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POTEET: Big things happening
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 4:00 AM
Congrats to Tanner Webster for making it official and signing with Purdue to wrestle next year. Those that are good enough for Division 1 are few and far between. Webster has proven himself worthy on the wrestling mat as well as the classroom. Of course being an IU fan, I always think that everyone looks better in crimson and cream rather than that yucky black and gold. Nonetheless I wish Webster the best as he continues his wrestling career for that school in West Lafayette.
POTEET: Spring sports heat up this week
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 4:00 AM
Not to be Captain Obvious but every baseball season it’s the same story . . . Crawfordsville is good and looks like a contender. That is not just my opinion, the Indiana Coaches Association has ranked the Athenians (6-1) No. 1 this week, too.
I got a chance to see Crawfordsville beat up on Fountain Central Saturday. Just a quick little no hitter as Trent Johnson and Brendan Dowell teamed up on the mound. Crawfordsville will see action this week against conference rival Tri- West. The Bruins were loaded with athletes for football and basketball, so I’m sure they have some strong baseball players as well.
Southmont is also off to a good 2-0 start. I got to see them in action for the first time Friday night. They were relaxed and enjoying the game - then again winning is fun!
POTEET: Lots going on as winter wraps up
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:00 AM
Congrats to the county’s three wrestlers that made it through a challenging semi-state and will advance to the state wrestling Championship.
North’s Tanner Webster became the first semi-state champion in the school history. South’s Boone Welliever also won semi state. Welliever actually is the fourth Mountie to win semi state in wrestling. However here is today’s fun fact… Boone’s father/ assistant wrestling coach Jamie Welliever also won semi state. Both Boone and Jamie also are the only wrestlers in school history to own three regional titles. I’m sure coach Welliever will be just fine if his son one-ups him by placing higher in the state finals than he did.
North’s sophomore Seth Johnson placed second at semi-state and will advance to state as well. Good luck Wrestlers.
POTEET: That’s a wrap for girls hoops
Tuesday, February 07, 2017 4:00 AM
Girls’ basketball season has come to an end for our county girls.
For Crawfordsville it’s a matter of baby steps. They started out the season like gang busters winning their three of their first four games. Unfortunately, that was their only three wins of the season but came oh-so-close at the end of the season to beating Frankfort. Still, I saw improvement over last year and while fundamentally they still have a ways to go baby steps will lead to big gains somewhere down the road.
POTEET: Impressive weekend
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:00 AM
I think it’s very safe to say that North Montgomery wrestling did exactly as they expected and dominated the wrestling sectional. Sending 14 out of 14 wrestlers on to the regional is rather impressive!
Not only did the Chargers advance all 14 wrestlers but eight of them finished in first place and four finished in second place. Of the first place winners, senior Tanner Webster has won his weight class in the sectional all four years. Other first place finishers include: Seth Johnson, Parker Mosley, Corwin Hall, Isaac Fruits, Cole Salves, and Jarrett Brown.
Southmont had Boone Welliever and Peyton Long finish in first place while Crawfordsville Jonah Shillings not only won his weight class but also took a personal honor in that match by winning his 100th varsity match. So yes when you add it all up MoCo took 11 first places in the sectional. I think it’s pretty easy to see this county has a strong wrestling tradition that just keeps getting better!
POTEET: Another instant classic
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 4:00 AM
Well, sports fan! Saturday’s rematch between the Crawfordsville and Southmont boys’ basketball teams lived up to the hype! They met just a couple of weeks ago at the Sugar Creek Classic when Crawfordsville pulled out an exciting overtime win with a last second shot by James Generis.
The two rivals met again Saturday and the game lived up to the hype from the first game. This time Crawfordsville pulled out a double-overtime 2-point win. Oh yeah, and Generis sealed the game from the free throw line this time to help break the Mounties hearts again.
POTEET: What a Classic!
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 4:00 AM
Without a doubt . . . this year’s Sugar Creek Classic was the classic of all classics! I don’t know how you could have expected a better game in the championship. Southmont and Crawfordsville battled back and forth the entire game.
Crawfordsville had a led late in the fourth quarter by as much as eight points, then South made a great come back with Cam Chadd and Kaleb Swick leading the resurgence sending the game into overtime. Then in overtime, Crawfordsville Trent Johnson inbounded the ball underneath their basket, with just under 3 seconds left. Senior James Gineris got the ball and was able to nail the game-winning shot at the buzzer!
POTEET: No county, but hoops were hot
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 4:00 AM
Well I had planned on be able to talk about county wrestling and swimming in this week’s column but mother nature rules and the county meets did not happen Saturday. They will now happen in early January . . . weather permitting of course!
There was action Friday night, however, and I think Crawfordsville boys’ basketball proved they are indeed a pretty solid team. They have a strong starting five, they have a strong bench. They have a good coach that keeps them playing hard and together. Oh and they really look like they are having a lot of fun playing the game. I know one thing, I’m having fun covering them. I will just say look out other teams. I have found through the years that teams coached by David Pierce always seem to get better over Christmas break so they should be lot of fun to watch in January.
