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  • Friday, October 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    If you follow college football this season, you have to be scratching your head with all of the upsets that have taken place. Oklahoma goes into Ohio State on week one and defeats the No. 2 ranked Buckeyes, which wasn’t much of an upset, but then turns around four weeks later and fall to Iowa State at home 35-31.
    Then there’s Nebraska, that paid Northern Illinois, of the Mid-American Conference, $820,000 dollars only to see the Huskies go into Lincoln and knock off the heavily favored Huskers 21-17. One of the biggest upsets this season, at least for Las Vegas odds makers, was Howard University, a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, which also includes Savannah State, coached by former Wabash coach Eric Raeburn, upset of UNLV on Saturday, September 3. The Bison, led by Cam Newton’s little brother, Caylin, was a 45-point underdog heading into the contest with the Runnin’ Rebels. Newton accounted for 330 yards in the game, as Howard defeated UNLV 43-40, after being a 45-point underdog. A $100 bet on that game would’ve paid you a cool $55,000, which is why it’s being called the biggest upset in college football history.
    There are so many others that we could talk about that it would take up this entire column. Rutgers’ loss to Eastern Michigan, coached by another former Wabash College head coach in Chris Creighton. California upset No. 8 ranked Washington State last Thursday 37-3, and LSU, who lost to Troy on September 9, upset No. 10 Auburn last Saturday.
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  •  OUT IN THE OPEN- Deer season is creeping up!
    Friday, October 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    If you have picked up this column (probably by mistake) prior to your husband or boyfriend, here is a fun little test that will determine the procrastination factor of your Significant Other. Simply put down the paper and say out loud “Wow, did you realize deer season is just a month away?”
    If the Man of the House simply grunts and returns to picking his toenails, he has already performed the hundreds of tasks necessary to prepare for a successful deer season. He is also probably lying. The other, more typical and truthful response is for the man to leap straight into the air in the manner of an electrocuted badger and start a frenzy of unorganized organization.
    While hunters have been pursuing deer with bow and arrow since the start of this month, their numbers are significantly less than the hordes of people who will descent upon the woodlands on November 18 for the beginning of the firearms seasons. For avid deer hunters, opening day is a social event far more important than all national holidays and most funerals.
    Every year, I promise myself that opening morning will find me in a good stand with the right gear and a clean, sighted-in weapon. What really happens is that I end up frantically running around Friday afternoon before the season starts, pinning up targets on the firing range with chewed gum and a pocket knife at dusk while trying to remember where my binoculars were stored.
    As the deer season is quickly approaching, I’ll propose we all do something totally wild and whacky: actually be prepared for opening day!
    For starters, the biggest, most important yet overlooked chore is weapons maintenance. Too often hunters simply pull their gun from the closet or rack, blow the dust off and think they are ready to hunt. No matter the type of weapon, ethics demand that you are proficient with your firearm. This far out from the season you have plenty of time and decent weather so there are no excuses not to spend at least an hour or two on the range to re-sharpen those perishable shooting skills and verifying the gun is still up to the task.
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Friday’s Class 3A, Sectional 26, opening round football game between Crawfordsville and Southmont may not look competitive at first glance, but all you have to do is look back to their September 15 game at Mountie field to know otherwise.
    The Mounties defeated the Athenians 41-14, but the Athenians outgained Southmont 350 yards to 311, but couldn’t put the ball in the end zone. It was Southmont that capitalized on big plays to open up a 34-0 lead. Perhaps no one had a bigger night than Mountie senior Kyle Nunemaker.
    With the Athenians driving before the end of the half, and trailing just 13-0, he’d recover a fumble and return it 95-yards to give South a 20-0 lead. Then, he returned the second half kickoff 80-yards to put it out of reach.
    “It is definitely difficult to play and beat a team a second time during the season,” said Mountie head coach Desson Hannum. “Each team knows what to expect from the other, so there is some familiarity with each other’s scheme.”
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    I’ve had several jobs in my lifetime. Some I’ve enjoyed. Some not. I’ve also started and operated several small businesses. Most had limited success or outright failure, but I kept trying.
