Thursday, January 06, 2000

Withrow, West Hi get assist from Stuff


Prep game goes to Firstar on Jan. 17

BY JOHN FAY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Withrow and Western Hills needed a bigger gym for their upcoming game. So it worked out well when the Cincinnati Stuff offered them the biggest gym in town — for free.

        The showdown between the two Cincinnati Public Schools, originally scheduled for Friday at Cincinnati State, has been shifted to Monday, Jan. 17, at the Firstar Center.

        The game will be played at noon as part of a doubleheader with the 2 p.m. Stuff game against Richmond. Jan. 17 is the observance of Martin Luther King Day.

        “This is something we've been trying to do,” Stuff spokesman Joe Kelley said. “We're looking at getting other boys and girls games as well. This is the first time it worked out.”

        Students will be able to purchase $10 tickets for $5 and $13 tickets for $10. Tickets are good for both games, and the Stuff will share the revenues with the schools.

        Western Hills, the No. 1 team in the city, and No. 6 Withrow are undefeated in the Queen City Conference.

        “It will add to the flavor,” Western Hills coach Lannis Timmons said. “We've developed a pretty good rivalry, kind of like the old Withrow-Woodward rivalry. Two years ago, we had to turn people away at our place.”

        The game was Withrow's home game. It already had been moved from Walnut Hills, where the Tigers play their home games, to Cincinnati State, which seats 1,500.

        “I think we would have sold out there,” Withrow Athletic Director Ted Kiep said. “It will be a great atmosphere. Plus, playing on a college-length court will help the kids get ready for the tournament.”

       



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