Osgood Journal Sports
October 9, 2007
'07 JCD Eagle varsity soccer team delivers
ORVC co-championship title
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Eagle team members pictured front, from left are:
Shane Adams, Brandon Wilhoit, Heather Linville, Becca
Meister, Megan Hardy, Alissa Stolze, Josh Forbes and
Joe Rangel. Row 2: Head Coach Mark Jones, Steven Douglas,
Justin Stepleton, Michael Luers, Jeremy Wagner, Eric
Horan, Zach Simon, Brock Billman, Gerald Hardesty, Spencer
Purdy, Trevor Arnett, Danny Meister, Kellen Stolze,
David Busch, Assistant Coach Loren Stolze and Eric Wirth.
Not pictured are Coty Horn and Renee Meister.
Indian uprising catches Raiders off guard
Gary Franklin, Sports Editor
Results of the opening game
of the 2007 Jac-Cen-Del High School hosted sectional soccer
games was somewhat of a surprise by games end, as the Milan
Indians won the right for the first time in their schools
history to advance to play in the championship round game.
Game two was also somewhat of an upset as the hosting Eagles
were defeated by the Jennings County Panthers.
The first round of the sectional opened on Thursday evening,
October 4, slating Milan against South Ripley. Milan only
recently won their first game in four years so were thought
by most to be a likely first round elimination to the Raiders
who have proven to have a solid team which included nine senior
As the saying goes, "It ain't over, til it's over"
once again rang true. The Indians drew first blood when senior
John Burgan scored at the 36 minute juncture of the opening
40 minutes of regulation play. The Indians again struck for
a goal at 34:57 on the clock, but the goal was erased for
an off sides call.
The Raiders quickly sprang into the offensive mode with senior
Nathan Hensley scoring at 33:58. Alex Walter of the Milan
Indians, son of new head coach Kevin Walter, struck for the
tribe to put them back on top 2-1 at the 25:38 juncture of
A third score for the Indians came off an out-of-bounds kick
in which Michael Pruss managed to drive it into the net for
3-1 at the 19:27 mark of the first half.
Raider senior Nathan Hensley was once again able to motor
his way to the goal for a score, thus 3-2 with 16:42 yet remaining
in the first half of regulation.
The teams battled frantically for the remainder of the half,
with neither able to get an advantage on the other. Thus the
score at halftime remained Milan 3-2 South Ripley.
Milan's Michael Pruss struck for the first goal of the second
half at the 26:53 mark to advance the Indian lead to 4-2.
With 18:02 remaining in regulation play, Raider senior Mitch
Krall put a header into the Indian goal net. It drew the Raiders
again to within one point.
With Raider senior goal keeper Kyle Taylor in the game, Indian
senior John Burgan was the striker on a penalty goal kick,
of which he nailed. The Indians were back up by two points
with just 3:41 remaining in the contest.
The never say die attitude of the Raiders saw one more point
scored by the South Ripley crew as Nathan Hensley capitalized
on a goal shot with 1:39 left, drawing the Raiders to a mere
one point deficit.
Neither team could gain an advantage on the other for a score
for the remainder of the game, thus Milan won the final score
of 5-4 over South Ripley, with the Indians advancing to the
A first time ever for a Milan Indian soccer team to get to
a championship sectional contest.
The South Ripley Raiders all boys' team will lose nine of
their team members to graduation. They are; Isaac Everage,
Daniel Fix, Nick Grider, Nathan Hensley, Mitch Krall, Jake
McConnell, Russ Steinhauer, Paul Swango and Kyle Taylor.
The Indians coed soccer team by the same token will graduate
eight of its team members. They are John Burgan, Josh Dickey,
Todd Edwards, Aaron Gutzwiller, Janin Hesch, Jasmine Vetma-Holins,
Craig McKittrick and Tyler Reese.
Milan vs Jennings County
The championship match between the Jennings County Panther
boys' team and the Coed Jac-Cen-Del Eagles got underway on
Saturday night, October 6, at 7 PM.
The Indians and Panthers battled feverishly for the first
22 :33 of the game, resulting in a 0-0 tie. At the 17:27 mark,
the Panthers drew first blood with a score on the Indians
to take a 1-0 lead.
Continuing with battle form, the teams worked their way down
to the :59 second mark, where the Panthers managed to score
a second goal. The heart stopper came with just :01 second
remaining in the first half and the Panthers managed to add
a third goal for a 3-0 halftime lead.
Resuming play following the ten minute halftime break, the
Panthers struck once more. At 36:48 and again at 24:51 the
Panthers took their lead to 5-0.
Neither team was able to put together a score in the final
minutes of play. Coach Kevin Walter of the Milan Indians substituted
his entire team in to allow his seniors to leave the field
at :07 left.
The Indians have established a new expectation for their soccer
teams of the future and hope to build off this year's new
experiences of which winning a single game was a start and
making it to the sectional championship round a second.
Lady Eagle Volleyball update
Gary Franklin, Sports Editor
The Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagle varsity volleyball
team took charge of their match at South Dearborn against
the Lady Knights to win in three straight. The scores were
25-21, 25-10 and 25-19.
Kaylin Ploeger was 14/15 hitting with 7 kills, 3 block kills,
16/17 digs and 11/14 serving for 9 points. Chelsea Abplanalp
served 20/20, including 2 aces, for 15 points. She was 50/52
setting with 10 assists and 20/20 digs.
Audrey Huffmeyer went 11/12 hitting with 4 kills, 2 block
kills and 8/8 serving for 4 points. Danielle Leighty was 9/9
hitting with 3 kills, 1 block kill, 10/11 serving including
an ace for 6 pints.
The Lady Eagle JV team however, went down in their set of
three games. JV serving was at 92% as Sierra Pope managed
a 12/12 to pick up 6 points.
Setters were credited with a great performance at picking
up the second ball and setting up the front line. They were
49/54 for 91%. The back row also hustled to do a fine job
of digging out the hits by the Lady Knights. They were 60/75
The front row went 54/61 with 13 kills. Kristina Hartman went
24/24 with 5 kills on the night.
JV Eagles vs Franklin County
The Lady Eagle JV lost in a three game set to Franklin County
on Thursday, October 4. Game scores were 19-25, 25-17 and
11-15. Serving 100% on the evening for the Lady Eagles was
Melissa Horan with Kayla Kohlman going 13/14 to earn 8 points.
The Lady Eagles were 38/49 with 12 kills. Lacey Derringer
and Janae Horn each had three. Elisha Menchhofer, Hailee Sizemore
and Danielle Wagner each added two apiece.
Chelsea Hooton was credited with digging out 22 hits in the
JCD varsity vs Greensburg
The Lady Eagles fell to the Lady Pirates in four games 4-25,
26-24, 11-25 and 13-25.
JCD varsity vs South Decatur
The Lady Eagles fell to the Lady Cougars in four games 28-30,
25-19, 15-25 and 14-25.