May 20th, 2011
BREMEN â€”Â Even after scoring a victory over the Lady Lions back in April and with a secondary lineup at that, Plymouthâ€™s girls tennis team wasnâ€™t taking anything for granted Friday.
The Pilgrims hit the courts ready to go, beating Bremen in straight sets at four positions and in three sets at No. 1 singles for a 5-0 shutout of the host Lions in the championship match of the Bremen Sectional at DeSantis Courts.
PLYMOUTH â€”Â Winning championships never gets old.
Just ask Plymouthâ€™s boys track team.
The Pilgrims won five championships in five events and led the field throughout the night as they coasted to a sixth straight sectional team title on their home turf Thursday night.
Culver Military Academy placed second behind the defending champs, while Culver Community was fourth and Triton was eighth at the 10-team meet.
MISHAWAKA â€” Bremenâ€™s Josh Brenneman earned three top-four finishes, while three area athletes made the cut out in the high jump, and one John Glenn sprinter made it out in the 200-meter dash at the Penn Boys Track Sectional Thursday.
Brenneman finished second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.97, placed third in the 110 hurdles with a 15.48 and earned a second runner-up finish in the long jump with a leap of 21â€™03.5â€ť as the most decorated area athlete at the Penn meet.
BREMEN â€” Between the rain-outs this spring and their tennis draw, the Lady Pilgrims are smack dab in the middle of a pretty busy stretch.
The Northern Lakes Conference Tournament Saturday, then three straight matches in as many days this week.
Itâ€™s a good thing then, they made such short work of Triton.
Plymouth wasted little time versus the Trojans, whitewashing the challengers 5-0 in a little over an hour in the opening round of the Bremen Girls Tennis Sectional at DeSantis Courts Wednesday.
Culver's annual Tour de Max bicycle tour through Marshall County, sponsored by Culver Tri Kappa, will take place this Saturday, May 21. All rides begin at the Culver Beach Lodge, 819 E. Lake Shore Drive. Registration and check-in will be open from 7 until 9:30 a.m. at the Beach Lodge. However, those planning to ride 63 miles are asked to leave no later than 8 a.m. SAG stops will be open for a set period of time based on these departure times.
PLYMOUTH â€” The Plymouth Community School Corporation announced former North Judson-San Pierre coach Ryan Bales as the Pilgrimsâ€™ new head boys basketball coach Tuesday.
Bales has experienced success as both a player and as a coach. He is a graduate of North Judson where he led his team to a regional championship in 1995. After graduating from Judson, Bales enrolled at Bethel College, where his teams were three-time conference champions and two-time national champions. He was inducted into the Bethel College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.
May 16, 2011
PLYMOUTH â€”Â William Tallarita, 81, of Plymouth died May 16, 2011 of natural causes at his residence.
He is survived by: his wife, Sylvia Tallarita of Plymouth; daughter, Elizabeth Tallarita of South Bend; sons, Anthony Tallarita of Bremen, and Nicholas (Lynda Kay) Tallarita of Plymouth; sister, Mary Bartholomew of California; brothers, Lawrence Tallarita of Illinois, and Domenic Tallarita of California; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation is Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth.
PLYMOUTH â€”The 2011 Washington Elementary Health Fair was a learning opportunity not only for elementary students, but also for the volunteers running the fair.
Junior and senior high health students of Crossroads Academy created booths and activities used for the fair, and formed teams to teach the elementary kids important health information. The high school students picked the topics for the activities, ranging from dental health to bullying. At each station, the elementary students had the opportunity to complete a hands-on activity to receive a prize.
BREMEN â€”Â Bremenâ€™s Hope Jordan and LaVilleâ€™s Elaine Schmeltz both went the distance at the Bremen Girls Track Sectional Tuesday.
Jordan used a last-lap burst to surge past Schmeltz and capture the 1600 meter crown, while Schmeltz bounced back to dominate the 3200 meters. Jordan also finished third in the 800 to advance to next Tuesdayâ€™s Bremen Regional.
â€śElaine is a great competitor,â€ť Jordan, a senior, said. â€śI have so much respect for her. Iâ€™ve run against her so many times, and now it looks like weâ€™ll be running against each other in college.
ROCHESTER â€” Worn out in the midst of a tough workout schedule, Waverly Neer set her own pace Tuesday.
That pace was good enough for two records at the Rochester Girls Track and Field Sectional as the Culver Girls Academy phenomenon blazed to record-breaking championship wins in both the 1600 and the 3200, registering respective times of 4:50.51 and 10:27.16. Not only were those times good enough to lap many of her competitors, they also easily broke the 5:02.35 and 10:57.81 records CGA alumnus and Indiana High School state distance legend Alex Banfich set in 2006 and 2008.