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Monday, January 23, 2017

  • Lady Mounties take down Crawfordsville
    Monday, January 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville celebrated senior night Saturday as they hosted County and Sagamore Conference rival Southmont. However, it was the Mountie seniors that came up big in their final regular season game in the Athenian gym, as they combined for nearly half of their team’s points, 34, in the Mounties’ 71-45 win over the Athenians.
    “We’re playing our best basketball right now,” said an ecstatic Mountie head coach Dustin Oakley. “They could’ve caved in after the loss against North Montgomery, but they chose to stick together and fight this thing out, and I couldn’t be more proud.”
    Southmont, winners of three in a row, got off to a hot start. Leading just 14-8 six minutes into the contest, they closed the first quarter on a 7-0 run on baskets by Avery Hess and Reagan Case to lead 21-8 after one.
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  • Other notable Linden Bulldogs
    Monday, January 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Other Bulldog notables who are certainly worthy of mention are players led by Harlan Vail who played in more games than any other Bulldog. Harlan played in 84 games in his four-year career and scored 974 points ranking him 4th on the career list. 
    Fred Johnson scored 902 points in his three year 66 game career placing him 7th on that list and scored 350 points his senior year placing him 10th on the single season list.
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  • Athenians win county title
    Monday, January 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Those who thought that the Crawfordsville-Southmont matchup from the Sugar Creek Classic couldn’t be topped were proven wrong Saturday. The two teams needed double-overtime to decide the Montgomery County boys’ basketball title. For the second time this season Crawfordsville topped Southmont in bonus basketball, 53-51. 
    James Gineris again tallied the last two points for the winners. At the Classic he banked in the winner, this time it was two free throws with just 5 seconds left on the clock. As was also the case in the first matchup, there were plenty of heroes to go around. At the top of that list is Trent Johnson. The senior who prides himself on defense, rebounding and leadership hit four 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 17 points. Johnson set the tone early on when he accounted for all eight Athenian points in the first quarter. He was held scoreless in the second and fourth quarters, but connected on a deep ball to start the second overtime period. 
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  • Monday, January 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    All three county swim teams attended the Athenian Invitational Saturday. This invitational has some of the toughest competition that the local schools will face all year. Crawfordsville placed the highest for both the boys and girls with the girl’s team placing fifth and the boys taking fourth. North did the next best out of the county teams. Their girls’ team got seventh and the guys finished in sixth. Finally, Southmont’s girls’ and boys’ teams placed ninth and eighth, respectively. 
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  • Monday, January 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS- Crawfordsville’s wrestling team won the Cardinal Ritter Invitational on Saturday. They finished with a 5-0 record on the day to secure first place. 
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  • Monday, January 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    LAFAYETTE- The North gymnastics team placed second at the McCutcheon Invitational with a score of 96.35, a new school record. Southmont was also at the invitational. They placed fourth with 97 points.
    Camilla Clark and Rhi Harpel did well in all events to give them both a solid all around score. Clark tied for seventh in the floor event, tied for sixth on the vault, excelled on the beam to get fourth, and got sixth on the bars to finish tied for fifth in the all around category. Right behind Camilla was Rhi Harpel who also did well in every event. Harpel did the best on the team on the bars where she placed third. This was the event that help her jump to sixth place all around.
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  • Southmont throws away OT thriller
    Friday, January 20, 2017 11:22 PM
    NEW MARKET – Crucial turnovers in the fourth quarter, and in overtime by Southmont al-lowed 2A No. 12 (AP) Covington to steal a 49-47 overtime victory Friday night, in non-conference play.
    “This is a brutal loss,” sighed Jon Sparks, Southmont’s head coach. “We did a really bad job handling the ball, and I did a bad job of putting us in situations to excel.”
    Covington (11-4, WRC 5-0) was out-rebounded, and only hit 2-of-11 shots from beyond the three point line, but escaped thanks to the sloppy play of the Mounties.
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  •  Tigers top Chargers
    Friday, January 20, 2017 11:21 PM
    LINDEN – The North Montgomery Charges ran into a hot-shooting Lebanon squad Friday in a Sagamore Athletic Conference boys’ basketball contest. The Tigers shot nearly 54 percent and hit eight threes as they pulled away from the Chargers, 76-65. 
    The teams played tight throughout the first half, with Lebanon gaining an advantage with a 3-pointer at the end of each quarter. That put a dent in the Chargers’ gameplan. 
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  • Athenians trounce Mustangs
    Friday, January 20, 2017 11:20 PM
    The Crawfordsville Athenians (8-3, 4-0 SAC) were firing on all cylinders last night as they hosted the Mustangs from Fountain Central. Looking to bounce back after their loss Wednesday night against McCutcheon, Crawfordsville scored early and often to come away with the victory, 64-48.
