2022-23 Winter Sports Updates
The Eastern Cincinnati Conference sponsors boys and girls basketball and wrestling during the winter sports season.
The girls seventh grade basketball tournament is scheduled to continue Monday at Walnut Hills. The eighth grade girls tourney will continue Tuesday at West Clermont JH (match-ups will be posted soon).
The girls "B" Invitational continues Tuesday at Loveland MS with Lebanon facing Kings at 4:30 pm and Milford (8th) squaring off against Milford (7th) at 5:45.
Shout out to Lebanon for capturing the ECC Championship in wrestling - the team's first as a member of the ECC! The Warriors outdistanced Loveland 265-189 to win the title. Complete results can be found 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 JANUARY 22
Nagle eighth grade gymnast Maggie Hartong finished second on vault, first on bars, fifth on beam, first on floor, and first in all-around in last week's competition at Cincinnati Country Day!
Loveland eighth grade girls basketball player Izzi Vandercook is a defensive lockdown with her speed and quickness. On offense, she has speed to attack the basket and a nice perimeter shot. Key player to success of the team. Thank you Izzi for being a Loveland student-athlete.
Kings eighth grade wrestlers Marshall Emerson and Jackson Chappell went undefeated and won the Williamsburg Invitational Wrestling Tournament.
Milford seventh grade Red girls basketball would like to recognize Emma Reffitt for her play last week. She was dominant on the boards and kept the offensive play alive on multiple possessions. She finished around the rim with 10 points against Winton Woods. Congrats Emma on being named the ECC Player of the Week.
Nagel eighth grade Blue girls basketball player Breea Coston stepped up for the team in our win over Walnut Hills last week. She played good defense and had several rebounds for the team.
Nagel eighth grade swimmers Ali Sadri and Evie Preston have shown outstanding leadership on our team - both in their talents and positive attitude. Each broke a school record at our recent Champs meet (100 fly and 100 free respectively).
Nagel seven Blue girls basketball would like to recognize Lizzy Emrick. She put up several awesome stats this past week after being out for an injury including blocked shots, offensive/defensive rebounds, and several points from inside/outside the three-point line. Lizzy has also tremendously improved her defense by playing smarter, maintaining composure in tough defensive situations, and boxing out. Congratulations Lizzy!
The seventh grade Knights boys basketball team was led last week by Cam Zistler. Cam is the emotional leader on the team and always offers positive energy with the group. His attitude and excitement for the game are contagious, and we're lucky he's on our squad!
The entire Milford eighth grade girls Red team stepped up and contributed to our win against Winton Woods. Maycee King came through with a big scoring performance of 16 points. Gabby Chadwell and Maggie Worthington handled pressure, controlled the basketball, and made big shots when needed. Each and every player on our team impacted the game in a positive way.
Charlie Bradley of Loveland’s eighth grade Orange boys basketball team had a fantastic week, leading our team in scoring, rebounding, and assists. Charlie has been a tremendous leader for our team all season with his willingness to fulfill any role on the floor for the team to be successful. Great job Charlie!
Milford Cheer and Dance members Maggie Keller (7), Ellie Mitchell (7), Sydney Rodgers (8), and Jesslyn Roberts (8) are great role models, hard workers, and always know the material before practice! They are super nice, great teammates to all and really show their school spirit!
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Loveland eighth grade girls basketball player Olivia Koors is a solid player who practices with purpose. A quiet hard worker who contributes to this teams success. She’s a perimeter shooter with size to play inside as well. Thank you Olivia for being a Loveland student-athlete. Fellow eighth grader Madison Gard is a first-year player who shows skill, court awareness and speed on the floor. Madison gets better each day and is a great team player. Thank you Madison for being a Loveland student-athlete.
Little Miami swimming recognizes Lukas Stueve and Isabella Villanueva. Lukas broke his personal record with a swim of 6:01.84 in the 500m freestyle at West Clermont on Thursday. Lukas has always shown great sportsmanship and attitude in his events. Isabella showed amazing sportsmanship and team spirit when she volunteered to swim with Lukas so he wouldn't be the lone swimmer for the 500m event on Thursday.
Milford seventh grade Red girls basketball would like to recognize Mikayla Chadwell for her court leadership. She has stepped up her game and handled the ball looking to get more shots in the paint. She is a great defender and brings energy to the court. Congrats Mikayla for being the ECC Player of the Week.
Kings seventh grade dance team member Margaux Ruble is amazing. She is able to jump in wherever needed and has grown so much over the last year we’ve had the pleasure to coach her. She makes the team laugh, but also is the one to get the team back on track when focus is lost. She is truly the whole package!
