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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Southmont didn’t get off to the start they wanted in their county and Sagamore Athletic Conference volleyball game against Crawfordsville Tuesday night. However, it wasn’t how they started, but how they finished. The Mounties grew stronger and more confident as the match progressed defeating the Athenians in four, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-13.
    “I’m so proud of those girls,” said an ecstatic Mountie head coach Lauran Nichols afterwards. “We didn’t come out quite ready, but we got there.”
    “I was proud of their effort,” she continued. “That’s something we’ve struggled with, but we found it tonight.”
    Things started well for the Athenians. They lead 13-7 midway through the first, only to see Southmont close it to 22-21 on back-to-back kills by Alexis Nelson. However, Crawfordsville was able to close the set on one of Caroline Scheuren’s nine kills to take the first set 25-21.
    The second set may have been the best of the night. Neither team held more than a 3-point advantage throughout. The Mounties led 23-20 only to see Crawfordsville claw back to make it 24-23, before Nelson recorded one of her 15 kills on the night to tie the match at one with a 25-23 win.
    The third set was much like the second, as South held a 4-point lead early, only to see Crawfordsville take a 3-point midway through at 12-9. The Mounties grew the lead to four again at 24-20, but closed it out to lead the match 2-sets to one.
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  • Mounties take county title
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Southmont tennis team secured its first Montgomery County championship since 1984 with a 3-2 win over North Montgomery Tuesday. 
    The Mounties got a win at No. 1 singles from senior Patrick Scheidler. Southmont swept doubles action with the teams of Jack Reimondo / Reese Long and Conner Stockwell / Jarrett Downey. 
    North Montgomery took a win at No. 2 singles from Matt Jackman and No. 3 singles from Jaxon Plant. 
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  •    Zachary shatters record, Athenians
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    If Luigi Scrosoppi is the patron saint of soccer, it is likely that his name was invoked repeatedly, Tuesday — on the Southmont side of midfield for blessing the Mounties with forward Macy Zachary, who became Montgomery County’s all-time leading goal scorer … on the Crawfords-ville side for mercy.
    The Lady Mounties pushed their record to 8-3-1, and 5-2 in the Sagamore Athletic Conference with a 7-nil victory, and with it secured the county championship.
    Two minutes, 29 seconds into the match, Zachary had her first goal off a nice sideline feed from midfielder Avery Hess. Nine minutes later, Zachary had the hat-trick. Sandwiched in between, Zachary notched her 108th career goal, which moved her past Crawfordsville’s Hannah Whicker into the top spot in the Girls’ scoring record books.
    “She came in needing two goals,” said head coach Maddie Burton, who admitted that a recount indicated she was just short of the record. “Her second goal put her over, and to get it here, at Crawfordsville, where [Whicker] played made it even more special.”
    By evening’s end, Zachary left the field with 112 career goals. She scored six of the Mounties’ seven marks.
    Southmont looked poised and aggressive from the opening kick against a young and banged up Crawfordsville unit. It didn’t take long before a loose ball turned into a two-on-two rush that ended in the first of four Hess-to-Zachary scores.
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  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    For the second night in a row the North Montgomery volleyball team was victorious. This time it was 3-1 over Clinton Central. The Chargers recovered after dropping the second set to win in four. 
    Mary Jackman led the team with 14 kills. Megan Merica offered up nine aces. Kaleigh Sharp was sharp defensively with 13 digs. Kasey Krutzsch tossed up 18 assists.
    North Montgomery (10-12) is at West Lafayette Thursday.
    Kills: Mary Jackman 14, Megan Merica 7, Kelsey Sabens 4, Tori Warren 3, Kasey Krutzsch 1
    Aces: Merica 9, Kaleigh Sharp 6, Krutzsch 2, Gracie Chapman 1
    Blocks: Jackman 3, Warren 3, Sabens 1
    Digs: Sharp 13, Jackman 9, Merica 7, Caroline Turner 5, Chapman 6, Krutzsch 4, Karsyn Carpenter 1, Sabens 1
    Assists: Krutzsch 18, Chapman 9, Jackman 2
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  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville dropped a boys’ tennis match Monday to West Lafayette, 3-2. The Athenians got wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles from Ryan Fry and Luis Sabrowski, respectively. 
