LAKEVILLE â€” The Lakeville Lions and LaPaz Lions billed their joint 2010 Toys for Tots campaign, â€śa bigger challenge.â€ť
More than 1,500 toys, 63 food boxes for families with children and six more for senior citizens, record monetary contributions, boxes of donated clothes and winter wear, and a burgeoning number of community volunteers later, the groups certainly met the challenge.
Both Lions clubs spent the past several weeks raking in items, with a single blitz day in each town, as well as donation boxes located throughout the community.
PLYMOUTH â€” It wonâ€™t be long until Marshall County Sheriff Jon Van Vactor will move on into retirement and the Marshall County Commissioners took the opportunity at their Monday meeting to express gratitude for his service.
The Commissioners passed a resolution in â€śâ€¦recognition of outstanding accomplishmentâ€¦â€ť for ensuring the safety of Marshall County residents as well as his contributions to the construction and design of the current Marshall County Correctional Facility.
PLYMOUTH â€” The Marshall County Plan Commission will look at the possibility of a part time director.
That was the charge given to the Commission from the Marshall County Commissioners Monday as the county continues to look at ways to trim spending for the coming year. Commissioner Jack Roose initially made the suggestion that the Plan Commission do a study on the possibility and report to the Commissioners in January.
HAMLET â€” Zach Richie of Oregon-Davis highlighted a list of six Indiana high school basketball players named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association Pacers-Fever Players of the Week.
Richie was named along with Dustin Smith of Eastern Hancock, Cody Zeller of Washington, Allie Mattocks of Rensselaer Central, LaRae Cruz of Greenfield-Central and Morgan Johnson of Whiteland as the IBCA/Pacers-Fever Players of the Week for the week of December 13-18, 2010.
CULVER â€” Runner Waverly Neer has been carrying something of a chip on her shoulder for a long time.
After securing All-American status with one of the top Indiana high school times ever at the 2010 Foot Locker Cross Country National Finals, maybe she can finally begin to put some of her doubts to rest.
The Culver Girls Academy senior seized 14th at the Foot Locker Nationals with a 17:51 at Balboa Park in San Diego, Cal. on December 11. The pace was the fastest of any runner in CGA history and fifth all-time by any Indiana runner at the girls meet.
NAPPANEE â€” After a tough Northern Lakes Conference loss at Warsaw a week prior, Plymouth was due for a bit of luck at NorthWood.
After trailing for nearly 27 minutes at the Panther Pit, the ball bounced the Lady Pilgrimsâ€™ way as they rattled off an 11-0 run and parlayed a pair of costly NorthWood turnovers into a 30-25 conference win Saturday.
â€śI think we dug a little deeper and we didnâ€™t want to give away the second NLC win on the road, and we got this one,â€ť said Plymouth girls basketball coach Dave Cox.
WALKERTON â€” LaVilleâ€™s Zoe Bulick went from safety valve to savior.
The junior guardâ€™s game-tying 3-pointer with 3 seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime where the Lancers eked out a 53-50 Northern State Conference girls basketball win over John Glenn at The Aerie Saturday.
Trailing 47-44 with just seconds to play, LaVilleâ€™s last-ditch effort looked dangerously close to breaking down altogether. After a deflection in the left corner, LaVilleâ€™s Kaitlyn Kopetski located a wide open Bulick two steps left of the top of the key for the clutch triple.
CULVER â€”Â If Jimtown is a brick wall, then Culverâ€™s Zoe Bauer was the bulldozer that broke through it.
The Cavaliers, led by Bauer, came from behind in the last minutes of the game to increase their Northern State Conference wins to two, with a W over the Jimmies, 41-33.
Jimtown came to Culver knowing they had to shut down the Cavsâ€™ four-year varsity player. And for the first three quarters, they did just that.
â€śI think we did a great job on Bauer,â€ť Jimtown head coach Randy DeShone said, â€śuntil the third quarter. Heâ€™s been around a while, and a kid like that is going to beat you.â€ť
BREMEN â€” The hosts managed a spilt in Friday nightâ€™s girls/boys doubleheader with Knox, as Bremenâ€™s girls blew out the visiting Redskins 65-47 and the boys fell 44-26.
In the girls contest, Bremenâ€™s Brittney Pittman had 26 points while going 8-of-11 from 3-point range. Lerin Studt (13 points) and Jenna Pfeiffer (11) also scored in double figures while Kailee Feldman finished with 9 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Bremen coach Marty Huber was still displeased with the Lionsâ€™ 22 turnovers.
WALKERTON â€”Â John Glennâ€™s boys basketball squad flexed its muscle on both ends of the court Friday.
Defensively, the Falcons held LaVille to a 10-of-42 mark from the field â€”Â 2 of 18 from downtown â€”Â while on the other side of the timeline Glenn pounded the ball inside almost at will in a 55-32 Northern State Conference win at The Aerie.
â€śI think our strength took over tonight, and it should with our size and experience,â€ť Glenn head coach Travis Hannah said. â€śWe were able to take the ball to the hole.