Little Miami eighth grade Gold girls basketball would like to recognize Olivia Krause for her continued hard work and improvement during the season. Olivia has improved defensively with increased on-ball pressure and good help position when off-ball. Offensively, she continues to get more aggressive and has several key assists with her pocket passing. She is a hard worker in practice and focused on making herself and her teammates better. Congrats Olivia and keep up the hard work!
Cate Ewing is the Kings Lady Knights eighth grade girls basketball Player of the Week this past Week. Cate scored 15 points to lead the Lady Knights to victory over West Clermont. She also filled in as the primary ball handler and played outstanding defense while leading Kings to victory in its lone game of the week.
Loveland seventh grade girls basketball player Olivia Keehn led the charge this past week against Nagel Silver. Her energy on offense and defense were instrumental in the victory. Congratulations Olivia! Keep up the great work!
Nagel seventh grade Blue girls basketball recognizes Presley Ecker. She consistently works hard in practice/games, has learned so much over the course of the season, and has become quite the good basketball player. Also, her aggression on the court is unmatched, allowing her to get many rebounds, cause several jump balls, and creating opportunities for herself to score. Congratulations, Presley!
In Milford's seventh grade Red girls basketball two wins this past week, Ava Harper, Gabby Chadwell, and Kendal Boots helped lead our team to victory. They demonstrate leadership skills on a daily basis. This directly translates to their ability to contribute in various ways on the court.
Brady Williams and Bryson Goff are Loveland’s eighth grade Orange boys basketball Players of the Week! Bryson’s toughness on the defensive end and Brady’s aggressiveness attacking the basket on the offensive end gave our team a great spark off the bench in our two wins against Sycamore and West Clermont last week. Great job Brady and Bryson!
WEEK ENDING JANUARY 8
Loveland seventh grade girls basketball player Karli Krohn is a phenomenal team player who makes everyone around her better on a daily basis. In addition to leading the team in scoring, she continues to anchor the middle of the defense with determination and tenacity for the Lady Tigers. Congrats Karli!
Loveland eighth grade girls basketball player Macey Allen is an all-around complete player. Macey can play any position and understands the roles of each. She works hard every practice and possesses great game awareness. Thank you Macey for being a Loveland student-athlete. Gabbi Ciotti is a player who can play inside and out; is a great rebounder, paint player, and a terrific outside shooter. Thank you Gabbi for being a Loveland student-athlete.
West Clermont wrestler Kellen Renner went 5-0 this past weekend and won the Harrison Invitational Tournament. He is the school’s first champion at this tournament.
Lebanon seventh grade Gold basketball player Wyatt Lassen scored a game-high 18 points in the squad’s win over Little Miami. Not only is Wyatt very talented, he is also a very hard worker who plays to win every time! Great job Wyatt!
Nagel girls eighth grade Blue basketball player Allison Black is the best example of a good teammate. She was hurt all last season but attended most practices and all games. This season, she has worked hard to enhance her skills. Whether on the court or on the bench, she has the best attitude and contributes in all aspects to make her team better.
Nagel seventh grade Silver girls basketball recognizes Aubrianna Lunn and Josie Hyden. Aubrianna scored five points and had a good defensive effort against Milford, while Josie tallied 11 points and also played good defense against Lebanon.
Milford White girls basketball player Karis Pepin is a hard worker and leader on and off the court. She is always early to practice to work a little extra and is always helping teammates to be in the right position for success. Our team would not be the same without her leadership and effort everyday.
Nagel eighth grade wrestlers Luke Pastura and Jackson Taylor have worked hard all season and they placed second in the Harrison wrestling tournament out of 29 teams. What’s even more impressive with Luke is that he’s in the seventh grade and has another year of junior high wrestling to work and grow.
The seventh grade boys basketball Knights were led this past week by Colby Goldstein. Colby plays very consistent basketball for the Knights and leads by example on and off the court. Way to go Colby!
Milford seventh grade White girls basketball team would like to recognize Avery Bose for her leadership on and off the court. She hit a big 3 to spark the offense against Kings. She does a lot for the team that is not seen in the stat sheet. Avery is a hard worker and is a great teammate to everyone. Congrats Avery, for being recognized as the ECC Athlete of the Week!
Nagel eighth grade swimmer Jack Beilstein has set two school records this season - 100 IM and 100 breast. He is a leader in the water and on land with great team spirit and positive attitude.
Nate Stahl's scoring burst in the fourth quarter against Walnut Hills put the West Clermont eighth grade boys basketball team in a position to win and Ashton Alston put the Wolves over the top with the game-winning bucket. Antwoine Higgins had 37 rebounds in two games and Ashton Alston finished with 76 points in our three games this past week.
Nagel seventh grade Blue girls basketball player Andrea Feldkamp really stepped up this past week and has improved her game tremendously. She had many steals this week creating opportunities for her and her teammates to score on fast breaks. She is always willing to do whatever it takes to better the team, is a leader on/off the court, and shows up to practice everyday willing to learn. Congratulations, Andrea!
