Sam Smith

Sam Smith is a filmmaker, cinematographer, photographer and junior at Loveland High School.

By Sam Smith

Loveland’s 2017 Independence Day festivities kicked off with a variety of food trucks, a cornhole tournament, live music, a DJ and a children’s celebration in Nisbet Park. At 7 PM a parade featuring active and reserve military personnel as part of a mixed unit, children’s patriotic bicycles, wagons, or strollers, adults and children dressed as their favorite superheroes, patriotic pets, marching bands, musical groups, classic and custom cars, Boy and Girl Scouts, dance/drill/cheer groups, athletic organizations and teams began. Also present were a varitety of corporate, neighborhood, church, golf cart, and family floats.

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By Sam Smith

On June 3, the 2017 Loveland High School class celebrated their commencement at Xavier University’s Cintas Center. Many of the 373 students who graduated have achieved impressive feats through their high school career, and will now enter into a new stage of life. This ceremony symbolized that step. 160 received honor diplomas.

A group of musicians perform a soundcheck before the ceremony. Top, from left: August Lamson, Jane Pearson, Jacalyn Parsley. Bottom, from left: Drew Docherty, Brady Dotson, Brady Funke.


Senior, Sophia Sperry, prepares with the rest of the Loveland Band before graduation.


Ryan Rofles, Tyler Dixon, Jack Stanley and Cameron Price pose before entering the Xavier Cintas center. Rofles, Dixon and Stanley will be attending University of Cincinnati. Price will be joining the US Navy.


Jacalyn Parsley and Jane Pearson pose before entering graduation. Parsley and Pearson anchored together on the Loveland daily school news, LHSNN. Parsley was named both homecoming and prom queen her senior year. Pearson was active in Show Choir and student government, founded and ran crochet club, and was Class President.


Band director Geoffrey Miller conducts as guests enter the Cintas Center


Mitch Robison welcomed everyone to the commencement  Robinson has been active in athletics, and was a standout player on the basketball team. Robinson will be attending Indiana University.
Lucy Rawson stands with her peers for the national anthem. Rawson will be attending Western Kentucky University.

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Sam Faingold gave the Introduction of Guests. Faingold was active in the school yearbook committee and will be attending Ohio State.


Jane Pearson speaks to the class of 2017. Pearson was Class President, and will be attending Brigham Young University.  Watch her speech here.


Co-salutatorians, Rachel Ingal (left) and Julia Dillhoff (right) speak to their peers and family. Ingal was a member of Show Choir and founded and ran the High School Democrats of America club. Ingal will be attending Notre Dame. Dillhoff played Lacrosse and was recently recognized at the spring sports awards for her performance. Dillhoff will also be attending Notre Dame. Watch their unique speech here.


Aaron Autin plays guitar during the creative co-salutatorian speech. Autin was one of the top bowlers for Loveland, and will be attending Miami University.


Rachel Ingal and Margaret Eilert singing Phil Collins “You’ll be in my heart”.


Rachel Ingal and Margaret Eilert, sing during the graduation ceremony. Both were members of Show Choir. Eilert was awarded the Maegly Music Scholarship, was named best female soloist in the National Show Choir competition and was first violin in chamber orchestra. Eilert will be attending Capital University.


Valedictorian, Ali Syed, speaks to the graduating class. Syed plans to attend the University of Alabama and then Northeast Ohio Medical University. Watch his speech here.

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Principal Peggy Johnson speaks to the class of 2017 about their accomplishments and their future. Watch her speech here.

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Superintendent Chad Hilliker speaks to the class of 2017. Hilliker will be graduating with this year’s students as he moves on to his next endeavor after years of serving the district and community. Read his speech here.

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The class of 2017 throws their caps




James Meckey stands surrounded by falling confetti. Meckey played football, and will be attending Centre College.
Kelsey Blanchard begins to leave the Cintas center as confetti falls.

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Graduation was, in most ways, just a symbolic step towards the future of these hundreds of students. But it was an important step, and a time to reflect on the numerous successes of the class of 2017. The talent, dedication and passion demonstrated by students of the class have been clearly demonstrated through the list of accomplishments that go along with every graduate. Through academics, arts, athletics and community involvement, individuals of the Loveland class of 2017 have made an effort to strengthen Loveland and build a culture. As these impressive many continue on their trend of high aspirations, there is no doubt that they can positively impact their community and the world as a whole.



Video of the 2017 Loveland High School graduated class celebrating
Video Highlights of 2017 LHS Graduation
Loveland School Board President Dave Blumberg speaks to Class of 2017

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by Staff Writer Sam Smith

Loveland, Ohio – On Saturday, June 3rd, Loveland High School spring sports came to an end with track athletes competing at State.

Loveland came in first in the ECC for baseball, with an 11-3 conference win/loss and a record of 21-8 overall. The team narrowly bested their nearest conference rival, Anderson, by one win. “The season went great. It was really good to win the ECC, and I had a pretty good year. It was really fun just being around all the guys all year,” baseball player and graduate, Luke Wadell explained.

