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Mounties ready to execute, win in home opener
The Paper photo by Lori PoteetQuarterback Mitch Dehne has a lot of options in the backfield, like Boone Welliever
The Paper photo by Lori Poteet

Quarterback Mitch Dehne has a lot of options in the backfield, like Boone Welliever
NEW MARKET-Football's a game of fundamentals. When those fundamentals break down, like they did for Southmont last week at Fountain Central, you can end up on the wrong side of a 60-21 final. Southmont experienced that on Friday, too.

But when the fundamentals pay off and everyone does just what they need to do, nothing more - nothing less, you can win football games. That's what the Mounties are counting on.

They'll have another shot at getting it done Friday when North Putnam comes to town for Southmont's home-opener.

"Both teams are going to be excited to play this game coming off a week-one loss," Mountie Head Coach Desson Hannum said. "Whichever team comes out ready to play is going to have an early advantage."

North Putnam was roughed up to the tune of a 39-6 loss against Edgewood last week. Despite the lopsided losses, Hannum knows that both his Mounties and the opposing Cougars can play good ball.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Toughest test awaits
LINDEN-North Montgomery got Josh Thompson his first win last week at the expense of Benton Central, 32-6. The defense held the Bison to 42 rushing yards and 73 passing yards.

The task will be tougher this week.

No. 4 Brebeuf Jesuit comes to town and the Chargers are hoping to build off of the success they had in week one to slow down the high-powered Brave offense.

"We had our win. We had our one night of celebration and we move on and are getting ready for the next one" Thompson said. "We focused the week on tackling. Making sure we are in the right position to tackle. Get two guys to the ball at least just to keep him reined in."

The "him" Thompson refers to is Brebeuf's star senior running back Lavante Bellamy. Last season, Bellamy rushed 15 times for 231 yards in the Braves' sectional win over North Montgomery. The Chargers expect him to be a big part of the Braves offense again this season.

Senior captain Kobi Wray, defensive end, said the defense knows what it needs to do.

"We are just going to stay firm. Just, hold our ground. That's our main goal this week," Wray said.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
CHS hunts for win No. 2
The Crawfordsville football team is in uncharted waters. They're coming off a season-opening win and have a winnable game in their sights, looking to move to 2-0 for the first time since 2005.

Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School, out of Indianapolis, will make the trip to Crawfordsville Friday night to open the Athenians' home season. They replace Brebeuf Jesuit from last year's schedule.

Both teams enter the contest 1-0. Crawfordsville beat Cascade, 10-8, and Tindley beat Indianapolis Washington, 34-20.

With the Athenians coming off a win for the first time since the opening game of the 2012 season, The Paper asked head coach Mike Hammons how the team responded to that victory this week in practice.

"They were excited to get that first win. They haven't won in a while, 19 games in a row. We got them refocused and excited to go again this Friday," Hammons said.

So what will fans that couldn't make the trip to Cascade see when the Athenians take their home turf Friday night?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
CHS gets by Hot Dogs
FRANKFORT-Things have been pretty easy-going for the Crawfordsville girls' soccer team so far this season. That changed Wednesday when they met Sagamore Athletic Conference rival Frankfort on Hot Dog turf.

When the sweat dried, it was the Athenians that took a leg up in the conference with a 2-1 win.

As usual, it was Hannah Whicker that got it done on offense. She moved her season total to 13 goals in four games thanks to netting both scores Wednesday.

What was unusual was that Crawfordsville allowed a goal, their first of the season. It came quickly after Whicker's second goal, which came in the second half and made it 2-0 Athenians. Olivia Cody, who has been brilliant in goal so far, made six saves on the night.

"We never really got into our game and we struggled to create chances," head coach Brent Bokhart said. "Frankfort brought it to us with aggressiveness and we were satisfied to just react. That's definitely something we will be working on in practice. We pulled together as a team in the second half and came out with a tough conference win."

Whicker was assisted on her first goal by Karla Zapata. Reilly Dunham got the assist on the second.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
WeBo nips South
DOVER-Battles in the Sagamore Conference tennis ranks will often look like Wednesday's matchup between Western Boone and Southmont. The conference is loaded in the top five spots. This time around it was the Stars that capitalized and scored a win over the Mounties, 4-1.

