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The Versailles Republican

January 29, 2015 • Sports

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Indians repel Raiders attack, retain Ripley Publishing Traveling Pride Trophy

Gary Franklin

Action on Warpath Drive found the score low and game tight, after the first period of high school boys varsity basketball at 10-8, between the visiting South Ripley Raiders and the hosting Milan Indians on Friday, Jan. 23; the contest would indeed become a “war.” The opening jump at center court was between 6' 6" SR Raider junior Elijah Roepke (35) and 6' 5" Milan Indian junior Kyle Meyer (30) (playing in the Indiana National Guard jersey #32 this game as the tribe had been selected to raise awareness and honor to the military for the game via Staff Seargent Brandon Seabolt who was on hand at courtside) found Meyer tipping the ball, but a Raider collecting it off the circle to begin the offensive play.

Ripley Publishing Company Traveling Pride Trophy


Pictured left, the 2014-15 Milan Indian Varsity Basketball Team proudly assemble after defending possession of the Ripley Publishing Co. Inc. Traveling “Pride Trophy” against the South Ripley Raiders on Friday, Jan. 23. Tribesmen pictured front from left include: Jr. Jordan Burton 4, Sr. Sam Layden 10, Sr. Allen Laws 24 and Jr. Payton Healy 5. Standing: Fr. Jacob Burton 22, Fr. Jed Minnich 14, Jr. Kyle Meyer 30/32, Sr. Dean Elrod 13, Jr. Josh Bixler 12, Sr. Travis Butte 24, So. Blane Beck 3 and Fr. Zac Minnich 1. Not pictured is Head Coach Josh Blankinship.

Milan 8 12 31 48
S. Ripley 10 17 29 44
Coach Josh Blankinship
Sr 21 Allen Laws 16
Sr 24 Travis Butte 9
Jr 32/30 Kyle Meyer 8
So 3 Blane Beck 5
Jr 5 Payton Healy 4
Sr 13 Dean Elrod 2
Sr 10 Sam Layden 2
Jr 24 Josh Bixler 2
Non-scoring Indians: 4 So-Jordan Burton, 1 Fr-Zac Minnich, 14 Fr-Jed Minnich, and 22 Fr-Jacob Burton.

Coach Travis Wrightsman
Jr 35 Elijah Roepke 15
Jr 11 Brady Meyer 11
Sr 33 Chase Samples 6
Jr 15 Kaleb Riley 5
Jr 40 Ty Tucker 3
So 10 Derek Turner 2
Non-scoring Raiders: 20 Jr-Adam Tussey, 25 Jr-Larry Pickett and 5 So-Cory Walke

South Ripley Raider senior Chase Samples (33) netted the first basket of the game for the 2-0 SR lead. An Indian junior Kyle Meyer (32) FG knotted the game at two. Back-to-back Raider three pointers by juniors Kaleb Riley (15) and Elijah Roepke (35) elevated SR to a six point advantage at 8-2. Indian senior Allen Laws picked up the pace to connect on back to back FG scores. A pair of FT connections by Raider junior Brady Meyer (11) was followed by Indian senior Travis Butte (24) FG score to end the quarter with SR a two point edge at 10-8.

Indian junior Josh Bixler (12) nailed a pair of FT's, knotting the game at 10. Unanswered Raider scoring by sophomore Derek Turner (10) FG, a 3 pointer by Roepke (35) and a FG by junior Ty Tucker (40) gave SR the 17-10 lead. Senior Laws (21) broke the tribe draught with a FG for a halftime score of SR 17-12 Milan.

Indian senior Allen Laws again led the tribe attack with his opening second half FG score. Raider Tucker (40) connected on one of his two FT attempts. Raider Brady Meyer (11) scored a FG, Indian Kyle Meyer (32) countered. Indian teammate Travis Butte added a FG. Foul three was assessed Indian Kyle Meyer at the 4:51 mark, before the ensuing Kyle Meyer block led to the long pass to breaking teammate Laws (21) for a FG score that knotted the game at 20 near the 4:40 mark. Resuming play, senior Indian Dean Elrod (13) scored a FG to give the tribe their first lead of the game at 22-20. Indian junior Payton Healy (5) delivered on the pair of FTs for 24-20. Raider Roepke (35) responded quickly with back to back 3 pointers to put SR back in the lead at 26-24. Senior Indian Travis Butte knotted the game with a FG, before teammate senior Laws (21) “nothing but net” three pointer gave Milan the advantage at 29-26. Indian Kyle Meyer (32) stretched the tribe lead to five before picking up his fourth foul, sending Raider Brady Meyer to the charity stripe where he completed the old fashioned FG/FT combo ending third period scoring with South Ripley trailing by two at 29-31 Milan.

