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Monday, December 10, 2018
  • History of New Market Basketball Part 12
    Monday, December 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    The Purple Flyers piloted by Bob Tandy, had a great year in 1961-62 as they won New Market’s sixth Montgomery County Basketball title, dethroning the New Ross Bluejays 62-59 to bring home the trophy and the County Keg. The team of 1962 included Joe Chamness, Steve Powers, Marion Carr, Gary Hood, Phil Merrill, Ronnie Miles, Jerry Vaughn, Jim Long, Jim Booton, and Phil Carr. The Flyers were led in scoring that year by Steve Powers who was also an outstanding pitcher recording nine no-hitters for the baseball team. Powers scored 414 points that year for an average of 18.4 per game. He had a high game of 37 points against Dover that year.
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  • Sunday, December 9, 2018 8:59 PM
    NEW MARKET - After a 55-25 loss to Danville on Friday, the Southmont boys’ basketball team entered Saturday’s home matchup against Greencastle looking to end a two-game losing streak. The Tiger Cubs defeated Danville 58-48 earlier this season. Greencastle came away with a 60-55 win Saturday over Southmont. 
    “I think a lot of people looked at our schedule this weekend with a game at Danville and then Greencastle, who beat Danville, coming here, and thought it was going to be a nightmare,” Southmont head coach Jake Turner said. “Tonight, I thought it was a different challenge with Greencastle, but I think we got better this weekend. I was really pleased with our effort.”
    After a stout defensive performance from both teams resulted in a 7-4 Greencastle lead at the end of the first quarter, the Tiger Cubs opened the second quarter with an 11-4 run, pushing the score to 18-8. A Justin Howard three cut the lead to 18-11 for the Mounties, but the Tiger Cubs continued their offensive run and entered halftime with a 26-11 lead. Howard had all 11 points for Southmont in the first half.
    “I thought we dribbled too much in the first half,” Turner said. “We were just too passive in general. I thought we let them take their fight to us in terms of the physicality of the game. They’re big, strong and physical, but I just thought that they played harder than us. I mean, offensively, we dribbled around the perimeter too much and we were on the defensive even when we had the ball.”
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  • Sunday, December 9, 2018 8:53 PM
    The Southmont varsity wrestling team traveled north to Calumet High School Saturday for five duals and ended up with a 3-2 record on the day.
    The Mounties beat Lake Station, Valparaiso and Lowell. They were defeated by Westfield and Lawrence North. Zion Essex had a stellar day for the Mounties, going 5-0 at 220 pounds. Jud VanCleave and Dillan Lauy went 4-1 on the day at 195 and 132, respectively.
    South’s record is now 10-2 and they travel to South Vermillion Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.
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  • Friday, December 7, 2018 11:21 PM
    DANVILLE – Southmont took its embryonic undefeated conference record to Danville, Friday night, in the hopes of breaking a long losing streak against the Warriors. Instead, the hosts coupled a powerful inside game with a smothering defense to coast to a 55-25 victory.
    Southmont broke out of the gate with three straight buckets, one each by Cole Roach, Justin Howard, and sophomore Austin Bowman to take a 6-0 advantage. It took the first rotation of coach Brain Barber substitutions to get Danville on the board. Fueled by sixth man Colin McMahon’s baseline three, the Warriors took a 7-6 edge into the second period.
    A succession of turnovers in the second period sealed the Mounties fate. Seven second quarter miscues gave the hosts at 24-12 halftime lead. The turnover trend continued into the third and fourth quarters, as well, ensuring Danville a relatively easy win.
    “We executed in the first quarter really well,” said Southmont head coach Jake Turner. “We were not turning the ball over, and we were getting good shots. We lost by 30 points, and Danville had 29 points off of turnovers. I think we know what cost us, tonight.”
    Danville place three players in double figures, led by 6’5” junior Sam Comer who canned a game high 16 points. Dillon Ware had ten, and Connor Jones twelve, as all three big men controlled the inside.
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  • WL too tough for CHS
    Friday, December 7, 2018 11:16 PM
    In Crawfordsville’s only loss of the season, a 67-55 season opening setback to Greencastle, they didn’t shoot well down the stretch. They ran into the same issue Friday when West Lafayette came calling. The Athenians shot just 35 percent from the field, including 23 percent from distance, while the Red Devils hit 56 percent of their field goal attempts, including 50 percent from the beyond the arc, allowing them to pull away for a 64-47 win.
    “Going into tonight, we knew they were going to be one of the most athletic teams we faced all season,” head coach David Pierce said. “When we shoot as poorly as we did, and they shoot that well, the outcome is what it is.”
    West Lafayette led 22-13 after one and 35-23 at the half. Jesse Johnson-Hall did his best to keep the Athenians in it during the first half scoring 14 of his team high 17 during the time frame.
    “Jesse played well tonight,” Pierce said of the sophomore. “He saw the floor, shot well and played with a lot of confidence.”
    Crawfordsville was never closer than 15 in the second half, as the Red Devils continued to use their athleticism to alter Athenian shots.
