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  • Monday, December 05, 2016 4:00 AM
    Only a few families in Montgomery County have contributed as much to their high school basketball teams as the family of Burrill and Marcella Denhart. I asked the Denharts for some of their memories about growing up with such an amazing family. Here are some of their thoughts.
    Thoughts from Gary Denhart Pt. 2
    A couple other great memories were always going to the Linden café, the Kopper Kettle, after a game for a cheeseburger and fries and a huge crowd being there to welcome us home. Thanks to either Jack Warren or Alvin Winger our bus rides to and from games were always safe.
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  • Gary Denhart Pt. 1
    Monday, November 28, 2016 4:00 AM
    Only a few families in Montgomery County have contributed as much to their high school basketball teams as the family of Burrill and Marcella Denhart. I asked the Denharts for some of their memories about growing up with such an amazing family. Here are some of their thoughts.
    Thoughts from Gary Denhart Pt. 1
    My earliest recollections involve playing basketball, along with other sports, with my brothers on the farm two miles south of Linden. Due to the age span of the brothers, most of my memories involve Steve, Randy and Ron, to a limited extent. At one time, there were no less than six hoops in various spots on the farmstead, from gravel to dirt to concrete to the haymow! This doesn’t include any places in the house where we found a way to play, much to our mother’s chagrin! There was a slight problem, however, as we only had two basketballs at any one time that would hold air. So, there had to be “games” for all to participate.
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  • Ron Denhart
    Monday, November 14, 2016 4:00 AM
    Ron Denhart
    Only a few families in Montgomery County have contributed as much to their high school basketball teams as the family of Burrill and Marcella Denhart. I asked the Denharts for some of their memories about growing up with such an amazing family. Here are some of their thoughts.
    Thoughts from Ron Denhart
    Because we lived on a farm we had the opportunity to place basketball goals in various places including but not limited to the barn. In my case one of the first things I recall is since I was the youngest of the three oldest boys at the time, it was very difficult to compete. However, that disadvantage created a toughness that may not have been there without serious hard knocks by much larger and older brothers and neighbors who would visit our farm to play basketball. My younger brothers may have experienced a similar situation.
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  • Monday, November 07, 2016 4:00 AM
    Only a few families in Montgomery County have contributed as much to their high school basketball teams as the family of Burrill and Marcella Denhart. I asked the Denharts for some of their memories about growing up with such an amazing family. Here are some of their thoughts.
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  • Linden Basketball: The Denharts
    Monday, October 31, 2016 4:00 AM
    Only a few families in Montgomery County have contributed as much to their high school basketball teams as the family of Burrill and Marcella Denhart. From 1955 when Dick Denhart made his appearance in a Bulldog uniform until 1975 when Randy graduated from North Montgomery High School, the Denharts watched their sons play basketball.
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  • Delving into Linden hoops
    Monday, October 24, 2016 4:00 AM
    Last week we took a broad look at the history of Linden basketball. We will continue to look more closely at some of the individuals who made those teams what they were. 
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  • Bowers always suffered from lack of numbers
    Sunday, November 09, 2014 7:05 PM
    The Bowers baseball field was just behind the Bowers school building. According to Eldon Horney, a 1944 graduate, it was a nice little field that served Bowers baseball well. Ladoga never played Bowers when I was in high school, but Tommy Thompson, a Darlington star of the late 40's remembers playing there and pitching a no-hitter early in the season.
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  • Mounties made it to semistate in 1998 season
    Sunday, November 02, 2014 5:27 PM
    The 1998 edition of the Southmont Mounties led by Coach Jerry Long who had graduated from SHS in 1990, rolled through their own sectional that year finishing with a 21-6 record. The Mounties beat old rival North Montgomery 16-7 in the sectional and had to rally to beat Fountain Central 7-6. They then wiped out Western Boone 8-2 to advance to the Cascade Regional where they really put on a hitting show.

    Led by junior Jeremy Paris who went 4-4 and Kyle Maynor who was 3-5, the Mounties beat the Cadets 19-4 to run their record to 22-6. A.J. Melvin and Kyle Maynor shared the mound duties in the win. In four tournament games, Paris pounded out 10 hits in 14 times at bat for a .714 average. The Mounties then moved on to the Semi-State at Richmond where they lost to Evansville Mater Dei.
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  • The Mounties were the best in 1986
    Sunday, October 26, 2014 7:19 PM
    It would be another seven years before Southmont would return to baseball prominence.

    Steve House took the coaching reins from Mike Strickler and promptly led the Mounties to their second sectional championship.

    After winning the County as juniors, Kelley House, David Brewer, Nathan Poynter, Rob Bazzani, Bruce Zimmerman, Mike Bishop and Eric Murphy dedicated themselves as seniors to winning the sectional.
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  • Southmont pride takes over in 1970s
    Sunday, October 19, 2014 7:22 PM
    Dan Taylor's senior year was the real breakout year for the Mounties. They were County Champs and defeated both Crawfordsville and North Montgomery by the 10-run rule. They beat CHS 18-2 and NMHS 13-2.

