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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  • Larry Rice: 500 Miles from Linden-Part 2
    Monday, June 26, 2017 4:00 AM
    Written by Keith Airey
    The break Larry needed materialized in 1978 when he met a race fan from Lima, Ohio. The fan knew an owner who was building a car and, being an admirer of Larry’s driving skills, repeatedly told this owner of Larry Rice. When the car owner had completed the car, he called Larry to offer him a ride in the Indianapolis 500. Larry’s luck had taken a big upswing!!
    Driving the car entered by Robert LaWarre, Sr. of Lima, Ohio, Larry survived Bump day and qualified 30th of 33 drivers. On May 28, 1978, Larry had reached a race driver’s pinnacle and was in the starting field of the Indy 500, “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Larry drove a steady race before the engine of his #35 Lightening-Offenhauser blew on lap 186 of the 200 lap race. Larry was in 11th place when the winning car crossed the finish line. Larry was awarded Co-Rookie of the year with a driver named Rick Mears. (If you are Indy 500 race fan, you may have heard of him. Mears only went on to win FOUR Indianapolis 500 races.) The team earned $22,750 and Larry used his driver’s share winnings to build a new house in Brownsburg. Things were certainly looking up for Larry Rice’s racing career!
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  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:00 PM
    TERRE HAUTE- The Byron Cox Post 72 Legion baseball team had a good time these last few days. They began with a 10-0 loss against Post 346 from Terre Haute on Thursday, but quickly bounced back with two wins Saturday and another on Sunday. Post 72 was able to hold on to a lead to defeat their opponents from Shelbyville, Ky., 4-1. Later that same day, the team took on Bristol’s Post 143 and was able to outlast their opponents to narrowly 2-1 in the end. The final game of the weekend was a big 12-5 victory on Sunday against Cicero to give the Byron Cox Legion team their third consecutive win.
    Post 72’s defense struggled against Terre Haute on Thursday. This game was won defensively by Terre Haute. The Byron Cox team wasn’t able to capitalize on hits like their opponents did. Kyler Jeter went 1-for-2 while Kam Kyhnell, Mitch Merica, and Kaile Wendelin all ended the game at 1-for-3.
    Byron Cox Post 72 Legion baseball team fixed a lot of their mistakes from the previous game in time to take on a team from Shelbyville, Kentucky. Leading the team to victory was Kyler Jeter who finished the game at 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Athenians Brendan Dowell and Caden Jones also had solid games. Dowell went 1-for-2 with two runs and Jones ended up 1-for-3 with a run. Chargers Bryce Frederick and Gregory Pietsch brought in the other two RBI’s that gave the team the 4-1 victory. Nick Rabe was on the mound for the entirety of this game and ended with five strikeouts and only allowed four hits. 
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  • Sunday, June 25, 2017 10:00 PM
    INDIANAPOLIS- The Crawfordsville Thunder played three games this weekend in a tournament. All of the Friday games got rained out so the first Saturday game was pool play and the second would begin the tournament. Their first game was a close loss against Power House 5-3, but the Thunder bounced back with a 5-3 win of their own later on in the day against the Indiana Baseball Club Gray team. The final game of the weekend came on Sunday against a strong Indiana Twins team. Unfortunately their tournament run ended here with a 9-1 loss.
    The first pool play game for the Thunder was against Power House. This game did not go in the Thunder’s way, but a couple players did have good showings. Darian Adams finished this game 1-for-2 and brought in two of the team’s RBI’s. Eli Reeves brought in the other RBI.
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  • Hurt is a champion by choice
    Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Maddy Hurt’s running career came to a fork in the road in 2013. Choosing the right course would set her life in a new direction. New to distance running in the seventh grade, the young Hurt had a strong reaction to her new sport.
    “I didn’t like it,” said Hurt, who has since won 12 individual titles at Sagamore Athletic Conference events.
