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  • Athenians complete rally
    Monday, April 23, 2018 10:00 PM
    Crawfordsville got off to a slow start Monday night, but the softball girls rallied in a huge way to beat Turkey Run, 11-10. The Lady Athenians scored nine runs in the last two innings to walk off over the Warriors
    Turkey Run jumped out to a big advantage with five runs in the top of the first. They added two runs in the third to extend the lead to 7-1. Things were even bleaker when the Warriors plated three in the fifth. 
    The furious rally started in the sixth with a 6-spot for the home nine. Still trailing 10-8, the Crawfordsville bats stayed hot in the seventh, scoring three for the walk off win.
    Lauren Kellerman recorded four hits, three RBIs and two runs for Crawfordsville. Mia Stadler matched the offensive output with three RBIs of her own on two hits. Olivia Barnett and Allyson Barton also drove in runs. Sierra Hutchison, and Barnett also scored twice each.
    Barnett came on in relief in the first and tossed six-and-a-third, striking out six. 
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  • Monday, April 23, 2018 10:00 PM
    WEST LEBANON - The Crawfordsville boys won a four-way track meet over North Montgomery, Seeger and Fountain Central Tuesday night. The Charger boys second. North Montgomery’s girls won their meet. The Lady Athenians were third. 
    The Lady Athenian relay team of Maddy Hurt, Madison Fry, Hailey Claycomb and Halle Smith won the 4x800. Fry won the 800 and the 1600 while Hurt took first in the 3200. 
    Riley Fyffe won for the Crawfordsville boys in the 800 and 1600. Gage Gerdes was fastest in the 400 for CHS. Tanner Fairfield grabbed first in the 200. Eli Widmer paced the field for Crawfordsville in the boys’ 3200
    For North Montgomery boys, Kade Kobel won the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and long jump. 
    Grace McCloskey was first for North Montgomery in the girls’ 100 and 200 meter dashes. Madison Altman nabbed wins in the girls’ discus and shot put.Caroline McClaskey was first in the 400. Brynn Anderson was fastest in the girls’ 300 hurdles. Kelsey Sabens did the same in the high jump. Katlynn McClerkin had the best leap in the long jump.
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  • Monday, April 23, 2018 10:00 PM
    Crawfordsville came up one shot short in a very competitive golf meet with Lebanon Monday, 186-187. 
    Matt Mitchell paced the Athenians with a 44. Luke Mangold fired a 46 and Luke Dunham and Brody Monts kept every scorer under 50 with a 48 and 49, respectively. The alternates were Karsten Williamson with a 51, Calvin Chaney with a 53 and KJ Smith with a 54. 
    Crawfordsville hits the links again Thursday at Frankfort with Tri-West.
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  • History of New Richmond Basketball Part 3
    Monday, April 23, 2018 4:00 AM
    Albert Bair 1953
    Al Bair was a throwback to the early days of New Richmond basketball. He was a big, strong, farm boy, who could score with either hand and rebound with the best of them at 6’3”. In his 70 game career, he scored 780 points to top the career scoring list. Bair tallied 331 points his senior year for an average of 16 points per game as he led the Cardinals to a 14-5 record under Coach Frank Allhands. He had a high game of 29 points against Romney in his senior year and was a four year letterman for the Cardinals.
    Dick Stephenson 1953
    Dick Stephenson was second on the career scoring list to his teammate Al Bair. The two formed a powerful inside-outside combination. Stephenson, also a four year letterman, scored 653 points in his 69 game career and tallied 289 his senior year for a 15.2 average. He did his teammate one better in the 1952-53 season as he had a single game high of 30 points against Romney, which remains the Cardinal record.
    Bob Matricia 1951
    Bob Matricia was another four year letterman and teammate of Bair and Stephenson for two years. Matricia, the playmaker of the Cardinals during the early 50’s still was able to score 395 points in his 61 game Cardinal career. He scored 225 points his senior year for an average of 11.8 per game. He scored 26 points against Waynetown his senior year to place him on third all-time list behind his buddies Stephenson and Bair. Bob is now 84 and lives on the Linden-New Richmond blacktop. He still remembers the old gym in the basement of the school. He said that the ceiling was too low to shoot from very far from the basket and that they practiced and played all their games at Linden.
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  • ROUNDUP: Mounties win again
    Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:03 PM
    Southmont made the trip over to Danville for Sagamore Athletic Conference baseball action Saturday morning and came away with a 5-3 triumph.
    Reese Long tallied three hits and two RBIs. Cole Wemer had a hit, run and RBI to go along with the complete game win. He fanned seven against one walk in the win. Austin Manion and Logan Smith each had a pair of hits, too. 
    Southmont (7-3, 2-3 SAC) is at home against Western Boone Tuesday.
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  • Athenians win another barn burner
    Sunday, April 22, 2018 11:02 PM
    FRANKFORT – For the second time in five days, the Crawfordsville Athenians needed extra innings to pick up a big Sagamore Athletic Conference victory Saturday morning. After defeating Western Boone Tuesday evening 4-3 in 10-innings, the Athenians again went 10-innings to defeat conference co-leader Frankfort 4-2 to stay tied atop the standings.
