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Citywide
garage sale
set for Berne
IN BRIEF
THE WEEK
OF TUESDAY
April
22, 2014
The Berne Chamber of
Commerce announced the
annual citywide garage
sale event will take place
May 9-10.
Those interested in
participating in the event
should contact the cham-
ber at 589-8080. For a $5
fee, participants may have
their address and a “dot”
put on the map that will
be distributed throughout
Berne for the public.
BERNE SHOPPING NEWS
Business is booming at Smith Brothers
By JANNAYA ANDREWS
Business is boom-
ing for Smith Brothers
of Berne, and controller
Dave Burson went before
city council April 14 to
request an approval of
the annual tax abate-
ment form CF-1 that
states the company is
in compliance with the
terms of the abatement
originally filed in 2005.
Indiana companies
applying for an abate-
ment are required to file
a statement of benefits,
stating the amount of
investment the company
is requesting an abate-
ment on, as well as the
number of jobs and sala-
ries that will be created
with the investment. The
company is then required
to file annually, for the
length of the abatement,
a CF-1 form showing
whether they were able
to meet the terms of the
abatement. If the com-
pany is found to not be
in compliance with the
term of the abatement,
the continuation may be
denied.
Burson presented a
spread sheet showing
the figures for Smith
Brothers since the abate-
ment began in 2005.
When the abatement
was granted, 141 people
were employed by Smith
Brothers. Since then,
those numbers have
increased to about 392, a
substantial increase and
far above the estimated
292 when the project
began.
Adding further to the
company’s proof of com-
pliance, Smith Brothers
has spent nearly $4.5
million expanding the
facility, approximately
$200,000 more than was
originally estimated. The
expansion, once com-
pleted in October 2014,
will add 110,000 square
feet of production space,
consisting of 55,000
square feet on each floor,
according to Burson.
“What impresses me
See BUSINESS, Page 2
PROOF IS IN THE PUDDIN’ — Dave Burson and Jaleisa Abnet, representing
Smith Brothers of Berne, appeared before Berne City Council April 14 to provide
proof of compliance with a tax abatement granted by the city in 2005. The com-
pany plans to add approximately 25 new employees before the end of 2014, bring
the number of people employed by Smith Brothers to more than 400.
Jannaya Andrews photo
Grant will aid Geneva
on cop car purchases
By MIKE LAMM
The town of Geneva Police Department could
get two additional new police cruisers if a United
States Department of Agriculture rural grant is
approved, Marshal Rob Johnson informed mem-
bers of the Geneva Town Council at their regular
monthly April 8.
The grant, in excess of $80,000, could allow
the police department to purchase two new police
cruisers in addition to the one recently acquired.
“We could end up getting rid of a total of three
older cruisers, all with over 100,000 miles on
them,” Johnson informed council members.
If the grant is approved, the town could
get the two additional cruisers for a total of
$1,890 above the cost of the first cruiser pur-
chased last month from Moser Motor Sales,
Berne, at a price of $26,0666, Johnson said.
He indicated “Moser Motors is willing to work
with us” on the purchase price of the two
See GENEVA, Page 2
Heroin talk
set Tuesday
in Geneva
The Geneva Police
Department and the
Geneva Chamber of
Commerce will host a pub-
lic meeting Tuesday eve-
ning focusing on the effects
of heroin in the community.
The event will begin at 7
p.m. in the Community
Room of Geneva Town
Hall, 411 E. Line St. The
featured speaker will be
Sgt. Dan Mawhorr from
the Indiana State Police.
Mawhorr will provide
information on heroin and
prescription drug use in
Adams County.
A variety of handouts
will also be available.
Geneva’s
heavy trash
day May 17
The town of Geneva
has scheduled a heavy
trash collection day for
residents between 8 a.m.
and noon May 17. Items
may be brought to the
town’s leaf and grass site,
located at the south end
of Hale Street, where
dumpsters will be avail-
able for the disposal of
heavy trash items.
This will be the only
heavy trash day sched-
uled in Geneva this year.
For additional informa-
tion, call the Geneva town
hall at 368-7251.
Monroe eyes
heavy trash,
hydrant flush
The town of Monroe
will hold large trash pick-
up the week of April
28-May 2.
Items containing freon
must be properly removed
and tagged. Items not
accepted are tires, haz-
ardous, chemicals, oil,
solvents, new or old
remodeling materials and
all electronics.
Burn barrels will no lon-
ger be dumped. If wish-
ing to have a burn barrel
emptied you must give up
the barrel for it to be dis-
posed of.
For special arrange-
ments call 692-6909.
Hydrant flushing
Monroe water custom-
ers will have water mains
flushed and fire hydrants
tested this week, Monday
through Friday.
Customers are advised
to avoid doing laundry until
late afternoon to avoid
getting rust on clothing.
Laptops donated to
dots in blue water
By MIKE LAMM
The heralded Haitian
humanitarian assistance
program Dots in Blue
Water was the beneficiary
of outdated laptop com-
puters deemed “surplus
equipment” by the South
Schools Adams Board of
Education at their regu-
lar monthly meeting April
8.
Upon the recommen-
dation of Technology
Director Myra Moore
and Superintendent
Scott Litwiller, some 80
Hannspree laptop com-
puters were declared
surplus equipment so
they could be recycled,
Litwiller noted. The old
laptops had previous-
ly been used by eighth
grade students, but were
replaced this year with
new laptop computers
purchased with capital
project funds. Moore had
received a quote from a
technology recycler offer-
ing $10 each for the out-
dated equipment.
Litwiller, pointing out
the “new eighth grade lap-
tops have been ordered
and received,” also recom-
mended “we donate the
Hannspree laptop com-
puters to Dots in Blue
Water to take with them
to Haiti this summer.”
Voting on the two recom-
mendations separately,
the board unanimously
approved both proposals.
The Dots in Blue Water
program began in 2011
when 16 students and
teachers from South
Adams went to Haiti
following consecutive,
devastating hurricanes
which struck the impov-
erished island nation in
2009. Their mission was
to deliver, assemble and
teach local Haitian resi-
dents the use of water
purification systems.
Their act of compassion
has quickly morphed into
a “corporate-wide proj-
ect,” according to their
website, “where students
K-12 learn across-the-
curriculum issues regard-
ing poverty, hygiene and
sanitation — and espe-
cially — clean water.” The
success of the program
has grown to where “it is
anticipated high schools
around the country will
begin to initiate their own
See DOTS, Page 3
AID FOR AFRICA — Four Adams Central students present a donation to Aaron
Brown, chief development officer of Forgotten Children Worldwide, to help sup-
port the education of about 20 orphans in Zimbabwe. Pictured, from left, are
Janee Nussbaum (Forgotten Children), Klarissa Hedington, Kara Keller, Rileigh
Wolpert, Maggie Myrice and Aaron Brown.
Photo provided
Class project becomes
fund raising effort for four
Adams Central students
By Harry Anderson
It is amazing what
students can do when
they have a cause.
Four Adams Central
sophomores completed
a fund drive to make
a donation to Forgotten
Children Worldwide.
Maggie Myrice, Klarissa
Hedington, Rileigh
Wolpert and Kara Keller
raised more than $1,600
to meet a specific need
shared by Forgotten
Children Worldwide.
The four students
went the extra mile in
response to a class proj-
ect. Their Global Studies
class — a project-based
learning class of English
10 and World Geography
— assigned the students
a project where they
studied a topic for Africa
and created a presenta-
tion for the class. Myrice,
Hedington, Wolpert
and Keller decided to
research the topic of aid
for orphans in Africa.
They had the idea
to do something about
the topic they studied.