    One thing I enjoy about owning my own business is the opportunity to create my company’s slo-gan. A company slogan is supposed to elicit warm feelings, be catchy and easy to remember, and should convey a bit about the business itself.
    My current business seems to have a slogan that fits: “We lose money on every job, and make it up in volume!” Shame, too. It is a fun business to run. The work comes with long hours and low pay, but is creatively challenging … especially when it comes time to pay the bills.
    I’m thinking about starting another business, now. It is one-of-a-kind, has no competition of which I am aware, and has an active — albeit small — market of potential customers.
    I am going to specialize in planning surprise parties for psychics.
    You’ve got to face it, this is an underserved constituency, and by-gum, I’m the man to take good care of them. I’ll need a lot of help, but I’m sure I can get support from the IHSAA.
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  • Thursday, October 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Chargers will play host to Hamilton Heights on Friday night in the first round of Sectional 26 football action. The Huskies are coming into the contest with a 2-7 record after defeating Lafayette Central Classic in their last regular season game, 37-24. North Montgomery will take the field Friday wielding a 3-6 record (2-5 SAC). The Chargers are coming off a hard-fought 34-0 loss against Class 3A No. 4 ranked Danville.
    In practice this week, the Chargers have continued to work on their defense and improving their tackling. Open field tackles and containing the run was a huge reason they held Danville to only 34 points. Offensively, head coach Josh Thompson said they focused on knowing their assignments and being ready for stunts from the Hamilton Heights defense. 
    On Friday night, the Chargers will heavily rely on quarterback Collin Knecht. Knecht has been the sparkplug all season for North Montgomery, totaling 20 touchdowns. The senior averages 150 yards through the air and another 50 yards on the ground. His favorite receiver this season has been Kade Kobel. Kobel has amassed 385 yards on 26 receptions. Close behind is Bryce Claycomb who has four receiving touchdowns. Claycomb also leads the team in rushing yards with 459. 
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  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    With the season drawing to an end, the next-to-last points race was held Saturday, Oct. 15 at Crossroads Dragway. In Pro Class Thad Mann of Terre Haute, IN was the winner over Joel Leihser of Decatur, IL. Semi-finalist was John Croslow of Bridgeport, IL. 
    Super Pro Class winner was Lee Davis from Terre Haute, IN over Lee Ann Phillips of Bruceville, IN. Jordan Bouchie of Washington, IN and Adam Phillips of Bruceville, IN were the semi-finalists. 
    In the Sportsman Class David Vaughn, after a 2 year hiatus from racing, came back to runner up in the final against his son Jeff Vaughn, both of Terre Haute, IN. Terry Hoffman of Monrovia, IN and Bill Lewis of Terre Haute, IN were the semi-finalists.
    Junior Dragster 2016 Class Champion Tanner Spires of Clinton, In was the winner over Michael Smith of Rosedale, IN. Aiden Lawson of Paris, IL and Mark Spires of Dennison, IL were the semi-finalists. 
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  • Boys Tennis All-Sagamore selections
    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Team Results
    T1 Southmont 5-1
    T1 Western Boone 5-1
    3 Lebanon 4-2
    T4 Crawfordsville 3-3
    T4 Frankfort 3-3
    6 North Montgomery 2-4
    7 Danville 0-6
    8 Tri-West No Team
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  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Southmont inducted eight individuals into its athletics Hall of Fame earlier this fall. Here are bios of those individuals. 
    Dan Booth (Class of 1973)
    Dan lettered two years in football and was a starting offensive and defensive end for the undefeated football team in 1971. He added two letters in basketball and two letters in baseball where he set the school strikeout record.
    Kyle Boots (Class of 2001 
    Kyle was a three-year letter winner in wrestling and a two-time state qualifier. He was a captain his senior year when the team won the team semistate title and qualified for the state finals. He ended his career with an 85-19 record and was part of three county championship teams. He was a regional champion his junior and senior years, a Sagamore Athletic champion those same two years and was named to the Journal Review All-Area teams those years as well. He held the school record for the best record at 171 as he went 27-3.
