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.
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.
Milford, Clermont Northeastern, and Goshen remain in the thick of the battle in their respective conference races. Despite a loss, Batavia, too, is in the midst of its league title fight. The Eagles defeated Winton Woods, another serious contender in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division crown chase, 72-66, in overtime.
Several of Clermont County’s varsity boys basketball squads are at or near the forefront of their respective division races of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The Tigers gnarled Williamsburg in the Wildcats’ lair 88-57. This was a non-division game of the Southern Buckeye Conference. The visitors were in control throughout 28-7, 46-29, and 67-43.Louie Schaljo, junior forward-guard, scorched the nets for 34 points and Tyler Bullock, sophomore guard, added 13 for the Red and Gray.
Kris Hecktor, a Batavia High School senior, recently signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to continue his education and baseball career at Marshall University, Huntington, W. Va. He plans to major in business.
Three Clermont County squads competed in the Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Glenn Sample Classic that took place at Oak Hills High School. In the Division I classification, Harrison’s Wildcats were the winners with 138 points, Glen Este was fourth with 95, Milford was sixth with 62, and Amelia was ninth with 30.
The varsity distaff cagers at Glen Este continue their winning ways as the Trojans share the leadership of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division race with Winton Woods’ Warriors. Amelia and Milford have also been tacking on a win here and there of late.
Glen Este’s girls continue unbeaten as the Trojans remain tied for first place in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division. Winton Woods’ Warriors are the co-leaders along with GE. The Purple and White pulverized Northwest’s Knights 77-43 in a Buckeye Division game of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. Glen Este easily led at each period’s end 25-3, 50-9, and 68-32. Moriah Hodge, senior forward, poured in 25 points to top the Trojans’ scoring.
Milford, Batavia, and Clermont Northeastern have been the winners of late among Clermont County’s varsity boys basketball squads. The Eagles handed Goshen its first loss of the season 75-60 in an intra-county, non-conference clash. The host Red and White slowly pulled away from the Red and Gray with quarter advantages of 18-15, 32-20, and 51-43.