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February 22, 2018 • Sports
Ripley Publishing Co. Inc. Sports Editor Gary Franklin makes the presentation of the 37th annual (first ever) Co-William (Tiny) Hunt Memorial Boys Basketball Excellence Award plaque to Milan Indian senior #5 Zachariah Minnich between games on senior night at Milan High School on Tuesday evening, February 20. TONY CLARK PHOTO
The 2018 honored Milan High School Basketball program seniors pictured above from left are Cheerleader Taylor Amberger, manager Eric Spears, Austin King, Jordan Burton, Milan Indian Head Coach Josh Blankinship, Jed Minnich, Blake Beck Zac Minnich and cheerleader Whitney Winters. GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
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Milan celebrates senior night with win over Shawe 77-43
Zac Minnich receives Co-William Tiny Hunt Memorial Boys Basketball Award

Gary Franklin


The Milan Indians hosted the Shawe Hilltoppers, Madison, on Feb. 20 where the Tribe claimed victory with a final score of 77-43. Since Shawe did not have a JV team the Jac-Cen-Del JV competed against Milan where the final score was Milan 62, JCD 42. Between games, MHS recognized 22 seniors including boys basketball players, cheerleaders, drill team and band members.

Also as part of the festivities, the 37th annual Ripley Publishing Co. Inc. William (Tiny) Hunt Memorial Boys Basketball Excellence Award was awarded by Sports Editor Gary Franklin.

Senior boy basketball players in good standing among the Jac-Cen-Del Eagle, Milan Indian and South Ripley Raider are eligible for the award. This year the voting process resulted in two individuals earning the esteemed honor, therefore a first time ever Co-Wm. (Tiny) Hunt Award.

Milan Indian senior Zachariah Minnich was named one of the selected Co-Award earners for 2018, with the other Boy and the Girls Basketball Excellence Award earner to be disclosed at a later date. The following 12 senior boys were eligible for the award this year.

Jac-Cen-Del Eagles
20 Joel Tunny
44 Conner Hubbard
55 Michael Flint

Milan Indians

2 Jacob Burton
5 Zac Minnich
11 Austin King
14 Jed Minnich
33 Blake Beck

South Ripley Raiders

15 Cory Welch
20 Zach Pickett
34 Avery Halcomb
35 Dillan McQueen

Eligible senior girls include:
JCD Lady Eagles

22 Lilly Simon
50 Baylee Dwenger
52 Morgen Carroll

Milan Lady Indians

15 Annjeanette Laws
20 Alexah Burton
21 Sarah Hartman
22 Lexi Wert
34 Taylor Amberger
45 Maddy Roell

South Ripley Lady Raiders

1 Mariah Gentile
10 Julia Rea
11 Cameo Hamm
12 Haley Bishop
20 Kiley Sparks
30 Toria Tucker

Varsity action
The tribe varsity watched their run away lead all but disappear as they fell to a mere one point edge at 19-18 at the 6:27 mark in the second period, before re-ignighting for lift off and the 34 point, 77-43 victory at the final horn's sounding, with their entire bench getting final homestand playing time.

Milan Indians
19 40 65 77
9 25 36 43
Mad. Shawe Hilltoppers

Individual Varsity Scoring
Milan Indians 77
Coach Josh Blankinship
5 Sr Zac Minnich 22
2 Sr Jacob Burton 15
14 Sr Jed Minnich 10
34 Jr Orrin Schmidt 9
11 Sr Austin King 7
33 Sr Blake Beck 5
24 Jr Joel Norman 5
4 Fr Carsyn Ascherman 3
12 So Carter Wade 1
Mad. Shawe Toppers 43
Coach Mike Brown
54 So Ethan Stuart 21
33 Sr Schuyler Edwards 7
21 So Chandler Cole 7
24 Sr Brayden Sedam 4
23 Sr Axel Morales 4
32 Jr Leon Kinne
34 So Elijah Goins
11 Jr Joseph Lisle
44 Fr Grayson May
12 Sr Aaron Jackson
22 Sr Wyatt Alexander

JV action
JCD 14 23 32 42
Milan 16 33 50 62

Individual JV Scoring
Jac-Cen-Del 42
Coach Jack Day
50 Jr Blake Simon 19
12 Fr TJ Menchhofer 10
40 Fr Christian Comer 6
30 Fr Cameron Gehl 4
20 So Dylan Swinney 3

Milan 62

Coach Drew Young
22 Fr Peyton Wert 13
12 So Cater Wade 10
20 Fr Adam Norman 10
10 So Matt Riehle 8
1 Fr Josh Clark 6
3 Jr Parker Lewis 5
4 Fr Carsyn Ascherman 5
23 Jr Brent Quatman 4
30 Jr Damon Ward 1
21 Jr AJ Strassell 0

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