2023 Fall Sports Preview and Updates
FOOTBALL: Winton Woods will look to defend BOTH the seventh and eighth grade conference Championships on the gridiron this fall.
VOLLEYBALL: Milford (seventh grade) and Nagel Blue (eighth grade) captured the 2022 Conference Tournament titles, while Nagel White (seventh grade) and Milford White (eighth grade) won the league Invitational Tourney crowns. This year's ECC Tournament, including the Invitational Tournament, is scheduled to begin on October 7.
CROSS COUNTRY: Milford won the 2022 ECC Championship on the girls' side, while Little Miami is your defending champion on the boys' side. This fall's Conference Championship Meet is scheduled for October 14 at Lebanon at noon.
TICKET INFORMATION FOR ECC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Click HERE to purchase tickets for the October 14 ECC Cross Country Championships.
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 OCTOBER 1
Milford girls tennis recognizes three athletes. Seventh grader Payton Fisher is a new player and has really stepped up and improved her game in such a short time. She always gives 100 percent effort and has a great attitude! Eighth grader Hazel Martin has shown great improvement in her tennis game. As our captain, she has really stepped up to the plate and is a natural leader! She always has a great attitude. Eighth grader Elizabeth Miranda recently came in second place in our ECC Tournament bracket for second singles. She played a tough and close match against Loveland and pulled off the win!
Milford boys cross country selects the following athletes: eighth grader Tieran Hejazifar is a responsible and respectful athlete! He followed his coaches' directions as they prepared him to run again, coming back after injury with a PR; eighth grader Jude Trout is a true team player! He stepped up when his team needed it most at Fairmont to help another runner and give him the opportunity to PR. He also leads our squad each week with a PR of 11:57; and eighth grader Chase Vincent knows when it's time to focus and is a great example as a team captain to his teammates showing them how we should act and treat others during practice and meets!
Milford girls cross country recognizes the following runners: eighth grader Mikayla Chadwell played a pivotal role in the five first-place trophies that the team won so far this season. With an impressive PR of 12:53, she continues to lead the charge for the Lady Eagles; seventh grader Quinn Hill has shown great dedication to running which has paid off as she has recently qualified to compete in meets! The improvement that she has made this season is exciting and inspiring; and eighth grader Anna Jorden is one of the team captains and is a cheerful, supportive leader who is no stranger to the top 10 runners in a meet! She currently has a PR of 13.09 and she isn’t done yet!
Kennedy Fuerst and Stella Streit unselfishly share their outside hitting position for Lebanon's eighth grade Maroon volleyball team. Kennedy and Stella alternately play front row and back row as needed; both contributing to the offensive and defensive output of the team. Kennedy is serving 84 percent with 18 service points, three aces, 11 kills, seven assists by a non-setter, 39 serves received, 45 digs, and four saves. Stella is serving 86 percent with 26 service points, five aces, 17 kills, 29 serves received, 44 digs, and nine saves.
West Clermont seventh grade volleyball player Amelia Hignite has done an amazing job adapting to being a setter and running a 5-1. Amelia puts in an outstanding amount of hustle and dedication to her team. We are so proud of you Amelia!
The seventh grade football Knights were tested in two match-ups this week against Mason and West Clermont. Epie Ajebe and Jaylon Jones led the Knights respectively and gave maximum effort for the team! Great work Jaylon and Epie!
Loveland seventh grade volleyball recognizes the following players: Shiloh Walton went on several huge serving runs, was dominant at the net with blocks and kills, and had some crazy out-of-system saves last week to help lead her team in some hard-fought matches. Addy Reynolds went all out on defense in the back row and also had some great plays at the net. Callie Cox stepped up to make some great sets so that her hitters could put the ball down. Great work ladies!
West Clermont co-ed golf had a week of personal bests for many players. Austin Hesketh led the team this week with a one over par round, securing yet another medalist honors by one stroke! This was Austin's best score of the season. Taylor Elekes shot her personal best this week while getting two pars in one round. Aiden Hall put together a fantastic round as he made his first birdie, helping him shoot his lowest round of the season. Gavin Quevedo has really showed improvement both mentally and with his golf skills. Gavin was able to shoot his best score of the season. Way to go Austin, Taylor, Aiden, and Gavin.
Maci and Mali Cogan from the Nagel seventh grade Silver volleyball team are our Athletes of the Week for their solid play in middle back throughout the year.
Jeremiah Glen is the QB for the Nagel seventh grade Blue football squad. Jeremiah led the Nighthawks to a victory over Winton Woods. He led the team in rushing yardage with over 80 yards and threw for an addition 40 yards. Jeremiah was responsible for three third down conversions and a pair of fourth down conversions. He’s a first year player and a big leader on our team!
