2024 Spring Sports Updates
TRACK AND FIELD: The ECC sponsors track and field for the spring sports season. Little Miami (boys) and Loveland (girls) are our defending champions. This year's ECC Conference Meet is scheduled for May 6 at Lebanon HS.
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 FEBRUARY 25
Milford eighth grade Red boys basketball player Nolan Burch played with toughness all season and had a huge block vs. Winton Woods in the final regular season game which helped secure a share of the league championship!
Milford seventh grade Red boys basketball player Aiden Wehrum is a hard-working athlete who took on a new position of point guard this season. He embraced the challenge and flourished. He is a natural leader through his work ethic alone, and this is perpetuated by his ability to positively communicate with teammates!
Milford eighth grade White boys basketball player Jake Losee has shown great leadership and poise this past year. He is always picking his teammates up, and he is a huge reason for our successful season!
Milford seventh grade White boys basketball player Paul Clayton has shown tremendous effort all season and gave 100 percent to every practice and game that he played in. It was a pleasure to see Paul's growth throughout the course of the season!
WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 11
Nagel eighth grade Silver girls basketball player Molly Hartley is our Player of the Week. She scored nine points and played great defense in our tournament loss to Milford.
WEEK ENDING FEBRUARY 4
Milford dance team recognizes eighth graders Avery Kimble and Maggie Keller. Avery is hardworking, dedicated, and always brings a smile with her to practice and to the court! Maggie is a strong performer and a wonderful teammate, always looking out for how she can help her fellow dancers!
Little Miami eighth grade Gold girls basketball would like to recognize Sydney Fallat for her strong leadership and defense throughout the season. She is one of the team's best defenders and routinely takes the assignment of guarding the other team's primary ballhandler or scorer. In addition, she is one of the top players in rebounds, steals, and assists for Little Miami. Sydney sets the competitive tone for the team every day in both practices and games by working hard and pushing her teammates. Congrats Sydney on a great season!
Nagel Silver eighth grade girls basketball player Molly Hartley had 10 points, and six plus rebounds in win over Loveland.
Nagel eighth grade gymnast Caroline Pritts placed fifth on vault, third on bars and beam, first on floor, and second in the all around at the Win the Day Invitational.
Captains Keene Wolfer and Jacob Stephens both had strong performances last week for the eighth grade Loveland Tigers. Jacob played very consistently at both ends of the floor. Due to lack of availability among some of his teammates, Jacob had to shoulder a much bigger load at both ends of the court and did so well. Keene has been the most improved member of the team since the beginning of the season. He has emerged as a defensive force protecting the rim. Recently, he has done a tremendous job playing off his teammates on offense. Both Jacob and Keene represent our team in the best way possible.
The Kings seventh grade boys basketball Knights had a hard-fought victory this week against Milford. Parker McDonough made some key free throws to end the game and help secure the Knights victory. Great job Park!
Loveland wrestler Randy Madison went 4-0 with four pins in the very first period of every match to win the 209 lb. weight class at Districts and qualify for the State Tournament.
Milford seventh grade Red girls basketball would like to recognize Katie Gehringer. She is a leader on the team on both sides of the ball. She creates shots for teammates on the offensive end and creates havoc on defense. Katie works hard in practice and brings energy during the games. Congrats Katie!
WEEK ENDING JANUARY 28
West Clermont seventh grader Isaac Swisshelm had 19 points and knocked down five three-pointers and teammate Carter Rhyan had 14 points and nine rebounds in the Wolves' big win over Lebanon.
Milford seventh grade cheerleader Melanie Sporing always gives 110 percent at practice and games! She is super supportive of her teammates! Eighth grader Emily Pride is hardworking and constantly trying to grow her skills! She is a great motivator for her squad - always enthusiastic and encouraging!
The Kings seventh grade boys basketball Knights were led this week by Trip Titler and Parker McDonough. Although the team lost the games, these young men left it all on the floor and gave the team opportunities to be successful! Way to go Park and Trip!
Nagel gymnastics Ella Oum, an eighth grader, placed first in the all-around and on vault. She also placed second on bars and on floor and third on beam.