In our three games this past week, the Milford eight grade Red girls basketball squad had several players step up and make plays to help us earn three victories. Madison Cartmell and Keely Bailey gave us a spark on the defensive end with multiple steals and rebounds which turned into easy points for our team. Willa McKee gave us a great offensive boost against Kings. This allowed us to capitalize on a much-needed scoring run.
Last week, the Winton Woods boys basketball MVP was Chris Mathis as he averaged 10 points a game in a win against Nagel Blue and a close game that WW lost against undefeated West Clermont where he tallied 15 points in the contest.
Congratulations to Charlie DeWitt of Loveland’s eighth grade Orange boys basketball as last week’s Player of the Week! Charlie’s hard work and toughness set the tone for our team on both ends of the floor last week, leading us in points in the paint offensively and blocks defensively. Great job Charlie!
WEEK ENDING JANUARY 1
Loveland eighth grade girls basketball player Sophia Aliaga is becoming the player that those around her see her being; she is a solid shooter, good ball handler, and can “belly up” defensively with her quickness and speed. Sophia plays many roles, as a starter and off the bench. Thank you Sophia for being a Loveland student-athlete!
Milford wrestling recognizes the following eighth grade wrestlers: Jay Coffey (7-1 record) was the undefeated Champion at the New Richmond Invitational, Cameron Gampfer (8-2 record) was undefeated at the Little Miami Fred Sawyer Memorial Duals, Sam Goff (9-3 record) helped his team to runner-up at the Little Miami Fred Sawyer Memorial Duals, and Mason Long (11-1 record) was the undefeated Champion at the New Richmond Invitational.
WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 25
Loveland eighth grade girls basketball player Bella Rogers is a player of few words but exhibits excellence on offense and defense. She’s determined and takes on any challenge with a champion mentality. Bella displays leadership through hard work, team attitude, and effort. Thank you Bella for being a Loveland student-athlete!
West Clermont eighth boys basketball players DeMarcus Henry and Antwoine Higgins recorded back-to-back double-doubles for the Wolves. Ashton Alston and Braylon Hickman are recognized for each having scoring honors this past week.
Milford boys basketball recognizes the following players: seventh grader Jimmy Carter is a hard worker who always does what is asked of him and what is best for the team. He is someone we can always rely on to do the right thing. Seventh grader Camdyn Plunkett is always listening with his eyes, always in the right spot and doing the right things. He is always hustling. Eighth grader Daniel Cafferky has been a consistent shooter and scorer for our team and is a big reason for the 4-1 start to the season. He sets a great example. Eighth grader Jackson Slusher has exhibited a consistent work ethic and focus in practice and games. He is a true competitor who leads by example.
WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 18
Little Miami seventh grade swimmer Owen Gee broke two records this past week at our Princeton meet! He broke the 50m butterfly record of 26.87 (Owen swam a 26.60), and he broke the 100m butterfly record of 1:02.97 (Owen swam a 59.46). Owen always has a great attitude, and we're excited to see him accomplish even more! On the girls' side, seventh grader Estella Jackson has improved greatly in all of her swims! From learning how to execute a backstroke turn during her very first meet, to now coming in first place in her heat for 50m freestyle at our meet at Greenfield-McClain on Saturday. Estella has shown how drive, determination, and a good attitude bring about great things!
Milford seventh grade Red girls basketball Athlete of the Week is Zoe Saneholtz. She stepped up to the starting role against a strong Loveland team to help seal the victory and stay undefeated going into break. Zoe works hard in practice and is a coachable athlete. Congrats Zoe!
Loveland eighth grade girls basketball player Natalie Niese is a pure competitor. She practices hard and plays harder. She’s a player who wants to get better every second and is extremely coachable. Her relentless defense puts pressure on the opposing team all over floor. Her determination works on the offensive end too. Thank you Natalie for being a Loveland student-athlete!
Nagel seventh grade Blue girls basketball player Zoe Patterson is a leader in many ways … in games, in practice, in the classroom, and so much more. She continues to grow each day as she’s very coachable and willing to do whatever it takes to better the team. Congratulations, Zoe!
Kings dance team member Brynlee Aulick, a seventh grader, is one of the most improved members of our team over this season. It’s so easy to tell that she puts forth 100 percent every time she dances!
Nagel eighth grade Blue girls basketball player Nina Brandon is a fierce competitor and brings incredible intensity to games and practices. She consistently defends the strongest opponent and also runs the offensive end of the court.
Kings eighth grade wrestler Marshall Emerson went 5-0 this past weekend at the Miamisburg wrestling tournament with four pins and one win by decision.
