Osgood Journal Sports
December 18, 2007

Eagles defeat SwH Rebels for a 6-0 count

Gary Franklin, Sports Editor

Solidifying their sixth victory, the Jac-Cen-Del Eagle Boys Varsity Basketball Team, behind Head Coach David Bradshaw, gave a solid effort for the win. The Eagles won by 12, (68-56) on the road over the Southwestern Hanover Rebels on Friday, December 14.
Score by Quarter
1st JCD 19-12 SwH
2nd JCD 36-22 SwH
3rd JCD 50-38 SwH
Final JCD 68-56 SwH
Jac-Cen-Del Eagles 68
Blake Sutton 19
Brandon Gehl 13
Matt Gehl 12
Gerald Hardesty 11
Tim Arnett 9
Eric Horan 2
Aaron Harmeyer 2
Not-scoring for the Eagles were Kellen Stolze, Shane Adams, Daniel Harlemert, Ethan Harmeyer and Brandon Wilhoit.
S'western Hanover Rebels 56
Mahoney 16
C. Scrogham 11
Johnson 8
Gray 6
Totten 5
Kempker 5
Stephens 5
Not-scoring for the Rebels were Humes, Roth, Mabry and Hoagland.
The JCD JV team fell to the Southwestern Hanover Rebels, 42-47.
RS Shiner game postponed
The Eagles were slated for a weekend double header, scheduled to battle the Rising Sun Shiners at Rising Sun on Saturday night, December 15. However, snow related effects by Mother Nature forced the post ponement of that match.


Pictured from left are the 2004 South Ripley Raider Boys Varsity Sectional Championship Teams' members who were able to attend Tyson Auditorium for honors night on Saturday, December 15; Head Varsity Coach Scott Holdsworth, Chris Buchanan, Brandon Seabolt, Paul Miller - student manager, cheerleader - Andrea (Lauber) Meisberger, Joshua Grossman, Steph Miller - cheerleader, Tony Lloyd, Jessica McConnell - statistician, Michael Fear, Kelly Yocum - cheerleader, AJ. Phillippe, Kristen Jolly - cheerleader, Tyler Ester, Casey Payne - cheerleader, Michael Mathews and Tyler Hensley - team manager.


Raider offensive attack, "a little too late"

Gary Franklin, Sports Editor

With key players on the bench, the South Ripley Raider varsity battled the Switzerland County Pacers diligently during the last half of the last quarter of the game, to make the finish a close one. Had their intensity level began a little earlier, the outcome possibly would have been brighter. That's what many Raider fans were chewing on as they left Tyson Auditorium on Saturday, December 15.

South Ripley Raiders 52
Switzerland County Pacers 54

Scores by Quarter
1st SC 15-10 SR
2nd SC 27-16 SR
3rd SC 40-24 SR
Final SC 54-52 SR

Trailing by 16 going into the final quarter of play had the effect of a sad ending for the Raider faithful, but from somewhere, somehow, an ember of hope became a blazing determination to get back into the thick of things, rather than roll over.
Dropping even farther behind, down 42-24 in the opening of the fourth period, the hole seemed to be closing around the Raiders. A basket by Thomas Welch, followed by a 3 pointer from BJ Sieverding, to which SC answered with a three point play the old way from the charity stripe, led to a back to back Raider score by Chase Grider and Trent Tucker, narrowing the margin of their deficit to 10, at 45-35.
SC connected on the front end of a one + one, but Sieverding rang the bell with another 3 pointer for the Raiders, cutting the lead to eight, with 2:30 remaining.
The battle greatly increased as the embers began to sparkle. After SC scored three points, the Raiders Tucker, Sieverding and Brian Thomas each connected on back to back to back field goals making it a five point game at 49-44, but time had dwindled to 1:06.
SC scored a pair of free throws and Sieverding hurriedly sank another 3 for the Raiders. SC added another pair of freebies and Welch put in a field goal first called a 3 then ruled a 2. SC missed a pair of FT's leading to another Sieverding 3 which cut the game to a one point edge for SC at 53-52.
Only 3.6 seconds remained. A Raider foul sent SC back to the line where they made one of two attempts, but the Raider inbound pass was caught by SC ending the game 54-52.
Too little too late once again, but ending looking more positive, with JCD and the Ripley County Tournament next.
South Ripley Raiders 52
BJ Sieverding 17
Trent Tucker 16
Thomas Welch 13
Kyle Patrick 2
Bryan Thomas 2
Chase Grider 2
Non-scoring Raiders were; Andy Miller, Erik Demaree, Chris Miller, Jared Keck and Jason Bodenberg.
Switzerland Co. Pacers 54
Kyle Green 15
Devon Armstrong 13
Mark Sharp 9
Brennan Bragg 7
Dan Welch 6
Michael Maas 3
Brandon Otter 1
Non-scoring Pacers were; Justin Reagan, Travis Tackett, Clay Meyer, Codey Turner and Kameron Pavey.
Special recognition
The evening's action, marked the first of many slated to recognize former South Ripley Sectional Champion Teams that have played in the Tyson gym in recognition of this being the last year of its availability for South Ripley Raider useage.
The first sectional championship winning SRHS team to be honored between games was the 2004 boys' basketball team, whose season accomplishments included an overall record of 17-8 for the season, 5-1 in ORVC Conference action, ORVC Tournament Champs, ORVC Co-Champs, and Class 2A Sectional Champions.
The SRHS staff for the 2004 team included; Varsity Head Coach Scott Holdsworth, Assistant Varsity Coach Jason Gambrel, JV Coach Kendall Sheets and Cheerleader Head Coach Tammy Hartman, Ted Ahaus - Superintendent, Bill Snyder - Principal, Bob Meyer - Assistant Principal and Debbie Jett - SRHS Athletic Director.
The teams statisticians included Erin Collier, Jessica McConnell and Kristen Huss, along with team managers Paul Miller and Tyler Hensley.
The 2004 South Ripley Varsity Basketball Teams' members included; Chris Buchanan, Joshua Grossman, Joel Pflum, Neil Bolton, Tyler Ester, Andrew Kreutzjans, Jacob Lemon, Tony Lloyd, Michael Mathews, AJ. Phillippe, Brandon Seabolt and Michael Fear.
The 2004 boys' basketball team's cheerleader squad included; Jennifer Mann, Ashley Burress, Kristen Jolly, LeAnn Wilson, Casey Payne, Kelly Yocum, Bridgette Adams, Erica Burress, Sarah Hartman, Steph Miller, Andrea Lauber (Meisberger) and Olivia Moistner (Palmer).
Though all members of the celebratory team could not attend, it was well represented by those who were available.
Though many youngsters will not experience the old gym and its heritage, those who have will pass their experiences down for many many years to come. They say all good things must come to an end, perhaps this can be taken as another one of those. It has been good for many players, fans, coaches and greatly impacted basketball history in Ripley County.


South Ripley Raider senior Kyle Patrick (32) looks for the cutter during their game against the Switzerland County Pacers, following the between-game recognition of the 2004 South Ripley Raider Sectional Championship Boys Team.