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Thursday, August 5, 2021
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2020 4:00 AM
    A stellar defensive performance and a big rushing game from Zak Searle Friday night sparked North Montgomery to a 28-6 high school football victory at Southmont.
    The Chargers’ second consecutive victory against their county rival gave the school its first 3-0 start since 2012. North Montgomery seeks its first 4-0 start since 2009 Friday night when it plays host to Lebanon.
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  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020 2:41 PM
    Wabash Always Fights, but not on the athletic fields this fall. Wednesday afternoon the school announced it was joining the other members of the North Coast Athletic Conference in suspending intercollegiate athletics competition through Dec. 31.
    The conference, which had previously been working toward a modified fall schedule built around a health and safety plan developed by the athletic and medical staffs of member schools, was forced to re-evaluate its plan following new guidance released last week by the NCAA.
    All of the College’s sports programs will be affected, including those sports with non-traditional fall seasons (golf and tennis) and those not affiliated with the NCAC (wrestling and volleyball).
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  • Friday, July 17, 2020 11:37 AM
    It was a perfect weekend for NHRA Drag Racing at Lucas Oil Raceway . The cars were fast and quick and the fans were ready for some great action. This was the first race in four months for the NHRA and they will host another race in Indy to kick off the rest of the season. This was one of the first sporting events with fans aloud.
    Billy Torrence wasted no time getting his first win of the season in the Top Fuel class over points leader Doug Kalitta. Torrence’s son Steve was the number one qualifier in the class but was beaten by his dad in the third round of racing.
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  • Thursday, May 7, 2020 10:55 AM
    OK, some positive news.
    And this should put a little extra spring in the steps of Indiana high school athletes this summer.
    The IHSAA issued a statement this week that it plans to waive the rule for the annual moratorium week.
    It was scheduled for June 29-July 5, 2020.
    But, at this point, all high school-sponsored activities can now resume on July 1.
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  • Sagamore Adult Conference? Sure, why not!
    Tuesday, May 5, 2020 8:32 AM
    The Sagamore Athletic Conference is one of Indiana’s oldest and proudest conferences. OK, maybe it hasn’t been around as long as the venerable North Central Conference, which used to be as powerful as the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference is today. But it has a proud past.
    The original members – Carmel, Noblesville, Brownsburg, Crawfordsville, Frankfort and Lebanon – formed the SAC in December of 1966. (By the way, the name, for those curious, came from the Abnaki Indian name for the chief or ruler who exemplified leadership and dignity.)
    OK, back to our regularly scheduled content.
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  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 5:26 PM
    The Indiana High School Athletic Association staunchly supports our Governor, our State Commissioner of Health and our State Superintendent of Public Instruction in their herculean efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are extremely fortunate in Indiana to have these exemplary leaders providing guidance and care to all Hoosiers.
    With the announcement today of the closure of K-12 schools throughout Indiana for the remainder of the school year, the IHSAA announces the cancellation of all spring sports tournament series events for the 2019-20 school year.
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  • Monday, March 9, 2020 4:00 AM
    GREENCASTLE – There were tears shed Saturday night, starting with the final seconds of North Montgomery’s 59-47 basketball loss to Danville in the championship game of the Class 3A Greencastle Sectional.
    Sure, there were tears of regret having come so close to knocking off the heavily favored Warriors. But they were also tears that come from a passion for the game, something that maybe a few past Chargers teams lacked.
    “I saw a bunch of guys with heart, the way a Charger should play,” North Montgomery coach Chad Arnold said. 
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  • Saturday, March 7, 2020 3:39 AM
    GREENCASTLE – The road to the Class 3A Greencastle Sectional championship game seemed to be a smooth ride for the North Montgomery basketball team halfway through Friday night’s semifinal against Frankfort. 
    Thanks to an 11-4 run to start the second quarter and a 3-pointer just before the buzzer from Jaron Bradford, the Chargers went to the locker room with a 28-15 lead.
    North Montgomery needed every point of that advantage to hold off a frantic Frankfort comeback and claim a 49-46 victory.
    “Any time you get a win in the tournament, it’s tough,” North Montgomery coach Chad Arnold said after watching the Hot Dogs close within 45-44 with 3:10 remaining.
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  • Saturday, March 7, 2020 3:31 AM
    Too tall. Too quick. Too smart. Too poised, and too often. The No. 2 ranked Warriors advanced here Friday night to the Sectional 25 final game, defeating the Athenians 84-62.
    But don’t let the final score mislead you. The Athenians didn’t wilt under the bright spotlight shone on the Warriors, who are an obvious state championship contender.
    “On the whole, I was pleased with our effort,” said head coach David Pierce.
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  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 7:16 AM
    LINDEN – February is the month that can make or break Indiana high school basketball teams.
    With two weeks remaining in the regular season following North Montgomery’s 70-59 Sagamore Conference victory Friday night against visiting Frankfort, the Chargers have to be feeling good about themselves.
    North Montgomery withstood outstanding 3-point shooting in the first half by Frankfort, trailing on 40-39 going to the locker room. Preston Shaw got the Chargers off to a great start in the third quarter with eight of his 10 points. North Montgomery did not trail for the final 14:51.
    “I thought we were a lot more patient,” North Montgomery coach Chad Arnold said. “I think we’re a lot better offensive team. We’re moving the ball, getting it into the paint.”
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  • Chargers and Mounties move on to semi-state
    Sunday, February 9, 2020 2:13 PM

    NEW MARKET – After Crawfordsville hosted the wrestling sectional last weekend, it was North Montgomery’s turn to host the regional on Saturday afternoon.

