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Saturday, August 18, 2018

  • Friday, August 17, 2018 11:56 PM
    ROACHDALE – North Putnam scored the initial touchdown of the 2018 football season a short minute-and-a-half into the contest against 3A North Montgomery, here Friday night. Then the hosts went on to romp through their northern neighbors, 28-12, in a contest that the Cougars dominated.
    North Putnam (1-0) amassed over 300 yards against the visitors, compiled on fifty-one plays from scrimmage. The offensive output more than doubled the twenty-five plays run by the North Montgomery offense.
    The Cougars were led by tailback Chris Murray, who had 150 yards on eighteen carries. Murray shared the spotlight with quarterback Evan Davies (66 yards) and running back Aiden Baker (68 yards) who shared the load in piling up 281 rushing yards.
    By halftime, North Putnam already had registered 198 yards. 
    “Defensively we played really slow,” said a disappointed Chargers head coach Josh Thompson, now in his fifth year at the head of the North Montgomery program. “After the first quarter, I thought we played much better on defense. We responded. How do we respond? That’s what we talk to our kids about. ”
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  • Friday, August 17, 2018 11:56 PM
    VEEDERSBURG – Football is back. After a nine-month long hiatus, the Southmont Mounties were back in action against 1A Fountain Central Friday afternoon. After a hot start with both teams scoring in their first possession, the action cooled off as the Mounties couldn’t hold on, losing a close one 13-7. 
    After graduating their entire backfield last year, the Mounties still had a lot of question marks surrounding their ground game. Southmont put those doubts to bed early after they received the opening kickoff and marched 67 yards down the field on eight plays. Logan Smith eventually capitalized on a 12 yard touchdown run to give the Mounties their first score.
    “That first drive was a culmination of all the things we have been working on all preseason,” said Southmont head coach Desson Hannum, “We got the looks that we wanted to get and our kids executed the play calls to perfection.”
    Fountain Central answered quickly, going 87 yards on 7 plays and finishing it off with a 52 yard bomb from QB Nathaniel Butts to Aaron Barnett to even the score at seven. 
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  • Friday, August 17, 2018 11:55 PM
    GREENCASTLE – A rainy Friday made field conditions less than ideal as Crawfordsville made the short trip south to face Greencastle in both team’s season opener. The Tiger Cubs capitalized on good field position twice as they defeated the Athenians 9-0 on a rain-soaked turf.
    “This is going to be a game the kids are going to remember the rest of their lives,” said Athenian head coach Sean Gerold. “Playing a mud game, the first game of the season.
    “We had to throw the ball a lot more than we wanted too, because we weren’t able to establish a run game and being down late,” he continued. “In these conditions, we wanted to really run the ball more, similar to what they did.”
    Greencastle used that ground game on their second possession taking the ball down to the Athenian four before a penalty forced a 33-yard field goal to give them a 3-0 lead.
    Crawfordsville’s furthest penetration in the first half was the Greencastle 43. The offense struggled all night to gain any momentum, as they could muster only 28-yards of total offense in the first half.
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  • Friday, August 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    If you promise not to tell my long-suffering wife, I will admit to owning too much fishing tackle. There is really no justification for the number of lures stored in our house unless you are worried about nuclear holocaust and its possible effects on the future availability of jerk baits. In my case, I merely plead guilty by reason of insanity.
    Thus, as someone who has more hooks than the latest pop song, I feel funny when purchasing worms. I don't mean plastic Shatazuko Electro-Metal Flake Motor Oil Power Worms with molded-in fish scent, specialized air chamber and ambidextrous thumb safety. I mean worms, the kind that come in little plastic onion dip containers and wiggle painfully when you jab a steel hook into their little gizzards.
    As summer ripens into fall, angling becomes a much more difficult pursuit, especially stream fishing. With the water low and warm, fish are wary and refuse to strike at anything without first taking its pulse and possibly employment history. In such conditions, live bait is the only way to consistently catch fish.
    That’s why I headed to the bait shop, someplace I seldom go anymore.
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  • Predictions? We’ve got predictions
    Friday, August 17, 2018 4:00 AM
    Hello Sports Fans.
    Miss me? Of course you did! Who could possibly not miss this smiling face, this contagious smile, this effervescent personality, this . . . 
    What? Enough already? Is that any way to treat . . . 
    Oh never mind.
    OK, for those who’ve been living under a rock, allow me to introduce myself. I, boys and girls, am the one, the only, the sensational Bubbling Caldron. I started prognosticating back before all the pretenders were even born. Shucks, I predicted Daniel 1, Lions 0. 
    So forget any boring grids or other such nonsense. With me you get nothing but pure substance. The who, what, when, where and score. Yeah Baby! I’m back and the pretenders are shaking in their baby boots!
    Without further ado then, let’s kick this season off and get started.
    Crawfordsville at Greencastle
    Look, I’ve said over and over and over that I’m a homer and proud of it. I mean, come on, if the hometown paper can’t root for the local schools then who the hell can? 
    However, with that said, there’s a few facts that we have to face.
