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  • C’ville dance team dominating
    Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:41 PM
    The Crawfordsville Dance Team won the state AA Hip Hop competition on March 9 (right). They then went on to compete at an International Dance Competition this past Saturday in Orlando, Fla. They went up against teams from all over the country and the world at ESPN Wide World of Sports (left). The team took first in Hip Hop, first runner-up in Jazz and the high point award in Hip Hop. Team members include Seniors Tayla Haas, Sarah Chalmers and Sadi Simpson; Juniors Demi Haas, Reagan Minnette and Haley Nicoson; Sophomores Megan Buser, Megan Nicoson and Allyson Barton; and Freshmen Reese Minnette, Natalie Dossett, Shelby Greene, Amaya Moore and Taedyn Cook. The team is coached by Tami Haas and Cristin Coons. 
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  • Thursday, March 7, 2019 4:00 AM
    In a press release Wednesday, Crawfordsville Director of Athletics Bryce Barton announced Crawfordsville High School will be hiring Kurt Schlicher as their Head Football Coach at next Thursday evening’s monthly school board meeting. Schlicher most recently had been Assistant to the football, girls’ basketball, and baseball programs at McCutcheon High School, while also serving as a Social Studies Teacher at McCutcheon.
    “Crawfordsville High School is excited about bringing Kurt Schlicher on board to serve as head football coach. Kurt will bring a lot of energy and passion to this position. He has a great football mind having coached on either side of the football for over 25 years. His experience of coaching multiple sports should help in the process of trying to get more multi-sport athletes here at CHS,” said Barton. 
    A 1987 graduate of North Montgomery High School, Schlicher was a three-sport standout for the Chargers. He went on to scholarship to Indiana State University to play baseball for the Sycamores. Schlicher was a member of the football coaching staff at North Montgomery during their IHSAA State Championship runs of 1995 and 1996. Schlicher also had two stints at McCutcheon and Lafayette Jeff High School where he served as both their offensive and defensive coordinators.
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  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:00 AM
    The Crawfordsville Municipal Senior Men’s Golf Association will have a meeting at 9 a.m. on March 22 at the Municipal Golf Course Clubhouse. 
    Any golfer 55 years old and older is invited to join. Dues are $20 per year. 
    Weather permitting there will be golf after the meeting. 
    The first scramble will be March 29 at 9 a.m. Participants should sign up by noon on March 28. 
    For more information call the golf course at (765) 364-5171 or Larry Lynch at (765) 366-6425 or Steve House at (765) 365-3639 of the senior golf league. 
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  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 4:00 AM
    Last Saturday, I had the privilege of joining my faithful friend, farming phenom, and set shot swami, Rocky Kenworthy, at the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s Girls Basketball State Finals. It was the 44th annual championship event, and darned near the forty-fourth time we sat court-side.
    A lot of the small talk in the media room still centered around the fallout from the high-profile shoe malfunction in the Duke-North Carolina college game the previous weekend.
    If you did happen to miss it, just 33 seconds into the contest, 6-foot 7-inch Zion Williamson of Duke was cutting across the top of the key to receive a pass. When he planted his left foot, his
    Nike brand “Paul George” 2.5s sneaker shredded. It sent the 285-pound center sprawling, twisting his right knee.
    The consensus All-American, and presumed No. 1 draft pick in the NBA next season was left clutching his right knee in front of a stunned crowd, and millions of viewers who tuned in to see the marquee game.
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  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:00 AM
    Southmont enters their Class 3A Sectional 25 opener with a little revenge on their mind. The Mounties will open with Western Boone Wednesday and will look to avenge two regular season losses. Tip is set for 6 p.m. at Crawfordsville. 
    South trailed by 13 early in the fourth back on Dec. 14, only to claw back into it. After cutting it to four mid-way through the fourth, the Stars hit their free throws to pull out the 48-44 victory.
    Three weeks later in the Sugar Creek Classic opener, the two teams went to the locker room tied at 22. However, the Stars outscore the Mounties 37-18 in the second half for the 59-40 victory. 
    In both games, it may have been the third quarter that hurt Southmont. In game one they only scored four points, while on Jan. 4 they only scored five.
    “I think the biggest keys for us are taking care of the ball and taking great shots on offense. We also need to keep them out of transition and off the offensive boards,” Mountie head coach Jake Turner said. “The other thing that we will have to do is handle their physicality better.”
    The Stars enter winners of their last three, while the Mounties are 2-4 in their last six, but have the programs first win at Lebanon and a win over Frankfort in that time frame. So, the Mounties have shown promise, and they’ll need that Wednesday.
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  • Monday, February 25, 2019 6:33 PM
    The Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery County will be holding its 6th annual Run for the Club 5k & Family Fun Run/Walk & Festival on March 16. The event will include a 5k competitive run and a shorter distance Family Walk/Run. There will be activities for the kids including bouncy house and obstacle course, face painting as well as food and refreshments. 
    Gates will open at 8:30 a.m. with the race beginning at 10 a.m. The cost to participate is $25 or $70 for a family of 3-or-more participants prior to the 16th or $30 and $80 the day of the event. Every participant who registers prior to the event will receive a t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded for winners in several age groups so come out and support the Club. You can register at active.com or at the Boys & Girls Club at 1001 Whitlock Ave. Please contact the Club at (765) 362-8912 if you have any questions. 
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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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