After researching sev-
eral aid organizations,
they settled on a local
organization operating
in Bluffton. Forgotten
Children Worldwide just
received an emergen-
cy request from Glory
to Glory orphanage for
a donation to provide
schooling for about 20
orphans in Zimbabwe.
The girls appealed
to a large audience for
donations. They placed
boxes near the conces-
sion stand at varsity bas-
ketball games. They also
appealed to the differ-
ent churches that each
attends.
“We wanted to do
something more than
just explain to the
class what orphans go
through. We wanted to
have the opportunity to
help orphans and show
that even high schoolers
can make a difference,”
said Wolpert.
Berne Shopping News Page 2A • Tuesday, April 22, 2014
What are the facts?
While the BDS movement uses highly emotive language in
their appeals for support—such as “ending repression” and
“Israeli war crimes”—a closer look at the real motives of the
movement reveals a more sinister goal.
First, note that the BDS movement focuses only on alleged
war crimes and repression by Israel—and ignores real war
crimes and tyrannical repression by other Middle Eastern
nations and terrorist organizations. When Hamas and
Hizbollah target thousands of
rockets at Israeli civilian populations
in violation of international law,
BDS utters not a word of criticism,
let alone a call for boycotts or
sanctions. When Iran’s government
violently crushes peaceful protests and Egypt stifles its press
and political opposition with a dictatorial hand, BDS is
likewise silent. Why?
By singling out Israel for criticism and economic pressure,
BDS employs a double standard—a hypocritical and dishonest
tactic frequently used by anti-Israel and anti-Semitic hate
groups.
The reason, as we’ll see, is that the BDS movement is not
really interested in alleged war crimes or repression. Rather its
purpose is to delegitimize and then destroy Israel.
The second critical fact about the BDS movement is that
while it masquerades behind words like “freedom” and
“occupation,” one need only listen closely to its rhetoric to
realize that these are code words for the elimination of Israel.
BDS leaders oppose a two-state solution—why? While the
United States, Western European powers, Israel and the U.N.
Security Council have embraced a “two-state solution” as the
basis for peace in the Middle East, BDS leaders, such as Ali
Abunimah and Omar Barghouti, are clear: They openly and
outspokenly oppose a two-state solution. Why?
Because when BDS supporters talk about “the occupation of
Palestine,” they refer not to disputed West Bank territories, but
to all the land between the Jordan River and the
Mediterranean Sea—including all of Israel. When they talk
about “freedom,” they don’t mean freedom from security
roadblocks, they mean freedom from Jews in their midst.
When they talk about “occupation,” they mean not just Israeli
security forces in the West Bank, they also mean Israelis
“occupying” the state of Israel.
The third telling fact about the BDS movement is that it
consistently and vehemently opposes any efforts to bring
Israelis and Palestinians together to work in peace and on
peace. For example, BDS leaders advocate boycotting cultural
exchanges between Israelis and Palestinian artists. They
condemn educational cooperation between Israeli and
Palestinian universities. Most revealingly, they oppose peace
talks between Israel and the
Palestinian leadership, calling them
“collaborationist.”
BDS is not about “occupation.”
In short, BDS is not about peaceful
coexistence or ending the
“occupation” of the West Bank. Indeed, Omar Barghouti, a
graduate student at Tel Aviv University and BDS founder,
admits, “If the occupation ends . . . would that end support for
BDS? No it wouldn’t—no.”
Not only do BDS leaders admit this, but they implacably
support the “return” of nearly five million descendants of Arab
refugees who left during Israel’s war of independence in 1947.
In fact, most of these Palestinians are not truly refugees—fully
95 percent of them have never set foot in Israel.
Most importantly, the immigration of millions of Arab
refugees’ descendants to Israel would make Jews a minority in
their own state. As President Obama has correctly noted, “The
‘right of return’ would extinguish Israel as a Jewish state, and
that’s not an option.” Yet destroying Israel by flooding it with
millions of Palestinians is precisely what BDS leader Barghouti
insists upon: “This (the right of return) is something we
cannot compromise on.”
BDS’s goal: “Extinguish Israel as a Jewish state.” BDS
unequivocally rejects Israel’s many peace offers—including
numerous land-for-peace proposals supported by the United
States—and rejects Israel’s willingness to sit down to direct
peace talks without preconditions.
Thus, the facts make BDS’s intentions clear: Rather than
being a movement that seeks peace and freedom, it is a
movement motivated by an obsessive hate of Zionism and Jews
and opposition to the Jewish state—one bent on fomenting
strife, conflict and enmity until Israel is utterly defeated.
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From Page 1
is you went from 141
employees in 2005
to 392 employees in
2014,” said councilor
Ron Dull. “That’s a lot
of people.”
Burson said the
company plans to
add about 25 more
employees when the
expansion is com-
pleted, bringing the
number of employees
to more than 400.
Councilors agreed
Smith Brothers had
certainly showed
they continue to be
in compliance with
the tax abatement
and approved its con-
tinuation, 4-0, with
councilor Mark Wynn
absent for the vote.
GENEVA
From Page 1
cruisers, should the
grant be approved.
Johnson also
informed coun-
cil he had applied to
the Adams County
C o m m u n i t y
Foundation on behalf
of both his department
and the Geneva Fire
Department for $2,000
to replace batteries in
defibrillators shared by
the two departments.
The town marshall
reminded councilors
they had discussed
a possible ATV ordi-
nance last fall and
asked whether they
might wish to revisit
the issue. He indicated
a resident had recently
made an inquiry about
ATV restrictions on
town streets. Other
area communities have
passed ATV ordinanc-
es, he noted.
Town Attorney Dave
Baumgartner stated
Berne had recently
combined its golf cart
and ATV ordinances,
stating the two “were
pretty much similar.”
He also informed coun-
cil “you can’t mandate
turn signals” on either
of the two motorized
vehicles. Councilor
Doug Milligan sug-
gested council “take
another look at it and
maybe incorporate the
two together.” Council
did not act on the sug-
gestion.
Johnson told coun-
cil a total of 13 golf
carts had been regis-
tered this year at $10
per cart. He also said
all of the police depart-
ment’s AR-15 rifles had
been serviced in the
last month. His depart-
ment issued 24 speed-
ing tickets and cited 17
motorists for improper
lights during March.
Fire Chief John
Patch reported no fires
and five first respond-
er runs the previous
month. The department
received forcible entry
training in March, and
added one new member
(Brody Shoen) to the
all-volunteer squad,
bringing the total num-
ber of volunteer fire-
fighters to 24.
Council also
renewed fire contracts
with area townships for
2015, increasing costs
five percent over last
year. Geneva provides
assistance to Hartford,
Jefferson and Wabash
Townships in Adams
County as well as
Wabash Township in
Jay County.
— Princeton Bound —
OLYMPIC HOOPSTERS — First Bank of Berne recently donated $2,000 to the Jay County Special
Olympics basketball team that will represent Team Indiana at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games
in Princeton, New Jersey. Holding the check is Heidi Bowman county coordinator, Josh Griffin, Adams
County resident Shelli Roser, Ty Weesner and holding the basketball is First Bank of Berne representa-
tive Kathy Carpenter of the Portland Branch. In the next row is Cindy Denney, treasurer, coach Chuck
Wendel, Conner Hoyt, Ron Smith, Tyler Reck, Nate Clay, Mark Knipp, coach Tom Dunn, Ethan Wendel
and Sam Glessner.
Photo provided
Annual Senior Breakfast to
be held May 2 at Swiss Village
In recognition of May as National
Older Americans Month, Swiss Village
and the Berne Rotary Club will co-
sponsor the 24th annual Senior
Breakfast from 7-9 a.m. May 2. Last
year, more than 300 area seniors
attended the free breakfast at Swiss
Village, located at 1350 West Main
Street in Berne. T h e
breakfast will consist of scrambled
eggs, biscuits, pancakes, sausage,
orange juice and coffee. All seniors are
welcome, so plan to join in and enjoy
a time of food and fellowship.
