NPHS boys get close road win
MARSHALL--Turkey Run's last second lob play for senior Austin Jones was thrown too far and his shot hit the bottom of the backboard, and the North Putnam boys' basketball team came away with a 37-36 win.
"We had it covered about how we wanted it," Cougars head coach Collin McCartt said. "We figured there might be a possibility of a back screen there. They were able to catch it and I think that kind of threw us off. We were pretty fortunate."
The Warriors (2-8 1-1 WRC) controlled much of the first half by using the baseline and tallying five assists to take a halftime lead of 22-20. The Cougars (3-7 0-1 WCC) struggled with eight turnovers and 8 of 22 shooting.
"They (Turkey Run) move the ball well," McCartt said. "They're all guards. They do a great job making sure there was no post so they could job. Their coach does a really good job with those guys."
North Putnam could only hit two field goals in the third quarter, but their defense starting clamping down on Turkey Run. They held them to eight points in the quarter on no assists and four came from free throws.
After being down seven in the final quarter the Cougars had clutch play from senior Michael Roberts, junior Austin Judy and sophomore Jordan Bean.
"We got down seven in the fourth and our guys hit some shots to get back into it," McCartt said. "We made enough plays to pull it out."
Judy went to the free throw line with 5:13 left in the game and made the front end before missing the second, only to be rebounded by his own team. The ball was kicked back to Judy on the right side where he buried one of his three threes in the second half to cut the lead to three, 32-29.
Judy's heroics continued only seconds later when North Putnam recovered a turnover and Judy hit another three to tie the game.
Down again by two this time Judy missed a contested layup long, but Bean, air-bound, grabbed the most important of his 15 rebounds on the night and laid it in all in one motion with 1:42 left. He finished two points shy of a double-double.
"I asked the guys to do three things before the game that would help us win," McCartt said, "I asked Jordan to do one thing and that was to get at least eight rebounds. He was able to do his job."
Roberts did his part by knocking down two free throws after an unnecessary foul by Warrior Tyler Davis to give the Cougars the lead they would never look back on.
"It was nice to see that we had perseverance," McCartt said. "We easily could've put our heads down. We didn't. I thought Michael did a great job trying to keep everybody up. The leadership was great tonight. We needed a night like this where we really had to gut one out."
Freshman Treyton Smith would knock in one more free throw for the Cougars to give them a three-point lead.
Instead of shooting a three, the Warriors went for a quick two and Jones converted with a 10-feet jumper.
Turkey Run fouled Roberts on the ensuing Cougar possession and only in the one-and-one bonus, Roberts missed the front end and gave the Warriors enough time to call a timeout with two seconds remaining.
Down one, Turkey Run drew the lob play up for Jones, which nearly worked, but the pass was too long.
North Putnam survived a tough one and Coach McCartt said his team did not play well at all, but they expressed great joy when they heard of the statistic totals for Bean.
"He did great things," McCartt said. "He is very valuable and he really helped us tonight. We're all proud of him."
At Turkey Run
North Putnam 14 6 5 12--37
Turkey Run 12 10 8 6--36
North Putnam: A. Judy 10, Bean 8, Jeter 7, Smith 7, Roberts 4, Hall 1, C. Judy 0, Porter 0.
Turkey Run: Davis 9, D. Ferguson 8, Jones 7, N. Ferguson 6, England 3, J. Ferguson 3, Hunt 0, Mitchell 0, Munoz 0.
North Putnam: Bean 15, Roberts 6, Jeter 4, A. Judy 4, C. Judy 1, Smith 1.
Turkey Run: Davis 11, D. Ferguson 5, Hunt 4, J. Ferguson 3, Munoz 3, Mitchell 1.
Cougars can't stifle Chargers' Grant Gaylor's 27 points, 63-37
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"Gaylor is a really good player," Cougars' coach Collin McCartt said. "They played really good coming out as a team."
North Montgomery (5-5 2-0 SAG) held the Cougars scoreless in the first quarter with Gaylor scoring 14 of his 16 first half points in the quarter. They also had five assists on eight field goals.
