November 21st, 2011
PLYMOUTH â€” Plymouth girls basketball fans might not see many faces they recognize on the floor this season.
The Lady Pilgrims return one starter in junior forward Amber Redinger and one other player with meaningful varsity playing time in fellow junior and guard Lauren Tanner. Beyond that, the team is mostly new.
BOURBON â€” The Lady Trojans may be young, but that doesnâ€™t mean theyâ€™re inexperienced.
LAKEVILLE â€” LaVilleâ€™s girls basketball team possesses plenty of experienced post power.
How quickly the Lancersâ€™ less seasoned guards mature will probably go a long way toward determining whether or not the team improves upon last yearâ€™s 8-12 finish.
â€śI expect us to play inside-out,â€ť LaVille head coach Kevin McCullough said. â€śWe have a lot of depth in the post. Teams are going to put pressure on us until we show we can handle it. Teams are going to try to do something to equalize our post play.â€ť
WALKERTON â€” A new head coach, three freshmen, and the graduation of high-scoring Jaci Borlik give John Glennâ€™s girls basketball team a different look in 2011-12.
New skipper Kyle Amor takes the reins from interim John Willoughby, who guided the program last season in the absence of the late Dan Hutton. Amor, who slides over from the Falconsâ€™ boys basketball coaching staff, anticipates a roller-coaster season as his green squad adjusts to varsity action.
CULVER â€” Culver Girls Academy graduated four starters from last seasonâ€™s sectional championship campaign.
Add to that the unique position of being a boarding school and the fact that players live hundreds of miles apart in the offseason, and itâ€™s taking the Lady Eagles awhile to start gelling.
CULVER â€” Culver Community head coach Tony Scheub recoils at the mention of a â€śrebuilding season.â€ť
Despite the graduation of the Lady Cavaliersâ€™ top five scorers from last seasonâ€™s groundbreaking 25-2 regional, Northern State Conference and Bi-County championship squad, Scheubâ€™s expectations for this yearâ€™s squad are high.
BREMEN â€” A teamâ€™s foundation is nearly always its senior class, and this yearâ€™s Bremen Lady Lions is no exception.
The Lions return a cast of four seniors in 5-10 forward Jenna Pfeiffer, 5-7 guard/ forward Kailee Feldman, 5-3 senior guard Shayna Graverson and 5-7 senior Allison Shorter as they get started on their 2011-12 campaign.
ARGOS â€” Argosâ€™ girls basketball team started preseason practice a bit late, thanks to the soccer teamâ€™s semistate appearance.
Despite the delay, the early returns â€” at least on the scoreboard â€” look promising.
The Dragons opened last week with victories at John Glenn and South Central, and hope to improve upon last seasonâ€™s 10-11 mark.
PLYMOUTH â€” After leading throughout its first two games of the season, Triton head coach Adam Heckaman was anxious to see how his young group would respond when down.
After falling behind 21-8 in the opening 12 and a half minutes at Plymouth, respond the Trojans did, going on a 15-0 second quarter-ending run to go up 23-21 at the half. They stretched that lead to 32-26 in the third frame and held on for the narrow 39-37 victory over the host Lady Pilgrims at The Rock Thursday.
Theola I. Atkins
Nov. 13, 2011
SOUTH BEND â€”Â Theola I. Atkins, 93, of 16796 Colony Drive, South Bend died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 at 10:24 p.m. at Sanctuary of Holy Cross in Mishawaka. Services are pending at Van Gilder Funeral Home.
Donna Belle Grossman
Nov. 15, 2011
ROCHESTER â€” Donna Belle Grossman, 84, of Rochester, died at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 at Memorial Hospital, South Bend.
Visitation services will be at 10 a.m. Nov. 21 in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St. in Rochester.