October 18th, 2011
PLYMOUTH â€” Charles Surber, his wife, and their two adult children were sleeping peacefully in their home at 16211 Pretty Lake Road early Sunday morning when they received a rude awakening.
A white Chevrolet pickup truck left the road, crossed their yard, and slammed into the side of their house, driving through part of a sitting room and a bedroom where Surberâ€™s daughter was asleep.
BOURBON â€” Before he became a respected photojournalist at the Gloucester-Matthews Gazette-Journal in Virginia, Walter Becknell was just like any other teenage boy growing up in Bourbon. He took the first step toward what would become a life-defining hobby one day in 1938 when his father told the family about a hawkâ€™s nest he had found in a field. Becknellâ€™s interest in birds began that day, and he started his nature photography a short time laterâ€”taking his first photo with a Brownie box camera in 1939. He was 14 years old.
PLYMOUTH â€” Itâ€™s sometimes easier to maintain a tradition than to restore one.
Expectations play a big role in sports, and in tennis in particular, confidence can often win the day.
Plymouth seniors Connor Flynn and Jordan Scheetz were in eighth grade the last time the Pilgrims sent a doubles team to the state finals. On Saturday, the duo beat DeKalbâ€™s Landon Miller and Brandon Fruits 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to win the LaPorte Regional and advance to Fridayâ€™s Doubles State Championship.
Bremen loses regular season-closer
Bremen lost its regular-season closer to host Mishawaka Monday, 25-16, 25-17, 25-19.
Brooke Baker led the team in kills with seven kills, an ace and three blocks, while Alli Shorter set 12 assists with an ace and three blocks, Morgan Smith registered eight digs and an ace, and Brooke Fitch also had eight digs for the Lady Lions, who fell to 11-20.
Bremen will face host Westview Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Class 2A Westview Sectional.
â€˘Â MISHAWAKA 3, BREMEN 0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-19)
ARGOS â€” The announcers kept the cheering home crowd posted on the boys game, fans called out text updates to one another, and the energy at Eugene Snyder Field was palpable.
The Argos girls soccer team followed up the Dragonsâ€™ Caston Regional championship with a victory over visiting Hanover Central, and the fire trucks were called back for another victory lap as little Argos claimed a soccer regional sweep Saturday with the girls title at its home regional Saturday.
FULTON â€” If youâ€™ve followed Argos boys soccer this season, youâ€™ve no doubt noticed the impressive variety of names on the score sheet.
The Dragons used that versatility to good affect once more Saturday, handing West Lafayette a 6-1 rout at the Caston Boys Soccer Regional championship.
Zach Stockman and Damon Binkley each scored twice, while Ronald Tanner and Sean Mullaney also each tallied goals as the Dragons rallied back from a 1-0 deficit for their first regional title since 2001.
CULVER â€” Last year, the Eagles fell a heartbreaking four points shy of a regional championship on their home course. On Saturday, they wouldnâ€™t be denied.
Led by Leopoldo Burgueteâ€™s winning time of 16:35, Culver Military Academy claimed the team championship with a score of 56, while Plymouth finished seventh with a score of 184, and Triton was 10th with a 254 team tally at the CMA Boys Cross Country Regional.
Plymouthâ€™s Flynn-Scheetz going to state tennis finals
Plymouthâ€™s Connor Flynn and Jordan Scheetz have advanced to the IHSAA Individual State Tennis Finals, winning the Doubles Championship at the Laporte Regional at Kesling Park Saturday.
Scheetz and Flynn battled back from a 4-1 deficit with five straight wins in the first set of the championship, ultimately handling DeKalbâ€™s Landon Miller and Brandon Fruits 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Scheetz and Flynn advanced to the final with a 7-5, 7-5 win over Wheelerâ€™s Jordon Long and Lucas Jessen in the morning semifinal match.
CMAâ€™s Leopoldo Burguete followed up his sectional-winning turn Tuesday by winning the Culver Military Academy Cross Country Regional Saturday to lead the Eagles to back-to-back team championships.
ARGOS â€” The cars filled the small parking lot of the Argos Municipal Building, overflowing onto the grass and gravel lots surrounding the area. It was 11 a.m. Saturday morning, and residents of Marshall and Fulton counties packed into a small room for an energy security forum presented by Operation Freeâ€”a coalition of veterans and national security organizations promoting clean energy.