Adam Chambers is without a doubt one of the most successful of all returning high school spring sports veterans in Clermont County. The Glen Este High School senior is aiming for his fourth consecutive appearance at the state track and field championships.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this will certainly be the season Chambers will earn his fourth varsity letter in track and field. He was a three-year lettermen in football (defensive tackle) and was a member of the varsity wrestling team one year.
He has been a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division all-star as a gridiron gladiator and in track and field and has twice received All-Ohio and All-American status in the shot put.
The 5-foot, 10-inch, 220-pounder has broken his own school record and invitational and relay records in the shot put 17 times. His current all-time best heave is 59-feet, 8 1/2-inches that he threw last year at the Southwest Ohio Coaches’ Classic that took place at Fairfield High School.
Chambers also owns the records of the Kings, Western Brown, Little Miami, and Ryle (Ky.) invitationals and the Ryle and New Richmond relays.
A commitment has already been made to the University of Cincinnati where Chambers plans to major in either digital or graphic design or in environmental science and to compete in track and field.
In a career of many so many highlights, Chambers did manage to whittle his most memorable moments down to four.
"In football I got to play in such big football games (Division I state playoffs) against Colerain (junior year) and St. Xavier (senior year). When I was younger I imagined playing in such big games and then in high school I finally got to do it...breaking Jeff Glos' record at Anderson...becoming an All-American at the Nationals. It was held at the New York City Armory. I threw 55-1."
"I am glad my parents (Mari Partridge and Greg Chambers) are always there to support me in everything," said a very grateful son, adding, "Joe Varney (Glen Este shot put and discus coach) has stayed with me through it all and has taught me everything and motivates me."
In addition to Varney and Glen Este head football coach Zak Taylor, Chambers has talked to many former Clermont County sports standouts and has learned much of some of the history, heritage, and tradition of some of the county's greatest sports achievements.
He said, "The county record in the shot put is old (Jeff Glos, 62-feet, 2-inches, established in 1975) and I'd like to break it. I want to be in the top five throwers in the nation in outdoors track.
"Years from now I'd like people to remember me, too. I'd like to be a Clermont County sports legend and a role model for young athletes."
"He's the hardest worker I have ever seen. He is dedicated to his sport and he studies it," said Varney. "He's easy to coach because he's so good and he wants to get better. I can't wait to follow him through his college career."
"He's a great kid and a great person," said Taylor. "His strength and his hip explosion is the best I've ever seen in a high school kid. That's what makes him so good in the shot put. He is a great football player, too. His great work ethic helps him so much."
"Adam is very coachable and always represents Glen Este High School very well. He is a very bright and hard-working student," said Dan Simmons, Glen Este High School athletic director.