Wyatt Waddell was the lone Mountie to score a win. He defeated Ethan Dobbs in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.

But other matches were hard-fought. At No. 1 singles, Western Boone's David James stole the first set 6-4, before Southmont's Aaron Cox answered with a 6-1 win in the second set. A back-and-forth battle ended in James' favor, 7-5.

The Star-duo of Gus Holdorg and Zach Prickett also had to battle for their win, taking it 6-2, 6-3 over Clayton Berrisford and Steven Cloncs.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Lady Mounties beat 3 SAC foes
FRANKFORT-After a bit of a layoff the Southmont girls' golf team bounced back to beat two Sagamore Athletic Conference opponents on Wednesday. The Mounties shot a 209 at The Golf Preserve in Frankfort. Western Boone was second at 214 strokes and Frankfort rounded things out at 236. The girls got 10 holes in Saturday at the Western Boone Invite, but their last official result was Aug. 20 against South Vermillion.

Heather Ruby led the way for Southmont with a 48, but the Lady Mounties got solid scores from top to bottom. Natalee Brann contributed a 53 and Beth Bielecki and Stazia Mikalik both shot 54s. Jordan Grino's 55, Hali Foxworthy's 58 and Payton Thompson's 58 (all solid scores) were relegated to reserve capacities as only the top four count.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
We can learn a lot in a week
Hello world!

And congratulations to Crawfordsville!

We told you the boys in blue and gold looked good in their scrimmage against Sheridan. And they made us look good by coming back with a win over Cascade Friday night.

It broke a streak of 19 straight losses for the Athenians and it was about time.

I said over and over again last season that Mike Hammons was getting it right with the way he was running the program. I'll still say it. Does that mean that the Athenians are going to go undefeated this year? Not at all. But they have a couple more wins on the schedule this year, I think. And the program will continue to develop and get better over the years.

So what do we know about the Athenians after the first week of the season? Well, we know that they aren't ready to accept defeat. They battled in their 10-8 win over Cascade in a way that teams don't do if they don't believe in themselves.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Athenians stay perfect
MONTEZUMA-Crawfordsville's volleyball team is off to quite the start this season. They moved to 6-0 on the year with a straight-set win over Riverton Parke Tuesday night, 25-21, 25-14, 25-21.

"We're playing pretty well right now" coach Kelly Johnson said. "We're just trying to get better every time we hit the court. That's the important thing this time of year."

The Athenians are getting it done thanks to a group effort. Tuesday night Kim Hampton led the way with 11 kills, but Hannah Hungerford, Emily Cullen and Emily Seybold were all up there with six, four and four kills, respectively.

Hungerford led the way with 12 digs, while libero Lacey Garrett registered 11 and Hampton saved it seven times.

The tests will only get tougher for the Athenians as the season develops. They play host to Seeger Thursday before having the Athenian Invitational on Saturday. At the invite, they will be joined by Southmont, McCutcheon and Fishers.

A freshman tournament will occur simultaneously in the auxiliary gym at Crawfordsville.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Mounties topped at GC
GREENCASTLE-The rain and storms couldn't stop volleyball on Tuesday night. But the Greencastle Lady Tiger Cubs were able to stop the Southmont Mounties in straight sets.

Greencastle took down Southmont 25-15, 25-12, 25-14 Tuesday.

Abby Bullerdick was the best offensive threat for Southmont. The senior hitter tallied five kills and connected on two service aces in the loss.

She also led the team with nine digs defensively.

Sammy White had two blocks to aid in the defensive effort and Breanna Mason led the way with 11 assists.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Athenian boys sweep triangle meet
ROACHDALE-The Crawfordsville cross country team had its first non-invitational competition of the season on Tuesday when it traveled to North Putnam to compete in a triangle with Tri-West. The boys swept the first three spots to win the meet and Maddy Hurt took first in the girls meet. The Athenians do not have a full girls team.

Hurt finished in a time of 23:04 for first and teammate Amy Hutchison finished in 31:34.

