Clermont County’s contributions to U.S. Olympic success have been outstanding

The Summer Games of the Olympics are upon us. It is a time to remember those Clermont countians who were a definite part in representing the United States in this most prestigious of world-wide athletic events.

One of those from Clermont County is Ken Stewart, a resident of Batavia Township.

Stewart has been recognized for many years as one of the county’s outstanding sportsmen. At Batavia High School, from where he graduated in 1958, he was a letterman in football, basketball, track and field (as a sprinter) and baseball.

After graduating from Ohio University, he began his teaching and high school coaching career at Amelia High School beginning the 1964-65 school year. He taught many fields of science. Two of the athletes he coached were Kurt Franke, class of 1968, who was a free agent of the Minnesota Vikings professional football team, and the other was John Wellerding, class of 1972, who was in the finals of the trials in the marathon run for the 1984 Olympic Games.