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  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville’s wrestling team traveled to North Putnam on Saturday and won an invite with a perfect 5-0 record. 
    “Today was a good day for the Athenians. Our effort was good all day. We wrestled some solid competition and did what we had to in order to win,” head coach Chris Ervin said. “I moved a few guys around quite a bit today, and I was proud of the fact that some of them wrestled up a weight class at times to help the team without a complaint. We also had a few back-ups step up and wrestle at times today, and they did a great job. We still have things to work on, but we are making progress. We hope to get a couple of people healthy and be at full strength for the county meet on Saturday.”
    Seniors Mitchell Rogers, Gage Gerdes, and Jackson Kincaid each finished the day 5-0. Juniors Steven LaTre and Thomas Weir also stepped up and posted 5-0 records on the day. 
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  • The “Natural” The Municipal Golf Course Pt. 13
    Monday, December 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    The history of the Municipal golf course would not be complete without a history of the schools that played there. Before the second nine was completed, no less than five teams played on the old course. That would include Crawfordsville HS, North Montgomery HS, Southmont HS, North Putnam HS and Wabash College. We have already given you a history of golf at Crawfordsville HS so it only seems fair to include a short history of North Montgomery and Southmont.
    Pat McDowell was in charge of the North Montgomery golfers for the first years before he turned the job over to Stan Covey who would stay for 32 years.
    Stan Covey made his way up north after graduating from Evansville Reitz and playing on the University of Southern Indiana with Dave Williamson and Terry Kendricks, both County boys. The three young golfers led USI to the Nationals of the NAIA tournament while they were together. After graduation, Dave took a job at Southmont coaching golf and recommended that Stan contact North Montgomery about their golf job. Thirty-two years and 570 wins later, Covey turned the job over to a younger coach.
    Along the way, Stan had some great golfers and outstanding teams. He mentioned Mike Dale who was conference, sectional and regional medalist and qualified for the semi-state in 1981. From 1985 to 1988, Rob McCormick anchored the Charger golf team and qualified for the regional every year. Rob went on to DePauw and had an outstanding career there. He is now the pro at the Crawfordsville Country Club.
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  • Lady Mounties fall at home
    Monday, December 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Southmont Lady Mounties fell to 4-8 on the season by losing to Monrovia by the score of 38-26 Saturday. The offense struggled in the first half, but had better energy in the second half and outscored Monrovia 20-19 in the 2nd half. Lilly Ward finished with 10 points and six rebounds and went 4-4 from the FT line. Avery Hess finished with 5 points and Hailey France had 4 points with her first start of the season.
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  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 4:00 AM
    WEST LAFAYETTE – Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce knew his team had an uphill battle as they traveled north to take on an always tough West Lafayette Friday evening. The Red Devils dominated every aspect of the game, as they jumped out to a 21-6 lead after one and cruised to a 71-46 win over the Athenians.
    “We knew going in that we were going to be outmatched,” the Athenian mentor said. “Not only with their athleticism, but also by their size, strength, and their veteran leadership. They’re really, really good.
    “Just to make a simple pass, we couldn’t do it because of their length,” he continued. “In the second half, they switched to man, and we were able to do some things that I was really pleased with.”
    The Red Devils 1-3-1 half-court defense, and their length, caused Crawfordsville fits. However, it may have been the first four minutes of each half that set the tone for the Red Devils, according to West Lafayette coach David Wood.
    “I really liked the start of both halves,” said the Red Devils coach. “Two key points in a game, and I thought we really, really dominated that part of the game. We were outstanding in that.”
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  • Saturday, December 9, 2017 4:00 AM
    WEST LAFAYETTE – Crawfordsville is in the midst of perhaps the toughest stretch of their schedule, playing their fifth consecutive road game, this one, a trip to always tough West Lafayette. The Red Devils set the tone early with their defense and pulled away from the Athenians for a 65-32 victory.
    “This is a brutal stretch that started with Lebanon, Attica, Lafayette Jeff and now West Side,” said head coach Tony Bean. “We’re scoring points, and we had so many open looks but we just couldn’t convert.”
