Richmond High School’s 2016-17 athletic season has come to a conclusion and it’s time to look back at all that’s right with Red Devil sports.
Be sure to check out this site in the coming weeks as the ten best moments from all sports are reviewed as athletes and coaches work on preparation for the 2017-18 sports year.
New athletic director Larry Cochren takes over a department that won championships, had individual accolades, promoted youth programs, and continues to build for a successful future of Red Devil athletics.
Here is a sport by sport rundown of successes from the recently completed season.
Cheerleading: The squad was chosen as the UCA Tradition Cheer Team Award winners, while three girls (Lindsey Griffin, Jessica Lahman, and Ashlen Mauller) were chosen as All-Americans and participated in the London New Year’s Parade. In addition, the team was chosen as the WTHR Team of the Week and performed on television in December.
Girls golf: A young squad with a new coach opened its season with a win at the Richmond Invitational. Under first-year leader Caleb Snyder, the girls finished third at the sectional and advanced to the regional. Karissa Owens, who earned low medalist honors, and Kasey Cornett were both named all-North Central Conference and form the backbone of a team ready to break through to the next level.
Boys and Girls Cross Country: For the second straight year, Madaline Freeman, Logan Tilton, and Julian Reeves each advanced to the IHSAA regional.
Boys Soccer: Matthew Murray was first-team all-conference, while keeper Sid Sagna earned second-team all-league honors as the boys won their second sectional title in the last three years.
Girls Soccer: Richmond packed the all-NCC team on its way to a sectional championship. Payton VanMiddlesworth, Riley Austin, Braxtyn Hurley, and Nikki Mittenthal were all named to the first-team all-North Central Conference team, while Hannah Crail and Nakala Bennett made second team.
Boys Tennis: For the first time in program history, the Red Devils reached the State Finals to cap a 20-4 season. Eric Hollingsworth was named first-team all-state and claimed the mental attitude award at the State Finals. He will continue his tennis career at NCAA Division I IUPUI. Logan Mayer and Ryan Hollingsworth were also named first-team all-conference, while Justin Gibbel and Austin Turner were second-team all-NCC. Randy Hollingsworth was named Indiana coach of the year for the Red Devils, who also claimed their own invitational title.
Football: The Red Devils will have a new head coach in 2017 as Abe Tawfeek, an Earlham graduate, returns to Richmond after success at Indianapolis Northwest. Coach Tawfeek has had a busy spring as, for the first time, incoming Red Devils participated in the Indianapolis Spring League. On the field in 2016, Richmond had all-NCC performers in Alston Bane, Ron Sanders, Desean Jones, Sean Ferguson, Thomas Stanley and Brice Brown.
Volleyball: The Devils went 23-11, had their highest finish in the NCC in a decade, and proved themselves to be a thorn in the side of top-tier Indiana programs like Class 4A No. 2 Delta. Paityn Farris, who will continue her volleyball career at IU East, was joined on the all-conference team Rebekah Johnston, Kaesha Bentley, and Lauren Pierce. The Devils won their own invite for the third straight year.
Boys Basketball: The Devils had one of the North Central Conference’s most explosive players in the first-team all-NCC guard Christian Harvey, who ranked in the top ten in the state in scoring. Trey Griffin was second-team all-conference. Richmond’s program has nearly completed a whirlwind summer tour of the state, playing in shootouts at IPFW, Michigan State, Wabash College among other places.
Girls Basketball: Braxtyn Hurley was a second-team all-conference choice for the Red Devils, who played competitively against the top of the NCC at the end of the year. Graduated senior Kyla Wright will be headed to Miami-Middletown to continue her career. Head coach Casey Pohlenz has worked with his youth program throughout the spring, while Tiernan Center plays host to the area’s most competitive and well-attended summer leagues.
Swimming and Diving: Junior Ike Khamis claimed the state diving championship following a stellar season that saw him named all-NCC as well as winning the conference and sectional titles. Megan Quinn was an NCC runner-up for the girls, while Matt Brehm was a sectional runner-up for the boys.
Wrestling: Alston Bane capped a legendary career with a third-place finish at the 160-pound class at the IHSAA State Finals. Bane captured sectional, regional, semi-state, and conference titles on his way to earning the most wins in Red Devil wrestling history. Meanwhile, Jess Moore and Jazmyn Noaks won state titles in the inaugural Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Association finals.
Gymnastics: Camile Golay was all-North Central Conference for the conference and sectional runner-up Red Devils.
Girls Tennis: Anna Creech and Mackenzie Cook earned first-team all-North Central conference honors for the Devils, while the doubles team of Marissa Wiggington and Jessica Crane were second-team all-league.
Softball: The Red Devils claimed first place in the NCC East and played host to the conference tournament, while also winning the Wayne County Tournament.
Boys Track: Regional advancers included the 4×100 team of Jermayne Stanley, Jewell Taylor, Ron Sanders and Sid Sagna, Sanders in the 100, Jerrel Deloney in the long jump and Logan Tilton in the 1600. Deloney and Tilton will travel to Australia to represent the United States in a cross country and track meet.
Girls Track: The Red Devils finished fifth in the NCC and second in the conference. Riley Austin won the NCC title in the long jump. At the sectional, the 4×100 team of Jada Hunter, Austin, Linsey Griffin and Riley Wetzel were champions. Nakayla Bennett won the 100, 200 and 400, while teaming with Payton VanMiddlesworth, Wetzel and Hunter with the 4×400 relay.
Baseball: Four Red Devils earned all-conference honors in the NCC. First-teamers were Austin Turner and Phillip Hobbs, while Darius Clemens and Thomas Stanley were named honorable mention. Turner will continue his baseball career at Indiana Wesleyan, while Stanley will play at Bellarmine University.
Boys Golf: Veteran coach Ron Murphy’s swansong was a successful one as the Devils claimed a sectional title, while also winning three invites. Jake Miller and Jarrett Focht were named all-state in helping Richmond to a state record 35th sectional title. Miller and Noah Reisner earned all-conference for their performances at the North Central Conference meet.
As a department, Richmond High School’s athletic department played host to sectionals in girls soccer, boys tennis, girls tennis, boys golf, and girls golf. In regional action, the school played host to wrestling, boys tennis and girls tennis. Tiernan Center also is the site for boys and girls semi-state action, while also hosting the annual Bob Wettig Tournament. Clearly, Richmond High School with its fine facilities, helpful volunteers, and dedicated staff remains a hub of athletic excellence in East Central Indiana.