2021 Fall Sports Updates
FOOTBALL: Last fall, Winton Woods finished the season unbeaten in eighth grade contests, while Kings completed a perfect season in seventh grade contests.
VOLLEYBALL: Nagel Blue eighth grade finished the 2020 regular season with a perfect 13-0 ECC record (16-1 overall) mark and the ECC title. In the final seventh grade standings, Loveland finished the regular season on top with a 15-1 ECC record (16-1 overall) and the Conference championship. This fall's ECC Tourney is slated for October 8, with the seventh grade playing at Winton Woods and the eighth grade competing at West Clermont HS.
CROSS COUNTRY: Nagel (boys) and Lebanon (girls) look to defend last year's conference titles in cross country. This year's ECC Championships are scheduled for October 16 at Home of the Brave Park. LOVELAND INVITATIONAL: At the September 4 Loveland Invitational, host Loveland finished first in the girls' race, while Nagel placed third and Kings fourth. Amazingly, Loveland had nine runners finish in the top 15 overall! Leading the way for the ECC girls were Nagel's Bridget McKee (third) and Loveland's Parker Mentzer (fourth). For the boys, Nagel finished first, with Loveland (third) and Milford (fifth) finishing in the top five. Nine of the top 15 runners were from the ECC, paced by Nagel's Brock Grubert who placed second. Complete results from the meet can be found HERE. LEBANON INVITATIONAL: The Lebanon Invitational was also held on September 4, with the hosts winning both the boys' and girls' races. The top finishers for Lebanon were Kendall Hoeffel (first - girls) and Aiden Long (second - boys) and Colton Wick (third - boys).
Athletes of the Week
The ECC is again recognizing Athletes of the Week at the middle school level. Like our conference high schools, coaches will submit their student-athletes and each recipient will be posted here weekly.
WEEK THREE ENDING SEPTEMBER 12
Eighth grader Sarah Lane and seventh grader Maggie Worthington are members of the Milford tennis squad. Sarah is in her second year, while Maggie is in her first year in tennis. The girls have started off the season on fire! This is their first year playing doubles together and are playing the first doubles position. They have not lost yet and are 4-0! Their strengths balance each other out, and they've learned to use that to their advantage as doubles partners. We can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings for them!
Milford boys golfer Clay Barkimer is a seventh grader this year, and his favorite subject is Math. He has a brother, Luke, who is a sophomore at the high school, and a sister, Brinn, who is a senior and also has played golf. He also plays lacrosse year round. Clay is an excellent golfer at the junior high level.
Milford girls golfer Jadin Millson is a seventh grader this year. Her favorite subject is Language Arts. She has a sister, Kalia, who is a fifth grader at McCormick Elementary. Besides golf, Jadin has participated in gymnastics and plays the trumpet in band.
Milford seventh grade Red volleyball Player of the Week honors go to birthday girl Keely Bailey. Always a top offensive threat, Keely did an amazing job filling in while we were short a defensive specialist as well. Keep up the great work!
Nagel seventh grade Silver volleyball recognizes Katelyn Ramsey for being a leader and always giving her best!
Loveland seventh grade volleyball player Claire Anness is leading the team in kills and aces this season. She has stepped up to lead the team in our toughest games. She is a strong player with great court sense and knowledge of the game!
Loveland cross country runners Audrey Hufford and Arvin Kharazmi took HUGE amounts of time off their races at the recent Loveland Invitational. They also have an excellent work ethic and are very supportive of other athletes. For the Little Miami invitational, Loveland would like to nominate Parker Mentzer and Ronan Wolfer for winning both the girls and boys races and for always giving 100 percent in practice.
When covid tracing removed one of Lebanon's eighth grade White volleyball team setters minutes before a match, setter Alli Bausmith stepped up and used her ability to run a 5-1 offense to lead her team to wins in two out of three matches. In addition to her 22 assists, Alli served 30-of-35 for 86 percent with 24 service points, 12 aces, four saves, and five digs.
The Milford Junior High boys had a great race at the Mason Cross Country Invitational, placing fifth out of 23 teams in the Team race. The boys were led by Paul Dumont (19th), Henry Craycraft (26th), Colt Barbro (37th), Gideon List (38th), and Henry Newman (48th). The boys also took fifth place in the Open race, led by Marco Viola-Prioli (19th), George Rise V (46th), Carter Linville (47th), Emmet Derrig (54th, and Brandon Wirth (65th). The team ran extremely well in a tough race on a difficult course!
Lilly Row had an outstanding week for our seventh grade West Clermont Navy volleyball team. She works hard and led the team with the most kills this past week. She is a team player and encourages her teammates. Keep up the great work Lilly!
