Clermont County teams turned in very respectable performances at the annual Charlie Moore Wrestling Invitational Tournament that took place at Reading High School. Campbell County, Ky., won the 19-team tournament with 195.5 points; Bethel-Tate was fourth with 127.5; Clermont Northeastern was eighth, 94; Batavia was ninth, 87; and Williamsburg was 17th, 26.
Bethel-Tate, Clermont Northeastern, Goshen, and Milford have experienced the most success among the county’s varsity boys cage squads. Milford has also added a win to its number. The Tigers ended a five-game losing streak in its annual Crosstown Showdown with arch-rival Felicity. The Red and Gray held sway over the Red and White 67-57. This was also a non-division win in the Southern Buckeye Conference.
Batavia, Williamsburg, and Goshen won recent encounters of the important kind in both divisions of the Southern Buckeye Conference. Glen Este lost its first game in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division. The Bulldogs returned from Owensville with a 43-34 victory. This was a non-division game of the Southern Buckeye.
Milford’s varsity boys and girls swimmers returned from Vandalia, Ohio, after winning both the boys and girls divisions of the Butler Swimming Invitational. A total of 10 teams competed. The male Eagles amassed 574 points; the host Aviators were a distant runner-up with 376. The female Eagles recorded 447 points, a good deal ahead of the second place Troy Trojans who had 363 points.
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.