"We came out and gave up a couple of back doors," McCartt said. "We've worked on that and worked on that and I think we just got a little bit frustrated. We gave up dunks on the first two plays and our kids put their heads down."
The Cougars (2-7 0-1 WCC) only got off two first-quarter shots and had 10 turnovers.
They had seven turnovers before their first shot.
"We came out and they made some plays," McCartt said. "That kind of made our guys timid. When we get timid we throw the ball away. I think we started attacking a little bit better and we got our feet under us. We usually don't throw the ball away like that."
Senior Michael Roberts, who scored a team high for the Cougars with 13 went aggressively to the rim with his left hand and scored the first Cougar points with 5:27 left in the second quarter.
Roberts had eight of his team's 14 points in the second quarter and ended it in style with a steal from junior Jordan Banta at mid court. He took the ball and laid it in the goal uncontested with 35.7 seconds left in the half.
The Cougars had cut the lead to 18, 32-14 at half.
Gaylor started the second half much the same as the first. He scored 11 points and 5-of-6 free throws identical to the first half.
North Putnam also had a tough time stopping sophomore Caleb Randolph. He scored 14 points and was 5-of-7 from the line.
The Chargers made quick decisions with the ball that led to 13 assists for the game. They also had only 11 turnovers doing so and had only one turnover in the first quarter.
"They just run their stuff really well," McCartt said. "This is their coach's fifth year and he's learned from some really good coaches. He's got a system planted."
The Cougars took advantage of North Montgomery sitting their starters in the fourth. Their contributions tallied in size as five different shooters scored in the quarter.
Free throws were a big part of the game. The Cougars were 4 for 11 and the Chargers were 22 for 36.
McCartt talked heavily about Gaylor after the game. He said if he was taken out things might have been different, but that overall he was just a great player.
"You take Gaylor out they're not much more athletic than us," Gaylor said. "He is a big part of their game and he really hurt us."
North Putnam's next game will be Friday at Turkey Run with a tip set for 7:30 pm.
At North Montgomery
North Putnam 0 14 8 15--37
North Montgomery 22 10 19 12--63
North Putnam (15-41 4-11, 37): Roberts 13, Smith 5, Bean 4, Hall 4, Jeter 4, C. Judy 4, Porter 3, A. Judy 0.
North Montgomery (20-41 22-36, 63): Gaylor 27, C. Randolph 14, Adams 5, Banta 5, Dugard 5, Zachary 4, O. Randolph 2, Parsons 0.
North Putnam: Roberts 7, Bean 5, C. Judy 5, Hall3, Jeter 3, Smith 2, A. Judy 1, Porter 1.
North Montgomery: Gaylor 6, Parsons 6, Adams 5, Banta 3, C. Randolph 3, O. Randolph 3, Clary 2, Lewis 2, Dugard 1, Smith 1.
Cougars come up short at home to Athenians
ROACHDALE-- The North Putnam Cougars boys' basketball team showed up to play Saturday night, but only shot 9-of-36 from the field and 9-of-16 from the free-throw strike. A close game turned into a loss, 44-30, to a struggling Crawfordsville Athenian team.
"They just made a few more plays than we did," coach Collin McCartt said. "I thought we played really well. We had some open shots, but we just didn't make them. I thought our guys came ready to play, our attitude was great, I thought their intensity was great, I thought we played with poise and I know it's disappointing for them not to be where they want to be on the scoreboard."
The Cougars (0-5) went back-and-forth with the Athenians (1-4) in the first half, taking the lead four times before going down 15-12 at the break. Junior Austin Judy and sophomore Jordan Bean each had four points. Crawfordsville's Konnor Smith led all scorers at the time with six.
It came down efficiency with North Putnam shooting a lower percentage from both the field and free throw line.
"They hit some shots," McCartt said. "That's what it came down to. We get to come back into practice and our shooting is a skillset we definitely need to improve on. We finally got a full week of practice ahead and then we got Christmas Break. I'm looking forward to that because I think our guys will make a lot of strides. I think we can get on the practice floor and really make some improvements."
Sophomore Trent Johnson erupted in the half with three three-pointers and 13 points total for the Athenians. He finished just two rebounds short of a double-double.
