Osgood Journal Sports
May 26, 2009

MHS Lady Indian Kelly Stutler signs with Hannibal La-Grange Lady Trojans

Gary Franklin, Sports Writer

Very determined and willing to do whatever it takes to play the sport she loves, Kelly Stutler is one step closer to seeing at least a portion of her lifelong dreams come to fruition, with the signing to be a part of a college basketball team.

Stutler and her parents made the trip to Hannibal, Missouri, and the Hannibal-LaGrange College Campus, for the signing of her letter of intent to join HLG in the fall and play basketball as a Lady Trojan on Thursday, May 14.

HLG Head Lady Trojan Basketball Coach Delena White stated, "We are excited to have Kelly as a part of our team for the next four years. She brings a desire and passion for the game and for life itself that will help our program succeed."

The HLG press release noted some of Stutler's accomplishments while at Milan HS which include: a 19 point per game average in her MHS senior year, a career Lady Indian scoring total of 1071 points, a career performance of 75 assists, 63 three pointers and a 75% free throw record. Also noted were her acquired awards such as all-sectional, all-county, all-conference, All-State Honorable Mention and Academic All State.

HLG is a Division I NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) school and a member of the American Midwest Conference.

From the local perspective, any and everyone who has witnessed this young lady over her high school career can at the least attest to her persistant determination over all obstacles to be the best basketball player and person she can be in spite of physical stresses. Not merely for herself but for her team, and not only on the hardwood but in her everyday life as well.
She has been a vividly true example of will overpowering pain and determination outlasting injury and resolve to be all you can be being taken to its highest perimeters.

MHS sports programs and Ripley County sports enthusiasts will no doubt greatly miss the on the floor and off the floor drive shown by Stutler for years to come.

We at Ripley Publishing wish Stutler great success with all her future endeavors.

Hannibal-LaGrange College in Hannibal Missouri is a coeducational biblically based Christian institution in a covenant relationship with the Missouri Baptist Convention which seeks at every point to give Christ the preeminence and is guided by following vision, mission and purposes.


Milan Lady Indians clinch
'09 ORVC Softball Conference Title

Gary Franklin, Sports Writer

Milan Lady Indian Softball Head Coach Milton Teer and his assistants could not have asked for more, as the team solidified a lock on the ORVC Championship Title with a 11-0 shutout at SRHS on Wednesday evening, May 20.

A possible loss to the Lady Raiders could have led to sharing the crown with the SC Lady Pacers, the win gave the tribe an outright sole possession of it.

The Lady Indians will enter a bid at Class 2A Sectional #44 hosted by Switzerland County HS on Monday morning, May 25, with an anticipated opening pitch game time of 11 a.m. against the Hauser Lady Jets.

To earn the 21-4 season record including the win over SRHS on Wednesday evening, May 20, the Lady Indian season game results were as follows:

Lost to Batesville 0-8
Won over Shawe 9-0
Won over Switz. Co. 7-1
Won over Rising Sun 5-1
Won over Madison HS 2-1
Won over Mad. HS 10-7
Won over S'western H 2-0
Won over Franklin Co. 6-2
Won over S. Decatur 11-3

Grant County Tourney Champs with 5-1 win over Brossart, lost in 8 innings to Ryel Ky. 4-5 and earned a 4-3 win over Grant Co. Ky
Won over N Decatur 12-2
Won over Shawe 2-0
Lost 0-2 to South Dearborn
Won over Rising Sun 8-0
Won over South Ripley 9-0
Won over Jac-Cen-Del 10-0
Lost to SC in 8 Innings 2-6
Won over S'western H 12-1
Won over Jac-Cen-Del 7-2
Won over Trin. Luth. 7-2
Won over Union Co. 3-1
Won over Law'burg 17-1
Won over SouthRipley 11-0

With their overall season record at 21-4, the Lady Indians outscored their competition 167-40.
Even though their regular season has been a promising one, the team will not be happy with it if they cannot continue with extra season success.
Their first game in the '09 sectional is against the Hauser Lady Jets with neither team having met the other this year.