February 12th, 2011
ROCHESTER â€” If thereâ€™s a name for the defense Culver Girls Academy unleashed against New Prairie Friday, head coach Gary Christlieb isnâ€™t saying.
Whatever it was, it was effective.
The Lady Eagles, showing off a defense that resembled a diamond-and-one zone with elements of man-to-man and halfcourt trap, held the Cougars to a measly 10-of-44 shooting clip from the floor while creating 16 turnovers â€” including a 1-for-10 third-quarter effort with six turnovers in the same span â€” en route to a 43-24 Sectional 19 semifinal shellacking at Rochester.
HAMLET â€”Â Oregon-Davis answered the age-old question, â€śCan a 17-0 run to start a basketball game look anything other than terrific?â€ť
Why, yes, if interspersed with multiple unforced turnovers and a silent and somewhat lethargic defensive effort.
Still, 17 unanswered points is 17 unanswered points, and the fifth-ranked Lady Cats rolled to an 86-41 win over Westville in Class A Sectional 50 semifinal action at The Den Friday.
OD seeks its fifth consecutive crown tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST against Triton.
MOROCCO â€” After three brutal offensive quarters in Fridayâ€™s Sectional 34 semifinal, the Culver girls basketball team responded when it mattered most.
Tied with Class 2A No. 5 Boone Grove with four minutes remaining, No. 6 Culver finished the game with a 12-5 spurt for a 41-34 win to reach Saturdayâ€™s title game against Winamac.
After shooting 15 percent leading up to the fourth quarter, Culver (22-1) forced its will on Boone Grove (20-2) down the stretch.
PLYMOUTH â€” Police have reported that an 18-year-old was accidentally shot in his family's home in the 14000 block of Nataka Trail, Lawrence Lake, Plymouth, Thursday evening.
Marshall County Police were notified and emergency personnel flew Tyler Mattix to Memorial Hospital, South Bend for his injuries, where he was pronounced dead Friday morning.
Police also reported Mattix's uncle, Adam Stewart, was handling the weapon at the time it was discharged.
WALKERTON â€” Emergency crews spent this morning on Sycamore Road north of 1st Road tending to a school bus accident.
The John Glenn bus slid off the side of the road and hit a NIPSCO utility pole.
There were about 20 students on the bus, according to preliminary reports.
The driver of the bus, Dawne Cowgill, moved to the shoulder to allow an oncoming car to pass when the bus sank into the shoulder hitting the pole.
Three children reported minor injuries and were taken to Memorial Hospital in South Bend. There were about 20 students on the bus.
Customs and trends come and go, but in Culver as elsewhere, Valentineâ€™s Day remains a day for presenting oneâ€™s sweetheart with flowers. This Valentineâ€™s Day, as has been the case for a decade now, Elizabethâ€™s Garden is the place in Culver to facilitate that time-honored tradition.
The florist and gift shop, at 104 Plymouth Street, will celebrate its 10th anniversary here on April 9. Before Elizabeth (Beauchamp when she first opened, but Thompson since 2006) opened her business, it had been several years since Culver had a local florist.
PLYMOUTH â€” Coming off an upset by Elkhart Memorial last week, Warsaw was on a mission.
With star point guard Nick Moore sitting out the first quarter for disciplinary reasons, the Class 4A No. 8 Tigers got off to a relatively slow start, but once they got rolling they were impossible to stop. Warsaw went on a 20-0 rampage spanning the first 4:43 of the second half to put the game out of reach, going on to rout host Plymouth 72-27 in a Northern Lakes Conference contest at The Rock Thursday.
CULVER â€” Two basketball players in the Culver area were selected to Hoosier Basketball Magazineâ€™s Top 100 seniors list.
Culver Communityâ€™s Gwen Zehner and Culver Girls Academyâ€™s Kylee Shipley were both named to the annual list Thursday.
Players are chosen based on observation of games during the season as well as contact and discussion with numerous coaches, sportswriters, sportscasters and college recruiters throughout Indiana.
BOURBON â€” After splitting the Northern State Conference title with John Glenn last season, Triton has no intention of sharing this yearâ€™s championship.
With Thursdayâ€™s 67-42 win over Bremen, Class A No. 2 Triton (14-3 overall, 6-0 in Northern State) stayed perfect in conference play. With just one league game remaining, a solo title is within reach.
CULVER â€” Culver Communityâ€™s boys basketball team reclaimed the traveling bell from Argos Thursday.
Given the way the Cavs floundered down the stretch, though, the bell probably sounded a little less melodious.
Culver watched a 16-point fourth-quarter lead melt to four points in the final minute before hanging on for a 48-41 win over visiting Argos at John R. Nelson Gymnasium.