Osgood Journal Sports
April 7, 2009
40/8 Basketball All-Star games are played
Gary Franklin, Sports Writer
On Saturday evening, April 4, the Ripley County Voiture
1047, 40 and 8 sponsored the 56th Ripley County vs Tri-County
All-Star games. This years event was once again held at the
Jac-Cen-Del High School gym.
The event began in '54 when there were only boys teams in our
area. After the induction of girls teams, they too were added
to the program, with female stars participating in a girls Ripley
County vs Tri-County All-Star contest.
The 40 and 8 uses the All-Star games and sponsor funds to helps
raise monies for area students seeking a registered nursing
degree. Fifteen scholarship applicants were given $1000 each.
The girls game was first on the ticket this year, and got underway
with a center court tip-off at around 6:30 p.m, following the
playing of "National Anthem" and their player and
coach introductions .
Girls Ripley County vs
Tri-County All-Star Game
This years Tri-County girls team, coached by Lawrenceburg Lady
Tiger Coach Abby Friend, found five of their teammates able
to attend when it was time to play. They were: Emily Rennekamp
(later named Star of Stars among the ladies' contest) and Brittany
Fehr and Kate Albright of the Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers. They
were joined by Brooklyn Bovard of the South Dearborn Lady Knights
and Courtney Weaver of the Rising Sun Lady Shiners.
Two Ripley County All-Stars were moved to the Tri-County team
for the competition to allow substitutions during the two 20
minute halves to be played. They were Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagle
Kristen Hicks and Batesville Lady Bulldog Julie Meyer.
The remaining Ripley County All-Star team consisted of Milan
Lady Indian Coach Jeff Stutler, Kelly Stutler - injured and
unable to play, Kayla Stutler and Jessica Wessler of the Lady
Indians. Valorie Wagner of the Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles, Erica
Ester and Jordan Vinup of the South Ripley Lady Raiders, Jenny
Meyer and Ashley Wuestefeld of the Batesville Lady Bulldogs.
Referees Roger Young, Jason Hughes and K C Conaway provided
their officiating services for the event. Play action was announced
by Bob Lafary, with Brian Dodson official timer and Rob Lafary
the official scorer.
Tri-County controlled the opening tip. However, JCD Lady Eagle
Val Wagner's steal, leading to her first basket of the evening,
gave the Lady Ripley County Stars the 2-0 lead. Wagner added
a second FG before Tri-County's Emily Rennekamp connected for
a FG and the FT combo, to which she followed with another FG
to take the lead at 5-4.
By the break, Rennekamp of Tri-County was showing strength and
had produced 11 of her team's 30 total halftime points. Other
points scored by Tri-County were 6 by Kate Albright, 6 by Julie
Meyer, 4 by Courtney Weaver and Brittany Fehr with 3.
The Ripley County Lady Stars were led at the break by Lady Indian
Jessica Wessler with 11, Ashley Wuestefeld 5, Erica Ester 4
and Lady Eagle Val Wagner with tenacious hustle and numerous
assists and rebounds, added 6.
The Ripley County Lady Stars knotted the game at 35 off a Wagner
FG with 17:23 remaining in the game. However Rennekamp and Julie
Meyer provided Tri-County with back to back to back FG's to
pull in front by six.
With the help of the Lady Ripley County Stars, Wagner's FG score
cut the TC lead to one at 44-43, where Lady Raider Jordan Vinup
tied the game at 44 with a FT connection.
Lady Eagle Hicks seered the net with her first 3 pointer, but
it counted for the TC Stars as she was playing for them tonight.
Lady Bulldog Ashley Wuestefeld knotted the game at 47 with her
FG at the 11:38 mark.
TC made a run off another Hicks 3 pointer added to a Courtney
Weaver FG only to find Lady Raider Erica Ester's FG cutting
the RC deficit to two at 52-54 to which Wagner's score tied
the game at 54 each.
Rennekamp again led the way for TC with another basket. A basket
by RC's Wessler pulled her team to within one at 60-61 at the
2:30 mark, but again Rennekamp would not be denied as she addded
to the TC lead. The final score was, Tri-County team 67-63 over
the Ripley County team
Game scoring for Tri-County was: Emily Rennekamp 28, Courtney
Weaver 11, Kate Albright 6, Brittany Fehr 5 and Brooklyn Bovard
2. Ripley County girls playing with TC scoring: Julie Meyer
8 and Kristen Hicks 7. Ripley County scoring was: Valorie Wagner
17, Jessica Wessler 15, Erica Ester 11 and 10 each by Jordan
Vinup and Ashley Wuestefeld. No scoring by Jenny Meyer, Kayla
Stutler nor injured Kelly Stutler. *(This was Kayla Stutler's
first game in her career to have no fouls whistled against her.)
Scholarship presentations are made
"It is with great pride and joy that we are able to present
the recipients a nursing scholarship award again this year",
Jim Lemon added, but it is the first time to do so without Abel
Hooton who was unable to attend due to his health." That
being said, Jim Taul was announced as the presenter of the certificates
on behalf of the 40 and 8.
