An outstanding season was finally brought to an end. The Batavia varsity baseball team was eliminated from tournament play with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to Columbus St. Francis DeSales. The battle was in the Division II regional semi-finals that took place in Springfield. DeSales grabbed the lead immediately by scoring a run in the bottom of the first inning.
Five Clermont County high school track and field stars qualified for the state championship meet that will take place this weekend at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of The Ohio State University in Columbus. At the regional meet that took place at the University of Dayton Welcome Stadium, the best eight placers in each event scored points for their team and the best four in each event qualified for the state championships.
Clermont County’s own semi-professional football team, the Mount Carmel Fire, has announced its roster and schedule for the 2008 summer season. The Fire is a member of the United States Football Association.
Batavia’s boys won their own track and field invitational. Mariemont was the girls winner. Team scores: Batavia (Bat) 146.5, Deer Park (DP) 118.5, Williamsburg (Wms) 102, Mariemont (M) 52.5, Indian Hill (IH) 48, Georgetown (G) 46, Felicity (Fel) 37.5, Purcell Marian (PM) 35, and Clermont Northeastern (CNE) 31.5.
Louie Schaljo has become the first high school athlete in Clermont County sports history to be selected to an all-star team in five sports. The oldest record this writer could find of a high school athletic event taking place in the county between two high schools occurred on Nov. 25, 1909 (Thanksgiving Day) in the old armory in Batavia (it stood on the northeast corner of Riverside Drive and Wood streets). It was a girls basketball game won by Batavia over Bethel.
The legendary Pat Hill, 36 years very successfully involved in the New Richmond High School athletic program as teacher, coach and athletic director, was recently honored with a well-attended cook out that took place at the high school football stadium. The event was sponsored by the New Richmond Youth Foundation.
Goshen’s girls set the pace for Clermont County teams in the district track and field meets. Individually, 17 Clermont countians won 22 events. Cat Humphries of Williamsburg, a junior at McNicholas High School (McN), won four events and Bethel-Tate senior Emily Tyler captured two to lead the county’s individual champions.
In a fierce display of the abundant fast pitch softball talent in Clermont County, four more teams advanced in tournament action. In Division I, Glen Este was merciless to Mercy 3-1. Kelley Benhase fired a one-hitter while striking out 10 of the enemy. Kaylin Steinmetz had two runs batted in (RBI).
Clermont County high school varsity tennis season has come to an end. In the closing regular season matches New Richmond and Batavia came through with a pair of victories. The Lions bounced Bethel-Tate 4-1 in a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division fray. The victorious players in Red and Black were Tyler Esham (first singles) 6-2, 6-2, Ethan Johnson (second singles) 6-2, 6-0, Daniel Heflin (third singles) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, and Kyle Frizzell and Caleb Theiss (first doubles) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Glen Este and Batavia won their opening sectional baseball tournament games. Glen Este outlasted Loveland’s Tigers 6-3 in eight innings in Division I. Matt Marksberry was the winning pitcher. Nathan Bromagem and Matt Jones both had two hits and two runs batted in (RBI) and Chris Sunderman had two hits.