Frankfort Adena’s Barnes a throwback, excels in three sports

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Frankfort Adena’s Buddy Barnes is not only one of southern Ohio’s
finest running backs, but the senior continues to be one of the finest
three-sport athletes as well. In today’s world of high school kids
focusing on one sport or playing on various travel teams all year
around, Barnes has that “old school” approach where he still loves
playing multiple sports and he plays them at an extremely high level.


Frankfort Adena’s Buddy Barnes is not only one of southern Ohio’s finest running backs, but the senior continues to be one of the finest three-sport athletes as well. In today’s world of high school kids focusing on one sport or playing on various travel teams all year around, Barnes has that “old school” approach where he still loves playing multiple sports and he plays them at an extremely high level.

As he reaches the halfway point of his final football season, Barnes is putting up All-Ohio numbers. Barnes has rushed 118 times for 830 yards. With his seven yards per carry average, a 2,000 yard season isn’t out of reach, and the end zone hasn’t been far out of reach either. Barnes has scored 11 touchdowns in five weeks, and that added with his four two-point conversions and his one PAT, and the Adena star has 75 total points.

“What makes Buddy a great running back in my opinion is his vision and balance,” said Adena head coach Paul Thomas. “He likes to compete; he has the athletic ability to do so in all three sports.”

Barnes and the Warriors have won nearly 70-percent of their football games during his career. The 2008 Warriors are currently 3-2 as they travel to Unioto in Week 6. Adena lost a key Scioto Valley Conference game this past Friday at Paint Valley despite Barnes rushing for 181 yards.

“He runs so hard,” said Paint Valley defensive coordinator Chris Medved when asked what makes Barnes good. “Adena has always done such a great job of running the ball. They have great offensive line play, and when he gets going down hill, he is really tough to get down. He is just a great all-around back.”

In the winter, Barnes is a member of the Adena basketball team. Barnes is a double-figure scorer that dominates the hustle categories and is a much underrated perimeter shooter. The combination of quickness and strength allows Barnes at only 5-11 to defend all five positions on the floor, and his tenacious aggressiveness on the offensive end makes him one of the league’s toughest match-ups.

“He is a kid you hate to coach against because he so talented, but you enjoy coaching against him because you appreciate how hard he plays,” said Unioto boys basketball coach Matt Hoops. “Buddy is the type of kid you would want if you could have just one player to start a team. He is obviously talented, but beyond that his desire and his work ethic are everything you must have to be successful.

“I think that is why he is so good in all three sports,” Hoops continued. “With all the different commitments in high school sports today, it really takes an effort to excel in multiple sports.”

In the spring, Barnes provides a great arm and a great bat on the perennial power Adena baseball team. Barnes has been the ace of the staff over the past few years pitching in several big games and hitting in the heart of the Warrior order. Barnes and the Warriors will most likely be the preseason favorite to win the SVC this spring, and many will label Barnes as one of the more likely candidates to be crowned conference player of the year.

“Buddy Barnes is a great competitor who plays every sport with maximum effort,” said Zane Trace baseball coach Ron Allen. “He is one of the better three sport athletes that have come out of the SVC in this decade.”

Competitor, hard-nosed, tough, and talented are words you hear from area coaches when playing word association when it comes to Buddy Barnes.

“Buddy is about as coachable as they come,” said Coach Ed Yates who has had the opportunity to coach Barnes in a variety of sports. “He’ll do anything you ask him to do and he will do it very well! He is the type of player that you only have to tell once and he usually has it down. He works very hard in both baseball and football. He is a pure pleasure to coach.”

Barnes is undecided still in terms of college, but the multiple sport star will definitely have options. Whatever he decides to do it is a pretty safe bet that it will be done to his fullest potential.

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