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Saturday, February 16, 2019
  • Friday, February 15, 2019 11:14 PM
    DANVILLE – With a seventh conference win, Crawfordsville had a chance to claim, the outright Sagamore Athletic Conference title, Friday night. Unfortunately, to do so they would have to win in a place that winning seldom happens. Danville defeated the visitors 71-63, pushing the Athenians into a share of the SAC season crown, 71-63.
    Crawfordsville shares the championship with Tri-West, who finished its season with a win over North Montgomery.
    Crawfordsville could have captured the outright SAC championship for the first time since the 1972-73 season, but the Athenians got caught in a physical game, and were roughed up for their fourteenth loss to the Warriors since winning 53-49 in 2007.
    “They certainly let them play,” said Athenians head coach David Pierce. “It was a super physical game. Usually we shoot more free throws than we did. Danville made theirs.”
    In fact, the Warriors made seven more free throws than the Athenians even attempted.
    The Warriors interior front of Dillon Ware (6’6”), Connor Jones (6’3”), and Sam Comer (6’5”) made it difficult for Athenians power forward Jesse Johnson-Hall, who finished the game with 10 points, but on 5 of 16 shooting.
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  • Friday, February 15, 2019 10:30 PM
    LINDEN – North Montgomery celebrated their four seniors Friday night as Tri-West visited Charger Gym. The Bruins, on the other hand, were still looking to claim a share of the Sagamore Athletic Conference crown, while the Chargers were looking to play the spoiler roll.
    North dictated the tempo in the first half keeping the game at their pace. However, the Bruins came out in the second half and extended their full court defense as they pulled away late for the 53-35 victory.
    “I thought we did some good things in the first half, although we were down four,” said North head coach Andrew Evertts. “We did some things well early in the third, we just couldn’t get a shot to fall. We had a lot of missed opportunities.”
    Six times in the first half, the Chargers trailed by just one possession with the basketball. On all six occasions, they couldn’t capitalize to take any momentum into the half, as they trailed 20-16.
    The Bruins came out of the half and pressed the Chargers from base line to base line. They capitalized on the full court defense closing the third quarter on an 11-2 run to push their lead to 11.
    “They put some pressure on us in the third, and we turned it over. In a slower paced game that really killed us.” Evertts said. “When they sped us up and started running, we didn’t do a good job of getting back.”
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  • Friday, February 15, 2019 10:20 PM
    NEW MARKET – In their last Sagamore Athletic Conference showdown of the regular season, the Southmont welcomed Frankfort Friday night for a boys’ basketball clash. The Mounties outrebounded the Hot Dogs 27-18 while playing hardnosed defense to earn their first win in three weeks, 47-38.
    “I am really proud of our effort tonight,” said Mountie head coach Jake Turner. “We were tough and--especially in the second half--we saw some big improvements defensively.”
    With the help of their three-point shooting, Frankfort played Southmont close all night, stifling any momentum the Mounties built with big time shots. In all, the Hot Dogs attempted 31 three-pointers, including 14 in the first half. 
    Justin Howard opened the third quarter outscoring the Hot Dogs 9-3 single-handedly, helping him reach a game high 20-point final tally. Frankfort was stubborn, however, and battled back to tie the game at 35 after the third quarter.
    “Howard carried us tonight offensively. We rely on him so much and he was able to orchestrate the offense and keep everyone else involved as well,” said Turner.
    Southmont’s defense was on full display in the fourth quarter. The Mounties held Frankfort to just three points while keeping them to 1-of-15 shooting en route to the 47-38 victory. 
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  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    Jefferson, of Lafayette, won the 1916 championship by taking a thrilling five minute overtime contest from Crawfordsville by a score of 27 to 26. In 1916 the number of districts was increased from fourteen to sixteen, the following teams competing: Bloomington, Lebanon, Washington Township, Martinsville, Liberty Center, Elkhart, Hopewell, Jefferson of Lafayette, Cicero, Valparaiso, Brookville, Vincennes, Kokomo, Seymour, Jefferson, and Crawfordsville. It was a scrap between Jefferson and Crawfordsville. Jefferson downed Martinsville 29 to 17 in the semi-finals while Crawfordsville was winning the right to oppose Jefferson in the final by beating by beating Vincennes 33 to 17. At the end of the regular forty minutes of play in the deciding contest between Jefferson and Crawfordsville the count was knotted at 25 all. In the five minute overtime period Donald Tilson, now playing on the Purdue basketball team, threw the winning two points through the hoop and Grimes now playing with the Wabash College five, tossed a point through the hoop from the foul line. C.F. Apking coached the Bloomington lads to a 20-4 record that year.
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  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    Quick! Name a wrestler!
    That’s interesting. I heard a handful of Hulk Hogan’s, a few Chris Jericho’s, several cries for Dick “The Bruiser”, and a couple of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s. Real credit goes to the guy that hollered Ernie “The Cat” Ladd.
    There are no wrong answers, but it’s a shame that wrestling’s name recognition lands mostly in the “professional” ranks. Did anyone say Dan Gable, the hall of fame folk-style, Olympic, and freestyle wrestler? I doubt it. Rulon Gardner? Riley LeFever?
