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  • Tigers feast on young Chargers
    Monday, May 22, 2017 11:15 PM
    LIZTON – When you win five times all year, and you enter Sectional play matched up against a team that beat you twice in the regular season by no fewer than ten runs each time, maybe it makes you queasy. When you couldn’t win a conference game all year, and your Sectional opponent is the reigning champ, maybe it spoils your appetite entirely. When that team is the defending State champion, and currently ranked No. 3 statewide, maybe it makes you downright nauseous.
    Maybe if you are Chargers head coach Jessie June all that makes your team hungry to get better.
    No. 3 ranked 3A Lebanon (19-4, SAC 13-1) dined frequently on North Montgomery (5-18, SAC 0-14) pitching, and walked away from the Sectional 25 first round game with a satisfying 15-2 victory, here Monday, in a run-shortened contest.
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  • Athenians cap perfect SAC year
    Monday, May 22, 2017 11:13 PM
    FRANKFORT – The Crawfordsville baseball team put a bow on the regular season with a 9-1 win over Frankfort Monday. The game started Saturday, but less than an inning was finished before rain washed it out. With the victory, Crawfordsville finished 23-4 in the regular season and a perfect 14-0 in the Sagamore Athletic Conference. 
    The Athenians got a little offense and benefited from five Hot Dog errors in the game. Crawfordsville managed its nine runs on just four hits and three walks. Will Kellerman had two of those hits, going with Josh Blackburn and Payten Abney to complete the scorecard. 
    Chase Dowell and Blackburn each scored twice. Abney drove in a pair of runs. 
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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    For the girls’ track teams of Montgomery County, this is the final leg of this season. Tonight all three county schools will be competing in sectional meets. Crawfordsville and North Montgomery will compete in sectional 13 at Harrison High School at 5:30 p.m. The competition will be tough with the following teams rounding out the field: Clinton Central, Clinton Prairie, Faith Christian, Frankfort, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Central Catholic, Lafayette Jefferson, McCutcheon, Rossville, West Lafayette.
    Crawfordsville head coach Sean Gerold saw opportunities for his athletes.
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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – Lebanon’s Abigail McPherson was masterful Monday as she limited Southmont to a pair of hits and led her Tigers to a 10-0 win over the Mounties. 
    Southmont’s lone hits were from Avery Jordan Crist. Lebanon jumped ahead early with two runs in the first and another in the second. South kept the visitors off the board in the third, but the offense returned with four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth, capping the 10-run rule to end the contest in five innings. 
    Southmont (14-6, 8-4 SAC) makes the trip to Lebanon tonight to look for revenge. 
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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – The Southmont bats came alive Monday in a 10-5 baseball win over Lebanon. The Mounties pounded out 10 hits and jumped out to an 8-0 lead after three in the win. 
    Ryan Stanley, Austin Manion and Cole Roach each had a pair of singles. Boone Welliever, Cole Wemer and Brandon Rogers added singles and Risty Bullerdick blasted an RBI-double for Southmont. Stanley and Roach had two ribbies each. Bullerdick, Cam Chadd, Stanley and Manion each scored twice. 
    Wemer got the start and the win, striking out six and allowing just three hits in four innings. Roach worked the last three innings to close the door on any comeback discussion.
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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Editor’s note: This is second of a 6-part series on Crawfordsville High School’s 1958 basketball season. The series will be published each day this week, culminating in Saturday’s edition of The Paper of Montgomery County. 
    By Nelson Hultberg
    But amidst our lives of Rockwellian serenity there was juxtaposed the "exhilarating madness" of basketball. It gave our lives a dimension that no other game or endeavor could match. The members of a high school basketball team were the school's gods. They fought in battle every week in sporting cathedrals with hysterical fans sitting right up to the rafters. If these gods were good enough, they made it into the state basketball championship tournament by winning their Sectional division, which was the goal of every high school that dotted the fertile plains of Hoosierland and every boy that ever shot hoops against a local barn (of which there were tens of thousands in Indiana). Winning one's Sectional was what the game in Indiana was all about. This put one's school into a fabled run for glory that came to them if they were able to make it to Indianapolis and the IHSAA State Basketball Championships – the final four – in late March. 