Take advantage of health screen-
ings provided from 6:30-8:30 a.m.,
including free blood pressure checks,
free lipid profile checks, comprehen-
sive metabolic profiles for $25, thy-
roid panel for $20, and hemogram for
$15.
Seniors are invited to attend an
Open House following the breakfast
on Swiss Village’s North Campus. Tour
the newly remodeled duplex 1470 with
an extended garage and den from 8-10
a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
All who attend the open house will
have the chance to register for the
chance to win one of eight $25 gas
cards, and will receive a coupon for
a free ice cream in the Cafe Suisse
at Swiss Village. Parking will be
available at the main circle drive
entrance or in the north parking lot
by the Social Corner. For more infor-
mation, contact Michelle McIntosh,
Swiss Village marketing director, at
589-3173.
Berne Shopping News
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 • Page 3A
PUBLIC AUCTION
Saturday, May 17
th
, 2014
9:00 AM Personal Property
12:00 Noon Real Estate
2175 N. US HWY 27 • Decatur, IN 46733
Open House: Monday, May 5th, 2014 • 4PM-6PM
– PERSONAL PROPERTY –
Wooden 4 Drawer fling cabinet, steel 4 drawer fling cabinet, Sad iron, oil lamp, 30”x60” steel
desk, steel shelving, 1857 Fire Engine Beam, Toy tractors (J.D. cast iron steel wheel & Model A,
Oliver 88, 9150 Deutz Allis), offce chair, electrical books, brass greyhound, humidifer, cast foor
lamp, bedding, towels, blankets, large indoor plant, dirt devil, pictures, 3pc full size bedroom suite,
wood chairs, card table and chairs, wood folding chairs, luggage, J.D. dishes, old hats, small gas
sign, brick oven stoneware blue-white dishes, old camera’s, wicker baby buggy, (2) 1500 watt
electric heaters, club max exercise machine, train set, old yard sticks, old picture frames, 4 drawer
chest, 3pc queen bedroom suite, drop leaf table, trunk, old Treadle sewing machine, carnival
glass, Amana stainless fridge, w/ bottom freezer, hot point range, Tupperware, washer & dryer,
2 wood desks, canning jars, 2 Formica top tables w/ chairs, chest freezer, fshing poles, drywall
square, old Frigidaire refrigerator, 917 Deutz Allis tractor (w/ 48” mower, grass catcher, & snow cab),
Schumacher battery charger, wood pew, (2) 2 wheel carts, Farmall B, New 36” Larson exterior door,
old Schwinn bicycle, wheel barrow, wicker basket, wood crates, milk can, child’s red wagon, car
ramps, wash tub, Honda rear tire tiller, croquet set, Roll-A-Way tool chest, tent, tools, horse shoes,
Craftsman Vise, porch swing, glider swing, park bench, Honda push mower, new camper awning
(beige/burgundy), foor jack, Shop Vac’s, soda crates, shovels, rakes, scrap iron, air compressor
Sellers: Roger & Nancy Roth
227 S. 2nd Street • Decatur, IN 46733
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REAL ESTATE
• 2,008 sq. ft. Ranch • 1.6 Acres • Crawlspace
• Adams Central District • 4 Bedrooms • 4 Heat Sources
• 3 Full Baths • Central Air • 2 1/2 car garage
• Built in 1974
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Personal property will be payable by cash or good check only. Real estate will need a
$5,000 non-refundable down payment day of auction. Balance will be due upon closing
on or before June 17th, 2014. Taxes to be prorated up to day of closing & possession
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BETHEL
BRETHREN
CHURCH
718 E. Main St.,
Berne, IN 46711
(260) 589-3381
Pastor Joseph Nass
Sunday:
Sunday School, 9 a.m.
Morning Worship, 10
a.m.
Evening Service, 7
p.m.,
Wednesday:
Prayer and Bible Study,
7:30 p.m.
————
CROSS UNITED
CHURCH OF
CHRIST
Meeting at St. George
Episcopal Church,
1195 S. Hendricks St.,
Berne, Indiana 46711
Rev. Timothy Price
Sunday:
Sunday Worship, 9
a.m.
—————
FAITH BAPTIST
CHURCH
U.S. 27 & 700 S.,
Berne, IN 46711
(260) 589-3797
Pastor Travis Combest
Sunday:
Sunday School, 9:30
a.m.
Morning Service, 10:30
a.m.
Evening Service, 6:30
p.m.
Thursday:
Evening Service, 7 p.m.
Our Purpose —
Please God Help People
————
LIVING WATER
UNITED
CHURCH
6486 S 700 E,
Bluffton, IN 46714
(260) 334-5318
Pastor Clark Stoller
Sunday School 9:00am
Morning Worship
10:00am
A traditional service
————
NEW CORYDON
BIBLE CHURCH
on Clay St. in New Cory-
don, Ind.
Pastor Patrick Young
(260) 589-3028
or (260) 525-2830
9 a.m. Kids Club & Sun-
day School
10 a.m. church service
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Area Church Directory
Sincere
appreciation
to the
businesses below
who sponsor
this directory
OBITUARIES
Lehnford L. Bohnke
Lehnford L. “Bud” Bohnke, 78, Decatur, passed
away Monday, April 14, 2014, at St. Joseph Medical
Center in Fort Wayne.
He was born Sept. 27, 1935, in Decatur, to the late
Herman and Louise (Bienz) Bohnke.
Bud was a self-employed farmer. He was a mem-
ber of St. Peter Lutheran Church-Fuelling and a
member of the D.H.I.A. Dairy Association. He sold
and produced milk for Allen Dairy, which became
Prairie Farms Dairy, for more 50 years.
He is survived by his children, Kaylehn (Larry)
Brunner, Rita (Jim) Hill and Mark (Alysse) Bohnke,
all of Decatur, Arnita (Brian) Heyerly of Monroe and
Eric (Melissa) Bohnke of Walkerton; 16 grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren.
Bud was preceded in death by a son, Willmott; and
a brother, Willmott.
Burial was in St. Peter Lutheran Church
Cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to St. Peter Immanuel
Lutheran School.
Online condolences may be made at www.hshfu-
neralhome.com.
Kae L. Sprunger
Kae Linnet Sprunger, 76, Berne, died Friday, April
11, 2014, at Swiss Village.
She was born to Vincent and Miriam (Yeoman)
Sprunger Sept. 11, 1937, in Adams County.
Surviving are Jon Garth Sprunger of Leonidas,
Mich.; Michael (Carolyn) Sprunger of Linn Grove;
Alice Coblentz of Berne; Eric (Jean) Sprunger of
Berne; Rebecca Sprunger of New York; and Jared
(Jerri Hoffman) Sprunger of Fort Wayne.
Burial was in M.R.E.Cemetery, Berne.
Online condolences may be made www.yagerkirch-
hofer.com.
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programs dealing with
water issues” in the near
future, the site goes on to
state.
This year, Dots in Blue
Water will expand its mis-
sion by adding sustainable
power sources to its puri-
fiers through the use of
wind and solar energy and
has plans to provide com-
puters and Internet access
for K-6 students at an ele-
mentary school with which
it expects to partner.
The program received
its distinct title when a
young Haitian child who
had survived the hurri-
cane described the bodies
of victims killed by the
storm and floating in the
sea as “lots and lots of dots
in blue water.”
In other business,
Litwiller informed the board
he submitted a Secured
School Safety Grant pro-
posal to the state the last
week of March. The grant
will reimburse the school
for 50 percent of the sec-
ond semester cost of the
School Resource Officer
contract, as well as a few
equipment projects includ-
ing fireworks notification
maintenance, door e-card
readers, entrance numbers
and a safety fence for the
auto shop area. The total
reimbursed cannot exceed
$20,600, he said.
