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Friday, November 17, 2017

  • Friday, November 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    It’s about to become the most wonderful time of the year. No, not because next week is Thanksgiving, and we’re only 37 days away from Christmas. It’s because this weekend is the girls Sugar Creek Classic, and next week marks the beginning of boys’ basketball season in the state of Indiana.
    Can one of the three Montgomery County schools knock off eight-time defending Sugar Creek Classic champion Western Boone this weekend? The Stars are led by junior Madison Jones, who may be the best player in the Sagamore Athletic Conference, and will look to continue their dominance. Western Boone has won every classic except for one, and that’s when Crawfordsville captured the title back in 2008.
    The Mounties will get the first opportunity to dethrone the Stars, while the Chargers and Athenians will square off in game one at Western Boone.
    Yesterday was the first time each of the county boys’ teams took the hardwood this season for scrimmages. North Montgomery travelled to Russiaville to take on Western. Southmont made the trip to Clayton to battle Cascade, and Crawfordsville makes their annual pilgrimage to Covington to battle the Trojans.
    The Chargers, under the direction of second year head coach Eric Danforth will look to improve on last year’s 8-15 season. They lost in the first round of sectional to Lebanon 55-44.
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  • Friday, November 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    By the time you read this, I will be safely nestled somewhere under an oak tree, waiting, watching and hoping. Perhaps, if the red gods have smiled, I might have already delivered a trophy to the taxidermist as the newsprint smears under your fingertips.
    Either way, I will certainly be far more relaxed than during the moments around the time this column was actually written. While trying to whip out my usual 800 words of deceit and sheer nonsense, I was unbearably distracted by a far more significant deadline looming: the opening day of the deer firearms season, less than 48 hours away.
    It’s not that I dread the opening day. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Both regular readers know that I consider the first weekend of the gun season something akin to Christmas and July 4th combined, only far more special. Unfortunately, with everything else going on throughout the year, I just can’t seem to get things organized in the 50 weeks preceding the High Holy Day.
    Looking back over the approximate 30 seasons I have been pursuing the wily whitetail it seems that my gun and gear were ready beforehand only twice. This is sad when you consider the only reason was that I never bothered to put things away after last year. Regardless, at least things were in order when hunting season arrived, unlike the usual situation.
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  • SUGAR CREEK CLASSIC: CHS, NM kick things off
    Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    DOVER – Crawfordsville and North Montgomery will square off in game one of Friday’s Sugar Creek Classic sponsored by The Paper of Montgomery County, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville and Franciscan Physician Network. The Athenians will look to claim their first Classic crown since 2008, while the Chargers will look to claim their first.
    “Winning the tournament would be validating, and it would give us a ton of confidence for the remainder of the season,” said Athenian head coach Tony Bean. “We are still at the point that we are just trying to figure out how to ‘compete’ consistently. Winning the SCC will take just that, consistently competing and fighting for two games, every possession. If we can do that, it would be awesome for our program.”
    “Winning our first SCC crown would be a huge confidence booster to our team, and the program,” said Charger head coach Ryan Nuppnau. “Also, it would reassure that we are doing things the right way.”
    North Montgomery, who last competed in the championship game back in 2011, enters at 2-1 on the season with wins over Turkey Run and Indianapolis Park Tudor. Their lone loss came to Attica on Monday. The Chargers average 38 points per game while surrendering 37.
    “We know that we are well rounded, and any girl who steps on the court can put the ball in the basket,” Nuppnau said. “I’d like to see us get over the hump of competing against better teams and not go in with a doubtful attitude. We’ll have to take care of what we can control. Also, we need to eliminate unforced errors, which takes away opportunities to score.” 
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  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Let’s face it. The 2017 DePauw University v Wabash College football game again proved its case as the most thrilling small college showcase in the country. Wabash won 22-21 at Greencastle, and the Monon Bell, which was nearly truck bed booty in a foiled filching by Wabash loyalists in October, road the twenty-eight miles back to Crawfordsville on the victors’ shoulders, as the ark of the coveted.
    The game is always a mixture of grit and golly-gees.
    Here’s evidence. We had a touchdown scored by an offensive guard. We had two fake field goals — on consecutive fourth downs, on the same drive. Let’s see, we had a 52-yard intercep-tion return for a touchdown that appeared to clinch the victory. Then we had a fumble on a punt return by the most sure-handed player on the field. Then came the setup touchdown. Then the winning two-point conversion. (Or was it?)
    Need more? Trailing by a point, the quarterback leaves the game with an injury, only to have the wide receiver guide the team down the field, only to have him fumble at the goal line. Only to have the ball recovered in the end zone to preserve the victory. Only to run out the clock, barely.
    No, the game itself wasn’t particularly a thing of beauty, but it never is, unless your eye candy color is black. But what isn’t soothing to the eyes is defibrillating to the heart. If you didn’t see it, there is a replay out there somewhere. Watch it.
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  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    DOVER – Western Boone will look to continue its dominance of the girls Sugar Creek Classic, while Southmont will look to start a new tradition when each team squares off in game two Friday night at Western Boone. The annual tournament is sponsored by The Paper of Montgomery County, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville and Franciscan Physician Network. 
