Tuesday, April 13, 1999

Sycamore moves some games to opponents' fields

Enquirer contributor

        Damage from last week's tornado will require Sycamore High's athletic department to find alternate sites for home games this week — and possibly the rest of the spring season.

        All of Monday's events were cancelled. The remainder of this week's games will go on as planned — at opposing teams' facilities.

        “The fences and backstops at the baseball and softball fields were damaged and several dugouts destroyed,” Sycamore Athletic Director Jim Stoll said. “The tennis courts escaped damage, except for a fence between the courts.

        “We probably had 12 to 14 games scheduled this week, but all will be moved to other spots.”

        Volunteers showed up Sunday to clear the fields of debris, including splintered wood, nails, shingles, glass and china. Sycamore principal Dr. Lynn Kitchen asked students and faculty to help.

        “It was amazing — about 700 (people) were there,” Stoll said. “I thought I knew everybody, but there were people there that I had never seen.”

        Sycamore's gym escaped damage, allowing the boys volleyball team to play home games.

        The city of Blue Ash and the Princeton, Deer Park and Loveland school districts have made fields and facilities available to Sycamore for home games.

        “We would have to schedule around these schools' home games,” Stoll said. “We'll probably play most of the baseball and softball games at Blue Ash (Sports Complex), where Moeller plays its games.”

        Stoll said the school is not in a hurry to play home games until the fields are completely cleared of debris and safe.

        “It's hard to believe the tremendous support of human spirit,” Stoll said. “The outpouring from the community has been outstanding and Bob Wolf (facility director) had several calls volunteering serv ices.”

        Another concern is the stress that will be put on the transportation because of the heavy number of games away from the school.

        “We're taking it day-by-day,” Stoll said. “Many in the community have suffered a lot and there's more important things to worry about than just sports.”


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