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

Remembering Ravye

Crowd gathers for sixth annual Ravye Williams Memorial Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament.

Crowd gathers for sixth annual Ravye Williams Memorial Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament – 

Ravye Williams touched the hearts of many during his time as a student/athlete of the Ripley-Union-Lewis-Huntington School District. Not only did Williams inspire other student/athletes with the talent, hard work, and determination in basketball and soccer, but he also served as inspiration through his positive attitude and charming demeanor.
In the classroom, Williams was loved by his teachers. On the basketball court and the soccer field, Williams was loved by his teammates and coaches.
There were many times when Williams displayed his leadership on the basketball court, motivating his teammates to give 100% as he did every time he hit the hardwood, or sometimes on the concrete at the caged courts in Ripley.
Williams served as an excellent role model for younger students of RULH, looked up to as a star high school athlete from youngsters throughout the school district.
Williams graduated from RULH High School in 2012, joining the US Army Reserves. The future certainly looked bright for the RULH graduate, but in July of 2012 in a horrific one car crash on US Route 52, Williams sustained injuries that would later claim his life.
As Williams fought for his life, members of the Ripley community gathered and they prayed.
Following his death, the community stood behind the family of Ravye Williams. His visitation was so large that it was held in the RULH High School gymnasium, and even the gymnasium was hardly large enough to hold the huge crowd. People lined up to pay their respects, and to remember the life of the stellar young man who had managed to make such a positive impact on others during his time on earth.
Following his death, family members and friends sought a way to keep Ravye Williams memory alive and a way to give back to the community that has shown his family such support during their hardship.
It was then in 2012 that the Ravye Williams Memorial Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament was created, an event to raise money for the Ravye Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships for RULH student/athletes. This year, the Ravye Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund would provide $500 scholarships to 11 RULH students.
The caged courts in Ripley where Ravye Williams could often be seen competing in his favorite sport were later named after him – Ravye Williams Memorial Basketball Court.
In dealing with the pain of their loss, friends and family of the late Williams expressed themselves and their love for the late RULH graduate by painting on the outside courts along US Route 52 in Ripley, posting messages such as “Gone but not forgotten.”
On July 24, a large crowd gathered once again at the caged courts in Ripley for the annual Ravye Williams Memorial Three-on-Three Tournament, marking the sixth year of the event.
There were 28 teams taking to the courts in this year’s three-on-three tournament making for a great turnout and helping Williams give to the RULH community even in death.
While it’s heartbreaking for the family of Ravye Williams to reflect on their loss, it was heartwarming for them to see so many come out to show their support at the sixth annual Ravye Williams Memorial Three-on-Three Tournament.
“It really warms my heart to see so many people come out to support my son,” said Ravye Williams’ mother, Desree “Desi” Thompson. “It’s a great way to keep his name alive and hold us together. I love how the community still comes together and show so much love for a wonderful young man.”
For some, it was the first time in competing in the Ravye Williams Memorial Tournament, but for friends and family of the late RULH graduate who have attended the tournament each year since its existence, it was a chance to remember how he lived.
For results of the sixth annual Ravye Williams Memorial Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament, pick up the June 29 edition of The News Democrat or The Ripley Bee on store shelves now.

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