Rita Tarvin Rocket win streak reaches five G-Men ascend to 4-0 in SBAAC National Division with win at Williamsburg Jays soar to 3-1 with win at North Adams Young Lady Jays improving as season progresses Mary J Yockey Callie J Maynard Windle Blanton Daisy D Nevels RULH HS students visit Jungle Jims Aberdeen Council has busy end of the year River Village Christmas celebration begins SR 41 now open Gast’s three-point shower drowns the Tigers Lady Rockets capture wins over Ripley, Batavia Keplinger signs with Shawnee State Warriors down the Devils, fall to the Greyhounds Broncos edge out Williamsburg, 53-50 Carol S Newman John E Short RULH Elementary names ‘Go Green’ Students RE/MAX Local Experts opens in Williamsburg RULH wraps up ‘No Shave November’ fundraiser Eleven indicted by Brown County Grand Jury Donald C Vance John C Morris Rebecca E Simpson Hot start sets pace for Broncos’ 85-40 win over CNE G-Men get off to 1-1 start Lady Rockets start off season with tough string of road games Basketball Special: 2017-18 Katherine J Wolfe Virginia J Germann Rev Commadora Manning Mona K Kirker Ohio Rural Heritage Association donates to Food Pantry RULH FCCLA attends meeting in D.C. RULH MS students try ‘Tabletop Twitter’ Ripley Village Christmas update Bonita Planck Carol J Wagner Christopher O Richey Sr Five new members to enter WBHS Athletic Hall of Fame Blue Jays ready to soar under Woodward Fischer named to OPSWA All-Ohio First Team of football all-stars High school girls’ hoop action kicks off in Brown County Formation of new joint Fire & EMS District discussed RULH students learn about ‘Global Food’ Personal financial management class at RULH High School Dale G Ferriel John E Slack Nicholas A Arthur Bonnie J Roush Charles E Faul Phyllis A Mills Carl L Watson Marc W Bolce Robert R Moore Robert K King June R Williams William T Ishmael Sr Deborah J Napier High school hoop action begins Fayetteville SAY Girls Wing Soccer Team finishes season among state’s Final Four Devils visit Georgetown for OHSAA Foundation Games Grandfather charged in boy’s death ‘Real Money’ at RULH Middle School Ripley High School celebrates Veterans Day Reward increases for information leading to conviction in Stykes’ murder Ripley Village Christmas update Kenneth M McKinley Vilvens signs with Mount St. Joseph SBAAC awards girls tennis all-stars Layman inducted into Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame SBAAC hands out awards to First Team girls’ soccer all-stars John D Marks Aberdeen Police Department receives ‘Shop With a Cop’ donation Benefit to take place Nov. 17 for Grace Copple St. Michael students take part in Community Soup Supper Voters return Worley to the bench Ruby A Ratliff Donna J Moore Stella M Glasscock Ellen L Gelter Alverda T Guillermin Justin N Beach EHS dedicates ‘Kiser Court’ SBAAC awards First Team football all-stars, winning teams Sizer earns SBAAC American Division Volleyball Player of Year honors for 3rd straight year Broncos to host Blue Jays for OHSAA ‘Jimmy Young’ Foundation Game, Nov. 17 Vern W Kidd Jr Brown County Election Results – 2017 Michael D Hines Raymond W Napier Leslie E Boyle Gary L Barber RULH NHS welcomes new inductees K-9 Units and handlers visit RULH High School EMS members honored for service Road work on Ripley streets to begin

Finch: Rockets “ahead of the curve”

This past week marked one year since the Fayetteville-Perry school district hired Kevin Finch to be their new football coach.

At the time, Finch was coming into a situation with a young and inexperienced program, and had little time to implement his offensive and defensive schemes before the regular season was underway less than a month later.

But now, having a whole summer of voluntary practices as well as the 10 maximum days mandated for team instruction by the Ohio High School Athletic Association complete, Finch feels his team is much better prepared to excel in the upcoming season.

“It’s light years ahead of the curve,” Finch said. “Last year we had three coverages for the first three games, and now we have more coverages than that already just from 7-on-7 (tournaments this summer). Everything we have done so far, the players are doing a nice job with and they remember it from last year. Coming in late last year and now having a whole year under the belt this year made a lot of information easier for the players.”

Finch discussed the improved leadership on his team, with seniors such as running back Caleb Dowers, quarterbacks Tim Crone and Cole Schaefer, and running back Eli Wolfer helping lead team workouts and motivate the young players to continue to improve.

“Summer camp days have been going great,” Finch said. “Our leadership has been strong by the upperclassmen. Everyone’s been working hard.”

Finch said that there should be a number of position battles during practice in August, with the team’s depth improving from last year to this year.

“We do have some depth this year,” Finch said. “We have very good quarterbacks this year in Crone and Schaefer battling for that spot. We have a few running backs, Caleb, Eli, and (junior) Chase Jester that are battling it out for running back positions, and there’s also some younger guys looking good trying to get some time on the field.

“At tight end we have a good battle going on between (senior) Noah Bailey, (senior) Luke Davis, and (junior) Austin Brockman.

“We have depth at defensive back, with Schaefer, Dowers, and Crone. Linebacker wise, Davis, (senior) Wyatt Beck, Brockman, and Eli Wolfer and Mark Wolfer are looking to push for some time.

“There’s a lot of spots that are still up for grabs and we do have some depth,” Finch continued. “More importantly the players are working hard and they want to be successful this year. They’re taking it in their own hands and leading by example.”

Heading into the first weekend of official practice, Finch said that the team will continue working on their base offense and defense packages, but with contact limitation, they’ll also work on special teams and the run game before they can put on the pads and simulate game-like conditions.

Fayetteville quarterback Tim Crone prepares to hand the ball off to Caleb Dowers. The pair are coming back for the 2015 season, in which Fayetteville will be playing in Division 7.
http://ripleybee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_FayettevilleTimmyCroneCalebDowersFootball2014-DanielKarell-.jpgFayetteville quarterback Tim Crone prepares to hand the ball off to Caleb Dowers. The pair are coming back for the 2015 season, in which Fayetteville will be playing in Division 7.

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

Reach Daniel Karell at 937-378-6161. Follow him on Twitter @GNDKarell

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