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  • Tuesday, May 09, 2017 4:00 AM
    First of all, a shout out to the athletic directors for all their hard work of rescheduling countless games this rainy spring season. I’d like to be able to say this week looks good . . . but it would be a lie. The weather forecasters are calling for more days of heavy rain throughout this week. Sorry athletic directors, looks like you have another week of juggling schedules and trying to find officials that are also trying to juggle scheduled games and make up games.
    Despite all the rain, somehow we are already nearing the end of spring sports. Sectional draw baseball has already taken place.
    Baseball sectionals begin the week of May 24. Southmont in their final season of being in 2A will be in the South Vermillion sectional and will take on Cloverdale in the first round of sectional. The winner, which I think will be South, will take on North Putnam. So I’m predicting South will advance to the sectional final. The Mounties have had some ups and downs but seem to be playing pretty well as they head into the final weeks of the season. They are led by several seniors that seem to have the perfect mix of having some fun and winning some games.
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  • Tuesday, May 02, 2017 4:00 AM
    I have seen Southmont senior Brooks Long win so many races in the past four years that I should never be surprised. Last week at the Athenian relays, Long and his teammates were running the distance medley relay. As usual Long was the team's anchor. He was handed the baton in with the Mounties in second place. Well not just second place but Lebanon was well over 200 yards ahead and looked like they would cruise to first.
    Now, I knew that in this particular race, that the last leg of the race 1600 meters. So I thought to myself Long will probably catch up by the last lap. Nope . . . Long has no problem sprinting a mile and making it look beyond easy. In a very short time, Long not only caught up to Lebanon but before the Tiger runner knew what happened Long was leaving him behind. From there Long extended the lead and his team won with ease. I really don’t even think he was out of breath after the race. He just runs so smoothly and relaxed, Long is just fun to watch.
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  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Congrats to Tanner Webster for making it official and signing with Purdue to wrestle next year. Those that are good enough for Division 1 are few and far between. Webster has proven himself worthy on the wrestling mat as well as the classroom. Of course being an IU fan, I always think that everyone looks better in crimson and cream rather than that yucky black and gold. Nonetheless I wish Webster the best as he continues his wrestling career for that school in West Lafayette. 
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  • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    Not to be Captain Obvious but every baseball season it’s the same story . . . Crawfordsville is good and looks like a contender. That is not just my opinion, the Indiana Coaches Association has ranked the Athenians (6-1) No. 1 this week, too.
    I got a chance to see Crawfordsville beat up on Fountain Central Saturday. Just a quick little no hitter as Trent Johnson and Brendan Dowell teamed up on the mound. Crawfordsville will see action this week against conference rival Tri- West. The Bruins were loaded with athletes for football and basketball, so I’m sure they have some strong baseball players as well.
    Southmont is also off to a good 2-0 start. I got to see them in action for the first time Friday night. They were relaxed and enjoying the game - then again winning is fun!
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  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    Congrats to the county’s three wrestlers that made it through a challenging semi-state and will advance to the state wrestling Championship.
    North’s Tanner Webster became the first semi-state champion in the school history. South’s Boone Welliever also won semi state. Welliever actually is the fourth Mountie to win semi state in wrestling. However here is today’s fun fact… Boone’s father/ assistant wrestling coach Jamie Welliever also won semi state. Both Boone and Jamie also are the only wrestlers in school history to own three regional titles. I’m sure coach Welliever will be just fine if his son one-ups him by placing higher in the state finals than he did.
    North’s sophomore Seth Johnson placed second at semi-state and will advance to state as well. Good luck Wrestlers.
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  • Tuesday, February 07, 2017 4:00 AM
    Girls’ basketball season has come to an end for our county girls.
    For Crawfordsville it’s a matter of baby steps. They started out the season like gang busters winning their three of their first four games. Unfortunately, that was their only three wins of the season but came oh-so-close at the end of the season to beating Frankfort. Still, I saw improvement over last year and while fundamentally they still have a ways to go baby steps will lead to big gains somewhere down the road.
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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:00 AM
    I think it’s very safe to say that North Montgomery wrestling did exactly as they expected and dominated the wrestling sectional. Sending 14 out of 14 wrestlers on to the regional is rather impressive!
    Not only did the Chargers advance all 14 wrestlers but eight of them finished in first place and four finished in second place. Of the first place winners, senior Tanner Webster has won his weight class in the sectional all four years. Other first place finishers include: Seth Johnson, Parker Mosley, Corwin Hall, Isaac Fruits, Cole Salves, and Jarrett Brown.
    Southmont had Boone Welliever and Peyton Long finish in first place while Crawfordsville Jonah Shillings not only won his weight class but also took a personal honor in that match by winning his 100th varsity match. So yes when you add it all up MoCo took 11 first places in the sectional. I think it’s pretty easy to see this county has a strong wrestling tradition that just keeps getting better!
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  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Well, sports fan! Saturday’s rematch between the Crawfordsville and Southmont boys’ basketball teams lived up to the hype! They met just a couple of weeks ago at the Sugar Creek Classic when Crawfordsville pulled out an exciting overtime win with a last second shot by James Generis.
