Archive - 2010 - Sports Article
PLYMOUTH â€” With so many new faces, Plymouth showed its inexperience early.
Once the shots started falling for the Pilgrims, however, they didnâ€™t stop.
Plymouth got off to a shaky start, falling behind 5-4 at the first quarter break, but its defense clamped down on Bremen in the second frame, and the home team started knocking down some shots from deep â€” including two by versatile big man Sean Smith and another pair from newcomer Ryan McNeil â€” for a 15-2 run and eventual 46-27 season-opening win over the Lions at The Rock Saturday.
ARGOS â€” Bremen boys basketball coach Kyle Hanyzewski was itching to see his new-look Lions play.
You could see why during Wednesdayâ€™s season opener.
With stifling defense, Bremen jumped out to an early 18-point lead and cruised to a 44-29 victory over Argos.
â€śI came here saying we wanted to be 1-0, and we are,â€ť Hanyzewski said. â€śAs a coach and perfectionist Iâ€™m going to critique some things I didnâ€™t like, but the bottom line is 1-0.â€ť
Bremenâ€™s pressure on the ball forced 24 turnovers, eight during the first quarter, which set the tone for the entire game.
SOUTH BEND â€” John Glenn racked up 25 turnovers, missed 19 free throws, surrendered 16 unanswered points in the first frame â€” and still won.
Of course, South Bend Clay clanked 15 charity tries, struggled to a 36 percent mark from the field against Glennâ€™s 2-3 zone and man defenses, and suffered persistent foul trouble itself.
In the season debut for both teams that looked every bit of it, the Falcons nailed all seven of their third-quarter offerings from the field, including four from downtown, to escape with a 61-54 boys basketball victory over the host Colonials Wednesday.
WALKERTON â€” John Glenn head girls basketball coach Dan Hutton has been named the 2010 Falcon Award Winner.
He will receive the award Tuesday between Glennâ€™s junior varsity and varsity boys basketball game against South Bend Riley. He will also receive the Northern State Conference Service Award at the ceremony.
JV start time is slated for 6 p.m., and there will be a reception held in Huttonâ€™s honor in the Glenn High School teachersâ€™ lounge after the varsity contest.
BOURBON â€” Close basketball games are often decided at the free throw line.
The Lady Trojans committed 17 second-half fouls to put Plymouth in the double bonus less than 2 minutes into the fourth quarter. Three Triton starters eventually fouled out, and the Pilgrims went on to capitalize at a 12-for-17 free throw rate in the final 6 minutes to rally past Triton for a 52-47 victory at The Trojan Trench Thursday.
NAPPANEE â€” Early in the season and with an inexperienced roster, NorthWood girls basketball coach Steve Neff will take a win any way he can get it.
NorthWood shot just 38 percent from the field and dealt with senior Taylor Olsonâ€™s foul trouble, but overcame both for a 57-49 win over Bremen Thursday night.
â€śWeâ€™re going through some growing pains, and Iâ€™m happy because they kept their heads,â€ť Neff said. â€śAnd (Bremen) has a nice, scrappy team and theyâ€™re going to win some games this year.â€ť
ARGOS â€”Â Argos' girls basketball team learned a valuable lesson about being in the right place at the right time Tuesday.Â
Boosted by a fleet-footed backcourt, the Dragons' help-and-recover man-to-man defense held visiting Triton to a miserable 17 percent clip from the field, and senior forward Latisha Shepherd knocked down a game-high 18 points as Argos earned a 43-29 win at Phil Weybright Gymnasium.
Argos' help-side defense, which consistently plugged up driving lanes, relegated the Trojans to the perimeter where they finished 3 of 18 from 3-point range.
ROCHESTER â€” A little of the old, a little of the new.
Plymouth's girls swim team brought the perfect combination of experience and new talent to their season opener Tuesday, coasting to an eventual 127-58 win at Rochester.
The Lady Pilgrims grabbed wins in all swim events and swept the top three spots in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle swims as well as the 100-yard breast stroke race.
ELKHART â€” The Bremen girls swimming team had its share of solid performances, but opened the season with a 108-77 loss to host Concord Tuesday night.
"The beginning of the season is really hard, especially against a tough and talented team like Concord," first-year Bremen coach Seth Donnelly said. "But the ladies did really well. They're swimming sore right now, and it's a testament to how hard they work."
KNOX â€” As a nationally-ranked recruit, Caity Farus had no shortage of offers to play college volleyball.
But rather than go with one of the bigger Division I programs courting her, the 6'3" Knox middle hitter decided to play for High Point University.