Eagles are Class 1A State Champions
Surpassing many expectations, except that of a strong-willed team,
their coaches and the Jac-Cen-Del Eagle faithful, the Jac-Cen-Del
Eagles created a new team to talk about in the county, with their
dominating triumphant victory march to the IHSAA Boys Class 1A
State Basketball Championship Title.
Not since the Milan Indians in 1954 has a boys basketball team
in Ripley County been able to cross the hurdle to the plateau
of State Champion, and a very scant few over the years have earned
the opportunity to even try.
An Awesome Day Begins
Many of the more than 2000 JCD ticket purchasers awaiting a chance
to see their Eagle team burst the Indiana State Basketball Championship
bubble, gathered in front of Jac-Cen-Del High School to see the
Eagles, cheerleaders, parents and other fans off on their journey
Saturday morning, March 28, a little before 8 a.m.
As proper for Indiana royalty, their caravan made its way north
while enjoying police escorts through Greensburg and again once
they arrived in Indianapolis.
Center Court Tip Off
With Eaglemania alive and well and fully in surround sound, the
Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis was rockin with JCD hype.
Solidly ready for the task at hand, the Class 1A Championship
battle began with the center court jump on the hardwood at around
After one quarter of action, JCD led by a mere point, 6-5. Mere,
but a lead none the less. Unknowingly, they had already experienced
the only time they would trail for the rest of the game at the
score of 5-4, just a few minutes earlier.
The Eagles opened up in quarter two to lead at halftime 27-11.
Continuing dominance in the third quarter, the Eagles led 42-27.
Closing the biggest deal of their young lives, the Eagles slammed
the door shut in the fourth quarter, finishing with an 11 point
edge at 66-55.
Eagle Gerald Hardesty is named 2009 Trester
If claiming the State Basketball Championship is not enough to
make your heart skip a beat or two, Eagle senior Gerald Hardesty
also brought home the elite Trester Award and along with it a
check from Farm Bureau Insurance, corporate sponsor of the IHSAA,
made to JCDHS on Hardestys behalf.
At the state finals, members of the IHSAA Executive Committee
presented the Trester Award to the outstanding senior participant
in each classification of the boys basketball state finals. The
recipients of the award, who were nominated by their principals
and coaches, must excel in mental attitude, scholarship, leadership,
and athletic ability in basketball.
Hardestys Trester Award presentation makes him only the
third Ripley County man to achieve this high honor. He joins Bobby
Plump of the State Champion Milan Indian 1954 team and Class 2A
Batesville Bulldog runner-up team's player of 2001, Matthew Robbins.
The Parade Home
Coming south from Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis after defeating
last years State Champion Triton Trojans 66-55, the Eagles
rode the bus tucked away in a caravan led by police cars, volunteer
fire department vehicles and a host of celebratory followers.
The convoy took more than an hour to pass by the Jac-Cen-Del High
They traveled through the streets of Osgood where they were welcomed
home amidst balloons, signs and screaming fans. The entourage
turned around at the Southeastern Indiana REMC office building
where fireworks were displayed by Negangard Enterprises on the
lawn of the Manderley Health Care Center.
The Victory Celebration at JCDHS
Opening the State Championship victory celebration in the standing
room only filled Jac-Cen-Del High School gym, Athletic Director
Mark Meyer spoke for a brief time before the team entered. Eagle
cheerleaders led the awaiting crowd in cheers before Meyer announced
the entry of the newly crowned State Champion team, where they
took center stage under the north basket of the gym.
One by one the victorious team, managers and coaches, took a seat
as the surrounding supporters stood in praise of their awesome
feat. Meyer then continued as he hit some of the highlights of
their marvelous run through a superb regular season finish. The
season included a 6-0 ORVC Championship, a Sectional Championship
at South Decatur High School in Sectional #60, Regional Championship
acquired at Martinsville High School gym, the Semi-State Championship
played at Seymour High School, culminating the outstanding finish
at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis where they captured the
2009 Class 1A Indiana Boys State Basketball Championship Title.
Principal Johnny Budd offered words of praise to the Eagles for
their excellent regular season and extended season performance,
while reminding them of his challenge he had given them at the
community pep rally held Friday evening, March 27, at JCDHS.
