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.
In the two divisions of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference in which three Clermont County high schools compete, Glen Este led the way in the respective division wrestling tournaments by finishing second in the Buckeye Division. Harrison was the team champion with 226.5 points, GE had 188.5, Loveland 158.5, Anderson 102, Milford 66.5, and Winton Woods 29.
The varsity boys sectional basketball tournament begins for some of Clermont County’s squads next week. Amelia begins tourney action with Fairfield’s Indians on Feb. 23, 6 p.m., at the Cintas Center, Xavier University.
Clermont County’s varsity girls basketball teams will be opening tournament play.Batavia will do battle against Taylor’s Yellow Jackets on Feb. 19, 7:30 p. m., at Withrow High School. “Taylor will be pretty competitive. . . We’re starting to pick it up. I expect us to do well (in the tournament). We have a chance to make a good run in the tournament,” said Aaron Brose, head coach of the Bulldogs.
Blanchester won the Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) Wrestling Tournament by virtue of getting nine of its team to the championship finals. The number of champions was balanced. Blanchester, Goshen, and Western Brown each had three, New Richmond two, and Bethel-Tate, Clermont Northeastern, and Batavia one apiece.
Clermont Northeastern, Goshen, Milford, Williamsburg, and Bethel-Tate have begun to emerge with a number of victories in Clermont County high school varsity girls basketball action. Milford’s victory was a major upset among county, conference, and Greater Cincinnati expectations. The respective division sectional tournaments will begin Feb. 16.
Louie Schaljo, Bethel-Tate junior guard-forward, scored the 1,000th point of his three-year varsity basketball career in the Tigers’ home victory against the East Clinton Astros, Feb. 4. Glen Este pulled off an upset over Milford and New Richmond hosted Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, in the major highlights of the brief amount Clermont County high school boys basketball action due to the bad weather.
New Richmond, the defending champion, and Blanchester are the favorites to battle it out for the Southern Buckeye Conference Wrestling Tournament championship. The showdown will take place, Feb. 14, at New Richmond High School. In wrestling, the two divisions combine into one to determine the titlist.