Milford seventh grade Red girls basketball team has been led by our fearless point guard Faith Hampson. She leads the team in assists, energy, and keeps the game at a high pace. Faith is a leader on the court. Congrats Faith, and Keep bringing the energy at the point guard position!
Will Perusek had a strong week for the eighth grade Loveland Tigers. Will came back quickly after missing a week due to illness. He got himself back up to game speed quickly. He led the charge in our most recent win. He led a quick surge to end the first half to create a little separation and then started the second half on fire to help build a comfortable lead. Will's performance got his teammates very fired up and helped energize a great second half for the whole team.
Nagel eighth grade girls basketball player Molly Hartley had nine points and seven plus rebounds and played great defense in our loss to Loveland.
Milford eighth grade White girls basketball player Kennadie Koesters is one of the hardest workers on the team. She always plays hard and always has a smile on. She really loves the game and her teammates, and it shows when she plays!
WEEK ENDING JANUARY 21
At the Cincinnati Country Day competition, Nagel eighth grade gymnast Elle Rivard got second place on vault, second place on bars, first place on beam, fifth place on floor, and first place all around.
Nagel Silver eighth grade girls basketball player Nyla Hemmelgarn had 11 points , 10+ rebounds, and played great defense in a win against Lebanon.
Milford seventh grade Red girls basketball team would like to recognize Lainey Mullins for stepping up this week into a starting role. She was the player who did all of the hard things on defense and grabbed boards on both ends of the court. Lainey was a force inside and led the team with her energy. Congrats Lainey!
Winton Woods swimmer Auriana Hall is a first-year competitive swimmer who has had excellent practice attendance and has worked hard on all parts of the sport. Auriana dropped almost eight seconds on her two indiviaul swims at the Championship Meet at Princeton. Joshua Roach is a multi-sport athlete who has really shown improvement in his stroke technique and finished strong at Championships. We look for him to be a swimmer to watch on our middle school team next season. Olivia Haley, KJ Jones, Ian Noel, and Halo Winchester are also recognized for turning in personal records at Princeton.
WEEK ENDING JANUARY 14
In our game against Nagel, West Clermont seventh grade Navy girls basketball player Lauren Townes stepped up as a leader on the team and had two steals back-to-back. Lauren has made a ton of progress on her shot this year and is always willing to work hard.
Milford seventh grade Red girls basketball team was led this week with a strong defensive effort from Lexi Fehring. She brought the energy to the court creating havoc for the opposing team. Congrats Lexi on being named Athlete of the Week - keep working!
Loveland seventh grade girls basketball player Larkin Haney continues to do a great job leading the Lady Tigers. Offensively, her unselfish play and vision on the court have led to multiple scoring opportunities for her teammates. On the defensive end she has great anticipation and helps set the tone with her energy. Great job Larkin!
The Loveland girls seventh grade Orange basketball team had a split decision this past week with a win over Kings and a last-second loss to Little Miami. Paige Minton led the charge in both games in steals and double-digit scoring. Impressive performances were also recorded by Allie Craig, Abby Kaszyca, and Avery Browning.
Walnut Hills seventh grader girls basketball player Addison Durbin had 22 points and 18 rebounds in the two wins for the seventh grade this week. Her defense and strong presence have been a major factor in the success of the Lady Eagles this year.
Little Miami eighth grade Gold girls basketball would like to recognize Avery Green and Katie Pickering for their strong performance in wins last week. Avery scored 25 points including timely three-point shots in both games to help change the momentum. She also collected 16 rebounds over the two games and is a dominant presence in the press. Katie contributed 14 rebounds and four steals over the two games and continues to be strong on defense in the paint. She has really stepped up after coming back from injury/illness earlier in the season. Both players are great teammates with positive attitudes in practice and in games. Congrats Avery and Katie and keep up the hard work!
West Clermont seventh grade boys basketball player Jayce Borger had a double-double Tuesday against Little Miami with 20 points.