Loveland Womens Lacrosse also won the conference with a strong 5-0 season, besting Turpin by one win. The team had an objectively successful overall 15-2 season. “The top two obvious standout players were Katie McElveen and Taylor Fox. They both broke records–I know Taylor broke her own record of saves […] The other player that was kind of an underdog was Morgan Naber. She came out and really just killed it this season and started taking the draw. She did incredibly well and will do exceptionally well next year, and I think will be one of the leaders of the team next season,” graduate and Womens Lacrosse player, Karlin Holley said.

Perhaps Loveland’s biggest success this season was the mens and womens track, with individuals finding considerable success, with three State-competing athletes.

Loveland mens track won the ECC regional competition. For Men’s track, Zion Wynn ended at #2 in the 100-meter dash,  #1 in the 200-meter dash, #1 in the 400-meter dash, #2 in the long jump. Vaughn Richter held #5 in the 100-meter dash and #8 in the 200-meter dash; Brett Kluge came in #4 in the 400-meter dash and #7 in the 800-meter dash. Caleb Davis held #3 in the 800-meter dash, #4 in the 1600-meter run, #2 in the 3200.  Jacob Korniak ended at #9 in the 800 and #6 in the 1600; Greg Ballman came in #10 in the 1600, #8 in the 3200 and Juliano Aquilino holds #5 the 110 meter hurdles. Nate Webster came in #5 in the 300-meter hurdles and #9 in the long jump.

Nate Webster competes in the long jump against Anderson. Webster came in ninth for long jump.


Nate Webster in a relay at the Anderson Invitational


Brett Kluge runs in a relay at the Anderson Invitational, which Loveland won. Kluge cam in 4th for the 400 meter dash and seventh in the 800 meter dash


In shotput, Colin Flanagan is in #2; Quinn James is at #7 and Graham Martin is at #8. In Discus, Graham Martin is at #2 and Colin Flanagan is at #3. Quinn James is in #9 and Josh Elfers at #10. Drew Kluender is at #2 in the high jump and Cade Smeller is at #6; Cooper Smeller is at #2 in pole vault and Joe Carver is at #4.




Drew Kluender competes in the high jump at the Anderson Invitational. Kluender came in second for high jump.


“State went well. It didn’t go as planned, but just to make it there was a blessing. Being a runner-up is still a great achievement– it’s just sad it was my last time going [to Columbus] to race,” explained Mens track athlete Zion Wynn. Wynn consistently ranked top in races throughout the spring season. Zion Wynn came in first in the 100m dash at regionals, first in the 400m and first for the 200m. Wynn came in first place in all three of his regional races.


Zion Wynn at the Anderson Invitational


Zion Wynn at the Spring Sports awards

For Womens track, Jordan Morrison ended in #7 for the 100 and #5 in the 200. Kayla Hartzler came in #6 for the 3200; Aiden Dial sits at #4 in the 100 meter high hurdles. Skyler Fallon ended the season at #7 and Carson Sarver at #10. In shotput, Kennedy Bontrager holds #1 and #2 in discus; Maddie Craft is at #4 in discus and #9 in shotput. Ally Kluender came in #1 for discus. In the long jump, Lauren Williams ended at #7 and Caroline Wagner is at #10. Kendall Ewert is at #1 in the high jump, Sarah Klenke is at #3 in high jump and Riley Massey is at #3; In the pole vault, Hailey Florence held #3 and Rachel Crum #5.

On June 3rd, Zion Wynn, Ally Kleunder and Kennedy Bontrager represented Loveland at State. Wynn came in 3rd place in the 200m and 2nd in the 400m. Kennedy Bontrager came in 13th for Shotput. Ally Kluender placed 7th in discus.

Wynn and Kluender were unable to attend graduation, as they were competing at state. Both receieved their diploma on the podium at the state competition.

“The season was good. It took a while to get the pieces together, but we finally did which helped us win the ECC. With the team being young, I believe we can win it again next year,” Zion Wynn claimed.

Mens lacrosse ended tied for first in the conference with Kings and Milford. All three had a 4-1 record for the conference season. Overall, Loveland ended with 13-6 win/loss for the season.

Mens tennis also saw success, tying with Walnut Hills for second in the ECC. Both ended with a 4-2 record.


Mens Varsity Tennis player and graduate, Nate Richmond

Other athletes saw considerable success this season, too. Softball player, Maggie Bailey broke the school home-run record early in the season and continued to excel.

“I felt that my season went well, especially returning from an injury. I did break the record for career home runs and home runs in a single season, as well as some others last year, like batting and slugging percentage for a season. I had a goal to bat above .400 and to contribute to my team both at and behind the plate and I believed I achieved both of those,” Maggie Bailey explained.


