2022 Fall Sports Updates
FOOTBALL: Winton Woods (seventh grade) and Kings (eighth grade) are your defending ECC champions in the sport of football.
VOLLEYBALL: Loveland swept both the seventh and eighth grade tournament titles last fall! This year's middle school tournament is slated for October 8 at Kings (seventh grade) and Winton Woods (eighth grade).
CROSS COUNTRY: Loveland also ran away with the ECC Championship in both boys and girls cross country. This year's ECC Meet is scheduled for October 15 at Lebanon HS. MASON INVITATIONAL: Congratulations to Milford for winning the girls' title at the Mason Invite September 9. The Lady Eagles were paced by Elle Campbell who finished fourth and Ruby Long who placed tenth. On the boys' side, Loveland finished fourth in the team competition. The Tigers' Liam Manly was the top ECC finisher at twelfth. See results of all junior high races HERE.
At the September 10 Little Miami Invitational, the host Panthers won the boys' team trophy with runners finishing in the top seven places, led by champion Ryne Reynolds. In the girls' race, Little Miami again captured the team title with Jessie Perkins leading the way as overall champion. Results from all races are HERE.
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 ENDING SEPTEMBER 25
Zari Pepin (eighth grader) plays singles for the Milford tennis team. Zari has been a true leader and a hard worker! She has contributed to the success of the team on and off the court! Hazel Martin (seventh grader) and Anna Sturgill (eighth grader) have played both doubles and singles. Hazel and Anna have been team players throughout the season. They were thrown into positions they weren't used to playing and have been awesome!
West Clermont eighth grade football recognizes Antwoine Higgins who recorded a 65-yard touchdown run and DeMarcus Henry who added a 50-yard TD reception in a match-up against Nagel Silver.
Lauren Mahannah stepped up for the seventh grade Nagel Silver volleyball squad. When a player went down with an injury, she stepped in and set all around the court and did a great job.
West Clermont golf recognizes two golfers this past week, Max Schwab and Patrick Toole. Max has been one of the most consistent golfer for the past few weeks, while putting some of his tee shots very close to the hole. Max is also a good teammate. Patrick has really shown improvement this past week and his confidence is on the rise. This was Patrick’s best week of golf matching - his personal best. Both golfers work hard at practice and stay focused during matches. Great job Max and Patrick!
Loveland seventh grade volleyball players Emily Patterson and Blake Lohman have improved tremendously since the beginning of the season and have gained confidence in their abilities on the court. I’m so proud of them! Keep working hard!
Mimi Griesser of Nagel eighth grade Blue volleyball is this week's ECC Athlete of the Week. She provided MANY service aces in our 3-0 week as well as some aggressive digs and beautiful hits from back row. Mimi shows up every day lifting up her teammates, focusing in on every drill/rep, and brings so much energy to the court which feeds off on her teammates. Congrats Mimi!
Loveland cross country recognizes eighth grader Jonah Schmidt for running a fantastic time with a cast at the Vic Roberts Invitational and the JV girls’ team for packing well and working together so the team could place.
With no game this week, I would like to talk about a player who has made a huge impact for Nagel seventh grade Blue football team, Russell Blankenship. From the first day of meeting Russell … all he has done is hustle, learn, and “be a football player.” From Inside linebacker, to outside linebacker, to strong safety to defensive end … Russell has made position switches in order to help the team. Players like Russell make us look good as coaches! #oneNest #moNey
Winton Woods girls soccer player Nathalie Barrera is a former center-mid turned goalie for the Warriors this year. Nathalie's hustle and aggression on the field translated to 16 saves in our game against Princeton. Of those saves, three were one-on-one breakaways where Nathalie had to come out and force the opposing players to shoot. She had an absolutely beautiful save during one breakaway where she dove and pushed the ball over the net. It was an excellent performance on her part and without her, the score against us would have been much higher. Not only did she play well, she always has nothing but positive things to say to her teammates and builds everyone on the team up. She is more than deserving of Athlete of the Week honors!
