The Summer Games of the Olympics are upon us. It is a time to remember those Clermont countians who were a definite part in representing the United States in this most prestigious of world-wide athletic events. One of those from Clermont County is Ken Stewart, a resident of Batavia Township. Stewart has been recognized for many years as one of the county’s outstanding sportsmen. At Batavia High School, from where he graduated in 1958, he was a letterman in football, basketball, track and field (as a sprinter) and baseball. After graduating from Ohio University, he began his teaching and high school coaching career at Amelia High School beginning the 1964-65 school year. He taught many fields of science. He ranks as one of the county’s all-time most successful coaches. He has many times been chosen by his peers as the Clermont County League (CCL) coach of the year in track and field, cross country and tennis. He and Frank Conyers served as the first wrestling coaches in Amelia High School history and he led the Barons to being the best defensive football team in the CCL several times.
A total of 21 Clermont County athletes returned home with 23 medals earned from the Annual Ohio Special Olympics Games. This special Olympics took place at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University, Columbus.
The 2008 Storm Pro-Am Regional took place this month at Clermont County’s Cherry Grove Lanes. The victor of this prestigious bowling tournament was determined by each individual’s three game scores, his associated professional’s three game scores, and a handicap.
The 63rd annual Clermont County Knothole Tournament has quickly approached the championship finale in each respective division. The Clermont County Knothole community is saddened by the sudden death of former coach Eric Johnston. His sons, Eric (13) and Aaron (9), play for the Tealtown organization.
The 63rd Annual Clermont County Knothole Tournament is just about completed. The county Knothole community is saddened by the sudden death of former coach Eric Johnston. His sons, Eric (13) and Aaron (9) play for the Tealtown organization. There will be a car wash to help benefit the family. It will take place Aug. 9 at the Eastgate Pep Boys 10 a.m. – 3 p. m.
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.