    Lauren Kellerman scored the first basket of the game on a layup, but it was the only Athenian basket of the quarter, as West Side scored 13-straight to lead 13-2.
    Crawfordsville’s best quarter was the second, as they scored 13, but surrendered 20. Chloe Livesay had 5 while Zoe Walbert and Megan Simmons each had 4 second quarter points.
    “I think we saw the court a little better tonight,” Bean said. “In the first half, we pushed the ball up with the pass off of rebounds, and that’s how Megan was getting most of her looks early.”
    The Red Devils took advantage of 23 Athenian turnovers as they committed just 11 themselves.
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  • Warriors pound paint on the way past Mounties
    Saturday, December 9, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – Southmont’s boys’ basketball team started its time under new head coach Jake Turner with one the Sagamore Athletic Conference’s perennial powerhouses, Danville, Friday at home. The visiting Warriors (3-1, 1-0 SAC) controlled for the duration of the contest en route to an 85-56 victory. 
    The Warriors put things out of reach early, screaming out to a 19-2 lead before back-to-back treys by Southmont’s Cam Chadd and Will Glancy got Southmont within 11 in the first quarter. Danville continued to grind up the lead, primarily by driving the lane and feeding 6-6 225 pound senior Alec Burton. Burton made 8-of-9 shots in the first half and tallied 8 points in each of the first two quarters. Burton finished with a game-high 28 points and 14 points. 
    “Our gameplan was to pack in the paint. We knew they had a couple kids that could shoot it, but we wanted to make them beat us from behind the arc,” Turner said. “We had a plan, but in terms of being able to execute that plan, I don’t think we did a very good job of it. However, it’s tough. We’re all about 6-1, 6-2 and weigh about 160 to 180, 190. Those guys are 6-5, 6- and they are big and strong. The Burton kid just destroyed us in the paint. Even when he did miss, they got every offensive rebound.”
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  • Lady Mounties struggle in loss to Danville
    Saturday, December 9, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – Southmont’s girls’ basketball team went without a field goal for nearly the entire first half as Danville cruised to a 73-32 victory Friday night. The Lady Warriors jumped to a 17-1 advantage in the first quarter and rode the wave to a 32-9 advantage at the break. 
    “Something we’ve emphasized is being aggressive to start and we don’t,” said Southmont head coach Dustin Oakley. “We’re very timid right now. We make the wrong looks, we make the wrong passes. We’ve been trying to correct it at practice, it’s just not showing up.”
    Southmont shot just 1-of-21 from the field in the first half, a struggle that Oakley said has lingered so far this season.
    “It’s just something that’s been all season. We just don’t have any offense right now. We don’t have a go-to girl to get the offense going right now,” he said. “To move the ball, to get a shot we needed – it’s just something we’re struggling with all season.”
    Liz Link was Southmont’s top scorer with seven points. She hit both of her shots from the field and was 3-for-3 from the charity stripe. Ella Collier powered the Danville (6-3, 2-0 SAC) effort with 24 points. Addie Collier had no peer on the board, as she snatched 14 rebounds. 
    “Obviously we have to defend better. We’re lucky to get 35-40 points a game, so,” Oakley said.
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  • CHS Swim Results from 12-7-17
    Friday, December 8, 2017 4:00 AM
    Girls: 1, Harrison HS W. Lafayette, 96. 2, Crawfordsville Athenians, 89. 
    Boys: 1, Harrison HS W. Lafayette, 122. 2, Crawfordsville Athenians, 58. 
    Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay 
    1, Crawfordsville Athenians 'A' (Bowen, Mackenzie 17, Humphrey, Emily 16, McGrady, Cami 16, McCandless, Kaylee 17), 2:03.13. 2, Crawfordsville Athenians 'B' (Fuller, Andraya 16, Bannon, Abby 16, Rich, Isabelle 15, Smith, Halle A 14), 2:12.60. 3, Harrison HS W. Lafayette-IN 'A' (Loftus, Kathleen , Tedy Gabriel, Marlene , Dougherty, Baier , Harrison, Stephanie ), 2:12.75. 4, Harrison HS W. Lafayette-IN 'B' (DeWitt, Madda , Agnew, Neely , Anthony, Sophie , Garriott, Gabby ), 2:22.39. 5, Harrison HS W. Lafayette-IN 'C' (Barnett, Brooke , Romanovich, Olivia , Hagen, Elsa , Oneal, Carolyn ), 2:34.45. --, Harrison HS W. Lafayette-IN 'D' (Warble, Elena , Baribusta, Jemima , Rode, Amelia , Jenney, Savannah ), X2:42.46. 
    Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay 
    1, Harrison HS W. Lafayette-IN 'A' (Bowling, Alex , Johnson, Luke , Javens, Noah , Roop, John ), 1:43.46. 2, Crawfordsville Athenians 'A' (Humphrey, Dalton 17, Mangold, Luke 18, Pendleton, Jack M 15, Karp, Mitchell C 17), 1:49.41. 3, Harrison HS W. Lafayette-IN 'B' (Arvin, Jackson , Haberstroh, Jacob , Long, William , LaPlant, Alec ), 1:51.87. 4, Crawfordsville Athenians 'B' (Conrad, Hunter C 15, Sabrowski, Luis * 16, Bickel, Gus 17, Chaney, Calvin S 18), 2:01.51. 5, Harrison HS W. Lafayette-IN 'C' (Howat, Drew , Nielsen, Axel , El-Khalili, Adam , Klinge, John ), 2:04.88. 6, Crawfordsville Athenians 'C' (Hudson, Cole F 15, Nordenbrock, Cameron 16, Conkright, Ian 15, Decker, Sam K 15), 2:22.28. --, Harrison HS W. Lafayette-IN 'E' (Gartland, Collin , Walker, Max , Daugherty, Trey , Ivanov, Yaroslav ), X2:11.96. --, Harrison HS W. Lafayette-IN 'G' (Baldwin, Maclain , Higgins, Jacob , Lucas, Alec , Krieg, David ), X2:16.04. --, Harrison HS W. Lafayette-IN 'H' (Higgins, Alex , Moser, Ollie , Barker, Aaron , Miller, Taylor C ), XDQ. --, Harrison HS W. Lafayette-IN 'D' (Miller, Ethan , Daugherty, Jack , Bayley, Michael , Abdulrazzaq, Hamzeh ), XDQ. --, Harrison HS W. Lafayette-IN 'F' (Sammons, Peter , Pyle, Andrew , Boyer, Jack , Landrum, Trevor ), XDQ. 
    Girls 200 Yard Freestyle 
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  • Mountie tankers split with Tiger Cubs
    Friday, December 8, 2017 4:00 AM
    Southmont girls swim team tied Greencastle last season, but showed up this year and won by 6 points (93-87). South was behind basically the entire meet until the end where they were tied going into the last relay. The A and B relays finished 1st and 3rd, pushing the girls over the edge for the victory. 
    Best Times (total dropped time = 58.86 sec)
    Aryanna Bailey (100 Fly drop 3.12 sec); Cassidy Bowlin (200 IM drop 5.2 sec, 100 Br drop 1.03 sec); Aubrey Jones (100 Ba drop .52 sec); Suzi Pedro (100 Fly drop .96 sec); Megan Scheidler (200 IM drop 7.95 sec, 100 Fr drop 3.16 sec); Krista Sixberry (50 Ba drop .16 sec, 200 Fr drop .33 sec, 500 Fr drop 28 sec); Lauren Tricker (50 Fr drop 2.24 sec, 100 Ba drop .48 sec); Emma Tyler (200 Fr drop 3.71 sec, 50 Fr drop 1.55 sec); Erin Williams (100 Fr drop .45 sec)
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  • Friday, December 8, 2017 4:00 AM
    Have you stopped to consider the single most important person in the sport of fishing? To whom we can be lay credit for the millions of hours of spent pursuing everything from trout the size of guppies to large malevolent fish bigger than most economy cars?