Loveland's eighth grade volleyball team went 2-1 this past week. Ella Smith, Sam Murray, and Claire Anness led the team in its victories. Sam and Ella made great adjustments and played their new positions well. Claire had some great serve runs in all the matches but ended the week in a 17-0 serve run against Walnut Hills. Kudos to all the players! Let's go Lady Tigers!
Seventh grade Milford Red volleyball player Lauren Williams has really stepped up as both an offensive and defensive force as a middle hitter! Keep up the good work!
Three Lebanon eighth grade Gold volleyball players contributed in different ways as the Lady Warriors went 1-1 for the week in the ECC. Setter Avery McCutchan notched 20 service points with 16 aces, 16 kills, 23 assists, and four saves. Middle Hitter Juli Coleman served 14-of-14 for 100 percent with 10 service points, six aces, eight kills, and two saves. Defensive Specialist Kandyn Martin had eight service points, three aces, and eight serves received.
Nagel eighth grade Silver football player Jax Hillier is a first-year player who plays with intensity and drive, learning so much each week and improving constantly. He plays as though he played his whole life, going from linebacker on one side of the ball to what appears to be a seasoned running back on the the other side.
Wyatt Brotherton led the seventh grade football Knights as Kings defeated Milford this past week 42-8. Wyatt had a huge play on offense for a touchdown, his first of the year! Wyatt also played defense and added an interception to his day. Way to go Wyatt!
Lebanon eighth grade Maroon volleyball players Gabby Adkins and Emilia Sprague both had a great offensive week. Gabby tallied 33 kills and Emilia had 28.
WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 18
Nagel seventh grade Blue football Player of the Week is Danny Weinle. This past week proved once again that the ECC football conference is loaded, as Milford visited Nagel Road for a BATTLE! Danny fought hard on both sides of the ball with tough blocking, a huge third down catch, "hard nose" tackles, and pressuring the visiting QB throughout the day. Danny got banged during the game, only to return and help the Nighthawks in the fourth quarter.
Lebanon eighth grade Gold volleyball outside hitter Kylie Lamb and defensive specialist Cheyenne Fite played key roles in the team's two victories this past week. Kylie served nine service points with four aces, five kills, an assist, three serves received, and a dig. Cheyenne served four service points with four kills, two assists, seven serves received, and three digs.
Milford seventh grade White volleyball would like to recognize Josie Ludtke for her play this past week. She led the team in kills and blocks at the net. She added seven aces in three games. Keep working hard Josie!
Loveland cross country nominates Luke Zicka (eighth grade) for breaking 12 at the Stoneberger Invitational, Kellen Margraf (eighth grader) for his work ethic and improvement, and Charlotte Kady (seventh grader) and Charity Powell (eighth grader) for their incredibly strong races and finishes at the Stoneberger Invitational.
Loveland seventh grade volleyball player Karli Krohn has been working on improving her hitting skills and front row play and it is showing up in our games! Keep working, 22!
Milford eighth grade White volleyball Player or the Week recognition goes to Elise Weiner, who has proven to be our “utility” player. When we were down a setter, she stepped in. When we were down a hitter, she stepped in. Her attitude and flexibility when the team needed her most has been amazing. Congratulations Elise!
Nagel seventh grade Silver volleyball player Lauren Coughlin is a constant defensive player who consistently makes good passes so that we can run our offense. She's an important part of our team and the success we have had thus far.
Little Miami seventh grade football players Carson Day and Cohen Rader are great role models in school and on the field. Their selflessness and positive attitudes shine anywhere they go. They make Little Miami proud. Thanks for everything you boys do!
Nagel seventh grade cross country runner Gracie Helbig won the seventh grade race at the Sycamore Stoneberger Invite on Thursday and was the top Nagel runner at the Milford Invite on Saturday. She has dropped over a minute in the past three meets, helping Nagel girls to take home second place in both meets.
Nagel seventh grade White volleyball player Ava Berry was on FIRE in our game against Milford this past week. She brought all of her great energy out for this match and brought our team back by her serves in our second set, taking us to the third to win. Without Ava's great energy, hard work, and persistence in that game, our team would not be where we are. Congrats Ava for being our Player of the Week!
