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A new men’s coach will lead Amelia’s Barons BY RICHARD CRAWFORD Sun staff

A new team and a new head coach are gathering at the barony. Rick McMullen, who had previously been the girls head cage taskmaster at Amelia for several years, has now taken over as the head of the boys program. “We have a little bit of speed and shoot the ball pretty decent,” said McMullen, who will be seek-

ing the leadership of his five returning lettermen to help set the squad through its paces. Seven lettermen are gone from last year’s squad. “We have a lot of inexperienced seniors and we don’t have a lot of overall size,” he said. The Blue and White will receive leadership from senior numbertwo guard Austin Hounshell (5feet, 9-inches tall), senior numberthree guard Vernon Harris (5-10)

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Kaiser returns as coach of Lady Barons BY RICHARD CRAWFORD Sun staff

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Amelia

Bethel-Tate

Wrestling Nov. 25 at Western Brown, Nov. 27 at Princeton, Dec. 4 at Lebanon Tri, Dec. 16 at Clermont Northeastern (with Batavia), Dec. 19 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 20 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Classic at Harrison, Dec. 28 at Mt. Healthy Duals, Jan. 6 at Middletown Tri, Jan. 8 Fairfield Invitational, Jan. 9 Fairfield Invitational, Jan. 15 Sycamore Invitational, Jan. 16 Sycamore Invitational, Jan. 23 at Loveland Duals, Jan. 27 Simon Kenton (Senior Night), Feb. 13 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Tournament at Wilmington.

Wrestling Dec. 5 at Middletown Fenwick, Dec. 12 at Trenton Edgewood Invitational, Dec. 15 at Indian Hill (with Simon Kenton, Ky.), Jan. 6 at Little Miami (with Batavia), Jan. 8 Madeira Invitational, Jan. 9 Madeira Invitational, Jan. 15 Reading Invitational, Jan. 16 Reading Invitational, Jan. 19 at Wyoming (with Blanchester and Wilmington), Jan. 23 Loveland Duals Invitational, Jan. 30 at Finneytown, Feb. 3 Triangular at home, and Feb. 13 Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament at Williamsburg.

Bowling Nov. 24 McNicholas, Nov. 30 Anderson, Dec. 7 Kings, Dec. 10 at Kings, Dec. 14 Wilmington, Dec. 16 at Wilmington, Jan. 4 Glen Este, Jan. 5 Milford, Jan. 6 Goshen, Jan. 9 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Meet at Northwest Lanes, Jan. 11 Walnut Hills, Jan. 12 at Walnut Hills, Jan. 19 Turpin, Jan. 21 Turpin, Jan. 27 Little Miami, Jan. 28 at Little Miami, and Feb. 1 at Goshen. All home games will be at Cherry Grove Lanes.

Batavia Wrestling Dec. 5 Bob Guy Invitational at Williamsburg, Dec. 9 at Goshen Quad, Dec. 16 at Clermont Northeastern (with Amelia), Dec. 19 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 20 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Jan. 6 at Little Miami (with Bethel-Tate), Jan. 13 New Richmond and Campbell Co. (Ky.), Jan. 16 at Valley View, Jan. 20 at Hillsboro Tri, Jan. 29 Eaton Invitational, Jan. 30 Eaton Invitational, Feb. 6 Steve Shinkle Invitational at Batavia, and Feb. 13 Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament at Williamsburg.

WRESTLING BOWLING SWIMMING DIVING ACADEMICS

Clermont Northeastern Wrestling Dec. 5 Bob Guy Invitational (at Williamsburg), Dec. 9 Bethel-Tate, Dec. 12 at Greenville Duals, Dec. 16 Amelia and Batavia, Jan. 8 Madeira Invitational, Jan. 9 Madeira Invitational, Jan. 15 Charlie Moore Invitational (at Reading), Jan. 16 Charlie Moore Invitational (at Reading), Jan. 23 Wyoming Duals, Feb. 6 Steve Shinkle Invitational (at Batavia), and Feb. 13 Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament at Williamsburg.

Felicity Academic Jan. 12 at Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 14 at East Clinton, Jan. 19 at Georgetown, Jan. 21 Western Brown, Jan. 26 Batavia, Jan. 28 at Blanchester, Feb. 2 at Goshen, Feb. 9 New Richmond, Feb. 11 Williamsburg, and Feb. 16 BethelTate, and Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament.

Goshen Wrestling Dec. 8 at Reading (with Batavia), Dec. 12 at Miamisburg (with Anderson), Dec. 19 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 20 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Tournament at Harrison, Dec. 29 Brecksville Holiday Classic, Dec. 30 Brecksville Holiday Classic, Jan. 8 at Blanchester Tri, Jan. 13 at Clinton-Massie (with Purcell Marian), Jan. 23 Hammer and Anvil Tournament at Western Brown, Jan. 30 at Miami Trace, Feb. 6 Delaware Hayes Invitational, Feb. 13 Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament at Williamsburg.

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McNicholas. All home games are at Cherry Grove Lanes. Academic Dec. 2 at Milford, Dec. 9 at Edgewood, Jan. 6 Amelia, Jan. 20 Anderson, Jan. 27 at Harrison, Feb. 3 Winton Woods, and Feb. 10 at Loveland.

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Wrestling Dec. 5 Harrison Duals, Dec. 11 at New Richmond, Dec. 19 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 20 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 29 Greater Miami Holiday Classic at Vandalia Butler, Dec. 30 Greater Miami Holiday Classic at Vandalia Butler, Jan. 9 at Elder (with Princeton), Jan. 15 Sycamore Invitational, Jan. 16 Sycamore Invitational, Jan. 22 Anderson, Jan. 23 Hammer and Anvil Invitational at Western Brown, Jan. 28 at Sycamore, Feb. 5 Loveland and Milford, Feb. 13 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Tournament at Wilmington.

Wrestling Dec. 5 Harrison Invitational, Dec. 12 at Sycamore (with LaSalle and St. Xavier), Dec. 19 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 20 Southwest Ohio Wrestliing Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 28 Kenston Invitational, Dec. 29 Kenston Invitational, Jan. 6 Trenton Edgewood, Jan. 7 at Lebanon (with Lakota East and Princeton), Jan. 15 at Anderson (with Lebanon and Dayton Fairmount), Jan. 23 at James Horning Invitational, Jan. 29 Milford Invitational (with Amelia, Anderson, Deer Park, Hamilton, Hillsboro, Kings, LaSalle, Loveland, McNicholas, New Richmond, Princeton, Reading, Sycamore, Turpin, West Carrollton, Western Brown, Western Hills, Wilmington, Winton Woods, Withrow, Woodward, and Xenia), Jan. 30 Milford Invitational, Feb. 5 at Loveland (with Glen Este), and Feb. 13 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Tournament at Wilmington.

Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving Dec. 2 at Norwood, Dec. 5 Mason Invitational, Dec. 12 at Loveland (Blue Ash YMCA), Dec. 17 at Hamilton, Jan. 7 at New Richmond, Jan. 9 Milford Invitational, Jan. 12 at Walnut Hills, Jan. 16 Southwest Coaches Classic at Milford, Jan. 17 Southwest Coaches Classic at Milford, Jan. 21 at Norwood, Jan. 26 at Milford Tri, Jan. 30 Clark Montessori (at Xavier University), Feb. 6 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Meet (at Miami University). Boys and Girls Bowling Nov. 23 Turpin, Dec. 1 Wyoming, Dec. 4 Goshen, Dec. 5 Big Blue Classic (at Hamilton), Dec. 8 Loveland, Dec. 10 at Loveland, Dec. 12 Holiday Classic (at Western Bowl), Dec. 14 at Milford, Dec. 15 Milford, Dec. 21 Northwest, Jan. 4 Amelia, Jan. 5 Wimington, Jan. 6 at Wanut Hills, Jan. 9 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Meet (at Northwest Lanes), Jan. 11 at Anderson, Jan. 14 Anderson, Jan. 18 Baker Bash (at Beaver Vu Bowl), Jan. 19 Harrison, Jan. 21 at Harrison, Jan. 26 Winton Woods, Jan. 28 at Winton Woods, and Feb. 1

Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving Dec. 10 at Lawrenceburg (Ind.), Dec. 15 Loveland, Dec. 19 Butler Invitational, Jan 7 at Turpin, Jan. 9 Milford Invitational, Jan. 16 Southwest Ohio Coaches Association Classic (Swimming Finals), Jan. 17 Southwest Ohio Coaches Association Classic (Diving and Swimming Finals), Jan. 19 Lakota East and Lakota West, Jan. 26 Glen Este and Cincinnati Hills Christian (Senior Night), and Feb. 6 at Fort Ancient Valley Conference Meet. Boys and Girls Bowling Nov. 11 Goshen and Little Miami, Nov. 30 at Wilmington, Dec. 2 Goshen and Little Miami, Dec. 7 Harrison, Dec. 9 at Harrison, Dec. 12 at Holiday Classic, Dec. 14 Glen Este, Dec. 15 at Glen Este, Dec. 16 at Lakota West, Jan. 5 at Amelia, Jan. 6 Turpin, Jan. 9 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Meet, Jan. 11 at Winton Woods,

Jan. 13 Winton Woods, Jan. 20 Anderson, Jan. 21 at Anderson, Jan. 25 Loveland, Jan. 27 at Loveland, Feb. 3 at Lakota East, Feb. 4 at Sycamore, Feb. 8 at Deer Park, and Feb. 11 at Kings. Academic Dec. 2 Glen Este, Dec. 9 at Talawanda, Jan. 6 Walnut Hills, Jan. 20 at Harrison, Jan. 27 Loveland, Feb. 3 Anderson, and Feb. 10 at Wiinton Woods.

New Richmond Wrestling Dec. 5 at Roger Bacon, Dec. 19 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 20 Southwest Ohio Wrestliing Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Jan. 8 Madeira Invitational, Jan. 9 Madeira Invitational, Jan. 13 at Batavia (with Campbell County, Ky.), Jan. 19 at Madeira, Jan. 29 Milford Invitational, Jan. 30 Milford Invitational Feb. 4 at Wilmington, and Feb. 13 Southern Buckeye Tournament at Conference Williamsburg. Swimming and Diving Dec. 2 at Cincinnati Country Day, Dec. 10 Clark Montessori, Dec. 14 Summit Country Day, Dec. 17 at McClain, Jan. 5 Seven Hills, Jan. 16 Milford Invitational, Jan. 17 Milford Invitational, Jan. 19 Summit Country Day, Jan. 21 McClain, Jan. 26 Western Brown, Feb. 3 Southern Ohio Swimming and Diving League at Cincinnati Country Day, and Feb. 6 Southern Ohio Swimming and Diving League at Cincinnati Country Day. Academic Jan. 12 at Bethel-Tate, Jan. 14 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 19 at East Clinton, Jan, 21 Georgetown, Jan 26 Western Brown, Jan. 28 at Batavia, Feb. 2 Blanchester, Feb. 4 Goshen, Feb. 9 at Felicity, Feb. 16 Williamsburg, and Feb. 20 Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament at Felicity.

Williamsburg Wrestling Dec. 5 Bob Guy Invitational, Dec. 9 at Bethel-Tate, Dec. 12 at Deer Park, Dec. 19 Withrow Invitational, Jan. 2 at Norwood, Jan. 13 at Norwood, Jan. 15 Charlie Moore Invitational at Reading, Jan. 16 Charlie Moore Invitational at Reading, Jan. 29 Lockland Invitational, Jan. 30 Lockland Invitational, Feb. 3 at Bethel-Tate, Feb. 6 Steve Shinkle Invitational at Batavia, and Feb. 13 Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament.

