Eagles, Wildcats, Trojans, and Warriors atop their respective conference races
Milford, Williamsburg, Glen Este, and Goshen have each begun the 2010-11 varsity boys basketball campaign with unblemished records.
Milford and Glen Este are battling it out in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference East Division.
Goshen is among the top the of the Southern Buckeye American Division and Felicity is doing like wise in the National Division.
Milford stunned Sycamore with an easy 75-53 over the visiting Aviators. This was a Fort Ancient Valley Conference East Division showdown. The Eagles were in command at each intermission 22-10, 40-15, and 55-29. The leading scorers for the triumphant were Nick Hittner, senior forward, with 22 points, Callan Hughes, senior guard, with 16, including four three-pointers, and Cody Diercks, senior forward, with another 16 points.
Walnut Hills’ Eagles were the next Fort Ancient Valley East squad to feel the wrath of the Clermont County version of Eagles 51-40. The visitors allowed their hosts leads of 14-7 and 27-23 before turning it on and leading 37-16 entering the fourth stanza of competition. Senior guard Matt Baker topped the Red and White’s offensive attack with 15 points that included hitting on four three-pointers.
Yet again in the Fort Ancient Valley East, fell another victim before Milford, this time Wilmington. The visiting Hurricanes were in arrears at each rest 11-9, 32-20, and 45-39. This time another Baker, senior guard Zach, took over leading the scoring efforts with his 23 points, Hittner hit for 13, and Robert Overbeck, junior forward, made an additional 12.
Williamsburg fractured Fayetteville’s Rockets 59-47 in a non-league battle. The Clermont countians were in command 41-34 after three quarters of play after the Brown countians led 25-13 and 29-25 after the first two periods. Elliot Young, ‘Burg senior guard-forward, led all scorers by sinking 22 points and younger brother, Kendal, a sophomore forward, contributed another 15 points to the winning effort.
The next win came against Clinton County as East Clinton’s Astros were shot down 75-50 in a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division duel. The Wildcats were in control throughout 22-12, 41-23, and 56-36. Elliot Young gunned in 31 points for the victors. Senior forward Matt Richardson and junior guard Jacob Herren added 13 points apiece.
Back in Brown County, the Blue and Wnite stunned Georgetown’s G-Men 59-50 in another National Division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The visitors spotted their hosts early quarter leads of 16-12 and 29-28 before taking over 41-40 going into the final eight minutes of regulation play. Elliot Young did it again, this time pouring in 24 points including four three-pointers and Herron added another 13 points.
Glen Este initiated its season with a 62-43 Fort Ancient Valley East triumph over Little Miami’s Panthers. The Trojans utilized a strong fourth quarter to finally put the game away after a slim 11-10 first period lead and then trailing 25-21 at half-time before grabbing a 39-31 advantage after three periods of play. The Purple and White placed four young men into double digit scoring – senior guard Shane Seckman made 20 including four three-pointers, junior guard Corey Goedde with 12, senior forward Mike Bouley 10, and sophomore guard Austin Rieck 10.
The Trojans sent Loveland home with a 63-45 loss in the Fort Ancient Valley East. Glen Este was up at each break 12-8, 26-20, and 40-24. Bouley made 14 points, junior forward Alex Fultz 13, and Rieck 11 for GE.
Goshen steadily pulled away to overcome visiting Amelia 66-47 in a contest of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. The home squad owned quarter leads of 18-15, 31-28, and 49-37. A very balanced offense attack fired up the Red and White. Five of the home boys netted double digits – senior guard Jamie Ashcraft 14 points, senior guard Derek Koch 14, senior guard Nick Wake 13, including three three-pointers, senior center Tyler Hicks 12, and senior guard Anthony Voto 10. Leading the Barons’ resistance in their first-ever Southern Buckeye Conference varsity boys basketball confrontation were senior forward Tanner Owens with 12 points and senior forward Kevin Morse with 10.
The Warriors next raid routed Bethel-Tate 59-47 in an American Division battle of the Southern Buckeye. The guests held sway all the way 15-8, 32-21, and 43-35. Voto fired in 25 points for the winners, Koch 14, and Wake 10. Leading all scorers was the Tigers’ senior forward Tyler Bullock with 26 points.
