Sam Smith

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

 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.



By Sam Smith

As winter sports begin to wrap up, Loveland has seen mixed success. Wrestling and academic team have seen winning streaks and men’s basketball is fourth in the ECC with 6 wins and 5 losses. Women’s basketball player Katelyn Warden set a school record for number of three-point shots. Women’s basketball ranks 5th in the ECC bracket with 6 wins and 6 losses, and Men’s bowling holds #6 in the ECC with 4 losses vs 8 wins. Women’s bowling placed #7 in the ECC with 1 win and 9 losses. Several swimmers placed in the top ten in various competition, although the team as whole consistently ranked middle-of-the-road in their events.

Senior, Katelyn Warden set a school record for number of three-point shots.  (Loveland Magazine File Photo)


Junior, Tommy Blair

“Our teams have been doing pretty well. This whole season has been what I call the rollercoaster: we have our ups and our downs. Every program will go on a winning streak and then they’ll hit a little bit of a losing streak,” athletic director Julie Renner explained.

Men’s swimmers saw an up in the athletic rollercoaster when they ranked #3 in the 200 yard medley. freshman Brandon Day placed #10 in the IM 200 yard and #2 in the 100 yard backstroke and #7 in the 100 yard butterfly.  Senior Vaughn Richter placed #5 in the 50 yard freestyle. Senior Joe Carver scored #3 in the 1 meter dive.

“Last week was the ECC tournament, and there were a couple individuals that stood out, like Courtney Mennen. Brandon Day stood out, too,” Mrs. Renner explained in reference to the recent ECC swimming tournament.

“My best moment this season was achieving second place at our ECC championship meet in the 100 backstroke and make the podium with our current relay. This season has been a great experience for me and has been a lot of fun,” swimmer Brandon Day said.

Women’s swimmer, freshman Nami Cannon, placed #7 in the 200 yard freestyle and #6 in the 500 yard freestyle. Senior Courtney Mennen ranked #10 in the 50 yard freestyle and #8 in the 100 yard freestyle and #10 in the 500 yard freestyle and #4 in the 100 yard backstroke. In the 1 meter diving category, freshman Riley Bullock placed #3, sophomore Erin Albert followed in #4, freshman Shelby Cline placed #6 and freshman Allison Reynolds came in #10. In the 100 yard backstroke, sophomore Sarah Klenke placed #2 in the 100 yard backstroke


Senior, Nate Lawry in the Loveland Duals on January 28.

“Our wrestling team broke a record for the most dual wins in a season, and they were in the regional semifinals. They were up against Moeller, and Moeller beat them; however, their dual season record is 22 and 3. “I want to give them kudos to their team because there were a lot of people who thought they couldn’t have had a dual season like that,” explained Renner.

This year, our wrestling team is working through state duals and performing better than years past. Although they fell to Moeller, they consider their season a success. Renner expects some wrestlers to move onto state qualifiers

“This wrestling season for me has been been rewarding. The team as a whole has improved a lot from last year. I feel I have improved with them. We broke the seasonal dual win record and we got Coach Switzer his 150th win. Overall, it’s been a good year so far,” said wrestler and junior Cade Smeller. Wrestling is not the only team that has seen more success than in the past.

Coach Switzer (right) won his 150th game this season.

“Academic team is doing really well this year. They’re in the mix of possibly bringing an ECC championship home,” Julie Renner explained.

Academic team also saw one of the most successful seasons in recent years, currently holding onto 9 wins and two losses along with the first place in the ECC standings going into week, until loosing two back-to-back matches against Walnut Hills. They are now in 3rd place with a 9-3 record.

“It’s been great. The most thrilling moment was with Kings. They had a really good guy on the other team, 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 and junior Riley Owens.

Academic team will continue to the Academic Qualifying Tournament on Wednesday the 22nd at Turpin where they are likely to begin with a high seat in the tournament bracket.

“It’s competition out there. It’s hard sometimes, but we’re Tigers and we’re going to fight it out. I’m proud of what everyone’s been able to accomplish,” Renner said.




“We stand with Withrow and for all individuals who encounter the same battle, and we invite you to stand with us.”

By Sam Smith

Loveland High School Gym- Loveland, OH- On the evening of Saturday, January 28, Loveland womens varsity basketball team took on Withrow high school in the Loveland gymnasium. Loveland currently ranks #5 in the ECC ranking with a 5-6 win/loss. Withrow ranks #7 with a 3-8 win/loss. Both schools are members of the Eastern Cincinnati Conference family. Withrow High School was recently the victim of antisemitic, homophobic hateful vandalism. Withrow high school is 97% non-white and has claimed to extend a hand to all students of all creed, color and orientation. Withrow as a district community has come together along with the rest of Cincinnati to condemn the act of hate. Loveland began the game with a gesture of unity. Loveland High School has encouraged students to sign their name on a banner stating “We Stand With Withrow” and “End the Hate”.

Students sign their names in support of Withrow. Hundreds signed.

Withrow and Loveland hold the anti-hate message together
Both schools stand side-by-side

Loveland extended their support through a speech written by Junior, Tarah Wagner, to Withrow high school players and fans:

“Martin Luther King had a dream, so why can’t we? Why can’t we dream for a world when the social acts of racism are completely abolished and Americans can live as Americans should; safe and free of judgement.
As some may have seen, another local institution, Withrow High School, was defaced with racial slurs and slander. Tonight, Milford High School and Loveland High School have united to stand for the importance of love and appreciation toward individuals of all skin colors and ethnicity.
We stand together to uphold the many expectations set years ago, by brave and empowered individuals who simply stood for what they believed in. We stand with Withrow and for all individuals who encounter the same battle, and we invite you to stand with us. Thank you.”

