The Sylvania Community Tailgating event, which occurred before the Northview-Southview football game at the stadium at Northview High School, brought many residents out to the school.
A highlight of the "Battle of the 'Views'" night was the half-time show, in which both high school marching bands performed together, writing the script "Sylvania."
Sylvania Schools spokesman Nancy Crandall said the game has been a tradition for more than 30 years.
“This annual game has been a part of the Sylvania community since 1978 when the District opened the doors of a second high school – Southview,” she said. “Since that time, the last game of the season has become our local version of the Ohio State/University of Michigan rivalry.”
Also during half-time, the Sylvania Athletic Foundation's inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame were introduced. Activities to honor the 11 inductees began during the pre-game tailgate event. The formal 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame banquet will take place on Saturday at Central Park West at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 per person or a table of 8 for $310. Call Jeanette Hrovatich for tickets and information at 419-824-8656.
The Sylvania Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Honorees are:
- Burnham Class of 1953, Jack Ostrander, basketball/baseball and football.
- Sylvania Class of 1967, Greg Plant, baseball/basketball.
- Sylvania Class of 1973, Phillip Brondes, Jr., tennis.
- Northview Class of 1981, Jim Lange, basketball/golf.
- Southview Class of 1982, Tom Hauck, baseball.
- Northview Class of 1991, Kerry Kreidel Cameron, softball.
- Southview Class of 1991, Elizabeth Kovack, basketball/volleyball/track & field.
- Southview Class of 2002, Nikki Denman Heckman, softball.
- Northview Class of 2003, Lindsay Puhl McKenney, gymnastics/ track.
- Administrator Kevin Kane 1968 to 1991, coach, teacher, athletic director; first athletic director at Southview, and baseball coach at Sylvania.
- Administrator Charles D. Hickman 1963 to 1986; coach, teacher, driver's education, McCord, Highland, Sylvania, and Southview, and first boys basketball coach.
The foundation was formed to raise funds for athletic facilities at the districts junior and senior high schools and is in the middle of the “Building a New Generation of Champions” renewal project campaign.