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Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    TERRE HAUTE- The North Montgomery Little League All Star team was in Terre Haute again last night. This time they took on West Terre Haute. They went down early in the game and didn’t start to get warmed up until the end. North was defeated 13-2.
    The North Montgomery team gave up six runs before they were able to put up any of their own. Ross Dyson and Gage Galloway were able to score off errors in the top of the fourth inning to put up their teams only runs. Galloway and Corbin Meadows both had hits in this game. Jordan Miller took the mound for the first two innings and walked off with three strikeouts.
    North had a solid offense that was able to put runs up even when it seemed like they were struggling. A lack luster defense is what allowed Terre Haute to score more runs. A little more practice in the field and this team will be where they need to be to compete with the best. 
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  • Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    “Have you seen ‘em?” That’s what the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is asking.
    The DNR’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is hoping we — the general public — will assist them in important research. They want us to help them conduct an inventory of the state’s wild turkey population, by reporting any new broods we see during July and August.
    Well, I like turkeys as much as the next guy, and even though I know nothing about them be-yond the pop-up timer, I decided to hop online, and report the wild turkey that I saw sprinting across the road in western Hendricks County. After logging my sighting on the DFW website, I make one suggestion.
    Don’t do it!
    Oh, don’t get me wrong. I think the DFW and their census is a worthy cause. As I learned on their website, this is a particularly critical time in the wild turkey population. The poults (young turkeys) and the hen (mother) are on the move through Indiana woodlands. Dad has very little to do with raising the chicks, and spends most of his time watching football, until … [gulp] … Thanksgiving.
    In late summer, broods congregate and form small flocks as the poults take their first awkward flights. Yes! Unlike their domestic cousins, wild turkeys can fly! Who knew? Thanks, website.
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  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Crawfordsville Thunder 14U baseball team’s season comes to a close with a 1-1 performance on Saturday. The first one was against the Astros. The Thunder took this game in a very close 8-7 score line. The downtime between this game and the next proved to be detrimental as they were defeated by the Titans 16-4 later in the day. 
    Errors were the decider in the Thunder vs Astros game on Saturday. The Thunder were able to limit the amount of mistakes in the field and edge out their opponents by one run in the end. They scored one more run than the Astros in the second, third, and fourth innings to give them a 6-3 lead heading into the final inning. The Thunder allowed four runs in the fifth, but brought in two of their own to win the game 8-7. Gabe Joyner, Andrew Martin, and Hayden Norman all had a hit in this game. Martin also brought in three RBI’s. 
    The Thunder faltered in the second inning against the Titans, but kept up with them in the rest of the game. They went down 11-0 after the second inning, but was only outscored by one run for the remainder of the game. Darian Adams and Eli Reeves both went 1-for-2 and combined for three RBI’s. Zach Fichter and Sam Decker both had a hit apiece as well. Adams also found some success on the mound. He threw four strikeouts in just under two innings pitched. Fichter and Caleb Coons had a combined three strikeouts in under one inning pitched each. 
    The Thunder’s summer season ended with a tight victory and a loss against a strong team. It may not have been how they imagined it ending, but the season as a whole was a success. The team had a lot of high points and a lot to look forward to in the future. 
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  • Monday, July 17, 2017 10:04 PM
    LAFAYETTE- The Byron Cox Post 72 legion baseball team competed in their regional over the weekend. They played the semifinal round on Saturday against Lafayette Post 11. Lafayette would come out on top in this down to the wire game 5-4. This loss dropped Post 72 into the loser bracket where they once again met up with Lake Village. The winner of this game would get a rematch against Lafayette in the finals. The Byron Cox team ran over Lake Village just like in the first round on Friday, this time they won 21-5. Post 72 would have to defeat Lafayette twice since they came from the loser’s bracket and just about did it. They won 15-2 in the first game, but were unable to keep it up in the second game and lost 18-1 to narrowly place second in the regional. 
