Batesville Varsity and JV Soccer Teams win 1-0 against Greenfield-Central.Batesville vs. GC Varsity (9-21)Submitted by Batesville Coach Chris Fox.
This, of course, is the time of the year baseball teams start watching the scoreboard every inning of their game. They tell you they don’t, but I will guarantee you that if you ask them what their main rival was doing they would give you the score before they ever gave it a thought. Next time you are at a game late in the season watch the players’ reactions when the fans suddenly react and there is no action on the field. Their eyes will automatically go to the scoreboard. The National League Central Division has been the most competitive all year and continues to go down to the wire. You can bet that the players of the top three teams are watching the scoreboard! This is something quite unique to baseball because it is one of the few sports where all the scores are available during the entire game. Sports like football and basketball might cover part of the scores, but usually they don’t have room to cover all of them. Of course, having been a Cubs fan, we stopped watching the scoreboard on April 15–that is usually when the Cubs are out of the race.
Alice J. “Joann” Lake, age 76 of Batesville, died Monday, January 9, 2017 at Margaret Mary Health. Born June 12, 1940 in Franklin County Indiana, she is the daughter of Mae (Nee: Blackburn) and Luther Gesell. She married Jerry Lake June 6, 1964 at St. Michael’s Church in Brookville, Indiana. Joann worked as a bookkeeper for Western-Southern Insurance 26 years before she and Jerry opened the Batesville Liquor Store. They owned the store for 31 years.Joann enjoyed trying her luck. She looked forward to the riverboat outings and their regular trips to Vegas. Over the years, in addition to Vegas, they traveled quite a bit, getting to see many parts of the country along with some overseas trips which included Rome. Other interests included following the Bengals, bowling in her earlier years, watching sports of all kinds and doing jig saw puzzles. Joann and Jerry liked to eat out often, which worked out well because apparently Joann’s cooking skills were modest.She is survived by her husband Jerry; sister Sylvia Lunsford of Brookville, Indiana; brothers Floyd Gesell of Brookville, Indiana, Robert Gesell of St. Leon, Indiana and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Lorene Feller, Virginia Tebbe and brothers Orville, Donald and Merlin Gesell.Visitation is Thursday, January 12th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home. Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 13th, at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Nathan Lake Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Andrew Negangard of East Central (152), Jake Ruberg of Lawrenceburg (170), and Mason Parris of Lawrenceburg (220) won their opening round matches in The Wrestling State Finals and will continue their State Finals quest in The Quarterfinals on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.Cainan Schaefer of South Dearborn (132), Jonah Rolfes of Lawrenceburg (182), Tyler Selm of Franklin County (285), Clark Minges of East Central (285), and Dylan Cain of Greensburg (285) saw their seasons come to end after coming up short in their opening round matches.The best of luck to Andrew, Jake, and Mason on their State Finals matches on Saturday from WRBI.
Coach Chris Deal with Michael DealBATESVILLE, Ind. — The following students were recognized at Monday evening’s Batesville School Board meeting for being academic all-state students.Coach Chris Deal presented a certificate to the following students for Wrestling:Michael Deal, son of Chris and Wendy DealSylvia Philips with Coach Darrick CoxIn Girls Basketball, Coach Darrick Cox presented certificates to the following:Julia Hunter, daughter of Tim and Trish Hunter (not pictured)Sylvia Phillips, daughter of Bruce and Susan Phillips(L-R) Hanna Cox, Emily Gutzwiller, Mary Poltrack, Sarah Poltrack, Spencer Johnson, Drake Main, Elliot Main, and Coach TJ Greene.In Swimming, Coach TJ Greene presented certificates to the following:Hannah Cox, daughter of David and Julie CoxEmily Gutzwiller, daughter of Lawrence and Elizabeth GutzwillerMary Poltrack, daughter of Andrew and Kelly PoltrackSarah Poltrack, daughter of Andrew and Kelly PoltrackSpencer Johnson, son of Terry and Patricia JohnsonDrake Main, son of Kip and Cara MainElliot Main, son of Kip and Cara MainHigh School Principal Andy Allen with Nathan BattaThe school board also recognized Nathan Batta for being a Regional Academic All-State.