"I don't know that (pressure) affected us that much," McCartt said. "I thought we moved the ball pretty well. I just think there were some shots we didn't hit. There was probably an offensive adjustment I should've made a little bit earlier, but other than that I didn't think we were tentative. Tonight we attacked."
After the Athenians got up by double figures, the Cougars came back to within seven with 3:39 left in the game, but the final three-pointer by Johnson ended any hopes of getting closer.
Good free throw shooting helped Crawfordsville seal the game off. Johnson hit 4-of-5 with the sixth being called off because of a lane violation. Ryan Barr also hit 1-of-2.
Michael Roberts, the Cougar leader, struggled for his second straight night scoring the majority of his points in the final two minutes. He scored seven points on 3 of 9 shooting and went an uncharacteristic 1 of 4 from the foul line.
After being dominated on the boards against Rockville Friday night, McCartt challenged his team to be like Rockville Saturday night. The plea worked and his team secured 15 offensive rebounds.
"I challenged them to look like Rockville," McCartt said. "They were unbelievable on the glass. Jordan Bean has been very active. Kyler Jeter went to the glass and Corbin Judy went there. I think they just had an attack mentality all the way around."
North Putnam's next game will be its conference opener of the season. It will square off with the Cascade Cadets at home on December 13.
At North Putnam
Crawfordsville 8 7 16 13--44
North Putnam 7 5 5 13--30
Crawfordsville: Johnson 13, Page 10, Barr 8, Smith 8, Stewart 3, Yund 2, Corbin 0, Daniels 0, Guard 0, Lucas 0.
North Putnam: A. Judy 10, Roberts 7, Bean 4, Smith 4, Jeter 3, Hall 2, C. Judy 0, Porter 0.
Crawfordsville: Barr 9, Johnson 8, Corbin 7, Stewart 5, Daniels 1, Hutson 1, Page 1, Smith 1.
North Putnam: Bean 8, C. Judy 4, Roberts 4, Jeter 3, A. Judy 3, Hall 2, Smith 1.
Lady Cougars get 17-point victory against Turkey Run
Cougar girls upset Clovers
North Putnam girls' team finishes in second place
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The North Putnam girls' basketball team finished second in this invite after getting to the championship game via a win against the Fall Creek Academy Engineers. After trailing by one at halftime in the final game, a cold streak crumbled the chances the Cougars had at winning the hardware.
Getting to the championship was virtually an easy task for the Cougars. The Engineers have had only one winning season in their nine-year program and rank 410th in the state. The Cougars won 34-5.
North Putnam (2-11 0-1 WCC) played it conservative with Fall Creek (0-12) by putting up 24 in the first half and only giving up three.
"We don't want to embarrass anybody," coach Jim Spencer said. "That's not in our game. We don't want to do that and we hope others won't do it to us."
Of the five points the Engineers scored, four were scored by Cashayla Miller. Destinee Page added a free throw.
The Cougars set team records for the season by not allowing Fall Creek to score in both the second and third quarters. They also had a seasonlow two turnovers in a quarter.
"We did a good job with almost everything," Spencer said. "We improved for the day, so we're completing our goal of improving each day."
Instead of pounding the ball deep, Spencer had his team run the perimeter and kill time. Their scoring was cut down in the second half to only ten points because of the strategy.
Spencer's attitude toward the Engineers was respectful and by the fourth quarter he had all his reserves in. Of the nine Cougars to play eight scored. Nauert led the team with eight and she and Emilee Henninger both had eight rebounds.
"We had great teamwork," Spencer said.
The team was 17 of 33 from the floor in the game and of the made field goals 10 were assisted between six different players. Nauert had three.
"We had a great game," Spencer said. "It was fun for our kids. We hit a lot of shots and a game like this helped us all the way around. Hopefully it will be beneficial in our next game."
The hosts of the tournaments, the Speedway Sparkplugs (3-10 1-3 ICC), were paired with the Cougars in the championship game because of a win over the University Trailblazers (3-8).