Milford girls' cross country recognizes seventh grader Maren Barnett and eighth grader Marina Chiapelli. We were down two of our fastest runners this past week at our home meet and both Maren and Marina stepped up and came in with times that contributed to our team score to keep our girls undefeated. Phenomenal job girls!
Milford boys' cross country salutes seventh grader Gavin Anderson and eighth grader Phineas List. Both Gavin and Phineas gave it their all on Saturday at our home meet and brought in times qualifying them both for state championships this year. Fantastic job boys!
Milford seventh grade Red volleyball player Bella Clark has been a defensive machine in the back row. She is a strong server and keeps us in a rally! Keep up the good work, Bella!
Nagel eighth grade Silver football recognizes defensive end Kason Sledge. Kason maintained his ground against a superior-sized opponent. Overmatched and outweighed, Kason never stopped fighting to defend his end of the line. He showed great effort and never complained - just consistently tried to win the match-up!
Kings seventh grade football was victorious this week against Loveland. The team was led by Eli Duinkerk who scored several touchdowns and made key plays on defense as well. Nice work Eli! Go Knights!
Loveland's eighth grade volleyball team's defensive specialists are improving every week. Sophia Aliaga, Emily Forschner, Anna Meldon, and Claire Westermeyer have been leaving it all on the court making great defensive plays and serving many aces. They have been a key factor in helping this team reach its current 12-0 record! Go LADY TIGERS!
Lebanon eighth grade Marron volleyball player Arieah Griffin had 18 kills in three matches for the Lady Warriors.
WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 11
Milford seventh grade Red volleyball player Grace Miracle has been an absolute brick wall as a middle hitter! We can always count on her for a big block or hit when the point is on the line. Great job, Grace!
Delaney Mayer led the Milford seventh grade White team to three wins this past week over Lebanon, West Clermont, and Sycamore! She stepped into the setter role and made big plays in all three contests. Keep working hard Delaney!
Lydia Davidson is one of our defensive specialists on the Milford eighth grade White team. This past week, Lydia had over 10 kills, eight aces, and numerous assists and digs. She always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude. Lydia exemplifies the teammate and athlete players should strive to be!
Anna Patterson is new to the district, but hasn't let that stop her when it comes to being a leader for Milford volleyball on the court! Anna plays all around and is a force on both offense and defense. She is the loudest and hardest hitter on the team! Anna is so much fun to watch!
Nagel seventh grade Blue football had a “knock out drag out brawl” at Lebanon. It’s was a total team effort, but Grif Mebius “had himself a day.” Grif scored twice, once on defense with a “rip six” and once on offense with a tough touchdown reception. Everyday Grif does something new to impress; I can’t wait to see want tomorrow brings!
West Clermont golf has many players continuing to improve throughout the season. Josh Garcia continues to work hard and it paid off this week when he chipped in for a fantastic par and went on to shoot his best score of the season. Keep working hard Josh!
Loveland recognizes eighth graders Tanner Reighard and Natalie Kurtzman for their helpfulness and strong running and seventh graders Kate Weigand and Keene Wolfer for their stellar performances at the Sacred Heart Invitational. We also want to shout out all the team members who ran at Sacred Heart for their great racing.
Loveland seventh grade volleyball player Taylor Sylvester is continuing to work hard to be a leader at practices and that is starting to show in our games. She is determined and I am confident in her abilities on the court. Keep pushing, Taylor!
Lauren Mahannah is a great co-captain for Nagel seventh grade Silver volleyball. She is a setter and makes good decisions for our offense. When our other setter was injured, she stepped up and effectively ran a one-setter offense. She is a true asset and leader for our team.
Lebanon's eighth grade Gold volleyball team was able to pick up two wins out of its last three matches with the help of the combined play of Hazel Greene and Adalyn Murray. Hazel, defensive specialist, tallied 14 serves received with three digs, while Adalyn, middle blocker and co-captain, recorded 10 service points, 16 kills, and two assists.
Milford seventh grade White volleyball would like to recognize Abby Littrell for her outstanding play this past week. She is our setter and has been a consistent all-around player for the Lady Eagles. Last week, she served up eight aces in three games. Great job Abby!