Sunman, In. — The Sunman Rural Fire Department has ordered the evacuation of an apartment building at 127 South Meridian Street. Four families, a total of 16 people have been relocated to a local hotel. The Red Cross is assisting. There is no official reason given for the order.The town board will hold an emergency meeting next week to address the situation.This is a developing situation.
Batesville brings home trophies from RCT in both levels of play.JV from Coach Shelly Prickel: The Batesville JV volleyball team captured the Ripley County Tourney title in convincing fashion with a 25-12, 25-8 opening round win over Milan followed by a 25-10, 25-12 victory over Jac-Cen-Del in the championship game.In the Milan game, Monica Gerstbauer earned 17 service points including 5 aces. Kelsey Shupe and Tori Kurtz each had 8 good attacks earning 4 and 2 kills respectively. In the championship game Gerstbauer led in serving again with 12 points, while Anna Bauer chipped in with 8. Shupe led the front line with 6 kills. Caitlyn Broering and Kerigan Haskamp each earned 2 kills. Katie Bedel, Bauer, Cece Hund, and Nikki Fox all contributed a kill in the winning effort. The team’s record is now 12-1.Varsity. Defeats Milan 25-21, 25-16 (round 1).Defeats South Ripley 25-16, 18-25, 17-15 (Championship)Great overall effort was being given on both sides… It showed how much winning the county means to all of the players. We were just fortunate enough to show our mettle at the right moment. We were actually on the losing side of 15 when the Raiders got to 14. I think having played in 7 five game matches this year to date gave us the composure we needed.On the Day, Morgan Meyer was 100% serving 19 times with one ace. Audrey Amberger # 8 finished hitting .342 on 38 swings, notching 16 kills w/only 3 errors. Kylie Laker #7 had 24 Assists on 66 attempts with 14 digs, and Jenna Ertel #11 notched 26 digs.All three teams will travel to EIAC Rival East Central on Monday with freshman serving first @ 5:00pm. JV will follow the first match with Varsity finishing the last match of the evening.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.
The Batesville 6th Grade Boys played the South Dearborn Knights in a two game set Tuesday night at St. Anthony’s in Morris and came away with two victories to move their overall record on the campaign to (20-6).In game one the Bulldogs were able to over-come hot shooting from the visitors and prevail in a contest that came down to the last possession with a final score of 35-32.Solid defense forced South Dearborn into a wild shot for the tie after the Knights had called time out to set up an offensive play. The Bulldogs forced several turnovers with their full court press to alleviate their own self-inflicted 14 errors. The size of the Knights kept the rebound battle close with the Bulldogs having the edge 21-19 and 5 3 pointers by the Knights Teke kept the game close until the end.Jack Grunkemeyer led the Bulldogs in scoring with 12 points, followed by Chris Lewis and Gus Prickel with 8 each, and Sam Johnson 7. Grunkemeyer added 6 rebounds and Johnson had 4. Lewis, Prickel and Johnson each had 2 assists in the game one victory.Batesville. Prickel 4-5, 0-0 8; Lewis 3-6, 1-2 8; Johnson 2-5, 2-2 7; Drake 0-1, 0-2 