The game started with back-to-back layup misses by Sparkplugs' Tina Wallace and Nauert en route to a 36-15 win.
"We just couldn't hit shots," Spencer said. "The shots just didn't go our way."
Wallace opened the scoring with the game's first four points. She had 13 total on 7 of 13 shooting.
Nauert cut that lead in half with a put back off a Cougar miss, but they could not get any closer in the first quarter. Speedway drug out the lead to five off of a Yazmin Cross three.
Excitement permeated through the second quarter as the Cougars regained the lead.
With 2:04 remaining in the first half, senior Kaitlin Mindiola powered up an offensive rebound and made the shot while being fouled. This tied the game at nine and she had a chance to give her team the lead. She missed the free throw.
"She (Mindiola) is a great player for us," Spencer said. "Always giving it all she's got. She made a great play and it put us in a great position."
Momentum started to swing North Putnam's way and after turning the Sparkplugs over, Henninger had one of her game-high six assists to Nauert, which put the Cougars up by two on an open layup, 11-9.
"We did really well passing the ball," Spencer said. "We may have forced it a little bit here and then, but Henninger stepped up for us. She made some great plays and put us in a position to score."
An unfortunate event followed to end the half for North Putnam. Wallace banked in a three pointer while she was being fouled by senior Morgan Smith. This gave the Speedway a chance to go up by two at half, but she air balled the free throw.
The Cougars were down 12-11.
Everything went down hill for the Cougars in the second half. They made the right choices, played good defense, but they missed 17 straight shots and did not score before 5:05 left in the game when Taylor Nauert hit a jump shot on an inbounds play from Henninger. Morgan Smith, who had six in the first game, scored the only other bucket in the half.
"We took good shots," Spencer said. "There are just days where they don't fall."
Speedway senior Madison McCaughey had eight points in the half including six of the first eight. Six of those were put backs from offensive rebounds.
After a complete turnaround from the first game, 2 of 23 second-half shooting and only going 1 of 9 from the foul line in the game proved to be the difference. North Putnam had proved it could stay with Speedway in the opening half, but when the Cougars missed so much in the second half it opened up transition opportunities for the Sparkplugs and they took advantage. Wallace, Cross and Regan Hubbard all had layups on their end of the court.
"When you try to go for offensive rebounds you leave the back court open," Spencer said. "You can't go for an offensive rebound and guard transition at the same time. Usually a few shots go in, but they didn't for us. We never took a bad shot, but it just didn't go our way."
Had North Putnam hit shots the game could have been changed entirely.
"I am very proud of the girls," Spencer said. "They played really well all day. We've battled the flu over break and for our kids to come in and play the way they did today shows a lot."
The Cougars will square off in one of their tougher contests of the season Thursday night against Fountain Central. The Mustangs are 9-1 on the year with a 14-point win over Crawfordsville. The Cougars lost their first game of the year to Crawfordsville.
"It's going to be a tough contest," Spencer said. "No doubt about it. We will have to get to practice this week and work on some things."
Fall Creek 3 0 0 2--5
North Putnam 12 12 8 2--34
Fall Creek: Miller 4, Page 1, Capler 0, Kelly 0, Scruggs 0, Rashid 0.
North Putnam: Nauert 8, Clodfelter 6, Mindiola 6, Mo. Smith 6, Henninger 2, Millican 2, Parent 2, Ma. Smith 2, Evans 0.
Fall Creek: Miller 8, Called 2, Kelly 1.
North Putnam: Henninger 8, Nauert 8, Evans 4, Parent 2, Ma. Smith 2, Clodfelter 1, Millican 1, Mindiola 1.
North Putnam 2 9 0 4--15
Speedway 7 5 14 10-- 36
North Putnam: Nauert 9, Mo. Smith 4, Mindiola 2, Clodfelter 0, Evans 0, Henninger 0, Millican 0, Parent 0, Ma. Smith 0.
Speedway: Wallace 13, McCaughey 8,Hubbard 6, Cross 5, Dailey 2, Sherfick 2. Sullivan 0.
North Putnam: Mindiola 9, Nauert 4, Ma. Smith 4, Evans 3, Henninger 3, Clodfelter 2.
