This years Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame banquet was held Saturday night at the Middle School Commons in Batesville. There were 140 guests to welcome in the latest inductees. Some interesting highlights of the acceptance speeches include David Bradshaw, long-time baseball and basketball coach at Jac-Cen-Del, who reminisced about his encounters with Randy Combs and Scott Holdsworth who were also inductees. David played professional baseball in both the Montreal Expo and Pittsburgh Pirate organizations before embarking on his teaching and coaching career. He topped off his basketball career with a state championship at JCD. Randy Combs of Milan was on a state basketball championship team while a student at Vincennes High School. He and his brother were both long-time basketball coaches in Indiana. Randy is still coaching football at Milan and his brother is now a principal at Vincennes High School.
Thomas Buck of Batesville revealed a couple funny incidents that kept him from being able to participate in his first two high school games. In one incident his mom packed his freshmen uniform instead of the reserve because she thought he looked better in te freshmen uniform. This resulted in a technical foul that cost the Bulldogs the game.
Scott Holdsworth, a member of the Greensburg coaching staff, was inducted for his playing prowess while at South Ripley High School. He is currently an alternative school administrator in Greensburg and the head coach of their baseball program. He also was a varsity assistant for the two straight state championship Greensburg basketball teams.
In tomorrow’s article I will list tidbits about the other inductees from this 2014 class.