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February 24th, 2012
PLYMOUTH â Dave Cox never planned to be a head coach. Things just sort of fell into place that way.
Twenty years and more than 300 wins later, Cox announced his retirement as the head coach of the Plymouth High School girls basketball team Wednesday.
âIâve thought about it, but to really solidify that, all along I knew I would get out of the season because the rigors of the season can give you different emotions. Once you got done and youâd kind of gradually gotten to that point, I kind of decided the last few days that it was time for somebody else to do it,â said Cox.
PLYMOUTH â Plymouth freshman forward Hunter Stevens was named Thursday as the lone All-Northern Lakes Conference selection for the Lady Pilgrims.
The 5-11 forward put up 144 points in 19 games played for Plymouth to finish with an average of 7.58 points per game.
The Lady Pilgrims finished sixth in the conference with a league record of 2-5 ahead of 1-6 Wawasee and winless Concord. Elkhart Memorial topped the conference standings while NorthWood finished in second place and head coach Steve Neff was honored as the NLC Coach of the Year.
Womenâs college basketball
Belles end year with MIAA loss
The Saint Maryâs basketball team lost in the semifinal of the MIAA Tournament to top-seeded and fifth-ranked Calvin 78-50 on the road in Grand Rapids, Mich. Thursday night.
The Knights scored on five of their first seven possessions of the game and never relinquished the lead.
Plymouth grad Jessica Centa closed out her basketball career with 10 points to lead the Belles along with teammate Kelley Murphy.
The Belles finished the season at an even 13-13.
Slow 1st half hurts Lady Chargers
PLYMOUTH âÂ After more than 20 years and a dozen championships, Plymouth High School girls basketball coach Dave Cox is retiring, the school announced Wednesday.
Cox leaves the program as the schoolâs all-time winningest hoops coach with 308 victories to his credit.
PLYMOUTH â Plymouth senior guard Ryan McNeil and sophomore center Mack Mercer have been named to the 2011-12 All-Northern Lakes Conference boys basketball team, while senior forward John Ruff was given All-NLC Honorable Mention.
WALKERTON â Plymouthâs reserves have been a team strength all season long.
On Tuesday, they were the difference.
Plymouth went seven deep off the bench, the Pilgrim reserves put up 38 points with two players in double figures, and the visitors wore down John Glenn in the second half for a 74-60 regular-season-closing victory over their Sectional 19 foes on the road at The Aerie.
LaVille beats OD
Oregon-Davis closed its regular season with a 69-37 loss to visiting LaVille Tuesday.
Andrew Hostetler put up a game-high 20 points in the win, while Nick Amor had 13, Jordyn Williams and Justin Baker each finished with 10, and Cameron Gurtner recorded nine points for balanced LaVille.
OD was led by seven points each from Craig McIntosh and Nolan Coffin as the Bobcats were held to a combined eight points in the second and third quarters.
OD closes the regular season at 4-15 and will open Sectional 51 play at Triton against the host Trojans next Tuesday.
Photo provided/ Devin Reagan
Culver Academies sophomore Kayla Miracle is surrounded by media following her 106-pound weight class loss Friday night at the IHSAA state wrestling finals.
BREMEN â The best things are worth waiting for.
With 1:08 left in regulation, Abraham Hall scored a takedown against Elkhart Centralâs Dominique Stauffer, then held on for a 3-1 decision and the state championship in the heavyweight title match of the 74th annual IHSAA individual state wrestling finals at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse Saturday.
And while Hallâs state championship dreams may have finally culminated when he stepped atop the heavyweight podium Saturday, the origins of the Bremen seniorâs title run can really be seen in the 2010-11 season.
Bremenâs Nolan Filchak won the 100 butterfly at the South Bend Riley Boys Swim Sectional Saturday to earn the Lionsâ sole berth to the state swim finals next weekend.