Alumni Week activities celebrate Plymouth athletes

PLYMOUTH — Last week was a big homecoming week for Plymouth athletes as many made the trip home for Alumni Week activities.
For the second year, the Plymouth Alumni Association sponsored special alumni games and events to go along with the Big Red Ladies Open, the Art Thomas Big Red Open and the all-class cocktail party that have become staples over the years during the first weekend of August.
The week kicked off with a family event sponsored by the PAA and the South Bend Silver Hawks with Plymouth Alumni night at the Cove. The ‘Hawks took on the Fort Wayne Tin Caps with Plymouth alumni receiving a free general admission ticket for the game. Another similar day will be on the schedule for next year.
Thursday was a big day for the ladies with the traditional Ladies Big Red Open. Over the past 13 years, the outing has raised money for the girls athletic programs at Plymouth High School, and this year’s event was no exception, bringing golfers home to support PHS girls sports.
In the evening, the second alumni volleyball game was held at Lincoln Jr. High, pitting players from many eras against each other in competition once again. In the spirit of the night, some “old school” scoring and rules were used for part of the contest, and the more “veteran” players took their share of wins.
For the 22nd year, Friday was the day for the Art Thomas Big Red Open which brought  together athletes, coaches, teachers and administrators from Plymouth High School. Teams from the ‘40s and ‘50s — all the way to 2010 — made the trip to what is always a very popular reunion. The event was capped off by the traditional all-class cocktail party hosted this year at the Plymouth Country Club by the PHS classes of the late ‘60s.
Former PHS basketball players likely went home early Friday night to be ready for the second alumni basketball game hosted by the PAA. Players from the ‘80s and early ‘90s hung with a group of stars from the 2000s for a half — but the younger team pulled away in the end.
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