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  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    The MC (Montgomery County) United Soccer Club finished another successful season of soccer with high level sportsmanship and a growing skill set at each level of play. The U10, U12 and U15 teams ended the season with winning records, with each team playing 10 regular season games.
    The results of the season are as follows:
    U10
    The U10 team, consisting of 12 players, won eight games and lost two (by a small margin) during its 10- game season. The team scored 61 goals in total and had just 14 goals scored against it during the regular season of play. The final tournament ended with two wins and one narrow loss (1-0).
    U12
    The U12 team, consisting of 16 players, continued to dominate the league with an undefeated regular season of play for the third consecutive season, placing it first in the league. The team enjoyed a record of 50 goals scored for and 13 goals against. In tournament play, the team enjoyed three wins out of four games of play. The final game in the tournament ended with a 3-2 loss and placed the team second in tournament play.
    U15
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  • The “Natural” The Municipal Golf Course Part 5
    Monday, October 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Just a little northwest of the trestle is the water reservoir and the pump house. Between the reservoir and the trestle beneath the grove of trees is the pro’s house. It flooded so badly in the early spring rainy season that it had to be torn down. The club house is at the bottom with the number one tee box to the between the clubhouse and the practice green. At the right side of the picture you see a part of number three and number 9. At the top right of the picture is the miniature golf course and the baseball field. The grandstand was torn down in 1972, so the picture was taken before that. 
    The early course managers and pros were Gene Conway 1941, Cyril Shook, 1948-1955, Joe Hesselgrave, 1955-1971, Sam Haslam, 1971-1972, Paul Clifford, 1972-1991, Terry Kendricks, 1991-2015 and Cooper Tartar, 2015-present. The course is now under the management of the Billy Casper Golf which manages over 150 courses in 29 states. I talked to some of the long-time employees such as Charlie Rivers, Charlie Kendricks and Don Lashley to get some of their memories of Muni. Charlie Rivers is now 82 and has been working at Muni for over 20 years. Charlie Hendricks is 88 and has been at the course for 23 years. His brother Dick worked at the course for over 20 years and Charlie’s son Terry was the course supervisor for over 20 years. All of these gentlemen were avid golfers and have many stories about the course.
    Here are some of the memories from the faithful patrons of the Municipal Golf Course:
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  • Monday, October 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Montgomery County will be well represented at the New Prairie cross country semi-state next Saturday with several individuals and the Crawfordsville boys’ team advancing from the Harrison regional. After winning the first boys’ cross country sectional in school history, the Crawfordsville boys finished fourth to advance as a team. They’ll be joined by Southmont’s Ross Lippencott, who finished 27th overall and 7th as an individual without a team to advance. 
    On the girls side, Crawfordsville competed as a team, taking sixth, but will have four girls advance. Madison Fry, Maddy Hurt, Lauren Kellerman and Halle Smith all finished well enough to advance as individuals. Southmont’s Kelsey Dugger was 11th overall and the top individual without a team to advance. 
    County girls: 11. Kelsey Dugger (S) 19:48, 15. Madison Fry (C) 19:59, 19. Maddy Hurt (C) 20:26, 21. Lauren Kellerman (C) 20:32, 22. Halle Smith (C) 20:34, 51. Hailey Claycomb (C) 22:35, 56. Zoe Baker (C) 22:45, 64. Kaitlyn McClerkin (N) 23:08, 81. Frannie Fuller (C) 25:00
    County boys: 17. Riley Fyffe (C) 16:59, 26. Eli Widmer (C) 17:34, 27. Ross Lippencott (S) 17:40, 29. Drake Hayes (C) 17:41, 32. Zach McKinney (C) 17:46, 43. Thomas Richardson (S) 18:07, 58. Shane Alenduff (N) 18:39, 60. Cristia Hernandez (C) 18:46, 79. Jair Alvarado (C) 19:35, 82. Hunter Hutchinson (C) 20:00
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  • Bruins strike quickly, down Mounties
    Saturday, October 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – Recapping the celebrated confrontation between the tortoise and the hare, this time the hare wins. 
    Southmont, who uses its running game to chew up clock, scored twice on a pair of 11-play touchdown drives. Yet it was Tri-West who capitalized on two quick fourth quarter touchdowns to down the Mounties 28-14, spoiling Senior Night for the hosts, Friday.
