Three of the best of the class of 2007 athletes from Clermont Northeastern High School and Clermont County recently signed collegiate letters-of-intent to continue their education and athletic careers.
Emma Keough, Mike Jefferson, and Trace Voshell will be beginning their collegiate careers this autumn.
Emma Keough will be attending Morehead (Ky.) State University where she will be majoring in elementary education and competing in volleyball.
She has been enjoying a superb career at CNE where she competed in volleyball and earned three varsity letters, and she also earned letters in basketball and track and field. She was a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division (SBC-A) all-star in volleyball and track and field. She was been the SBC Player of the Year and first team all-district in volleyball and was a state qualifier in track in the discus.
In addition to sports she finds the time to serve as president of the student senate and is a member of the school newspaper “The Jyst” staff.
"This year against Indian Hill in the sectional tournament in volleyball we went all five games with them and made a huge comeback when we were down 14 to nine...beating Western Brown in volleyball...qualifying for the state in track my sophomore year."
The daughter of Max and Joyce Keough, Emma is most grateful to them because, "They never missed anything I did. They helped me become a better player and a better person," she said. "Sandy Grannen, my volleyball club (Cincinnati Classics) coach, motivated me and taught me a lot the two years I've played for her...my best friends have been my volleyball teammates. We've played together since the seventh grade. We went out with a bang winning the SBC championship this year."
"Emma is one of the best players I've ever coached. A very good all-around player and very smart. A well-rounded person," said Cindy Dorsey, head coach of the CNE volleyball team.
Michael Jefferson will be attending Louisiana Tech (Ruston, La.) this autumn. He is not certain at this time as to his major course of study but said it will be "something with radio and television broadcasting."
Jefferson lettered in two sports at CNE, basketball and baseball. He is best known for his outstanding pitching talent on the diamond. The upcoming season will mark his fourth year as a member of the varsity baseball team and without question will be earning his third berth on the SBC-A all-star dream team.
He is active, too, in other extra curricular activities, in particular as a member of the band.
On the diamond he most remembers pitching against New Richmond High School, and now Georgia Tech, left hander David Duncan, one of Clermont County's all-time great hurlers.
"I pitched against him my freshman and sophomore year and I'll never forget all the major league scouts at those games."
Jefferson is very appreciative of his parents, Randy and Kim Jefferson. "My parents have always been there for me and pushed me to be a step ahead of the competition ... Ken Osterkamp is my (summer) pitching coach with the Cincinnati Hawks. He got me prepared mentally and physically for my games."
"He is a very special player, very competitive," said Jason Kreimer, head coach of the CNE baseball team. "He has prepared himself very well for college. He played the best competition and played on teams with the best of players. And he is very lucky to have parents who have been very supportive of him. They deserve a lot of credit."
Trace Voshell will be studying integrated social studies courses and playing baseball at Ohio University this autumn.
He is a three-sport letterman - football, basketball, and baseball, where he will have earned eight varsity letters, four in his favorite sport, baseball. Behind the plate he has been a member of the SBC-A all-star team and Player of the Year and an all-city pick.
Being so active in athletics he has squeezed in time to be a member of the yearbook staff and a member of the Rocket Rowdies, the school pep club.
Agreeing with his battery mate, Jefferson, Voshell said one of his fondest prep sports memories was playing against New Richmond's Duncan and "going three for four against him."
Other favorite sports recollections include the football homecoming game this year versus Batavia "it was our first homecoming win in a long time...I'm proud to be a part of the football program with it's beginning to turn things around and improving so much this year."
The son of Paul and Rhonda Voshell is thankful for the support of his parents. "My mom and dad pushed me in everything I've done," he said. "My grandparents (Mike and Deanna Voshell) have never missed a game. They're my biggest fans...Jason Kreimer and Randy Jones (baseball coaches) gave me the opportunity to play varsity baseball when I was younger...Ken Osterkamp and Rocky Curnayn (summer baseball coaches) made me the catcher I am...I'm very thankful for all of my teammates."
"Trace is a great kid, a great leader. He's very vocal, " said Kreimer of his stellar catcher. "He has unbelievable catching skills."
Realizing graduation from Clermont Northeastern High School is not very distant in the future, the trio took time to reflect upon the memories they hope they will leave at their alma mater.
"I'd like people to remember me as someone with a good attitude and who worked hard and was very passionate about everything they did," said Keough.
"I want to be remembered as a good pitcher. One of the best who ever went through here. I also want to be remembered as everybody's friend," said Jefferson.
"I want people to remember me as an all-around good athlete that worked hard to be the best catcher that CNE has ever had," said Voshell.