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  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    You will recall that a few weeks ago I described my brief brush with the sport of wrestling when I was in junior high school. My recollections were a dismal delve into self-pity that led me to give up wrestling, in favor of … anything.
    Had I the opportunity in those days to witness the 79th Annual Wrestling State Finals — an op-portunity that I enjoyed this past Saturday — perhaps my career as a wrestler would have been extended.
    For those of you who require instant satisfaction, each mano a mano match is contested in three, two minute rounds — six minutes to victory. Four mats are used simultaneously, keeping the ac-tion fast and furious.
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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:24 PM
    The Southmont junior high wrestling team traveled to Lebanon Middle School Tuesday evening for a dual meet. The Tigers defeated the Mounties. The Mounties are now 9-1 on the season and will be back in action Thursday evening as they travel to Seeger for a dual meet, wrestling will begin at 6 p.m.
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  • Whicker headed to state
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    PLAINFIELD – Twenty divers took to the board Tuesday at Plainfield with hopes of qualifying for Saturday’s state finals. Only eight moved on, among them was Crawfordsville senior Caleb Whicker. Whicker took fourth place at the event with a score of 398.40. Whicker will dive in the prelims starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI. 
    Whicker had two teammates at Plainfield attempting to qualify as well. Crawfordsville senior Rene Guertler finished his career in 18th at the regional with a score of 205.90. Athenian freshman Tyler Walters was 20th with a score of 147.30. 
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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Hello world!
    What a weekend for Montgomery County. We had three wrestlers take to the mats Friday night with their eyes set on a state championship. Tanner Webster, Boone Welliever and Seth Johnson all got through Friday night to ensure a top-8 spot in the state. 
    The wrestlers returned Saturday and continued to show well. Johnson hit the mat first and advanced followed by the same from Welliever and Webster. Johnson, just a sophomore, went on to wrestle his way to fourth place and Welliever finished his career with a win, taking third. The placement matches that of his dad, Jamie Welliever, as the best in Southmont history. 
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  • Chargers take county
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:40 PM
    North Montgomery took first place ahead of Southmont and Crawfordsville Monday at the Montgomery County gymnastics meet. Rhi Harpel (pictured) took first place in the all around for North Montgomery with a score of 33.425. She also took first place on the bars (8.35) and the beam (8.95) and second on the floor (8.4). Southmont teammates Macy Zachary and Courtney France were co-champions on the vault with scores of 8.65. Zachary also took first on the floor with a score of 8.575. The Chargers finished the meet with 93.8 points ahead of Southmont’s 90.3 points. 
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  • CHS wins boys swim sectional
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    The girl’s had their turn, now it’s time for the boy’s to have their fun in the pool. The boy’s swimming sectional took place over the weekend and many of the Montgomery county swimmers found success. Crawfordsville won the sectional as a team, but only individuals move on to state. 
    The Athenians were definitely the most successful out of the county teams. They won all three relays to move on to state as well as moving on three divers to regionals. The divers, Caleb Whicker, Rene Guertler, and Tyler Walters, will travel to Plainfield tonight to have their chance at competing at state. 
    North Montgomery will have one swimmer to compete in two events at state. This is Gus Maxwell in the 200 and 100 freestyles. Maxwell was able to defeat Athenian powerhouse Sam Malott to punch his ticket to IU in the 200, but he wasn’t done there. Maxwell also won the 100 free by just seven-hundredths of a second over Twin Lake’s Ben Manahan. 
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  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET - Southmont coach Jon Sparks wondered how his guys would respond after their loss to Greencastle and hosting Sagamore Conference foe Frankfort on senior night. The Mountie mentor was pleased with that response, as they used a strong second half to defeat the Hot Dogs 75-65.
    “We were much more aggressive, confident and positive tonight,” Sparks said of the team’s mentality. “I’m very proud, and happy, for Kaleb Swick to go out on a win like that.”
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  • BOONE: The Floyd Miller  era part one
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    There has been so much interest in the history of Linden basketball from Quinine Township that we are going to have to jump backwards from 1971 to the 1920s then to the late 40s. Keith Airey discovered a book written by Floyd Miller about his life in the town of Linden. Floyd was one of the pioneers of Linden basketball, playing in the days when there was a center jump after each basket, when basketballs had laces, and when nobody was allowed to coach during the game. Keith gleaned the material from Floyd’s books about basketball and wove them into the material that we see in the following columns. We are grateful to Floyd’s son, Jerry, for the pictures of his dad’s pioneer basketball days at Linden. Here are Floyd Miller’s memories of Linden basketball.
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  • Webster takes second!