Speedway: McCaughey 9, Cross 4, Dailey 3, Moore 3, Hubbard 2, Wallace 2, Sullivan 1.
North Putnam girls lose on road
CAYUGA-- It is finals week for North Putnam High School and the girls' basketball team took a break from studying to travel to North Vermillion to take on the Falcons Tuesday night. After falling behind by 10 in the third quarter the Cougars rallied to get within one but lost a heartbreaker, 27-21.
The Falcons (7-3) opened up the contest with juniors Rhiannon Grubbs and Kinsey West hitting threes on the first two possessions. The Cougar (1-9) defense held solid and only allowed those two buckets.
North Putnam could not get a basket to go and leading scorer Taylor Nauert went out midway through the first quarter with two fouls. They finally scored on a Kaitlin Mindiola and-one with 45 seconds left to end the first down 6-3.
"We played well," coach Jim Spencer said. "We try to get better every game and we played well. We got a few breaks and we didn't always convert, but we kept it manageable."
The last time this happened to the Cougars, Nauert going to the bench because of fouls, the Cougars were outscored by 15 in under three minutes.
The improvements Spencer has worshipped all year showed off because only went down 10-7 at halftime.
Senior Ricki Evans came in and played well off the bench for Nauert. She had three rebounds and two assists.
"Anytime a key player goes out, tensions rise," Spencer said. "I'll say it again. Our goal is to get better and going from being down by 17 to three is as good as it gets. I'm proud of the girls."
Nauert came back in to start the third, but she turned it over twice on the first two possessions which led to Falcon scoring. Junior Sierra Grube had four points and two assists in the quarter as they went up by 10, 21-11.
"We had a few mistakes that they took advantage of," Spencer said. "In games like this you can't do that."
Spencer gathered his team around him and told them they had to do something quick. He dialed up an alley-oop style play for Nauert and junior Madisyn Smith made a perfect faked shot to Nauert for the open layup.
"We wanted to see if we could execute that play, and it worked," Spencer said.
Nauert responded by hitting a three off a pass from senior Kayla Clodfelter and Mindiola hit a shot as well.
The Cougars found themselves down one without even letting North Vermilion score.
"This team does better and better every game," Spencer said. "Before we would find ourselves down even farther and tonight things turned our way. It was a great game."
With a minute and a half left the Cougars turned the ball over and Spencer called timeout to regroup. The Falcons had still not scored.
North Vermillion passed the ball trying to take time off the clock and their coach called for no shots.
Senior Shawnacee Bowman however did not get the memo and while she was 0-for-6 on the night shooting she shot a three and drained it. The most unlikely event took place and the Falcons had scored their first points in the quarter with 55 seconds left.
"They were bound to score at some point," Spencer said. "We didn't expect it to happen that way, but we have to be ready for everything. She (Bowman) made a good shot."
Down four the Cougars couldn't score any points and they put Grube on the line. She sealed the game off, making both of her free throws, 27-21.
"Some games go our way and others won't," Spencer said. "Tonight we seen both. We responded well and really improved. Things just went against us in the third and the last few seconds. We have practice twice before we play Cascade Friday. Hopefully we will fix our mistakes and finish out there."
The Cougars will play Cascade Friday at 6 p.m. in the first game of a boys-girls doubleheader.
At North Vermilion
North Putnam 3 4 4 11-21
North Vermillion 6 4 11 6-27
North Putnam: Nauert 9, Mindiola 5, Smith 4, Clodfelter 2, Henninger 1, Evans 0.
North Vermillion: Grubbs 10, Grube 9, Bowman 3, West 3, Vicars 2, Benskin 0, Lewis 0.
North Putnam: Henninger 8, Clodfelter 4, Nauert 4, Evans 3, Smith 3, Mindiola 2.
North Vermilion: West 5, Grubbs 4, Lewis 3, Vicars 3, Bowman 2, Grube 2.