You hold the keys to a State Basketball Championship Title
tomorrow at Indy and a Championship ring with a blue set or one
with a red set as a runner-up. Only you will determine which one
you earn. Continuing, he added, Im very proud
you chose the high route and I am very pleased with all your performances.
A long standing and loud ovation erupted as the microphone was
turned over to Coach David Bradshaw. The coach revisited a former
talk about Good, Better, Best, that he had in the
early season about this 08-09 basketball team. He
reflected on how they have progressed in stages over the season
to become their absolute best at the right time, heading into
extended season competition.
Coach Bradshaw spoke of how over the years past he had avoided
certain things as he found himself a little superstitious. He
said this year he threw superstition out the window and met the
challenges as he faced them. At this time he gave each individual
involved with the team the opportunity to say how they felt about
their ultimate win.
Senior player Blake Sutton thanked the community for their support
saying he was pleased to see people from both the Milan and South
Ripley schools supporting their team. I really didnt
know there were 2000 people in our area - thanks for the support!
Coach Bradshaw thanked the team, assistant coaches, Steve Narwold,
Roy Thomas, David Espinda and Travis Rohrig, team trainer Michelle
Sebastian, the girls who had kept stats all season, the cheer
block and the cheerleaders, the band and school staff for their
support. He also thanked his scouting sources along with the parents
and fans for their support as well saying, Kudos to all.
An amazing, amazing year with a phenomenal group that enjoyed
strong senior leadership and desiring underclassman who were dedicated
and eager to do whatever was required to see the job done right,
Coach Bradshaw commented.
The four senior varsity cheerleaders, Jaime Lunsford, Rachel Brown,
Tanaha Simon and Audrey Huffmeyer, shared some thoughts with the
Simon reminded the boys of how she taught them to play basketball
way back when they were in grade school during recess, drawing
many laughs from the players.
Senior Huffmeyer read a rhyme she had written about the days
adventurous events and the pride they had brought JCDHS.
Underclassmen Erica Hicks thanked all who helped to make this
season so special with Renee Meister expressing her gratitude
to the senior cheerleaders for making JCDs cheering section
loud and proud always.
Coach Bradshaw closed his portion of the celebration thanking
the teachers at JCD, saying JCD athletes are among the highest
Athletic Director Meyer closed reminding that the JCD Winter Sports
Awards Program is set for Monday, April 6 in the JCDHS gym.
See todays special section for more photos and details of
The 2009 IHSAA Class 1A Boys State Basketball Champion
Jac-Cen-Del Eagle Team are pictured front from left: Megan
Gunter, Allie Shinkle, Renee Meister, Rachel Brown, Jaime
Lunsford, Tanaha Simon, Audrey Huffmeyer, Erica Hicks,
Megan Joseph, Lacey Derringer, Kayla Kohlman and Torie
Gilland. Second row: Spencer Purdy, Derek Lunsford, Shane
Adams, Brandon Wilhoit, Daniel Harlemert and Clay Comer.
Standing: Varsity Coach David Bradshaw, JCDHS Principal
Johnny Budd, Video Technician Ethan Hess, Athletic Director
Mark Meyer, Freshman Coach Roy Thomas, Gerald Hardesty,
Tim Arnett, Matt Gehl, Blake Sutton, Trevor Arnett, Ethan
Harmeyer, Student Manager Jim Dobbs, Joe Abplanalp, Dalton
Garnett, Jr.-High Boys Coach Travis Rohrig, JV Coach Steve
Narwold, Athletic Trainer Michelle Sebastian and Jr.-High
Boys Coach David Espinda.