Graduate, Maggie Bailey


Loveland softball came in 5th in the ECC, with 5 wins and 9 losses. Overall, Loveland ended with 10 wins and 12 losses.

“We did alright. We had a really young team so there were areas that needed some improvement, but I’m very confident that the underclassmen will continue to grow like I watched them do throughout the season,” Bailey finished.


 Science should not be political

 by Sam Smith

The March for Science, held on Saturday, April 22nd in 610 cities across the world was intended to show support for scientific progress and sustainability. One month later, there is no question that the march was successful, with distinguished speakers and hundreds of thousands of participants and a new, continuing movement for science among the population. In Cincinnati, thousands met at fountain square and marched through the city. But despite attempts at a nonpartisan event, it seems to have proven a political divide over something that isn’t political at all. Science should not be political. Yet, it seems to be source of increasing division– and only on the basis of stubborn contrarianism and what seems to be an insatiable need for polarization.

Activists created a community before the march to knit their own scienc-y apparel

In Cincinnati, one thing that organizer Jim Helton made clear at the beginning of the event was that the March for Science was not political. According to the March for Science website[1], the goal of the march was to “unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policymakers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.” The city of Cincinnati even made it an official nonpartisan March for Science day. And yet, the March for Science was in no way nonpartisan. With signs jabbing at Donald Trump, speakers mentioning “a certain individual” and an event formed around the Trump administration’s ignoring of science, there was no way it could have been.

Activists leave Fountain Square


An activist holds a sign stating “I can’t hear your politics over all of this sicence”.


The Cincinnati Zoo was in full representation and publically commended the march, with a speaker and a group of protestors

The original idea for the march sparked from president Trump’s actions to reduce funding for science-based governmental institution and ignore science. Trump’s unpredictable stance on climate change with claims varying from a Chinese Hoax,[2] claiming humans play a role, denying human’s role to denying its existence entirely. Basically, he’s taken all the stances. However, it seems clear he has no intentions of working to combat global warming.

Recently, though, Donald Trump removed Obama’s clean energy bill, and it seems likely that he will remove America from the Paris climate change agreement[3]. Perhaps even more disturbing are federal budget plans to eliminate climate change research[4]Of all areas that the Trump Administration could cut budgets, taking it away from the pursuit of new and highly applicable information is, quite frankly, cowardly.  It’s hard to see this as anything more than a fear of knowledge. 

President Trump plans to reduce EPA funding by 30%[5]. Why America would take cuts from the organization in charge of making sure your air, water and soil is clean, along with a long list of other objectively positive functions would seem baffling– if not for a completely baseless partisan divide over science. Among other proposed budget slash victims are coastal pollution research, alternative energy research, energy-efficient homeowner’s grants, sustainable energy source technology grants, the Wildlife Refuge fund, the Global Climate Change Initiative (one of the biggest cuts at $1.3 billion), geographic watershed programs, Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and a $115 million cut in NASA’s budget[6]. It’s clear Donald Trump’s budget-cut blueprints target science.

Why the clear focus on science programs? After all, environmental numbers and statistics don’t vary depending on where one stands politically. Science doesn’t care if you’re a republican or democrat. It would seem that when something such as the fact that air and water pollution are harmful to the human body and the environment as a whole have been proven empirically beyond a doubt, and removing $1.17 billion dedicated to water and air quality would seem like a mistake. It would almost seem more valuable than a $2.6 billion wall (that’s just in 2018– the real cost is undoubtedly many billions higher)[7] or a $54 billion hike in federal defense spending.

Marchers at Fountain Square

Mount St. Joseph professor, Gene Kirtsky Ph.D speaks at the event. Kritsky has written publications on a wide variety of subjects ranging for etymology to beekeeping in ancient Egypt. At the march, Kristky spoke on Cincinnatian contributions to research on the theory of evolution. 


O.N. Ray Bignall, MD speaks about compassion and science through community outreach. Bignall is a doctor at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital.


Thirteen year old activist, Kelly A. Helton gives the speech “I want to get my science for scientists”

The science march was in no way bipartisan, despite attempts to label it as such. I think that makes sense, since there seems to be a clear antithesis to scientific progress and sustainability in our government right now. Activists and speakers were no question there to decry the regressive actions and stances of the Trump administration, even if the event wasn’t allowed to call him out by name. 

I really just cannot understand why hard truths, proven by numbers and charts and experiments need a party affiliation.

One could argue that those affiliated with oil companies like the Koch Brothers and Exonmobil are giving money to republican politicians, and that’s caused a sway in opinions, but I think there’s more than that. I think it comes down to a fear of agreeing.

But here’s the truth– what it really all boils down to:

Science is not some liberal conspiracy.

There is no reason why conservatism and science cannot be compatible.

This divide over something that belongs to no party comes down to contrarianism and polarization. We aren’t allowed to agree because that’s giving into the other side.

It’s a divide solely for the sake of division.

