Osgood Journal Sports
April 4, 2006

2006 South Ripley High School Annual Raider Basketball Program is held and a dear friend remembered

Gary Franklin - Sports Writer

The 2006 South Ripley High School Basketball Awards Program was held at SRHS cafeteria. Postponed due to weather conditions on Tuesday, the event got underway at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 23.

The annual program opened with special recognition of the recent death of a man very supportive to South Ripley athletic endeavors and the athletes themselves, Norman McIntosh. McIntosh passed away only days before the Basketball Awards Program, but only after putting another year of girl's basketball score keeping to rest.

A.D. Jett noted the many years he had served as scorekeeper for both the boy's and girl's teams, and the invaluable assistance he had given to the coaches of the different SR sports programs, acknowledging that his services and dedication will be greatly missed but surely remembered.

Jett continued with an introduction of this season's basketball and cheerleader coaches: Karen Hafft - Freshman Cheerleader Squad Coach, Tammy Hartman - Varsity Cheerleader Squad Coach, Brad Samples - Freshman Boy's Basketball Team Coach, Ashlee (Lauber) Miller - Girl's Junior Varsity Reserve Coach, Steve Snyder, Girl's Varsity Coach, Kendall Sheets - Boy's Junior Varsity Reserve Coach, and Scott Holdsworth - Varsity Boy's Coach.

Freshman Boy's Coach Brad Samples introduced the team members of '06: Seth Leonard, Andy Miller, Kevin Gullion, Seth Madden, Zack Jines, Eric Brewer, Jared Keck, Jordan Bodenberg, Thomas Welch, and Kevin Swinney. The SRHS Freshman Boy's Team finished their season with a record of 7-10.

Coach Samples noted the progressive efforts of the young team through the season, and in closing presented the 2006 Freshman Basketball Mental Attitude Award to Andy Miller.

The South Ripley Freshman Cheerleader Squad was led by Coach Karen Hafft. Squad members were: Jordan Clements, Lacy Ward, Jessilyn DeWitt, Brittany DeWitt, Kristen McIntosh, and Paige Fossett. Coach Hafft presented the 2006 Freshman Cheerleader Mental Attitude Award to Kristen McIntosh.

Kendall Sheets led the Raider Jr. Varsity Reserve Boy's Team whose members included: Zack Jines, Nick Grider, B.J. Sieverding, Jared Keck, Mitchell Krall, Jake McConnell, and Thomas Welch. The team's managers were: Alisha Simon, Sierra Groves, Tyler Hensley, and Anthony Gramaglia. Following the completion of the freshman regular basketball season, some were moved up to the reserve team, to finish their season.

The Raider Reserve Team finished their season with an overall record of 4-16, which included the 0-6 ORVC conference record. Coach Sheets presented the '06 Jr. Varsity Reserve Mental Attitude Award to Thomas Welch.

In her first year as an SRHS coach, Ashlee Miller led the Lady Raider Jr. Varsity Reserve Team to a 9-11 overall season, which included a Ripley County Tournament Jr. Varsity Reserve Runner-up bid, and a 3rd place finish in the ORVC Conference at 4-2.

The 2006 Lady Raider Jr. Varsity Reserve Team members were: Susannah Mann, Courtney Walker, Kellie Collier, Jordan Clements, Jaque Castner, Katie Polly, Erica Ester, Jordan Vinup, Alex Snyder, Elizabeth Forwalt, and Katlyn Williams.

Coach Miller presented the '06 Lady Raider Jr. Varsity Reserve Mental Attitude Award to Jordan Vinup.

The Varsity Cheerleaders were led by Coach Tammy Hartman. The Varsity Cheerleader Squad members were: Sheena Braley, Steph Miller, Shaina Keck, Bridgette Adams, Melinda Berry, Erica Burress, Suzanne Elsen, Sarah Hartman, Melanie Berry, Erica Ester, Chelsea Durham, and Janna Lloyd.

Senior Bridgette Adams, with a GPA of 4.+ was presented the Varsity Cheerleader Senior Academic and the Mental Attitude Awards by Coach Hartman. Sarah Hartman was presented with the Most Improved Cheerleader Award.

In his first year as the South Ripley Lady Raider Varsity Coach, Steve Snyder spoke of the season recently ended. Snyder spoke of the accomplishments made by this years team, and the hopes he has for the future of the South Ripley Lady Raider Basketball Program.

The Lady Raider Varsity Basketball Team of 2006 included: Josie Franklin, Kristen Huss, Beth Thieman, Abbey Lemon, Beth Stratton, Ciara McGuire, Ashley Thomas, Kellie Collier, Susannah Mann, Katie Polly, Erica Ester, Alex Snyder, and Courtney Walker. Recognized in apprciation, by Coach Snyder, for their hard work and positive team influence were Lady Raider Team Managers: Stephanie Miller and Alysha Daily.

The Girl's Varsity Senior Academic Award was presented to Josie Franklin with a 3.86 GPA, the Mental Attitude Award was presented to Ciara McGuire. The Most Improved Player Award was presented to Abbey Lemon. The Assists, Best Defense and Rebounding Awards were presented to Kristen Huss. The Free Throw Award was presented to Beth Thieman.

The 2006 Lady Raider Varsity ended their season with a 12-14 overall record, which included a Runner-up finish in the Ripley County Tournament, and a 4th place conference position having split 3-3.

Scott Holdsworth, Raider Boy's Varsity Basketball Coach, speaking of the year in review included the Raider victory and re-capturing of the Ripley Publishing Co. traveling "PRIDE TROPHY" from the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles in the last regular season game, noting that the Raiders Boy's were also Runner-up in the Ripley County Tournament. The Varsity Raiders finished their season with an overall record of 9-13, of which included a 5th place 2-4 ORVC season record.

Varsity Boy's Awards were presented to: Michael Fear for an outstanding Free Throw shooting season which included the setting of a new school record with 44 consecutive makes and the best of all 2006 ORVC season contenders with a .938%. Fear also received the Varsity Rebounding Award.

Brandon Seabolt was presented with the Defense and the Assists Awards. Michael Matthews received the Varsity Boy's Senior Academic Award with a 3.36 GPA. Wes Messer was presented the Most Improved Award and Kyle Patrick the Mental Attitude Award for the Varsity Boy's Team

Coach Holdsworth, in closing again gave recognition of a personal and school sports support loss, with the passing of Norman McIntosh.

A.D. Jett then closed the program and offered refreshments available to everyone, concluding the program.



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