    The two rivals met again Saturday and the game lived up to the hype from the first game. This time Crawfordsville pulled out a double-overtime 2-point win. Oh yeah, and Generis sealed the game from the free throw line this time to help break the Mounties hearts again.
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  • Tuesday, January 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    Without a doubt . . . this year’s Sugar Creek Classic was the classic of all classics! I don’t know how you could have expected a better game in the championship. Southmont and Crawfordsville battled back and forth the entire game.
    Crawfordsville had a led late in the fourth quarter by as much as eight points, then South made a great come back with Cam Chadd and Kaleb Swick leading the resurgence sending the game into overtime. Then in overtime, Crawfordsville Trent Johnson inbounded the ball underneath their basket, with just under 3 seconds left. Senior James Gineris got the ball and was able to nail the game-winning shot at the buzzer! 
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  • Tuesday, December 20, 2016 4:00 AM
    Well I had planned on be able to talk about county wrestling and swimming in this week’s column but mother nature rules and the county meets did not happen Saturday. They will now happen in early January . . . weather permitting of course!
    There was action Friday night, however, and I think Crawfordsville boys’ basketball proved they are indeed a pretty solid team. They have a strong starting five, they have a strong bench. They have a good coach that keeps them playing hard and together. Oh and they really look like they are having a lot of fun playing the game. I know one thing, I’m having fun covering them. I will just say look out other teams. I have found through the years that teams coached by David Pierce always seem to get better over Christmas break so they should be lot of fun to watch in January.
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  • Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:00 AM
    Hang on tight as the schools ready for Christmas Break, We still have lots of sports before the break!
    Friday kicks off another rivalry weekend. North Montgomery vs Crawfordsville in boys and girls basketball. The girls’ game will start at 6 p.m. at North and the boys’ game will follow. Both games should be interesting.
    First, the girls game, both the Lady Athenians (3-10) and the Lady Chargers (5-6) have had their ups and downs at times this season. North has been led by senior Becca Adams. Crawfordsville has freshman Lauren Kellerman that is a pure shooter keeps improving each game as well. Crawfordsville has been battling some injuries and hoping to get all back and healthy soon. I’ve found when it comes to county rivals they are often the hardest fought games of the year. Last season North took the win 34-25 win and ended up winning the county later in the season.
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  • Tuesday, December 06, 2016 4:00 AM
    Well, last week I predicted that Crawfordsville boys’ basketball would beat Lebanon okay so I said by double digits and they game the fans a great two point win to enjoy instead. Either way, they beat evil Lebanon so it was a good thing.
    I also said that it would that one of the hardest parts of my job is to leave one great game to go to another game. However, I was also excited to see how the North/South game would play out. One of the other best things about my job is meeting and getting a chance to talk with people, which is what happened once I got to South. It was close to half when I arrived. I sat down at the end of the court and a very nice gentleman started up a conversation with me. His name was Fred Zimmerman. He has been a south supporter for many years. As the Southmont Mountie mascot posed with little kids for pictures during halftime. Zimmerman pointed to the mascot and said, “I’m sure you were not around here at the time but I was the Southmont Chicken at games.” I sat there for a second and thought the Chicken? How on Earth does that work with the Mountie mascot? 
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  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016 4:00 AM
    I know it’s only Tuesday, but I’m ready for Friday! OK, sure we may all feel like that every Tuesday. However, Friday is our first big county matchup for boys’ basketball.
    Southmont will play host to North Montgomery and I have no doubt it will be a great game. I have seen both teams play and both are playing with a lot of heart and hustle. Southmont is 2-0 and North is 1-1 after a loss to a tough Harrison team.
    Southmont is big, strong, and fast this season. They’re averaging 76 points a game. I personally love to watch a team execute the run-and-gun fast-paced game. 
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  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016 4:00 AM
    Another girls’ Sugar Creek Classic is in the books and as I predicted Western Boone once again took home the trophy. The Stars have now won the Classic nine out of 10 years. However, this year I saw a glimmer of hope that someday soon a county team will dethrone Western Boone.
    Despite the final score, South gave the Stars a pretty good run for their money for three quarters. The Lady Mounties just did not have enough gas left to shoot down the Stars. The one very positive I keep seeing is that all three county schools are improving and most definitely more fun to watch this season.
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  • Tuesday, November 15, 2016 4:00 AM
    I’m just going to say it - covering the Bell Game is just not as much fun when the team from Greencastle wins. While it was certainly one of the most exciting Bell Games in recent years, I much-prefer to be able to get photos of the Bell and the celebration. I guess all good things must come to an end. I hope the Little Giants can get the Bell back and start a new, long streak!
    On the plus side, the weather was nice. I remember a couple of years ago when it was at Wabash it was so cold that the sandwich I had in my camera bag froze solid, while I was on the sidelines. That day was miserably cold but Wabash won so it was fun.
    On to the next exciting sporting event to look forward to. The Annual Girls’ Sugar Creek Classic starts Friday at Southmont and the Championship game is Saturday.
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