Loveland seventh grade girls basketball players Olivia Keehn and Leighton Myers continue to impress with their positive attitudes, determination to improve, and all-out effort on the court. Their contributions have been instrumental to the Lady Tigers' strong first half start. Way to go Olivia and Leighton!
Kings eighth grade Lady Knights basketball Player of the Week is Ella Pennington. Ella is new to the Kings program this year. Her defense and rebounding were instrumental in a big win against the defending league champions Lebanon.
Little Miami eighth grade Gold girls basketball would like to recognize Emma Mason and Abigail Osborne for their strong start to the season. Emma and Abigail lead the team in scoring and have been aggressively competing every week both in practice and games. Both players have continued to improve defensively and to make adjustments focused on getting even better. These girls have a great, positive attitude and do the little things needed to help the team be successful. Congrats Emma and Abigail and keep up the hard work!
Congratulations to Kellan Margraf and Carson Pottebaum as Loveland's eighth grade Orange boys basketball Players of the Week! Kellan’s and Carson's contributions on both ends of the floor played a key role in our home win against Lebanon. Great job Kellan & Carson!
WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 11
Milford seventh grade girls basketball player Mallory Frejkowski is a hard worker who contributes positively to the team every day! Maddie Rockey has led the team on both ends of the court. She is leading the team in scoring and is averaging four steals per game. Maddie is a leader on and off the court.
Milford eighth grade girls basketball recognizes Molly Buehner and Gabby Chadwell. Molly is a hard worker and a great leader for our team. We've won this past week behind her great shooting, including her averaging 20+ points a game and her suffocating defense. Gabby has been a team leader from day one. Gabby leads by example and looks to get better every day! She creates a positive energy during practices and games.
Little Miami seventh grade boys basketball player Ben Helphinstine has been on the leaders for our team this year. He is very coachable and does everything that is asked of him. Ben has been working relentlessly on his game, and it paid off this past week by being our leading scorer on Thursday.
Milford eighth grade girls basketball players Madison Cartmell, Maycee King, and Katie Heller all do a great job on both sides of the court. Defensively, they have all demonstrated their ability to read the floor and jump passing lanes to get steals. This translates to scoring opportunities for themselves and their teammates. Their hard work and dedication is present every day. All three helped us get a win against Little Miami this past week.
Loveland eighth grade girls basketball player Natalie Waple is an all-around athlete and leader. She accepts challenges and roles with the focus, intensity, and determination to do the job for her team. Natalie defines the student-0athlete and represents Loveland at its highest mark. Thank you Natalie for being a Loveland student-athlete!
Little Miami swim recognizes seventh grader Nolan Meyer and eighth grader Scout Bishop. Nolan is a first-year swimmer who has improved greatly over the last six weeks. His determination and resilience really shows. As coaches, we are so proud of him! Scout is also a first-year swimmer who was terrified by our first meet, but she gave it everything she had in 25m and 100m breaststroke. She has shown great resolve and attitude in the face of her fear.
Walnut Hills seventh grade girls basketball player Avery Leimbach did a great job hustling up and down the court and playing good solid defense. She made great plays against Kings this past week!
Loveland seventh grade girls basketball players Julianna Lee and McKaylah Saffell continue to impress daily as they energize the team with their relentless pressure on defense and attack mentality on offense. Their efforts were instrumental in both victories this past week.
Milford seventh grade Red girls basketball team would like to recognize Maddie Varner as ECC Athlete of the Week. Maddie is always giving 100 percent, and she is getting better every time she steps onto the court. She is a coachable athlete who works hard. She is respected by her teammates and always brings a good attitude. Congrats Maddie for being an outstanding student-athlete!
Loveland eighth grade wrestler Danny Waters became a two-time Centerville Champion with a dominant tech fall in the finals on Saturday. Danny is still undefeated from last year's regular school season and is working hard to improve his eighth-place performance at the State Tournament this year.
Kings eighth grade Dance A team member Kennedy Miller does an amazing job with all the challenges we have thrown at her and has been becoming a leader, even if she doesn't notice it! We are so proud of her and her progress as a dancer and leader.
Nagel eighth grade Blue girls basketball player Lucy Redman is a leader on and off the court. Her post play is outstanding. She is a beast on the boards! Best of all, Lucy's teachers report that she is an amazing student.
After the Warriors' starting point guard got hurt, Lebanon seventh grade Gold boys basketball player Jordan Denry stepped in and did a great job for our team!
Nagel seventh grade Blue girls basketball player Ella Moore led us to several victories with putting points up on the board, multiple steals per game this week, blocked shots, and rebounds. She is a force to be reckoned with and always has a smile on her face when doing so. Congratulations to Ella!
Congratulations to Andrew Cutter as Loveland’s eighth grade Orange boys basketball Athlete of the Week! Andrew has been an incredible leader for our team both on and off the floor this season and led our team in scoring with nine points against Nagel White last week. Great job Andrew!
