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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 3:08 AM
    Attica – The Southmont Mounties were able to hold off a late surge from Attica Monday night as the Mounties picked up the 10-5 victory. Attica was able to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh but the deficit was just too much to overcome
    Both teams exchanged runs in the second inning. However, the Mounties bats came alive in the next two innings as they scored four runs in the third and added another run in the fourth. The Mounties would score four more times in the sixth to make the score 10-2 going into the seventh. 
    Peyton Wininger’s lone hit of the game was a big solo run home run in the fourth inning. He added his second RBI of the night on a fielder’s choice. Wes Sobolewski added two more hits and three RBI’s. Cole Roach, Logan Smith, and Hunter Chadwick each had RBI’s on the night as well. 
    The win improves the Mounties record to 8-13 on the season. The Mounties now will compete in the class 3A Sectional on Wednesday night against Frankfort. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. 
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  • Monday, May 20, 2019 2:47 AM
    DARLINGTON – Danville took the Sagamore Athletic Conference golf championship Saturday with a score of 342. North Montgomery led the county with a 368 for fourth place. Southmont took seventh at 393 and Crawfordsville was eighth with a score of 421. The event was held at Rocky Ridge. 
    Danville’s Carter Rosebloom took medalist honors with a round of 80. North Montgomery’s Zach Taylor finished tied for second with an 81 for All-Conference honors. Full results follow. 
    Danville 342: Brett Widner 84, Adam Barber 85, Ben Dooley 93, Carter Roseboom 80, Kyle Poland 94
    Lebanon 343: Toby Beye 86, Christian Parks 84, Jay Bowman 84, Shawn Ramirez 89, Andrew Hawkins 97
    Tri-West 351: Taylor Gardner 81, Schuyler Hicks 84, Brayden VanSlyke 94, Grant Covey 92, Aaron Milbourne 105
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  • Monday, May 20, 2019 2:33 AM
    North Montgomery Youth Baseball held the Pitch Hit & Run competition last week at North Montgomery. 
    For 7/8 year olds, Cooper Stephens- Pitch and hitting plus All Around Champion, Cash Cole was the running champion
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  • Friday, May 17, 2019 2:19 AM
    A NFL Draft streak that began with Brian Alford, Mark Fischer and Edwin Watson in 1998 came to an end for Purdue in 2019.
    The good news is that at least two national sports outlets are predicting a new streak for the Boilermakers will begin in 2020 with senior defensive tackle Lorenzo Neal.
    Neal, who hopes to follow the career path of his father – former NFL fullback Lorenzo Neal, was a projected first round choice to the Atlanta Falcons at No. 12 by ESPN.com writer Todd McShay.
    Chris Trapasso of CBSSports.com has Neal ranked 72nd on his list of the top 100 NFL Draft prospects for 2020. These rankings assume that Neal will bounce back from a torn ACL he suffered in the regular season finale against Indiana.
    Neal heads a smaller than usual Purdue football senior class this fall, but he is not the only 2020 NFL prospect on the roster. Of the nine scholarship seniors, three are legitimate draft prospects.
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  • Monday, May 13, 2019 9:58 PM
    The Crawfordsville baseball team stayed perfect in the Sagamore Athletic Conference and earned its 20th win of the season with a 5-4 triumph over North Montgomery Monday night at home. 
    The Athenians jumped out to a 5-2 lead after four, but the Chargers threatened late. North Montgomery got a pair of runs back in the sixth, but Austin Warren closed things out for Crawfordsville. Cam Saunders took the win in the contest. 
    Crawfordsville (20-3, 11-0 SAC) makes the trip to North Montgomery (7-15, 2-9) tonight for round two.
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  • Monday, May 13, 2019 1:56 AM
    The Crawfordsville baseball team kept its hot streak alive with a 14-0 win over Park Tudor Saturday morning. 
    Austin Warren had a big day with three hits, three RBIs and three runs. Josh Blackburn chipped in with a pair of hit, three RBIs and two runs. Carson Scott also had a three-hit day with three runs and a ribbie. 
    Will KellermanCam Saunders, Cale McCarty and Jake Decker each had a hit. Kellerman, Scott, Saunders, Decker and Zach Fitcher each drove in a run. 
    Decker and Kellerman were dominant on the mound. Decker took the win with 3.2 innings and three strikeouts. Kellerman was perfect over two innings, fanning one. 
    Crawfordsville (19-3) is at home against North Montgomery tonight. 
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  • Friday, May 10, 2019 1:23 AM
    The North Montgomery tennis team earned the Montgomery County crown and a share of the Sagamore Athletic Conference title Wednesday with a 4-1 win over Southmont. The girls finish the league season at 5-1, sharing the title with Frankfort and Western Boone. 
    The Chargers swept singles action with Mary Jackman, Aryn Groves and Kaitlyn Greenlee earning points. The Southmont duo of Sophie Reimondo and Hope Lighty won at No. 1 doubles. But it was the Charger duo of Gracie Chapman and Allison Guard that got the point at No. 2 doubles. 
    The Chargers move to 11-3 on the season and are at home tonight against Pike to wrap up the regular season. 
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  • Friday, May 10, 2019 1:22 AM
    LINDEN – Andrew Evertts has decided to step away from the turbulent waters of teaching and coaching, but not before making a few ripples of his own on the way out.
    Evertts, who compiled a 5-18 record in his only season as North Montgomery’s Boys varsity basketball coach, submitted his resignation and took to social media Monday to explain his decision, prompting a wellspring of support for the young coach.
    “It’s been crazy,” said Evertts in a phone interview. “I didn’t turn off the ‘Notifications’ on my phone when I went to bed, and all night long it kept dinging. I knew something was going on.”
    The last time Evertts checked, Twitter reported 150,000 people had scrolled over the post, and 70-80,000 people had read his story.
