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Tuesday, October 16, 2018
  • History of New Market Basketball Part 5
    Monday, October 15, 2018 4:00 AM
    As I looked at the picture of the three young men and then at the teams that they played on, I was reminded of the story about one of those players who went on to become the only Montgomery County basketball player to play in the NBA. Earl Barton (Red) Gardner, Jr., not only played a season in the NBA, he played on a championship team with Lakers legends George Mikan and Jim Pollard. Herm Schaefer, an Indiana University graduate was also a member of the Minneapolis Lakers of 1948-49; The Minneapolis Lakers were the first NBA dynasty and became the Los Angeles Lakers of today.
    More on Red next week!
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  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:50 PM
    NEW MARKET – After beating county rival Crawfordsville in straight sets in the sectional semifinal match, 25-11, 25-17, 25-13, the Southmont girls’ volleyball team looked to win their first sectional title since 1993 on Saturday night. Greencastle, who was defeated by Southmont 3-1 in regular season play, entered Saturday winners of nine matches in a row. They left Saturday’s match winners of 10 in a row, capturing the Sectional 25 championship at Southmont over the Mounties in four sets, 17-25, 25-11, 25-12, 25-20.
    The first set went back and forth between both teams before serving from sophomores Natalie Manion and Kaley Remley, as well as from senior Macy Wells, sent Southmont on a 10-3 run to grab an 18-10 lead. The Lady Mounties were able to keep Greencastle from mounting a comeback and won the first set 25-17.
    In the second set, Greencastle responded, opening up a quick 12-4 lead. “I think we kind of just fell apart,” Southmont head coach Lauran Nichols said. Greencastle then closed out the second set on a 10-2 run, winning the set 25-12, and evening the score of the match 1-1. 
    “I don’t think we let them get comfortable but we just started making a lot of errors and made it a lot easier for them,” Nichols said. “I think we started to lose it mentally, and it’s hard to come back from that.”
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  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 10:49 PM
    INDIANAPOLIS —With two trips to the IHSAA Girls Soccer Regionals in two years, Southmont’s Lady Mounties were looking for a second chance to advance. Instead, Southmont lined up against Covenant Christian for a second time, and the Warriors were again too much for the Mounties, prevailing 5-1.
    Saturday’s regional rerun at Heritage Christian High School played out much like last year — a match won by the Warriors, 5-2. Like a year ago, Class A No. 8 ranked Covenant Christian found net repeatedly in a short span of time.
    Junior midfielder Alexandra David found herself in space at 34:31 of the first half, and drove home the game’s first goal, beating Mounties freshman keeper Isabelle Miller. Precisely one minute later, the Warriors were in control 2-0 when Lizzy Midla scored on a touch pass from David at 33:31.
    By the thirteen minute mark, David had her second goal, and the Warriors enjoyed a 4-0 lead.
    “It’s hard when they stack on two or three goals — especially for our confidence,” observed Mounties head coach Madison Burton. “We did play a much better second half. It would have been fun to get a crack at them with two halves put together.”
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  • Friday, October 12, 2018 11:32 PM
    LIZTON – Southmont clashed with Tri-West Friday night in their regular season finale. The Mounties dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball but big plays through the air led the Bruins to score three of the last four touchdowns and secure the victory 28-14.
    “The kids played hard all night, the effort was there from kick-off to the last horn,” said Mountie head coach Desson Hannum, “But allowing big plays defensively has been our achilles heel and that rang true tonight.”
    Tri-West showed off their big play potential early, scoring in their opening possession on a 67 yard connection from Luke Robertson to Brayden VanSlyke. 
    Southmont evened the score just a few minutes later after staging a methodical 7 play, 53 yard drive that resulted in Cameron Giles 1 yard touchdown dive. The Bruins added another big play touchdown before the halftime break to go up 14-7.
    “We were able to move the ball well offensively and mix in some timely passes when we needed them,” said Hannum. “We were in a good place at halftime.”
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  •  CHS emerges victorious
    Friday, October 12, 2018 11:31 PM
    FRANKFORT – Crawfordsville’s defense forced six Frankfort (0-9, 0-7 SAC) turnovers, including a defensive touchdown, while the offense scored on six of their seven possessions. That total domination paved the way for the Athenians first win of the season, and their first since September 16, 2016, as they roasted the Hot Dogs 50-8 on their senior night.
