Rick Ehrman, Batesville High School Class of 1989, is one of seven athletes to be inducted into the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame in 2020, it was announced this week.
The septet will be introduced prior to the Ripley County boys tournament championship game Jan. 11 at BHS (approximately 7:30 p.m.). The official induction banquet is expected to take place Saturday, April 11, at Milan High School ($20 admission).
Other new members headed for distinction are: Marcy Dickman Baumer (Jac-Cen-Del High School Class of ‘92), Ray Baurley (New Marion ‘63), Craig Cutter (Milan ‘79), Jason Gambrel (South Ripley High School Class of ‘92), Jim Horstman (Sunman ‘72) and Nick Rohlfing (JCD ‘74).
A three-year letter winner, Ehrman was in the top 15 in Bulldog history for free throw accuracy (80%, 94% single-season high) and finished his career ranked 21st on Batesville’s all-time scoring list. Rick went on to play four years for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
He worked as an executive for General Electric, Univision Communications, and NBC before recently being named Chief Executive Officer for VNN Sports in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ehrman currently lives in Minneapolis and has five children with his late wife, Heather: Olivia (19), Harrison (16), Caiden (14), Remington (13), and Brody (10).
Rohlfing finished among the top 25 in scoring and rebounding in Jac-Cen-Del history. He resides in Napoleon and has been the Eagles’ scorekeeper since 1991.
Horstman holds the career scoring mark for the former Sunman High, totaling 1,498 points, and possesses the most overall varsity letters (13). Jim lives in Plainfield.
Gambrel owns four different school marks for the Raiders in 3-point acumen, and owns 15 varsity letters. Jason teaches physical education at Hayden Elementary in Jennings County and coaches middle school girls basketball. He’s credited with starting Hayden’s archery program (first in Indiana), which won a national title in May of this year.
When Cutter graduated, he was the Indians’ all-time leading scorer with 1,502 points and often guarded the opponent’s top player. After earning 13 letters, Cutter played football at West Point one year before transferring to Otero Junior College, Colorado. He and his family reside in Cañon City, Colorado.
Baurley is this year’s Meritorious Service Award winner, having started teaching and coaching at Milan High in 1970. He was a member of New Marion’s only sectional championship team. His service to the community continues as Ripley Hall board member and Milan ‘54 Museum board member. Baurley has also been the Indians’ official scorer since 2009.
Baumer joins sister Connie Dickman and father Louis Dickman in the Hall of Fame. For the Eagles, she was a 1,000-point scorer and led the team in rebounds for three years running. A 2nd-team All-Stater in 1991-92, she was also sectional MVP her junior year. Baumer is a Physician Assistant at Margaret Mary Health, Batesville, where she and husband Dan are raising sons Max (BHS freshman) and Alex (grade 7).