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Madison-Grant Offers New Program for Early Childhood Education

Madison-Grant United School Corporation (MGUSC) is expanding their programming at Summitville Elementary School to include a three year old pre-kindergarten program.

The three year old pre-k will begin in the fall for the 2022–2023 school year as a full day program. Families wishing to participate in this program do not have to live within the Madison-Grant United School District.

Summitville Elementary Principal Jackie Samuels says the program is an extension of their Argyll Adventure Academy, a level three STEM pre-k for four year olds with appropriately aged curriculum for the younger children. While following the spirit of the Argyll Adventure Academy, according to Samuels, different curriculum will be at play to suit the developmental needs of the younger classrooms.

“For three year olds the play, creativity, and imagination is so important. We have a lot of art and music incorporated in our plan, along with colors, textures, and tactile play. This is a really fun program for us to put into place, and we will have a great team to execute,” she said.

After the initial success of the Argyll Adventure Academy, the school started receiving calls for families interested in a full day services for their three year old as well.

According to Superintendent Scott Deetz, start-up funds were made possible through the ESSER III Grant with the goal of the program to have the ability to sustain itself.

Deetz says expanding early childhood education has been part of the plan for quite some time.

“We know how important it is for children to experience learning through play in these developmental years,” he said “This programming is what we were working towards as space opened up in Summitville Elementary. We believe this serves a need in our community and provides an early pathway to enjoy learning through discovery. Our team has worked really hard to make this happen. We have an excellent setup at Summitville with all of our pre-k in one location to help promote teacher collaboration.”

While the programs are located in the Summitville Elementary School building, the physical set up reflects the needs of parents and children alike with a separate drop off entrance for pre-k programs with school day times altered slightly to avoid the rush of the elementary grades student pick up and drop off. Program fees will be in line with the current Argyll Adventure Academy at $95 per week. The school calendar will follow the MGUSC published calendar for the 2022–2023 school year. The day will have a full schedule of all of the three year olds favorite things: snacks, nap time, and imagination games to include discovery through play according to Samuels. Program sign up is available now through the Summitville Elementary website for all pre-k programs and kindergarten for the 2022–2023 school year. Families can also call Summitville Elementary with any questions at (765) 536-2875.

Argylls Dominate to Win Second Straight Grant Four

Argylls Dominate to Win Second Straight Grant Four by Scott Hunt of the Chronicle-Tribune

Madison-Grant (M-G) is proving to be the top offensive team in the Central Indiana Conference, and the class 2A number five Argylls put their hitting prowess on display in winning their second straight Grant Four championship in convincing style at Oak Hill on Saturday.

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The Madison-Grant softball team waits at home plate for junior Elizabeth Lee after she slugged a two-run homer in the Argylls’ 14-3 win over Eastbrook in a Grant Four semifinal. M-G defeated host Oak Hill 11-1 in finals to win its second- straight Grant Four championship.

Scott Hunt | shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

M-G put together back-to-back seven-run innings in earning a 14-3 over Eastbrook in the semifinals then pounded out 17 hits and scored multiple runs in three frames in earning an 11-1 win over host Oak Hill in the championship. Both games lasted just five innings.

“We had good pitching, pretty good defense, and obviously we scored a bunch of runs,” said M-G coach Travis Havens. “We’ve had a couple games we didn’t hit the ball that well so we kind of focused on some things. We asked our kids to be aggressive, be energetic, and have excitement again and they did. They were pumped for this tournament and this weekend.”

Junior Elizabeth Lee limited a very good hitting Eastbrook team to just five hits and kept the Panthers off the scoreboard until RBI doubles for juniors Chloe Poe and Addison Coates helped led to a three-run fifth inning for Eastbrook.

Lee also slugged a two-run homer and drove in three runs total in helping herself get the win. She finished with seven strikeouts and only two walks in the circle.

Senior Chelsea Parker and freshman Carley Holliday each had two of M-G’s nine hits. Daya Greene had three RBI and scored two runs. Holliday drove in two and scored twice while Parker had an RBI and scored once. Katie Duncan added a double.

Poe and Coates had two hits a piece for the Panthers.

Oak Hill quickly manufactured a run in the top of the first of the championship, but Duncan was lights out in the circle for the second consecutive game for M-G. She had five strikeouts, no walks, and allowed only two hits in five innings.

Parker led the Argylls’ offense by going three-for-three with a homer, double, three RBI, and three runs scored. Greene added two hits and drove in two more runs while Holliday added two more hits, including her fifth home run of the season. Chelsea Bowland had a four-for-four game with a pair of stolen bases, an RBI, and a run scored.

The Argylls entered and ended the Grant Four hitting better than .400 as a team which is best in the CIC and the .409 is in the top 25 in the state.