SWIMMING AND DIVING:
North Putnam Girls compete at county swim Championship
Another Record Breaking Night For The Cougars
The Cougar Swim and Dive Team had a successful night lead by Nick Young's record breaking effort in the 500 Free.The Cougars have now broken four school records so far this year. The Cougars squared off with Cascade and Covenant Christian, with the boys beating Cascade 183-96, and downing Covenant Christian 183-33. The girls were victorious against Covenant Christian 179-19, while falling to Cascade 113-179. The girls season record stands at 8-6, while the boys are 11-2.
Cougar Swimmers Have Record breaking Conference Meet
Congratulations to the Cougar swimmers for an outstanding performance at the WCC Championships over the weekend.The boys were second, and the girls fourth. The Cougars brought home five individual championships, and a relay championship, while breaking three school records. Winning individual championships were Abby Spencer in the 500Free, Nick Young in the 500Free, Kavyn Timm in Diving, Jonah Creamean in the 200IM and Joe Davis in the 100Breast. Combining to win the Medley Relay were Andy Rogers, Joe Davis, Jonah Creamean and Bailey Allen. New School Records were set by Abby Spencer in the 500 Free, Nick Young in the 200 Free, and Jonah Creamean in the 100 Fly. An amazing seventy-two of the seventy-six swims were life time best performances. WOW!
Tanksters Continue Their Winning Ways
The Cougar Swim and Dive Teams continued their winning ways with dominant performances against the West Vigo Vikings on Monday night. The girls won the night 98-64 and the boys outdistanced the Vikings 117-67. The team records stand at 7-2 for the girls and 8-0 for the boys.
The Cougar Swim and Dive Teams continued their winning ways last week. On Tuesday night both squads defeated Owen Valley with the girls winning 114-38, and the boys winning 144-14. On Saturday the Boys dominated the Clinton Central Invitational by winning ten of twelve events along with setting two Invitational records on their way to the championship.. The girls fought hard and came home with a 4th place finish on the day. The boys dual meet record stands at 7-0 while the girls are 6-2
The Cougar Swim and Dive Teams continued their winning ways over the weekend with the boys defeating Edgewood 156-121, and downing South Vermillion 156-82. The girls defeated Edgewood 97-93 and fell to a strong South vermillion squad 97-170. The girls record stands at 5-2, and the boys are 6-0.
Tanksters Keep Rolling
The Cougar Swim and Dive teams faced off with South Montgomery and North Vermillion on Tuesday, with the cougars sweeping both boys and girls meets.On the girls side the cougars defeated Southmont 151-111, while topping North Vermillion 151-50. The boys outdistanced Southmont 174-111, and defeated North vermillion 174-51. The season records stand at 4-1 for the Lady Cougars, and 4-0 for the boys.
Tanksters Continue Their Winning Ways
The Cougar Swim and Dive Teams had a successful night versus Tri-West and South Putnam Monday. The boys team swept the night defeating Tri-West 149-119, while beating South Putnam 149-79. The girls garnered a split, beating South Putnam 109-104, while coming up short against Tri-West 109-133. Both Tri-West and South Putnam easily handled the Cougar girls last year, so Monday nights results were a good indicator of the upward trajectory of the Lady Cougars. The boys team, while in rebuilding mode picked up were they left off last year. The boys have only lost two dual meets the last two seasons. The girls stand at 2-1 for the season, while the boys are 2-0.
The lady Cougar swimmers opened their season with a 110-50 win over Covenant Christian. The win was a team effort with all swimmers scoring points to help secure the win. Leading the way with two individual wins was Abby Spencer. Also picking up individual wins were Lauren Freije, Savannah Couch, Elizabeth Alford, Hannah Gray,and Krissy Dill. Combining to sweep all three relays were Abby Spencer, Lauren Freije, Krissy Dill, Elizabeth Alford, Rebecca Muse,and Samantha Freije.
Cougars host Senior Night
Cougar wrestling team hosts Kerns Invitational Saturday
"North Putnam has hosted this invitational for several years," coach Bucky Kramer said. "This is my third year hosting this, but last year it got cancelled, so it's really my second year. It was a really good showing from all the teams and it was a pretty even match for most of the day. I know our kids got better from last week. Whiteland had a really good outing. I know there were two or three matches we should've won, but we didn't and those kids will improve this week. The invitational on the day was a good success. Every team had at least one champion. "
Besides North Putnam, Chatard, North Vermillion, Rockville and Whiteland all showed up for the meet. The goal was to have six teams, but Kramer said that was not possible this year and that hopefully next year they would pick up a new team.
