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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

  • Lady Mounties stumble
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Southmont girls’ basketball team capped a busy lead-up to Thanksgiving with a 60-30 loss Monday against South Putnam. The Lady Mounties were led by senior Avery Hess (pictured) who tallied 12 points. Lilly Ward added 10 points. Emma Ward, Hailey France, Paige Knowling and Natalie Manion all produced quality minutes from the bench. The girls are now 3-4 heading into Thanksgiving break. 
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  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    North Montgomery and Fountain Central competed in a girls’ only swim meet Saturday. 
    Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay
    1, North Montgomery 'A' (Merica, Megan 18, Fedor, Caitlin 16, Mitchell, Lillia 18, Anderson, Kelsey 14), 2:08.70. 2, North Montgomery 'B' (Mershon, Madelynn 14, Anderson, Brynn 16, Dittmer, Jessica 15, Jackman, Mary 16), 2:17.50. 3, Fountain Central 'A' (Rahm, Nadya 15, Ratcliff, Gretchen 16, Nine, Brookie E 17, Krout, Paityn 15), 2:19.02. 
    Girls 200 Yard Freestyle
    1, Campbell, Sidney, NM, 2:12.82. 2, Fidler, Karli, NM, 2:32.99. 3, Smith, Miki, NM, 2:34.23. 4, Rendon, Caitlin, FC, 2:54.05. 5, Nickle, Lexy, FC, 3:05.97. 
    Girls 200 Yard IM
    1, Mitchell, Lillia, NM, 2:32.11. 2, Ratcliff, Gretchen, FC, 2:48.32. 3, Jackman, Mary, NM, 3:03.65. 4, Krout, Paityn, FC, 3:05.70.
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  •  An image. Home	 | The Paper	 | Subscribe	 | Contact Us	 | Community Events News  ?Sports  ?Columnists  ?Opinion  ?Obituaries  ?E-Edition  ?Weather  ?Challenge IV  ? You are here: home : sports : sports : the-natural-the-municipal-golf-course-part-8   The “Natural” The Municipal Golf Course Part 10
    Monday, November 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    Bill Locker recorded a course record 29 as he finished with five straight birdies when the Muni was still only a nine hole course and Dave Williamson recorded a 29 on the front nine after the course was extended to 18 holes. Steve Staton once toured the front nine in 28 strokes when the course expanded to 18 holes. With the advent of ladies tees and senior tees, it became a little more complicated. At the present time there are five sets of tees. The blues have been basically abandoned and the players play white, gold, green, red and grey. Age requirements also vary with different activities. Bill Locker set the first record on the expanded course with a 64 before Dave Williamson and John Kendricks recorded 63s from the whites which stood for several years until Dave’s son, Lee turned in a 61 from the whites in August of 2001. (Dave reminded me that he and John rolled it over while Lee played it down) That is another reason why it is difficult to compare or establish records. Lee was the Indiana State Amateur Champion and the Indiana State Open Champion that year. He went on to Purdue after high school and became an All-American golfer in 2002. He repeated as the Indiana State Open Champ in 2004 and won the Match Play Championship in 2000. Lee went on to play professionally, but never quite made the big show. He is now a golf pro in Florida. Dave recorded 62s twice in 2001 and 2002. (I was playing with him when he posted one of those 62s).
    Other winners of State honors with Crawfordsville and Montgomery County connections were Bill Diddel who designed the original nine hole course. Diddel is the only golfer to win the Indiana Amateur Championship five times as he won in 1905, 1906, 1907, 1910, and 1912. Jack Hesler won the Indiana Amateur in 1961 and Ron Royer won it in 1969. Both played golf for Crawfordsville High School. 
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  • Monday, November 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    MARSHALL – North Montgomery’s wrestling team opened the season about as well as a team can. The Charger matmen traveled to the Turkey Run Invitational Saturday and posted five wins and had 17 wrestlers go undefeated.
    “I thought we competed well,” Charger wrestling coach Maurice Swain said. “This is the first time every kid we had compete finish the day undefeated at this tournament. We had some new guys and this was their first time in a varsity lineup and they competed well.”
    The Chargers defeated Rockville 78-0, North Vermillion 76-6, the host Turkey Run Warriors 78-0, South Vermillion 72-0 and Western Boone 78-6.
    Next up for the now 5-0 Chargers is a Nov. 30 meet at Sagamore Athletic Conference foe Danville.
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  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    DOVER – North Montgomery doubled the offensive output in two of the four quarters, and nearly did so in a third to easily outdistance Crawfordsville 50-23 in the first round of the 2017 Sugar Creek Classic at Western Boone, Friday night. The annual tournament is sponsored by The Paper of Montgomery County, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville and Franciscan Physician Net-work.
    The Lady Chargers (3-1) were able to move the ball efficiently in the half court, and were re-warded with 21 trips to the free throw line. Conversely, Crawfordsville (2-3) failed to consistent-ly get themselves into a position to score.
