Milford and Goshen in midst of league title chases

December 29th, 2006    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Milford’s boys remain in the thick of the fray for the leadership of the Greater Miami Conference. Goshen emerged with the lead in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division with a hard-fought victory over Clermont Northeastern. Bethel-Tate, Felicity, and Williamsburg are also emerging with important victories.


Milford was handed its first setback of the season 37-30. Lakota West hosted this low-scoring Greater Miami Conference affair. The Eagles were in control after the first two intermissions 9-5 and 14-9 before the Firebirds took over command 22-21 following three periods of play. Milford scoring leaders: Brandon Baker and Steven Williams netted eight points apiece.


Goshen outhustled visiting Western Brown 51-40 in a Southern Buckeye Conference American (SBC-A) Division battle played in Clermont County. Senior guard Josh Greer paced the Warriors’ attack as the Red and Gray held sway at each intermission 16-10, 25-15, and 30-28. Goshen scoring leader: Greer 30.

The Warriors emerged with unquestioned leadership of the SBC-A following a 59-52 triumph over visiting Clermont Northeastern who is strongly vying for the conference leadership with the arch-rival Red and Gray. Greer spearheaded his teammates to very slim period advantages of 10-9, 17-16, and 33-31. Goshen scoring leader: Greer 27. Clermont Northeastern scoring leader: Zach Slusher 23.


Bethel-Tate surprised visiting New Richmond 63-52 in a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division fray. The Red and Black was ahead 14-11 and 23-19 before a third quarter power surge gave the Red and Gray the advantage after three periods of action 37-30. Bethel-Tate scoring leaders: Justin Marshall 19 and Austin Newman 13. New Richmond scoring leaders: Kody McCormick 16 and Kenny Roberts 15.

The Fighting Tigers added Fayetteville's Rockets to its list of victims as the Clermont countians nipped the Brown countians 44-43 on the losers' floor. The local boys trailed at the termination of each period 13-8, 25-16, and 33-28 before coming back to win. Bethel-Tate scoring leader: Cory Roberts 12.


Felicity stunned visiting Williamsburg 77-46 in a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division game played on the winners' floor. Junior guard Tyler Utter poured in a career-high 41 points to lead his teammates to victory. The Cardinals held very secure leads at each rest 15-3, 34-16, and 58-25. Felicity scoring leaders: Utter 41 and Alex Jarman 14. Williamsburg scoring leader: Justin Hines 16.


Amelia was walloped at Wilmington in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division contest 72-41. The visiting Barons were down throughout 15-6, 34-18, and 63-26. Amelia scoring leader: Brandon Dietrich 11.

The Blue and White fell at Loveland 59-47. The Tigers led their guests at all the halts 16-6, 36-18, and 47-31. Amelia scoring leader: Bryce Couch 14.

Glen Este

Glen Este succumbed before Mason 56-41 in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division contest. The host Comets were in command all the way 16-3, 24-16, and 39-24. Glen Este scoring leader: Matt Winegardner 11.

Glen Este recrossed the Ohio River unhappy following a 68-47 setback to Ryle (Ky.). The Kentuckians enjoyed leads of 13-6, 36-10, and 48-27 at the conclusion of each stanza. Glen Este scoring leaders: Joe Mack 11 and Tyler McCalla 10.


Batavia was overcome by East Clinton 67-63 in a Southern Buckeye Conference tilt played on the losers' hardwood. The Green and White rallied to tie the score at 51 after three quarters of play. The Astros had led 17-15 and 35-32 after the first two breaks. Batavia scoring leaders: Avery 17 and Corrill 15.


Williamsburg, powered by the combination of 51 points from senior center Justin Hines and senior guard Jacob Morgan, put on a first half offensive barrage that smothered Batavia 75-61 at the first seat of government in Clermont County. Despite two serious Bulldog comeback efforts in the second half, the Wildcats held on to win their first game in a major sport for the 2006-07 school year. Williamsburg scoring leaders: Hines 27 and Morgan 24. Batavia scoring leaders: Jason Strine 14, Caleb Corrill 13, and Andrew Avery 12.
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