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:56 PM
    CHS girls soccer pick up win
    Crawfordsville’s girls soccer team picked up a big 9-1 win Thursday over Delphi. Addie Laskowski went off for five goals and two assists. Mayra Rodriguez Contreras had two goals and two assists and Olviia Barnett and Jaden Azar each added a goal. 
    The Lady Athenians are now 1-1 after a season opening loss to Faith Christian on Tuesday. Faith Rogers and Laskowski scored in that game. 
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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 10:51 PM
    While there may not be as many golf scrambles as there used to be, one that is always a favorite around here is the Montgomery United Fund outing.
    This year it is scheduled to tee off Wednesday, Sept. 12 at Rocky Ridge Golf Course.
    The cost is only $60 per player and that includes not only a great way to support our local United Fund, but a delicious lunch, 18 holes of golf on a great course and cart!
    In addition, businesses and benefactors can also help support the cause even more by signing up for either a tee or flag. The cost to be a tee sponsor is only $100 and you can sponsor a flag for $300. And of course all the money goes to help the 16 non-profit agencies who do so much good right here in Montgomery County.
    To sign up, simply go to or call 362-5484.
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  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 11:11 PM
    Athenians dominate WeBo
    The Athenians boys soccer team won a Sagamore Athletic Conference match up 13-0 over Western Boone Tuesday.
    Will Kellerman, Enrique Munoz, Anthony Cook, Edwin Gil, Alex Caballero and Javier Hernandez had a clean sheet.
    Scoring for the Athenians: Enrique Munoz (4), Kevin Barrera-Chinchilla (2), Eduardo Barrera-Chinchilla (2), Tristen Bronaugh (2), Joseph Sanchez (1), Nick Wolcott (1), Jon Ortiz (1) and Bobby Stanley (1). Assists were Kevin Barrera-Chinchilla (3), Victor Gorgonzola (2), Nick Wolcott (1), Jon Ortiz (1), Edwin Gil (1), Aden Lutton (1), KJ Smith (1), Bobby Stanley (1) and Kevin Elizalde (1).
    The Athenians are back in action Saturday at the Frankfort Invite and they open with Roseville.
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  • Tuesday, August 14, 2018 4:00 AM
    Attica High School, Crawfordsville High School, Kankakee Valley High School, North White High School and South Montgomery High School are the recipients of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Safe Sports School award. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
    "We are honored for these five schools to receive this recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student athletes safe during physical education classes, team practices and games so they can accomplish their own goals of great competition, winning records, fair sportsmanship and good health. Currently, nine of the area high schools we partner with have been awarded the Safe Sports School Award with more to come. Our goal is to lead athletics programs to the highest safety standards for all participants," said Craig Voll, manager of Franciscan Health Sports Medicine.
    "We remain committed to the health and welfare of young athletes in competitive sports," says NATA President Tory Lindley, MA, ATC. "This award recognizes the contributions and commitment of schools across the country that are implementing safe sports policies and best practices to ensure athletes can do what they love best and have the appropriate care in place to prevent, manage and treat injuries should they occur."
    In order to achieve Safe Sport School status, athletic programs must do the following:
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  • Monday, August 13, 2018 9:32 PM
    Visitors to McCormick’s Creek State Park have a new lodging option thanks to the generosity of a family with a 70-year tradition of vacationing there. 
    The DNR dedicated the Centennial Cabin during a ribbon-cutting ceremony that honored the Luetkemeier family. 
    “This cabin represents 70 years of memories made naturally by the Luetkemeier family,” said DNR director Cameron Clark. “But it also represents the importance of partnerships for us.” 
    The 1,400-square-foot, two-story log cabin is surrounded by forest and overlooks McCormick’s Cove Nature Preserve. It sleeps eight, features a fully accessible entrance and first floor, and is air-conditioned and heated. The cabin will become available to the public on Labor Day weekend. The public can begin making reservations on Aug. 15 at or by calling 866-622-6746. 
    The cabin was the idea of brothers Jim, Glenn and Maurie Luetkemeier, who together provided much of the funding. The brothers wanted to honor their late parents, Oscar and Louise Luetkemeier, of West Lafayette. Oscar and Louise spent their first vacation as a married couple at the park in 1948. The vacation became an annual tradition spanning four generations. 
    Luetkemeier family members attended the dedication, traveling from Michigan and North Carolina. Glenn and Maurie addressed the audience of about 200 people, stressing their desire to help other families develop the sort of traditions and memories that they have enjoyed. 
