The 2007 Ohio state track and field championships brought a first to Clermont County sports history. All six of the representatives of the county’s schools, placed and scored team points. The event took place at the Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University, in Columbus, on a very hot and somewhat humid weekend.
Danny Loch, Clermont Northeastern five-sport star, has signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to attend Mount Union College, Alliance, Ohio. The well-rounded star lettered in four sports – football (three years), wrestling (two), track and field (three) and baseball (one). He also played reserve basketball.
Josh Greer, three-sport Goshen star, has signed a letter-of-intent to continue his education and basketball career at Miami University-Middletown. Greer earned eight varsity letters at Goshen – football (three), basketball (two), tennis (two), and track and field (one). The Southwest District basketball all-star led Clermont County in scoring his senior year and was named the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division Player of the Year.
Adam Chambers, Glen Este All-American, will be bringing his tremendous skills in the track and field weight events to the University of Cincinnati after having signed his collegiate letter-of-intent. Chambers qualified for the state championship meet all four years of high school and placed among the top eight in the state the last three years.
Clermont Northeastern, New Richmond, Felicity, and Glen Este varsity softball teams closed out their regular-season strong. Amelia, Batavia, and Milford also recorded a win in the final contests.
Milford’s baseball team reached further than any other Clermont County team in tournament action. The Eagles were a Division I district finalist. Batavia enjoyed the best finish of the regular-season of county high school varsity baseball. Bethel-Tate, New Richmond, Amelia, Glen Este, and Milford also concluded with some victories.
New Richmond closed out the regular schedule of the varsity tennis season with the strongest performance for Clermont County’s high school teams. Batavia, Amelia, and Milford, also enjoyed respectable conclusions.
Finan wins two regional crowns; Tyler qualifies in two events in leading Clermont County’s six athlete invasion of state track and field finale
Not surprisingly, New Richmond senior distance man Eric Finan leads the way for a Clermont County six-athlete invasion of Columbus this weekend in the Ohio track and field championships. The event will take place at Jesse Owens Stadium on the campus of Ohio State University. Finan was the Division II regional champion in two races – the 1,600 and 3,200 meters runs. His time in the 1,600 was 4-minutes, 16.87-seconds and his time in the 3,200 was 9:35.70. In the 3,200 race he crossed the finish line a full seven seconds ahead of the next closest competitor.
It was a titanic confrontation between two fine Clermont County teams. Milford of the Greater Miami Conference finally nipped Amelia of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference in the bottom of the 16th inning to win 6-5. John Benza was the winning pitcher and Spencer Cox took the loss in this second round Division I battle at Midland Field, Amelia. Benza aided his own cause by smashing a home run among his three hits.
These guys have no plans to make a fuel of themselves. The Mount Carmel Fire football team’s plan is to set the Saturday night skies aflame with excitement and sportsmanship on a national and international plane of competition. Kyle Dincler, a football standout at Amelia High School from where he graduated in 1997, is the co-founder and majority owner of the Fire. John Reeves, a Turpin High grad, is the other owner and founder.