Bill Hemmer: The Pit at Elder on a Friday Night

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I must have been in the 7th grade—a Friday night and Moeller was playing at Elder in The Pit. These were during the days of Gerry Faust. Elder was having a decent year but not a great year. But we all knew if they could beat Moeller it would make their season. Moeller at the time, you know, they run onto the field and they look like a college team. Very impressive and very intimidating. So you’re in a concrete horseshoe of a high school [stadium] that is submerged beneath the level of the main floor of the school itself, sitting among 12,000 people and there was so much energy. This is long before I ever went to a rock concert. Elder lost, but when I went home that night I knew that I was going to go to high school there. That was always a big decision: Is it going to be Elder? Is it going to be St. Xavier? That game convinced me Elder had the atmosphere, the environment, and the enthusiasm I wanted to be around. It was electric—especially for a 13-year-old kid. You pass it along up there on Price Hill and I think it’s a worthy thing to pass along. —Bill Hemmer,   Co-anchor of Fox News’s America’s Newsroom

Illustration by Kathryn Rathke

Originally published in the October 2011 issue.

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