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Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • Hurt is a champion by choice
    Saturday, June 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Maddy Hurt’s running career came to a fork in the road in 2013. Choosing the right course would set her life in a new direction. New to distance running in the seventh grade, the young Hurt had a strong reaction to her new sport.
    “I didn’t like it,” said Hurt, who has since won 12 individual titles at Sagamore Athletic Conference events.
    “I stuck with it though, and in eighth grade we were running, and the high school track coach at the time — Coach Ashley Lucas — saw me run,” recalled Hurt. “He must have seen something, because he took a few of us to an in-vite where mostly high school athletes ran. 
    “I did really well against them. It got me started thinking ‘Hey, maybe I do like this sport!’”
    Maddy Hurt’s big choice four years ago leads her now to be named The Paper of Montgomery County’s 2017 Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
    If uncertainty about running is behind her, so too, are her opponents. The Crawfordsville High School middle and long distance track specialist burst onto the local scene as a freshman, and never looked back.
    “She is a driven person,” said current Athenians’ Track and Field head coach Sean Gerold. “She is goal oriented, and that contributes to her success. She sets goals, and then relentlessly pursues them.”
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  • Friday, June 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    Thursday night’s National Basketball Association draft should be an eventful one for new Indiana Pacers General Manager, Kevin Pritchard. He currently has the number 18 pick in the first round, but many things could change dependent on offers made prior to their pick, especially ones that may be made for their superstar, Paul George.
    You see, Mr. George, who’s a free agent after next season, has spent all year saying he’s a Pacer guy and he’s here for the journey, now states that he’s going to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason. There have been many trade rumors circling the last few days, including sending him to the Cavaliers, Clippers and Rockets. Either way, an unhappy superstar, or any player for that matter, is a cancer to a team, and it may be time to get rid of said superstar.
    In the last seven years draft picks, the Pacers have two current players on their roster, George, who was the 10th pick in the 2010 draft and Myles Turner, who was number 11 in 2015.
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  • Friday, June 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Lady Athenian Basketball Camp will run July 10 to the 13 at Crawfordsville Middle School. The camp is open to any girl going into third to eighth grade and will be separated into three age groups. Each age group will attend at different times. The third and fourth grade will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Fifth thru sixth grade will be from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. The seventh and eighth graders time will be from 1-2:45 p.m. The cost is $40 per player with discounts for families with multiple children wanting to participate and all payments and registrations will take place on site the first day of camp. No pre-registrations will be accepted. Every player that participates will receive a basketball of their own to keep. If you have any questions, contact Tony Bean at coachbean23@gmail.com or call (765)-376-8377.
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  • Academic All-State for Guard
    Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Montgomery County had a few girls qualify for Academic All-State and they got a boy as well to make it. Crawfordsville’s Devin Guard made it on the 2017 team for having success in academics and athletics. Guard plans to attend Wabash and play golf in the fall.
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  • Thursday, June 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Today is the first day of Summer . . . isn’t it? I ask because Spring went by so fast. With the summer solstice comes my first opportunity to break out the summer shorts.
    That sound you just heard was 82 percent of my readership groaning, envisioning me and my lily-white shanks greeting the new season. But I’ve got to tell you folks, my drumsticks ain’t that bad. If you get word that I’m wearing a tank top, however, run for the hills.
    No, I mean shorts, as in briefs . . . Wait a minute! This is getting nowhere. Here are some, shall we say, “abbreviated” thoughts at season’s end:
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    I had the privilege of covering the 2017 Friends of Sugar Creek Canoe Race last weekend, and it was great! Everyone I talked with thought the outing was a blast. I couldn’t be happier for Cindy Woodall, Austin Brooks, Marc Hudson, David Hadley, and the other members of the Friends that I met, plus Heather Shirk of the Montgomery County Visitors and Convention Bureau. Their hard work paid off.
    I am especially thrilled for Bob Stwalley, who passionately wants this event to be his legacy to the Sugar Creek — and to the community — that he loves. Bob and his friends created the race way back in 1963. You can count fewer rings on the sycamore trees that line the banks than the years that Bob put into promoting and preserving Sugar Creek.
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  • A Long career is just beginning
    Wednesday, June 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET – There are 5,280 feet in one mile. For Brooks Long there are only two. His.
    The Southmont High School graduate logged immeasurable miles as the Mounties’ middle and long distance track specialist in 2017, and his efforts took him all the way to Bloomington and the 114th Annual Boys Track and Field State Finals.
