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    2/11/2015 Male Tanksters Win Seven Events and Set Three School Records

    The Cougars Boys won seven of the twelve events at the Putnam County Championship, but did not have the depth to defeat eventual champion Greencastle. Leading the way was Nick Young with wins and new school records in the 200 and 500 Freestyle, and Jonah Creamean with wins in the 200 IM , and a win and new school record in the 100 Fly. Also picking up individual wins were Joe Davis in the 100 Breast, and Kavyn Timm in 1 Meter Diving. Combining to win the the 200 Medley Relay was Andy Rogers, Joe Davis, Jonah Creamean, and Bailey Allen. The Cougars recorded over 90% lifetime best swims on the night.

    The Cougars are in action next week at the Plainfield Sectional.



    1/22/2015 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.

    Picking up wins for the girls was Abby.Spencer in the 200 and 500Free. Picking up wins for the boys was Nick Young in the 200 and 500Free, Joe Davis in the 200IM and 100Breast, Bailey Allen in the 50 and 100Free, Cameron McPherson in Divng,, and Jonah Creamean in the 100Fly. Combiing to sweep the relays for the boys was Andy Rogers, Joe Davis, Bailey Allen, Jonah Creamean, Andy Rogers, Markus Timm, and Trevor Sheldon.

    1/10/2015 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!

    Great Job Cougars!

    12/15/2014 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.

    Picking up individual wins for the girls were Sam Frieje in the 200 Free, Abby Spencer in the 200 IM and 500 Free. Elizabeth Alford in the 100 Free, and Rebecca Muse in the 100 Breast. Winning for the boys was Nick Young in the 200 and 500 Free, Joe Davis in the 200 IM and 100 Breast, Bailey Allen in the 50 and 100 Free, and Jonah Creamean in the 100 Fly.Spencer, L. Frieje, S. Frieje, Dill, Alford, Gray, Sims, and Muse combined to win the 200 Medley Relay, and the 200 Free Relay. Combining to win the 200 Medley and 200 Free Relays for the boys were Rogers, Davis, Creamean, Allen, and Young.


    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

    Individual winners on the girls side versus Owen Valley were Lauren Frieje in the 200 Free and 100 Back, Krissy Dill in the 200 IM, Elizabeth Alford in the 50 and 100 Free, Desirae Poynter in Diving, and Abby Spencer in the 100 Fly and 500 Free. Spencer, Gray, Muse, Frieje, Frieje, Dill and Alford combined to sweep the relays. On the boys side Individual winners were Markus Timm in the 200 Free, Joe Davis in the 200 IM, and 100 Fly, Bailey Allen in the 50 Free, Kavyn Timm in Diving, Andy Rogers in the 100 Free and 100 back, Nick Youg in the 500 Free and Jonah Creamean in the 100 breast.Combining to sweep the relays for the boys were Davis, Young, Creamean,Allen, Rogers, Timm, and Sheldon.

    On Saturday the boys brought home the trophy in convincing fashion by winning ten of twelve events, along with Invitational Records being set by Kavyn Timm in Diving, and Nick Young in the 200 Free. The girls were lead to a 4th place finish by Freshman Abby Spencer with a second place finish in the 200 Free. Leading the boys team with individual victories were Nick Young in the 200 and 500 Free, Jonah Creamean in the 200 IM and 100 Fly, Bailey Allen in the 50 and 100 Free, Kavyn Timm in diving, and Joe Davis in the 100 Breast. Combining to win the 200 Free Relay, and 200 Medley Relayy were Rogers, Davis, Creamean, Allen,and Young.

    The Cougars are in action on Monday Night at West Vigo, and Thursday night at Greencastle.


    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.

    Picking up individual wins on the night were Abby Spencer in the 200 Free, Bailey Allen in the 50 and 100 Free, Kavyn Timm in 1Meter Diving, Jonah Creamean in the 100 Fly, and Nick Young in the 500 Free. Combining to win the 400 and 200 Free Realys for the boys were Andy Rogers, Joe Davis, Jonah Creamean, Bailey Allen, and Nick young.