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  • Linden Cheerleaders Part 2
    Monday, July 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    Lana Little Wright remembered her cheerleading days with great fondness:
    Any discussion about cheerleading at Linden High School in the '60s has to include the tremendous Linden Bulldog spirit! Truly, we appreciated the incredible support and backing we received from the entire Linden community. The gym was always packed with boisterous fans: students, parents, and community members considered the games an important event and roared their support. And, of course, win or lose, the Linden Cafe was filled with clapping, cheering supporters when the team showed up for snacks after the games. 
    The movie "Hoosiers," epitomizes what small-town Indiana basketball was like in the 60s. It was a phenomenon, for sure. I can still sing you the Bulldogs' Fight Song. I can remember the cheerleading "moves" for a couple of the cheers. Unfortunately, at this point, the quality of the physical replication (not just mental) is less than ideal!
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  • Saturday, July 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS- The Crawfordsville Thunder baseball team played two games last night against the Indiana Elite and the Shamrocks. They got off to a rough start with a 15-0 loss to the Elite, but played better in the second game against the Shamrocks. The Thunder would go on to lose the second game by a score of 7-4, but kept up with their opponents until the second half of the game. 
    It may have been a bad start to the day on Friday against the Indiana Elite, but there were a few shining moments. Caleb Coons and Darian Adams went 1-for-2 in the first game of the day. Adams’ hit was a single in the second inning and Coons’ was a single in the fourth. Unfortunately the team couldn’t rally together any consecutive plays. The second game was a lot closer. The Thunder began this game with a 4-2 lead after two innings thanks to a double from Henry Taylor that brought in the first two runs for his team. Zach Fichter and Ty Lynas both hit singles that landed each of them an RBI on the stats sheet and gave their team a two run lead. The game seemed to be in the Thunder’s control, but they gave up a total of five runs in the final three innings without responding to lose the game 7-4. Lynas and Taylor had great games, each going 2-for-3. Lynas also had an RBI and Taylor finished the game with two. Fichter went 1-for-3 and Hayden Norman went 1-for-2 at the plate. Taylor also pitched three innings in this game and threw three strikeouts.
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  • Friday, July 14, 2017 10:10 PM
    TERRE HAUTE- The North Montgomery All Stars 11U baseball team played against their county rival Southmont last Thursday. This game went down to the wire with the winning run being scored in the final inning by Southmont. The Mounties won by a score of 10-9.
    This nail biter of a game was kept close by solid batting from the Chargers. Cooper Walters led North in batting by hitting a double to go 1-for-2 with an RBI and two runs. Jack Warren and Beckett Martin both had hits as well as a run each. Keaton Brown, Dane Elliott, Cameron Enlow, and Liam Meadows all had an RBI in this game to keep it close. North Montgomery had a plethora of pitchers take the mound throughout the game, but Warren, Martin and Aiden Ambriz are the ones who stood out. They combined for six strikeouts getting two apiece. 
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  • Friday, July 14, 2017 10:09 PM
    The Crawfordsville Indiana Thunder 14U baseball team took care of business Thursday afternoon against the Mafia. 
    The Thunder posted four runs in the first and two more in the fourth on the way to a 6-3 triumph. 
    Ty Lynas, Gabe Joyner, Caleb Coons, Henry Taylor, Darian Adams, Eli Reeves and Corbin Smith had hits for the Thunder. Reeves drove in a pair of runs while Smith and Coons added an RBI each. 
    On the bump, Adams tossed three innings of 1-hit ball, fanning eight. Zach Fichter closed things out with a pair of strikeouts over the final two innings. 
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  •   Brent Wheat’s 2017 Camping Etiquette Guide
    Friday, July 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    It’s prime camping season and hordes of Hoosiers are heading to private campgrounds and state parks to enjoy all the healthy benefits of outdoor living: wholesome days of hiking, nights around the campfire, fellowship, outdoor beauty and Mick Jagger howling “I can’t get NO satisfaction”. 
    Let me explain.
