Girls high school varsity basketball season is finished in Clermont County. The last of the teams was finally eliminated in sectional tournament action. Batavia (16 wins – 6 losses) was defeated by Taft 58-49 in Division II play that took place at Mason High School. After an 11-both first quarter, the Senators led 25-20 and 39-36 at the other stops.
Clermont County will be represented by the fewest qualifiers for the state wrestling championship in many years. A total of just three made it out of their respective district tournaments. One Clermont County high school wrestler advanced to this weekend’s state championship tournament from the Goshen Division II District Tournament. Andrew Nealan, a New Richmond sophomore, finished fourth in the 160-pound weight class. The first four wrestlers in each weight class advance to compete at the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University, Columbus. Competition will take place Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
A total of 39 wrestlers from Clermont County high schools qualified for their respective district wrestling tournaments. Joe Dennis of McNicholas, a resident of Tate Township, brings the complete total to 40. A total of seven of these grapplin’ gladiators earned individual sectional titles – Josh Daniels, Andrew Nealan, and Bryan Martineck of New Richmond; Dustin Davidson of Bethel-Tate; Mark Glizczynski and Aaron Walker of Goshen; and Ryan Slusher of Milford.
For a very brief period of time Clermont County’s varsity girls basketball teams played without gaining one victory. Glen Este played against the toughest competition and Amelia was skimmed in an overtime heartbreaker.
Bethel-Tate, Clermont Northeastern, and Batavia turned in recent good efforts in Clermont County varsity boys basketball competition. Sister schools Amelia and Glen Este and Milford have added victories to their respective records, too.
Mark Slagle, the athletic director and head football coach at Goshen High School, resigned from the latter position recently. Slagle was the very successful head football coach of the Warriors for the past eight seasons. Combined with 12 years as an assistant coach under the legendary George Rise, Slagle has spent 20 years on the gridiron staff at his alma mater.
Five Glen Este Senior athletes signed letters of intent today to continue their sports endeavors at the university level. Glen Este High School honored four from the Trojan football team and one soccer player in a ceremony at the school. In soccer, Brittaney Rupert, who also runs the 200m and 400m track events, was a defensive star at the Marking Back position. Although a defensive player, she scored two goals this season.
The Williamsburg Wildcats set out to redress their 25-point loss to the Batavia Bulldogs in December. When you’re hot, you’re hot. The Wildcats stayed hot from the pre-game warm-up till the final buzzer. Jumping out to a 5-0 lead, Williamsburg never looked back. Two 3-pointers and an inside shot at the buzzer left the Wildcats up 12-6 at the quarter.
As Clermont County’s varsity boys basketball squads wind their way through a long campaign and edge ever closer to their respective sectional tournaments, Milford and Clermont Northeastern continue to lead the way with their stellar play. In more of the recent county cage contention, New Richmond, Goshen, and Felicity have also picked up some victories.
Clermont County’s girls varsity basketball teams have entered into their respective sectional tournament competitions. But before these distaff contingents got into the tourney mode they were very busy wrapping up the regular season schedule.