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Sunday, March 26, 2017

  • Harpel vaults to the top
    Saturday, March 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    Rhianna Harpel is just a junior at North Montgomery, but for the second straight year she’s The Paper of Montgomery County’s Gymnast of the Year.
    The Charger gymnastics team was nicknamed the “Fab Four” this season, with Harpel leading the way to several team and personal school records. Harpel holds school records for vault, bars, beam and is tied for the record in floor with teammate Camillia Clark.
    Harpel’s passion for gymnastics goes back to when she was about 2-years-old.
    “Basically, as soon as I could walk, I started wanting to do gymnastics,” said Harpel, 
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  • Friday, March 24, 2017 10:56 PM
    NEW MARKET – Southmont opened its season with a Sagamore Athletic Conference win over Danville Tuesday but the Warriors returned the favor Thursday. Danville traveled to Southmont and capitalized on some early miscues to secure a 4-2 win. 
    Southmont (1-1, 1-1 SAC) allowed a walk, a single and committed an error to let Danville on the board in the second. Danville used the momentum to tack on another in the frame. 
    Danville added two runs in the fifth on consecutive extra-base hits. Southmont responded in the home half when Sydney Casteel drove in a pair of runs with a single to right. Avery Hess was on base after a single and Paige Knowling moved her to third with a double. They both scored on Casteel’s hit. 
    Hess and Knowling each finished with two hits to match Jordan Crist. 
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  • WHEAT: A taste of the best honey on the planet
    Friday, March 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    According to singer Van Morrison, there is nothing sweeter than tupelo honey. His song, “Tupelo Honey,” reached No. 27 on the U.S. Pop Chart in 1972 and introduced the legendary, almost mystical sweet to a worldwide audience. But what the heck exactly is tupelo honey?
    There are certain things that are considered the cream of the crop in every category - Cuban cigars, Rolls Royce motor cars, Tahitian pearls, blue diamonds and those spicy chicken wings from Buffalo, N.Y. are all considered “the crème de ‘la crème” in their particular world, regardless if the rating is appropriate or not.
    To that list you can add tupelo honey. However, unlike ceramic pearls, lab-created diamonds or wings from that pizza joint down the street, there isn't any faking the unique, sweet-but-not-too-sweet taste of this special treat from the Apalachicola River swamps in northern Florida.
    Tupelo honey is a “monofloral” honey made by bees only during the short time when the tupelo trees are in bloom. What makes it so rare and difficult to produce is the fact that tupelo trees, in a monument to obstinance, only hold court in the deepest, darkest of Florida swamps that are also the home to things like water moccasins, alligators and horrifying spiders big enough to eat medium-sized dogs.
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  • Friday, March 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Just one more indoor track meet is on the horizon before all teams head outside after spring break to really crank things up. The Hoosier State Relays are on tap for Saturday at the Gladstein Fieldhouse at Indiana University. Large schools will kick things off at 8 a.m. and small schools will compete starting at 2 p.m.
    All three Montgomery County schools will send athletes to compete in the small school event. 
    Crawfordsville girls’ distance medley relay team is one of 24 to compete. The top 24 best performances from qualifiers made the cut in track events, long jump and shot put. The top 18 made the cut in high jump and pole vault. The Athenians qualified with a time of 14:22.32. Crawfordsville will also send Maddy Hurt to compete in the 3200-meter run. 
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  • Athenians drop opener to Panthers
    Friday, March 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville couldn’t have kicked off their 2017 softball campaign perhaps any better than they did Thursday. However, visiting Riverton Parke got timely hits when they needed to pull out the opening day 12-4 win.
    Things looked shaky in the visitors half of the first. Mia Stadler started in the circle for the Lady Athenians and found herself in trouble early giving up back-to-back singles to start the contest. However, she was able to pitch her way out of the jam with a fly out and two ground balls to end the inning unscathed.
    She carried that momentum to her lead off spot in the batting order taking the seventh pitch of her at-bat over the left centerfield fence to make it 1-0 Crawfordsville.
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  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    It’s time to get off the couch and hit the ground running. A new running group is forming in April for a 10-week “Couch to 5K” program. The purpose of the groups is to help promote regular exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle within the community while improving the health of participants. 
    This program is open to anyone 18 years and older who have no major health issues, and are wanting to learn the basics of running. Please note that this is a beginner's program. The group will have training sessions that follow a "Couch to 5K" training program and education on different topics of interest.
    "Starting an exercise program can be a very scary thing, and taking the first step is always the hardest part," said Kelsey Miner of Franciscan. "With the high amounts of support, instruction, and motivation through this program, you may find you are able to accomplish more than you ever thought possible."
    At this time, space is limited to only 10 people. Sign-up is based on a first come / first serve basis. The first meeting will be held on April 3 at 5:30 p.m. 
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  • Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    I’ll bet you’ve heard of “Indian Summer,” haven’t you? Yes, that is the time in the late fall — after a killing frost, if you listen to the old-timers — that a sudden warm front infiltrates from the south, and for a day or two the temperature vaults, sometimes as high as the upper 70’s. It is fleeting, but it’s a pleasant respite from the chilly days as we descend into winter.
    Heard of “Blackberry Winter”? It’s a little more obscure, but I was taught that it is that time in May when the blackberries are blooming, and a sharp arctic clipper knifes its way into Indiana. The cold snap is a bitter reminder that, although Winter is giving way to the warmth of Spring, it is already planning its return.
