Joe Smith found out Thursday afternoon, March 30, he had made the New York Mets’ 25-man roster that will be making the trip to St. Louis, April 1, to begin the 2007 major league baseball season. The announcement was made by the Mets’ general manager Omar Minaya.
For the first time in Clermont County’s more than 100-year old proud and glorious sports history, a first was recently achieved. The county can celebrate a college national championship team. The University of Cincinnati Clermont College men’s basketball team has been crowned the king of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship Tournament. The Cougars downed Penn State Dubois Community College 81-72 in the title game.
The Bethel-Tate sixth grade boys basketball team recently completed its third consecutive 10-0 season in the Clermont-Brown Youth Basketball Association. Team members are, front row from left, Tyler Abbott, Jacob Fischer, Jon Scott and Jason Adams and row two, Jay Regensburger, Zane Cassity, Travis Estep, Curtis Rawlins, and Tyler Atkins. In back, coaches Dan Fischer and Junior Atkins.
Megan Smith, a Batavia High School senior, is a two-sport Southern Buckeye Conference National Division (SBC-N) all-star. She has plans to continue both her educational and athletic careers at Northern Kentucky University. The daughter of Jeff and Angie Smith was an all-conference performer on the soccer field and the basketball court having earned four letters on the turf and two letters on the hardwood. In soccer she also earned the Bulldogs’ most valuable player award.
Aaron Howell has recently signed a letter-of-intent to continue his education and tennis careers at the University of the Cumberlands (formerly Cumberland College), in Williamsburg, Ky. The Batavia High School senior, the son of Dale and Betty Howell, will be playing his third varsity season on the Bulldog courts. He began his prep career at McNicholas High School where he also lettered in the sport.
Tyler Hawk, Batavia High School senior, will always be remembered as one of Clermont County’s premier high school golfers. He has earned a position on the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division all-star team all four years of high school and three times he has earned a berth on the all-city squads. He was also a letterman in basketball.
Sara Niebuhr, a Glen Este High School senior, has decided to continue her education and superb soccer career at Jackson (Ala.) State University. Sara lettered all four years of her prep varsity soccer career and also lettered once in basketball. The 5-foot, 7-inch, striker and fullback was a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division and all-city soccer all-star.
Patrick Fagan has recently been chosen to be the new head man to return Milford’s Eagles to varsity football prominence. He replaces Dick DeWitt who was the head coach for two years. Fagan spent most of his days of youth living in Riverside, Calif., but he went all the way across the United States to attend college. He earned his bachelor’s degree in public communications from Cornell University.
Ron Ogden has been named as the new head football coach at Williamsburg High School. He replaces Jim Pope who was an all-star gridder at Williamsburg from where he graduated in 1972. Ogden will be very busy from now until after the end of football season. He also serves as the school’s athletic director.
Adam Chambers is without a doubt one of the most successful of all returning high school spring sports veterans in Clermont County. The Glen Este High School senior is aiming for his fourth consecutive appearance at the state track and field championships. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this will certainly be the season Chambers will earn his fourth varsity letter in track and field.