Megan Smith, a Batavia High School senior, is a two-sport Southern Buckeye Conference National Division (SBC-N) all-star. She has plans to continue both her educational and athletic careers at Northern Kentucky University. The daughter of Jeff and Angie Smith was an all-conference performer on the soccer field and the basketball court having earned four letters on the turf and two letters on the hardwood. In soccer she also earned the Bulldogs’ most valuable player award.
Aaron Howell has recently signed a letter-of-intent to continue his education and tennis careers at the University of the Cumberlands (formerly Cumberland College), in Williamsburg, Ky. The Batavia High School senior, the son of Dale and Betty Howell, will be playing his third varsity season on the Bulldog courts. He began his prep career at McNicholas High School where he also lettered in the sport.
Tyler Hawk, Batavia High School senior, will always be remembered as one of Clermont County’s premier high school golfers. He has earned a position on the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division all-star team all four years of high school and three times he has earned a berth on the all-city squads. He was also a letterman in basketball.
Sara Niebuhr, a Glen Este High School senior, has decided to continue her education and superb soccer career at Jackson (Ala.) State University. Sara lettered all four years of her prep varsity soccer career and also lettered once in basketball. The 5-foot, 7-inch, striker and fullback was a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division and all-city soccer all-star.
Patrick Fagan has recently been chosen to be the new head man to return Milford’s Eagles to varsity football prominence. He replaces Dick DeWitt who was the head coach for two years. Fagan spent most of his days of youth living in Riverside, Calif., but he went all the way across the United States to attend college. He earned his bachelor’s degree in public communications from Cornell University.
Ron Ogden has been named as the new head football coach at Williamsburg High School. He replaces Jim Pope who was an all-star gridder at Williamsburg from where he graduated in 1972. Ogden will be very busy from now until after the end of football season. He also serves as the school’s athletic director.
Adam Chambers is without a doubt one of the most successful of all returning high school spring sports veterans in Clermont County. The Glen Este High School senior is aiming for his fourth consecutive appearance at the state track and field championships. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, this will certainly be the season Chambers will earn his fourth varsity letter in track and field.
Mike Rapp has returned to coaching varsity fast pitch softball. And Milford head fast pitch softball coach Christy Hensley is very happy. Rapp, a 1974 graduate of Amelia High School, is an Ohio fast pitch softball coaching legend. He began the fast pitch program at his alma mater for the 1979 season.
Glen Este High School has recently announced its winter sports special awards recipients. Following are student-athletes so honored.
Most of Clermont County’s high school varsity bowling teams took advantage of the sport being recognized as an official state sport for the first time by the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Most of the county’s contingents enjoyed winning seasons. The Barons were unbeaten (15-0 overall) and champions of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal (FAVC-C) Division with a record of 8-0. “We met and beat all of our expectations,” said head coach Tony Kellerman. His team qualified for the regional tournament and was ranked among the top ten in Greater Cincinnati throughout the season. He expects a good season next year; the junior varsity keglers were also undefeated. Amelia led the FAVC’s 14 competing bowling teams with an overall three-game average of 2,744 pins.