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Little Giants blast past Lords
Wabash College photoTyler McCullen forced this fumble, which the Little Giants recovered in their 52-10 win at Kenyon.
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Tyler McCullen forced this fumble, which the Little Giants recovered in their 52-10 win at Kenyon.
The 6-0 Wabash football team handled its business Saturday against winless Kenyon. For the third time this season, the Little Giants held a team to negative yards. The Lords finished with minus-seven rush yards in a 52-10 lopsided North Coast Athletic Conference win.

"Early in the year we felt a little bit up and down," Coach Erik Raeburn said. "We would play really good for a quarter, then struggle for the next. But I'm really happy that we've been able to string together some good games lately."

A host of Little Giants strung together Saturday's dominant effort. Seven players had a rush attempt, seven more caught a pass, and 23 made a tackle. Backup linebacker and special teams ace Connor Karns had six-and-a-half tackles, the second most by a Wabash defender.

"You don't want to go out as a two and drop off in performance from the ones," Karns said. "You want to go out there and keep the tempo up and make the stops."

Karns and the rest of the twos took the field with 6:59 remaining in the third quarter. He added a sack in cleanup time and still found the energy for his special teams duties.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Southmont pride takes over in 1970s
Dan Taylor's senior year was the real breakout year for the Mounties. They were County Champs and defeated both Crawfordsville and North Montgomery by the 10-run rule. They beat CHS 18-2 and NMHS 13-2.

The Mounties were ranked as high as No. 7 in the state that year. They won the 1979 sectional (the first in school history) by defeating Covington and North Montgomery. SHS won the first game of the regional against Cardinal Ritter 12-3 as Jim Stull pitched a complete game and Rhett Welliever hit a home run. They lost to Roncalli in the championship game 4-2 ending the outstanding careers of eight seniors.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Wabash soccer stuns Kenyon, 1-0
Stojan Krsteski's goal in the 70th minute produced a signature win in a remarkable season for the Wabash soccer program Saturday afternoon. The 16th-ranked Little Giants handed second-ranked Kenyon its first loss of the season in a 1-0 contest.

Krsteski blasted a header into the net off a corner kick to tally the game winner. His shot ended the visiting Lords' undefeated season while helping Wabash rebound from its first loss of the season in a 2-0 contest at Ohio Wesleyan Wednesday evening. The win was the second for Wabash over a ranked team this season. The Little Giants won 1-0 at 23rd-ranked Rose-Hulman in the eight match of the season.

"I'm extremely pleased with the way we played," Head Coach Chris Keller said. "We absorbed a little bit of Kenyon's pressure in the first 15 to 20 minutes. Then we settled into the game quite well.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Promoting education based athletics in Indiana
At most sporting events, the national anthem is played before the start of the game. How do you show your respect for the flag and our great country?

Do you stand at attention? Do you put your hand on your heart? Before your sporting event, does your coach or team captain encourage the team to do something uniformly?

Recently, while watching the Indianapolis Colts game, I noticed quarterback Andrew Luck, hand on heart, singing the anthem as it was being played.

Positive role models are alive and well. Remember, others will be watching you!

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Historic unbeaten streak ends for Wabash at OWU, 2-0
The Wabash soccer team's record-setting start to the 2014 season hit its first bump in the road with a 2-0 loss Wednesday night at Ohio Wesleyan University.

The Little Giants, who earned their first D3soccer.com ranking Tuesday with a 25th-place listing in addition to being ranked 16th by the National Soccer Coaches Association, set a school record of 12 consecutive matches without a loss prior to the Wednesday evening defeat.

"We played a very good Ohio Wesleyan team tonight and they were clearly the better side in the game," Wabash head coach Chris Keller said. "We played some good periods within the game, but made a couple of mistakes that led to their two goals. That's going to happen from time to time during the season."

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Bubbles back on winning track
Hello Sports Fans.

All is well with the world again. After that awful 2-2 record a couple of weeks ago, I was starting to wonder. But I was back to my excellent self last week, nailing three of four games on the nosey.

My only miss was alright with me, too. I lost faith momentarily in the Chargers and picked Western Boone. The Orange and Blue proved me wrong and proved they still have a strong heartbeat by shutting out the WB, 8-0. Good for you guys!