    “We missed some wide-open looks. Our top four guard were 0-for-14 from beyond the arc,” Pierce added. “I thought we played hard, we just ran into a buzz saw tonight.”
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  • Friday, December 7, 2018 11:13 PM
    DANVILLE – Warrior junior Ella Collier continued her stranglehold on Montgomery County Girls basketball, Friday night, erupting for 31 points, pacing her No. 7 ranked Danville club to a 68-22 Sagamore Athletic Conference win over Southmont.
    The 6’0” all-state candidate had 21 points by halftime, including a silky three-pointer from the deep left baseline for her 1,160th career point, making her Danville’s all-time point-getter as a junior. 
    Collier, has failed to score fewer than 17 points against Montgomery County opponents in six contests, including a school record 42 points against Crawfordsville earlier this year. She was 11 for 16, and grabbed six boards.
    “You just don’t see that kind of talent on your schedule very often,” said Southmont head coach Dustin Oakley. “Unfortunately, we have a couple of them on ours.”
    No other player on the floor reached double figures in scoring,
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  • Friday, December 7, 2018 11:12 PM
    LINDEN – It was a tale of two halves for the Chargin’ Chargers Friday night in their home battle with Seeger. Trailing at one point 18-2, North Montgomery battled back late with a chance to win the game in the waning seconds. The game-winning try fell short, however, as the Chargers were handed their fourth loss 50-47.
    “The guys are disappointed with this one but I was proud of their fight,” said first year Charger head coach Andrew Evertts, “We’ve had a history of letting teams get out to quick starts but we didn’t panic and took them down to the wire.”
    The first-half Chargers struggled against the Patriot zone, shooting only 27% from the field and going 0-8 from the 3-pointt line. Meanwhile, Seeger’s offense couldn’t be stopped. The Patriots lead 18-4 after the first quarter and eventually went into halftime up 29-15.
    “That was the first time we had seen the zone all season and we didn’t execute our gameplan very well,” said Evertts, “We had to take the rest of the game four minutes at a time and move the ball against the zone.”
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  • Friday, December 7, 2018 11:11 PM
    Crawfordsville got off to perhaps their best start of the season Friday night as they played host to West Lafayette. The Athenians and Red Devils were tied at 12 after one. However, the Red Devils found their inside presence in the second quarter, and used it to their advantage, pulling away for a 64-43 victory.
    “There are two things that generally kill us, we don’t do a good job of defensive rebounding, and we don’t get back in transition,” said Crawfordsville head coach Tony Bean. “Early, we had good focus. We didn’t give up many of either, and we were tied after one. We just need to execute the whole game.”
    Crawfordsville trailed 21-16 midway through the second before West Side closed the half on a 12-2 run, led by Alaina Omonode. The junior was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the line in the period, scoring 15 of her game high 30 to put the Red Devils up 33-18.
    “I thought they were going to be a team just like Lebanon, and they were. They were strong, physical and did everything in the paint,” Bean said. “With the exception of a 3:00 stretch in the second, we played even with them.”
    Lauren Kellerman tried to shoot the Athenians back into it in the third, scoring 11 of her team high 20 during the period, but the Red Devils closed the quarter strong ending it on an 11-5 run.
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  • Thursday, December 6, 2018 10:13 PM
    A trio of big scorers headlines the winners in this week’s IBCA/Subway Player of the Week program.
    North Posey junior Josiah Ricketts poured in 42 points in his only game of the week, while Blackford sophomore Luke Brown and Marquette Catholic senior Colin Kenney each topped 40 in a game to pace the honorees in the recognition program coordinated by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.
    That group is joined by North Judson sophomore Lilliann Frasure, Lawrence North sophomore Jayla Smith and Springs Valley junior Jewel McCormick as recipients for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 1.
    Kenney and Frasure are respective boys and girls honorees for District 1. Brown and Smith are winners for District 2. Ricketts and McCormick received accolades for District 3.
    The 6-0 Ricketts tallied a career-high 42 points with nine rebounds and five steals as the North Posey boys claimed a 69-63 victory over Mt. Vernon (Posey) in their season opener. Ricketts made 12-of-22 field goals, 4-of-9 3-pointers and 14-of-17 free throws in finishing just shy of the school record of 45 points set by Kelly Williams in the 1978-79 season.
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  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 8:51 PM
    North Montgomery split action in the pool Tuesday against Benton Central. The Lady Bison won 106-70 while the Chargers took boys’ action, 84-64.
    Winners for the Chargers included Monte Bushman in the boys’ 100 breaststroke and 500 free, Dawson Odle in the boy’s 100 back, Maggie Michael in the girls’ 500 free, Wyatt Eldridge in the boys’ 100 free and 200 IM, Christopher Schaub in the boys’ 200 IM and the 100 fly, Sidney Campbell in the girls’ 50 free and 100 fly, and Brynn Anderson in the girls’ 200 IM. 
