Louie Schaljo has become the first high school athlete in Clermont County sports history to be selected to an all-star team in five sports. The oldest record this writer could find of a high school athletic event taking place in the county between two high schools occurred on Nov. 25, 1909 (Thanksgiving Day) in the old armory in Batavia (it stood on the northeast corner of Riverside Drive and Wood streets). It was a girls basketball game won by Batavia over Bethel.
The legendary Pat Hill, 36 years very successfully involved in the New Richmond High School athletic program as teacher, coach and athletic director, was recently honored with a well-attended cook out that took place at the high school football stadium. The event was sponsored by the New Richmond Youth Foundation.
Goshen’s girls set the pace for Clermont County teams in the district track and field meets. Individually, 17 Clermont countians won 22 events. Cat Humphries of Williamsburg, a junior at McNicholas High School (McN), won four events and Bethel-Tate senior Emily Tyler captured two to lead the county’s individual champions.
In a fierce display of the abundant fast pitch softball talent in Clermont County, four more teams advanced in tournament action. In Division I, Glen Este was merciless to Mercy 3-1. Kelley Benhase fired a one-hitter while striking out 10 of the enemy. Kaylin Steinmetz had two runs batted in (RBI).
Clermont County high school varsity tennis season has come to an end. In the closing regular season matches New Richmond and Batavia came through with a pair of victories. The Lions bounced Bethel-Tate 4-1 in a Southern Buckeye Conference American Division fray. The victorious players in Red and Black were Tyler Esham (first singles) 6-2, 6-2, Ethan Johnson (second singles) 6-2, 6-0, Daniel Heflin (third singles) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, and Kyle Frizzell and Caleb Theiss (first doubles) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Glen Este and Batavia won their opening sectional baseball tournament games. Glen Este outlasted Loveland’s Tigers 6-3 in eight innings in Division I. Matt Marksberry was the winning pitcher. Nathan Bromagem and Matt Jones both had two hits and two runs batted in (RBI) and Chris Sunderman had two hits.
Amelia stunned Seton’s Saints 10-6 in 10 innings. Chelsea Ehemann was the winning pitcher. The Barons’ hitting stars were Jessica Lehn who homered and had four runs batted in (RBI) and Jordin Eberhard with two hits.
Bethel-Tate rallied to defeat Purcell Marian 7-6 Price gave up just four hits to the Cavaliers to gain the win on the mound. Austin Newman, Tommy Galea, and Spencer Sutter each had two hits and Sipos had two runs batted in (RBI) for the Tigers.
Boys volleyball. There is only one survivor remaining from what was once a very competitive interscholastic sport in Clermont County. Milford’s varsity boys squad is enjoying a very successful campaign. The Eagles have won nine of their first 11 confrontations with a squad that has no seniors, six juniors, and one sophomore.
Glen Este’s boys and girls varsity track and field teams have been turning in respectable efforts throughout the season. The Trojans’ best efforts have been recorded by Chris Gorman, a junior, in the 400 (52.0-seconds is his best time) and in the relays, Jeff Tieke, a junior, in the long jump (21-feet, 6-inches) and 300-meter intermediate hurdles (40.2), and Mitch Neal, a junior, in the 800 (2:02).