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  • Monday, April 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Written by Keith Airey
    After his commission as an Army helicopter pilot and ten days after traveling home for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Bill was deployed to South Vietnam. He arrived on Dec. 7, 1967 and began flights on Dec. 11 from Bearcat Base 10 miles north of Saigon. On Dec. 14, one week after arrival, Bill was killed when the craft he was piloting caught fire during a combat mission due to mechanical failure. Bill had volunteered for an additional combat assault mission and was leaving the landing zone. He and his crew were returning to pick up another load of combat troops. For an unknown cause, Bill’s helicopter transmission froze and the craft crashed into the jungle canopy near Phan Thieu at a high rate of speed, killing himself and all others aboard. Bill had been in country one week.
    Bill’s body arrived back in Linden on Dec. 21, 1967. With the Christmas holiday fast-approaching, the calling was held at Linden’s King Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 23. On Sunday, Bill’s funeral services were held at the Linden-Kirkpatrick Methodist Church. Following the service, WO Bill Clawson was laid to rest at the Linden Cemetery with full military rites conducted by a detail from Fort Benjamin Harrison.
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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 9:43 PM
    Crawfordsville hosted the Athenian Tennis Invitational over the weekend. Indianapolis Cathedral won the tournament as a team. All three county teams finished right around each other. North Montgomery placed sixth, Crawfordsville finished in seventh, and Southmont claimed eighth place.
    Crawfordsville’s number one singles Sarah Chalmers defeated North’s Kenzie Neal 6-4, 6-2 to move on the next round. Chalmers would go on to finish in fourth place for her team in the number one singles bracket. Lilly Bushong, Crawfordsville’s number two singles, took on Cora Waddell from Southmont in their first round. Bushong won the match in a close 6-3, 6-4. North’s number one doubles team of Scout Groves and Jennifer Guard were able to take down Terre Haute North’s best doubles partners to eventually place fourth. Both of Southmont’s doubles teams met up with Crawfordsville in the ladder end of the tournament. The number one doubles team for the Mounties, Hope Lighty and Kelly Tucker defeated their Athenian opponents 6-1, 6-1. The number two doubles team for South consisting of Sophie Reimondo and Katie Rosentreter won their match 6-1, 6-2. Both of these wins gave the teams seventh place finishes.
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  • Danville dingers doom Mounties
    Sunday, April 23, 2017 9:42 PM
    NEW MARKET – Foreboding clouds ushered in a biting northeast wind at Southmont, Saturday morning. Yet, visiting Danville found the atmosphere agreeable, and pierced the icy ceiling with three home runs en route to a 6-0 pounding of the hosts.
    It was the second foray into Montgomery County for Danville (6-3, SAC 5-0) in less than eight hours, in a game that was moved up to 10 a.m. anticipating deteriorating conditions. Friday night’s 3-1 win over North Montgomery, coupled with Saturday’s blanking of Southmont (3-5, SAC 0-5) rewarded the Warriors with an unsoiled share of the Sagamore Athletic Conference lead.
    Danville’s Collin Rutan ignited the Danville offense with a lofty three run homer in the top of the second that rode the wind over the left field fence.
    “Conditions didn’t help us any,” said Mounties head coach Jamie Welliever. “A soft fly ball hit to centerfield that I thought we could have been more aggressive on, and then a ground ball through the hole between third and short, and a big fly ball in the wind. Suddenly it’s 3-0.”
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  • Adams hit gives North big SAC win
    Sunday, April 23, 2017 9:41 PM
    LINDEN- A very even game that went back and forth because of strong defense by both teams eventually ended with a 2-1 Sagamore Athletic Conference victory for North Montgomery over Western Boone Saturday. 
    Both teams struggled to get any hits off the opposing team during this game. The Stars were actually the first to strike. After a lot of three-up-three-down innings, Western Boone was finally able score a run to go up 1-0 in the fourth. All the pressure was put on the Chargers to respond. One run was not enough of a cushion for Western Boone as North tied the game in the bottom of the sixth off an RBI by Bryce Frederick to bring Justin Clary home. 