Manuel Arroyo won the boys race in 18:21, 13 seconds faster than his performance at the Fountain Central Grand Prix on Saturday. Davis Thompson was second in 18:37 and Nathan Pryor took third to complete the sweep in 18:49.

Other Athenians competing were Tanner Hutson (21:54), Jacob Ramer (21:57) and Gavin Rich (23:10).

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Chargers handed 1st loss
GREENCASTLE-The hot start that North Montgomery's girls soccer team had to start the season found a bump in the road Tuesday night. They lost to Greencastle 4-0. It was their first loss of the season.

All the things that were going so well early on seemed to stop Tuesday.

"We didn't play our game at all," head coach Julie Hodges said. "We were too passive and let them control the game from the start. It was hard for us to get momentum after they started getting ahead. Right now it's more of a mental game. We've got to work on getting out teamwork back and getting our passing and possession back. We know the problem and just have to fix it.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
C'ville boys play well in loss
GREENCASTLE-The Crawfordsville boys soccer team got a late start against Greencastle Tuesday night, and it was a late goal from the Tiger Cubs that decided the match. Greencastle defeated Crawfordsville 2-1.

The hosts grabbed a 1-0 lead before halftime, but Crawfordsville tied it up midway through the second half when Felipe Wilson found the back of the net off of an assist from Westin Evans. Greencastle scored the deciding goal with eight minutes left in the game.

"We were really telling the guys to focus on speed and possession. And honestly this is the best game we've played all season. We're still growing as a group," head coach Dan Durrwachter said. "We were right there the entire game and it could have went either way. We're still trying to find the right position for guys and some, like Westin Evans, are really stepping up at their positions to make the team better."

Dane Baldwin anchored a good defensive effort with nine saves.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Southmont boys still looking for a scoring answer
DANVILLE-The Mounties didn't get the result they wanted on the soccer field Tuesday night. The Southmont boys lost to Sagamore Athletic Conference rival Danville by a final of 7-0.

Despite the loss, the Mounties got better as the game went on. They trailed 5-0 at halftime.

"It's not a score that anyone wants, but there were some good things," head coach Brandon Rash said. "Devin Miller played a great game. And first-time captain Malik Gayler also played very well. At halftime we chose a few things to work on and improved in the second half. One thing I noticed was that the guys listened and really improved on the things the coaches pointed out at halftime."

Miller made 14 saves for the Mounties.

The junior varsity team was defeated 1-0.

"Great job by Cole Wemer controlling the field for the junior varsity," Rash said. "We had a lot of guys play both varsity and JV, so I know we were tired. But it's great to see guys get out there and learn the game."

The Mounties are now 0-2 on the year and return to action with a trip to Crawfordsville on Thursday.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Tuesday rainouts
The following events were postponed because of weather concerns Tuesday night:

North Montgomery boys soccer vs. North Putnam

Crawfordsville boys tennis at Rockville

Southmont boys tennis at Western Boone

North Montgomery boys tennis vs. Fountain Central (will be made up Thursday, along with the Smash Cancer fundraiser)

Southmont co-ed cross country at Harrison

Crawfordsville girls golf vs. Western Boone and Danville

Southmont girls golf at Lebanon with Brownsburg

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Dates announced for 2015 races at the Brickyard
INDIANPOLIS-The 2015 Crown Royal Presents the "Your Hero's Name Here" 400 at the Brickyard, the marquee event of the annual Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard, will take place on July 26, 2015 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In addition to the 22nd annual NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, IMS will host the fourth annual Lilly Diabetes 250 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 25, 2015.

Fans may apply now for 2015 Kroger Super Weekend tickets. When tickets go on sale this fall, fans will have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Equipment grant presented
Crawfordsville Youth Football League is one of the youth and high school football program that will benefit from a Jim Irsay Equipment Grant. A check for $10,000 was presented to 10 central-Indiana football teams Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium. The grant was given at Lucas Oil Stadium from the Colts' owner and Indianapolis-based USA Football, the official youth football development partner of the Colts and the NFL. The grants are awarded based on need and merit.
Monday, August 25, 2014

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