Before the game, the two teams– Withrow Tigers and Loveland Tigers— did not begin the game separately. The two teams joined in one circle with hands together to cheer “go Tigers”.

Junior, Madi McDermott, reads a message promoting unity and an end to hate

As the game began, Withrow quickly took the lead and held on through the first quarter, with Loveland trailing 7-15. At halftime, Withrow held onto their lead with a score of 21-32.

Junior, Jenna Stanton
Katie McElveen goes for a layup in the first quarter
Junior, Anna Cooper, defends Loveland’s basket

During the third quarter, Loveland saw a comeback. At the end of the third quarter, Loveland lead by 36 to Withrow’s 34.

Anna Cooper prepares to take a foul shot
Coach Laughman gives the team a pre-game pep talk
Jillian Hayes encourages player Kate Garry
Katelyn Warden defends against Withrow
Madi McDermott scores for Loveland

Loveland beat Withrow 61-58, after Withrow scored a series of consecutive points near the end of the fourth quarter.

Saturday, January 28, 2017


1 2 3 4 T
WTH 15 17 4 22 58
LVL 7 14 21 19 61



Doneasha Brewer 6-15 0-0 2-6 14 5 19 1 5 1 4 5 14
Bria Canada 3-12 0-1 0-0 3 3 6 0 2 0 1 4 6
Ashley Brunner 0-3 0-1 1-2 1 1 2 0 1 1 2 3 1
Ciara McGhee 1-9 1-6 0-0 2 1 3 0 1 0 2 2 3
Desire Oats 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 2 0
Jerria White 7-22 5-10 6-8 2 0 2 6 2 0 5 1 25
Jaenay Hines 3-7 3-4 0-0 3 1 4 1 6 0 2 1 9
20-69 9-22 9-16 26 11 37 8 17 2 18 18 58
29.0% 40.9% 56.3%
Jillian Hayes 5-10 0-0 6-9 4 4 8 2 2 4 5 4 16
Madi McDermott 0-3 0-1 3-3 2 3 5 4 1 1 4 3 3
Courtney Henthorn 4-5 0-0 0-0 3 4 7 2 1 0 2 3 8
Katelyn Warden 3-13 1-7 0-0 1 3 4 5 2 1 3 1 7
Jenna Stanton 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2
Kate Garry 5-6 5-6 1-4 1 3 4 2 3 0 3 0 16
Taylor Thole 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 4
Anna Cooper 2-3 0-0 1-2 2 2 4 1 2 0 4 0 5
22-45 6-14 11-19 13 21 34 17 11 6 23 11 61
48.9% 42.9% 57.9%




Top 3 finishers from last weekend’s ECC Swim and Dive Championship

Mens 200 Free Relay

– 3rd- Evan Dial, Sam Ward, Brandon Day, Vaughn Richter

Womens 100 Back-

Sarah Klenke- 2nd

Courtney Mennen- 3rd

Mens 100 Back-

Brandon Day- 2nd


Riley Bullock – 3rd

Results from last weekend’s Loveland Wrestling Duals

Congrats to our 2016-17 Varsity Wrestling Team on breaking the school record for the most Dual Wins in a season.

Congrats to our Blake Poteet on winning all 5 of his matches this weekend with 5 pins in the least amount of time per match.

Congrats to our Senior, Nate Lawry, at 152 lbs, earning the MVP honors for our Loveland Duals.



Senior Day and Swim Meet at Countryside YMCA vs. Kings and Ursuline. January 28.

Womens Basketball

Lost at McNicholas 59 – 54.

Defeated Withrow 61 – 58 on January 28th at home.

Mens Basketball

Defeated Milford at home Tuesday 56 – 42.

Beat Kings in the Tiger gym Friday 41 – 35 to take sole possession of 2nd place in the ECC.

Dive Team

The Loveland Dive Team will host their annual Loveland Dive Invitational this Thursday, January 26th at Miami University in the Corwin-Nixon Aquatic Center starting at 6:45 PM.


Men are 3-7, 6-8. Women are 1-7, 3-9. Both teams play Walnut hills on February 1 and 2.


Academic Team

The Academic Teams Is undefeated (9-1) and compete February 1 against Walnut Hills (8-2).

Team LOVE the LOVE 2.0

Loveland senior, Leah Jordan was recently nominated to join the 2017 Student of the Year campaign for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and over the next several weeks, she will be working to raise money, awareness, and find a cure for blood cancers. When Jordan was 9, she was diagnosed with AML, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. This year, Jordan will celebrate 8 years cancer free.

On this mission, Jordan asked her closest friends and family to join her in her fundraising efforts and Team Love the Love 2.0 was formed. They have set an ambitious goal of $10,000 and have until February 24th to raise the funds. To support Team Love the Love 2.0, donations or purchasing a t-shirt can be done by visiting

Also, following the Friday night basketball game, the LHS Student Council will host a Dodge Ball Tournament on Tiger Court. All proceeds from the Dodge Ball Games go directly towards Team Love the Love 2.0.

Winter National College Signing Day is on Wednesday, Feb. 1st, 2:30 PM in the LHS Gymnasium

Keep up-to-the-minute through @rennerad on twitter



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