Havens said his team’s hitting ability sometimes makes it difficult to fill out a line up card every day.

“It’s interesting. We sit down and talk almost daily about who to bat or not to bat, or who to pitch or not to pitch,” he said. “It’s not an easy decision ever. It’s a good problem to have, but it’s tough when you’ve got to decide who to sit out. It’s not easy, but it is a good problem to have.”

Lee leads the team in batting average at .514, Duncan is next at .500, and both with more than 32 at bats. Bowland (.478), Anzlee Thomas (.478), Greene (.455), Holliday (.455), and Parker (.422) make M-G’s lineup formidable from top to bottom.

Eight different Argylls have driven in 11 runs or more with Thomas (22) and Parker (21) leading the way. Greene has 14 stolen bases, Bowland has 13, and both have scored 23 runs. M-G has 47 stolen bases so far this spring to go with 30 doubles and 14 dingers.

“They feed on walks,” said Oak Hill coach Ben Johnson of M-G who has accumulated 63 walks but only had two against the Eagles. “If you walk them, they place their bunts beautifully or they’re just going to straight steal on you. ... That’s a confident coach and a veteran and good team.”

Oak Hill’s hits were singles against M-G were singles by freshman Madison Archer and senior Treniti Thurman.

Oak Hill had 11 hits in a 6-5 win over Mississinewa to reach the Grant Four championship game. Archer, Nikki Alston, and Maxy Pittman each had two hits a piece.

With Eagles’ ace pitcher, freshman Karsyn Wiley, nursing an injury, Archer made her first varsity start in the circle and earned the win. She twirled five innings, allowed only three hits, three earned runs, and two walks with four strikeouts. Sophomore Macie Foustnight allowed one hit, a run, and had one K in her two innings.

While seniors Thurman, Alston, and Mia Edwards are playing key roles for Oak Hill and will be hard to replace next season, Johnson is excited by his young team.

“(Pittman) had our only returning innings as pitcher and only had five last year,” Johnson said. “We’re really excited when we start with Karsyn at the top, throw in Archer is pitching confident. Those were her first varsity innings pitching and you saw what she could do. We know what have in Karsyn. She’s a heck of a pitcher and a heck of a bat.

“On defense we committed a lot of errors the first few games. We weren’t communicating all the outs,” he added. “Watching us communicate in this game, even when were down 5-1 or 6-1, continuing to slide into the right position, continuing to back up, watching our young girls do that had me pleased. We have more double plays already this year than any other season combined. That’s a lot of credit to (sophomore Alivia) Shaw and (sophomore) Tay Holloway up the middle and Pittman doing a good job stretching at first.”

Madson-Grant 6, Oak Hill 3

The Argylls and Eagles ran it back Tuesday in a CIC meeting at Oak Hill. Wiley returned to the circle for Oak Hill and surrendered 12 hits but only six runs.

Still, a three-run fifth inning gave the Argylls a 5-3 lead before Parker’s solo home run in the seventh plated the final run as M-G improved to 4-0 in the conference.

Freshman Demie Havens had three of M-G’s 12 hits, including a double. Greene added a pair of knocks. All nine players in the Argylls’ lineup had at least one hit and five players drove in a run.

Edwards and Archer each had two hits for Oak Hill. Thurman, Archer, and Evie Holz each had an RBI.

Oak Hill (8-7, 2-2 in CIC) visits Elwood on Thursday.

Madison-Grant (13-2, 4-0) travels to Blackford Thursday.

Beckley Dominant on Mound, Argyll Offense Lights Up Alex
Student catches fly baseball

FAIRMOUNT — Due to early scheduling anomalies, Madison-Grant’s junior southpaw Maddox Beckley had only been on the mound for seven innings over three appearances prior to Thursday’s Central Indiana Conference (CIC) clash with Alexandria.

The 6-foot-4 lefty — who is known by some by the ironic nickname “Nugget” — doubled his innings pitched for the season in one night and did so in dominant fashion.

Beckley took a perfect game into the fifth inning and a shutout into the sixth and struck out 13 batters while the Argyll offense contributed enough run support to render a late Tigers’ rally moot as Madison-Grant posted a 9-5 win over the Tigers.

Madison-Grant (6-7) won its second game in as many nights and improved to 2-1 in the CIC while Alexandria (6-8-1) dropped its fourth straight game overall and fell to 0-3 in the conference.