    The Mounties were ranked as high as No. 7 in the state that year. They won the 1979 sectional (the first in school history) by defeating Covington and North Montgomery. SHS won the first game of the regional against Cardinal Ritter 12-3 as Jim Stull pitched a complete game and Rhett Welliever hit a home run. They lost to Roncalli in the championship game 4-2 ending the outstanding careers of eight seniors.
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  • Sunday, October 05, 2014 7:49 PM
    A sign on the press box at the Southmont Field of Dreams proudly proclaims, "Pride is on our side." On the other side of the entrance to the field is the list of Southmont championships and on a separate sign in the middle, are the names of the baseball record holders.

    The Mounties won their first sectional in 1979 when the IHSAA still was under the one class system in baseball as in all other sports. The Mounties won again in 1986, 1988, and 2002.

    They won the regional in 1988 and had to travel all the way to Richmond to play a team from Evansville. (Ah, the wisdom of the IHSAA). Their only SAC championship came in 2003.

    The glory years of Mountie baseball were the late seventies (1978 and 1979) and 1988. Barry Lewis was a senior on the 1979 team along with Jeff Bruner, Jeff Deck, Jimmy Stull, Mike Case and Dan and Dave Taylor. Rhett Welliever and Chris Black were juniors that year. Welliever pitched and won the championship game in the sectional at North Montgomery.
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  • Sunday, September 28, 2014 7:18 PM
    It didn't take the North unit long to make its presence felt in baseball after the consolidation.

    The newly-formed North Montgomery High School Chargers won their first of 11 sectionals in 1975, just four years after the County consolidated into three units.

    The other sectional crowns came in 1981, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1989, 1990, 1996, 2000 and 2001. The Chargers also won Sagamore Conference championships in 1985, 1987, 1989, 1996, 1997 and 2000. They won regionals in 1987 and 2000.

    The record board on the press box and concession stand at the Charger Field of Dreams, proclaims that the Chargers have won six Conference Championships, 11 sectionals, two regionals and one State Runner-up.
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  • Sunday, September 21, 2014 5:36 PM
    Led by record-breaking pitching and hitting performances, the Athenians won their second State 3A baseball crown once again defeating Mishawaka Marian, their final game foe in 2008. This time the Athenians were victorious by an 8-3 margin led by two home runs by Chris Minks and a route-going pitching gem by Cory Rice. CHS finished the year hitting .389 as a team on the way to a 29-6 record. The Athenians were led in hitting by Joel Hobson with a .514 average followed by Minks with a .468 mark which included 11 home runs, Jordan Jackson hit .465, Alex Ehrlich chipped in with a .439, and Caleb Rasmussen completed the .400 hitters with an average of .439.
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  • Sunday, September 14, 2014 7:22 PM
    The Athenians started to build momentum when John Froedge got more active in the Youth Baseball Program in Crawfordsville and started an aggressive summer program for the returning players.

    Both programs are now the envy of other programs in the state. It also helped when Coach Froedge and Brian Norris (CHS girls' softball coach) took a huge leap of faith and built a facility called the Hitting Streak on the Froedge property southwest of Crawfordsville. There is both a hitting station and a pitching station where players (both boys and girls) from all over the area can come to get quality instruction and hone their skills.

    All of these improvements came together to make the CHS program one of the best in the State and individual and team honors soon followed. Beginning with Matt McCarty in 1994 when the state was still playing under a single class system and continuing to Jordan Jackson and Caleb Rasmussen in 2013, the Athenians have placed 13 players on the First Team All-State roster and 11 on the Indiana High School Coaches Association All-Star team. The first Athenian to make the All-Star team was Darmon Brown in 1978 and the latest was Jordan Jackson in 2013 when the two-day classic was played at Wabash College.

    Since moving to their new facility, the Athenians have had two seasons when they won 30 games (30 in 1995 and 32 in 2008). Led by this trio of record-setting pitchers, the Athenians won the Class 3A State Championship in 2008.
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  • Sunday, September 07, 2014 8:34 PM
    From the resumption of baseball in 1946 until the present time, CHS baseball teams played their home games at Milligan Park, although the baseball field was renamed Baldwin Memorial Field in memory of Russell Baldwin, a local policeman slain in the line of duty in 1974. This change occurred in 1976. After the passing of Ed Clifton, longtime Legion coach and passionate supporter of Crawfordsville baseball, the stadium was named in his honor. In the early days of the baseball field at Milligan Park (the first mention of a baseball facility at the park is in 1930), the field was located where Welliever Field is now. It was later moved to the present lot with home plate in the northeast comer of the lot. Home plate must have been moved to the northwest corner where it is now in the early 20's because Ed Campbell's memory of baseball goes back to the 1920's.
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