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Thursday, April 19, 2018

  • 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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  • 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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  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 10:06 PM
    WEST LAFAYETTE – Southmont track and field traveled to McCutcheon High School for a 3 way meet between McCutcheon and Twin Lakes Tuesday. The boys’ team placed 2nd with 44 points and the girls teams placed 3rd with 34 points. 
    Dillan Lauy and Ross Lippencott were both able to grab first place wins, Lauy in the 400 and Lippencott in the 800. Antonio Burks placed 2nd in the 100. Lauy placed 2nd in the 200. Thomas Richardson placed 2nd in the 1600. Jack Whitecotton placed 2nd in 300 Hurdles. Elijah Sparks placed 2nd in discus. 
    Lexie Odum was the only girl to get a first place win in the 100 and 200. Kelsey Dugger placed 2nd in the 800. Shannon Isenberg placed 2nd in the 100 Hurdles and 300 Hurdles. Macy Zachary placed 2nd in the long jump. The 4x100 team of Isenberg, Ward, Odum and Myers placed 2nd. 
    The team is in action tonight at Tri-West for a triangle against Tri-West and Indy Northwest at 5 p.m. 
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  •  Athenians win thriller
    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    Class 3A, No. 5 Crawfordsville knew they’d have their hands full Tuesday against Sagamore Athletic Conference foe Western Boone. The Athenians escaped out of big jams in the first two innings defensively, strung together some hits late, and hung on to defeat the feisty Stars 4-3 in 10-innings.
    The Stars loaded the bases with no outs in the first. Will Kellerman struck out Trevin Popplewell and induced a 5-3 double play off the bat of Payton Young, on a nice play by Cade Fitzwater, to keep it scoreless after one.
    “Getting out of that first inning was huge,” said Athenian mentor John Froedge. “I give a lot of credit to Will and our defense.”
    The Stars loaded the bases again in the second, but Kellerman was able to get out of the inning on a nice running catch by Josh Blackburn in center.
    Offensively, the Athenians didn’t get anything going against Star starter, Payton Young, until the sixth. Young stymied Crawfordsville through five innings striking out nine Athenians and not allowing any hits.
    “Obviously, we knew coming in with Young pitching that it was going to be a low scoring game,” Froedge said. “Blackburn had an outstanding out bat to get the inning started, and that allowed us to string together a couple hits.”
    Blackburn fouled off six straight pitches on his third trip to the plate against Young. Finally, on the 10th pitch, the junior hit a liner to center for a double. Carson Scott followed that up with a double of his own down the right field line to make it 1-0. He’d score on Will Kellerman’s bunt to make it 2-0 Athenians headed to the seventh.
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  • Crawfordsville Track and Field Results – April 17, 2018
    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    Boys: Crawfordsville 77, Clinton Prairie 54
    3200 Relay: Crawfordsville 9:25.78, Clinton Prairie 10:10.03
    110 Hurdles: Stroup (CP) 17.20, Snyder (C) 17.47, Schlomer (C) 20.15
    100 Dash: Fairfield (C) 11.72, Martin (CP) 12.07, Gerdes (C) 12.08
    1600 Run: Fyffe (C) 5:09.7, McKinney (C) 5:20.0, Ecenberger (CP) 5:28.9
    400 Relay: Crawfordsville 51.53
    400 Dash: Martin (CP) 54.29, Gerdes (C) 56.41, Cifuentes (C) 57.36
    300 Hurdles: Snyder (C) 44.62, Cook (C) 46.44, Strop (CP) 47.41
    800 Run: Fyffe (C) 2:11.0, Ecenberg (CP) 2:14.9, McKinney (C) 2:20.7
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  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    LINDEN – Despite the less than ideal temperatures at Charger Field Tuesday afternoon, the North Montgomery bats were hot as they racked up 13 hits on the day. Combined with a stellar pitching performance by Justin Clary, the Chargers (5-3, 2-1 SAC) triumphed over Danville (5-3, 0-2 SAC) 11-0 in five innings.
    North Montgomery wasted no time jumping out to an early lead, as two-out singles from Collin Knecht, Devan Plant, Jaxon Plant and Kai Warren plated three in the first inning. 
    “Our approach at the plate was outstanding today,” said Charger skipper Matt Merica, “We jumped on a lot of first pitch fastballs and we were mentally ready to play.”
    The Chargers showed off their offense once again in the third inning as they added eight runs to their lead. After a Knecht double started their rally, the Plant brothers and Warren fired off back-to-back-to-back singles to make the score 5-0. A catcher’s interference would put Jacob Braun on and load the bases for Kade Kobel before his two RBI single would make it 7-0. Justin Clary, Caleb Donahue and Knecht would string together some more singles of their own to extend their lead to 11.