Tara Kaiser returns to her alma mater to bring back the Amelia varsity girls basketball program to its winning ways, which she experienced during her hall of fame prep career at the barony from where Tara Shepherd graduated in 1987. The former three-sport Queen City Conference all-star, including basketball, welcomes the return of five players who lettered a year ago. A total of six seniors graduated from last year’s contingent. “The team has good speed and good ball-handling talent,” said Kaiser, cautioning, “What we lack is size.” Kaiser will be assisted with her coaching duties by another Amelia High Sports Hall of Fame member, Mark Crouse, a 1982 graduate of AHS where he was a three-sport all-star, including basketball. A couple of standouts are expected to put Amelia through its paces – senior forward Morgan Sperry (5-feet, 8-inches tall) and senior forward Caitlin Cammeresi (5-9). Walnut Hills’ Eagles and Wilmington’s Hurricanes are the teams Kaiser expects to be the best of the teams in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division chase. “We expect to give a good effort all the time and to be in every game,” Kaiser said. All-Stars Returning Morgan Sperry. All-Stars Lost Forward Jacquelin Deatherage. Roster Bri Beasley (5-6) junior guard, Beth Wilson (5-5) senior guard, Kelly Hart (5-8) junior forward, Brittany Broughton (5-10) senior forward, Caitlin Cammersi (5-9) senior forward, Erin Hancock (56) junior guard and forward, Megan Mentzel (5-7) sophomore guard, Danielle Lang (5-9) freshman forward, Kymmy Simon (56) sophomore guard, Makenna Schulz (5-8) junior forward, Jodi Follow all your favorite high school teams online at

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The 2009 Lady Barons varsity basketball squad.

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Lady Bulldogs are returning one starter

New coach to lead Williamsburg Wildcats

BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

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A lone starter is all Batavia can welcome back from last season’s varsity girls basketball team. That veteran is sophomore guard Holly Harris (5-feet, 7inches tall). “Holly’s our only returning starter so we are going to be a very inexperienced team,” said Beth Wolfer, head coach of the Green and White and a former New Richmond High School athletic letter earner. The Bulldogs’ mentor also expects to receive some fine contributions from senior post player Courtney Turner (5-10). “We’re going to be rebuilding. If we can have a winning season it’ll be a very good thing for us,” said Wolfer. The viewpoint from deep in the heart of Clermont County and the East Fork Valley indicates that Georgetown’s G-Women, Goshen’s Warriors, and Western Brown’s Broncos will be the class of the contenders in the Southern Buckeye Conference. “I think us, Blanchester, and Williamsburg will be important in helping decide the champion (of the National, small school, Division) in what is going to be a balanced race,” Wolfer said.

Dan McKibben is on hand for his first season as the head boys basketball coach at his alma mater where he was a Southern Buckeye Conference all-star on the hardwood in the late 1980s. He has just a trio of players with varsity experience around whom to build his team’s initial drive to returning the program into a winner. “This team has more athletes and more athleticism than its had in recent years,” said McKibben. “Our weakness is that we have one inexperienced senior, two freshmen, and one sophomore on the varsity roster. “What we’re going to be working a lot on is overcoming our inexperience and losing attitude. It’s been so long since we’ve been a winner that it’s going to take a while to redevelop a winning attitude, but these kids can do it.” The triumvirate around whom McKibben expects to lead the rebuilding process will be junior guard Elliott Young (6-feet, 2inches tall), junior number-four wing man Matt Richardson (6-3), and senior guard Jacob Simpson (5-8). “We’re going to go seven or eight deep and still be competitive. “Georgetown (National Division of the Southern Buckeye) and Bethel-Tate (American Division of the Southern Buckeye) have a lot of talent back. In our division Blanchester could be a surprise and possibly Batavia. “Georgetown has tremendous height and good point guards. Bethel has (Louie) Schaljo and (Tyler) Bullock back. “We want to be competitive in every game. We could surprise some teams along the way,” McKibben said.

The 2009 Lady Bulldogs varsity basketball squad.

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The 2009 Williamsburg Wildcats.

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Lady Wildcats are improving expectations

Batavia Bulldogs have good size, shooters

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Ken Lowe returns at the helm of the Williamsburg varsity girls basketball program, a program that is displaying noticeable improvement each year. Helping the ‘Burg taskmaster are five starters. “This team has good chemistry and a good team mix of size and speed,” said Lowe. “The team has a better work ethic and a better understanding of the game this year. The past years the kids have been working to improve the image of girls basketball here at Williamsburg.” The Wildcats’ leader has a total of seven very experienced players from whom to choose his starting line-up. The number of veterans include senior center Darcy Little (5-feet, 10-inches tall), junior forward Samantha Davis (5-10), junior forward Rachel Meisberger (5-9), junior guard Molly Bruns (5-7), senior forward Amy Brown (510), sophomore forward Tara Dennis (5-11), and sophomore guard Heidi McManus (5-4). The first five of that contingent all earned starting roles last year. “One of the girls’ goals this year is to improve people’s outlooks and expectations and get respect about the Williamsburg girls basketball program,” Lowe concluded.

In Clermont’s county seat, just two of the nine Bulldogs who earned letters last year are among those Bulldogs back for another varsity boys basketball campaign. “We have decent size and some decent shooters, but we’re inexperienced. We have inexperienced seniors and we don’t handle the basketball really well,” said Mike Hatfield, head coach of the Green and White. “We should play very physically.” The former Glen Este High School basketball standout has two experienced cagers on whom to rely – senior forward-center Caleb Santel (6-feet, 4-inches tall) and junior center-forward Luke Bradburn (6-3). Hatfield anticipates he will also receive capable assistance on the hardwood from Nolan O’Brien, a 6-2 senior guard-forward. “I expect the league to be very strong,” said Hatfield who expects Goshen’s Warriors, Bethel-Tate’s Tigers, and Clermont Northeastern’s Rockets to be the cream of the crop in the American Division (big-school) chase of the Southern Buckeye Conference. He also believes Western Brown’s Broncos “will be down this year, but still good.” In his own National (smallschool) Division, a “better” Georgetown G-Men and Felicity Cardinals will be in the thick of the race along with Williamsburg’s Wildcats who “have a lot of good, young kids … I expect East Clinton to come along this year, too. “I hope our inexperienced older guys will help us out a lot,” Hatfield said.

All-Star Returning Darcy Little. All-Star Lost Guard Danielle Stice. Roster Amy Brown (5-10) senior forward, Darcy Little (5-10) senior center, Melanie Posey (5-6) senior forward, Molly Bruns (5-7) junior guard, Samantha Davis (5-10) junior forward, Ansley Guess (57) junior center, Jessica Meadors (5-8) junior forward, Rachel Meisberger (5-9) junior forward, Tara Dennis (5-11) sophomore forward, Ryan Gifford (5-7) sophomore forward, Meghin McIntosh (5-4) sophomore guard, Heidi McManus (5-4) sophomore guard, Becca Chase (5-3) freshman guard, Shannon Dewey (5-9) freshman forward, Emma Imbus (5-3) freshman guard, Elizabeth Meisdberger (5-6) freshman

The 2009 Williamsburg Lady Wildcats.

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Bethel-Tate to field an experienced squad BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

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BY RICHARD CRAWFORD Bethel-Tate head boys basketball coach Mike Arlinghaus has four seniors and six juniors around whom to build the success of the Fighting Tigers’ campaign. There were six seniors on last year’s team. “This is a pretty experienced team. We have our two leading scorers and rebounders back from last year,” said Arlinghaus. “We’re going to have a pretty balanced offense and we’ll have good team chemistry. “We need to work on taking better care of the basketball. We tend to make too many unforced turnovers.” The scoring and rebounding leaders upon whom the Tigers’ taskmaster is relying are senior forward Louie Schaljo (6-feet, 3inches tall), starting his fourth season on the varsity, junior forward Tyler Bullock (6-3), and senior forward Spencer Sutter (6-4). His coach expects junior point guard Garrett Lang (5-9) to be “improved.” Also in the backcourt will be senior guard Billy Sipos (5-9), a superb defenseman, and the “versatile” senior forward Kevin Poe (6-1). “I know we can improve on our assists to turnovers ratio this year,” said Arlinghaus. He said Goshen and his charges should be in the forefront of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division run for the title. “It should be a two-horse race,” he said. “CNE could be a dark horse and then we’ll also have to watch out for New Richmond and Western Brown. “We’d like to win our side of the league and win the sectional title and get the opportunity to play in a college arena.” All-Stars Returning Louie Schaljo and Bullock.

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The 2009 Bethel-Tate Tigers.

All-Stars Lost There are no Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-stars lost. Roster Louie Schaljo (6-3) senior forward, Spencer Sutter (6-4) senior forward, Kevin Poe ((6-0) senior

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Brad Hatfield is beginning his second season as the head coach of the New Richmond varsity girls basketball team. The Red and Black is still in a rebuilding process as the former Felicity High School and Southern State Community College basketball standout carefully guides the NRHS return to distaff basketball success. New Richmond has just two letter earners back from the 2008-09 campaign. Seven of last year’s veterans are not returning. “We should be really good with the talent of the players we have in the post,” Hatfield said. “They’re playing really well as a team and they’re ready to make the sacrifices that will be needed.” He cautioned, “We have some really young, inexperienced players on the team.” The Lions’ head honcho pointed out his top cagers in the post position will be junior Reno Frayne (5-feet, 10-inches tall) and junior Lindsey Blankenship (6-1), a transfer from McNicholas High School. Hatfield expects his charges’ toughest competition in the Southern Buckeye Conference to be provided by Western Brown’s Broncos in the American Division and Georgetown’s G-Women in the National Division. The Lions are a member of the American Division of the Southern Buckeye. “We’re going to work hard on gaining experience,” said the New Richmond taskmaster. “I’d be super pleased with breaking even this year,” All-Stars Returning There are no Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-stars returning. All-Star Lost Guard Michelle Sweet Roster Catherine Bennett (5-5) sophomore guard, Lindsay Blankenship (6-0) junior center and forward, Georgia Buckingham (6-0) sophomore forward, Veronica Burnam (5-5) junior guard, Reno Frayne (5-10) junior center and forward, Savannah Glenn (5-2) sophomore guard, Carissa Gorth (5-7) senior

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McMonigle to lead the New Richmond Lions

Bethel’s Lady Tigers to rely on team speed

BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

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An exciting season should be ahead for New Richmond’s varsity boys basketball squad. The new team welcomes a new head coach, Brian McMonigle, one of the Lions’ and University of Cincinnati Clermont College’s alltime cage greats. He has five returning lettermen with whom to pace the Red and Black in their quest of the Southern Buckeye Conference American (big school) Division title. Four lettermen graduated. “This team has speed and some size and I expect them to be good rebounders and to be defensively strong,” said McMonigle. “We’re going to have to get stronger and work on our offensive fundamentals and transition game.” A tough twosome to lead the Lions is expected to be senior post Dylan Phillips (6-feet, 6-inches tall) and senior guard Brian Mazzaro (5-10). “I hope to establish good precedents with this team and bring some of its outstanding past into the present and future,” McMonigle said. He figures his toughest Southern Buckeye Conference opposition in the Lions’ American Division will be Goshen’s Warriors and BethelTate’s Tigers. “It’s been a lot of work and it has been a lot of fun. I want to bring this program to the best it can be as soon as I can,” McMonigle said.

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Five of the nine girls who earned varsity letters a year ago return for another season of hardcourt action led by head coach Dave Fallis. “We don’t have a lot of height and size, but we have good team speed so we’re going to have to run with the ball to use that speed to our advantage,” Fallis said, adding, “Defense will be a team strength for us this year, too.” The Red and Gray has experienced talent in the quartet of junior post player Brooke Kenneda (5-foot, 9-inches tall), senior guard Emily Vanderpool (5-5), sophomore forward Cyra Jones (5-9), and sophomore guard Carolin Baker (5-4). “These girls are hungry to win,” said their coach. “We won six games last year and this team is looking forward to winning a double digit number of games.” From the Bethel-Tate perspective, Western Brown’s Broncos and Goshen’s Warriors are expectd to be the best in the Tigers’ American Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference and in the National Division, Georgetown’s G-Women should be the team to beat. Bethel-Tate’s 2009 Lady Tigers. The 2009 New Richmond Lions varsity squad.

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Rockets to hit hardwood with more depth

Boys

BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

Continued from page 16

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championship. Milford’s main obstacles for the Fort Ancient crown should be Winton Wood’s Warriors, Glen Este’s Trojans, and Anderson’s Redskins. Loveland’s Tigers and Harrison’s Wildcats are darkhorse possibilities.

