The Versailles Republican Sports
May 10, 2007
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
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
Raider varsity baseball team yet in
pursuit of perfect ORVC season
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
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.