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Saturday, December 10, 2016

  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    For the second consecutive game, the Crawfordsville Athenians didn’t make a field goal in the second quarter, and for the second time, they found themselves still in the ball game because of their defensive effort.
    Leading 15-10 after one, thanks to a James Gineris 3-pointer as time expired, Crawfordsville went the next 9:35 without another field goal. Luckily for them, the Red Devils could only muster a Charlie Nycz field goal in the second and trailed Crawfordsville 18-12. Three Cameron Harris free throws were their only scoring.
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  • Chargers take down Seeger
    Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    LINDEN – An offensive show ended with the Chargers on the right side of the final score. The North Montgomery offense exploded with 66 points to come away with the win against the Seeger Patriots, 66-55. 
    “One of our areas of focus this week was to maintain the pace of the game,” said head coach Eric Danforth. “Not just at the beginning but throughout all four quarters as well.”
    This mindset worked well for the Chargers. Their defensive aggressiveness and hustle turned into many fast break opportunities and open looks on the offensive end. Junior Justin Clary and senior Caleb Randolph began the scoring early for North. The dynamic duo combined for 15 of the team’s 17 first quarter points. 
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  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    The Lady Athenians faced an uphill battle as they hosted the 10-1 West Lafayette Red Devils. They were playing without two of their starters, Addie Laskowski - injury, and Zoe Walbert - personal, and were undersized at every position. 
    West Side used he height to their advantage, outrebounding Crawfordsville 54-23, including 33 offensive rebounds which resulted in 24 second chance points. They scored 29 points off 19 Athenian turnovers on their way to a 60-20 win.
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  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    DANVILLE – Southmont dug itself a 13-point hole to start its Sagamore Athletic Conference contest Friday at Danville. With a team the size of the Warriors, that’s much too large of a deficit to overcome. The Mounties fell to 1-1 in the conference and 4-1 overall with a 77-57 road loss in boys’ hoops action. Danville started five guys over 6-2. The Mounties started one player above that height. 
    “I’m really disappointed with how we started. I thought the guys were ready to take the next step to play a good team and play them well, but we put ourselves in such a hole in the beginning that we were always chasing. That’s not a good place to be against a good team,” Southmont head coach Jon Sparks said.
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  • Saturday, December 10, 2016 4:00 AM
    DANVILLE – A three-game win streak is over for the Southmont girls’ basketball team and the club is back to .500 after a loss at Danville Friday. The Mounties overcame a 4-point deficit after the first quarter to even things up at the end of the second and third periods but they couldn’t find offense to pull off the win. Danville prevailed 63-53. 
    The turning point was an 8-0 run for Danville that bridged the final quarters and broke a 48-48 tie. The Mounties scored their only five points of the quarter from the charity stripe as they drew within five. The Warriors iced things with the last five points of the contest. 
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  • Friday, December 09, 2016 4:00 AM
    A tough meet against Harrison resulted in the Athenian boys swimming team’s first loss of the season 113-73. The girls were also unable to come away with a win, falling to the Raiders 106-78.
    Things may not have worked out as a team, but there were some good performances individually. Sam Malott won a close 200 freestyle with a time of 1:55.40. Crawfordsville took the top three spots in the 1 meter diving. In the first place spot was Caleb Whicker with a score of 278.15. For the girls, Cami McGrady continue to shine by winning both her events, 200 IM and 100 free. She was the only one to win two events, but not the only one to win. Emily Humphrey took first place in the 100 fly and Mackenzie Bowen did the same in the 100 backstroke. 
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  • Athenian grapplers pin down win over Seeger
    Friday, December 09, 2016 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville took on Seeger in wrestling Thursday night and yet again emerged victorious.
    “We wrestled decently tonight, but not great.” said Coach Ervin, “In a meet with six combined forfeits, it’s sometimes hard to get into a flow.”
    The Athenians showed little signs of having trouble getting into a flow. Gage Gerdes (170) definitely had no problems. Gerdes was able to pin his opponent in just 30 seconds. It was a similar story for Branson Spear (220) who won by pin in a mere 45 seconds. Logan Sandlin (113) pinned his guy in a time of 2:20 and Clayton Owens (106) won by decision 5-4.
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  • Chargers can’t slow down Rox
    Friday, December 09, 2016 4:00 AM
    LINDEN – A defensive battle ended with North Montgomery on the wrong side of the final as they lost to Rockville, 40-35 in girls’ basketball. The teams combined for just six points in the first quarter and North kept it close in the first half, trailing by just two at the break. 
