Shout out to Walnut Hills' Josh Hardin, honored by the Southwest Ohio Athletic Directors Association (SWOADA) as the Middle School Athletic Director of the Year!  This is Josh's second consecutive year winning the award!  The award recognizes service, leadership, and involvement with interscholastic athletics at the local or district levels.  A great honor for a hardworking young man!

Nagel Middle School was one of eighteen schools across Ohio to receive the Respect the Game Challenge award from the Ohio High School Athletic Administration (OHSAA).  The recognition honors schools that promote sportsmanship and is part of the OHSAA's Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity campaign.  The honor is based on the 2013-2014 school year and is very prestigious across Ohio. Nagel Middle School has earned the honor annually since 2010.  In addition, the school has received the Harold A. Meyer award every year since 2003.  Read more HERE.

TRACK:  The ECC middle school track meet was held May 11 at Withrow High School.  Congratulations to the Loveland Tigers and Lady Tigers for winning the Conference Championship in both the boys' and girls' divisions.  Final event winners were as follows:

BOYS' CONFERENCE MEET CHAMPIONS:  110 Meter Hurdles:  Newman (Walnut Hills), 100 Meters:  Swanson (Walnut Hills), 1600 Meters:  Justus (Kings), 4x100 Meter Relay:  Nagel, 400 Meters:  Crumpton (Walnut Hills), 4x200 Meter Relay:  Walnut Hills, 200 Meter Hurdles:  Craft (Loveland), 800 Meters:  Justus (Kings), 200 Meters:  Swanson (Walnut Hills), 4x400 Meter Relay:  Kings, High Jump:  Cissell (Nagel), Long Jump:  Cissell (Nagel), Discus:  Medallion (Withrow), Shot Put:  Ringel (Loveland), and Pole Vault:  Smeller (Loveland).

Here's the current ECC Middle School Boys' Track and Field Records:

110 Meter Hurdles:  Bohenek (Nagel - 16.13 in 2013), 100 Meters:  Conley (Loveland - 11.38 in 2014), 1600 Meters:  Lowry (Walnut Hills - 4:57.44 in 2014), 4x100 Meter Relay:  Nagel (49.0 in 2015), 400 Meters:  Daniel (Walnut Hills - 53.43 in 2013), 4x200 Meter Relay:  Kings (1:42.88 in 2013), 200 Meter Hurdles:  Craft (Loveland - 27.81 in 2015), 800 Meters:  Justus (Kings - 2:15.34 in 2015), 200 Meters:  Daniel (Walnut Hills - 23.75 in 2013), 4x400 Meter Relay:  Kings (3:57.25 in 2013), High Jump:  Cissell (Nagel - 5-9 in 2015), Long Jump:  Davenport (Walnut Hills - 18-1 1/4 in 2013), Discus:  Medallion (Withrow - 110-7 in 2015), Shot Put:  Howard (Nagel - 39-9 in 2014), and Pole Vault:  Davenport (Walnut Hills - 10-6 in 2015).

GIRLS' CONFERENCE MEET CHAMPIONS:  100 Meter Hurdles:  Page (Kings), 100 Meters:  Darks (Walnut Hills), Bush (Nagel), 4x100 Meter Relay:  Walnut Hills, 400 Meters:  Sullivan (Nagel), 4x200 Meter Relay:  Walnut Hills, 200 Meter Hurdles:  Rodeffer (Milford), 800 Meters:  Bush (Nagel), 200 Meters:  Elam (Loveland), 4x400 Meter Relay:  Nagel, High Jump:  Klenke (Loveland), Long Jump:  Morrison (Loveland), Discus:  Steele (Nagel), Shot Put:  Steele (Nagel), and Pole Vault:  Barta (Kings).

Here's the current ECC Middle School Girls' Track and Field Records:

100 Meter Hurdles:  Massey (Loveland - 15.65 in 2014), 100 Meters:  Jones (Walnut Hills - 12.78 in 2014), 1600 Meters:  Bush (Nagel - 5:29.06 in 2014), 4x100 Meter Relay:  Walnut Hills (52.72 in 2015), 400 Meters:  McElveen (Loveland - 60.28 in 2013), 4x200 Meter Relay:  Walnut Hills (1:51.16 in 2013), 200 Meter Hurdles:  Massey (Loveland - 30.22 in 2014), 800 Meters:  Bush (Nagel - 2:32.13 in 2015), 200 Meters:  Williams (Loveland - 26.34 in 2014), 4x400 Meter Relay:  Walnut Hills (4:27.72 in 2013), High Jump:  Klenke (Loveland - 5-0 in 2015), Long Jump:  Jones (Walnut Hills - 16-2 in 2014), Discus:  Steele (Nagel - 93-3 in 2015), Shot Put:  Steele (Nagel - 36-9 1/4 in 2015), and Pole Vault:  Berger (Glen Este - 8-0 in 2013) and Jones (Kings - 8-0 in 2014).

ECC MIDDLE SCHOOL WRESTLING:  The Conference tournament was held January 30 at Milford High School, with the Loveland Tigers capturing the team title with 272 points.  Glen Este was runner-up with 167 points, while Nagel placed third with 130.5.  Individual champions included Milford's Max Ward (80 lbs.), Milford's Adam Anderson (86 lbs.), Loveland's Ian Inabnitt (92 lbs.), Loveland's Jacob Klopfenstein (98 lbs.), Loveland's Liam Hamill (104 lbs.), Loveland's Blake Poteet (110 lbs.), Loveland's Colin Durham (116 lbs.), Loveland's Cooper Smeller (122 lbs.), Nagel's Carlos Fernandez (128 lbs.), Glen Este's Mitchell Gibson (134 lbs.), Loveland's Drew Vanderhorst (142 lbs.), Glen Este's Joe Wahl (150 lbs.), Milford's Will Morton (160 lbs.), Glen Este's Max Beckman (172 lbs.), Nagel's Nate Crawford (205 lbs.), and Loveland's Cameron Ringel (245 lbs.).   Get complete results HERE.

ECC MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS' BASKETBALL:  The eighth grade girls' basketball Conference tournament champions are the Kings Lady Knights!  They downed Loveland on February 11 in the title game.  The seventh grade championship went to Walnut Hills, pictured below, who defeated Kings on February 12 to finish the season undefeated.

ECC MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS' BASKETBALL:  The boys' seventh grade basketball Conference tournament title game was an exciting overtime thriller, with Loveland defeating Milford on February 11.  Milford downed Nagel Blue to capture the eighth grade championship in a game played February 12.

ECC MIDDLE SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY MEET:  The ECC middle school cross country championships were held October 8.  The girls' champions were from Nagel Middle School, while Loveland came away with the boys' title.  Individual champions were Sam Bush on the girls' side (Nagel), while Luke Black (Loveland) won the boys' race.  For complete results, scroll over the FALL tab above for the drop-down box which will take you to the cross country pages.

ECC MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT:  Scheduled for this Saturday, with the seventh grade tourney being held at Kings High School and the eighth grade tourney being held at Glen Este Middle School.  Here's the opening round match schedules:

Eighth Grade  Congratulations to Milford, who won the eighth grade volleyball Championship by defeating Nagel Silver in the tournament finals!

Seventh Grade Congratulations to the Lady Tigers of Loveland for capturing the Conference Championship!  They defeated Nagel Silver in the championship match.

ECC MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL UPDATE:  The 2014 ECC football season has concluded, and the conference champions have been determined.  Your 2014 seventh grade champions are the Milford Eagles!  The eighth grade championship belongs to the Kings Knights, who finished the season with a perfect 8-0 record!