    Hey! Wrestlers have feelings, too.
    The good news is that around here, we understand — and appreciate — good wrestlers. The high school wrestling scene in Montgomery County is on a par with those anywhere in Indiana.
    Drew Webster, Seth Johnson, Jake Lowe, and Josh Lowe — all from North Montgomery — added their names to the pantheon of great Montgomery County wrestlers last weekend. Each advanced out of the New Castle semi-state into the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s State Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Saturday.
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:47 PM
    NEW MARKET – The Mounties welcomed Tri-West to New Market Tuesday night in a Sagamore Athletic Conference boys’ basketball clash. Southmont came out hot, shooting 60 percent from three in the first half and competing well defensively but in the end, Tri-West’s sizzling offense was too much as the Mounties fell 70-58.
    “Between our Fountain Central game on Saturday and this game tonight, we have noticed improvements offensively. The difference tonight was they came in expecting to win while we came in hoping to win. We proved that we can play with them but we just have to have that same drive for four quarters,” said Southmont mentor Jake Turner.
    After their hot start, the Mounties went into the halftime break only down 38-36 while holding Tri-West’s best player to 10 points. However, Tri-West answered back in the second half and ran away with the victory 70-58.
    Brayden VanSlyke led the Bruins with 26 points, 16 coming in the second half. 
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:35 PM
    LINDEN – Two teams heading in opposite directions met Tuesday night at North Montgomery. North Putnam came in losers of 10 of their last 11, while the Chargers were winners of three of their last four. The Cougars used a strong second half to outlast North Montgomery 48-47.
    North Montgomery held a 26-19 lead at the half thanks to a strong first half performance by Jack Thompson. The junior had nine points on 4 of 4 shooting as his old fashioned 3-point play, and a pair of Jacob Verduin free throws gave North the 7-point lead.
    “We found quite a bit of success getting the ball in the post in the first half, and I think that allowed us to build the lead in the second quarter,” said Charger head coach Andrew Evertts. “They had some smaller guards at the bottom of their 1-3-1, and we took advantage of that. However, we got away from that in the second half, because we weren’t as aggressive.”
    The Cougars were able to cut the deficit to three after the third thanks to Andrew Pickel and Chris Murray. Pickel had 7 of his game high 23 in the quarter, while Murray had 6 of his 13.
    “I thought they outworked us the entire second half, and I was disappointed with that,” Evertts said. “I can think of multiple occasions where they dove for loose balls or out of bounds to save balls, and we didn’t.
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:56 PM
    North Montgomery Youth Baseball and Fast Pitch Softball registration is currently taking place at
    Online registration is open until Feb. 24. 
    There will be an "in person" registration on Feb. 23 at North Montgomery High School in the commons from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
    North Montgomery Youth Baseball offers four different age groups, 6U for 4-5-6 year olds, 8U for 7 and 8 year olds, 10U for 9 and 10 year olds and 12U for 11 and 12 year olds. Fast Pitch softball is offered for the following age groups 8U for 7 and 8 year olds, 10U for 9 and 10 year olds and 12U for 11 and 12 year olds. All age groups are $80 with the exception of 6U baseball and it is $70. Family discounts are available. 
    Any questions about registering for baseball please contact John Roche at 765-366-4221,for softball please contact Tonya Ramey at 765-366-8588 or Melissa Cain at 765-366-2364
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:40 PM
    VEEDERSBURG – After suffering losses of a combined 53 points in their previous games, the Southmont and Fountain Central boys’ basketball teams looked to bounce back in a non-conference matchup Saturday night. The host Mustangs prevailed, 56-48.
    “Well, we had a pretty good week of practice,” Southmont head coach Jake Turner said of his team’s confidence heading into the game. “I think that we are a capable team. We’re capable of competing with anyone on our schedule when we come to play and do things right. What is stressful for me is I don’t always know which team is going to show up.”
    Southmont looked the part on Saturday as both teams went back and forth throughout the first half, leading to a 20-15 score in favor of Fountain Central at halftime. Justin Howard, the Mounties’ leading scorer this season, had nine of Southmont’s 15 at the half.
    The Mounties opened the third quarter rolling on offense and grabbed their first lead after a Howard three-pointer gave Southmont a 27-24 advantage. After Fountain Central responded with a three, Howard again scored from deep, giving Southmont a 30-27 lead. With the score tied at 35-35 in the closing seconds of the third quarter, Howard continued his scoring outburst, converting a buzzer-beating layup while drawing a foul. Howard’s made free throw to end the quarter gave the Mounties a 38-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:40 PM
    NEW CASTLE – A contingent of 10 Montgomery County wrestlers made the trip east Saturday to the New Castle Semi-State. Four of those grapplers advanced – all from North Montgomery – led by 220-pound semi-state champion Drew Webster. 
    Webster picked up a fall in overtime of his championship match to secure the title and position himself for a top seed at this week’s state finals. Action starts Friday with one match. Those who win Friday advance to Saturday and guarantee themselves a top-eight state placement. 