    The Cougars are in action at home tonight against Owen Valley, with a 6:00PM start time. If you can, come out and support the kids.

    12/2/2014 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.

    Picking up Individual wins for the girls were Abby Spencer in the 200 Free and 100 Back, Savannah Couch in Diving, Elizabeth Alford in the 100 Free, and Krissy Dill in the 500 Free. Combining to win the 400 Free Relay were Elizabeth Alford, Sam Freije, Krissy Dill, and Abby Spencer.

    Picking up individual wins for the boys were Nick Young in the 200 and 500 Free, Bailey Allen in the 50 and 100 Free, Joe Davis in the 200 IM and 100 breast, and Jonah Creamean in the 100 Fly.
    Combining to sweep the relays were Andy Rogers, Joe Davis, Jonah Creamean, Bailey Allen, Markus Timm, Trevor Shelson, and Nick Young.

    The Cougars are in action at home this Saturday at 11:00AM against Edgewood and South Vermillion.

    11/24/2014 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.

    Leading the way for ladies was Abby Spencer with individual wins in the 200IM, and 500 Free.Also picking up an Individual win for the girls was Krissy Dill in the 100 Breast. The relay team of Hannah Gray, Lauren Freije, Krissy Dill, and Abby Spencer combined to win the 200 Medlay Relay.

    Picking up wins for the boys was Nick Young in the 200 and 500 Free, Baily Allen in the 100 Free, Chase Ruble in 1Meter Diving, and Jonah Creamean in the 100Fly. Combining to win the 200 Free Relay was the team of Bailey Allen, Joe Davis, Jonah Creamean, and Nick Young.

    The Cougars are in action again on October 2nd against South Montgomery and North Vermilion.


    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.

    If you see the girls please take time to congratulate them on their efforts.On Monday, both the boys and girls swim at home against Tri-West and South Putnam. The meet gets underway at 6:00PM. If you get a chance, come out and support the kids.


    North Putnam Senior Kayla Clodfelter is named to the Hendricks Regional Health Academic All-Star Team. Kayla is seen here with her parents Leslie and Chet Clodfelter and HRH Rep. Jim Carr. Click the link to read the story





    Emilee Henninger (31) passes to Kaitilin Mindiola in the championship game. Mindiola left in the second half with a facial injury.

    SPEEDWAY--North Putnam missed 17 consecutive shots to open up the second half in Saturday's Speedway Basketball Invitational championship before junior forward Taylor Nauert hit a mid-range jump shot.

    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."

    At Speedway
    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.


    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.



    North Putnam Junior Kyler Jeter is named to the Hendricks Regional Health Academic All-Star Team. Kyler is seen here with his parents Bridgett and Brian Jeter and HRH Rep. Jim Carr. Click the link to read the story. http://www.bannergraphic.com/story/2162988.html


    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.


    Corbin Judy works his way around a defender in the third quarter. Judy had a nice put back after a Preston Porter miss.

    CRAWFORDSVILLE-- Tuesday night's tone was set by two consecutive dunks on the first two possessions by North Montgomery Chargers' forward Grant Gaylor. The 6-6 senior had 27 points in a win over the North Putnam Cougars, 63-37.

    "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.


    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.
  • 4/20/2015 Cougars Boy's Golf Wins One and Loses One

    On one of the most gusty days of the spring, the Cougar boy's golf team managed to hold on to one win in a three way meet with Southmont and Western Boone at Twin Bridges on Tuesday. And once again the recent rains made for a course saturated in fairways, unplayable bunkers, and lots of casual water and places to never find an embedded ball. Having just played at Twin Bridges in the Danville Invitational, the schools already knew the course conditions but we're having to face the atmospheric conditions of strong, gusty winds. It was going to be a matter of who could best handle the windy conditions to come up with the best team scores.

