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Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • Local archers shine at regional
    Tuesday, April 23, 2019 4:00 AM
    A local archery team, the Hilltop Archers, competed at the Indiana Southern Regional at Blackhawk Archery Club in Boonville Saturday. 
    The Hilltop Archers took first place in the Elementary division with 814 points, 25 better than the next team and 29 points ahead of third place. Within the division, in the girls’ open class, Taylor Hudson was first with 184 points. Aubree Dunbar was second in the female fixed pins class with 193 points. Ella Johnson (146 points) and Sophia Johnson (141 points) took ninth and 11th in the class, respectively. Penny Shultz was 14th with 126 points. Piersyn Joyce took eighth in the male fixed pins class. 
    The team also took first in the Middle School division with 988 points. Ava Mershon was first in the female traditional class with a score of 126. In the open classes, Gavin Vance and Nick Erwin were first and second for the boys with 218 and 200 points, respectively. Chase Vance (193) and Logan Vance (184) were seventh and eight while Hayden Jeffries took 10th. For the girls, Linzy Stow was fifth with 193 points and Paige Hudson took eighth with a score of 161. A strong continent of boys took fourth through eighth in the male fixed pins class in the following order: David Uplinger (179), Michael Staley (178), Adam Wayne (175), Dylan Ballenger (165) and Joshua Williams (153). Louis Johnson grabbed first place in the female fixed pins with a score of 180. Chloe Shultz was ninth with 114 points. 
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  • Monday, April 22, 2019 10:05 PM
    NEW MARKET – A pair of big innings were traded between the Southmont and Danville baseball teams Monday night. Danville’s was just a little bigger and proved the difference in the game. Southmont jumped ahead 4-0 after three innings, but it was a 5-run fifth for Danville that put the game out of reach on the way to a 7-6 Sagamore Athletic Conference final.
    Cole Roach recorded a pair of doubles and drove in three runs for the Mounties. Tyeson Bushong, Reese Long, Peyton Wininger and Logan Smith also had hits. Wininger, Smith and Wess Sobolewski tallied RBIs. 
    Southmont (6-5, 3-2 SAC) is at Western Boone tonight for more conference play. 
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  • Sunday, April 21, 2019 7:21 PM
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  • Friday, April 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    Romeo Langford has the former; Carsen Edwards the latter.
    While Langford was not the savior some Indiana basketball fans hoped for during his single season in Bloomington – not even winning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors – he is still listed in the top 15 of many NBA mock drafts.
    Edwards, coming off a record-setting NCAA tournament for Purdue, has cracked the lower part of the first round in those post-tourney mock drafts but is usually mentioned as a scoring spark off the bench for the right team.
    When I was growing up in the 1970s, the NBA wanted proven college players. There were exceptions, notably Moses Malone and Darryl Dawkins who entered the NBA out of high school. Even Larry Bird gave up a chance to enter the NBA a year early to return to Indiana State and lead the Sycamores to the 1979 NCAA championship game against Magic Johnson and Michigan State.
    Johnson gave up his final two years of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft and from then on, it became more common for college basketball’s best players to not complete their four years. Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas, Charles Barkley, etc.
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  • Friday, April 19, 2019 4:00 AM
    GREENWOOD – If Scott Starnes has a tip for us, it’s to never give up on something that’s important to us, no matter how long it takes. Of course, Starnes is a master of tips — arrow tips, that is — and the 51-year-old Montgomery County sharp-shooter recently proved can make the point stick.
    Starnes, competing in the Indiana State Archery Tournament, smashed the world record by posting 590 points out of a possible 600, on his way to winning the Masters Division of the Indiana Indoor 25M State Championships in a shoot held here, March 30.
    “I’ve been chasing it for a long time,” said Starnes, who purchased his first bow approaching his 19th birthday. “That bow I bought for deer hunting. I used to hunt with my Dad, and I was first interested because the bow hunting season was three months long, where the firearms season was only a couple of weeks.
    “My interest in the bow started because I could spend more time in the woods, and more time hunting with my Dad.”
    And that’s where it may have ended had not fate played a role in changing his interest to target shooting. Starnes was an avid recreational volleyball player coming out of high school, and tore his ACL in a weekend tournament at the Crawfordsville armory.
    “I went to see Dr. [Donald] Shelbourne, and he wanted my knee to heel some and get stronger before having surgery. He wanted me to stay on flat ground for three months,” explained Starnes.
