By Mark Carpenter
While all of the local high school basketball squads were busy on the tournament trail, another group of county athletes were also involved in a tournament of their own. The Adams County Venture Hawks recently participated in the Division 4 Special Olympics Basketball Tournament, played in Cincinnati and fared quite well.
The Hawks played three games in the tournament and won two of them, finishing in second place overall. The countians were led by the unstoppable force on offense of Darrel Grooms, who averaged 49.7 points per game in the tourney.
On Friday, March 7, the Hawks matched up with the Hamilton County Sharks and took away a 74-53 victory. Grooms led the way with a very Jordan-esque 66 point game.
Game #2 took place the next day as the hometown Hawks battled the Montgomery County Reserves. Again, it was Grooms exploding for 51 points to help lead his team to a 63-44 triumph, sending the Hawks to the tourney’s title game that same day.
In the final game, the Hawks ran into the Pike County Cougars who must have had a good scouting report on how to stop the Grooms offensive show. The Cougars held the Hawks’ sharpshooter to “just” 32 points and handed the Adams County team their first defeat of the weekend by a final score of 61-43.
The Hawks proudly headed back home with their second place trophy and much like their high school counterparts, were met in Seaman by the West Union Fire Department, the West Union Life Squad, and the Adams County Sheriff’s Department and given a royal escort all the way through town.
The People’s Defender congratulates the Venture Hawks on their outstanding season of accomplishments.