March 22, 2011
South Ripley Raider award winners pictured above from
left include: sophomore Levi Yocum - JV Mental Attitude
Award, senior Jonathan Grossman - Varsity Defense Award,
senior Sam Stratton - Sr. Academic and Varsity Mental
Attitude Award, senior Jerad Walters - Varsity Assists
Award and sophomore Trey Sparks - Varsity Free Throw Award.
Not pictured: sophomore Cody Federmann - Varsity Rebounding
Award and freshman Austin Grider - Freshman Mental Attitude
South Ripley Lady Raider award winners pictured above
from left include: junior Whitney Walker - Varsity Assists
Award, senior Rebecca Bodenberg - Varsity Defense Award,
senior Meredith Knollman - Sr. Academic @ 4.0755 and Varsity
Mental Attitude Award, junior Jessica Foster - Varsity
Rebounding Award, sophomore Rachel Hensley - Varsity Most
Improved Award, freshman Emily Cumberworth - JV Mental
Attitude Award and junior Kasey King - Varsity Free Throw
Ripley honors Raider winter sports athletes, cheerleaders and
Franklin, Sports Editor
Coaches, athletes cheerleaders, managers, their parents and
well wishers of South Ripley MS and HS winter sports activities
gathered to recognize and honor students for their winter athletic
endeavors on Thursday evening, March 10, at the SRHS cafeteria.
SR athletic director Deb Jett opened the middle school recognition
program with a welcome to those attending at 6 p.m.
Seventh Grade Girls
Seventh grade girls basketball coach Shannon Schmaltz began
his review of the team's season stating, "I wondered if
I knew what I was doing and I think the kids wondered if I knew
what I was doing as well after we suffered a 45 point loss in
our first game of the season. However, by the second game we
cut the loss deficit in half. In summary we learned a lot and
improved much, completing the season at 5-7."
Schmaltz introduced his Lady Raider seventh grade team who included:
Kim Adkins, Kayla Adkinson, Ellie Ayers, Elizabeth Bodenberg,
Mercedes Bowling, Lindsay Comer, Kayla King, Danielle Koger,
Abigail Mathews, Kaitlyn Moore, Shelby Myers and Taylor Wrightsman.
Eighth Grade Girls
SR's eighth grade girls coach, Jessica McConnell followed. McConnell
added, my emphasis was on helping prepare the girls for high
school play as there is no freshman girls team to go to like
the boys have, so their transition is a huge step from MS to
The eighth grade team members included: Brittany Ellison, Ashley
Guthrie, Ashton Marksberry, Emily Mathes, Courtney McGuire,
Hope Ross, Miranda Ryle, Haley Schmaltz, Hayley Schwarte, Allie
Sexton, Sidney Steinhauer and Bridget Swinney.
The Lady Raider eighth grade team finished their season at 3-9
Kris Lafary led the seventh and eighth grade cheerleader squad
for her sixth season. Lafary noted that this group of girls
worked very hard and performed to earn "2010 Cheerfest
Champions", a goal that Lafary and her SRMS cheer squads
has aspired to reach over the years.
Seventh grade cheerleaders included: Ellie Ayers, Mercedes Bowling,
Kayla King, Danielle Koger, Kaitlyn Moore and Taylor Wrightsman.
Eighth grade cheerleaders included: Alyssa Halcomb, Bailey Howard,
Faith Lafary, Courtney McGuire, Haley Schmaltz and Allie Sexton.
Seventh Grade Boys
Curtis Stephen led the seventh grade boys basketball team this
season. Coach Stephen introduced team members who included:
Larry Pickett, Jonah Mersh, Braden Lengerich, Andrew Herbert,
Elijah Roepke, Derek Ritchie, Joe Watson, Kaleb Riley, Ty Tucker,
Zach Thompson, Wyatt Elston, Julian Carpenter and Caleb Cumberworth
with Anthony Armstrong listed as the team manager.
Coach Stephen spoke of the team's summer endeavors during a
five game tournament held at Milan where he and the boys were
able to get to know one another a little before actual season
and their reintroduction once the real school basketball season
began. He relayed that he had found much pride in their efforts.
The boys pulled together for an 11-4 overall season record.
He added, "A special thank you to Brian McCombs as our
student team manager who was a great help to the team over the
Eighth Grade Boys
Coach Brian Romans led the SR eighth grade boys team this season.
The eighth grade boys team members included: Andrew Austin,
Austin Bradley, Braden Browning, Alex Dagley, Tyler Gabbard,
Garrett Gray, Devon Sexton and Justin Wilson.
Romans' team played to an overall 2-11 season record.
At 7 p.m. AD Jett opened the South Ripley High School awards
program with a welcome to those in attendance and a thank you
to coaches, athletes and their parents for their productive
Raider freshman boys
Coach Kyle Jolly led the speaking of individual team endeavors,
referring to his freshman boys basketball squad. As the freshman
boys first go at the high school level of action, both coach
and players meet with new and more demanding challenges, stated
Proudly, Jolly stated, "The team secured a 3-3 conference
record, 6-8 season record and captured the ORVC Freshman Tournament
Championship." The freshman boys team included: Austin
Allen, Stefan Anderson, Gus Berry, Jason Bodenberg, Cole Engel,
Austin Grider, Caleb Huntington, Ryan Lengerich, Logan Linkmeyer
and Joey Waldron.
Freshman Boys Award
Mental Attitude Award - Austin Grider
(Grider was not in attendance at the program).
