An All-State football linebacker, a state meet qualifier in the discus, an All-Conference basketball player, and an All-State baseball player, Ryan Gripp excelled in four sports for the Indians. But it was on the baseball diamond where Ryan received most of his recognition, being named to the All-State teams in both 1995 and 1996. Regarded as the most explosive hitter in the history of Indianola baseball, Ryan was one of the leaders on the 1996 Indian baseball team that posted a record of 35-2. He still holds the following baseball school records: runs scored in a season (62), home runs in an season (22), RBI’s in a season (74, and had a career batting average of .466. In addition, he still ranks in the top three in the following career records: home runs, doubles, RBI’s, runs scored, and total hits. Continuing his baseball career at Creighton University, he was a three year starter for the Blue Jays at third base. During his junior season, he established single season and career homerun records with 24 and 44 homers respectfully. He was named to the Coaches All-America 1st Team and Baseball America 2nd Team following his junior season. Mr. Gripp was drafted in June of 1999 by the Chicago Cubs and assigned to play with their Eugene, Oregon farm team. In 2000, he played with the Lansing, Michigan team, capturing the Midwest League batting title with a .333 batting average, hitting 20 homeruns, and 92 RBIs. He will continue his baseball career this spring in Daytona, Florida.

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