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Academic Team

The SBAAC Academic Team Tournament will be held this Saturday, Feb 23rd, at Wilmington HS, starting at 9AM. Blackout Tees will be selling T-shirts. Check out the standings and schedules on the Academic page under Winter sports above. Come out and support our teams! Good luck to all!

Wrestling

The SBAAC HS Wrestling Tournament was a huge success. In the American Division, Western Brown was the 1st place finisher and the National Division, Blanchester was the 1st place finisher. Co-Wrestlers of the Year in the American Division were Tanner Donathan from Western Brown and Blake Seaman from Clinton-Massie. Wrestler of the Year in the National Division was Clayton Schirmer from Blanchester. Click on this link, www.baumspage.com, for results or go to the Wrestling page on our website and access the results from the conference meet tab.

Basketball

Boys Basketball will begin post season tournament play this week and next. Check the schedule page under Boys Basketball to see game times, opponents and game sites. Good luck to our teams in the tournaments!

Girls Basketball continues with post season tournament play this week. Check the schedule page under Girls Basketball to see game times, opponents, and game sites. Good luck to our teams in the tournaments!

Bowling

The All-Conference Teams are posted on the Bowling Pages. Congratulations to the following Team Champions:

Wilmington - American Division Boys Champion

Clinton-Massie - American Division Girls Champion

Clermont Northeastern - National Division Boys Champion

Williamsburg - National Division Girls Champion

Good luck to all our teams in the OHSAA Tournaments!

CNE, Goshen, and Williamsburg Girls Bowling Teams have advanced to the Districts.

Individual Qualifiers include: Caitlin Uecker, Batavia; Rylee Randolph, Bethel-Tate; CeCe Gilpin, New Richmond; Abbey Faucett, Clinton-Massie

Batavia, CNE, Georgetown and Williamsburg Boys Bowling Teams have advanced to the Districts.

Individual Qualifiers include: Orin Potts, Blanchester; Josh Allen, Blanchester

Blanchester will start wrestling at 11AM on Sunday, Feb 10 against Rootstown. Updates will be posted on www.baumspage.com as the results come in. The tournament is being held in St. Johns Arena at Ohio State University in Columbus. Good luck to the Blanchester Wrestling Team!

On Saturday, Feb 9th, prior to the HS Girls Scholarship Basketball game at Williamsburg, the school will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser to raise proceeds for the family of Detective Bill Brewer, who was killed in the line of duty. The dinner will be held from 3PM to 7PM at the Williamsburg HS Auditeria. The cost for the dinner is $5 and donations will be accepted. Again, all proceeds will go to the family of Detective Bill Brewer, a Williamsburg graduate, Class of 1996.


Reprinted from Wilmington News Journal

For the first time five years, Blanchester will return to Columbus for the OHSAA Team Duals wrestling championship.

The Wildcats put on a dominating performance Saturday in winning the Division III Region 23 tournament at BHS. Blanchester defeated Dayton Northridge 63-6, Brookville 43-31 and Bethel-Tate 58-15 in the all-SBAAC title match. Brookville was the No. 4 seed and Bethel-Tate was the No. 3 seed and an upset winner over No. 2 seed Greenon in the semifinals.

The trip to Columbus for the Team Duals and the Elite Eight is the third in BHS wrestling history. The Wildcats were defeated by eventual team champion Delta 70-8 in the 2014 Team Duals quarterfinal round and by eventual runnerup Tuslaw in the quarterfinals of the 2013 tournament.

Blanchester will be seeded No. 5 and face No. 4 Rootstown in the opening match at 11 a.m. Sunday at Ohio State’s St. John Arena. The winner gets either No. 1 Genoa Area or No. 8 Marion Pleasant in the semifinals at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

“It’s the highest we’ve been seeded going up there,” Nicely said.

On Saturday, the Wildcats were the No. 1 seed and dispatched Dayton Northridge in the first match. Then came a rematch with Brookville, the team Blanchester went to criteria to defeat in last year’s regional tournament.

This time around the match wasn’t so close. The Wildcats held off the Blue Devils in the semifinal round. Up next was was fellow SBAAC rival Bethel-Tate in the championship match.

The Tigers opened with a decision at 106 pounds but then it was all Wildcats.

“They did bump some guys around but I had planned on being down 18-0 going into 126,” Nicely said. “Instead of being 18-0 we were up and I was like whew.”

Levi St. John started a string of seven wins with a 10-3 decision at 113. Clayton Schirmer capped the run with a pin in 2:48.

“The fact we were wrestling Bethel-Tate in the first place tells you how good a coach Tom Donahue is,” said Nicely. “I wasn’t counting my chickens. I was still a little apprehensive.”

One of the big turnaround matches for the Wildcats came at 138 pounds. Bryan Bandow, a reserve kid up to varsity for the duals, was getting blasted 14-0. Then the scrappy freshman rallied for a pinfall victory with 51 seconds remaining in the match. Any though of the Tigers coming back to win the title were dashed.

“That was a spark,” Nicely admitted.