    Let me know if you’ve ever heard of Locust Winter, Whippoorwill Winter, Redbud Winter, and even something known as Linsey-Woolsey Britches Winter. The Whippoorwill Winter is actually a sign of warmer weather, since the whippoorwill is a migratory bird that moves up from Mexico as the Spring flows northward.
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  • Webster leaving a legacy
    Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    North Montgomery Senior Tanner Webster not only earned this year’s honor of The Paper of Montgomery County’s Wrestler of the Year, but will likely be remembered as one of the best wrestlers to ever come from Montgomery County.
    Webster placed second in state at 170 pounds last month. He won four sectional titles, was the 2017 New Castle semi state champ, placed sixth in the state in 2016, earned two conference titles, four county titles and was twice champion in the North Montgomery Holiday Duals. He has a school record for career wins with 155-24 and his record this year was an impressive 49-2.
    Webster started wrestling in second grade. While many athletes may prefer the actual events over practice. Webster says his favorite part of wrestling is the training. He enjoys pushing himself harder and trying to out working everyone around him. 
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  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    DANVILLE – Paige Knowling scattered four hits across seven innings, and the Southmont de-fense built a late inning bulwark to safeguard their ace’s 1-0 shutout over Danville, Monday night.
    The sophomore right-hander notched five strikeouts on her way to the season opening and Saga-more Athletic Conference victory. Knowling also led the Mounties’ defense, recording assists in six of Danville’s 12 infield outs.
    “Paige is impressive,” extolled Lady Mounties head coach Jennifer Watson of her young hurler. “And she’s going to be impressive, too. She remains very focused, which allows her to execute the way she does.”
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  • Wickholm signs with IWU
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Madison Wickholm signed her letter of intent to continue her swimming career at Indiana Wesleyan University Tuesday. Pictured front row is Wickholm with her mother, Pat (left) and father, Dan. Pictured back row, left to right, Southmont coach Ian Line, Mackenzie Wickholm and Southmont coach Buck Waddell.
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  •  Wickholm sinks competition
    Wednesday, March 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Maddie Wickholm made three trips to the IHSAA state swim finals three times, included this season as a senior in three events. After a storied career at Southmont, she ends it as The Paper of Montgomery County’s 2017 Girls Swimmer / Diver of the Year. 
    The trip to state this season included a 23rd place finish in the 200 free and a 24th place finish in the 500 free. She also swam on the 400 free relay team. That 400-yard freestyle relay was what Wickholm said was her favorite event to swim. 
    “Getting the 400 free relay to state (was the highlight of the season),” Wickholm said. “It was a really new experience getting to see all the freshman experience the thrill of high school state, which is a really awesome thing to see.”
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  • Coach behind the greats
    Tuesday, March 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    Last week we featured Caleb Whicker as The Paper’s Male Swimmer / Diver of the Year. After his photo session, I was listening as Neil interviewed Whicker.
    He was very quick to give credit to his diving coach Dave Whitehead, “Coach Whitehead is one of the best in the state for sure and really knows what he is doing. The workouts he comes up with and the hours he puts in combined with how hard he pushes us,” stated Whicker.
    I have no doubt Coach Whitehead is a great diving coach. For years he has turned out sectional champs and has divers that consistently break school records.
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  • County enjoys a ‘Grand’ season
    Thursday, March 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Fans of the three Montgomery County high schools watched helplessly as their Boys’ basketball teams ended their campaigns recently. The season, which began with great promise in November, came to an abrupt halt in the Sectional round of the state tournament. Nevertheless, the 2016-17 season will be remembered for special highlights.
    Amid the team accomplishments this year, three Montgomery County athletes set remarkable individual marks. Caleb Randolph of North Montgomery, and Southmont stars Cam Chadd and Kaleb Swick each scored their 1,000th career point, making this the first time in county history that three basketball players surpassed that threshold in a single season.
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  •  Final years of Floyd Miller at Linden
    Monday, March 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Floyd Miller wore 11 ½ and when they were lined up for a free throw, he’d notice Fritz’s long feet over the line by a couple inches. Floyd would nudge Fritz and say, “All right, get those big feet back.” They’d laugh and he’d pull back. One other unusual game that year was with a team from Melott. The game was at Linden and in spite of a good reputation the opposing team couldn’t hit anything. Linden ran up a score of 34-0 before Melott scored. At the beginning of the 2nd half, the Linden coach put in the 2nd team. The other coach put in his 2nd team, too.
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  • Hunt for HSR spots continues
    Saturday, March 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    The quest for spots at the Hoosier State Relay Indoor Track Meet continued Friday at Wabash. The eight Sagamore Athletic Conference schools competed in an effort to secure times that will allow them to qualify for the March 25 state meet. The top 24 track, long jump and shot and top 18 high jump and pole vault in each division, who declare entry by 6 p.m. March 21, will be eligible to compete. The classes are broken into large school and small school based on football classes. 
    North Montgomery had a pair of relay first place finishes. The girls’ 4x800 team of Brynn Anderson, Haley Heide, Hana Heide and Katelyn McClerkin took first with a time of 11:20.85. The Charger 4x200 team of Kendall Humphreys, Kinsey Humphreys, Khloe Surface and Caroline McClaskey took first in 1:56.11. 
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