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  • Friday, March 20, 2015 2:12 PM
    North Montgomery senior Grant Gayler now has another accolade to add to his list.

    The 2015 Basketball Player of the Year title goes to the 6-foot, 6-inch Charger, who achieved 1,000-point status this season, becoming the third-leading scorer in the school's history in the process.

    This Bethel-commit led his team in virtually every category this season while averaging almost 20 points per game, in which he started every one.

    "It's going to be hard to leave these guys," Gayler said about his teammates, some of whom he played with for four years. "I wish I had another year with them, but I'm excited to go to college and work on my game even more.

    "We all got together before this season in the summer and we all put in some great work," Gayler continued. "It paid off. We had just as many wins this year as my sophomore and junior years combined. When you're over .500, that's a successful season, and that's all I could ask for."

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  • Host Hot Dogs get by Chargers
    Friday, March 06, 2015 7:36 PM
    FRANKFORT - North Montgomery's basketball season came to abrupt end Saturday evening thanks to the hot hand of the Frankfort Hot Dogs. The Hot Dogs hit 51 percent of their field goals, including 61 percent, 11-of-18, from beyond the arc to upend the Chargers, 71-64.

    The Chargers shot the ball well themselves. They shot 54 percent, 26-48, but they were just 28 percent from distance, 5-18.

    "We didn't come into tonight expecting them to hit 11 threes, and hit 61 percent from the 3-point line," said Charger coach Joel Grindle. "It's a pretty tough pill to swallow when they shoot that well."
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  • Sectional semifinals on tap for Friday
    Thursday, March 05, 2015 9:17 PM
    Four teams remain in each of the local boys' basketball sectionals.
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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 2:24 PM
    GREENCASTLE -The final game before sectional action in high school basketball is typically emotional and physical. That was the case Friday evening as North Montgomery (13-9) traveled to Greencastle (12-10) for a non-conference battle.

    Both teams came into the contest with exact records, mirror images of one another. North Montgomery escaped with a hard earned 54-46 victory.

    Heading into sectional week coach Joel Grindle commented on the physicality of the game. "That was called (officiated) exactly how the sectional is going to be called. I thought we did a great job of keeping our heads in the game, we played strong and fought through it, our kids kept their composure. We have to have the 'us against the world' attitude."
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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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  • Sunday, February 22, 2015 7:52 PM
    LINDEN - The North Montgomery boys' basketball team paid tribute to four outgoing seniors on Saturday night at Charger gym. Seniors Grant Gayler, Owen Randolph, Elijah Dugard and Austin Donahue suited up in the orange and navy for the last time in front of their home fans. The Chargers did not disappoint, defeating visiting Attica 58-53.

    "It was nice to watch the culmination for these kids at home," Charger head coach Joel Grindle stated. "Where they have brought the program, and see what they have done from when they were freshman and sophomores, they played a huge part through their effort and dedication to this program."
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  • North drops defensive battle
    Friday, February 20, 2015 7:01 PM
    Defense wins championships is the old saying. Friday night at Charger gym, defense most definitely won the basketball game, as Tri West escaped Linden with a 48-36 Sagamore Athletic Conference victory.

    Tri West (18-3, 6-1 SAC) came into the game averaging nearly 80 points a contest, and were held to just 48 on the evening.

    "Defensively tonight, we were pretty darn good," North Montgomery coach Joel Grindle said. "I loved our effort and energy."
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  • Gayler given game ball for 1,000th point
    Friday, February 20, 2015 7:01 PM
    North Montgomery presented senior Grant Gayler, center, with the a game ball for achieving the 1,000 career point mark. Gayler reached 1,000 in a game on Feb. 12 against Frankfort on a jumper near the baseline. He is pictured with head coach Joel Grindle, left, and assistant coach DJ Byrd, right. Gayler will be one of the Charger seniors honored tonight before their game with Attica. He plans on playing at Bethel next year.
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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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  • Monday, February 16, 2015 5:09 PM
    LINDEN - The North Montgomery boys basketball team defeated Riverton Parke 60-21 on Saturday. A rare afternoon game, to allow for teams to travel and support lady basketball throughout the state, was led by North Montgomery (11-8,6-2) from the tipoff. The Chargers jumped out to an early 19-2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, leading 31-9 at the intermission. The Panthers (1-19) shot only 17 percent from the field for the game, and were led in scoring by sophomore Caleb Dickey who finished with 7.

