#73 Joel Ripke | Tight end
Hometown: Lafayette, Ind.
Previous School: Jefferson High
Major: Secondary Education - Geography
Prepped at Jefferson high school for four years ... Two time varsity letter winner for football ... Was team captain for one year ... Junior year was All-Conference honorable mention and senior year was All-Conference and a National Football Foundation scholar-athlete in football ... In track his junior year was a regional qualifier in the shot put ... Senior year was a HCC runner-up in shot put and discus, sectional champion in the shot put and discus, and was a state qualifier in the discus ... He also participated on the basketball team ... Received Academic All-Conference honors his senior year.
Born March 18 in Lafayette, Indiana ... Son of Jerry and Kris Ripke ... Has three brothers, two of which are older, and one younger sister ... His dad played golf for Concordia ... Joel also particpates in track and field at Concordia.