    “We did a good job of putting the ball in the hoop, tonight,” said North Montgomery head coach Ryan Nuppnau. “I like the way we were able to spread the ball out. That gave us nice balanced scoring. We have some ladies that can score on this team.”
    Even though the Lady Chargers finished the night with more turnovers than Crawfordsville (25-20), North Montgomery took greater advantage of their extra opportunities, often finding easy shots waiting for them near the bucket. Crawfordsville excelled at forcing errors, but could never position themselves for a good shot.
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  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    DOVER – Southmont had the dubious task of trying to knock off 8-time defending champion Western Boone in Game Two of the Sugar Creek Classic Friday evening. The Mounties fought hard, only trailing by five halfway through the third, but scored only six the remainder of the game, as the Stars advanced to tomorrow’s championship with a 48-26 victory. The annual tournament is sponsored by The Paper of Montgomery County, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville and Franciscan Physician Network.
    Southmont led twice in the first quarter at 1-0 and again at 5-4 on a rebound basket by Lilly Ward, but the Stars went on a 10-0 run over the next 4:45 to take a 14-5 lead.
    They’d extend their lead to 23-7 before back-to-back baskets by Liz Link and Claire Remley cut the deficit to 12 at the half.
    “I thought the first half wasn’t our best 16-minutes,” said Mountie head coach Dustin Oakley. “However, we did a nice job on Maddie Jones, and held (Kara) Brewer in check.”
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  • Friday, November 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    It’s about to become the most wonderful time of the year. No, not because next week is Thanksgiving, and we’re only 37 days away from Christmas. It’s because this weekend is the girls Sugar Creek Classic, and next week marks the beginning of boys’ basketball season in the state of Indiana.
    Can one of the three Montgomery County schools knock off eight-time defending Sugar Creek Classic champion Western Boone this weekend? The Stars are led by junior Madison Jones, who may be the best player in the Sagamore Athletic Conference, and will look to continue their dominance. Western Boone has won every classic except for one, and that’s when Crawfordsville captured the title back in 2008.
    The Mounties will get the first opportunity to dethrone the Stars, while the Chargers and Athenians will square off in game one at Western Boone.
    Yesterday was the first time each of the county boys’ teams took the hardwood this season for scrimmages. North Montgomery travelled to Russiaville to take on Western. Southmont made the trip to Clayton to battle Cascade, and Crawfordsville makes their annual pilgrimage to Covington to battle the Trojans.
    The Chargers, under the direction of second year head coach Eric Danforth will look to improve on last year’s 8-15 season. They lost in the first round of sectional to Lebanon 55-44.
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  • Friday, November 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    By the time you read this, I will be safely nestled somewhere under an oak tree, waiting, watching and hoping. Perhaps, if the red gods have smiled, I might have already delivered a trophy to the taxidermist as the newsprint smears under your fingertips.
    Either way, I will certainly be far more relaxed than during the moments around the time this column was actually written. While trying to whip out my usual 800 words of deceit and sheer nonsense, I was unbearably distracted by a far more significant deadline looming: the opening day of the deer firearms season, less than 48 hours away.
    It’s not that I dread the opening day. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Both regular readers know that I consider the first weekend of the gun season something akin to Christmas and July 4th combined, only far more special. Unfortunately, with everything else going on throughout the year, I just can’t seem to get things organized in the 50 weeks preceding the High Holy Day.
    Looking back over the approximate 30 seasons I have been pursuing the wily whitetail it seems that my gun and gear were ready beforehand only twice. This is sad when you consider the only reason was that I never bothered to put things away after last year. Regardless, at least things were in order when hunting season arrived, unlike the usual situation.
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  • SUGAR CREEK CLASSIC: CHS, NM kick things off
    Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    DOVER – Crawfordsville and North Montgomery will square off in game one of Friday’s Sugar Creek Classic sponsored by The Paper of Montgomery County, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville and Franciscan Physician Network. The Athenians will look to claim their first Classic crown since 2008, while the Chargers will look to claim their first.
    “Winning the tournament would be validating, and it would give us a ton of confidence for the remainder of the season,” said Athenian head coach Tony Bean. “We are still at the point that we are just trying to figure out how to ‘compete’ consistently. Winning the SCC will take just that, consistently competing and fighting for two games, every possession. If we can do that, it would be awesome for our program.”
    “Winning our first SCC crown would be a huge confidence booster to our team, and the program,” said Charger head coach Ryan Nuppnau. “Also, it would reassure that we are doing things the right way.”
    North Montgomery, who last competed in the championship game back in 2011, enters at 2-1 on the season with wins over Turkey Run and Indianapolis Park Tudor. Their lone loss came to Attica on Monday. The Chargers average 38 points per game while surrendering 37.
    “We know that we are well rounded, and any girl who steps on the court can put the ball in the basket,” Nuppnau said. “I’d like to see us get over the hump of competing against better teams and not go in with a doubtful attitude. We’ll have to take care of what we can control. Also, we need to eliminate unforced errors, which takes away opportunities to score.” 
