By Rob Kiser
As the excitement builds towards the start of the Piqua football season, Piqua athletic director Chip Hare doesn’t want fans to miss out on an opportunity.
“With expecting to have another good season and tickets at the gate going up this season, we just want to remind fans there are season tickets on sale,” Hare said. “With a number of seniors graduating, tickets and seats open up each year.”
The GWOC has made the decision to raise tickets this fall to $8 per ticket.
Season tickets for Piqua’s five home games are available by contacting the school.
Bench seats are $40 for the season, while seats with chair backs are $50.
After completing a successful 7-on-7 season, Piqua began practice this week heading into the scrimmage season.
Piqua will host Lima Senior in a scrimmage at 7 p.m. Aug. 12, before traveling to Springboro for a 7 p.m. scrimmage Aug. 19.
The Indians open the season by hosting Meadowdale at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 and fans should have the GWOC American North opener with Sidney — a Thursday night road game on Sept. 29 that will shown on Fox 45.2 (channel 995 in the Time Warrner Cable package).
But, there is plenty of excitement to go around for the Indians this fall as all teams are underway.
“It is an exciting time,” Hare said. “It is a new season and we have lot of new coaches.”
First-year volleyball coach Liana Michael feels like she has a team that can compete for the GWOC American North title, while boys soccer coach Flo Loisy moves over after a successful run as girls coach and Brett Ritter takes over as coach of the girls program.
Volleyball will kick off the season Aug. 20, at Bellefontaine with a home opener Aug. 22 with Milton-Union.
Boys soccer will host Trotwood-Madison Aug. 23, while the girls program will open at home against Newton Aug. 20.
Kyle Bowman and Ryan King take over the boys and girls cross country programs, led by potential state qualifier Andy Mayse.
They will run in the OHSAA preview event on Aug. 20, before opening the season in the Lost Creek Invitational Aug. 30.
Golfers are are already in scrimmage action.
First-year boys coach Andy Johnson and his squad — led by Derek Jennings, who had a strong summer — look forward to the hosting the final Homan Memorial Monday.
There will be a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start, with a special tribute scheduled following the coaches meeting at 9:30 a.m. (for more on the Homan, see Saturday’s paper).
Teams competing this year along with Piqua A and B will be Covington, Greenville, Lehman Catholic, Miami East Milton-Union, Minster, New Bremen, Northmont, St. Marys, Sidney, Tippecanoe, Troy, Urbana Versailles, Wapakoneta and West Carrollton.
The girls team coached by Cathy Barhorst and led by sophomore Kelsey Bachman already had one of their strongest showings in the Lady Bucc Pink Out scrimmage.
After a year’s absence, the girls tennis program will open the season Aug. 15, hosting St. Marys. Kyla Starret is the Lady Indians new coach.
It is also a new year in the GWOC, with the conference going to four divisions. Tippecanoe joins the GWOC American North, while Trotwood-Madison moves to the GWOC American South.
“We welcome Tippecanoe into our division,” Hare said. “At the same time, we will still be playing Trotwood in all sports.”
So get your tickets, so you have a front row seat for all the action.
Rob Kiser is Sports Editor for the Daily Call. He can be reached at (937) 451-3334.