Nagel seventh grade cross country runner Elizabeth (Lizzy) Flora broke the 13 minute mark running a 12:59.4 at Lakota Hopewell on Monday. What an accomplishment!
Nagel seventh grade White volleyball players Natalie Violand and Makena Keys have done amazing this week. Natalie, who is usually in the front row, helped out in the back row with some great digs, as well as great sets in the front. She really stepped up when her team needed her most due to injuries. Makena is an excellent backrow player with high energy. She is an awesome team player and cheers our team and our eighth grade to victory! Keep up the good work girls!
Jillian Kubicki and Yui Kitsuta of Nagel eight Blue volleyball are this week's Athletes of the Week. Jillian is the type of kid who consistently works hard. She's willing to do what it takes to better the team, she is respectful to anyone she comes across, and has such an uplifting attitude on the court. Jillian had many service aces last week in our games as well as a few kills. Yui has grown so much this season. She is very consistent in her defense, can zone serve anywhere on the court, and even puts up a few kills when she gets the opportunity to play in front row. Both girls are awesome players to utilize anywhere in the rotation and are a joy to have on the court. Congratulations, Jillian and Yui!
Loveland eighth grade volleyball player Taylor Sylvester went on two serving runs and had many assists in our matches last week. She is a team player, kind, driven and always considerate of her teammates. Way to go Taylor!
Loveland cross country nominates Nick Finkler and Taylor Wethington as Athletes of the Week. Both had great races this week and are valuable members of the team.
WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 24
Setter Kinley Ellis played a major role for the Lebanon eighth grade Maroon volleyball team in its two wins this week. Kinley served 25 out of 25 for 100 percent with 19 service points and six aces. Kinley directed the offense with 34 assists and contributed seven of the Lady Warriors' 48 kills.
Mia Galligan did not make her school team last season. Well, with much work in the offseason and perseverance, she made Nagel’s eight grade Silver volleyball team. Mia has grown into a valuable middle blocker while showing flexibility of being able to swing outside. Congrats out to Mia! We see a bright future in this wonderful sport of volleyball for her.
Kings JH girls tennis was 5-0 against West Clermont. Katie Fortner and Charley McIntosh made a huge comeback from down 1-5 to 8-6 for the win! Great day on the courts!
Nagel seventh grade Silver volleyball player Avery Wert is one of our captains and has provided leadership on the court this season.
The seventh grade football Knights had two hard-fought games against Milford this week. Jameson Byrd led the Knights Wednesday night and helped the team secure a tie. Nathan Carstens stepped up in a big way Thursday to help his team compete!
Loveland's eighth grade volleyball player Emma Geyer did an awesome job this week on both defense and offense. She continues to improve her front row play and led the team in kills last week. Emma also had some great back row defense in our tough fight against Nagel Silver. Way to go, Emma!
Sofia Roedig is this week's Athlete of the Week for Nagel eighth grade Blue volleyball. She is a force to be reckoned with when hitting in front row whether she's hitting from outside or middle. She also dominates in back row when playing all the way around. Sofia is an awesome player who racks up quite a few kills per game, digs, blocks, and service aces as well. She is just an all-around awesome volleyball player. Congratulations, Sofia!
Nagel seventh grade White volleyball players Scout Regan and Kenzie Bugg played like beasts at the net this week when other players were out. Both had several digs and aces in the back court, as well as Kenzie stepping into a new role as setter and SMASHING it. And Scout, bringing all the energy and encouragement for not only our team, but the eighth grade squad as well at all games this season. Good work girls!
Loveland seventh grade volleyball players Audrey Haught, Phoebe Johnson, Caroline Loomis, and Emme Saffell all stepped up their passing game last week to help lead the Lady Tigers to victory! Keep up the hard work girls!
Nagel seventh grade cross country runner Neka Barford is crushing the two-mile race. Her PR is 13:32; she's our #2 runner on the team.
Milford seventh grade Red volleyball would like to recognize Morgan Lean this week! She is improving every week as a setter, but her consistent, dominant serving is always a weapon for us. Keep up the good work, Morgan!
Carrying the Milford seventh grade White volleyball team through two wins last week were the setters, Meghan Clark and CJ Wirth. They both get to every pass and set the game pace. Congratulations to our setters Meghan and CJ for being named the Athletes of the Week.
Loveland Middle School cross country nominates Abigail Kaszyca and Kyle Wise as ECC Athletes of the Week for fantastic races at the Neal Charske Invitational.
WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 17
Nagel eighth grade Silver’s Maddie Schrand and Lauren Mahannah showed outstanding leadership this week when a teammate went down with an injury during our volleyball match. This player happened to be one of our team's setters. So without having practiced prior, both Maddie and Lauren helped the team switch to a 5-1 offense and successfully finished the match with a win. More importantly, their injured teammate is back at full strength.
Milford volleyball recognizes a quartet of players. Meghan Clark leads the seventh grade White team as a setter. She displays sportsmanship and leads by example on and off the court! Seventh grader Madi Long is not only a phenomenal setter and outside hitter, but she is also a leader on and off the court. Our team really looks up to her as an example, and she takes her role seriously! Eighth grader Makayla Spiller is a determined young athlete who works very hard! She is a team player who shows up on the court when we need her. Makayla is positive influence and a great part of our team! Eighth grader Annie Watson is mighty! She is a dominant leader on the court from the back row and defines hustle. She refuses to let a ball touch the court, and she is constantly trying to improve herself!
Milford seventh grade White volleyball is coming off three wins this week and had great play from multiple players who had clutch serves, passes, and blocks at key times. One consistent asset is our team manager, Brookelyn Bauer. She keeps us in the right line-up and runs a solid book. Congrats to Brookelyn for being one key to our success.
Loveland seventh grade volleyball player Cash Redmond helped lead the Lady Tigers to a victory over West Clermont with several digs in the back court. Keep pushing, Cash!
Nagel seventh grade Silver volleyball player Leah Ramsey came up with clutch serves this week in our win against Milford. She’s done an awesome job this year of setting and running our offense.
Nagel seventh grade Blue volleyball player Jaida Jay had multiple aces, digs, and kills in a week we played four games!
Milford tennis player Elizabeth Miranda came in second place in the second singles bracket at the junior high ECC Tournament. It was such a close match, with Elizabeth pulling off the win in a seven-point tiebreaker against Loveland.
Middle hitter Beth Tarkin stepped up to lead Lebanon's eighth grade Maroon volleyball team in its last three matches. Beth served 16 out of 16 for 100 percent with eight service points, three aces, seven kills, two assists (by a non-setter), and a block.
Nagel seventh grade cross country runner Elizabeth Flora has been steadily gaining speed and shows great promise this season.
West Clermont coed golf recognizes these fantastic student athletes. Kylie Jones posted a solid round at the Middle School Open, then followed it up with her personal-best score at our next match. Kylie is starting to understand the game and continues to improve each round because of the hard work she puts in to practicing - especially her chipping. Taylor Elekes was able to shoot her best score of the season by five strokes. Taylor is quickly learning and has really worked hard on her putting stroke. Austin Hesketh tied for fourth place at a very competitive Middle School Open. Austin continues to play very competitive golf and to post some of the lowest scores in our matches. Way to go Kylie, Taylor, and Austin!
Leighton Minnich and Ava Berry of Nagel eighth grade Blue volleyball are this week's Athletes of the Week. Leighton has stepped into a leadership role where she leads by example, calls plays in games when needed, and consistently works hard. Ava is a beast in back row diving for balls to dig AND gets them up. She is also one who consistently works hard and brings such a positive attitude as well as enthusiasm every single day. Congratulations Leighton and Ava!
The seventh grade football Knights were led to victory at Loveland this week by McKayla Walker. Helping the defense pitch its third shutout of the season, McKayla made some key tackles late in the game to keep Loveland off the scoreboard. Way to go McKayla!
Loveland eighth grade volleyball player Emily Patterson had some great blocks, kills, and serves in our two wins and one loss last week. She has really done a great job leading her team with her energy. You go, Emily!
Loveland cross country recognizes Charlotte Combs and Dane Partusch as Athletes of the Week. Both have had large time drops and work hard!
Loveland seventh grade football player Eli Pachmayer played an outstanding game against Kings with many great tackles on defense and also some great runs on offense. He was a force on both sides of the ball.
WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 10
From day one, Maya Jump dedicated herself to becoming a versatile six-rotation player, putting in unwavering effort to excel. Early on, she recognized that mastering her passing was key to her goal. Maya's diligence has paid off, elevating both her performance and her role in Nagel eighth grade Silver’s success, helping drive the squad to a strong 7-0 season start. Her journey towards completeness showcases her unwavering commitment and invaluable impact on the team.
Milford girls golf recognizes eighth grader Mackenzie Asher for always giving her best effort and for having a great attitude! Fellow eighth grader Ellie Fight is an excellent golfer and teammate!
Milford eighth grade boys golfer Noah Kimble is always smiling, even when he's having a bad round! Eighth grader Brock Shuluga consistently helps the team with low scores and works hard at improving his game!
