RIPLEY - Kade Harrison is playing with blocks again. No, not those little wooden blocks that toddlers play with that have the alphabet printed on them. This reference is to shot blocking.
Ripley High Basketball's athletic wing man is well within reach of breaking Ripley's all-time blocks record.
The current mark is held by Kyle Harpold (50). Following him is Logan Seabolt with (47).
Interestingly enough, Harpold's younger brother Drew is a current teammate of Harrison.
Harrison stands at 38 for his career and he is only a junior with at least 13 games left in the 2012-'13 campaign. He is averaging (2.3) per game this season while swatting five versus Winfield. It is very realistic to think that Harrison could take over the No. 1 spot before the end of this season and leave his senior year to build on his record.
Harrison is only five blocks away from tying Harpold's season record mark (28), which based on his average, could be broken in his next three or four games.
"He is an exceptional kid and continues to get better every day. We are proud of him and what he has accomplished in his career," said coach Craig Harmon.
Brian Johnson, the Viking statistician has been tracking both blocks and assists for Ripley since 2001. Prior to that, these stats were not kept for the blue and white.
Harrison's record could be called "Modern Era" as it would be impossible to speculate on a statistic that was never actually tracked.
Johnson has witnessed first hand what Harrison has accomplished. He is part of the dynamic duo that includes Jeff Waybright that calls Vikings games on local radio for C98.3.
"Kade is a great athlete who is surprisingly quick off the floor which helps him rack up so many blocks," added Johnson.
The Vikings face Ravenswood in the Jackson County Shootout at Ripley Health Center on Friday at 7:30 p.m..
It is abundantly clear that Kade will continue playing with blocks.