The Southern Buckeye Conference Wrestling Tournament is predicted by most of the league’s mat mentors to be a dogfight between New Richmond, Goshen, and Blanchester. The tournament will take place, Feb. 13, at Williamsburg High School. Both divisions will be combined into one tournament.
Clermont County can claim another first among its many athletic accomplishments. The county now has its first member of a Super Bowl championship team. Zach Strief is an offensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints that won the National Football League’s Super Bowl XLIV, Feb. 7, in Miami, Fla. The Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts 31-17. Strief is a 2001 graduate of Milford High School where he lettered in football, basketball, and track and field. He was a Greater Miami Conference all-star on the gridiron.
Jeff Elam, Batavia High School senior, was recently selected as the Greater Cincinnati Division IV Offensive Lineman of the Year by the prestigious Anthony Munoz Foundation. Elam, who played both offensive guard and defensive end for the Bulldogs, is also the Southern Buckeye Conference’s candidate to receive another prestigious honor, the “That’s My Boy” award. The lineman of the year is chosen from among young men who show a good level of academic success and community involvement. The “That’s My Boy” award is presented to a high school football player who has made distinct achievements in three areas – football, academics, and extracurricular involvement.
Bethel-Tate, Goshen, and Milford have been the major winners of late in Clermont County high school boys varsity basketball. Clermont Northeastern continues to extend its winning streak. The Tigers returned from Clinton County after bombing Blanchester’s Wildcats 87-65. The Red and Gray led all the way 28-15, 51-31, and 65-53.
Dwayne Woodruff was the first Clermont countian to compete in the Super Bowl. A safety and cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, he earned a Super Bowl ring following the Steelers’ 31-19 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl XIV played on Jan. 20, 1980, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. It was the rookie season for the 5-foot, 11-inch, 195-pounder, who had been drafted in the sixth round of the 1979 draft from the University of Louisville where he was a standout on defense for the Cardinals.
Amelia’s girls are turning things around and in the Barons’ most recent battles they have gone unbeaten. Williamsburg is also playing better than .500 basketball.The Barons defeated next-door neighbor Batavia 58-41 in non-conference action. The victorious hosts recovered from a 7-5 first quarter deficit.
The Hammer and Anvil Wrestling Tournament took place at Western Brown. Clinton-Massie’s Falcons won the prestigious 16-team invite with 251 points. New Richmond led Clermont teams with an eighth place finish with 168 points, Goshen was 10th with 160.5, and Glen Este was 12th with 142.
New Richmond’s Austin Skaggs and Milford’s Connor Dietrich were Clermont County’s individual weight class champions at the Milford Invitational Wrestling Tournament that first took place in 1975.
Two of Clermont County’s varsity boys and girls swimming and diving programs have been most busy of late. The Eagles competed in the Southwest Classic. The boys finished 14th as a team and the girls 21st. The only Milford placer among the top three in any event was sophomore Dave Matulis in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 29.59 seconds.
Goshen is Clermont County’s only bowling program not associated in any conference competition. Meanwhile, the other three ot the county’s programs have been competing in conference, conference tournament and non- league matches. Glen Este gained second place in both the boys and girls competitions in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Bowling Invitational that took place at Northwest Lanes.