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Bulldogs capture 2017 RCT JV titles

Gary Franklin

Both varsity girls and varsity boys Ripley County Basketball Tournament opening action went as planned. Not so for the third night’s plan with JV teams slated to play at separate sites; that being Milan boys and girls JV action at Batesville High School, while simultaneously at JCDHS the Eagles would host the South Ripley Raiders. Icy weather dictated the re-scheduling to Saturday morning at the respective sites for first round action and JCDHS on Monday, January 9, as the re-slated Championship round for the team winners; so was the case with the boys opening the 6 p.m. center court tip where Batesville led by Coach Jay Gerkin rallied to defeat the South Ripley Raiders led by Brad Samples 31-27. The ensuing JV Girls RCT Tournament championship found the Coach Ken Tekulve led Lady Bulldogs defeating the Coach Andrew Bayne led South Ripley Lady Raiders 42-19.

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Pictured left, Raider Eric Vickers (34) and Bulldog Sam Haskamp (42) battle for the 2017 RCT JV Championship opening tip.

JV game action at JCDHS
The 2017 boys JV opening round of competition played on Saturday morning January 7 at Jac-Cen-Del High School found the South Ripley Raiders in action against Coach Brad Goldsberry’s Jac-Cen-Del Eagles. A battle to the very end resulting in a Raider five point victory, 38-33.

Girls JV game action at Jac-Cen-Del High School on Saturday morning found Coach Andrew Bayne’s South Ripley Lady Raiders battling hosting Coach Matt McNew’s JCD Lady Eagles, with the Lady Raiders seeking out the 2-point victory by the game’s final horn’s sounding. The Lady Raiders got off to a healthy first period lead, maintained the edge through the halftime break but found the world closing in as they were knotted at 26 at the end of three, before narrowly escaping with the victory at game’s end, 34-32.

Opening morning JV game action at Batesville High School found Coach Jay Gekin’s Bulldogs battling Coach Drew Young led Milan Indians, where Batesville played to the 71-60 victory.

Girls JV game action at Batesville High School on Saturday morning found Coach Elliott Tekulve’s Lady Bulldogs battling the Coach Kevin Elder led Milan Lady Indians, with Batesville playing to the 34-23 victory by game’s end.

The reset for the JV Championships was slated for and played on Monday night January 9 JCD High School where the Boys RCT battle began at 6 p.m. with Batesville winning 31-27.

The JV Girls RCT Championship played on Monday night, Jan. 9 at JCDHS, found Batesville winning 42-19.

Read the stats on page 5 and the ORVC weekly summary on page 6 of the Osgood Journal.

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