Dennis Janson: Celebrating two only-in-America moments in high school and college sports

CINCINNATI -- It was a privilege to witness two only-in-America” moments Saturday. The official opening of Jack Adam Stadium, Elder High School’s state of the art baseball facility on Quebec Road and a double barreled blast from the past/future at Miami University.
       
     Elder’s new home for the Panthers hard-ballers is more an only-in-Price Hill phenomena. Only in Price Hill would a group of alums, from well- grounded to well-heeled take the time, devote the money and labor to create a one of a kind emporium for several outdoor sports. The Panther Athletic Conference, a pie in the sky concept 10 years ago is now a regal reality. Alum Jack Adam issued the challenge to fellow Elder grads: "I’ll put up a half-million, you fill in the balance." 

Those associated with the project can proudly proclaim mission accomplished.

And just up the road in Oxford, little did John Harbaugh realize when he was laboring at defensive back for coach Tom Reed, that he would be the linchpin between Miami University's past and present.  

And for it to be the crowning touch to the day when ground was broken for a new Redhawks indoor sports center, centered around a magnificent domed all weather facility.

Insiders can read more about both.