Reloaded Vikings ready to go even faster in 2016

RIPLEY – At times last season, the Ripley Viking boys soccer team ran circles around their opponents. Utilizing a devastating attack built on team speed, the Vikings put together a wildly successful 2015 season by finishing 15-6-1. That’s why the prospect of the Vikings being even faster in 2016 should be downright frightening for the competition. A returning core of experienced players combined with some up-and-coming underclassmen has the Vikings poised to improve on last season’s success–sp

Vikings continue to progress in scrimmage against Hoover

RIPLEY – All things considered, last Saturday’s scrimmage between the Ripley Vikings and Herbert Hoover Huskies went about as expected for both sides. Coming into the trial run, Viking head coach Eddie Smolder knew his team was prepared and was hoping they would come out with the same intensity they’ve shown so far in practice. After a solid outing against a Hoover team that made the second round of the Class AA playoffs a season ago, Smolder was certainly pleased. “Overall, I thought we prepar

Faulkner resigns as Ripley boys' basketball coach

RIPLEY - Viking boys’ basketball coach Evan Faulkner is stepping down from his post to take a graduate assistant position with the University of Pikeville (KY) Bears Men’s Basketball Team. “As I reflect on the last two years, it has been such a blessing to be a part of Ripley High School and this community,” Faulkner said in a statement, “It’s been a very difficult [time] for me, as I’ve had to say goodbye to a lot of people I really care about. I want to thank our players and our staff. Those

The AAC Championship Is Definitely Temple VS ?????

The AAC title picture seemed clear a few days ago and then Navy/Memphis happened. NOW WHAT??? As early as four days ago, the American Athletic Conference title game picture looked pretty clear.  It was going to be Temple and whoever survives this Saturday's cage match between Houston and Memphis.  Then Navy steamrolled the Tigers last week. Now, things are murkier.  Once Houston and Memphis maul each other on Saturday, the picture will be clearer, but for now, let's look at the possible scenar