Clermont Northeastern head boys basketball coach Jerry Doerger welcomes the return of just three of the players he lettered a year ago. Six lettermen are not returning. The Blue and Gold is going to be a team with not a whole lot of experience back in the fold. The Rockets’ head honcho is going to have to work with a contingent that graduated “90-percent of its points, 90-percent of its rebounds, and 90-percent of its assists.” He is not discouraged, though. “We do have a good junior class and they get along very well together. I expect from this group better team work and togetherness than we’ve had in recent years.” Doerger also pointed out his charges have more overall talent and better depth this year. “I can go nine deep this year. See CNE Boys, Page 9

All-Stars Returning Zach Baker and Wes Minton.

The 2009 Clermont Northeastern Varsity Rockets.

Lady Rockets expect a successful season

Roster Jess Stankeveh (5-9) junior guard, Robbie Kohler (5-9) senior guard, Steven Canter (6-2) junior guard, Zachary Baker (6-2) junior guard, Callan Hughes (6-0) junior guard, Joey Hammond (6-1) senior guard, Cody Diercks (6-0) junior forward, Nick Hittner (6-4) junior forward, Westley Minton (6-2) senior guard, Robert Overback (6-5) sophomore forward, and Alex Cummings (6-3) senior forward. Cambron’s assistant coaches are Mark Edwards, Matt Folkerth, Chris Vollman, and Adam Weber.

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He believes Anderson’s Redskins should be considered a contender, too. All-Star Returning Morgan Wolcott All-Star Lost Guard Allison Nagle

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Clermont Northeastern’s girls varsity head basketball coach Jason Kreimer appears confident that his charges will be competitive in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division race this campaign. He lettered 13 players a year ago and seven of them are back for another season of action. “We have a lot of team speed so I expect our transition game to be improved,” said the head honcho of the Blue and Gold. “We’ll need to adjust to a new offense especially with our top three scorers gone, but we have a good corps of leaders to help us out.” Kreimer pointed out a solid six cagers he expects to be in the forefront of his charges. Shelby Moore, a 5-foot, 6-inch tall junior guard, is an unexpected surprise transferring from Fayetteville High School, Chelsey Chesser is a 5-10 senior forward, Jennifer Werring is a 5-9 senior guard and See CNE Girls, Page 9

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Eagles will contend for SBC division title BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

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A total of four returning starters should make Milford’s varsity boys basketball squad a serious contender for its first-ever Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division title. “We have good team chemistry and a good overall skill level,” said Joe Cambron, head mentor of the Eagles, adding, “The team has good defensive intensity, too.” The four experienced veterans are among the quintet of notables the Red and White will be place on the hardwood. The five include senior forward Alex Cummings (6-feet, 3-inches tall), senior guard Wes Minton (6-2), junior guard Zach Baker (6-2), junior forward Nick Hittner (6-4), and junior guard Jess Stankeveh (5-9). Cambron believes his team will be a the thick of a very tough battle for the Buckeye Division See Boys, Page 17

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be the toughest obstacles for Northeastern in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. “We hope to be in contention,” Doerger said. All-Stars Returning There are no Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-stars returning. All-Stars Lost Forward Justin Messinger,

guards Jake Terry and Joe Drusell, and center Brad Mummert. Roster Seth Varner (6-3) senior post, Ryan Mullins (6-3) senior off guard, Jordan Smith (6-3) senior post and wing, Josh Hahn (6-1) senior post and wing, Jake Hogue (6-3) junior post, Josh Hogue (61) junior two guard, Brandon Coon (5-8) junior point guard, John Tanner (6-3) junior post,

Ryan Mummert (6-3) junior post and wing, Troy Miller (6-1) junior wing and post, Noah Slusher (5-11) junior wing and two guard, Hunter Voshell (5-10) junior point guard, Jake Sydnor (5-10) junior two guard, Alex Gilkerson (5-10) sophomore wing, and Tanner Sanders (5-10) sophomore wing. Doerger’s assistant coaches are Steve Mummert, Nate Fishback, Donnie Donohoo, and Jimmy Jones.

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Milford’s Lady Eagles will be a quick team BY RICHARD CRAWFORD Sun staff

“We have good youth and athleticism and we’re very quick,” said Eric Reichert, head coach of the Milford varsity girls basketball team. “We have five sophomores who will speed up the team quite a bit, but with so many underclassmen we will be inexperienced.” Morgan Wolcott (5-feet, 10inches tall), sophomore guard, is back to help lead the E-Gals. She has some talented teammates with whom to work including senior point guard or number-two guard Amy Van Syoc (5-7), senior post player Chelsea Gilman (5-9), sophomore guard Kelly Yee (510), and junior guard Megan Knight (5-8). “This is going to be an improved team from last year. We lost a lot of good senior leadership, but we will be deep, bench wise, and we’ve gained a lot of athleticism and speed over last year’s team.” Reichert feels that the defending champion Winton Woods’ Warriors will be the team to beat again in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division. See Girls, Page 17

CNE Boys: Rockets to hit court with more depth “Our shooting should be a strength, but our rebounding is a question mark and so is our defense.” The CNE taskmaster has four seniors around whom he places his hopes for good leadership. Seth Varner (6-feet, 3-inches) is a senior captain whom his coach describes as “a swing man.” Senior Ryan Mullins (6-3) is a “pretty versatile” guard and an assistant captain. Seniors Jordan Smith (6-3) and John Hahn (6-1) are also regarded by their mentor as important inside and wing players. From the view from Owensville, Goshen’s Warriors and Bethel-Tate’s Tigers should

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forward, Kelsey Stanton is a 5-3 senior guard, Cydney Hill is a 5-3 junior guard, and Alexis Schmidt is a 5-8 junior forward. “I think we can be successful. We have the potential. We will be very competitive,” Kreimer said. He expects Western Brown’s Broncos, Goshen’s Warriors, and Bethel-Tate’s Tigers to be the toughest teams to face in the Southern Buckeye American Division. All-Stars Returning There are no Southern Buckeye Conference American Division allstars returning. All-Stars Lost Forwards Christie Connor and Lindsey Huxel.

The 2009 Milford Lady Eagles varsity squad.

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Roster Chelsae Osborn (5-4) freshman guard, Maggie Sullivan (5-5) junior guard, Amanda Burdsall (5-8) sophomore forward, Audrey Schmidt (5-11) junior forward, Kelsey Stanton (5-3) senior guard, Cydney Hill (5-3) junior guard, Emily White (5-3) senior guard, Alexis Schmidt (5-8) junior forward, Chelsea Meade (5-4) junior guard, Chelsey Chesser (5-10) senior forward, Shelby Moore (5-6) junior guard, Sarah Mantel (5-5) sophomore guard, and Jennifer Werring (5-9) senior guard and forward. Kreimer’s assistant coach is Megan Smith.

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Felicity Cardinals to have a rebuilding season BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

Experienced players to lead Lady Warriors BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

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There will be a total of four varsity basketball lettermen coming back for another season under Felicity boys basketball head coach Damon Smith, himself, a former Cardinal cage standout from the early-mid 1970s. “We’re going to be rebuilding this year. We graduated four of our players from last year’s team so we’re going to be lacking a lot of experience and experienced leadership,” Smith said. “We have no experienced guards. We’re hoping for soon to be developing some experienced guards. We do have a lot of height, though.” Experienced under the basket will be senior forward Chris Shouse (6-feet, 3-inches tall) and senior forward Tyler Carter (6-4). An inexperienced big man under the board will be senior Dustin Gillam (6-5). Smith expects solid play to come from senior guard and wing Dillon Smith (5-9) and junior guard and wing Matt O’Brien (6-2). Smith expects the cream of the crop in the Southern Buckeye Conference championship chases will be Georgetown’s G-Men and possibly beyond that, Batavia’s Bulldogs, in the American Division, and Bethel-Tate’s Tigers and Goshen’s Warriors should be best of the best in the American Division. “I don’t know where we’ll fit yet in the league,” Smith said.

Goshen head girls basketball coach Shane Ferguson has a good nucleus of five letter earners back to build his season around. Six are gone. “Defense should be one of our strengths this year and the girls have a good understanding of the game,” said Ferguson. He pointed out his charges’ low point is “we’re not very tall.” Leading the Warriors in their quest for success will be senior Brooke Catauro (5-feet, 7-inches tall), senior post player Synthia Shinkle (5-9), and sophomore point guard Kelsi Steele (5-3). “We have a good mix of upper classmen and lower classmen on this team,” said Ferguson. “We’ll be competitive every day and this team will play its best and do its best every day. “It’s going to be a tough league. Western Brown and Bethel-Tate should be the best of the teams in our division of the league. We will be competitive.”

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Returning varsity players to give Warriors a boost

Cardinals’ coach expects a 10-10 season

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Scott Wake very happily welcomes the return of nine of the 11 Goshen varsity boys basketball players he lettered a year ago “We have four starters back who are good upperclassmen with good size. We’re also lucky enough to have five senior leaders,” said Wake. “We do have some shooters, but we’re not super quick.” The Red and Gray has some very good talent the likes of senior forward Thomas Gibson (6-feet, 1-inch tall), senior guard Derek Bunnell (6-1), senior guard Nate Godby (6-1), junior guard Nick Wake (5-8), the coach’s son, and junior center Kody Lehman (611). Lehman is believed to be the tallest high school varsity basketball player in Clermont County history. “We can be pretty good. This will be a good opportunity win the league (Southern Buckeye American Division) championship. Bethel-Tate, Clermont Northeastern and New Richmond are Wake’s choices for whom he thinks will provide the toughest competition for his charges’ road to the crown. “We’ll be very competitive. We can beat anyone on our schedule,” he said.

Toby Lewin is returning for his second season at the helm of the Felicity varsity girls basketball program. The former cross country state qualifier from New Richmond High School has seven players “with some varsity experience.” Three letter earners are lost. “We have some speed and I expect that we’ll be playing some good team defense,” said Lewin. He cautioned that his team is “still young.” The roster consists of two seniors, two juniors, and six sophomores. A foursome of Cardinals are anticipated to be the leaders of this momentum-building team – senior forward Amber McCann (5-feet, 11-inches tall), junior forward Alex Stevenson (5-10), sophomore guard Hillary White (5-0), and sophomore guard Megan Obermeyer (5-2). “We look to be improved,” said the Cards’ coach. “I’d like to think we can go 10-10. We are conditioning harder this year in order that we can play hard all four quarters this year.” Lewin believes his team can give Georgetown’s G-Women and Williamsburg’s Wildcats a run for the gold and that Blanchester’s Wildcats, too, may be a factor in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division distaff cage war.

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Trojans have the size, experience for success BY RICHARD CRAWFORD Sun staff

Dave Caldwell, Glen Este head boys basketball coach, is excited about his charges’ prospects for the coming campaign. He has five of the eight cagers he lettered last season on hand to continue the work. “We have size, experience, and depth,” Caldwell said. “We have a lot of kids back who are familiar with our program already.” Some of the tall, talented GE veterans include senior forward Kurt Wesp (6-feet, 7-inches tall), junior forward Mike Bouley (6-7), junior guard Shane Seckman (64), and junior guard Corey Goedde (6-2). There are nine juniors on the Purple and White’s roster, and Caldwell says, “This is a really good class and really good kids. This is one of those years where our size could take us to the (Fort Ancient Valley) conference (Cardinal Division) championship.” The Trojan taskmaster believes Winton Woods’ Warriors and Milford’s Eagles will be the major headaches in the Purple and White’s quest to be the FAVC-C best. “I’d like to think we have a chance of having a really good season and a winning a championship,” Caldwell said. “I am just so excited. I expect us to have a nice year. I look forward to getting off to a good start.” All-Star Returning Curt Wesp All-Star Lost Guard Tyler McCalla Roster Anthony Clark (6-0) junior guard, Brandon Reed (6-1) junior guard, Dan Shepherd (6-3) senior forward, Trey Blank (6-5) junior

The Glen Este Trojans varsity basketball team.

forward, Matt Grau (6-) junior guard, Shane Seckman (6-4) junior guard, Alex Fultz (6-4) sophomore guard and forward, Curt Wesp (6-7) senior forward, Corey Goedde (6-2) junior guard, Austin Rieck (6-1) freshman guard, Mike Bouley (6-7) junior forward, Collin Pitman (5-10) junior guard, and Wynton Overcast (6-5) junior forward. Caldwell’s assistant coaches are Scott Nelson and Mike Walls.