POTEET: Rivalries abound this weekend
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 4:00 AM
Hang on tight as the schools ready for Christmas Break, We still have lots of sports before the break!
Friday kicks off another rivalry weekend. North Montgomery vs Crawfordsville in boys and girls basketball. The girls’ game will start at 6 p.m. at North and the boys’ game will follow. Both games should be interesting.
First, the girls game, both the Lady Athenians (3-10) and the Lady Chargers (5-6) have had their ups and downs at times this season. North has been led by senior Becca Adams. Crawfordsville has freshman Lauren Kellerman that is a pure shooter keeps improving each game as well. Crawfordsville has been battling some injuries and hoping to get all back and healthy soon. I’ve found when it comes to county rivals they are often the hardest fought games of the year. Last season North took the win 34-25 win and ended up winning the county later in the season.
A moment with Santa
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 4:00 AM
Well, last week I predicted that Crawfordsville boys’ basketball would beat Lebanon okay so I said by double digits and they game the fans a great two point win to enjoy instead. Either way, they beat evil Lebanon so it was a good thing.
I also said that it would that one of the hardest parts of my job is to leave one great game to go to another game. However, I was also excited to see how the North/South game would play out. One of the other best things about my job is meeting and getting a chance to talk with people, which is what happened once I got to South. It was close to half when I arrived. I sat down at the end of the court and a very nice gentleman started up a conversation with me. His name was Fred Zimmerman. He has been a south supporter for many years. As the Southmont Mountie mascot posed with little kids for pictures during halftime. Zimmerman pointed to the mascot and said, “I’m sure you were not around here at the time but I was the Southmont Chicken at games.” I sat there for a second and thought the Chicken? How on Earth does that work with the Mountie mascot?
Hoops heat up this week
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 4:00 AM
I know it’s only Tuesday, but I’m ready for Friday! OK, sure we may all feel like that every Tuesday. However, Friday is our first big county matchup for boys’ basketball.
Southmont will play host to North Montgomery and I have no doubt it will be a great game. I have seen both teams play and both are playing with a lot of heart and hustle. Southmont is 2-0 and North is 1-1 after a loss to a tough Harrison team.
Southmont is big, strong, and fast this season. They’re averaging 76 points a game. I personally love to watch a team execute the run-and-gun fast-paced game.
Stars emerging in girls’ hoops
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 4:00 AM
Another girls’ Sugar Creek Classic is in the books and as I predicted Western Boone once again took home the trophy. The Stars have now won the Classic nine out of 10 years. However, this year I saw a glimmer of hope that someday soon a county team will dethrone Western Boone.
Despite the final score, South gave the Stars a pretty good run for their money for three quarters. The Lady Mounties just did not have enough gas left to shoot down the Stars. The one very positive I keep seeing is that all three county schools are improving and most definitely more fun to watch this season.
Bell’s better when it sticks around
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 4:00 AM
I’m just going to say it - covering the Bell Game is just not as much fun when the team from Greencastle wins. While it was certainly one of the most exciting Bell Games in recent years, I much-prefer to be able to get photos of the Bell and the celebration. I guess all good things must come to an end. I hope the Little Giants can get the Bell back and start a new, long streak!
On the plus side, the weather was nice. I remember a couple of years ago when it was at Wabash it was so cold that the sandwich I had in my camera bag froze solid, while I was on the sidelines. That day was miserably cold but Wabash won so it was fun.
On to the next exciting sporting event to look forward to. The Annual Girls’ Sugar Creek Classic starts Friday at Southmont and the Championship game is Saturday.
Winter sports are here to stay
Tuesday, November 08, 2016 4:00 AM
Well what do you know? After the first weekend of girls’ basketball, all three county schools have a game marked in the W column! So that makes me think our girls’ basketball teams will be a little more competitive this season.
Crawfordsville beat Seeger Friday 49-45 in overtime. Sounds like it was one wild game as the Patriots were down to three players in a final couple of minutes. In case you are wondering, it took all the way until Jan. 6 last season for the Lady Athenians to find a way to win a game. It was a rough season but the girls have stayed with it and got to celebrate a victory with the season opener! Addie Laskowski scored 15 and Lauren Kellerman chipped in 14. That’s a sophomore/freshman duo that might be fun to watch this season and beyond. Crawfordsville will have their home opener tonight against North Putnam with a 7:30 p.m. tip off.
Fall sports flew by; on to winter
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 4:00 AM
Is it just me or did the fall sports season fly by in super-fast mode this year. We are down to the last team standing. North football is still alive in the state tournament and hoping to advance even further into the sectional. The Chargers will take on a 3-7 Twin Lakes team.
I enjoy the time in between seasons as we start working on the player of the year stories and I get to come up with picture ideas to feature our county’s standout athletes.
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