    “Start to finish this was our best game of the season,” said a proud Crawfordsville head coach Sean Gerold afterward. “We told them last week that you’re going to be celebrating your first victory in one week. The guys believed, they worked hard in practice, and this is a huge win for our program moving forward.”
    Cale McCarty, starting his third game at quarterback, was impressive. He had touchdown runs of 5, 11, 2 and 32-yards on the night. However, his biggest touchdown may have been on the defensive side of the ball, as he stripped the Frankfort ball carrier and returned it 20-yards for the Athenians first defensive score of the season.
    “Cale was awesome tonight. He was running through guys,” Gerold said of the junior. “We have full faith in him at the quarterback position. He played 10-games there last year.”
    Crawfordsville led 22-0 at the half, before a problem with the lights caused the North end of the field to be dark. So, the teams improvised meaning once they crossed the 50, they had to flip the field and run into the South endzone.
    “That was the weirdest half of football I’ve ever seen,” Gerold said. “Give our guys credit, they kept the momentum and didn’t let up, even with the change of play.”
    The Athenians kept the momentum scoring 21 third quarter points. Cam Saunders hit Anthony Gonzalez from 13-yards out to start the scoring, and McCarty’s defensive touchdown and 32-yard run completed it. Crawfordsville’s final touchdown came on a 92-yard scamper by freshman Kaigen Fields in the fourth.
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  • Friday, October 12, 2018 11:31 PM
    DANVILLE – North Montgomery jumped out to a two touchdown lead in the first quarter, and bookended twenty-two more points in the fourth stanza, Friday night here. However, the offensive outburst was still not enough to subdue Danville.
    The Warriors captured the regular season and Sagamore Athletic Conference finale, 43-36, in front of a sparse Senior Night crowd thinned by cold, wet conditions.
    North Montgomery (3-6, SAC 2-5) marched authoritatively to their first touchdown. The Chargers mounted an eight play, 67 yard drive, capped off with a Jaron Bradford one yard plunge, all made possible by Kade Kobel’s tackle breaking 41 yard gallop.
    Just as quickly, a commanding Chargers’ defense forced the hosts to punt on their first series, handing the ball back to the offense for their second scoring drive. Bradford found Kobel from three yards on fourth down, after overcoming two illegal motion penalties in the red zone.
    However, the lead failed to hold, and the Warriors returned to tie the score by halftime.
    “Unfortunately, we had some errors on defense that we need to get fixed. That cost us, tonight,” said head coach Jost Thompson, who recognized the team’s largest scoring output of the season failed to bring a victory. “Offensively we scored 36 points. I’m happy for the offense. I thought there were things that our offense did really well.”
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  • Mounties spoil Bubbles perfection, but he’s happy to be wrong
    Friday, October 12, 2018 4:00 AM
    Hello Sports Fans.
    Good on you, Mounties! Ol’ Bubbles was going to have another perfect week but y’all went and ruined it with a great 35-21 victory over Lebanon! Hey, I’m happy to eat a loss anytime for a county win like that! Good job!
    So I finished 3-1 and once again made some impressive predictions. I said WeBo would beat Dannyville 42-13. It was 46-6. I said North would hold Frankfort to seven. The Chargers held them to six. I said CHS would score 12. They scored 13. Just another near-perfect week. What can I say?
    If I pull off a perfect week this time around though, that’ll be saying something. All four Sagamore tilts are about as even as they get and this one’ll be closer than Al Unser Jr.’s 1992 Indy 500 win over Scott Goodyear.
    South at Tri-West
    Let’s lead off with the most important game in the county. South has a shot to finish as high as second in the SAC or as low as fifth. If the Mounties win and if WeBo knocks off Lebanon, the Mounties finish 5-2 in the SAC, the same record as Lebtucky. But since the Mounties knocked off the Tiggers, they are second. A loss though leaves the Mounties and Bruins at 4-3 with the head-to-head going to TW. Dannyville finishes with either a 4-3 or 5-2 record but either way would be ahead of South because of the previous victory over the Mounties.
    So it’s go big or go down for South.
