June 28th, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. â€” Waverly Neer was never known for a tremendous kick during her high school athletic career.
But she sure picked the right time to come up with one.
Neer, a recent Culver Girls Academy graduate, outsprinted Kayla Beattie of Woodstock, Ill., in a dramatic homestretch drive to win the womenâ€™s 3,000-meter run Saturday night at the U.S. Outdoor Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Her winning time â€” 9 minutes, 16.23 seconds â€” is equivalent to running two miles in less than 10 minutes.
Beattie was just a step behind at 9:16.39.
PLYMOUTH â€”Â Plymouthâ€™s Trisha Neidlinger has chosen Dominican University to continue her soccer career next fall.
Neidlinger was a four-year varsity starter for the Lady Rockies while at Plymouth.Â She helped her team to the Northern Lakes Conference championship as a freshman and a conference co-championship her sophomore year, and as a junior and senior helped lead the team to consecutive sectional runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2010.
PLYMOUTH â€” More than 60 motorcycle enthusiasts were grateful for the picture perfect weather on Saturday afternoon as they began the county-wide ride for United Way.
This yearâ€™s ride marked the 10th annual ride that was first dreamed up by organizer Cindy Rash.
Proceeds for the past two years have been earmarked for the Heminger House. Heminger House is a shelter for abused women and children.
PLYMOUTH â€” Sisters Jessica Oliver and Jennifer Houin have lost track of just how many volunteers have stepped up to help with the Ounce of Prevention Breast Cancer Ta Ta Trot walk-run.
The second annual event was held Saturday beginning on the grounds of Oliver Ford in Plymouth with more than 200 runners/walkers participating.
Houin said, â€śThe ultimate best thing of this is the beautiful volunteers who come out to help Jessica and me every year.â€ť
Oliver said people man water stops, prepare handouts, register participants, and â€śanything else you can think of that needs to be done.â€ť
ARGOS â€” Seventeen young women lit up the stage of the Argos High school auditorium Saturday night at the Marshall County Miss Blueberry Festival 2011 pageantâ€”but ultimately, one outstanding contestant took home the crown. Shelby Dirrim, of Bremen, was named the new festival queen, succeeding Miss Blueberry 2010, Shelly Ortiz.
â€śIâ€™m still a little bit shockedâ€”like, did they call the right number?â€ť said Dirrim after the pageant. Clutching her bouquet of flowers and flushed with excitement, Dirrim added, â€śIâ€™m really excited to represent the festival this way.â€ť
LAUSANNE, Switzerland â€” Morgan Uceny is a woman on the move.
Today, sheâ€™s in Lausanne, Switzerland, getting ready to run in a big track meet Thursday. Itâ€™s a Diamond League meet, where a professional runner â€” such as Uceny â€” could potentially earn a lot of money.
PLYMOUTH â€” Plymouth Post 27 ran its win streak to three straight games with a doubleheader sweep of Jay Randolph Post 507 Sunday, beating the visitors 3-0 in the opener and 14-2 in a five-inning nightcap at Bill Nixon Field.
James Hackworth pitched a complete game shutout in game one, striking out 15 with just one walk while scattering three hits, while Post 27 broke through with a run in the third and added two more in the bottom of the fourth for the win.
When Nextera Energy paid a visit recently to Culverâ€™s Kiwanis Club, the basic information presented was similar to that at a meeting in Argos the previous week (see Lydia Beers' article here: http://www.thepilotnews.com/content/wind-turbine-project-raises-controversy), but several in the audience raised questions and concerns more specific to the Culver-Lake Maxinkuckee area.
PLYMOUTH â€”Â Plymouth No. 2 doubles player Lindsay Renz and No. 1 singles player Erin Kinney each earned a trio of post-season honors, while several other area players were also singled out for distinctions by the Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTeCA).
Renz and Amy Siefer of Bremen were both named Academic All State for the 2011 season, while Kinney and teammate Chelsea Thoden were named Honorable Mention Academic All State along with Bremenâ€™s Kelsey Stichter.
Margaret A. Hurford
June 21, 2011
MONTEREY â€”Â Margaret A. Hurford, 50, of Monterey died June 21, 2011 at 3:47 p.m. at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.