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Saturday, August 19, 2017

  • Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    OXFORD – Fireworks were on display offensively from both teams Friday night as North Montgomery snuck away with a win against Benton Central, 37-29. 
    The Chargers racked up 195 yards on the ground and 153 yards through the air in the affair.
    “I’ll give our kids credit. We played hard, maintained our lead and got the win,” said Charger head coach Josh Thompson. “Obviously we made some mistakes and there are some things that we have to work on but we will get started on that next week.”
    After a fumble recovery on Benton Central’s first play, the Chargers jumped to a 7-0 lead after an 11 yard Peyton Kobel touchdown reception. Two drives later, Bryce Claycomb found a seam and took it 75 yards to the house to make the score 13-0. 
    Benton Central began their air attack in the second quarter. The Bison would go on to accrue 452 passing yards in the game with most of those coming in big chunks. 
    “There are definitely some things that we need to fix with the secondary and that showed tonight but they are easy things to fix,” continued Thompson, “The kids just need to do what we ask of them and I think we will be fine.”
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  •  Missed opportunities haunt Athenians
    Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville will look back on their season opener against Greencastle and recall all the missed opportunities. Their defense played great, forcing the Tiger Cubs into four turnovers, but couldn’t capitalize on the offensive side of the ball in a 10-0 setback.
    “I thought defensively, we played good all game,” said Athenian head coach Larry Getts. “They had some good red zone stops, and put us in a position to win the game.”
    “We had a lot of good things show up today, red zone takeaways, pass deflections and pressure on the quarterback,” he continued. “We just missed some opportunities offensively.”
    The Athenians forced one of those four turnovers on Greencastle’s first possession. The Tiger Cubs went on a 9-play drive moving the ball down to the CHS 10-yard line, before Jacob Wemer recovered a bad snap allowing the Athenians to set up shop at their own 14.
    The Athenians first drive was their longest of the night with 10-plays that took 5:24 off the clock but were forced to punt.
    Greencastle (1-0) capitalized driving 53-yards in 8-plays before Alex Costin capped it off with a 7-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 Greencastle.
    Crawfordsville forced two more turnovers in the second quarter on interceptions by Cam Saunders and Cale McCarty, however, a fumble and the end of the half squelched both scoring opportunities.
    Greencastle outgained the Athenians 210-54 in the first half, with 151-yards coming on the ground.
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  • 'Stangs outlast Mounties
    Saturday, August 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – Friday’s clash between Southmont and Fountain Central was a game of opportunities. The visiting Mustangs capitalized on just one more of those opportunities and handed the Mounties an 18-14 loss on the new turf field. 
    “Both sides had opportunities,” said Southmont head coach Desson Hannum. “There are opportunities out there that could have gone the other way. We didn’t play a perfect game but you cannot fault our kids for the effort they played with this evening. They’ve been a great group to coach this year. We just can’t let this define the rest of our season. We’re going to get better. We did some things well but we didn’t do enough of them.”
    As Southmont chipped away with its rush-based offense, it found its first opportunity with a little screen with under 40 seconds left in the first quarter. Kyle Nunemaker caught the short toss from Hunter Chadwick, found an opening and raced 65-yards to the end zone, giving the Mounties the lead and cementing himself as the answer to the trivia question of who the first Mountie to find pay dirt on the new turf was. 
    Fountain Central found an opening of their own midway through the second. A high snap led to a blocked Southmont punt. The Mustangs needed just eight plays and 29 yards to score. A failed two-point conversion kept South in the lead. The next opportunity for Fountain Central came from a controversial onside kick recover to open the second half. They drove the 50 yards in two-and-a-half minutes to grab their first lead of the night. 
    Southmont answered with another big play through the air when Chadwick found a streaking Ty Williams down the center of the field for a 44-yard pitch and catch, regaining a 14-12 advantage.
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  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    NORTH VERMILLION- Southmont’s volleyball team took on North Vermillion on Tuesday in a game that came down to the wire. The Lady Mounties were defeated in a game that could’ve gone either way 3-2.