Student running to home plate

Beckley retired the first 13 batters he faced before a bloop single by pinch-hitter Adrian Smith with one out in the fifth gave Alexandria its first baserunner. He threw 110 pitches total — 46 coming in the final two frames — and did not walk a batter, although he hit two and allowed eight hits total. He only faced a three-ball count five times and, in an odd quirk, his first 11 strikeouts were against 11 different batters. He fanned all nine starters plus two pinch-hitters before catching Kaed Abshire and Aaron Matthews looking in the seventh, their second punchout of the day.

“I was just super impressed with him. He was able to stay ahead in the count which — obviously anytime you do that, it makes your job easier,” first-year M-G coach Curt Haisley said. “And he’s got three really good pitches, and he was able to keep them off-balance all night.”

“The fastball away and the curveball was breaking good today. It was easy to keep in there,” Beckley said. “Getting behind (in the count) is never good in baseball.”

Offensively, the Argylls jumped on Alex starter Jay Dillmon for a run in the first on an RBI single by Mason Richards and put a five-spot on the board in the second after a pair of extended at-bats early in the inning.

With one out, Beckley started the second-inning rally with a single to right. The next two batters were freshman Levi Nelson and sophomore Gavin Kelich — the No. 8 and 9 hitters in the lineup — and the two forced Dillmon to throw a total of 18 pitches. Nelson drew a walk and Kelich popped out, but those plate appearances set the stage for the top of the lineup.

Xavier Yeagy walked to load the bases, and Braden Ross followed with a two-run double to left field. Teagan Yeagy was then hit by a pitch to reload the bases, and all three runners scored on three separate wild pitches for a 6-0 lead after two innings.

Ross and the Yeagy brothers were a combined 5-for-7 with five runs scored and three RBI.

“Braden Ross hit the ball well for us tonight, and Teagan has been hot all year,” Haisley said. “I would like to have seen better swings out of Xavier tonight, but sometimes I have to remember he’s a freshman and back up.”

“It gives me more confidence. It’s a big relaxer, and it was good to see,” Beckley said.

Abshire entered the game and provided some relief for the Tigers. He allowed single runs in the fourth — RBI sacrifice fly by Teagan Yeagy — the fifth — Ty Evans scored on a wild pitch — and the sixth — Ross scored on an error.

With two down in the sixth, the Alex bats finally made some solid contact against Beckley.

They strung four hits together after two were out in the sixth with Collin Johns bringing one home run with a double and Cole Morris singling home a second tally.

In the fifth, again with two outs, Johns singled with the bases loaded to score two runs and Morris knocked in his second RBI with a single to left, but third baseman Xavier Yeagy fielded the cutoff throw and caught Johns too far off the bag at third to end the rally and the game.

The Tigers will look to turn things around Friday at Southwood while the Argylls will play for the Grant 4 title Saturday.

Madison-Grant Baseball, Softball Earn Routs in Madison County Tourney

Madison-Grant Baseball, Softball Earn Routs in Madison County Tourney by Scott Hunt of the Chronicle-Tribune

Madison-Grant (M-G) pounded out 18 hits, drew nine walks, and had six batters reach via hit-by-pitch in a 28-0 win over Anderson Prep Thursday night in a consolation bracket game of the Madison County Tournament in Fairmount.

Luke Gilman had three hits while Chad Harbert, Mason Richards, Braden Ross, Andrew Richards, and Maddox Beckley each collected two hits. Harbart, Mason Richards, and Gavin Kelich each had a double.

Mason Richards also drove in six runs, Beckley and Harbert had three RBI apiece, and Ross, Gilman, Kelich, and Ty Evans added two RBI.

A quartet of Argyll pitchers limited the Jets to just two hits and combined for 11 strikeouts and only one walk. Harbert had four Ks in two innings on the mound to earn the win.

M-G scored 12 runs in each of the first two innings to quickly put the game away.

Madison-Grant (1-3) hosted Frankton on Friday and will finish up Madison County Tourney play Saturday at either 10:00 a.m. or noon at Memorial Stadium in Anderson. The Argylls host Southwood Monday at 5:00 p.m.

High School Softball

Madison-Grant 24, Alexandria 0

The Argylls score multiple runs in all five innings, including nine in the fifth, to rout their Central Indiana Conference rival in the Madison County Tournament Thursday in Alexandria.

Daya Greene led the Argylls assault with a three-for-three day at the plate that included a double, two walks, two stolen bases, four runs scored, and five RBI. Elizabeth Lee was four-for-four with a double, two runs scored, and four RBI. Anzlee Thomas had three hits with a home run and four RBI. Chelsea Parker drove in four runs with two hits and also scored three runs. Chelsea Bowland had two hits with a double, three RBI, and four runs scored.

M-G had 17 total hits and walked 11 times.

Lee pitched pitched all five innings and allowed just one hit and one walk and picked up two strikeouts.