    The hosting Chargers had three wrestlers participating in the Regional tournament; Baydin Hall at 120 lbs., Dawson McCloud at 182, and Drew Webster at 220.

    Hall was defeated by Carmel’s Luke Farling in the first round and therefore was eliminated from the tournament. McCloud (34-3) and Webster (37-0) both were able to take home the Regional title in their weight classes as both clinched a spot at semi-state next weekend.

    In his semi-final match, McCloud was down on the scoreboard in the third period to Carmel’s Garrett Sharp, but managed to secure a pin victory. Then in the final match he met up against Southmont’s Riley Woodall once again. Woodall secured the win at the sectional over McCloud, but this time he got his revenge by defeating Woodall 6-4.

    ”Dawson started to find his groove as they day went on,” Head Coach Bryce McCoy said. “He’s a really good example to our younger guys that you just never stop wrestling no matter what. I’m really proud of him for what he was able to do today. He and Woodall have wrestled each other seven times over the last two season so they know each other very well. I know he was happy to get that one back since he dropped it last week.”

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  • Sunday, February 9, 2020 2:09 PM

    The Crawfordsville Athenian boys’ basketball team was back in action Saturday afternoon as they hosted the Riverton Parke Panthers. In their last game back on Feb. 1, the Athenians were defeated by Northview after going ice cold in the fourth quarter. This time the well-rested Athenians were able to get back into the win column as they defeated the Panthers 67-52.

    After the first quarter the Athenian offense was able to put up 22 points, but allowed the Panthers to score 18 of their own to keep the game close. Head Coach David Pierce then made a defensive switch to start the second quarter and that allowed Crawfordsville to start to build a lead. 

    “That switch allowed us to run and jump a little more,” Pierce said. “We brought in Cole (Watt), and Ty (Lynas), both who have great speed. Tonight we did a great job of getting the ball inside a lot. Because of that success they were forced to go into a zone, then after that we were able to control the game.” 

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  • Lady Mounties capture 1st sectional title in 19 years
    Sunday, February 9, 2020 12:23 PM

    A sectional champion was going to be crowned Saturday at Crawfordsville High School as the girl’s swimming and diving championships got underway. The Southmont Lady Mounties knew they were in position to capture their first sectional title since 2001, but the Lady Mounties would have to hold off Twin Lakes in order to do so.

    About two-thirds of the way through the events, Southmont overtook the top spot. However Twin Lakes was closing in, and with first place finishes in the 100 Yard Backstroke, and Breaststroke, took the lead over the Mounties by just two points heading into the final event, the girls 400 yard freestyle relay. Needing a win to capture the sectional crown, the Lady Mounties led by Megan and Jane Scheidler, Suzi Pedro, and Emma Tyler, did just that and won the event by a full three seconds over Twin Lakes as the team knew that they were now sectional champions as they ended with 332 points to Twin Lakes 328. Head Coach Jane Coudret knew it would probably come down to the last few events, but was overjoyed when her team came out on top.

    “I can’t say enough about how excited we are as a team,” Coudret said. “I knew it was going to take everything we had since Twin Lakes is such a phenomenal team. Every time I thought we got a leg up, they’d turn right back and close the gap. It wasn’t a perfect day by any means, but it had the perfect ending and that’s what matters most.”

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  • Lady Mounties season ends as Wolves offense catches fire
    Friday, February 7, 2020 11:37 PM

    CLOVERDALE – The Southmont Lady Mounties came into Friday night’s sectional semi-final game against Parke Heritage needing just one win to advance to the sectional championship game. Back on Dec. 3 the Mounties took home 58-35 win over the Lady Wolves, however this time the Wolves would get their revenge as they took home an upset win over the Lady Mounties 67-49.

    In the first quarter the two teams battled back and forth and ended up tied at 9-9 after the opening period. However in the second quarter is when things started to slowly slip away from Southmont as the Wolves offense caught fire with Junior Hannah O’Brien leading the way. A 23-11 quarter saw the Wolves take a double digit lead into the locker room as the Mounties trailed 32-20.

    Things wouldn’t get much better in the second half as quarters of 19 in the third and 16 in the fourth allowed the Wolves to spoil the high expectations for the Lady Mounties. Head Coach Dustin Oakley and the Lady Mounties pride themselves on the defensive side of the ball. And for them to surrender their highest point total of the season was displeasing for Oakley to see.

    “Our goal coming in was to hold them to around ten or twelve or less per quarter, and we accomplished that in the first quarter,” Head Coach Dustin Oakley said. “After that they just exploded on us. In our game earlier in the season against them, I thought we did a great job of protecting the paint and the rim and tonight it seemed like everything was just too easy for them. We simply had no defensive presence tonight.”

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  • Thursday, February 6, 2020 11:09 PM
    Some of the best scorers ever to wear a Purdue uniform played for the Boilermakers in the fast-paced, high-scoring 1960s college basketball. 
    The final year of the decade remains the high water mark for Purdue basketball, reaching the 1969 NCAA championship game but running into UCLA at the peak of John Wooden's dominance. A staggering five players from that Boilermaker team are in this week's top 10.

    10. Roger Blalock

    Despite a tough luck ending to his college career, suffering a broken ankle against Butler in December 1967, Blalock was a success story at Purdue.
    After transferring from Southeastern Community College in Burlington, Iowa, Blalock averaged 12.3 points a game during the 1966-67 season. That began a long association with Purdue for Blalock, who served as an assistant basketball coach from 1974-79 and an athletics administrator from 1994 to his retirement in January 2012. Blalock died less than three months later at the age of 65.
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