    Advancing with Webster are Seth Johnson, who makes his second trip to state, along with Josh and Jake Lowe. Johnson was fourth at 106 pounds in 2017. He makes his return at 132 pounds this season. He finished third at New Castle. 
    Each Lowe won his first two matches to secure a ticket to state before stumbling. Jake Lowe was fourth at 160 pounds and Josh Lowe was fourth at 170. 
    Action kicks off Friday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse with a state placement on the line. 
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  • A stately experience
    Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    Champions from the Crawfordsville girls’ swimming and diving sectional came together for a group picture this weekend at the IHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving Championship at the IUPUI Natatorium. Girls pictured are from Crawfordsville, North Montgomery and Twin Lakes. Several Montgomery County girls made the trip, though none advance beyond the prelims. Crawfordsville’s Cami McGrady was 32nd in the 200 free and 30th in the 500 free. Fellow Athenian Emily Humphrey was 32nd in the 100 fly and 30th in the 100 yard breaststroke. The CHS 200 and 400 free relay teams each finished 31st. For North Montgomery, Sidney Campbell was 29th in the 50 free and 32nd in the 100 free. The boys sectional starts at Crawfordsville with prelims Thursday and the finals Saturday.
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    A former Crawfordsville resident is being inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame. 
    Mike Haynes, former voice of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, got his start calling Butler University football and basketball games while a student there in the early 80s. His professional career began in Crawfordsville during his time at WCVL radio. Haynes moved to Arizona to pursue his dream of calling hockey professionally in 1988. He had moved to Denver to broadcast minor league hockey when the Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver to become the Avalanche in 1995. Haynes spent 23 years as the radio or TV voice of the team. 
    Haynes and the rest of the class will be inducted at an awards banquet on April 7 at Valle Vista Country Club in Greenwood. This is the 24th class to be inducted. 
    Additional members of the class include the following people who have graced Hoosier newspapers, radio stations and television airwaves over the past several decades.
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  • Athenians make history for the first time since 1986
    Friday, February 8, 2019 10:39 PM
    For the first time in 32 years, the Crawfordsville boys basketball team has guaranteed itself at least a share of the Sagamore Athletic Conference title. With the 65-51 home victory Friday over Tri-West (their first since 2013), the Athenians remain perfect in the conference with the chance to win it outright next Friday against Danville.
    “To win this conference you have to have a little bit of luck but you also have to earn it,” said Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce, “That has been our motto this season--Earn Everything--and these kids have done that. Whether it be grinding this summer or taking extra reps after practice, they have earned it.
    “Of all the teams we’ve had, this group is different. They have completely bought into the team and have bought into each other. We are excited for the future.”
    Despite the lopsided final tally, the contest was relatively close throughout a majority of the game. Crawfordsville only began to pull away late in the third quarter and early in the fourth when they began a 16-1 run that lasted over six and a half minutes. 
    “Our defense was the main reason we pulled away. Our scouting report was simple: keep your man in front of you at all times and block out. Our aggressiveness defensively led to offensive chances on the other end and we were able to hit our free throws down the stretch,” said Pierce.
    Crawfordsville forced 16 Bruin turnovers while outrebounding them 26-21 on the night. 
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  • Friday, February 8, 2019 10:38 PM
    FRANKFORT – It’s not always how you start but how you finish. Frankfort came out on fire, shooting 73 percent in the first quarter, jumping out to a 19-17. However, North Montgomery saved their best for last, as they finished the game on a 16-0 run to pull away from the Hot Dogs for the 60-47 Sagamore Athletic Conference boys basketball victory.
    “That was awesome to see,” said Charger head coach Andrew Evertts of the 16-0 run to end it. “We talked about a lot of things preparing for this game. At some point, I wrote ‘composure’ up on the board. It wasn’t one of our top priorities, but I think it’s the reason we won the game.”
    Frankfort was hitting on all cylinders in the first quarter hitting 8-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.
    The Chargers went on a 10-3 run midway through the second quarter to lead 27-26 at the Half. Preston Shaw, who continued his hot hand, scored 8 of this team high 16 in the quarter.
    “He’s played really well the last four or five games averaging nearly 16-per-game over that period,” Evertts said of the junior. “We need that, because it opens things up for everyone else.”
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  • Friday, February 8, 2019 4:00 AM
    With three top-seeded wrestlers, and a lofty No. 4 state ranking, North Montgomery leads a contingent of 10 Montgomery County wrestlers into the semi-state round of the state tournament, Saturday.
    North Montgomery’s Parker Moseley, Seth Johnson, Tim Newlin, Jake and Josh Lowe, and Drew Webster join Southmont’s Dillan and Dimetrie Lauy, and Riley Woodall as semi-state representatives. Crawfordsville’s Doug Ramsey is the school’s only qualifier in his first opportunity to advance.
    The wrestlers moved out of the North Montgomery Regional, last week, and will make their way to New Castle’s cavernous 9,000 seat arena for the last stop before pushing into the championships at Indianapolis.
    It may be, as North Montgomery head coach Bryce McCoy reminds, not a simple as just showing up there.
    “New Castle may be the toughest site in the state,” contends McCoy, in his first year at the helm of the Chargers. “Nothing that happens over there will be a surprise.”
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