    What sparked the flurry was the 30-year old educator’s candid explanation on why he was stepping down from a career that he loved, only after a single season.
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  • Friday, May 10, 2019 1:21 AM
    There are rules and then there are rules that are in the best interests of the athletes.
    The IHSAA’s decision to implement a mercy rule in high school football this fall qualifies as the latter.
    When the point differential reaches 35 points in the second half, the game clock will convert to a running clock over the final 24 minutes. The lone exceptions will be timeouts, scores and/or injuries. The running clock remains in place even if the margin drops below 35 points.
    This rule was in effect in Wisconsin several years ago when one of my nephews was playing high school football. Not only does it speed up the game, it also takes the decision out of coaches’ hands. Previously in Indiana, both coaches had to agree to a running clock before it would be implemented. 
    This vote brought back memories of the most lopsided game I have covered in my nearly 40-year reporting career.
    It was Oct. 17, 2008, and future five-time state champion coach Kevin O’Shea was in his first season at Central Catholic. With record-setting quarterback Chris Mills leading an offense that averaged nearly 48 points a game, the Knights were hosting overmatched Clinton Prairie in the regular season finale
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  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:55 AM
    Montgomery County baseball and softball action was the driving force at Crawfordsville High School Tuesday night. In the baseball game, Crawfordsville’s pitchers limited Southmont to a pair of hits and the Athenians found just enough offense for the 2-0 win. 
    Cam Saunders and Austin Warren split time on the hill for the Athenians. They each allowed one hit and combined for 10 strikeouts and just two walks. Saunders took the win. 
    At the plate, Crawfordsville needed just four hits. Josh Blackburn, Saunders, Jake Decker and Cale McCarty accounted for the offense. Blackburn and Saunders scored runs. 
    Cole Roach was almost as masterful for the Mounties. He struck out 10 batters in six innings of work without allowing an earned run. Peyton Wininger had the only two hits for the Mounties. 
    The teams will meet again Thursday at Southmont. 
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  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:54 AM
    The short shorts era changed drastically when the Fab Five came on the scene. The Fab Five was a nickname given to the 1991 University of Michigan men’s basketball team. They were considered to be the greatest recruiting class ever. The class consisted of Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. Rose, Webber, and Howard all had distinguished NBA careers. 
    King played for a couple of years and Jackson never made it to the “Big Show.” None of the five was ever on a team that won an NCAA or NBA championship. However the Fab Five changed the face and the appearance of basketball forever when they brought a popular “Hip Hop” style to the game complete with trash talk, shaved heads and most importantly, longer, baggier pants. It was the longer, baggier pants that set the style for the present basketball uniform. Oddly enough, without the shaved heads, they looked like the Wingate Spartans of 1913 and 1914. I guess it's true that “whatever goes around comes around."
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  • Wednesday, May 8, 2019 2:54 AM
    Known as “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports,” the Kentucky Derby normally lives up to its tag line. Nicknamed for the approximate duration of the 1 1/4 mile thoroughbred horse race, the premier competition for three-year-olds normally takes less time to complete than it does to boil an egg. 
    Forget it this year.
    Did you see it? Hopefully, you were there in person, and saw the controversy first hand. If you were, I’m sure you are just now drying out. A constant rain throughout the 145th Running created a sloppy track, and a real muddy wrangling at the end.
    I was watching on TV. The long-shot and the short of it is that pre-race favorite Maximum Security led the whole way, including across the finish line, but he never took a step in the winner’s circle.
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  • Monday, May 6, 2019 9:00 PM
    NEW MARKET – The Southmont softball team took advantage of every opportunity Monday night in a 17-7 win over Western Boone in Sagamore Athletic Conference action. The Mounties jumped out to a big 8-0 lead after an inning and poured on six more in the fourth. Western Boone threatened with a 5-run third, but it was the Mounties’ night. Western Boone committed 11 errors in the contest while Southmont pounded out 11 hits. 
    Paige Knowling, Marissa Craig and Ryleigh Cable each had a pair of hits. Hannah Nichols, Macie Shirk, Claire Remley, Natalie Manion and Bailey Thompson each hit safely as well. Craig had a huge night, registering five RBIs and Shirk drove in four. Manion and Cable each added a pair of ribbies. Knowling, Remley and Thompson each had an RBI. 
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  • Friday, May 3, 2019 9:59 PM
    The North Montgomery track and field teams swept action at the Montgomery County Track and Field Meet Friday night at Crawfordsville. 
    The Charger boys amassed 73 points. That was good for first place ahead of Southmont’s 60 points and Crawfordsville’s 34. 
    The Charger girls tallied 74 points for the victory. Southmont was again second with 54.5 points and Crawfordsville earned 38.5 points. 
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  • Friday, May 3, 2019 9:58 PM
    NEW MARKET – Rain pushed Thursday’s Sagamore Athletic Conference softball matchup between Southmont and Frankfort to Thursday night. On top of that, it took eight innings, but the Mounties picked up the SAC win, 6-5. 
    The eighth inning rally started with a strikeout, but the catcher dropped the third strike, allowing Hannah Thompson to reach safely. A Frankfort error allowed Thompson to move all the way to third before Paige Knowling drew a walk. With Hannah Nichols at the plate, Thompson crossed home on a passed ball to give Southmont the win. 
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Sports Question of the Week:

Back in the day, softball pretty much ruled the recreation scene in Crawfordsville. Elston and Milligan parks had league games four nights a week and between men and women, there were upward of 100 teams playing softball in Crawfordsville. Of course that does not include weekends, when tournaments ruled the roost. Today, there aren't anywhere close to 100 teams and many nights the diamonds are dark because there just aren't that many league games. Why isn't softball as popular anymore?


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