A very disappointing 28-7 loss to the Springfield Shawnee Braves brought a conclusion to what had otherwise been a most successful varsity football season for Goshen’s Warriors. The Red and Gray, who finished with a very respectable overall slate of 8-3, lost the Division III state football playoff game at Jim Brown Stadium, Goshen.
A 28-12 loss to Logan Elm’s Braves brought an end to a superb season for the New Richmond varsity football team. The Lions, who finished 9-2, trailed at the end of each quarter 14-6, 28-6, and 28-6. The 9-2 standard was the best among Clermont County’s high school varsity football teams. Junior quarterback Garrett Myers scored both of the touchdowns for the Red and Black on respective rushes of 10 and one yard.
Michelle Thomas, a Glen Este High School junior, finished fourth in the Division I state championship cross country race. The 5k run took place at Scioto Downs, Columbus. This season marks the third consecutive year that Thomas well-represented Glen Este and Clermont County in the state championship showdown.
Batavia enjoyed the strongest regular-season finish (undefeated) among Clermont County’s high school boys varsity soccer squads. Bethel-Tate and New Richmond also finished their respective schedules going over .500. The Bulldogs whitewashed Western Brown 5-0 in a Southern Buckeye Conference non-division game. M Walker scored two goals and Will Walker, Smith, and Knauer netted one apiece. O’Brien’s two saves preserved the shutout.
Michelle Thomas, a Glen Este junior, will be making her third venture to Columbus for the girls Division I Ohio state cross country championship race. She will be the only Clermont countian competing in the state capital Saturday. She earned her trip to Columbus by winning the Southwest Regional in Troy. Her time of 18-minutes and 35-seconds put her a full 15 seconds ahead of the runner-up harrier.
For the first time in Clermont County sports history, two of the high school varsity football squads qualified for the state playoffs the same year and in the same division. Goshen was the number-one team in Division 3 Region 12 and New Richmond also qualified by concluding among the best eight (fifth) in the region. This also marks the first time a county team has finished on the top rung of the Harbin Ratings
Following is a mini-sports bio of “The Clermont Sun’s” very well-qualified football predictors for the 2009-10 Clermont County high school varsity football season. Bill Deavers (New Richmond High School class of 1978). He was a Clermont County League all-star in football, wrestling, and track and field and a district qualifier in the latter two. He was honored by New Richmond Youth Football as their most respected senior player in 1978 and held the school record for most tackles in a game and season. He is a member of the New Richmond High School Sports Hall of Fame.
Clermont County’s autumn sports squads have been competing on the sectional, district, regional, and state levels. Milford defeated Western Brown 7-0 on the winners’ home field. Netting the goals for the E-Gals were C. G. Bryant with two, and Price, Lindsey Bartsch, Kelly Yee, Ashli Bowling, and Katie Matson one each.
The University of Cincinnati Clermont College women’s volleyball team earned the first championship recognized in the Ohio College Athletic Conference (OCAC). This is the first championship awarded in any sport in this conference that is in its first year of existence.
Bethel-Tate paced Clermont County in the Southern Buckeye Conference boys and girls cross country championships that took place in Bethel. The Tigers were a very close runner-up in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division race. The Red and Gray’s Lance Lambert, a senior, was the number-one finisher among the American Division male harriers. Leading the county among the National Division distancemen was Batavia’s Daniel Chandler.