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  • Friday, December 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    If last Sunday’s Colts game at Buffalo didn’t make you want to try on all of your old high school football equipment and go out and hit somebody. Or make you want to call all of your friends for a pick up football game at the old Coke plant, then we probably need to have a conversation.
    The weather was crazy. Even long time Buffalo Bill, Steve Tasker, who played there from 1987 to 1997, who was doing the sideline reporting said it was the worst snow storm he’d seen in Buffalo.
    Thanks to modern technology, they were able to superimpose the yard markers on the field, and even the blue line for the line of scrimmage and the yellow one for the first down. Now, trudging through the six inches of snow didn’t make footing easy, but man, was it a great game to watch.
    If you noticed, during commercial breaks, there were workers with “snow” blowers out doing their best to clear the field. Of course, the field would be snowed back over by the time the next punt landed.
    Watching Sunday made me wonder, ‘How many inches-fell in Orchard Park and what kind of additional manpower did it take to get the game in?’ Well, I was in luck, I found the following information on the Buffalo Bills website, www.buffalobills.com, in an article that was posted on December 11, 2017.
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  • Friday, December 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    This column is about ladies, but it is addressed to the guys. Here is our vital Public Service message for the Holidays: Stop buying gifts for women.
    Actually, you can continue purchasing chocolate, flowers, birthday cards, useless decorative pillows for the bed, jewelry, fancy soap for the guest bathroom and all the other stuff that females typically enjoy and men pretty much hate. However, we really need to stop buying them hunting and shooting accessories. 
    This advice is based upon the opinion of pretty much every woman I have encountered.
    Our topic falls squarely into the whole “Man/Woman, Mars/Venus”-thing and came about as most do: after a major failure on my part.
    I made the common man-mistake of buying my wife a gun purse for Christmas last year to carry her pistol. It was a great purse, understated, stylish, and highly functional, and I spent a considerable amount of money on the quality leather hand bag that seemed to fit her “look” perfectly.
    It was perfect, except for the fact she hated it.
    I soon learned that no matter how well you think you know the woman in your life, you shouldn’t buy her personal outdoor gear.
    This point was hammered home when I began to talk to Sweetie about what is now known as “The Great Purse Incident.” During our hour-long talk she finally laid out an important tidbit that I apparently missed during my male training: “Purses are so personal to women that you should let her pick it out herself.”
    “Fair enough,” I thought. 
    But the topic grew wings and soared off the chart after I shared our humorous minor-misunderstanding with a couple of women I know. If you want to provoke a spittle-flecked outburst of annoyance in a female, talk to ladies about this subject of outdoor gear produced by a male dominated industry. Just try to protect your feelings with an armor plate beforehand because it won’t be pretty.
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  • Friday, December 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Fashioning an 11-1 record and a grasp on the No. 4 spot in the statewide 2A rankings, North Montgomery takes the role as favorite to defend their Montgomery County wrestling title, at CHS Saturday. However, all three county coaches agree. The gap between the Chargers and the other two programs has narrowed.
    North Montgomery, owners of five crowns in the last six years, easily bested the two county foes in 2016, drubbing Southmont 61-12, and Crawfordsville 66-3. The Chargers recorded 15 pins in the 28 match round-robin event. 
    This year, seventh year Charger head coach Maurice Swain isn’t certain defending the champion-ship will be anywhere near that easy.
    “We are going to find out Saturday,” laughed Swain at the suggestion. “You never know until you get in there, and roll around with those guys. It’s the county tournament, so it’s always com-petitive.”
    Seth Johnson (126), a state finalist at 106 a season ago, leads the balanced Chargers team, who have familiar faces Parker Moseley (113), Jake Lowe (152), and Micah Wray (170) returning. Each had two victories in the 2016 event, and are undefeated now. Bryce Adams also stands at 12-0.
    “Every weight is important,” said Swain. “We have to win every match we can, and see where the points shake out at the end.”
