Oldenburg Academy's first venture into Cincinnati's Greater Catholic League couldn't have gone much better from the Twisters' perspective.

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The host Batesville Bulldogs refused to go quietly in their second matchup of the year with Greensburg (Jan. 10). In the end, though, the Pirates notched their 13th win of the year, 60-55, and 6th consecutive over BHS dating back to December 2016.

Days ahead of the annual Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference wrestling meet, a couple of traditional rivals looked to gain some momentum during Tuesday night's (Jan. 8) dual between Greensburg's Pirates and Batesville's Bulldogs.

In a great weekend of basketball, the Batesville Girls Basketball Association hosted the second annual Holiday Tournament Dec. 29-30. There were 17 teams from grades 3-6 with 30 games over the two days.

VERSAILLES – Midway through the third quarter Saturday night (Jan. 5) at South Ripley High School, it was crystal clear which Ripley County school would don the mantle of county champion.

MILAN – It was just one call, but might it have helped swing the pendulum in Wednesday's (Jan. 2) Ripley County Tournament opener between Batesville and Jac-Cen-Del?

A 7-0 start by the Batesville Bulldogs Friday night (Dec. 28) turned out to be a false predictor of things to come, as visiting Columbus East tied the score at 14 to begin the second quarter and captured the lead for good with 2:29 left in the half. BHS would climb to within two possessions …

Facing Class A's 9th-ranked team in the Waldron Lady Mohawks Dec. 27, the Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters led from tip-off to the final horn in posting their sixth win in the last seven outings.

With just four days left before the calendar flips to 2019, it's that time to take a look back at the year that was in local sports. There were a number of championships for area teams and athletes ... and just as many near-misses. The following is a recap of top stories The Herald-Tribune c…

WALDRON – The Waldron Mohawks entered Friday night's (Dec. 21) contest with the Oldenburg Academy Twisters as the owners of a single win in 2018-19. That came in the season opener against the state's lowest-ranked Christel House Academy.

Connersville freshman Paige Dunaway had a breakout performance Friday night (Dec. 21) at the Spartan Bowl, leading all scorers with 20 points and helping the Spartans to a 49-35 Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference win over visiting Batesville.

Luckily for the Batesville Bulldogs, the squad that reappeared for Tuesday night's (Dec. 18) second half against the Union County Patriots bore little resemblance to the unit that made its initial entry into the Dog Pound.

The St. Louis 7th-grade boys basketball team finished runner-up in the St. Bartholomew “Battle of the Saints” earlier this month.

Although their Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference record did not suffer, Batesville's Lady Bulldogs nonetheless watched an overall mark drop to 5-7 with losses to league foes Greensburg and East Central.

Playing the opener of a boys/girls home doubleheader Dec. 15 against East Central, the Batesville boys were stifled for a long stretch in the first half and never fully recovered in a 55-46 loss to the Trojans.

MILAN – In a traditional calendar-closing setting for area swimmers, the Batesville Lady Bulldogs and the Milan Indian boys enjoyed a triumphant evening Dec. 13.

After doubling up Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference rival Franklin County by halftime Tuesday (Dec. 11), the Batesville Lady Bulldogs bent but never broke in earning their initial league victory of the 2018-19 season.

William "Bill" Hisrich and Staci Edwards Schroeder (Class of 1990) represent Batesville High School in this year's group of inductees to the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame. The class will be introduced at the 2019 Ripley County Tournament (Jan. 2-5).

The Ammann-Brinkmoeller Athletic Hall of Fame at Oldenburg Academy increased its ranks by five following a ceremony Dec. 8 at OA.

Perhaps earlier incarnations of the Batesville Bulldogs would have panicked when an 11-point halftime lead was trimmed to six in the first 90 seconds of the third quarter.

The St. Louis School 5th-grade boys basketball team won the St. Louis Tournament Saturday, Dec. 1.

The lone highlights for visiting Rising Sun came in the opening minutes of Tuesday night's (Dec. 4) girls varsity basketball tilt at Oldenburg Academy.

GREENSBURG – After rolling through their first two opponents of the season, the Greensburg Pirates were set for their toughest test of the early season on Friday night when their arch-enemies from Batesville visited.

It took the Oldenburg Academy Lady Twisters the better part of the first half to get going, but when they finally did, it was much to the dismay of the visiting South Decatur Lady Cougars.

INDIANAPOLIS –Tickets for the Big 10 Football Championship are in demand this weekend when the sixth-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes play the 21st-ranked Northwestern Wildcats at Lucas Oil Stadium.

HANOVER – The Hanover College athletic department notes with sympathy the passing of former athletic director and men's basketball coach John Collier ('51). Collier passed away on Nov. 21, 2018.

A Batesville Bulldog wrestler was overheard saying Tuesday's (Nov. 27) home opener against Madison was over more quickly than the time it took to roll up the mats following the meet.

OSGOOD – An overall deeper and more experienced Batesville Bulldog team started the 2018-19 boys basketball campaign just as the previous two winters began – with a margin north of 20 points between the Dogs and county rival Jac-Cen-Del.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, the Batesville Bulldogs' boys basketball program held the 5th annual Garrett's Gang Special Needs Basketball Camp.

A new Larry Bird Museum, the only one to be sanctioned by the basketball legend in the Hoosier state, will be housed in the new Convention Center to be built in downtown Terre Haute.

The weekend of Nov. 16-17 was special for East Central Swim Team, as the Aqua Trojans hosted their first-ever meet sanctioned by USA Swimming.

Union County's Lady Patriots woke up Wednesday, Nov. 21, still owners of a perfect record in the 2018-19 basketball season.

East Central volleyball wrapped up its best season ever (by record) with an awards banquet and dinner Nov. 14, according to coach Cassie Laker.

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