Friday, September 17, 1999
Elder-Highlands sells out Pit
11,000 for battle of No. 1's
BY DAVE SCHUTTE
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The Sold Out sign is posted at Elder Stadium, and a capacity crowd of 11,000 will be on hand tonight to watch the first meeting between Elder and Highlands.
Ranked No.1 in The Cincinnati Enquirer's Division I poll, Elder brings 3-0 record into the game after defeating Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit, Boone County and Western Hills.
Also undefeated and ranked No.1 in the Northern Kentucky poll, Highlands opened with a victory over Hancock County and followed with wins over Harrison (Ind.) and Campbell County.
Highlands tries to dictate the game by blitzing and giving a lot of different defensive looks, Panthers coach Doug Ramsey said. They spread it out on offense and are capable of the big play. We're pretty much the same type of team.
It worked out great that we're No.1 in Kentucky and they're No.1 in Cincinnati, Highlands coach Dale Mueller said. You couldn't design a more perfect game.
Another non-league game with Division I playoff implications has LaSalle (2-1) at Oak Hills (2-1). Although it's early, the points earned for this victory will catapult the winner into contention.
The Greater Catholic League North will take shape early, with three important games on the schedule.
Undefeated and top-ranked (Division II-III-IV-V-IV) Hamilton Badin hosts Purcell Marian (2-1) at Hamilton Stadium. Unbeaten McNicholas visits Kettering Alter (2-1), and Roger Bacon (2-1) travels to Chaminade-Julienne (2-1).
The four undefeated Cincinnati Hills League teams Deer Park (vs. Finneytown), Wyoming (vs. Taylor), Madeira (at Reading) and Mariemont (vs. Indian Hill) face stiff tests tonight.
In the Miami Valley Conference, undefeated Landmark Christian goes after a record fourth consecutive victory against Lockland, while unbeaten Cincinnati Country Day will be tested by an improved Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy team.
Coming off a loss to Kings, defending Division II state champion Lebanon will attempt to rebound against Little Miami in the Fort Ancient Valley Conference.
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