September 30th, 2011
NOTRE DAME â€” If nothing else, the Princeton University womenâ€™s cross country team is looking forward to todayâ€™s Notre Dame Invitational so they can get away from the food at the cafeteria.
â€śThe team is having dinner at my house the night after the race,â€ť laughs senior team leader Alex Banfich, who is bringing the No. 22-ranked Tigers to her familyâ€™s home in Plymouth for some real Hoosier eatinâ€™ Friday night.
First things first, though.
Boys cross country
Glennâ€™s Runyan trumps LaVilleâ€™s Amor for Marshall County title
John Glennâ€™s Luke Runyan edged out LaVilleâ€™s Nicholas Amor by two-tenths of a second for the individual Marshall County championship, while Bremen won the team meet with 48 points at the Marshall County Meet Thursday in Bourbon.
Glenn came in second in the team standings with 53 points, followed by Plymouthâ€™s 69, Tritonâ€™s 79, LaVilleâ€™s 97 and Culver Military Academyâ€™s 161, while Culver Community also competed at the meet.
BASS LAKE - As a volunteer firefighter for 26 years for the Bass Lake Fire Department, Phil Banasiak is used to saving peopleâ€™s lives. Fighting for his own life, on the other hand, is not something he is familiar with. On Saturday, Sept. 10, Banasiak felt fine; he worked all day, went out to dinner, came home, and fell asleep on the couch â€” but when he woke up Sunday morning, he was stunned to discover he was paralyzed from the waist down.
â€śItâ€™s a kind of shock. How many people do you know that went to sleep on Saturday and woke up and couldnâ€™t walk on Sunday?â€ť Banasiak said.
It wasnâ€™t until Shari Kirkland and her husband pulled up in front of Michelleâ€™s Headquarters on Culverâ€™s Main Street earlier this month that Shari began to guess at what was in store.
Thatâ€™s because a van with the â€śHello Gorgeousâ€ť moniker was parked nearby, and Kirkland had seen a television news report on the organization recently.
â€śI had a blast,â€ť she says of what followed, â€śand I wish more (hairdressers) would get involved. Iâ€™ve never had a pedicure or manicure before, and nobodyâ€™s washed my hair since I was a little kid! So it was good -- everybody was so friendly.â€ť
LAKEVILLE â€” Friday afternoon, wedding plans for a local couple were postponed after a tree fell on the soon-to-be groom.
Toby Freehauf was cutting a slab of wood to be placed under the cake at his rustic country wedding planned Saturday to Amanda Rentz, when the tree fell onto his back. The accident happened when no one was around in the woods about a half mile behind his Kenilworth Road home.
PLYMOUTH â€” Pending the approval of the Plymouth Schools, a three-way stop will be erected on Discovery Lane, directly across from the east entrance to Menominee Elementary School.
Cory Collins, who resides on Discovery Lane almost directly across from the entrance, appeared before the Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday night.
Collins said there is an unmanned crossing there where children cross daily. He said, â€śCars just zip around the corner off Elm Street.â€ť
Plymouth is looking to snap a two-game skid against a tough Concord squad, while Bremen tries to keep its perfect season intact on the road at Knox, and Triton hosts LaVille in a match-up of winless Northern State Conference teams as Week 7 of the football season gets underway Friday.
After a 3-1 start to the season, the Rockies (3-3, 2-2 NSC) are reeling from a pair of losses on the road at Elkhart Memorial and Wawasee in Weeks 5 and 6. But the squad seems ready to bounce back for its homecoming match-up against the Northern Lakes Conference-leading Minutemen (4-2, 3-0) this week.
BREMEN â€” As the 45th Annual Boys State Tennis Tournament gets underway today, a pair of area teams are looking to continue some impressive runs.
Plymouth is looking for its 15th straight sectional championship at the Bremen tournament, while Culver Military Academy is seeking an eighth consecutive title at the Culver Academies tilt. Both programs are vying for their 22nd overall sectional championship.
Plymouth wins at Glenn
Plymouth brought home a three-set win from John Glenn Tuesday, 25-23, 25-19, 25-16.
The Lady Pilgrims were led offensively by Marissa Germanâ€™s 10 kills, Andria Shookâ€™s eight and Amber Redingerâ€™s seven as well as Mikayla Germanâ€™s two aces and Shookâ€™s one.
Haley Harrell passed out 16 assists to Plymouth attackers at the game, while Shook recorded seven digs and two block assists in the win, which brings the Pilgrims to an even 12-12.
â€˘Â PLYMOUTH 3, JOHN GLENN 0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-16)
PLYMOUTH â€” The second graders at Washington Elementary know a thing or two about their environment, and they are about to use that knowledge to publish a childrenâ€™s book.