Girls volleyball and soccer are successful in tournament action; Amelia kickers pull off major upset – boys are kicked around
Clermont County’s varsity volleyball and boys and girls soccer teams are now competing in their respective sectional tournaments.
The major highlight of the tournament for county teams, thus far, was Amelia’s upset victory over seeded and city-ranked Mount Notre Dame in girls soccer.
The Division II Tournament is taking place at Goshen High School.
The host Warriors won their first game by bopping Bethel-Tate 25-7, 25-9, 25-16 in this battle between members of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. Goshen proceeded to capture its second round test over another tribe, Norwood’s Indians, 25-20, 25-14, 25-20.
New Richmond knocked out Finneytown's Wildcats 25-19, 25-10, 25-17.
In the Division III Tournament taking place at Blanchester High School, Felicity was ousted by Georgetown's G-Women 14-25, 25-15, 25-27, 25-16, 19-17 in a very hard-fought showdown between members of the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division.
Division I first round tournament competition took place at Lakota East high School and saw Milford dropped from the tourney by Sycamore's Aviators in an intense confrontation 21-25, 25-23, 25-21, 18-25, 15-7.
The regular season has come to a close.
In the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division, New Richmond beat Bethel-Tate 25-17, 19-25, 25-15, 25-20 and Goshen overcame Clermont Northeastern 25-16, 25-23, 25-13. Western Brown brought down Goshen 25-17, 25-22, 25-11 and New Richmond 25-14, 25-19, 22-25, 25-6 also in the American Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference.
In the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division Williamsburg wiped out Felicity 25-7, 25-8, 25-15.
Milford outlasted Amelia in an inner-county non-division battle of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference 25-14, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17.
Surprisingly, some of the county's best male soccer squads were eliminated from tourney action in their first time out.
In Division II, Bethel-Tate, champion of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division, was upset by the host Roger Bacon Spartans 3-2. Junior Spencer Sutter and junior forward Billy Sipos netted the goals for the Red and Gray.
Batavia, too, was upset. The Bulldogs, champions of the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division, were whitewashed by Taylor's Yellow Jackets 3-0 on the losers' home field. The Green and White made seven shots at the Hamilton countians' goal.
Clermont Northeastern was whomped by Wyoming's Cowboys 8-1 on the winners' prairie. Sophomore Nathan Tipton scored the goal for the Rockets.
Goshen traveled to Wilmington and returned from Clinton County with a 2-0 setback. The Warriors made four shots at the Hurricanes' goal.
New Richmond was upended by Norwood 2-0 on the Indians' land. The Lions made 12 shots at the home boys' goal.
Division I action experienced Glen Este being edged by Harrison's Wildcats 3-2 in a battle between Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division rivals on the winners' field. Senior midfielders Jake Jones and Zach Ross accounted for the Trojans' points.
Amelia was shut out by Hamilton's Big Blue on the Butler countians' dirt. The Barons made seven shots at the hosts' goal.
Amelia pulled off a big surprise by eliminating seeded and city-ranked Mount Notre Dame 2-0 in Division I action. Junior midfielder Ally Sia Gonzales and sophomore striker Christy Claus tallied the goals for the Barons. Junior goalkeeper Chelsea Lang stopped all nine of the host Cougars' shots at her goal.
Milford pleased its home crowd with an easy 12-0 walloping of Withrow's Tigers. Scoring for the E-Gals were junior defender Abby Dierks, sophomore midfielder Ashli Bowling, and junior forward C. G. Bryant, two each, and senior defender Emily Paquette, senior forward Trishia Mudd, junior midfielder Sam Arbutina, senior defender Allison Connor, Lindsay Bartsch, and Hillary Woodall, one apiece. Sophomore goalkeepers Kylie Gullage and Woodall shared time in the goal.
Glen Este lost at Fairfield to the host Indians 4-1. Senior striker Dana Hutchinson made the goal for the Trojans.
In other opening round battles, Batavia beat the visiting Fayetteville Rockets 6-3. Scoring for the Bulldogs were senior center midfielder Kristin Robbe, three times, and sophomore striker/defender Jill Crouch, junior striker Holly Harris, and sophomore midfielder/striker Alyssa Morrow, each with one.
Bethel-Tate returned from Finneytown with a thrilling 2-1 overtime triumph over the Wildcats. Junior striker Autumn Schellenberger and junior midfielder Kelly Minarchek tallied the Tigers' points.
New Richmond nipped Cincinnati Christian's Cougars 2-1 on the winners' field. Sophomore striker Cassie Grooms and senior defender Megan Nieters scored the points for the Lions.
Clermont Northeastern was blanked 2-0 by McNicholas' Rockets in Owensville. The Blue and Gold made eight shots as the enemy's goal.
Felicity was done in by Indian Hills' Braves 4-1 on the winners' reservation. Freshman Shelby Lucas scored for the Cardinals.
Goshen was nullified by Norwood's version of the Indians 4-0. The Red and Gray made 12 unsuccessful attempts to score.
Williamsburg was whitewashed by the host Summit Country Day Silver Knights 5-0. The Wildcats made no serious shots at the Hamilton countians' goal.