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  • Thursday, October 11, 2018 10:58 PM
    NEW MARKET – All eyes were on the final volleyball sectional match of the day between county rivals Southmont and North Montgomery, who was beaten by the Mounties earlier this season 3-1. After back and forth action for most of the match, the Lady Mounties held on at home to defeat the Chargers in straight sets, 25-22, 30-28, 25-10. 
    “This is the first sectional game we have won in a long time,” said Southmont head coach Lauran Nichols. “Since I’ve been here, it’s always been one and done. So I think that this is a huge thing for us, our girls, and our program to be able to come into the sectional, win a big match, and move on.”
    In the first set, neither team could separate or gain a large lead. Both teams tied the score eight times throughout the first set, including a 22-22 tie, before the Mounties scored three straight points to take a 1-0 set lead. Mountie sophomore Kaley Remley began serving for the Mounties in the second set, opening up a 7-0 lead for the team and forcing a Charger timeout. The Mounties increased their lead to 13-3 before North Montgomery began to slowly chip away. Facing a 20-13 deficit, North Montgomery senior Mary Jackman began to serve for the Chargers, who then scored 10 unanswered points to take a 22-20 lead. Each team fought for points back and forth before Southmont eventually closed out the high-scoring set 30-28.
    “They just had the ball roll their way,” North Montgomery head coach Jodi Webster said. “They got the momentum and this is a game of momentum. They got it and just rolled with it.”
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  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 8:53 PM
    Crawfordsville (0-8) at Frankfort (0-8)
    GAME TIME: 7 pm ET, The Yard.
    COACHES: Sean Gerold, 6-42 in 5th year at Crawfordsville. James Byers, 0-8 in 1st year at Frankfort, 3-25 in 3rd year overall.
    SAGARIN RATINGS: Crawfordsville, 17.69, 267th overall, 52nd in 3A. Frankfort, 4.83, 296th overall, 60th in 4A.
    LAST OUTING: Crawfordsville lost to Tri-West, 56-13. Frankfort lost to North Montgomery, 55-6.
    VS. COMMON FOES: Crawfordsville 0-6; Frankfort 0-6.
    OPPONENTS' RECORDS: Crawfordsville 37-27. Frankfort 36-28.
    SERIES LAST 30 YEARS: Frankfort, 25-9.
    LAST MEETING: Frankfort, 26-20, Oct. 13, 2017.
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  • Back-to-back
    Monday, October 8, 2018 9:16 PM
    The Southmont girls soccer team secured back-to-back sectional championship with a win over North Putnam Saturday, 4-0. The girls won the title on their home turf. Lexie Odum netted three goals in the win for Southmont. Jordan Stanley scored another, assisted by Odum. Isabelle Milller backed a dominant defensive performance with two saves. Southmont will play Covenant Christian at noon on Saturday at Heritage Christian. The winner will advance to Saturday’s championship game at 7 p.m. against either Union County or Park Tudor. 
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  • Athenians fall on senior night
    Friday, October 5, 2018 11:51 PM
    Crawfordsville entered senior night against visiting Tri-West looking to pick up their first win of the season against the perennial Sagamore Athletic Conference power Bruins. The Athenians used big plays in the first half to keep the game close, but it was Tri-West, which scored on seven straight offensive possessions to pull away for the 56-13 win in the end.
    Trailing 7-0, the Athenians struck for their first big score with 4:02 remaining in the first quarter. Facing a 3rd and 27 at their own 10, Cale McCarty rolled out and found a streaking Anthony Gonzalez for the 90-yard catch and run to knot the score at 7.
    “Cale made a nice play. He got outside the pocket and Gonzo went up for the ball and outran the guy,” said Athenian head coach Sean Gerold. “We needed to sustain that, and I felt like we did for much of the first half.”
    The same combination struck again with 2:29 remaining in the opening half as Gonzalez outmuscled a Bruin defender, this time for a 47-yard strike, to make it 21-13 Bruins.
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  • Friday, October 5, 2018 11:51 PM
    Behind domination of the line of scrimmage all night, Southmont got huge late-season momentum with an exclamatory 35-21 victory over Lebanon Friday. 
    While the offensive and defensive lines powered the performance, the highlight of the night came from the secondary. With Lebanon pinned deep on its first drive of the second half, Southmont senior Tyeson Bushong picked off Lebanon’s throw and nearly returned it for a score. A block in the back took the ball back to the Tiger 18, but Southmont senior quarterback Hunter Chadwick punched in a 4-yard run four plays later to extend Southmont’s lead to 28-14 with less than six minutes to go in the third. 