    “I stuck with it though, and in eighth grade we were running, and the high school track coach at the time — Coach Ashley Lucas — saw me run,” recalled Hurt. “He must have seen something, because he took a few of us to an in-vite where mostly high school athletes ran. 
    “I did really well against them. It got me started thinking ‘Hey, maybe I do like this sport!’”
    Maddy Hurt’s big choice four years ago leads her now to be named The Paper of Montgomery County’s 2017 Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
    If uncertainty about running is behind her, so too, are her opponents. The Crawfordsville High School middle and long distance track specialist burst onto the local scene as a freshman, and never looked back.
    “She is a driven person,” said current Athenians’ Track and Field head coach Sean Gerold. “She is goal oriented, and that contributes to her success. She sets goals, and then relentlessly pursues them.”
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  • Friday, June 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Lady Athenian Basketball Camp will run July 10 to the 13 at Crawfordsville Middle School. The camp is open to any girl going into third to eighth grade and will be separated into three age groups. Each age group will attend at different times. The third and fourth grade will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Fifth thru sixth grade will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The seventh and eighth graders time will be from 1-2:45 p.m. The cost is $40 per player with discounts for families with multiple children wanting to participate and all payments and registrations will take place on site the first day of camp. No pre-registrations will be accepted. Every player that participates will receive a basketball of their own to keep. If you have any questions, contact Tony Bean at coachbean23@gmail.com or call (765)-376-8377.
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  • Friday, June 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Thursday night’s National Basketball Association draft should be an eventful one for new Indiana Pacers General Manager, Kevin Pritchard. He currently has the number 18 pick in the first round, but many things could change dependent on offers made prior to their pick, especially ones that may be made for their superstar, Paul George.
    You see, Mr. George, who’s a free agent after next season, has spent all year saying he’s a Pacer guy and he’s here for the journey, now states that he’s going to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason. There have been many trade rumors circling the last few days, including sending him to the Cavaliers, Clippers and Rockets. Either way, an unhappy superstar, or any player for that matter, is a cancer to a team, and it may be time to get rid of said superstar.
    In the last seven years draft picks, the Pacers have two current players on their roster, George, who was the 10th pick in the 2010 draft and Myles Turner, who was number 11 in 2015.
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  • Friday, June 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    It is really an unhappy moment when you realize that they actually have paved paradise and put in a parking lot.
    We just got back from our umpteenth trip to Florida. The weather didn’t cooperate and fishing was a bust but that wasn’t the source of my growing frustration. That feeling came from realizing my personal paradise is now lost; even worse, my own efforts at journalism contributed in some small way. 
    Both regular readers know this corner frequently disappears into the wilds of “The Forgotten Coast” of Florida, an area of the panhandle just east of Panama City. The moniker comes from the fact that malignant tourism hadn’t really struck the area because of a malodorous paper mill and a chemical plant located right in the middle of the small community of Port St. Joe.
    Those plants both closed in the late 1990’s and left the town scrambling to replace lost jobs and tax revenue. However, it didn’t take long for town fathers to realize they were sitting on one of the last pristine stretches of the Gulf Coast, long overlooked because of remoteness coupled with the visitor-repelling smell of paper and chemicals. Thus began a renaissance.
    I was there from the beginning when we first visited around the time they shut off the lights at the paper mill. Our purpose was a dive trip in the Gulf of Mexico to a merchant ship that had been torpedoed 26 miles offshore during WWII. The trip was cancelled because of bad weather but while confined to shore for three days, we discovered pristine beaches that didn’t look much different than when Spanish explorers first slogged ashore in hopes of getting rich quick. 
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  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Today is the first day of Summer . . . isn’t it? I ask because Spring went by so fast. With the summer solstice comes my first opportunity to break out the summer shorts.
    That sound you just heard was 82 percent of my readership groaning, envisioning me and my lily-white shanks greeting the new season. But I’ve got to tell you folks, my drumsticks ain’t that bad. If you get word that I’m wearing a tank top, however, run for the hills.
