Josh Barnett - Sports
The 2005 inductees
to the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame
will be introduced between the consolation and
championship games of the Ripley County Basketball
Tournament to be held at Batesville High School
on Saturday, January 8. Listed below are the
individuals selected by the Hall of Fame Board
of Directors as the class of 2005.
Charles Baylor Jr.- Milan (1936)
Baylor was a 4-year varsity player
for the Milan Indians, serving as team captain
in 1936. He was a member of the 1935 and 1936
sectional championship teams. He was selected
to the All-County and All-Sectional Teams in
'35 and '36.
After graduating from Milan he
officiated basketball for many years.
Ronald Corfman- Ripley Publishing
Corfman served as Sports Editor
for Ripley Publishing Company for 21 years. During
that same time period he was Media Coordinator
for the Ripley County Basketball Tournament.
Among the many awards he received
were the Distinguished Service Award from the
IHSAA and the Sports Coverage Award from the
Hoosier State Press Association. Corfman was
also credited with initiating the Girls' Basketball
Excellence Award, which annually recognizes the
outstanding senior basketball player in Ripley
County. Corfman presently serves as a member
of the Board of Directors of the Ripley County
Basketball Hall of Fame.
James Gabbard- Versailles (1954)
Gabbard was a 3-year varsity player
for the Versailles Lions. He had a career total
for 848 point for an average of 13.6 points per
game. He averaged 17.6 points per game during
his senior season to lead the Lions in scoring.
In addition to scoring, Jim was an excellent
rebounder. He was selected to the All-County
Team two years and the All-Sectional Team two
Jac-Cen-Del (1978) Player
Hermersch was a 3-year varsity
player for the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles. She had career
averages of 13.8 points per game and 9.8 rebounds
per game. She was selected to the All-Sectional
Team (3 years), and a member of the All-State
Team in her senior year. Hermersch was selected
MVP of the Ripley county 40&8 All-Star game
She attend Marian College on a
basketball scholarship where she averaged 15.9
points and 11 rebounds over a 3-year career.
Dale McNeely- New Marion (1956-1961)
McNeely coached new Marion's first
and only Ripley County Tournament and Sectional
Championship team in '61. His 1961 team set a
national scoring record of 154 points in a single
game. One of his players on the '61 team, Gene
Demaree, was selected to the Indiana All-Star
Team, which played against the Kentucky All-Stars.
McNeely was also selected as Tri-County
Conference Basketball Coach of the Year in '61.
James Meyer- Cross Plains (1961)
Meyer was the third leading scorer
in Cross Plains history. He averaged 25 points
per game during his senior year. He recorded
a single game high of 58 points in a 90-40 victory
over Dupont in 1961. The 58 point game still
stands as the highest single game point total
by an individual in Ripley County history.
Meyer was selected to the Tri-County
All-Conference Team in 1960 and '61. He participated
in the 40&8 All-Star Game in 1961.
Maurice Meyer- Jac-Cen-Del (1981-1994)
Meyer is the winningest coach in
Jac-Cen-Del's storied girls' basketball history.
During his 13-year varsity coaching career at
Jac-Cen-Del his team won 146 games. During that
time frame the Lady Eagles won a Ripley County
Tournament Championship (1991), three sectional
Championships ('82, '86 & '91) and a Regional
In addition his teams won the Ohio
River Valley Conference Title five times. Meyer
was selected ORVC's Coach of the Year in girls'
basketball four times. His 80-81 team was at
one point ranked 3rd in the state of Indiana
and his 81-82 tea reached the "Sweet Sixteen" in
the Indiana State Tournament.
Ronald Raver- Batesville (1958)
Raver was a 1958 graduate of Batesville
High School. During a 20 year coaching career
in basketball, which included stints at Williamsburg,
Whitewater and Batesville, he compiled a non-varsity
record of 253-73 and varsity record of 46-19.
The three varsity seasons were at Batesville
and included two Ripley County Tournament Championships.
