Bethel-Tate High School (BTHS) is adding six members to its sports hall of fame. Don Beach (class of 1967) is currently living in Kimball, Ne. He and his wife of 39 years, Carol, are the parents of Carl (33 years of age) and Elizabeth (30). He is a physical education instructor and has coached football, boys and girls basketball, baseball, volleyball, track and field, and boys and girls softball.
Andrew Nealan, New Richmond High School junior, is Clermont County’s only 2008 state wrestling qualifier returning for another season of competition. Last year Nealan achieved a very impressive 41-12 record. He earned Southern Buckeye Conference all-star honors in addition to achieving Division II all-district laurels and he was champion of the Division II sectional tournament.
Two former all-stars of the Clermont County League were recently inducted into the Wittenberg University Athletic Hall of Fame. Don Lynam graduated from Wittenberg University in 1975 and Bethel-Tate High School in 1971. In his seasons of action the helped lead the Tigers to a combined record of 61-16.
The young people of New Richmond have benefited for more than 40 years from the work, support, and leadership provided by Ruben Willis. He is the founder of the youth football program that began in New Richmond in 1966 and has been instrumental in the Knothole program there.
Five of Clermont County’s varsity girls basketball teams have gone through their first game or two undefeated. The highly-regarded Trojans toppled Mason’s Comets 37-30 in non-conference competition. Host GE lead at the end of every period 14-9, 20-16, and 27-24.
Bethel-Tate High School will be putting a new face on the basketball court this season with the recent hiring of Mike Arlinghaus to be the head coach the varsity boys basketball team. The Tigers finished the 2007-08 season with an 8-15 overall record.
Damon Smith has retired after a 21-year career as the head coach of the Felicity girls varsity basketball team. But Smith fans fear not! He begins a new venture. Starting with the 2008-09 season, he will be the head coach of the boys varsity basketball team replacing the successful Ross Hudson.
Shane Ferguson is the new varsity girls basketball head coach at Goshen High School. Ferguson is a native to Clermont County and has eight years of girls basketball coaching experience upon which to draw including three years with the Princeton School District and the most recent five years at Milford High School.
Toby Lewin is the new head varsity girls basketball coach at Felicity High School. He replaces Damon Smith who had successful years with the Cardinal girls and is now the head coach of the boys program.
Brad Hatfield is the new head girls basketball coach at New Richmond High School. Hatfield was an outstanding basketball player in his own right. He was a Southern Buckeye Conference all-star at Felicity High School from where he graduated in 2001.