TMS Athletics

Fall Season in Review


7th Grade Volleyball

A message from Coach Crawford:

The 7th grade volleyball team ended with an 8-8 record. Their first win came on September 6th against Tri-Central Middle School. During the game Lacey Bitner scored a record 19 service points in a row. On September 12th, the girls battled back and won the last two sets to beat the Sheridan Blackhawks 2-1. The team also brought won some hardware on their home court beating Tri-Central Middle School and McCullough Middle School in the TMS Invitational. The season ended on October 7th with a win over McCullough Middle school I’m just two sets. Awesome season girls!


8th Grade Volleyball

A message from Coach Crawford:

Tipton 8th grade volleyball ended their season with a record of 10-5. Tipton finished 3rd in the MIC tourney and won the Tipton Invitational this year. Coach Crawford is a believer in middle school sports as a time for athletes to individually improve to prepare for High School.

At the end of the year, all players were asked to raise their hand if they did not improve this year, and not one athlete raised their hand. Our team was a true example of what a true team is: they supported and cheered on their teammates. They became a close-knit family not just a team.


Middle School Football

A Message from Coach Degler:

Middle School Football had a successful season, in my opinion, especially in terms of preparing kids for football at the next level. The seventh grade team, which had 18 players, finished with a record of 4-3, with two of those losses being very close (6-0 to Kokomo, and 22-14 in OT to Hamilton Heights). Standout players for the 7th grade included Landon Spidel, Cole Hussey, and Oliver Conaway on offense, and Calvin Condict, Isaac Vehikite, and Dallas Capshaw on defense. We are already looking forward to next year.

The 8th grade finished with a record of 2-5, but true to Tipton form, never quit competing or playing hard. We only had 14 players, so we found that we would play a competitive first half, but eventually tire in the second. We did begin the season with a standout win over Logansport, and captured another win over Elwood. Standout offensive players were QB Vince Hoover, RB Sutter Griffin, and OL Connor Calloway. On defense, good years were had by LB Aidan Blair, S Dawson Melvin, and LB Tyler Carver.

The middle school coaching staff was an asset this year, with Head Coach Kyle Degler, assistants Trent Welbaum and Lucky Capshaw, and volunteer assistants Shayne Clark and Kevin Condict. We're looking forward to more success next year.


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Cross Country

A message from Coach Parton:

The Tipton Middle School Cross Country team had a really good 2019 season. They participated in 10 meets. Five of the meets were held at the Tipton Cross Country course. The weather was hot and humid for most of the season. The 15 members of the team consisted of 6th graders Ella Hare, Brayden Jenkins, Noah Walker; 7th graders Lilly Boyer, Derrick Hill, Noah Humrichous (who was out with an injury early in the season), Sam Humrichous, Lucy Lightfoot, Jaxsen Muncie, Cora Rodibaugh, Max Tragesser; and 8th graders Chloe Brock, Chloe Reecer, Alex Ryker and Ethan Stanley. Sofie Parton (8th grade) was the team manager.

Overall the girls and boys teams did well. The girl’s team came in 1st in 4 meets and 2nd in 1 meet, out of the 10 meets that were held. The boy’s team came in 1st in 2 meets and 2nd in 3 meets.

The top individual female runner was Cora Rodibaugh with top 5 placings in 8 of the 10 meets. In 4 of these meets she came in 1st place. Ella Hare also placed in the top 5 in 5 meets. Lilly Boyer and Lucy Lightfoot both placed in the top 5 in 3 meets.

The top individual male runner was Jaxsen Muncie. He placed in the top 5 in 4 meets with one of those being a 1st place finish. Alex Ryker and Noah Walker placed in the top 5 in 2 meets and Derrick Hill placed in the top 5 in one meet.

All of the team members showed improved course times throughout the season. Great Job TMS Cross Country!


Middle School Cheer

A Review from Coach Clifford:

The cheerleaders have enjoyed cheering on the football team this season. We also have enjoyed preparing for our competitions. We did not do the best at Purdue on the September 29th, coming in at 4th place; but we received a lot of feedback that we used to improve things for the next competition. Our second competition was Saturday, October 5th. We improved our score by 26 points from the previous competition!

We are looking forward to working with the feedback from the last competition to improve even more so we can do an even better job at our State competition that we have coming up on October 26th at Warren Central High School.

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Looking Ahead: Winter Sports

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Athletic Passes

Athletic passes are still on sale for the 2019-2020 school year. The passes are $15 and will allow all TMS students into all home events.

With around 40 Home events during the winter season, students can save a ton on admission! Athletics are a great way for students to get out of the house and support their classmates!

Want a pass? Send $15 with your student to the middle school office. All checks should be made to TMS Athletics.

Winter Sports Athletes

All winter athletes MUST have a physical on file dated April 1st, 2019 or after in order to be eligible to play and receive their white card. Grade checks will also be completed at the end of the grading period.

Our eligibility policy states that any athlete failing more than one class is NOT eligible until the end of the next grading period. Student-athletes with only one failing grade may be placed on academic probation if their cumulative GPA is at least a 1.6 for 6th graders, 1.7 for 7th graders, and 1.8 for 8th graders.

The winter season includes boys and girls basketball, swimming, and wrestling. Speak with your student about trying out for any of our middle school teams!

2019 Fall Sports Coaching Lineup

Middle School Co-Ed Cross Country

Head Coach: Amanda Parton

7th/8th Grade Football

Head Coach: Kyle Degler

Assistant Coach: Trent Welbaum

Assistant Coach: Kevin Condict

Assistant Coach: Shayne Clark

Assistant Coach: Lucky Capshaw

8th Grade Volleyball

Head Coach: Laurie Crawford

7th Grade Volleyball

Head Coach: Lela Crawford

TMS Sideline Cheer

Head Coach: Nikki Clifford

Head Coach: Beth Unger

Tipton Middle School Athletic Department

Athletic Director

Craig Leach

Athletic Secretary

Linda Whitesell

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