Sunday, July 21

    Independence standout Casey Adams marches on to West Point

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    Independence standout Casey Adams collected 13 varsity letters during her high school career, but the best is yet to come.

    Adams, a four-time state qualifier in track & field who also played soccer and basketball, and ran indoor track, will continue her education and athletic career at West Point.

    “The coach reached out to me and after looking into it, I realized that it was a really great opportunity and it checked off a lot of the boxes that I was looking for,” Adams said. “I knew it was great for what I wanted to do in my career, and ultimately, it gave me a lot of assurance for the rest of my life. It was honestly just the best fit. They have an amazing program, and the coaches really wanted me and I felt supported.”

    While many of her high school peers are headed off to college at the end of summer, Adams will report to West Point for basic training on July 1.

    After six weeks learning the basics of soldiering, Adams will participate in an Acceptance Day ceremony where she will transition from a New Cadet to a Cadet into the U.S. Corps of Cadets.

    “I have a six-week basic training period, and then on A-Day, which is our graduation day, I’ll graduate from a new Cadet into an actual Cadet, and then we’ll have a week of reorganization,” Adams said. “I’ll get my company, and then classes start in August.”

    Admittedly, Adams is experiencing some nerves as she prepares for the next chapter in her life.

    Basic training won’t be easy, but after 12 seasons of preparing for various sports, Adams has the physical ability to cruise through it.

    Mentally, she’ll be pushed further than she ever thought she could go, and that’s a challenge she’s ready to embrace.

    “They do a very good job of making you know what to prepare for,” she said. “They give you some standards to reach for and you can pretty much find anything you online about it. There are other resources, former cadets who are in their second, third, or fourth years, and we can contact them or ask them for advice. I am definitely nervous because I want to do well and it’s going to be an immense change of pace, but I’m really excited to meet new people and get familiar with a new area of the country.”

    Adams was recruited by the Army coaching staff to compete in both the long jump and triple jump, but the door is open if she chooses to tackle the multi-events such as the heptathlon or pentathlon.

    Four years at Army followed by a service commitment will provide Adams with the time she needs to settle on a career.

    Currently, she’s considering a pre-law track.

    “I haven’t fully decided if I want to go pre-law yet, but I know that the Judge Advocate program is always an option,” she said. “I think if I ever do decide that I want a career in law, it will be a very good opportunity to have law school paid for and to come out of law school already with numerous years of working in the field.”

    As excited as she is for what her future holds, Adams won’t soon forget her time as a Blue Devil.

    “It’s a bittersweet feeling,” Adams said of graduating from Independence. “I loved playing all of my sports and I grew up playing multiple sports. It’s definitely going to be a change of pace, but I’m also really grateful that I can play at the next level and have the opportunity to focus on my main sport to see how good I can be when I put all of my efforts into track.”




    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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