The sectional tournament for Clermont County’s boys varsity basketball teams is just around the corner. Four of the county’s male cage contingents will begin their quest for a state title on Feb. 21. New Richmond (number-14 seed) versus Taft (number-two seed), Feb. 21, 6 p.m., at Anderson High School.
These arch-rivals are members of the different divisions Felicity (National Division) and Bethel-Tate (American Division) of the Southern Buckeye Conference who met earlier in the season and it resulted in a victory for the Cardinals. The Cards are 8-8 overall and 7-5 in their division and the Tigers are 6-13 overall and 4-9 in their division. Damon Smith, head coach of Felicity, expects this head-to-head match-up to be tougher than the first go around.
Milford’s boys paced Clermont County teams in their respective conference swimming and diving meets. In the Greater Miami Conference the Eagles earned a tie for second place. Team totals: Sycamore 266, Milford 194, Lakota West 194, Lakota East 180.5, Princeton 164.5, Fairfield 123, Oak Hills 119, Middletown 84, and Colerain 8. Hamilton did not enter a team.
Amelia’s boys varsity bowling team completed its regular season undefeated. This is a particularly good year for this accomplishment. This is the first year the Ohio High School Athletic Association has recognized bowling as a bonafide varsity sport with a state championship to be contended for by teams throughout the state. The Barons concluded the 2006-07 campaign with a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division (FAVC-C) record of 8-0 and they were 15-0 overall.
Lew Lady has resigned as the athletic director at Clermont Northeastern. Lady, a native of Crawford County, Ohio, had served in the position for five years. Also serving as a certified official in track and field, he will be noted at CNE for his support of and continuing the high school sports hall of fame and being a mainstay in improving and increasing the school’s athletic facilities.
Amelia was Clermont County’s leader in last weekend’s conference wrestling tournament championships. The Barons won the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division (FAVC-C) title. Other respectable efforts were turned in by Milford which was second in the Greater Miami Conference (GMC), and Glen Este and New Richmond which gained third place in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division (FAVC-B) and Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC), respectively.
The members of the first induction class of the Williamsburg High School Sports Hall of Fame were honored at a banquet and ceremony that took place at the high school Jan. 27.
In recognition of his 26 years of service to the Batavia wrestling program on all levels, the Batavia Wrestling Invitational Tournament will now also be known as the Steve Shinkle Invitational. Shinkle, an industrial technology instructor, will be retiring from the Batavia Local School District at the conclusion of the 2006-07 school year. He actually began his wrestling career as a Bulldog varsity wrestler.
Clermont County’s high school varsity wrestling teams are hard at work preparing for their respective conference tournaments. The Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) Tournament will take place Feb. 10 at Clermont Northeastern High School.
Batavia, Glen Este, and Clermont Northeastern’s varsity girl cagers remain serious contenders in the championship races of their respective conferences.