Ryan Spaulding And Melissa Ford Named Chronicle-Tribune Athletes Of The Week

Posted on December 15, 2011 in Boy's Basketball, Girl's Swimming, Home, Winter Sports

BY MATT WILSON mwilson@chronicle-tribune.com www.chronicle-tribune.com

Ryan Spaulding helped the Oak Hill boys’ basketball team start on the right track in the Central Indiana Conference. Melissa Ford helped the Oak Hill girls’ swimming and diving team to a pair of dual-meet victories last week.

For their efforts, Spaulding and Ford have been named the Chronicle-Tribune’s Athletes of the week.

Spaulding used a perfect 16-for-16 performance from the free throw line en route to scoring a game-high 22 points in the Eagles’ 61-55 victory over Mississinewa on Friday. The win pushed the Eagles to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the CIC.

Spaulding was 2-of-3 from 3-point range in the victory.

Spaulding’s efforts went beyond just the scoring. The Oak Hill senior, who is in his fourth year as the Eagle point guard, also dished out a team-high seven assists.

“Ryan played an all around good floor game Friday night,” Oak Hill coach Kevin Renbarger said. “He has become a very good point guard for us in terms of understanding what we want on the floor. He did a good job of being aggressive with the ball and got into the paint several times to give himself a chance on the line.”

Spaulding followed that performance by scoring 15 points in Oak Hill’s 62-50 loss to Maconaquah on Saturday. He played 31 minutes and finished 4-for-10 from 3-point range and was 3-for-4 from the foul line. He also had a team-high four steals along with three assists and three rebounds.

The Eagle senior was one of two players to reach double figures in Saturday’s loss.

“Ryan played 31 minutes and I thought played at a pretty high level for most if not all the game,” Renbarger said.

Spaulding has reached double figures in each of the Eagles’ first five games. He scored 15 points in the Eagles’ season-opening win over Wabash. Spaulding followed that with 17 points in Oak Hill’s 80-43 victory over Manchester on Nov. 26. He then put up 10 points in Oak Hill’s 55-50 loss to Taylor on Dec. 3.

Spaulding and his Eagle teammates will travel to Frankton on Friday night.

Ford helped the Eagles improve to 5-1 in dual meets.

She opened the week by getting four first-place finishes in a 99-87 win over Maconaquah. Ford won the 100 freestyle in a time of 57.39 seconds and the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:11.09.

Ford also was a part of two first-place relay teams. She teamed with Kendall rook, Morgan Tinkel and Samantha Mauk to win the 400 freestyle relay in 3:58.32. Ford also teamed with Hannah Brown, Emilie Austin and Allie Conway to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:52.27.

The following night, Ford helped the Eagles win a close 158-157 victory over Jay County. Ford won the 200 freestyle in 2:08.47. She also teamed with Tinkel, Drook and Mauk to win the 400 freestyle relay in 4:10.98.


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