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Tuesday, April 7, 2020
  • 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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  • Girls Swimming Sectional pre-lims gets underway at CHS
    Thursday, February 6, 2020 9:59 PM

    The girls swimming and diving season has officially begun its post-season as preliminaries were held on Thursday night at Crawfordsville High School. The Athenians, Chargers, and Mounties all took to the pool along with Attica, Benton Central, Covington, Delphi, Fountain Central, North Vermillion, Seeger, South Vermillion, Twin Lakes, and Western Boone.

    The top eight swimmers in each event advanced to Saturday night’s sectional finals.

    The Lady Mounties are among the favorites to take home the sectional crown. On the night the Mounties saw their 200 Medley Relay team place sixth overall and their 200 Freestyle Relay team take first. Junior Megan Scheidler will be seeded second in the 200 yard freestyle and 500 freestyle. Senior Emma Tyler will start Saturday’s sectional final as the number two seed in the 200 IM, and the number one seed in the 500 yard freestyle. Fellow senior Jaine Scheidler will be the top seeded swimmer in the 50 and 100 freestyle. Senior Aubrey Jones is seeded seventh in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 100 backstroke. Senior Suzy Pedro and Sophomore Bailey Barker round out the Lady Mounties that will be seed in the sectional final. Pedro will be fourth in the 50 yard freestyle and fifth in the 100 breaststroke while Barker is eighth. Barker will also be seeded sixth in the 200 freestyle.

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  • Lady Athenians see season come to end vs Warriors
    Wednesday, February 5, 2020 9:31 PM

    DANVILLE – The Crawfordsville Lady Athenians traveled to Danville to open post-season play in the Class 3A sectional 25 tournament. The draw didn’t go in the Athenians favor as they would be matched up against the Danville Lady Warriors who defeated them earlier in the season 80-46. This game proved to be much worse on the scoreboard for Crawfordsville as they were unable to muster up anything on the night on both sides of the ball as they saw their season come to an end with a 68-12 loss.

    Along with the tall task of taking on the Lady Warriors on their home court, the Athenians also were without Sophomore Maycee York and Junior Emma Balaz. Senior Lauren Kellerman was also battling an illness as she did not practice all week.

    The Athenians would not hit a field goal attempt until the 7:39 mark of the fourth quarter when Senior Peyton Sinnet hit a three-pointer. Head Coach Tyler Smith talked about the adversity his team was forced to play against the tough Warrior squad as well as being short-handed.

    “We knew the tough mountain we had to climb and it got tougher throughout the week,” Smith said. “Lauren didn’t practice all week and she gave it her all out there and she’s tough as nails for even playing. We just couldn’t get anything going all night and their length and quickness bothered us. They were switching screens and stopping everything we were trying to do. It’s tough when you only have six varsity players active and one is really sick.”

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  • Lady Chargers hold off Frankfort to advance in sectional
    Tuesday, February 4, 2020 10:29 PM

    DANVILLE – The girls’ basketball post-season officially got underway on Tuesday night across the state as the chase to a state title begins. The North Montgomery Lady Chargers got going in the opening game of the Class 3A Sectional 25 at Danville High School against the Frankfort Hot Dogs. The Lady Hot Dogs did not back down from the Chargers all night and battled until the final horn. Thankfully for the Lady Chargers, they were able to squeak out a victory over Frankfort by a final score of 36-34.

    “A win is a win for us,” Head Coach Ryan Nuppnau said. “We’ll see how many grey hairs I’ve gained from this one,” Nuppnau jokingly mentioned after the game. “We had a nice little lead in the first half, and it should’ve been much more but we managed to miss some bunny shots down low. They came in the second half ready to go and you have to give Frankfort a ton of credit. They played hard and wanted this game badly. We failed to make many adjustments when they drove the ball on us and it hurt us down the stretch. We were able to keep calm, cool and knock down some big shots late.”

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  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020 4:38 PM

    If you went to school in Montgomery County from the 40s to consolidation in 1971, you would probably give about anything to sit in your old gym and listen to the school band play the school fight song.  For many of the county schools, the only time only time the fight song is heard  now is when the former school cheerleaders stand up in front on their respective alumni banquets and lead the former students in the school song.  Unfortunately, most of the school gymnasiums are gone; only Crawfordsville, Ladoga, and Waveland are still standing.  The Crawfordsville gym is a part of an ongoing renovation and may soon become apartments, the Ladoga gym  is still used by the Ladoga Elementary, and the Waveland gym is now a community center.

    As for the yearbooks and school newspapers, there is an incomplete collection at the Crawfordsville Library and North Montgomery and Southmont also has an incomplete collection at their respective libraries.  It was with this in mind that I decided that if we were not to lose these important memories, both tangible and intangible, completely, it was time to reach out to former students of the now defunct schools and try to get the school songs, names of newspapers and names of yearbooks so that we would have a record of the Golden Age of Education and Athletics in Montgomery County.  Sadly, this too is incomplete, but I hope to add to it as this material is disseminated.

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  • Chargers begin post-season re-focused, re-freshed
    Monday, February 3, 2020 6:26 PM

    LINDEN - The North Montgomery Lady Chargers will look to begin a new season on Tuesday night as they kickoff post-season play at Danville in the Class 3A Sectional 25 tournament. 

    The Chargers will take on the Frankfort Hot dogs who they defeated Nov. 19 51-34. It hasn’t been easy sledding for the Chargers as they enter sectional play on an eight-game losing streak. Injuries have also taken a toll on the team as they lost Junior Makenze Rominger early in the season with a knee injury. Sophomore Lydia Dugard who is one of the anchors of the Chargers defense has missed time at points this season, and lastly Sophomore Katie Rice who led the team in scoring and rebounding has missed most of the second half of the season. 

    Along with battling injury, the schedule also hasn’t been too kind to the Lady Chargers as they’ve faced off against Lebanon (14-8), Seeger (19-3), Danville (17-5), and Southmont (13-9) just to name a few during this losing streak. 

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Sports Question of the Week:

The Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled all high school spring sports. That means athletes from baseball, softball, tennis, golf and track will miss out – and for seniors, it means they are done with high school athletics. While no one is arguing over the validity of the decision, how do you feel for those kids?


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