Multiple Teams · 2019-2020 Winter Sports Awards

John Adams Athletics is proud to announce its post season awards for 2019-2020 Winter Sports. While the Athletic Department traditionally holds an awards banquet for all student athletes and their families, circumstances this year forced the school and department to cancel this season’s banquet which was scheduled for March 25.

The entire John Adams community is proud of the accomplishments of all of our student athletes in these unprecedented times. 

Message to Student Athletes and their Families

John Adams Principal Mr Jim Seitz has a special message to the entire athletic community: “We would like to thank all of the student-athletes, coaches and parents for their hard work throughout the school year.  It is amazing how many great people it takes to successfully execute a high school athletic program. We are very fortunate to have Mr. Tull, Ms. Rulli, and Coach Byers working to give our student-athletes the greatest experience that we can offer.  We had many successes this season in the pool, on the court, on the mat and in the classroom. Congratulations to our two NIC Coach of the year winners, Coach Skube and Coach Johnston. Congratulations to our 9 NIC all Conference winners and a huge congratulations to our 16 NIC all academic team members.  This honor is awarded to senior student-athletes with a cumulative G.P.A. greater than 3.5. We look forward to being able to celebrate all of our honorees in person at a later date. Thank you and Go Eagles!”


Athletic Director Mr. Bob Tull adds “We want to congratulate all of you and thank all of you for being part of the John Adams Winter Sports season.  The successes of the last few months are many. Hopefully the successes of the experiences continue to reap benefits throughout your lives. The benefits of your teamwork should reap benefits for years to come.  Thank you students, coaches, and parents.”

2019-2020 John Adams Athletics Winter Sports Awards


Most Valuable: Taegan Jones

Most Improved: Elizabeth Graff

Sportsmanship: Danielle Kulscar


Most Valuable: Joseph Phillips & Horace Hill

Most Improved: Chykeem Crawford & Camden Hanks

Sportsmanship: Ryan Downey

Four Year – Joseph Phillips & Horace Hill


Several individuals enjoyed great success throughout the season. As a team, Adams finished the season 10th at the Northern Indiana Conference Championships and had one individual all conference wrestler. Through the IHSAA Tournament, Adams finished 5th at Sectional, had three individuals advance to the Regional, and Senior Joseph Phillips advanced to the Semi State.

Girls Basketball

Most Valuable: Loryn Higginbotham & Marissa Shelton

Most Improved: McKenna Leichty

Sportsmanship: Anna Fuller & Maria Bessario

The Girls Basketball team showed improvement as the season progressed and improved greatly from last season. Adams finished 6-17 overall and with a 4-8 record in the Northern Indiana Conference. The Eagles had two players named ot the All Conference roster.

Boys Basketball

Most Valuable: Quentez Columbus

Most Improved: Jessie Morgan

Sportsmanship: Matthew Anella

Four Years – Matthew Anella & TeVaughn Columbus

Adams finished as the Sectional Runner Up and capped off one of the best seasons in program history. Adams won the Northern Indiana Conference Championship outright with a record of 12-0 and an overall season record of 22-4.  Adams also finished the season undefeated at home. Four players were named to the All Conference roster and Coach Chad Johnston was named the 2020 NIC Coach of the Year.

Boys Swimming

Most Valuable: Brendan Quinn

Most Improved: Miguel Sanchez-Castaneda

Sportsmanship: Fernando Sanchez

The young Boys Swimming team showed many individual improvements as the season progressed. As a team, Adams finished 9th in the Northern Indiana Conference and were the 8th place finishers at the Sectional Meet.

Girls Swimming

Most Valuable: Eamin Lynch & Lyza Kricheff

Most Improved: Isabelle Robichaud

Sportsmanship: Anna Tarner

Four Year – Eamin Lynch, Tania Gonzalez, Claire Wright, Catherine Garber, Stephania Montana-Cardoso, & Brianna Pitchford

The Girls Swimming team enjoyed one of the best seasons in program history, finishing the Northern Indiana Conference schedule 7-3 and 3rd place at the NIC Championship Meet. Two divers were named to the All Conference roster. Coach Josh Skube was named the NIC Coach of the Year.


Most Improved: Micah Fourman

Sportsmanship: Eric Derr & Katie Hensell

Junior Lindsay Gizzi enjoyed the best finish ever of a Adams girls swimmer or diver at the State Finals. Gizzi finished in 4th place at the IHSAA State Meet.

Besides many of their accomplishments on the court, pool, and mat, sixteen Senior Letter winners were recognized for their achievements in the classroom as well. These student athletes maintained an impressive 3.50 GPA or higher, showing that Eagle student athlete enjoy great success in academics and athletics on a daily basis. 

Northern Indiana Conference Academic Team

Brendan Quinn – Boys Swimming

Ameriha Renfro – Cheer

Horace Hill – Wrestling

Ryan Downing – Wrestling

Lindsay Collins – Girls Swimming

Cate Garber – Girls Swimming

Eamin Lynch – Girls Swimming

Stephania Montano-Cardoso – Girls Swimming

Mya Thomas – Girls Swimming

Claire Wright – Girls Swimming

Tania Gonzalez – Girls Swimming

Matthew Anella – Boys Basketball

Loryn Higginbotham – Girls Basketball

McKenna Leichty – Girls Basketball

Anna Fuller – Girls Basketball

Maria Besario – Girls Basketball