The Versailles Republican Sports
April 26, 2007

Withers signs with IU East Pioneers

Gary Franklin, Sports Editor

Coach Mark Hester of the Indiana University East Pioneers basketball team related in an interview, "We are excited to have a player of Bryant's caliber, but more importantly he is a great person. We expect him to continue to improve on the court and to work even harder in the classroom."
The Indiana University East campus is located in Richmond. The campus boasts of small class sizes for more individual attention. Estimations are 19 to a class. Statistics also show about a 7 to 1 ratio of girls to boys.
The mens basketball team and a men's golf team along with the women's volleyball team are the three college supported sports at present.
Information acquired over the internet per Cir.E29-07-JoinNAIA. 3/28/07 discloses that a proposal for the college sports teams are seeking a connection with the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and become a part of the KIAC (Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
IUE is currently under club team guidelines.
The Indiana University East Athletics Mission is to provide a quality collegiate athletic experience to student athletes who are committed to learning skills to enhance their academic experience and equip them with leadership skills necessary to excel in future careers.
We at Ripley Publishing Co., Inc. wish Bryant the best in all his future endeavors.

Pictured seated from left are: Bryant's mother - JoDee, Indian senior center - Bryant Withers, and Gary Lauber (Bryant's grandfather). Standing are Indian Varsity Basketball Coach Randy Combs, Withers' senior teammates - Jerrid McDonald, Jeremy Hunt, and Zach Baker along with IU East Pioneers Basketball Coach Mark Hester. Talon Atwell and Justin Rogers, two of Withers' Milan Indian senior teammates were unable to attend his signing ceremony.


Eagles win two of last three outings

Gary Franklin, Sports Editor

The Jac-Cen-Del Eagle varsity baseball team has won two of their last three outings with games against the Milan Indians, the Waldron Mowhawks and the Franklin County Wildcats.
JCD scores of 18-13 captured the win at Milan over the Indians on Monday, April 16. The Eagles deflated the Mowhawk's intentions with a 16-0 victory over them on Tuesday, April 17 in a 4 1/2 inning home stand, following which the Eagle senior trip paused the JCD efforts.
The Eagles resumed their season's schedule with a game at Franklin County HS against the Wildcats on Monday, April 23. JCD fell short after 6 1/2 innings of competition by a score of FC 10-9 JCD.
Having faced 26 batters, Eagle senior pitcher Tucker Brown, was charged with the loss after giving up 10 runs on 8 hits, a walk and cutting down 3 with strike outs during his 4 innings of work. Brandon Gehl came on in relief for JCD the last 2 innings, where he faced 8 batters while giving up 0 runs on 2 hits and collecting 2 K's.
The Wildcats sent 9 batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring 5 runs. In the second, Brown cut them down 1-2-3 with 3 fly outs. In the third, FC went down 6-3, collected a single and fell to 2K's ending the inning. During the fourth and fifth innings, the Wildcats scored 5 more times for a 10-5 lead.
The Eagles sent 4 batters to the plate in the first but were held scoreless. In the second inning, JCD batted 10 batters and scored 5 runs, followed by a couple of innings of 4 batters and a sixth inning of 3 up - 3 down.
In somewhat of an uprising, the Eagles managed to score 4 runs off the 8 batters sent to the plate in the sixth, still leaving them a run short at 10-9.
Unable to rally in the top of the seventh, the Eagles lost to the Wildcats 10-9.
The Eagles host the Hauser Jets for a Saturday, April 28 double header set to get underway at 11 AM.
JCD's Jr-Sr Prom is that evening as well.

Eagle senior Daniel Leonetti lines up on the pitch in the Jac-Cen-Del Eagle's battle with the Milan Indians on Monday, April 16. The Eagles won the 7 inning battle 18-13 after 7 full innings of play.