    “First of all, I’m very proud that we hung in there and beat two of the conference’s premier pitchers, WeBo’s Payton Young and Frankfort’s Cristian Lopez, this week,” said Athenian mentor John Froedge. “This conference is loaded with good number one’s, and Cristian’s a heck of a pitcher.”
    Things started well for Crawfordsville. Josh Blackburn walked to start the game and advanced to third on a wild pitch and passed ball. He’d score on Carson Scott’s bunt single. Scott was wild pitched to second, stole third, and scooted home on a passed ball to make it 2-0 Athenians.
    The lead could’ve been more as the Athenians stranded at least one runner in scoring position in each of the first 5-innings, four of them standing at third.
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  • Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    The Southmont boys track team dominated the three way meet Thursday at Tri-West against Tri-West and Northwest High Schools. 
    The 4x800 and 4x100 teams were both able to get first place wins. Greiner placed 1st in the 110 Hurdles. Burks got 1st in the 100 M Dash and 200 M Dash. Richardson got a first place win in the 1600. Lauy got 1st place in the 400 and long jump and 2nd in the 200 M dash. France got 2nd in the 400 and Whitecotton got 2nd in the 300 hurdles. Lippencott got first in the 800. Clos got 2nd in the 3200 M run. Essex and Stockwell were able to secure 1st and 2nd place in shot put; Stockwell also placed first in discus. Sparks got 2nd in discus
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  • OUT IN THE OPEN- Verde Canyon Railroad: Desert Delight
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    As a writer, you seek out superlatives, and I recently found one: the best four-hour railroad excursion in America.
    For those readers who didn’t catch the last column, it covered our recent dusty explorations in the desert around Prescott, Arizona. Of the numerous adventures described, we saved the best day trip for last: the Verde Canyon Railroad (VCRR).
    The VCRR is a tourist railroad that runs from the town of Clarkdale into the namesake Verde River canyon. Accessible only by rail, the canyon is a scenic wonder that offers stunning vistas, history and wildlife at every turn, and you see it all from either an air-conditioned Pullman coach or open-air cars. Riding those open-air cars through the awe-inspiring landscape is one of the most immersive, satisfying experiences you’ll ever have. 
    But first, let’s back up.
    Depending on your route of travel, you might go through the town of Jerome, Arizona. Having traveled mountainous areas across the U.S., I have to say that Jerome wins hands-down for the most unusual and death-defying city in America.
    Pictures don’t do it justice. Literally perched at 7,000 feet on the side of a mountain that is only a dozen degrees short of vertical, the town is both supremely picturesque and for those of us with height-induced vertigo, utterly terrifying.
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  • Southmont dominates Owen Valley
    Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:00 AM
    The Southmont varsity baseball team hosted Owen Valley Friday night and beat the Patriots 11-1. 
    Cole Wemer had two hits and three runs. Logan Smith tallied two hits, two runs and an RBI. Ryan Stanle, Peyton Wininger and Austin Manion each recorded a pair of hits. 
    In the 4th inning the Mounties defense turned the first triple play in years for the Mounties. Cole Wemer made a nice catch on a line drive, stepped on 2nd to force out the 2nd runner, and then threw to first baseman Wininger to complete the triple play.
    Ryan Stanley pitched a complete game for the win. He only gave up 3 hits, 1 run, struck out 1 batter, and only threw 55 pitches the entire game.
    The Mounties are now 6-3 and will travel to Danville this morning for an 11 a.m. game. 
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  • Friday, April 20, 2018 8:41 AM

    LIZTON - The Southmont softball team won a hig Sagamore Athletic Conference contest against Tri-West Thursday night 5-2.  The Mounties were led by the stellar pitching performance of Paige Knowling, who scattered six hits, struck out eight and did not allow an earned run.

    The victory puts South on the right side of the win-loss ledger at 5-4. It also evened the Mounties' SAC mark at 3-3.

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  •  ROUNDUP: Tennis squads pick up big victories
    Friday, April 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    On another cool, windy evening the Mountie Tennis Team was able to earn a hard-fought a team victory over Rockville, 4-1. Southmont is now 4-1 on the year and will compete at the Crawfordsville Invite on Saturday morning.
    Cora Waddell (S) def. Brianna Newton (R) - 2-6, 6-3, 6-1
    Hope Lighty (S) def. Delaney Butler (R) - 6-1, 6-1
    Jane Scheidler (R) def. Haley Cooper (R) - 6-2, 6-2
    Sophie Reimondo/Mallory Murphy (S) were def. by Morgen Tinkle/Emma White (R) - 5-7, 6-4, 5-7
    Elizabeth Truncone/Megan Scheidler (S) def. Cassie Fields/Meghan Sliz (R) - 6-1, 6-1
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  • Friday, April 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    DANVILLE – Caleb Donahue scattered seven hits, allowing only one earned run, and the North Montgomery offense rattled Danville pitching for the second time in three days. That earned the Chargers an impressive 8-3 victory, and a shot at the top of the Sagamore Athletic Conference standings.