Madison-Grant (5-1) will meet Anderson at noon on Saturday at Pendleton Heights in the fifth place game of the Madison County Tourney.

Argyll Attack Wins Big in First Year
Argyll Attack’s competition-winning robot

Argyll Attack is headed to the World First Robotics competition.

The Madison-Grant Junior and Senior High rookie robotics team has done well for themselves this year.

Ranking 30th out of 52 teams after participating in two district competitions and earning the Highest Rookie Seed and Rookie All Star Award, the team has been invited to the First Robotics state championship at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology this week (April 14-16) and the world competition in Houston, Texas next week (April 20-23).

The team is facing an unexpected challenge, however.

Since the team wasn’t anticipating doing this well their first year, Argyll Attack’s head coach Eric Cale said they did not raise the funds needed to participate in the coming events.

With just over $2,000 left in their robotics account, they will need approximately $11,000 more for registration, travel, and lodging.

As a result, Argyll Attack is looking for local businesses to sponsor the team to help them achieve this goal.

When asked what benefit businesses would gain by sponsoring, Cale said that, much like NASCAR, they would place a sticker with the business’ logo on the team’s robot and on their t-shirts.

Additionally, they would be supporting a program that is teaching the students myriad life skills.

“This isn’t just a club that does robots,” Cale said. “They’re learning business skills, how to be a part of a team, how to collaborate and communicate with each other, how to communicate with other teams and form a strategy… It’s a lot of skills that will translate into the workplace.”

Cale went on to say that the students learn how to use tools like metal-cutting band saws, drills, and other power tools, and many of the students learn engineering design using Fusion 360 computer aided design software.

Others have focused on learning programming, often from scratch, using command-based Java script, and a couple of students have even been learning graphic design to develop the team's logo as well as creating and implementing a marketing strategy.

Argyll Attack is a small team by comparison, with only 12 students to the typical 20 to 30.

“Not having a lot of people makes it harder for us, a small team, to get things done,” said team member Noah Kirby. “For example, if we need a part made, most of our team has to work on it. But the other teams can have a group of four or five people work on it and still have plenty of people left over to work on other things.”

Nevertheless, according to Cale, their recent success has drawn a lot of interest from other students looking to join the team next year.

A few of the team members contributed their thoughts on what going to the world competition would mean to them.

“This would be a wonderful opportunity and would mean so much to me,” Vincent Dye said. “I am really proud of this team and believe that going to this year’s world competition could be a wonderful learning experience for us all.”

“I am really excited! It would mean the world to me (pun intended),” said Blake Westerfield. “I would get so much experience that I could never get without going, and it could therefore improve our team and prepare me for when I go into the workforce.”

Ethan Winchester said, “This would be the biggest achievement for me in my high school career, hands down.”

“Going to world’s is one of the biggest opportunities that I’ve ever had,” said Ty Wigner. “Just being in First Robotics has helped open my eyes to how diverse this world of technology is. It is one of the best things I’ve done.”

“We’d very much appreciate any support you can give and we’re happy to support you by advertising for you.” Cale said, “Even if you don’t give financially, support us in other ways, just cheer us on.”

If you’d like to contribute toward Argyll Attack’s path to State and Worlds, visit their GoFundMe or mail a check payable to Madison-Grant Jr/Sr High School with “Robotics” in the memo line to: Madison-Grant Jr/Sr High School 11700 South E00 West Fairmount, IN 46952.

If you’re interested in sponsorship, email Eric Cale and Scott Ritchie with any questions.

Argylls Sweep Two From Cougars

Argylls Sweep Two From Cougars by Mike Battreall of The Herald Bulletin

April 8, 2022

FAIRMOUNT — Madison-Grant added Greenfield-Central to its softball schedule to provide a good Class 4A test in advance of the Madison County tournament and Central Indiana Conference schedule.

It didn’t turn out to be much of one for the reigning sectional champion Argylls in the opener of a doubleheader Friday night, as M-G blistered the previously unbeaten Cougars 16-6 in 4 1/2 innings.

M-G followed up with a 9-7 win in the nightcap, shortened to 4 1/2 innings because of oncoming weather.

Gracie Fox led the way for the Argylls (4-0) with a three-run double in Game 1 and two-run homer in the second contest.

“I thought we played well,” M-G coach Travis Havens said. “Obviously, everybody’s fighting the elements — rain, snow, sleet, whatever. We made a couple of mistakes, but we hit the ball well in both games and kept pressure on the defense.”

Eight of the Argylls’ starters had at least one hit and one RBI in the opener, as did pinch-hitter Fox, whose double in her team’s fourth at-bat capped off an eight-run fourth frame.

M-G started out with four runs in the first inning and added four in the third — on five hits with two out — and that was plenty of support for winning pitcher Katie Duncan.

