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Tuesday, February 09, 2016
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Start of spring season brings . . . rain
Spring sports have arrived and what does that mean?
Showers Monday combined with chilly temps and the prospect of rain last night meant the kickoff was postponed for just about everything in the area. Southmont softball was able to get their game in at Danville, but that was it.
We should be able to get action started tonight with a track meet and baseball scrimmage at Southmont and a softball showdown at Crawfordsville.
The Montgomery County softball scene should be interesting this year. We're into the After McKenzi Jordan era. The Southmont hurler dominated the county for the last four years. There's a bunch of good talent, but no one has risen to that level just yet.
Southmont has to be the favorite in the county for the simple fact that the Mounties bring back a wealth of talent from their Class 2A state runner-up finish last season.
Senior Morgan Laws will be the go-to slinger for the Mounties. Sluggers like sophomore Sydney Casteel and senior Maddie Mills and Brooke England should power the offense.
Neil Burk: I need your help
I hear you. The winter sports seasons are all wrapped up and we are well past the home stretch. Heck. Spring sports are already under way with some indoor track last night.
This week I want to do something out of the ordinary and focus on a personal project a little bit more and ask for help from each and every one of you.
As some of you know, I've been participating in The Challenge. It's a weight loss competition, but more importantly, it's a fundraiser for the Montgomery County United Fund for You (MUFFY).
So far we have raised more than $9,200 for MUFFY, but there's so much more help needed.
Wrestling season culminates
Can you believe that the state wrestling finals are here? Unreal.
It was Nov. 3 that the county grapplers had their first official practice. Three months later, there are only three wrestlers left in the county and their future all comes down to one match.
Southmont's Zach Worm and Connor Moore and North Montgomery's Jesse Archer will make the trip to Banker's Life Fieldhouse Friday night looking for one more win and a guaranteed top-8 spot in the state finals. If they win Friday, they place. If they lose, they are state qualifiers.
That's nothing to shake a stick at. These boys have worked hard to earn the title of state qualifier. Many others worked hard and won't get to make the trip this weekend. They have plenty to be proud of, but I can guarantee you that none of them are satisfied at this point. They're still grinding in the room every day to try to pull off that Friday-night win so they can start the Saturday path to wrestling under the lights.
Postseasons bring a ton of excitement
It doesn't get much better than the postseason, does it?
Wrestlers are headed to the semistate at New Castle. The lady swimmers just wrapped up the sectional and regional diving was completed last night. The girls' basketball sectionals also got under way last night with Southmont traveling to Fountain Central and losing a heartbreaker to Riverton Parke.
Crawfordsville and North Montgomery will get going with sectional basketball action Friday at Lebanon.
In semistate wrestling Montgomery County will be represented by 15 wrestlers at New Castle. When the action on the mats start, anyone has a shot of making it to state. They will need to win their first two rounds to advance.
Spotlight shines on Lacey Garrett
Well, she did it.
Lacey Garrett joined Mandi Johnson, Cari Fruits and Alex Gasaway in the female 1,000 career point club at Crawfordsville High School.
Garrett needed 26 points Tuesday night against a very good Hamilton Heights team to hit the milestone and she finished the night with a career-high 29. She also solidified her spot as the all-time assists leader, adding six assists to bring that total to 369. She's also the all-time steals leader at CHS.
Garrett is very deserving of all the recognition she gets for her effort on the court. She works as hard as anyone in practice and is a Valedictorian of her senior class at Crawfordsville. She's a leader on and off the court.
Garrett is also an excellent volleyball player, but it's clear that basketball is her passion.
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