    A good case could be made to nominate various important figures in the fishing tackle or boating industries, or alternately, one of the blow-dried hosts of the television fishing shows. However, there is truly an unsung hero who really deserves our gratitude. 
    This person leaves work early to pick up the kids from gymnastics because we wanted to hit the lake before the evening bite and spends nights pulling lead sinkers out of the washing machine lint trap. Obviously, we are talking about the fishing spouse. Let us sing her praises!
    OK, stop singing or she might call the Psychiatric Emergency Hotline. If she is like most fishing spouses, she has the telephone number right on the speed dialer along with numbers for the carpet cleaners, Dial-A-Handyman and Acme Boat Mortgage Company.
    We will use the female reference when referring to the fishing spouse, as most of them are females who suffer along mostly-silent in their relationship with the angler. In some rare cases the situation is reversed so the reader can insert the proper personal pronoun as necessary. In those instances where both husband and wife fish equally, they can just move along because they have no idea of the horror in sharing a household with someone who firmly believes the family refrigerator is no place to store bait. 
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  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 4:00 AM
    Again this year, I am renewing my fascination with college football’s post-season bowl games. If you recall, I was fascinated by the mediocrity that underwhelmed last year’s bowl selections. We flirted with having more bowl games than we had teams with winning records.
    [Yawn] That’s old hat now.
    It is commonplace to have bowl participants with losing records, and as this year’s field attests, all that you have to do is win half of your games, and you are a shoe-in. New Mexico State, Utah State, Virginia, Navy, Purdue, Florida State, Utah, Duke, UCLA, Texas Tech, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky — boast the NCAA minimum .500 record needed to participate in a bowl. American Conference winner, Temple, is in with a 5-6 record.
    Somewhat embarrassingly, of the eligible teams (Ole Miss is barred this season), three qualifying universities were not invited to a game. University of Texas-San Antonio finished 6-5, and was left behind. MAC schools Buffalo (6-6) and Western Michigan (6-6) played an NCAA record seven overtime contest earlier this season, and each was rewarded with a snub. Bowl games run late into the early morning anyway. I say let them play each other again!
    Seventeen of the eighty-two eligible teams are not winners. 
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  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:10 AM
    The Jon Sparks era has come to an end for Southmont boys’ basketball. Problem is, no one seems to be willing to explain why.
    A press release from Southmont athletic director Aaron Charles came out just before 3 p.m. Tuesday saying that Sparks resigned as head coach and that Jake Turner will serve as the interim head coach.
    I asked Aaron, “Did Jon give a reason for his resignation? If so what was it?”
    His response: “Our focus is on this team and moving forward as they continue to work to reach their goals for the season. We will not comment any further than what was released.”
    Our staff called Charles several times Tuesday, called Southmont Principal Mike Tricker multiple times and even called the corporation office trying to speak with Superintendent Dr. Shawn Greiner. Not one call was returned. I’m not a hard guy to get hold of. I’ve printed my cell phone number in this very paper multiple times.
    When we tracked down Sparks, he was only willing to confirm that “a change has been made.” I talked with him later and he sent a statement that started with “The administration at Southmont has determined my coaching to be finished. And so I have resigned effectively immediately.” The full statement can be read at the bottom of this page. 
    So was he fired or did he resign? 
    Did the fact that Sparks made a decision to bench his best player Saturday as Southmont lost a lead and the game at Cloverdale factor in?
    I asked Aaron that, too, in an email. No response yet.
    It’s time that we start acting like adults, don’t you think? Someone made an adult decision that has us in this situation. This situation where a 4-2 Southmont team had a head coaching change part way through the season.
    That’s the situation and fans, supporters, taxpayers and students want to know why. They deserve to know why and what really happened.
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  • CHS Swimming Results
    Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:00 AM
    Girls: 1, Lebanon High School, 94. 2, Crawfordsville Athenians, 91. 
    Boys: 1, Crawfordsville Athenians, 116. 2, Lebanon High School, 67. 
    Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
    1, Crawfordsville Athenians 'A' (Bowen, Mackenzie JR, Humphrey, Emily JR, McGrady, Cami JR, Fuller, Frannie E FR), 1:58.94. 2, Lebanon High School-IN 'A' (Gascho, Lauren FR, Stogsdill, Summer FR, Gascho, Lucy SO, Dial, Cayleigh SO), 2:01.00. 3, Crawfordsville Athenians 'B' (Fuller, Andraya JR, Bannon, Abby SO, Rich, Isabelle SO, Rogers, Faith SO), 2:14.33. 4, Lebanon High School-IN 'B' (Brown, Mary SO, Zheng, Angie SR, Gibbons, Kennedy JR, Martinez, Brianna JR), 2:24.08. 5, Lebanon High School-IN 'C' (VanDokkenburg, Kyleigh SR, Perez, Teresa SR, Daisley, Breanna SO, Khunakornbodintr, Lily SO), x2:45.93. 
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  • Bruins blow by Chargers
    Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:00 AM
    LINDEN – Two teams tied atop the girls’ hoops Sagamore Athletic Conference standings squared off Tuesday night, when Tri-West made the trip West to battle North Montgomery. The Lady Bruins showed why they’re one of the favorites to win the conference, as they jumped out on the Chargers early and cruised to a 59-28 victory.
    In an effort to stop the Lady Bruins dribble penetration into the lane, North started in a 2-3 zone. However, Tri-West connected three of their first four 3-pointers, as they raced out to a 14-0 lead.
    “We couldn’t make an outside shot, and they hit everything they threw up,” said Charger head coach Ryan Nuppnau. “They’re a good team, very athletic, and each one of them is a basketball player.”
    North Montgomery’s first basket came at the one minute mark of the first quarter on a Caroline McClaskey basket. North trailed 16-6 after one.
    The Lady Chargers couldn’t find their range, shooting 30 percent in the first half compared to Tri-West’s 41 percent, as they trailed 33-14 at the break.
    “We weren’t ready to shoot, we didn’t have our feet set, and we took a lot of off balance shots,” Nuppnau said. “We’ve been working on catching and shooting, and we didn’t do that today.”
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  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Southmont boys’ swim team received another win Tuesday against Sagamore Athletic Conference opponent Frankfort, 101-78. 
    Best Times (total dropped time = 45.83 sec)
    Caden Bowlin (100 Br drop 1.39 sec); Richie Brown (50 Fr drop 5.22 sec, 100 Ba drop 4.29 sec); Alex Doyle (100 Fr drop 1.14 sec, 100 Br drop .57 sec); Austin Manion (100 Fr drop 1.27 sec); Ryan Sacco (50 Fr drop .3 sec); Caleb Sixberry (500 Fr); Ethan Turpin (100 Ba drop .88 sec); Gavin Waddell (50 Ba drop .17 sec, 200 Fr drop 2.66 sec, 100 Fr drop 1.99 sec); John Zimmerman (100 Fly drop 8.77 sec, 100 Br drop 1.89 sec); Owen Zimmerman (200 Fr drop .19 sec, 500 Fr drop 15 sec)
    Top Finishes
    1st - 200 Med Relay (John Z, Austin M, Ryan S, Ethan T); 200 Fr (Owen Z); 200 IM (Austin M); 100 Fly (John Z); 100 Fr (Ryan S); 500 Fr (Owen Z); 200 Fr Relay (Ethan T, Shawn Mountcastle, John Z, Owen Z); 100 Ba (Shawn M); 400 Fr Relay (Austin M, Owen Z, Shawn M, Ryan S)
    2nd - 50 Fr (Ryan S); 100 Fly (Shawn M); 500 Fr (Austin M); 100 Ba (Ethan T); 100 Br (Caden B)
    3rd - 200 Med Relay (Gavin W, Caden B, Alex D, Caleb S); 200 Fr (Gavin W); 200 IM (Ethan T); 200 Fr Relay (Richie B, Alex D, Caden B, Gavin W); 100 Br (John Z)
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