Clermont County’s varsity boys high school basketball teams have not been tremendously successful in the early going. Fortunately, it has not been a complete wipe out. Bethel-Tate and Milford were victorious in their respective season openers.
Dave Caldwell is the new head boys basketball coach at Glen Este High School beginning with the 2007-08 campaign. Caldwell comes to Glen Este from McNicholas High School where he coached basketball and taught social studies for eight years. He had previously taught and coached at his alma mater (St. Xavier High School, class of 1993) and Taylor High School for one year each. Caldwell replaces Tom Jutze as the Trojans’ head cage man. Jutze is remaining at the school to continue teaching physical education.
The future of the Milford High School football program is very bright indeed. A conference change helped, but the Fort Ancient Valley Conference was discovered to be very tough, too.
Amelia has continued to show positive improvement the past three varsity football seasons and this senior-led squad won more games in Fort Ancient Valley Conference play than any previous Baron gridiron squad.
Kenny Lowe is the new head girls basketball coach at Williamsburg High School. Lowe, a resident of Batavia, has many years of successful coaching experience in several sports to his credit.
The annual Williamsburg Wrestling Invitational Tournament will no longer be known as such. Beginning Dec. 8, the tournament will be renamed the Bob Guy Invitational Wrestling Tournament. Williamsburg hosted a wrestling tournament years ago and then it was discontinued. It was renewed three years ago.
Batavia’s varsity football seniors led the Bulldogs through a season in which the Green and White doubled their number of victories from the previous season. The group included ends Jason Porter and Kenny Back, tackles Andrew Gullion and Jeremy Banziger, and nose guard Jake Bradburn.
Led by a talented group of seniors, Williamsburg’s varsity football team won more games this year than the previous three seasons combined.
Goshen’s varsity gridiron seniors led the Warriors to the school’s third state playoff football appearance. It was the first time in 14 years the Red and Gray qualified for the state tournament and the first time they were able to compete before the home fans. “The seniors were the heart and soul of our team,” said Goshen head coach Mark Slagle. “They knew what was expected of them and how to win. They brought great leadership and attitude to us. I’m real proud of them. “Every one of them was important to the program. Each one had a role to fill and they all filled them very well. We are really going to miss them,” Slagle said.
Clermont County’s autumn season high school sports stars shone brightly. Following are those Clermont countians who received all-star recognition for their outstanding play in their respective sport in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division (included is the year in school).