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Young Chargers get involved
On weekend nights when I'm shooting more than one basketball game, I often use halftime to travel on to the next school. Friday night it worked out that I got to North right before their halftime started. Normally I would consider that bad timing if I have to waste time being idle. However, I'm glad I got a chance to see North's halftime show.

For those that were at the game you all know it defiantly had the "Awe" factor as 60 some little kids entered the gym with basketballs all in hand. The kids were age 3 up to kindergarten and were called North Montgomery little dribblers. As part of the program each child received a basketball a Charger shirt and 5 practice sessions plus a chance to perform at the game.

Monday, December 15, 2014
Local athletes giving back
Wes Boone is a 2014 North Montgomery graduate that started a non-profit organization called Gear Going Global in 2013 to send gently used and new sports gear collected through donations to children in developing countries.

According to Boone was inspired to start this organization after viewing a PBS documentary called "Power to the People" about Hoosier REMC linemen who brought electricity to three remote villages in Guatemala. While watching the documentary Boone noticed how children there were using rocks as soccer balls.

Boone, who was a standout soccer player while at North and was the 2013 Montgomery County Soccer Player of the Year, was disturbed by seeing less fortunate children play with rocks. He decided he wanted to help out and started his organization. Since that time Boone has collected lots of equipment and his organization continues to grow. It has grown so much that PBS has now done "Power to the People" Documentary on Boone. It will run through out December on WFYI. Also, you can see the feature by checking out this link:

Monday, December 8, 2014
County clash set for Friday
Hey basketball fans are you ready for Friday night? It looks to be BIG.

The North Montgomery boys' basketball team will travel to Southmont to their awesome, well-lit gym for our first big county match of the boys' season. South is off to an impressive 2-0 start and look to be a completely different team. They beat Turkey Run and North Putnam in the opening week of the season.

The Chargers looked much improved but are a deceiving 0-2 after a heartbreaking one point loss to Speedway. The Sparkplugs pounded North last season 63-24 so that is a huge turnaround this season. Then the Chargers lost to Harrison 76-63, the game was closer throughout most of the game, Harrison just had a little more scoring power with one player that was on fire from three point territory that gave Harrison the final boost.

Monday, December 1, 2014
Another successful Classic
Another Girls' Sugar Creek Classic is in the books. Western Boone continued their winning streak of six straight years, but Crawfordsville proved that they can play with the Stars. Later in the season, or if they meet up in the sectional, I think Crawfordsville might find a way to knock off the Stars.

Crawfordsville has improved a lot in a short time here early in the season. Lacey Garrett and Paige Schueren often are the scoring leaders. I thought Erika Brooks had a great Sugar Creek Classic. Saturday especially, she had her shot down and was wanting the ball. Brooks tossed in 10 points but also was playing some strong defense and battling pretty hard for the boards.

I would also like to give shout out to the Crawfordsville cheer block for the Sugar Creek Classic. Both nights of the tourney they were by far the best cheer block. They were they loud and proud, but not rude. Nice Job C'ville Crazies! Keep supporting your teams!

North and South girls' got beat up some in their games. North senior Zoey McCormick was sidelined with a concussion late in the game Friday and did not play Saturday. Charger senior Conner Norman suffered an ankle injury Saturday. She was able to return to the game but will be nursing the injury with the help of North Montgomery athletic trainer Isaac Hook.

Monday, November 24, 2014
The Monon Bell stayed right at home
OK, I will admit it. Prior to the Monon Bell Game, I was not overly excited about going and standing out in the cold. Then, as I walked to the stadium the excitement started to build. There is just something about the atmosphere before the bell game every year that reminds me how lucky I am to be a sports photographer.

First, just walking up through all the tailgate parties to get to the stadium is a treat. The amazing smells of things cooking on grills and campfires just kind of puts me in a trance as I enter the stadium. Once in the stadium, seeing the sea of Wabash Red packing the stadium, the crazy college guys and their Monon Mohawks.

I had so many layers on Saturday that I could barely move. I'm sure I looked like the old commercial for Channel 13 when they would show a little kid so bundled up that they could not walk and they would say, "Bob Gregory says it's going to be cold out today."

Monday, November 17, 2014
Election Day, top players and more
Happy Election Day!

As our readers know, The Paper has been featuring Players of the Year for the fall sports. I love coming up with the art for the player of the year selections.

Last week we featured boys' soccer with Nathaniel Busenbark and Michael Minks earning co-player of the year honors. I will be honest sometime defensive players are sometimes overlooked when it comes to soccer. Everyone knows who scored and how many goals they had, few notice the guys in the backfield that keep the other team for scoring.

You could tell when Busenbark and Minks were out on the field that they took great pride in making defensive stops. Often times you could tell that they played together so much through the years that they could communicate with each other with just a look.

In four years of playing soccer they never lost a county game and were a big part of two sectional championships. Busenbark and Minks definitely left their mark on Crawfordsville soccer. Hopefully their example of hard work and dedication to the program will be carried on by younger players.

Monday, November 3, 2014
From one season to another
Well sadly, all of our fall high school sports have come to an end. The nice thing about when we are in between is now we are getting ready for the Montgomery County Players of the Year for each sport. For some sports it's easy to choose. A player stands out so much over the rest that there is no question. Then there are some sports where we have lots that may be worthy of the honor.

For each sport, coaches are asked to vote for the Player of the Year and All County selections. Neil and I also vote so that in case of a tie by the coaches, there is some more input. We look at many factors, such as how the players did in conference and county match ups, overall stats and more. Sometimes it is still very hard to narrow it down to just one athlete.

Monday, October 27, 2014
Coaches' kids can be fun to watch
Coaches' kids often make their presence know at sporting events. I always get a kick out of watching the kids that tend to grow up on the sidelines. They often show a true love for the sport that their parents coach. I'm sure the added attention they get from high school players does not hurt any either.

Often, the kids on the sideline split their time between playing their own version of the sport they are at and watching the game in a mini-coach like manor. North Montgomery football Coach Josh Thompson has two boys that seem to love Charger football with a passion. Jaden and Tyler Thompson have had a football in their hands at games since they were old enough to walk, I would guess they had a small football of some sort even before they could walk. Jaden has now moved up to the big time and is ball boy for the Chargers.

Monday, October 20, 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
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

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