The 15 students receiving the '09 scholarships were: Jordan
Vinup of South Ripley, Brittany Osborne of Milan, Audrey Dawn
Huffmeyer of Jac-Cen-Del, Rachel Fullenkamp of Batesville, Julie
Meyer of Batesville, Megan Marie Grieshop of Oldenburg Academy,
Ashley Benz of South Ripley (unable to attend), Jaime D. Lunsford
of Jac-Cen-Del, Ashley Nicole Thomas of South Ripley/Marion
College, Allana Beth Newhart of Jac-Cen-Del, Christina Wildman
of Oldenburg Academy, Joshua B. Tunny of Jac-Cen-Del/Indiana
State University, Jean Brunsman of Oldenburg Academy, Janna
M. Lloyd of South Ripley and Emily Fasbinder of Batesville.
Prior to the boys event, Paul Hardy presented certificates of
appreciation to the referees for their services, as well as
to Brian Dodson,and Rob and Bob Lafary, for their work in helping
to keep the event grand.
Boys Ripley County vs
Tri-County All-Star Game
Following a lot of (in fun) trash talking before the game, and
a demonstration of dunks by the teams ready to face off as part
of the crowd entertainment hype, both teams sent shorter members
to center court for the tip-off.
Observing the pre-game warm up one would be led to think it
was gonna' be a war, but in reality, nothing less than solid
respect and sportsmanship was displayed between players throughout
the evenings games.
Coach Mike Pratt, varsity boys coach of the Lawrenceburg Tigers
led the Tri-County Boys All-Star team's bench, while Coach Travis
Wrightsman, head varsity boys coach of the South Ripley Raiders
accompanied on the bench by Brad Samples headed up the Ripley
County Boys All-Stars.
TC's Sean Powell of Lawrenceburg Tigers scored the first basket
of the game. A Ripley County tie came off the basket by South
Ripley Raider Thomas Welch. Blake Sutton of the State Champion
Jac-Cen-Del Eagles created an awesome display of in traffic
manuevering to score and put RC up for the first time. TC's
Powell answered with the first 3 ball of the game to regain
the lead at 5-4. Erhart of the East Central Trojans nailed a
3 bomb to put Ripley County ahead 7-5, only to have Powell erase
it with a trey of his own.
Rising Sun Shiner Logan Jackson took his turn at center stage
with a pair of un-stoppable FG's for TC. RC's Sutton swished
the net cords with his three ball, taking RC to a two point
deficit where massive substitutions were made.
South Ripley Raider Andy Miller knotted the game at 16 with
a deep trey before TC's Jackson put on a dunk-a thon exhibit,
to give TC a 24-19 lead.
Later action found a Welch assist to Sutton for the trey give
RC the three point edge at 32-29. State Champion Jac-Cen-Del
Eagle Tim Arnett also tied the match with his gigantic dunk
at 38. The halftime score was 50-46, Ripley County holding a
four point lead.
Tri-County first half scoring: Rising Sun Shiner Logan Jackson
12, Lawrenceburg Tiger Sean Powell 10, South Dearborn Knight
Zach Anderson 6, Lawrenceburg Tiger's Dakota McElley 6, Sean
Snider 3, Corbin Pratt 3, Brett Bondurant 2, South Dearborn
Knight Jimmy Scudder 2 and Rising Sun Shiner Michael Lovern
Scoring by Ripley County Stars: Blake Sutton of the Jac-Cen-Del
Eagles 11, Pete Reding of the Batesville Bulldogs 11, East Central
Trojan's Jake Meiners 6 and Tyler Theising 4, Tim Arnett of
the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles 4, Andy Miller of the South Ripley Raiders
4, East Central Trojans Chris Erhart and Eddie Acheson 3 apiece
with South Ripley Raiders Thomas Welch and Jordan Bodenberg
scoring 2 each.
Batesville Bulldog Alex Jobst' dunk at the horn closed the contest
with Ripley County the victors at 127-102.
The Tri-County scoring totals for the game were: Rising Sun
Shiner Logan Jackson 24, Lawrenceburg Tiger Sean Powell 21,
South Dearborn Knight Jimmy Scudder 14, Lawrenceburg Tiger Dakota
McElley 13, South Dearborn Knight Zach Anderson 10, Lawrenceburg
Tiger's Brett Bondurant 7, Sean Snider 5, Corbin Pratt 3, Derek
Robertson 3 and Rising Sun Shiner Michael Lovern 2.
Scoring by Ripley County Stars: Batesville Bulldogs Pete Reding
24 and Alex Jobst 17, Blake Sutton of the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles
16, South Ripley Raider Andy Miller 15, East Central Trojan's
Chris Erhart 12 and Tyler Theising 11, South Ripley Raider Thomas
Welch 10, with six each by East Central Trojans Eddie Acheson
and Jake Meiners and South Ripley Raider Jordan Bodenberg and
four points by Jac-Cen-Del Eagle Tim Arnett. Non-scoring for
RC was Chris Walker of the Milan Indians. Pete Reding of the
Batesville Bulldogs was announced the boys star of stars.