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  • BOONE: The Floyd Miller  era part one
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    There has been so much interest in the history of Linden basketball from Quinine Township that we are going to have to jump backwards from 1971 to the 1920s then to the late 40s. Keith Airey discovered a book written by Floyd Miller about his life in the town of Linden. Floyd was one of the pioneers of Linden basketball, playing in the days when there was a center jump after each basket, when basketballs had laces, and when nobody was allowed to coach during the game. Keith gleaned the material from Floyd’s books about basketball and wove them into the material that we see in the following columns. We are grateful to Floyd’s son, Jerry, for the pictures of his dad’s pioneer basketball days at Linden. Here are Floyd Miller’s memories of Linden basketball.
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  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW MARKET - Southmont coach Jon Sparks wondered how his guys would respond after their loss to Greencastle and hosting Sagamore Conference foe Frankfort on senior night. The Mountie mentor was pleased with that response, as they used a strong second half to defeat the Hot Dogs 75-65.
    “We were much more aggressive, confident and positive tonight,” Sparks said of the team’s mentality. “I’m very proud, and happy, for Kaleb Swick to go out on a win like that.”
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  • CHS wins boys swim sectional
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 4:00 AM
    The girl’s had their turn, now it’s time for the boy’s to have their fun in the pool. The boy’s swimming sectional took place over the weekend and many of the Montgomery county swimmers found success. Crawfordsville won the sectional as a team, but only individuals move on to state. 
    The Athenians were definitely the most successful out of the county teams. They won all three relays to move on to state as well as moving on three divers to regionals. The divers, Caleb Whicker, Rene Guertler, and Tyler Walters, will travel to Plainfield tonight to have their chance at competing at state. 
    North Montgomery will have one swimmer to compete in two events at state. This is Gus Maxwell in the 200 and 100 freestyles. Maxwell was able to defeat Athenian powerhouse Sam Malott to punch his ticket to IU in the 200, but he wasn’t done there. Maxwell also won the 100 free by just seven-hundredths of a second over Twin Lake’s Ben Manahan. 
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  • Webster takes second!
    Monday, February 20, 2017 11:01 PM
    INDIANAPOLIS — Tanner Webster sprinted with damning strides into a nearby darkened hallway, as if the center mat spotlight itself was chasing him — leaving behind 23 seconds on the timer’s clock, and his dreams of a State championship. Lightly heralded, No. 18 ranked wrestler Eli Stock of Monrovia won by fall at 5:37 to claim the 170 pound title, upsetting the No. 2 ranked Webster. 
    A win would have granted Webster (49-2) his fiftieth victory on the season, and would also have entered his name into the North Montgomery annals as the school’s only wrestling state champion. As it is, Webster as state runner-up secured his place in history as North Montgomery’s highest finishing athlete.
    Stock’s win at the 79th Annual Wrestling State Finals stunned the Bankers Life Fieldhouse crowd, shaking Webster’s coaches and the senior wrestler himself.
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  • Eyes on the prize
    Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:10 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS – Montgomery County will have three medalists in the state wrestling finals thanks to wins Friday night. 
    North Montgomery sophomore Seth Johnson moved to 44-2 on the year and earned a spot in the quarterfinals with a pin of Brayden Shearer of Garrett just before the third period ended. Johnson, ranked No. 2 in the state, will wrestle unranked Logan Stephenson (33-10) of Terre Haute South to start Saturday in the 106-pound bracket. 
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  • Warriors secure share
    Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    DANVILLE – With Crawfordsville’s title hopes on thin ice, Friday, the Athenians chilled Dan-ville into 38 percent shooting from the floor. However, Zach Callahan’s floater melted into the net with 0:33.2 seconds remaining, and sank any hopes of the Athenians sharing the conference crown.
    The 34-33 win assured the Warriors (15-7, SAC 6-1) at least a piece of the Sagamore Athletic Conference title, and plunged Crawfordsville (14-7, SAC 4-3) to fourth place in the league.
    This is Danville’s fourth SAC crown in six years, and 11th of the last sixteen seasons.
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  • Tri-West shoots down Chargers
    Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    LINDEN - The Chargers were looking to send their seniors out on a winning note Friday evening, and deny Class 3A, No. 10, Tri-West a share of the Sagamore Athletic Conference title. However, it was the Bruins, led by Tyler Watson, who answered every North Montgomery run to propel Tri-West to their second consecutive conference crown with a 90-62 victory.
    Things started well for North. Facing a quick 6-0 deficit two minutes in, Justin Clary converted an old fashioned 3-point play, and two Mitch Merica free throws cut the deficit to 6-5.
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  • Saturday, February 18, 2017 4:00 AM
    “We have to learn something from the loss tonight,” said Sparks, “We are good at giving people their best games of the year. If that doesn’t change, we’re in trouble.”
    Southmont celebrated an enormous milestone in Mountie basketball before Friday night’s game when they awarded Camden Chadd a basketball for scoring his 1,000th career point. Chadd became only the seventh player to ever score 1,000 points wearing a Mountie jersey. The junior passed the threshold on January 28th at the Knightstown Gym.
    Friday night, Greencastle started out hot, knocking down their first three shots, to begin the game on a 7-0 run. After an enthusiastic timeout discussion, the Mounties would go on a run themselves before trailing by six after the first quarter.
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  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 4:00 AM
    It all comes down to Friday night in the Sagamore Athletic Conference boys’ basketball race. Tri-West and Danville sit atop the conference with 5-1 records. Tri-West won the head-to-head matchup over the Warriors to give them their only defeat. It was Lebanon that found a way to hand Tri-West a loss. 
