Batavia enjoyed the strongest regular-season finish (undefeated) among Clermont County’s high school boys varsity soccer squads. Bethel-Tate and New Richmond also finished their respective schedules going over .500. The Bulldogs whitewashed Western Brown 5-0 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game. M Walker scored two goals and Will Walker, Smith, and Knauer netted one apiece. O’Brien’s two saves preserved the shutout.
Michelle Thomas, a Glen Este junior, will be making her third venture to Columbus for the girls Division I Ohio state cross country championship race. She will be the only Clermont countian competing in the state capital Saturday. She earned her trip to Columbus by winning the Southwest Regional in Troy. Her time of 18-minutes and 35-seconds put her a full 15 seconds ahead of the runner-up harrier.
For the first time in Clermont County sports history, two of the high school varsity football squads qualified for the state playoffs the same year and in the same division. Goshen was the number-one team in Division 3 Region 12 and New Richmond also qualified by concluding among the best eight (fifth) in the region. This also marks the first time a county team has finished on the top rung of the Harbin Ratings
Following is a mini-sports bio of “The Clermont Sun’s” very well-qualified football predictors for the 2009-10 Clermont County high school varsity football season. Bill Deavers (New Richmond High School class of 1978). He was a Clermont County League all-star in football, wrestling, and track and field and a district qualifier in the latter two. He was honored by New Richmond Youth Football as their most respected senior player in 1978 and held the school record for most tackles in a game and season. He is a member of the New Richmond High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Clermont County’s autumn sports squads have been competing on the sectional, district, regional, and state levels. Milford defeated Western Brown 7-0 on the winners’ home field. Netting the goals for the E-Gals were C. G. Bryant with two, and Price, Lindsey Bartsch, Kelly Yee, Ashli Bowling, and Katie Matson one each.
The University of Cincinnati Clermont College women’s volleyball team earned the first championship recognized in the Ohio College Athletic Conference (OCAC). This is the first championship awarded in any sport in this conference that is in its first year of existence.
Bethel-Tate paced Clermont County in the Southern Buckeye Conference boys and girls cross country championships that took place in Bethel. The Tigers were a very close runner-up in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division race. The Red and Gray’s Lance Lambert, a senior, was the number-one finisher among the American Division male harriers. Leading the county among the National Division distancemen was Batavia’s Daniel Chandler.
Michelle Thomas, Glen Este junior, was the individual champion of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) girls cross country championship races that took place at Harrison High School. As she has accomplished all season, Thomas won the run by a very comfortable margin of one-minute and seven seconds. Thomas completed the 3.1-mile course in 18-minutes, 50-seconds.
Despite some good individual efforts, not one of Clermont County’s high school varsity volleyball teams has emerged with a winning record in recent competition. The regular season has come to an end and all 10 of the Clermont County high school varsity contingents are now contending for sectional tournament championships in their respective divisions.
Milford’s varsity girls and boys water polo teams have again proven themselves to be statewide powers. They both placed among the top four in Ohio at the state tournament that took place last weekend at Mason High School.