    The Mounties fell in the first set 25-16, but rebounded by winning the next two sets 25-18, 25-23. They had their chance to close out the game in the fourth set, but North Vermillion came in clutch with a 25-20 win to force a fifth and final set. Southmont came out slow and weren’t able to keep up with their opponents in this shortened set. They lost 15-8 in the end to just barely miss out on winning this game. Alexis Nelson led the team with 10 kills with Emma Kinkead following close behind with 8. Macy Wells had 19 assists in this game. Bella McIntyre finished with 15 digs while Kaley Remley ended up with 13. 
    This close loss puts South at 0-2 for the season. 
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  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    GREENCASTLE- Southmont’s girls’ golf team took on South Putnam Wednesday in a dual meet. They shot a season low to win 201-247.
    Leading the team in scoring was Bailey Thompson with a 47. Erin Williams was right behind her with a round of 48. Rounding out the scoring for South was Lexi Rusk with a 50 and Carson White who shot a 56.
    The Mounties will be back on the course this Saturday at the Western Boone Invitational at Cool Lake Golf Course.
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  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    OXFORD – The North Montgomery Chargers are set to make the trek north to open the 2017 football season against the Benton Central Bison. The Bison are looking to build off of back-to-back 1-9 seasons and looking to beat the Chargers for the first time since 2011. 
    Benton Central has some experience on the offensive side with senior Koltin Tucker under center and seniors Jeremiah Whitus and Blake Morin splitting out wide. Junior Brock Morin is the primary running back and junior Munson is an important factor from tight end.
    “We think Benton Central will be playing an odd front defense and a TE based offense. Our approach is to prepare our players to be familiar with their alignments and their plays,” Charger head coach Josh Thompson said. 
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  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville and Greencastle enter Friday’s season opener in similar situations. Both teams graduated most of their offensive presence from last year’s teams, and both will be looking to start the season 1-0, something Greencastle prevented the Athenians from doing last year with a 27-20 victory.
    “Last Friday (at Sheridan) was some of our guys first Varsity action and it showed,” said Crawfordsville head coach Larry Getts. “We had quite a few miscues.”
    “Hopefully we got that out of our system, and the guys have adjusted to it,” he continued. “Whatever mistakes and jitters we had last week, let’s hope we got it out of our system.”
    Greencastle enters the game coming off of one of their best seasons in recent history finishing 9-2 last year, falling to Danville in their sectional opener. 
    “They’re coming in off their winning season last year, so they’ve got a taste of victory,” Getts said of the Tiger Cubs. “They’ve got some new guys in the lineup too, but they’re still going to spread the ball around and throw it.”
    “They’ve got some size, and they’re a little older than us,” he continued. “We have a little youth movement going here, which we won’t use as an excuse, but we still need to learn how to win games.”
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  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    Ferris Bueller and John David Booty have something in common, but I’ll get to that in a moment. First let me give you a list of names. Tell me what they have in common.
    Darius Miles, Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry, Josh Smith, Sebastian Telfair, Billy Willoughby.
    Need more? How about Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Tracy McGrady, Rashard Lewis, Dwight Howard, Amar’e Stoudemire, Moses Malone, Shawn Kemp, Darrell Dawkins.
    Sure! These are basketball players who made the jump directly from high school to the National Basketball Association. The move is dubbed “prep-to-pros”. Drafting high school players to the NBA dates back as far as 1962, although the real rush began in 1995 when Garnett declared he was skipping college.
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  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:10 PM
    MONROVIA- The Lady Mountie golf team finished second in a closely contested three way meet on Tuesday with Monrovia and Tri-West. This match could have gone any teams way, but Tri-West came out on top by just four strokes. The Bruins shot a team score of 213 while Southmont shot a 217 to just edge out Monrovia’s 219. 
    Erin Williams led the young Southmont team in scoring on this difficult course with a 50. Lexi Rusk shot a round of 54. Right behind her was Bailey Thompson with a 56 and Lilli Mussche shot a 57 to round out the team’s scoring. 
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  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:09 PM
    NEW MARKET – With a new turf field ready and waiting, the Southmont football team is primed for a visit from Fountain Central Friday night to open the season. The Mustangs are ranked No.7 in Class A and are coming off an 11-2 season that included a sectional title. 
