The Versailles Republican Sports
April 19, 2007
Fear sets new 40/8 scoring
record at 38
Gary Franklin, Sports Editor
Another drab and dreary April 2007 day preceded Saturday's
Ripley County Voiture 40/8 All-Star games, held at Jac-Cen-Del
High School gym on April 14.
The weather would not dampen the enjoyment of those in attendance
however, as the entertainment began. Due to many circumstances,
this year's All-Star event could not be a Ripley County
vs Tri-County team display of talent, but the enjoyment
of watching many of the senior All-Star basketball players
of the area was still the key to a good evening of clean
competition for entertainment.
Better than that is the fact that 13 Registered Nurse pursuers
were allowed to be given a scholarship from the 40/8 to
help them in their schooling expenses.
The evening opened with 40/8 Commissar Intendant (Finance
Officer) Jim Lemon announcing on behalf of the 40/8, where
he proceeded to ask those in attendance to rise for the
playing of The National Anthem.
The Girls' Game
With all Ripley County girls but one of the 10 players attending,
their could be no Ripley County vs Tri-County game this
year. However that would not halt the action as a 5 on 5
game of yellow vs blue would be played for the fans enjoyment.
The ladies of the evening were introduced before their game
along with their respective coaches. The yellow team members
were Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagle seniors Emily Einhaus, Abby
Lauber and Abby Rohlfing along with Milan Lady Indians Lacee
Alloway and Cassandra Billingsley. These five were coached
by JCD Lady Eagle Varsity Coach Scott Smith.
The opposing team of five members in blue jerseys included
Batesville Lady Bulldog Cara Hartman, South Ripley Lady
Raiders Abbey Lemon, Ciara McGuire, and Ashley Thomas, along
with Tri-County representative Jena Elder of the Rising
Sun Lady Shiners. These five were coached by Coach Abby
Frint of the Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers.
The 5 on 5 competition battled through two 20 minute halves
with only foul shots, coach called time outs and a 10 minute
halftime period for a break for them. The teams worked diligently
to put on a good show, even though they were denied much
of an opportunity to rest having no subs on either bench.
Each of them deserve a large pat on the back for an exhausting
effort to make an interesting game for those in attendance.
The blue team led at the halftime break by 10 points at
26-16. The second half continued much the same with the
blue team winning by a final score of 48-29.
The "star of stars" honor for the girls, awarded
to a winning team member, went to South Ripley Lady Raider
Ashley Thomas. The Thomas effort included a 15 point outing
to lead all girl players. Thomas' outing included two 3
pointers, 3/4 FT shooting, 3 FG's and multiple steals, rebounds
Lady Bulldog Cara Hartman scored 13 points. Lady Raider
Ciara McGuire added 10 points. Lady Raider Abbey Lemon worked
to an 8 point outing with Lady Shiner Jena Elder adding
a FG and good defense.
The yellow team's scoring was led by Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagle
Abby Lauber with 11 points and Lady Eagle Emily Einhaus
added 8 points. Lady Eagle Abby Rohlfing scored 6 points,
and the Milan Lady Indians Lacee Alloway and Cassandra Billingsley
each added 2 points for their team's tally.
During the break between the girls' and boys' games, Jim
Lemon of the 40/8 again manned the microphone at center
court to announce and present the Nursing Scholarship recipients
as Abe Hooton, 40/8 Correspondent (Secretary) passed out
Lemon thanked all who had again worked and or contributed
to help make the 40/8 event successful over the many years
of its existence. Since '52, they have been able to help
432 RN pursuants with scholarship assistance which is thought
to be more than any other Voiture in the state.
The Boys' Game
The boys' All-Star game also had to entertain Ripley County
boys on each team to make up two squads for competition,
thus the lack of Tri-County vs Ripley County but definitely
not a lack of fun, excitement and All-Star performance by
those who came to participate.
Jac-Cen-Del Eagle Varsity Boys' Basketball Coach David Bradshaw
and his assistant coaches, Steve Narwold and Roy Thomas,
coached both teams during the competitive exhibition. The
teams were white jerseys vs red jerseys.
Members of the white team included South Ripley Raider Michael
Fear, Jac-Cen-Del Eagles Thomas Wenning, Tucker Brown, Justin
Huff and Daniel Leonetti, and Milan Indians Bryant Withers
and Jeremy Hunt.
The team in red jerseys included Batesville Bulldogs Alex
Siefert and Steve Vonderheide, Jess Lewis, Adam Wheat, and
Brett Redwine of the South Dearborn Knights, and Brandon
Callahan of the East Central Trojans.
South Ripley Raider Michael Fear lit the nets with 38 points
during their game and was named "star of stars"
of the boys game. The halftime score found the white team
up 41-36, however by game's final horn, they were up 107-84.
The 107 point total for the white team came from Raider
Fear with 38, Milan Indian Jeremy Hunt with 16, and Indian
Bryant Withers with 15 points. JCD Eagle Thomas Wenning
added 14 points, Eagle Tucker Brown had 11, and Eagle Daniel
Leonetti netted 10. Also scoring for the white team was
Jac-Cen-Del Eagle Justin Huff, connecting on the long range
3 with only 2 ticks left in the game.
The 84 point scoring by the red team came from East Central
Trojan Brandon Callahan with 20 points. South Dearborn Knight
Jess Lewis added 19 points with Batesville Bulldog Alex
Siefert netting 16. Adam Wheat of the Knights scored 13
points. Batesville Bulldog Steve Vonderheide tallied 10
points with South Dearborn Knight Brett Redwine adding 6.
A flurry of 3 pointers by multiple members of the teams
rallied the interest of those in attendance along with an
occasional slam dunk or attempt there at. All in all, it
turned into an entertaining display of All-Star quality
players having fun, showing true sportsmanship and obviously
enjoying the company of equal type players to compete with.
In the realm of 3-ville, SR Raider Michael Fear scored 10
for 30 of his 38 point outing. South Dearborn Knight Jess
Lewis nailed 5 for 15 of his points. Batesville Bulldog
Alex Siefert added 4 for 12 points. Three 3 pointers were
scored by both Jac-Cen-Del Eagle Tucker Brown and South
Dearborn Knight Adam Wheat. Scoring two 3's were South Dearborn
Knight Brett Redwine and Jac-Cen-Del Eagle Daniel Leonetti,
and adding a 3 point shot each were Batesville Bulldog Steve
Vonderheide and Jac-Cen-Del Eagle Justin Huff.
In the city of dunk were Milan Indian Bryant Withers, East
Central Trojan Brandon Callahan, Jac-Cen-Del Eagle Thomas
Wenning, Batesville Bulldog Steve Vonderheide and Batesville
Bulldog Alex Siefert.
Good job guys, gals, and of course the Ripley County Voiture
40/8 crew. Much success to those pursuing the nursing career
and those who gave of themselves to make this effort fun
and rewarding for so many once again. Next year's 40/8 games
are scheduled to be held on Saturday, April 12 at the Milan
High School. Please make plans to come support and be a
part of this entertaining and worthwhile project.