Let me say it again: there is nothing partisan about science. The laws of nature don’t care who you voted for.

This is a divide for the sake of division. Clearly, no timeline or projected graphs is enough of a wakeup call. The only way there is going to be change is an ideological shift among the people. And maybe the Science March was a first step.



[1] March for Science website

[2] Chinese hoax tweet

[3] PBS Newshour– removing Obama’s climate regulations

[4] NPR– Trump’s Budget Slashes Climate Change Funding

[5] New York Times– Donald Trump Budget Slashes Funds for E.P.A. and State Department

[6] NPR– Trump’s Budget Would Eliminate A Key Funder Of Research On Coastal Pollution

[7] Washington Post– Trump’s DHS budget includes billions to build his border wall



by Sam Smith

Loveland, Ohio – This spring, Loveland High School is competing in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference in baseball, softball, men’s and women’s track, men’s tennis, and men’s and women’s lacrosse. Athletes claim to hope for a competitive and successful season, and to grow as athletes and as a team. The season is already off to a winning start for many teams.

“Most of our spring sport programs are highly competitive. If you go and you look at the top ten currently in the city and southwest ohio, many of our teams are currently ranked in the top 10, which is outstanding. For example. Baseball is currently ranked 5. Men’s lacrosse is ranked 7. Women’s lacrosse is currently ranked 5. We have lots of individual track athletes that are currently ranked: Senior Ally Kluender, senior Zion Wynn, Senior Kennedy Bontrager, even some of our men’s and women’s relays will start to come on, too. So there’s a lot of kids there that will be recognized,” explained athletic director Julie Renner. Mens Track is ranked #6. Womens Track is ranked #10.

Senior Maggie Bailey
Senior, Christian Harris

Although softball got off to a rough start with 6 losses and 1 win, they have still seen success. They are now 7-11, 3-9. Senior, Maggie Bailey set a school home run record in the first game of the season with 15 in her career. She has 7 so far in the season and is hitting .440.

Maggie Bailey watches as the ball leaves the park.
Senior, Maggie Bailey rounding third after a recent home run.

“My expectations and goals for this season are for us to perform well as a team and to make sure that we are focused and that we can play our best out there. I hope we just have fun and play hard,” claimed softball player and junior Audrey Sweringen. Bailey is not the only individual who has potential to find success this spring season.

“[Senior] Luke Waddell, has the potential to break many school records here at Loveland. Career records, not just season records,” claimed Renner. Baseball currently sits at the top of the ECC standings.

“My goals coming in this season are definitely to win the ECC and then to win sectionals again, and see if we can make a run. We got a lot of good players this year, so I’m really excited to see what happens,” Waddell explained.

The team started their season in Florida, and holds an overall 17-7, (9-3 ECC) record.

Junior, Cade Spikes
Senior Mitch Robinson
Senior Luke Waddell

Track is already seeing success, with Loveland athletes holding many of the top spots in almost every event.

“They are already doing well and only getting better, so I expect them to reclaim our title from Kings,” said Senior, Zion Wynn. Wynn currently holds first place in the ECC for 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash and long jump. Senior, Caleb Davis holds second in the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run. Senior, Vaughn Richter holds second for the 100 meter dash, senior, Senior, Colin Flanagan holds second in shotput and second for discus. Senior, Drew Kluender is in first for high jump. Cooper Smeller is second in the high jump. Women’s 800 meter relay holds second. Kennedy Bontrager sits at number one for women’s shotput and number 2 for discus, and Ally Kluender holds first for discus and sophomore. All current track standings can be found here.

Hailey Florence
Senior, Zion Wynn winning a race at the Anderson Invitational. Wynn holds first in multiple events,
Senior, Drew Kluender, at the Anderson Invitational. Kluender holds first in men’s long jump.

Men’s lacrosse also holds third place in the ECC at 7-5, 3-1. l. Women’s lacrosse, also first in the conference, is doing even better, at 8-1, 4-0.

Men’s tennis is in second in the ECC pack, 8-4, 4-2.

“Both JV and varsity could have a good run through the season. I think we’ll have a pretty solid season. The new freshmen are crazy talented and everyone has gotten better this year,” explained varsity tennis player and Junior, Sam Sauer.  Players claim to have an exceptionally strong team this year.

“This season will hopefully see us place top three in the ECC, and do well in the ECC tournament. We are going to play some tough opponents, but we have a deep team this year with two quality freshmen, Alex Ditchen and Sam Greenberg, which should help us considerably,” explained senior, Chrisitan Harris.


Junior, Cade Spikes

“I’m really proud of all of our student athletes. I believe that they really work hard every day to exhibit our core values here at Loveland High School: respect, responsibility, integrity, pride. It really is the grind. It’s now the time that a lot of them really have the ability to go from good to great. And I believe that there’s a lot of potential there to do that,” said Renner.



by Sam Smith

Loveland, Ohio – LHS Gymnasium – On the evening of Thursday, March 15, Loveland High School held their seasonal sports awards. Athletic Director, Julie Renner, hosted the winter sports awards– a chance to recognize top-performing high school athletes and teams in the District.