Lady Trojans lose all-stars Valley Conference Buckeye Division all-stars returning.

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Batavia Girls

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Bethel Girls

Dec. 1 Western Brown, Dec. 5 Kings, Dec. 9 Milford, Dec. 12 at Wilmington, Dec. 14 at Clermont Northeastern, Dec. 19 at Walnut Hills, Dec. 21 at Glen Este, Dec. 29 Bethel-Tate, Jan. 6 Turpin, Jan. 7 at Williamsburg, Jan. 9 at Little Miami, Jan. 14 at Mt. Healthy, Jan. 16 at Kings, Jan. 21 Batavia, Jan. 23 Wilmington, Jan. 25 Goshen, Jan. 30 Walnut Hills, Feb. 6 at Turpin, Feb. 8 at New Richmond, and Feb. 13 Little Miami.

Dec. 4 at Western Brown, Dec. 5 Glen Este (at University of Cincinnati), Dec. 11 at Kings, Dec. 15 at Mt. Healthy, Dec. 18 Wilmington, Dec. 30 Batavia, Jan. 5 Walnut Hills, Jan. 8 at Turpin, Jan. 15 Little Miami, Jan. 16 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 19 at Clark Montessori, Jan. 22 Kings, Jan. 26 at Goshen, Jan. 29 at Wilmington, Feb. 2 Anderson, Feb. 5 at Walnut Hills, Feb. 9 Felicity, Feb. 12 Turpin, Feb. 16 at Bethel-Tate, and Feb. 19 at Little Miami.

Dec. 1 at Felicity, Dec. 3 Madeira, Dec. 5 Georgetown, Dec. 8 Blanchester, Dec. 10 at East Clinton, Dec. 15 New Richmond, Dec. 17 Williamsburg, Dec. 19 Summit Country Day, Dec. 22 at Fayetteville, Jan. 5 at Finneytown, Jan. 7 at Bethel-Tate, Jan. 14 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 16 Goshen, Jan. 19 at Western Brown, Jan. 21 at Amelia, Jan. 26 Felicity, Jan. 30 at Georgetown, Feb. 4 at Blanchester, Feb. 8 East Clinton, and Feb. 11 at Williamsburg.

Dec. 4 at St. Bernard, Dec. 5 Mariemont, Dec. 11 Blanchester, Dec. 12 at East Clinton, Dec. 18 at Williamsburg, Dec. 22 at Felicity, Dec. 30 at Amelia, Jan. 5 Georgetown, Jan. 8 New Richmond, Jan. 12 at Bethel-Tate, Jan. 15 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 19 Madeira, Jan. 22 Goshen, Jan. 26 at Fayetteville, Jan. 30 at Western Brown, Feb. 2 at Blanchester, Feb. 5 East Clinton, Feb. 12 Williamsburg, Feb. 13 Felicity, and Feb. 19 at Georgetown.

Nov. 28 Ripley, Dec. 1 Clermont Northeastern, Dec. 5 Western Brown, Dec. 7 at Goshen, Dec. 10 at New Richmond, Dec. 16 Fayetteville, Dec. 21 at White Oak, Dec. 29 at Amelia, Jan. 4 at Lynchburg-Clay, Jan. 7 Batavia, Jan. 9 at Georgetown, Jan. 14 Felicity, Jan. 16 at Blanchester, Jan. 19 Williamsburg, Jan. 21 at East Clinton, Jan. 26 at Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 28 New Richmond, Jan. 30 at Western Brown, Feb. 4 Goshen, and Feb. 8 Deer Park.

Bethel Boys

CNE Girls

CNE Boys

Felicity Girls

Felicity Boys

Dec. 4 Cincinnati Country Day, Dec. 11 at Goshen, Dec. 12 at New Richmond, Dec. 17 at Deer Park, Dec. 19 at Lynchburg-Clay, Dec. 22 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 5 at Western Brown, Jan. 8 at Georgetown, Jan. 12 Batavia, Jan. 15 at Felicity, Jan. 22 at Blanchester, Jan. 23 Williamsburg, Jan. 26 at Ripley, Jan. 29 at East Clinton, Jan. 30 Fayetteville, Feb. 2 Goshen, Feb. 5 New Richmond (Homecoming), Feb. 13 at Clermont Northeastern, Feb. 16 Amelia, and Feb. 19 Western Brown.

Nov. 28 Reading, Dec. 1 at Bethel-Tate, Dec. 5 New Richmond, Dec. 8 at Western Brown, Dec. 14 Amelia, Dec. 17 Goshen, Dec. 21 Ripley, Jan. 5 at Williamsburg, Jan. 7 Blanchester, Jan. 14 at Batavia, Jan. 16 East Clinton, Jan. 19 at Felicity, Jan. 21 Georgetown, Jan. 26 BethelTate, Jan. 28 at Little Miami, Jan. 30 at New Richmond, Feb. 4 Western Brown, Feb. 9 at Turpin, Feb. 11 at Goshen, and Feb. 13 at Summit Country Day.

Dec. 4 at Ripley, Dec. 11 at Western Brown, Dec. 18 Goshen, Dec. 22 at Bethel-Tate, Jan. 5 New Richmond, Jan. 8 at Williamsburg, Jan. 9 Turpin, Jan. 12 Blanchester, Jan. 15 at Batavia, Jan. 16 at Amelia, Jan. 22 East Clinton, Jan. 23 at Felicity, Jan. 29 Georgetown, Feb. 2 Western Brown, Feb. 6 McNicholas, Feb. 12 at Goshen, Feb. 13 Bethel-Tate, Feb. 16 at Little Miami, Feb. 19 at New Richmond, and Feb. 20 Anderson.

Dec. 1 Batavia, Dec. 3 at Blanchester, Dec. 10 at Williamsburg, Dec. 12 East Clinton, Dec. 17 Georgetown, Dec. 28 at Ripley, Jan. 4 Western Brown, Jan, 7 Goshen, Jan. 11 Cincinnati Country Day, Jan. 14 at Bethel-Tate, Jan. 16 Peebles, Jan. 19 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 21 Williamsburg, Jan. 23 at White Oak, Jan. 26 at Batavia, Jan. 30 Blanchester, Feb. 1 at New Richmond, Feb. 6 at East Clinton, Feb. 8 at Fayetteville, and Feb. 11 at Georgetown.

Dec. 4 Georgetown, Dec. 11 East Clinton, Dec. 12 at Williamsburg, Dec. 22 Batavia, Dec. 29 Ripley Invitational, Dec. 30 Ripley Invitational, Jan. 5 at Blanchester, Jan. 8 Western Brown, Jan. 12 Goshen, Jan. 15 Bethel-Tate, Jan. 23 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 29 at New Richmond, Feb. 2 at Fayetteville, Feb. 5 Williamsburg, Feb. 6 at East Clinton, Feb. 9 at Amelia, Feb. 12 at Georgetown, Feb. 13 at Batavia, Feb. 16 White Oak, and Feb. 19 Blanchester.

Glen Este Girls

Glen Este Boys

Goshen Girls

Goshen Boys

Milford Girls

Dec. 1 Seton, Dec. 5 Loveland, Dec. 12 Milford, Dec. 16 Northwest, Dec. 19 at Anderson, Dec. 21 Amelia, Dec. 29 at Ursuline, Jan. 6 at Harrison, Jan. 9 Winton Woods, Jan. 13 Western Hills, Jan. 16 at Lancaster, Jan. 20 at Loveland, Jan. 23 at Milford, Jan. 28 at Turpin, Jan. 30 Anderson, Feb. 1 Cincinnati Hills Christian, Feb. 3 at Kings, Feb. 6 Harrison, Feb. 11 at Aiken, and Feb. 13 at Winton Woods.

Dec. 4 Mt. Healthy, Dec. 5 Amelia (at University of Cincinnati), Dec. 8 at Finneytown, Dec. 11 at Loveland, Dec. 18 Milford, Dec. 22 at Talawanda, Jan. 5 Anderson, Jan. 8 Harrison, Jan. 12 at Hughes, Jan. 15 at Winton Woods, Jan. 19 Lakota East, Jan. 22 Loveland, Jan. 25 Purcell Marian, Jan. 28 at Milford, Feb. 2 Turpin, Feb. 5 at Anderson, Feb. 9 Goshen, Feb. 12 at Harrison, Feb. 16 at Western Brown, and Feb. 19 Winton Woods.

Dec. 1 New Richmond, Dec. 3 Wyoming, Dec. 7 Bethel-Tate, Dec. 10 at Western Brown, Dec. 15 at Wilmington, Dec. 17 at Clermont Northeastern, Dec. 22 at Little Miami, Jan. 5 East Clinton, Jan. 7 at Felicity, Jan. 14 Blanchester, Jan. 16 at Batavia, Jan. 19 at Georgetown, Jan. 23 Williamsburg, Jan. 25 at Amelia, Jan. 26 at New Ridhmond, Feb. 1 Badin, Feb. 4 at Bethel-Tate, Feb. 6 Western Brown, Feb. 8 at Milford, and Feb. 11 Clermont Northeastern.

Dec. 4 at McClain, Dec. 11 BethelTate, Dec. 12 Western Brown, Dec. 15 Milford, Dec. 18 at Clermont Northeastern, Dec. 22 New Richmond, Dec. 29 at Little Miami, Jan. 8 East Clinton, Jan. 12 at Felicity, Jan. 15 Blanchester, Jan. 22 at Batavia, Jan. 23 at Georgetown, Jan. 26 Amelia, Jan. 29 Williamsburg, Feb. 2 at BethelTate, Feb. 5 at Western, Feb. 9 at Glen Este, Feb. 12 Clermont Northeastern, Feb. 13 at New Richmond, and Feb. 20 at Ross.

Nov. 28 at Turpin, Dec. 2 at Indian Hill, Dec. 7 at Harrison, Dec. 9 at Amelia, Dec. 12 at Glen Este, Dec. 15 at Mariemont, Dec. 19 at Winton Woods, Jan. 2 at Talawanda, Jan. 5 Anderson, Jan. 9 at Loveland, Jan. 16 Harrison, Jan. 20 Kings, Jan. 23 Glen Este, Jan. 25 Lakota East, Jan. 27 Northwest, Feb. 1 Winton Woods, Feb. 3 New Richmond, Feb. 6 at Anderson, Feb. 8 Goshen, and Feb. 13 Loveland.

Milford Boys

New Richmond Girls

New Richmond Boys

Williamsburg Girls

Williamsburg Boys

Dec. 4 at Sycamore, Dec. 8 at McNicholas, Dec. 11 at Harrison, Dec. 15 at Goshen, Dec. 18 at Glen Este, Dec. 21 at Northwest, Jan. 5 at Winton Woods, Jan. 8 at Anderson, Jan. 9 Indian Hill, Jan. 15 Loveland, Jan. 19 Talawanda, Jan. 22 Harrison, Jan. 26 Taft, Jan. 28 Glen Este, Feb. 2 Western Hills, Feb. 5 Winton Woods, Feb. 9 Turpin, Feb. 12 Anderson, Feb. 16 at Kings, and Feb. 19 at Loveland.

Nov. 30 at Ripley, Dec. 1 at Goshen, Dec. 5 at Clermont Northeastern, Dec. 10 BethelTate, Dec. 15 at Batavia, Dec. 17 Western Brown, Dec. 21 at Taylor, Jan. 4 at Reading, Jan. 7 at East Clinton, Jan. 11 Georgetown, Jan. 14 Williamsburg, Jan. 19 at Blanchester, Jan. 21 at Madeira, Jan. 26 Goshen, Jan. 28 at BethelTate, Jan. 30 Clermont Northeastern, Feb. 1 Felicity, Feb. 3 at Milford, Feb. 8 Amelia, and Feb. 11 at Western Brown.

Dec. 4 Deer Park, Dec. 5 at Western Brown, Dec. 12 BethelTate, Dec. 19 Turpin, Dec. 22 at Goshen, Jan. 5 at Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 8 at Batavia, Jan. 9 Norwood, Jan. 12 at East Clinton, Jan. 15 Williamsburg, Jan. 16 at Manchester, Jan. 22 Georgetown, Jan. 23 at Blanchester, Jan. 29 Felicity, Feb. 5 at Bethel-Tate, Feb. 6 at Clark Montessori, Feb. 12 Western Brown, Feb. 13 Goshen, Feb. 16 Cincinnati Country Day, and Feb. 19 Clermont Northeastern.

