Clermont County’s high school varsity fast pitch softball teams are winning for the most part. Felicity, Glen Este, Williamsburg, Clermont Northeastern, and Batavia are winning more than losing and Milford and New Richmond have also earned some triumphs.
The 40th Annual New Richmond Track and Field Invitational was won by Blanchester’s boys and Western Brown’s girls. Goshen nipped New Richmond for runner-up among the boys. Bethel-Tate’s Brian Myers was the top male performer winning the 100 and 200-meter dashes and Amelia’s Ali Hock-James paced the females with her triumphs in the 100 and 300-meter hurdles.
University of Cincinnati Clermont College fastpitch softball coach Dan Kinney will be guiding the success of a young team that has the potential to enjoy success despite the amount of youth and college inexperience. A total of 10 of his 18 players are freshmen. The Cougars will be building around the leadership and experience of just two seniors and two juniors. There are four sophomores on the UC Clermont roster.
Increasing the toughness of the schedule via good non-conference competition and entering a new, tougher conference may make the University of Cincinnati Clermont College’s record not appear as good as some previous campaigns, but that does not take away from the fact that this year’s edition of the Red and Black will be improved and more competitive.
Only Bethel-Tate and New Richmond have emerged with victories in the early going of the Clermont County high school boys tennis season. The Tigers shut out Clermont Northeastern 5-0 in the Southern Buckeye Conference.. Those victorious in Red and Gray were, in order, first singles through second doubles, Louie Schaljo 6-1, 6-3, Josh Hallgath 6-1, 6-1, Willenbrink by forfeit, Josh Ausman and Tyler Hess 6-3, 6-2, and Harold Houchin and John Houchin 6-1, 6-0.
Jacob Ison, a 2005 graduate of Batavia High School, has just completed a very successful wrestling career at Ohio University (OU). His most recent success was competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships that took place in Omaha, Neb. Ison qualified for the national collegiate championship tournament with an impressive
Glen Este’s varsity girls fast pitch softball team has won its first two games. Amelia, Felicity, Milford, and Williamsburg are also unbeaten in the early-going. The Trojans sunk Seton’s Saints 6-0 behind winning pitcher Kelley Benhase who struck out 18 adversaries in this non-league game. At the plate for GE, Kaylin Steinmetz homered and drove in four runs, Sydney Schwalbach had two hits and Jensen Jeffries two runs batted in.
New Richmond, Batavia, Clermont Northeastern, and Goshen have begun their respective high school varsity baseball seasons flawlessly. The Lions clobbered one of Greater Cincinnati’s legendary high school baseball programs, Western Hills, 13-1. Austin Warden was the winning pitcher.
New Richmond was the champion of the annual Bethel-Tate High School Polar Bear Relays that kicks off the high school track and field season in Clermont County. Clermont County teams dominated the event with all six teams finishing among the top eight in the 12-team event.
The University of Cincinnati Clermont College recently held the 20th anniversary celebration of its men’s basketball program. The event, organized by former head coach and athletic director Phil Sinkovich, consisted of a basketball game among the former Cougars and a post-game luncheon.