Milford seventh grade White girls basketball team was represented this week by Talia Wyrick.
Talia is becoming a rebounding machine. She plays good defense and is always ready to score a couple of baskets when we need her too. She is a great representative of our team and of Milford school.
Carson Fuhrer had a strong week for the eighth grade Loveland boys basketball squad. His offensive execution was extremely efficient. He found a variety of ways to contribute, keeping the defense guessing. Carson has done a great job expanding his game this year, becoming a very well-rounded basketball player.
Nagel seventh grade Silver girls basketball player Josie Hyden tallied 12 points in a match-up with Kings on Monday. In Wednesday's game against West Clermont, Ella Putman scored 12 points and Avery Paik added 10 points.
Sami Wade led the Kings Lady Knights eighth grade basketball team to two more wins this past week. Sami led the team in scoring this week at 12 points per game, while stepping up defensively as well.
West Clermont wrestler Zayne Walker went 7-0 over the weekend with six pins. He helped the Wolves take first place at the Sycamore duals with wins over Harrison, Little Miami, Sycamore, Nagel and Kings.
The Kings seventh grade boys basketball team had two exciting wins last week against West Clermont and Little Miami. The team was led by Will Nurre with great efforts on both ends of the court!
Milford eighth grade White girls basketball player Cody Bishop is our team's defense anchor and has made great strides already this season! She leads the team in rebounds and blocks and has a bright season ahead of her!
WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 4
Winton Woods eighth grade boys basketball player VJ Ross led all guards in rebound and had a clutch rebound at the end of game to seal our victory against Little Miami. He is also an A/B student in the classroom!
Little Miami seventh grade boys basketball player Brady Woods was the leading scorer for the Panthers in their match-up against Loveland. Brady made four three-pointers during the game and did a great job controlling the offense. He has been a leader on the court so far this year and goes above and beyond what is asked of him. Isaac Sukup has played with non-stop intensity so far this year. His motor never stops, and he plays the game with an attitude that every coach loves to see. Isaac will do whatever it takes to win and has been a leader on and off the court by always pushing his teammates to succeed.
Lebanon seventh grade Gold boys basketball player Sam Kitchen played very well in our two games this past week. He is a great teammate and a joy to coach.
Milford seventh grade Red girls basketball would like to recognize Ellie Fight for her play in the last two ECC match-ups. She connected on three long balls from behind the arc and showed toughness on defense. She has been working hard in practice at improving her game. Congrats to Eillie for being named the ECC Athlete of the Week.
Loveland eighth grade girls basketball player Aunna Dancy played one of her best games this past week against Walnut Hills and was high scorer for Loveland. Aunna continues to improve as a basketball player, and she is one to watch for the Lady Tigers in the future. Thank you Aunna for being a Loveland student-athlete!
Loveland seventh grade girls basketball player Charlotte Kady continues to bring the defensive energy each game. In addition to a great defensive effort, she scored two big fourth quarter baskets in a win over Walnut Hills. Congrats to Charlotte for being an Athlete of the Week!
Nagel eighth grade girls basketball player Ella Dreier is a true leader on the court. She had a fantastic game against Little Miami being the team leader offensively and made some great defensive stops. Ella consistently works hard in practice and games, continually working to get better.
Lebanon wrestler Eli Guerra placed first at the Valley View Invitational.
Milford eighth grade White girls basketball player Molly Buehner is a hard worker and a great leader for our team. We won this past week behind her great shooting, including going 4-for-5 from three-point range with 23 points overall.
The Kings seventh grade boys basketball Knights were led on the court last week by Jack Sills. Jack led the team offensively and contributed great defensive efforts in the squad's wins over Nagel Blue and Milford.
Congratulations to Cameron Poe for being Loveland’s eighth grade Orange boys basketball Athlete of the Week! Cameron led our team to an 1-0 record last week with a team high of 19 points and eight rebounds in a tough road win at Little Miami. Great job Cameron!
Milford seventh grade girls White team went 2-0 last week and was led by Amelia Shutters.
She led the team in scoring vs. Monroe and made several key baskets against Pleasant Run.
She is a great teammate on and off the court.
Abbie Burke led the Kings Lady Knights eighth grade basketball team to two wins this past week. Abbie tied for high-scoring honors with 10 points in the win over West Clermont and her defense, leadership, and ball handling keyed the victory over rival Little Miami.
Jackson Dillon has had a strong start for the eighth grade Loveland Tiger boys basketball squad. Jackson has worked hard to improve all aspects of his game. He has been a key contributor at both ends of the court.
Little Miami’s 122 lb. Sean Smith wrestled an incredible tournament at the Valley View invitational - including one pin, a win in overtime, and a 10-0 major decision in the final match! Sean helped the team take first place in the tournament and finish ahead of the second place team by over 30 points!
