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Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Hilltop Archers excel at state archery competition
    Tuesday, February 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    LEBANON – Hilltop Archers – an organization based in Wingate – excelled at the Indiana Scholastic 3D Archery 2019 Indoor State over the weekend in Lebanon. Hilltop Archers took first in the Elementary and Middle School divisions and second in the High School division. The group won the Elementary division with 722 points and 75 bullseyes, which are tracked in case of a tiebreaker. The middle schoolers won with 729 points and 78 bullseyes and the high schoolers were just six points and a bullseye short of first with 741 points and 83 bullseyes. 
    Several individuals shined for the Hilltop Archers. Topping that list with a first place finish in Middle School fixed pins is Kadence Emenhiser. She tallied 145 points and 13 bullseyes. That put her just ahead of teammate Josie Caster’s 144 points and 15 bullseyes. Chatney Altman (130 points, 3 bullseyes) and Chloe Shultz (76, 1) took eighth and 18th, respectively in the same division. 
    Ava Mershon took second for the Hilltop Archers in the Middle School traditional class with 52 points and a bullseye. A plethora of local archers took to the boys’ Middle School open division. The top finisher was Hayden Jeffries in third with 149 points and 19 bullseyes. Those numbers put him in a tie for first, but he was eliminated in the shoot-off. Gavin Vance (148 points, 21 bullseyes) was fourth. Logan Vance (143, 8) and Chase Vance (141, 7) were sixth and seventh. Nick Erwin (138, 9) and Christian Hall (136, 12) were 13th and 16th in the class. 
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  • Monday, February 18, 2019 9:36 PM
    A pair of boys will represent Montgomery County at the IHSAA State Swimming Finals on Friday and Saturday at Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI, 901 W. New York St., Indianapolis. Thristan Callejas, a freshman from Crawfordsville, took first at Saturday’s sectional and is seeded 35th in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 55.00. North Montgomery senior Christopher Schaub was the only other sectional champion from Montgomery County. He qualified in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:18.97 and is seeded 32nd. 
    Another Charger, Stevie Gunderman, has the opportunity to qualify for the meet in diving. He took third in the sectional with a score of 267.90 and will dive at the Plainfield Regional this evening. If he gets top eight at the regional, he will qualify for the state meet. 
    Swimming action kicks off Friday night at 6 p.m. with prelims. Diving prelims and semis start the action Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Consolations and finals will be swam at 1 p.m.
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  • Sunday, February 17, 2019 8:46 PM
    INDIANAPOLIS – North Montgomery sent four top wrestlers to navigate the waters of the 2019 IHSAA State Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, this weekend, only to see all four swept away before reaching the showcase round of wrestling.
    New Castle semi-state winner, Drew Webster, was the best North Montgomery finisher, grabbing a spot on the podium with his fifth place finish in the 220-pound weight class. Webster lost his quarterfinals match, then won two more matches in the consolation “wrestle-back” bracket to claim a top five spot.
    Webster excelled in the tournament. He recorded three falls in each stop of the tournament –– Sectional, Regional, Semi-state — then added two more this weekend. It made the 2-1 double overtime loss to eventual third place finisher, Jacob Bolte of Columbus East particularly perplexing to the junior.
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  • Southmont falls on Senior Night, looks forward to sectionals
    Sunday, February 17, 2019 8:45 PM
    NEW MARKET – After snapping a three-game losing streak with a win over Frankfort on Friday, the Southmont boys’ basketball team entered the last game of the regular season on Saturday with hopes to grab another win before sectional play. In a back-and-forth matchup with Riverton Parke, Southmont was unable to pull off a victory on Senior Night, losing 47-34.
    The Mounties ended the first quarter facing an 11-8 deficit and looked to fall behind even more after the Panthers pushed the score to 20-13. But, Southmont closed the second quarter on a run of its own. After a three-point play from Luke Gregg, a layup from Austin Bowman and a contested floater from Justin Howard, the Mounties entered halftime trailing 22-20. Despite the close score, Southmont head coach Jake Turner spoke of his team’s performance in the first half.
    “We didn’t do a good job of rotating in the first half,” he said. “They were shooting shots right at the rim, which is something that we’ve worked on and talked about.”
    Throughout the first half, Riverton Parke scored 16 of its 22 points from two-point shots, with the majority of those coming in the paint.
    After Southmont tied the game 22-22 to open the third quarter, Riverton Parke went on an offensive run, scoring eight unanswered points to create a 30-22 lead. The Mounties looked to be entering the fourth quarter trailing by eight, but a Drew Glancy three-point basket cut the Panthers’ lead to 30-25 at the end of the third quarter.