    The Lady Stars, who are under the tutelage of first year head coach Megan Alexander, have captured every Classic crown except one. They’ve ran off eight straight, and have a great opportunity to win it again this year.
    “To win it again would give our program a huge dose of confidence,” said Alexander. “Our season schedule is extremely tough, and our conference is extremely competitive. This tournament is always a preseason goal.”
    The Mounties, who lost by 15 to Western Boone in last year’s finale, will look to claim their first crown and start a winning tradition of their own.
    “For our staff, it would mean everything to see our program/players take that next step and get an SCC title,” said Mountie head coach Dustin Oakley. “Our program is headed in the right direction, and we owe it all to the commitment of our players in the offseason and through this past summer. The players are the ones changing the culture.”
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  • Tiger Cubs cage Mounties
    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – Southmont entered its game Tuesday evening against Greencastle looking to build momentum for this weekend’s Sugar Creek Classic, sponsored by The Paper of Montgomery County, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville and Franciscan Physician Network. However, turnovers, and the Tiger Cub’s ability to hit free throws in the second half, allowed them to pull away for the 53-38 victory.
    The Lady Mounties committed 28 turnovers and 22 fouls on the night allowing Greencastle to score 38 second-half points, including 19-of-21 from the foul line during that span.
    “They knew what we were trying to do, (which was get them to play a faster pace than they wanted too), and they had better ball movement in the second half,” said Southmont head coach Dustin Oakley. “It also helped that they hit their first two 3-pointers, which was a big confidence booster for them.”
    Southmont forced the Tiger Cubs into eight first-half turnovers, much of it from their full court press, and led 17-15 at the break.
    A Liz Link jumper knotted the game at 21 halfway through the third. However, Greencastle would go on a 10-0 run over the next six minutes, thanks in part to Lilly Ward picking up her third and fourth fouls in that span.
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  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    North Montgomery’s girls’ swimming team tied with Danville and defeated Greencastle to kick off the season Tuesday night. The Chargers and Warriors tied with 124 points. 
    The Chargers grabbed two relay wins, taking the 200-yard medley relay in 2:09.72 and the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:54.12. 
    Megan Merica was a double winner. The senior took first in the 200 free with a time of 2:14.71 and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:12.22. Lillia Mitchell matched that effort, taking first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:17.75 and the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.41. Abi Shillings won the diving event with a score of 118.25. 
    The girls are back in action at home Saturday against Fountain Central. The boys will join as the full team kicks the season off Nov. 21 at Western Boone. 
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  • Mounties fall in first swim meet of year
    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Southmont girls’ swim team got the season started with a home meet against McCutcheon Tuesday. The girls were defeated 109-76. 
    Jane Scheidler and Emma Tyler each had a pair of wins for the Lady Mounties. Scheidler won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.12 seconds and the 100-butterfly in 1:10.07. Tyler took first in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:40.86 and the 200 IM in a time of 2:24.32.
    The Mavs swept the relays. Kelsey Dugger took second in the 50-free. The Mounties got a second from Megan Scheidler in the 500-yard freestyle, Cassidy Bowlin in the 100 free and Suzi Pedro in the 200 free. 
    This is the only girls-only meet for the Mounties. The full team will kick off action Nov. 21 at Tri-West for its first look at Sagamore Athletic Conference action.
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  • Sugar Creek Classic Draw
    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Sugar Creek Classic is Friday and Saturday at Western Boone.
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  • The “Natural” The Municipal Golf Course Part 8
    Monday, November 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    The other holes that are located on the new side are numbers 16 and 17. 16 is a 510 yard par five with a sharp dogleg right, It is well-protected by bunkers on the right and in front. Players who are skillful enough to go over a large grove of trees to the right and in front of the green can shorten up the hole considerably. Number 17 is the other hole on the new ground. It is also guarded by a large grove of trees and bunkers in front and to the right. It is a 376 par four which can also be shortened up considerably if the player can hit his ball over a large grove of trees and stay out of the bunkers in front of the hole.
    No history of a golf course would be complete without mentioning some of the record-breakers. It is a little difficult to determine who holds course records, because of the variance in tee boxes. The original nine hold course had only one set of tees, so there was no problem. At one time, the course played at a par 35 because the paper reported in 1939 that Ben Basye carded a 37 on the par 35 course.
    More next week. Enjoy the photos this week!
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  • Sunday, November 12, 2017 8:54 PM
    Wabash students may have been unsuccessful in stealing the Monon Bell from Depauw’s campus earlier this fall, but the football team stole a win Saturday to bring the bell back to Crawfordsville. Wabash converted a fumbled punt return in the fourth quarter into a touchdown run and a two-point conversion to claim a 22-21 win at DePauw in the 124th Monon Bell Classic.
    The victory brought the 300-pound locomotive bell, the prize awarded to the winning team since 1932, back to the Wabash campus after the Little Giants' seven-game winning streak in the rivalry ended last year with a win in Crawfordsville by the Tigers.
