Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Rickey L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Water distribution plans for Ripley move forward Historic Trapp and Wilson building sold RULH graduate wins HFR Scholarship Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann RULH selects Wilkins as new superintendent Corps of Engineer to study erosion issue in Ripley More funds available through Revolving Loans Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Historic home in Ripley is sold following renovations Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Students speak out in support of Skinner Ripley Council to pay half the cost for Air Evac services John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Air Evac Lifeteam requests contract with Ripley Council and life squad Odyssey Canvas Works, Inc. is back home working in new building Ripley’s Memorial Day Ceremony, Monday, May 29 Local athletes advance to track and field regionals SBAAC awards baseball, softball, boys track and field First Team all-stars SHAC awards baseball all-stars Lady Broncos finish as SW District Div. II runner-up Lady Warriors cap off season as SE District Div. III runner-up

Jays top Warriors, fall to Mustangs

Ripley’s Peyton Fyffe rises for a score on transition during the Blue Jays’ Jan. 10 game against Lynchburg-Clay.

By Wade Linville –

Coming off a narrow 49-46 win over the Eastern Warriors off a game winning three-pointer by freshman Peyton Fyffe, the Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington Blue Jays suffered a 60-50 loss at home to the Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs as Southern Hills Athletic Conference high school hoop action continued on Tuesday night.
The Jays led the Mustangs 28-24 at halftime, but it was a big third quarter by the visiting Lynchburg-Clay varsity squad that made the difference in the game. The Mustangs were able to outscore the Jays 21-9 in the third period, rallying back from the first half deficit to hold a 45-37 lead entering the fourth quarter of play.
The Mustangs went on to outscore the Jays 15-13 in the final frame to secure the 10-point     victory.
Senior Joe Giordano led the way for the Mustangs with 19 points. There were three more Mustangs to shoot for double figures in the win at Ripley.
Lynchburg junior Eric Mclaughlin finished with 15 points, sophomore Damin Pierson ended the night with 12 points, and senior Brian Lampkin ended the game with 10 points.
On Saturday, Jan. 7 it was the RULH varsity boys basketball squad venturing to Eastern High School to escape with a 49-46 league victory in a bout that ended with the last second three-pointer by Fyffe.
Ripley coach Marty Adams said it was a “total team effort” by his Jays, who held a lead for most of the game.
The Jays would find themselves trailing the Warriors for a two-to-three minute stretch in the fourth quarter of play, but the determined Ripley squad was able to rally back from the deficit to put them in striking distance for the win.
The Jays led 10-9 at the end of the first quarter following a frame that saw Ripley’s Ryan Harney bury a pair of three pointers while teammate Josiah Staggs sank a couple of field goals from inside the arc.
Laymon Marshall, Josh Deaton, Fiffe, and Dalton Moran got in on the scoring action in the second quarter to help the Jays to a 25-20 lead at halftime.
Eastern’s Kaleb Martin shot for six points in the third period to help the Warriors outscore the Jays 10-8 in the frame. Entering the fourth period, it was the Jays clinging tight to a 33-30 advantage.
Eastern’s Blake Rigdon racked up 10 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors rallied to take the lead, but the Jays would hold their composure in the final minutes.
Tied at 46 in the final seconds, Fyffe was able to rifle in his second three-pointer of the game which proved to be the game winner.
“We fought back (in the fourth quarter) and were lucky enough to hit the shot at the end,” said Adams.
There were nine Jays to contribute points in the win at Eastern.
Leading the way in scoring for the Jays was Marshall with 10 points.
Fyffe finished with eight points, while Deaton ended the game with seven points.
Leading all scorers was Rigdon with 16 points.
Also shooting for double figures for the Warriors were Garyn Purdy with 11 points and Martin with 10 points.
The Jays upped their overall record to 6-4 and their Southern Hills Athletic Conference record to 3-2 with Saturday’s win at Eastern, but dropped to a 6-5, 3-3 with Tuesday’s loss to Lynchburg-Clay.
The Warriors dropped to an overall record of 7-3 and a record of 2-2 in SHAC play.

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