The war wages on!
Indian Laws (21) FG opened final period scoring. Raider senior Samples (33) connected on one of two FT's, before adding a 3 point delivery to knot the score at 33. An Indian Kyle Meyer (32) FG put the tribe back on top; however, the very next whistle sent him to the bench with his fifth foul @ 3:54. Raider Roepke (35) made good on one of two FT attempts. Raider Brady Meyer (11) netted a pair of FTs. His first for the tie at 35 and the second for the 36-35 Raider lead. Indian sophomore Blane Beck (3) sank a pair of FTs, first knotting the game at 36, the second regaining a Milan one point edge at 37-36. Beck (3) followed with a 3 point delivery at 2:48. A Raider Roepke (35) FG cut SR’s deficit to two at 38-40, leading to a Milan time out with just 1:41 remaining on the game clock. Indian Laws (21) made one of two FT shots. At the 44.5 second mark, Raider Riley (15) netted the FT pair, again cutting Milan’s lead to one at 41-40, leading to an SR called time-out. At 39.3, Indian senior Butte (24) connected on two FTs. At 31.2, Raider Samples picked up his fifth and final foul. Indian Healy cashed in on a pair of freebies to advance Milan’s lead to five at 45-40. With 11.1 left, Indian senior Butte connected on his second of two FT offerings. At 4.3 Raider Brady Meyer added a pair of FT connections, edging SR to within four at 42-46 Milan; however, too little too late, Indian senior Sam Layden completed game scoring with his two FT connections, establishing a Milan 48-42, six point victory over the Raiders, assuring the tribe’s retention of the Ripley Publishing Co. Inc. Traveling Pride Trophy in the process. Top scorer for the hard fought conference game was senior tribesman Allen Laws (21) with 16 point production, accounting for a third of the Indian 48 total point count. Raider junior Elijah Roepke (35) delivery of 15 points accounted for the bulk of the SR offensive game scoring total of 42.


The JV contest also provided nail biting action as Milan opened to a 17-2 edge at one time early on, with the Raider two points result of a pair of FT connections. Game over? Not by any means, as SR re-gained composure and managed not only to catch, but take a seven point, at 26-19 by the horns sounding ending third period action. With 5:20 remaining in the final period, SR clung onto a 29-25, four point edge, but by 1:39, the tribe had recaptured a one point lead before adding a couple more for 34-31. As the final ticks escaped off the game clock for the Raiders to answer, Milan held on to claim victory by the final count of 36-31.

Milan 12 17 19 36
S. Ripley 2 8 26 31

Coach Drew Young
Fr 22 Jacob Burton 10
Fr 14 Jed Minnich 9
Fr 1 Zac Minnich 7
Fr 11 Austin King 5
So 3 Blane Beck 5
Non-scoring Indians: 4 Jr-Jordan Burton, 34 Jr-Shawn Fox, 2 Fr-Nate Davis, 33 Fr-Blake Beck and 20/50 FR-Miles/Bruce

Coach Brad Samples
So 3 Tyler Cole 9
Jr 25 Larry Pickett 7
So 11 Charlie Turner 7
Fr 35 Luke Welch 4
Jr 40 Matt Bennett 2
Fr 34 Avery Halcomb 2
Non-scoring Raiders: 33 So-Carson Powers, 5 Fr-Dillon McQueen, 32 Fr-Clay Romack, 20 Fr-Zach Pickett and 15 So-Cory Welch

The Indians next battle to retain the Ripley Publishing Co. Traveling Pride Trophy will be during their game against Jac-Cen-Del Eagles at Jac-Cen-Del High School on Thursday, Feb. 12.

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