Osgood Journal Sports
January 23, 2007
Atwell to receive Comeback
Gary Franklin - Sports Editor
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
The old cliche, "a gentleman
and a scholar", appropriately fits the young man this
story is about.
Milan Indian senior, Talon Atwell, was notified recently of
his selection as the 2007 Indiana Boys Thomas A. Brady Comeback
Award. The Methodist Sports Medicine Foundation will present
the Comeback Award to Atwell in a ceremony at the Indiana
Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis on January 23.
In June of 2003, Atwell, son of Tim Atwell and Karen Fox of
Milan was diagnosed with Hodgkins disease. Atwell underwent
several months of chemotherapy which caused him to miss his
freshman year of football. Atwell wanted to play, but doctors
forbade it as he had an I.V. port. However, he did still contribute
as the teams video coordinator, and participated in basketball
and golf as a freshman while undergoing treatments. After
chemotherapy, Atwell went into radiation treatments, three
times a week for three months.
By the middle of his junior year, Atwell was starting as an
outside linebacker on the Milan Indian football team. That
year he earned a Varsity Letter and the Iron Indian Award
for perfect attendance in the off season weight room training
workouts. His teammates voted him the Most Improved Player
Award. Atwell has been praised for his amazing attitude throughout
the entire experience by Marty Layden, Athletic Director at
Milan High School.
As well as returning to the gridiron, Atwell continued as
a member of the basketball team. He has spent many hours volunteering
his time at Children's Hospital and raising money for Adventures
for Wish Kids. In this his senior year, he was a two-way starter
and team captain for the football team, and is a leader in
the classroom as well, ranking in the top ten in his class.
Atwell is a member of the National Honor Society and Student
Council, and intends to further his education at Purdue University
following graduation, majoring in meteorology.
The event honoring Atwell was established by the Methodist
Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation, in partnership
with Clarian Human Motion. Its purpose is to recognize Indiana
male and female student-athletes at the collegiate and high
school level who have overcome adversity or tragedy.
The dinner awards ceremony is to get underway at 7 pm with
guest speakers, former Indiana Pacer great Billy Keller, and
ESPN college football commentator Lee Corso. They will be
receiving Lifetime achievement Awards during the ceremony.
Thomas A Brady is the father of sports medicine in central
Indiana. Dr. Brady established a walk-in clinic in the basement
of Methodist Hospital in the early 1980's. This clinic became
Methodist Sports Medicine Center, a leader in the care and
treatment of athletes and sports enthusiasts.
The Methodist Sports Medicine Research and Education Foundation
is a not-for-profit organization established to support and
enhance the research, medical education, outreach and care
undertaken by the Methodist Sports Medicine Center.
South Ripley Lady Raiders
and Milan Lady Indians battle
Gary Franklin - Sports Editor
Following major defeats, the South Ripley Lady Raiders and
the Milan Lady Indians had opportunity for an RCT re-match.
Both teams had recently been strong armed by their opponents
(SR by Brownstown and the Lady Indians by Southwestern Hanover.
South Ripley High School was host for the Saturday evening,
January 20 game.
The Lady Raider varsity came from behind to win the game 48-46.
Erica Ester of the Lady Raiders knotted the score at 33 from
the FT line, to end the third quarter. Beth Stratton of the
Lady Raiders again tied the game at 42 from the FT line with
under 2 minutes remaining in the game.
An Ashley Thomas 3 gave the Lady Raiders the lead with 1 minute
to go. Lady Indian Becca Haugh kept the Indians within range
as time was running down, but an Erica Ester score for the
Lady Raiders took the score to 48-46 with 10 seconds to play.
Lady Indian Kady Alloway drove to the basket for the lay up
under heavy guarding, but got her shot off. The last hitch
effort bounced off the rim, leaving them two short at the
*Kady Alloway scored 32 against the Batesville Lady Bulldogs,
falling just 3 shy of resetting her single game top scorer
school record for the Milan Lady Indians.
The Lady Raider reserve also narrowly escaped with a 2 point
win at 39-37.
*Varsity Girls action
SR Lady Raiders 48
34 Ashley Thomas 19
10 Ciara McGuire 14
11 Erica Ester 5
21 Beth Stratton 4 3 Kellie Collier 2
5 Abbey Lemon 2
15 Susannah Mann 2
Milan Lady Indians 46
21 Kady Alloway 12
22 Lacee Alloway 11
15 Kelly Stutler 4
42 Jess Wessler 4
45 Amanda Walter 4
24 Rebecca Haugh 4
32 Kaity Barton 3 10 Denise Lawhorn 2
44 Cassie Billingsley 2
South Ripley 39-37 Milan
SR Lady Raiders 39
21 Kyla Sexton 16
23 Katie Polly 8
25 Rachel Yocum 7
31 Lakin Davis 5
5 Sarah Webster 3
Milan Lady Indians 37
30 Brittany Lewis 12
40 Cheyenne Winters 8
33 Abby Bergman 7
14 Kayla Stutler 4
12 Kirby Alloway 4
11 Ciera Ison 2
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Above, senior Lady Raider Abbey Lemon and Lady Indian
sophomore Jess Wessler bout for the opening tip at SRHS
on Saturday, January 20. The Lady Raiders narrowly escaped
with a 2 point win at 48-46.