There are often times in sports when young players are forced to grow up at a more rapid rate and assume a leadership role on the team. That was the case for Adams Central sophomore pitcher Josie Bumgardner.
As if being a leader in her second year on the softball team wasn’t enough, Bumgardner also was coming off of a devastating injury that ended her basketball season and kept her from participating in track and field.
On Jan. 3, Bumgardner and the Adams Central basketball team traveled to Fairfield to play Sandy Creek. Bumgardner, a freshman at the time, was playing in the junior varsity game, when one play changed her season.
“I was trying to dribble the ball up, and I turned around and this girl was coming right at me. I didn’t see her when I turned around. She hit my knee and I heard a pop,” Bumgardner said.