Clermont County’s own, Matt Hamill, has made himself into a consistent winner in one of the most recently developed sports crazes, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). The sport was developed in 1992 and rules and regulations were added in 1999. Hamill, who grew up on the Clermont County section of Loveland is the son of Alex Hamill, a former member of the faculty at Amelia High School and a state champion powerlifter in three states including Ohio.
Bethel-Tate has opened the 2007 Clermont County high school varsity baseball season with the best start among the nine squads. The Tigers and Amelia were both unbeaten in the first full week of the campaign. Felicity is not fielding a team this year. Head coach Jeff Dennis’ Tigers mastered Madeira’s Mustangs 4-2 behind Zach Taylor’s five-hitter. Ryan Wagoner drove in the game winning run as he and Tommy Galea each had two hits. McNicholas’ Rockets, too, fell victim to the Red and Gray 3-1. Brannon fived a three-hitter at the Rockets. Galea scored two of the Bethel runs.
Tyler Boston, Amelia High School football standout, has signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to continue his education and football career at the College of Mount Saint Joseph, Cincinnati. His major will be studying in the field of sports management. Boston is another generation of athletic talent from this family. His father, Chuck, was a star at Batavia High School and his uncles, Bill and Jason, were standouts at Glen Este High School.
Kayla Lavely, New Richmond High School soccer standout, has signed a letter-of-intent to further her education and play soccer at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio. The Lion senior competed all four years (three letters) in soccer and basketball (four letters) and also played fast pitch softball (two letters), and track and field (one letter) and was a team captain in soccer and basketball.
Katherine “Kat” Westendorf has signed a college letter-of-intent to continue her education and soccer career at Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio. She will major in athletic training. She was a four-year letter earner in soccer playing at center midfielder and striker. She also lettered in basketball. On the soccer field she was a three-time Fort Ancinet Valley Conference Buckeye and Cardinal Division all-star and an all-city selection.
Joe Smith found out Thursday afternoon, March 30, he had made the New York Mets’ 25-man roster that will be making the trip to St. Louis, April 1, to begin the 2007 major league baseball season. The announcement was made by the Mets’ general manager Omar Minaya.
For the first time in Clermont County’s more than 100-year old proud and glorious sports history, a first was recently achieved. The county can celebrate a college national championship team. The University of Cincinnati Clermont College men’s basketball team has been crowned the king of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National Championship Tournament. The Cougars downed Penn State Dubois Community College 81-72 in the title game.
The Bethel-Tate sixth grade boys basketball team recently completed its third consecutive 10-0 season in the Clermont-Brown Youth Basketball Association. Team members are, front row from left, Tyler Abbott, Jacob Fischer, Jon Scott and Jason Adams and row two, Jay Regensburger, Zane Cassity, Travis Estep, Curtis Rawlins, and Tyler Atkins. In back, coaches Dan Fischer and Junior Atkins.
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.