Loveland Middle School cross country nominates Audrey Gibson and Grant Holbrook for ECC Athlete of the Week. Both seventh graders ran great races at the Mason Invitational. Grant won the boys open and Audrey came in seventh.
Milford seventh grade Red volleyball recognizes setter Madi Long. Madi always hustles and gives 150% percent during every match! She brings the intensity to everything she does, and she motivates her team to do the same. She's a true leader on and off the court. Keep it up Madi!
Loveland seventh grade volleyball player Emma Mollman helped lead the Lady Tigers to a victory over Milford with several aces and an amazing passing game. Great work, Emma!
The seventh grade football Knights were led to victory under the lights at Little Miami Saturday night by Trip Titler. Trip stepped up and played a new position and helped the team secure an ECC win. Way to go Trip!
Middle hitter and co-captain Audrey Jones led the Lebanon Maroon eighth grade volleyball team defensively last week. Audrey tallied 16 digs with one save, eight serves received, three kills, and three service points.
Nagel seventh grade Silver volleyball player Alana Michaelis continues to lead our team as captain - leading by example, hustling at practice, and performing under pressure. She’s a great kid on and off the court.
Loveland's eighth grade volleyball player Ella George helped her team last week bring home three big wins. Against Liberty and Winton Woods, she went on significant serving runs. Against Milford, her defensive skills shone. She gave it her all, including getting her first pancake of the season. Way to go Ella!
West Clermont Middle School golf recognizes Landon Burgess and Aiden Hall. Both eighth graders really showed improvement and determination this week. Landon has worked hard at getting better and ended up posting his lowest round of the season at the MS Open on Saturday. This week, Aiden shot six strokes below his average on a regulation course and continues to put in the extra time needed to improve. Great job Landon and Aiden.
Milford's seventh grade White volleyball team remains undefeated through tough league play last week with wins over Little Miami and Loveland. Two standout players were Olivia Stayley and Greenley Gambrel with clutch serves coming at key times to hold the game momentum for the win over the Lady Panthers. Congrats to Olivia and Greenley for representing Milford this week as Athletes of the Week.
Kings junior high girls tennis player Ambar Ortiz Martinez had a big win on court two singles in a third-set tie break. 10-8 in the tie break! They played almost two hours! We beat Liberty Junior High 4-1! Great day on the court for Amber, Abby Meiners, Mia Nieuwoudt, Lexi Ritter, Grace Lindgren, Anya Detmer, and Akshitha Chintalapudi. Exhibition win for Charley McIntosh and Emma Whittington. Our overall record is now 4-1.
WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 3
Two weeks into the 2023 season, two Lady Warriors have stepped up and delivered for the Lebanon eighth grade Maroon volleyball team. Middle hitter and co-captain Adelyn Stomoff scored 41 service points with 17 aces, nine kills, five assists by a non-setter and eight digs. Outside hitter Elise Donahue served 30 out of 34 (88 percent) scoring 21 service points on 10 aces with eight kills, 24 serves received, eight digs, and three saves.
Nagel seventh grade White volleyball player Claire Pappenheimer had a dominant first week of play as a setter and outside hitter for our team. She lifts our team, and has a positive attitude while she does it. Good work Claire!
Nagel seventh grade Silver volleyball player Quinn Sankal's hustle and effort at practice helped her learn a new position this year and clutch serving has won some sets.
Milford seventh grade Red volleyball would like to recognize Emme Stephens for her incredible defense and unreturnable serves this week. Keep it up, Emme!
Milford seventh grade White volleyball Athlete of the Week is Eliza Mahler. She was a force in the middle with strong net play, excellent passing, and served up 12 aces in three wins last week for the Lady Eagles. Congratulations Eliza!
Emme Frazier had several passes, kills, and aces to help lead the Loveland seventh grade Lady Tiger volleyball squad to victory last week! Good work, Emme!
Kylie Howe of Nagel eighth grade Blue Volleyball is this week’s ECC Athlete of the Week. Kylie has shown tremendous improvement in her new position as a setter and works hard at it every day. She shows up everyday with a positive attitude, is supportive of her teammates, takes advantage of every opportunity given to her, and most importantly, has fun while doing it. Kylie also racked up some awesome service aces and strong hits. Congratulations, Kylie!
The seventh grade football Knights secured a victory with great defense allowing zero points against Nagel this past week. The team was led by Kobe Birch at linebacker who came up with key tackles in the game's biggest moment. Great game Kobe!
Loveland’s eighth grade volleyball player Karli Krohn showed outstanding drive this past week with kills and aces in our two wins! Way to go Karli!
