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  • Tuesday, March 03, 2015 10:22 PM
    North Montgomery and Crawfordsville met for the third time this season, this time in the opening round of Sectional 25 action at Case Arena in Frankfort.
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  • Sunday, March 01, 2015 2:25 PM
    Crawfordsville celebrated Senior Night Friday evening by hosting Class A, No. 1 Covington. Looking to pull off one of the biggest upsets in recent memory, their fourth quarter comeback came up just short as they fell 66-53.

    Covington was on fire shooting 63 percent in the first quarter, as they raced out to a 13-point lead, 23-10.

    "They were unconscious in the first," said Athenian coach David Pierce. "We allowed guys to penetrate, and we couldn't commit completely, because it left a good shooter wide open," continued Pierce. "Their shooting is one of the reasons they're the number one team in Class A."
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  • Monday, February 23, 2015 6:30 PM
    The boys' basketball sectional pairings were announced on Sunday and the Montgomery County coaches discussed the draws on Monday.

    In the Class 3A sectional at Frankfort, North Montgomery and Crawfordsville will kick off action on March 3 in the quarterfinal.

    "We definitely wanted to play North again, so we got that," Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce said. "We felt like in the second game we played, we didn't give them our best. We are excited for another opportunity to go up against them."
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  • Friday, February 20, 2015 7:04 PM
    DANVILLE - Crawfordsville made the trip to Danville Friday evening looking to spoil the Warriors perfect Sagamore Athletic Conference record. However, the Warriors showed why they are ranked No. 5 in the latest Class 3A poll, as they pulled away from the Athenians 75-39, to claim back-to-back conference championships.

    Crawfordsville started the game attacking Danville's 1-3-1 half court defense and getting lay-ups. The Athenians held a 6-4 advantage midway through the first, which caused the Warriors to switch to man.
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  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015 5:51 PM
    Each Montgomery County boys' basketball team will be in action this weekend against a Sagamore Athletic Conference opponent.
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  • Athenians win at home
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015 6:35 PM
    Taking care of the basketball and not turning it over to the opposing team. That is the number one goal of every high school basketball team in the state of Indiana. Tuesday night, that aspect of the game made the difference on the scoreboard in the end. Crawfordsville (6-14, 1-6) only committed four turnovers on the evening, defeating visiting Attica 61-53. The Red Ramblers (8-8), on the other hand, gave the Athenians 11 extra possessions in the game.

    "We average 18 turnovers a game," Crawfordsville coach David Pierce said. "So that is a big step in the right direction. We work on it in practice, and usually we waste a few timeouts to save kids from getting turnovers. At this time in the season I think our kids are starting to figure it out, how to avoid traps, and other various situations."
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  • Monday, February 16, 2015 5:11 PM
    The Crawfordsville Athenians had a tall task Saturday afternoon when they entertained Class 3A, No. 8 Tri-West in a Sagamore Conference tilt. The Bruins used their speed and athleticism, and kept their Conference title hopes alive, as they defeated the Athenians 63-28.

    Crawfordsville got off to a quick start holding a 6-4 advantage midway through the first quarter. However, that's when Tri-West turned up their defense. They would outscore the Athenians 11-2 the remainder of the quarter and hold a 15-8 lead after one.

    Crawfordsville struggled to find offense over the next two quarters. They scored only six points combined in the second and third, shooting just 17 percent, on 3-18. The Bruins, on the other hand, shot 39 percent, 13-33, during the same stretch, and would outscore the Athenians 32-6 in the middle quarters.

    The Athenians offense did play better in the fourth. However, Tri-West would win the quarter 16-14.

    I'm proud of our effort," said Athenian coach David Pierce. "We wanted to hold them under 66, and we held them to 63."

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  • Thursday, February 12, 2015 7:36 PM
    LAFAYETTE - Crawfordsville took to the road in a rare Thursday-night boys' basketball game. Lafayette Central Catholic handed the Athenians a loss, 62-40.

    The teams were fairly even in the first half, with the Knights getting out to a 31-25 lead at the halftime break. The second half told a different story, as the Athenians lost the second half by 16.
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  • Sunday, February 08, 2015 6:18 PM
    The Crawfordsville Athenians boys' basketball team walked away with a victory Saturday as they defeated Riverton Parke 44-34.

    "Our guys gutted out a hard fought win. We were plague by poor shooting and struggled to get things going early," Athenian Coach David Pierce said.