Nov. 28 at Paint Valley, Dec. 1 at Blanchester, Dec. 6 at East Clinton, Dec. 8 Georgetown, Dec. 12 Felicity, Dec. 17 at Batavia, Jan. 5 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 7 Amelia, Jan. 13 at Fayetteville, Jan. 14 at New Richmond, Jan. 16 Western Brown, Jan. 19 at Bethel-Tate, Jan. 21 at Felicity, Jan. 23 at Goshen, Jan. 25 White Oak, Jan. 26 Blanchester, Jan. 30 East Clinton, Feb. 4 at Georgetown, Feb. 6 at Cincinnati Country Day, and Feb. 11 Batavia.

Dec. 5 at White Oak, Dec. 9 Fayetteville, Dec. 11 Georgetown, Dec. 12 Felicity, Dec. 18 Batavia, Dec. 22 Blanchester, Dec. 26 Williamsburg Holiday Tournament, Dec. 28 Williamsburg Holiday Tournament, Jan. 5 at East Clinton, Jan. 8 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 15 at New Richmond, Jan. 19 Cincinnati Country Day, Jan. 22 Western Brown, Jan. 23 at BethelTate, Jan. 29 at Goshen, Feb. 2 at Georgetown, Feb. 5 at Felicity, Feb. 12 at Batavia, Feb. 13 at Blanchester, and Feb. 19 East Clinton.

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Trojans have the size, experience for success BY RICHARD CRAWFORD Sun staff

Dave Caldwell, Glen Este head boys basketball coach, is excited about his charges’ prospects for the coming campaign. He has five of the eight cagers he lettered last season on hand to continue the work. “We have size, experience, and depth,” Caldwell said. “We have a lot of kids back who are familiar with our program already.” Some of the tall, talented GE veterans include senior forward Kurt Wesp (6-feet, 7-inches tall), junior forward Mike Bouley (6-7), junior guard Shane Seckman (64), and junior guard Corey Goedde (6-2). There are nine juniors on the Purple and White’s roster, and Caldwell says, “This is a really good class and really good kids. This is one of those years where our size could take us to the (Fort Ancient Valley) conference (Cardinal Division) championship.” The Trojan taskmaster believes Winton Woods’ Warriors and Milford’s Eagles will be the major headaches in the Purple and White’s quest to be the FAVC-C best. “I’d like to think we have a chance of having a really good season and a winning a championship,” Caldwell said. “I am just so excited. I expect us to have a nice year. I look forward to getting off to a good start.” All-Star Returning Curt Wesp All-Star Lost Guard Tyler McCalla Roster Anthony Clark (6-0) junior guard, Brandon Reed (6-1) junior guard, Dan Shepherd (6-3) senior forward, Trey Blank (6-5) junior

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Bethel Girls

Dec. 1 Western Brown, Dec. 5 Kings, Dec. 9 Milford, Dec. 12 at Wilmington, Dec. 14 at Clermont Northeastern, Dec. 19 at Walnut Hills, Dec. 21 at Glen Este, Dec. 29 Bethel-Tate, Jan. 6 Turpin, Jan. 7 at Williamsburg, Jan. 9 at Little Miami, Jan. 14 at Mt. Healthy, Jan. 16 at Kings, Jan. 21 Batavia, Jan. 23 Wilmington, Jan. 25 Goshen, Jan. 30 Walnut Hills, Feb. 6 at Turpin, Feb. 8 at New Richmond, and Feb. 13 Little Miami.

Dec. 4 at Western Brown, Dec. 5 Glen Este (at University of Cincinnati), Dec. 11 at Kings, Dec. 15 at Mt. Healthy, Dec. 18 Wilmington, Dec. 30 Batavia, Jan. 5 Walnut Hills, Jan. 8 at Turpin, Jan. 15 Little Miami, Jan. 16 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 19 at Clark Montessori, Jan. 22 Kings, Jan. 26 at Goshen, Jan. 29 at Wilmington, Feb. 2 Anderson, Feb. 5 at Walnut Hills, Feb. 9 Felicity, Feb. 12 Turpin, Feb. 16 at Bethel-Tate, and Feb. 19 at Little Miami.

Dec. 1 at Felicity, Dec. 3 Madeira, Dec. 5 Georgetown, Dec. 8 Blanchester, Dec. 10 at East Clinton, Dec. 15 New Richmond, Dec. 17 Williamsburg, Dec. 19 Summit Country Day, Dec. 22 at Fayetteville, Jan. 5 at Finneytown, Jan. 7 at Bethel-Tate, Jan. 14 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 16 Goshen, Jan. 19 at Western Brown, Jan. 21 at Amelia, Jan. 26 Felicity, Jan. 30 at Georgetown, Feb. 4 at Blanchester, Feb. 8 East Clinton, and Feb. 11 at Williamsburg.

Dec. 4 at St. Bernard, Dec. 5 Mariemont, Dec. 11 Blanchester, Dec. 12 at East Clinton, Dec. 18 at Williamsburg, Dec. 22 at Felicity, Dec. 30 at Amelia, Jan. 5 Georgetown, Jan. 8 New Richmond, Jan. 12 at Bethel-Tate, Jan. 15 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 19 Madeira, Jan. 22 Goshen, Jan. 26 at Fayetteville, Jan. 30 at Western Brown, Feb. 2 at Blanchester, Feb. 5 East Clinton, Feb. 12 Williamsburg, Feb. 13 Felicity, and Feb. 19 at Georgetown.

Nov. 28 Ripley, Dec. 1 Clermont Northeastern, Dec. 5 Western Brown, Dec. 7 at Goshen, Dec. 10 at New Richmond, Dec. 16 Fayetteville, Dec. 21 at White Oak, Dec. 29 at Amelia, Jan. 4 at Lynchburg-Clay, Jan. 7 Batavia, Jan. 9 at Georgetown, Jan. 14 Felicity, Jan. 16 at Blanchester, Jan. 19 Williamsburg, Jan. 21 at East Clinton, Jan. 26 at Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 28 New Richmond, Jan. 30 at Western Brown, Feb. 4 Goshen, and Feb. 8 Deer Park.

Bethel Boys

CNE Girls

CNE Boys

Felicity Girls

Felicity Boys

Dec. 4 Cincinnati Country Day, Dec. 11 at Goshen, Dec. 12 at New Richmond, Dec. 17 at Deer Park, Dec. 19 at Lynchburg-Clay, Dec. 22 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 5 at Western Brown, Jan. 8 at Georgetown, Jan. 12 Batavia, Jan. 15 at Felicity, Jan. 22 at Blanchester, Jan. 23 Williamsburg, Jan. 26 at Ripley, Jan. 29 at East Clinton, Jan. 30 Fayetteville, Feb. 2 Goshen, Feb. 5 New Richmond (Homecoming), Feb. 13 at Clermont Northeastern, Feb. 16 Amelia, and Feb. 19 Western Brown.

Nov. 28 Reading, Dec. 1 at Bethel-Tate, Dec. 5 New Richmond, Dec. 8 at Western Brown, Dec. 14 Amelia, Dec. 17 Goshen, Dec. 21 Ripley, Jan. 5 at Williamsburg, Jan. 7 Blanchester, Jan. 14 at Batavia, Jan. 16 East Clinton, Jan. 19 at Felicity, Jan. 21 Georgetown, Jan. 26 BethelTate, Jan. 28 at Little Miami, Jan. 30 at New Richmond, Feb. 4 Western Brown, Feb. 9 at Turpin, Feb. 11 at Goshen, and Feb. 13 at Summit Country Day.

Dec. 4 at Ripley, Dec. 11 at Western Brown, Dec. 18 Goshen, Dec. 22 at Bethel-Tate, Jan. 5 New Richmond, Jan. 8 at Williamsburg, Jan. 9 Turpin, Jan. 12 Blanchester, Jan. 15 at Batavia, Jan. 16 at Amelia, Jan. 22 East Clinton, Jan. 23 at Felicity, Jan. 29 Georgetown, Feb. 2 Western Brown, Feb. 6 McNicholas, Feb. 12 at Goshen, Feb. 13 Bethel-Tate, Feb. 16 at Little Miami, Feb. 19 at New Richmond, and Feb. 20 Anderson.

Dec. 1 Batavia, Dec. 3 at Blanchester, Dec. 10 at Williamsburg, Dec. 12 East Clinton, Dec. 17 Georgetown, Dec. 28 at Ripley, Jan. 4 Western Brown, Jan, 7 Goshen, Jan. 11 Cincinnati Country Day, Jan. 14 at Bethel-Tate, Jan. 16 Peebles, Jan. 19 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 21 Williamsburg, Jan. 23 at White Oak, Jan. 26 at Batavia, Jan. 30 Blanchester, Feb. 1 at New Richmond, Feb. 6 at East Clinton, Feb. 8 at Fayetteville, and Feb. 11 at Georgetown.

Dec. 4 Georgetown, Dec. 11 East Clinton, Dec. 12 at Williamsburg, Dec. 22 Batavia, Dec. 29 Ripley Invitational, Dec. 30 Ripley Invitational, Jan. 5 at Blanchester, Jan. 8 Western Brown, Jan. 12 Goshen, Jan. 15 Bethel-Tate, Jan. 23 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 29 at New Richmond, Feb. 2 at Fayetteville, Feb. 5 Williamsburg, Feb. 6 at East Clinton, Feb. 9 at Amelia, Feb. 12 at Georgetown, Feb. 13 at Batavia, Feb. 16 White Oak, and Feb. 19 Blanchester.

Glen Este Girls

Glen Este Boys

Goshen Girls

Goshen Boys

Milford Girls

Dec. 1 Seton, Dec. 5 Loveland, Dec. 12 Milford, Dec. 16 Northwest, Dec. 19 at Anderson, Dec. 21 Amelia, Dec. 29 at Ursuline, Jan. 6 at Harrison, Jan. 9 Winton Woods, Jan. 13 Western Hills, Jan. 16 at Lancaster, Jan. 20 at Loveland, Jan. 23 at Milford, Jan. 28 at Turpin, Jan. 30 Anderson, Feb. 1 Cincinnati Hills Christian, Feb. 3 at Kings, Feb. 6 Harrison, Feb. 11 at Aiken, and Feb. 13 at Winton Woods.

Dec. 4 Mt. Healthy, Dec. 5 Amelia (at University of Cincinnati), Dec. 8 at Finneytown, Dec. 11 at Loveland, Dec. 18 Milford, Dec. 22 at Talawanda, Jan. 5 Anderson, Jan. 8 Harrison, Jan. 12 at Hughes, Jan. 15 at Winton Woods, Jan. 19 Lakota East, Jan. 22 Loveland, Jan. 25 Purcell Marian, Jan. 28 at Milford, Feb. 2 Turpin, Feb. 5 at Anderson, Feb. 9 Goshen, Feb. 12 at Harrison, Feb. 16 at Western Brown, and Feb. 19 Winton Woods.

Dec. 1 New Richmond, Dec. 3 Wyoming, Dec. 7 Bethel-Tate, Dec. 10 at Western Brown, Dec. 15 at Wilmington, Dec. 17 at Clermont Northeastern, Dec. 22 at Little Miami, Jan. 5 East Clinton, Jan. 7 at Felicity, Jan. 14 Blanchester, Jan. 16 at Batavia, Jan. 19 at Georgetown, Jan. 23 Williamsburg, Jan. 25 at Amelia, Jan. 26 at New Ridhmond, Feb. 1 Badin, Feb. 4 at Bethel-Tate, Feb. 6 Western Brown, Feb. 8 at Milford, and Feb. 11 Clermont Northeastern.

Dec. 4 at McClain, Dec. 11 BethelTate, Dec. 12 Western Brown, Dec. 15 Milford, Dec. 18 at Clermont Northeastern, Dec. 22 New Richmond, Dec. 29 at Little Miami, Jan. 8 East Clinton, Jan. 12 at Felicity, Jan. 15 Blanchester, Jan. 22 at Batavia, Jan. 23 at Georgetown, Jan. 26 Amelia, Jan. 29 Williamsburg, Feb. 2 at BethelTate, Feb. 5 at Western, Feb. 9 at Glen Este, Feb. 12 Clermont Northeastern, Feb. 13 at New Richmond, and Feb. 20 at Ross.