Callie Buehler is a Nagel cheerleader who is a natural leader and always takes care of her team. She is always checking in and helping others to achieve their goals. She strives for excellence in both her team and herself! Congratulations Callie!
West Clermont eighth grade football player Riley Young has a pair of rushing touchdowns and a two-point conversion to lead the offense. Defensively, Bryce Lyttle had a pair of solo tackles and one tackle for loss.
Loveland Middle School cross country recognizes Andrew Bally and Macy Weiland as our ECC Athletes of Week - they both raced with tenacity.
WEEK ENDING AUGUST 27
Milford seventh grade White volleyball would like to recognize Meghan Clark. She led our team at the setter position and served up 14 aces in two games. Congrats Megan on being named Athlete of the Week.
Eva Cramer led the Loveland seventh grade volleyball team to victory this week with several kills and aces. Great job, Eva!
Little Miami eighth grade Gold volleyball player Jordan Dunn is our Athlete of the Week. Although she sustained an injury that has prevented her from practicing and playing the past two weeks, her energy and great attitude in practices has been much appreciated. She can't wait to get on to the court; but in the meantime, she has been participating by being a great teammate and helping bring the energy to practice.
Nagel eighth grade cross country runner Grace "Gracie" Helbig led the team on Saturday at the Lakota East Invite - taking eighth overall and first for Nagel girls.
Milford seventh grade Red volleyball player Lydia Berube had a dominant first week of play at both the net as a solid middle hitter and on defense. She is also a positive leader for our team. Keep it up, Lydia!
Loveland cross country nominates Brynleigh Scherman and Keene Wolfer for ECC Athletes of the Week. Bryleigh won the Lakota East Classic for the girls and Keene came in first of the Loveland boys. Both athletes are leaders possessing great work ethics.
Sophie Dodds is a seventh grader on the Nagel girls golf team and last week she led her team to a victory and was also medalist (low score) for the match.
Milford seventh grade cross country runner Nora Lindley ran her first-ever cross country race and came in tenth place overall! We can’t wait to see what else this young athlete can do this season. Eighth grader Chase Vincent ran faster than he ever has before and killed it with a 12:00:90 time for the two-mile race at Lakota’s Fall Classic. Go Chase!
WEEK ENDING AUGUST 20
Nagel boys A team eighth grade golfer Jack Casterline helped lead the way as low medalist in two matches this past week ... improving their record to 3-0!
Nagel boys B-team eighth grade golfer Gideon Dellecave helped lead the way in a match on Wednesday against Guardian Angels ... improving their record to 2-0!
Briana Ordel , an eight grader on the Nagel girls' golf squad, was low medalist in the girls' first match this past week against Mariemont ... starting the girls' team off with a 1-0 record!
Loveland seventh grade volleyball player Brooke Montgomery stepped up this past week to set for the Lady Tigers. Way to be a team player and leader, Brooke!
The West Clermont Middle School boys' golf team is off to a 2-1 record to begin the season. The team has been led by Austin Hesketh and Logan Cunningham. Both players have tied each other for medalist twice this season. Way to go Austin and Logan!
Nagel eighth grade football players Ben Howe and Brandon Bolender worked together in shutting down Loveland’s offense with several tackles combined and Brandon with a key interception.
2023 Spring Sports Wrap-Up
The ECC boys track championship trophy went to Little Miami, while the girls' title hardware will reside at Loveland! Congratulations to all of our teams on a fine ECC Meet. Event-by-event results can be found HERE.
April 14: Congratulations to our middle school track and field athletes who participated in the OHSAA State Meet in Hilliard! HUGE SHOUT OUT to Loveland's Natalie Waple who finished first in BOTH the 100 m and 200 m hurdles! Natalie's time in the 200 m hurdles established a new state record! Complete results are HERE.
2022-23 Winter Sports Wrap-Up
The Eastern Cincinnati Conference sponsors boys and girls basketball and wrestling during the winter sports season.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: The girls seventh grade basketball tournament championship trophy will be housed at Milford JH. The Lady Eagles defeated Loveland to finish their season with a perfect 19-0 record. Winton Woods captured the eighth grade title after finishing the ECC portion of its schedule with a fine 14-2 record (17-2 overall).
The girls "B" Invitational title went to Lebanon after the Lady Warriors' win over Milford in the tourney Finals.
BOYS BASKETBALL: The boys eighth grade championship went to Nagel Silver with a narrow victory over West Clermont in the finals. The seventh grade championship crown went to Lebanon who downed Milford in the tourney final.
The boys "B" Invitational championship trophy goes to Milford (seventh grade) and Kings (eighth grade).
WRESTLING: 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.
2022 Fall Sports Wrap-Up
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.