basketball season.
He and several players made the point that this year's team, with five seniors (four of whom are starters), has been together at AC since kindergarten, as was the case with McClure.
"We definitely knew this was coming," said the coach, adding that the players "worked really hard" not only during the season, but in the off-season and in the years leading up to now.