In the first, Chelsea Bowland and Maddy Moore scored on wild pitches, Anzlee Thomas reached on an error that scored Daya Greene and a single by Carley Holliday brought Thomas home.

The Argylls’ third-inning outburst began with a bloop single by Demie Havens, Holloway followed with a double and Duncan drove one down the third-base line for a double, with Havens scoring. A double by Makennah Clouse and triple by Bowland produced the other two runs.

M-G in the fifth got fielder’s choice RBIs by Havens, Holliday and Duncan, Clouse drew a bases-loaded walk and Rowland was hit by a pitch, and that made it 13-5. Fox — batting for Greene — cleared the bases with a double to the left-field fence.

Bowland, Hiatt and Holliday had two hits apiece in Game 1, and the Argylls had 12 in all.

Duncan pitched 3 1/2 innings and gave up five runs on nine hits. Elizabeth Lee took over, allowing three hits and striking out two.

As they did in the opener, the Argylls plated four in the first inning of the second game, and as she did in Game 1, leadoff hitter Bowland came home on a wild pitch. Parker, Thomas, and Moore also drove in runs.

Starter Fox surrendered three home runs to G-C in the second, and the Cougars (4-2) drew even at 4, but M-G shook it off in its half of the inning.

Like the Cougars did earlier in the inning, Fox took advantage of a wind blowing out and crushed a ball over the right-field fence, and that made it 8-4.

The Argylls had nine hits in the nightcap, three of those singles by Thomas.

“From top to bottom, we had kids getting on base,” Havens said. “Gracie Fox did a really nice job hitting the ball. I brought her in with the bases loaded, and she cleared the bases, and I let her hit the whole game the second game, and she put one halfway up that tree (past right field).”

M-G hosts Wes-Del on Monday and visits defending champion Pendleton Heights on Tuesday in the opening round of the county tournament.

Madison-Grant Picks Up Two Big Wins to Start Season

Madison-Grant Picks Up Two Big Wins to Start Season by Scott Hunt of the Chronicle-Tribune

April 8, 2022

If early results are any indication, the Madison-Grant softball team has a potent offensive unit for the 2022 season.

The Argylls pitching and defense look pretty good as well. 

Through its first two games, M-G has scored 29 runs and allowed just two. A quartet of pitchers has surrendered only six hits, and the defense has made only one error in two wins.

There’s still a lot of softball to be played, but the Argylls could develop into big game hunters by the time tournament season rolls around. 

“We feel like we’ve got a lot of kids that can hit, and we want them up there swinging the bat at pitches that are strikes,” said M-G coach Travis Havens following an 11-1 win over Eastern Thursday night. “If they want to go up there and look for walks, we’ve got other kids that can go up there and hit the ball. I want them to be aggressive because I feel like when they’re aggressive they’re going to hit the ball well. 

“It’s just one game, but we like our kids and we like our team. We think we’ve got a lot of kids that can play and that's going to create some versatility,” he added. “We’ve probably got more depth than in the seven years I’ve been out here and it absolutely creates competition in practice….I told our kids after the game, if you want to go up there and look at strike three, we’ll put somebody else up there to bat. We’ve got kids on our team that can and will hit.”

The Argylls pounded out 17 hits in the win over Eastern with nine different players recording at least one. 

Senior Chelsea Parker had three hits with a double, drove in and scored two runs, and also stole a base. Senior Chelsea Bowland also collected three hits, stole a base, and scored three times while senior Anzlee Thomas, junior Katie Duncan, and freshmen Demie Havens and Johnna Hiatt had two hits each.

Ewer Already Winning for M-G, But Yet to Step on Track

Ewer Already Winning for M-G, But Yet to Step on Track by Rob Hunt of the Herald Bulletin

March 29, 2022

Emma Ewer has won a lot of races in her three seasons on the Madison-Grant track team. If she can stay healthy, she’s sure to win several more by the time the spring outdoor season concludes.

Emma Ewer running in a track event

Madison-Grant senior Emma Ewer has yet to compete for the Argylls this spring, but she already earned a small, potentially important victory for her season. Ewer is the lone Grant County female track athlete to return after making it to state last sea and she helped get M-G’s graduation date changed by two days after she discovered it was scheduled for the same day as year’s girls’ state finals.

Scott Hunt | shunt@chronicle-tribune.com

A minor nagging muscle strain kept Ewer from competing during the indoor season, but she’ll be ready to go when M-G goes to Daleville on Monday for a three-way meet that also includes Bluffton.

However, Ewer has already earned what she hopes will be an important win that will allow her to eventually finish her senior year the way she wants, back at the state track and field championships in Bloomington.

