State softball appearance adds different twist to graduation

Authored by Jim Langham on Jun 5, 2013

There was a different air about the Adams Central graduation on Sunday afternoon that made the event take on a much less final atmosphere than usual for the occasion.
The fact that five seniors on the Adams Central girls’ softball game will continue performing in a school event took some of the edge off of the normal sadness of graduation, said the team’s pitcher, Sydnee Peterson, after receiving her diploma on Sunday.
Peterson and our other seniors, Jenna Byer, Bess Fiechter, Mary Fox and Olivia Macklin will be taking on the winner of the Forest Park Semi-State winner in the Class 2A state championship at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday for the second year in a row.
“Even though we had graduation today, I don’t feel like high school is quite over yet,” commented Peterson. “We still have that softball game to go. We’re still going to be together for that.
“It makes it so that graduation doesn’t seem so sad. It’s still a school activity to look forward to,” added Peterson.
Peterson admitted that she is amazed because the team is going to state again, especially after the seniors that had graduated from last year’s team. The pitcher credited a family-like atmosphere on the team and a winning mindset for the team’s post season success.
Peterson said that she is combining the emotions of graduation and softball success into a sense of life lesson that goes beyond the usual graduation lessons.
“I’ve learned through all of this that when I get into life’s tough situations, if I stay calm and put my trust in God, everything will work out in the end,” said Peterson.
The softball team success naturally worked its way into graduation exercises on Sunday afternoon.
“The coaches from the Bremen girls’ softball team played at our diamond on Tuesday evening,” said school superintendent Mike Pettibone. “Mike and Dean Huppert and Jon Hershberger are all guys that I played against in my time of fast pitch softball.
“After the game, Dean, who is a sports announcer at a station in South Bend, told me that he spent hours searching Facebook, Twitter and other social media to find negative quotes made by our players and he couldn’t find any,” continued Pettibone. “Mary Fox, who stood nearby and heard the conversation, had a surprised look on her face and she told him that we would never do that.
“He said, ‘you have nice, talented kids,’” added Pettibone. “I say, ‘Amen, to that.’”
School board member Dave Fox, father of Mary Fox, said following graduation that the success of the softball team has placed a surreal atmosphere in the lives of team members and families.
“We have graduation today; we were scheduled to go to Haiti for a mission trip, but we changed our tickets to Haiti for a flight next Sunday to accommodate the softball team’s success,” said Fox. “With all of this, our school continues to live up to its reputation for success, an important lesson to our graduates.”


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