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  • BOONE: Floyd Miller Part two
    Monday, February 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    On June 29, 1912, Floyd Miller was born in Linden as the youngest child to Charles and Mary Miller. Charlie worked at the Linden Railroad Depot seven 8 hour days a week and Mary was a housewife and mother to her 6 children. Floyd had 2 older brothers, Carl (Class of 1922) and Omer (Class of 1923).
    The three older sisters were Mable (Class of 1924), Nina (Class of 1925), and Pauline, who was born in 1910 just two years before Floyd. In early April of 1919, there was a scarlet fever epidemic and Pauline contracted scarlet fever. All the Miller children had to be quarantined and Pauline died two weeks later at the age of 9. Floyd noted that her death was the last time they ever rang the church bells for a death in Linden. 
    When Floyd grew up, automobiles were still relatively new and sometimes not reliable. Therefore, the small town of Linden had all the amenities that the people needed through businesses in the town. He remembers a self-sufficient town in his following passage:
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  • Harpel moves to gymnastics regional
    Monday, February 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Rhi Harpel picked up a fifth place finish on the floor at the Lafayette Jefferson gymnastics sectional Saturday to send the Charger junior to the Valparaiso regional Saturday. Harpel scored 9.175 on her routine and was the only county athlete to move out of the sectional. 
    The top six individuals and top three teams moved on. North Montgomery was the highest team finisher at fifth with 95.275 team points. Southmont was seventh with 89.125 points and Crawfordsville was 13th with 30.150 points. 
    Harpel will travel to Valpo Saturday for the 2 p.m. event. She’ll need another top-6 finish to move to the state finals. 
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  • Whicker takes seventh
    Monday, February 27, 2017 4:00 AM
    Crawfordsville senior diver Caleb Whicker came with his A game on Saturday. Whicker entered Saturday’s preliminary rounds with the 13th best score out of the diving regionals in a field of 31. His regional score was 398.40. 
    Whicker improved his positioning in the early rounds, exiting the prelims with a score of 190.55, 9th best at that point. He continued to exceed expectations through the semifinals. He moved up to eighth and brought his score up to 297.65 entering the finals. He made his final move in the finals, gaining another spot to finish the day seventh in state with a final of 414.35, up 15.95 points from his 11-dive regional effort. 
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  • Saturday, February 25, 2017 4:00 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS – Montgomery County’s swim season was capped with some strong performances at Friday night’s state preliminaries. 
    North Montgomery senior Gus Maxwell had the best night of all with a pair of 21st-place finishes. He took that spot in the 200 free with a time of 1:44.68, almost a second faster than his seed time. He swam to 21st in the 100 free as well, with a time of 48.12. 
    Southmont junior Ryan Sacco finished 32nd in the 500 free with a time of 5:13.84. 
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  • Friday, February 24, 2017 11:04 PM
    GREENCASTLE – North Montgomery head coach Eric Danforth reached into his bag of motivational tricks, Friday night, and ignited his Chargers to a 54-53 in a season finale win over the hosts.
    “Aside from Danville and Tri-West, all of our other losses have been close,” said Eric Danforth, Chargers head coach. “I’m not surprised that our guys pulled this one out.”
    Led by junior Justin Clary, North Montgomery (8-14, SAC 0-7) shot 60 percent from the field, including nine 3-point shots. Clary hit five consecutive three pointers, and didn’t miss a shot until the 5:31 mark of the third quarter.
    Yet, in spite of the appearance of offensive success, the Chargers stumbled out of the gate, and had to rely on some unfamiliar faces in the first quarter to stay in contact with Greencastle (8–13, WIC 0-5).
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  • Seniors lead Athenians over Covington
    Friday, February 24, 2017 10:35 PM
    Crawfordsville’s senior basketball players walked, arm-in-arm, with their parents and loved ones across the gym floor Friday night in a celebration of all their hard work and persistence. The five seniors have been a huge part of Crawfordsville’s success this season and also contributed to their win over Covington 69-53.
    “I’m really proud of how the guys played tonight,” said Athenian head coach David Pierce, “It ended up being a great send off for our seniors in their final home game.”
    Crawfordsville came out of the pre-game huddle fired up and jumped out to a lead early. Offensively, the Athenians shot lights out in the first quarter. Crawfordsville shot 6-of-8 in the quarter and ended up leading 19-6.