    Brooks Long is The Paper of Montgomery County’s 2017 Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
    A seventh place finish in the Boys 1600 Meter Run (Mile) was the culmination of a four year high school career where the foot-pounding earned the miler titles as Montgomery County Champion, Sagamore Athletic Conference Champion, and Sectional Champion.
    In addition, Long secured a leg on Southmont’s 4 x 800 Meter Relay team, was second in the Sectional in the 3200 Meters Run, and dabbled in the 800 Meter Run.
    He even runs Cross Country in the Fall.
    Yet, in some ways, Long is just now taking his first steps in finding out just how far his running career will take him.
    All it took for the IUPUI recruit was a taste of the big time to set the wheels in motion.
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  • Monday, June 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    WESTFIELD – The Crawfordsville 14U Thunder Baseball team finished with a 1-2 record for this weekend. They lost their first game on Friday against Oaklandon 10-5, but bounced back the next day with an 8-1 victory against the Indiana Bulldogs. The team lost a nail biter on Sunday against Longhorn Orange 6-5. 
    After going down very early against Oaklandon, the Thunder attempted to make a late game comeback, but were only able to cut their opponent’s lead in half. The fourth inning was a big for the team as Caleb Coons’ double was able to bring in three RBI’s. Andrew Martin, Caleb Coons, and Corbin Smith all went 1-for-2 in this game to combine for all of the Thunder’s hits.
    Saturday’s game went a lot better for the Crawfordsville team. An 8-1 victory was achieved from a big third inning where Gabe Joyner, Andrew Martin, and Coons were all able to get hits to bring in a total of four runs and a 6-0 lead. Coons had another impressive game at the plate going 3-for-3 with two doubles, RBI’s, and runs. Smith also had a strong hitting performance, finishing at 2-for-3 with an RBI. Henry Taylor and Andrew Martin split their time on the mound and only allowed three hits combined. Taylor had four strikeouts in this game and Martin had three. 
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  • Monday, June 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    If the spirit of Sugar Creek was speaking, Saturday, she surely did so in approval. Nineteen canoeists and kayakers shoved off from Sugar Creek Campground here, renewing a half-century of racing on the waterway.
    The 2017 Friends of Sugar Creek Canoe Race, an annual event since 1963, is finally complete after a month-long postponement, and a total washout last year, both due to unsafe conditions caused by torrential rains.
    “We finally caught a break from the weather,” exclaimed race coordinator Cindy Woodall. “I watched the water levels after this week’s rain. They were near 3-feet. Friday they were at 2.6, and dropping, so I knew we were in good shape for the race.”
    (Activity on the creek is discouraged when the water reaches the DNR Action Level of 4.0.)
    As if further endorsement was needed, nature coronated the start of the race with a majestic display of her own. An American bald eagle streaked down just yards in front of the waiting flotilla, swooped up a smallmouth bass, and sat perched in a dead sycamore tree watching the spectacle below.
    Only when race founder, and official starter, Bob Stwalley shattered the idyllic scene with his pistol’s retort did the eagle take wing, setting the pace for the paddlers.
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  • Larry Rice: 500 Miles from Linden Part 1 of Larry Rice
    Monday, June 19, 2017 4:00 AM
    Written By Keith Airey
    Montgomery County has produced many fine basketball players throughout its rich basketball history. Many credit the disciplines learned while competing in basketball with assisting them in their professional endeavors. Individuals develop passions to become doctors, engineers, dentists, teachers, businessmen, farmers, police officers, etc; A Linden Bulldog had two major passions as he progressed through high school. Larry Rice pursued becoming a good basketball player and race car driver. Not too many Montgomery County players grew up to race in two Indianapolis 500s. While growing up, Larry Rice had the determination to be successful in his two passions. 

    Larry Wayne Rice was born on March 24, 1946 to Bob and Thelma Rice. The Rice family resided a quarter mile north of Linden on the west side of 231 North. They also had a daughter, Beth, who was one year younger than Larry. At Linden, it was customary for boys to begin playing basketball at 10 years of age in the fifth grade. Also, around age 10, unbeknownst to most members of the community, Larry began racing quarter midgets on weekends.
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  • Saturday, June 17, 2017 4:00 AM
    The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame elected new officers and added five new members to their Board of Directors at the organization’s annual meeting on Thursday in New Castle. 
    Steve Witty, a 2012 HOF inductee, has been elected to a two-year term as President of the Board. Witty, a graduate of Center Grove High School and Franklin College, was the head coach at Ben Davis High School from 1990 – 2002, leading teams to 1995 and 1996 IHSAA state championships. Since 2002, he has served as Executive Director of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association. He lives in Avon.
