November 5, 2009
Coach Travis Wrightsman is inducted into the Blackburn
College Athletic Hall of Fame
Gary Franklin, Sports
Proudly, South Ripley Raider boys head basketball Coach
Travis Wrightsman traveled back to his college campus
roots in Carlinville, Illinois, where he was the selected
as the 37th individual in the school's history to be inducted
into the Blackburn Athletics Hall of Fame.
In opening the 2009 Blackburn Athletics Hall of Fame induction
ceremony, Angie Watson, as the selection committee speaker
stated, "Wrightsman is a product of New Castle, who
began his attendance on the Blackburn College Campus in
1993." She continued, "Upon arrival he immediately
stepped into a starring role on the men's basketball team."
During her hall of fame presentation she described Wrightsman
as a versatile, athletic player with exceptional outside
shooting skills, who also possessed great leadership capabilities
that only grew with his considerable skills. By his sophomore
year as a Blackburn Beaver, he had earned honorable mention
on the All-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
team and improved to second-team All-SLIAC status as a
Saving his best to last, Wrightsman as a senior in 1996-97
was not only honored as a first team All-SLIAC selection,
but named SLIAC Men's Basketball Player of the Year. His
contributions as a senior helped Blackburn to the regular
season SLIAC title. He was the second of a league-high
six individuals to earn conference player of the year
honor in men's basketball.
Continuing, Watson added, "Wrightsman is a shining
example of the success that comes from hard work and he
certainly possessed an outstanding work ethic." During
the summer prior to his junior year, he shot so many free
throw shots while practicing in the Beaverdome that he
actually wore out the floor of the gym. None of us can
ever remember something like that and it speaks to Travis'
dedication and character.
Wrightsman is the tenth leading scorer in Blackburn basketball
scoring history with 1389 points. The Blackburn baseball
team enjoyed many athletic contributions by Wrightsman
as well, where he was a top player, earning a first team
All-SLIAC selection as a sophomore. His outstanding dual-duty
performances rank him among only a handful of student-athletes
in the school's history to accomplish first-team All-SLIAC
honors in more than one sport.
Following graduation, Wrightsman exacted his expertise
and positive influence as a successful high school basketball
coach and teacher in Salem, Missouri, before returning
to his youthful Hoosier heritage in Indiana, where he
currently leads the South Ripley Raider basketball program.
Congratulations Coach Wrightsman!