Preview 2018: Youngsters must step up for BHS boys soccer


The Blanchester High School boys soccer team, from left to right, front row, Aaron Drexler, Cameron Skidmore, Matthew O’Neill, Colton Wilson, Jordan Gray, Gavin Colebank; middle row, Tanner Kellermann, Jasper Damewood, Carter Stevens, Aaron Abirached, Taylor Cochran, Reagan Burch, Cameron Gibson; back row, head coach Troy Ballinger, Jacob Haun, Josh Helton, Kellen Staehling, Seth Akers, Hunter Hartmann. Team member Nicholas Lansing was not present for the photo.

The Blanchester High School boys soccer team, from left to right, front row, Aaron Drexler, Cameron Skidmore, Matthew O’Neill, Colton Wilson, Jordan Gray, Gavin Colebank; middle row, Tanner Kellermann, Jasper Damewood, Carter Stevens, Aaron Abirached, Taylor Cochran, Reagan Burch, Cameron Gibson; back row, head coach Troy Ballinger, Jacob Haun, Josh Helton, Kellen Staehling, Seth Akers, Hunter Hartmann. Team member Nicholas Lansing was not present for the photo.


Elizabeth Clark | News Journal

Schedule

Aug 21 Georgetown @BHS 5 pm

Aug 23 @Felicity-Franklin 5 pm

Aug 28 Clermont NE @BHS 5 pm

Sept 4 Bethel-Tate @BHS 5 pm

Sept 6 @Clinton-Massie 5 pm

Sept 11 @Williamsburg 5 pm

Sept 13 @Georgetown 5 pm

Sept 17 @Eastern 630 pm

Sept 20 Felicity @BHS 7 pm

Sept 24 @Fairfield Leesburg 615 pm

Sept 25 @Clermont NE 7 pm

Sept 27 Goshen @BHS 7 pm

Oct 2 @Bethel-Tate 7 pm

Oct 4 Fayetteville @BHS 7 pm

Oct 11 Williamsburg @BHS 7 pm

Oct 13 @Taylor 1 pm

Playing numerous freshmen and sophomores last season, the Blanchester boys soccer team finished in the middle of the pack in the SBAAC National Division standings.

Bethel-Tate was unbeaten and league champions with Georgetown next in line. Blanchester was 5-4-1 in the league, 8-8-1 overall.

The Wildcats were clearly ahead of the Williamsburg, Clermont Northeastern and Felicity-Franklin.

Troy Ballinger, in his 11th season as head coach with a 68-78-17 record, hopes those youngsters last year are ready to step up in 2018.

“Strong junior and sophomore classes that have improved greatly since last season,” he said. “We have shifted some players to new positions that best suit the needs of the team and are working on figuring that out at the moment.”

The top returning players are Tanner Kellerman (second team All-SBAAC), Jasper Damewood, Cameron Gibson, Cameron Skidmore and Carter Stevens. Reagan Burch is the top newcomer.

Among the players who are not returning, Ballinger noted a pair of first team All-SBAAC players – Brant Bandow and Nevan Coyle. Topher Farrow was a second team player. Noah Armocida, Jake Fischer and honorable mention All-SBAAC player Hunter Miller also are not returning in 2018.

Ballinger said Bethel-Tate and Georgetown once again are the pre-season National Division favorites.

The Blanchester High School boys soccer team, from left to right, front row, Aaron Drexler, Cameron Skidmore, Matthew O’Neill, Colton Wilson, Jordan Gray, Gavin Colebank; middle row, Tanner Kellermann, Jasper Damewood, Carter Stevens, Aaron Abirached, Taylor Cochran, Reagan Burch, Cameron Gibson; back row, head coach Troy Ballinger, Jacob Haun, Josh Helton, Kellen Staehling, Seth Akers, Hunter Hartmann. Team member Nicholas Lansing was not present for the photo.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/08/web1_SOC_blanboysteam.jpgThe Blanchester High School boys soccer team, from left to right, front row, Aaron Drexler, Cameron Skidmore, Matthew O’Neill, Colton Wilson, Jordan Gray, Gavin Colebank; middle row, Tanner Kellermann, Jasper Damewood, Carter Stevens, Aaron Abirached, Taylor Cochran, Reagan Burch, Cameron Gibson; back row, head coach Troy Ballinger, Jacob Haun, Josh Helton, Kellen Staehling, Seth Akers, Hunter Hartmann. Team member Nicholas Lansing was not present for the photo. Elizabeth Clark | News Journal

Schedule

Aug 21 Georgetown @BHS 5 pm

Aug 23 @Felicity-Franklin 5 pm

Aug 28 Clermont NE @BHS 5 pm

Sept 4 Bethel-Tate @BHS 5 pm

Sept 6 @Clinton-Massie 5 pm

Sept 11 @Williamsburg 5 pm

Sept 13 @Georgetown 5 pm

Sept 17 @Eastern 630 pm

Sept 20 Felicity @BHS 7 pm

Sept 24 @Fairfield Leesburg 615 pm

Sept 25 @Clermont NE 7 pm

Sept 27 Goshen @BHS 7 pm

Oct 2 @Bethel-Tate 7 pm

Oct 4 Fayetteville @BHS 7 pm

Oct 11 Williamsburg @BHS 7 pm

Oct 13 @Taylor 1 pm