Overnight and out
of state field trips were
approved for instructor
Gary McMillan to take two
Auto Service Technology
students to the Ford/
AAA state competition
in Indianapolis later this
month; an educational
field trip to Washington,
D.C. June 6-7 for 84 stu-
dents, four parents and
seven teachers; the dots in
blue water mission to Haiti
June 1-19 involving 23
high school students; the
high school music depart-
ment’s trip to Chicago Oct.
23-24 with 75 students
participating; and the
senior class trip to Cedar
Point May 14.
Summer school classes
were approved for both
K-8 and high schools stu-
dents, as was a migrant
fall extension program for
migrant students grades
K-12.
The resignation of
Janelle Gresla as varsity
head swim coach following
25 years with South Adams
was accepted, as were the
retirements of seventh
grade language arts teach-
er Sheri Cook, with more
than 40 years service, and
first grade teacher Sharon
Wheeler, with more than
36 years experience, 32
of those at South Adams.
Caleb Armenta was hired
as assistant baseball
coach.
Personal leave was grant-
ed for fifth grade teacher
Betsy Minnich next fall.
The board also accept-
ed:
— a $100 anonymous
donation for the “Sparky
Starfire” lunch account,
which assists students
struggling to pay for school
lunches but not qualifying
for assistance;
— a $300 donation from
M & M Market to help pur-
chase bullpen tarps for the
baseball program; and
— $500 donations each
from Hoosier Pattern,
Decatur, and Community
Harvest Food Bank of
Northeast Indiana to pur-
chase supplies for the
“Canstruction” project at
Glenbrook Mall.
A request from the Berne
Chamber of Commerce to
utilize school property June
2 located at the intersection
of S.R. 218 and U.S. 27
to allow a circus to set up
at the site was approved,
with the requirement the
circus provide a certificate
of insurance in advance of
doing so was also approved
by the board.
Three arrested
The Adams County
Sheriff’s Department
arrested Michelle R.
Ellenberger, 44, and Gary
W. Ellenberger, 44, both
of rural Geneva early
April 13.
Gary W. Ellenberger
was charged with pos-
session of a firearm by
a batterer and was held
at the Adams County
Law Enforcement Center
under a $350 cash and
$1,500 surety bond.
Michelle R. Ellenberger
was cited for disorderly
conduct and posted a
$350 cash and $1,500
surety bond for her
James G. Bisel, 42,
High Street, Geneva, was
charged by the sheriff’s
department with three
counts of dealing in
methamphethamine, two
counts of unlawful sale
of a precursor, and one
count of maintaining a
common nuisance. He
faces a $50,000 surety
bond for his release from
custody.
City accident
A two-vehicle mis-
hap was investigated
at 8:42 a.m. April 15
by the Decatur Police
Department.
Police said Jana L.
Shackley, Winchester
Street, Decatur, was wait-
ing in line at the Taco Bell
drive-thru and as she was
looking for loose change,
her vehicle rolled forward
and struck the rear of a
vehicle driven by Patrick
J. Kohne, rural Berne,
who was also waiting in
line at the drive-thru.
Damage to both vehicles
was estimated at less
than $1,001.
Rural Crash
The Adams County
Sheriff’s Department
probed a two-vehicle inci-
dent at 11:10 a.m. April
16.
The police report said
Joni L. Longenberger, 54,
had pulled into a drive-
way on C.R. 250S near
C.R. 200W so she could
turn around but when
she backed out of the
driveway she failed to see
a United States Postal
Office vehicle behind
her driven by Jeffrey S.
Bauman, Bryant, who
was delivering mail. The
vehicles collided caused
an estimated $2,501-
$5,000 in damages to be
done.
CIVIL COURT
Marriage Applications
Isaiah a. Geels and
Shelby-Marie Furlin, both
of Berne.
Civil case judgments
In Adams Superior
Court:
Anthony Wayne Credit
Wayne was awarded
$4,661.10 Shawn M.
Bristlet et al, Berne; and
$609.33 from Leah N.
Craig of Bryant.
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Bavelier, professor of brain
and cognitive sciences at the
University of Rochester, has
discovered that very prac-
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“Normally, improving
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The fnding builds on
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has shown that action vid-
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attention. Contrast sensitiv-
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that action video game train-
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to make better use of the in-
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County held their annual Drug and Alcohol Quiz
Bowl April 8. Judges were Chief Ken Ketzler from the
Decatur Police Department and Chief Deputy Eric
Beer from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.
The winners received a $50 gift card from Wal-Mart,
and the runners-up received a $25 gift card from
Wal-Mart. The winners will advance to the regional
competition on April 19 at the McMillan Center for
Health Education in Fort Wayne. The winners and
runners-up were: Fifth grade winner, Noah Crockett,
Adams Central; Runner-up, Isabel Wilson, St. Joe.
Sixth grade winner, Zachary Porter, Adams Central;
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Business Women’s Breakfast offers support,
networking opportunity for area women
By JANNAYA ANDREWS
The first annual Business Women’s
Breakfast, hosted by the Berne Chamber
of Commerce, was held April 15 at Chalet
Village. Several area business women
attend the event that was intended to help
local business women network and sup-
port one another.
Guest speakers included Darlene
Stanley, owner / operator Johnson
Junction; Deb Tumbleson, owner,
Engine House Quilt Shop; Toni Widman,
Mentoring Women’s Network; and LuAnn
Gerig Fulton, Ordained Minister, author
and speaker.
The road to being a successful business
woman is by no means a cookie-cutter
avenue, as each speaker talked of how,
and why, they came to be in the business
world today. The common thread through-
out each presentation seemed to focus on
prioritizing God, family and business.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if not
for God and the unbelievable support of
my husband and family,” said Stanley.
“It’s all about balance. Finding that bal-
ance between God, family and business
— in that order — and maintaining that
balance.”
Tumbleson and Widman echoed those
sentiments in their presentations, with
each woman chronicling the role faith and
family support has played in the success
of their respective careers. “It’s been an
amazing ride,” said Tumbleson.
Closing the program was Fulton, who
brought laughter along with her vision
of truth regarding women in business.
Rather than focus on the business aspect
of the meeting, Fulton spoke of what it
means to be a woman in today’s world and
how life experiences shape the fabric of a
woman.
“Women are great at multitasking,” said
Fulton. “We tend to be fixers, and we have
an amazing ability to act as though every-
thing is glorious, despite what the truth
may be.”
Fulton went on to say many women
find themselves in need of a distraction
from what may be troubling them, adding
more irons to the fire and taking on addi-
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life’s worries at bay.
It is these struggles, attempting to “keep
all the plates spinning,” that set the stage
for success for today’s business women,
according to Fulton.
Following Fulton’s speech, the break-
fast was closed with prayer.
LuAnn Gerig Fulton
Muselman Pavilion
to host pair of events
The Arthur & Gloria
Muselman Wellness
Pavilion will host a
Euchre tournament for
senior citizens 55 and
older at 2 p.m. Friday.
Snacks will be provid-
ed. Members and non-
members are welcome
to attend this event.
Registration will be
available at the pavilion
until 5 p.m. Thursday. It
is not necessary to have
a partner for this event,
as it will be a round-
robin tournament with
a different partner for
each round.
The pavilion will
host a picnic and nature
walk at Ouabache State
Park for any senior 55
and older at 11 a.m.
May 9. The cost is $6
per person and includes
a sack lunch and trans-
portation. Members
and non-members are
welcome to attend this
event.
Register by noon
May 2 at the Wellness
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very fast team this year,
and we're going to be very
aggressive. I'm expect-
ing many stolen bases,"
said Fawbush, entering
his fourth season with a
46-31 record.