    Jerry Peirson, a 2010 HOF inductee, has been elected as Executive Vice President. A graduate of Royerton High School and Miami (OH) University, he served as head coach at Cowan High School before a coaching career at Miami (OH), including as head men’s basketball coach from 1984-1990. Retired from a position with Ball State University’s Cardinal Varsity Club, he resides in Yorktown.
    Ray Pavy, a 1990 HOF inductee, remains the organization’s Treasurer. A graduate of New Castle Chrysler High School and Indiana University, he was head coach at Sulphur Springs and Shenandoah high schools before a lengthy career as a school administrator in New Castle. He resides in New Castle.
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  • Friday, June 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Summer break seems to have a different meaning now than it did all those years ago when I was in school. I can remember summer breaks of attending workouts in the morning, and then hanging with my friends either at the pool or playing our favorite game, baseball with a tennis ball. Sure, there was the few Babe Ruth games and All Star games, but not really any formalized practices or workouts in high school beyond lifting.
    Today’s athletes, sure they get to take advantage of Summer break, but they put in work in the Summer, especially the month of June. Drive by either of the three high schools around 6:30 - 7:00 in the morning, and you can see the young men & women putting in said hours.
    Crawfordsville started their Summer weight lifting program just 5-days after we closed the books on the 2016-2017 school year. Both North and South started a week after school ended.
    What do area coaches get from having Summer workouts, it’s easy. They get to start the process of team building. They can evaluate their talent and how those moving pieces and parts play together. Most importantly, they can start building relationships and setting the tone for how practices are ran and who will fill those leadership roles that were voided by the seniors.
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  • Friday, June 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    Now that the spring monsoons have more-or-less concluded, Indiana is in the midst of the vampire season. Every outdoor adventure between now and the first frost will include an uninvited host of uninvited flying and crawling critters in search of that refreshing sip of human blood. 
    There are a number insect villains that make an appearance during warm weather, ranging from tiny no-see-ums with a painful bite far in excess of their size to deerflies that seemingly gouge out enough meat to build a decent hamburger. Most prevalent is the ubiquitous mosquito, Indiana’s unofficial state bird.
    The number one line of defense against winged and crawling pests is a healthy slathering of a chemical with a huge name: N, N-diethyl-toluamide, otherwise known as DEET. The military discovered DEET in the 1950s while trying to find a chemical that would protect the troops against a wide variety of disease-causing insects and arthropods. Since that time, DEET has been repeatedly tested and found to be one of the only compounds effective against most pests. 
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  • Friday, June 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    The wait for the 55th running of the Sugar Creek Canoe Race is finally over.
    Originally scheduled for May 20, the Sugar Creek Canoe Race was postponed to June 17, because heavy rain forced creek levels to rise. The recreational division will start the race at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday. Fifteen minutes later the USCA (United States Canoe Association) division will begin. Competitors will paddle 15.5 miles from Sugar Creek Campgrounds to Clements Canoes. 
    Steven Horney, USCA editor, said “The Sugar Creek Canoe Race is the oldest canoe race in the state of Indiana.” “It is a race that is full of challenges. The current, along with all the twists, turns and the bumps of the rocks on the course make this race extremely challenging but fun at the same time.”
    Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Heather Shirk said, “40 to 50 paddlers are expected.” 
    Morris and Jack Bridge at 225 W, rails to trails parking lot and trestle bridge, and the Jim Davis Bridge are all great spots for people to cheer on their favorite racers. Afterward the awards ceremony will be at Clements Canoes.
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  • Thursday, June 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    I think my value as a sports reporter is that I can sniff out a story.
    Two weeks ago my editor assigned me the state baseball tournament’s Sectional 44 finale at South Vermillion High School near Clinton, Indiana. It was a coveted assignment. Southmont was the last remaining Montgomery County school in the tournament … and Clinton has a great Italian restaurant!
    Hey! If Southmont lost, can you think of a better way to ease my angst than by absorbing a ro-bust plate of crab cioppino?
    Sadly, the restaurant wasn’t open. The good news is that I didn’t need it. Southmont won its first sectional title in fifteen years!
    If you kept a scorebook during the game, did you notice that my Box Score didn’t match yours? That’s not rare, I’m afraid. I get to watching the game, and in the excitement I forget to write things down.
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  • Bushong chooses Franklin
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    Recent Crawfordsville graduate Lilly Bushong (seated, center) decided on Franklin College to continue her tennis career. She was joined at the signing by her parents, Tammy and Jeff (seated) and Crawfordsville High School tennis coach Carrie Jones. Bushong played singles for Crawfordsville this season. 
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