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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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  • Friday, February 15, 2019 10:30 PM
    LINDEN – North Montgomery celebrated their four seniors Friday night as Tri-West visited Charger Gym. The Bruins, on the other hand, were still looking to claim a share of the Sagamore Athletic Conference crown, while the Chargers were looking to play the spoiler roll.
    North dictated the tempo in the first half keeping the game at their pace. However, the Bruins came out in the second half and extended their full court defense as they pulled away late for the 53-35 victory.
    “I thought we did some good things in the first half, although we were down four,” said North head coach Andrew Evertts. “We did some things well early in the third, we just couldn’t get a shot to fall. We had a lot of missed opportunities.”
    Six times in the first half, the Chargers trailed by just one possession with the basketball. On all six occasions, they couldn’t capitalize to take any momentum into the half, as they trailed 20-16.
    The Bruins came out of the half and pressed the Chargers from base line to base line. They capitalized on the full court defense closing the third quarter on an 11-2 run to push their lead to 11.
    “They put some pressure on us in the third, and we turned it over. In a slower paced game that really killed us.” Evertts said. “When they sped us up and started running, we didn’t do a good job of getting back.”
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  • Friday, February 15, 2019 10:20 PM
    NEW MARKET – In their last Sagamore Athletic Conference showdown of the regular season, the Southmont welcomed Frankfort Friday night for a boys’ basketball clash. The Mounties outrebounded the Hot Dogs 27-18 while playing hardnosed defense to earn their first win in three weeks, 47-38.
    “I am really proud of our effort tonight,” said Mountie head coach Jake Turner. “We were tough and--especially in the second half--we saw some big improvements defensively.”
    With the help of their three-point shooting, Frankfort played Southmont close all night, stifling any momentum the Mounties built with big time shots. In all, the Hot Dogs attempted 31 three-pointers, including 14 in the first half. 
    Justin Howard opened the third quarter outscoring the Hot Dogs 9-3 single-handedly, helping him reach a game high 20-point final tally. Frankfort was stubborn, however, and battled back to tie the game at 35 after the third quarter.
    “Howard carried us tonight offensively. We rely on him so much and he was able to orchestrate the offense and keep everyone else involved as well,” said Turner.
    Southmont’s defense was on full display in the fourth quarter. The Mounties held Frankfort to just three points while keeping them to 1-of-15 shooting en route to the 47-38 victory. 
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  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    Quick! Name a wrestler!
    That’s interesting. I heard a handful of Hulk Hogan’s, a few Chris Jericho’s, several cries for Dick “The Bruiser”, and a couple of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s. Real credit goes to the guy that hollered Ernie “The Cat” Ladd.
    There are no wrong answers, but it’s a shame that wrestling’s name recognition lands mostly in the “professional” ranks. Did anyone say Dan Gable, the hall of fame folk-style, Olympic, and freestyle wrestler? I doubt it. Rulon Gardner? Riley LeFever?
    Hey! Wrestlers have feelings, too.
    The good news is that around here, we understand — and appreciate — good wrestlers. The high school wrestling scene in Montgomery County is on a par with those anywhere in Indiana.
    Drew Webster, Seth Johnson, Jake Lowe, and Josh Lowe — all from North Montgomery — added their names to the pantheon of great Montgomery County wrestlers last weekend. Each advanced out of the New Castle semi-state into the Indiana High School Athletic Association’s State Finals at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Saturday.
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  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 4:00 AM
    Jefferson, of Lafayette, won the 1916 championship by taking a thrilling five minute overtime contest from Crawfordsville by a score of 27 to 26. In 1916 the number of districts was increased from fourteen to sixteen, the following teams competing: Bloomington, Lebanon, Washington Township, Martinsville, Liberty Center, Elkhart, Hopewell, Jefferson of Lafayette, Cicero, Valparaiso, Brookville, Vincennes, Kokomo, Seymour, Jefferson, and Crawfordsville. It was a scrap between Jefferson and Crawfordsville. Jefferson downed Martinsville 29 to 17 in the semi-finals while Crawfordsville was winning the right to oppose Jefferson in the final by beating by beating Vincennes 33 to 17. At the end of the regular forty minutes of play in the deciding contest between Jefferson and Crawfordsville the count was knotted at 25 all. In the five minute overtime period Donald Tilson, now playing on the Purdue basketball team, threw the winning two points through the hoop and Grimes now playing with the Wabash College five, tossed a point through the hoop from the foul line. C.F. Apking coached the Bloomington lads to a 20-4 record that year.
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:47 PM
    NEW MARKET – The Mounties welcomed Tri-West to New Market Tuesday night in a Sagamore Athletic Conference boys’ basketball clash. Southmont came out hot, shooting 60 percent from three in the first half and competing well defensively but in the end, Tri-West’s sizzling offense was too much as the Mounties fell 70-58.