    Austin Judy carded a 41; Jake Holtze shot a 44; Preston Porter shot a 46; Danny Smith and Emmett Holsapple both brought in 48's; Aaron Green shot a 57 and Austin Wright a 69. The team score of 179 was enough to earn a win over Southmont, shooting a 195, but wasn't enough against Western Boone shooting a 166. Medalist for the meet was Nic Wilson from Western Boone with a 36 for par. This is a great score under the conditions of play for the night.

    The Cougars play against Tri-west Thursday at Quail Creek and then Saturday in the Southmont Invitational at Crawfordsville Country Club.


    The Cougar boy's golf team travelled to the Danville Invitational Saturday and performed very well amongst some larger schools and tough competition. Teams scores respectively were Jake Holtze, 79; Danny Smith, 82; Austin Judy,85, and competing the team scorecard with an 88 was Logan Grim, giving the Cougars a very respectful score of 334. They placed fifth out of 18 schools competing. The team will play Triwest Monday at Quail Creek and then back home Tuesday in a three way meet with Southmont and Western Boone.



    The Cougar boy's golf team travelled to Deer Creek golf course to meet up against the Monrovia Bulldogs for their second meet of the season. North Putnam improved upon their first meet by dropping off 8 strokes, shooting a 168. Monrovia scored a 241. Medalist for the meet was shared by Austin Judy and Jake Holtze, both carding a 41.


    The NPHS boy's golf team had their opening meet against Rockville and Turkey Run at Twin Bridges golf course. Getting their golf season off to a good start, the Cougars beat both Rockville and Turkey Run with a score of 176. Rockville came in second with a 200 and Turkey Run third with a 207. Medalist for the meet was Austin Judy with a 39. The team travels tonight to Deer Creek to meet up with Monrovia.









    4/20/2015 Last night against Tri West and Metropolitan, we placed second with the following performances.

    Shot Put: Adri Millican (29') took second followed by Ricki Evans in 4th (24' 7").
    Discus: Lyndi Parent, Ainslee Vogt, and Carlie Bundy placed 2nd (80'), 3rd (70' 4"), and 4th (68').
    Long Jump: Emily O'Neal was 3rd (14' 3")
    High Jump: Anita Spencer and Gabby Carney took 3rd (4' 2") and 4th (4').
    3200 relay: Nunez/Henninger/Springmeyer/Abby Spencer were 2nd (12:20)
    100HH: Ashlyn Cooke and Shelby Walker placed 2nd (18.22) and 3rd (18.77)
    100: O'Neal in 3rd (13.7)
    1600: Abby Spencer placed 3rd (7:03) followed by Kylee Detro taking 4th (7:20)
    400 relay: Chevelle Tallman/Anita Spencer/Shelby Fry/O'Neal received 2nd place (57.78)
    400: Tallman took 3rd place honors (1:11)
    300LH: Walker won (55.37) and Cooke placed 4th (1:03)
    800: Alanna Nunez garnered 3rd place (3:07)
    200: O'Neal placed 3rd (31.16) while Tori Lowe took 4th (31.38)
    1600 relay: Nunez/Fry/Anita Spencer/Tallman received 2nd

    Though the meet conditions were far from ideal, I thought the girls did well. We still have a lot of work that needs to be done, but I like how we are progressing. We are at homethis Thursday night against Crawfordsville.

    4/14/2015 Some standout performances from last night's girls' track meet against Southmont and Monrovia:
    Adri Milliken placed second in shot put with a throw of 31' 11".
    Lyndi Parent won discus with 86' 9".
    Emily O'Neal jumped 13' 3" to take third in long jump.
    Ashlyn Cooke was second in the High Hurdles running a time of 17.9.
    Shelby Walker placed 4th in the low hurdles almost breaking 55 seconds.
    Our 4x100 team (Fry/Lowe/Tallman/O'Neal) placed third overall.
    O'Neal and Tallman placed 2nd and 4th respectively in the 200.
    And Kayla Clodfelter, though placing second in pole vault with a tie, re-broke the school record with a vault of 8' 6"!