Gary Denton, a noted Clermont County sports legend, is retiring as both an educator and a coach at Glen Este High School. Denton, who graduated from Glen Este High in 1974 and the University of Cincinnati with a degree in secondary education in 1978, has been teaching and coaching at his alma mater beginning with the 1978-79 school year.
Glen Este, New Richmond, and Batavia’s fast pitch softball teams continue to eliminate adversaries in their respective sectional tournaments as most of the Clermont County teams have done themselves proud. The Trojans defeated Harrison’s Wildcats once again, this time 4-0 behind the 12-strikeout hurling performance of Kelley Benhase. Jensen Jeffries and Megan Watts led the Purple and White’s offense by getting two hits each.
Glen Este continues its banner season by earning two tournament victories. Goshen and Batavia added tournament triumphs to their impressive number of wins before finally being eliminated. The Trojans, champions of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division, defeated two members of the esteemed Greater Miami Conference.
Several of Clermont County’s high school tennis standouts advanced through at least one round of their repsectable sectional tournaments. Following are those who advanced. This sectional took place at the ATP Tennis Center. Chris Lau, Amelia singles; Chris Stone, Glen Este singles; Nick Cardarelli, Amelia singles; and Morgan Carver, Glen Este singles.
Williamsburg turned in good team efforts in the Division III district track and field championships that took place at New Richmond High School. Williamsburg’s girls were third among the 15 teams that scored points. The Wildcats (Wms) accounted for 72.83 and Felicity (Fel) was a respectable eighth with 42. Cincinnati Country Day Day was the winner with 133.83. Williamsburg’s Marcus Barber goes airborne in the long jump. He has been a mainstay for the multi-talented Wildcat boys team. The top four in each event qualified for competition on the regional level and the top eight in each event scored points for their respective team.
Michelle Thomas, Glen Este sophomore, was a two-event champion in her events in the Division I district track and field championships that took place at Mason High School. Trojan teammate Stephanie Stoffel, a senior, was a victor in yet another distance running event. Among all the Division I boys, GE’s Mitch Neal, a senior, was triumphant in one event. The Trojans (GE) were 10th among the 16 schools that scored points by garnering a total of 31 points, Milford (Mil) was 12th with 25, and Amelia (Ame) was 16th with 4. Mason was the winner with 116 points. The best four finishers in each event qualified for this weekend’s regional championship meet and the top eight in each competition all scored points for their respective teams.
Bethel-Tate juniors Autumn Schellenberger and Kamerson Wilson paced the Division II district track and field endeavors. Cat Humphries, McNicholas senior and a resident of Williamsburg, was also a double winner.
The American Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) track and field meet was won by Western Brown (WB) with 141.5 points, New Richmond (NR) had 84, Goshen (Gos) 66, Bethel-Tate (BT) 55.5, and Clermont Northeastern (CNE) 4. Goshen’s Jordan Buchanan and Bethel-Tate’s Autumn Schellenberger were both double winners.
New Richmond was a close second in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division boys track and field championship meet that took place on the Lions’ all-weather track during a steady rain. Lightning delays caused the event to take five-and-one-half hours to complete. Western Brown (WB) won the meet with 131 points, New Richmond (NR) had 124, Bethel-Tate (BT) 45, Goshen (Gos) 30, and Clermont Northeastern (CNE) 23.
Glen Este sophomore Michelle Thomas’ three victories paced Clermont countians in the two divisions of the Fort Ancient Vallery Conference track and field championship meets in which they competed. Milford was third among the six teams with 96 points and Glen Este was sixth with 54. Loveland was the winner with 106.