Brayden Brown and Ryder Armstrong were the 1-2 punch in the running game which was the difference in Little Miami's seventh grade victory over Nagel Silver. Ryder was a game changer on defense as well, as he lead the team in tackles.
The Lebanon eighth grade Maroon volleyball team went 2-1 last week with a very close loss against Nagel Blue in three sets and wins against Kings and Walnut Hills. Arieah Griffin led the Lady Warriors in kills for the week with 13 and Bella Centers was close behind with 12. Evie Lalich had 43 assists over the three matches and 10 aces. Annie Milton led the team in digs with 25 and also had 11 aces.
The seventh grade football Kings Knights were victorious against Ross this past week. The team was led by Reagan Ramsey who scored a big touchdown with a 21-yard run and made some key tackles on defense! Go Knights!
Caroline Barber of the Nagel eighth grade Blue volleyball squad leads by example everyday by shows mental toughness while also doing whatever is needed and more on the court for the team. She is consistent during practice, takes advantage of every opportunity given to her, and is willing to do whatever it takes for the success of the team. Caroline has come a long way from the beginning of the season and continues to improve everyday!
Loveland’s eighth grade volleyball players Claire Anness and Bella Rogers went on serving runs in our matches against Liberty and Winton Woods to improve our record to 8-0. Go Lady Tigers!
Milford eighth grade third singles tennis player Zari Pepin was down 1-4 and held her opponent to come back and win 8-4! This helped us seal the win against Walnut Hills.
WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 4
West Clermont seventh grade football player Josiah Davis scored a rushing touchdown, passing touchdown, and threw for a two-point conversion in a win against Loveland.
Milford seventh grade White volleyball would like to recognize Delaney Mayer for leading the team to three wins this week over Lebanon, West Clermont, and Sycamore. She stepped into the setter role and made big plays in all three contests. Keep working hard Delaney!
Milford seventh grade golfer Knox Zurmehly has been improving his skills every day at practice and at every match. He puts in the hard work and it has been showing! Eighth grader Charlie Gehringer has been consistently going out and playing golf at a high level. He comes to practice and matches ready to perform at his best!
Milford eighth grade golfer Maddison Cromwell comes to practice every day ready to get better. She is always willing to learn and accepts all coaching! Eighth grader Risha Patel always makes matches and practices fun but still comes every day ready to work!
Sami Moore is serving in her second year as Lebanon's seventh and eighth grade Gold volleyball manager. Her duties include being in charge of the scoring table during home matches - working the scoreboard and keeping the main scorebook. In addition to her scoring table duties, Sami assists in practice by taking attendance, distributing handouts, and scoring scrimmages. She has also trained other girls in keeping score. In a recent practice, Sami also participated in a team competition for an absent teammate. Sami Moore is an invaluable asset to the Lebanon Junior High volleyball program.
Avery McCutchan, co-captain and setter for Lebanon's eighth grade Gold volleyball team, notched 13 assists to help her team go 1-1 for the week. Avery also led the team from the service line with 15 service points and seven aces.
West Clermont eighth grade golfer Nic Bishop posted his personal-best score this past week. Nic's work ethic is a great example for his team, and he continues to improve each week. Fantastic job, Nic!
West Clermont eighth grade football player Jojo Pouncy is recognized for his all-around effort on both offense and defense. He is a team leader for the squad. Teammate Zayne Walker made a number of big plays against Loveland!
Loveland seventh grade volleyball player Elise Brantley always has a positive attitude and is a team player.
Loveland cross country recognizes eighth graders Isabella Fronk and Brayden Montgomery for their exceptional work ethic and attitude.
Nagel seventh grade Blue has a football player who broke his arm off the field before he was able to play a down. Joey Fecher still has shown his commitment to the team. He is always at practice and games helping coaches and players while equipment, spotting balls and always cheering on his teammates. Joey's dedication to his classmates is awesome!
Nagel eighth grade cross country runner Makenna Lundrigan has been leading the team this season, finishing first for Nagel in the Moeller Invite on August 26.
