Panthers keep title reign at Vanderpan Invite

SHEBOYGAN FALLS – The Plymouth Panthers continued their dominance at the Vanderpan Track Invitational with strong first-place finishes in Friday’s boys and girls meets.

PHS has won a remarkable 11 straight Vanderpan boys championships while the girls made it four straight titles. The Panthers won 10 events in the girls meet and eight in the boys meet.

The Panthers scored 177 points in the boys competition, followed by Sheboygan Falls with 147. Elkhart Lake- Glenbeulah took eighth with four.

The girls meet had PHS outscoring runner-up Falls, 188-154.5. EL-G was eighth with 10.

Sophomore Gabi Mella of PHS was named the invitational’s Top Female Athlete. Mella was an individual triple-winner – capturing the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump.

“Both teams had very solid nights. We got contributions from all events as we scored in just about every event,” said Panther head coach Jay Grosshuesch.


GABI MELLA (left) and Plymouth teammate Helen Baus (right) finish first and third, respectively, in the 100-meter dash finals at Friday’s Vanderpan Track Invitational. – Photos by Tyler Luedtke GABI MELLA (left) and Plymouth teammate Helen Baus (right) finish first and third, respectively, in the 100-meter dash finals at Friday’s Vanderpan Track Invitational. – Photos by Tyler Luedtke “For our girls we had a great night out of our sprinters – Gabi, Helen Baus and Libby Tournour all placed in both individual sprints, and these girls and others contributed to our wins in the sprint relays.

“Our boys also had balanced contributions. Our 100 and 200 sprint crew looked real good as we scored big points in these races, with Derek Novotny, Jack Benedict and Josh Koll leading the way,” said Grosshuesch.

Elkhart’s results were unavailable at press time.



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