For those keeping score at home, that gives Ol' Bubbles a sparkling 30 correct picks against only 10 boo-boos - Didn't Kentucky go to a national championship with a similar record? Maybe, but they probably cheated to do it. Oh well, enough babbling. Let's get to the final week of the regular season.

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Volleyball race is a good one
Hello world!

What a race it's been in the Sagamore Athletic Conference volleyball ranks!

North Montgomery can clinch a share of the title with a win Thursday at Tri-West. Western Boone and Lebanon already are sharing the title thanks to the Tigers knocking off the Stars 3-1 Tuesday.

It was interesting how it all played out.

North still has some work to do, but if they can win at Tri-West and split, it will be a true share of the title.

North Montgomery beat Lebanon and lost to Western Boone. Western Boone lost to Lebanon and beat North Montgomery. And Lebanon beat Western Boone and lost to North Montgomery.

Pretty wild.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Consistency is key for Wabash at Ohio Wesleyan
The 10th-ranked Wabash football team has beaten its 2014 opponents by an average of 28.5 points. Despite this dominance and an unblemished record (4-0, 3-0 NCAC), Coach Erik Raeburn has demanded more consistent play.

"We were up 28-3, take the opening kickoff and drive down inside the five-yard line, we have a chance to make it 35-3 and take away any momentum they hope to have coming out of the half," Raeburn said, reflecting on last weekend's 35-16 win against Wooster. "Instead, through our own stupidity, we end up getting no points and obviously that gave them a lift. We just played poorly in the second half."

The Little Giants will have a chance Saturday to correct their mistakes at Ohio Wesleyan (3-1, 2-1 NCAC) and put together a complete game.

The Battling Bishops have had an offensive makeover in 2014 behind quarterback Dominick Orsini. The first-year starter has helped balanced the attack and leads the team in rushing as well as throwing.

"Any time you graduate a quarterback, whoever emerges as your next-best guy, you have to tailor the offense around that person," Raeburn said. "You'll see them do some things with the new quarterback that they maybe weren't willing to do last year."

Friday, October 10, 2014
Bubbles didn't see that coming
Hello Sports Fans.

What got into Frankfort? Sixty-freaking-two points? Really? Where did that come from? The Hot Dogs scorch the Athenians 62-14? After I picked CHS to win by three, 21-18? How could that happen?

I mean, come on, Frankfort's only scored more than 60 points three times in the last five seasons and . . . wait for it . . . yes, all three against our Boys of Athens.

Well smack me in the forehead and give me a V8.

OK, so it wasn't the best of weeks for Ol' Bubbles? I flat out blew the aforementioned pick and my prediction of North by four in a low-scoring tussle against Lebanon turned out to be the Tiggers by six in a low-scoring tussle against North. You know what, though? I don't mind losing if I'm backing the teams of Montgomery.

The heck with it. I went 2-2 (yes, I absolutely nailed the SAC pick, calling for Tri-West to beat Western Boone by seven which is exactly what they did . . . just saying). For the year I'm rolling along with 27 out of 36 correct.

Friday, October 10, 2014
Colts raise $25,000 in battle against violence
INDIANAPOLIS - During the Monday night home opener on Sept. 15, the Indianapolis Colts Foundation hosted a 50/50 raffle for fans and pledged to donate the proceeds to domestic violence charities serving families across Indiana. The raffle raised over $25,000 in net proceeds. Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the day's ticket sales went to one lucky fan and the remaining funds will support partners in preventing domestic violence. Recipients of the proceeds include; Coburn Place, Families First, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary and Sheltering Wings.

This year, in addition to the 50/50 Raffle pledge, the Colts donated $100,000 to the Julian Center in Indianapolis to support important community needs, including the awareness and prevention of domestic violence.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Biddy Basketball dates announced
The Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery County has released the registration dates for Biddy Basketball and Co-Ed Micro Basketball.

For Biddy Basketball, grades kindergarten to first grade (co-ed only) and girls, grades two through five, registration begins Oct. 20 and ends Oct. 31. Registration days and times are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The athletic fee is $10 for the sport, or $30 for the entire school year.