Kings swimmers Lucy and Will Guibord are leaders during practice and diligently work to improve and refine their strokes. This alone qualifies them as Athlete of the Week, but when they both willingly stepped up to swim the 500 at our first meet they clinched the win. Great job Guibords!
WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 27
Milford seventh grade Red girls basketball would like to recognize Avery Bose for her defensive play in the first week of games. She showed intensity on defense with 10 steals a game against Walnut Hills and Kings. She adds a spark to the team and shows leadership on and off the court. Congrats to Avery for being the Athlete of the Week!
Milford seventh grade White girls basketball player Mallory Frejkowski stepped in to play for the seventh and eighth grade teams as the team was looking for some guard help. She picked up quickly on the eighth grade plays as the teams run different offenses. Mallory is a true team player.
Loveland eighth grade girls basketball player Grace Robinson is an outstanding basketball player that leads the Lady Tiger offense at point guard. Grace is responsible for getting the ball up the floor and managing the offense sets. Grace is reliable and has basketball IQ on the floor and most importantly loves the game. Thank you Grace for being a Loveland student-athlete!
Nagel eighth grade Silver girls basketball player Josie Hyden was leading scorer in game one, but more importantly, she played hard in both games and was the team leader playing the most minutes because of her effort.
Kings seventh grade dance team member Samantha Herald is on our A-Team, but actually started the season on B-Team. Her improvement over the last few months has been incredible, so we decided to move her up. She is one of our hardest workers, and I’m so glad to have her as a part of the team!
Loveland seventh grade girls basketball would like to recognize Ellie San Marco for her phenomenal work ethic during practice and all out defensive dominance during our scrimmages and first game. Thank you Ellie for being a leader on and off the court for the Lady Tigers.
Madie Franta gave the Milford eighth grade girls basketball team a spark off the bench in our season opener against Walnut Hills. She contributed seven points to kick off her season. Maggie Worthington does a great job handling pressure and being a vocal leader for our team. This was demonstrated in both games against Walnut Hills and Kings this past week.
Ryann Unruh led the eighth grade Kings Lady Knights basketball team to two wins this past week to open the season. Ryann averaged 14 points per game in the two wins, and her defense was key to both victories as she held the oppositions' leading scorers in check.
Walnut Hills seventh grade girls basketball player Lily Campbell was our hardest worker out there this past week. She hustled on and off the court and continued to encourage her teammates. She supported the team as the point guard and was one of our leading scorers against Little Miami.
WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 20
Milford eighth grade girls Red basketball would like to recognize Maddie Rockey as Athlete of the Week. She has stepped up and handled the pressure at the point guard position. She brings energy on defense and has led the team during preseason play. Maddie’s leadership will be invaluable for the Lady Eagles this year.
Kings Dance Team member Kennedy Miller, an eighth grader, is a part of our A-Team and is very hardworking in and out of practice. She is constantly practicing choreography so she is always on top of things, and she is able to help her teammates with the dances. Kennedy has already had so much improvement this season with her maturity level and leadership qualities. We are so glad to have her!
Milford girls basketball player Mariel Gordon made a great first impression on the coaches. In our second scrimmage, Mars showed that she is a quick learner on offense and defense. She has a great grasp of the game and knows where to be on the court to help herself and her teammates.
Kings seventh grade swimmer Peyton Guilfoyle comes to every practice with a smile on her face and a positive attitude. She works hard during practice and does her best in every practice. Peyton, your attitude and effort are an example to the team; great job! Our first swimmer of the week for the boys is Chase Burdine. While Chase has been out of the water for a while, that hasn’t stopped him from starting the season strong. Chase works hard at every practice, listens to feedback and incorporates it into the next set, and leads his lane by example. Way to go Chase!
WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 23
Nagel had one athlete head to Dublin to compete in the Ohio Cross Country Middle School State Championship - seventh grader Gracie Helbig came in 20th out of 188 runners and clocked in at 13:09. Certainly next season she will break that 13 minute mark. Congrats on a successful season.
WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 16
After an unbelievable battle ... Nagel seventh grade Blue football fought hard vs. West Clermont at Anderson High School in front of an electric crowd. I wanted to highlight one of the "big cheeses." Nic Horsely had to overcome injuries and sickness throughout the week in order to help out our team. That's what offensive linemen do ... sacrifice for the team. Nic is starting to come into his own, and I can't wait to see him continue his journey.
Milford seventh grade cheerleading recognizes Madi Enochs and Ellie Mitchell. Madi is an extremely hard worker and is devoted to cheer on and off the field. She consistently has a positive attitude and is always up for a challenge. Ellie always pushes herself and positively helps her team grow. She always comes prepared, energetic, and ready to make her teammates smile!
