The 63rd Clermont County Knothole Tournament is underway throughout the county. Following are the results of the opening rounds of games. Winners bracket: Bethel Heat scorched Milford Fury, Goshen Tigers surprised Tealtown Trojans, Batavia Bulldogs cooled down Bethel Heat, and Amelia Cardinals caged Goshen Tigers.
The Second Annual Zach Strief Dream Big Foundation Football Camp was described as a success by all observers and instructors. “It was a huge success. Everything went very well,” said Zach Strief, former Milford High School and Northwestern University football star and now an offensive lineman for the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints. Strief was proud that the camp raised twice as much money over last year’s funds raised.
Alex Meagher, Glen Este High School football standout, has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind. Meagher, a linebacker, was without a doubt, one of Clermont County’s best defensive players last football season. A four-year gridder, he earned three varsity letters and his senior year was named to the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division all-stars and the all-city dream team.
The Southern Ohio Softball League has completed its regular season. Felicity, Williamsburg, and Withamsville-Tobasco both won two championships each and Bethel and Loveland both won a crown. Following are the standings of each age group.
Milford and Tealtown were the big winners in the second half of the Clermont County Knothole season. Both franchises won or shared four crowns apiece. Goshen won three divisions, Clermont Northeastern, Williamsburg, and Withamsville-Tobasco each won a pair, and Amelia, Batavia, Bethel, and New Richmond earned or shared one title apiece.
Staci Hicks, a 2008 graduate of Goshen High School, plans to major in physical therapy at Tusculum College, Greenville, Tenn. The four-sports Southern Buckeye Conference American (SBC-A) Division all-star will play basketball at this institute of higher learning.
Emily Tyler has signed a letter-of-intent to continue her education and athletic career at Xavier University. A scholarship offer from Xavier (one-half academic and one-half athletic) helped persuade her with her decision of where to continue both careers. Tyler was the valedictorian of the Bethel-Tate High School class of 2008 and a two-sport all-star. As yet she is undecided about her college major course of study, but she is certain she will compete on the track and field team. At Bethel-Tate, she was a state qualifier in the hurdle events and her senior year she was the Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) Female Athlete of the Year on the track.
Batavia has become the fourth Clermont County high school to hire a new head football coach. Ron Ogden is the new gridiron taskmaster at the county seat. He replaces Joe Moorehead who has moved from his alma mater on to New Richmond High School.
The rumors of Williamsburg not fielding a football team this year have been stilled. Dick Dewitt, a very experienced head football coach, has been hired to be the new head coach of the Wildcats. Dewitt, a graduate of Defiance College, brings many years of football coaching experience with him. He began his coaching career at Hicksville High School in 1979.
Interest in boys volleyball as a recognized varsity level of competition has been expressed by some Clermont County high schools, but the majority of the county’s athletic directors are very hesitant about restarting the sport for the boys. The last official Clermont County League (CCL) varsity boys volleyball tournament took place in 1970 at New Richmond High School. It was won by Amelia (Clermont Northeastern was runner-up) which concluded the Barons four consecutive CCL championships and a 42-game winning streak. The first known volleyball tournaments in Clermont County for both boys and girls took place in 1928. The boys champion was Goshen and the girls champion is not known. The girls tournament existed through the 1939-40 school year when the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) stopped recognizing girls sports for interscholastic competition.