JAMESTOWN — Cole Ritchie of Greeneview High School was the top Greene County placer in the 2017 PenOhio Southwest Regional at Greeneview Feb. 4.
In its second year, the tournament — for high school students — is similar to the Power of the Pen contest offered to middle school students. The regional at Greeneview was the final of three regional events held this year. Organizers hope to increase the total next year and possibly have local colleges host.
There were two divisions: Varsity for 11th and 12th grade students, and junior varsity for ninth and 10th grade students. Springfield Kenton Ridge was the varsity champion and the overall grand champion for earning the most combined varsity and junior varsity rank and quality points. Cedarville was third out of 11 combined teams.
Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center was the varsity runner-up, followed by Springfield Shawnee, and Greeneview. In the JV division, Oakwood finished first, followed by Indian Hill High School from the Cincinnati area and Kenton Ridge.
Max Miesse of Kenton Ridge was first in the varsity division, followed by Zoee Biddle of Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center and Gabrielle Salvado of Indian Hill. Ryanne Rinaldi of Cedarville was sixth, followed by Emylee Stringfield of Greeneview in seventh, and Kaylee Ferguson of Greene County Career Center in eighth. Onyx Kraner of Greeneview was 11th.
In the JV division, first place went to Amelia Popowics of Mariemont High School near Cincinnati, while second place went to Cassidy Mackee of Oakwood High School. Third place went to Heidi NeCamp of Indian Hill.
Xenia Daily Gazette news report compiled by Scott Halasz.