Raver covered boys' basketball
as a sports writer for the Herald Tribune for
five years. He has served as a broadcaster for
WRBI Radio for over 20 years. Among his many
recognitions, Ron has received the tom Carnegie
Award (1988), Virgil Sweet Service Award (1998)
and a 20 Year Coaching Award from the Indiana
Basketball Coaches Association.
Raver currently serves as a member
of the Board of Directors of the Ripley County
Basketball Hall of Fame.
Batesville (1966) Player
Schroeder was a three year varsity
player for the Batesville Bulldogs. He was a
member of the 1966 Ripley county Bulldogs. He
was also a member of the 1966 Ripley County Tournament
Championship Team. He averaged 23 points and
13 rebounds per game during his senior season.
He was selected to numerous All-Conference, All-County
and All-Sectional Teams during his career at
Batesville. Schroeder participated in the Ripley
County 40&8 All-Star game in '66.
He attended Butler University where
he was a three-year letter winner in both Basketball
and Baseball. Bob served as an Assistant Basketball
Coach at Butler from 1970 through 1972.
Kenneth Selke- Sunman (1966) Player
Selke was a four-year player for
the Sunman Tigers. He played on the 1966 Sectional
Championship team. At 6'9", Ken was an outstanding
scorer and rebounder for the Tigers. He was selected
MVP of the Ripley County 40&8 All-Star game
After graduation he attended Jacksonville
University on a basketball scholarship. He played
on the Jacksonville team that reached the NCAA
finals in 1970, where they were defeated by UCLA.
Virgil Stegner- Holton
(19 years) Coach
Stegner's 41 year career in education
began prior to 1900. A list of his teaching positions
reaches into a great number of cities, towns
and hamlets in Southeastern Indian. Batesville,
Versailles and Holton were among those schools.
It was Holton where Virgil spent the greater
part of his educational career (19 years) as
a teacher, coach and principal. While at Holton
in 1903, Stegner learned of a new game, the dream
of a man called Naismith. He introduced the sport
of basketball as outdoor recreation. This was
the first time basketball was played in Ripley
County. The sport went on to become an Indiana
Stegner coached the sport during
his 19-year tenure at Holton. An article in the
Cincinnati Post dated March 11, 1957 credits
Virgil Stegner for introducing the game of basketball
to Ripley County at Holton in 1903. It is only
fitting that the man who introduced the game
to Ripley County be a part of its legend.
Henry Voss- Milan (1960) Player
Voss was a four-year varsity player
for the Milan Indians. He was 1,000 point scorer
during his career. He was selected All-County
(3 years), All-Conference (3 years) and All-Sectional
(1 year). Hank as a member of the 1960 Ripley
County Basketball Championship team. He played
in the 1960 Ripley County 40&8 All-Star Basketball
game. After graduation he attended Indiana Central
College where he was a member of the basketball
team. Voss also officiated basketball for several
years in Ripley County.
Cletus Wagner- Napoleon (1948)
Wagner was a member of the 1947
and '48 Ripley County Tournament Championship
teams and the '47 and '48 Sectional Championship
teams. Napoleon was the first school in Ripley
County history to win back-to-back County and
Sectional Championships. Wagner was recognized
for his outstanding all around play during these
championship years. In addition to his scoring
he was a premier defensive player and rebounder.
He was selected to the All-County
Team (2 years), All-Sectional Team (2 years)
and the All-Regional Team (1 year). Following
the Sectional Championship game in '48 The Versailles
Republican complemented the Bearcat defense led
by the spirited play of Wagner, and stated that
the sportswriters were amazed by his rebounding
Ripley County Basketball Hall of
Fame induction ceremonies for the Class of 2005
will be held at the Bullpen Reception Hall in
Osgood on Saturday, April 9. Tickets for the
event can be purchased from any member of the
Board of Director at a cost of $20 per ticket.
The evening included a meal beginning at 7:00
pm followed by the induction program starting
at 8:00 pm. Tickets will go on sale after the
Ripley County Basketball Tournament in completed.
There will be a limited number of tickets available.
They will be sold on a first come, first serve
basis. Contact Ted Ahaus (689-6282) or Randy
Young (689-3749) if you need information regarding
where you can purchase tickets in your area.