Landon Hormann is a senior at West Liberty-Salem High School, so he’s doing a lot of things for the last time and some things for the first time.
On April 27, he plays his final football game in the North-South Classic at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium in the Divisions IV-VI game.
On Wednesday, he was on his senior trip and seeing some famous sites for the first time.
“We’re just walking around, and we just got done looking at Madison Square Garden,” said Hormann in a phone interview four hours after arriving in New York City.
Hormann and his classmates already had seen the Empire State Building, and still on the agenda were trips to Grand Central Station, dinner and tickets to see “Spider-Man” on Broadway. Their hotel is on Times Square, a three-minute walk from “Spider-Man,” and they have today and part of Friday to see more famous places.
“I didn’t know if I was going to go or not,” Hormann said. “But my mom talked me into going because you don’t get many opportunities to go so you might as well take it.”
Opportunities are not lacking for Hormann. He starred for the Tigers at defensive end and wide receiver and helped them to a second straight unbeaten regular season and a seventh playoff appearance in eight years. But Hormann has told football recruiters no.
“My first love’s always been basketball, and I didn’t want to have any regrets not playing my actual favorite sport,” Hormann said.
Hormann has yet to decide where he will attend college, but it will be an NCAA Division II or Division III school. He has chosen not to say what schools he is considering. He said part of the reason his decision has been delayed is because it has taken him a while to choose between football and basketball.
While Hormann has chosen basketball, he is looking forward to the football game and the four practices this week.
“It’s a great opportunity to put on the shoulder pads one last time,” he said. “It’s going to be a hard thing to miss.”
The long-running series that features seniors from throughout the state moves to Dayton from Columbus, where it had been held since 2001. It also has been split into two games on the same day. A combined Divisions I-III will play at 4 p.m. and Divisions IV-VI at 7. The Classic is sponsored by the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association.
The OHSFCA hopes to begin an Ohio vs. Michigan all-star football game in 2014. That potential series was initiated when the association was informed that it was being bumped from the Big 33 Game vs. Pennsylvania at Hershey, Pa. The first Ohio vs. Michigan game would be held at Toledo and rotate annually among the neighboring states.