December 13, 2011
Gary Franklin, Sports Editor
If you're familiar with the old song, "She
got the gold mine - I got the shaft", you can relate to
the emptiness felt by the Milan Indian varsity team and fans
as they left the North Decatur Charger battle contested at NDHS
on Tuesday, December 6.
The old saying, "What goes around - comes around"
remains defiant for the tribe and their efforts on the hardwood.
Running short on patience, they continue on to play their guts
out, waiting for an honest break.
Hats off to the tribe for being the men that they are, and
The Indians opened scoring with a 3-pointer by senior Braden
Voss. Senior teammates Nick Ryan and Kurtis Kimla added FG's
with ND hitting a FG, two FT's and a trey to knot the game at
seven. Indian sohphomore Logan Alloway drained a three bomb
for the lead only to have ND take the lead at 11-10 with a FG
and two FT connections.
Kimla connected for three the old fashioned way with a FG/FT
combination, only to have ND knot the game at 13 with a pair
of FT's. Kimla added a pair of FT's, only to have ND score a
FG that knotted the game at 15 by the end of the first period.
The Chargers mounted a five point lead over the first three
minutes of period two action, followed by a Voss FG and a Ryan
connection on two FT's to trail 20-21. An Indian called time-out
led to another Voss 3-pointer, giving the Indians the lead at
A Charger time-out led to a charging foul called on Indian John
Herzog, followed by a Charger FG to tie the game at 23. Another
Charger FG led to Indian Voss' delivery of yet another 3-pointer,
sending teams to the locker room for halftime break with Milan
holding onto the slim one point edge at 26-25.
Opening action in the third period resulted in another Voss
3-pointer, followed by a FG by teammate John Herzog to give
Milan the early six point edge. However, as time neared the
halfway mark of the third, ND knotted the score at 36.
Voss nailed a FG, but ND added a pair of FG scores to take a
one point lead. Following a Milan time-out, BD returned to add
back to back to back FG's, ending the quarter, ND 45-38 Milan.
With everything going in their favor, ND connected on four FT's
to grasp an 11 point lead before Indian Herzog connected for
Milan's first FG in the fourth. Herzog added a pair of FT's,
capped by ND, then added another FG to cut the tribe's deficit
to seven, 44-51 at the 4:20 mark.
Herzog added yet another FG, but ND added a FG and one of two
FT shots attempted. A pair of ND FT's were capped by Ryan's
sinking of a pair, leading to a time-out with the tribe trailing
As play resumed, a Herzog steal and FG led to his fifth foul
being called at the 1:32 mark, but the tribe remained very much
in striking distance with senior Nick Walter entering their
line-up. An Alloway FG cut the score to a four point deficit,
52-56 at 1:23. An ND turnover allowed Alloway to break free
for the downtown 3-pointer for a one point deficit at 55-56
and all they needed was a minute of straight up, call for call
basketball, to seal the deal.
With just 34.7 seconds remaining on the regulation game clock,
Alloway toed the charity stripe line and nailed a pair of FTs
to give the tribe a hard earned lead at 57-56.
Following a called time-out, the Chargers scored a FG to regain
the lead, but Milan had last possession of the basketball. At
4.3 seconds on the clock, driving down the lane for the bunny,
foul or both, senior Kurtis Kimla was knocked to the floor,
but the call made was travelling.........
And that's another story!
Varsity Quarter Scores
ND Chargers 15 25 45 58
Milan Indians 15 26 38 57
Varsity Individual Scoring
ND Chargers 58
Sr Paul Badgley 25
Jr John Hammersmith 17
Sr Jesse Elsner 5
Sr Jeremiah Volk 5
Jr Jason Kirchhoff 4
Sr Bobby Beeler 2
Non-scorers were Kevin Geis, Derrick Nobbe and Brock Ricke.
Milan Indians 57
Sr Braden Voss 16
Sr John Herzog 13
So Logan Alloway 12
Sr Kurtis Kimla 10
Sr Nick Ryan 6
Non-scorers were Nick Walter, Joey Davis, Willie Mays and Patrick
In opening action, the Milan JV escaped with a 42-40 overtime
victory, behind coach Jeff Stutler.
Trailing 9-4 at the end of the first period, Indian Wade Cooper
drilled a three pointer to begin second quarter. action. Teammate
Gavin Detraz nailed a buzzer beater FG to end the period, sending
the teams to the locker room for the halftime break, ND 15-11
Indian Wade again opened period play in the third with a long
range 3-pointer, cutting the deficit to a single point. Five
ND points later, Wade connected for yet another three. ND scored
and Indian Willie Mays connected for a FG. Indians Detraz buried
a pair of FT's, Jon Spurlock lit the net with a 3-pointer and
Joe Mayes added a FG to send the tribe to the fourth quarter
up by a score of 26-24.
Indian Joe Mayes opened scoring in the fourth period with a
steal and back to back breakaway FG's. With six seconds remaining
in regulation, Charger Mitch Knecht delivered a 3-pointer to
knot the game at 36, where it remained, forcing overtime.
Initial overtime action resulted in a Charger score for the
lead. A Willie Mays FT and a steal and lay up by Indian teammate
Detraz put Milan on top by one at 39-38. Over the remainder
of the period, Indians Joe Mayes and Detraz each added a FT,
while ND connected for just one FG resulting in a Milan JV 42-40
come from behind victory
JV Quarter Scores
Milan Indians 4 11 26 42 ND Chargers 9 15 24 40
JV Individual Scoring
Milan Indians 42
Jr Joe Mayes 13
So Cooper Wade 10
So Gavin Detraz 8
So Jon Spurlock 7
Jr Willie Mays 4
Non-scorers were Logan Karsteter, Joe Bixler and Sam Thompson.
ND Chargers 40
So Josh Weintraut 10
Jr Mitch Knecht 10
So Devon Taylor 10
Jr Derrick Nobbe 4
Jr Johnathon Nobbe 2
So Dylan Koors 2
So Derek Welton 2
Non-scorers were Trevor Crites and Matt Harrison.