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  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    Western Boone used nine hits to put eight runs across on its way to a softball win over Crawfordsville Tuesday, 8-2. 
    The Stars jumped to a 2-0 lead after three and piled on a 4-spot in the top of the fourth. The deficit proved too much for the Athenians. 
    Olivia Barnett had a pair of hits for Crawfordsville. Addie Laskowski and Isabel Viveros scored a run apiece. Mia Stadler went the distance for the Athenians, fanning four Stars. 
    Crawfordsville (3-5, 1-4 Sagamore Athletic Conference) is home at home tonight against Lawrence Central at 6 p.m. before making the trip to Western Boone Thursday night. 
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  • Mounties boot chance at SAC win
    Wednesday, April 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – If mistakes were jelly beans, Southmont sampled them all. The result was a 10-0 whitewash, and a sweet Sagamore Athletic Conference victory for Tri-West.
    The Bruins, already one of the conference’s most potent offenses, batting .269 as a team with five homers coming into the game, added two more long-balls in the contest. However, it was the Southmont gifts — two throwing errors, two fielding errors, two passed balls, a wild pitch, and a base running mistake — that condemned the Mounties.
    “Fundamental defensive errors in the second inning — mental mistakes, physical mistakes — you just can’t do that,” said Jamie Welliever, Southmont head coach. “Yeah, you just can’t do that. It just seemed to open the door.”
    It was a doomsday second inning that undermined Mounties starter Cole Wemer’s three up, three down first. And the trouble really started on a play that looked like a sure out.
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  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 4:00 AM
    Southmont improved to 3-1 on the girls’ tennis season with a smooth 5-0 win over Turkey Run Tuesday. 
    Cora Waddell, Hope Lighty and Jane Scheidler dominated action in singles play. The teams of Sophie Reimondo / Mallory Murphy and Elizabeth Truncone / Megan Scheidler did the same in doubles action.
    Southmont is back home Thursday against Rockville for its next match. 
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  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    Saturday, April 21, is the first of four Free Fishing Days in Indiana this year.
    On these special days, Indiana residents can fish public waters without needing a fishing license or a trout stamp. Free Fishing Days are prime opportunities for families to learn to fish because adults do not need a fishing license on those days, and children ages 17 and younger do not need a license on any day.
    A number of special events will be held on April 21.
    — A Family Learn to Fish workshop will take place at Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge in Seymour from 9 a.m. to noon. Advance registration is required.
    — More family fishing fun will happen at Salamonie Lake in Andrews, Fort Harrison State Park and Krannert Park in Indianapolis, Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Spring Mill State Park near Mitchell, Glen Miller Park in Richmond, St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend, Tri-County Fish & Wildlife Area (Wyland Pond) in Syracuse, and Prophetstown State Park in West Lafayette.
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  • History of New Richmond Basketball Part 2
    Monday, April 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    New Richmond won the last County Tourney in 1923 by beating Waveland 21-19. The County Tourney was then abandoned from 1923 to 1934. The principals decided to restart the tourney in 1934. After losing to Wingate in the final game of the revitalized Montgomery County Tournament in 1934, 16-14, the lads from New Richmond came back the second year and won its only County Crown by defeating Waveland 31-23. New Richmond won its only sectional in 1934 by beating Darlington 34-24.
    The Cardinals had several three-year lettermen in 1934-1936, including Bob Montgomery, Harold Olin, Dick Bible, and Elmer Perry. 
    The Olin family of Coal Creek Township has been prominent in basketball since the early days of the Wingate State Championships teams of 1913 and 1914. There were three Olin brothers, Leland, Lester and Leverett in that generation of Wingate athletics. Leland and Lester made their marks in the athletic fortunes of both Wingate and New Richmond in the early days. Leland played on the 1913 and 1914 State Championship teams and Lester whose interests ran more to football attended Butler University to play that sport under the legendary Tony Hinkle. Lester returned to New Richmond to coach his nephew, Harold (Leland’s son) on the 1934 Cardinal team that won New Richmond’s only sectional title. Harold then went to Central Normal College at Danville to get his degree and a teacher’s license. He then coached at West Lebanon in Warren County and Jackson Twp. In Tippecanoe County before settling at Mt. Comfort where he coached baseball and track and started the football program which evolved into a very successful program at the consolidation with Vernon Twp., which became Mt. Vernon. Harold’s brother, Darrell, played basketball at New Richmond in the late 30’s and then watched his son, Denny, become the third generation of Olins to play basketball in Coal Creek Township. He played for the consolidation when New Richmond and Wingate consolidated to become Coal Creek Central Township in 1954.
