Darnell Parker earns ECC honor and more stories from Loveland Schools this week


LOVELAND, OH (March 5, 2021) – Here is the latest Tiger Talk from the Loveland Schools for the week ending Friday, March 5. 

Conference Coach of the Year Darnell Parker (Provided)

Darnell Parker Named Coach of the Year

Loveland High School Girls Head Basketball Coach Darnell Parker was recently named ECC “Coach of the Year.” The team had a tremendous season, with a 14-2 record in the ECC and a 20-5 overall record. “Coach of the Year” is voted on by the other Girls Head Basketball Coaches in the ECC.

“Coach Parker has earned the respect of his peers by the culture he creates and the high standards he sets for his program,” said Brian Conaster, Loveland Athletic Director. “Coach Parker is an inspiration to not only Tiger Nation but to all of us that stare adversity in the face and continue to move forward – we are very fortunate to have a leader like Coach Parker to follow and stand beside.”

Coach Parker called out the accomplishments of his players, specifically 4 All-League performers: Jenna Batsch (1st Team), Tess Broermann (1st Team), Nia Kemper (2nd Team), and Josie Early (Honorable Mention).

This group was supposed to be in a rebuilding year, and they worked their tails off in order to become ECC Champions!!” Parker said. He also expressed his appreciation for the support of his team and the community as he battles cancer. “I’m feeling really good, my body is reacting favorably to the chemotherapy – I just finished my 9th round and have three more to go before I will undergo surgery to remove the cancerous spots,” Parker said. “The Loveland Community has been great, we are a true family around here!”

Congratulations to Coach Parker and the Loveland High School Girls Basketball team for a great season!

Final Days for “Back Our Business Impact Week”

The Tigers Inc. Back Our Business Impact Week is in its final days! Loveland High School students created a community effort to boost local businesses. Tigers Inc. is a nonprofit run by LHS student-leaders focused on business

“What began as a mere concept on a whiteboard has metamorphosed into a full-fledged week of profit and love for our community,” said Craig Murnan, LHS teachers and Tigers Inc. advisor. “The atmosphere in downtown Loveland has both been inspiring and rewarding for local businesses and the community as a whole.”

The effort has been featured on WLWT, in local newspapers and magazines, and has gathered support from across the community. “Back Our Businesses Impact Week” isn’t over yet – it continues through March 7, so invite your friends and family downtown this weekend for some sunshine and support of our Loveland business community.

High School Student Council Leads Blood Drive

Loveland High School students rolled up their sleeves to help out Hoxworth Blood Center during the student council blood drive this week. LHS Science Department Chair and student council adviser Kelly Partridge said the event has been taking place for more than 15 years at Loveland High School. Student volunteers were given a chance to donate blood to help out Hoxworth Blood Center. Dr. David Oh, Chief Medical Director of Hoxworth Blood Center and Loveland parent said high school student donors have a big impact locally, making up about 5-10% of Hoxworth donors. Thank you to everyone who took the time to donate, and people interested in becoming donors can visit www.Hoxworth.org.

Making a Mess for a Good Cause

Loveland Middle School students got a chance to smash a pie in the face of their teachers and principal David Knapp! LMS Student Council has been raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through their Hero Squad/Pennies for Patients Campaign. One of the most popular fundraising events was “Pie-A-Teacher,” where students got to hit their teachers with a shaving cream pie. 100% of proceeds from all events will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Thanks to the teachers and staff for being good sports for a good cause!