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Thursday, October 08, 2015
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  • Monday, October 05, 2015 8:40 PM

    Hello sports fans!  

      Fall sports are starting to come to an end and that means senior nights and sectional games. Since I’m often at many events on a given night, I usually try to time things so I miss the senior night celebrations.  I guess I missed one great photo opportunity of a senior night last week.

        Sounds like South girls’ soccer had one very memorable senior night.  The way I understand it, junior Ali Swank was rather excited about seeing a llama at the Pet Supplies Plus. Coach Julia Peirce decided that since she knew the owner of the llama why not have them bring for senior night to surprise the girls. I’m positive the South girls’ will always remember their senior night and the apprences of a llama in and old no longer used soccer jersey.

  • Monday, September 28, 2015 10:35 PM

      All season long, people around the county have been asking me is North football really that good. I think after Friday’s game that should no longer be a question. Yes! so far they really are that good. This Friday’s game against Western Boone will hopefully prove to the rest of the conference that they are that good as well.

       Congratulations to Charger’s quarterback Baylee Adams who broke the school record with a whopping 435 passing yards including five touchdowns. The previous record was set in 1985 by Ron Reed (351 passing yards). Remember Adams tied the school record for passing touchdowns last week with 6.

       This Friday, the Chargers have homecoming and host Western Boone who is also undefeated in the conference. I’m sure Coach Josh Thompson will keep his team focused on the game and do all he can to get them to tune out all the festivities for homecoming. The Homecoming events are really more for the fans anyways.

  • Monday, September 21, 2015 10:50 PM

    Phew, what a week in sports for Montgomery County we had last week!

    First of all, early in the week, Dane Baldwin broke Crawfordsville’s school record for all time wins. He easily won over his Danville opponent. I personally stuck around the entire time until he won waiting for a shot of him Dane showing some excitement. A fist to the air, a shout out of whoa! Anything, I knew, the odds of that coming from the ever so even keel Baldwin was slim. I still had hope. Baldwin showed perfect sportsmanship, politely shook the hand of his opponent and quietly walked off the court. I did notice out of the corner of my eye while focusing on Dane that the photo of people being excited would have been his mom and grandma in the stands. Now with each win for the rest of his career he breaks his own record and makes it that much tougher for his record to ever be broken. I think it will be a record that stands for many years and perhaps will never be broken.

  • Monday, September 14, 2015 10:59 PM

    Hey there sports fans! Looks like another fun week of sports ahead.

    On Friday we actually got football games in, Mother Nature gave us a little scare early in the day with rain but then the skies cleared and made for a great night of football. Guess what this week’s forecast has it clear and sunny until . . . yep you guessed it, rain and storms forecasted for Friday.

    Friday’s games look to be interesting. Southmont will have their homecoming and host Crawfordsville. The county rivals both are 1-3. I’m going to stay politically correct and not pick a favorite in this one. However, I think it will be a close game like it was last year. South edged ahead last year with a one point win. I look for the battle to be back and forth again this year as well.  

    As far as the North/ Danville match up that game too was close last year with North winning by just two points. Rest easy Charger fans at home North will be up so much this year that the JV players will see lots of time come the second half. North has too many weapons this year . . . Baylee Adams, Alex Parson, Vince Gwynn, Cole Clore and more! The Warriors will go home weeping,

  • Monday, August 31, 2015 10:57 PM

    Well we went from all three county football teams opening up with a win to all three schools losing the next week. That’s how the football bounces I guess.

    This week I guarantee there will be at least one football victory in the county. Ok that’s an easy guarantee considering North and South play each other this week and thankfully there are no ties in high school football. Despite a loss last week to power house Brebuef, it sounds like North played a very good game.  I went to the closer game distance wise and made the drive over to North Putnam to see Southmont. South also played a good game just had a few costly turnovers. Southmont’s Nathaniel Farabee has been impressive with his carries this season, #33 is like a tank he just keeps pushing through the line and drags most of the defense with him to gain a few extra yards each play. I love watching Farabee make that extra effort to gain more yards. I’m sure North’s defense will be doing all they can to stop that gain and push the Mounties back. Last year North won 40-14. Most years it seems the North/South battle turns out to be one of the best games of the year. There is a lot of pride on the line with this county match up.

  • Monday, August 24, 2015 10:45 PM

    On Friday night, all three county football teams started their season with victories! So how long has it been since that happened? That took a bit if digging but yes, even a photographer can figure that stat out. It’s been since 1994 since all three county school opened the season with a WIN!!!

    Twenty-one years ago Crawfordsville beat Westfield 14-7, Southmont beat West Lafayette 20-3 and North demolished Sheridan 20-0. I would love to have to look up next week when the last time the county teams opened up the season with two wins; not impossible by any means. The biggest obstacle that to happen will be for North as they take on Brebeuf who always has a good team (funny how much it helps to get have a solid team when you can recruit.)

  • Monday, August 03, 2015 9:06 PM

    Fall sports officially began practices yesterday; therefore, the dreaded two-a-day practices are this week. So, if you notice that teenagers seem grouchier than usual that maybe why . . . they are tired.

    On Sunday, throughout twitter I saw many coaches tweet reminding players when to be at practice and reminding them that hard work pays off. As I roam around this week I will be able to tell that the athletes are working hard and no matter how hard they work their coaches would like to see them work even harder.

  • 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.


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