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  • Wednesday, December 07, 2016 4:00 AM
    Hello world!
    Last week I started to delve into just how good the boys’ basketball teams could be this season and we’re starting to get some answers. 
    To put it simply, I think they can all be really, really good. 
    Southmont showed some serious firepower and a staunch defense in wins over North Montgomery and Cloverdale last weekend. Mountie head coach Jon Sparks has a great group this year that looks like they trust one another on both ends of the court. Junior Cam Chadd and senior Kaleb Swick are elite scorers and have rounded out their games nicely the last couple of years. Both can hit the glass and defend pretty much every position. The Mounties also have a handful of sharpshooters – which never hurts. 
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  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 4:00 AM
    Hello world!
    So we’re just about a week into the boys’ basketball season and there are some questions emerging. The most pressing of these is how good are these clubs really going to be? As of today, Southmont is 2-0, North Montgomery is 1-1 and Crawfordsville is 2-0. 
    Now, these wins have come against some OK opponents and for the most part, the wins have been impressive. North’s loss came to Class 4A Harrison, so that doesn’t reveal too much about the Chargers. They do have a win over Speedway for the second year in a row, which is something. New coach Eric Danforth has the boys up north running and gunning with an up-tempo offense that is a change of pace from what Charger fans have grown used to in the last few years. 
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  • Thursday, November 24, 2016 4:00 AM
    Hello world!
    We’ve hit the winter sports season and I have the empty Dayquil packets and half-gone Vitamin C bottle to prove it. The winter is such a unique time when it comes to sports. The fall is nice and cozy. Football every Friday, volleyball throughout the week, big golf, tennis and cross country tournaments on the weekends. Spring is a different sort of chaos in its own thanks to rain, but it still isn’t as odd as winter. 
    Two of the winter sports stop for a couple weeks mid-way through their seasons. Girls and boys basketball both have long breaks over the holidays. All sports have some break around Christmas, but basketball is by far the most extreme. Let’s look at some actual dates. 
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  • Wednesday, November 09, 2016 4:00 AM
    Hello world!
    What a week it was in the world of sports the Cubbies are the World Series champions. 
    But that’s not what I’m going to talk about this week. Sports writer / columnist Scott Smith had a great column about his experience up in Wrigleyville for the clincher and one of the owners of our company, Jeff Birk, talks about his experience on today’s front page. Those guys are both great reads and die-hard Cubs fans. 
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  • Wednesday, October 19, 2016 4:00 AM
    Hello world!
    Goodness, it feels good to scribe those words again. Yes, the cats out of the bag and I am back in Montgomery County and back to my post as Editor of The Paper. I had a wonderful experience during my time in Washington, D.C., but it just turned out that this is the place for me. 
    To make the deal even sweeter, my better half (and FINALLY fiancé – she said yes!) Abbey, got a pretty sweet spot downtown for her studio. So in my moment of self-promotion, please stop in and say hello to this beautiful individual at her new studio at 105 E. Main St. in beautiful downtown Crawfordsville. 
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  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015 6:24 PM
    Hello world!

    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.

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  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015 7:11 PM
    Hello world!

    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.
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  • Tuesday, February 17, 2015 6:33 PM
    Hello world!

    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.
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  • Tuesday, February 10, 2015 8:24 PM
    Hello world!

    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.
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  • Spotlight shines
on Lacey Garrett
    Tuesday, February 03, 2015 7:21 PM
    Hello world!

    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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  • Tuesday, January 27, 2015 5:59 PM
    Hello world!

    Are you ready? Are you ready for hundreds of screaming fans, buzzers sounding, whistles blowing and a whole lot of tension in the air?

    Well, if so, you're ready for the wrestling sectional at Crawfordsville on Saturday. Action starts at 10 a.m. Once again, Montgomery County looks to be the class of the field.

    Barring unforeseen circumstances, North Montgomery and Southmont will once again be battling head-to-head for the sectional. So far this year, Southmont has been the favorite on paper, but North Montgomery has all the championships.
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  • Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:30 PM
    Hello world!

    Did you make it out to the Sugar Creek Classic? The annual tournament is brought to you by The Paper of Montgomery County, Franciscan Physician Network and Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health Crawfordsville.

    We sponsor the event, but it wouldn't be possible without the help of so many others. In fear of forgetting someone, I would like to thank several people. So here goes, in no particular order.
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  • Tuesday, January 06, 2015 6:49 PM
    Hello world!

    Hope you all are finding some way to stay warm as January once again welcomes us with a frigid blast of air.

    I spent part of my chilly Tuesday participating in The Challenge.

    The Challenge is another idea from your friends at The Paper of Montgomery County! This time, The Paper, Athena Sport & Fitness, Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health and Franciscan Physician Network are partnering to raise money for Montgomery United Fund For You, or what it's commonly known by, MUFFY. Here's the way it works.

    There are 12 of us brave souls who have volunteered to take on The Challenge. We will take part in a 10-week program through Athena Sport & Fitness with the goal of losing weight and getting more fit. We are all also trying to get sponsorships from people and groups so that the more weight we lose, the more MUFFY makes!
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  • Sunday, December 28, 2014 6:04 PM
    Hello world!

    On Saturday we talked about some former high schools and their mascots. The good, the bad and mostly the ugly.

    All of those schools are now gone, most of them consolidated into modern-day schools. But that doesn't mean the strange mascots have gone away completely.

    Now not all unique mascots are strange or bad. As I referenced before, we have three pretty unique mascots right here in Montgomery County. There are only six Chargers in the state and no other Athenians or Mounties. And I would rank all of those as pretty neat monikers for a school.

    Another pretty cool nickname might have become familiar to some Sagamore Athletic Conference football fans recently. The Andrean Fighting 59ers lost in the Class 3A state championship football game this year to Sagamore representative Tri-West. The name Fighting 59ers comes from the address of the school, 5959 Broadway and the year of its founding, 1959. The Adam Central Flying Jets, who play basketball in a gym built like a hangar, is another neat one that is tied to real things at the school.

    The Sagamore has a few more unique mascots with their modern schools. The Western Boone Stars share their mascot with just one other school in the state, the Bedford North Lawrence Stars. The South Adams Starfires are close, but not the same.
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  • Friday, December 26, 2014 4:56 PM
    Hello world!

    It's a special installment this week (and you thought all Santa brought you was a lump of coal).

    I want to have some fun with my column around the holidays and talk some about mascots. We have some great local mascots at our three Montgomery County Schools.

    Our county features the only two occurrences of the use of Mounties and Athenians as mascots in Indiana. There are five other schools that use the Charger moniker.

    There were some interesting and unique mascots pre-consolidation as well. In the northern part of the county there were the more tradition Darlington Indians, Linden Bulldogs and New Richmond Cardinals. There were also the Spartans of Wingate and the Gladiators of Waynetown that went to battle. Other less common mascots included the Bowers Blackshirts and the Coal Creek Central Bearcats.

    Down south, traditional nicknames included the Alamo Warriors and the New Ross Blue Jays. The Ladoga Canners, New Market Purple Flyers, and Waveland Hornets were less typically names.
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