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  • Sunday, April 23, 2017 9:40 PM
    The Southmont golf team played host for the Southmont Invitational on Saturday. All Montgomery County schools were in attendance with Crawfordsville having the best placement of the three. Crawfordsville finished in second overall as a team only losing to Franklin Community. Southmont was a little behind them finishing in fifth place. North Montgomery finished in seventh place. 
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  • Athenians stay perfect in Conference play
    Sunday, April 23, 2017 9:40 PM
    Chase Dowell was perfect through four innings, and the Crawfordsville bats were hot in Saturday’s cooler temperatures, as the Class 3A, No. 2 ranked Athenians stayed perfect in the Sagamore Athletic Conference with a 10-0 drubbing of Frankfort.
    Dowell was in command on the hill, as he needed only 51 pitches cruising through the first four innings. He faced the minimum number of batters while striking out seven Hot Dogs, including the side in the first.
    “Chase was dominant today,” said Athenian mentor John Froedge. “He really didn’t give them a chance in the game, and we grabbed the momentum early.”
    While Dowell was cruising on the mound, four Hot Dog pitchers couldn’t cool the Athenian bats as they scored in every inning except for the third.
    Crawfordsville collected nine of their 12 hits through the first three innings, scoring five runs, but stranded the bases loaded in all three.
    The Athenians ended the game by adding three more in the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth.
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  • Timely hits elude Chargers in loss
    Saturday, April 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    LINDEN – North Montgomery officially went to the plate 26 times Friday against Danville, and only once did they fail to put the bat on the ball. However, Warriors’ pitcher Riley Weston managed to spread out the seven Chargers’ hits, effectively rendering them harmless, and the visitors left clinging to a 3-1 Sagamore Athletic Conference victory in the second game of the series.
    The win secured a series sweep for Danville (5-3, SAC 4-0), who dropped North Montgomery (4-6, SAC 2-2) at home earlier this week.
    “I like the fight we had in us, tonight, as opposed to Tuesday,” said Chargers head coach Matt Merica, referring to the 11-6 pounding, which saw the hosts jump out to a 10-0 lead before the Chargers could answer.
    “This was a real good high school baseball game. We are disappointed that we lost, but there’s nothing you can point your finger at to say ‘that’s what caused it’. They just strung together a few more hits than we did.”
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  • Saturday, April 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    The big Hoosier outdoor story of the week was the announcement that Indiana’s 2016 deer harvest was down four percent from the 2015 total. This information came from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources via the 2016 Indiana White-Tailed Deer Summary that was released April 13.
    Four percent isn’t that big a deal statistically but when you consider that the annual harvest has dropped four times in the last five years, some hunters are getting a little hot under the collar. However, we should conduct an examination of the harvest numbers over the past decades before the orange-clad masses start storming the state legislature to demand changes in the hunting seasons.
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  • Athenians stay perfect
    Friday, April 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    Mother Nature couldn’t put a damper on the Class 3A, No. 2 Crawfordsville Athenians Thursday. After a delay of more than an hour, the Athenians received good pitching and just enough offense to keep their record perfect in the Sagamore Conference with an 8-2 win over Western Boone.
    Trent Johnson started on the bump for the Athenians and was dominant, striking out six of the first eight hitters he faced. However, the Stars scratched across a run in the first on a single by Peyton Young to lead 1-0.
    The Athenians had a chance to blow the game open in their half, but had to settle for a run to tie it. Johnson was hit by a pitch and scored when Carson Scott’s sacrifice bunt was thrown into right field. They loaded the bases with no outs, but a fly out and two pop outs ended the threat.
    Leading 3-1, the Athenians added three more in the fourth on RBI from Caden Jones, Josh Blackburn and Peyton Abney.
