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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

  • Monday, September 17, 2018 10:08 PM
    The Southmont volleyball team took its first Sagamore Athletic Conference loss of the year Monday night to Danville, 25-17, 25-11, 25-20. 
    Lexi Nelson slammed home seven kills while Kaley Remley recorded five. Sidney Veatch tossed up 14 assists. Natalie Manion and Macy Wells led defensively with 12 and 11 digs, respectively. Veatch and Hope Lighty each had a block. Well hammered home four aces. 

    Chargers rally but fall
    North Montgomery made a run at knocking off unbeaten Tri-West in girls soccer action Monday. Trailing 3-1 at the half, the Chargers battled before falling 4-3. 
    Sidney Campbell netted two goals and Katie Lewis added another for the Chargers. Brynn Anderson tallied all three assists. Regina Dodds turned away nine Bruin shots. 
    “We played extremely well against an undefeated Tri-West team. We made a great comeback in the 2nd half to come back from a 2 goal deficit and win the 2nd half,” said Charger mentor Julie Hodges. “Our downfall was a breakdown in communication in the 1st half, which led to a couple goals. This is the type of soccer we want to see heading into our final four games before the sectional.”
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  • Monday, September 17, 2018 10:08 PM
    The Southmont girls golf team is headed to the Roncalli regional this Saturday thanks to a second-place finish at the Crawfordsville sectional. The Mounties shot a 392, just three shots back of sectional champion Lebanon’s 389. 
    The Mounties were led by Lexi Rusk, who fired a 92. Erin Williams turned in a 99 and Carson White, Bailey Thompson and Logan Berrisford rounded out the team with solid scores of 100, 101 and 102, respectively. Rusk finished third overall. 
    North Montgomery finished fourth with a 442, just ahead of Crawfordsville’s 454. Chargers Jaycee Walden and Chloe Maxwell will compete as individuals at the regional. They each shot a 98. Crawfordsville’s Bailey Mittall lost a playoff for the final individual advancement spot. 
    Rounding out the Charger scoring were Abbie Horn’s 114 and Morgan Swick’s 132. Crawfordsville got a 111 from Evie Redding, a 117 from Georgia Kinkaid and a 119 from Gwyn Redding to round out the scoring. Britney Snyder’s 127 was the alternate score. 
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  • Mounties take junior high cross country championship
    Monday, September 17, 2018 9:09 PM
    Southmont took home the junior high Montgomery County Cross County championship last week. The team is coached by Gary and Matt Allen. Slayde Gardener, Aaron Evans and Brennen Thornburg all placed in the top five for Southmont.
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  • Friday, September 14, 2018 11:35 PM
    DOVER – This Sagamore Athletic Conference game was billed as a David versus Goliath fray, with North Montgomery in the role of the protagonist. Let’s face it, though. David never had to go up against Western Boone. The 2A No. 2 ranked Stars made certain that the visitors, here Friday, never got within a stone’s throw of making it a contest.
    North Montgomery fell in biblical proportions to Western Boone, 60-14.
    The Stars (5-0, 3-0 SAC) exploited the first play of the game, when Luke Kernodle returned the opening boot 79 yards for a touchdown with a scant 17 seconds removed from the clock. It served the Chargers a gloomy prophesy. Western Boone scored three more times in the first quarter, and twice more in the second to take a 42-6 score into halftime.
    Well, it was almost halftime. It was more like three-eighths time. A power outage at Witham Health Services field, 6:26 in the second quarter, sent both teams to their locker rooms early while service was restored.
    You could almost hear the sigh of relief from the Chargers’ sideline.
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  • Mountie county
    Friday, September 14, 2018 11:34 PM
    Southmont (3-2, 3-0 SAC) collected the county championship for the second year in a row Friday night after defeating the Athenians (0-5, 0-3 SAC) on the road 49-28. The Mounties amassed 465 yards of total offense, including 328 on the ground, in the win. 
    “I’m proud of our kids tonight. A county championship is always close to the top of our goals list at the start of every season and we were able to come away with the win,” said Hannum. 
    After deferring the ball until the second half, Crawfordsville began the game with a gutsy onside kick that they recovered near midfield. However, Southmont was able to stifle the Athenian momentum early and forced a quick four and out.
    “We made that decision about ten minutes before kickoff,” said Athenian head coach Sean Gerold, “We told the kids that we were going to play loose tonight and that was a direct result of that thinking. Unfortunately, we couldn’t continue that drive and our momentum.”
    The Mounties bounced right back and drove 56 yards down the field on six plays before Cameron Giles’s two yard dive gave Southmont the early 7-0 lead.
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  • Bubbles heating up
    Friday, September 14, 2018 4:00 AM
    Hello Sports Fans.
    Perfect. Perfecto! Per-freakin-fecto!
    Yes, once again the world is right and the universe is in order. Ol’ Bubbles was perfect (again!) in the county and for the first time this season absolutely perfect in the SAC! Then again, that’s no surprise. It’s just about time that I got the ol’ bag o’ bones unlimbered and did what we all know and expect me to do most of the time. 