After a great 2012
season, when Bellmont
advanced to the final four
in 3A, the Braves had
to rebuild and struggled
in a tough schedule to
a 7-18 record. Some of
those teams, like defend-
ing state champ Norwell,
lost a good deal of players
this time, so the Braves
should climb the ladder
and be much more com-
petitive in 2014.
The Braves lost the
seven seniors from 2013:
Dylan Call (All NHC
Pitcher), Jordan Jauregui,
Matt Chronister, Nick
Huffine, Nick Reinking,
Max Collier (All NHC OF),
and Thomas Mitchem.
Baker, playing short-
stop and DH, hit .323 with
four homers, five doubles
and drove in 15. He'll like-
ly be the regular center-
fielder this year.
Sophomore Mason
Shinaberry hit .300 in 40
at bats with five RBI. On
the jayvee, he hit .375 in
55 at-bats. He'll start the
season as the No. 1 starter
for the Braves, and will be
the regular third baseman.
Junior Parker Zeser hit
.220, but had two homers
and three doubles, scoring
11 runs as a middle infield-
er and pitcher. "Parker will
patrol all infield positions
this year and could also
pitch," said Fawbush.
Brune hit .270 and
played the outfield. He'll
be expected to cover a lot
of ground this year, and
will be one of the top base-
stealers for the Braves. He
could be used some as a
courtesy runner.
Sophomore Kyle
Wittwer was the Braves'
catcher last year until a
collision at home plate
caused a broken wrist.
He went four for 10, hit-
ting .400 for the varsity
and was leading the jayvee
with a .667 mark when he
was injured. He will start
at catcher this year.
Sefton played some
outfield last year and is
expected to be a key out-
fielder this time around.
Junior Jordan Hilyard will
be one of the main pitch-
ers and will play some
infield.
Sophomore Ryan
Okoniewski, who played
some a year ago, will
patrol the infield and will
pitch this year. He hit .375
in 71 trips to the plate on
the jayvee team in 2013.
"Okoniewski will be a
consistent starter as an
infielder and pitcher. He's
improving each day,"
praised Fawbush.
Senior defensive guru
Tyler Fenwick started last
year at second, and will
return there to start the
season.
Breaking into the line-
up this year will be speedy
sophomore outfielders Jake
Hall and Adam Weaver.
"Both will bring a lot of speed
and will compliment Baker.
Jake has a stronger arm
and a great right-handed
bat. Adam hits from the left
side and is the faster of the
pair. I'm really excited to see
what these two newcom-
ers will bring to the table,"
offered Fawbush.
Weaver went 10-for-10
in jayvee stolen bases last
year and hit .355. Hall was
11-for-11 and hit .361.
Brune will be the right-
fielder with Weaver and
Hall battling for the left
field slot.
The Braves have little
pitching experience over-
all. Hilyard tossed 21
innings, with 15 strike-
outs and eight walks, but
had a high ERA.
Zeser hurled nine
innings with a 2.33 ERA.
Sawyer Boyd pitched five
frames with a 4.2 ERA.
Okoniewski hurled a
scoreless varsity frame.
Okoniewski, Baker,
Boyd and Zeser will all
pitch, as will Hilyard when
he returns to the team
mid-season.
Zeser, Boyd and
Okoniewski will all see
action at shortstop, and
some at second.
"Defensively, I think
we are going to be pretty
sound. We have a lot of
players who can play mul-
tiple positions, and our
outfield is going to be very
fast no matter what the
combination of fielders we
use," said the coach.
Fawbush likes the atti-
tudes displayed by his
players. "A lot of these
players have played
together for years on vari-
ous teams. They have
great attitudes and work
hard. People are going to
think that we won't be
very good because of our
record last year, but I truly
believe we'll surprise some
people. All of our coaches
expect the players to com-
pete hard and to win a lot
of ballgames.
"I expect a winning,
hard-working, commu-
nity-respected baseball
team to be present on the
diamond every day of the
season," offered the head
coach.
A team goal this year
is to cut down on strike-
outs and be more aggres-
sive at the plate. "We want
to make our opponents
play the ball and get us
out, rather than get-
ting ourselves out," said
Fawbush.
Fawbush expects solid
Heritage and Columbia
City teams to be the early
favorites in the local sec-
tional competition. "But I
think we have a legitimate
shot at winning sectional.
I feel our team is more
well-rounded than those
others. In the conference,
Carroll is the one, as of
now, that has the best
shot at winning.
"Again, I don't see why
we can't compete for a top
two spot in the confer-
ence, and then win it out-
right next year in the final
year of the NHC," stated
Fawbush.
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Central hopeful to return to semi-state with experience
By DYLAN MALONE
MONROE— Adams
Central's baseball team
has left a lot of expecta-
tions on a young team
with a lot of holes to fill
from 2013's semi-state
squad.
As was the case for
the basketball team this
season, life without Isaac
Luginbill and Dalton
Combs will be a rocky
road until the Jets can
find their footing.
The two lefties were
critical to the Jets' post-
season run as were fellow
seniors Matt Schwaller
and Brady Butler who
also depart from gradua-
tion last May.
"We are looking to
build off of a great season
last year," noted coach
Dave Neuenschwander.
"We will be looking for
some underclassmen to
fill some big roles for us
and step up."
Combs and Luginbill
swapped pitching and
first base as well as some
centerfield this season for
Central truly anchoring
the team in their posi-
tions but new seniors
Conner Lengerich and
Isaac Soldner look to keep
the Jets' hopes for a deep
post-season run alive.
Lengerich remains
in his role as a leader at
shortstop and has moved
to the three-slot in the
lineup, while Soldner will
play third base and second
when not on the mound
as one of the Jets' top
hurlers. Lengerich may be
called upon to throw some
innings on the mound
as well while the Jets fig-
ure out some holes in the
pitching slots. Soldner hit
a pair of home runs against
Fremont already in the AC
opener last week and will
look to continue to keep
pressure on pitchers.
Kyle Baker is another
key component for Central
as one of the best defen-
sive catchers in the area.
Kyle has been in the lead-
off slot early in the sea-
son's lineup probably for
his ability to get on base at
any cost. As far as obscure
stats go, Baker may be
the all-time leader at
Adams Central for hit-by-
pitches. He was plunked a
few times at the Coaches
Versus Cancer Classic on
Saturday as well.
Senior Cooper Hill is
coming off of knee sur-
gery and has had a slow
off-season recovery and
recently tweaked the knee
prolonging his full return
to the line-up. While los-
ing most of their pitching
from last season, Central
looked to hang their hats
on at least two starters,
Hill and Soldner, return-
ing to the hill with some
experience but with Coop
out for a little while longer,
coach Neuenschwander
will have to look elsewhere
to fill innings early.
Another senior who
will bring his semi-state
experiences with him will
be Jaron Bittner who will
be another key bat in the
middle of the lineup and
will bring leadership to
the outfield.
Some key newcom-
ers to the lineup include
juniors Carter Sharp,
Tanner Butler, Cody
Crump, Clayton Harkless
and Luke Liter.
Sharp is as fast as
lightning on the base
paths and will be a steal
threat every time he is on
base. He also has a home
run already under his belt
this season.
Tanner Butler, brother
of Brady from last year's
senior list, has already
proven he can keep up
with the lumber in the
lineup and will hopefully
contribute all season long
in the middle of the order.
Cody Crump is another
big bat potential for the
Jets if he can find consis-
tency in the strike zone.
He had a key double in
the South Adams game
Saturday and was solid at
second base.
Luke Liter threw some
quality innings and also
contributed at the plate
with some big hits on
Saturday. He could be the
answer on the mound as
a viable second or third
starter in the rotation.
