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

Eastern Brown Lady Warriors enjoy successful soccer season

During a season that saw Kayla Tomlin explode for seven goals in a game, breaking the school record, the Eastern Brown girls soccer team as a whole made big strides forward.

The team won a pair of postseason games in dominant fashion, rolling over Northwest High School and St. Joseph High School by a combined score of 12-1 before falling to state-ranked Lynchburg in the district final.

Now, a week or so after her team’s season came to an end, it seems to be a good time to look back on what head coach Amanda Hauck described as a “roller-coaster.”

“I look at this season kind of like a roller coaster ride,” Hauck said. “We had our ups and downs due to lack of experience and injury but then we would peak and fall again. Our season may not have look as successful with a 11-6 record, but looking at everything we overcame I am very proud of how hard all my girls worked until the end of our last game.”

Going back to the beginning of the year, Hauck said her team had a few goals they wanted to accomplish.

“As a team, we wanted to strive for first in the league and stretch for the gold ball,” Hauck said. “I knew that would be a challenge being as young as we were. As a coach, my goal is always to be better the last game then we were in the first. I also wanted to go farther in the post-season, which we did.”

Tomlin’s record-breaking performance against West Union was a turning point for the team as a whole. According to Hauck, that game is when she realized the players had truly became a team.

“To me, we became a team the game [Tomlin] broke the record,” Hauck said. “It wasn’t the win or the record that got, broke [that did it], it was a freshmen who, when I asked the team if they were behind me with the idea of having [Tomlin] try to get seven goals, freshman Alli Blank looked up and said ‘Coach, why wouldn’t we? She’s our teammate.’ And in that moment, I knew I had done something right as a coach because those goal-hungry freshman knew the true meaning of what being part of a team meant.”

A few players made strong strides forward for the Lady Warriors as the season progressed. Jacey Dufresne and Madison Hopkins played extremely well defensively, despite battling injuries throughout the season. Hopkins did not play last year as a freshman either, and Hauck said she was not sure what to expect from the sophomore. In addition, a pair of current freshman caught Hauck’s eye as well.

“Alli Blank came into her own toward the end of the season,” Hauck said. “I look for her to step into a scorers role next year. The one who surprised me the most was Beka Grayless. She stepped up from a shy freshman to a seasoned varsity soccer player at the end of the year, and when I needed a player marked she is who I looked to.”

As with most teams, the seniors on the squad played a role as well. However, the Lady Warriors did not have very many players who will graduate out of the program this year, which allowed the aforementioned underclassmen to get some valuable experience.

“Our four seniors were all starters and very important to our program,” Hauck said. “Tomlin lead all scorers with 34 goals and Molly Prine did an outstanding job in the goal. Delaney Walsh played both offense and denfense and was our second-leading scorer and Morgan Holden played strong defense all season long. However, my under classmen were just as important as they comprised the majority of our starters.”

Even though the 2015 season just wrapped up, it doesn’t hurt to put a few goals down for the next campagin, even if it is a bit early to make specific predictions.

“We hope to finish top of the league and play well into the post season,” Hauck said. “I challenged all the returners to work, hard in the off season so we don’t have to as early next year. The number of wins don’t always tell a story of success, it’s how we individually and as a team build together and play at the end of the season more then the beginning.”

Madison Hopkins (8) and Beka Grayless (14) chase down North Adams’ Cati Butler in the Eastern victory over the Lady Devils last month.
http://ripleybee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_DSC_2940.jpgMadison Hopkins (8) and Beka Grayless (14) chase down North Adams’ Cati Butler in the Eastern victory over the Lady Devils last month.

By Garth Shanklin

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