    Donahue recorded nine strikeouts in a complete game effort, effectively keeping Danville’s big-hitting lineup off balance in gusty, cold conditions. The performance came on the heels of Justin Clary’s 11-0 blanking of the Warriors on Tuesday.
    “If you told me at the start of the season that we would limit [Danville’s] lineup to three runs, only one of them earned, I wouldn’t have believed you,” effused Matt Merica, Chargers head coach. “They have such a powerful lineup, and we just never gave them a chance to get going.”
    Donahue didn’t allow a hit until the bottom of the third inning when Blake Mills hoofed out an infield hit, after delivering a sharp grounder to shortstop Justin Clary deep in the hole. Mark Broderick provided back-to-back singles, and an RBI. Donahue then forced catcher, and Eastern Illinois commit, Tarron Lawson to pop up to end any significant threat.
    “I keep saying this over and over,” said Merica. “Donnie [Donahue} is a total competitor. He loves the game of baseball, and when you put those to factors together, great things usually happen.
    “He kept his pitch count low. When they did hit him hard a couple of times, he kept them on the ground, and right at someone. We gave them two runs [on errors], so basically he held that lineup to a single earned run,” added the coach.
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  • Friday, April 20, 2018 4:00 AM
    Here’s a shout out to all of the high school golfers out there. In fact, what is required is a really loud shout out, because no one can hear over the gale force winds blowing. A good round of golf this spring is any nine hole score that is near par, divisible by the barometric pressure, minus the wind chill.
    I played my season’s first round of golf the other day, and shot a 38. That’s in Fahrenheit.
    Winters were snowier when I was in high school, but the springs were just as cold, just as windy, and just as unpredictable back then as today.
    Some time in late March, we played our first golf match of the season. We always scheduled mammoth Plainfield (IN) the very first match of the year, which must have been our coach’s way of telling us that every year we would regret playing golf. I’ve found this to be a valuable lesson, by the way.
    We kids didn’t mind playing the much larger school. In fact, we looked forward to it. Plainfield’s home course was the Elks’ Club, and in those days, the Pete Dye designed course was immaculate. It was also the only course within a forty mile radius that featured real sand sand traps.
    White sand, too. It was trucked in from, er … White Sandville … and gave us farms boys fits every year. It was a treat, though, for us to play on a top-notch course, especially since on our home course it was more common to see a cow roaming the adjacent pasture than it was to see a BMW in the parking lot.
    (We considered any shot hooked into the cattle lot as good play, and scored it as “one utter par.”)
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  • Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:00 AM
    VEEDERSBURG – The North Montgomery girls’ tennis team dominated the Fountain Central Mustangs on the road Wednesday, 5-0.
    North Montgomery’s Kenzie Neal dominated Fountain Centrals Hannah Hudson 6-0, 6-2. Junior Mary Jackman and sophomore Aryn Groves also won their matches in straight sets.
    The doubles team of Megan Merica and Kaitlyn Greenlee handily defeated their opponents. Caitlin Fedor and Faith Campbell also won in doubles action. 
    The victory moves the chargers to 4-1 overall. The team plays tonight against Lebanon at 5 p.m.
    North Montgomery 5, Fountain Central 0 
    Kenzie Neal (NM) def. Hannah Hudson 6-0, 6-2 
    Mary Jackman (NM) def. Hattie Duncan 6-2, 6-3 
    Aryn Groves (NM) def. Gretchen Ratcliff 6-1, 6-0 
    Megan Merica and Kaitlyn Greenlee (NM) def. Chyna Galloway and Shay Oakley 6-3, 6-3 
    Caitlyn Fedor and Faith Campbell (NM) def. Zoei Clore and Stella Jones 6-3, 6-1
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  • Evertts ‘expecting’ Chargers’ success
    Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:00 AM
    LINDEN – For most young people, the expectant arrival of a new baby changes everything. For Andrew Evertts the changes include taking on a new coaching opportunity. The 29 year old is moving on from his boys varsity head coaching role at Mississinewa High School, near Marion, Indiana, to accept the same position at North Montgomery High School.
    Evertts replaces Eric Danforth, who stepped aside at the end of the 2018 season, citing medical reasons. Evertts becomes the fourth Chargers boys head coach this decade.
    The move to North Montgomery had as much to do with family as it did about basketball, according to the Angola, Indiana native.
    “We actually loved our time in Grant County (Mississinewa), but when my wife and I learned we were expecting, we started looking for places that we thought would be a great place to raise a family. Crawfordsville seems to be that kind of place. This is a good job. A good fit for us.”
    This will be the first child for the high school physical education teacher and his wife, Susan, who will join him in the school system, teaching at middle school.
    “This is a good school, a good community.”
    North Montgomery is the third head coaching stop in the young coach’s career, after posting a 52-45 record at “Ole Miss” over four seasons. The Indians were 16-9 this year, after recording 16-8, 14-11, and 6-17 the previous three seasons. Evertts also spent two seasons at the helm at tiny Medora High School, a Jackson County outpost.
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