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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Last week at the county track meet North continued its domination by winning both the boys and girls meet. This makes four years in a row for boys and three consecutive years for girls.
    I often hear funny things while I’m shooting photos of sports. Last week I was taking photos of North’s Jeffrey Miller in the high jump. He was advancing through the heights on his way to a county championship. I had turned to the track to watch a race, so I’m not sure which Crawfordsville boy to credit with his funny quote. Southmon coach Marvin Walters was running the pole vault competition when he yelled to Miller what are your standards. Meaning where to set the distance for the pole vault. Without missing a beat, a Crawfordsville athlete yelled out 5’8” blonde hair and blue eyes but I can be somewhat flexible. He, of course, got several chuckles from the guys around him as well as the photographer. One never knows what a teen might say but that was good quick thinking line.
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  • Athenians clinch SAC behind Johnson’s 1-hitter
    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Athenians thumped out six runs in the first two innings, and Trent Johnson dominated cross county rival North Montgomery, striking out 12 Chargers batters while dealing a one-hit 6-0 shutout victory. 
    In doing so, the senior recorded his 300th career strikeout, and propelled Crawfordsville (21-4, SAC 12-0) to an outright Sagamore Athletic Conference title.
    “Trent was on his game!” said an impressed Athenians head coach John Froedge. “That’s as good as he has been all year, and right up there with his best.”
    Johnson (WP, 8-1) didn’t allow a baserunner until the fifth inning when Chargers Mitch Merica reached on an infield error. To that point, the right-hander had faced the minimum batters in each inning, which included striking out the side at the top of the North Montgomery order in the fourth.
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  • Huge fourth propels C’ville girls
    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    North Montgomery found offense in more innings on the softball field Monday night, but a 10-run fourth propelled Crawfordsville to an 11-1 win. North scored two runs each in the first and third to jump ahead to a 4-1 lead, but that all changed in the home half of the fourth. 
    Mia Stadler led things off with a single and Elyssa Bentley reached safely on a fielder’s choice. A walk to Cali Saunders loaded things for Abby Bannon, who sent two across with a double. Maddie Utterback reached on an error and Addie Laskowski cleared the bases again with a single to score two more. Lauren Kellerman reached on a single and Olivia Barnett was safe on a dropped third strike. Stadler sent two across with another single. Saunders reached on a base hit and Bannon, for the second time in the inning, hit a two-run double to put the Lady Athenians up 11-4. 
    North got three back with a dinger in the sixth from Becca Adams, but couldn’t muster a complete comeback. 
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  • Monday, May 15, 2017 11:40 PM
    The Southmont Mounties golf team placed 2nd in a three-way meet with Attica and Covington Monday at the Crawfordsville Country Club. Attica won the meet with a 174, the Mounties shot a 188 and Covington carded a 200. Southmont’s Charlie Bullerdick was the meet medalist, shooting even par 35. Other scores for the Mounties were Ben Korhorn and Brodie Mitchell with 50s, Will Bradley a 53 and Austin Wente and Trevor McKinney with 55. 
    The Mounties are back in action tonight when they play host to Tri-West.
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  • Monday, May 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET- Southmont hosted Westfield Saturday for a double header softball affair. The teams split the day 1-1 as Westfield was able to win in five innings 10-0, but Southmont bounced back in the second game to win 11-1. 
    The first game was just a hitting parade for the Lady Rocks. Westfield started their run in the second inning and continued it through to the fourth while simultaneously shutting down Southmont. Paige Knowling and Bella McIntyre each went 1-for-2 in this game while their teammate Avery Hess ended at 1-for-3. These were all of Southmont’s hits in the first game. 
