Batavia has become the fourth Clermont County high school to hire a new head football coach. Ron Ogden is the new gridiron taskmaster at the county seat. He replaces Joe Moorehead who has moved from his alma mater on to New Richmond High School.
The rumors of Williamsburg not fielding a football team this year have been stilled. Dick Dewitt, a very experienced head football coach, has been hired to be the new head coach of the Wildcats. Dewitt, a graduate of Defiance College, brings many years of football coaching experience with him. He began his coaching career at Hicksville High School in 1979.
Interest in boys volleyball as a recognized varsity level of competition has been expressed by some Clermont County high schools, but the majority of the county’s athletic directors are very hesitant about restarting the sport for the boys. The last official Clermont County League (CCL) varsity boys volleyball tournament took place in 1970 at New Richmond High School. It was won by Amelia (Clermont Northeastern was runner-up) which concluded the Barons four consecutive CCL championships and a 42-game winning streak. The first known volleyball tournaments in Clermont County for both boys and girls took place in 1928. The boys champion was Goshen and the girls champion is not known. The girls tournament existed through the 1939-40 school year when the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) stopped recognizing girls sports for interscholastic competition.
Thirty years ago the following outstanding athletes were selected to the Clermont County League spring sports all-star squads of the 1977-78 school year.
Glen Este High School recently presented awards to its deserving spring sports athletes. Following are the honored athletes.
Bethany Evans, a 2008 Milford High School graduate, has recently signed a college letter-of-intent to continue her studies and fast pitch softball career at Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky. April Myers recently signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to attend Transylvania University, Lexington Ky. The 2008 Milford High School graduate plans to major in the field of anthropology and to continue her impressive athletic career by playing fast pitch softball.
In Moscow High School’s next to the last year of existence, the varsity basketball team enjoyed what was probably the finest cage season in the school’s history. Two of the cheerleaders were Barbara Woodruff Hackney, left, and Joyce Wells Swart; back row, team members Ed Farnbach, Ben Houser, Ron Fisher, Jim Hackney, and Lee Weddle.
Members of Goshen High School’s state baseball championship team of 1958 are, front row from left, Don Webb, Lytle Brown, Randy Moore, Jim Gray, Don Howland, and Jerry Faul; back row, coach Joe Danehy, Earl Lindholz, Jerry Sullivan, Lee Kinnaird, Tim Moore, Charles Lonaker, and Bill Christman. Not pictured, Garland Adkins, Gerald Bradley, Bill Faul, Jim Gillaspy, Gary Howell, and Dick Mahorney.
The Ohio Special Olympics State Summer Games took place recently in Columbus. Most of the competitions took place at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium at Ohio State. It is estimated that almost 4,000 athletes and coaches participated. The games brought together athletes from 71 of Ohio’s 88 counties.
Clermont College’s first-year baseball team concluded its season with a respectable record of 19-21, that, in terms of everyone playing their first year of college baseball against more experienced teams, is really better than a respectable effort. At one point in the middle of the season, the Red and Black won 12 of 20 games.