The Nagel eighth grade Silver football squad recognizes quarterback Teagan Jallick. Teagan is a leader on both offense and defense. At times during this week's game, he went over and above to lead by example.
Loveland's eighth grade volleyball team improved its record to 6-0 with wins against Nagel Silver, Walnut Hills, and Lebanon. This past week's wins were accomplished due to awesome efforts in blocking by Gabbi Ciotti, kills by Kylie George, great backrow defensive plays by Anna Meldon, and serving by Claire Westermeyer. GO LADY TIGERS!
Athletes of the Week for Milford are being recognized for improving their personal records in a meet. Steven Owen improved his time by 3:35 and Cayde Nelson-Muhr improved her time by 4:14. Way to run Eagles!
Nagel seventh grade Silver volleyball player Lilly Dearth continues to work hard at every practice to improve her DS skills. After struggling with her serve earlier in the match, she served nine points to close out a three-set win against Kings. Way to go Lilly!
Alexis Braddock of Nagel eighth grade Blue volleyball is both a leader on and off the court. In practices, she is a verbal leader making sure to lift up each one of her teammates. Alexis is also leading by example as she is always attentive and takes advantage of every rep while also being a leader in the classroom. These skills show during games as she is always locked in. Congrats Alexis!
The seventh grade football Knights were led by Jackson Spaeth this past week in their victory over Nagel Blue. Jackson had great blocks, catches for touchdowns, and contributed on the defensive side of the ball as well. Great Game Jackson!
WEEK ENDING AUGUST 28
Loveland cross country recognizes eighth grader Lian Manly and seventh grader Jackie Fossitt for their strong performances at the Moeller Primetime Invitational. Liam placed sixth and Jackie was twelfth.
Brooke Crockett, Lebanon eighth grade Gold volleyball defensive specialist and middle back, led her team in their first two non-conference matches against Alter and CHCA; serving 14-of-15 for 93 percent with 10 service points, four aces, 12 serves received, three digs, and a pair of saves.
Little Miami seventh grade football players Benny Helphinstine and Owen Hoch led the Panthers to a 26-0 victory over Kings. Benny had two receiving touchdowns and Owen had one receiving touchdown and an interception returned for a touchdown.
Nagel seventh grade Blue football player Luke Pastura is a "blue collar," "dirty hat," "lunch pail" type of player who is already in mid-season form - from running the ball downhill to "ball hawking" on defense. This Nighthawk doesn't talk much; Luke lets his play speak for itself. #scoreNow #oneNest
Maddie Schrand, co-captain for Nagel seventh grade Silver volleyball team, is a great leader on the court, always encouraging her teammates. She served 10 straight - with several aces - to clinch a victory in our first away match of the season.
Loveland seventh grade volleyball player Caitlin Ryan has consistently been a dependable player on the court. Her hard work and determination will continue to serve her well.
Milford seventh grade Red volleyball would like to recognize team manager Makayla Spinner. She comes to practice and games with such a positive attitude and energy every day, and she selflessly cheers on her teammates and picks them up when they need it. We couldn't do it without you, Makayla!
Brody Turner, seventh grade quarterback at West Clermont, led the Wolves to victory over Milford Wednesday evening with one rushing and one passing touchdown.
Milford seventh grade White volleyball was led by Lucy Chandler in two victories over Bethel Tate and MVCA. She had six aces and five assists in the two games. We are thankful to have Lucy representing the Lady Eagle volleyball program because she is the type of athlete who leads by example in games and practices.
We would like to congratulate four of our cross country athletes this week. They not only have performed very well at both of our recent meets and demonstrated team spirit and leadership skills but were also voted in by their own peers to lead them this season as team captains. Congratulations to seventh graders Anna Jorden and Jude Trout and eighth graders Elle Campbell and Sam McKay.
Paige Murray, of Nagel eighth grade Blue volleyball, helped lead the team off to a strong 2-0 start with several kills and aces. Her strong presence on and off the court encourages the team's energy creating a very powerful team chemistry. We are very excited for this season and to see what this team is capable of.