    Lebanon answered, but Southmont ran nearly seven minutes off the clock in the fourth quarter before Chadwick found Cameron Giles from eight yards out for the dagger with 5:04 left in the game. Lebanon drove to the Mountie 31 on the ensuing drive, but the Mountie defense held. Two first downs later the home boys took to victory formation to run out the clock on Senior Night. 
    “We really stepped up and played well. I’m extremely proud of our effort up front,” Southmont head coach Desson Hannum said. “Getting those stops early in the game and the confidence that comes with that helped our defense settle in. Once we got a lead it put a lot of pressure on (Lebanon). They threw the ball a lot more than we expected this evening.”
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  • Friday, October 5, 2018 11:50 PM
    LINDEN – North Montgomery’s Bryce Claycomb and Kade Kobel combined for six touchdowns Friday night to help the Chargers dismantle Frankfort 55-6 at home on senior night.
    “We worked hard this week in practice and it showed tonight,” said Charger head coach Josh Thompson, “It was important for us to get off on the right foot and control the game early. I thought the kids executed our gameplan well from the start.”
    North Montgomery (3-5, 2-4 SAC) jumped ahead early after blocking a Hot Dog punt and recovering the ball on Frankfort’s six yard line. Claycomb dove over his offensive linemen just two plays later, giving the Chargers the early 8-0 lead.
    He scored again three minutes later on a 42 yard connection from junior Jaron Bradford to make it 14-0, and he added his third score later in the third quarter.
    North Montgomery never looked back in the rout as the Chargers ran out of the locker room at halftime up 34-6.
    “We told the kids before the game that we couldn’t let up, we had to stay on them,” said Thompson, “They did a good job with that too. We played well all game.”
    Kobel added his third touchdown early in the third quarter on a 17 yard fade route to the back of the endzone. He ended the night with six receptions for 131 yards while adding 30 additional yards on four carries. 
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  • Boy-o-boy Bubbles  is rolling
    Friday, October 5, 2018 4:00 AM
    Hello Sports Fans.
    OK, admit it. Do y’all get bored with my perfection? I mean, jeez, here we are just hours before the games and I’m taking all the suspense out of it. Another (ho-hum) perfect week. I mean, c’mon. I told you the CHS-Lebanon game would be 49-12. It was 40-13. I told you that Dannyville would beat the Frankfurters by 56 – which was the exact final margin. Hey, I wish I could tell you it was hard work being this good . . . but for ol’ Bubbles, it’s just another perfect day in the office.
    OK, OK, I admit the whole season hasn’t been perfect. But after a perfect 4-0 last week, in the last five weeks I’m 17-3.
    So, without further ado, let’s move forward to another week of perfection.
    Tri-West at Crawfordsville
    The good news for the boys of Athens is that Tri-Harder isn’t the state power it once was. The bad news for the boys of Athens is that Tri-High is looking at a win tonight and another next week to avoid a second losing season in a row. For a school that’s gotten pretty used to winning the last six or seven years, finishing the season on a strong note and heading into a sectional that isn’t exactly loaded is the way to fix what ails you.
    How can the Athenians fix what ails them? That right there is the $11 question.
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  • OUT IN THE OPEN- Surplus Memories
    Friday, October 5, 2018 4:00 AM
    Today I was perusing a nearby “Outdoor” store. I use parenthesis around the word Outdoor, as most of these stores are nowadays quite unrecognizable as such. Entering to purchase fishing gear, I was momentarily disoriented by a wrong turn into the cappuccino bar and while fleeing, turned left instead of right and wound up in the skateboarding section. I didn’t immediately grasp that the area was so dedicated since all the clothing appeared to be military surplus.
    I decided to check out the duds before leaving and stopped to look at a price tag. It became immediately apparent that all the “old” clothes were in fact designer-labeled skateboarding apparel that cost more than my first two boats. That was just for a pair of camouflage pants.
    As the salesman came up and greeted me with a highly trained “S’up Dude?” I fled from the area lest he think that I was some kind of weird 55-year-old man looking to purchase a mid-life crisis. I am, but I didn’t want him to know it.
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