A talented group of young men from Clermont County brought more honor to the county from the fields of athletic endeavors. The Batavia Bulls American baseball team qualified for the prestigious national championship tournament for its age group by earning the championship of the prestigious Teays Valley National Championship Qualifying Tournament.
Clermont County’s entrant in the United States Football Alliance is on fire. The Mount Carmel Fire amateur men’s football team, usually referred to as a semi-professional team, is 6-1 after finishing the 2008 season with a record of 1-9.
The Amelia Middle School boys track and field team enjoyed a very successful season. The highlight of the banner year was the Barons winning the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division (FAVC-C) championship.
In just its second year as a member of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference, Milford High School won the conference’s all-sports trophy for the Buckeye Division. Points for the trophy are awarded for the place earned in each sport.
Mount Orab dominated the Southern Ohio Softball League End of the Season Tournament action. Bethel, Felicity, New Richmond, Williamsburg, Withamsville-Tobasco, and Hamersville also emerged with championship teams. Following are the final End of the Season Tournament Standings that were reported with the records of each respective team.
Several exciting competitions took place at the Annual June in Olde Williamsburgh celebration. Following are the winners of the Fourth Annual Car Show in which more than 60 vehicles participated.
The Nothing But Net Sports Complex will be opening later this year providing area sports enthusiasts with what is regarded by many of them as a much-needed facility to all of Clermont County, in general, and western Clermont County, in particular. Dan and Angie Albrinck are building a large activities area in what had been for many years the Andres Lumber and Supply Company at 4343 Mount Carmel-Tobasco Road.
Boxing 4 Fitness is a passion brought to fruition by certified athletic trainer Brian Simpson of Amelia. He teaches Boxing 4 Fitness three days a week to spirited classes of enthusiasts at the Beechmont Racquet and Fitness Club in Cherry Grove. Simpson began this program six months ago and is very pleased with its growth and success. Simpson explained core training consists of physical workouts that focus on the body from mid thighs to the lower chest.
Rick McMullen has been selected as the new head varsity boys basketball coach at Amelia High School. He replaces Craig Mazzaro for whom he served on his staff as a varsity assistant coach. McMullen began his coaching career in 1980 when he became the varsity and reserve boys basketball coach at White Oak High School, Mowrystown, Ohio.
Brian McMonigle has been hired as the new head boys basketball coach at New Richmond High School. McMonigle graduated from New Richmond High in 1998 and the University of Cincinnati in 2002 earning a degree in social studies secondary education. He will be a member of the faculty at his alma mater. The new head man of the male Lions’ cage program was a three-sport Southern Buckeye Conference all-star in football, basketball, and baseball, and he also played soccer his first two years of high school.