While North Montgomery is the only Montgomery County team set to play a Sagamore Conference game this weekend, all three schools have games on tap in the coming days.
The Chargers will travel to Danville on Friday for a girl/boy doubleheader. North Montgomery’s girls (3-15, 1-3) are looking for their second league win of the season, while Danville (13-4, 4-0) is trying to get one step closer to a third straight conference title. North has struggled all season long, especially in the scoring department, but have seen marked improvement in their play, especially out of seniors Kendall Humphreys, Tori Warren, and Madison Altman. Junior Emily Sennett has picked up the bulk of the scoring for the Warriors. It will be tough for the Chargers to limit Ella Collier, one of the most prolific scorers in the state, and Kayley May, one of the top young coaches in the state. Danville is seeking a third consecutive trip to the semi-state.
For the boys, Danville (6-5, 1-1) is having a down year compared to recent years, but it still is a Brian Barber led team, and their rigorous schedule makes their record deceiving. It will be tough for North Montgomery (2-10, 0-2) to find their first conference victory since February of 2016. In reality, the Chargers just need to find ways to score more points. North Montgomery has four players averaging six points a game in Matt Jackman, Preston Shaw, Jaron Bradford, and Kade Kobel, but none have stepped up into a go-to-scorer role.
I’ve got the Warriors in a doubleheader sweep.
Southmont will host Seeger in a non-conference girl/boy doubleheader on Friday. Normally, one might think this would be a cupcake two wins for the Mounties, but not so fast. The Wabash River Conference is loaded, and both of these two teams are near the top. Seeger (15-3) should have no trouble with Southmont (4-10) in the girls’ game. The Mounties have struggled mightily, and if they choose to play a man-to-man defense, they will likely have to score at least 40 points to be in the ball game. That defense has hurt Southmont all season long. Oh, and Seeger has held their opponents to under 30 points in 12 of their 15 wins.
For the boys, I’m confident that Justin Howard and his 18.6 points per game will be able to hang with the Patriots (7-2), but it will take a 32-minute effort for the Mounties to knock off Seeger and pick up their first win of the season over an opponent other than North Montgomery.
I’ve got a split. Mounties boys will win, and the girls will lose in a nail-biter, 32-29. See what I mean? Seeger’s defense is that good.
Crawfordsville’s girls play winless Riverton Parke tonight. Cross your fingers for coach Tony Bean and the Athenians. Lauren Kellerman and Addie Laskowski are healthy, and this should be a sweet, sweet victory.
For the boys, Crawfordsville (7-3) is coming off a Sugar Creek Classic title last weekend, and has a trap game on Saturday at home against Clinton Prairie (7-4). The Athenians’ next goal they can achieve for the season is a conference title, but a tough non-conference slate remains, starting with the Gophers. Crawfordsville also plays Fountain Central and McCutcheon in the coming weeks.
I’ve got the Athenians. I still think coach David Pierce leads this team to a 16-17 win season, and an outright conference title.
Elsewhere in Montgomery County sports, it’s a busy one. All three county teams will participate in the Sagamore Conference wrestling meet at North Montgomery on Saturday, and the conference swim meet at Crawfordsville.
The Chargers will look to continue their dominance in wrestling, while the Athenians will look to hang their hat on success in the pool.
I’ve got an upset in wrestling. Southmont is the hottest team in the area, and I fully expect them to win the whole thing on Saturday. In swimming, the Athenians always have leaders step up in this meet, and I expect nothing less on Saturday. Lebanon will be a tough team to beat, though. in both the girls’ and boys’ races.
Look out for the snow! First significant winter storm expected in central Indiana Friday night into Saturday. Could play a factor in this weekend’s events.