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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    CLAYTON – Sydney Casteel’s towering first inning 2-run homer to right centerfield jumpstarted Southmont, and the game-winner held up behind Paige Knowling’s seven inning, five hit pearl. The Lady Mounties advance to the second round of the state tournament with a 3-1 conquest of Cloverdale at the Cascade softball complex, Tuesday.
    It was Casteel’s fourth round-tripper of the season, and came at a great time to fire up her teammates in the opener.
    “That was a ‘catalyst hit’. That’s what we really needed to get this game going, and to get on top of them, and then keep the momentum,” said Southmont skipper Jennifer Watson.
    When the Southmont dugout emptied to surround home plate to celebrate first, Paige Knowling — who jolted Clo-verdale with an opening double — and then Casteel, you could almost sense some vigor escape from the Lady Clo-vers.
    “What I really like is our intensity. How we wanted to win this game,” said Watson. “Cloverdale is a really good ball club with a good record. We came with the intensity that we needed.” 
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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    LIZTON - Western Boone picked up some key hits, and capitalized on a few Athenian errors, while the Athenians could only muster one hit off Star pitcher, Olivia Hole, as they saw their softball season end with a 5-0 loss.
    “We thought we could score off them,” said Athenian head coach Britney Carpenter. “We didn’t think that would be an issue.”
    “We just needed to play solid defense and make plays, and we did turn that around,” she continued. “However, we did make some errors in key situations, but we did play much better defense than the first two times we saw them.”
    Hole kept the Athenians off balance all night. Although she only struck out two, both in the first inning, Crawfordsville only managed to hit five balls out of the infield dirt. It wasn’t until two outs in the sixth when Lauren Kellerman beat out a ball to the shortstop for their only hit.
    “We just couldn’t get the hits,” Carpenter said of her team’s offense. “We hit some balls right on the money, but they made the plays.”
    Hole helped herself in the third driving in two runs with a double past the outstretched arm of Kellerman and scored on Shelby Medley’s single to give the Stars a 3-0 lead.
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  • Chargers head to regional finals
    Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    North Montgomery defeated Northview in the first round match of the girl’s tennis regional at Crawfordsville High School Tuesday. The Chargers won the match 4-1 to advance to the regional finals. Crawfordsville’s Sarah Chalmers was also competing as an individual, but was unable to defeat her opponent from Seeger and eventually fell 2-6, 3-6.
    The Chargers had multiple close matches while facing off against Northview. The team’s number two and three singles players, Mary Jackman and Sydney Utterback, were both able to clutch out wins after losing the first set. Jackman won her match 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 and her teammate Utterback had a similar, but slightly closer match that she was able to win 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. North’s doubles teams scored the final two points to give them this match win. The number one duo of Scout Groves and Jennifer Guard easily won their match 6-0, 6-0. The number two doubles team of Megan Merica and Lexi Thomas had a little bit tougher time as they won the first set 7-6 (3) and the second in a close 6-4. 
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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Hello world!
    It’s a strange time in the sports world. 
    The postseason. 
    Now it may not be that strange for most. It’s not hard to determine the fate of most teams. The North Montgomery softball team, for all the things good about it, never had a prayer Monday against Lebanon. It just didn’t. Now before you sharpen your pitchforks, it’s OK that the girls were overmatched. That’s just the reality of the situation and despite a lot of what you see going around these day, it’s OK to accept reality. 
    But that doesn’t explain why it’s a strange time – or why what seems like reality isn’t always the norm around these parts. You see, for me the sectional has never really made sense. When I was a sophomore in high school we won the first baseball sectional in school history for Woodlan. Made it two-in-a-row as juniors. Those weren’t supposed to happen. Senior year, we were a lock for the sectional. I debated with my mom why the merits of playing in the school’s first semistate far outweighed the merits of the graduation ceremony. I almost had her convinced – I think – until that pesky sectional that we didn’t win as seniors. 