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  • History of Basketball at Crawfordsville HS to 1995 Part 12
    Monday, August 13, 2018 4:00 AM
    Paul Curtis signed on in 1970 and stayed long enough to become the winningest coach in history. Curtis-led teams would win 169 games and lose only 111 in his 12 year tenure for a winning percentage of .603. Under Curtis, CHS won six sectionals and a regional. The Athenians won 20 games in 1972-73 and reached the 1,000 win mark in the school history during that year. However, Paul Curtis's most successful team was the 1978-79 team which posted a record of 17-9 and won the sectional and regional before losing to Anderson in the championship of the Semi-State at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. Anderson would continue on to the state and lose to Muncie Central in the final game. In his twelve year coaching career, Paul Curtis coached three of the most prolific scorers in Crawfordsville history. Gary Rice played on the varsity only two years, but scored 896 points to rank seventh among the all-time leading scorers. His 19.5 scoring average placed him first in that category. Bob Reese also scored 500 points his senior year to place him 6th on the all-time list. Clint Dennison was another Curtis protégé. Dennison crashed the boards for CHS from 1970 to 1973 and scored 969 points to place 4th on the career scoring list. Dennison also ranked in the top ten in single season scoring as he racked up 463 points in his senior year to place him 8th on the list.
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  • Sunday, August 12, 2018 10:21 PM
    You can help make Monroe Lake a better place for fish during a special volunteer day on Aug. 14.
    The volunteer day is part of the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife's Reservoir Aquatic Habitat Enhancement Program (RAHEP). RAHEP builds fish habitat in reservoirs where natural structure is lacking. 
    Volunteers will assemble 40 wooden structures from pallets that will give fish a place to live and hide from predator fish, according to program coordinator and southern fisheries research biologist Sandy Clark-Kolaks. 
    The workday runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the DNR office at 5596 E. State Road 46, Bloomington. 
    Monroe Lake is a nearly 11,000-acre reservoir near Bloomington. It was chosen for the program due to the property’s strong partnerships with local entities. This is the first of several volunteer days planned for this year at Monroe Lake, with an overall goal of building 200 structures. 
    DNR fisheries biologists will place the structures on the lake bed during summer and fall. Once the structures have been placed, maps will be created to show the GPS coordinates, depth and structure type. These maps will be available to the public. 
    Volunteers should dress for working outside and bring snacks and water, protective eyewear, gloves and cordless drills. Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance at Unregistered walk-in volunteers are welcome, too.
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  • Football is back
    Friday, August 10, 2018 9:55 PM
    Crawfordsville officially put an end to their long summer by hosting perennial Class A power, Sheridan, in a controlled scrimmage Friday night at the Athenian complex.
    Sean Gerold, who took over the program July 10, got to see his guys in action for the first time. “With all of the changes, this is the first time we’ve gone against another team,” he said. “You like to scrimmage in the summer, because you get the first game jitters out of the way.
    “For some of our guys, it’s the first time they’ve been on a football field for more than 2-years,” he continued. “We definitely have some things to work on this week in practice.”
    The scrimmage was broken down into three segments, with neither team finding pay dirt in the first session.
    The Athenians struck first in session two, which saw each team run 10 plays from their own 10 yard line. On the fourth play of the segment, Cam Saunders found Carson Tharp from 10 yards out for the Athenians only score of the night.
    “It’s been a couple years since we’ve really thrown the ball, and I thought Cam had some touch on his passes,” Gerold said of the senior. “Anthony Gonzalez and Carson Tharp played their responsibilities well, and it was good to get the touchdown there in the second session.”
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  • Friday, August 10, 2018 9:51 PM
    The American Diabetes Association invites riders of all levels and abilities to join the celebration and be part of the movement to fight diabetes by taking part in the new Tour de Cure® bike ride, a fitness and community event happening on Oct. 20 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to help raise funds to support the ADA’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
    Every 21 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. In addition, nearly half of all American adults have either diabetes or prediabetes, which puts them at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes are at significant risk for serious complications including kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness and lower-limb amputations. As the ADA’s premier fundraising event and one of the nation’s largest series of diabetes fundraising events, Tour de Cure brings together over 2,000 volunteers and participants invested in stemming the diabetes epidemic and funding research to find a cure.
    “Tour de Cure is more than just a ride – it is a celebration of the ADA’s mission and a chance to raise critical funds to help fight diabetes. Every mile covered and every dollar raised brings us that much more support in fighting this disease that affects over 700,000 Hoosier adults with another 1.7 million with prediabetes in our community,” said Tracey Drzich, ADA’s Indiana Home Office. “The prevalence of diabetes is growing each year, and action is absolutely necessary.” she added.
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  • OUT IN THE OPEN- Light from a Long Time Ago
    Friday, August 10, 2018 4:00 AM
    It’s well after midnight and I’m again reminded of one of the primary reasons I enjoy the outdoors: perspective.
    Last night I was camped out in a recliner on our little patch of lawn on the edge of suburbia. Equipped with a few adult beverages, good music in my headphones and the night sky, it was a peaceful and sublime break.
    The reason for my contemplative mood is the conclusion of a week that would even have business guru Dale Carnegie reaching for the tranquilizers. It was actually a wonderful week in which I started a new job and, as expected, I was busier than is reasonably humanly possible. After five days of literally continuous email and phone calls, all while trying to learn the ropes, I was mentally exhausted.
    Because of this ‘happy stress’, I have a renewed appreciation for the weekend.
    So the hour was late as I finally went outside to decompress. Sitting there I looked upward and began pondering the stars that were shining so brightly that they cast black shadows on the ground.
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