    “Between our Fountain Central game on Saturday and this game tonight, we have noticed improvements offensively. The difference tonight was they came in expecting to win while we came in hoping to win. We proved that we can play with them but we just have to have that same drive for four quarters,” said Southmont mentor Jake Turner.
    After their hot start, the Mounties went into the halftime break only down 38-36 while holding Tri-West’s best player to 10 points. However, Tri-West answered back in the second half and ran away with the victory 70-58.
    Brayden VanSlyke led the Bruins with 26 points, 16 coming in the second half. 
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:35 PM
    LINDEN – Two teams heading in opposite directions met Tuesday night at North Montgomery. North Putnam came in losers of 10 of their last 11, while the Chargers were winners of three of their last four. The Cougars used a strong second half to outlast North Montgomery 48-47.
    North Montgomery held a 26-19 lead at the half thanks to a strong first half performance by Jack Thompson. The junior had nine points on 4 of 4 shooting as his old fashioned 3-point play, and a pair of Jacob Verduin free throws gave North the 7-point lead.
    “We found quite a bit of success getting the ball in the post in the first half, and I think that allowed us to build the lead in the second quarter,” said Charger head coach Andrew Evertts. “They had some smaller guards at the bottom of their 1-3-1, and we took advantage of that. However, we got away from that in the second half, because we weren’t as aggressive.”
    The Cougars were able to cut the deficit to three after the third thanks to Andrew Pickel and Chris Murray. Pickel had 7 of his game high 23 in the quarter, while Murray had 6 of his 13.
    “I thought they outworked us the entire second half, and I was disappointed with that,” Evertts said. “I can think of multiple occasions where they dove for loose balls or out of bounds to save balls, and we didn’t.
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:56 PM
    North Montgomery Youth Baseball and Fast Pitch Softball registration is currently taking place at
    Online registration is open until Feb. 24. 
    There will be an "in person" registration on Feb. 23 at North Montgomery High School in the commons from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
    North Montgomery Youth Baseball offers four different age groups, 6U for 4-5-6 year olds, 8U for 7 and 8 year olds, 10U for 9 and 10 year olds and 12U for 11 and 12 year olds. Fast Pitch softball is offered for the following age groups 8U for 7 and 8 year olds, 10U for 9 and 10 year olds and 12U for 11 and 12 year olds. All age groups are $80 with the exception of 6U baseball and it is $70. Family discounts are available. 
    Any questions about registering for baseball please contact John Roche at 765-366-4221,for softball please contact Tonya Ramey at 765-366-8588 or Melissa Cain at 765-366-2364
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:40 PM
    NEW CASTLE – A contingent of 10 Montgomery County wrestlers made the trip east Saturday to the New Castle Semi-State. Four of those grapplers advanced – all from North Montgomery – led by 220-pound semi-state champion Drew Webster. 
    Webster picked up a fall in overtime of his championship match to secure the title and position himself for a top seed at this week’s state finals. Action starts Friday with one match. Those who win Friday advance to Saturday and guarantee themselves a top-eight state placement. 
    Advancing with Webster are Seth Johnson, who makes his second trip to state, along with Josh and Jake Lowe. Johnson was fourth at 106 pounds in 2017. He makes his return at 132 pounds this season. He finished third at New Castle. 
    Each Lowe won his first two matches to secure a ticket to state before stumbling. Jake Lowe was fourth at 160 pounds and Josh Lowe was fourth at 170. 
    Action kicks off Friday at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse with a state placement on the line. 
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  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:40 PM
    VEEDERSBURG – After suffering losses of a combined 53 points in their previous games, the Southmont and Fountain Central boys’ basketball teams looked to bounce back in a non-conference matchup Saturday night. The host Mustangs prevailed, 56-48.
    “Well, we had a pretty good week of practice,” Southmont head coach Jake Turner said of his team’s confidence heading into the game. “I think that we are a capable team. We’re capable of competing with anyone on our schedule when we come to play and do things right. What is stressful for me is I don’t always know which team is going to show up.”
    Southmont looked the part on Saturday as both teams went back and forth throughout the first half, leading to a 20-15 score in favor of Fountain Central at halftime. Justin Howard, the Mounties’ leading scorer this season, had nine of Southmont’s 15 at the half.
    The Mounties opened the third quarter rolling on offense and grabbed their first lead after a Howard three-pointer gave Southmont a 27-24 advantage. After Fountain Central responded with a three, Howard again scored from deep, giving Southmont a 30-27 lead. With the score tied at 35-35 in the closing seconds of the third quarter, Howard continued his scoring outburst, converting a buzzer-beating layup while drawing a foul. Howard’s made free throw to end the quarter gave the Mounties a 38-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
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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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