By Garth Shanklin
The New Richmond Lions currently sit in second place in the Southern Buckeye Athletic and Academic Conference standings. They’ll get their chance at first place on Oct. 4 when the team visits Western Brown, but they must take care of business before that matchup if they want to win the title.
The Lions defeated Indian Hill in a non-conference matchup on Sept. 15, giving them a week to prepare for their next contest.
Other teams in the county weren’t as lucky. Several squads were in action on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Batavia earned a 2-1 victory over Bethel-Tate. Goshen defeated Felicity-Franklin 5-1. In the Eastern Cincinnati Conference, Kings defeated Glen Este 8-0.
New Richmond returned to the pitch on Sept. 22 for a bout against Batavia. The Lions defeated the Bulldogs 2-0, maintaining their second-place standing in the SBAAC American Division. Goshen battled an undefeated Western Brown team to a 0-0 draw, while Williamsburg emerged victorious against CNE by a 5-2 margin. Blanchester defeated Felicity-Franklin 5-0.
Glen Este dropped a 7-3 contest to Western Hills and Milford defeated Withrow 9-0. The Trojans lost their third game of the week on Sept. 24, falling to Badin 8-1. Milford defeated Oak Hills 3-1 that same night.
The Eagles were the only Clermont County team in action on Sept. 26. They defeated Walnut Hills 2-1.
Big matchups dot the scene in the county on Thursday, Sept. 29. Milford visits Glen Este, New Richmond hosts Norwood, Bethel-Tate travels to Clermont Northeastern and Williamsburg battles Blanchester. All of those games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Batavia hosts Western Brown for a 7 p.m. contest that same night. The Bulldogs will be having their pink game against the Broncos, with raffles and senior night festivities throughout the contest. Proceeds raised from the event will go to the mother of a Bulldog player currently battling breast cancer.