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  • 1,000 for Swick in win
    Friday, February 24, 2017 10:30 PM
    ROCKVILLE - Southmont traveled to Rockville Friday night looking to continue their recent momentum heading into sectional play Tuesday. They came out of the gate and dominated every aspect of the game jumping out to a 20-7 first quarter lead and handing the Rox (12-11) their first home loss of the season with an impressive 80-46 win.
    “It’s big to get a win on the road, especially here where they’ve been so tough this season,” said Mountie head coach Jon Sparks. “I thought we executed our game plan and played the same physical style of basketball that we played against Frankfort last Saturday.”
    Southmont’s game plan in the early going was obvious. Kaleb Swick needed just 22-points to become the Mounties eighth 1,000-point scorer, and only the second all-time to also record 500-rebounds. 
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  • Swimmers headed to state
    Friday, February 24, 2017 4:00 AM
    Three individuals and three relay teams are primed to compete at the state swim finals this weekend at IUPUI. 
    Gus Maxwell, a North Montgomery senior, will swim in the 100 and 200 frees. He’s seeded 27th in the 200 free with a seed time of 1:45.39 and seeded 26th in the 100 free with a time of 47.92. 
    Southmont junior Ryan Sacco will kick Friday off as the 32nd seed in the 500 free with a time of 5:04.78. 
    Crawfordsville sends three relay teams and a diver to the event. They are seeded 31st in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:40.16, 27th in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:30.53 and 32nd in the 400 free relay at 3:23.67. 
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  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:00 AM
    You will recall that a few weeks ago I described my brief brush with the sport of wrestling when I was in junior high school. My recollections were a dismal delve into self-pity that led me to give up wrestling, in favor of … anything.
    Had I the opportunity in those days to witness the 79th Annual Wrestling State Finals — an op-portunity that I enjoyed this past Saturday — perhaps my career as a wrestler would have been extended.
    For those of you who require instant satisfaction, each mano a mano match is contested in three, two minute rounds — six minutes to victory. Four mats are used simultaneously, keeping the ac-tion fast and furious.
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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:24 PM
    The Southmont junior high wrestling team traveled to Lebanon Middle School Tuesday evening for a dual meet. The Tigers defeated the Mounties. The Mounties are now 9-1 on the season and will be back in action Thursday evening as they travel to Seeger for a dual meet, wrestling will begin at 6 p.m.
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  • Whicker headed to state
    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    PLAINFIELD – Twenty divers took to the board Tuesday at Plainfield with hopes of qualifying for Saturday’s state finals. Only eight moved on, among them was Crawfordsville senior Caleb Whicker. Whicker took fourth place at the event with a score of 398.40. Whicker will dive in the prelims starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium, IUPUI. 
    Whicker had two teammates at Plainfield attempting to qualify as well. Crawfordsville senior Rene Guertler finished his career in 18th at the regional with a score of 205.90. Athenian freshman Tyler Walters was 20th with a score of 147.30. 
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  • Wednesday, February 22, 2017 4:00 AM
    Hello world!
    What a weekend for Montgomery County. We had three wrestlers take to the mats Friday night with their eyes set on a state championship. Tanner Webster, Boone Welliever and Seth Johnson all got through Friday night to ensure a top-8 spot in the state. 
    The wrestlers returned Saturday and continued to show well. Johnson hit the mat first and advanced followed by the same from Welliever and Webster. Johnson, just a sophomore, went on to wrestle his way to fourth place and Welliever finished his career with a win, taking third. The placement matches that of his dad, Jamie Welliever, as the best in Southmont history. 
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  • Chargers take county
    Tuesday, February 21, 2017 11:40 PM
    North Montgomery took first place ahead of Southmont and Crawfordsville Monday at the Montgomery County gymnastics meet. Rhi Harpel (pictured) took first place in the all around for North Montgomery with a score of 33.425. She also took first place on the bars (8.35) and the beam (8.95) and second on the floor (8.4). Southmont teammates Macy Zachary and Courtney France were co-champions on the vault with scores of 8.65. Zachary also took first on the floor with a score of 8.575. The Chargers finished the meet with 93.8 points ahead of Southmont’s 90.3 points. 
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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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