The Loveland Invitational began, for some teams, the boys and girls high school varsity cross country season. Four Clermont County schools competed in this annual event that took place at Grailville, in Loveland.
The Milford varsity water polo teams have dove in for another season of aqua action. Milford’s varsity boys water polo team, the defending state champions, and despite losing many very talented performers from last year’s senior class, began the 2007 campaign with a victory in the Huron Invitational Tournament that took place in Huron, Mich.
The Batavia Bulldogs is Clermont County’s last remaining undefeated high school varsity boys soccer squad. Glen Este’s Trojans, New Richmond’s Lions, and Bethel-Tate’s Tigers have also experienced numerous victories.
Amelia is the only Clermont County high school varsity girls soccer squad to earn a victory in the opening contests of the season. Christy Claus netted both of the victors’ goals as the Barons edged the arch-rival Trojans in the annual West Clermont Local School District confrontation. Tori Velten accounted for the Purple and White’s goal. The game took place at Clyde B. “Brad” Braughton Memorial Stadium at Amelia High School.
Milford’s E-Gals and Glen Este’s Trojans are Clermont County’s only representatives in high school girls varsity golf competition. Milford skimmed Indian Hill’s Braves 204-205 in the season inaugural. The E-Gals’ Kelsee Muldoon turned in the second best nine-hole round of the day with her two-over par 48 at the Carmargo Country Club.
Bethel-Tate, Milford, and Amelia have emerged from the early going with the best beginnings in the Clermont County varsity boys golf scene. Milford tied Amelia for sixth place with 344 strokes in the 18-team Fort Ancient Valley Conference (FAVC) Shootout that took place at Weatherwax Golf Course.
The University of Cincinnati Clermont College Cougars varsity women’s volleyball team began regular-season play on Aug. 30. The Red and Black defeated visiting Southern State Community College 30-19, 30-19, 30-19 a very rare three-game matching score. The Cougars are looking to build upon the success they achieved last year. The Red and Black finished fifth in the nation in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s (USCAA) final rankings.
Clermont County’s high school varsity volleyball teams are just getting their respective campaigns in gear. Amelia’s Barons, Milford’s E-Gals, Glen Este’s Trojans, and Goshen’s Warriors have been the dominant forces in the opening segment of the county’s volleyball scene.
Glen Este (1-1) took it to Lakota East 42-26 on the losers’ dirt. The Trojans led at each break 14-13, 21-20, and 35-26 in this non-conference showdown. Kyle Slater scored for GE on runs of six, 17, and 85 yards, Shawn Talbott on an 88-yard punt return and a 76-yard romp, and Ryan Lehr on an 11-yard pass from Andrew Keller. Patrick Harder kicked six conversion points.
Tammy McCallum became the first Clermont County female athlete inducted into the Buddy LaRosa’s Sports Hall of Fame. The LaRosa’s Hall of Fame has existed since 1975 and, amazingly, only two Clermont County high school athletes have been chosen.