Clayton Harkless has
the potential to be a big-
time reliever in late game
situations. Like Crump,
his value will increase if
his hitting at the varsity
level remains high.
Sophomore Hunter
Bates will see some time
in the outfield and fel-
low sophomore Matt
Baker will be a valu-
able reliever/starter
on the mound for the
Jets. Freshman Andrew
Hammond has already
proven he can pitch in big
game moments. He went
toe-to-toe with Bellmont
stud Mason Shinabery
on Saturday as the duo
combined for three full
innings of scoreless base-
ball.
Central sports a 2-1
record heading into this
week with wins over South
Adams and Fremont while
losing to Bellmont.
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By DYLAN MALONE
New Bellmont softball
coach Sandy Busick has
a unique perspective on
taking over the program
this season.
She's been here
before.
In another stint at
the helm, coach Busick
hopes to bring back the
spunk and attitude that
the team had in 2005
when they went to a state
title. In what has been
a down couple of sea-
sons, Busick hopes the
Squaws are ready to turn
the corner for a 15th sec-
tional title.
Busick returns after
a nine-year hiatus at
the post because former
coach Rick Burkhalter
had decided to focus his
attention fully on the
South Adams football
coaching job.
"I came back because
despite the nine years,
I was never really out,"
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with Bellmont softball.
I've been working with
the youth leagues, start-
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and parenting and coach-
ing my own children."
The Squaws must
find a way to replace two
key bats in the lineup
in graduating seniors
Taylor Kuhnle and Hailee
Hormann.
Several key players
return from last year's
roster and the num-
bers have grown since
the varsity adopted a full
19-man team without a
junior varsity. Now with a
fully functioning reserve
squad, coach Busick can
work hand-in-hand with
a trimmed down varsity
roster.
"We have four varsity
players who did not play
softball at all last year,"
she admits. "We have
some very athletic play-
ers who will contribute
nicely for us this year."
Slap-bunt specialist
Courtney Scherer returns
behind the plate as a solid
brick wall and a comfort
for the Squaws pitchers,
while Madison Cook fills
out the centerfield posi-
tion bringing leadership
to the outfield. Madison
Gephart will also be vital
in the outfield defensive-
ly.
Senior Sadie Alberson
has taken over third
base for the Squaws and
Busick calls her gutsy
and solid at the position,
while Rachel Salerno has
slipped into the infield slot
at second base. Madalyn
Mann started the year
on shortstop replacing
Kuhnle but has suffered
a knee injury recent-
ly and is awaiting test
results today. Also new is
Ashley Hamrick who has
been playing outfield in
the early season.
Also returning for
the Squaws are Lexi
Hammond who has been
playing short in Mann's
absence, and Maddi
Malone who is listed as
a utility player and will
provide another impor-
tant bat in the lineup
when called upon.
The Wilder sisters look
to play a key role in the
Squaws' pitching efforts
this season. Janaya is
entering her fourth sea-
son as a varsity pitcher
and will be the go-to in
most situations but her
sophomore sister, Beka,
will also see several
innings on the bump this
year. Both are critical to
the lineup from a hitting
standpoint and will likely
trade off on first base
this season.
"Our goal is to win
another sectional," said
Busick. "We know we
have to grow a lot as
a team and we have to
improve in every facet of
the game. I believe we will
get there. I believe in this
team."
As always with a
coaching change, coach
Busick is working early
season to tweak some
fundamentals and get
the Squaws game-ready.
"I want them to have
knowledge of the game.
I want them to know
how to handle defensive
and offensive situations.
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ly and it will take time
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MONROE— How do
you follow up two straight
seasons of getting to the
state title game?
For Adams Central, no
matter what the encore,
it will be at the class
3A level thanks to their
recent success. Before
the last two seasons, the
Lady Jets softball team
had never even won a
sectional title, but now
thanks to the new point
system, a team moves
up a class if they tally
six points or more in any
two-year span (sectional
= one points, regional =
two points...).
Coach Cary Blake
heads into his 20th sea-
son at the helm of the
program (273-175 record)
that now has larger than
life expectations for their
girls. Despite returning
six starters from last
season's squad, the Lady
Jets will head into the
new season without the
services of key pitcher
Sydnee Peterson, outfield
glue and heavy hitter
Bess Fiechter, shortstop
Olivia Macklin, outfielder
and vocal leader Mary
Fox, and utility hitter
Jenna Byer.
The Lady Jets hit a
solid .341 as a team last
season going 22-7 on the
year (3-4 in the loaded
ACAC). Bess Fiechter
was a major reason why
batting first but still tak-
ing second on the team
in RBI's at 24. Fiechter
batted .515 and had 52
hits, 38 runs, 20 sto-
len bases, six triples and
three home runs to boot.
Peterson's arm was
critical during the post-
season runs the last two
years but last season
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tic job as the second arm
during doubleheaders or
a change of pace pitcher
for Central as she qui-
etly was groomed for the
starting role this year.
Macklin batted .379
with 21 runs scored
and 17 RBIs but will
be missed more for her
infield prowess and lead-
ership on short.
The good news for
Central is the return of
their six starters includ-
ing Madi Schwartz, a
junior who batted .330
last season and led the
Jets with 27 RBIs and
three homers.
Whitney Baller (.307),
Liz Luginbill (.460), and
Busse (.377) all look to
fill leadership roles with
great varsity experience
from last season.
Sophomore Kara Keller
also has that experience
with a few big moments
in last year's post-sea-
son run and her bat will
be vital to Central's suc-
cess this year.
Jayla Byer waves good-
bye to her sister Jenna
who graduated but the
junior retains her spot
as the Lady Jets' catcher
and hopefully another bat
in the stacked lineup.
Also returning with
experience are Ali
Stucky (.281), Makayla
Colbentz (.256), and Ariel
Shaneyfelt.
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upcoming class of ath-
letes who are gunning for
playing time and hoping
to make an impact this
year as a junior varsity
that went undefeated
last season.
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Byerly, and Kaitlyn
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with Annie Isch and
freshman Haley Stinson
also hoping to contrib-
ute.
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years of successful track
running. Early this sea-
son, the senior has been
riding the nine-slot in
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Lady Jets to an early
2-0 start heading into
Monday's match-up with
Bellmont.
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Claudia Hebble. Third: assistant coach Casey Ogden, Angelica Valle, Taylor
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Improving competitively daily Starfires mantra this season
By DYLAN MALONE
BERNE— The Starfires
were just outs away from
upsetting Bishop Luers in
the sectional opener last
season but eventually lost
8-7 in extra innings.
The Jets would even-
tually go on to win the
sectional over the Knights
and get as far as semi-
state before they were
stopped.
The Stars return sev-
eral key pieces in coach
Brad Buckingham's sixth
year at the helm at South
Adams. In his the Starfires
have gotten closer and
closer to returning to the
talent level that earned
them state runner up in
1972 and a semi-state title
in 1982.
Since moving to the
class format, the Starfires
have had just one sectional
title, class 2A in 2002, and
their neighbors at Adams
Central have hogged the
limelight for several years
recently.
Coach Buckingham has
developed character once
again at South Adams and
under his wing last season
the Starfires ended with a
quality 17-12 mark (4-3 in
the ACAC).
"We teach details," noted
coach Buckingham. "The
little things are important.
Fundamentals, organiza-
tion, and developing char-
acter and intangible quali-
ties in preparation for life.
I want to keep into per-
spective that it's about so
much more than baseball.
Winning is a lifestyle."
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title and a sectional cham-
pionship are among the
key goals for this year's
Stars. The schedule is full
of opportunities to learn
according to the SA head
coach.
"All games represent
that opportunity to learn
and grow so that's the
approach we take here. We
try not to get caught up in
who we're playing because
every pitch is important, a
preparation for the tour-
nament."