Raider JV Boys squad
Reserve Boys coach Brad Samples spoke of his JV team's season
record that ended at 7-12 including a 3-3 ORVC tie for second
place. The bitter season ending loss to the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles
was the only thing that kept them from a multi-team tie for
conference champion title.
Samples spoke of improvements, role adaptations and the inclusion
of freshman players onto his team once the freshman season had
The Raider JV team included: two juniors: Amos Taylor and Kyle
Taylor, seven sophomores: Chad Anderson, Jason Dilk, David Mayes,
Jacob Mullins, Tyler Rolf, Devon Tankersley and Levi Yocum and
five freshmen: Gus Berry, Joe Dicken, Austin Grider, Austin
Halcomb and Ryan Lengerich.
JV Raider Boys Award
Mental Attitude Award -
Raider Varsity Squad
Coach Travis Wrightsman spoke of his varsity team's season record
that ended at 10-12, including a 4-2 ORVC tie for second place
and a loss in sectional action to the eventual sectional #44
champion Hauser Jets where the Raiders fought diligently to
claw themselves back into the game, losing by five at 66-71
at games end.
Coach thanked his assistant coaches for extra efforts and supportive
roles to enhance his program with the South Ripley Raider basketball
The 2010-11 Raider varsity team included four seniors: Jonathan
Grossman, Patrick Scott, Sam Stratton and Jerad Walters, three
juniors: Blake Davis, Brandon Sizemore and Amos Taylor and three
sophomores: Jason Dilk, Cody Federmann and Trey Sparks.
Varsity Raider Awards
Free Throws -
Best Defense -
Most Improved -
Mental Attitude -
Sr. Scholastic -
South Ripley Raider
Jerad Walters and
Jerad Walters, Brandon Sizemore and Blake Davis
All-Sectional #44 Team
and Jonathan Grossman
In closing, Coach Wrightsman presented each senior player a
framed jersey with their # on it, including having a framed
30 jersey for the senior players to present to fallen teammate
Tanner Tucker's parents on behalf of the team, in his memory.
Nancy Durham spoke of the dedication and hard work the high
school cheerleaders had put into being their best over the years.
JV cheer squad members included: Kyanna Clippert, Suzanne Fiset,
Stacey Koger, Lindsay McFann and Morgan Romans.
Varsity cheer squad members included: (seniors) Stephanie Broadus,
Britney Browning, Ashley Buchanan, Hayley Demaree, (sophomore)
Taiylor Howard, (seniors) Meredith Knollman, Miranda Wall and
(freshman) Samantha Wilhoit.
A welcomed addition to the squad, the four senior boys assisting
the cheerleaders included: Ethan Back, Justin Gullion, Matt
Brooks and Austin Taylor.
In closing, Durham noted many had tried to duplicate but none
could master the "roller coaster" like her squad.
It definitely brought miles of smiles and enthusiasm to young
and old alike during the games, both for Raiders and their opponents'
Cheerleader Awards -
JV Mental Attitude Award - Lindsay McFann
Varsity Cheer Awards
Mental Attitude Award - Miranda Wall
Most Improved -
Sr. Scholastic -
@ 4.0755 GPA
JV Lady Raiders
Tammy Tankersley spoke of the Lady Raider JV team's endeavors
this past season which included an 11-7 overall season record
finish, a 3-2 third place finish in ORVC conference action and
capturing the 2011 Ripley County JV Girls Tournament Championship
JV team members included three sophomores: Rachel Hensley, Allie
Linkmeyer and Kayla Mills, and six freshmen: Rachel Bush, Emily
Cumberworth, Kelsey Cumberworth, Emily Forwalt, Kayla Peetz
and Samantha Wilhoit.
Lady Raider JV Award
Mental Attitude Award -Emily Cumberworth
Varsity Lady Raiders
Lightheartedly South Ripley Lady Raider varsity team coach Brian
Samples addressed several issues before getting to the endeavors
of his Lady Raider team this past season which included an overall
18-5 season, a 6-0 ORVC Conference Championship Title and an
IHSAA Class 2A Sectional #44 Championship Title before their
season's ending at regional action.
The 2010-11 Lady Raider varsity team roster included four seniors:
Shannon Adkins, Becca Bodenberg, Meredith Knollman and Rachel
Mathes, four juniors: Jessica Foster, Kasey King, Whitney Walker
and Kaitlyn Welch, along with sophomore members Rachel Hensley
and Allie Linkmeyer.
Varsity Lady Raider Awards
Free Throws -
Most Improved -
Varsity Mental Attitude -
Senior Academic -
@ 4.0755 GPA
South Ripley Lady Raider
Jessica Foster, Kasey King and Whitney Walker
Jessica Foster, Kasey King, Meredith Knollman and Whitney Walker
All-Sectional #44 Team
Jessica Foster, Kasey King and Meredith Knollman
During coach Samples' time at the podium, he acknowledged his
sincere appreciation for the super support that parents, Lady
Raider fans and school staff had given the team. Samples extended
his appreciation for his six member coaching staff which included
varsity assistant Thom Conover, JV coach Tammy Tankersley and
assistant Kevin Mack, MS coaches Jessica McConnell and Shannon
Schmaltz along with Robin Welch for keeping the team's scorebook.
In closing, Coach Samples presented each senior a plaque, adding
that he has basketballs ordered for presentation to each member
of the sectional champion varsity squad.