Maddie Russo also had an outstanding week for the West Clermont eighth grade Navy volleyball team. She is a leader on and off the court. Maddie is a great example of a student-athlete and always works hard to encourage her teammates to do their best! She is a good passer, and she also adds multiple kills every game. Keep up the great work Maddie!
Little Miami eighth grade wide receiver Jase Hatte scored his first career touchdown in a win over Nagel Blue. This is Jase’s first year playing football and has emerged as a top pass catcher for the Panthers. Cooper Batulanon, an eighth grade Little Miami lineman, recorded a sack and stepped in on the offensive side of the ball to anchor the offensive line and lead the team to a win.
Little Miami seventh grade quarterback Zac Wittenauer led the Panthers to a commanding win this week. Zac has stepped up to the challenge of leading the Panther offense this season and has the team off to a 2-0 start. Little Miami linebacker/offensive lineman Tyler Meadows had a pick-6 in this week’s win against Nagel Blue. Tyler has done everything that’s been asked of him, and his hard work has paid off for the Panthers.
Nagel seventh grade Blue football's Athlete of the Week is Owen Scalf. Owen had a pick-6 this past week on defense and led the offense from the quarterback position.
Nagel girls tennis player Phoebe Baldasare is a talented, hard worker with serious focus as the squad's #1 singles player. She will be a very valuable high school player!
Nagel eighth grade White volleyball player Katie Mulvey has really stepped up during practices and games to be a team leader. She plays hard and always gives 110 percent. She is an asset to the team! Keep it up, Katie!
Lebanon eighth grade football had a big win this past week - the defense held off a late surge by the opponent led by some key plays by linebacker Ashton Bishop and defensive end Justin Kerns. Offensively, the Warriors were led by precision passing by QB Luke Faler and big catches by wide receivers Jack Sako and Cooper Scott. Running back Ryder Hooks led the ground attack with explosive running and a pair of touchdowns behind a strong offensive line performance.
Lebanon seventh grade Maroon volleyball recognizes Annie Milton for her consistent serving and back row play. Annie served 13 consecutive points to help Maroon nearly pull off a road comeback victory. She can always be counted on to bring hustle and leadership... Great job, Annie!
Lebanon seventh grade football had another big win this past week to move to 2-0. The offense was led by quarterback Bryce Woehrmyer, who threw three touchdown passes, and the running of Logan Schmenk, who had 100 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Minor hauled in two touchdown catches, all of which was done behind great blocking of our offensive line, which included Gavin Kirby, Tommy Hollon, Tucker Snelling, Jack Bock, and Brody Lamb. Defensively, we were led by Brody Lamb, Max Harker, Evan Fornshell, and Malikia Young. Great job by all the guys. Our practice Player of the Week is Carson Jordon. Carson had a great week of practice, and we look forward to him getting better every day.
At Friday's Mason Invitational, the Nagel girls and boys cross country squads both took second place. Top finishers in the girls Team Race were Bridgett McKee (second) and Nina Brandon (tenth). In the girls Open Race, Nagel had three girls finish in the top 5: Cameron Burnett (second), Ava Bergman (third), and Josie Hyden (fifth).
After a first place finish at the Loveland Invitational, the Nagel boys cross country team was runner-up at the 47th Mason Invitational, finishing second out of 19 teams. The top five racers for the Nighthawks were Brock Grubert, Toby Strausbaugh, Beckett Blazer, Chase Spencer, and Gavin Hoffman.
Little Miami eighth grade Gold volleyball player Emerson Rader constantly strives to perfect her skills and to try new things. Emerson is a team player who focuses on connecting with her hitters. Her goal is to give her hitters the best sets that she can to make our team strong and competitive. Her hustle and focus in practices and in games is how she leads our team.
Loveland's 11-0 eighth grade volleyball team was led this past week by Makenna Kirlin with 10 aces, six kills, and 24 assists in the team's wins over West Clermont, Kings, and Nagel Blue.
WEEK TWO ENDING SEPTEMBER 5
Loveland eighth grade football player Ricardo Boston had a great camp and then came out on Wednesday ready to play! He played nearly every snap on both sides of the ball and did an excellent job! He is one of our defensive leaders as a linebacker and also does a great job on the offensive side of the ball as a running back! We are looking for big things from Ricardo as the season goes on. Keep up the hard work Ricardo!
The Kings seventh grade football Knights suffered a tough loss at Little Miami last week. The Knights had a standout performance by wide receiver Andrew Lyman who scored the squad's only touchdown on an 18-yard reception.
