The annual Scott McDowell Memorial River Run and Walk took place as part of the annual New Richmond River Days Celebration. The event honors the memory of an outstanding three-sport athlete who graduated New Richmond High School. The overall winners were New Richmond area residents Timmy Hall who crossed the finish line in 18-minutes and 55-seconds and Emily Erdman who clocked in at 22:30.
Earlier this month Clermont County was host to another former Olympian, Grand Master Hwa Chong. Chong attended the Eastgate Martial Arts Club’s 19th Promotional Testing. He took part by conducting and overseeing the testing. Chong, a native of Seoul, South Korea, was the United States’ first Olympic coach of Tae Kwon Do when the sport was first recognized as an Olympic sport for the 1992 games that took place in Barcelona, Spain.
Clermont County’s three varsity high school girls golf teams have begun their respective 2008 campaigns. The Trojans lost their season opener to Loveland’s Tigers 209-243 in Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division play that took place at Hickory Woods Golf Club.
Amelia was the champion of the first Eastside Challenge Golf Tournament that took place at Friendly Meadows Golf Course. The season-opening tournament was formerly known as the old Clermont County League Tournament.
New Richmond, Milford, and Amelia were the only Clermont County varsity football winners for Week One of the gridiron campaign. All five of the county’s new head football coaches went without a win. New Richmond had little trouble in disposing of Deer Park 28-0. The Lions lead all the way with quarter scores of 7-0, 21-0, and 28-0.
Jim Dyer is the new athletic director at Williamsburg High School. He replaces Ron Ogden who resigned the position to take over the head football coaching job at Batavia High School. This is Dyer’s second round at the athletic director’s position having previously served from 1997 until 2005 when Ogden took over after coming to ‘Burg from the Batavia School District. Dyer has been a member of the Williamsburg School District faculty for 33 years.
Doug Foote is the new athletic director at New Richmond High School. He replaces Pat Hill who served at New Richmond for 35 years. Foote is a local boy having grown up in Lynchburg, Highland County, Ohio. He is a 1977 graduate of Lynchburg-Clay High School where he participated on the Mustangs’ volleyball, basketball, and baseball teams.
David Duncan, former New Richmond High School athletic standout, was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft. He was the 152nd player selected overall. The 2005 Lion High graduate was a Southern Buckeye Conference American (SBC-A) Division all-star in both baseball and basketball. He also lettered in golf. On the diamond, he was the SBC-A Player of the Year three times. The 6-foot, 9-inch, 230-pound left hand pitcher was rated as the 40th best high school senior diamondman in the United States and the best prospect in Ohio. His career record on the mound for coach Brian Benzinger and the Red and Black was 40-5 with 299 strikeouts in 200 innings and a 0.93 earned run average.
It seems hard to believe I was just in the eighth grade the fall of the 1963-64 school year. Following are the Clermont County League football all-stars of that season.
The 63rd Annual Clermont County Knothole Tournament is completed. The county’s two largest franchises, Tealtown and Milford, respectively, combined for eight of the 15 class and division championships. Amelia, Batavia, Bethel, Clermont Northeastern, Goshen, Williamsburg, and Withamsville-Tobasco captured one title each.