Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Western Brown hosts Jim Neu Cross Country Invitational,

By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

Nearly 450 athletes hit the pavement on the Western Brown campus Tuesday night to participate in the 2015 Jim Neu Cross Country Invitational.

The racing started with the girls’ junior high runners taking to the course for the 3K event. Eastern’s Camryn Pickerill crossed the line first, finishing nearly 25 seconds ahead of runner-up Avery Stewart from Miami Valley Christian Academy.

The Warriors would place three runners in the top nine finishers, but New Richmond placed all seven runners in the top 13 to take the team championship by 10 points.

Kati Colwell led Georgetown, coming home in fifth place while Hanna Lewin from Felicity and Bethel’s Abbie Wheeler led their teams with 20th and 21st-place finishes, respectively. Jadyn Flores led Western Brown’s runners, crossing the line in 30th place.

In the boys’ 3K, Blanchester’s Hunter Browning clocked a time of 12:04.06, 22 seconds better than Cincinnati Country Day’s Cader Rowe. Sam Frondorf of Bethel finished third, seconds ahead of Eastern’s Ian Wiles and Batavia’s Noah Patel.

Western Brown’s boys were led by Cade Eyer, who finished seventh. Kody Swinford finished 19th to lead Felicity while the Ripley Blue Jays got a 26th place finish out of Tristen Fisher to pace their squad.

Batavia and Eastern tied for the team title, which was awarded to Batavia due to a faster average time. Batavia averaged 13:07.14 while Eastern came in less than two seconds slower at 13.09.07.

The girls’ varsity 5K was dominated by New Richmond. Claire Burns and Shelbi Simpson finished first and second, respectively, and two other New Richmond runners cracked the top 10. Sophie Leto came in fifth for Western Brown, three seconds in front of Felicity’s Kaitlin Sharp.

Allison Day just missed a top-10 finish, placing 12th overall for Eastern. Bethel placed four runners between 14th and 19th, led by Morgan Reinhart.

Kelsey Miller’s 28th-place finish led Georgetown, one spot ahead of Ripley’s Kristen Abbot.

Placing the top five runners in the top 11 tends to help the scoring, which is precisely why New Richmond took home the team title by 34 points over Bethel. Western Brown finished third with 77 points.

The boys race rounded out the two-hour long event. Bethel’s Jackson Coats raced Eastern’s Blake Rigdon to the finish, beating him by two seconds to take home the individual title. Felicity’s Jared Boeckmann came in third, followed by a pair of Batavia runners.

Ripley’s Josh Deaton cracked the top 10, finishing ninth. Two more Eastern runners, Logan Lainhart and Garyn Purdy finished just behind Deaton.

Georgetown’s Finn Tomlin came in 19th, one spot ahead of Western Brown’s Rob Conaty. New Richmond would win the boys’ team title too, sweeping the varsity championships. Batavia, Felicity, Eastern and Western Brown rounded out the top five.

Reach Garth Shanklin at 937-378-6161 or gshanklin@civitasmedia.com.

Bethel’s Jackson Coates outruns Eastern’s Blake Rigdon on the final stretch to win the boys’ 5K event.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_BoysVarsity.jpgBethel’s Jackson Coates outruns Eastern’s Blake Rigdon on the final stretch to win the boys’ 5K event.

The New Richmond boys team won the team championship by 18 points over Batavia.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_New-Richmond-Boys-Varsity.jpgThe New Richmond boys team won the team championship by 18 points over Batavia.

Blanchester’s Savannah Rhodes nears the finish line at the Jim Neu Invitational held by Western Brown High School. Rhodes finished fourth in the girls’ 5K.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Blanchester-Girl-crosses-finish.jpgBlanchester’s Savannah Rhodes nears the finish line at the Jim Neu Invitational held by Western Brown High School. Rhodes finished fourth in the girls’ 5K.

The New Richmond girls team placed four runners in the top ten and had a pair of runners finish 1-2 en route to winning the team title by 34 points over Bethel.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_New-Richmond-Girls-Varsity.jpgThe New Richmond girls team placed four runners in the top ten and had a pair of runners finish 1-2 en route to winning the team title by 34 points over Bethel.
New Richmond, Batavia win team titles

By Garth Shanklin

gshanklin@civitasmedia.com

Reach Garth Shanklin at 937-378-6161 or gshanklin@civitasmedia.com.

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