Amelia is Clermont County’s only representative in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division. Following are Amelia’s autumn athletic all-stars. Included are the grades of each athlete if known.
Batavia, Felicity, and Wlliamsburg are Clermont County’s representatives in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division. Following are the Clermont countians chosen by the head coaches of the division to the respective autumn athletics all-star teams. The grade in school is also listed if known.
Bethel-Tate, Clermont Northeastern, Goshen, and New Richmond are Clermont County’s representatives in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. Following are the Clermont countians chosen by the head coaches of the division to the respective autumn sports all-star teams. The grade in school is also listed if known.
Goshen has been throwing a surprise party for its fans and its unsuspecting adversaries. The Warriors have been defeating all of their opponents and all have been on the road. Goshen began with a victory in Mt. Orab over a pre-season favorite to win the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division, Western Brown. The visitors led at the end of each quarter 12-9, 27-22, and 49-46.
Bethel-Tate High School (BTHS) is adding six members to its sports hall of fame. Don Beach (class of 1967) is currently living in Kimball, Ne. He and his wife of 39 years, Carol, are the parents of Carl (33 years of age) and Elizabeth (30). He is a physical education instructor and has coached football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, volleyball, track and field, and boys and girls softball.
Andrew Nealan, New Richmond High School junior, is Clermont County’s only 2008 state wrestling qualifier returning for another season of competition. Last year Nealan achieved a very impressive 41-12 record. He earned Southern Buckeye Conference all-star honors in addition to achieving Division II all-district laurels and he was champion of the Division II sectional tournament.
Two former all-stars of the Clermont County League were recently inducted into the Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Fame. Don Lynam graduated from Wittenberg University in 1975 and Bethel-Tate High School in 1971. In his seasons of action the helped lead the Tigers to a combined record of 61-16.
The young people of New Richmond have benefited for more than 40 years from the work, support, and leadership provided by Ruben Willis. He is the founder of the youth football program that began in New Richmond in 1966 and has been instrumental in the Knothole program there.
Five of Clermont County’s varsity girls basketball teams have gone through their first game or two undefeated. The highly-regarded Trojans toppled Mason’s Comets 37-30 in non-conference competition. Host GE lead at the end of every period 14-9, 20-16, and 27-24.
Bethel-Tate High School will be putting a new face on the basketball court this season with the recent hiring of Mike Arlinghaus to be the head coach the varsity boys basketball team. The Tigers finished the 2007-08 season with an 8-15 overall record.