Osgood Journal Sports
June 26, 2007
South Ripley Raider
baseball player awards program held
Gary Franklin - Sports Editor
South Ripley Varsity Baseball Coach Scott Holdsworth opened
the awards program with a welcome along with thanks to his
team, team managers, their parents, grandparents and others
who had followed the team this season, before turning the
program over to Assistant Coach Thom Conover.
Coach Conover spoke of the progress of the Raider C and Reserve
Teams and the work they had put into improving their game.
Conover stated that the team had gone 4-0 against conference
teams in their games and that they were on the right track
to developing into better players.
Team members included Kile Huss, Justin Clements, Chase Grider,
Andy Miller, Kevin Gullion and Seth Leonard.
The Mental Attitude Award was earned by Seth Leonard. Leonard
had shown ability, determination and the drive to continueally
try to improve his own game as well as lift the other members
of his team.
Conover turned the program back over to Coach Holdsworth who
spoke of his varsity team and their accomplishments. Their
season ended at 23-6 overall and established a new school
season win/loss record which included an 11-1 ORVC conference
championship. The Raiders were perfect in ORVC play in '06
at 12-0 and were on track for a copycat run before dropping
a game to Switzerland County late in the season.
Holdsworth stated, "The players as individuals and the
team as a whole had to continue to set goals and objectives
and put them to practice in all aspects of life."
The Providence loss in the regional was a disappointment for
the team, but the team had once again shown that they were
fully qualified to be a contender at that level of play.
An introduction of each of the varsity players and team managers
and a few words about each were given by the coach, beginning
with senior managers.
Coach spoke of his gratitude for Tyler Hensley and Paul Miller
who had both been four year managers for the team and had
handled the team's needs very well, stating that they would
be greatly missed. Underclassmen managers recognized included
Anthony Gramaglia, Ryan Dennis and home game announcer for
the Raiders, Rob LaFary.
Three players were elevated to the varsity level prior to
sectional and regional tournament play. They were Blake Richmond,
Ryan Thomas and Andy Miller.
The varsity team included Thomas Welch, Jared Keck, Kyle Patrick,
Russ Steinhauer, BJ Sieverding, Eric Landwehr, Cory Yeomans,
Josh Cumberworth, Michael Fear and Tim Burcham.
The Most Improved Player Award was presented to Jared Keck.
The Best Pitcher Award was presented to BJ Sieverding . Sieverding
finished the season with a perfect 9-0 record.
The Best Defense Player Award was presented to Josh Cumberworth.
Cumberworth was deadly from behind the plate, nailing many
would be advancers, which led others to think twice before
making the attempt. "He also imposed a threat when at
bat," stated Holdsworth, "as he carried a .460 hitting
pace for the season."
The Leading Hitter Award went to Michael Fear with a .507
season average. This set a new batting average school record
which ironically had been held by Assistant Coach Thom Conover.
The Senior Academic Award was earned by Tim Burcham.
The Raider varsity team had Co-Mental Attitude Award winners
named. They were Michael Fear and Tim Burcham.
"With six senior players and two senior managers moving
on, the team will make new changes, but shows good potential
with the younger guys, developing as they have thus far,"
stated Holdsworth, "who again thanked all who had helped
to make the 2007 South Ripley Raider baseball season a positive
experience for the team.
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Pictured from left are
the 2007 ORVC Coach of the Year Scott Holdsworth and
members of the Raider Varsity Baseball Team who played
their way to the ORVC All-Conference team: Josh Cumberworth,
Michael Fear, Cory Yeomans and BJ Sieverding. The Raiders
were playing their Class 2A Regional competition against
Providence the night of the ORVC Spring Sports Banquet,
held at the Pines Restaurant in Madison. The deserving
Raiders were presented their certificates and medallions
by Coach Holdsworth during the SRHS program.
Coach Garrett leads Milan
Indian students to
National Olympic Weightlifting competition
Gary Franklin - Sports Editor
According to Coach Mark Garrett, two Milan High School students
that have qualified for the Nationals in Olympic Weightlifting.
They are Lady Indian senior Deborah Fryer - who is also ORVC
conference champion in the 400m run in track, and sophomore
Travis Pennington - runningback for the Indian varsity football
team and runner in the 100m dash in track.
Fryer's national weightlifting competition will be in the
58 kilo class, while Pennington will compete at the 77 kilo
level. Fryer's personal bests in the Snatch has been 48 kilos
(105) pounds and 63 kilos (139) pounds in the Clean and Jerk.
Pennington's bests have been 91K (200) pounds in the Snatch
and 110K (242) pounds in the Clean and Jerk.
The Nationals take place in Springfield, Missouri, from June
29 -July 1. The competition is made up of seven weight classes
for girls and eight classes for boys.
Two-hundred-twenty-five kids from across the nation have qualified
to compete at this year's Nationals which only includes five
from Indiana, and two of those are from Milan High School
The Indian competitors are instructed and trained by Mark
Garrett, a Milan teacher and Dual Certified Coach by USA Weightlifting
(USAW), the governing body of Weightlifting in the United
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
In photo at top, Fryer demonstrates the first motion
of the Clean and Jerk.
Above, Milan Indian Travis Pennington
practices for the Nationals in Olympic Weightlifting
as senior Jeremy Herbert spots for him at the MHS weight
training room. The teenagers are instructed by Mark
Garrett, a Milan HS teacher and a Dual Certified Coach
by USA Weightlifting (USAW) which is the governing body
of Weightlifting in the United States.