    Crawfordsville is at Frankfort Thursday.
    West Lafayette 3, Crawfordsville 2
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  • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    LINDEN – North Montgomery battled and held Tri-West scoreless for 55 minutes Monday night in a Sagamore Athletic Conference contest. The contest was tied 0-0 at halftime and the draw held until the 55th minute when the Bruins found the back of the net. The Bruins added a second goal with just five minutes left to seal things. 
    Monte Bushman made 12 saves for the Chargers. 
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  • Monday, September 18, 2017 8:32 PM
    The Montgomery County Golf meet was contested last week at the Crawfordsville Country Club. Megan Douglas was the medalist with a 42 as she led North Montgomery to a county championship. 
    North Montgomery 199, Southmont 205, Crawfordsville 220
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  • Monday, September 18, 2017 8:31 PM
    Southmont’s boys soccer team battled one of the Sagamore’s best and narrowly lost a 2-0 decision to Lebanon Saturday. Ryan Stanley made 22 saves against the Tigers as the Mounties were outshot 24-15. 
    “This was a great game. I am very proud of the WHOLE team,” Southmont head coach Brandon Rash said. “We played aggressive and took it to the best team on our schedule. This one was a team effort.
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  • Muni remembers Dick Simonds
    Monday, September 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Members of the Senior Municipal Golf Association presented a new marker Friday in memory of Dick Simonds. Simonds was a long-time golfer and long-time secretary of the association. He will be remembered at the senior tee box on the first hole at the municipal course. Pictured left to right are association members Vance Pyle, Larry Lynch and Steve House. Trent Altieri, manager for Billy Casper Golf, is pictured in the back. 
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  • Monday, September 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Southmont fired a 391 in the girls’ golf sectional Saturday to take third place and advance to next this weekend’s regional. North Montgomery senior Megan Douglas carded a 90 to advance as an individual. Lebanon’s Katherin Patterson was the medalist with a 78. 
    South was led by a 91 from Erin Williams. North Montgomery was fourth with a 408 and Crawfordsville took fifth with a 429. Lebanon won the event with a 328. Western Boone was second with a team score of 377.Crawfordsville’s top golfer was Bailey Mittal with a 95. 
    Results: Lebanon 328, Western Boone 377, Southmont 391, North Montgomery 408, Crawfordsville 429, Seeger 432, North Putnam 451, Attica INC
    Top 5: Katherine Patterson (L) 78, Maci French (L) 81, Josi Greene (L) 81, Rachel Conyer (WB) 86, Megan Sosbe (L) 88
    Individuals advancing without a team: Taylor Dixon (NM) 89, Megan Douglas (NM) 90, Morgan Wagner (SE) 90
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  •  The “Natural” The Municipal Golf Course Part 2
    Monday, September 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    Writer’s Note: Since there are so many exciting things happening and since there has never been a history of the Municipal Golf Course written, I have decided to spend a few weeks telling the story of the course.
    Several of the old-timers told me that the original course started just off Elmore Street with a little shack where you paid your fees in the northwest corner of the course where number thirteen green is now. I asked Bill Locker to draw a picture of what the course would have looked like to make it a par 35 and flow naturally from beginning to end (which can be seen on page A5). This is pure speculation since there is nobody left to ask about the layout of the old course.
    Again, it is pure speculation that they moved the number one tee box to the position where it was until the second nine was built. Remember that the only way to get to the golf course was through the park and under the old Pennsylvania RR trestle until 1950 when they extended South Boulevard to link it to the golf course. I am guessing that when they built the new clubhouse in 1940 that they changed the configuration of the course to where it stayed from then until they built the second nine.
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  • Star offense too much for Chargers
    Saturday, September 16, 2017 12:00 AM
    LINDEN – The Western Boone Stars found themselves ahead early and didn’t look back last night against North Montgomery. The Star’s impressive offense finished the game with over 509 yards of total offense en route to their 56-17 trouncing of the Chargers. That is North’s fourth straight loss. 
