Archive - Feb 2013 - Sports Article
Bremen's Jacob Box dropped 20 points and put in an all-around standout performance for the Lions as the team snapped a two-game losing streak with a 55-49 Northern State Conference win over visiting Jimtown Friday.
Culver Girls Academy's Eberle Miller went four-for-four in championships at the Warsaw Sectional Saturday, winning the 200 freestyle and backstroke as well as competing on her team's winning 200 medley and 400 free relays.
ROCHESTER â€” Matt Hurford never figured that one day he would be the answer to a trivia question.
But there havenâ€™t been many other four-time regional wrestling champs from Culver Community High School, thatâ€™s for sure.
â€śYeah, I guess I am,â€ť said Hurford, a senior 182-pounder, when asked about his accomplishment at Saturdayâ€™s Rochester mat regional. â€śThat makes me feel good. I felt like I wrestled pretty well today.â€ť
Of course, there arenâ€™t many days when Hurford doesnâ€™t wrestle well. Heâ€™s 40-0 this season.
WARSAW â€”Â Despite having one of the oldest programs in the state, Culver Girls Academyâ€™s swim team had never won a sectional championship prior to last year.
Now the Lady Eagles can hang a pair of banners up in the historic James R. Lowenstine Pool.
After earning an impressive 20 berths to the finals at the Warsaw Sectional prelims Thursday, CGA avoided a letdown in Saturdayâ€™s championship round, cruising to a repeat title with 445 points ahead of host Warsawâ€™s 382.
The 38th Annual Girls State Basketball Tournament opens with sectionals this week, and area teams will divide up among three different tournament sites.
Plymouth, Culver Girls Academy and John Glenn will hit the road for New Prairie in Class 3A Sectional 19 action, while Bremen and LaVille travel to Central Noble for the Class 2A Sectional 35 tilt, and Oregon-Davis hosts a seven-team field in the Class A Sectional 51 tourney.
NEW CARLISLE â€” Crossing time zones may have created a little â€śjet lagâ€ť for Plymouthâ€™s Pilgrims as they traveled for a tough non-conference game at New Prairie on Saturday, but they were able to revive in time to hold off the Cougars for a 72-56 win.
â€śWe knew this would be a tough place to play; this was a tough weekend,â€ť said Plymouth boss Ryan Bales. â€śWe had two teams in New Prairie and Goshen that are physically tough and mentally tough â€” they play hard.â€ť
To say the least.
LaGRANGE â€” Last year the Plymouth High School gymnastics team circled five meets at the start of the season as meets that they had specific goals for. They met those goals in four of the five. The one they didnâ€™t was the Lakeland Invitational.
Since going to the invitational for the last five years it has been the worst meet of the season for the Pilgrims for some unknown reason. Saturday was their chance this year to break the curse, and it seemed as if the day was starting out like a typically bad one for the 16th-ranked Pilgrims.
LAKEVILLE â€” Triton hit the floor Friday night looking as though the Northern State Conference championship was a foregone conclusion.
After all, the defending co-conference champs had just beaten LaVille with less than their best stuff in the Bi-County Tournament two weeks ago. The trouble was, the revenge-minded Lancers had different ideas.
PLYMOUTH â€” Anarchy and chaos are not always a bad thing.
A second half commitment by Plymouth to its â€śchaos defenseâ€ť â€” every passing lane, every shot, every dribble challenged for the fullcourt â€” produced a tidal wave that Goshen could not recover from in a 59-34 Northern Lakes Conference win for the Pilgrims.
â€śI give our assistant coaches a lot of credit,â€ť said Plymouth head coach Ryan Bales. â€śThey made the recommendation that we press and get after it a little more, and our kids executed that game plan.â€ť
CULVER â€” Defense and a drive propelled John Glenn to a boys-girls Northern State Conference basketball doubleheader sweep at Culver Community Friday.
In the boys game, the Falcons held Culver to a 24-percent mark (11 of 46) from the field en route to a 44-37 victory at John R. Nelson Gymnasium.
In the opener, Kyler Columbia drove the length of the floor for a buzzer-beating layup to hand Glenn an improbable 50-49 overtime win.
JOHN GLENN 44, CULVER 37
Once the calendar turned to 2013 something clicked with Glennâ€™s defense.