It's the beginning of February, which means it's just about time for the Mariemont Sports Stag. With a little encouragement from Coach Crosby 13 years ago, we put together a Dad's Night Out to raise money for the athletic program at Mariemont. The encouragement was that Coach Crosby thought it would be a fun night out and I could do the work. But, it's worked out well fr us over the years. Anthony Munoz was our first speaker, and our first event raised a little of $5000. More important than the money we raised was the seeing dads of current students, dad's of former students, alumni, and just some friends of the school come together for a great cause. The event over the year has raised valuable funds for us to buy lockers for locker rooms, or to renovate fields, or in recent years, more money to keep our uniform rotations on a timely rotation. Our uniforms and equipment are paid for either by our gate receipts at games, or by the athletic department portion of the season pass sales.
With so many season passes purchased by our Boosters, which is a great bargain for the families of the district, our game revenues are lower. When you figure in the expense of officials for the games, and game workers and security, there's not a lot of money left over, if any. The Boosters help cover the shortfall with their wishlist for equipment that our coaches want for their sport, and the athletic department sells advertising on the Kusel Stadium fence and scoreboard, as well as the gym scoreboards, to bridge the gaps. The Sports Stag has been a FUNd raiser, a fun way for us to raise the funds that we need to operate our programs. We appreciate everyone who has supported the event over the years.
Also, this week, the girls basketball team has three road trips: at Fenwick on Monday at 6 and 7:30, at Deer Park on Wednesday at 6 and 7:30, and at Beechwood HS in Fort Thomas on Saturday at 12:30 and 2pm. The Lady Warriors return home on Monday the 12th to wrap up the regular season and salute our seniors on senior night at 6 and 7:30 against Deer Park. The varsity then waits a little while to open tournament play on Feb 21 against Cincinnati Country Day at Wilmington High School at 7:30.
The Boys Basketball Warriors capped last week with a win over Reading on Friday, and host Taylor on Tuesday for our senior night for boys basketball and cheer at 4:30, 6, and 7:30. The teams travel to Wyoming on Friday for a tripleheader, and then wrap up the CHL portion of the schedule on the following Friday at Deer Park at 6 and 7:30. The regular season comes to an end for the teams on Feb 20 at Batavia with a JV and Varsity pairing at 6 and 7;30.
Our Swimmers and Divers had a great CHL Championship with the girls nearly sweeping the event to claim their 5th straight CHL title,and the boys finished 3rd. Cora Dupre was once again named the Female Swimmer of the Year in the CHL. The teams are attending the sectional meet this week at Mason, with the boys on Friday at 6, and the girls on Saturday at 3pm.
Our bowlers are winding down the regular season with their last match on Wednesday against McNick at Madison Bowl at 3:30.
All tournament information can be found on the Southwest District website at www.swdab.org
Thanks for your support, and Go Warriors!