The Stars look to carry
on without a trio of four-
year starters who have
been the glue for the team
in years past.
Corey Seffernick was
the battery behind the
plate for a majority of his
career at SA as well as
some time at first base. He
finished his senior season
with an impressive .500
average with six home
runs and 28 RBI.
Blake Fox came on
strong as a reliable option
on the pitcher's mound
last season. He also played
first base when he was not
hurling and he averaged
.483 with four home runs
and 31 RBIs. His talents
are now in use at Bluffton
University.
Alex Augsburger was
the ace for the club last
season on the mound and
played some third base.
His .339 average will be
missed but probably not as
much as his 36 strikeouts
in 41 innings pitched.
Coach Buckingham will
be forced to look elsewhere
for leadership with a crop
of seniors and juniors to
choose from.
Collin Affolder is a key
candidate playing his third
season on varsity and can
be seen on shortstop as
well as one of SA's aces on
the mound this year. Last
year he had nine doubles,
three home runs and 34
RBIs.
Chandler Ingle is a
junior who plays second
base and will pitch this
season as well. He led
the team in wins on the
mound last year ending
with a stellar 7-2 record
with 40 strikeouts and a
.343 ERA.
Eric Pimentel is the
every man on the field for
the Stars. The senior is
listed as a utility infielder
but can play anywhere and
will also do some pitching
for coach Buckingham. He
was the top reliever last
year for the club and will
move into a starting role
in that regard. With the
bat he had four doubles, a
home run, and 22 RBIs.
Nick Busse is another
senior who looks to anchor
the outfield in left field. He
has good speed on the
base paths and last year
averaged .250 with three
doubles and 14 RBIs. He
will look to have a bigger
role in the lineup.
The Starfires are 1-3
on the season with a win
over Winchester and loss-
es to AC, Bellmont, and
Norwell.
Lady Stars leaning for .500 mark
By DYLAN MALONE
BERNE— In his four
years at South Adams,
Jessie O'Dell has turned
the culture around.
Despite the 30-74
mark it to show for it,
the Starfires tallied 10 of
those wins last season as
they continue to improve
every season under the
coach's watch.
Looking to build on
the school's only section-
al title in 2009, the Lady
Starfires have experience
and a little breathing
room in their sectional
thanks to perennial pow-
erhouses Bishop Luers
and Adams Central both
moving up to class 3A
this season. O'Dell has
a positive outlook on the
season at large.
"On paper, we should
be better this season,"
noted the coach. "Paper
and potential don't win
games, however. We lost
a great leader in Alexis
Ford and some big hits
from Rachel Hirschy,
Maizy Switzer, and Loren
Sparks."
The Stars lose 75 hits
from those four graduat-
ing seniors but the good
news is the return of 145
hits and a lot of experi-
ence from a veteran SA
team who look to contend
for a .500 record or better
with their difficult sched-
ule.
"We have several kids
that I expect to have a big
year," challenged O'Dell.
"There is a surprise
senior that always steps
up during the season but
hopefully we have more
than one this year."
The easy choice is
three-sport athlete Alyssa
Bluhm who enters her
final season at South
Adams as the Stars' best
pitching option for the
last three seasons. Bluhm
will play centerfield for as
long as she can, however,
as coach O'Dell has found
a working freshman class
that has provided pitcher
Abby Myers for SA.
"We have two fresh-
man that will be pitching
a lot of innings for us this
year," noted O'Dell. "Abby
and Katelin (Augsburger)
have been working hard
for several years for this
opportunity."
Also returning for
the Starfires is Reba
Morehouse at first base,
Ashleigh Freeman at sec-
ond, Olivia Turner in left,
Brandy Rogers in the
outfield, Alaina Johnston
at shortstop and catch-
er, Lauren Smith in the
infield, Maddie Morgan
catching and at second,
and Keirstyn Grimm in
right.
"Johnson and Smith
are two of the best mid-
dle infielders I have
coached," praised O'Dell.
"We should be very strong
up the middle."
The coach is also
pleased with the two
sophomores with expe-
rience on the team in
Grimm and Morgan.
"They are hard work-
ing sophomores. They
both have a year under
their belt and will have
better years. It's just a
matter of confidence for
these two kids."
Coach O'Dell's outlook
is very upbeat for the
season.
"We have a small team
but this is the best 22
kids we have had on a
roster since our sectional
title team. I see this group
with the same potential."
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After losing four
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much different roster
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under first year coach,
Quinci Huffine.
The Squaws will be
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satile with very good
ground strokes, impres-
sive volleys, and tough
serves."
Starting the year out
at #3 singles is freshman
Brielle Adams.
"Brielle has been an
extremely pleasant sur-
prise for me already.
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match against a tough
Bishop Luers senior that
ended up going into a
third set tiebreaker last-
ing over three and half
hours. I was really proud
of the perseverance she
had."
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#1 doubles this season
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junior Macy Phegley.
"Macy played singles last
year, but switched over
to Miranda's partner this
year. I think they work
great together, and she is
a natural doubles play-
er."
"Miranda is our other
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ple," praised Huffine.
At #2 doubles, Mindy
Loshe and Lauren Albert
will get their first full-
time looks at the varsity
level. "Mindy and Lauren
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year's JV team, and I am
excited to see these two
not only get better from
an individual aspect, but
also progressing together
as a team."
Although many ques-
tions remain to be
answered for this year's
team, coach Huffine is
focusing on making daily
improvements. "This may
be a rebuilding year, but
I have already seen tre-
mendous gains by the
girls so far this season.
I'm really excited to see
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ly heading into sectional
play."
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2014 season. Their
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Monday as they travel
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Wayne Generals with
first serve set to go at 4
p.m.
The Squaws are look-
ing to get back on track
after a nice run three
seasons ago when they
won their 10th sectional
title.
After winning their
fifth title in 2005, the
Squaws won again in
‘06, ‘07, ‘08, ‘09, and
2011 but have fallen vic-
tim to recently success-
ful Adams Central who
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to beat come sectional
time.
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nis set-up, the Squaws
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With five returning varsity
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season's already improved record.
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er not being the greatest for us."
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uation, SA returns all of last year's
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ber one singles will be sopho-
more Brittany Potts, while junior
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singles positions.
The senior duo of Maddy
Kloepper and Erika Miller are pen-
ciled in at number one doubles,
while sophomores Kylea Pierce
and Autumn VonGunten will be at
number two doubles.
Sprunger notes, however, that
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the overall depth and versatility
of this year's squad. "Due to the
amount of depth we have this sea-
son, there is no single position for
any individual. Obviously, this is a
position we have yet to be in as a
program in some time."
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season," stated coach Sprunger.
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have highly competitive practices
in the offseason, which is only
going to make the girls stronger
and that much more ready to
compete this year."
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fifth season as head coach with
an overall record of 9-39. South
Adams finished the season with
a record of 5-12 last year, while
finishing 0-4 in conference play.
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By JIM HOPKINS
With the top four golf-
ers returning, including
four-year starters Chase
Ellsworth and Corey
Coshow, Kyle Eichenauer's
2014 BHS golf team will
compete for the NHC
championship and will be
a favorite to advance out of
sectional to team Regional,
something the squad did
not do a year ago.
Ellsworth averaged 38
last year in the BHS No. 1
slot, and Coshow is back
at No. 2 where he aver-
aged a solid 40 last year.
Ellsworth has signed to
play for St. Francis of Fort
Wayne next year.
Sophomore Grant
Ainsworth will start his
second varsity season at
the No. 3 slot, where he
averaged 43 a year ago.
Patrick Wright, also a
sophomore, will be back
at No. 4 where he aver-
aged 45 in his first varsity
campaign.
