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Saturday, April 25, 2015
Uniforms, teams looking good
Ahh, finally the weather is starting to look more like spring this week rather than winter. Baseball season got underway last night. Everyone has high hopes for a good season. Heck at the pro level even Cubs fans are hopeful. Well until June or so when they will start saying wait 'til next year.
Most the schools have a few games this week then go on Spring Break. Crawfordsville has a full schedule of games as they make their annual team trip to beautiful Tennessee for a big tournament.
Not only will the Athenians be playing tough competition, but trip down south also makes for tremendous team bonding opportunity. Crawfordsville is able to fund a lot of their trip through their annual pizza sale. Last weekend they assembled the pizza and delivered them. It's always quite a site to see the pizza assembly line set up in the auxiliary gym. Trust me the coaches have ran the pizza fundraiser long enough that they have assembly line working faster than any local pizza chain could dream of, and boys does the gym smell good when they are putting together all those pizzas.
What's in a number?
Does a jersey number matter? To most athletes yes, there number becomes a part of their lives long after their athletic career has ended.
Sometimes there is a story behind the coveted number and sometimes it's just random luck of picking a number from what is left their freshman year. Athletes usually stick with the same number throughout their career and use it for anything they can for the rest of their lives such as part of their email or passwords.
Where did season go
The boys' basketball sectional draw was Saturday! Boy, it seems like this season has flown by. Southmont gets to host their sectional and drew a bye and will play the winner of South Vermillion and Seeger on March 6.
The really interesting match-up will be North and Crawfordsville playing each other the first round of the sectional at Frankfort on March 3. As if playing in a sectional game is not big enough, might as well have two rival teams going at it for all the glory. North has beaten Crawfordsville twice in the season. In fact, at the Sugar Creek Classic North put an all-out beat down on the Athenians. However, beating a team three times in a season is always a tough task. Plus Crawfordsville still has pretty vivid memories of what it feels like to cut down a sectional net from last year. So who knows what will happen all I know is I'm looking forward to that game.
Montgomery County cleans the mats at Sectional
Well yesterday was Groundhogs Day . . . stupid little rodent said six more weeks of winter. BOO!!! I vote we fire the groundhog.
Well if you missed the wrestling sectional, you missed an exciting day. Southmont, North Montgomery and Crawfordsville placed first, second and third respectively. South has 12 wrestlers advancing to the regional, North has 10 wrestlers moving on and Crawfordsville advanced six to the North Montgomery regional on Saturday. No doubt about it, Montgomery County is a wrestling county. Each year the excitement and fan base seems to grow for wrestling.
As a photographer I have to be close to the mat to capture the action. To some that may be a good thing but to be honest I would rather be a bit further away. You see wrestlers tend to push each other around a lot. For some reason when Robert Manns is on the mat, he seems to always be pushing his opponent toward, me forcing me to leap out of the way regularly. So "C'mon Manns!" I put your picture in the paper countless times in your career. So please take your opponent to the opposite side of the mat from me.
However, one of the things that I love about shooting photos of wrestling, especially when it gets into the tournament, is not only all the action but the reactions and the emotions. Saturday it was close between North and South. Each match was important point-wise. Sometimes the reaction photo tells more than the action photo.
Let's see that school spirit! Start this weekend at CHS!
Psst! Not sure if anyone has been paying attention, but I've mentioned a couple of times in my column that Crawfordsville's boys basketball team will continue to get better as the season goes. It looked to me on Saturday night against Southmont that the Athenians are starting to prove me right. From tip to finish I would say that was their best game of the season.
The Crawfordsville boys also played a tough Fountain Central team on Friday and held their own for a good part of the game. It's amazing what a little confidence will do for a team.
A Classic to remember
Wow! How about that Sugar Creek Classic?
Each year it seems to get bigger and bigger. The crowd support for all the teams was awesome to see. I think what stood out the most to me was seeing the student cheer blocks packed with cheering students.
Crawfordsville Crazies, you really rocked the gym. I loved the themes for the cheer block. On Friday they had a beach theme. Complete with beach balls and blow up floaty things. Then Saturday, doing the ESPN sports center College Game Day theme was great. They even created the sports desk and had anchors pretending to deliver the sports scores at half. I also enjoyed the pregame show by the Crawfordsville Crazies of letting the noise out of the trash can.
It's time for the Classic!
It's time to kick off the New Year with the annual boys' Sugar Creek Classic Basketball Tournament. Once again, The Paper of Montgomery County is proud to be the sponsor of the tournament.
Starting of Friday night, North Montgomery and Southmont will face off in the first game with Crawfordsville and Western Boone taking on each other in the second game. Crawfordsville will be the host of the tournament this year. In case you're wondering the tournament rotates between the four schools.
A quick look at the best of 2014
As we bring 2014 to a close, I can't help but looking back over the past year of sports in Montgomery County.
Several moments come to mind and in no particular order here are some of my favorite memories of the past year.
OK, I'll start with the easiest one. Anytime you follow a team to the state finals it stands out in your mind. It was a blast following Southmont softball to the state finals.
Young Chargers get involved
On weekend nights when I'm shooting more than one basketball game, I often use halftime to travel on to the next school. Friday night it worked out that I got to North right before their halftime started. Normally I would consider that bad timing if I have to waste time being idle. However, I'm glad I got a chance to see North's halftime show.
For those that were at the game you all know it defiantly had the "Awe" factor as 60 some little kids entered the gym with basketballs all in hand. The kids were age 3 up to kindergarten and were called North Montgomery little dribblers. As part of the program each child received a basketball a Charger shirt and 5 practice sessions plus a chance to perform at the game.
Local athletes giving back
Wes Boone is a 2014 North Montgomery graduate that started a non-profit organization called Gear Going Global in 2013 to send gently used and new sports gear collected through donations to children in developing countries.
According to Geargoingglobal.org Boone was inspired to start this organization after viewing a PBS documentary called "Power to the People" about Hoosier REMC linemen who brought electricity to three remote villages in Guatemala. While watching the documentary Boone noticed how children there were using rocks as soccer balls.
Boone, who was a standout soccer player while at North and was the 2013 Montgomery County Soccer Player of the Year, was disturbed by seeing less fortunate children play with rocks. He decided he wanted to help out and started his organization. Since that time Boone has collected lots of equipment and his organization continues to grow. It has grown so much that PBS has now done "Power to the People" Documentary on Boone. It will run through out December on WFYI. Also, you can see the feature by checking out this link:
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