Ewer won the 200 meter Goshen Regional championship last spring to earn her first-ever trip to the state but found out early on during the 2021–22 school year that if she was fortunate enough earn a repeat trip, she might have to make a difficult decision.

“At the beginning of the year, we were talking about it, graduation is going to be this date, trying to figure things out for caps and gowns. I was like, ‘Uh oh, oh no, that’s the same day as outdoor state,” Ewer shared while watching part of the Hoosier State Relays Saturday in Bloomington.

Indeed, Madison-Grant’s seniors were originally scheduled to walk for graduation on Friday, June 3, the same day of the girls state track and field championships are going to be held on the campus of Indiana University.

“I went to the administration, (Superintendent) Dr. (Scott) Deetz just happened to be sitting there and I was like graduation is the same day as outdoor state, I don’t know if I’m going to make it, but I’ve worked my whole life for graduation. I’ve worked my whole life for track,” Ewer said. “I shouldn’t have to decide.”

And now she doesn’t have to decide.

Ewer’s plea was answered with a positive result, and along with some help, M-G’s Class of 2022 will now graduate on Sunday, June 5, all together.

“I was supposed to write an email to our administration and they set up a meeting without our class president, Mason Richards,” she said. “He was really good about finding a day that we could do it.”

Now the rest is up to Ewer, and going back to state is what she fully intends to do.

Ewer has been one of the top sprinters in Grant County since her freshman year and after having the 2020 state tournament canceled by COVID, she thrust herself onto the state stage with her regional championship.

Ewer actually qualified for regional with runner-up finishes in the 100 meters and pole vault as well last year, but opted not to run the 100 then had to scratch out of the regional pole vault.

But pole vault is something near and dear to Ewer’s heart and she hopes to have an opportunity to potentially compete for a state-meet berth in it as well.

“That’s what my dad (Jason Ewer) did. That’s where I grew up at the IWU track and that’s where he coached so I was there every single weekend,” Ewer said of where her interest in pole vault first started. “My mom worked weekends, so if my dad was there, we were there. So that’s where I grew up with pole vault.

“Every weekend we were there, he drove the bus and he’d bring laundry baskets,” she continued. “I used to come in a laundry basket to keep me contained there. That was my thing. Gymnastics is similar to it and I have a gymnastics background so I have that air awareness, per se.”

Ewer’s best vault to date was 9-foot, 6-inches, which matched the sectional winning height at Western last year. She wants to beat the mark this season, perhaps by as much as a foot, which would likely put her in the neighborhood of a state berth.

Other than that, Ewer’s goals are pretty simple.

“Twenty-five,” as in seconds, she shared. “I want to break the school record in the 200. Then, just have a fun season, a really enjoyable season.”

Aside from her on-track performance, Ewer has added a bit of a new role, one as a leader for the MG girls team that has 18 girls out, including some freshmen that could make a big impact.

“I’m a natural leader because of being an older sister and growing up as a team, I was the oldest one,” she said. “It’s natural, but it’s also hard because sometimes they don’t know what I’m doing and so I have to explain it. It takes a little bit more time out of the practice, but I think it’s a good thing. It helps me remember the little things. If I can explain it then I know how to do it.”

This year’s Argylls girls team is the biggest, by numbers, in coach TJ Herniak’s six-year tenure. M-G also has around 30 boys on its roster as well, so Herniak is really excited to see what kind of potential both teams have this spring.

“We haven’t approached 50 (athletes) in my six years of coaching,” Herniak said. “I’m excited that we’ve got the problem of now we have to decide who is going to run what event, instead of saying

who can we put in this event so we have somebody running it.

“We’ve had years past where we haven’t been able to field relay teams. We’re deep enough this year that we’ll have a relay team on the track for every meet and we won’t miss one. It will be nice to have that.”

M-G girls will also feature senior Azmae Turner, who was a regional qualifier in the high jump last season. Freshmen Aida Sites and Abbey Brown and were also girls Herniak said could have an immediate impact.

On the boys' side, junior sprinter Tanner Brook, who was a regional qualifier in the 100 and 200 meters last season, and competed in the HSR state indoor championships on Saturday, is set to have a big season for the Argylls.

Senior thrower Gabe Wedmore also qualified for the HSR and Herniak thinks he could have a big season as well.

“Gabe Wedmore is someone, when he was a freshman I don’t think people envisioned him developing into a dominant football player, a good wrestler, and a good shot putter as well,” Herniak said. “He’s well on his way and we’ve just gotten started.”

Herniak said freshmen Andy Stanley, Zander Gillespie, and Boston Caudell bring talent and add depth to M-G’s roster, as do sophomores Clayton Hull and Caleb Ewer. Senior Cameron Harris, who is out for track for the first time, and senior Patrick Deckard, will help the Argylls compete in middistance and distance running events.

