Joe Smith, one of the most common of male names for English-speaking people, but a very uncommon athletic talent. The 2002 Amelia High School graduate made his first appearance at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park during a four-game series, July 17-20, when Smith’s team, the New York Mets, squared off against the Redlegs.
I enjoyed my years of involvement in softball in the 1960s-70s-80s and a little bit in the 90s. One question I have been asked many, many times is who do I believe was the best softball player(s) I ever saw who came from Clermont County or who played regularly in Clermont County.
Josh Godfrey, a 2006 graduate of Glen Este High School, was recently selected in the 2008 professional baseball draft. The Arizona Diamondbacks chose Godfrey in the 39th round of the recently held draft. The 5-foot, 11-inch, 220 pound left hand pitcher is currently playing baseball with the Duluth (Minn.) Huskies in a summer college league.
The Mount Carmel Fire, Clermont County’s entry into the semi-professional United States Football Association, is enduring a season with a lot of changes including both game plans and personnel. Team members who are leaving the squad for personal or other reasons have disrupted the continuity and team efforts to organize into a solid gridiron squad.
The 63rd Clermont County Knothole Tournament is underway throughout the county. Following are the results of the opening rounds of games. Winners bracket: Bethel Heat scorched Milford Fury, Goshen Tigers surprised Tealtown Trojans, Batavia Bulldogs cooled down Bethel Heat, and Amelia Cardinals caged Goshen Tigers.
The Second Annual Zach Strief Dream Big Foundation Football Camp was described as a success by all observers and instructors. “It was a huge success. Everything went very well,” said Zach Strief, former Milford High School and Northwestern University football star and now an offensive lineman for the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints. Strief was proud that the camp raised twice as much money over last year’s funds raised.
Alex Meagher, Glen Este High School football standout, has signed a letter-of-intent to attend Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind. Meagher, a linebacker, was without a doubt, one of Clermont County’s best defensive players last football season. A four-year gridder, he earned three varsity letters and his senior year was named to the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division all-stars and the all-city dream team.
The Southern Ohio Softball League has completed its regular season. Felicity, Williamsburg, and Withamsville-Tobasco both won two championships each and Bethel and Loveland both won a crown. Following are the standings of each age group.
Milford and Tealtown were the big winners in the second half of the Clermont County Knothole season. Both franchises won or shared four crowns apiece. Goshen won three divisions, Clermont Northeastern, Williamsburg, and Withamsville-Tobasco each won a pair, and Amelia, Batavia, Bethel, and New Richmond earned or shared one title apiece.
Staci Hicks, a 2008 graduate of Goshen High School, plans to major in physical therapy at Tusculum College, Greenville, Tenn. The four-sports Southern Buckeye Conference American (SBC-A) Division all-star will play basketball at this institute of higher learning.