St. Louis at South Ripley Boys Basketball.Thursday (12-17)7th Grade-South Ripley 46 St. Louis 32The host Raiders handed the previously undefeated Cardinals their first loss of the season with a 46-32 victory. Lane Sparks finished with 19 points while Cody Samples scored 13, Bryce Franklin added 10, and Dillion Binion chipped in 4 points. The 7th graders are now 13-1.8th Grade-South Ripley 37, St. Louis 27Connor McCarty scored a season high 12 points, including 5 in the decisive 4th quarter to lead the Raiders to a 37-27 home win. Dakota Day also scored 12 (10 in the first half), with Kaleb Rinear scoring 8 points and grabbing 10 rebounds, Eric Vickers added 2 points with 10 rebounds, Aaron Greiwe chipped in 3 points, while Peyton Owens and Jon Adkins each had three steals. The 8th grade improves to 9-4.The Raiders don’t play again until Monday, January 11 at Jac-Cen-Del.Courtesy of Raiders Coach Jeff Greiwe.The St. Louis 8th grade boys basketball team lost to South Ripley Thursday night by a final score of 37 to 27. The Cardinals played well for the second game in a row and continue to improve.Adam Cox led the Cardinals in scoring finishing tied for game high with 12 points. Eli Tuveson knocked down a couple of 3’s for 6 points. Charlie Dice and Jacob Deutsch added 4 points each.St. Louis record is 8 wins with 8 losses.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.The St. Louis 7th Grade Cardinals travelled to South Ripley on Thursday night and saw their undefeated record come to an abrupt end 46-32.The Cardinals faced a very talented Raider team and were beaten by the score of 46-32. South Ripley showed an impressive display of shooting last night as they hit nine (9) three pointers and missed only a few. In the 1st quarter, the Raiders came out hitting four (4) three pointers to take a 12-6 lead. St. Louis fought back in the 2nd quarter and narrowing the gap to 23-18 going into half time. The Raiders made some defensive adjustments at the half and were able outscored the Cardinals 10-2 in the quarter taking a 33-20 lead going into the 4th quarter. St. Louis used their press to make a run at the Raiders in the fourth but South Ripley held them off with their free throw shooting as they were perfect at the line hitting 7 out of 7 for the quarter and were 10 for 10 for the game.The Cardinals got their scoring from Kurt Siefert with 3, Wil Freeland 2, Riley Schebler 7, Andrew Oesterling 6, Lleyton Ratcliffe 4, and Sam Voegele 10. The Raiders were led by Lane Sparks with 19 points. St. Louis record now stands at 16-1.The Cardinals next game will at the Cross-Town Classic Tournament on December 29th held at the Batesville Middle School gym. St. Louis will play Connersville held with the game time at 10:00.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.
Even as the nation recently commemorated the 186th anniversary of emancipation from slavery on Emancipation Day, August 1, and celebrates its 58th independence anniversary on August 6, its people persist in displaying “mixed up moods and attitudes” symptomatic of a people still searching for their inherent identity. There’s rampant hypocrisy running through the Jamaican society that is clouding the real identity of its people. Many appear to support Africanism and the attributes of their African heritage, while simultaneously trying to distance themselves from the physical identifiers—foregoing their natural hair for relaxers, wigs and weaves and taking great effort to “bleach” or lighten or their skin tones. Interestingly, it’s reggae music, Rasta culture and the Jamaican dialect that have made Jamaica a cultural powerhouse around the world. It’s a pity that there are Jamaicans, still content with their colonial lot, who continue to oppose the things that make the island and its people unique. The school, like any other entity in Jamaica, has the right to set policies related to code of dress and conduct, but it’s alarming when these codes run counter to what seems like the current norms of the country. Increasingly, influenced by the Rastafari religion and movement, Jamaicans, whether believing in the religion or not, have worn their hair uncut, grown into long locks, commonly referred to as dreadlocks. The hairstyle is extremely popular among Jamaican entertainers. Late entertainers like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, and Dennis Brown were famous for flashing their locks as they performed on stage. Jamaican dialect or patois is assumed to be commonly associated with the Jamaican identity, but there are Jamaicans who strongly frown upon speaking patois, or having it spoken in their home. But the Court ruled otherwise. It is certainly hoped that the Jamaican government, as expressed by the prime minister, take immediate steps to avoid Jamaican students being marginalized for their hairstyle or any other cultural norms. But, in the meantime, it’s necessary to identify, acknowledge and embrace the Jamaican identity. Dreadlocks are not uncommon with Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans alike—in Jamaica and overseas, including here in the U.S. However, there is still a stigma attached to the hairstyle.It’s no secret there is a history of discrimination against practitioners of Rastafari and one of their identifiers—dreadlocks—entwined in the nation’s unfortunate class system. Dreadlocks are found to be more associated with the lower socio-economic class than the upper class. The few upper-class Jamaicans wearing dreadlocks do so basically as a fashion statement. Unfortunately, there are remnants of this sentiment today. Many upper-class Jamaicans are still vehemently opposed to having their sons or daughters date or marry a person with dreadlocks—a sentiment described so eloquently in reggae artist Proteje’s song “Rasta Love” which features Kymani Marley. This is compounded, especially if they come from an economically depressed community or a rural town. Despite the phenomenal popularity of Bob Marley since his death in 1981, when he was performing in Jamaica in the 70s, he was described by the monied class as a “dutty Rasta bwoi.” People wearing dreadlocks were looked at scornfully and suspiciously and were not generally accepted. There is no singular, easy answer to that question. Jamaica is a nation of very diverse people, even though demographically, it’s predominantly people of African descent. As have been displayed repeatedly since the nation gained independence in 1962, it’s not only that Jamaicans are diverse in skin color and original ethnicity, but in attitude. So much so, no one could be blamed for changing the national motto from “Out of Many One People” to “Out of Many One Mixed-Up People.” This seeming lack of real identity came to fore ironically on Emancipation Day when it was reported that the Jamaican Supreme court handed down a ruling supporting a rural primary school banning a young girl from attending that school because she wears dreadlocks. Ironically, people follow and cheer entertainers and athletes who wear dreadlocks but will block people who wear them from attending some schools and workplaces. They sometimes even harshly criticize or try to deny them advancement in their professions, regardless of merit. The matter started from some two years ago when the school claimed dreadlocks were against the school’s policies. When the child’s parents resisted the ruling, local human rights group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ), rallied to their support and obtained an order prohibiting the school’s board from blocking the girl’s admission. The JFJ claimed the school’s decision violated the girl’s constitutional rights. To underscore this point, there’s currently in Jamaica, a politician representing the opposition party, a very bright and eloquent man, who is often described as the “Rasta bwoi.” There is little doubt that this moniker related to his hairstyle has cost him political advancement.