Plymouth Optimists hold annual Tri-Star Basketball Contest

PLYMOUTH — The Optimist Club of Plymouth held its annual Tri-Star Basketball Contest on Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Plymouth High School. Despite the snow, it was a successful afternoon for some of Plymouth’s boys and girls ages 8-13.
The Tri-Star Contest is made up of three events — shooting, passing and dribbling. Each contestant competes in all three events, their scores are added together, and the boy and girl with the highest score in each of six age groups (ages 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13) are declared the winners. While every participant was awarded a ribbon, trophies were awarded for first and second place, and the first place winners advance to the regional competition this Saturday in Warsaw.
This year’s first place winners were Adam Hunter (9), Braeden Baker (10), Patrick Houser (11), Tyler Krick (12), Kameron Ray (13), MacKenzie Dejarnatt (8) and Kaitlyn Carothers (10). Second place finishers were Konner Ray (9), Jared Thieling (11), Michael Lamb (12) and Ella Hissong (8).
The Optimist Club had help making this experience for youth even more fun, as local companies furnished prizes given to each participant, including Ponderosa, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Kings Buffet, Long John Silvers, Dairy Queen, Quick’s Lanes, Yoder’s Sports Center, The Lodge Bakery and Town and Country Chevrolet.
Optimist Clubs are dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids.” Optimist Clubs conduct positive service projects in their communities aimed at providing a helping hand to youth. With their upbeat attitude, Optimist Club members empower young people to be the best they can be.
Since each Club is autonomous and run by members in their community, each Optimist Club determines the needs of the young people in its community and conducts programs to meet those needs. Every year, Optimists around the world conduct 65,000 service projects and serve well over six million young people. 
The Plymouth Optimist Club provides four college scholarships each year. They also host an Essay Contest and a Tri-Star Basketball Contest. Every year the Plymouth Optimists sponsor a Tennis Tournament, a Youth Bowling Team, and two students to attend Law and Order Camp. They contribute to the United Way of Marshall County, Marshall County Reading Council, Community Food Pantry, After Prom, Boys and Girls Club, the Kizer Athletic Award and other not-for-profit organizations.
For more information contact Tom Blackburn, President, Plymouth Optimist Club at (574) 936-4128 or attend a club meeting any Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. at the Ponderosa Steakhouse located at 2100 N. Michigan Street in Plymouth.