Loveland High School Athletic Director, Brian Conatser waits in hopeful anticipation of guidance for Tiger Fall Sports seasons
By Chuck Gibson
LOVELAND, OH (August 18, 2020) – Brian Conatser, LHS A.D. waits with hopeful anticipation for word from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today on guidance for the all fall sports this season.
Governor DeWine is expected to talk about the Ohio High School Fall Sports guidelines during his afternoon press conference today, Tuesday, August 18.
“We’re very hopeful that he’s going to,” said Conatser. “That is exactly what we’re waiting on.”
Conatser says calls are planned throughout the day and the Governor is speaking at 2 p.m. He’ll be speaking to school leaders after that. Then calls with athletic directors will follow. There are spots for non-contact sports and then another time frame scheduled for contact sports.
“Throughout this entire day, I do know there are phone calls with the Governor’s office,” Conatser said. “What we’re really hopeful for is that contact sports can happen and that we’re also give guidance on seat capacity within our stadiums.”
The situation has dictated Loveland Athletics move to an online ticketing system. They are currently figuring out what that will look like for all sports.
“It looks different for football than it does for three levels of soccer,” said Conatser. “How do you sell those tickets? We wait.”
The waiting game has not been an idle one. The non-contact sports teams at LHS have begun their seasons already with boys and girls golf already hitting the links over the past two weeks. Coach Andy Cruse has had the football team on the field in the stadium preparing for the much hoped-for fall football season. The soccer teams, both boys and girls have been preparing as well. Governor DeWine speaks today, the Fall High School Sports Season hangs in the balance.
“Come on, let’s play,” Conatser said.
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