    Crawfordsville dropped out of controlling its own destiny with a loss at the hands of Tri-West last Friday. County buddies North Montgomery could help Crawfordsville with a huge upset of Tri-West Friday at home. The Athenians will need the help. They have a trip to Danville on Friday and have to win for any hope of sharing a part of the title. A win for Danville means a conference title. A win for Crawfordsville paired with a win for North Montgomery would put Tri-West, Danville, Lebanon and Crawfordsville tied atop the standings. 
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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 10:00 PM
    There’s a particular group of people in Montgomery County whose work you see every time you attend a high school basketball game. Their names are usually in the game program, but you will never see them listed in the scorebook. They practice every day, make all the road trips, and spend countless hours in the film room, long after their teammates head for home.
    These neglected notables are your school’s Student Managers. And, if they are nearly imper-ceivable to us, coaches know full well their value to winning.
    “The managers are always the unsung heroes of the program,” observed Crawfordsville Girls head basketball coach Tony Bean, granting kudos to senior managers Angel Fenwick and Dammaris Chavez. “Bottom line, if you have good managers, a coach’s job is easier and the program runs more smoothly.” 
    In addition to familiar game duties, like keeping water bottles filled, supplying towels, and manag-ing the equipment, teams today ask managers to accept additional responsibilities — many be-hind the scenes.
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  • Athenians easily erase Ramblers
    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    James Gineris led the Crawfordsville sharpshooters, and the Athenian defense showed little af-fection toward visiting Attica, gunning down the visitors 69-51 on St. Valentine’s Day, Tuesday.
    Gineris recorded game high honors for Crawfordsville (14-6, SAC 4-2) with 24 points, and was joined in double figures by Cameron Harris with 16, and Devin Guard, who came off the bench for 10.
    The Athenians exploded in the first quarter, racing out to a 24-8 lead on 9-of-12 shooting. Craw-fordsville ended the game shooting 52 percent from the floor, while limiting the Ramblers (7-11, WRC 4-3) to only 13 made buckets.
    “We were nervous. Attica is tough, and Jake [Coach Turner] always has them playing hard,” said Athenian head coach David Pierce. “They have four really good players. We held them to eight points in the first quarter, and that was huge.”
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  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    Hello world!
    It’s been an up and down season for Montgomery County wrestlers. Forty-two young men started the sectional at Crawfordsville with hopes of standing on a podium at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse this weekend. Just three still have that opportunity. North Montgomery senior Tanner Webster, North Montgomery sophomore Seth Johnson and Southmont senior Boone Welliever have one last chance at making their mark on history. 
    The wrestling state tournament is an interesting structure. For three straight Saturdays the kids hit the mats early in the morning and compete for most of the day at the sectional, regional and semi state level. Sixteen grapplers from each weight class make it to state where they wrestler one match on Friday night. If you win Friday, you get to come back Saturday and get a medal. If you lose Friday night, you just go home and you’ll need a ticket to watch Saturday’s action. 
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  • North falls at the buzzer
    Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:00 AM
    WAYNETOWN – Coming off a tough loss at Frankfort, the North Montgomery boys’ basketball team looked to regroup Tuesday night against North Putnam. The Chargers looked great early but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Cougars as North Montgomery fell on a last second lay-up 63-61.
    “It was a tough loss tonight,” said Charger coach Eric Danforth, “We did a lot of things correctly but it just didn’t end in our favor.”
    Up four late in the fourth quarter, the Chargers looked to play the clock for the remaining time. North Putnam picked up their defensive pressure and forced several timely turnovers that resulted in fast break points. 
    “North Putnam was all over us all night. We handled it well the majority of the game but a few mistakes at the end were costly,” said Danforth.
    With 25 seconds left to play, North Putnam’s Corbin Judy drained a corner three to tie it up at 61. Then after a missed shot, the Cougar ran the length of the floor and scored a lay-up with two ticks left on the clock. A long, desperation three was no good to give North Putnam the win 63-61.
    Offensively, the Chargers finished with four players in double figures for the first time this season. Justin Clary finished with 16, Mitch Merica finished with 15, Caleb Randolph had 14 and Ben Dugard had 11. 
    “We had several players step up tonight and that’s a great sign,” said Danforth, “Mitch [Merica] for the past couple of games has looked for opportunities other than the three-point shot and has really paid off for him.”
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  • Tuesday, February 14, 2017 4:00 AM
    Congrats to the county’s three wrestlers that made it through a challenging semi-state and will advance to the state wrestling Championship.
    North’s Tanner Webster became the first semi-state champion in the school history. South’s Boone Welliever also won semi state. Welliever actually is the fourth Mountie to win semi state in wrestling. However here is today’s fun fact… Boone’s father/ assistant wrestling coach Jamie Welliever also won semi state. Both Boone and Jamie also are the only wrestlers in school history to own three regional titles. I’m sure coach Welliever will be just fine if his son one-ups him by placing higher in the state finals than he did.
    North’s sophomore Seth Johnson placed second at semi-state and will advance to state as well. Good luck Wrestlers.
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  • BOONE: Linden Cheerleaders
    Monday, February 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    Debbie Horney was a cheerleader throughout her high school years. She fondly remembers the last Montgomery County tourney and her senior year. She relates this in Coach Tom Speaker’s book. She writes:
    “All my memories of the ’71 Bulldogs are good ones. It was just a good time to be a kid. Since there wasn’t as many different sports offered back then, the County schools really took their basketball seriously. The parents and entire communities were so supportive. I am afraid that people underestimate how important that support really is.
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