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  • Monday, May 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Editor’s note: This is first of a 6-part series on Crawfordsville High School’s 1958 basketball season. The series will be published each day this week, culminating in Saturday’s edition of The Paper of Montgomery County. 
    By Nelson Hultberg
    The year was 1958. To paraphrase Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities, "It was the best of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the season of Light, it was the spring of Hope." Hoosier basketball was beginning its run for the championship of the state, played every March and divided over four weeks into sectionals, regionals, semi-states, and the final. There was no class division. Everyone competed in one class, which gave the smaller schools a chance to play David against Goliath. Indiana was the hotbed of James Naismith's storied game, for Hoosiers played basketball better than anyone else in the country. Its high schools exemplified everything that was resplendent about the sport. 
    "The possibilities of basketball as seen here," Naismith wrote after a 1925 visit to the Indiana State Finals, "were a revelation to me. Basketball may have been invented in Massachusetts, but it was made for Indiana."
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  • Monday, May 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Written by Keith Airey
    Before the war, Clint and his 1941 classmate, Mary Isabel Ward, had dated. They continued to correspond by letter during the war and resumed dating when Clint returned to the Wilkins farm outside Linden. Soon Clint and Mary Isabel were engaged to be married. One day when observing the World War II lucky parachute, Mary Isabel had a grand, phenomenal idea. She was an excellent seamstress dating back to the days when she won many blue ribbons on her 4-H sewing projects. Yes! She would construct a wedding dress from the bright, white nylon of that lucky parachute that served as insurance that her fiancée returned from war.
    Clint and Mary Isabel were married on August 9, 1947. Taken from the August 14, 1947 newspaper marriage announcement, the wedding dress is described: “The bride’s gown was of white nylon fashioned from the groom’s (WW II) parachute….The bodice was tight fitting with a sweetheart neckline and epaulets of Point D’Aleneon lace. The long sleeves were styled in a point over the hand. The bouffant hooped skirt fell into a chapel train and was accented with inserts of lace.”
    The newlyweds settled into the Linden farm life and began a family in 1949. They would become part of the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boomers. Clint and Mary Isabel’s 3 children were Belinda (A 1967 varsity cheerleader), Ward, and C.K. The children have continued to oversee and farm the 600 acres for a fifth generation.
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  • Sunday, May 14, 2017 11:18 PM
    The Crawfordsville Athenians welcomed North White to their softball field to play a double header on Saturday. Crawfordsville came out on top in both games, the first was won 15-1 and the second was a little closer, but still in favor of Crawfordsville 5-2.
    The Athenians simply outplayed their opponents in the first game. Outside of the first inning, Crawfordsville scored at least four runs in every inning played. With players like Lauren Kellerman, Olivia Barnett, Mia Stadler, and Cali Saunders all going 3-for-4 in this game, it was difficult to lose. Kellerman and Saunders had a triple and four RBIs a piece. An amazing offense followed up with a solid defense led by pitcher Stadler, made this game hard to lose. Stadler had four strikeouts in five innings. 
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  • C’ville leads county at own invite
    Sunday, May 14, 2017 11:13 PM
    Crawfordsville hosted the Athenian Golf Invitational over the weekend. Twelve teams came to compete including all three county schools. Crawfordsville led the county with a fourth place finish shooting a team score of 339. Southmont was next in eighth place with a 379. And North Montgomery was close behind South in tenth place with a combined team score of 388. Center Grove won the invitational by shooting a 306 as a team.
    The medalist was Drew Alexander form Hamilton Southeastern with a one over par 72. Crawfordsville’s leading scorer was Devin Guard. He played a great front nine with and finished with a solid 77. Charlie Bullerdick from Southmont led his team with a nine over 80 and North’s Bob Ryker shot an 88 for his team. 
    All three county teams have home matches Monday evening. Crawfordsville plays North Vermillion, Southmont will take on Covington and Attica, and North Montgomery hosts Danville and Tri-West.
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