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  • A look at Harold Hugh Gray – Part 6
    Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    The early basketball games were played under rules that were a great deal different than today. For example: In 1910—11, there was a rule that stated that “No coaching is allowed during the progress of the game. A warning is given for the first violation and a free throw after that.” It was not until the 1948—49 season that coaches were allowed to speak to players during a timeout. When you see that a player was elected captain of the basketball squad, it was really an important position. The captain was the one who planned the strategy during a time-out. In 1923—24, the player fouled had to shoot his own free throws. Up until that time, there was a designated free throw shooter. In 1932-33, the 10 second line was introduced to prevent stalling. Also in 1932-33, the 3 second rule was introduced making it a violation if an offensive player stayed in the three second lane too long. In 1937-38, the center jump was eliminated, which called for a jump ball at the center circle after each basket, and in 1944-45, defensive goal tending was banned.
    We’ll wrap up next week!
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  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019 4:00 AM
    Monday marked a very important date for my family. Yes, Monday was Presidents Day, but this has nothing to do with our nation’s leaders. Well, in a way, I guess it does have something to do with Presidents — nine George Washingtons.
    This February 18 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the release of the basketball drama Blue Chips. The movie stars Nick Nolte as coach Pete Bell of the mythical Western University Dolphins. It also stars Shaquille O’Neal as the elite basketball prospect — the blue chip — that coach Bell pursues illegally to boost the flagging fortunes of his program.
    Blue Chips also features several basketball notables. Bob Cousy plays the Western University athletic director. Penny Hardaway plays another recruit, and Bob Knight, Nolan Richardson, Rick Pitino, Jerry Tarkanian, Matt Painter, Dick Vitale, Jim Boeheim, Bobby Hurley, and Dan Dakich all appear in cameo roles.
    My father, Chuck Marlowe, is also in the movie. Sort of.
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  • Friday, February 15, 2019 11:14 PM
    DANVILLE – With a seventh conference win, Crawfordsville had a chance to claim, the outright Sagamore Athletic Conference title, Friday night. Unfortunately, to do so they would have to win in a place that winning seldom happens. Danville defeated the visitors 71-63, pushing the Athenians into a share of the SAC season crown, 71-63.
    Crawfordsville shares the championship with Tri-West, who finished its season with a win over North Montgomery.
    Crawfordsville could have captured the outright SAC championship for the first time since the 1972-73 season, but the Athenians got caught in a physical game, and were roughed up for their fourteenth loss to the Warriors since winning 53-49 in 2007.
    “They certainly let them play,” said Athenians head coach David Pierce. “It was a super physical game. Usually we shoot more free throws than we did. Danville made theirs.”
    In fact, the Warriors made seven more free throws than the Athenians even attempted.
    The Warriors interior front of Dillon Ware (6’6”), Connor Jones (6’3”), and Sam Comer (6’5”) made it difficult for Athenians power forward Jesse Johnson-Hall, who finished the game with 10 points, but on 5 of 16 shooting.
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    A former Crawfordsville resident is being inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame. 
    Mike Haynes, former voice of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, got his start calling Butler University football and basketball games while a student there in the early 80s. His professional career began in Crawfordsville during his time at WCVL radio. Haynes moved to Arizona to pursue his dream of calling hockey professionally in 1988. He had moved to Denver to broadcast minor league hockey when the Quebec Nordiques moved to Denver to become the Avalanche in 1995. Haynes spent 23 years as the radio or TV voice of the team. 
    Haynes and the rest of the class will be inducted at an awards banquet on April 7 at Valle Vista Country Club in Greenwood. This is the 24th class to be inducted. 
    Additional members of the class include the following people who have graced Hoosier newspapers, radio stations and television airwaves over the past several decades.
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  • A stately experience
    Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    Champions from the Crawfordsville girls’ swimming and diving sectional came together for a group picture this weekend at the IHSAA Girls Swimming & Diving Championship at the IUPUI Natatorium. Girls pictured are from Crawfordsville, North Montgomery and Twin Lakes. Several Montgomery County girls made the trip, though none advance beyond the prelims. Crawfordsville’s Cami McGrady was 32nd in the 200 free and 30th in the 500 free. Fellow Athenian Emily Humphrey was 32nd in the 100 fly and 30th in the 100 yard breaststroke. The CHS 200 and 400 free relay teams each finished 31st. For North Montgomery, Sidney Campbell was 29th in the 50 free and 32nd in the 100 free. The boys sectional starts at Crawfordsville with prelims Thursday and the finals Saturday.
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  • Athenians make history for the first time since 1986
    Friday, February 8, 2019 10:39 PM
    For the first time in 32 years, the Crawfordsville boys basketball team has guaranteed itself at least a share of the Sagamore Athletic Conference title. With the 65-51 home victory Friday over Tri-West (their first since 2013), the Athenians remain perfect in the conference with the chance to win it outright next Friday against Danville.
    “To win this conference you have to have a little bit of luck but you also have to earn it,” said Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce, “That has been our motto this season--Earn Everything--and these kids have done that. Whether it be grinding this summer or taking extra reps after practice, they have earned it.
