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  • History of Crawfordsville Basketball to 1995 Part 4
    Monday, June 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    For the next two years, 1904-05 and 1905-06, CHS was reloading. Coach Ralph Jones was developing new talent and older players like "Pete" Vaughan, Ward "Piggy" Lambert, Justin Molony, Paul Stump, and Sherman Yount were polishing their skills. They laid claim to the State Championship again in 1904-05. In 1906-07, the Athenians were ready and loaded. Led by Molony, Poston, Stump, and Vaughan, CHS won every game and finished 12 - 0. They won the City league and with it the Wicks Cup, defeating the "Little Giants", All-Western champions of the year before in both games 23 - 21 and 24 - 21. They also defeated the YMCA twice and the Co. "B" team twice. CHS won the State Championship by defeating the two Indianapolis rivals, Manual and Shortridge. "Throughout the whole year, the team did not lose a single game: to college, YMCA or High School teams and as winners of the Wicks Cup and the State Championship, we should be proud of the team and grateful to Mr. Jones, whose hard work and faithfulness, much of our success was due." So wrote the editor of the 1907 Athenian. Three Athenians, Sherman Poston, Justin Molony, and Paul Stump made the All-State team.
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  • Monday, May 7, 2018 4:00 AM
    So we have to finish the history of New Richmond basketball by forever linking it to the movie Hoosiers. The makers of the movie did a masterful job of incorporating, not only New Richmond, but also seven other Hoosier towns to the movie that was nominated for two Academy Awards and has become a true sports classic rivaling Rudy, Field of Dreams, The Natural, and Sandlot. These movies will age, but they will never grow old. Gene Hackman and Dennis Hopper were both nominated for Academy Awards; Hopper was nominated for the best supporting actor and Hackman for the main character.

    As I have mentioned, the movie makers used seven different towns to film the movie because they could not find a single town with the main street businesses, the school and the gym that they wanted. How typical of a story about Indiana basketball that the director had to go to several different towns to get just the effect that he wanted.
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