    The depth of the visitors is something that has caught the attention of Southmont head coach Desson Hannum. He expects to see Fountain Central run their spread offense and rely heavily on their offensive line. 
    “I believe they return 3 or 4 starters from last season’s team. This is a team that has a lot of big play potential. Defensively, they are a Base 4-3 Defense. From what I have seen on film they are aggressive with their front 7 with a lot of stunting and blitzing. They have a good group of offensive lineman.”
    Hannum pointed to junior quarterback Nathan Butts, junior receiver Aaron Barnett and senior receiver Brandon Howell as big playmakers for the Mustangs. 
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  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:08 PM
    DOVER- Crawfordsville’s boys’ soccer team began its season with a win against Sagamore Athletic Conference opponent Western Boone on Tuesday. The game was tied 1-1 and after double overtime and was decided by a PK shootout. The penalty kicks resulted in a 5-4 victory for Crawfordsville. 
    Jonathan Ortiz scored the single goal for Crawfordsville during regular time. The game was grinded out by the entire team, but the keeper Will Kellerman made a huge impact defensively with 13 saves by the end of the night. The team really rallied together to win the PK battle over the Stars. Luke Dunham, Jesus Acosta, Enrique Munoz, Ryan Martinez, and Pedro Romero scored the penalty kicks that allowed for an Athenian win. 
    This kick starts Crawfordsville to a 1-0 record in the regular season and the Sagamore Athletic Conference.
    Their next competition will come at the Frankfort Invitational this Saturday. 
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  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    FOUNTAIN CENTRAL- Last night was a season opener for many teams. Crawfordsville’s boy’s tennis team was one of them. They lost a very close match to Fountain Central 3-2. 
    This match could have gone either way. Crawfordsville took the number one and two singles matches, but were unable to win the number three singles match and were barely edged out in both doubles matches. Eddie Heinold, number one singles won his first match of the season in a competitive two sets 6-4, 6-3. Number two singles Ryan Fry is also off to a hot start with a convincing 6-2, 6-2 victory over his opponent. 
    The boys start off their season 0-1, but can rebound on Thursday when they host McCutcheon. 
    Fountain Central 3, Crawfordsville 2
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  • Knights too much for Mounties
    Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:20 PM
    NEW MARKET – Coming off an impressive 3-1 win Saturday over Owen Valley, a different Southmont boys’ soccer team took the field Tuesday. The result was a 4-0 loss to Lafayette Central Catholic.
    “Saturday we were controlled and made the open passes,” Southmont head coach Brandon Rash said. “Tonight was the first time that we had to tell them to pick up the effort.”
    The Mounties fell into an early deficit when the Knights found the back of the net nine minutes into the contest. The visitors made it 2-0 going into the intermission. 
    “This is a young team and this was our first time going up against one of the better teams,” Rash said. “We have good leaders, but a lot of young guys, so we’re still finding our identities and coming together.”
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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:19 PM
    COVINGTON- The Charger’s volleyball team began their season with a match against Covington last night. Unfortunately they will begin 0-1 after this loss in three sets. The first two sets were lost 25-10 and the third concluded at 25-15. 
    This may not have been the outcome North hoped for, but they still had times of success. Mary Jackman led the team with three kills while Gracie Chapman, Tori Warren, and Kelsey Sabens all had two. Kasey Krutzsch was able to serve up three aces. Jackman threw up two aces of her own. Krutzsch was a solid sidekick in this game by having eight assists. Caroline Turner had five digs and Jackman had four. 
    North Montgomery (0-1) will have their chance to bounce back on Thursday when they go to Clinton Prairie. 
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  • Tuesday, August 15, 2017 11:19 PM
    INDIANAPOLIS- North Montgomery’s boy’s tennis team was away at Pike yesterday. They were able to just edge out their opponents to snag a 3-2 victory to start the season. 
    The Chargers had a strong showing in both singles and doubles taking two of the singles matches and one of the doubles. The match opened up with two convincing singles wins for North. Devan Plant, number one singles, defeated his Pike counterpart 6-2, 6-3 and Matt Jackman, number two singles, won his matchup 6-2, 6-0. The number one doubles team of Jaxon Plant and Tim Newlin was able to give North the final win they needed to take the match. They won in two sets 6-3, 6-0. 
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