    “Western Boone is a good football team and we knew that they were going to come out hard and try to punch us in the mouth,” said Chargers head coach Josh Thompson, “They were physical and we have to work on our response to that.”
    Defensively for the Chargers, the name of the game was missed tackles. Western Boone ball carriers were able to extend the play and gain extra yards after initial contact consistently throughout the night.
    “We can’t have blown assignments and we can’t have missed tackles,” said Thompson, “We’ve had two rough weeks with those and we need to bounce back from these next week.”
    “We have to tweak our tackling drills and put the kids in better situations and positions to make the right plays,” continued Thompson, “we can’t have any more missed tackles.”
    Offensively, the Chargers couldn’t handle the pressure of Western Boone’s offensive line. Quarterback Collin Knecht didn’t have enough time to read the defense and find the open man.
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  • Mounties secure county
    Saturday, September 16, 2017 12:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – Southmont claimed the Montgomery County football championship Friday night in a game that ended up with a margin much wider than the competitiveness of the contest. Southmont scored the first 34 points over the course of three-and-a-half quarters on the way to a 41-14 win over Crawfordsville. 
    The course of the game was set in stone through two plays that enveloped a halftime homecoming celebration for the Mounties. Trailing 13-0, Crawfordsville was used eight plays to drive from its own 20 to the 4-yard-line of Southmont. On the ninth play of the drive, Southmont senior Reese VanCleave ripped the ball from an Athenian back and it squirted away to an open spot on the artificial turf. Classmate Kyle Nunemaker scooped the pigskin and darted 95 yard the other way for a Southmont touchdown. The bleachers and sideline erupted as Nunemaker broke a tackle and sped out of the Athenians’ reach with less than four minutes left in the half. 
    “They were running some triple option and midline on us and it was giving us some problems. So to make that big play and get the first defensive touchdown of the year is huge,” Southmont head coach Desson Hannum said. 
    “It’s all about the ball. If you don’t take care of the ball you’re not going to win football games,” Crawfordsville head coach Larry Getts said. “We have to get past playing hard and not giving up. We have execute. We had too many mistakes.”
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  • Saturday, September 16, 2017 12:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – No player on the current Southmont Mountie roster has experienced a Montgomery County championship in their high school gridiron careers. That all changed Friday night with the 41-14 thumping of Crawfordsville to claim the school’s first crown since 2013.
    The Athenians denied the Mounties last year with their 21-13 win, so this was the seniors last shot at redemption, and Coach Desson Hannum was happy they were able to accomplish one of their season goals.
    “None of our guys on the sideline have had this opportunity before,” he said. “So, for them to get that will be a memory that they can look back on and be proud of.”
    For as much as it meant to the seniors playing in their last county game, it may have been a junior who helped set the tone early. 
    After a Southmont turnover, Logan Smith, stepped in front of a Crawfordsville pass to give the Mounties possession deep in Athenian territory.
    “We’d been working on that counter pass all week, and Kyle (Nunemaker) and I saw it from the start,” Smith said. “Kyle made a good play on the receiver, and it was right to me for the interception.” Hunter Chadwick would score five plays later to give the Mounties a 6-0 lead.
    Nunemaker, was huge on both sides of the ball for the Mounties. Leading 13-0 late in the second quarter, Crawfordsville faced a first and goal from the four. Reese VanCleave stripped the Athenian ball carrier and Nunemaker went 95-yards for the scoop and score in what was the turning point of the game.
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  • Friday, September 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Southmont volleyball team battled to a 4-set win Thursday night at Attica. The Mounties battled to a 26-24 win in the second game before dropping the third and recovering with a decisive 25-20 finale. 
    Lexi Nelson led the squad with 20 kills and Macy Wells tossed up 20 assists. Bella McIntyre had a perfect night serving, scoring 26 points on 31-of-31 from the line and three aces. 
    The Mounties (4-11) are at the Greenfield Central Invitational Saturday at 10 a.m.
    Southmont 3, Attica 1
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