Sunday, February 11, 2001

High School Insider

Girls state basketball may move

By Dave Schutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        If attendance doesn't improve at the state girls basketball championships the next few years at Value City Arena in Columbus, a site change is possible.

        “We're concerned at the number of people attending the girls tournament,” said Dale Creamer, vice president of the Board of Control, the governing arm of the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

        “There's cost-related concerns at the Schottenstein Center (which houses Value City Arena). I don't know how long we can continue playing there.”

        Discussions have been limited, and a final decision won't be made in the near future.

        Creamer said the cost of using the Value City Arena compared to Ohio State's St. John Arena is substantially higher, although he didn't have figures.

        Prior to the completion of Value City Arena in 1998, the boys and girls tournaments were played at St. John Arena, which has a seating capacity of 13,276. The boys state tournament was moved to Value City Arena, which has 19,500 seats, for the 1998-99 season but the girls remained at St. John Arena.

        Last season, the girls tournament moved to Value City Arena, but paid attendance dropped to 54,958 from 62,890 the previous year. The boys drew 176,971 in 1999 at Value City Arena and 156,706 there last year.

        A major reason
for the attendance disparity between the boys and girls events is number of sessions; the boys have 16, the girls have eight. A ticket to a division's semifinals of the girls tournament is good for both games, but the arena is cleared after each of the boys semifinal games and a new ticket must be purchased.

        COPELAND PROMOTED: Ty Copeland, a football assistant at Summit Country Day the past five years, has been promoted to head coach.

        BOWLING: The Greater Cincinnati High School Bowling Tournament will be held Monday at Western Bowl; Tuesday at Cherry Grove Lanes and Wednesday at Colerain Bowl. All sessions begin at 4 p.m.

        The top two boys and girls teams advance to the state tournament, to be held March 3 at Rainbow Lanes in Columbus.

        In the regular season, Seton freshman Amy Corbin had the area's highest single-game girls score, 256, and highest three-game total, 637. Loveland's Steve Kern had a boys single-game league-high of 278. Oak Hills' Dave Schoelmer had the boys highest three-game series of 788.

        STATS: The Enquirer will accept girls and boys basketball statistics today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 768-8544 or 768-8452.

        Coaches also can fax statistics to 768-8550 or e-mail them to before 4 p.m. today.

        Coaches are asked to include a top-10 poll for either Division I or Divisions II-IV.

        Wrestling coaches can report honor roll nominations anytime today or before noon Monday. For Division I, fax them to 398-4183 or e-mail them to, and for Divisions II-III, call 396-5559 or e-mail them to

        Gymnastics coaches should call honor roll nominations to Ed Schwegler between noon and 5 p.m. today at 858-3275.

        WANTED: Sycamore needs a boys varsity soccer coach, a boys and girls varsity assistant track coach, a junior-varsity boys lacrosse coach, and a developmental girls lacrosse coach. Call Jim Stoll at 489-0405, Ext. 368.

        • Amelia is looking for a varsity boys soccer game for the 2001 season. Call Mike Rapp at 753-5120, Ext. 18.

        • Mariemont needs junior-varsity baseball, varsity assistant softball, junior-varsity boys soccer and junior-varsity girls tennis coaches. Call Jeff Watterson at 272-7600.

        • Turpin is looking for a football offensive coordinator and a varsity assistant softball coach. Call Tony Hemmelgarn at 232-7770.

        • St. Ursula needs a lacrosse coach and junior varsity softball coach. Call Mike Sipes at 961-3410, Ext. 129.

        • Summit Country Day is looking for a girls varsity soccer coach. Call Terry McConnell at 871-4700, Ext. 252.

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