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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:18 PM
    Eighteen high school student-athletes from across the Hoosier State will begin next school year as members of the 2019-20 IHSAA Student Advisory Committee (SAC). Nine juniors will join nine seniors beginning their second year with the group which will receive hands-on leadership experience in various areas via several IHSAA-sponsored events as well as serve as a voice to the IHSAA staff.
    Crawfordsville student Abby Bannon was selected for the committee last year and is currently serving as a junior. She will continue to serve during her senior year. Since its formation in 2001-02, Bannon is the first student-athlete from Montgomery County to serve on the Student Advisory Committee.
    Each year, the IHSAA receives nominations from school principals on behalf of student-athletes from IHSAA member schools. From that group of nominations, 20 are selected for interviews by members of the IHSAA Executive Committee and returning members of the SAC. From those interviews, nine incoming juniors are invited to join the group of nine returning seniors.
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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 9:10 PM
    The Crawfordsville baseball team stayed hot with a 12-2 home win over Western Boone Wednesday. 
    Josh Blackburn powered the offense with three hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs. Will Kellerman, Austin Warren and Cale McCarty each had two hits. Carson Scott, Cam Saunders and Jake Decker each hit safely. Kellerman had a big night with three RBIs. Scott, Warren, McCarty and Zach Fitcher each drove in one run. 
    Decker went the distance on the hill. He struck out seven against a lone walk. He worked around seven hits, allowing just the two earned runs. 
    Crawfordsville (9-3, 4-0 SAC) is at home against Frankfort Saturday. 
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  • Wednesday, April 17, 2019 4:00 AM
    If you ever find yourself confronted by a tiger in a Bangledeshi rainforest, the best thing to do is lie on your back, and show him your stomach.
    Experts say that older male tigers will make use of an intimidating pose instead of actual physical aggression. Weaker tigers then signal defeat by lying on their backs, exposing their vulnerable undersides to the champion.
    If you need to know what that ritual looks like, refer no further than back to hole No. 12 during Sunday’s final round of the Masters.
    It was there that the outcome of the 2019 Masters Tournament was cemented, and it was there that a decade of doubt and frustration was washed from Tiger Woods.
    In what pundits are calling one of the greatest comebacks in all sports, Woods, at age 43, claimed his fifth Masters title, and snapped a fourteen year championship drought — his 15th major tournament title, first in eleven years.
    For Woods, whose fall from the pinnacle of achievement and fame began in 2009 in a series of imprudences and debilitating injuries, the victory was tantamount to redemption.
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  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 10:44 PM
    LIZTON – Mountie baseball fans are enjoying a five-game win streak after the boys picked up a road triumph at Tri-West Tuesday, 8-4. The Mounties led throughout, but added four runs in the seventh which proved to be crucial. Tri-West tried to rally with a pair of runs in the seventh, but it was stifled. 
    Logan Smith led the Mounties with three hits. Tyeson Bushon, Reese Long, Cole Roach, Hunter Chadwick, Ashton Pruitt and Cody Laster all had hits. Ryan Stanely drove in a pair of runs. Peyton Wininger, Pruitt and Laster also recorded RBIs. 
    Roach picked up his second win of the season with five and two-third of 1-hit ball. He fanned seven and allowed just one earned run. Stanley closed things out and struck out two. 
    Southmont (6-3, 3-0 Sagamore Athletic Conference) is at home tonight for the rematch. The game was pushed up from Thursday because of the threat of weather. 
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  • Tuesday, April 16, 2019 10:44 PM
    Baseball exploits this summer, like the recent perfect game, bring to mind Oren Edgar "Eddie" Summers. He created a legend on the diamond and a niche in history for Ladoga, his hometown. He was the only known baseball pitcher to successfully pitch in the major leagues with either arm.
    One July day in 1909, Summers was pitching right-handed for the Detroit Tigers. Facing a left-handed pinch-hitter, Summers tossed his glove into the dugout and called for a glove for the right hand. Donning it, he hurled a strike with his left arm.
    Summers was a workhorse with either arm. He lasted 18 scoreless innings against Washington in a game called by darkness July 14. Washington used two pitchers, but Summers went it alone. Summers had noteworthy help. The team in¬cluded the immortal Ty Cobb and Ownie Bush of Indianapolis, later a manager and the man in whose honor Bush Stadium is named.
    Summers pitched 31 consecutive scoreless in¬nings in July 1909, a record that stood for 22 years. He blanked Philadelphia in the last inning, then threw 18 scoreless innings against Washing¬ton. July 22, he held New York runless for nine innings, and July 27 he pitched three innings before Cleveland scored.
