The Plymouth Pilgrims will be facing an opponent they have not faced since the 1949-1950 season Tuesday night at The Rock. The Winamac Warriors will be visiting Plymouth for the first time in 67 years! At that time, Winamac’s nickname was the Indians but they changed that to Warriors back in 1968 when they started the new school year.
Winamac High School is a consolidation of Star City and Pulaski. Pulaski High School closed down after the 1958-1959 season. Those students started attending Winamac in the fall of 1959. Star City High School closed down after the 1967-1968 season. The Pilgrims never played against Pulaski or Star City before the consolidation. Winamac currently has an enrollment of just under 400 students.
The Pilgrims and Indians first played one another during the 1937-1938 season. They would go on to play one another for the next 13 consecutive years ending during the 1949-1950 season. The Pilgrims won that last outing in Lincoln High School 66-48. Seniors on that Plymouth team included Jack Beabout, Jim Armington, Bob Listenberger, and Ned Rudd. The Pilgrims lead the all-time series against Winamac 9-4.
Winamac comes into the Tuesday night contest with a 2-0 record as they have defeated Twin Lakes 54-45 and Rochester 45-43 in overtime. Winamac is coached by Alan Huggler. This is his first year back as head coach of Winamac since being there for a four year stint from 2003-2007. He has a career record of 15-72.
The Pilgrims enter the contest with a record of 3-1. They have defeated Glenn, New Prairie, and Triton. The Pilgrims fell to South Bend Adams in their most recent outing Friday night 63-53. Ryan Bales is in his 7th year as head coach of the Pilgrims. He is 97-49 as mentor of the Pilgrims. He is 181-101 overall in 13 years as a head coach.
AM1050 WTCA Plymouth will be calling all the action at The Rock Tuesday night if you are unable to attend. JV tip-off is set for 6:15.