    Wabash (8-2, 7-2 NCAC) needed two separate turnovers by DePauw (8-2, 7-2 NCAC) to earn the victory. The Tigers took a 21-14 lead in the third quarter on a Chandler Nicholson 52-yard interception return for a touchdown. The visiting Little Giants turned to the defense in the fourth quarter to make a play. DePauw marched down the field on its first possession of the final period before Wabash made a stand on fourth-and-one with a sack of Tigers quarterback Jake Lasky to end a 12-play, 68-yard drive at the Wabash 29.
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  •  OUT IN THE OPEN- Deer, deer and more deer!
    Friday, November 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    We find ourselves hip-deep in November and things are heating for hunters as the weather gets cooler.
    This month is traditionally considered the hunting month and there is an open season for some type of game animal within the state every single day of the month. In most cases, there are multiple types of hunts available so it would be possible to pursue deer, ducks and small game all in the same day. 
    Best of all is the opening day of the deer firearms season, something I have often called “the highest point of the outdoor social calendar.” Though duck hunters or trout anglers might argue, it’s hard to deny that the third Saturday of the month sees the greatest number of people going afield during the entire year. 
    While state park and campgrounds are packed on Memorial Day and Labor Day, the “Opening day” of deer season finds eager Hoosier nimrods sitting quietly at daybreak anyplace there are more than four trees clustered. At some places in northern Indiana, there aren’t even any trees but eager hunters will be there waiting for that buck of a lifetime.
    Our final word of warning: this week is your final chance to get that gun sighted in, your gear ready and the “Honey Do” list completed. Don’t waste time and, more importantly, “Do as I say, not as I do.” 
    If not, I’ll probably bump into you at the sporting goods store just before closing next Friday night!
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  • Experienced Athenians looking for form
    Friday, November 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Lady Athenians graduated just one senior from last year’s 3-20 girls’ basketball team. This season, Crawfordsville will be led by five experienced seniors who each bring different key attributes to the team.
    “Chloie Livesay is a good shooter, Carolyn Francis is a solid point guard and shooting guard, Zoe Walbert brings size and good defensive anticipation, and Mackenzie Lynas and Melia Tomlinson both bring much needed height and physicality,” said Athenian head coach Tony Bean.
    “Their roles are still being determined, but they are doing a great job of leading our younger players,” he added.
    Offensively, the Athenians will be carried by two underclassmen. Last season, sophomore Lauren Kellerman (10 ppg) and Addie Laskowski (8.7 ppg) led the team. Laskowski also led the team in rebounds, averaging more than six a game. Walbert was close behind with 5 per game.
    Sophomore Isabel Viveros will handle the point this season while Olivia Barnett and Megan Simmons will be counted on for several needs on both sides of the ball. 
    “Our goal for this season is simply to see improvement day in and day out,” said Bean, “the girls are fun to coach and eager to learn and get better. They are working extremely hard and giving us effort every day.”
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  • Friday, November 10, 2017 4:00 AM
    VEEDERSBURG – After Tuesday’s 5-point loss to North Vermillion, Southmont head coach Dustin Oakley wanted to send a message to his team that they needed to play tougher on both ends of the floor. The Lady Mounties got the message loud and clear, as they held Fountain Central to just eight second half points, and forced 27 turnovers in that span, allowing them to pull away for a 43-27 victory.
    “(Wednesday) was probably the toughest practice we’ve had,” said the Mountie mentor. “We just beat the crap out of each other. We let Clinton Central and North Vermillion take it to us physically.”
    “We got lucky on the Clinton Central game, and I was tired of watching it,” he continued. “I told them ‘you’re either going to play it our way, or I’m going to start bringing the younger girls up.’ I think they got the message.”
    The Mounties led just 20-19 at the half, as Fountain Central jumped out to a 14-10 lead after one.
    “We gave up 14 in the first quarter and only 13 the rest of the way,” Oakley said. “We just tried to lock down (Mackenzy) Linville and (Shay) Oakley and rebound. We were just super active the entire game.”
    Avery Hess accounted for all eight Mountie points in the third, as she opened the frame with back-to-back baskets and assisted Lilly Ward and Claire Remley as South opened a 28-20 lead after three.
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  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET — Avery Hess closed Southmont’s 2016-17 year with a shot that, in a way, defined the Lady Mounties’ season. Off a desperation in-bounds steal and scramble, Reagan Case fed the hightailing Hess, who lifted a driving layup with one second on the clock. But gravity wouldn’t allow the ball to climb over the rim.
    Similarly, last year’s Lady Mounties couldn’t quite get over the hump. Southmont succumbed to superior size or skills in a scrappy 13-10 season, but seldom failed to put up a fight.
    In head coach Dustin Oakley’s first season, last year’s club finished strong with six consecutive wins, including a 42-41 last game upset road victory over Lebanon.
    It is that momentum that has Oakley excited about this team’s prospects, despite returning a young squad to the floor. The Lady Mounties, already with two games under their belt in the new season, stand at one win and one loss. The club opened with a narrow 29-26 victory over 1A Clinton Central, and succumbed to 1A North Vermillion in a closely contested ballgame. 
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