Ben Helphinstine of Little Miami's eighth grade Gold boys basketball played a huge role in the team’s road win at West Clermont last week! Ben’s defensive energy and hustle helped lead the team to an early first half lead, and his clutch bucket with a minute remaining in the game helped seal the win! Ben’s impact on our team has gone well beyond the box score, as he’s been one of the most positive and hardworking leaders on our team all season long. Congratulations Ben on being the Athlete of the Week!
WEEK ENDING JANUARY 7
Winton Woods boys basketball player Cameron Mercer had 22 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in a win over Walnut Hills. Donte Timerlake added four points, 12 rebounds, and two assists.
West Clermont seventh grade Navy basketball player Issac Swisshelm averaged 12.5 points per game while helping the team go 2-0 for the week.
The Kings seventh grade boys Knights basketball team was led to victory at Little Miami Thursday by Jameson Byrd. Great effort Jameson and go Knights!
Loveland eighth grade wrestler Randy Madison went 5-0 with four pins to win the 205 lb. weight class at the Harrison Invitational this weekend. Randy improved his record to 16-1 this season.
Loveland seventh grade basketball player Brynleigh Scherman continues to play stellar defense for the Lady Tigers. She provides relentless pressure which results in multiple turnovers. Keep it up Brynleigh!
Little Miami eighth grade boys swimmer Owen Gee broke two school records at our last meet with Fairfield! He broke his own 50-yard fly record as well as the 50-yard free record.
Brady Carr had a strong week for the Loveland eighth grade Tigers. Brady helped lead the team with timely shooting. In a tight fourth quarter, Brady did a stellar job handling the ball against pressure and knocked down critical free throws to help put the game away.
London Larkin from the West Clermont seventh grade Navy girls basketball team made a crucial shot in our nailbiter against Walnut Hills. This shot put us up by five and clinched the win. I am proud of how far she has come as a player, and I can't wait to see what she does the rest of the season!
Eighth grader Ethan Pianfetti leads the Nagel swim team with his positive attitude and super fast swims.
Ryder Armstrong and Brayden Brown of Little Miami’s eighth grade boys basketball have been such strong leaders for our program this season! They are two of the most impactful “tone setters” for our team with their voices, effort, and toughness every day in practice and on game days. Brayden is fifth on the team in scoring while Ryder leads the team in assists and is top five in steals and offensive rebounds. Great job Brayden and Ryder!
WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 31
The Milford seventh grade Red girls basketball team is flying into the new year coming off a productive break. A player who stepped up her game in drills and practice was Lainey Mullins. Lainey brought energy to the court and challenged herself to get better over the break. Congrats to Lainey for earning Athlete of the Week honors.
WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 24
The Loveland eighth grade Lady Tigers basketball squad was lead by Karli Krohn’s 11 points and 15 rebounds and Mia Davis’ nine points in a win over a good Kings team.
Loveland seventh grade girls basketball players Mae Schlensker and Lily Yeager led the way in an exciting victory against Kings. Mae led the team in scoring and pressure defense, while Lily hit the game-winning free throw. Great job ladies!
West Clermont seventh grade Navy girls basketball player Grace Whittington has grown so much as a player and scored her first four points in our game against Nagel. She is always cheering on her teammates, and I can’t wait to see what she does the rest of the season!
WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 17
Milford seventh grade Red girls basketball player Kensley Carnes has stepped up her game on both the defensive and offensive sides of the ball. She led the team in scoring with three wins last week for the Lady Eagles.
Nagel gymnastics Athlete of the Week is Ella Oum. At this week's mock meet, she got first place on bars, beam, floor and all-around (against our team).
Loveland seventh grade girls basketball player Cora Goldie continues to impress with her strong effort in the paint for the Lady Tigers. She helped lead the way in wins against Winton Woods and Nagel Blue. Great job Cora!
PJ Kontopos had a great week for the eighth grade Loveland Tigers boys basketball squad. PJ was a top scorer in both of our games. He made great decisions at key moments in each of our wins. PJ works hard at both ends of the court and is a positive team member.
Milford eighth grade Red girls basketball players Mikayla Chadwell, Emma Reffitt, Ellie Fight, and Zoey Saneholtz helped lead our team to three victories this week. Each one stepped on the court and made big plays to push our team ahead. They contributed on both ends of the floor.