One thing that excites Herniak the most is Wedmore, Harris, and Deckard are his only seniors.

“Our boys' team is going to be competitive. We’ve got depth at sprints. We’ve got a couple distant runners, they’re not necessarily Oak Hill-level elite but they’re getting better. They will be competitive,” Herniak said. “Our relay teams are going to be outstanding. They’ll give our school records a run for their money.

“We’ve got a legitimate shot in big meets to have two kids placing in every event and it’s exciting to see that we’ve now got that depth to do that,” he added. “Our girls should be competitive this year too. We should be more competitive than we’ve been since I took over coaching. If everything falls the way we think it can, we’re going to be in for a really good year.”

Brooks and Sites Power the Argylls Track Sweep of the Eastern Comets

Brooks and Sites Power the Argylls Track Sweep of the Eastern Comets by Rob Hunt of the Herald Bulletin

March 16, 2022

An oddly warm and sunny mid-March afternoon yielded a rare home track and field meet at this time of year for Madison-Grant as it welcomed the Eastern Comets to town for a season-opening dual meet. And while the Argylls were without their state finalist sprinter, there was plenty of speed to spare for the home team.

Junior Tanner Brooks dominated the sprints on the boys side while freshman Aida Sites picked up the slack for senior Emma Ewer and did the same for the girls team as Madison-Grant swept Eastern, 100–31 in the boys meet and 70–54 in the girls meet.

Ewer strained a quad muscle during a preseason meet and could not compete for Madison-Grant. The state qualifier in the 200-meter dash is expected to return in time for the Madison County meet on April 15.

But in her debut for the Argylls, Sites filled in nicely. She took the 100-meter dash in 13.95 seconds and the 200 in 30.56 for Madison-Grant and also ran the anchor leg of the winning 4 x 100 relay team that included Emma Kelich, Ayla Caldwell, and Jersey Colburn. She was also runner-up to her senior teammate and regional qualifier, Azmae Turner, in the long jump. It was a strong start to her Argylls career and brought a smile to the face of her coach.

“Aida is one of those kids who could be a lot like Emma,” Madison-Grant coach T.J. Herniak said. “She’s got the talent, and she’s running faster times than Emma was as a freshman. Sky’s the limit for her.”

Other winners for the girls team included Turner in the high jump, Cassidy Stephens with a sweep of the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and Abigail Brown in the 400-meter dash, as she was able to hold off Turner at the finish line.

Brooks, meanwhile, earned four blue ribbons for the boys team, taking first in the 100-yard dash (11.26) and the 200-yard dash (22.80) and running the anchor legs for both the 4 x 100—including Andrew Stanley, Clayton Hull and Zander Gillespie—and 4 x 400—including Gillespie, Hull and Chad Harbert—relay teams. His 100 and 200 times both have him knocking on the door of the Argylls’ school record.

“He’s only a couple tenths off the 100 record and less than a half-second off the 200 record,” Herniak said. “We know what we’re going to get from Tanner. He’s a hard-working kid. He spends countless hours in the weight room getting more explosive and stronger.”

Brooks, who also stars at running back for the Argylls football team, credits that time in the weight room and his teammates who share that facility for his success.

“If you work hard in the weight room, it’s going to really show out here,” Brooks said. “I’ve got guys in there always cheering me on, helping motivate me and keeping me focused. It’s not just the weight room. It’s the guys in there that keep motivating me.”

Senior Gabe Wedmore, who blocks for Brooks on the football field, also had a strong meet with wins in the shot put (45-foot-8.5) and discus (130-11) with distances that exceeded his sectional throws a year ago.

“He’s really putting in a lot of work,” Herniak said. “I’m really happy with where he’s at and with the limited amount of reps we’ve had to be able to perform like this early in the season. That’s big.”

Other winners for the boys team included Kamryn Harris (400 and 800), Dylan Hofherr (1,600 and 3,200), Mavrick Griffin (300-meter hurdles), and Harbert (high jump). Harbert’s leap of 5-9 represented a new personal best.

According to personnel at Madison-Grant, Wednesday was the earliest home track meet at the school in history. Others had been scheduled, but weather canceled those.

“As long as I’ve been coaching here and when I was an athlete here, this is the first home track meet in March,” Herniak—in his sixth season—said.

The next meet for the Argylls will be April 3 at Daleville as part of a three-way competition that also includes Bluffton before they return home April 7 to compete against Eastern Hancock.

