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Great efforts can be left unnoticed
Each week I try to point out little things done by our local athletes that may go unnoticed. On Friday night, when North and Crawfordsville met up on the football field. I'm positive many people noticed that Alex Parsons had a really good game. You can look at the box score and tell that with four touchdowns and two forced turnovers while on defense.

However, the box score does not tell how impressive his first touchdown of the evening ended up being. I think it was about at the 7-yard line when the Crawfordsville defense had Parson completely surrounded. One would have thought the play would end there but the entire group kept pushing toward the goal line in a solid mass. Parsons was in the middle and could not even be seen. Then, somehow he continued to push forward and finally broke through the defense and pulled a couple defenders into the end zone with him. That was flat out determination that everyone loves to see out of an athlete.

Monday, September 29, 2014
Lots to see behind lens
One of the best things about my job is being able to watch student athletes accomplish milestones and break records. While working at The Paper for the past 10 years I have had many chances to watch records be broken.

Last week, Hannah Whicker set an impressive Crawfordsville record as she became the all-time leading scorer in girls' soccer for the Athenians. While I'm really happy for Hannah. I was kind of sad that she set the record on the road and that I was not there to capture the moment.

She now has 90 goals in her career. No pressure Hannah, but since I was not there to capture you breaking the record, I hope to capture your 100th career goal. So get the 100th at home please!

Hannah is actually not the easiest person to follow on the soccer field through a lens. She is sneaky when she is dribbling the ball past defenders. She fakes them out and me lots of time with her moves.

Monday, September 22, 2014
Quite a week for the county
Hey sports fans, I hope you are ready for this week. Looking at the schedule, it's kind of a BIG week in sports for county match ups.

Tomorrow is the girls' county golf match. The lady golfers went against each other on Saturday in the conference match. North Montgomery placed second after a very strong Lebanon team. Congratulations to North's Megan Douglas and Kennedy Bonwell, South's Heather Ruby and Crawfordsville's Regina Go for making the All Sagamore Conference team. By the way, Douglas had the low score among the county girls at conference shooting a 93 and she is just a freshman.

The good news is tomorrow's weather is forecasted to be a pleasant 72 degrees. After Saturday morning's chilly conference match, I think the golfers deserve an almost perfect day for golf. The Match will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Municipal golf course. I'm sure the girls would love to have a following. Remember, quiet golf claps are appreciated, but save the loud yells for the other sports. Then the lady golfers will have the sectional on Saturday also at Municipal golf course. That is one busy seven day span "fore" the golfers with conference, county and sectionals all within a week's time. Good luck ladies, hopefully several shoot well enough to advance to the regional and beyond.

Monday, September 15, 2014
There's humor in sports
Most the time when I'm out and about taking photos, I see things that strike me as kind of funny. I'm not sure others always notice these things so this week I thought I would point out a few.

An example was last week at Southmont's Leap into September cross country meet. This photo opportunity struck me a quite funny. I'm not sure you can call a foul in cross county but Coach Marvin Walters ...I'm calling a foul here as it appears that he is chasing a runner down with a cart. I must say she did pick up the pace! In reality coach Walters was zooming along the course cheering on all runners and making sure they were safe along the route.

Monday, September 8, 2014
Bring on the North-South rivalry game
I don't know about the rest of you, but I really wish Friday would get here. I always look forward to Friday night football games, however when it's North vs South week it seems to add a lot more excitement.

Last year was one heck of a battle. Southmont came from behind to pull out a victory in overtime. To be honest, North got-well-"Burtoned," meaning Devon Burton. Many teams gotten "Burtoned" while Devon and his older brother Austin played. Now the Burton boys have graduated someone else will step up from one of the teams to be the hero.

Both North and South both come into Friday's game with a 1-1 record. I'm not ready to make any predictions with this game quite yet. My only prediction is that it will be a good game with lots of action. Just remember no matter how big the rivalry is, let's keep it classy. In the past fans may have let emotions get the best of them at times.

Monday, September 1, 2014
A week of milestones
First, I would like to give some attention to some of our coaches that reached milestones this past week. In football, coach Josh Thompson of North Montgomery and Mike Hammons of Crawfordsville both went home Friday night with their first wins as head varsity football coaches. Hopefully, they will reach many more milestones in their careers. I promise one win is not enough to keep either of them happy.

In volleyball, North Montgomery's Jodi Webster reached 200 wins as a varsity coach. Two-hundred wins is very impressive and I'm sure there are many more victories to come her way.