Tyler Meece is Little Miami’s eighth grade boys basketball Athlete of the Week! Tyler led the team in scoring with an efficient 14 points against Loveland. Tyler’s work ethic and his competitiveness has been a huge positive influence on our team this season, and we look forward to seeing Tyler continue to grow as a leader for our basketball program!
The Kings seventh grade boys basketball Knights were led to an exciting victory this week over Milford. Parker McDonough and Jordan Estep hit key shots down the stretch in a buzzer-beater win!
WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 10
Milford girls basketball recognizes the following players: Paige Kinkaid (eighth grade Red) has solidified herself as a leader for this team. She is a positive vocal leader who brings the energy every day. This translates to her play on the court and helping our team win games! Brooke Freese (seventh grade Red) leads the team on and off the court with her energy. She is a tough defender and leads the team in scoring! Amelia Shutters (eighth grade White) leads the team in rebounds and is a great defender. Her scoring also helps the team! Jazlyn Mroz (seventh grade White) works hard especially on defense helping her team!
West Clermont seventh grade Navy boys basketball player Lucas Ebert averaged 14.5 ppg while helping the team go 2-0 throughout the week.
West Clermont seventh grade Navy girls basketball recognizes Taylor Fender and Bella Swisshelm for Athletes of the Week. Bella had 37 points in one of our games last week, and Taylor coming off of being sick had 14. They show leadership and are the team captains for the Lady Wolves.
Eighth grade Milford Red boys basketball went 2-0 for the week. Jude Trout had nine points and three assists vs. Nagel Blue, and Cale Zurcher had nine points and two blocks to lead in the win vs. Nagel Silver.
Winton Woods swimmers Halo Winchester, Olivia Haley, Ian Noel, and Josh Roach won the 200 medley relay at West Clermont Tuesday night. Halo, Ian, and Olivia also teamed with KJ Jones to win the 200 freestyle relay for a strong start to their season. At our meet with St. Bernard-Elmwood Place, Jaymie Vega-Palumbo stepped up to swim in her first-ever 200 freestyle relay for a swimmer who could not swim. Jaymie just began her competitive swimming career this season.
Milford eighth grade White girls basketball player Talia Wyrick has come a long way in this short season, becoming a better rebounder, setting more effective screens, and getting up and down the floor with more efficiency. This has helped her scoring and defense really improve.
West Clermont participated in the Sycamore Dual Tournament on Saturday. The team was led by four wrestlers who went undefeated for the day. Noah Velieux went 5-0 with four pins. Evan Ellegood went 4-0 with four pins and Jaydan Smith went 5-0 with four pins. Finally, Brody Turner went 4-0 with three pins. Great job to these wrestlers!
Loveland eighth grade boys basketball player Ryan Thomas has had a strong start to the season for the Tigers. He has been a strong contributor at both ends of the court. Ryan maintains a positive attitude in practice and games, providing a steady presence for his teammates to follow.
Loveland seventh grade girls basketball player Macy Stidham led the Lady Tigers in both points and rebounds in a recent win against Little Miami. She is relentless on the boards and continues to improve offensively each game. Great job! Keep it up Macy!
Cooper Epp scored eight big second half points to help lead Milford seventh grade boys to their first victory of the season in a close game with Nagel Blue.
The Kings seventh grade boys basketball Knights were led to an exciting victory Saturday at Turpin HS. Trailing late in the game, Ethan Coffey led the team on a comeback and eventual win against a tough Nagel Silver team. Great game Ethan!
Nagel seventh grade Silver girls basketball player Abby Statile has been a defensive specialist for her team and scored eight points to lead the squad in this past weekend's match-up against Kings.
Congratulations to Isaac Sukup for being Little Miami’s eighth grade Gold boys basketball Athlete of the Week! Isaac scored an efficient seven points and led the team in rebounds (10) and steals (2) off the bench in a road win against Lebanon. Isaac has been a great leader for our team both on and off the floor and is a real pleasure to coach!