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  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Let’s face it. The 2017 DePauw University v Wabash College football game again proved its case as the most thrilling small college showcase in the country. Wabash won 22-21 at Greencastle, and the Monon Bell, which was nearly truck bed booty in a foiled filching by Wabash loyalists in October, road the twenty-eight miles back to Crawfordsville on the victors’ shoulders, as the ark of the coveted.
    The game is always a mixture of grit and golly-gees.
    Here’s evidence. We had a touchdown scored by an offensive guard. We had two fake field goals — on consecutive fourth downs, on the same drive. Let’s see, we had a 52-yard intercep-tion return for a touchdown that appeared to clinch the victory. Then we had a fumble on a punt return by the most sure-handed player on the field. Then came the setup touchdown. Then the winning two-point conversion. (Or was it?)
    Need more? Trailing by a point, the quarterback leaves the game with an injury, only to have the wide receiver guide the team down the field, only to have him fumble at the goal line. Only to have the ball recovered in the end zone to preserve the victory. Only to run out the clock, barely.
    No, the game itself wasn’t particularly a thing of beauty, but it never is, unless your eye candy color is black. But what isn’t soothing to the eyes is defibrillating to the heart. If you didn’t see it, there is a replay out there somewhere. Watch it.
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  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    DOVER – Western Boone will look to continue its dominance of the girls Sugar Creek Classic, while Southmont will look to start a new tradition when each team squares off in game two Friday night at Western Boone. The annual tournament is sponsored by The Paper of Montgomery County, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville and Franciscan Physician Network. 
    The Lady Stars, who are under the tutelage of first year head coach Megan Alexander, have captured every Classic crown except one. They’ve ran off eight straight, and have a great opportunity to win it again this year.
    “To win it again would give our program a huge dose of confidence,” said Alexander. “Our season schedule is extremely tough, and our conference is extremely competitive. This tournament is always a preseason goal.”
    The Mounties, who lost by 15 to Western Boone in last year’s finale, will look to claim their first crown and start a winning tradition of their own.
    “For our staff, it would mean everything to see our program/players take that next step and get an SCC title,” said Mountie head coach Dustin Oakley. “Our program is headed in the right direction, and we owe it all to the commitment of our players in the offseason and through this past summer. The players are the ones changing the culture.”
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  • Tiger Cubs cage Mounties
    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – Southmont entered its game Tuesday evening against Greencastle looking to build momentum for this weekend’s Sugar Creek Classic, sponsored by The Paper of Montgomery County, Franciscan Health Crawfordsville and Franciscan Physician Network. However, turnovers, and the Tiger Cub’s ability to hit free throws in the second half, allowed them to pull away for the 53-38 victory.
    The Lady Mounties committed 28 turnovers and 22 fouls on the night allowing Greencastle to score 38 second-half points, including 19-of-21 from the foul line during that span.
    “They knew what we were trying to do, (which was get them to play a faster pace than they wanted too), and they had better ball movement in the second half,” said Southmont head coach Dustin Oakley. “It also helped that they hit their first two 3-pointers, which was a big confidence booster for them.”
    Southmont forced the Tiger Cubs into eight first-half turnovers, much of it from their full court press, and led 17-15 at the break.
    A Liz Link jumper knotted the game at 21 halfway through the third. However, Greencastle would go on a 10-0 run over the next six minutes, thanks in part to Lilly Ward picking up her third and fourth fouls in that span.
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  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    North Montgomery’s girls’ swimming team tied with Danville and defeated Greencastle to kick off the season Tuesday night. The Chargers and Warriors tied with 124 points. 
    The Chargers grabbed two relay wins, taking the 200-yard medley relay in 2:09.72 and the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:54.12. 
    Megan Merica was a double winner. The senior took first in the 200 free with a time of 2:14.71 and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:12.22. Lillia Mitchell matched that effort, taking first in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:17.75 and the 100-yard butterfly in 1:06.41. Abi Shillings won the diving event with a score of 118.25. 
    The girls are back in action at home Saturday against Fountain Central. The boys will join as the full team kicks the season off Nov. 21 at Western Boone. 
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  • Mounties fall in first swim meet of year
    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Southmont girls’ swim team got the season started with a home meet against McCutcheon Tuesday. The girls were defeated 109-76. 
    Jane Scheidler and Emma Tyler each had a pair of wins for the Lady Mounties. Scheidler won the 50-yard freestyle in 26.12 seconds and the 100-butterfly in 1:10.07. Tyler took first in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:40.86 and the 200 IM in a time of 2:24.32.
    The Mavs swept the relays. Kelsey Dugger took second in the 50-free. The Mounties got a second from Megan Scheidler in the 500-yard freestyle, Cassidy Bowlin in the 100 free and Suzi Pedro in the 200 free. 
    This is the only girls-only meet for the Mounties. The full team will kick off action Nov. 21 at Tri-West for its first look at Sagamore Athletic Conference action.
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  • Sugar Creek Classic Draw
    Tuesday, November 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Sugar Creek Classic is Friday and Saturday at Western Boone.
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