    And how about those scores? I called for a South blowout against F’fort. The Mounties won 49-7. I said Lebanon beats North 21-18. The final was 24-12 and I predicted Danville to top CHS by 35, they won by 34. T’aint brag, just fact.
    Moving on. I’m not dodging anything, but looking at the schedule this week makes me think it might be tough to be perfect three weeks in a row in the county. But hey, that’s why they play the games . . . to make me look good. Right?
    South at Crawfordsville
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  • Thursday, September 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    Southmont enters Friday’s Montgomery County and Sagamore Athletic Conference tilt at Crawfordsville looking to win their second consecutive county championship, but more importantly, they’re looking for their second 3-0 start in conference play in as many years.
    The Athenians, on the other hand, will look to dash the Mounties championship aspirations and pick that elusive first win of the season.
    “One of our goals as a program is to win county,” said Southmont head coach Desson Hannum. “When you are able to win these two games, you not only pick up wins against your county rivals, but you also pick up two conference wins.”
    “This is a huge game for us,” said Athenian head coach Sean Gerold. “County is important to the kids and coaches. The guys have been very motivated in practice this week.”
    The Mounties (2-2, 2-0 SAC) enter clicking on all sides of the ball. A week after holding North Montgomery to just 40 yards of total offense in a 28-0 win, Southmont limited Frankfort to just 57-yards of offense in a 49-7 win.
    Against the Chargers, Southmont rolled up 369 yards of total offense, and in a sloppy mess against the Hot Dogs, they rushed for 334-yards. Two stats that didn’t go unnoticed by the Mountie mentor.
    “We’ve been more consistent in our execution on both sides of the ball,” Hannum said. “Also, we’ve been really good on third down. Offensively, we’ve been able to create some explosive plays.”
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  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018 10:13 PM
    Southmont defeated Sagamore Athletic Conference foe Lebanon Tuesday in volleyball action. The match was back and forth with the Mounties dropping the first set 25-17 and the fourth set 25-22. The girls won the second set 25-18 and the third 25-13. In the decider, the Lady Mounties won 15-11. 
    Lexi Nelson had a huge night with 19 kills. Sidney Veatch was busy with 45 assists and two blocks. Natalie Manion worked hard with 20 digs. 
    The Lady Mounties are now 4-0 in the conference with Crawfordsville, Danville and Frankfort remaining on the league schedule. In the meantime, Southmont is at home against Attica Thursday.
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  • Monday, September 10, 2018 9:39 PM
    The North Montgomery tennis team will have the opportunity to grab a county title Sept. 18 at Southmont after defeating Crawfordsville 3-2 Monday night. 
    A tightly contested match saw Eddie Heinold grab a point for Crawfordsville at No. 1 singles in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. North Montgomery countered with a straight setter at No. 1 doubles thanks to Jaxon Plant and Matt Jackman. 
    At No. 2 doubles, Hunter Donaldson and Wyatt Eldridge battled to grab a 7-6 first set win for North Montgomery before cruising in the second set, 6-1. 
    Thinks were most interesting at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. At No. 2, North Montgomery’s Owen Gregg grabbed the first set, but Austin Motz countered by winning the next two sets, including a tiebreaker to take the point for Crawfordsville. North Montgomery’s Tim Newlin won in the same fashion at No. 3 singles. He dropped the first set before rallying to win in a tiebreaker. 
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  • History of New Market Basketball Part 1
    Monday, September 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    How did an ex-Ladoga Canner end up sitting in the living room of a New Market Purple Flyer legend and his legendary coach? It all started with the purchase of the best book on Indiana basketball that I have ever read. The book is entitled Hoosiers All by Emerson Houck. I picked it up at Barnes and Noble and began to leaf through it. I stopped when I saw my name in the book. What was my name doing in a book? It turns out that the author had found an article about my old friend, Charlie Bowerman, on a Wabash college blog that I had been working with. I fired off an e-mail to Emerson Houck and told him that it was the best book I had ever read because it had my name in it. He fired back an e-mail and said that he wanted to come down and visit the “Cradle.” Of course, he meant Crawfordsville, the “Cradle of Indiana Basketball.” Well, to make to long story even longer, he came to Crawfordsville and we toured the historic places that relate to the beginning of basketball outside its birthplace in Springfield, Massachusetts. 
    New Market started playing basketball in 1904; the first players were Roy Demoret, Newton Busenbark, Clay Rice, Harry Galey, Fern Busenbark, L.D. McMullen, and Ed Groves
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  • Saturday, September 8, 2018 12:05 AM
    FRANKFORT – A rainy Friday made the field conditions less than ideal for Southmont (2-2, 2-0 SAC) on Friday when they traveled to Frankfort (0-4, 0-2 SAC) for a Sagamore Athletic Conference showdown. The Mounties took advantage of strong play from their offensive line, however, and totaled more than 330 yards on the ground en route to a 49-7 thrashing of the Hot Dogs.
    Junior Cameron Giles was all over the stat sheet Friday night, rushing for 162 yards on 16 carries while scoring two touchdowns for the Mounties. Hunter Chadwick had three scores of his own while completing 2-of-4 passes for 53 yards. In all, the Mounties gained 387 yards of total offense compared to Frankfort’s 57. 