The leading candidate,
and there are a bunch,
to occupy the fifth slot is
senior Sterling Price, who
averaged 46 a year ago in
a brief varsity stint.
The only loss from a
team which went 10-5
overall and 3-4 in the
NHC was fifth player Andy
Hess, who graduated.
There are 14 golfers
on the squad including a
jayvee team which could
have one sophomore and
four freshmen starting
"Everyone on the team
this year has been very
active in the junior golf
program in the sum-
mer. Many of the golf-
ers have been playing in
the junior league at Cross
Creek since it began in
2007," noted Eichenauer.
"Chase has been
improving each year. As a
freshman, his average was
41. The next year it went
to 39, then 38 last year,"
noted Eichenauer.
"He is becoming more
consistent and is learning
how to manage his golf
game better. Chase can
drive the ball pretty far,
but his putting has always
been the strongest part of
his game. We will work on
approach shots this year,
to help him improve even
more," said Eichenauer.
Chase has qualified for
Regionals every year (twice
with team, last year as an
individual). He also finished
22nd in the State Finals
tournament in 2012.
"Corey has also
improved each year, start-
ing with his freshman
average of 43, then going
to 41 two years ago and
40 last year," praised the
coach.
"Corey has been able to
get more consistent with
all parts of his game. He
has gotten a lot stronger
in the past two years, and
that has helped his dis-
tances a lot. We will be
working on short game to
hopefully get his average
even lower this year."
The preseason com-
petition has been for
that fifth slot for golf
day. Sophomore Sam
Ainsworth will be vying for
that spot, as will talented
frosh Cole Coshow and Ty
Razo.
This is the seventh
year as head coach for
Eichenauer, and his
Bellmont squads have
posted a dual-meet mark
of 66-27. The 2012 team
took the NHC champi-
onship. The squad took
some losses and had three
new starters last year, and
did not make the regional
round for the first time in
five years.
The goal is to win the
sectional, but the top three
teams plus top three indi-
viduals not on an advanc-
ing team will all go on. At
the Regional level, the top
three teams plus the top
five individuals not on
an advancing team make
the state field. The State
Finals compete over 36
holes, on two days.
Also on the squad and
competing for slots will be:
seniors Jordan Corral and
Connor Martz, and fresh-
men Gregg Shoaf, Noah
McIver, Cam Hart and Jon
Sweeney.
"Our conference is very
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promised Eichenauer.
"Columbia City,
Homestead and Carroll
will be strong with talent
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The Braves open
April 16 at Wayne, then
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2014 SOUTH ADAMS STARFIRES VARSITY GOLF— Front row (L-R): Cal Clouser, Nathan Bollenbacher,
Chris Beitler, Lucas Bluhm, Marcus Teeter, Brad Green, Coy Wickey. Back Row: Jake Rife, Corbin Swygart,
Jared Grabau, Derek Fox, Head Coach Michael Wynn.
By DYLAN MALONE
BERNE— Always look-
ing to build up teams
after graduation, South
Adams golf will have to
do it with nine fresh-
man.
Chase Mosser, a golfer
SA coach Michael Wynn
calls "really consistant"
will be missed from last
year's team as he gradu-
ated, but another varsity
player will be amiss as
well as McGerran Clouser
has opted to focus on his
basketball training.
That leaves two spots
on the varsity squad
for nine first-year high
school golfers to try and
fill and a lot of questions
for coach Wynn who
enters his 12th season at
the helm of the Starfire
golf program.
"Our top three will be
good," noted Wynn. "We
just have to figure out
what to do with the oth-
ers. There is nobody with
experience to fill Chase
and McGerran's shoes."
Coach Wynn notes
that at the moment, Jake
Rife may have the best
chance of filling one of
those slots but has still
not decided on the final
roster for opening week.
The Stars come into
the season with some
accolades from the year
before and Wynn is con-
fident they can build on
that again this year.
"We have a chance
to repeat as Bi-county
champions as well
as our South Adams
Invitational."
The local competition
is one of the goals set
for this season for the
young, mostly inexperi-
enced squad.
"I'm always looking to
beat the area teams. It's
a solid goal for us this
time around too."
As for the Allen County
Athletic Conference,
Wynn thinks the Stars
have a good shot of being
in the upper half as well
so long as they can get
a fourth scorer to con-
tribute to his returning
stars.
Seniors Cal Clouser
and Derek Fox as well
as junior Brad Green
will get a majority of the
attention on the courses
this season as the sea-
soned vets of the squad.
Clouser advanced to
regionals in his sopho-
more season when he
attended Norwell. During
his freshman year, Cal's
brother McCormick
Clouser was a senior
on the Norwell sectional
championship team in
2011 and shot in the
top five overall. Last sea-
son Cal was also in the
top of the pack finish-
ing fourth with an 80
behind Oak hill's BJ
White, Bellmont's Chase
Ellsworth, and Oak Hill's
Cody White who won the
tournament with a 73.
Also on the roster for
Wynn are the nine frosh:
Rife, Lucas Bluhm,
Nathan Bollenbacher,
Chris Beitler, Jared
Grabau, Marcus Teeter,
Corbin Swygart, Coy
Wickey, and Nick
Wurster.
South Adams has
never won a golf sec-
tional outright but last
season they finished
three strokes from quali-
fying for regional as
the fourth place team.
They were sixth instead
behind Jay County (5th)
and Mississinewa (4th)
but still fared better than
any team in the Wells/
Adams County area
despite Chase Ellsworth
from Bellmont advanc-
ing all the way to state
individually.
Starfires seeking frosh to fill shoes
2014 ADAMS CENTRAL FLYING JETS VARSITY GOLF— Justin Chamberlain, Zach Ochsner, Jared Lehman.
Back: Coleton Wilkins, Benton Griffiths, Corban Ochsner, Grant Christian, Head Coach Jeff McCullough.
(Photo by Dylan Malone)
By DYLAN MALONE
MONROE— Adams
Central golf coach Jeff
McCullough knows how
hard it is to spark change
at a high school.
"Changing the culture of
AC golf has been extremely
challenging but we are not
giving up," noted the AC
coach. "I give the kids a
lot of credit for trying to
better themselves in this
extremely fun but chal-
lenging sport."
The Jets have not
been a competitive golf
school for a long time and
McCullough is changing
that in more ways than
one as he will also helm
the new girls team that will
get a chance to showcase
their talents for the first
time this fall thanks to a
recent school board deci-
sion that gave the program
a green light.
As for the boys, they
have been lingering in
the basement of the sec-
tional tournament the last
four years besting only
Southern Wells and Marion
Lakewood Christian in
2009 for 11th place.
Last season, the Jets
had a regular season
record of 2-12 and will
miss leadership from Nick
McCullough and Josh
Thieme from the squad who
led the team at sectional
last year. McCullough was
one stroke from being the
only Jet shooter to get
under the 100 mark.
Missing from the varsity
roster this season as well
is David Fox who likely
will focus on becoming the
Jets' new starting point
guard come basketball
season.
Juniors Coleton Wilkins
and Benton Griffiths are the
only returning letterman for
coach McCullough now.
Two other juniors,
Jared Lehman and Corban
Oschner, will seek roles
on the varsity this year
with competition coming
from three freshman in
Grant Christian, Justin
Chamberlain, and Zachary
Oschner.
"Our strength this
year is that the kids are
coachable and very eager
to learn but we are very
inexperienced," explains
McCullough.
The progression
throughout the season is
coach's only goal this year
as the Jets still have little
expectations with their
youth and inexperience.
"I am anxious to see
where we are at the end of
the year at sectional time.
Our goal for the ACAC is
to climb out of the bottom
half and become competi-
tive."
Central began it's season
Wednesday at Northfield.
AC golf looks for
competitive jump
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