By Chris Chaney
While the Batavia Bulldogs were carrying the flag for the entire Southern Buckeye Conference during their historical season and regional semifinal appearance, the American Division of the league was handing out its end-of-the-season awards with many Clermont County athletes being honored.
Amelia, Goshen and New Richmond all had numerous athletes represented and honored with accolades after their seasons had come to an end.
The Amelia Barons led the way with four First-Team selections, followed by New Richmond’s three picks and Goshen’s two.
Amelia’ Cohen Canter, Carter Hounshell, Seth Kennedy and Gabe Weaver were all named as First-Team picks. Kennedy and Weaver were both seniors this past season and helped lead the Barons to a 4-6 record and third-place finish in the American Division.
Under first-year head coach, Scott Herman, the New Richmond Lions had three First-Team selections, all of which were senior leaders. Cole Bird, Alex Horn and James White were all selected to represent the Lions on the American Division’s First Team.
As for the Warriors, Goshen added two more Clermont County athletes to the mix with seniors Andrew Faith and Kyle Monhollen receiving honors.
The rest of the First Team was made up of Norwood and Western Brown athletes. Norwood’s Jonathan Biggers, Robert Boston, Andrew Conover, Jared Peters, Gabe Rice and Ronnie Williams were named to the team as well as Western Brown’s Christian Dawson, Jake Lawson, Justin Longbottom, Devyn Wood and Gunnar Woodyard.
On the Second Team, more Amelia, New Richmond and Goshen players were recognized for their successful seasons.
Amelia’s Austin Miller, Layton Griefenstine and Andrew Sheets got the nod for the Second Team. All three were seniors this past season.
Goshen had a pair of seniors also on the Second Team in Marcus Casey and Dimitri Foreman. Casey was the Warriors go-to running back before he ran into some injury problems in the middle of the season.
Foreman, a senior linebacker, is still weighing his options on if and where he wants to play football in college.
New Richmond rounded out the Clermont County stable of athletes with Austin Campbell, Will Lytle and Levi Simpson being named to the Second Team as well.
While Campbell is a senior, the Lions will look for Lytle and Simpson to return to the fold next year and hopefully improve on the Lions’ fourth-place finish in the league.
Rounding out the Second Team All-Stars were Norwood’s Jacob Boling, DJ Britt, Jacob Cook, Brandon Hubbard and Max Rankin. Western Brown’s Brady Brooks, Eean Hornung, Kalan Kumpf and Jake Morrioson were also named to the Second Team All-Southern Buckeye Conference Team.