by Cassie Mattia

Loveland, Ohio – On Wednesday, November 13th, several Tigers were recognized for both their minds and their athletic abilities at the 2019 Annual Fall Sports Awards at Loveland High School! LHS Athletic Director, Brian Conatser invited friends, families, and Fall Tiger student-athletes to celebrate their 2019 sports seasons.

Loveland High School Athletic Director, Brian Conaster

Conatser began the heartfelt evening with a tradition of this ceremony at LHS…the senior athletes are announced and led into the gym by their head coach. Conatser invited LHS’s Site Manager and Facilities Coordinator, Jake Elfers to announce the 2019 Fall senior athletes and their coaches.

Next Conatser took the opportunity to thank everyone who made the athletes and coaches seasons so special! “Thank you, Seniors, for your leadership and laying the groundwork within our programs,” Conatser said, “This evening I would like to introduce the administration and members from the athletic department that have joined me in this celebration. Principal, Peggy Johnson, Assistant Director of Student Athletics, Eric Fry, Site Manager & Facilities Coordinator, Jake Elfers. And Finally…our Administrative Assistant in the Athletic Department, Kristy Brulport. A special thanks to all the individuals who support and assist the athletic department and our student-athletes on a daily basis. Parents, Student-Athletes please give your parents a round of applause for their support, feeding you, driving you to and from practices, and always being a part of your games and competition,” Conatser added, “LAB Team Liaisons please stand and be recognized. We appreciate your time commitment and efforts…as you are the link between our Boosters and our Athletic Programs. Thank you for all you do. Coaches, thank you for the tremendous amount of time you spend with our student-athletes. We appreciate you mentoring our young men and women and teaching them the life skills necessary to be successful both now and in their future. Thank you! We are “Extremely Proud” of our teams and programs this Fall season.  You have all been Very enjoyable to Watch and Cheer on,” Conatser said.

The Tigers’ 2019 Fall Sports Season marked one of the most successful Fall sports seasons in school history with 5 ECC Champions, 4 ECC Coaches of the Year and 2 ECC Athletes of the Year. With all of these accolades, this puts the Loveland Tigers in the number one spot in running for the All-Sports Trophy. Conatser was sure to give praise to both the coaches and athletes for their designated seasons as he shared the “Coaches Highlights of the Fall Season” told through the coaches’ own words during the ceremony.

Next on the Fall Sports Awards agenda was the recognition of all of the Fall sports athletes who received top ECC honors. You can read about which Tigers received ECC accolades in the Loveland Sports 411 With Cassie Mattia HERE.

Next in the ceremony, each student-athlete who participated in a Fall varsity sport for all 4 years were honored. Conatser announced the following Tigers to receive this particular honor.

Men’s Cross Country

Sam Dippold, Alex Ditchen, Kyle Griffin and Brady Jeffcott

Women’s Cross Country

Sofia Dillhoff, Lexi Duff, Alexi Funk, Sarah Hallock, and Kirstin Thomas

Women’s Golf

Allison Rountree

Women’s Soccer

Maria Bashardoust and Claire Massey

Women’s Tennis

Anna Svitkovich

Following the announcement of the athletes who played all 4 years varsity in their designated sport, was the presentation of the 2019 Fall “Sportsperson of the Season,” and shortly after the presentation of the “Edward Jones Community Student-Athlete Award.” Loveland Magazine plans on featuring these two very special awards and its winners in a separate article coming soon!

At the conclusion of the 2019 Fall Sports Awards ceremony, Conatser recognized individual student-athletes that received awards “beyond” the Eastern Cincinnati Conference. Below are the student-athletes who were recognized for these very prestigious awards.

Women’s Tennis

All-City (GCTCA) Greater Cincinnati Tennis Coaches Association Award

      • Anna Svitkovich – 1st Team Singles
      • Tess Broermann and Hannah Wenger – Honorable Mention for Doubles
      • The Women’s Volleyball Team were ranked 6th in the city

Men’s Golf

District Academic Honors 

Matt Rychlik and Luke Sence

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country

Both teams participated in OHSAA Regionals 

Women’s Cross Country placed 6th at the State Meet

Jessie Gibbins was named All-Ohio Runner

Women’s Volleyball

All-District Recognition 

Jillian Hayes – 2nd Team All-district

Men’s Soccer

All-Southwest City

Cole Harter and Connor Patton

1st Team All-State

Cole Harter

All-Southwest City Coach of the Year

Mike Dunlap 

Women’s Soccer

All-Southwest Ohio and All-City

Kaitlyn AndrewsLauren Donovan, and Clair Massey

2nd-Team All-State

Kaitlyn Andrews

Women’s Golf

Adopt-A-Team winner

Below are the Fall sports teams that received accolades within the ECC and in post-season play.

Women’s Soccer

OHSAA District Champions and OHSAA Regional Runner-ups (Elite 8)

Men’s Golf

2019 ECC Champs

Women’s Volleyball

2019 ECC Champs

2019 Coach of the Year – Brian Baugh

Women’s Cross Country

2019 ECC Champs

OHSAA District Runner-ups 

Placed 6th at the State Meet

2019 Coach of the Year – Steve Nester

Men’s Soccer 

2019 ECC Champs

2019 Coach of the Year – Mike Dunlap

2019 ECC Player of the Year – Cole Harter

Women’s Tennis

ECC Champs

2019 ECC Coach of the Year – Dara Hudson

2019 ECC Player of the Year – Anna Svitkovich

 

Loveland Magazine would like to take the opportunity to congratulate all of the Tiger coaches, student-athletes and their families for all the rightly deserved awards they received for the 2019 Fall sports season. I can say as former high school and collegiate student-athlete that your efforts have not gone unnoticed! The hard work, dedication, and motivation that all of you have put in during the season and off-season have paid off and for that, we are very proud to cheer loud and proud throughout the community of Loveland…..GO TIGERS!!!!

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Columnist Cassia Mattia is a resident of Historic Downtown Loveland

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