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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    Hello world!
    What a Saturday! Going into the Sugar Creek Classic, I knew that Saturday could be a fun night. If the cards fell the way they should have Friday, which they did, we would have matchups between North against WeBo and South against C’ville. I knew those two games would be a blast but little did I know just what we would see. 
    Let’s start with the grand finale of the Classic. Crawfordsville had control of the championship game against Southmont for most of the duration. The Athenians were never able to establish firm dominance, but at the same time Southmont just couldn’t get on the right side of the scoreboard. The Mounties found some magic late and knotted things up with about a minute left. 
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  • Wednesday, January 04, 2017 4:00 AM
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    Sports are back in full force and it’s a beautiful thing. Swimmers hit the water Monday for a fantastic county meet on Monday at the Crawfordsville Aquatics Center. The meet came down to one one-hundredths of a second for the girls. Megan Merica put together a special effort to touch the wall and put the Chargers in second place in the 400-yard freestyle relay. That was enough to propel them into first place as a team and claim their third straight county championship. 
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  • Wednesday, December 21, 2016 4:00 AM
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    First and foremost, Merry Christmas! It’s slow around the sports world, but it gives athletes (and us local media folk) a chance to enjoy some rest and time with family. 
    Some athletes do have some work to put in over the holidays. North Montgomery’s wrestling team is headed up to Fort Wayne on Friday for the IHSWCA Team State Duals. Surprisingly, the Chargers were assigned to No. 4 seed in the Class 2A Bracket. The ranking reflects the rankings put out by IndianaMat.com on Dec. 12. Yorktown, Bellmont and Jimtown are ahead of the Chargers in ranking and seeding but I think the Chargers might perform much better than that. 
    They’ll start the day with duals against fifth-seeded Edgewood and unseeded Northwood. I imagine they’ll cruise through those duals. If they do, they should find top-seeded Yorktown in the semifinal. In my eyes, the winner of that dual goes on to win the tournament. The Chargers might not be getting the respect from the state rankings but they have a chance to put a lot of folks on notice this weekend. 
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  • Wednesday, December 14, 2016 4:00 AM
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    Friday is arguably the first big weekend for movement in the boys’ basketball Sagamore Athletic Conference race. There are three conference clashes. Frankfort is in non-conference play and Tri-West is off until Dec. 21. 
    The Bruins currently sit atop the league with a 2-0 record in Sagamore play. Danville and Crawfordsville are each 1-0 in the SAC and Southmont and Lebanon are next at 1-1. Tri-West’s wins are over Western Boone and Frankfort, cellar dwellers with one combined win this year against 10 losses. The Stars are 0-2 in league play while the Hot Dogs are 0-1.
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  • Wednesday, December 07, 2016 4:00 AM
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    Last week I started to delve into just how good the boys’ basketball teams could be this season and we’re starting to get some answers. 
    To put it simply, I think they can all be really, really good. 
    Southmont showed some serious firepower and a staunch defense in wins over North Montgomery and Cloverdale last weekend. Mountie head coach Jon Sparks has a great group this year that looks like they trust one another on both ends of the court. Junior Cam Chadd and senior Kaleb Swick are elite scorers and have rounded out their games nicely the last couple of years. Both can hit the glass and defend pretty much every position. The Mounties also have a handful of sharpshooters – which never hurts. 
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  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 4:00 AM
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    So we’re just about a week into the boys’ basketball season and there are some questions emerging. The most pressing of these is how good are these clubs really going to be? As of today, Southmont is 2-0, North Montgomery is 1-1 and Crawfordsville is 2-0. 
    Now, these wins have come against some OK opponents and for the most part, the wins have been impressive. North’s loss came to Class 4A Harrison, so that doesn’t reveal too much about the Chargers. They do have a win over Speedway for the second year in a row, which is something. New coach Eric Danforth has the boys up north running and gunning with an up-tempo offense that is a change of pace from what Charger fans have grown used to in the last few years. 
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  • Thursday, November 24, 2016 4:00 AM
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    We’ve hit the winter sports season and I have the empty Dayquil packets and half-gone Vitamin C bottle to prove it. The winter is such a unique time when it comes to sports. The fall is nice and cozy. Football every Friday, volleyball throughout the week, big golf, tennis and cross country tournaments on the weekends. Spring is a different sort of chaos in its own thanks to rain, but it still isn’t as odd as winter. 
    Two of the winter sports stop for a couple weeks mid-way through their seasons. Girls and boys basketball both have long breaks over the holidays. All sports have some break around Christmas, but basketball is by far the most extreme. Let’s look at some actual dates. 
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  • Wednesday, November 09, 2016 4:00 AM
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    What a week it was in the world of sports the Cubbies are the World Series champions. 
    But that’s not what I’m going to talk about this week. Sports writer / columnist Scott Smith had a great column about his experience up in Wrigleyville for the clincher and one of the owners of our company, Jeff Birk, talks about his experience on today’s front page. Those guys are both great reads and die-hard Cubs fans. 
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  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:00 AM
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    Goodness, it feels good to scribe those words again. Yes, the cats out of the bag and I am back in Montgomery County and back to my post as Editor of The Paper. I had a wonderful experience during my time in Washington, D.C., but it just turned out that this is the place for me. 
    To make the deal even sweeter, my better half (and FINALLY fiancé – she said yes!) Abbey, got a pretty sweet spot downtown for her studio. So in my moment of self-promotion, please stop in and say hello to this beautiful individual at her new studio at 105 E. Main St. in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. 
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  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:24 PM
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    Spring sports have arrived and what does that mean?