Whiteland was the champion for the day finishing without a loss at 4-0. The Warriors all had seven weight class champions.
It has been traditional that the Putnam County Tournament follows the invitational and both are dual tournaments. Dual tournaments have individual prizes, but they are also wrestling for a team prize, so there should be no selfishness. Kramer likes the opportunity that this provides for his team.
"Anytime you wrestle under a dual format you get an idea of what it's like to wrestle as a team," Kramer said. "When you wrestle in an individual tournament, a one point win is as good as a pin. Here, you work on your pinning combinations. That continues to help us as a team. We are really full of super young talent. They get better every time they step on the mat, so I'm happy with them. "
Four-year wrestler, Josh Coulter was the lone champion for North Putnam with a 3-1 record in the 126 pound weight class, but he was not the only one with a good day.
"Josh has had a good week at practice and he's just continued to get better," Kramer said. "He thinks about what he is doing. He's patient. He takes his opportunities when he has them. He has a pin on the day. He wrestled well for the day and I'm very happy for him. He's wrestled four years and as a senior he's a leader. We expect him to learn and continue and he's done a nice job."
The Cougars only had three losing records for the day, but every wrestler had at least one win. Freshman Jake Scott and sophomore Ethan Winings also had three wins on the day like Coutler.
"They're doing a really good job (at stepping up)," Kramer said. "Most of our team is comprised of freshmen and sophomores who are first year kids. This is the largest team we've had at North Put since anyone can remember. Our freshman class is really talented and they will continue to get better. Our sophomores who are back have done a really nice job."
When it comes to county later this week North Putnam is the only team that fields a full roster, but the other teams have very good wrestlers, so it is not a done set title. The Cougars will have to win some matches and not just rely on forfeits. Kramer was complementary of the other head coaches around the county and envies their programs.
"In terms of county we are the only team to field a full roster," Kramer said. "In regards to that, that means we're going to get some forfeit wins. We will still have to wrestle well. The Greencastle coach is really good, the South coach is really good, and the Cloverdale kids are really well coached. We have a lot of respect for the kids in the county."
Last year was a disappointment for the county teams. Only Kyle Schaffer of South Putnam made it past regionals last year and it has been an emphasis on the teams this year to improve that.
"Last year we were all disappointed that we only sent one wrestler beyond regionals," Kramer said. "Our goal is to increase those efforts. Our efforts involve making wrestling a little more important in Putnam County."
The county has made efforts by establishing youth programs in the elementary schools and Cloverdale and North Putnam involve themselves in a friendship dual. Other students also go to wrestling clubs and participate in the ISWA wrestling championships throughout the year.
The tournament is Thursday night at Cloverdale High School with a start time of 5:30 p.m
At North Putnam
Team Champion: Whiteland (4-0)
North Putnam (2-2)
North Vermillion (1-3)
106- Brett Kenner (Whiteland)
113- Austin Denien (Whiteland)
120-Bodhi Tuttle (North Vermillion)
126- Josh Coulter (North Putnam)
132-Evan Behringer (Chatard)
138- Hunter Woolever (Chatard)
145- Tom Copeland (Whiteland)
152- Devan Brown (North Vermillion)
160- Drew Breitbach (Chatard)
170-Ike Murrell (Whiteland)
182- Ryan Hammond (Whiteland)
195- Austin Hahn (Whiteland)
220-David Hammond (Whiteland)
285-Connor Bettis (Rockville)
North Putnam records
106- Wittig 2-2
120- Culberson 2-2
126- Coutler 3-1
132- Straziscar 1-3
138- Winings 3-1
152- Malone 1-3
160- D. Binnion 1-3
170- Edwards 2-2
182- Flannelly 2-2
195- B. Binnion 2-2
220- Scheele 2-2
285- Aynes 2-2
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