    “We played with poise tonight,” said Mountie head coach Desson Hannum, “We were able to establish the line of scrimmage early and execute some big plays that took advantage of what they were giving us.”
    Last week against the Chargers, Southmont converted a third and long in their opening drive that gave them the push needed to go on and pull out a victory. Last night, the Mounties were faced with a similar opportunity on fourth down deep in their own zone. Southmont gambled, and won, in what would become a 10 play, 96 yard drive capped off on a Hunter Chadwick keeper.
    “It’s easier to play with the lead so it is important for us to get off to a good start,” said Mountie head coach Desson Hannum, “It allows us to get that confidence early on and we’ve been able to do that the past two weeks.”
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  • Charger comeback thwarted by Tigers
    Saturday, September 8, 2018 12:04 AM
    In a game that Lebanon nearly ran away with, North Montgomery found a second-half rally to pull within a touchdown. The Tigers secured the 24-12 win with Cameron Johnson’s fourth rushing touchdown of the night late in the fourth. The game was played at Crawfordsville High School, utilizing the artificial field turf over North Montgomery’s natural grass as nearly two inches of rain fell on Montgomery County Friday. 
    Johnson had a huge night for the Tigers, carrying the ball 31 times for 272 yards and all four of the team’s touchdowns. More than 200 of Johnson’s yards came in the first half when Lebanon raced out to an 18-0 advantage midway through the second quarter. 
    “I thought we started the game out very slow unfortunately,” said Charger coach Josh Thompson. “After the first quarter, I thought the defense buckled down and played a lot better.”
    North Montgomery found its footing going into and coming out of intermission. They also created opportunities throughout the night, though rarely capitalizing. Kai Warren picked off Lebanon quarterback Garrett Harker in the first and Conner Cain blocked a punt. The Chargers couldn’t find points off of either. The Chargers nearly got on the board in the second when Kade Kobel broke free for what looked like an 83-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The play was called back to near midfield and the Chargers fumbled on the second play of that drive. 
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  • Saturday, September 8, 2018 12:03 AM
    DANVILLE – Crawfordsville entered Friday against 0-3 Danville looking to pick up their first win of the season and snap their current 18-game losing streak. The Athenians not only had to battle the Warriors on the gridiron, but Mother Nature was doing her best to wreak havoc on the Athenian offense.
    Danville struck early and often, before the rains set in the second half, scoring 33 first half points, on their way to a 40-6 Sagamore Athletic Conference win.
    The Athenians forced a turnover on the Warriors first possession. Danville drove the ball to the Crawfordsville 27, only to see Mark Broderick fumble at the 10 and Crawfordsville’s Jacob Wemer recover. However, a three and out, gave the Warriors good field position to start their second drive at the Athenian 48. 
    Danville’s next five possessions resulted in touchdowns to take that commanding halftime lead.
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  • Bubbles bounces back
    Friday, September 7, 2018 4:00 AM
    Hello Sports Fans.
    That’s more like it! After a pitiful first week and a mediocre second week, I was once again perfect in the county and only missed one in the Sagamore. I know this is the Bubbles you’ve been expecting and I am sorry it took so long to get going. I’ll blame it on some water I drank over on Green Street.
    But hey, my faculties are back in tip-top shape and I’m raring to go. And in my own humble way I want to once again point out that others may try but no one, and I mean no one, can match wits with Bubbles. Hell, most of them can’t even spell Bubbles.
    Crawfordsville at Danville
    I really do feel for the Blue and Gold. They are playing a team that is winless, averaging only 20 points a game and giving up 28. Yet CHS is still the underdog. That’s because the Boys of Athens are also 0-3 and are averaging but two points a game while giving up 36. 
    What has happened to Crawfordsville football?
    Here’s the thing. Right now the next six games on the schedule are against five teams that have losing records. If there has ever been an opportunity to turn the program around as it stands, this is it. However, if losses keep piling up then the powers that be in the hallowed halls need to figure out what the heck to do. Losing may breed character, but it doesn’t do anyone any good over this long a period. 
    Prove me wrong Athenians. Danville 35, CHS 0.
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  • OUT IN THE OPEN- Grown-up Air Rifles Aren’t Toys
    Friday, September 7, 2018 4:00 AM
    If you are like me, your shooting career started with the venerable “BB” gun. I can still remember the day when my uncle handed over an old Sears J.C. Higgins air rifle with the admonition, “Don’t shoot anything!”
    It was a solid piece of craftsmanship, not like the piffling stamped-steel Daisy models my friends owned. With a push-cocking barrel—this was in the days before product-liability lawsuits—and solid walnut stock, it reeked of manliness, danger and adventure. Suitable armed, I was now officially in training to become a full-time mountain-man at the tender age of eight. 
    In fact, that very night I immediately began perusing my old issues of Outdoor Life to see which states allowed elk and bear hunting with .17 caliber pellets. My disappointment was profound.
    I continued shooting that gun until the day I bought my first .22 rifle, purchased with money saved from lawn mowing and muskrat trapping at the nearby golf course. The BB gun was laid aside never to be seen again. I’d give $1,000 for it today. 
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