Clermont County’s varsity wrestling teams are boring ahead through the teeth of winter with success being enjoyed by most. Goshen earned three individual weight class championships in the Madeira Wrestling Invitational. Billy Combs, a freshman, won the 112-pound crown, Chaz Gresham, a freshman, won at 135, and Aaron Walker, a sophomore, won at 140. Batavia junior Jeff Elam won a fourth title for Clermont County in the 215-pound class.
Batavia, Northeastern, Amelia, and Goshen were unbeaten among the county’s male cage squads in some recent action. Bethel-Tate, Glen Este, and New Richmond also added wins. The Bulldogs nipped New Richmond 44-43 in a Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) non-division game.
Randy Hospelhorn is the new head football coach at Amelia High School. Hospelhorn, who had previously been the defensive coordinator at Glen Este High School the past seven years, had the same staff position at Amelia from the late 1980s through the mid 1990s (under head coaches Ron Ogden and Mike Hall).
The class of 2008 of the Milford High School Athletic Hall of Fame has been selected. The contingent of former Eagle sports stars will be honored Jan. 23, the night the boys basketball team will be hosting Harrison’s Wildcats in a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division game. The induction ceremonies will take place just before the beginning of the varsity game. A reception and dinner will take place before the induction ceremony.
Batavia, Glen Este, and Goshen’s varsity girls basketball teams have been the most successful in Clermont County of late. The Bulldogs and the Trojans are at or near the top of their respective conference division races. The Bulldogs won in non-league play over Finneytown 55-48. The visiting Wildcats trailed the Clermont countians 14-7, 31-19, and 41-28 at the end of each quarter. The Green and White handed Bethel-Tate a 50-35 setback.
The National Bank and Trust Halftime Challenge has begun this year at Batavia and Clermont Northeastern high schools. The event takes place at all of the boys and girls home basketball games at both high schools and it is sponsored by the National Bank and Trust of Batavia.
Randy Hospelhorn is the new head football coach at Amelia High School. Hospelhorn, who had previously been the defensive coordinator at Glen Este High School the past seven years, had the same staff position at Amelia from the late 1980s through the mid 1990s.
Milford, Clermont Northeastern, and Goshen remain in the thick of the battle in their respective conference races. Despite a loss, Batavia, too, is in the midst of its league title fight. The Eagles defeated Winton Woods, another serious contender in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division crown chase, 72-66, in overtime.
Several of Clermont County’s varsity boys basketball squads are at or near the forefront of their respective division races of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The Tigers gnarled Williamsburg in the Wildcats’ lair 88-57. This was a non-division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The visitors were in control throughout 28-7, 46-29, and 67-43.Louie Schaljo, junior forward-guard, scorched the nets for 34 points and Tyler Bullock, sophomore guard, added 13 for the Red and Gray.
Kris Hecktor, a Batavia High School senior, recently signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to continue his education and baseball career at Marshall University, Huntington, W. Va. He plans to major in business.