    Rain!

    Showers Monday combined with chilly temps and the prospect of rain last night meant the kickoff was postponed for just about everything in the area. Southmont softball was able to get their game in at Danville, but that was it.

    We should be able to get action started tonight with a track meet and baseball scrimmage at Southmont and a softball showdown at Crawfordsville.

    The Montgomery County softball scene should be interesting this year. We're into the After McKenzi Jordan era. The Southmont hurler dominated the county for the last four years. There's a bunch of good talent, but no one has risen to that level just yet.

    Southmont has to be the favorite in the county for the simple fact that the Mounties bring back a wealth of talent from their Class 2A state runner-up finish last season.

    Senior Morgan Laws will be the go-to slinger for the Mounties. Sluggers like sophomore Sydney Casteel and senior Maddie Mills and Brooke England should power the offense.

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  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015 7:11 PM
    Hello world!

    I hear you. The winter sports seasons are all wrapped up and we are well past the home stretch. Heck. Spring sports are already under way with some indoor track last night.

    This week I want to do something out of the ordinary and focus on a personal project a little bit more and ask for help from each and every one of you.

    As some of you know, I've been participating in The Challenge. It's a weight loss competition, but more importantly, it's a fundraiser for the Montgomery County United Fund for You (MUFFY).

    So far we have raised more than $9,200 for MUFFY, but there's so much more help needed.
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  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015 6:33 PM
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    Can you believe that the state wrestling finals are here? Unreal.

    It was Nov. 3 that the county grapplers had their first official practice. Three months later, there are only three wrestlers left in the county and their future all comes down to one match.

    Southmont's Zach Worm and Connor Moore and North Montgomery's Jesse Archer will make the trip to Banker's Life Fieldhouse Friday night looking for one more win and a guaranteed top-8 spot in the state finals. If they win Friday, they place. If they lose, they are state qualifiers.

    That's nothing to shake a stick at. These boys have worked hard to earn the title of state qualifier. Many others worked hard and won't get to make the trip this weekend. They have plenty to be proud of, but I can guarantee you that none of them are satisfied at this point. They're still grinding in the room every day to try to pull off that Friday-night win so they can start the Saturday path to wrestling under the lights.
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  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015 8:24 PM
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    It doesn't get much better than the postseason, does it?

    Wrestlers are headed to the semistate at New Castle. The lady swimmers just wrapped up the sectional and regional diving was completed last night. The girls' basketball sectionals also got under way last night with Southmont traveling to Fountain Central and losing a heartbreaker to Riverton Parke.

    Crawfordsville and North Montgomery will get going with sectional basketball action Friday at Lebanon.

    In semistate wrestling Montgomery County will be represented by 15 wrestlers at New Castle. When the action on the mats start, anyone has a shot of making it to state. They will need to win their first two rounds to advance.
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  • Spotlight shines
on Lacey Garrett
    Tuesday, February 03, 2015 7:21 PM
    Hello world!

    Well, she did it.

    Lacey Garrett joined Mandi Johnson, Cari Fruits and Alex Gasaway in the female 1,000 career point club at Crawfordsville High School.

    Garrett needed 26 points Tuesday night against a very good Hamilton Heights team to hit the milestone and she finished the night with a career-high 29. She also solidified her spot as the all-time assists leader, adding six assists to bring that total to 369. She's also the all-time steals leader at CHS.

    Garrett is very deserving of all the recognition she gets for her effort on the court. She works as hard as anyone in practice and is a Valedictorian of her senior class at Crawfordsville. She's a leader on and off the court.

    Garrett is also an excellent volleyball player, but it's clear that basketball is her passion.
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  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015 5:59 PM
    Hello world!

    Are you ready? Are you ready for hundreds of screaming fans, buzzers sounding, whistles blowing and a whole lot of tension in the air?

    Well, if so, you're ready for the wrestling sectional at Crawfordsville on Saturday. Action starts at 10 a.m. Once again, Montgomery County looks to be the class of the field.

    Barring unforeseen circumstances, North Montgomery and Southmont will once again be battling head-to-head for the sectional. So far this year, Southmont has been the favorite on paper, but North Montgomery has all the championships.
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