Wrestling and Academic Team trophies

After commending parents, coaches, team liaisons and student athletes with a GPA above 3.5, Renner announced All-Conference winners in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference. They are as follows:

Honorable Mention:

  • Riley Bullock – Dive
  • Vaughn Richter – Boys Swim
  • Courtney Mennen – Girls Swim
  • Drew Vanderhorst – Wrestling
  • Kate Garry – Girls Basketball
  • Jalen Greiser – Boys Basketball
  • Ethan Bell – Boys Bowling
  • Malorie Scharfenberger – Girls bowling

Second Team:

  • Cole Swartz – Academic Team
  • Brandon Day – Boys Swim
  • Sarah Klenke – Girls Swim
  • Cade Smeller – Wrestling
  • Dominic Ferreri – Wrestling
  • Jillian Hayes – Girls Basketball
  • Mitch Robinson – Boys Basketball
  • Mitch Suder – Boys Basketball
  • Wyatt French – Boys Bowling
  • Aaron Autin – Boys Bowling
  • Caitlyn Campbell – Girls Bowling

First Team:

  • Henry Daumeyer – Academic Team
  • Richard Mendoza – Wrestling
  • Colin Durham – Wrestling
  • Blake Poteet – Wrestling
  • Nate Lawry – Wrestling
  • Ian Knabe – Wrestling

As the night progressed, Renner presented the sportsperson of the season awards to athletes on each team that stood out as players and teammates. Renner read personal bios written by coaches of honored athletes.

From left to right: Nate Lawry, Vaughn Richter, Anna Cooper, Reagan Patton, Joe Carver, Tess Locasto, Carlie Hicks, Cameron Bender, Grant Leever and Julie Renner

Wrestler, Nate Lawry:

Nate is epitome of hard work, leadership, and loyalty to a team. Nate has been part of the wrestling team for the past 4 years. Nate has not always been a varsity starter. Undeterred by this, Nate always knew his role and place on the team. He has always worked hard and led by example. If someone needed extra work- Nate would volunteer, if someone got injured- Nate would step in. If someone was not working hard- Nate would give them a gentle reminder. It is through this kind of determination and dedication that Nate finally became 152 LB starter for the wrestling team this year.  Nate’s leadership was invaluable part of the wrestling team’s success and ECC championship. Nate achieved many milestone’s this year; Team Captain, League Champ, Sectional Placer, and won 28 matches as a Senior. All of these are great achievements. However, it is his dedication to the wrestling program that separates him from the rest of his teammates. It is an honor and a privilege for the Loveland Coaching Staff to name Nate Lawry the Wrestling team’s Sportsman of the Year.

Wrestler, Nate Lawry

Mens swimmer, Vaughn Richter:

Vaughn is someone who could set his mind to a task and accomplish it. He came into the program and was a pleasant surprise to myself and my fellow coaches with his pure speed. Not only has Vaughn shaped into a good swimmer over the past 3 years, he is a good person outside of the water. Vaughn is intelligent, hardworking and dedicated which make him the perfect swimmer for Sports Person of the Season.  Congratulations Vaughn.

Vaughn Richter at the ECC championship

Womens basketball, Anna Cooper:

Anna is a first year varsity letter winner. She stepped into the starting point guard role and earned the respect of her teammates and coaches. She quietly led by example with a positive attitude on and off the court. She handled the pressure of playing the point guard position and persevered through tough games. Anna’s character sets the example for the all athletes in the program by representing the CORE Values of respect, responsibility, integrity and pride at Loveland High School. Anna was a pleasure to coach and has another year to be an impact player in the program.

Anna Cooper prepares to shoot against Withrow

Womens swimmer, Reagan Patton:

Reagan’s dedication to the team is hard to be matched. Throughout her 4 years as a varsity swimmers she has grown in and out of the water. Reagan is a natural leader and a positive role model to her fellow athletes. She is someone I could count on and someone who I depended on during the season. Reagan embodies the Swimming Sports Person of the Season with her impeccable work ethic and determination. Congratulations Reagan as being the recipient of Sports Person of the Season.

Swimmer, Reagan Patton

Academic team, Grant Leever:

Grant has been on academic team all four years of high school and has been on the Varsity team since his sophomore year. Grant is incredibly dedicated to the team. He is the only member of the team who takes post-secondary classes, therefore, many times he has to come back to school from his college courses to attend practices and meets. This shows amazing dedication to the team. In addition, Grant is always willing to help the team out by being flexible with what rounds he is playing in as well as switching what he is studying for the betterment of the team. He is an excellent role model and exemplifies what it means to be a Tiger.