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  • Monday, April 15, 2019 10:02 PM
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    ROCKVILLE – A pitchers’ duel came down to the seventh inning in Monday’s softball matchup between Southmont and Parke Heritage. Marissa Craig played the hero Monday with a two-out triple in the top of the seventh, plating Paige Knowling to take the lead and eventually the win. Knowling’s two-out walk started the rally in the 1-0 victory. 
    Knowling made sure of the win with a perfect seventh from the circle, capping a complete game, two-hit shutout. She fanned eight without allowing a walk. 
    The triple capped a four-hit night for Craig. Logan Berrisford, Ryleigh Cable and Bailey Thompson also had hits. 
    Southmont moves to 4-2 on the year and will travel to Tri-West tonight for Sagamore Athletic Conference play. 
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  • Sunday, April 14, 2019 9:32 PM
    The Crawfordsville baseball team faced stiff competition Saturday at the annual Athenian Invitational. The home nine took second. They beat Milwaukee Riverside 10-0 in the tournament opener before falling 4-0 to Lafayette Central Catholic in the title game. The Knights are the No. 1 ranked team in Class 2A while the Athenians are No. 5 in Class 3A. 
    In the opener, Crawfordsville plated a run in the first and three each in the second, fifth and sixth to secure the win. 
    Cam Saunders and Caleb Coons each had two hits in the morning game. Carson Scott, Josh Blackburn and Andrew Martin also had hits. Saunders drove in three runs. Blackburn tallied two RBIs while Coons, Martin and Henry Taylor each had one.
    Saunders worked five innings of 1-hit, shutout ball. He struck out 11 against three walks. Cale McCarty closed things out with a perfect inning. 
    Crawfordsville just mustered three hits against the Knights’ Jacob Benson. Scott, Jake Decker and Austin Warren accounted for the hits. McCarty drew a pair of walks. 
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  • Friday, April 12, 2019 9:45 PM
    NEW MARKET – Southmont capped a perfect week with an 11-0 win over Fountain Central in baseball action Friday. The Mounties won all four games they played this week to bring their record to 5-3. 
    Cody Laster spun a gem for the hosts. He allowed just one hit and struck out two in the run-rule-shortened five inning game. 
    At the dish, Ryan Stanley, Cole Roach, Hunter Chadwick and Peyton Wininger had two hits each. Wininger doubled and he and Chadwick had three RBIs each. Roach drove in two runs while Stanley and Ashton Pruitt tallied an RBI each. Tyeson Bushon and Pruitt added hits. 
    Southmont will travel to Lizton Tuesday in a return to Sagamore Athletic Conference action against Tri-West. The Bruins make the trip to South for the rematch Thursday. 
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  • Friday, April 12, 2019 4:00 AM
    Purdue’s run through the NCAA tournament is one reason why college basketball is must-see TV every March.
    But by coincidence this tournament also showed the worst side of college basketball in prime time during the Sweet 16.
    Auburn. Kentucky. Houston. North Carolina. The field comprising the 2019 Midwest Regional has left a stench on the game in recent years, whether it was fake classes or coaches who have a habit of not following recruiting rules.
    The fact that Auburn’s Bruce Pearl, Kentucky’s John Calipari and Houston’s Kelvin Sampson are working, and thriving today, is shameful. Meanwhile, coaches who have good reputations like Tim Miles at Nebraska, Phil Martelli at Saint Joseph’s (Pa.) and Fran Dunphy at Temple are looking for work because they didn’t win enough.
    While there’s no evidence that Roy Williams knew about the fake classes that kept North Carolina athletes eligible, the mere fact that the Tar Heels got off scot-free two years ago because – to paraphrase the New York Times – the NCAA determined no rules were broken – may be why the FBI and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York are now attempting to police college basketball. 
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  • Thursday, April 11, 2019 10:55 PM
    NEW MARKET – Southmont was looking to do something Thursday evening they haven’t done in recent history, and that’s pull off the season sweep of their County and Sagamore Athletic Conference rival North Montgomery. The Mounties received a great pitching performance, and took advantage of timely hitting, to accomplish that sweep with a 5-0 victory.
    “It’s been a long time since we’ve beat North twice in a season,” said Southmont skipper Brad Wininger. “We knew it wasn’t going to be as easy as Tuesday, but we got the job done.”
    Reese Long started on the bump and went the distance for the Mounties. The junior surrendered just two hits while striking out six and walking five.
    “Reese pitched well tonight and did a great job,” Wininger said. “He was smart and kept them off balance. This may have been his best outing of his career.”
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