AC softball top story of 2012
Sometimes things just click at the right time, and that was never more apparent than late May and early June of this past year when the Adams Central varsity softball team got things rolling and rode that momentum all the way to the Class 2A state championship game.
Adams Central entered the state tournament with a less than intimidating 14-12 record, but caught fire at the right time and won a couple of tight affairs to take the Eastside Sectional title with wins over Churubusco, South Adams and Bishop Luers.
The Jets went on to beat Central Noble 5-0 for a regional crown, and then topped Rochester, 5-4, and Carroll (Flora), 4-2, to reach the state title game for the first time ever.
That impressive tournament run earned the Jets the top sports story of 2012.
Adams Central fell a win short of claiming the state championship, falling to 31-0 South Putnam in the title contest.
Alyssa Keller was named the Class 2A Mental Attitude Award winner at the state finals.
Other top stories of 2012 are:
There are a handful of wrestlers from Adams County that make the trip to the state finals every year, so getting a few from each school down to Conseco Fieldhouse, while a great accomplishment, is nothing new. Getting to wrestle under the lights for a state title – now that’s big time.
But that’s where South Adams senior Todd Batt found himself February 18, facing off with Perry Meridian’s Jared McKinley for the 132-pound state title. McKinley prevailed 9-2, but Batt cemented himself in Starfire wrestling with the best finish in state tournament history.
2012 will go down as one of the best years ever in Adams Central boys basketball history, and one of the more memorable moments happened on the floor of the Stardome as the Jets took on perennial powerhouse Bishop Luers for a sectional title.
The Jets were not to be denied as they beat the Knights 74-62 to win their first sectional crown since 2001 and their first in Class 2A. Central nearly kept things going a little further, but they were beaten in overtime in the first round of the North Judson regional by Westview 51-49.
Adams Central is one of the more storied volleyball programs in the state with 12 sectional titles to its credit, but the Jets have come up short of winning a sectional crown four years in a row. That was not the case in 2012 as the Jets claimed title No. 13.
Central managed to go even further, beating Westview in three sets for a regional title but then fell short against Southwood 3-1 in the first round of the Bremen Semi-State.
South Adams has had a fair share of success in boys cross country in the last few years, but their showing at the 2012 Allen County Athletic Conference meet was one for the ages.
The Starfires won their fourth straight conference title, and did so in historical fashion by taking the top seven spots. Brody Shane won the individual title, and six of his teammates finished 2-7 as South Adams posted a perfect score with 15 points.
By dominating the distance events and getting a strong showing from a couple hurdlers and sprinters, South Adams won the 2012 Allen County Athletic Conference boys track title at Bluffton High School.
The Starfires got off to a strong start at the meet by taking the 4 x 800 meter relay and then got a win in the 110-hurdles by Joel Schmidt. Evan Liechty added wins in the 1600 and 3200 meters for the Starfires, and Cole Farlow was a surprising runner-up in the 200. Schmidt added a runner-up finish in the 300-hurdles, and Tim Lehman and Andrew Steffen gave the Starfires a 2-3 finish in the 800. South Adams finished its night with a win in the 4 x 400 relay to win the meet with 125 points – two better than Leo.
South Adams freshman Cady Farlow wasted little time showcasing her talent with a school record-setting performance in her first high school meet, and she kept the momentum going into the state tournament as she won the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke at the Jay County Sectional to advance to the state meet.
Farlow finished her season with a 31st place finish in the 100 free and a 25th place finish in the 100 breaststroke at the state finals.
A little controversy this past summer led to a bit of turnover and ultimately a change in the athletic office. Rod McKee was hired on an interim basis, but he abruptly resigned in the middle of the fall season and Principal Trent Lehman had to fill in temporarily. Finally, with the football season ending, Jason Arnold was hired to take the position full-time and he resigned his varsity football head coaching post after five seasons.
Adams Central’s Troy Tonner will go down in history as one of the finest throwers that school has ever produced in track and field. He is a two-time state qualifier in the discus, and finished his career with a sectional championship, a third place finish at regional and a 13th place finish at the state meet.
There aren’t a whole lot of people in the world that can claim to hold a world record, but one of Berne’s own laid claim to one on February 28 at the Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon in Goshen. Melissa Gillette, according to the Association of Road Racing Statisticians, set a new indoor marathon record for women when she clocked a 3:08.53.8. The previous mark was 3:16.24.
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