2020-2021 In the News
Girls Soccer Sectional Championship
Girls Sectional Finals.
Class 1A-Sectional 45 @ Rising Sun
Oldenburg 1 Milan 0
Feller tabbed as next Girls Head Basketball Coach
The search for Oldenburg Academy’s next head coach for girls basketball has come to an end. Athletic Director Patrick Kolks has named Eric Feller the next head coach for the girls varsity basketball team. “We are very excited for Eric and his coaching staff to lead our girls on and off the court. What we have seen him do with our various teams here at the Academy, we are confident he will continue to build a very successful girls basketball program,” Kolks added.
Coach Feller is currently the head coach of the Academy’s football team. Over the last few years, he has been a varsity assistant under Gary “Ace” Moorman, while also leading the boys basketball c-team. Eric resides in Oldenburg with his wife Stephanie and their 2 boys. The girls will kick their season off on Friday, November 13th vs Southwestern Hanover with JV tipping at 6:00 PM.
Local volleyball team holds fundraiser for cancer patient
Oldenburg, IN — Oldenburg Academy Volleyball team recently hosted its “Volley for Hope” game vs. Madison Shawe in hopes to raise money as a fundraiser for Mrs. Lauren Bruns, who is one of our own volleyball player’s parents who is battling cancer.
Along with accepting donations for the Bruns family, the team had a basket raffle and bake sale. The generosity and outpouring of support and prayer overwhelmed Lauren Bruns and her family. The OA volleyball team, school, and community donated $1700 to the Bruns family.
BHS and OA varsity football teams are Turning Over Hunger
Ripley County, IN -- For the 2020 football season, Batesville High School and Oldenburg Academy football teams joined forces with the Ripley County Community Foundation to Turnover Hunger in Ripley County. The Turnover Hunger program encourages football fans to pledge a dollar amount for every turnover their favorite team forces during the season.
At the end of the season, the Community Foundation collects the pledges, and the proceeds are donated to the Weekend Backsack Programs administered in local Elementary Schools. Working together, these two teams collectively raised more than $10,000 since the program’s inception and started an Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation that will continue supporting the teams’ efforts forever. In 2019 alone, the teams’ donations helped feed more than 1,100 citizens in Ripley County.
The Weekend Backsack Program provides a backpack of food to Ripley County elementary schools for children who face food insecurity on the weekends. These backpacks are filled with kid-friendly food that is easily prepared and provides nutrition they may not receive when they are outside of school. The students are identified by teachers, and the program runs from September through May, serving the Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Milan, South Ripley, and Sunman-Dearborn schools. The Weekend Backsack program is privately funded, and current programs are not meeting the needs without further support.
The Turnover Hunger Fund, and all of the funds administered by the Ripley County Community Foundation, are always accepting donations. You may make a one-time donation or a pledge to the Turnover Hunger Fund on their website, or you may mail a donation to the Ripley County Community Foundation at 13 E. George St, Suite B, Batesville, IN 47006.
OA opens new Feldhaus
Oldenburg, IN --Oldenburg Academy held a ribbon-cutting on Monday evening at the new Feldhaus on campus. Welcome introductions, history of the project, thank you’s, and acknowledgments were given by OA President Diane Laake.
Board of Trustees chairperson Keith Moenter and Sr Delouise Menges spoke about the vision and legacy for OA as well as Principal Brian McFee, coach Ace Moorman, and student Annaliese Nobbe spoke about the impact the new building would have at OA. Lastly, Bill Hillenbrand from the Hillenbrand Foundation spoke about the impact on Oldenburg and the surrounding community. The ceremony ended with a ritual blessing from Fr. Carl Langenderfer, OFM from Holy Family Church. Self-guided building tours followed the ceremony to stay socially distant.
Leising and Indiana Department of Education recognize Oldenburg Academy
Indianapolis, IN—Oldenburg Academy was a recipient of the 2019 Advanced Placement Award, having more than 27% of students take AP-level courses during the 2018-2019 school year.
Pictured from left: Assistant Principal Jonathon Maple, State Senator Jean Leising, Principal Brian McFee and Chief Academic Officer for the Indiana Department of Education Dr. Kenneth Folks