Nov. 28 at Turpin, Dec. 2 at Indian Hill, Dec. 7 at Harrison, Dec. 9 at Amelia, Dec. 12 at Glen Este, Dec. 15 at Mariemont, Dec. 19 at Winton Woods, Jan. 2 at Talawanda, Jan. 5 Anderson, Jan. 9 at Loveland, Jan. 16 Harrison, Jan. 20 Kings, Jan. 23 Glen Este, Jan. 25 Lakota East, Jan. 27 Northwest, Feb. 1 Winton Woods, Feb. 3 New Richmond, Feb. 6 at Anderson, Feb. 8 Goshen, and Feb. 13 Loveland.

Milford Boys

New Richmond Girls

New Richmond Boys

Williamsburg Girls

Williamsburg Boys

Dec. 4 at Sycamore, Dec. 8 at McNicholas, Dec. 11 at Harrison, Dec. 15 at Goshen, Dec. 18 at Glen Este, Dec. 21 at Northwest, Jan. 5 at Winton Woods, Jan. 8 at Anderson, Jan. 9 Indian Hill, Jan. 15 Loveland, Jan. 19 Talawanda, Jan. 22 Harrison, Jan. 26 Taft, Jan. 28 Glen Este, Feb. 2 Western Hills, Feb. 5 Winton Woods, Feb. 9 Turpin, Feb. 12 Anderson, Feb. 16 at Kings, and Feb. 19 at Loveland.

Nov. 30 at Ripley, Dec. 1 at Goshen, Dec. 5 at Clermont Northeastern, Dec. 10 BethelTate, Dec. 15 at Batavia, Dec. 17 Western Brown, Dec. 21 at Taylor, Jan. 4 at Reading, Jan. 7 at East Clinton, Jan. 11 Georgetown, Jan. 14 Williamsburg, Jan. 19 at Blanchester, Jan. 21 at Madeira, Jan. 26 Goshen, Jan. 28 at BethelTate, Jan. 30 Clermont Northeastern, Feb. 1 Felicity, Feb. 3 at Milford, Feb. 8 Amelia, and Feb. 11 at Western Brown.

Dec. 4 Deer Park, Dec. 5 at Western Brown, Dec. 12 BethelTate, Dec. 19 Turpin, Dec. 22 at Goshen, Jan. 5 at Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 8 at Batavia, Jan. 9 Norwood, Jan. 12 at East Clinton, Jan. 15 Williamsburg, Jan. 16 at Manchester, Jan. 22 Georgetown, Jan. 23 at Blanchester, Jan. 29 Felicity, Feb. 5 at Bethel-Tate, Feb. 6 at Clark Montessori, Feb. 12 Western Brown, Feb. 13 Goshen, Feb. 16 Cincinnati Country Day, and Feb. 19 Clermont Northeastern.

Nov. 28 at Paint Valley, Dec. 1 at Blanchester, Dec. 6 at East Clinton, Dec. 8 Georgetown, Dec. 12 Felicity, Dec. 17 at Batavia, Jan. 5 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 7 Amelia, Jan. 13 at Fayetteville, Jan. 14 at New Richmond, Jan. 16 Western Brown, Jan. 19 at Bethel-Tate, Jan. 21 at Felicity, Jan. 23 at Goshen, Jan. 25 White Oak, Jan. 26 Blanchester, Jan. 30 East Clinton, Feb. 4 at Georgetown, Feb. 6 at Cincinnati Country Day, and Feb. 11 Batavia.

Dec. 5 at White Oak, Dec. 9 Fayetteville, Dec. 11 Georgetown, Dec. 12 Felicity, Dec. 18 Batavia, Dec. 22 Blanchester, Dec. 26 Williamsburg Holiday Tournament, Dec. 28 Williamsburg Holiday Tournament, Jan. 5 at East Clinton, Jan. 8 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 15 at New Richmond, Jan. 19 Cincinnati Country Day, Jan. 22 Western Brown, Jan. 23 at BethelTate, Jan. 29 at Goshen, Feb. 2 at Georgetown, Feb. 5 at Felicity, Feb. 12 at Batavia, Feb. 13 at Blanchester, and Feb. 19 East Clinton.

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Returning varsity players to give Warriors a boost

Cardinals’ coach expects a 10-10 season

BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

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Scott Wake very happily welcomes the return of nine of the 11 Goshen varsity boys basketball players he lettered a year ago “We have four starters back who are good upperclassmen with good size. We’re also lucky enough to have five senior leaders,” said Wake. “We do have some shooters, but we’re not super quick.” The Red and Gray has some very good talent the likes of senior forward Thomas Gibson (6-feet, 1-inch tall), senior guard Derek Bunnell (6-1), senior guard Nate Godby (6-1), junior guard Nick Wake (5-8), the coach’s son, and junior center Kody Lehman (611). Lehman is believed to be the tallest high school varsity basketball player in Clermont County history. “We can be pretty good. This will be a good opportunity win the league (Southern Buckeye American Division) championship. Bethel-Tate, Clermont Northeastern and New Richmond are Wake’s choices for whom he thinks will provide the toughest competition for his charges’ road to the crown. “We’ll be very competitive. We can beat anyone on our schedule,” he said.

Toby Lewin is returning for his second season at the helm of the Felicity varsity girls basketball program. The former cross country state qualifier from New Richmond High School has seven players “with some varsity experience.” Three letter earners are lost. “We have some speed and I expect that we’ll be playing some good team defense,” said Lewin. He cautioned that his team is “still young.” The roster consists of two seniors, two juniors, and six sophomores. A foursome of Cardinals are anticipated to be the leaders of this momentum-building team – senior forward Amber McCann (5-feet, 11-inches tall), junior forward Alex Stevenson (5-10), sophomore guard Hillary White (5-0), and sophomore guard Megan Obermeyer (5-2). “We look to be improved,” said the Cards’ coach. “I’d like to think we can go 10-10. We are conditioning harder this year in order that we can play hard all four quarters this year.” Lewin believes his team can give Georgetown’s G-Women and Williamsburg’s Wildcats a run for the gold and that Blanchester’s Wildcats, too, may be a factor in the Southern Buckeye Conference National Division distaff cage war.

All-Star Returning Nick Wake All-Stars Lost Guard Cody McClanahan and center Jordan Poff. Roster James Ashcraft (5-9) junior guard, Nick Wake (5-8) junior guard, Derek Bunnell (6-1) senior guard, Tyler Stewart (6-0) senior forward, Sean Bell (6-2) junior

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Felicity Cardinals to have a rebuilding season BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

Experienced players to lead Lady Warriors BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

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There will be a total of four varsity basketball lettermen coming back for another season under Felicity boys basketball head coach Damon Smith, himself, a former Cardinal cage standout from the early-mid 1970s. “We’re going to be rebuilding this year. We graduated four of our players from last year’s team so we’re going to be lacking a lot of experience and experienced leadership,” Smith said. “We have no experienced guards. We’re hoping for soon to be developing some experienced guards. We do have a lot of height, though.” Experienced under the basket will be senior forward Chris Shouse (6-feet, 3-inches tall) and senior forward Tyler Carter (6-4). An inexperienced big man under the board will be senior Dustin Gillam (6-5). Smith expects solid play to come from senior guard and wing Dillon Smith (5-9) and junior guard and wing Matt O’Brien (6-2). Smith expects the cream of the crop in the Southern Buckeye Conference championship chases will be Georgetown’s G-Men and possibly beyond that, Batavia’s Bulldogs, in the American Division, and Bethel-Tate’s Tigers and Goshen’s Warriors should be best of the best in the American Division. “I don’t know where we’ll fit yet in the league,” Smith said.

Goshen head girls basketball coach Shane Ferguson has a good nucleus of five letter earners back to build his season around. Six are gone. “Defense should be one of our strengths this year and the girls have a good understanding of the game,” said Ferguson. He pointed out his charges’ low point is “we’re not very tall.” Leading the Warriors in their quest for success will be senior Brooke Catauro (5-feet, 7-inches tall), senior post player Synthia Shinkle (5-9), and sophomore point guard Kelsi Steele (5-3). “We have a good mix of upper classmen and lower classmen on this team,” said Ferguson. “We’ll be competitive every day and this team will play its best and do its best every day. “It’s going to be a tough league. Western Brown and Bethel-Tate should be the best of the teams in our division of the league. We will be competitive.”

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Eagles will contend for SBC division title BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

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A total of four returning starters should make Milford’s varsity boys basketball squad a serious contender for its first-ever Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division title. “We have good team chemistry and a good overall skill level,” said Joe Cambron, head mentor of the Eagles, adding, “The team has good defensive intensity, too.” The four experienced veterans are among the quintet of notables the Red and White will be place on the hardwood. The five include senior forward Alex Cummings (6-feet, 3-inches tall), senior guard Wes Minton (6-2), junior guard Zach Baker (6-2), junior forward Nick Hittner (6-4), and junior guard Jess Stankeveh (5-9). Cambron believes his team will be a the thick of a very tough battle for the Buckeye Division See Boys, Page 17

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be the toughest obstacles for Northeastern in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division. “We hope to be in contention,” Doerger said. All-Stars Returning There are no Southern Buckeye Conference American Division all-stars returning. All-Stars Lost Forward Justin Messinger,

guards Jake Terry and Joe Drusell, and center Brad Mummert. Roster Seth Varner (6-3) senior post, Ryan Mullins (6-3) senior off guard, Jordan Smith (6-3) senior post and wing, Josh Hahn (6-1) senior post and wing, Jake Hogue (6-3) junior post, Josh Hogue (61) junior two guard, Brandon Coon (5-8) junior point guard, John Tanner (6-3) junior post,

Ryan Mummert (6-3) junior post and wing, Troy Miller (6-1) junior wing and post, Noah Slusher (5-11) junior wing and two guard, Hunter Voshell (5-10) junior point guard, Jake Sydnor (5-10) junior two guard, Alex Gilkerson (5-10) sophomore wing, and Tanner Sanders (5-10) sophomore wing. Doerger’s assistant coaches are Steve Mummert, Nate Fishback, Donnie Donohoo, and Jimmy Jones.

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Milford’s Lady Eagles will be a quick team BY RICHARD CRAWFORD Sun staff

“We have good youth and athleticism and we’re very quick,” said Eric Reichert, head coach of the Milford varsity girls basketball team. “We have five sophomores who will speed up the team quite a bit, but with so many underclassmen we will be inexperienced.” Morgan Wolcott (5-feet, 10inches tall), sophomore guard, is back to help lead the E-Gals. She has some talented teammates with whom to work including senior point guard or number-two guard Amy Van Syoc (5-7), senior post player Chelsea Gilman (5-9), sophomore guard Kelly Yee (510), and junior guard Megan Knight (5-8). “This is going to be an improved team from last year. We lost a lot of good senior leadership, but we will be deep, bench wise, and we’ve gained a lot of athleticism and speed over last year’s team.” Reichert feels that the defending champion Winton Woods’ Warriors will be the team to beat again in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Buckeye Division. See Girls, Page 17

CNE Boys: Rockets to hit court with more depth “Our shooting should be a strength, but our rebounding is a question mark and so is our defense.” The CNE taskmaster has four seniors around whom he places his hopes for good leadership. Seth Varner (6-feet, 3-inches) is a senior captain whom his coach describes as “a swing man.” Senior Ryan Mullins (6-3) is a “pretty versatile” guard and an assistant captain. Seniors Jordan Smith (6-3) and John Hahn (6-1) are also regarded by their mentor as important inside and wing players. From the view from Owensville, Goshen’s Warriors and Bethel-Tate’s Tigers should

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forward, Kelsey Stanton is a 5-3 senior guard, Cydney Hill is a 5-3 junior guard, and Alexis Schmidt is a 5-8 junior forward. “I think we can be successful. We have the potential. We will be very competitive,” Kreimer said. He expects Western Brown’s Broncos, Goshen’s Warriors, and Bethel-Tate’s Tigers to be the toughest teams to face in the Southern Buckeye American Division. All-Stars Returning There are no Southern Buckeye Conference American Division allstars returning. All-Stars Lost Forwards Christie Connor and Lindsey Huxel.

