The Williamsburg Wildcats set out to redress their 25-point loss to the Batavia Bulldogs in December. When you’re hot, you’re hot. The Wildcats stayed hot from the pre-game warm-up till the final buzzer. Jumping out to a 5-0 lead, Williamsburg never looked back. Two 3-pointers and an inside shot at the buzzer left the Wildcats up 12-6 at the quarter.
As Clermont County’s varsity boys basketball squads wind their way through a long campaign and edge ever closer to their respective sectional tournaments, Milford and Clermont Northeastern continue to lead the way with their stellar play. In more of the recent county cage contention, New Richmond, Goshen, and Felicity have also picked up some victories.
Clermont County’s girls varsity basketball teams have entered into their respective sectional tournament competitions. But before these distaff contingents got into the tourney mode they were very busy wrapping up the regular season schedule.
Bethel-Tate, Goshen, and Batavia’s varsity girls basketball teams began their quests for sectional tournament championships and beyond on a very successful note. Bethel-Tate got underway with a thrilling nail biter 47-45 victory over Norwood’s Indians in a Division II game played at Mason High School.
Glen Este wrestlers finish second, Amelia and Milford third in Fort Ancient Valley Conference tourney
In the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division wrestling tournament, Glen Este was the pace-setter for the two Clermont County teams gaining second place. The tournament took place at Glen Este. Harrison’s Wildcats won the tournament with 209 points, Glen Este had 143.5, Loveland 130.5, Milford 129.5, Anderson 106, and Winton Woods 51.
New Richmond is the new champion of wrestling in the Southern Buckeye Conference. The victory ends the long domination of Western Brown’s Broncos and Blanchester’s Wildcats. The Lions (NR) amassed 221 points, Western Brown (WB) 181, Blanchester (Bl) 148.5, Goshen (G) 74.5, Bethel-Tate (BT) 60, Batavia (Bat) 54, Clermont Northeastern (CNE) 37.5, and Williamsburg (W) 12.
Clermont Northeastern’s victory over Western Brown earned the Rockets at least a share of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division championship. Milford’s loss to Winton Woods was a serious setback in the Eagles’ efforts to win the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division crown.
Goshen, Bethel-Tate, Glen Este, and New Richmond’s girls varsity basketball teams have enjoyed the most recent success on the Clermont County hardwood. Goshen’s varsity girls basketball team has been experiencing a season full of injuries, yet the Warriors have remained competitive. “The season is definitely not going the way we thought it would. We began the season with some of our starters on crutches,” said Jim Bowling, head coach of the Red and Gray.
Milford (Division I) and Clermont Northeastern (Division II) earned seeded berths in the sectional tournament. Most of the varsity boys basketball teams in Clermont County know who they will face in their respective opening contests of the various divisions of the sectional. Two of the county’s squads (Clermont Northeastern and Glen Este) will have to wait to see who they will face in their first games.
Bethel’s junior varsity had its hands full with the feisty Goshen Warriors, but won in OT 38-37. After that pre-game thriller the loud crowd in Bethel knew they were in for a fight in the varsity rematch, the first game won convincingly by Bethel in Goshen. After shaking off some jitters and bad ball handling by both teams, the game picture became clear.