Lebanon eighth grade Maroon volleyball player Arieah Griffin had several kills during our win against Nagel Silver. Evie Lalich had several assists and service aces as well!
Loveland’s eighth grade volleyball team went 3-0 this past week. Helping to create those victories were Kaelin Lohman with on-point setting, outstanding middle hits from Kylie George, and great serving and outside hits from Claire Anness. The Lady Tigers are back at it this week with three more matches.
Nagel seventh grade tennis player Alyssa Dittmann played in her first competitive school match versus Indian Hill last week. During Alyssa's win on the singles court, she played like a veteran match player showing no nerves and no lack of focus. Her speed around the court was amazing, but when attacking the ball, she was able to control her upper body movement which allowed her to work and finish off points efficiently. She was an inspiration to watch.
The seventh grade football Knights were led by Connor Johnson this past week against Little Miami. Connor kept fighting on the offensive and defensive line, despite the team's struggles throughout the game. Way to go Connor!
Aubrielle Neville, a West Clermont eighth grade Gray volleyball player, went for five straight kill spikes against Clinton Massie. She dominated the floor with her grit and strength!
WEEK ENDING AUGUST 21
Loveland cross country recognizes eighth graders Arvin Kharazmi, Sonny Seoldo, and Aunna Dancy for their outstanding leadership and seventh graders Patience DeFazio, Ava Ahrens, and Daniel Hartz for their outstanding effort.
Milford seventh grade White volleyball would like to recognize the best manager, Teegan McCormick. Her preseason support has been invaluable. She has kept the scorebook and assisted in every aspect of practice. Thank you Teegan for being our manager.
Loveland seventh grade volleyball player Emma Geyer puts in the work at practice, taking the drills seriously and always putting in 100 percent effort. I’m looking forward to watching her skills grow on the court this season.
Nagel eighth grade Silver football player Adam Schloemer is a leader on the field, as witnessed by this referee's (edited) email: "Thank you again for allowing me to ref at your school. I just wanted to say the student-athletes playing for both school were respectful, athletic, and showed great sportsmanship. Always telling Kings 'great job' helping them up after tackle, and asking us what they did, and being respectful to us and helping getting ball back to us fast. I was really impressed by a linebacker on your eighth grade team. When a player from Kings was down, he always helped them up and said 'good job.' He also kept a couple players from saying things. He was being a captain on field by telling them 'We are Nagel and we have class and don't act like idiots.' He also told a couple players to watch the cussing or we could get penalized for it. I couldn't tell what number, but it was middle linebacker calling signals to the defense from coach. I wanted to pass on some good news about players and sportsmanship instead of bad news about them."
The Nagel coach program recognizes Jack Casterline, Owen Patek, Aubrey Lunn for their fine play to begin the 2022 season.
WEEK ENDING AUGUST 14
West Clermont golfer Ben Hoh was medalist and led the way for the first win of the season defeating Indian Hill. He continues to work hard on his game. Way to go Ben!
Milford eighth grader Brandon Rude shot a 38 to help put the Eagles over the top for their first win of the season. Fellow eighth grader Max Smith shot a great round to also help put the Eagles on top for the win. Max continues to make his mark on the game of golf.
Loveland cross country nominates eighth graders Jonah Drees and Natalie Waple for their strong leadership for the team.
Nagel Blue seventh grade football player Brody Poetter shows up everyday ready to compete. This hardworking player doesn’t just want to get better, Brody wants to be GREAT! #workwins #ScoreNow.
Despite only having one scrimmage so far, Loveland seventh grade volleyball player EV Spata has shown true hustle and heart from the beginning. She is very coachable and listens to what her coach is telling her to do.
Nagel seventh grade Silver volleyball player Lauren Mahannah was voted one of her team's two captains by her teammates and serves as one of our setters. She's an excellent leader on the floor and is a great setter for our hitters. She works hard at practice and is a great teammate.
Nagel seventh grade Blue football player Grif Mebius showed up to Loveland Wednesday to display all of his skills helping the Hawks on both sides of the ball. Grif’s best accomplishment is being a great teammate and leader. #workwins #scoreNow.