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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Monday, February 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    VEEDERSBURG – After losing their last seven games, Southmont looked to turn it around Saturday night when they traveled to Fountain Central (10-11, 3-4 WRC). Cam Chadd and Kaleb Swick combined for 57 points for the Mounties, and helped Southmont come away with a win 76-63.
    “We played harder on the defensive side of the ball tonight,” said head coach Jon Sparks, “that helped us play the pace that we wanted.”
    That defensive pressure was shown in the first quarter. The Mountie defense forced six Mustang turnovers and held them to only five points. The key for Southmont was keeping Fountain Central out of the paint and forcing them to take 3-point shots. The Mustangs shot 31 threes in the game.
    “Our strength tonight was forcing outside shots and clogging up the inside, keeping the ball out of their big guys’ hands,” said Sparks.
    Southmont kept the pressure up in the second quarter and went into the halftime break up 36-20.
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  • Monday, February 13, 2017 4:00 AM
    NEW CASTLE – A loaded semi state welcomed eight Montgomery County wrestlers on Saturday. When the dust settled, three of those individuals found their way to the state finals. Two local grapplers claimed semi state championships. 
    Tanner Webster became North Montgomery’s first ever semi state champion with his win at 170 pounds. Boone Welliever became Southmont’s fourth semi state champion at 145 pounds. Charger sophomore Seth Johnson finished second at 106 pounds to punch his ticket. 
    Johnson started his day with an 11-2 major decision and booked his trip to state with a pin over Logan Bailey at the end of the first period. Johnson found another pin in the semifinals when he took care of Andrew Black in 3:15. Johnson met Perry Meridian freshman Brayden Lowery (44-2) in the finals where he lost a 4-0 decision. 
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  • Saturday, February 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS – Swimmers from around the state took to the pool at the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI Friday for the state final prelims. Though none of the local swimmers advanced to Saturday’s finals, there were some strong performances. 
    Southmont senior Madison Wickholm had the best night of all. She finished 23rd in the 200-yard freestyle and 24th in the 500-yard freestyle. Southmont freshman Jane Scheidler took 31st in the 50-yard freestyle and 32nd in the 100-yard freestyle. The Southmont team of Wickholm, Scheidler, Kelsey Dugger and Emma Tyler took 31st in the 400-yard freestyle relay. 
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  • Saturday, February 11, 2017 4:00 AM
    FRANKFORT – North Montgomery (7-12, 0-6 SAC) hoped to keep their winning streak going Friday night when they took on the Hot Dogs from Frankfort (5-14, 2-4 SAC). Fresh off their win over Riverton Parke, the Chargers faced off against a hot Frankfort team that had won three of their last five. In a physical game, the Hot Dogs took down the Chargers 64-58.
    “I’m proud of the boys for their aggressiveness tonight,” said Charger head coach Eric Danforth. “The kids were able to get to get their hands on a lot of rebounds despite Frankfort’s size.”
    North Montgomery struggled on the offensive end during most of the first half. Frankfort’s big men clogged up the lane, forcing the Chargers to get a majority of their shots from outside the 3-point line. 
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