First practices will begin the week of Nov. 10 and games will begin Nov. 20 and run through Dec. 20 on Saturdays and Thursdays. Practices will be once a week and there will be one to two games per week.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Seasons are coming to a finish
I would l like to extend my deepest sympathies and prayers to the Sparks and Powers families as well as the entire South Montgomery Corporation on the loss of Amber Sparks. I first met Amber when she was coaching volleyball at Southmont. She brought energy to the program and seemed to attack her cancer with the same energy and desire to win. Unfortunately, words do not come easy to me in situations like this. Amber touched so many lives through teaching and coaching. I know those that met her were better off by knowing her. When I think about Amber a photo I took several years ago comes vividly to mind. It was after a big win and she is hugging one of the players as they celebrate.

I searched for hours for that photo but so far have not been able to find it in my archives. None the less, I know many people in the community will have one special way they chose to remember Amber. I chose to remember her as a lady who had a great smile and enjoyed what she did in life.

Monday, October 6, 2014
Friday night brights
Montgomery County's best performances from the seventh Friday night of football
Sunday, October 5, 2014
A brief history of Southmont baseball
A sign on the press box at the Southmont Field of Dreams proudly proclaims, "Pride is on our side." On the other side of the entrance to the field is the list of Southmont championships and on a separate sign in the middle, are the names of the baseball record holders.

The Mounties won their first sectional in 1979 when the IHSAA still was under the one class system in baseball as in all other sports. The Mounties won again in 1986, 1988, and 2002.

They won the regional in 1988 and had to travel all the way to Richmond to play a team from Evansville. (Ah, the wisdom of the IHSAA). Their only SAC championship came in 2003.

The glory years of Mountie baseball were the late seventies (1978 and 1979) and 1988. Barry Lewis was a senior on the 1979 team along with Jeff Bruner, Jeff Deck, Jimmy Stull, Mike Case and Dan and Dave Taylor. Rhett Welliever and Chris Black were juniors that year. Welliever pitched and won the championship game in the sectional at North Montgomery.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Little Giants power past Fighting Scots
As autumn winds cooled Hollett Little Giant Stadium on October's first Saturday, the Wabash football team chilled the College of Wooster on Community Day in a 35-16 win.

"[Quarterback Richard Barnes] is a good player - we all dislike him, obviously, but we have to respect him," defensive lineman Evan Rutter said. "He's hard to tackle - he got me on a couple. But we knew if we contained him well, we would come away with a W."

Barnes is one of five Fighting Scots to earn All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors last season. Wooster had averaged almost 40 points-per-game before putting up its lowest output of the season in Crawfordsville. The Little Giants held Barnes to 86 yards of total offense and sacked him seven times.

"He can get away from one guy, but if there's three, four, five guys coming after him he'll get flustered and sacked," Rutter said.

Barnes completed just 6-of-22 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown occurred on a 23-yard gimmicky hook-and-lateral with 12 seconds remaining in the game. It was Barnes' first touchdown pass against Wabash in five years.

The Little Giant defense had its way with the Scots early and often. Wooster punted on its first seven drives and garnered just 52 yards and three points in the first half. The Scots' inability to move the chains and poor punting allowed Wabash to have an average starting field position on Wooster's side of the 50.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Wabash, Wooster strengths clash in NCAC tilt
The last time Wabash took the field, it trounced Allegheny 63-0. In order to replicate that performance against Wooster Saturday, Little Giant Coach Erik Raeburn said his team must possess that same level of focus.

"I thought we played with great intensity, but also I thought we were really focused," Raeburn said about the Allegheny win last Saturday. "In all three phases, we made fewer mental and technique mistakes than we had made in any other game. Now they know what it feels like and they have to make sure they're in that same mindset each and every week."

The Fighting Scots will provide a tougher challenge than the Gators. Wooster has ample amounts of talent and experience at the offensive skill positions. Four players earned All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors last season.

"Allegheny is a very young team - a lot of freshmen and sophomores starting for them," Raeburn said. "Wooster is a lot different. This will be its quarterback's fifth time playing against us. The older guys on the team are going to make fewer mistakes so we'll have to play fantastic on Saturday."

Saturday, October 4, 2014


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