Then there is Kelly Johnson, who earned her 500th victory last week. How do you follow up 500 victories? Well, Crawfordsville keeps winning. They are off to a 5-0 start. I believe Johnson is now at 504 wins. She has always been quite humble about her milestones and attributes it all to having good players that work hard throughout her career. Sorry coach Johnson, I know by running a photo of you last week I broke your rule of no photos of you. It's all about the team. However, no matter how much you down play it, 500-plus wins is quite an accomplishment. I agree you have had some great girls on your teams since I have been covering Crawfordsville volleyball, but it takes a great coach to bring out that talent year after year. So Congrats Coach you deserve it!

Monday, August 25, 2014
It all (mostly) starts today
Woo Hoo! Today is the day. Pretty much all fall sports start tonight. With football season of course starting Friday.

All three volleyball teams are home tonight. North plays host to Covington, Crawfordsville is home against Rockville and Southmont will be playing North Vermillion in the Mountie gym. I know all three local teams are raring to get the season started.

Of course, from my standpoint, it makes for a busy night. Tonight alone, besides the three volleyball games, North tennis will start their season, and all three schools also host a soccer game. North and South girls are both home and Crawfordsville boys soccer will start off the season with a conference match up against Western Boone.

Whew! That means seven events, three schools and I have roughly 2.5 hours to accomplish the whirl wind tour of county events. Actually I know people think I'm crazy but I love nights like tonight. I will do my best to be at all the events. First I have to plot out my route and figure out a rough time frame for each event. Soccer coaches you can help me out by running plays that go right along the sideline where I am standing. Then of course, score on the play. Feel free to call the play "the Lori" I won't be offended.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Smile for the camera
Well I hope many of you were able to get out and watch the intra-squad scrimmages Saturday of our local high school football teams. I enjoyed getting out and being able to shoot some football. All three scrimmages were spread out throughout the day giving me plenty of time to see the action at each school.

This Friday the teams will get to scrimmage against other teams. Crawfordsville will host Sheridan, North Montgomery will be at McCutcheon and Southmont will be at Greencastle. I'm sure the teams are ready to see how they fare against competition. Let's face it, the football teams are tired of practicing and doing drills. They are ready for making some hard tackles and want prove they need some varsity time.

Over the past week, I have been busy taking head shots of all the fall athletes and varsity team photos. Now I don't want to embarrass anyone. However, when taking a photo of one of the cheerleading squads for the schools program. They requested that the "yellow thingy" be in the back ground of their photo on the field. Ladies the yellow things that stands up in the end zones are called goal posts. Not trying to get to technical or anything, just trying to help you out a little.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The day has finally come
Oh!!! It's so good to see the fall teams out and working hard for the new season. Fall sports are back! Practices officially began yesterday and athletes all over the county were out there with lots of enthusiasm getting ready for the new year or sport.

The first day of practice, sometime coaches go in with a solid plan and then have to wing it a bit as they get last minute physicals coming in and other factors that come into play on the first day.

North football got off schedule a bit as they took longer to check helmets and make sure they are all fitted properly. Football coaches have had to go through training this year to hopefully know ways of preventing concussions as well as they possibly can. Helmet safety is a huge priority this season. Helmets have been tested and rated this season as part of an ISHAA mandate. However they must also fit properly to work right.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Fall sports look promising
The fall season is almost here and excitement is mounting by the day. Every day on Twitter I see local students saying things like "they are so ready for football season." or "Can't wait for Friday night games!"

So Here is the countdown:

Six days till football practice begins, per IHSAA rules Aug. 6 teams can start contact in practice. They can have non-contact practices starting Aug. 4

Aug. 15 scrimmages are played.

Aug. 22 season opener games.

Twenty-four days until football games begin!

Well the real required practices start on Monday. Many of the teams will hold two-a-day practices. Let's face it, that can be brutal and all the athletes that have endured two-a-days are probably not looking forward to the first week of practices. However, handwork does pay off.

I'm looking forward to getting out there and getting some practice photos. You see, as much as I love baseball. I get really tired of shooting baseball at this point in the year. Baseball started back in March and just wrapped up for the most part with American Legion games and Thunder seasons all coming to a close.

Golf actually begins practice a bit earlier. They can start on Friday. That is because their season starts earlier and ends earlier than the other fall sports.

North Montgomery will tee off the season Aug. 6 at the Harrison Hills Invite. Southmont also starts their season Aug. 6 at the Seeger Invite and Crawfordsville plays their first match Aug 12 with Frankfort and Hamilton Heights.

So don't worry sports fans, the fall season is almost here.

I'm sure all coaches are hopeful for great things to come during the 2014 fall season. I recently spoke with North Montgomery volleyball coach Jodi Webster while at the 4-H fair. Webster is super fired up about this year's team. She compared them to the last sectional championship team she had and said they are really working extra hard and coming together as strong team. We'll get our first look when North opens their season at home on Aug. 19 against Covington.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


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