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Readers’ favorite high school games & individual performances – Part 5

With the spring sports season on hold due to the coronavirus, we asked our audience to provide us with some of their favorite memorable high school games or individual performances there were part of as a player, coach or fan.   Here are some of those shared memories.  More installments will be coming.

Patrick Kolks- My senior year, Oldenburg hosted Trinity Lutheran in baseball on Senior Day. Trinity was coming in ranked #5 in 1A. It was a battle back-and-forth. The Cougars got off to a 3-0 start before the Twisters got two runs on the board in the third.  Heading into the seventh, the Twisters were down 7-4. However, Oldenburg kept battling at the plate and were able to knock off the Cougars 8-7. This game is so memorable because senior Trevor Stacy hit the game-winning double. This game I really felt propelled us to go on and beat the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles in the sectional championship game, 6-3.

As a coach, it was last year’s baseball sectional semifinal game against Hauser.  We got there by beating JCD 8-2.  It was our turn to take on the Jets for a spot in the championship game. It was memorable because Hauser came into the game ranked #1 in 1A. It was a battle and a key hit by sophomore Patrick Thompson helped the Twisters take the lead and win the game 3-2.

Jeff Greiwe- As a fan and parent, I think back to this year’s boys basketball Senior Night at South Ripley when Aaron Greiwe’s 15 points helped the Raiders top Jac-Cen-Del in the last home game of the season.  That South Ripley team gave their heart and soul in every game and fell short to eventual champion South Decatur in the sectional.

Editor’s addition- Here is a link of our archived webcast from the South Ripley vs. South Decatur sectional game played Tuesday, March 3  There is a full HD file and a highlights file.

As a coach, I have to go back to the 1999 baseball season when I was coaching at Milan.  Our boys got hot at the right time, winning the school’s first ever sectional title, then continued on a run that saw us win the only regional and semi-state in school history.  Our season ended at Victory Field in the Class A Championship game against number one ranked Park Tudor.  Down 7-3 in the bottom of the 7th, we had the bases loaded with one out, but our luck ran out and Park Tudor held on for the state championship victory.  Along with assistant coaches Ron Kennett and Doug Behlmer (current head coach at Oldenburg Academy), that is an experience we will always cherish with that group of ballplayers.

More recently as the varsity assistant at South Ripley, last season’s baseball sectional saw a tremendous pitching performance from Austin’s Drew Buhr.  In the first game, Buhr and South Ripley’s Bryce Franklin both pitched their hearts out, resulting in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel with Austin squeezing out a 1-0 win. Both pitchers threw a complete game.  In the sectional championship game against Southwestern, Buhr again demonstrated his dominance, pitching into extra innings until he maxed out his pitch count.  His teammates stepped up to scrap a run across the plate and allow Austin to advance to the regional.  Austin met their match in the regional as Southridge defeated Buhr and the Eagles on their run to a class 2A state championship, but Buhr’s pitching performances were something special.

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