    "We played hard throughout the game." Charger coach Joel Grindle said. "Our entire team was engaged, cheering for each other. We were able to get a lot of guys playing time, being aggressive and get some things done that we wanted to see."

    North Montgomery was led in the scoring column by senior Grant Gayler, who finished with 10. Senior, Elijah Dugard, got extended minutes in the ballgame and ended with 6 points and 6 boards. Baylee Adams and Devon Zachary also played well, finishing with 9, and 6 points respectively. The Chargers outrebounded the Panthers 50-22.

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  • Thursday, February 12, 2015 7:38 PM
    FRANKFORT - For a brief period in the first quarter the Chargers rejoiced. On his fifth shot of the night, North Montgomery senior Grant Gayler hit a baseline jumper on an inbounds pass to crack the 1,000 point mark in his career.

    "It's a fantastic accomplishment," North Montgomery head coach Joel Grindle said. "It shows the dedication and work he puts into it. Being only the third guy in the history of the school to do it shows that it's something special."
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  • Friday, February 06, 2015 7:21 PM
    OXFORD - The North Montgomery faithful made the long drive to Benton Central Friday evening in hopes of witnessing history. Caleb Randolph made sure they didn't go home disappointed, as he poured in 19 points, to help the Chargers earn the come-from-behind 53-45 victory.

    The fans were hoping to see, not only a Charger win, but also Grant Gayler become only the third Charger male to reach the 1,000 point club. He ended the night with a double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds leaving him with 999 for his career.

    "Grant played really well tonight, with guys hanging all over him," commented Charger mentor Joel Grindle. "We'd like to have seen him finish one of those shots at the end of the game, to get the 1,000 points, but he'll have another opportunity Thursday (at Frankfort)."

    The Chargers started slow finding themselves trailing 12-8 after one. The Bison had the hot hand shooting 67 percent from the field in the first quarter, including 75 percent from long range.
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  • Wednesday, February 04, 2015 5:23 PM
    OXFORD -- The North Montgomery boys' basketball team is in an unusual position this week. They have just one game and it is outside of the Sagamore Athletic Conference. The Chargers (9-7) are prepping for a trip to Benton Central on Friday to battle a 6-9 Bison squad.

    "They have a lot of strong, athletic players on the inside," North Montgomery mentor Joel Grindle said. "They are good at getting to the basket offensively. They do a really nice job on the offensive boards. Defensively, they play zone. They do a nice job of using their athleticism challenge shooters, and apply pressure on the perimeter."

    The Chargers are in another unique position. Their best player, 6-foot, 6-inch Bethel recruit, Grant Gayler, needs just 15 points to reach 1,000 for his career. He is currently tied as the No. 3 all-time scorer at North Montgomery at 985 points with Blake Murphy. He trails DJ Byrd and BJ Schlicher.
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  • North stays alive in SAC
    Friday, January 30, 2015 7:19 PM
    DOVER-The North Montgomery Charger boys' basketball team kept their SAC title hopes alive Friday night with a hard earned, physical 43-34 road victory over Western Boone.

    North Montgomery (9-7, 4-1) withstood the early storm on Homecoming night from the Stars. The Chargers found themselves down 14-4, after shooting only 1-9 in the first period. The second quarter was a polar opposite of the first as Western Boone (5-9,1-4), was the exact same 1-9 from the field. The Stars only managed a single bucket in the stanza, and found themselves trailing 18-16 at intermission.
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