    Girls Benton Central 106 NMHS 70
    Boys NMHS 84 Benton Central 64
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  • Tuesday, December 4, 2018 9:16 PM
    FRANKFORT – The Southmont boys’ and girls’ swim teams both grabbed wins over Frankfort on Tuesday, with the boys’ team winning 95-68 and the girls’ team grabbing a 108-59 victory.
    In boys’ action, two swimmers captured multiple wins in individual events. John Zimmerman grabbed two individual wins in the 200 free and 100 backstroke as well as two relay wins in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay while Evan Jordan finished with two individual wins in the 50 free and 100 free.
    In girls’ action, three swimmers grabbed multiple wins in individual events. Emma Tyler finished with individual wins in the 200 I.M. and 500 free, Jane Scheidler grabbed individual wins in the 50 free and 100 free and Megan Scheidler ended with wins in the 200 free and 100 backstroke. Tyler, Scheidler and Scheidler also grabbed relay wins in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay.
    Both teams will travel for an away matchup against Greencastle on Thursday at 6 p.m.
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  • Monday, December 3, 2018 9:50 PM
    North Montgomery’s swimming teams cruised to victory Saturday with wins over Attica. The girls won 124-37 while the boys swam to an 87-41 victory. The girls move to 3-3 on the young season and the boys are now 2-1. 
    The Chargers got wins from Madelynn Mershon in the girls’ 200 free, Christopher Schaub in the boys' 200 free and 100 breaststroke, Gracen Schwabe in the girls’ 100 breaststroke, Monte Bushman in the boys’ 200 IM and 100 free, Maggie Michael in the girls’ 50 free and Dawson Odle in the boys’ 50 free. 
    The Chargers swept the diving events with Lydia Clark and Stevie Gunderman picking up wins. 
    Caleb Cochran tallied a win in the 100 boys’ fly while Kelsey Anderson was fastest in the girls’ 100 free. Sydney Campebll snagged first in the girls’ 500 free and Brynn Anderson won the girls’ 100 backstroke.
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  • Monday, December 3, 2018 9:49 PM
    NEW MARKET – Fresh off their dramatic one-point victory against county rival North Montgomery the night before, the Mounties hosted Cloverdale on Saturday night looking for their second win of the season. Southmont staged a dramatic comeback in the fourth quarter, but fell short late, losing 56-46.
    “I thought we played well enough to win the game,” said Southmont head coach Jake Turner, “We just had a few too many turnovers, especially unforced turnovers in the first half.”
    Cloverdale’s defense made themselves known early. The Shamrocks forced nine first half turnovers while holding Southmont to only 5-21 shooting in the half. Meanwhile, they built a healthy 13 point lead, going into halftime up 24-11.
    “They start five guys that can shoot and drive,” said Turner, “it was tough to keep them out of the paint and still be able to close out on their shooters. After halftime, we needed to step up.”
    And step up they did, Justin Howard led the charge, shooting 6-10 from the field, including 3-6 from the 3pt line, in the half to start the charge. In the fourth quarter, Cole Roach added six points of his own to help bring the Mounties within six with three minutes left. 
    “Justin is competitive and a really good shooter but I was proud of his defense tonight,” said Turner, “He wanted the challenge of guarding their best player and he guarded him well the rest of the game.”
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  • History of New Market Basketball Part 11
    Monday, December 3, 2018 4:00 AM
    In 1957, New Market entered the building that would serve the Purple Flyers until consolidation in 1971. They dedicated the building on November 5, 1957, before approximately 1400 spectators. They celebrated the occasion by beating Waveland 36-35. That team went on to win New Market’s fifth County Championship again defeating Waveland in the final game.
    John Lytle was the leading scorer on the County Champs that year as he netted 369 points in 22 games for an average of 16.8 ppg. Lytle would finish with 620 points in his 46 game career. The other players were Fred Deck, Ralph Jarvis, John Sayler, Ed Stephens, Bob Swank, Mike Hockersmith, Jack Howard, John Keller, Vaughn Poynter, J. T. Stickler, and Dennis Wray.
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  • Sunday, December 2, 2018 7:11 PM
    The Southmont varsity wrestling team traveled to Western Boone on Saturday for 5 conference dual meets and won all 5. Southmont is now 6-0 and will play host to North Putnam Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.
    For Southmont, Takeshi Greiner, Dimitrie Lauy, Ty Welliever, Jud VanCleave and Zion Essex finished the day 5-0. 
    Crawfordsville finished the day 4-1 at the same event. The Athenians are now 5-1 on the season. Crawfordsville will play host to Seeger Thursday.
    “Today was a pretty good day for the Athenians. Our effort was good all day. We were not at full strength, but some of our backups stepped up and gave a quality effort. We wanted to be 5-0, but just did not win some key matchups with Lebanon. Overall, 4-1 on the day against Conference schools is a pretty good day. We will keep working hard and try to improve each week,” said Crawfordsville coach Chris Ervin.
    Seniors Logan Sandlin, Douglas Ramsey, and Chadd Ervin each finished the day 5-0. Ramsey is now 6-0 on the season with 6 pins. Sophomore Ethan Conkright and Junior Richard Pan finished the day 4-1. 
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