    No, I mean shorts, as in briefs . . . Wait a minute! This is getting nowhere. Here are some, shall we say, “abbreviated” thoughts at season’s end:
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    I had the privilege of covering the 2017 Friends of Sugar Creek Canoe Race last weekend, and it was great! Everyone I talked with thought the outing was a blast. I couldn’t be happier for Cindy Woodall, Austin Brooks, Marc Hudson, David Hadley, and the other members of the Friends that I met, plus Heather Shirk of the Montgomery County Visitors and Convention Bureau. Their hard work paid off.
    I am especially thrilled for Bob Stwalley, who passionately wants this event to be his legacy to the Sugar Creek — and to the community — that he loves. Bob and his friends created the race way back in 1963. You can count fewer rings on the sycamore trees that line the banks than the years that Bob put into promoting and preserving Sugar Creek.
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  • Academic All-State for Guard
    Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Montgomery County had a few girls qualify for Academic All-State and they got a boy as well to make it. Crawfordsville’s Devin Guard made it on the 2017 team for having success in academics and athletics. Guard plans to attend Wabash and play golf in the fall.
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  • A Long career is just beginning
    Wednesday, June 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – There are 5,280 feet in one mile. For Brooks Long there are only two. His.
    The Southmont High School graduate logged immeasurable miles as the Mounties’ middle and long distance track specialist in 2017, and his efforts took him all the way to Bloomington and the 114th Annual Boys Track and Field State Finals.
    Brooks Long is The Paper of Montgomery County’s 2017 Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
    A seventh place finish in the Boys 1600 Meter Run (Mile) was the culmination of a four year high school career where the foot-pounding earned the miler titles as Montgomery County Champion, Sagamore Athletic Conference Champion, and Sectional Champion.
    In addition, Long secured a leg on Southmont’s 4 x 800 Meter Relay team, was second in the Sectional in the 3200 Meters Run, and dabbled in the 800 Meter Run.
    He even runs Cross Country in the Fall.
    Yet, in some ways, Long is just now taking his first steps in finding out just how far his running career will take him.
    All it took for the IUPUI recruit was a taste of the big time to set the wheels in motion.
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  • Larry Rice: 500 Miles from Linden Part 1 of Larry Rice
    Monday, June 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Written By Keith Airey
    Montgomery County has produced many fine basketball players throughout its rich basketball history. Many credit the disciplines learned while competing in basketball with assisting them in their professional endeavors. Individuals develop passions to become doctors, engineers, dentists, teachers, businessmen, farmers, police officers, etc; A Linden Bulldog had two major passions as he progressed through high school. Larry Rice pursued becoming a good basketball player and race car driver. Not too many Montgomery County players grew up to race in two Indianapolis 500s. While growing up, Larry Rice had the determination to be successful in his two passions. 

    Larry Wayne Rice was born on March 24, 1946 to Bob and Thelma Rice. The Rice family resided a quarter mile north of Linden on the west side of 231 North. They also had a daughter, Beth, who was one year younger than Larry. At Linden, it was customary for boys to begin playing basketball at 10 years of age in the fifth grade. Also, around age 10, unbeknownst to most members of the community, Larry began racing quarter midgets on weekends.
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  • Monday, June 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    If the spirit of Sugar Creek was speaking, Saturday, she surely did so in approval. Nineteen canoeists and kayakers shoved off from Sugar Creek Campground here, renewing a half-century of racing on the waterway.
    The 2017 Friends of Sugar Creek Canoe Race, an annual event since 1963, is finally complete after a month-long postponement, and a total washout last year, both due to unsafe conditions caused by torrential rains.
    “We finally caught a break from the weather,” exclaimed race coordinator Cindy Woodall. “I watched the water levels after this week’s rain. They were near 3-feet. Friday they were at 2.6, and dropping, so I knew we were in good shape for the race.”
    (Activity on the creek is discouraged when the water reaches the DNR Action Level of 4.0.)