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  • Friday, December 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
    1. Crawfordsville A 1:54.78; 2. Crawfordsville B 2:06.47; 3. North Montgomery A 2:08.67; 4. North Montgomery B 2:25.11; 5. Southmont A 2:25.99; 6. North Montgomery C 2:38.61
    Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay
    1. Crawfordsville A 1:40.45; 2. Crawfordsville B 1:54.62; 3. Southmont A 1:54.99; 4. Crawfordsville C 2:09.75; 5. North Montgomery A 2:29.39
    Girls 200 Yard Freestyle
    1. Cami McGrady (CHS) 2:05.33; 2. Megan Scheidler (SM) 2:14.86; 3. Suzi Pedro (SM) 2:15.56; 4. Isabelle Rich (CHS) 2:17.87; 5. Kelsey Anderson (NM) 2:21.65; 6. Mary Jackman (NM) 2:24.00; 7. Miki Smith (NM) 2:34.23; 8. Krista Sixberry (SM) 2;41.22
    Boys 200 Yard Freestyle
    1. Ryan Sacco (SM) 1:51.76; 2. John Zimmerman (SM) 2:00.24; 3. Gavin Rich (CHS) 2:01.56; 4. Christopher Schaub (NM) 2:04.55; 5. Shawn Mountcastle (SM) 2:07.43; 6. Gus Bickel (CHS) 2:19.13; 7. Ian Conkright (CHS) 2:26.27; 8. Colton Meadows (NM) 2:35.67
    Girls 200 Yard IM
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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    What a surprise it was when I looked at the December calendar, and realized that there are only 11 shopping days until Christmas. It was especially disheartening, because still leftover on either side of my front walkway are two piles of darkened, decaying ooze representing the last vestiges of jack-o-lanterns past.
    Black is the new orange, after all.
    Folks tend to shop on “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday”. Me? My Christmas shopping always falls on “Why-did-I-wait-Wednesday”.
    I miss the good ol’ days when, on Christmas Eve, I would join the legions of male shoppers trek-king the malls in search of that “perfect” Christmas gift. What could possibly go wrong?
    I supposed that Christmas Eve was also the best time for single women to shop for husbands. Stake out the Lazarus perfume counter, I thought. Avoid the man who picks up the $1,500 per ounce Hermes Perfumé 24 Faubourg, but ends up buying twenty quarts of Eau de Nasturtium with a coupon. Couldn’t be simpler.
    Alas, technology is pushing those fun days deeper into my memory. Anyway, if you are in the same boat I am — the “Christmas Titanic” — here are four last minute tips for satisfying the sports fan in your life:
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  • Girls meet for second time this year
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville and North Montgomery will square off for the second time this season Friday night when they meet in game one of a boy/girl doubleheader at Crawfordsville. The Lady Chargers handled the Lady Athenians handily back on November 17 in the Sugar Creek Classic beating them 50-23.
    “We are very excited for Friday’s matchup. The atmosphere for this boy/girl doubleheader is always a fun one,” said Athenian head coach Tony Bean. “The first time we played, they handled us pretty well, but I think there were a couple spurts that led to the margin of victory for them. If we can eliminate bad stretches, I feel like we can compete for a different outcome this go around.”
    Charger head coach Ryan Nuppnau knows the challenges of beating a team the second time around. “Whenever you beat someone easily, sometimes you let your guard down, and that’s something that we’re going to have to take care of,” he said. “A 27-point win a month ago doesn’t mean anything. When we tip off Friday, it’s 0-0 and anything can happen. We’re going to have to be ready. It’s always scary when the underdog comes out fighting. We need to be as equally ready to come out and fight.”
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  • Athenians, Chargers meet Friday
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    Two teams in similar situations will square off Friday night, when North Montgomery makes the short trip south to take on county and Sagamore Athletic Conference rival Crawfordsville in game two of a girl/boy doubleheader.
    Both teams are led in scoring their senior sharpshooters, the Chargers Justin Clary at 22.6, and the Athenians Cameron Harris at 20.8. However, both teams also rely heavily on underclassmen, who most are seeing their first minutes in a varsity game, this early in the season.
    The Athenians have tinkered with numerous starting lineups in their first four games. As seniors Harris, Jack Sommer and Trevon Hall having been there along with juniors Will Kellerman and Cam Saunders and sophomores Tray Scorza and Karsten Williamson all having been called upon. The thing Athenian head coach David Pierce has been impressed with early is his team’s comradery.
    “I’m really impressed so far with the togetherness this group represents,” he said. “They’re a very unselfish group that has a lot of fun together. People can talk about togetherness, family, brotherhood, but this group means it.”