Milford eighth grade cheerleading selects Evie Cole and Sophie Klodell. Evie always has a positive attitude. Every week, she pushes herself to grow as a cheerleader. She’s also recently developed a consistent new skill, a standing tuck! Sophie is an encourager. She is always there to lift up her teammates. Also, whether it’s a practice, or a game, Sophie is always pushing herself and trying new skills to grow herself as both a student and as an athlete.
Milford football salutes four players. Seventh grader Caylob Brasington is a good player and a great teammate! Seventh grader Nolan Burch is an exceptional athlete in many areas! Eighth grader Jordan Davis is new to the team this year. Has brought a new dimension to the team with speed and desire to create challenges for any team that we play on both offense and defense. Eighth grader Jack Duncan continues to lead the team on both sides of the ball in terms of play and passion to be the best on the field.
Gage Vultaggio stepped in the QB1 position for the Little Miami seventh grade Panthers and helped lead them to a victory over Loveland by tossing two touchdowns and also running for one. Cade Carter had four tackles for loss on defense, helping shut down the Loveland run game.
Player of the week for Milford eighth grade White volleyball goes out to Clarissa Mueller and Micaela Davis. Both players played a huge role on the team as our setters and assisting their team in winning the ECC Invitational Tournament and throughout the season. Clarissa proved to be a strong and aggressive player. She tips and dunks surprised her teammates. She proved to be a huge asset on our team. Micaela was voted by her teammates as the squad's Captain. She is an all-around player and has one of the highest volleyball IQs amongst her teammates. Her serves earned her team several points during the tournament. She’s a wrong right side hitter and defensive player. You can depend on Micaela to fly across the court like an Eagle to dig a ball. She gives it 100 percent on the court all of the time. Congrats to these two Lady Eagles!
The seventh grade football Knights had an exciting win over a tough Lebanon squad this past week. The team was led by Carson Ackerman on defense and Kellen Foley on offense. Carson caused a key fumble that led to a Knights TD! Kellen made two PATs that were instrumental in our 14-12 victory!
Eighth grade Nagel cross country runner Maddie Smith took seventh in the Open Race at our ECC Meet. She dropped over two minutes during the season and led the team in her spirit and determination. Great Work!
Milford cross country recognizes four runners - Audrey Bellar (7) ran her heart out at the ECC Meet this past weekend and it showed. She crushed her goal time and made state! She is strong and a tough competitor. Congratulations Audrey! Alex Vause (7) ran a fantastic race this past weekend at ECC’s. She PR’d by 54 sec and made state! Not an easy task to do, and she did it with style. This girl may be quiet, but she is a force you won’t see coming. Great job Alex! Lucas Ford (8) knows when to hold back and when to push it, and that is exactly what he did at the ECC Meet this past weekend. He came in second overall in the open race and had a fantastic finish, pushing it to the end and not letting anyone pass. Phenomenal job Lucas! Zeke Liffick (7) gives everything he has at every practice and meet. The ECC meet was no different. He pushed himself above and beyond, and it did not go unnoticed. He has made it to state! Time to celebrate Zeke!
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Nagel seventh grade Blue football rolled up interstate 71 to battle Little Miami. Brandon Bolender is a lock-down defender who helped the Nighthawks take on a high-power Panther offense. When Brandon wasn’t guarding wide receivers with man-to-man coverage, he was making tackles and being physical. Brandon is a new-age player with an old-school attitude!
Milford seventh grade Red volleyball - shout out to the whole team for winning the ECC Tournament! It took a real team effort to take down an amazing Nagel Silver team after losing to them twice in the regular season. Such grit and resiliency! Way to go, girls!
Milford seventh grade White volleyball team would like to recognize Olivia Smith for her tourney play this weekend. She served for 10 consecutive points in the win over Little Miami. She has worked hard and has improved her skills in every part of the game. Great season Olivia!
Lebanon's eighth grade Gold volleyball successfully ran an 11-player rotation with alternating servers throughout the 2022 season. Four outside hitters - Evie Carroll, Hazel Greene, Kylie Lamb, and Brooke Ransbottom shared and played a key role in making that happen.
Nagel eighth grade Blue volleyball would like to recognize the whole team - Karly Otto, Joie Wiles, Taylor Ficks, Paige Murray, Mimi Griesser, Caroline Barber, Lucy Redman, Alexis Braddock, Olivia Berry, and Elise Huck. Congrats on winning the ECC Tournament and for creating such a wonderful team chemistry on/off the court. What a wonderful way to end the season after their hard work and coming out on top!
Loveland eighth grade volleyball player Sam Murray led the Lady Tigers in their two wins in the ECC Tournament and their last two wins in their final games with ace serves and a number of kills.