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  • Guard takes down Sagamore
    Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    DARLINGTON – Rain Saturday pushed the Sagamore Athletic Conference golf meet back to Monday and shortened action to nine holes. That worked to the benefit of Crawfordsville and senior Athenian Devin Guard. Crawfordsville shot a 166 to take second as a team and Guard was the conference champion with a 35. Lebanon won the meet with a team score of 161. 
    Southmont senior Charlie Bullerdick finished just behind Guard with a 36. North No. 1 Bob Ryker was fifth overall with a 40. 
    The Chargers will return to action tonight for a triangle meet and play again Wednesday before the local teams meet Thursday at the Crawfordsville Country Club for the Montgomery County Meet. 
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  • Tigers feast on young Chargers
    Monday, May 22, 2017 11:15 PM
    LIZTON – When you win five times all year, and you enter Sectional play matched up against a team that beat you twice in the regular season by no fewer than ten runs each time, maybe it makes you queasy. When you couldn’t win a conference game all year, and your Sectional opponent is the reigning champ, maybe it spoils your appetite entirely. When that team is the defending State champion, and currently ranked No. 3 statewide, maybe it makes you downright nauseous.
    Maybe if you are Chargers head coach Jessie June all that makes your team hungry to get better.
    No. 3 ranked 3A Lebanon (19-4, SAC 13-1) dined frequently on North Montgomery (5-18, SAC 0-14) pitching, and walked away from the Sectional 25 first round game with a satisfying 15-2 victory, here Monday, in a run-shortened contest.
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  • Athenians cap perfect SAC year
    Monday, May 22, 2017 11:13 PM
    FRANKFORT – The Crawfordsville baseball team put a bow on the regular season with a 9-1 win over Frankfort Monday. The game started Saturday, but less than an inning was finished before rain washed it out. With the victory, Crawfordsville finished 23-4 in the regular season and a perfect 14-0 in the Sagamore Athletic Conference. 
    The Athenians got a little offense and benefited from five Hot Dog errors in the game. Crawfordsville managed its nine runs on just four hits and three walks. Will Kellerman had two of those hits, going with Josh Blackburn and Payten Abney to complete the scorecard. 
    Chase Dowell and Blackburn each scored twice. Abney drove in a pair of runs. 
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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    For the girls’ track teams of Montgomery County, this is the final leg of this season. Tonight all three county schools will be competing in sectional meets. Crawfordsville and North Montgomery will compete in sectional 13 at Harrison High School at 5:30 p.m. The competition will be tough with the following teams rounding out the field: Clinton Central, Clinton Prairie, Faith Christian, Frankfort, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Central Catholic, Lafayette Jefferson, McCutcheon, Rossville, West Lafayette.
    Crawfordsville head coach Sean Gerold saw opportunities for his athletes.
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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – Lebanon’s Abigail McPherson was masterful Monday as she limited Southmont to a pair of hits and led her Tigers to a 10-0 win over the Mounties. 
    Southmont’s lone hits were from Avery Jordan Crist. Lebanon jumped ahead early with two runs in the first and another in the second. South kept the visitors off the board in the third, but the offense returned with four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth, capping the 10-run rule to end the contest in five innings. 
    Southmont (14-6, 8-4 SAC) makes the trip to Lebanon tonight to look for revenge. 
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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – The Southmont bats came alive Monday in a 10-5 baseball win over Lebanon. The Mounties pounded out 10 hits and jumped out to an 8-0 lead after three in the win. 
    Ryan Stanley, Austin Manion and Cole Roach each had a pair of singles. Boone Welliever, Cole Wemer and Brandon Rogers added singles and Risty Bullerdick blasted an RBI-double for Southmont. Stanley and Roach had two ribbies each. Bullerdick, Cam Chadd, Stanley and Manion each scored twice. 
    Wemer got the start and the win, striking out six and allowing just three hits in four innings. Roach worked the last three innings to close the door on any comeback discussion.
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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Editor’s note: This is second of a 6-part series on Crawfordsville High School’s 1958 basketball season. The series will be published each day this week, culminating in Saturday’s edition of The Paper of Montgomery County. 