Academic team player, Grant Leever

Cheerleader, Tess Locasto:

When someone says Tess’s name a few words come to mind: leadership, optimism, spirited and passion. I’ve been fortunate enough to coach Tess the last 3 years and it’s been apparent that her leadership skills have only grown stronger. She is always the first to take initiative and get her teammates to start stretching and/or practice without having to be told, the first to teach her team and the underclassmen new material or even to refresh the old material and to even get Tiger Nation involved. Her optimism and positive outlook for our competitive team, knowing and encouraging her teammates to put their best performance out and to leave it all on the mat, helped us to take second place this year. Her spirit and passion for the sport can so easily be read all over her face while she is cheering. There is not a time you could look at the team and not see her happy to be there, genuinely smiling and enjoying what she did on the field, court or on the mat. Our hope is that she continues to strengthen these qualities and to utilize them as she moves on to hopefully cheer at the University of Cincinnati.  She has been such an asset to Loveland High School and to our Cheer Program and will be missed.

Cheerleader, Tess Locasto

Womens bowler, Carlie Hicks:

Carlie was an integral part of the bowling team this past season. Outside of her consistent, and solid play, she was a fantastic teammate. Carlie was constantly supportive to those who needed it. This attitude did not only include our team, but any team we were playing. She would hand out high fives, and offer words of encouragement to our opponents as well. Carlie is a model teammate and this level of leadership will be hard to replace.

Bowler, Carlie Hicks

Mens bowler, Cameron Bender:

Cameron has been a member of the Boys’ Bowling team for four years.  And whether his role was manager, JV member or a Varsity contributor, he always did what was asked of him with no hesitation. We can’t substitute in and out as freely as some other sports. So there were times when Cameron found himself as a supporter and not a participant…but he never complained. Instead, he accepted his role by always being prepared to give his best when called upon. It’s been a pleasure to coach Cameron over the past few years.

Mens bowler, Cameron Bender

Mens Basketball, Mitch Suder:

Mitch led the team in rebounding, field goal percentage, and was second on the team in scoring.  He was also chosen to the All ECC 2nd Team. His dedication to working hard during practices pushed his teammates to do the same.  Mitch leads by example and, with many teammates who were underclassmen, this is the type of respect and responsibility a team needs modeled each day. His leadership, communication, hard work, coachability, and positive attitude are greatly appreciated by all his coaches.

Mitch Suder goes for a layup against Sycamore

Diver, Joe Carver:

Throughout his four years on the diving team at Loveland High School, Joe has always put his teammates first.  He made an effort to get to know all of his teammates on a personal level and made attending all team functions a high priority. He is the type of athlete that always went out of his way to ensure that every member of the team felt welcomed and included. Furthermore, Joe took his diving career and physical fitness to a new level this season. He went from being cut after 5 dives at sectionals last season to qualifying for the district meet this season and placing 4th in the ECC meet. Joe trained continuously throughout the off season and attended numerous out of town training trips. Joe’s leadership, work ethic, and positive attitude will certainly be missed next season. Congratulations and best of luck next year at the University of Cincinnati!

Diver, Joe Carver


4-year varsity players were given plaques and recognition

Academic team and the wrestling team were both honored for their success this year. Academic team ended third in the ECC, along with winning the ECC tournament. Wrestling saw success, with a number of wrestlers competing in state along with a generally victorious season. The team was awarded ECC Conference champion.

Academic team won the ECC tournament. Learn more about academic team: Loveland’s most intense sport you’ve never heard of here.
The wrestling team accepts their conference winner trophy

To end the awards ceremony, Chris Switzer was awarded the 2017 ECC Wrestling Coach. Switzer broke his 150th win, along with helping the team achieve exceptional success throughout the season.

Chris Switzer accepts his ECC Wrestling Coach plaque

by Sam Smith

Miami University- On Saturday, February 18, mens and womens swimming competed in the State Southwest District meet. Thirteen schools went head-to-head in a series of events featuring hundreds of total swimmers. Loveland’s Sarah Klenke will go onto state for 100 backstroke.

In the womens 200 Medley, loveland placed 6th out of 12. Mens swimmers came in 4th out of 11. In the womens 200 yard freestyle, Hannah Bashardoust came in 15th, Meghan Lolli placed 18th and Hannah Hart placed 20th.

In the mens 200 freestyle, Evan Dial placed 15th, Kyle Griffin placed 15th and Jack Shanahan placed 15.

Ethan Dial?

In womens 200 yard IM, Kayla Johnson placed 14th, Emily Hageman placed 21st and Kamryn Eversole placed 22nd. In the Mens 200 yard IM, Alex Bacanursci placed 13th.

In the 50 yard freestyle, Lauren Williams placed 11th, Reagan Patton placed 12th, Avery Lawrence placed 23rd and Kamryn Eversole placed 23rd. Vaugn Richter placed 4th in the mens 50 yard freestyle, Mitchell Laifook placed 14th, Brycen Carle placed 22nd and Hunter Wentland placed 24th.

