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  • Monday, July 27, 2015 11:18 PM

    Wow, where did the summer go? Oh yeah, it pretty much floated away down Sugar Creek this summer with all the rain we have had.

    Nonetheless, starting next week, real practices begin for the fall sports. That’s right athletes the point in the year you all dread is near . . . Two a day practices!

    Two a day practices are brutal, the athletes work incredibly hard trying to prove themselves to coaches (at least they should be). Coaches, of course, know who has been putting in the effort all summer long and those athletes that work the hardest usually excel.

  • Athlete is young at heart
    Monday, July 20, 2015 9:45 PM

    Usually I point out positive things that our high school athletes are doing, however today I would like to salute the young at heart. On Saturday the fair held a color run sponsored by Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health / FPN.

    There were 50 some entries in the event. The heat index was up near 95 even early Saturday morning. Sure, there were your typical runners that stretched out and ran the course like it was nothing. However in this race it was not the winner that stood out in my mind. Actually, it was the last place finisher. Barbara Walden is 84 years old and she was bound and determined to finish the color run. Her time does not matter, just the fact that she was so determined to finish is what impresses me. Apparently while being the last one out on the course, Walden started picking up the marker flags along the route too. When some of the 4-H Junior leaders that were helping with the color run told her they would get the flags she jokingly told them that they would have to chase her down to get the flags. You have to love her spunk!

  • Athletes’ crowning triumphs
    Monday, July 13, 2015 10:04 PM

    It’s that time of year again! The 4-H Fair kicked off last weekend with the crowning of the queen and by Friday the fairground will be hopping with activities. I always enjoy fair week, because I get to see many of our local athletes in a different way.

    Lauren McClaskey is the 2015 queen, and she will also be playing her senior year of soccer this fall for the Chargers. I have noticed through the years that many times the queen and her court that have been chosen are often athletes. There is a pretty simple reason for that . . . Athletes are often confident, they are used to being in front of a crowd. Their confidence often carries through to other aspects of their life which helps them succeed in life as well.

  • Monday, May 04, 2015 11:18 PM

    As you all know by now Crawfordsville baseball Coach John Frodege won his 700th game on Saturday, not only as a varsity coach but he has spent his entire career at the helm of Crawfordsville’s program.  This is truly a remarkable milestone!

    As a photographer I get to see a unique perspective from the dugout that fans from the stands do not get to see. The first thing that stands out in Crawfordsville dugout is respect. In 30 years of sport photography I have never seen the level of respect that I see in Crawfordsville baseball. It’s not just that they follow direction and do what coaches tell them to do. It goes far beyond that, it is respect of the game, the field, the uniform and beyond. Perhaps that is just a small part of Coach Frodege’s success he is not only teaching the game but life values.

  • Monday, March 30, 2015 5:53 PM
    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.

  • Monday, March 09, 2015 7:17 PM
    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. 
  • Monday, February 23, 2015 6:29 PM
    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. 
  • Monday, February 02, 2015 3:57 PM
    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!
    Monday, January 26, 2015 6:20 PM
    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. 
  • Monday, January 12, 2015 5:02 PM
    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. 

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