    The Chargers have been just as fluid with their lineup through their first five games with seniors, Clary and Caleb Donahue as starters. While sophomores Kade Kobel, Jack Thompson, Preston Shaw all see significant minutes.
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  • Charger offense struggles in loss
    Wednesday, December 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    LINDEN – North Montgomery’s offensive woes continued as West Lafayette paid a visit to Charger Gym Tuesday evening. The Chargers trailed just 23-12 after one, but could muster just another 13-points the remainder of the way, as the Red Devils pulled way for a 70-25 victory.
    “They’re a very solid team,” Charger head man Ryan Nuppnau said of the Red Devils. “They can shoot, they can play, and they’re very tough. When they knocked down that first three in their first possession, I thought it might be a long night.”
    Caroline Sautter hit that first three and Teagan Parker hit back-to-back baskets to give West Side a quick 7-0 lead. Peyton Sennett and Joy Shirar scored the Chargers first 10-points, as they found themselves down by 11 after one.
    “That first quarter was one of our better quarters,” Nuppnau said. “That’s always been one of our Achilles heels for some reason. Tonight, we were looking to catch and shoot and score.”
    West Lafayette pulled away in the second quarter outscoring North 20-6. They shot lights out in the first half connecting on 51 percent from the floor, including 70 percent (7-of-10) from beyond the arc, while the Chargers shot 29 percent.
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  • Mountie matmen win at home
    Wednesday, December 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Dakota Ball battles for points in Southmont’s wrestling win over South Vermillion Tuesday night. The Mounties were victorious 54-25 yesterday. 
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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:15 PM
    Girls: 1, North Montgomery High School, 106. 2, Clinton Central Jr Sr High, 69. 
    Boys: 1, Clinton Central Jr Sr High, 120. 2, North Montgomery High School, 59.
    Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
    1, North Montgomery High School-IN 'A' (Merica, Megan 18, Fedor, Caitlin 16, Campbell, Sidney 15, Anderson, Brynn 16), 2:09.56. 2, Clinton Central Jr Sr High 'A' (Burnette, Kailie 9, Deardorff, Bailey 10, McDaniel, Mollie 10, Sheets, Brogan 11), 2:10.61. 3, North Montgomery High School-IN 'B' (Mershon, Madelynn 14, Fidler, Karli 17, Fedor, Rachel 14, Jackman, Mary 16), 2:31.19. 4, Clinton Central Jr Sr High 'B' (Webster, Ally 10, Wyrick, Olivia 11, Ellis, Carly 9, Gilmore, Kylie 9), 2:33.25. 5, North Montgomery High School-IN 'C' (Walkup, Michaela 18, Coffing, Brianna 16, Coffing, Ashley 14, Gerdes, Hailey 15), 2:54.54. 
    Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay
    1, Clinton Central Jr Sr High 'A' (Payne, Colton 9, Smith, Owen 9, Laughner, Lane 12, Boone, Kaleb 11), 2:02.17. 2, Clinton Central Jr Sr High 'B' (Ray, Tyler 11, Meagher, Kyle 12, McCarty, Erik 9, Ferrel, Mitchell 12), 2:16.16. 3, North Montgomery High School-IN 'A' (Winters, Thomas 14, Eldridge, Wyatt 16, Schaub, Christopher 16, Meadows, Colton 15), 2:26.59. 
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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 11:14 PM
    Girls: 1, Crawfordsville Athenians, 104. 2, Greencastle High School, 81. 
    Boys: 1, Crawfordsville Athenians, 111. 2, Greencastle High School, 72. 
    Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
    1, Greencastle High School-IN 'A' (Gillen, G M SR, Lewis, S R JR, Meyer, L M FR, Kaiser, P E FR), 2:14.73. 2, Crawfordsville Athenians 'A' (Fuller, A JR, Bannon, A SO, Rich, I SO, Fuller, F E FR), 2:16.53. 3, Greencastle High School-IN 'B' (Carter, Z D FR, Monnett, G M SO, Weeks, C SO, Beauchamp, A FR), 2:38.42. 4, Greencastle High School-IN 'C' (Roberts, H L FR, Monnett, M JR, Anderson, S FR, Tobin, E G FR), x2:51.11.
