Milan county champs after 60 years
It took them six decades to do it, but the Milan boys basketball team finally added another Ripley County championship to their trophy case with a 72-63 win over the host Batesville Bulldogs Saturday night.
Defeating the Dogs for the second time this year on their home court, Milan was down 17-15 after one quarter but rallied to lead 35-30 at halftime. The Indians built a 9-point advantage over the next eight minutes (53-44) and held serve for the title.
The title is Milan's 11th overall but first since a 78-47 win over Versailles in 1960. South Ripley won the consolation game over Jac-Cen-Del, 69-54.
Batesville (2-7) will be at Greensburg Thursday for an Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference tilt.
Bulldogs swim at conference
Batesville's swimming teams were part of a six-team field at Connersville High School Saturday for the EIAC championships. The boys placed second with 236 points while the girls were fourth with 129.
BHS traveled to Shelbyville to take on the Golden Bears Jan. 9. The Dogs opened the season's second half with a pair of losses; the boys were topped 110-65 and the girls fell 132-50.
The girls 200 freestyle relay team of Callie Main, Paige Oldham, Liz Loichinger and Gwen Martin won in a time of 1:58.77. Ben Moster won twice, taking first in 100 backstroke (1:07.44) and 100 butterfly (1:02.17). Sean Callahan won the 50 free (24.03).
Martin was 2nd in the 200 free and sophomore Lilly Wonnell the same in 200 individual medley. Also earning runner-up were Oldham (50 and 100 frees-personal bests), Ethan Brewer (200 free, 100 back) freshman Will Johnson (200 IM, 100 fly)
Coming in 3rd were Maria Lopez (200 free; 100 back), Claire Sunderman (100 breaststroke;pb), Mason Enneking (50 free;pb), Callahan (100 fly) and Ean Loichinger (100 breast).
Batesville swims at Lawrenceburg Jan. 14, with South Dearborn also in attendance.
Lady Eagles repeat at county
Jac-Cen-Del's Lady Eagles controlled visiting Batesville Friday night to win their second straight Ripley County Tournament crown and fourth in the last five years.
JCD led 20-9 after one complete and had a commanding 35-16 lead by intermission. BHS fought back and trailed 43-30 going into the final stanza; the final was 57-47.
The Eagles outrebounded the Dogs 44-25 and shot 41% from the field to Batesville's 33. BHS was more efficient from the line (64-52%). South Ripley took third place, defeating Milan 50-27.
Paige Ledford scored 20 points for the hosts and was named tourney MVP. Annabelle Williams added 14. Joining those two and others on the all-Ripley team were BHS' Carlie Werner, Ashley Nobbe and freshman Makayla Granger-Young.
BHS (5-12) starts a string of four straight EIAC games by hosting East Central Friday.
OA quartet wins
Oldenburg's girls 400 freestyle foursome won their race during a dual at Madison Saturday morning. The team consists of Elizabeth Gigrich, Paris Raab, Lana Lischkge and Molly Wachsmann.
OA will swim against South Dearborn Saturday.
Nice weekend for BHS wrestlers
Batesville's varsity wrestlers completed their best weekend of the season at the Wayne County Classic hosted by Centerville Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs finished the weekend 5-4 with two weight-class champions and 8 of 12 wrestlers finishing with winning records.
Sophomore Alex Murphy won the 113-pound division, posting a perfect 9-0 mark with two pins and avenging an earlier loss this season. Classmate Jy'lil Chappel lost just once in winning at 182; he had 6 pins and avenged three prior losses.
Team wins came vs. Winchester (42-30), Northeastern (57-17), Union County (48-36), Cambridge City Lincoln (41-36) and Tri High (51-18). Franklin County topped BHS (55-24), as did New Castle (39-33), Monroe Central (45-36) and the hosts (58-13).
JT Linkel at 145, and Josh Mobley at 152, made strong 8-1 runs but lost to a returning state qualifier and 3-time semistate qualifier (both from Centerville), respectively. Linkel notched 7 more pins to put him at 100 for his career. Mobley won 5 matches by pin.
Christian Garcia had a 6-3 mark at 195 (2 pins, major decision), Caleb Bischoff-Niese went 5-4 at 120 (2 pins) and Axel Garcia was 5-4 at 170 (pin, technical fall). Tyler Schaeffer went 4-1 at 132, earning 4 pins. Jonathan Lamping (126) won twice with 1 pin, Nick Nobbe (160) duplicated that effort, and Jonathan Schrank and Brandon Manning each got a win.
BHS (8-24) travels to Greensburg Jan. 14.
Aqua Trojans roll at EIAC
Scoring nearly 400 points each, East Central's swim team outraced every school at the EIAC swim meet hosted by Connersville Saturday.
EC's boys were dominant with 388 points, while the ladies posted 377.
The Trojans also boasted four MVPs: Jackson Ketcham (4 years straight as MVP), Ray Krider, Nick Weber and Kyra Hall. The three boys joined teammate Matthew Badinghaus in setting a conference record in the 400 freestyle relay (3:22) and teamed with Luke Jackson to win the 200 free. Krider also won the 100 backstroke and 500 free.
JV squads bested at Ripley
Both Batesville junior varsity hoops teams lost to South Ripley at Thursday's Ripley County Tournament.
Girls coach Clint Pride said his team "played with great effort the entire game, but had trouble finding the bottom of the net in the second half." The final was 38-33. Sarah Ripperger led BHS with 10 points; Emma Weiler and Calley Kaiser each added 7, Ava Hanson 4, Carley Pride 3 and Gabby Elston 2.
The JV boys trailed most of the contest with the Raiders, who claimed a 56-47 win. Cole Werner scored 14 for the Bulldogs. Austin Cornn added 9, Calvin Sherwood 8, Alex Siefert 6, Eli Pierson 4, Cody Mohr 3 and Ben Schebler 3.
Freshmen now 5-6
Batesville's freshman boys picked up a win over Connersville Thursday. Ben Harmeyer made the go-ahead layup with 3 seconds left in the game to secure a 22-20 victory over the Spartans.
Nate Vankirk led the team with 10 points while Bryson Bonelli added 6.
St. Louis' 7th-8th grade boys basketball each lost to Sunman-Dearborn Thursday. Playing a very athletic "A" team, 8th grade's 4th-quarter run was stymied in a 33-27 loss. Grade 7 improved defensively but fell 39-18.
Hank Ritter led the upperclassmen with 12 points, Carson Meyer posted a season-high 9 and Connor Miles added 6.
Adam Meer led SLS 7th with 6 points, followed by Henry Wanstrath with 5, Sam Laloge 4, Sully Hill 2 and Max Amberger 1. Meer and Laloge each gathered 7 boards. Amberger led in steals while Wanstrath led in assists.
Reds rolling into the Y
The 2020 Cincinnati Reds Caravan will be making a stop at the Southeastern Indiana YMCA (30 State Rd. 129 S.) Saturday, Jan. 18, 2-4 p.m., courtesy of the Y and WRBI Radio.
This is free to all in the community. Bring the whole family and enjoy an audience Q&A and autograph session with the celebrity panel. Expected at the event are: Reds Hall of Famer Tom Browning, aka Mr. Perfect; relief pitcher Amir Garrett; utility man and Ossian, Indiana native Josh VanMeter; infield prospect Jonathan India; broadcasters Jim Day and Jeff Piecoro; and Vice President of Player Development Shawn Pender. Info: 812-934-6006.