Take a bow local athletic departments.
There are 20 varsity sports in Montgomery County, and all but two county sporting events took place this school year.
In a year full of uncertainty, our local high school athletic teams along with many more around the state of Indiana pulled off what many thought was impossible in the midst of COVID-19.
Indiana was one of only a handful of states to start high school football on time. And all Indiana High School Athletic Association sports were conducted on schedule with the state tournament held as normal as possible. And finally, this spring, attendance returned to almost normal.
I want to personally thank our local athletic directors for their hard work and dedication to our local student athletes. We had an amazing year with many great performances and they all deserve credit.
In the Montgomery County Chase, we had our closest battle in the six-year history of the award — with the title still hanging in balance at the county golf meet last week.
Southmont went on to win the county golf title and won its third-straight County Chase title — tying North Montgomery, who won the first three.
The Mounties won seven county titles in boys’ tennis, volleyball, girls’ swimming, gymnastics, softball, boys’ golf, and wrestling. The final tallies gave Southmont 50 points, Crawfordsville 46 and North Montgomery 18. The Athenians won county titles in girls’ golf, boys’ and girls’ cross country, boys’ soccer, boys’ basketball, boys’ swimming, boys’ track and field, girls’ tennis and baseball. There was no county champion in girls’ basketball.
Southmont clinched the County Chase title with convincing wins in four county softball games and boys’ golf, along with runner-up finishes in both girls’ and boys’ track and field and girls’ tennis.
The individual performances for the Mounties have been impressive as well. Faith Allen advanced to the semi-state in girls’ cross country, while Megan Scheidler advanced to the girls’ swimming and diving state finals and Riley Woodall placed at the wrestling state finals. Junior Trent Jones qualified for the boys’ swimming and track and field state finals — becoming the first athlete from Montgomery County to qualify for the state finals in two sports in the same school year since North Montgomery’s Dakota Ramey in 2012-13.
Congratulations to Southmont athletics on another great year.
Stay tuned for Mac’s Mythical honors next week.
Jared McMurry was born and raised in Montgomery County and is the Sports Editor of the Journal Review. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 765-918-8656. Follow him on Twitter @jaredmac26