    As if further endorsement was needed, nature coronated the start of the race with a majestic display of her own. An American bald eagle streaked down just yards in front of the waiting flotilla, swooped up a smallmouth bass, and sat perched in a dead sycamore tree watching the spectacle below.
    Only when race founder, and official starter, Bob Stwalley shattered the idyllic scene with his pistol’s retort did the eagle take wing, setting the pace for the paddlers.
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  • Monday, June 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    WESTFIELD – The Crawfordsville 14U Thunder Baseball team finished with a 1-2 record for this weekend. They lost their first game on Friday against Oaklandon 10-5, but bounced back the next day with an 8-1 victory against the Indiana Bulldogs. The team lost a nail biter on Sunday against Longhorn Orange 6-5. 
    After going down very early against Oaklandon, the Thunder attempted to make a late game comeback, but were only able to cut their opponent’s lead in half. The fourth inning was a big for the team as Caleb Coons’ double was able to bring in three RBI’s. Andrew Martin, Caleb Coons, and Corbin Smith all went 1-for-2 in this game to combine for all of the Thunder’s hits.
    Saturday’s game went a lot better for the Crawfordsville team. An 8-1 victory was achieved from a big third inning where Gabe Joyner, Andrew Martin, and Coons were all able to get hits to bring in a total of four runs and a 6-0 lead. Coons had another impressive game at the plate going 3-for-3 with two doubles, RBI’s, and runs. Smith also had a strong hitting performance, finishing at 2-for-3 with an RBI. Henry Taylor and Andrew Martin split their time on the mound and only allowed three hits combined. Taylor had four strikeouts in this game and Martin had three. 
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  • Saturday, June 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame elected new officers and added five new members to their Board of Directors at the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday in New Castle. 
    Steve Witty, a 2012 HOF inductee, has been elected to a two-year term as President of the Board. Witty, a graduate of Center Grove High School and Franklin College, was the head coach at Ben Davis High School from 1990 – 2002, leading teams to 1995 and 1996 IHSAA state championships. Since 2002, he has served as Executive Director of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. He lives in Avon.
    Jerry Peirson, a 2010 HOF inductee, has been elected as Executive Vice President. A graduate of Royerton High School and Miami (OH) University, he served as head coach at Cowan High School before a coaching career at Miami (OH), including as head men’s basketball coach from 1984-1990. Retired from a position with Ball State University’s Cardinal Varsity Club, he resides in Yorktown.
    Ray Pavy, a 1990 HOF inductee, remains the organization’s Treasurer. A graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School and Indiana University, he was head coach at Sulphur Springs and Shenandoah high schools before a lengthy career as a school administrator in New Castle. He resides in New Castle.
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  • Saturday, June 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    KOKOMO- The Post 72 baseball team played a double header last night in Kokomo. The team was able to narrowly defeat Bristol’s Post 143 4-3 in the first game and won the second game 3-0 against Post 265 from Evansville. 
    A 2-0 night for the Byron Cox Post 72 baseball team got off to a slow start as they went down 3-0 in the first six innings. With the pressure on, Zach Prickett led the inning off with a single. Brendan Dowell and Eli Merriman both found ways to get on base as well. Caden Jones walks up to the plate with bases loaded, two outs, and with his team down by three in the top of the seventh. Jones brought in three RBIs with a line drive double to even up the score. Kyler Jeter was up next and he too hit a double that would bring in Jones to give Post 72 a one run lead headed into the bottom of the seventh. Dowell only allowed one hit in the final inning to give his team a clutch one run victory over Bristol Post 143. Jones led his team at the plate going 3-for-4 with three big RBI’s and the winning run. 
    After a close first game, the Byron Cox team had a little easier time against Evansville. They scored a run in each of the first three innings. Kaine Benge and Matthew Pietsch both led the team in batting in this game at 1-for-2. Dowell continued on the mound from the previous game and finished with seven strikeouts in seven innings. 
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