0; Grunkemeyer 5-13,2-6 12; Wirth 0-2, 0-0 0; Heiser 0-0, 0-0 0; Buschle 0-0, 0-0 0; Pierson 0-0, 0-0 0.TEAM FG 14-35 40% FT 5-12 42% 35South Dearborn. Manford 0-0, 0-0 0; CJ 0-2, 0-0 0; Aisperger 0-1, 0-0 0; Harlow 1-3, 0-1 3; Hudson 1-1, 0-0 2; Cassini 0-1, 0-0 0; Meyer 0-1, 2-4 2; Pruss 1-3, 0-0 2; Hill 1-2, 0-1 2; Raines 0-0, 0-0 0; Teke 7-9, 1-2 20.TEAM 11-24 46% 3-8 38% 323 point shooting: Batesville 2-5 40% (Johnson 1-1, Lewis 1-2, Grunkemeyer 0-1, Prickel 0-1); South Dearborn 5-6 83% (Teke 5-6).Rebounds: Batesville 21 (Grunkemeyer 6, Johnson 4, Wirth 3, Lewis 3, Prickel 3, Drake 1, Buschle 1; South Dearborn 19.Assists: Batesville 7 (Lewis 2, Prickel 2, Johnson 2, Grunkemeyer 1.Turnovers: Batesville 14, South Dearborn 27In game 2, The Bulldogs were much more efficient shooting 58% from the field, limiting the Knights to 26% and no 3 point field goals and cruising to a comfortable 34-19 win.The Bulldogs committed too many turnovers once again, 16, but were able to over-come those errors by forcing several by the opponent with full court pressure and winning the rebound battle 22-13. The Bulldogs were very strong in the second half shooting 75% from the field and getting some solid bench play.Chris Lewis led the squad in the second win of the night with 11 points, followed by Gus Prickel, Bradley Wirth and Conner Drake with 6, Brendan Heiser added 3 and Jonathan Buschle 2. Wirth added 7 rebounds and Grunkemeyer 4. Grunkemeyer also added an impressive 4 assists.Batesville. Prickel 3-4, 0-0 6; Lewis 5-5, 0-1 11, Johnson 0-2, 0-0 0; Wirth 2-2, 2-2 6; Grunkemeyer 0-3, 0-0 0; Drake 3-4, 0-0 6; Heiser 1-2, 1-2 3; Buschle 1-3, 0-0 2; Pierson 0-1, 0-0 0.TEAM FG 15-26 58% FT 3-5 60% 34South Dearborn. Manford 0-4, 0-0 0; CJ 0-0, 0-2 0; Aisperger 2-4,0-0 4; Harlow 0-1, 0-0 0; Hudson 0-0, 0-0 0; Cassini 1-6, 0-0 2; Meyer 0-2, 3-4 3; Pruss 0-0, 2-4 2; Hill 2-3, 1-4 5; Raines 0-0, 0-0 0; Teke 1-3, 1-4 3.TEAM FG 6-23 26% FT 7-18 39% 193 point shooting: Batesville 1-3 33% (Lewis 1-1, Prickel 0-1, Heiser 0-1); South Dearborn 0-2 0% (Cassini 0-1, Aisperger 0-1).Rebounds: Batesville 22 (Wirth 6, Grunkemeyer 4, Lewis 3, Prickel 3, Johnson 2, Buschle 2, Drake 1); South Dearborn 13.Assists: Batesville 9 (Grunkemeyer 4, Prickel 2, Lewis 1, Johnson 1, Buschle 1).Turnovers: Batesville 16, South Dearborn 12.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.The 7th Grade Batesville Basketball team beat the Benjamin Rush Basketball Team Tuesday night by a score of 45-18.Leading in scoring for Batesville was Lyle Oesterling with 13, followed by Jackson Renck with 9, Bryson Bonelli added 8 ,Grant Peters chipped In 5, and Cole Pride and Willy Sherwood both added 4. Rounding out the scoring was Trent Roell with 2.The Dogs will be back in action as they start the tournament Monday night against South Ripley.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.The 8th Grade Bulldogs won last night vs. Ben Rush 40-24.Ian Powers led in scoring with 8, followed by Eli Pierson with 6. Cole Werner and Brady Hornberger had 5 a piece. Zach Wade had 4, Luke Wilson, Will Habig had 4 and Hunter Laudick, Travis Lecher, and Ean Loichinger had 2.The Dogs will be back in action Monday against South Ripley.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clint Pride.
