Celebrating Sipple


GALLIPOLIS — Friends and family came together this past weekend to celebrate the memory of Anthony Sipple by doing what he loved, playing softball. Sipple was an accomplished athlete and had a passion for baseball. After his unexpected passing last month, two family friends chose to organize a softball tournament in his honor. Michael Davis was one of the event organizers.

“I wanted a way to do something for the family of my good friend to honor his memory in doing the very thing he loved to do, play ball. I am so grateful to everyone who came out and played and watched. I feel like he was with us all weekend. I thank God for all the love and support that was shown to his family in his name and I hope it brings them some comfort to know how many lives he touched,” said Davis.

The tournament took place in Syracuse and Middleport and hosted 16 teams. Donations from Ron’s Trophies, Trinity Studies, Middleport Youth League and Syracuse Youth League, and several volunteers to umpire games all helped make the event possible. Between sign up fees and a raffle, $2,300 was raised for a scholarship fund for Anthony’s two siblings: Ryelee and Wyatt. So many individuals and businesses wanted to be involved that Davis had to stop accepting teams. Even with two fields, the tournament still took place over two days.

The entire Sipple Family was on hand, either playing or watching games. Throughout the event stories were being told of Anthony and the impact he had on them. The Sipple Family wants to create a tradition of this ball tournament, using it to create a scholarship fund in Anthony’s memory. Abby Sipple Whitt, Anthony’s Aunt, was also on hand for the tournament.

“When I think about my memories of Anthony growing up, many of them involve sports. He loved being on the court, field, mat, or diamond. I think the tournament is a great way for Anthony’s friends and family to get together to remember him. He would want us to be out having fun, telling stories, and laughing.”

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Pictured is the winning team The Squirrel Squad. They defeated Austin Bissell’s team in the championship by one run. Pictured with them is John Sipple in the middle holding a board that everyone signed that says “Always on our minds and Forever in our hearts”.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/08/web1_sip201781613167260.jpgPictured is the winning team The Squirrel Squad. They defeated Austin Bissell’s team in the championship by one run. Pictured with them is John Sipple in the middle holding a board that everyone signed that says “Always on our minds and Forever in our hearts”.

By Morgan McKinniss

mmckinniss@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 ext 2108.