    “Of all the teams we’ve had, this group is different. They have completely bought into the team and have bought into each other. We are excited for the future.”
    Despite the lopsided final tally, the contest was relatively close throughout a majority of the game. Crawfordsville only began to pull away late in the third quarter and early in the fourth when they began a 16-1 run that lasted over six and a half minutes. 
    “Our defense was the main reason we pulled away. Our scouting report was simple: keep your man in front of you at all times and block out. Our aggressiveness defensively led to offensive chances on the other end and we were able to hit our free throws down the stretch,” said Pierce.
    Crawfordsville forced 16 Bruin turnovers while outrebounding them 26-21 on the night. 
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  • Sunday, February 3, 2019 4:10 PM
    MONTEZUMA – Coming off Thursday’s overtime Sagamore Athletic Conference win over Western Boone, and with a tough road test looming Tuesday at Lafayette Central Catholic, the Crawfordsville Athenians played a trap game Saturday at Riverton Parke. The Athenians showed no signs of overlooking the Panthers, as they cruised to a 77-48 victory.
    “We shot the ball really well today,” head coach David Pierce said. “We shot 43 percent from three, and we had to guys get really hot.”
    Those two were Jesse Johnson-Hall and Anthony Gonzalez. Each finished with 27-points with Johnson-Hall finishing with a Conference leading fourth double-double hauling in 13 boards.
    “Gonzo was 10-of-18 from the floor, while Jesse was 50 percent and had four steals,” Pierce said of the duo. “KW (Karsten Williamson) played well too. He only played three quarters, had 11-points, 8-assists and 4-steals. He gets the double-double if he plays in the fourth.”
    Crawfordsville put up 45 points in the first half on their way to a season high 77. The Athenian defense shut down the Panther offense and never let up throughout. Case in point, the Athenians were up 30 early in the fourth quarter, and Carson Scott takes a hard charge that got the bench up on its feet.
    “That tells you everything about his character,” Pierce said of the junior. “It doesn’t matter what the score is, he leads by example and always plays hard.”
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  • Friday, February 1, 2019 4:00 AM
    Tuesday’s girls’ basketball sectional kickoff at Southmont was postponed because of the cold and with school being canceled two straight days, the sectional has been moved to start tonight. Action kicks off with Southmont vs. Crawfordsville at 6 p.m. and Greencastle vs. Benton Central to follow. With the postponements, the second round of games starts at 6 p.m. Saturday. Lebanon will play the winner of CHS and South at 6 p.m. with North Montgomery taking on the winner of Greencastle and BC to follow. Monday’s championship is slated for 7 p.m. The girls swimming and diving sectional was affected by the weather, too. Originally scheduled to start with prelims Thursday and finals Saturday, prelims will instead take place tonight. All swimming action will take place at Crawfordsville High School.
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  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 11:06 PM
    THORNTOWN – In a rematch of the Sugar Creek Classic championship, Crawfordsville (12-5, 5-0 SAC) travelled down snowy Highway 32 to battle with the Western Boone Stars (7-8, 2-4 SAC). It took overtime, but just like at the Classic, the Athenians pulled out the victory in a physical affair, 74-65. 
    “This was an important game for us,” said Athenian head coach David Pierce, “we spent a lot of time yesterday and today emphasizing that if we didn’t win this game, our goal of a conference championship would be tough.”
    Crawfordsville’s hard-nosed, assertive defense was out in full force Thursday night. The Athenians forced a total of 23 turnovers and they were led by junior Tray Scorza who contributed eight steals.
    Crawfordsville found themselves with their largest lead of the game at 54-43 with 3:30 to go in the fourth quarter before a 14-3 Star run tied the ballgame at 57 and forced overtime.
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  • Friday, January 25, 2019 11:17 PM
    FRANKFORT – Crawfordsville’s best offense was their defense Friday night as they traveled to Sagamore Athletic Conference rival Frankfort. The Hot Dogs shot 71 percent in the first quarter and led 11-8. The Athenians turned up their defense at the start of the second helping them connect on 8-of-9 field goals and pull away for the 64-38 victory.
    “Our defense was the reason we won by 26 tonight,” said head coach David Pierce. “We caused 25 turnovers, including 17 steals and committed just 7 ourselves. It was a great team effort.”
    Trailing 16-14, the Athenians closed the second on an 18-5 run to take a 32-21 lead into the half.
    “We made two subs there in the second, with Anthony Gonzalez and Carson Scott, and that’s when our run and jump started clicking,” Pierce said. “They’re probably our two best defenders, and we started rolling from that point. They were getting to their spots and we were able to get quite a few layups off of steals.”
    The Athenians utilized their height advantage with 6’6” Jesse Johnson-Hall in the fourth. The sophomore scored 15 of the team’s 19-points for the final margin.
    “Give Frankfort credit, they came out and dictated the pace of play,” Pierce said of the Hot Dogs. “Our guys were frustrated. Once we started hitting shots, that allowed us to pick up the pace.”