    “It’s hard to put points on the board if you can’t put the ball in the hole. That’s no surprise and that’s why they packed in the 2-3 zone,” Charger head coach Ryan Nuppnau said. “They made us shoot from the outside. We just have to get back to the drawing board and get back to putting a lot of shots up in practice.”
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  • Friday, December 09, 2016 4:00 AM
    LINDEN- A cool night didn’t stop the Chargers from coming out hot against a strong Tri West team in swimming and diving. The North boys won the meet 108-77 and the girls actually tied 90-90.
    Gus Maxwell helped lead the team to a victory by winning the 200 free and the 100 butterfly. A couple other victors were Jeffrey Miller in the 50 free and Christopher Schaub in the 500 free. Megan Merica and Lillia Mitchell both placed in the top 2 in their events, but the Chargers still fell just short of a victory. Merica took first in the 100 fly and claimed second in the 100 backstroke. Mitchell began her night off with a solid second place in the 200 IM before winning the 100 breaststroke. A hard fought battle by both North and Tri West.
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  • Thursday, December 08, 2016 10:38 PM
    FRANKFORT-The Southmont swimming team had a spectacular performance against Frankfort Tuesday night in a Conference meet. The girl’s team was victorious by a score of 94-78. The boy’s team was also able to win, but by a larger margin of 130-30.
    Eleven girls and 14 boys for the Mounties were able to drop time off of at least one event. Madison Wickholm continues her impressive season by winning the 50 free and the 100 backstroke. Jane Scheidler also had a good night by taking first place in the 200 IM and the 500 freestyle. The boys team’s Brooks Long won both of his individual events, 100 free and 100 back. He wasn’t alone on the podium because teammates Ryan Sacco and Noah Clos both had wins of their own. Sacco won the 200 IM and Clos took first in the 100 breaststroke. 
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  • Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    My favorite holiday snack is Party Mix. There is just something about the combination of tex-tures of the different Chex™ cereals, and the salty sating of the mixed nuts and pretzels, and the twang of Worchestershire™ sauce that makes putting it down after the first bite almost impossi-ble.
    It always amazes me that I can easily eat a bucket of party mix in one sitting, yet there is no way I could eat a whole box of cereal at one breakfast.
    Consumption may be fueled by the holidays, I figure. Party Mix is a nice complement to all of the rich, sweet foods we eat this time of year. I base that solely on the observation that I hardly eat any Party Mix in the ten preceding months, yet you can measure my holiday consumption of the crunchy morsels by the spike in General Foods™ common stock in direct proportion to my waistline.
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  • Mounties will be tested in SAC tilt
    Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    DANVILLE – Though it’s just the fifth game of the year, Southmont could make boys basketball history on Friday. They’ll travel to Danville for a Sagamore Athletic Conference matchup against a team they haven’t beaten since Dec. 14, 1996. Current head coach Jon Sparks was at North Montgomery coming off of a pair of State Championships in football and current members of the squad would have just been ideas in the minds of their parents. 
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  • Chargers ready to get streak going
    Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    LINDEN – Four games into the season, North Montgomery owns an even ledger with two wins and two losses. If they want to get on the right side of that ledger, they’ll need to avenge last season’s loss to Seeger when the Patriots visit North on Friday. 
    A year ago, Seeger won a tight game 59-56 at home. This season, the Patriots are winless at 0-2, but will still provide a challenge for the Chargers. 
    “(Seeger) gave North a really good game last year,” first-year coach Eric Danforth said. “I feel like they’re a tough group of kids and we’ll have to do a good job protecting the paint. They work as a team, that’s clear. Their point guard is a get-it-and-go kind of guy, so we’ll have to watch him in transition and protect the basket.”
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  • Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    DANVILLE – The Southmont girls are on a three-game winning streak and are hoping to even their Sagamore Athletic Conference record as they visit Danville Friday for a girl-boy doubleheader. They’ll need a strong defensive effort to keep on their winning ways.
    “We scouted them (Tuesday) and they have quite a few threats on offense,” first-year mentor Dustin Oakley offered. “We have to stay in front of them and make them take tough shots. We also have to keep them off the offensive boards.”
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  • Challenges await Athenians
    Thursday, December 08, 2016 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville basketball is sitting at a perfect 3-0, a position they haven’t been in, in over 25-years. They also received votes in this week’s Class 3A poll, where they currently sit No. 16. They’ll look to continue their early season success as the always tough West Lafayette Red Devils pay a visit Friday.
    “Defeating Lebanon, last Friday, did three things for us,” head coach David Pierce said. “It validated our programs philosophies, built confidence in our ‘team’ style of play, and proved that even on nights we don’t play well…we can still beat good teams.”
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