The 2009 Milford Lady Eagles varsity squad.

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Rockets to hit hardwood with more depth

Boys

BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

Continued from page 16

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championship. Milford’s main obstacles for the Fort Ancient crown should be Winton Wood’s Warriors, Glen Este’s Trojans, and Anderson’s Redskins. Loveland’s Tigers and Harrison’s Wildcats are darkhorse possibilities.

Clermont Northeastern head boys basketball coach Jerry Doerger welcomes the return of just three of the players he lettered a year ago. Six lettermen are not returning. The Blue and Gold is going to be a team with not a whole lot of experience back in the fold. The Rockets’ head honcho is going to have to work with a contingent that graduated “90-percent of its points, 90-percent of its rebounds, and 90-percent of its assists.” He is not discouraged, though. “We do have a good junior class and they get along very well together. I expect from this group better team work and togetherness than we’ve had in recent years.” Doerger also pointed out his charges have more overall talent and better depth this year. “I can go nine deep this year. See CNE Boys, Page 9

All-Stars Returning Zach Baker and Wes Minton.

The 2009 Clermont Northeastern Varsity Rockets.

Lady Rockets expect a successful season

Roster Jess Stankeveh (5-9) junior guard, Robbie Kohler (5-9) senior guard, Steven Canter (6-2) junior guard, Zachary Baker (6-2) junior guard, Callan Hughes (6-0) junior guard, Joey Hammond (6-1) senior guard, Cody Diercks (6-0) junior forward, Nick Hittner (6-4) junior forward, Westley Minton (6-2) senior guard, Robert Overback (6-5) sophomore forward, and Alex Cummings (6-3) senior forward. Cambron’s assistant coaches are Mark Edwards, Matt Folkerth, Chris Vollman, and Adam Weber.

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Clermont Northeastern’s girls varsity head basketball coach Jason Kreimer appears confident that his charges will be competitive in the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division race this campaign. He lettered 13 players a year ago and seven of them are back for another season of action. “We have a lot of team speed so I expect our transition game to be improved,” said the head honcho of the Blue and Gold. “We’ll need to adjust to a new offense especially with our top three scorers gone, but we have a good corps of leaders to help us out.” Kreimer pointed out a solid six cagers he expects to be in the forefront of his charges. Shelby Moore, a 5-foot, 6-inch tall junior guard, is an unexpected surprise transferring from Fayetteville High School, Chelsey Chesser is a 5-10 senior forward, Jennifer Werring is a 5-9 senior guard and See CNE Girls, Page 9

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McMonigle to lead the New Richmond Lions

Bethel’s Lady Tigers to rely on team speed

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An exciting season should be ahead for New Richmond’s varsity boys basketball squad. The new team welcomes a new head coach, Brian McMonigle, one of the Lions’ and University of Cincinnati Clermont College’s alltime cage greats. He has five returning lettermen with whom to pace the Red and Black in their quest of the Southern Buckeye Conference American (big school) Division title. Four lettermen graduated. “This team has speed and some size and I expect them to be good rebounders and to be defensively strong,” said McMonigle. “We’re going to have to get stronger and work on our offensive fundamentals and transition game.” A tough twosome to lead the Lions is expected to be senior post Dylan Phillips (6-feet, 6-inches tall) and senior guard Brian Mazzaro (5-10). “I hope to establish good precedents with this team and bring some of its outstanding past into the present and future,” McMonigle said. He figures his toughest Southern Buckeye Conference opposition in the Lions’ American Division will be Goshen’s Warriors and BethelTate’s Tigers. “It’s been a lot of work and it has been a lot of fun. I want to bring this program to the best it can be as soon as I can,” McMonigle said.

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Five of the nine girls who earned varsity letters a year ago return for another season of hardcourt action led by head coach Dave Fallis. “We don’t have a lot of height and size, but we have good team speed so we’re going to have to run with the ball to use that speed to our advantage,” Fallis said, adding, “Defense will be a team strength for us this year, too.” The Red and Gray has experienced talent in the quartet of junior post player Brooke Kenneda (5-foot, 9-inches tall), senior guard Emily Vanderpool (5-5), sophomore forward Cyra Jones (5-9), and sophomore guard Carolin Baker (5-4). “These girls are hungry to win,” said their coach. “We won six games last year and this team is looking forward to winning a double digit number of games.” From the Bethel-Tate perspective, Western Brown’s Broncos and Goshen’s Warriors are expectd to be the best in the Tigers’ American Division of the Southern Buckeye Conference and in the National Division, Georgetown’s G-Women should be the team to beat. Bethel-Tate’s 2009 Lady Tigers. The 2009 New Richmond Lions varsity squad.

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Bethel-Tate to field an experienced squad BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

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BY RICHARD CRAWFORD Bethel-Tate head boys basketball coach Mike Arlinghaus has four seniors and six juniors around whom to build the success of the Fighting Tigers’ campaign. There were six seniors on last year’s team. “This is a pretty experienced team. We have our two leading scorers and rebounders back from last year,” said Arlinghaus. “We’re going to have a pretty balanced offense and we’ll have good team chemistry. “We need to work on taking better care of the basketball. We tend to make too many unforced turnovers.” The scoring and rebounding leaders upon whom the Tigers’ taskmaster is relying are senior forward Louie Schaljo (6-feet, 3inches tall), starting his fourth season on the varsity, junior forward Tyler Bullock (6-3), and senior forward Spencer Sutter (6-4). His coach expects junior point guard Garrett Lang (5-9) to be “improved.” Also in the backcourt will be senior guard Billy Sipos (5-9), a superb defenseman, and the “versatile” senior forward Kevin Poe (6-1). “I know we can improve on our assists to turnovers ratio this year,” said Arlinghaus. He said Goshen and his charges should be in the forefront of the Southern Buckeye Conference American Division run for the title. “It should be a two-horse race,” he said. “CNE could be a dark horse and then we’ll also have to watch out for New Richmond and Western Brown. “We’d like to win our side of the league and win the sectional title and get the opportunity to play in a college arena.” All-Stars Returning Louie Schaljo and Bullock.

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The 2009 Bethel-Tate Tigers.

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Lady Wildcats are improving expectations

Batavia Bulldogs have good size, shooters

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Ken Lowe returns at the helm of the Williamsburg varsity girls basketball program, a program that is displaying noticeable improvement each year. Helping the ‘Burg taskmaster are five starters. “This team has good chemistry and a good team mix of size and speed,” said Lowe. “The team has a better work ethic and a better understanding of the game this year. The past years the kids have been working to improve the image of girls basketball here at Williamsburg.” The Wildcats’ leader has a total of seven very experienced players from whom to choose his starting line-up. The number of veterans include senior center Darcy Little (5-feet, 10-inches tall), junior forward Samantha Davis (5-10), junior forward Rachel Meisberger (5-9), junior guard Molly Bruns (5-7), senior forward Amy Brown (510), sophomore forward Tara Dennis (5-11), and sophomore guard Heidi McManus (5-4). The first five of that contingent all earned starting roles last year. “One of the girls’ goals this year is to improve people’s outlooks and expectations and get respect about the Williamsburg girls basketball program,” Lowe concluded.

In Clermont’s county seat, just two of the nine Bulldogs who earned letters last year are among those Bulldogs back for another varsity boys basketball campaign. “We have decent size and some decent shooters, but we’re inexperienced. We have inexperienced seniors and we don’t handle the basketball really well,” said Mike Hatfield, head coach of the Green and White. “We should play very physically.” The former Glen Este High School basketball standout has two experienced cagers on whom to rely – senior forward-center Caleb Santel (6-feet, 4-inches tall) and junior center-forward Luke Bradburn (6-3). Hatfield anticipates he will also receive capable assistance on the hardwood from Nolan O’Brien, a 6-2 senior guard-forward. “I expect the league to be very strong,” said Hatfield who expects Goshen’s Warriors, Bethel-Tate’s Tigers, and Clermont Northeastern’s Rockets to be the cream of the crop in the American Division (big-school) chase of the Southern Buckeye Conference. He also believes Western Brown’s Broncos “will be down this year, but still good.” In his own National (smallschool) Division, a “better” Georgetown G-Men and Felicity Cardinals will be in the thick of the race along with Williamsburg’s Wildcats who “have a lot of good, young kids … I expect East Clinton to come along this year, too. “I hope our inexperienced older guys will help us out a lot,” Hatfield said.

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Lady Bulldogs are returning one starter

New coach to lead Williamsburg Wildcats

BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

BY RICHARD CRAWFORD

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A lone starter is all Batavia can welcome back from last season’s varsity girls basketball team. That veteran is sophomore guard Holly Harris (5-feet, 7inches tall). “Holly’s our only returning starter so we are going to be a very inexperienced team,” said Beth Wolfer, head coach of the Green and White and a former New Richmond High School athletic letter earner. The Bulldogs’ mentor also expects to receive some fine contributions from senior post player Courtney Turner (5-10). “We’re going to be rebuilding. If we can have a winning season it’ll be a very good thing for us,” said Wolfer. The viewpoint from deep in the heart of Clermont County and the East Fork Valley indicates that Georgetown’s G-Women, Goshen’s Warriors, and Western Brown’s Broncos will be the class of the contenders in the Southern Buckeye Conference. “I think us, Blanchester, and Williamsburg will be important in helping decide the champion (of the National, small school, Division) in what is going to be a balanced race,” Wolfer said.

Dan McKibben is on hand for his first season as the head boys basketball coach at his alma mater where he was a Southern Buckeye Conference all-star on the hardwood in the late 1980s. He has just a trio of players with varsity experience around whom to build his team’s initial drive to returning the program into a winner. “This team has more athletes and more athleticism than its had in recent years,” said McKibben. “Our weakness is that we have one inexperienced senior, two freshmen, and one sophomore on the varsity roster. “What we’re going to be working a lot on is overcoming our inexperience and losing attitude. It’s been so long since we’ve been a winner that it’s going to take a while to redevelop a winning attitude, but these kids can do it.” The triumvirate around whom McKibben expects to lead the rebuilding process will be junior guard Elliott Young (6-feet, 2inches tall), junior number-four wing man Matt Richardson (6-3), and senior guard Jacob Simpson (5-8). “We’re going to go seven or eight deep and still be competitive. “Georgetown (National Division of the Southern Buckeye) and Bethel-Tate (American Division of the Southern Buckeye) have a lot of talent back. In our division Blanchester could be a surprise and possibly Batavia. “Georgetown has tremendous height and good point guards. Bethel has (Louie) Schaljo and (Tyler) Bullock back. “We want to be competitive in every game. We could surprise some teams along the way,” McKibben said.

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Kaiser returns as coach of Lady Barons BY RICHARD CRAWFORD Sun staff

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Amelia

Bethel-Tate

Wrestling Nov. 25 at Western Brown, Nov. 27 at Princeton, Dec. 4 at Lebanon Tri, Dec. 16 at Clermont Northeastern (with Batavia), Dec. 19 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 20 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Classic at Harrison, Dec. 28 at Mt. Healthy Duals, Jan. 6 at Middletown Tri, Jan. 8 Fairfield Invitational, Jan. 9 Fairfield Invitational, Jan. 15 Sycamore Invitational, Jan. 16 Sycamore Invitational, Jan. 23 at Loveland Duals, Jan. 27 Simon Kenton (Senior Night), Feb. 13 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Tournament at Wilmington.

Wrestling Dec. 5 at Middletown Fenwick, Dec. 12 at Trenton Edgewood Invitational, Dec. 15 at Indian Hill (with Simon Kenton, Ky.), Jan. 6 at Little Miami (with Batavia), Jan. 8 Madeira Invitational, Jan. 9 Madeira Invitational, Jan. 15 Reading Invitational, Jan. 16 Reading Invitational, Jan. 19 at Wyoming (with Blanchester and Wilmington), Jan. 23 Loveland Duals Invitational, Jan. 30 at Finneytown, Feb. 3 Triangular at home, and Feb. 13 Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament at Williamsburg.