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  • Friday, January 25, 2019 11:16 PM
    FRANKFORT – Crawfordsville received contributions from its entire lineup Friday night in their regular season finale at Frankfort. They needed every last effort, as the Athenians ended their 16-game overall, and 20-game Sagamore Athletic Conference, losing streak handing the Hot Dogs a senior night loss, 59-56.
    “I’m really, really proud of everybody. We had to go to our bench because of foul trouble, and every single one helped us win,” said head coach Tony Bean afterwards. “Liddy McCarty, Georgia Kincaid, Peyton Sinnett and Tori Tesmer all played critical minutes off the bench to rest our starters. Without them, we had no chance to win.”
    Crawfordsville led 11-9 after one but trailed 26-20 at the half.
    Bean’s message at the half was simple, stay aggressive. “We wanted to spread them out, because we thought we were a little quicker,” he said. “We wanted to look to drive and be aggressive, and they would foul.”
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  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 9:27 PM
    The Southmont boys and girls swimming and diving teams were dominant Thursday night in wins over North Vermillion. The girls were victorious 144-32 and the boys won 116-46. 
    The Mounties took first in all but two events on the night. 
    They got double wins from the following: Cassidy Bowlin in the girls 50 free and the 100 free, Bailey Barker in the girls 100 breaststroke and 500 free, and Trent Jones in the boys 200 IM and the 100 free.
    Megan Scheidler took first in the girls 200 IM while Jane Scheidler was a winner in the 100 fly. Krista Sixberry found the wall first in the girls 200 free. Emma Tyler couldn’t be matched in the girls 100 backstroke. 
    Caden Bowlin was victorious in the boys 200 free. Ethan Turpin found the win in the boys 50 free. The boys 100 fly went to John Zimmerman while Shawn Mountcastle touched first in the boys 500 free.
    In diving action, Jordan Stanley brought the Lady Mounties the win while Ryan Reimondo matched on the boys side. 
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  • CHS drops South for county hoops crown
    Wednesday, January 23, 2019 11:47 PM
    Leading 37-30 midway through the third quarter, Crawfordsville head coach David Pierce called timeout to get his guys focused after Southmont had cut the deficit from 14. The Athenians responded outscoring the Mounties 39-21 the remainder of the contest to claim the Montgomery County championship, and most importantly stay atop the Sagamore Athletic Conference standings, with a 76-51 win.
    “We called the timeout and I told the guys to go get them,” Pierce said. “We got back into our run and jump defense and decided not to leave (Justin) Howard. From the point on, it turned the game over.”
    “We had some momentum at that point,” said Mountie head coach Jake Turner. “Until you play them, you don’t realize how quickly you need to sprint back into transition.”
    The two teams were even throughout much of the first quarter as the Athenians took a 2-point lead into the second quarter. Howard had 10 of his game high 26 in the quarter to pace the Mounties while former Mountie, Anthony Gonzalez, had 8 for the Athenians. He matched Howard for game high honors with 26 as he finished 11-of-12 from the field not missing a shot over the final three quarters.
    “It feels really good to do it against my former team,” the senior said afterwards. “My teammates were doing a great job finding me, and my shots were falling today. We’re a very unselfish team.”
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  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019 11:22 PM
    The Athenians celebrated senior night Wednesday evening as Southmont came to Crawfordsville looking to claim back-to-back Montgomery County Championships and get a little revenge from their 59-51 setback on November 16. The Mounties jumped out to a quick 17-7 first quarter lead and rode that to a 51-43 victory.
    “Winning county is hard. We got it done at home last year but to come to this type of environment and get a county title like this on the road, it talks to the sacrifices of our team and the work we put in on the offseason,” said Southmont head coach Dustin Oakley. “I think the girls were a little anxious, but they stepped up and met the challenge tonight.
    “We came out flat last night against Covington, so we wanted to come out tonight and push the tempo, and I thought we did well with that,” he continued. “Our game plan was to drive and get to the paint. We ended up getting a few wide-open looks from that, and the girls knocked down the shots with confidence.”
    Addi Charles connected on back-to-back 3’s and Natalie Manion hit one of her own as South raced out to a quick 9-1 lead as Charles led the Mounties with 8 in the first quarter.
    The two teams traded baskets the remainder of the way as every Athenian run was countered with a Mountie response. Crawfordsville could get no closer than seven.
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  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019 9:06 PM
    Biddy Basketball at the Boys and Girls Club begins Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. Kindergarten through first grade co-ed and second through third grade boys will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. fourth through fifth grade boys will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:17 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Games will be held Feb. 16, 2019 till March 9, 2019 with Saturday doubleheaders and one Tuesday and Thursday. The Biddy Basketball fee is $50 and registration is Jan. 7, 2019 to Jan. 18, 2019 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Micro practices and games will be held Feb 14, 2019 till March 9, 2019 on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 a.m. Players will practice and play twice a week. Children playing micro must be four years old on or before Aug. 1, 2018 to be able to participate. Registration for biddy and micro basketball with not be accepted after Jan. 1, 2019.
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