    I have been accused of being a curmudgeon, a charge that I whole-heartedly embrace, but nowhere is that trait more on display than the campground during peak season. Being sentenced to a weekend of hard labor at tent city reminds me of all the reasons I quit summer camping in the first place 
    Don’t get me wrong- I love to sleep outdoors. During those moments when I am forced to mentally “go to my happy place,” it is represented by a secluded mountaintop garnished with a tiny blue tent and a couple of friends sitting nearby smoking cigars, enjoying a wee bit of Kentucky Holy Water and watching the sun depart toward China. What I don’t dream about is the nylon and aluminum slums that sprinkle the hinterlands of Indiana.
    Some of this disdain stems from simple proximity. Most campgrounds think nothing of stacking sites close enough together that if someone sneezes in the middle of the night, a dozen other voices murmur “Bless you.” I just don’t find it relaxing to literally be rubbing elbows with the neighbors while visiting our so-called “Wide Open Spaces.”
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  • One more accolade for Johnson
    Thursday, July 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    To say Trent Johnson had an incredible senior year athletically would be an understatement. The Crawfordsville graduate was not only named The Paper’s football player of the year, but basketball player of the year, and capped it off by earning our baseball honor as well. That feat is something no other athlete has accomplished in Montgomery County.
    “I don’t see those as an individual accomplishment, because I couldn’t have done it without the support of my coaches, teammates and family,” Johnson said of the multiple honors.
    Johnson, who signed with Purdue, has received recognition from across the state. He’s been named as a pitcher to the Indiana South All-Star team. An All-State pitcher on the Prep Baseball Report website. And, just last week, he was notified that he became only the second Crawfordsville baseball player to be named to the Class 3A All-State team twice, following Steven Rice, who was selected in 2009 and 2010
    “To be in the same company with Steven Rice is a huge honor,” Johnson said. “However, I couldn’t have done it without the help of Coach Froedge, Coach Welliever, and the rest of the staff.”
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  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    I’m not handy. I can visualize the result I want, but I can’t make it come out of my hands. I’m bad. Really bad.
    And yet, I try. Even though I’m not skilled, I have lots of tools.
    I had my toolbox out the other day, attempting to install a new clothes rod in a closet. All I needed to do was take my power drill and make a pilot hole in each end of a dowel rod, which would hold the brackets to the wall.
    I chased that round dowel around the work bench for the better part of 30 minutes, much like trying to stab a cherry tomato with a plastic fork. By the time I finally skewered that wooden rod, it looked like it had been worked over by a river otter.
    It made me think of the time that my Dad made my brother and me a special training tool to help us with our baseball swing in the little leagues. Coach Baker had introduced us to the “ball-on-a-rope” earlier in the summer, and Dad thought we needed to work on our skills at home, too.
    Chasing a baseball around a workbench was the only difficult part of the construction. Once the ball had acquired a diametrical shaft through the core, all you had to do was slip in an eyebolt, and then tie on a dozen or so feet of clothesline rope.
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  • Casteel proves principle of dedication
    Tuesday, July 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – The force applied to a spheroid, times the distance travelled, is equal to the kinetic energy, measured in Joules, multiplied by the weight of the spheroid and the impulse of the bat, times the acceleration in meters per second, squared.
    Sydney Casteel understands that formula. Yet, you will be hard-pressed to get the soft-spoken former Science Club member to explain it, even though the Southmont graduate once considered a future career in science.
    “I thought so, and then I took Physics,” said the 2017 Class Salutatorian, “and I thought, ‘Well, I hate this!’”
    Never mind. The statuesque left-hander applies her science on the diamond, and Montgomery County’s first player to attain a scholarship to play softball at a Division I college prefers to let her bat answer any questions.
    Southmont’s Sydney Casteel is The Paper of Montgomery County’s 2017 Softball Player of the Year.
    Noted for her power at the plate, Casteel put the finishing touch on a tour de force career by completing a senior season, in which she led the Lady Mounties in six of seven offensive categories. She recorded 34 hits, racking up 12 doubles, two triples, and four home runs. She was one off teammate Avery Hess in runs scored with 26, and drove in 33 runs. Her team-leading .540 batting percentage was second highest in the Sagamore Athletic Conference.
