Finan wins two regional crowns; Tyler qualifies in two events in leading Clermont County’s six athlete invasion of state track and field finale
Not surprisingly, New Richmond senior distance man Eric Finan leads the way for a Clermont County six-athlete invasion of Columbus this weekend in the Ohio track and field championships. The event will take place at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University. Finan was the Division II regional champion in two races – the 1,600 and 3,200 meters runs. His time in the 1,600 was 4-minutes, 16.87-seconds and his time in the 3,200 was 9:35.70. In the 3,200 race he crossed the finish line a full seven seconds ahead of the next closest competitor.
It was a titanic confrontation between two fine Clermont County teams. Milford of the Greater Miami Conference finally nipped Amelia of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference in the bottom of the 16th inning to win 6-5. John Benza was the winning pitcher and Spencer Cox took the loss in this second round Division I battle at Midland Field, Amelia. Benza aided his own cause by smashing a home run among his three hits.
These guys have no plans to make a fuel of themselves. The Mount Carmel Fire football team’s plan is to set the Saturday night skies aflame with excitement and sportsmanship on a national and international plane of competition. Kyle Dincler, a football standout at Amelia High School from where he graduated in 1997, is the co-founder and majority owner of the Fire. John Reeves, a Turpin High grad, is the other owner and founder.
Jessica McFarland, Goshen High sports star, has signed a letter-of-intent to the University of Cincinnati’s Clermont College to continue her education and basketball career. McFarland earned 10 varsity letters – volleyball (two), basketball (four), and softball (four). She was a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-star in the latter two sports. She earned a school award for having the most assists on the hardwood.
Amelia boys turned in a very respectable effort in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal (FAVC-C) Division track and field championships that took place at Kings High. Turpin won with 174.6 points, Kings had 116, Wilmington 94, Amelia 83, Walnut Hills 45, and Little Miami 8. Garrett Hart was the Barons’ leading scorer by earning titles in the long jump (20-feet, 4.5-inches), and the 100-meters high hurdles (15.07-seconds). Justin Brooks was second in the 400 dash (51.12) and 3,200 relay was second (8:20.93).
New Richmond’s boys have captured the Division II district track and field championship. Lion senior Eric Finan won two events including breaking his own district mark he set last year in the 1,600-meters run (4:20.21). Emily Tyler, Bethel-Tate junior, was the county’s other double winner as she swept the Division II hurdles events. Clermont County achieved 11 district titles including Glen Este senior Adam Chambers, Amelia junior Garrett Hart, Goshen junior Staci Hicks, New Richmond junior Jordan Yeardley, Goshen senior William Tedrick, New Richmond senior Rickey Schafer, and Batavia junior Andrew Avery.
Williamsburg’s boys turned in their best-ever performance in a league track and field championship, but it fell just a smidge short at the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division championships that took place at Western Brown High School. Blanchester (B) won the event with 128 points, Williamsburg (Wms) had 121, East Clinton (EC) 103, Batavia (Bat) 81, Georgetown (G) 39, and Felicity (Fel) 28.
Western Brown was forced to the final event before finally edging a surprisingly tough Bethel-Tate team in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division (SBC) girls track and field championships that took place in Mount Orab. The Broncos (WB) tallied 123.5 points, the Tigers (BT) 122, Goshen (Gos) 73, New Richmond (NR) 26, and Clermont Northeastern (CNE) 8.5.
Haley Shinkle, Clermont Northeastern High School athletic star, has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Lake Erie College, Painesville, Ohio. She will compete in the fast pitch softball program. Haley lettered in volleyball, basketball, and fast pitch softball. In softball she earned Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-star status as a third baseman and outfielder. The school has rewarded her with Golden Glove and Blue and Gold honors.
Jake Rose, Goshen football standout, has signed a letter-of-intent to play ball and study at Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, Ky. “I like Thomas More because it’s a small campus and it’s local and it is a Catholic college,” said Rose who was a captain of the Warriors and a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-star.