    By Nelson Hultberg
    But amidst our lives of Rockwellian serenity there was juxtaposed the "exhilarating madness" of basketball. It gave our lives a dimension that no other game or endeavor could match. The members of a high school basketball team were the school's gods. They fought in battle every week in sporting cathedrals with hysterical fans sitting right up to the rafters. If these gods were good enough, they made it into the state basketball championship tournament by winning their Sectional division, which was the goal of every high school that dotted the fertile plains of Hoosierland and every boy that ever shot hoops against a local barn (of which there were tens of thousands in Indiana). Winning one's Sectional was what the game in Indiana was all about. This put one's school into a fabled run for glory that came to them if they were able to make it to Indianapolis and the IHSAA State Basketball Championships – the final four – in late March. 
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  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Last week at the county track meet North continued its domination by winning both the boys and girls meet. This makes four years in a row for boys and three consecutive years for girls.
    I often hear funny things while I’m shooting photos of sports. Last week I was taking photos of North’s Jeffrey Miller in the high jump. He was advancing through the heights on his way to a county championship. I had turned to the track to watch a race, so I’m not sure which Crawfordsville boy to credit with his funny quote. Southmon coach Marvin Walters was running the pole vault competition when he yelled to Miller what are your standards. Meaning where to set the distance for the pole vault. Without missing a beat, a Crawfordsville athlete yelled out 5’8” blonde hair and blue eyes but I can be somewhat flexible. He, of course, got several chuckles from the guys around him as well as the photographer. One never knows what a teen might say but that was good quick thinking line.
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  • Athenians clinch SAC behind Johnson’s 1-hitter
    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Athenians thumped out six runs in the first two innings, and Trent Johnson dominated cross county rival North Montgomery, striking out 12 Chargers batters while dealing a one-hit 6-0 shutout victory. 
    In doing so, the senior recorded his 300th career strikeout, and propelled Crawfordsville (21-4, SAC 12-0) to an outright Sagamore Athletic Conference title.
    “Trent was on his game!” said an impressed Athenians head coach John Froedge. “That’s as good as he has been all year, and right up there with his best.”
    Johnson (WP, 8-1) didn’t allow a baserunner until the fifth inning when Chargers Mitch Merica reached on an infield error. To that point, the right-hander had faced the minimum batters in each inning, which included striking out the side at the top of the North Montgomery order in the fourth.
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  • Huge fourth propels C’ville girls
    Tuesday, May 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    North Montgomery found offense in more innings on the softball field Monday night, but a 10-run fourth propelled Crawfordsville to an 11-1 win. North scored two runs each in the first and third to jump ahead to a 4-1 lead, but that all changed in the home half of the fourth. 
    Mia Stadler led things off with a single and Elyssa Bentley reached safely on a fielder’s choice. A walk to Cali Saunders loaded things for Abby Bannon, who sent two across with a double. Maddie Utterback reached on an error and Addie Laskowski cleared the bases again with a single to score two more. Lauren Kellerman reached on a single and Olivia Barnett was safe on a dropped third strike. Stadler sent two across with another single. Saunders reached on a base hit and Bannon, for the second time in the inning, hit a two-run double to put the Lady Athenians up 11-4. 
    North got three back with a dinger in the sixth from Becca Adams, but couldn’t muster a complete comeback. 
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  • Monday, May 15, 2017 11:40 PM
    The Southmont Mounties golf team placed 2nd in a three-way meet with Attica and Covington Monday at the Crawfordsville Country Club. Attica won the meet with a 174, the Mounties shot a 188 and Covington carded a 200. Southmont’s Charlie Bullerdick was the meet medalist, shooting even par 35. Other scores for the Mounties were Ben Korhorn and Brodie Mitchell with 50s, Will Bradley a 53 and Austin Wente and Trevor McKinney with 55. 
    The Mounties are back in action tonight when they play host to Tri-West.
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