“So while the virus has upended some things that we typically do - we haven’t been able to have a pep rally - necessity is the mother of invention,” said Allen.
"We’ve had some limited Senior Day recognitions. We have avid fans who pay attention to the Covid rules even though crowd capacities have been limited, and we have enhanced our efforts to live-stream our sports for those who can’t attend in person.
“The highlight was our homecoming football game with Dayton Carroll High School, when we brought a huge blow-up drive-in movie screen into our student parking lot and more than 200 students showed up to watch the game in a socially-distanced fashion,” said Allen.
Kings Athletic Director Tyler Miller, said “Covid-19 and the procedures and regulations in place have made it extremely difficult to carry on the traditions we have.”
“We have had to take a look at each tradition, whether a pep-rally, Walk of Champions, Senior Nights, Signing Days, Winter Team Nights, major fundraisers, etc., and look at all options of how we can continue these events.”
“Unfortunately, some are just not possible to host as they include welcoming in very large crowds and putting people at high risk. We have used our YouTube Channel to create virtual versions of some of these events. It’s very important to us that we do all we can to continue the traditions that our seniors and students cherish,” said Miller.
But school officials said nothing can replace the real experiences for students their schools have established during decades of traditions.
And a historically good football team and other squads makes the loss of those traditions tougher, said Jake Richards, athletic director of Ross High School.
“These changes are especially painful this fall given all of our athletic success thus far. The (Ross) Rams are league champions in football, boys and girls soccer, and tennis, and the football team has now achieved the first two playoff wins in program history,” said Richards.
“And we made the playoffs last year for the first time since 2013 but the Covid-19 pandemic has quite literally changed everything we do,” he said.
Still, school pride perseveres, said Allen as Badin prepares for tonight’s playoff game.
“The bottom line is, we’re glad to be playing and competing very well.”