Bowling Nov. 24 McNicholas, Nov. 30 Anderson, Dec. 7 Kings, Dec. 10 at Kings, Dec. 14 Wilmington, Dec. 16 at Wilmington, Jan. 4 Glen Este, Jan. 5 Milford, Jan. 6 Goshen, Jan. 9 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Meet at Northwest Lanes, Jan. 11 Walnut Hills, Jan. 12 at Walnut Hills, Jan. 19 Turpin, Jan. 21 Turpin, Jan. 27 Little Miami, Jan. 28 at Little Miami, and Feb. 1 at Goshen. All home games will be at Cherry Grove Lanes.

Batavia Wrestling Dec. 5 Bob Guy Invitational at Williamsburg, Dec. 9 at Goshen Quad, Dec. 16 at Clermont Northeastern (with Amelia), Dec. 19 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 20 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Jan. 6 at Little Miami (with Bethel-Tate), Jan. 13 New Richmond and Campbell Co. (Ky.), Jan. 16 at Valley View, Jan. 20 at Hillsboro Tri, Jan. 29 Eaton Invitational, Jan. 30 Eaton Invitational, Feb. 6 Steve Shinkle Invitational at Batavia, and Feb. 13 Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament at Williamsburg.

WRESTLING BOWLING SWIMMING DIVING ACADEMICS

Clermont Northeastern Wrestling Dec. 5 Bob Guy Invitational (at Williamsburg), Dec. 9 Bethel-Tate, Dec. 12 at Greenville Duals, Dec. 16 Amelia and Batavia, Jan. 8 Madeira Invitational, Jan. 9 Madeira Invitational, Jan. 15 Charlie Moore Invitational (at Reading), Jan. 16 Charlie Moore Invitational (at Reading), Jan. 23 Wyoming Duals, Feb. 6 Steve Shinkle Invitational (at Batavia), and Feb. 13 Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament at Williamsburg.

Felicity Academic Jan. 12 at Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 14 at East Clinton, Jan. 19 at Georgetown, Jan. 21 Western Brown, Jan. 26 Batavia, Jan. 28 at Blanchester, Feb. 2 at Goshen, Feb. 9 New Richmond, Feb. 11 Williamsburg, and Feb. 16 BethelTate, and Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament.

Goshen Wrestling Dec. 8 at Reading (with Batavia), Dec. 12 at Miamisburg (with Anderson), Dec. 19 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 20 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Tournament at Harrison, Dec. 29 Brecksville Holiday Classic, Dec. 30 Brecksville Holiday Classic, Jan. 8 at Blanchester Tri, Jan. 13 at Clinton-Massie (with Purcell Marian), Jan. 23 Hammer and Anvil Tournament at Western Brown, Jan. 30 at Miami Trace, Feb. 6 Delaware Hayes Invitational, Feb. 13 Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament at Williamsburg.

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Academic Jan. 12 East Clinton, Jan. 14 at Georgetown, Jan. 19 Western Brown, Jan. 21 at Batavia, Jan. 26 Blanchester, Feb. 2 Felicity, Feb. 4 at New Richmond, Feb. 9 at Williamsburg, Feb. 11 Bethel-Tate, Feb. 16 Clermont Northeastern, and Feb. 27 Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament.

McNicholas. All home games are at Cherry Grove Lanes. Academic Dec. 2 at Milford, Dec. 9 at Edgewood, Jan. 6 Amelia, Jan. 20 Anderson, Jan. 27 at Harrison, Feb. 3 Winton Woods, and Feb. 10 at Loveland.

Glen Este

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Wrestling Dec. 5 Harrison Duals, Dec. 11 at New Richmond, Dec. 19 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 20 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 29 Greater Miami Holiday Classic at Vandalia Butler, Dec. 30 Greater Miami Holiday Classic at Vandalia Butler, Jan. 9 at Elder (with Princeton), Jan. 15 Sycamore Invitational, Jan. 16 Sycamore Invitational, Jan. 22 Anderson, Jan. 23 Hammer and Anvil Invitational at Western Brown, Jan. 28 at Sycamore, Feb. 5 Loveland and Milford, Feb. 13 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Tournament at Wilmington.

Wrestling Dec. 5 Harrison Invitational, Dec. 12 at Sycamore (with LaSalle and St. Xavier), Dec. 19 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 20 Southwest Ohio Wrestliing Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 28 Kenston Invitational, Dec. 29 Kenston Invitational, Jan. 6 Trenton Edgewood, Jan. 7 at Lebanon (with Lakota East and Princeton), Jan. 15 at Anderson (with Lebanon and Dayton Fairmount), Jan. 23 at James Horning Invitational, Jan. 29 Milford Invitational (with Amelia, Anderson, Deer Park, Hamilton, Hillsboro, Kings, LaSalle, Loveland, McNicholas, New Richmond, Princeton, Reading, Sycamore, Turpin, West Carrollton, Western Brown, Western Hills, Wilmington, Winton Woods, Withrow, Woodward, and Xenia), Jan. 30 Milford Invitational, Feb. 5 at Loveland (with Glen Este), and Feb. 13 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Tournament at Wilmington.

Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving Dec. 2 at Norwood, Dec. 5 Mason Invitational, Dec. 12 at Loveland (Blue Ash YMCA), Dec. 17 at Hamilton, Jan. 7 at New Richmond, Jan. 9 Milford Invitational, Jan. 12 at Walnut Hills, Jan. 16 Southwest Coaches Classic at Milford, Jan. 17 Southwest Coaches Classic at Milford, Jan. 21 at Norwood, Jan. 26 at Milford Tri, Jan. 30 Clark Montessori (at Xavier University), Feb. 6 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Meet (at Miami University). Boys and Girls Bowling Nov. 23 Turpin, Dec. 1 Wyoming, Dec. 4 Goshen, Dec. 5 Big Blue Classic (at Hamilton), Dec. 8 Loveland, Dec. 10 at Loveland, Dec. 12 Holiday Classic (at Western Bowl), Dec. 14 at Milford, Dec. 15 Milford, Dec. 21 Northwest, Jan. 4 Amelia, Jan. 5 Wimington, Jan. 6 at Wanut Hills, Jan. 9 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Meet (at Northwest Lanes), Jan. 11 at Anderson, Jan. 14 Anderson, Jan. 18 Baker Bash (at Beaver Vu Bowl), Jan. 19 Harrison, Jan. 21 at Harrison, Jan. 26 Winton Woods, Jan. 28 at Winton Woods, and Feb. 1

Boys and Girls Swimming and Diving Dec. 10 at Lawrenceburg (Ind.), Dec. 15 Loveland, Dec. 19 Butler Invitational, Jan 7 at Turpin, Jan. 9 Milford Invitational, Jan. 16 Southwest Ohio Coaches Association Classic (Swimming Finals), Jan. 17 Southwest Ohio Coaches Association Classic (Diving and Swimming Finals), Jan. 19 Lakota East and Lakota West, Jan. 26 Glen Este and Cincinnati Hills Christian (Senior Night), and Feb. 6 at Fort Ancient Valley Conference Meet. Boys and Girls Bowling Nov. 11 Goshen and Little Miami, Nov. 30 at Wilmington, Dec. 2 Goshen and Little Miami, Dec. 7 Harrison, Dec. 9 at Harrison, Dec. 12 at Holiday Classic, Dec. 14 Glen Este, Dec. 15 at Glen Este, Dec. 16 at Lakota West, Jan. 5 at Amelia, Jan. 6 Turpin, Jan. 9 Fort Ancient Valley Conference Meet, Jan. 11 at Winton Woods,

Jan. 13 Winton Woods, Jan. 20 Anderson, Jan. 21 at Anderson, Jan. 25 Loveland, Jan. 27 at Loveland, Feb. 3 at Lakota East, Feb. 4 at Sycamore, Feb. 8 at Deer Park, and Feb. 11 at Kings. Academic Dec. 2 Glen Este, Dec. 9 at Talawanda, Jan. 6 Walnut Hills, Jan. 20 at Harrison, Jan. 27 Loveland, Feb. 3 Anderson, and Feb. 10 at Wiinton Woods.

New Richmond Wrestling Dec. 5 at Roger Bacon, Dec. 19 Southwest Ohio Wrestling Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Dec. 20 Southwest Ohio Wrestliing Coaches Association Classic at Harrison, Jan. 8 Madeira Invitational, Jan. 9 Madeira Invitational, Jan. 13 at Batavia (with Campbell County, Ky.), Jan. 19 at Madeira, Jan. 29 Milford Invitational, Jan. 30 Milford Invitational Feb. 4 at Wilmington, and Feb. 13 Southern Buckeye Tournament at Conference Williamsburg. Swimming and Diving Dec. 2 at Cincinnati Country Day, Dec. 10 Clark Montessori, Dec. 14 Summit Country Day, Dec. 17 at McClain, Jan. 5 Seven Hills, Jan. 16 Milford Invitational, Jan. 17 Milford Invitational, Jan. 19 Summit Country Day, Jan. 21 McClain, Jan. 26 Western Brown, Feb. 3 Southern Ohio Swimming and Diving League at Cincinnati Country Day, and Feb. 6 Southern Ohio Swimming and Diving League at Cincinnati Country Day. Academic Jan. 12 at Bethel-Tate, Jan. 14 Clermont Northeastern, Jan. 19 at East Clinton, Jan, 21 Georgetown, Jan 26 Western Brown, Jan. 28 at Batavia, Feb. 2 Blanchester, Feb. 4 Goshen, Feb. 9 at Felicity, Feb. 16 Williamsburg, and Feb. 20 Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament at Felicity.

Williamsburg Wrestling Dec. 5 Bob Guy Invitational, Dec. 9 at Bethel-Tate, Dec. 12 at Deer Park, Dec. 19 Withrow Invitational, Jan. 2 at Norwood, Jan. 13 at Norwood, Jan. 15 Charlie Moore Invitational at Reading, Jan. 16 Charlie Moore Invitational at Reading, Jan. 29 Lockland Invitational, Jan. 30 Lockland Invitational, Feb. 3 at Bethel-Tate, Feb. 6 Steve Shinkle Invitational at Batavia, and Feb. 13 Southern Buckeye Conference Tournament.

Tara Kaiser returns to her alma mater to bring back the Amelia varsity girls basketball program to its winning ways, which she experienced during her hall of fame prep career at the barony from where Tara Shepherd graduated in 1987. The former three-sport Queen City Conference all-star, including basketball, welcomes the return of five players who lettered a year ago. A total of six seniors graduated from last year’s contingent. “The team has good speed and good ball-handling talent,” said Kaiser, cautioning, “What we lack is size.” Kaiser will be assisted with her coaching duties by another Amelia High Sports Hall of Fame member, Mark Crouse, a 1982 graduate of AHS where he was a three-sport all-star, including basketball. A couple of standouts are expected to put Amelia through its paces – senior forward Morgan Sperry (5-feet, 8-inches tall) and senior forward Caitlin Cammeresi (5-9). Walnut Hills’ Eagles and Wilmington’s Hurricanes are the teams Kaiser expects to be the best of the teams in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference Cardinal Division chase. “We expect to give a good effort all the time and to be in every game,” Kaiser said. All-Stars Returning Morgan Sperry. All-Stars Lost Forward Jacquelin Deatherage. Roster Bri Beasley (5-6) junior guard, Beth Wilson (5-5) senior guard, Kelly Hart (5-8) junior forward, Brittany Broughton (5-10) senior forward, Caitlin Cammersi (5-9) senior forward, Erin Hancock (56) junior guard and forward, Megan Mentzel (5-7) sophomore guard, Danielle Lang (5-9) freshman forward, Kymmy Simon (56) sophomore guard, Makenna Schulz (5-8) junior forward, Jodi Follow all your favorite high school teams online at

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A new men’s coach will lead Amelia’s Barons BY RICHARD CRAWFORD Sun staff

A new team and a new head coach are gathering at the barony. Rick McMullen, who had previously been the girls head cage taskmaster at Amelia for several years, has now taken over as the head of the boys program. “We have a little bit of speed and shoot the ball pretty decent,” said McMullen, who will be seek-

ing the leadership of his five returning lettermen to help set the squad through its paces. Seven lettermen are gone from last year’s squad. “We have a lot of inexperienced seniors and we don’t have a lot of overall size,” he said. The Blue and White will receive leadership from senior numbertwo guard Austin Hounshell (5feet, 9-inches tall), senior numberthree guard Vernon Harris (5-10)

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