Loveland cross country recognizes eighth grader Madelyn Herbon and seventh grader Cameron Dell for Athlete of the Week honors.
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The Milford seventh grade White team would like to recognize Audrey Gilkison for her play in three games last week. She led the team in kills and blocks. She played all the way around and had solid play in every position. Congrats Audery! Keep up the hard work!
West Clermont golf has seen improvement and success with eighth grader Lauren Riley. Lauren is new to golf; and in her first time playing a regulation course this week, Lauren was able to get a par on the sixth hole and post a very solid score. She has posted personal-best scores her past two matches. Nathan Berlage has been a great leader on the team and continues to show improvement with his swing and confidence. While newer to golf, Nathan understands the rules of golf and confidently explains them to other players during matches. Great job Lauren and Nathan - keep it up!
Loveland cross country recognizes seventh graders Brady Carr and Abby Doessler for their great racing!
Nagel seventh grade Silver volleyball selects Lauren Mahannah for her consistent setting and serving all season long!
Milford eighth grade White volleyball player Kelsie Black is every coaches dream player. You give her a zone, and she hits the mark. Last week, Kelsie served six aces in a row. She plays all around on the court covering defense and offense. Her spiking ability and athleticism are very impressive. She’s fun and well respected by her teammates.
Milford cross country recognizes seventh graders Melody Swats and Hunter Vincent. Melody did a fantastic job at the Kings Meet this past weekend. She PR’d by 57 seconds which is phenomenal. This qualified her for state. Congratulations Melody! Hunter pushed himself at the Kings Meet. He came in with a sub 14:00. He works hard at practice, and it shows at the meets. Congratulations Hunter!
West Clermont eighth grade football player Jacob Pack has displayed persistent effort in his kicking game. He made his first PAT against Kings last week. Ethan Davidson added a pair of interceptions against the Knights.
Lebanon eighth grade football player Logan Schmenk had 332 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns in a match-up against Nagel Silver.
In a tough loss to Winton Woods, Nagel seventh grade Blue football player Julius Batieste played solid defense against a high-powered offense. Julius plays defensive end and linebacker. He continues to work hard and is improving on tackling. Julius continues to grow as a player and person every day. I can't wait to see Julius down the road. The future is bright for this young man.
The seventh grade football Knights had an exciting victory over West Clermont this past week. The team was led by Copper Pratt. “Coop” made the games’ only touchdown, as the clock hit zero, to win for the Knights! Great job Cooper!
Loveland seventh grade volleyball recognizes Sophia Dowey, Ella George, Brooke Skolnicki, Naomi Stratton, and Ellie Livingston. Sophia has stepped up as an enthusiastic leader on the court who brings the energy! Ella has been a constant strong force on this team who continues to shine each week. Brooke, Naomi, and Ellie have put in the work for their defensive positions and it shows! Keep up the great work, ladies!
Little Miami seventh grade football beat Milford 20-0 this past week. Jordan Whitney led the offense with two rushing touchdowns on only two touches. Brady Woods led the defense with a pair of interceptions.
Outside hitter Evie Carroll and right side hitter Peyton Munafo played an important role in Lebanon eighth grade Gold volleyball team's two wins this past week. Evie served 8-of-8 with five service points on two aces with one assist, two saves, and six serves received. Peyton scored nine service points on six aces with three kills and four serves received.
Nagel eighth grade Blue volleyball would like to recognize Elise Huck. Elise dominates the back row creating many opportunities for the hitters to get set for solid hits and gets better with every rep. Elise's goofy personality and her drive to improve highly contributes to our positive team energy. This recognition is well deserved, congrats Elise!
Nagel eighth grade Silver football player William Byrnside is an offensive line coach's dream - super athletic, constantly hustles, and never complains. William is always the smaller player but dominates and competes.
Lilly Burns is the Lebanon eighth grade Maroon volleyball team Player of the Week for her defensive play. She had 23 digs in three matches. She works hard to improve her defense and it has paid off!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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.
2022 Fall Sports Updates
FOOTBALL: Winton Woods wrapped up both the seventh and eighth grade conference titles this fall. Congratulations to the Warriors!
VOLLEYBALL: Shout out to Milford (seventh grade) and to Nagel Blue (eighth grade) for winning ECC Conference Tournament titles. Nagel White also captured the seventh grade Invitational Tourney title and Milford White won the eighth grade Invitational crown.
CROSS COUNTRY: At this fall's ECC Cross Country Championships, Milford came away with the girls' title, while Little Miami captured the boys' crown. Milford's Elle Campbell and Lauren Johnson finished first and second on the girls' side, with Lebanon's Michael Strawser and Loveland's Liam Manly finished 1-2 in the boys' race. Complete results can be found HERE. STATE MEET: Results of the OHSAA Middle School State Meet can be found HERE.