January 26, 2009


Pictured above, SR Raider senior Jimmy Hartman connects for a pair of FT's with 2.5 seconds remaining in the first half vs Hauser at SRHS. Hartman was high scorer for the Raiders vs Milan game the night before with 15 points in SR's 70-43 win, adding 13 vs Hauser in SR's 58-41 win.


Raiders boys double dip for victories
over Indians, then Jets, at SRHS

Gary Franklin, Sports Writer

The South Ripley Raider varsity boys basketball team's hosting of the Milan Indians on Friday evening, January 22, resulted in a Raider victory at 70-43. The Raider JV team also collected a win, their final score was 40-16.
On Saturday night, January 23, the Raider boys varsity team repeated for a victory over the visiting Hauser Jets by the final score of 58-41. The Raider JV also claimed a victory over the Jets with an eight point margin at 44-36.
Raiders vs Indians JV
South Ripley Raiders 40
Jordan Walters 12 Brandon Sizemore 8
Blake Davis 8
Cody Pence 6
Trey Sparks 4
Nathan Meisberger 2

Milan Indians 16
Nick Walter 4
Russell Pitts 4
Braden Voss 2
Nick Ryan 2
Ben Lawhorn 2
Derek Hornberger 2

Quarter Scores
SR 14-4 Milan
SR 24-6 Milan
SR 33-8 Milan
SR 40-16 Milan
Raiders vs Indians
South Ripley Raiders 70
Jimmy Hartman 15
Jared Walters 11
Denny Mayes 10
Thad Fleming 9
Brian Thomas 8
Jonathan Grossman 5
Chase Grider 4
Sam Stratton 2
Tanner Tucker 2
Kile Huss 2
Ace Steuver 2
**Every player on the SR varsity bench scored in this game and senior Denny Mayes drew the Raider crowd's attention with a slam dunk.
Milan Indians 43
Sean Laub 11
Kurtis Kimla 9
Zach Elza 8
Ethan Voss 5
Alex Walter 4
Neal Herzog 2
Michael Brandes 2
Russell Pitts 2
**Non-scoring Indians included Alex Layden, Grayson Miller, Derek Hornberger and Jake White.

Varsity Quarter Scores
SR 14 -6 Milan
SR 34-11 Milan
SR 56-31 Milan
SR 70-43 Milan
South Ripley
vs Hauser JV
South Ripley JV 44
Brandon Sizemore 15
Nathan Meisberger 9
Blake Davis 7
Cody Pence 4
Trey Sparks 4
Jordan Walters 3
Amos Taylor 2
Hauser JV 36
Tyler Close 15
Lucas Steining 7
Zach Johnson 6
Nick Johnson 5
Wes Whittington 2
Zach Land 1
JV Quarter Scores
SR 12-7 Hauser
SR 26-17 Hauser
SR 34-28 Hauser
SR 44-36 Hauser
Raiders vs Jets Varsity
South Ripley Raiders 58
Thad Fleming 16
Brian Thomas 15
Jimmy Hartman 13
Kile Huss 4
Tanner Tucker 3
Chase Grider 3
Jared Walters 2
Denny Mayes 2
Hauser Jets 41
Silas Sims 14
Cody Thayer 13
#24 4
Josh Hewitt 3
Jarod Gearhart 2
Anthony McDaniel 2
Reid Thayer 2
#30 1
Varsity Quarter Scores
SR 16-10 Hauser
SR 28-20 Hauser
SR 46-35 Hauser
SR 58-41 Hauser


South Ripley Raider senior Brian Thomas signs a Letter of Intent signing with Ohio Northern University Polar Bear Baseball Team. Pictured seated are Pam Thomas (mother) and Brian Thomas. Standing are Gary Thomas (father), SR Varsity Baseball Coach Greg Hughes, SR Principal Bob Meyer and SR Athletic Director Deb Jett.


SR Raider Brian Thomas signs
Letter of Intent with ONU Polar Bears

Gary Franklin, Sports Writer

On Tuesday evening, January 19, South Ripley Raider senior Brian Thomas signed a Letter of Intent to play baseball for the ONU (Ohio Northern University) Polar Bears.
Following SRHS graduation, Thomas will make his home on the campus of ONU, located in Ada, Ohio, where he will trade his SRHS green for ONU orange.
Thomas has been accepted to the Raabe College of Pharmacy at ONU. The College of Pharmacy has been in existance since 1884. Acceptance into the program is very competitive and he was one of 165 students offered admission after an interview of approximately 350 students with over 800 applications.
Having played organized travel baseball from the age of eight, Thomas will further his baseball adventures at the college level with ONU. ONU is part of the Ohio Athletic Conference and a NCAA Division III program.
As an ONU Polar Bear, Thomas will play under Head Coach Justin Bergman and assistant Jeff Mercer. The Polar Bear's season consists of 35-40 games with an annual spring break trip to Florida.
In past seasons ONU has won 7 OAC championships, made 8 NCAA tournament appearances, developed 7 All-Americans and has a 0.546 all time winning percentage between 1903-2009.
Thomas noted that he had amassed many accomplishments in his four years of SRHS varsity baseball action under former Raider Coach Rod Hite and current Raider Coach Greg Hughes.
Thomas made both All-Conference and All-Sectional team and earned "Outstanding Pitcher" honors last year. He also was a member of the 2008 South Ripley Raider Final Four baseball team.
He noted that much of his baseball abilities were learned from his parents and through years of playing baseball under Coach Doug Burcham as a part of the Versailles Radio Shack/Indiana Bats. More recently Thomas traveled with teams from Cincinnati and last summer he played for the Madison Legion team coached by Steve Houchen.
Congratulations and best wishes to Brian Thomas on his acceptance and future endeavors!