Norville F Hardyman Carol J Tracy James Witt Hundreds of Narcan doses used in 2016 Heavy weekend rain causes flooding and damaged roads Child Focus hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Mary F McElroy Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title Bronco 5K to take place Aug. 5 EHS volleyball team ready for new season Michael C Cooper Raymond Mays Harry E Smittle Jr Mary A Flaugher 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

Broncos out to defend SBAAC American Division soccer title

Colston Roades and Chase Easterling return to the field to aid the Western Brown Broncos in their quest to repeat as the SBAAC American Division soccer champs.

Alumni games, community soccer event set for Aug. 4 – 

By Wade Linville – 

The Western Brown Broncos are out to defend their Southern Buckeye Athletic/Academic Conference American Division soccer title, and once again they will have the talent to accomplish their goal in league play.
Last fall, the Broncos brought home the Western Brown High School boys soccer program’s first SBAAC American Division championship in school history, and expectations are high in 2017 for the varsity team after losing only one starter to graduation. The Broncos finished as league champs last season under the leadership of their first-year head coach Bobby Kuntz, and this year Kuntz returns for his second season at the helm.
According to Kuntz, this year’s Broncos are showing good signs in the preseason.
“Our preseason has went pretty well,” said Kuntz. “We had our team camp at Tiffin University again this year and we had much more success than last summer. A lot of that had to do with the continuity we have in the program, but we were also able to get a look at some of the newer players we picked up. This past weekend we went to McNick for their preseason invitational tournament and played quite well there. So, all in all it has been a pretty productive preseason.”
Among the key players on the return for the Broncos are four skilled seniors – midfielder Colston Roades, midfielder Austin Schweitzer, forward Dillan Scarpinski, and defender Jordan Hamblin.
According to Kuntz, Scarpinski and Hamblin, as well as junior midfielder Afton Dixon, are poised to step into big roles this season.
This year’s Broncos are packed with talent in the junior class. Among key juniors on the return is goalkeeper Sam Linkous, who set the school record for shutouts as a sophomore last season.
Other juniors expected to provide big contributions for the Broncos this season include: defender Joey Kinder, defender Noah Hiler, Wesley O’Hara, forward Blake Hurt, forward Chase Easterling, and forward Austin Coffey.
In his second season as head soccer coach, Kuntz felt his players have transitioned well to his coaching style and understand what is expected of them by the coaching staff.
“I think the team has adapted pretty well to the way the staff manages things. I am pretty laid back, but at the same time, I and the rest of the staff have very high expectations for the program,” said Kuntz. “The boys have been able to walk that fine line of staying loose and enjoying what we are doing and working hard each day.”
Last year’s Broncos finished 7-0-3 in league play last fall to win the SBAAC American Division, a season in which Linkous, Easterling, Roades, and Schweitzer earned SBAAC American Division First Team honors and Kuntz was named the conference’s Coach of the Year for boys soccer. Coffey and Hurt were among the three Broncos to earn SBAAC American Division Second Team honors last season.
Defending their SBAAC American Division title will be no easy task, especially with Clinton Massie and Wilmington joining the league, and skilled teams returning from Batavia and New Richmond.
This season in the SBAAC I think there are a few teams that will be tough match-ups. As always, Batavia and New Richmond will be solid. I can’t think of very many years that they weren’t in the top two or three of the league. Wilmington will also be another team that I think will compete for a league title this year. It took until the last league contest of the season to decide a champion in 2016 and I think that 2017 will be that way again,” said Kuntz.
Kuntz would like to remind everyone of the upcoming annual community
soccer event to be held at Western Brown High School stadium on Friday, Aug. 4.
This event includes a junior varsity boys scrimmage versus the Clermont Northeastern varsity team, followed by the girls alumni game and concluding with the boys alumni game.
Youth Soccer Night will also be held on Aug. 4, so all youth players are invited to attend and they will receive a gift from their organization.
In addition, the Ohio National Guard is attending and bringing inflatables, a rock climbing wall,
and other fun items for the youth to enjoy. The concession stand will be open,
raffle prizes offered, and a night of fun provided for all.
The best part..admission if free so bring your friends and family.
The soccer program is reaching out to all former Western Brown soccer
players (boys or girls). We welcome your attendance and participation in
this alumni event. If you would like to be recognized the night of the event with
your former teammates or play in the game, please contact the Western Brown
Goal Club at or on Facebook.
This is also a time to meet the 2017 Western Brown soccer team. The Western Brown High School boys varsity soccer team returns 10 of 11 starters from a year ago.

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