    The Stars (3-5, 1-3 SAC) best scoring chance came in the fifth. However, with one out and the bases loaded, the Stars could only muster one run as Johnson picked off Nate Bowman at third and then induced a groundout to end it.
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  • Friday, April 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    The City of Brotherly Love will do something never before done. They will host the first ever outdoor NFL draft in a large outdoor theatre that’s been constructed near the Philadelphia Museum of Art next Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
    The city, notorious for its fervent fans of the Eagles, Phillies, 76ers and Flyers, will get the opportunity to again show the country, and the world, their passion for their city and their sports. They hosted the Pontiff in 2015, the Democratic National Convention in 2016, and now the draft.
    However, it’s not the first time the city has hosted. They took their first shot in 1936 in a conference room in a downtown hotel. They would host it 10 more times between 1949 and 1961.
    Now, as we all know, the city of Indianapolis wasn’t part of any of those drafts as they will be this season. As we all know the Colts relocated from Baltimore to Nap Town on March 29, 1984. I can remember waking up that morning and seeing the Mayflower trucks pulling into Indianapolis with Mayor Bill Hudnut greeting them. It all seemed so secretive and a move that no one really saw coming.
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  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:55 PM
    Athenians Split
    Crawfordsville played host to the North Putnam track and field teams Thursday night. The girls were defeated by the Cougards, 70.5 – 51.5. The boys were able to pick up the win with 81 points to North Putnam’s 47. 
    Leah Rusk won both the 100 and 200 meter dashes for the firls. Hailey Claycomb won the 1600 and Maddy Hurt won the 3200 as the Athenians dominated distance. Madison Fry took the 800 as well. Katherine Baird was fastest in the 400. 
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  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 11:54 PM
    ROCKVILLE- Southmont’s girl’s tennis team traveled to Rockville Thursday evening. The Mounties defeated their opponents 4-1.
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  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 4:00 AM
    I always feel guilty every week. As I write my column, I am keenly aware of dedicated men and women who I alienate. Maybe they don’t think my subjects are interesting. Perhaps [Gasp!], they don’t think I’m funny.
    The reality is that there are thousands of people in Montgomery County who care one tittle about sports that involve balls, yard lines, forward passes, dribbling, and cheerleaders.
    No, I’m not talking about opera lovers. Although, we have many opera lovers around here. Be-sides, it might surprise some of you to learn that I love opera. My Aunt Betty was an emerging opera star in her youth. I could actually pick Mario Lanza out of a lineup quicker than Mario Martiñez.
    If opera fans struggle to find meaning in my musings, then the folks I most certainly alienate are our sportsmen and sportswomen. These people derive a high percentage of their life’s enjoyment from the outdoors.
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  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:22 AM
    Distant thunder and some rain drops delayed the start of Crawfordsville’s Sagamore Athletic Conference tennis match with Lebanon Wednesday afternoon. When things did get started, the action was back and forth with the Tigers prevailing 3-2. 
    Lilly Bushong and Alli Wagner battled to victory at No. 2 and No. 3 singles for Crawfordsville. Bushong won in two sets, 6-3, 6-3, as did Wagner, 6-3, 6-1. 
    In the only three-setter of the night, Emmy Hale and Emily West captured the first set at No. 1 doubles for Crawfordsville 6-2. Lebanon’s Katie Hart and Natalie Benavides took the next two sets 6-2, 6-0. 
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  • Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:22 AM
    Crawfordsville’s boys’ golf team finished third in a three-way meet Wednesday night. Western Boone won the meet with a team score of 173. Lafayette was second with 177 ahead of Crawfordsville’s 199. 
    Simon Hacker led the way for the Athenians with a 46. Devin Guard carded a 47 and Jack Sommer came in under 50 with a 49. 
    Crawfordsville (1-2) will golf in the Southmont Invitational Saturday.
    Western Boone 173, Lafayette Central Catholic 177, Crawfordsville 199
    Simon Hacker 46, Devin Guard 47, Jack Sommer 49, Karsten Williamson, Matt Mitchell 57. 
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