Ladycats claw out 3-2 win over Lady Astros

BLANCHESTER — A 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 win by Alexis Vestal and Korie White lifted Blanchester to a 3-2 tennis victory over East Clinton Wednesday in a Southern Buckeye Conference Athletic & Academic Conference match on the BHS courts.

“I knew this was going to be quite the battle and it did not disappoint,” BHS coach Matt Sexton said. “Our first doubles team really has played two mentally strong matches in a row and it won them this match. They found a way when EC pushed back after the first set to steady themselves. That was a very entertaining match.”

The Wildcats are 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the SBC National. East Clinton drops to 0-2, 0-1.

Erin Wilson played “steady” at first singles and picked up a win for the Ladycats. Grace King and Kayla Allen won at second doubles.

For East Clinton, singles players Sydney and Shelby Michael were the two winning courts.

“This was a huge match in the league title picture,” Sexton said. “We know the next time it will be another great battle.”


Aug. 23, 2017

@Blanchester High School

Blanchester 3, East Clinton 2


• Erin Wilson (B) def Kylee Hidy 6-4, 6-3

• Sydney Michael (EC) def Lilly Tedrick 6-3, 6-2

• Shelby Michael (EC) def Lydia Falgner 6-0, 6-1


• Alexis Vestal, Korie White (B) def Bella Walters, Haley Harrell 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

• Grace King, Kayla Allen (B) def Jaiden Alloy, Sarah Ross 6-0, 6-2



posts another

shut-out win

WILMINGTON — Playing back-to-back games wasn’t much of a hindrance for the Wilmington High School boys soccer team.

Just one day after blanking Clinton-Massie 9-0 on Tuesday, the Hurricane blanked Xenia 2-0 at Alumni Field in a non-league match.

“I give a lot of credit to the boys their effort,” WHS coach Imad El-Macharaffie said. “Xenia usually carries a good team and, just like us, played last night too.”

El-Macharaffie said his Hurricane were “able to finish our early chances” for goals and posted the victory.

Sam Spirk tallied his eighth goal in three games, in addition to recording an assist.

Charly Schumacher scored the other WHS goal. Jake Vaughan added an assist.

Graham Vilvens had six saves in goal for Wilmington.

Wilmington (2-1 on the year) “will savor the next couple days off” before playing at Hillsboro Saturday afternoon.


CM tennis

goes to 6-0

with 4-1 win

NEW RICHMOND — With three courts still unbeaten on the season, the Clinton-Massie tennis team took control of the Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference American Division.

With a 4-1 win over the Lady Lions on Wednesday, Clinton-Massie improves to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the American. The Lady Falcons will get another tough league test when they travel to Goshen to face the Warriors on Thursday.

New Richmond is 2-1 on the year.

Hailey Clayborn and Anne Thompson both improve to 6-0 overall with singles wins while Claire Carruthers and Hailey Stinchcomb are now 5-0 at first doubles.

Thompson had the match of the night with a 6-7 (5-7), 6-1, 6-3 win at second singles. Coach Lynn Deatherage said despite dropping the first set Thompson was able to wear down her opponent in the second and third sets of the two and a half hour match.

Nina Lazic was a winner at third singles for the Lady Falcons.


Aug 23 2017

@New Richmond High School

Clinton-Massie 3 New Richmond 2


• Hailey Clayborn defeated Sophia Dragoo 6-0, 6-2

• Anne Thompson defeated Kara O’Toole 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-3

• Nina Lazic defeated Madeline Walls 6-0, 7-5


• Claire Carruthers, Hailey Stinchcomb defeated Elise Bezold, Kaleigh Pratt 6-1, 6-0

• Megan Wonderly, Raelee Schulz were defeated by Jazmyn Hinkston, Julie Harrison 4-6, 2-6


EC rallies

for victory

over HHS

After a slow start, the East Clinton volleyball team defeated Hillsboro 13-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 Wednesday in a non-league match against their former South Central Ohio League rival.

“Despite a slow start, the girls pulled it together,” EC coach Sarah Sodini said. “Sierra Christian, Kaitlyn Talbott and Kayla Hall really stepped up.”

Christian had two kills and a dig. Talbott finished with four kills, two blocks and a dig. Hall had a kill and five blocks at the net.

Logan Peterman had a kill, 10 assists and four digs. Kenzie Campbell totaled three aces, five kills, three blocks and three digs. Kait Durbin had four kills, four blocks and four digs.

Myah Jones recorded a kill, six assists, a block and two digs. Paige Lilly chipped in with a kill, seven digs and seven kills. Lacey Peterman had an ace, two kills and three digs. Victoria Jamison had a block and Emma Malone had a dig.


Kings nets

4-1 victory

over WHS

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington High School tennis team fell to Kings Wednesday 4-1 in a non-league match on the WHS courts.

The Lady Hurricane is 1-5 on the year.

The doubles pairing of Emma Schroeder and Brooklyn Nielsen are now 3-0, earning the lone WHS victory 6-4, 6-4.


Aug 23 2017

@Wilmington High School

Kings 4 Wilmington 1


• Allie Kees was def by Haley Guerin 3-6, 2-6

• Sophie Reed was def by Meghan Gostel 2-6, 4-6

• Zane Bekheet was def by Anna Muerchen 0-6, 1-6


• Brooklyn Nielsen, Emma Schroeder def Cecilia Reich, Savannah Walker 6-4, 6-4

• Sydney Johnston, Kristina Wall were def by Ally Loughlin, Bettina Tan 0-6, 0-6


Blan golf

loses pair


BATAVIA — The Blanchester High School golf team was defeated by Clermont Northeastern and Mariemont Wednesday in a non-league match at Cedar Trace Golf Club.

The Wildcats had a 218 while the Rockets shot 199 and the Warriors had a 172.

Playing the par 35 back nine, Chris Moorhouse of CNE was the match medalist with a 40.

For Blanchester, Connor Cook had a 49 and Ashlin Benne carded a 54. Jacob Miller posted a 55 and Brian Miller came in with a 60.




drops match

GEORGETOWN — The Wilmington High School volleyball team was unable to sustain a first set win Wednesday and dropped its non-league match to Georgetown 25-23, 19-25, 10-25, 23-25.

Coach Jordan Watson called the defeat “a tough loss” but said her team “really hustled and stepped up to the plate.”

Courtney Smart had 48 set assists while Aaliyah Huff added 25. Alix Smith had 51 successful passes.

Harlie Bickett and Riley Flint both hit 90 percent of their serves. Nyla Bailey posted 10 kills on the stats sheet while Madi Flint had five kills.

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East Clinton’s Shelby Michael and Blanchester’s Lydia Falgner at a changeover during their singles match Wednesday at BHS. Michael won the match 6-0, 6-1. Clinton’s Shelby Michael and Blanchester’s Lydia Falgner at a changeover during their singles match Wednesday at BHS. Michael won the match 6-0, 6-1. Elizabeth Clark | News Journal

Anne Thompson of Clinton-Massie is now 6-0 on the year after a three-set win Wednesday against New Richmond. Thompson of Clinton-Massie is now 6-0 on the year after a three-set win Wednesday against New Richmond. Mark Huber | News Journal File

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