Indianapolis, In. — Indiana governor Eric Holcomb and Lt. governor Suzanne Crouch have unveiled Indiana’s Next Level Veterans initiative. This new statewide program brings together public and private organizations to recruit, employ and connect discharging military personnel to Indiana and retain veterans who are already in the state. A new website has launched and will be the one-stop-shop for veterans across the nation who are looking for jobs, training, housing or information about the Hoosier state.“Bringing veterans from around the country here to fill high-wage, high-demand jobs is a win-win-win for military service men and women, employers and our state’s economy,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Next Level Veterans will encourage partnerships around the state to bring our nation’s skilled and talented veterans back home to our welcoming and vibrant Indiana communities.”More than 200,000 service men and women leave the military each year, and more than half of them face a period of unemployment. Currently, there are about 85,000 unfilled jobs in Indiana. To fill these positions, employers need skilled workers with strong commitment and work ethic. Next Level Veterans focuses on connecting military personnel, who have honed their skills during their service, with these career opportunities.“Indiana wants veterans from out of state to know they are welcome here and that Indiana is a prosperous place, where employers are eager for their skills and talent,” Lt. Gov. Crouch said. “I am inspired by the work our state agencies and partners have done to create a positive future for veterans.”Under Crouch’s leadership, Next Level Veterans will provide veteran incentives, support personnel and provide marketing assistance. The Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Indiana National Guard, the Indiana Department of Workforce Development and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority are partnering with Conexus Indiana, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership initiative focused on advanced manufacturing and logistics, and the Indiana Economic Development Association to support the program and the veterans who relocate to Indiana.The Next Level Veterans website at in.gov/veterans, includes information about available jobs in Indiana through Conexus Indiana, education and training opportunities, quality of life and community aspects. It also provides information on a new veterans-based mortgage program, which helps veterans find affordable housing and gets them into their own home. This new incentive is provided by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.The Conexus Indiana INvets program is featured prominently on the Next Level Veterans website. INvets connects discharging veterans around the country with jobs at Indiana manufacturing and logistics companies. This program was initially created in partnership with Allison Transmission, Faurecia, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.INvets staff will regularly visit major military installations in coordination with a multi-channel marketing campaign. These efforts are supported by a web platform that serves to both educate service members and connect them with employers. This platform will grow to include detailed career path information as well as education and training opportunities. Employers throughout Indiana can leverage this platform to connect with service members prior to their separation from service.“Conexus Indiana launched INvets as an evolution of our work to bolster the advanced manufacturing and logistics sectors by specifically attracting veterans to high-wage, high demand careers,” said Wes Wood, INvets’ Program Director at Conexus Indiana and U.S. Army veteran. “We are thrilled to partner with the state to attract more veterans and expand the pool of employers to other industry sectors, all offering great opportunities for current and future Hoosiers.”The Indiana Economic Development Association will also assist communities in partnering with the initiative both in advertising their communities and in helping to welcome incoming service members.“It is vital we are making sure there is a focus on attracting those outside of the state to come here. Through IEDA we are going to attract people not only to Hoosier jobs but to Hoosier communities,” Lee Lewellen, Indiana Economic Development Association President/CEO. “We will help veterans and their families integrate and thrive in all Hoosier communities have to offer.”Crouch said that by bringing the different agencies and organizations that can help veterans, we are opening ourselves to the chance to have more veterans relocate or stay in Indiana, which will keep Indiana’s economy growing.
Indianapolis, In. — Governor Eric Holcomb, Lt. governor Suzanne Crouch, secretary of state Connie Lawson, house speaker Brian Bosma and senate president pro tem David long are among top Indiana Republicans calling on attorney general Curtis Hill to resign. Hill has been accused by four women, including staff members, of groping.Hill has denied the claims made by the women about the events that occurred in May of 2018 and has refused to resign.Some lawmakers have not defended Hill, but have questioned the investigation. Some experts say the allegations are contained in a memo and not presented in an investigative form.-0-