Sunday, September 10, 2000

High School Insider

Interest high for Elder-Highlands

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A $14 ticket price apparently isn't enough to keep Elder fans from attending the Panthers' game with Highlands on Saturday.

        “We bleed purple,” Eileen Bonkowski of Westwood said Friday before Elder's game with Western Hills. “We've had season tickets to Elder games for 30 years and would probably pay $20 for the game.”

        Due to the heavy interest in the matchup, Highlands athletic director and football coach Dale Mueller arranged to move the game, originally scheduled to be played at Highlands on Friday, to Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday.

        Because of the estimated $75,000 fee for use of the stadium, ticket prices have been set at $14 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets go on sale Monday at both schools.

        George Miller of Delhi plans to attend but with only his oldest son.

        “I have four children, and it would be tough for me to take all of them,” Miller said. “The $14 for adults isn't bad, but I think $10 for students is too much.”

        Last year's game between the interstate rivals, played at Elder, drew more than 10,000 spectators. Although 15,000-plus fans are anticipated this year, neither school will have its band in attendance as a unit.

        “If the band attends, they (each) have to buy a ticket,” Elder athletic director Dave Dabbelt said. “The same goes for Highlands, and that would be pretty expensive.”

        Elder sophomores Joe Bayer and Dave Sullivan aren't offended by the $10 price for student tickets.

        “It's better than watching the Bengals,” Sullivan said. “And the tickets are much less. I'm looking forward to seeing the stadium.”

        GAFFNEY TAKES OVER: Former Xavier assistant Mark Gaffney was named varsity boys basketball coach at Lemon-Monroe High School. He takes over a team that was 6-15 last season.DISTRICT NEWS: Every school in Ohio's Southwest District, which includes the Cincinnati area, will benefit from the success of the sectional and district tournaments in all sports during the 1999-2000 school year.

        “We've sent a $500 check to each school,” said John Rossi, secretary/treasurer of the Southwest District Board.

        Rossi also announced that due to a conflict at Wilmington College, the Division II district girls basketball tournament has been moved to Mason High School.

        The playing of first- and second-round Division I boys sectional basketball games at Mason and Lakota West in 2000 proved to be a success and will be continued in 2001.

        Semifinals and championship games will be played at UC's Shoemaker Center and Miami's Millett Hall.

        In wrestling, the board has decided to hold Division III sectional meets at Covington and Lakota Freshman School.

        There also will be changes for golf. “For the first time, we'll play the girls district golf tournament at Weatherwax Golf Course,” Rossi said.

        The Southwest District Board will meet later this month to consider recommendations for changes for spring sports.


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