The Kings eighth grade linebacking crew of Max and Ben Lockwood and Grady McKelvey had tackles all over the field and were a major part of the Kings victory and shutout.
Loveland seventh grade volleyball player Taylor Gerhardt is a leader on the team in her setter spot. She works hard at every practice and has great communication skills on the court with her teammates. She is a strong server as well.
Lebanon eighth grade White volleyball player Jenna Callahan, outside and right side hitter, had a very productive two weeks for the Lady Warriors. Jenna served 68-of-72 for 94 percent with 45 service points, 13 aces, and eight kills. As one of the most consistent passers on her team, Jenna had 35 serve receptions and 30 digs.
Milford seventh garde Red volleyball Player of the Week honors go to Kylie Stephens. Kylie is a very versatile player who is working hard to make the transition to setter. She has a great attitude and is a hard worker and great team player!
The Milford Junior High boys continued their strong start to the season, placing fifth out of 18 teams at the competitive Loveland Invitational. The boys were led by eighth graders Paul Dumont and Henry Craycraft, who placed 19th and 23rd respectively. Seventh graders Henry Newman, Colt Barbro, Jacob Eminger, and Tristan Carlo and eighth grader Gideon List rounded out the scoring seven for the Eagles. Seventh grader Sam McKay took an incredible 92 seconds off his PR in only his second race!
Winton Woods seventh grade football: Shout outs to Khamri Price who had two rushing touchdowns, Jachi Dubois who had a receiving touchdown and an interception, and Ti'Yone Strong who had a passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown in their opener against Loveland.
Winton Woods eighth grade football: Shout outs to Isaiah Garrett and Javion Achoe who had two rushing touchdowns apiece, Bryant Richardson and Kendez English who each recorded a receiving touchdown, and Bryshawn Brown who had two passing touchdowns in their opener against Loveland.
WEEK ONE ENDING AUGUST 29
Milford’s seventh grade Red volleyball team got off to a 3-0 start for week one thanks in large part to the steady serving and defense of Molly Raussen and Kelsie Black. Great work ladies!
Loveland girls cross country recognizes eighth grader Ellie Orth. Ellie put in a lot of her own work during the summer and it has definitely paid off. She finished as our number two runner in our opening meet against Kings. She has come in this year focused and determined to help her team be successful!
Loveland boys cross country recognizes eighth grader Jake Molas. Jake has really stepped up this year as a runner and in his leadership. He is always one of the first people to congratulate and encourage his teammates. Jake is running in our top pack of boys and is an inspiration to those around him!
When Covid tracing took out two of Lebanon's eighth grade White volleyball team starters, co-Captain Alexa Fluxe moved from her outside hitter position to middle hitter to help lead her Lady Warriors to a three-win week. In doing so, Alexa served 44-of-47 for 94 percent with 33 service points, 15 aces, 18 kills, and 1 block. While playing middle back on defense; Alexa had three saves, 11 serves received, and 16 digs.
Emma Palmer, Lebanon girls cross country recognizes eighth grader Emma Palmer. Two years ago, Emma suffered a traumatic brain bleed during a swim meet and has miraculously fought her way back. This past Monday, she completed her first two mile cross country meet. She is an inspiration to her teammates and to our entire Lebanon cross country family. This video of her crossing the finish line at Monday night's Monroe meet shows what she means to her team - click HERE.
The Nagel seventh grade Silver volleyball squad won its first match against Lebanon at home with the help of team co-captain and setter Katelyn Ramsey.
Milford seventh grade cross country runner Elle Campbell led the Lady Eagles in their season opener at the Lakota East Classic on Saturday to a team third-place finish by finishing the 2-mile course in fourth. Right by her side was fifth place finisher and seventh grade teammate Lauren Johnson who partnered with Elle to hold off many Lakota runners towards the finish. Both athletes are very determined runners and have the work ethic needed to succeed in cross country.
Seventh grade Lebanon Maroon volleyball would like to recognize setter/captain Evie Lalich for a solid beginning of the season against Nagel Silver. She commanded the court with accurate setting, serving, hustle, and encouragement for her teammates. Great job, captain!
Milford eighth grade White volleyball player Logan Hallinan really stepped up this past week and played a different position for us while we had a player out. Way to be a team player, Logan!
West Clermont seventh grade cheer would like to recognize Julia Worthington. Julia is always very kind and supportive of her teammates. She is a great role model and is an excellent representation of West Clermont cheer. Julia is always willing to try new skills and works extremely hard at practice. We are thankful to have her as a member of our squad! Congratulations Julia!
