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Tuesday, May 05, 2015
  • Football sectional shake-up

    When you think of fall and the sports that come with it, one image inevitably comes to mind – football playoffs.

    The IHSAA announced Monday that there will be a change in the sectional-groups for nearly every sport this year, including football, that is sure to spice things up.

    For some schools, their sectional will virtually stay the same, almost becoming a conference tournament in and of itself. However, schools like Southmont will experience a big shift as they are now placed in a sectional comprising of teams they don’t normally see during the regular season.

    That, among other reasons, has coaches around the area reacting in different ways. Southmont’s coach Desson Hannum said one difference is that they’ll be heading south instead of north.

    “We could possibly play in Mitchell or Paoli – some pretty long hauls for us,” Hannum said. “I think Monrovia is probably the best team in the sectional, as it currently stands and North Put I think is going to be improved – I think we definitely have a fair shot in the sectional.”

    For Crawfordsville and coach Mike Hammons, this year’s sectional will essentially become a conference-tournament.

     
  • The Southmont Girls Tennis team could not stand the shine of the Western Boone Stars Monday when they played host. Western Boone defeated the Mounties 3-0. None of South’s ladies won their matches. Hopefully the Mounties will have better luck Tuesday as they play Greencastle at 5 p.m.

    Western Boone 3, Southmont 0

    Allissa Juhn (WB) def. Katy Harrison 6-1, 6-3; Kylee Bobbs (WB) def. Kelly Tucker 6-4, 6-1; Katie Collins (WB) def. Coca Waddell 6-3, 6-2; Emma Schacfer- Meg Kinslow (WB) def. Breanna Mason- Kennedy Black 2-6, 6-6; Talyn Gum- Katie Dale (WB) def. Paige Winniger-Katie Rosentrekr 6-3, 2-6, 4-2

     
  • With a shift across all of the sectional boards Monday, as announced by IHSAA, the post-season will look a little different for most area schools this year – Crawfordsville, North and South included.

    Crawfordsville and North will be in Sectional #25 again, but will encounter some new schools they haven’t seen in the post-season for many years. The group includes Crawfordsville, North Montgomery, Frankfort, Lebanon, Tri-West and Western Boone. With the new addition of the Bruins, the collection will essentially become a conference-tournament.

    Southmont, on the other hand, will be seeing the most change as they enter Sectional #44 with Cloverdale, Monrovia, North Put, South Put and South Vermillion high schools.

    Athenian baseball coach John Froedge, who recently picked up his 700th career-win, said they are probably some of the least-affected by the change.

    “Not much of a different for us,” Froedge said. “It’s virtually a conference tournament without South and Danville. A sectional matchup would mean a third meeting [and] I like playing rivalry teams and the sectional level.”

     
  • Change ahead for basketball sectional

    The IHSAA announced Monday that it has realigned the sectional matchups that concerns almost every school in the area. Crawfordsville, North and Southmont prove to be no exceptions.

    The “new” sectional lineup for Crawfordsville and North will basically become a conference-tournament for the two foes. Adding Tri-West and Greencastle to the already-stacked sectional has coaches responding in different ways.

    For Southmont, they will see a big change as they leave sectional #25 and enter sectional #44. Their group consists of Cascade, Cloverdale, Monrovia, North Put, South Put and Southmont.

    Mountie boys’ coach Jon Sparks pointed out that it’s basically the old West Central Conference.

    “Any time you change sectionals, you kind of have to get your mind wrapped around how this new sectional is going to look,” Sparks said. “We got pretty familiar with the teams from the last two years and we had a decent feel for them, but now we have to sort of shift focus and change how we change and prepare.”

     
  • The IHSAA announced Wednesday that some changes have been made to the sectional groups this year. Crawfordsville, North and South are all experiencing alterations.

    The Athenians and Chargers won’t see much of a difference, relative to the Mounties, but will see a pseudo-conference tournament this year. Southmont will see an entirely new field of opponents as they join Sectional #44.

    Sectional #44 consists of Cascade, Monrovia, Cloverdale, North Put, South Put and Southmont. With most of those schools being located south of New Market, athletes and fans alike will be traveling south this post-season instead of north.

    Crawfordsville coach Kelly Johnson was available for comment Monday when the realignments were announced. She said this presents new opportunities for her Athenians.

    “I don’t see it as anything huge, except the fact that it’s a little bit bigger than what we’ve had,” Johnson said. “It’s not a huge shock, it’s not anybody that we can’t compete with, it’s just a little different because of the size of it.

     
  • 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.

     
  • The North Montgomery baseball team dominated Rossville on the road Saturday morning, winning 15-3.

    The Chargers scored two runs in the second inning, three in the third, two in the fourth, one in the sixth and seven in the seventh to win.

    North brought the heat at the plate; Maverick had a homerun, Baylee Adams had two triples and a double and Bryce Frederick had a double. Adams scored three runs. Helping him was Vince Gwynn, Justin Clary, Collin Denham and Bacon with two runs each.

    Adams had three RBIs. Devon Zachary and Denham contributed two more each.

    North Montgomery will play Sagamore Atheletic Conference-rival Lebanon on the road Tuesday at 6 p.m.

     
  • The North Montgomery tennis team competed as individuals in the Northview Invite Saturday.

    North Montgomery took home the first place title with 30 points. Host Northview placed second with 18, West Vigo had eight, and Greencastle finished with four.

    The Chargers won four of the five matches in the first found; all the girls won in straight sets.

    Chargers won every match in the championship round as well.

    Erinn Suiter and Lexi Thomas won in the third place match.

    The Lady Chargers will be back on the courts Tuesday at Rockville at 4:30 p.m.

     
  • The North Montgomery boys’ and girls’ track teams competed Saturday at the Covington Invite and brought home some wins.

    Though no team scores were kept, both teams had their fair share of first place finishes.

    Daniel Sanchez placed first in the 300-meter hurdles at 42.6 and the 110-meter hurdles at 16.5. Alex Prather, Jordan Shillings, Alex Parsons and Austin Donahue won the 4x100-meter relay at 47 seconds.

    Shillings also won long jump at 18-08. Jordan Banta took home first place in shot put with 40-09.

    Caroline McClaskey won the 400-meter dash at 1:06.6. Hanna Heide won the 3200-meter run at 13:45.7. Lexi Rogers, Shyann Volger, Haley Heide and Caroline McClaskey won the 4x400 relay at 4:42.2.

    The North Montgomery track team will be back sprinting around the track Friday for the county meet at home at 5 p.m.

     
  • The Southmont Mounties defeated North Putnam on the road Saturday by two runs.

    The Lady Mounties, 11-4 (5-3 SAC), scored two runs between the last two innings to win 2-0.

    Rachel Welliever and Maddie Mills scored South’s two runs. Welliever also had a double and a single while Mills had a triple.

    The Lady Mounties will be back on the softball field Tuesday at Frankfort at 6 p.m.

     

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