For the second consecutive season, the University of Cincinnati Clermont College women’s basketball team has achieved an impressive 26-9 record. but this year is very different. This year the UC Clermont women achieved as high as eighth in the nation in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association’s rankings.
Milford and Bethel-Tate each won their first game in the girl’s sectional basketball tournament. Milford eliminated the McAuley Mohawks 52-46 in the first game for both teams in the sectional tournament that took place at Lakota East High School. The E-Gals burst out to a 13-7 first quarter lead, but McAuley eked out an 18-17 lead at the end of the first half.
Clermont County will be well represented in the state championship swimming and diving showdowns that will take place this weekend at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton. Alex Lewis, New Richmond junior, qualified for two events in Division II.
Glen Este’s boys and Amelia’s girls qualified as teams for the respective district bowling tournaments. The sectional competition took place at Mason Bowl. The best five teams qualified for the district. The host Comets were the winners with 2978 pins, Glen Este was third with 2911.
A total of 34 Clermont County high school wrestlers qualified for this weekend’s district tournaments. The county can boast of having 11 individual weight class sectional champions. In Division II the county’s teams did very well with three of the five best teams coming from Clermont and nine individual weight class champions were from the county and the Southern Buckeye Conference.
New Richmond’s boys led the way for the Lions in the Southwest Ohio Swim League championship meet. Alex Lewis, a junior, was the best individual performer winning two events.
Amelia is the champion of the varsity girls and boys bowling competition in the Cardinal Division of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference. The Baron girls were 10-0 in conference confrontations and 12-2 overall. The men of Amelia won their division of the conference with an 8-2 record and the Barons were 11-4 overall.
Bethel-Tate and Batavia have been the two hottest of Clermont County’s varsity boys basketball teams in the closing portion of the regular season. Jake Terry, Clermont Northeastern senior guard, scored his 1,000th career point. The Tigers took Fayetteville’s Rockets 67-63 in non-league play. The Red and Gray led their hosts at each intermission 14-9, 32-27, and 52-40.
Milford is the boys swimming champion of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division. The girls were a close second among the distaff teams. Glen Este and Amelia showed improvement over the number of points they scored in last year’s conference championship meets.
Williamsburg High School will add five new members to its Sports Hall of Fame. The third annual induction ceremony will take place Feb. 21, 6 p.m., at the high school.