Couch, Amelia basketball scholar-athlete, will play basketball for UC Clermont

June 29th, 2007    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Bryce Couch, stellar Amelia cager, has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Cincinnati Clermont College to continue his studies and his basketball career.

Not only is Couch talented on the hardwood, he was second in grade point average of the Amelia School of Business and Technology where he has also earned awards for outstanding student and for leadership.

He is a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete and a member of the National Honor Society and Business Professionals of America. Within the past month he was honored as the School of Business and Technology Outstanding Senior and the Outstanding Senior Academic Excellence. He also received a perfect attendance award.

Couch will be attending Clermont College because, “it’s close to home and I can afford it and it has a good basketball program and a good pharmacy school.”

In attendance at the college letter-of-intent signing for Bryce Couch are his parents, seated, Sue and Bob Couch. Standing are Amelia High School head boys cage coach Craig Mazzaro, left, and John Hurley, head coach of the national champion UC Clermont men
His field of study will begin in pre-pharmacy.

"He's already done work toward a college degree. I'm absolutely pleased with his decision," said Bryce's dad, Bob Couch, who starred in wrestling at AHS from where he graduated in 1972.

"I'm very happy with his decision. I'm glad he's close to home and we can watch his basketball games," said Sue Couch, Bryce's mom.

Two cage games this year are the most memorable for Couch. "I had 20 points in the second half against Western Brown and I made three or four threes in a row...Courtney (Rodgers) and I had five three-pointers each when we knocked Turpin out of first place."

"My dad has pushed me since I started basketball," said a very grateful son. "Coach (Craig) Mazzaro helped me develop my game to what it is today... (AHS athletic director) James Collins was a great help. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be playing in college. He worked hard to help me get there."

"Bryce has a tremendous amount of potential. He has good size, but we want to add more muscle and strength on him. He's also a good shooter," said John Hurley, head coach of the Clermont College Cougars, the defending national champions in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association. "I'm tickled to death to get good kids from our backyard. Clermont County has many talented athletes."

"Couch had some outstanding shooting games for us...He's a tough match-up for some of the opposing players who've had to play against him," said Baron head basketball coach Craig Mazzaro.
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