Congrats to the county’s three wrestlers that made it through a challenging semi-state and will advance to the state wrestling Championship.
North’s Tanner Webster became the first semi-state champion in the school history. South’s Boone Welliever also won semi state. Welliever actually is the fourth Mountie to win semi state in wrestling. However here is today’s fun fact… Boone’s father/ assistant wrestling coach Jamie Welliever also won semi state. Both Boone and Jamie also are the only wrestlers in school history to own three regional titles. I’m sure coach Welliever will be just fine if his son one-ups him by placing higher in the state finals than he did.
North’s sophomore Seth Johnson placed second at semi-state and will advance to state as well. Good luck Wrestlers.
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Now that I have seen Tri West boys basketball team play twice. Once against South and then Friday against Crawfordsville. I can say they are a good team, but they play dirty and certainly lack class. North will host the Bruins on Friday. I’m guessing when I see them for a third time my opinion will not change. I’m glad that I get to cover teams that play with class. On a plus side, Crawfordsville boys’ basketball team continues to impress me with how well they play together they are the most unselfish, disciplined team I have seen for a long time. This week I would like to give a shout out to Daulton Bridgewater. I’m not sure if fans notice how much this kid does for the Athenians. Friday night I watched him come off the bench and dive for every loose ball. At one point he made a pretty amazing superman dive sacrificing his body as he dove several feet for the ball. He got the ball and was able to find a teammate without traveling.
Too bad my Hoosiers can’t play more together like the Athenians do. It’s tough to be a IU fan these days. (Insert heavy sigh here) I’m glad I have fun high school teams to cover because all my teams have been disappointing. I’m also a Reds fan and a Colts fan.
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Boys swimming sectional prelims are Thursday. We have several swimmers that should do well in the prelims and hopefully will win some sectional titles so they can go to state. Watch for Crawfordsville’s Caleb Whicker in diving. He was last year’s Montgomery County Swimmer / Diver of the Year and has broken several records this season as well. North’s Gus Maxwell is also hoping to make it back to state again this year.
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Happy Valentine’s Day to my one and only valentine my husband Joe! Awe, I know that is just so sweet.
Lori Poteet is The Paper’s ace Sports Photographer. She is a Ball State graduate with a photojournalism degree. You have probably seen her out at one of the local high schools. She always has her camera in hand. Lori’s column, Behind the Lens, will appear on Tuesdays in The Paper. You can also follow her on Twitter @LoriPoteetPhoto. Lori is proudly starting her 12th year at The Paper of Montgomery County and 12 great years of covering Montgomery County Sports!