Sarah Vinson, an Amelia High School senior, was recognized recently for her stellar performance in the classroom. The Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division girls soccer player of the year was recently notified of having earned a berth on the United States High School Academic All-American team. Vinson, the daughter of Todd and Donna Vinson, is a member of the Amelia High National Honor Society and is vice-president of the student council.
Milford’s varsity boys and girls swimming teams have been doing very well including performances in their own annual invitational. Chris Williams was an individual champion for the Eagle boys in the 100-yard freestyle. The girls 400 free relay of Katie McClure, Gwen Storch, Naomi Week, and Laurin McClure was victorious, too.
New Richmond High School will be adding two members to its sports hall of fame. Pat Hill and Warren McConnell are well-respected and legendary not only in New Richmond, but throughout Clermont County. They comprise the class of 2009 of the NRHS Sports Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place before the Jan. 31 varsity boys basketball game, when the Lions’ varsity and junior varsity boys basketball teams will host a team from Georgetown, Canada.
Ross Gibson, Batavia High School senior, is Clermont County’s representative for the selection of the prestigious 2009 “That’s My Boy” award. The award is presented upon the most points earned in an accumulation of points achieved in three categories – football achievement(s), academic achievement(s), and extracurricular and community activities. The award presentation will be made Feb. 17 in the Netherland Hilton Plaza Hall of Mirrors in Cincinnati.
Batavia and Glen Este’s varsity girl cagers recently won two games and Goshen and Milford tacked on another win to their totals. The Bulldogs beat Goshen in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game 41-38. The guests were best at each rest 11-5, 17-9, and 26-19. Senior forward Kayla Ernst made 17 points and senior forward-guard Emily Webb 11 (including two three-pointers) for the winners. Goshen senior guard-forward Mel Constable led all scorers with 19 points.
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.