New Richmond was the champion of the boys division and McNicholas took the girls division in the annual Bethel-Tate Polar Bear Relays. This year’s event went unattended by any polar bears probably due to the unusually warm weather that appeared for the first time on the day of the event. This was the opening track and field event for all of the participating teams.
New Richmond, Goshen, Bethel-Tate, and Williamsburg were in the forefront for Clermont County in the 37th Annual New Richmond Boys and Girls Track and Field Invitational. New Richmond seniors Eric Finan and Tyler Hughes were three-event champions. Senior teammate Rickey Schafer and Goshen senior Josh Shouse were victors in one event apiece in the boys competition.
The 2007 season for Clermont County high school varsity fast pitch softball is underway. Batavia, Glen Este, and Bethel-Tate each opened the campaign with victories.
Amelia and Goshen have enjoyed beginning their respective boys soccer campaigns on successful notes. Batavia and Milford have also won early on campaign conquests.
Clermont County’s own, Matt Hamill, has made himself into a consistent winner in one of the most recently developed sports crazes, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The sport was developed in 1992 and rules and regulations were added in 1999. Hamill, who grew up on the Clermont County section of Loveland is the son of Alex Hamill, a former member of the faculty at Amelia High School and a state champion powerlifter in three states including Ohio.
Bethel-Tate has opened the 2007 Clermont County high school varsity baseball season with the best start among the nine squads. The Tigers and Amelia were both unbeaten in the first full week of the campaign. Felicity is not fielding a team this year. Head coach Jeff Dennis’ Tigers mastered Madeira’s Mustangs 4-2 behind Zach Taylor’s five-hitter. Ryan Wagoner drove in the game winning run as he and Tommy Galea each had two hits. McNicholas’ Rockets, too, fell victim to the Red and Gray 3-1. Brannon fived a three-hitter at the Rockets. Galea scored two of the Bethel runs.
Tyler Boston, Amelia High School football standout, has signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to continue his education and football career at the College of Mount Saint Joseph, Cincinnati. His major will be studying in the field of sports management. Boston is another generation of athletic talent from this family. His father, Chuck, was a star at Batavia High School and his uncles, Bill and Jason, were standouts at Glen Este High School.
Kayla Lavely, New Richmond High School soccer standout, has signed a letter-of-intent to further her education and play soccer at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio. The Lion senior competed all four years (three letters) in soccer and basketball (four letters) and also played fast pitch softball (two letters), and track and field (one letter) and was a team captain in soccer and basketball.
Katherine “Kat” Westendorf has signed a college letter-of-intent to continue her education and soccer career at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio. She will major in athletic training. She was a four-year letter earner in soccer playing at center midfielder and striker. She also lettered in basketball. On the soccer field she was a three-time Fort Ancinet Valley Conference Buckeye and Cardinal Division all-star and an all-city selection.
Joe Smith found out Thursday afternoon, March 30, he had made the New York Mets’ 25-man roster that will be making the trip to St. Louis, April 1, to begin the 2007 major league baseball season. The announcement was made by the Mets’ general manager Omar Minaya.