Taylor Hooks, part of the West Clermont eighth grade Navy volleyball team, had a great week! She works hard every day at practice, she's a leader on the floor, and continues to go above and beyond to get better. She has worked so hard to have excellent passing form, but she also plays a role on our offense as one of our outside hitters. Keep up the great work Taylor!
Audrey Swartz, part of the West Clermont seventh grade Navy volleyball team, also had a great week! She had some excellent serves with a few aces as well. She works hard on the court and hustles to get to balls you don't think anyone on the floor can get to. She has also done a great job setting and assisting our hitters to score. Keep up the great work Audrey!
Nagel eighth grade White volleyball recognizes Kenna Howard. Kenna has worked extremely hard these beginning weeks of the season. She is always one of the first to encourage her teammates when they are down and comes to practice determined to play harder than the last one. Keep up the great work captain!
Nagel's Evan Millard won the Girls Open Race at Moeller's Primetime Cross Country Invite Friday, before the storm cancelled the meet. She helped Nagel's combined boys and girls take second overall.
The Milford Eagles cross country squad got off to a great start, taking third place at the competitive Lakota East Invitational. Eighth grader Henry Craycraft led the way with a third-place overall finish and was followed closely by seventh graders Henry Newman and Colt Barbro and eighth graders Patrick Eminger and Gideon List. The Eagles also saw eighth grader Holden Yuskewich smash his previous PR, taking an amazing 3:22 off his previous best time at this race!
Loveland eighth grade volleyball player Makenna Kirlin led her team last week in its three wins against West Clermont, Wyoming, and Walnut Hills. Her setting ability is above and beyond her peers!
Eighth grader Jenna Bullock, a member of the Loveland girls tennis team, was a role model for the team in composure and perseverance in her match vs. Lakota West. She was down 6-0 in the first set but came back to take the second set to a tie breaker.
Little Miami eighth grade Gold volleyball player Jade Wall helped lead her team to a 3-0 start. She led her team with serving against Kings and has a serve receive score of 1.8 with multiple kills in the front row. She leads our team with aggressive play and great sportsmanship.
2021 Spring Sports Wrap-Up
BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK: After cancelling last year's track season, Loveland captured both the boys' and girls' titles this spring at the Eastern Cincinnati Conference Championships! Nagel finished runner-up in both boys' and girls' competition. Complete results are HERE.
ALSO, congratulations to all of our athletes who competed in the OHSAA JH Track and Field Championships May 15. A special shout out to Loveland's Tyler Schwinn for winning the STATE TITLE in the high jump with a leap of 5-9! See complete results HERE.
2020-21 Winter Sports Wrap-Up
BOYS BASKETBALL: Kings and Loveland would have battled for the seventh grade "A" Championship if not for the weather. The game was cancelled, but congrats to both squads on great seasons! It was decided that both teams were deserving of the title of co-Champions for 2020-21!
The eighth grade "A" tournament championship trophy will reside at Kings, as the Knights defeated Nagel Silver to capture the conference title.
The finals of the ECC boys "B" Invitational saw Loveland win the seventh grade championship and Kings win the eighth grade title. Congratulations!
GIRLS BASKETBALL: The ECC "A" tournament crowned champions February 4. West Clermont captured the seventh grade title, while Winton Woods walked away with the eighth grade championship! Congratulations to both squads.
WRESTLING: The Loveland Tigers captured the ECC wrestling title for the second consecutive year! Little Miami finished runner-up. Complete results are HERE. Some of the Champion Tiger squad can be seen below.
2020 Fall Sports Wrap-Up
FOOTBALL: Winton Woods finished the season unbeaten in eighth grade contests, while Kings completed a perfect season in seventh grade contests. WORTH WATCHING: Check out this catch in a recent game between Lebanon and Kings. Watch HERE.
VOLLEYBALL: Nagel Blue eighth grade finished the regular season with a perfect 13-0 ECC record (16-1 overall) mark. In the seventh grade standings, Loveland finished the regular season on top with a 15-1 ECC record (16-1 overall).
Congratulations to Nagel Blue (eighth grade) and Loveland (seventh grade) for winning the ECC Tournament Championships!
CROSS COUNTRY: This year's ECC Championships were held October 17 at the Home of the Brave Park. Nagel captured the boys' championship, with Loveland coming in second. Lebanon came away with the girls' crown, with Kings finishing runner-up. The top finisher for the boys was Milford's Charlie Vause, while Lebanon's Nathan Cochran was runner-up. Nagle's Amina Divanovic won the girls' race, followed by Loveland's Caroline Murnan. Complete boys' results can be found HERE and the girls' results HERE.