    Monday, February 20, 2017 11:01 PM
    INDIANAPOLIS — Tanner Webster sprinted with damning strides into a nearby darkened hallway, as if the center mat spotlight itself was chasing him — leaving behind 23 seconds on the timer’s clock, and his dreams of a State championship. Lightly heralded, No. 18 ranked wrestler Eli Stock of Monrovia won by fall at 5:37 to claim the 170 pound title, upsetting the No. 2 ranked Webster. 
    A win would have granted Webster (49-2) his fiftieth victory on the season, and would also have entered his name into the North Montgomery annals as the school’s only wrestling state champion. As it is, Webster as state runner-up secured his place in history as North Montgomery’s highest finishing athlete.
    Stock’s win at the 79th Annual Wrestling State Finals stunned the Bankers Life Fieldhouse crowd, shaking Webster’s coaches and the senior wrestler himself.
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  • Eyes on the prize
    Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:10 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS – Montgomery County will have three medalists in the state wrestling finals thanks to wins Friday night. 
    North Montgomery sophomore Seth Johnson moved to 44-2 on the year and earned a spot in the quarterfinals with a pin of Brayden Shearer of Garrett just before the third period ended. Johnson, ranked No. 2 in the state, will wrestle unranked Logan Stephenson (33-10) of Terre Haute South to start Saturday in the 106-pound bracket. 
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  • Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    “We have to learn something from the loss tonight,” said Sparks, “We are good at giving people their best games of the year. If that doesn’t change, we’re in trouble.”
    Southmont celebrated an enormous milestone in Mountie basketball before Friday night’s game when they awarded Camden Chadd a basketball for scoring his 1,000th career point. Chadd became only the seventh player to ever score 1,000 points wearing a Mountie jersey. The junior passed the threshold on January 28th at the Knightstown Gym.
    Friday night, Greencastle started out hot, knocking down their first three shots, to begin the game on a 7-0 run. After an enthusiastic timeout discussion, the Mounties would go on a run themselves before trailing by six after the first quarter.
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  • Tri-West shoots down Chargers
    Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    LINDEN - The Chargers were looking to send their seniors out on a winning note Friday evening, and deny Class 3A, No. 10, Tri-West a share of the Sagamore Athletic Conference title. However, it was the Bruins, led by Tyler Watson, who answered every North Montgomery run to propel Tri-West to their second consecutive conference crown with a 90-62 victory.
    Things started well for North. Facing a quick 6-0 deficit two minutes in, Justin Clary converted an old fashioned 3-point play, and two Mitch Merica free throws cut the deficit to 6-5.
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  • Warriors secure share
    Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    DANVILLE – With Crawfordsville’s title hopes on thin ice, Friday, the Athenians chilled Dan-ville into 38 percent shooting from the floor. However, Zach Callahan’s floater melted into the net with 0:33.2 seconds remaining, and sank any hopes of the Athenians sharing the conference crown.
    The 34-33 win assured the Warriors (15-7, SAC 6-1) at least a piece of the Sagamore Athletic Conference title, and plunged Crawfordsville (14-7, SAC 4-3) to fourth place in the league.
    This is Danville’s fourth SAC crown in six years, and 11th of the last sixteen seasons.
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  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    It all comes down to Friday night in the Sagamore Athletic Conference boys’ basketball race. Tri-West and Danville sit atop the conference with 5-1 records. Tri-West won the head-to-head matchup over the Warriors to give them their only defeat. It was Lebanon that found a way to hand Tri-West a loss. 
    Crawfordsville dropped out of controlling its own destiny with a loss at the hands of Tri-West last Friday. County buddies North Montgomery could help Crawfordsville with a huge upset of Tri-West Friday at home. The Athenians will need the help. They have a trip to Danville on Friday and have to win for any hope of sharing a part of the title. A win for Danville means a conference title. A win for Crawfordsville paired with a win for North Montgomery would put Tri-West, Danville, Lebanon and Crawfordsville tied atop the standings. 
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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 10:00 PM
    There’s a particular group of people in Montgomery County whose work you see every time you attend a high school basketball game. Their names are usually in the game program, but you will never see them listed in the scorebook. They practice every day, make all the road trips, and spend countless hours in the film room, long after their teammates head for home.
    These neglected notables are your school’s Student Managers. And, if they are nearly imper-ceivable to us, coaches know full well their value to winning.
    “The managers are always the unsung heroes of the program,” observed Crawfordsville Girls head basketball coach Tony Bean, granting kudos to senior managers Angel Fenwick and Dammaris Chavez. “Bottom line, if you have good managers, a coach’s job is easier and the program runs more smoothly.” 
    In addition to familiar game duties, like keeping water bottles filled, supplying towels, and manag-ing the equipment, teams today ask managers to accept additional responsibilities — many be-hind the scenes.
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