In the 100 yard butterfly, Kendell Wheeler placed 12th, Meghan Lolli placed 14th, Amy Deem placed 19th and Allison Salzl placed 21st. For men, Sam Ward placed 7th.

In the womens 100 yard freestyle, Emma Blackburn placed 15th, Reagan Patton placed 17th and Avery Lawrence placed 24th. In the mens event, Cade Jenkins placed 20th, Brycen Carle placed 21st and Alex Bacanursci placed 22nd and Adam Peters placed 24th.

In the womens 500 freestyle, Nami Cannon placed 6th, Amy Deem placed 19th and Hannah Hart placed 20th. For men, Evan Dial came in 9th.

Loveland placed 4th in the 200 yard freestyle for women and 11th for men.

Milford athlete, Chase Fisher, wins the 50 yard freestyle

In the 100 yard backstroke, Loveland saw more success with Sarah Klenke placing 2nd, Courtnet Mennen placing 3rd, Kayla Johnson in 12th and Audrey Lund in 13th for women. Brandon Day placed 2nd for men, Logan Colletta came in 18th, Josh Badzik in 19th and Kyle Griffin in 20th.

Vaughn Richter before the 50 yard freestyle

In the womens 100 yard breaststroke, Kendell Wheeler placed 12th, Lydia Powell placed 17th, Rachel Oberholzer placed 18th and Caroline Poole placed 23rd. For men, Mitchell Laifook placed 9th, Josh Badzik placed 19th and Jack Shanahan came in 20th.

For the 400 yard freestyle relay, Loveland placed 11th out of 12 for women and in 10th out of 10 for men.

Joe Carver placed 4th in mens diving. Riley Bullock placed 3rd in womens diving, Shelby Kline placed 9th and Chloe Cree placed 13th.

DI State Qualifer, Sarah Klenke, will compete for Loveland in the 100 Backstroke in Canton on Friday, Feb 23, starting at 9 AM.

by Sam Smith

Loveland, Ohio – Academic team, also known as Quizbowl, is comparable to a more intense and team-based jeopardy for high school students. It involves high-level trivia, close teamwork and fierce competition. This season, Loveland has seen more success than in recent years, holding #1 in the ECC for several weeks before slipping to #3.

“We’ve had a very good season so far, with our only loss being to Walnut Hills. We have a tournament coming up on the 22nd for Varsity, so we’re hoping to do well there. We’re currently in third place. We were in first for pretty much the whole time, but then we got dethroned,” explained coach and Spanish teacher, Abra Koch.
“Academic team is doing really well this year. They’re in the mix of possibly bringing an ECC championship home,” explained athletic director, Julie Renner. Read more about Loveland’s winter sports here.
Mrs. Koch and Mrs. Chast watch the players as they take on Anderson.

The sport is fairly complicated and involved. Two students operate buzzers, and a moderator asks questions and oversees the four players on each team.

“Each game has four sections. The first two are standard question rounds in which teams collaborate, the third is an alphabet round (in which all the answers must start with the same letter), and the last is a “lightning” round — more of a free for all,” explained JV academic team member and junior, Radu Vasilescu.

In round one, students compete to answer questions covering American literature, math, life science, fine arts and world history. Four students are given trivia questions, and are allowed to answer by buzzing in, as soon as they are confident in their answer .

In the first two rounds, there is an overarching topic (think jeopardy categories, but a little more broad). For example, English world literature may be Shakespearean works.

In round two, participants answer trivia involving English/world literature, government, physical science, world geography and US history. In round one and two, there are two team questions and one tossup.

Riley Owens and Henry Daumeyer during round 1


Jess Griffiths and Henry Daumeyer prepare to answer


Cole Swartz buzzes in

For the alphabet round, players are given twenty questions, each with answers starting with the same letter. Each correct answer is worth two points. Incorrect or blank answers do not result in penalties.

“On a team question, it is designated to a certain team. They have two guesses. If they are wrong both times, the other team can steal, but they only get one guess. The toss up is a free-for-all. Either team can guess at anytime, but they only have one guess,” explained Varsity academic team player and junior, Riley Owens.

Lightning round consists of 20 tossup questions in a row which are completely random, and follow no assigned topic.
Henry Daumeyer during an alphabet round


Laura Rountree and Radu Vasilescu during an alphabet round


“We choose players based upon performance and spread of knowledge. For example, I am marginally the best at alphabet, but I am not in the round because other people are needed to have a proper spread of knowledge of the many topics which may arise. You don’t put four people all good with the same things in a round even if they are the best because you’re going to miss out on some things. Auxiliary and support players really are crucial,” continued Owens.
The JV team meets to practice every Monday, and the Varsity team competes on Tuesdays. Participants practice individually through websites such as protobowl (where you can try your hand at the trivia and get an idea of the level of difficulty) in order to keep their skills sharp and to expand their range of knowledge.
Players have seen their hard work pay off, and are satisfied with the performance this season.
Riley Owens answers

“It’s been great. The most thrilling moment was with Kings. They had a really good guy who was virtually their entire team. We got really intimidated the first game, but we brought it back together the second game,” explained academic team member, Riley Owens.

