Clermont County’s varsity boys basketball teams are showing some serious late season spark. Amelia defeated Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division (FAVC-C) opponent Turpin to drop the Spartans from sole ownership of the conference lead.
Batavia’s girls and those from Glen Este and Goshen are enjoying the best finishes to the 2006-07 regular-season of varsity basketball. Batavia is still in the midst of the Southern Buckeye Conference National (SBC-N) Division championship chase after a 53-32 beating of Blanchester. The host Bulldogs were in command all the way 10-3, 24-17, and 40-22.
Six more of Clermont County’s varsity boys basketball teams will be beginning their trail through their respective sectional tournaments. Milford (number-10 seed) versus Wilmington (number-19 seed), Feb. 22, 8 p.m., at the University of Cincinnati.
Clermont countians turned in respectable performances in their respective sectional swimming meets. New Richmond senior Nate Kramer was the pacesetter for the county in the Division I Sectional and all sectionals, both boys and girls, with two first place finishes. He won the 200-yard freestyle in 1-minute, 44.55-seconds and the 500 free in 4:45.10.
A total of 41 Clermont County wrestlers qualified for this weekend’s district wrestling tournaments. The top four in each weight class at each division site qualified from the sectionals for the districts. There are 11 alternates (fifth place finishers) who could possibly advance if someone in their respective weight class can not go to the district.
The sectional tournament for Clermont County’s boys varsity basketball teams is just around the corner. Four of the county’s male cage contingents will begin their quest for a state title on Feb. 21. New Richmond (number-14 seed) versus Taft (number-two seed), Feb. 21, 6 p.m., at Anderson High School.
These arch-rivals are members of the different divisions Felicity (National Division) and Bethel-Tate (American Division) of the Southern Buckeye Conference who met earlier in the season and it resulted in a victory for the Cardinals. The Cards are 8-8 overall and 7-5 in their division and the Tigers are 6-13 overall and 4-9 in their division. Damon Smith, head coach of Felicity, expects this head-to-head match-up to be tougher than the first go around.
Milford’s boys paced Clermont County teams in their respective conference swimming and diving meets. In the Greater Miami Conference the Eagles earned a tie for second place. Team totals: Sycamore 266, Milford 194, Lakota West 194, Lakota East 180.5, Princeton 164.5, Fairfield 123, Oak Hills 119, Middletown 84, and Colerain 8. Hamilton did not enter a team.
Amelia’s boys varsity bowling team completed its regular season undefeated. This is a particularly good year for this accomplishment. This is the first year the Ohio High School Athletic Association has recognized bowling as a bonafide varsity sport with a state championship to be contended for by teams throughout the state. The Barons concluded the 2006-07 campaign with a Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division (FAVC-C) record of 8-0 and they were 15-0 overall.
Lew Lady has resigned as the athletic director at Clermont Northeastern. Lady, a native of Crawford County, Ohio, had served in the position for five years. Also serving as a certified official in track and field, he will be noted at CNE for his support of and continuing the high school sports hall of fame and being a mainstay in improving and increasing the school’s athletic facilities.