    Tri-West (4-5, SAC 4-3) struggled to move the ball consistently, thanks in part to a stingy, hard-hitting Southmont (5-4, SAC 4-3) defense, and partly due to committing 16 penalties — seven for false starts. At one point, the Bruins committed four illegal procedure penalties out of five successive snaps.
    The Mounties limited Tri-West to 92 rushing yards, and sacked Bruins’ QB Tyler Watson four times. However, when it looked as if the Mounties had a drive-stopper, Watson would escape to complete a long throw.
    “We’ve got to learn how to bring down the quarterback when we get our hands on him,” said Southmont head coach Desson Hannum. “Going into Sectionals, we have to shore up our tackling.”
    Offensively, Southmont ground out 52 offensive plays to Tri-West’s 28. Most of that workload was on the back of senior running back Reese VanCleave, who clawed and pawed his way to 109 yards on 30 carries. VanCleave ac-counted for 57 percent of the plays from scrimmage.
    “We had to give him that,” said Hannum. “That is what they were giving us. They used a ‘Bears front’ to stop us up the middle. Credit to them. We couldn’t get outside either. They did a great job of funneling our running game into their linebackers.”
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  • Turnovers haunt Athenians
    Saturday, October 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    If you’re superstitious, you know that Friday the 13th could be one of the worst days on any calendar. Unfortunately for Crawfordsville, Friday night proved to be bad luck, as they committed four turnovers, in their 26-20 Sagamore Athletic Conference loss to Frankfort.
    Frankfort forced the first turnover when Caleb Ford intercepted an Athenian pass to give the Hot Dogs first and 10 at the Crawfordsville 48. Eight plays later Matt Snell scampered in from 21-yards out to make it 7-0 Hot Dogs.
    The Athenians next two drives resulted in fumbles deep in Hot Dog territory thwarting any scoring chances. The first at the Hot Dog 25 and the second at the Frankfort 13.
    “Turnovers killed us, especially when we were driving the ball in the first half,” said Athenian head coach Larry Getts. “A game like this is going to come down to turnovers, and we didn’t take care of the ball tonight.”
    The Athenians would tie it up right before half as they marched 30-yards in 4-plays capped by a Steven LaTre 12-yard run to send it into halftime tied at 7.
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  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    LINDEN – North Montgomery welcomed the No. 4-ranked class 3A Danville Warriors into town Friday night. Danville showcased their explosive offense in a 34-0 win over the Chargers on Senior Night. 
    “Our seniors are a special group of kids because they have spent a lot of time in the program,” said Charger head coach Josh Thompson. “They spend a lot of time together and it is especially impressive to see how these kids have grown up during their time here. 
    “You always want to see your seniors go out on a good note,” said Thompson, “obviously we didn’t get the result on the scoreboard we wanted but there were a lot of good take-aways from the game.”
    Danville showed some of their big play potential early on in the game. On their first snap, the Warriors connected for a 56 yard touchdown pass to put them up early. 
    “Danville has tremendous team speed and we struggled with that,” said Thompson. “They have a lot of good athletes on both sides of the ball and it was hard for us to overcome.”
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  • Friday, October 13, 2017 4:00 AM

    LINDEN – Things couldn’t have started any better for Southmont in its Volleyball Sectional 25 opener against Benton Central. The Mounties were impressive early racing out to a two set to none lead over the Bison. However, BC caught fire in the third set, and the Mounties were never able to regain control as Benton Central ended the Mounties season with a 19-25, 24-26, 25-12, 25-21, 15-9 victory.

    “I’m really proud of the girls tonight,” said Southmont head coach Lauran Nichols. “I told them at the start of the season that we wouldn’t been able to play five sets with them. We’ve improved remarkably, and that’s what I wanted to see. However, it really stinks to end your season like that when you’re up two games to none.”

    Benton Central rushed out to a 4-0 lead to start the first set. Southmont wouldn’t take its first lead until 11-10. Neither team saw more than a one point lead the remainder of the set, until South ran off six straight to take the first set 25-19.

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