    Men 200 Yard Medley Relay
    1, Crawfordsville Athenians 'A' (Humphrey, D SR, Mangold, L SR, Pruett, J SR, Karp, M C SR), 1:49.05. 2, Crawfordsville Athenians 'B' (Conrad, H C FR, Sabrowski, L * SR, Pendleton, J M FR, Hudson, C F SO), 2:00.32. 3, Greencastle High School-IN 'A' (Romer, J SR, White, M R SO, Parsons, B L JR, Matthews, D SO), 2:04.92. 4, Greencastle High School-IN 'B' (King, M C JR, Mackenzie, O L SO, Howard, J C SO, Thede, M R SO), 3:08.98. 
    Women 200 Yard Freestyle
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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville’s wrestling team traveled to North Putnam on Saturday and won an invite with a perfect 5-0 record. 
    “Today was a good day for the Athenians. Our effort was good all day. We wrestled some solid competition and did what we had to in order to win,” head coach Chris Ervin said. “I moved a few guys around quite a bit today, and I was proud of the fact that some of them wrestled up a weight class at times to help the team without a complaint. We also had a few back-ups step up and wrestle at times today, and they did a great job. We still have things to work on, but we are making progress. We hope to get a couple of people healthy and be at full strength for the county meet on Saturday.”
    Seniors Mitchell Rogers, Gage Gerdes, and Jackson Kincaid each finished the day 5-0. Juniors Steven LaTre and Thomas Weir also stepped up and posted 5-0 records on the day. 
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  • The “Natural” The Municipal Golf Course Pt. 13
    Monday, December 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    The history of the Municipal golf course would not be complete without a history of the schools that played there. Before the second nine was completed, no less than five teams played on the old course. That would include Crawfordsville HS, North Montgomery HS, Southmont HS, North Putnam HS and Wabash College. We have already given you a history of golf at Crawfordsville HS so it only seems fair to include a short history of North Montgomery and Southmont.
    Pat McDowell was in charge of the North Montgomery golfers for the first years before he turned the job over to Stan Covey who would stay for 32 years.
    Stan Covey made his way up north after graduating from Evansville Reitz and playing on the University of Southern Indiana with Dave Williamson and Terry Kendricks, both County boys. The three young golfers led USI to the Nationals of the NAIA tournament while they were together. After graduation, Dave took a job at Southmont coaching golf and recommended that Stan contact North Montgomery about their golf job. Thirty-two years and 570 wins later, Covey turned the job over to a younger coach.
    Along the way, Stan had some great golfers and outstanding teams. He mentioned Mike Dale who was conference, sectional and regional medalist and qualified for the semi-state in 1981. From 1985 to 1988, Rob McCormick anchored the Charger golf team and qualified for the regional every year. Rob went on to DePauw and had an outstanding career there. He is now the pro at the Crawfordsville Country Club.
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  • Lady Mounties fall at home
    Monday, December 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Southmont Lady Mounties fell to 4-8 on the season by losing to Monrovia by the score of 38-26 Saturday. The offense struggled in the first half, but had better energy in the second half and outscored Monrovia 20-19 in the 2nd half. Lilly Ward finished with 10 points and six rebounds and went 4-4 from the FT line. Avery Hess finished with 5 points and Hailey France had 4 points with her first start of the season.
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  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 4:00 AM
    WEST LAFAYETTE – Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce knew his team had an uphill battle as they traveled north to take on an always tough West Lafayette Friday evening. The Red Devils dominated every aspect of the game, as they jumped out to a 21-6 lead after one and cruised to a 71-46 win over the Athenians.
    “We knew going in that we were going to be outmatched,” the Athenian mentor said. “Not only with their athleticism, but also by their size, strength, and their veteran leadership. They’re really, really good.
    “Just to make a simple pass, we couldn’t do it because of their length,” he continued. “In the second half, they switched to man, and we were able to do some things that I was really pleased with.”
    The Red Devils 1-3-1 half-court defense, and their length, caused Crawfordsville fits. However, it may have been the first four minutes of each half that set the tone for the Red Devils, according to West Lafayette coach David Wood.
    “I really liked the start of both halves,” said the Red Devils coach. “Two key points in a game, and I thought we really, really dominated that part of the game. We were outstanding in that.”
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