    Sophomore Trent Johnson led the Athenians tonight with 15 points. Johnson also contributed seven rebounds. Konnor Smith followed behind Johnson with 14 points and seven rebounds.
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  • Saturday, February 07, 2015 4:50 PM
    The Crawfordsville Athenians boys' basketball team walked away with a victory tonight as they defeated Riverton Parke 44-34.
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  • Friday, February 06, 2015 7:22 PM
    DOVER -- The first time Western Boone and Crawfordsville faced off this season, the Stars' Riggs Baxter was limited by foul trouble and the Athenians eked out a two-point win.

    Baxter didn't get into foul trouble in the rematch, and it made all the difference. The Stars' senior scored 11 of game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter as Western Boone came-from-behind to beat Crawfordsville 60-57.

    Crawfordsville jumped out to an 18-8 lead after a quarter and led by seven at the half.

    Western Boone got within three at 33-30, but Crawfordsville responded with a 10-2 run to go up 11 points with 3:37 to play in the third quarter.

    Trent Johnson had seven points in the run and finished with a team-high 17 points.

    "He did a good job," Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce said. "For a sophomore to step up and want to take those shots is big. It was a big conference game on the road. For Trent to step up like that is big for him. That is him growing as a player and maturing and that is good to see."

    Western Boone came roaring back to end the third quarter.

    The Stars went on a 10-0 run, getting six points from Jason Smith and got within one at 43-42 heading to the fourth quarter.
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  • Wednesday, February 04, 2015 5:21 PM
    DOVER - The last time Crawfordsville and Western Boone met, the Athenians hit a last second layup to win the game and earn a spot in the championship of the Sugar Creek Classic, sponsored by The Paper of Montgomery County, Franciscan Physician Network and Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health - Crawfordsville.

    This time around, the Athenians must travel to Star-territory for a regular season meeting.

    "They are extremely talented and make it difficult for match-ups," Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce said. "Riggs (Baxter) is a Division 1-caliber athlete and surrounded by a bunch of strong guards who's size, quickness, and toughness makes it really hard to guard them."
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  • Friday, January 30, 2015 7:08 PM
    Frankfort-Crawfordsville ran into a buzz saw Friday evening at Case Arena, in the form of the Frankfort Hot Dogs. The Hot Dogs were the aggressor, as they dominated every statistic, and the game, pulling away from the Athenians 88-45.

    "I was thoroughly impressed with Frankfort's aggressiveness the entire game, especially rebounding and on the offensive end," commented Athenian coach David Pierce. "We committed 23 fouls, and I think it was because of their ability to take the ball to the basket."

    Frankfort jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead. However, Trent Johnson would hit two three's, which sandwiched a Jarrod Smith bucket for Frankfort, and knotted the game at six. From there, Frankfort closed the half on a 16-1 run, to lead 22-7 after one.
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  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015 5:19 PM
    FRANKFORT -- Crawfordsville travels to Frankfort Friday evening looking to build upon their recent success. They enter, having won three of their last five, and have seen major improvements in all facets of their game.

    "It took us half the season for guys to figure some things out," said Athenian mentor David Pierce. "The guys are coming together as a team, and team chemistry is much better.

    "It wasn't anything negative," continued Pierce. "They just didn't know one another and hadn't played together. But, it's starting to go in the right direction."

    The Hot Dogs (5-10, 1-2 SAC) enter on a two-game slide, with losses to Lafayette Central Catholic and 4A Zionsville. They are led in scoring by junior Jarrod Smith, who averages nearly 17 points per game. Senior Luis Medina and sophomore Carter Taylor average 10.4 and 8.1 respectively.
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  • Smith leads Athenians to victory
    Sunday, January 25, 2015 4:49 PM
    Crawfordsville and Southmont each came into Saturday's showdown feeling good, despite losing Friday night. When the final horn sounded in the Montgomery County clash, it was only the Athenians that maintained the high from the night before. The Athenian boys beat Southmont 49-39 behind a 17-point, 6-rebound effort from Konnor Smith.

    "It was pretty apparent in the first quarter that we were trying to get it inside. I thought Ryan and Konnor did a good job of executing. It worked out well for us to get out to a good start," Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce said. "(Konnor) is on a little bit of a hot streak here. We were able to get him some looks tonight. The last couple of games as he's been hitting, guys want to get him the ball more."
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