August 31, 2010
performs for a true "bell ringer" for Milan fans!
The Milan Indians defeated the rival visiting Batesville
Bulldogs 19-14 at the Milan Varsity football game held
at the Milan High School on Saturday, August 28. This
was the first win the Tribe had over the Bulldogs since
the creation of the 2001 "bell" trophy.
do a little "Bell Ringing" of there own
Warpath Drive in Milan seems to have a different aire to it
this morning as the tribe pulled off somewhat of an upset in
their Friday night football battle, August 28, on the MHS football
field. Rival Batesville Bulldog varsity football team and the
hosting Indians battled for the Bell Trophy, with Milan winning
it for the first time since its inception in 2001.
The tribe had defeated Batesville before, 1996,1997 and 2000,
but this, their fourth win, was the first win with the "Battle
for the Bell" at stake in the series history.
Celebration surrounded the tribes football players and coaching
staff following the well earned victory by a final score of
Batesville opened the game with possession of the football,
only to have to kick it to Milan shortly thereafter. Thr tribe
exploded to an 83 yard touchdown on a punt return at the 6:50
mark of the first quarter, scored by sophomore #10, Scott Pennington.
(Yes, the tribe has another running Pennington!) Scott connected
for the PAT to take a 7-0 lead.
The Bulldogs put points on the scoreboard in the form of a TD
and PAT at the 1:33 mark, knotting the game at 7.
Cavinee #8 delivered an 11 yard pass to Goldsmith #11, with
Cobb #6 delivering the PAT kick for seven points.
At the 4:20 mark in quarter two, the tribe struck for a second
TD. This score at the hand of Cory Strunk, #23, who delivered
a two yard run into the end zone. An attempt by Pennington for
the PAT was deflected by Batesville, sailing wide.
The first half ended with Milan leading 13-7.
Similar to last year's game at Batesville, when the Bulldogs
left the field trailing in the first half only to return with
a vengence and take the game away from Milan.
Not this year!
During the third quarter action, Indian Cory Jewett, #23, struck
for paydirt once again at the 6:15 mark, driving into the end
zone on a 1 yard run.
The Indian lead remained 13 at 19-7, as their PAT attempt went
The Bulldogs were not at all ready to turn tail and run. A penalty
assessed the tribe as the seconds ticked away in quarter three
gave Batesville the ball to open quarter four, only to result
in a Bulldog TD by Cavinee with a 1 yard run and a PAT completion
At 11:57, the game was now down to a five point spread. Way
too much time on the clock and history boldly staring the Indians
in the face.
With the test squarely placed on the Indian shoulder pads, the
punt following the Bulldog score at 11:57 in the fourth period
resulted in a Bulldog forced fumble by Jewett, recovered by
Batesville had momentum on their side and were making good use
of it. Steadily marching forward toward the goal line.
True grit and positivity by the Indian defenders that a repeat
of recent years was not going to place on their field, this
night proved to be the stabilizing force to secure the victory.
Last ditch efforts by B'ville to break into the end zone for
a TD and the six points that would give them a one point lead
were solidly denied time and a gain with Kurtis Kimla breaking
up Cavinee's last attempt to score, turning the ball back over
to Milan on downs.
With possession of the ball at 8:52, the tribe could only make
minimal gains, leading to a 44 yard punt by Pennington 6:00
Cavinee and company began their march down the field eating
up the turf. 13 yds, 8 yds., 3 yds., 8 yds., 11 yds., 2 yds.
and 2 yds. which led to a 10 yard penalty being assessed them
The tribe had held their ground and were only 1:31 from putting
the elusive "Battle for the Bell" on the record books
as one of their winning games of the 2010 season.
Though a non-league game, the victory was sweet!
Ripley Raider boys XC team captured 3rd, Oldenburg Academy Lady
Twisters earn 1st in Annual Rushville HS Division III Cross
Amid a field of teams and competitors divided into three divisions
based on school enrollments, the Annual Rushville XC Meet was
held on Saturday, August 28.
Some 27 high school cross country teams which included 154 individual
runners competed in the Division III boys race, (up tp 400 enrollment)
with the South Ripley Raider boys team capturing third place.
The annual XC meet held at Rushville HS is the opening competition
for many teams across the state. Held on Saturday, August 28,
normal participation was down somewhat with school budget cuts
However, Coach Jim Cole in leading the Raider boys team, found
great pleasure with his team's efforts at the meet. Coach Cole
stated, "I told the boys before the meet began that we
needed to get five runners across the finish line in :20:15
or so to do well today. Our fifth runner crossed the finish
line at :20:17.08, helping to earn us a solid third place team
He continued, "The heat, when we were supposed to be really
working to get better in preparation for the season, was so
exremely hot that many practices were evaded. Less practice
time meant harder work was needed once the weather eased up
a bit, and the boys have obviously stepped up to the mark."
The Raider boys individual finish and times were as follows:
Sophomore Zach Raab - 22nd @:19:13.86, seniors Ethan Back -
31st @ :19:31.46 and Zack Grossman - 32nd @ :19:31.83, freshman
Austin Allen - 52nd @ :20:09.04 and sophomore Brytton Rogers
- 57th @ :20:27.08.
Finishing just off the team pace were Raider juniors Alex Young
- 78th @ :21:15.73 and Josh Huntington - 83rd @ :21:28.20.
Up to seven members of a school may start the race with the
quickest five runners finish added together for a team score.
Lady Raider runners
Twenty-two high schools were represented in the girls Division
III race which included 107 competitors.
Behind new SRHS Girls XC team Coach Megan Marie Dennis, the
South Ripley Lady Raiders ran the Rushville Invitational event.
With less than five runners in the race, SR could not score
a team score, but runners participated individually. Lady Raider
runners and their times included: Senior Cassie Young - 54th
@ :25:33.31, sophomore Kristen Walston - 80th @ :27:52:82, senior
Amanda McCrory - 105th @ :36:15.23 and freshman Cherokee Mullins
106th @ :36:41.25.
Lady Twisters win Div III race
Oldenburg Academy junior Ann Kuntz crossed the finish line in
1st place @ :19:54.40. Teammate finishes included: Freshman
Sarah Billingsley - 3rd @ :20:55.01, junior Bridget Bruns -
5th @ :21:11.15, freshman Rachel Billingsley - 7th @ :21:22.64
and senior Maria Riehle - 17th @ :22:48.04.
Lady Twister senior Jamie Reed finished 27th @ :23:25.52 with
sophomore teammate Courtney Unkrich 44th @ :24:48.77.
Lady Eagles take 9th
Coach David Bradshaw's JCD Lady Eagle XC team ran to a 9th place
Freshman Brooklyn Ronsheim led the way for JCD with a 42nd place
individual finish @ :24:41.77. Lady Eagle junior Kayla Forbes
was 52nd @ :25:25.09. Freshman Sydney Keene crossed the line
for 58th @ :26:05.13. Juniors Kara Wagner was 61 st @ :26:10.00
with Kathleen Maloney 65th @ :26:25.74. Sophomores Ashley Hammond
finished 70th @ :26:51.13 and Jennifer Roberts 101st @ :32:41.00.
Eagle boys are 19th
Eagle senior Matt Speer led the way for JCD, finishing 8th @
18:23.75. Senior Jim Dobbs finished 79th @ :21:20.59, freshman
Tanner Volz 93rd @ :21:46.49, senior Kyle Bradley 105th @ :22:30.24.
and senior Brock Shadday 128th @ :23:43.51.
Freshman Tommy Tunny finished 145th @ :26:03.16.