WEEK ENDING DECEMBER 3
Milford seventh grade Red basketball team would like to recognize Brooke Freese for her play in our opening week. She has been a leader on and off the court. Brooke has led the team in scoring and hustles on defense. Congrats Brooke on being named our Athlete of the Week!
In wins last week against Loveland, Nagel Blue, and Winton Woods, West Clermont seventh grade basketball player Kalea Ransom tallied 20 steals and 12 rebounds for the Lady Wolves. Congratulations!
Karli Krohn and Juju Lee led the eighth grade Loveland Lady Tigers to two wins this week. Karli had 11 points against West Clermont and 12 against Little Miami. Juju also tallied 12 points against Little Miami.
Loveland seventh grade girls basketball would like to recognize Brooklyn Reisert. Her defensive pressure and offensive aggressiveness off the bench provided a huge spark for the team in a victory against Little Miami. Awesome job Brooklyn!
The Loveland seventh grade girls Orange team started off the season with back-to-back wins this week, at West Clermont and Milford, before dropping their home opener to Little Miami. Paige Minton led the way at West Clermont with a team-high 16 points and tenacious defense. The next night at Milford, the entire team came together to hold Milford scoreless for three quarters, only allowing four points the whole game. They followed this up the next night with a strong performance against Little Miami before losing in the final seconds. Laney Glanz, Audrey Gibson, and Abby Kaszyca led a late charge to tie the game several times in the fourth quarter, hitting key free throws.
Walnut Hills seventh grade basketball player AB Piening helped her team to a 3-0 start to the season by putting up the following numbers: vs. Milford - 16 points, three rebounds, two assists, and four steals; vs. Nagel Silver - 14 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal, and one block; and vs. Lebanon - 16 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals. She shot 45 percent from three-point range over the three-game span.
Nagel swimmers are starting off strong. As a combined team of boys and girls, they have beaten Mason, Indian Hill, Sycamore, and Little Miami during their first two tri meets. Leading the team are Charlotte Mullins, Molly Montgomery, Gideon Dellcave, and Jonathan Meyers. Way to go Lady Nighthawks!
Little Miami eighth grade Gold girls basketball would like to recognize Ana Magee and Kaitlynn Drook for their strong start to the season. Ana and Kaitlynn scored a combined 65 points through the first three games of the season last week. Ana hit 11 threes with seven in a single game, while Kaitlynn is a consistent offensive threat from all over the floor. Both players continue to improve defensively and make adjustments focused on getting even better. These girls have a great, positive attitude that is a key piece to the team's success. Congrats Ana and Kaitlynn and keep up the hard work!
WEEK ENDING NOVEMBER 26
Little Miami seventh grader Aubrianna “Aubri” Morsie is a first-year swimmer with the utmost determination. Aubri shows up to optional practices and leaves her all in the pool. Her team spirit is contagious, and she helps motivate and lead her team.
Milford eighth grade basketball player Sophia Harper has a great first step with the ball and uses that to get to the basket when the team is in need of a score. But her defense is where she really shines - tenacious, and in your face. She causes a lot of turnovers and miscues for her opponents and creates scoring opportunities for her teammates.
WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 22
Nagel seventh grade girls cross country runner Neka Barford ran a personal-best time of 13:10.6 at the State Meet on Sunday at Dublin Jerome HS. The Nagel girls team placed eighth in Division 1. Nice showing girls!
Milford football recognizes the following players: Troy Dozois (7) gave all-out effort playing both defense and offense this week. Landen Owens (7) was injured in the final game early and continued to gain yards at running back and make defensive stops. Aiden Wehrum (7) made considerable contributions to the defense in his first start of the year on that side of the ball and was leading our offense by extending multiple plays. All three of these eighth grade football athletes were leaders on/off the field all season … great work to Ian Crouch, Bryce Melgard, and Chase Whitehouse.
WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 15
Shout out to the Loveland girls and boys cross country teams for finishing first and second respectively at the 2023 ECC Championships!
WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 8
Milford cheerleading recognizes the following cheerleaders: Madalynn (Maddie) Newton (7) for gaining a new tumbling skill, stunting skill, for always having a coachable attitude, and for being ready to learn at practice! Melanie Sporing (7) for pushing herself to improve her own skills, while also pushing her fellow teammates by motivating them, and for maintaining a positive attitude. Delaney Hendricks (8) for her motivation and dedication to improve herself each week and for gaining solid new tumbling skills! Eleanor (Ellie) Mitchell (8) for her constant positive attitude, work ethic, and drive to learn new skills with stunting and tumbling!
Nagel seventh grade volleyball player Alana Michaelis is recognized for her leadership, power at the outside, and being a consistent six-rotation player all season.
All 12 players on the roster for Loveland seventh grade volleyball are getting a huge shout out this week for finishing in third place in the ECC Tournament and for a wonderful season! What an awesome group of players who I’m excited to watch grow in the sport!
Lebanon eighth grade Maroon volleyball has chosen to recognize the mightiest for the final week, the backbones of the back row, defensive specialists Kendle Caudill and Kinley Steward. Middle back Kendle Caudill has served 88 percent with 13 service points, five assists by a non-setter, 67 serves received, and 44 digs. Right back Kinley Steward has 31 service points, 11 aces, 36 serves received, 18 digs, and 11 saves. Beyond their stats on the court, both Kendle and Kinley have improved their verticals over the season by three inches - the best on the team.
The seventh grade football Knights were led to victory this week over Winton Woods by Van Links. Van played great on the defensive side of the ball and came up with a big play when his number was called on offense as well. Way to play Van!
Loveland cross country would like to recognize eighth grader Chase Glassmeyer and seventh grader Lilly Gutekunst as our Athletes of the Week. These two always lead by example and are always doing the right thing!
Nagel eighth grade girls cross country runner Zoe Patterson has been a leader on the team with her positive attitude and outstanding efforts - coming in at #3 on our team throughout the year.
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.
2023-24 Winter Sports Wrap-Up
BOYS BASKETBALL: The 2023-24 ECC Tournament saw Nagel Blue defeat West Clermont to win the seventh grade title. Winton Woods downed Milford to capture the eighth grade Conference championship. The boys Conference Invitational championship game featured the Nagel Nighthawks beating Milford to claim the trophy.
GIRLS BASKETBALL: The ECC eighth grade Tournament championship trophy was secured by Winton Woods after defeating Milford in the finals. Lebanon came away with the seventh grade championship, downing Walnut Hills. The girls ECC Invitational title went to Lebanon after its win over Milford in the finals.
BASKETBALL REGULAR SEASON STANDINGS UPDATE: Due to the possibility that some teams may not play the same number of league games in a given season, the ECC will determine regular season league standings based on the formula below.
WRESTLING: Lebanon captured the 2023-24 ECC Tournament title, outdistancing runner-up Little Miami 232-153. See complete results HERE.
2023 Fall Sports Wrap-Up
FOOTBALL: West Clermont won the seventh grade championship in football, while the eighth grade title went to Little Miami. Congratulations!
FOOTBALL STANDINGS UPDATE: Due to the possibility that some teams may not play the same number of league games in a given season, the ECC will determine league standings based on the formula below.
VOLLEYBALL: SEASON CHAMPIONS: Milford won the regular season championship at the eighth grade level, while the seventh grade title was shared between Milford and Nagel Silver.
VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS UPDATE: Due to the possibility that some teams may not play the same number of league games in a given season, the ECC will determine league standings based on the formula below.
TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS: Nagel Silver captured the seventh and eighth grade titles at the ECC Championship tournament, as well as the seventh and eight grade crowns at the ECC Invitational Tourney! Congratulations!
CROSS COUNTRY: Your 2023 ECC Cross Country Champions are Loveland (girls) and Kings (boys). Top three finishers for the girls were Loveland's Kali Rodriguez and Brynleigh Scherman and Kings' Makenna Bowman. Top three finishers in the boys' race were Lebanon's Ethan Otis, Loveland's Stanley McCoy, and Nagel's Elijah Trickey. See complete results HERE for the girls and HERE for the boys.
STATE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS: Results from the October 22 OHSAA State Cross Country Meet can be found HERE.