Amelia rebounded to come back to bounce around injury-torn New Richmond 64-30 in the Southern Buckeye American Division. The visiting Blue and White were in command at each halt 16-8, 42-15, and 57-23. Brandon Cooper, senior guard, powered the Amelia attack by tallying 17 points, Morse made 13, and Owens chipped in with 11, junior forward Chris Turner and sophomore guard Tanner Wolfe equally shared 12 points for the Red and Black.
Felicity got its season going with a 69-49 demolishing of the visiting Deer Park Wildcats. In this non-conference tilt, the Cardinals were in command throughout with quarter scores of 15-4, 40-17, and 51-32. Matt O’Brien, senior forward, poured in 19 points, Trevor Shouse, junior guard, another 18 points, and Jake Fry, junior guard, contributed 13.
In the season opener in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division, the Red and White lost to the visiting Blanchester Wildcats 56-42. After each stanza, the guests owned advantages of 15-11, 25-24 and 38-30. Shouse made 12 points and senior guard Kyle Helton 11 for the Red and White.
In one more National Division encounter, East Clinton won out 69-60, The homeboy Astros were in the lead at each rest 15-9, 42-27, and 56-42. O’Brien and Shouse were in the forefront of the Clermont countians’ offense by sinking 22 and 18 points, respectively.
Bethel-Tate got the year underway successfully with a convincing 59-42 conquest of Cincinnati Country Day. The visiting Clermont countians were in control at each break 13-7, 26-22, and 43-29. Senior forward Tyler Bullock scorched the nets by scoring more than one-half of the Red and Gray’s output with 36 points and teammate Garrett Lang, senior guard added 13 points.
Ripley returned home from Bethel following a 72-57 defeat of its host. The Blue Jays were barely ahead at the end of each period 15-13, 34-30, and 50-49. Bullock sank 20 points, junior guard Matt Small 16, and Lang 11 for the home boys. This was a non-league game.
Western Brown nipped the Fighting Tigers in their first loss in the American Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference 69-68. Once again, Bullock and Lang were the scoring leaders for the Red and Gray with the respective tallies of 30 and 18.
Batavia was knocked off by Norwood on the winners’ hardwood 52-39. The Indians were on top at each stop of this non-league fray 11-7, 27-15, 38-17. Sam Suttles, sophomore guard, made 14 points to lead the Green and White’s offense, including four three-pointers.
Mariemont’s Warriors walloped Batavia 63-33 with advantages of 22-7, 37-14, and 45-21 after each period. Luke Bradburn, senior center, lead the visitors’ scoring with a total of 17 points in this non-league confrontation.
Blanchester hosted the Bulldogs in a Southern Buckeye National clash and was forced to rally to win out 63-45. The Clermont County seaters led 15-11 after the first quarter and the tally was tied at 29 at halftime before the Clinton countians grabbed a 41-36 lead after three periods of play. Bradburn’s 19 points paced the ‘Dogs’ scoring.
In a battle between county seats, Brown County’s, Georgetown, emerged victorious 59-47 in a National Division dual of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The Batavians were of the lesser total at the conclusion of each stanza 12-10, 30-24, and 42-28. Bradburn and junior forward Matt Cooper both netted 10 points for the Bulldogs.
New Richmond lost its opener at Deer Park 45-40 in a non-league game. The home boys were on top at each rest 10-6, 16-13, and 33-25. Senior forward Shane Campbell led the Lions’ scoring with 12 points.
Turpin trampled the visiting Red and Black 91-30. The Lions, who are devastated by numerous injuries, were down at each break 30-4, 49-20, and 71-24. Campbell’s seven points led the New Richmond scoring. This was a non-league game.
Norwood visited New Richmond and managed to return home with a 46-39 non-league win. The Red and Black was ahead after the first eight minutes 11-9 and was slightly behind at the other stops 18-16 and 30-26. Turner and Wolfe both accounted for 10 of the NR offensive output.