The 2017-2018 edition of the Plymouth Boy’s Basketball season will get underway later this week. Plymouth Boy’s Basketball dates back as far as 1911. That makes this the 107th year of organized basketball under the name of Plymouth High School.
During those 107 years of basketball, the Pilgrims have had 143 different opponents they have played against. Several of those schools have since consolidated. The Pilgrims have a record over the last 107 years of 1402 wins and 986 losses.
The Pilgrims have won 34 sectional championships, 12 regional championships, two semi-state championships, one runner-up state championship, and two State Championships in 1982 and 2007.
Jack Edison has been the most successful basketball coach in history for the Pilgrims. He coached for 34 years. During that time, the Pilgrims won 545 games including 18 sectionals, nine regionals, two semi-states, and two State Championships.
The Pilgrims open this season Wednesday night as they travel to Walkerton to take on the Glenn Falcons. The Pilgrims are 35-8 against Glenn. Glenn is a consolidation of Tyner (7-0), Walkerton (1-1), North Liberty (7-1), and Green Township (0-0).
The Pilgrims defeated Glenn last year at The Rock 60-53 in OT. Glenn last defeated the Pilgrims during the 2009-2010 64-46 in Walkerton.
The Pilgrims return four players to their 17-18 roster that played multiple minutes last year. 6-4 senior Garrett Tharp and 6-1 junior Clay Hilliard return to lead the Pilgrims. Also back in the fold are 6-2 junior Cole Filson and 6-2 senior Kadin McCrammer.
Head Coach Ryan Bales returns for his 7th year as head coach for Plymouth. He is 94-48 in his career with the Pilgrims, and 178- 100 overall. Former Pilgrim players Tony Plothow (1985), Joel Grindle (1999), Tim Filson (1987), Brian Wray (1998), and Bob Girten (1974) will be assisting the Pilgrims this year.
The Pilgrims will be hosting New Prairie in their first home contest Saturday night, 11/25/17. JV start time is set for 6:15.
Please support the Pilgrims at home and on the road this season. If you cannot make it to a game, remember AM1050 WTCA will be broadcasting all Plymouth Basketball games this year.