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  • Monday, July 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    KOKOMO- The Byron Cox Post 72 legion baseball team played a tournament in Kokomo over the weekend. They had a solid showing going 2-1 and finishing in third place overall. The team defeated Cicero in their first game 10-1. Post 72 ran out of steam towards the end of their second game and lost to the tournament hosts, Kokomo, in a close 6-4. They went on to play Clay County for their final game on Sunday and were able to hold on to an early lead to win 5-2.
    Post 72 kicked off their tournament on Friday against Cicero. They were able to make quick work of their opponents with a 10-1 victory to give them their first win of the weekend. 
    The next day, the Byron Cox Post 72 baseball team took on the hometown team, Kokomo, and got off to a good start with a 3-0 lead after five innings. In the second inning, Crawfordsville’s Brendan Dowell brought in the first run with a single that advanced Trevor Magill home. Eli Merriman was able to score off an error the next at bat to bring in the second run of the inning. Gregory Pietsch was able to get an RBI in the fifth inning by bringing Dowell home off a sacrifice fly. Unfortunately, this lead disappeared quickly in the sixth inning where Post 72 gave up four runs to go down by one. They would allow two more in the seventh to make the score 6-3 going into Byron Cox’s legion team’s final at bat of the game. Merriman was able to score off a couple errors made by Kokomo, but it wasn’t enough and they would lose the game 6-4. Merriman led the team in hitting this game going 3-for-4 with two runs as well. Dowell wasn’t far behind. He finished the game at 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Magill pitched the majority of this game and had seven strikeouts in just over five innings.
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  • BOONE: Dick Baumgartner 1932-2017
    Monday, July 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dick Baumgartner who led the Crawfordsville Athenians to their last trip to the State Finals in 1958 passed away late Monday night at the age of 85. Affectionately called Baumy by his many fans, but just Coach by his players leaves an indelible legacy at Crawfordsville and Richmond High School.
    After graduating from Indiana University where he lettered for two years under the legendary Hoosier coach, Branch McCracken, Baumgartner made only three stops in his 20 year coaching career. He coached at Roachdale in 1955-56 before moving to Crawfordsville for 6 years and Richmond for 19 years. Opposing players rarely notice the coach of the other team whether they are legends or beginners, but I remember that we played the Roachdale Hawks when I was a senior playing for the Ladoga Canners. We traditionally played Roachdale twice since the two towns were only 5 miles apart. In the first game of my senior year, we beat Roachdale badly 77-49. When we played them 9 games later, we beat them 30-29 on a last second shot. Looking back, I could see that Dick Baumgartner had already begun to work his magic offensively and defensively.
    Coach Baumgartner was inducted into the Crawfordsville Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000.
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  • Johnson earns pair of honors
    Friday, July 07, 2017 4:00 AM
    The postseason accolades keep pouring in for recent Crawfordsville graduate, and Purdue baseball recruit, Trent Johnson. Trent was recently named a pitcher for the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association South All-Star team. He also received All-State recognition from high school recruiting website Prep Baseball Report. Both honors are not class affiliated, but take into consideration players from all classes.
    “It’s great to see all the hard work paying off,” Johnson said of the honors. “I couldn’t have done it without the help along the way from my youth coaches, through middle school and to Coach Froedge.”
    “Trent is very deserving of any honor that comes his way,” said Crawfordsville head coach John Froedge. “He was one of the best and most dominant pitchers in all of Indiana high school baseball over the last two seasons.”
    “In fact, his numbers across the board, are right there with the very best who have pitched for CHS over the years,” he continued. “That’s saying a lot because we’ve had some great ones.”
    Johnson followed up his first team All-State selection from his junior season with another dominating performance as a senior. He finished the season at 8-2 with a minuscule 0.70 ERA. He had 114 strikeouts over 60.1 innings pitched allowing just 12 walks. He gave up just six earned runs and 29 hits while allowing opponents to bat just .131.
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