“The best moment was probably rallying against Kings. We were losing quite a bit in the first match, but then they pulled it together in the second match and did an outstanding job. I was really proud to see them come back from a loss, and not be defeated,” explained coach and chemistry teacher, Jennifer Chast.


Moderator and librarian, Theresa Bosse

“In my opinion, the best part of the season has been the great convivial mood in the room after a smashing victory, when the whole team comes together.  Seeing effort pay off is more important than any reward,” explained Vasilescu.

Varsity academic team will compete in the AQT tournament on Wednesday the 22nd at 4 PM at Turpin.




SCA is the #1 killer of student athletes each year

Loveland, Ohio – Recently, an excellent opportunity was made available to athletes at Loveland High School. Loveland has partnered with mCORE™ — Mobile Cardiac Overview and Risk Evaluation — to screen athletes for the cardiac conditions and abnormalities which may put them at risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA).

mCORE partners with high schools and athletic organizations to give convenient and dependable heart screenings to students.

SCA is the #1 killer of student athletes each year, many of which could have been prevented with a simple examination like this. SCA is the result of unsuspecting cardiological disease or abnormalities which cause the heart to stop without warning or symptoms. Several student-athletes each year around the country are lost to this devastating tragedy, many of which could have been prevented with a simple examination like this.

Space is limited, Sign Up Today at or for more information on mCORE and SCA please see video below:

mCORE: Dedicated to preventing sudden cardiac death in young athletes from mCORE on Vimeo.


Please see the Details on the Screening Date and Time Below:

  • Date: Monday March 20, 2017
  • Time: 8 AM –  4 PM
  • Location: LHS Wrestling Room

The time requirement is approximately 10-12 minutes per athlete. Each athlete will be given an EKG and Echo screening.

These tests typically cost more than $2000 in a clinical setting. The cost to you is $75. (The screening age range is 14-22 years). (Please contact mCORE should financial hardship preclude you from taking part)

Parents may use their Healthcare Spending Account or Flex Care Spending Account. All screenings are performed by a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer and results are read by the mCORE Medical Director  Dr. Kenneth Berkovitz, MD, Board Certified in Cardiovascular Disease, Interventional Cardiology and Internal Medicine. (Please contact mCORE should financial hardship preclude you from taking part)


For questions, call Chad Ogden at 614-648-4656

For the most up to date scores, results and information on LHS Teams, Programs and Student-Athletes, follow LovelandAthletics @Renner_AD.



by Sam Smith

Loveland, Ohio – The Loveland High School bowling teams currently sits towards the bottom of the ECC standings with men’s varsity bowling at sixth with four wins and eight losses in conference and seven wins and nine losses overall. Women’s bowling is currently hanging onto eighth (last) place in the ECC with one win and nine losses, and three wins and eleven losses overall. However, the season has not been a loss for the bowlers. They have seen considerable growth and look forward to a better season next year.


JV bowler, Jeffrey Scott


“Our JV team has had a really good season, they’ve been getting a lot better. The Varsity team has seen a lot of improvement. A lot of guys have really stepped up at key times. It’s definitely not been quite the season we’d hoped to have, but we’ve definitely got some younger guys stepping up and we’ve got some scores coming along, so if nothing else, in the next couple seasons I think we’ve got a lot of room to grow and I’ve got a lot of hope for the future,” said Varisty bowler and senior, Aaron Autin. Autin is consistently one of the top bowlers for Loveland.

Senior and Varsity bowler, Aaron Autin

Varsity currently maintains an improved score from the 2016 season, and the athletes claim to see improvement.

“We’ve done a lot better than last year, and we’re definitely improving as a team. We’ve got some bowlers that are up-and-coming. It’s been great to see the increasing scores of the incoming juniors,” explained Varsity bowler and junior, Wyatt French.

Micah Hicks competes against Walnut Hills
Casey Henry
JV bowler, Aidan Autin

The season has not been without challenges. The team has fought back to overcome their setbacks.

“We went on the road against Withrow. Their bowling place is one of the toughest to bowl at in the city. It’s hard to get good scores, and our team put up some really good scores. It was nice to hit some of the benchmarks we wanted to this season and to do it in one of the hardest locations,” explained Autin.


JV/Varsity bowler and Junior, Mikey Palma

The team may not have seen the winning season they had hoped for, but the team intends to keep moving up each season. They already have their eyes set on the next season.

JV bowler and Junior, Tommy Blair

“For me it’s been a lot of fun my senior season to see we’ve got a lot of young bowlers that are coming up and can continue the team after I leave,” concluded Aaron Autin.



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