    “I’m really proud of the kids tonight,” said Athenian head coach David Pierce, “they played good team basketball and made the game fun to watch.”
    The Athenians shot lights out for much of the game. They finished with a respectable 56 percent from the field and another 40 percent from 3-point land. 
    “I thought we took great shots tonight. We didn’t force anything and had great ball movement to find the open man,” said Pierce.
    With 3:30 left in the second quarter, James Gineris found himself on fire. The senior proceeded to score four lay-ups on four straight possessions to help Crawfordsville add to their lead before halftime. The scoreboard read 37-26. 
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  • Friday, January 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    BROWNSBURG- It was a tough night for the recently crowned Sagamore Athletic Conference swim champs. Neither Athenian swim team was able to defeat a very solid Brownsburg team. The girls fell 140-45 and the boys lost 128-57.
    Crawfordsville just couldn’t get it going in Brownsburg. Emily Humphrey was the lone winner for the team in the 100 breaststroke. Kaylee McCandless and Mitchell Karp got second place in the 50 freestyle. Also doing well for the boys’ team, Jacob Pruett and Dalton Humphrey both got second place in the 100 fly and 100 freestyle, respectively. 
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  • Athenians shine on senior night
    Friday, January 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville’s wrestling team was back in action for the first time since the Sagamore Athletic Conference meet. They took on a South Vermillion for senior night and, quite frankly, made it look easy, winning 60-15.
    “Jonah (Shillings) wrestled a solid match against a good opponent, and Branson (Spear) came up big with a pin to get us started after we fell behind 15-0 early,” said Athenian coach Ervin. “Individually, it is always good for our guys to win head to head match – ups with sectional opponents, and most of our guys were able to do that as well.”
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  • Friday, January 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    LEBANON- The Charger swim teams couldn’t pull out a win against SAC opponents Lebanon. The Tigers defeated North 103-83 for the girl’s team and 112-73 for the boys. 
    This meet could have had a completely different outcome if a few events went a little different. The Chargers still fought hard being led by Gus Maxwell and Megan Merica, both of whom won two events. Maxwell keeps on winning this season by taking the 50 and 100 freestyles while Merica won the 500 free and 100 back. They weren’t the only to that were successful Thursday night. Jessica Ditmer (50 free), Trevor Budd (1 mtr diving), as well as Lillia Mitchell (100 breast) each won an individual event. 
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  • Lady Mounties cruise to SAC win
    Friday, January 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – Thursday’s girls’ basketball game at Southmont was pretty ugly . . . unless you had the perspective of a Mountie fan. Southmont and Frankfort combined for 48 turnovers and 87 missed shots, but South (10-9, 1-4 SAC) was on the right side of the stat book and cruised to a 69-34 Sagamore Athletic Conference win. It’s the third straight win for Southmont. 
    “I wanted to show them some teams we’ve played really well with and some games we haven’t played well with. I wanted to show them that we can beat anybody, but we can also lose to anybody,” Southmont head coach Dustin Oakley said. “Tonight we played at a fast pace and everybody got their touches.”
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  • Friday, January 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    The odds makers in Vegas are hoping for a huge weekend with both the AFC and NFC Conference championship games taking place this weekend with three of the most well known franchises in all of sports. The New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers have 21 Super Bowls between them. The other team, the Atlanta Falcons, has one Super Bowl appearance.
    The Patriots and the Falcons cruised through their divisional playoff games last Saturday. The Falcons jumped on the Seattle Seahawks early on their way to a 36-20 victory, and the Patriots received a valiant effort from the Houston Texans, which should’ve been the Indianapolis Colts, in the first half, but struggled down the stretch allowing the Patriots to advance with a 34-16 win.
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  • Thursday, January 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Well, do you have your tickets to the biggest game of the last four years? I’m talking about the Presidential Inauguration of course. In terms of viewers, and parties, and corporate sponsor-ships, the Inauguration has only the Super Bowl to rival it.
    Inaugurating a new President is a big deal. It doesn’t hurt us to celebrate the triumphant, and look forward to a new season in government.
    If politics are a sport, the Inauguration is the victory lap.
    This year, Donald John Trump will take the oath of office during the 58th Inauguration ceremo-nies in Washington D. C. It doesn’t hurt, I suppose, that Trump has a long association with sports.
    Did you forget that Trump is a former sports franchise owner? When the World Football League tried to wedge its way uninvited into the NFL’s house party, Donald Trump owned the New Jer-sey Generals from 1983-1985, until the league’s implosion. He also took a shot at owning the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL.
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