Taylor's Evans Twirling Records; TU Chasing IWU

Taylor's Evans Twirling Records; TU Chasing IWU by Scott Hunt of the Chronicle-Tribune

April 22, 2021

Taylor junior Maddie Evans

Taylor junior Maddi Evans recently became the all-time leader for strikeouts in a season. Evans, a Madison-Grant alum and Fairmount native, could etch her name on some other records as she helps the RV Trojans pursue No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan in the Crossroads League standings. Photo Provided by Taylor Athletics

Scott Hunt | Chronicle-Tribune

Taylor’s Maddi Evans is putting together a memorable and history-making campaign in the pitchers circle, and it’s helped the RV Trojans stay in the chase for the Crossroads League championship as the season reaches its homestretch.

Indiana Wesleyan (IWU), which ascended to the number seven slot in the latest NAIA rankings, leads number 11 Marian by one game with eight games remaining for both. The Wildcats (34-6, 23-5 in CL) slid around the Knights (33-11, 22-6) in the standings after sweeping a doubleheader on April 17 in Marion by scores of 3-0 and 5-0.

Meanwhile, the Trojans are riding a six-game win streak heading into Friday’s home doubleheader against Goshen at 4:00 p.m. Taylor (30-12, 16-8) currently trails IWU by five games and Marian by four, but along with fourth place, Mt. Vernon Nazarene (17-9, 15-9), have 12 games remaining.

Evans, a junior and former Madison-Grant standout, has started in 21 of her 22 appearances in the circle this season and stands among the league and NAIA’s leaders in several statistical categories.

Evans has also etched her name in the Taylor softball record book, and could potentially reach even more before the season concludes.

In Taylor’s 8-1 win at IWU on April 9, Evans struck out 13 Wildcats, which set a new program record for most strikeouts in a season. The Fairmount native bested the previous mark of 161 set in 2010 by Holly Tomaszewski.

Evans now has 185 strikeouts for the season, tops in the Crossroads League, and the sixth most in the NAIA. She has fanned double-digit opponents in nine games. Her season-high of 16 came on March 27 when she faced only 20 batters in twirling a no hitter at Goshen.

In her next outing against Marian, Evans added 15 strikeouts in 10 scoreless innings, but didn’t factor into a decision after the Knights won, 1-0, in 11 innings in Upland.

Evans is averaging 10.5 strikeouts per game, most in the league, and ninth best in the country. Her 123.1 innings pitched so far this season is third most in the Crossroads and leaves her only six innings from breaking into the top 10 at TU.

Currently, Evans has a 2.21 earned run average, which would rank her third in Taylor history if the season were to end today.

Opponents are batting a paltry 0.191 against Evans for the season, which ranks second best in the CL and inside the top 25 in the country. She is on pace to set a program record in opponents’ batting average, a mark of 0.217 currently held by Hannah Robbins (2014).

Evans also ranks second in the Crossroads League with a 4.71 hits allowed per game average.

Most importantly for Taylor, Evans holds a 14-3 win-loss record. The 14 wins currently ties her with Marian junior Sydney Wilson for second in the CL and 21st in the NAIA. The duo trails only IWU freshman Alyssa Wagner, who has 17 wins.

Evans is currently tied for fifth with two former Trojans for most wins in a single season and needs one more to tie senior teammate Lauren Kanai (2018) for third. Hannah Robbins holds the Taylor record with 18 wins, and reached that total in both 2014 and 2017.

At the plate, Evans is batting 0.311 and leads Taylor with 12 doubles and 32 RBI, marks that rank fifth and sixth, respectively, in the Crossroads League. She also has five home runs this season.

Indiana Wesleyan starts its season-ending stretch of eight-straight road games with a trip to Fort Wayne to face Saint Francis on Friday then makes the short drive to Huntington for a pair of games against the Foresters on Saturday.

The Wildcats are currently ranked inside the top 30 in the NAIA in 20 separate statistical categories, including first with 121 stolen bases and seventh with a team batting average of 0.361.

Sophomore Miranda Wehrle has slugged an NAIA-leading 15 home runs and ranks fifth in the country with 47 RBI to lead IWU. Freshman Jenna Yost has collected the fifth most stolen bases in the NAIA with 30.

Collectively, Wildcat pitchers are holding opponents to a 0.203 batting average and allow only 1.910 earned runs per game, which ranks 11th and 12th nationally.

Wagner has twirled 109 innings and struck out 143 batters in accumulating a 17-2 record. She holds an opponents batting average of 0.163 and a 1.28 ERA.

Both Indiana Wesleyan and Taylor will host Crossroads League tournament games, but a determination won’t be made until after the final season standings are set. The CL tournament will run from May 5–7.

The league’s regular season and tournament champions each earn an automatic bid into the NAIA National Tournament which starts May 17 at on-campus sites around the country.