The Versailles Republican Sports
May 10, 2007

Raider jr. high boys sweep '07 season

Gary Franklin, Sports Editor

Not often, but occasionally, that special dream season unfolds for a sporting team, finding all things in the proper place at the right moment necessary to beat the odds and go undefeated for an entire season. Such was the case, for the South Ripley jr-high boys track and field team coached by Kendall Sheets.

The Raider boys' squad finished with a perfect 20-0 season record of which included championship title accomplishments in both the Ripley County Invitational Meet and the season ending ORVC Meet competition.

The jr. high Ripley County Invitational Meet was held at Batesville on Monday, April 30, followed by the ORVC Meet which was held at the Switzerland County track at Vevay on Monday evening, May 7.

The Raider 1600 meter relay team of Dylan Groves, Jerad Walters, Sam Stratton and Zack Grossman went undefeated over their entire season of competition. They broke the SR school record for the third time during their run at the ORVC Meet setting a new record time of 4:05. That time shaved 4 seconds off their previous record setting pace.

In the boys Ripley County Meet, SR finished 1st with 86 points, Batesville had 41, JCD 38, and Milan 31. Raider 1st place finishers were: Spencer Braley in the 110m Hurdles & Long Jump, Jerad Walters - 1600m Run, Dylan Groves - 400m Run and Zack Grossman in the 800m Run. The Raider boys 400 Relay Team of Dylan Groves, Spencer Braley, Dylan Underwood and T.J. Cottone captured 1st, as did the Raider 1600m Team of Dylan Groves, Jerad Walters, Sam Stratton and Zack Grossman.

In ORVC action, South Ripleys boys finished 1st as a team with 119 points. They were followed by Shawe @ 58, S'western @ 56, Rising Sun @ 41, JCD @ 39, Switzerland County @ 35 and Milan with 24.

Raider 1st place finishers in the ORVC Meet were Derek Koger in the Shot Put and Discus events, Dylan Groves in the 400m Run, Zack Grossman in the 1600 Run, Raider relay teams of Dylan Groves, Spencer Braley, Dylan Underwood and T.J. Cottone set a new school record with a time of 49.5 seconds while taking 1st place honors. Raiders Dylan Groves, Jerad Walters, Sam Stratton and Zack Grossman also captured the 1st place victory in the 1600m Relay with a new school record setting time of 4:05.

Lady Raider jr. high team members for the 2007 season included: Kasey King, Meredith Knollman, Stephanie Broadus, Rebecca Bodenberg, Ashley Buchanan, Jessica Foster, Shannon Adkins, Brittney Browning, Suzanne Fiset, Whitney Walker, Taylor Howard, Kaitlynn Welch, Bridgette Taylor, Brianne Taylor, Taylor DeWitt, Lucy Rohrig, Olivia Gilpin, Maria Dole, Alanyanna Lawrence, Mindy Deaton, Katlynn Hoover, Stephanie Scroggins, Megan Berry, Megan Bush, Katie Myers, Gabby Holman, Taylor Arney and Meranda Wall.

The girls team finished 2nd in the RCM and 5th in the ORVC Meet. Meredith Knollman took 1st place in the ORVC High Jump.

The Relay Team of Adkins, Broadus, King and Knollman claimed a 2nd place finish in both the RCM and the ORVC Meets.

South Ripley boys' junior high T&F ORVC champs pictured from left are: T.J. Cottone, Coach Kendall Sheets, Dustin Toops, Tanner Tucker, Dylan Groves, Sam Stratton, Zack Grossman, Dylan Underwood, Derek Koger, Justin Gullion, Spencer Braley, Jordan Walters, Brandon Sizemore, Jerad Walters, Ethan Cumberworth, Nathan Meisberger, Ethan Back and Cody King.


Raider varsity baseball team yet in pursuit of perfect ORVC season
Gary Franklin, Sports Editor

In recent action by the South Ripley Raider varsity baseball team, they won a pair of games over the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles (one at home and the later at JCD) split a double header held at South Ripley on Saturday against the Austin Eagles and slammed the door shut on the South Decatur Cougars 20-0 in a Friday, May 4 game.

The Raiders latest game with JCD was played on Tuesday, May 8 at JCD. It was a rain out make up that found the Raiders trailing 2-0 after 3 innings.

Not to be shut out, the Raiders came to life in the top of the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead. The Raiders added a pair of runs in the top of the sixth for a 6 -2 score.

The Eagles added one more run before games end as Daniel Leonetti rounded the bases in the bottom of the seventh for the final score of SR 6-3 JCD.

The regular season scheduled Raider match up between SR and JCD was held on Monday, May 7, at South Ripley.

The Raiders behind pitcher BJ Sieverding had a 8-0 shut out working until the Eagle at bat in the seventh inning. The Eagles managed to put 4 runs on the board by games end for a 8-4 final score.

Pitching in relief for the Raider/JCD close was Tim Burcham.

The Saturday, May 5 Raider vs Austin Eagles double header was played at South Ripley. The Raiders took a hard fall in the first game and were shot down by the Austin Eagles 18-2.

The second game, however, concluded with a more favorable result for Raider fans, ending in a 6-5 Raider victory.

Of concern to Raider staff, teammates and fans was the injury to senior Michael Fear during the days double header action. Reportedly Fear will be off for a short period and is expected to return reasonably soon to the lineup.

The Raiders made a run for the Semi-State last year and are invisioning nothing less for their team this year.

Their perfect ORVC run to date would appear to be developing for that to be a reasonable expectation.