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  • Athenians split Saturday games
    Monday, April 16, 2018 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville split a pair of baseball games Saturday to take third at the Athenian Invite. The Athenians dropped the morning game to Class 2A No. 2 Lafayette Central Catholic, 11-3. The Class 3A No. 4 Athenians defeated Frankfort in the nightcap, 7-3. 
    In the first game, Owen Bennett and Cam Saunders each had two hits for Crawfordsville. Josh Blackburn, Carson Scott and Bennett drove in runs. The visiting Knights used 13 hits, five walks and four Crawfordsville errors to their advantage. The victorious nine allowed just two walks and didn’t commit an error.
    Saunders worked four-and-a-third before giving way to Cade Fitzwater and Jake Decker. The latter duo didn’t allow another run from Central Catholic. 
    In the consolation game, Crawfordsville crossed three runs in each of the first two innings to gain the early advantage. 
    Austin Warren and Saunders drove in two runs apiece. Scott, Decker and Saunders tallied a pair of hits each. 
    Will Kellerman tossed two innings to start the game. Decker came on and threw five innings, striking out two and working around six hits. 
    Crawfordsville (5-3) is at home against Sagamore Athletic Conference foe Western Boone Tuesday before traveling for the rematch Thursday.
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  • ROUNDUP: Clary drives in six in Charger win
    Saturday, April 14, 2018 4:00 AM
    LINDEN – Justin Clary homered twice and drove in six runs to propel North Montgomery to a 16-5 6-inning baseball win over a visiting Covington nine Friday.
    Clary wasn’t the only Charger with a big night at the dish. Caleb Donahue and Collin Knecht also homered in the contest. Donahue finished with three hits and two RBIs while connect drove in three and scored an equal amount. 
    Kai Warren and Jaxon Plant each added a pair of hits. Devan Plant drove in two. 
    Knecht and Devan Plant each worked three innings in the victory. They each struck out four batters. 
    North Montgomery (4-2) is at Lafayette Jeff today at 11 a.m.
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  • OUT IN THE OPEN- Speed Goats, Dust and Wide-Open Spaces
    Friday, April 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    When I saw the giant snake lying across the road, I realized we were probably in over our heads.
    This moment was one of several memorable instances during our just-concluded work/play trip to central Arizona. Our base of operations was Prescott, the first territorial capital of the 48th state, located in the high desert halfway between Flagstaff and Phoenix.
    The circumstance of our great hullabaloo was something that simply cannot be experienced in Indiana. My wife and I were miles from a paved road in Prescott National Forest, without a winch, high-clearance vehicle jack, auxiliary lighting, extra water or cell phone service. The ‘road’ we were traversing was actually a rock-strewn, washed-out snake path that had undoubtedly killed far sturdier vehicles than the citified SUV we were driving.
    At a top speed that sometimes reached ‘saunter’ we were trying to find the Puntenney ghost town, built around a limestone kiln at the turn of the last century. The small town supporting the operation had long since vanished into the chaparral, along with the railroad line that serviced the whole affair. Not many people had ever heard of the place, which was reason enough to use to attempt to find it. This little adventure sounded like a good idea at the time; that time being over breakfast while still wearing my pajamas and slippers.
    Unfortunately, I realized too late that ‘cross-country travel’ in the desert southwest is serious business. By comparison, I have been noted for a serious lack of seriousness and that personal shortcoming was soon graphically highlighted.
    This realization arrived as we slowly rock-crawled a downhill curve, balancing on knife-edged wheel ruts that threatened to destroy our oil pan or transmission with the slightest miscue, when we came to a ford crossing a dry stream bed. There, basking in all his glory, was a massive snake blocking the road.
    It would be impossible to back up the slope and I was afraid the snake would puncture our tires with its huge fangs if we drove over it; we now had what is commonly known as a “Mexican Standoff.”
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  • Friday, April 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    I’ve been thinking a lot in the past few days about something I’ve lost. It’s something that I used to possess, but knew I would never own. It’s something that I used to cherish, but simultaneously took for granted.
    I’ve been thinking about my childhood.
    Honestly, I’m not one to go wandering down the footpaths of my memories aimlessly. I am usually careful not to tread on thoughts that make me sullen. When on those backroads, I conform mentally to the “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” mantra.
    But memories are tricky. Sometimes what triggers a good memory is something really bad.
    I lost a childhood friend this week. Jack had health issues, but his death was sudden, brutal, and unexpected.
    Jack has been my friend and neighbor for fifty-seven years. We both returned to our childhood homes to care for our ailing Mothers. We fell out of touch for a while when adulthood stepped between us, but you’d be right in saying we were life-long friends. In fact, Jack has a place in my life that even closer friends can’t own. He was my very first friend.
    I can actually take you to the very spot in my backyard where we first met. I can still recall the amazement I had when Jack told me that he was also three years old. Astonishing! When you are three years old, no one is the same age you are.
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