Quite possibly the greatest positive turnaround in Clermont County sports history may be that of the University of Cincinnati Clermont College’s women’s basketball team. Last year the Cougars lost 27 games and this year’s team won 27 games.
The University of Cincinnati Clermont College’s men’s basketball team earned third place in the national tournament of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Tournament. The Cougars overcame early season inexperience to qualify for the national championship tournament once again. The USCAA championship finale took place at Southern Maine University, Portland.
Brandon Baker, Milford High School basketball standout, recently signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to continue his education and basketball career at Belmont University, Nashville, Tenn. Belmont is a Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) school that is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
Brittany Brannock, Bethel-Tate High School soccer star, has recently signed a letter-of-intent to attend the University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Ohio. Brannock is a three-sport letter earner competing in soccer, basketball, and track and field.
Two of the Clermont County teams in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Tournament showdown did themselves quite proud. Following a regular season-long slight slumber, the Amelia academic team awakened for the post season conference tournament, and as they have so many times before, the Barons captured the Fort Ancient Valley Conference championship crown. The victory earned Amelia its fourth berth in the regional tournament. This year the tournament will take place April 26 at Cincinnati State. “It has been a roller coaster season,” said Tom Wilson who has been the Blue and White’s coach since the program began seven years ago.
Clermont County dominated the sectional bowling tournaments for both boys and girls. Glen Este’s boys and Milford’s girls earned their respective sectional championship crowns. The Trojans’ Dustin Brinson and Amelia’s Amber Kellerman captured the individual sectional championship honors.
Kyle Krummert, Milford senior 135-pounder, earned the only victory among the three Clermont County wrestlers who qualified for the state championship tournament. The tournament took place last weekend at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University, Columbus.
Clermont County high school varsity boys basketball season is over. All of the teams have been eliminated from their respective sectional tournaments. Batavia and Felicity gained the only victories in tourney action. Batavia beat Bethel-Tate 53 50 in Division II action that took place at Anderson High School.
Eileen Shiinsato was Clermont County’s lone state swimming placer. The Batavia High School junior was ninth in the Division II 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1-minute, 09.69-seconds. She also placed in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:17.22. This earned her 16th place. This was her second appearance at the state championships that take place at Branin Natatorium, Canton.
Girls high school varsity basketball season is finished in Clermont County. The last of the teams was finally eliminated in sectional tournament action. Batavia (16 wins – 6 losses) was defeated by Taft 58-49 in Division II play that took place at Mason High School. After an 11-both first quarter, the Senators led 25-20 and 39-36 at the other stops.