Hall of Fame

April 16, 2014
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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.

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This is a casual reunion for anyone who ever attended Metamora Grade School, and an excellent opportunity to reminisce about the good ‘ole days at Metamora School. Take yourself back in time as you visit with some of your former schoolmates. The Metamora School days are remembered by many from this era as days of hardships, yet they also remain as some of their fondest memories of youth. The school has been gone about 36 years now, since about 1979. Please feel welcome to bring your family, old photographs or class pictures, or any old school mementos. All ages are welcome. Attendance in past years has ranged from 25 – 100. This event is very informal and will begin with a pitch-in lunch at noon. Dress appropriately for visiting at the outside, open shelter. Restrooms are available a couple hundred yards away at the State Building. Please bring a covered dish and your own beverage. Let’s keep our memories of the old school alive as long as we’re alive. Call Jim Hunter at 812-350-8253 for more information.

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