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‚Äč  2018 Inductees

Amanda (Burger) Flood, Lakota West Class of 2007: Cross Country and Track & Field

Cindy Feltman, Lakota & Lakota East: Varsity Coach (Multiple sports)

Brad Gschwind, Lakota West Class of 2007: Baseball and Basketball

Jenna Hagglund, Lakota West Class of 2007: Volleyball

Jared Miller, Lakota East Class of 2007: Swimming

Rachael Shepherd, Lakota West Class of 2007: Softball

Stephen M. Simone, Lakota Class of 1970: Baseball

James (Bo) Touris, Lakota West Class of 2007: Wrestling

Photo of Amanda BurgerAmanda (Burger) Flood
Lakota West Class of 2007: Cross Country and Track & Field

Amanda was the 2006 State D-1 Cross Country champion. Her winning time of 17:36 still stands as the fastest time ever by a Lakota girl’s cross-country runner and was the best of all the runners at the 2006 State meet, irrespective of division (D-1, D-2, or D-3).

She qualified for the State meet three times earning All-state honors for both her first place finish in 2006 and a third place finish the previous year.

She was Lakota West’s number one cross-country runner for four seasons, three times qualified as an All GMC First Team runner by finishing among the top seven, and, she was the 2006 GMC meet champion; earning GMC Runner of the Year.

Amanda excelled on the track as well as on the cross-country trails. She earned two All State designations with finishes of fourth in the 3200-meter run at the 2006 State meet and third at the 2007 meet.

In 2007, she set a GMC 3200-meter record that stood for five years and still stands as the Lakota School district record yet today. She first won the GMC 3200-meter championship in 2006 and repeated in 2007.

Amanda’s personal best times rank eighth at 3200-meters and 24th in 1600-meters among all girls’ runners who have represented the approximately 80 schools of southwest Ohio since running metric distances began 37 years ago.                    

Following high school, Amanda earned four cross-country letters and one track & field letter competing for North Carolina State University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.

Photo Cindy FeltmanCindy Feltman
Lakota & Lakota East, Multi-sport Coach

Coach Feltman’s basketball and soccer teams made an unprecedented, two-year plus, 54 consecutive game unbeaten run through the Greater Miami Conference. Both her 1994 and 1995 soccer teams were 10-0 in the GMC while her 1994-95 and 95-96 basketball teams were a perfect 14-0.

She was the first soccer coach at Lakota, boys or girls, to lead a team to the State Final Four. The Thunderbirds upset the number one ranked team in Cincinnati, Glen Este, before losing 2-1 to Centerville in the 1995 State semi-finals. That 1995 team had a final ranking of 18th in the USA.

She was the first Lakota district girls’ basketball coach to attain 100 wins, ending with 141, and still ranks second among all 18 current and former girls basketball coaches who have served in the district.

Her soccer teams won three GMC championships as did her basketball teams, making her one of only 13 coaches in Lakota history to have coached six or more GMC championship teams. She was also an assistant coach for a Lakota girls GMC championship track team.  

She gained the distinction of being the only Lakota coach to serve as a varsity head coach for three different sports when she took over the Lakota East girls’ golf team in 2003.  When she retired from coaching, she had winning records in all three sports. Her golf teams had also reached the 100 match win milestone.

During her 27-year tenure at Lakota, she was the head coach of 31 separate varsity teams.  She also served in six assistant or junior varsity coaching assignments, including two for girls’ track and field.

Photo Brad GschwindBrad Gschwind
Lakota West Class of 2007: Baseball and Basketball

Brad was the MVP of the 2007 State D-1 Championship baseball team.

He led that team with a .500 batting average in the seven game run to the championship. He also handled 18 fielding chances at shortstop without an error, and he batted one-for- two while scoring a run in the 4-0 championship game win.

He was voted to the All GMC First team in both 2006 and 2007. Brad was selected First Team All-State at the end of the 2007 season and, Greater Miami Conference Player of the Year that same year.

Brad still holds the Lakota School District all-time records for single season batting average (.544 in 2007), hits in a season (56 in 2007), RBI in a season (record co-holder; 45 in 2007), 135 hits in a career and, 104 most varsity games played in a career (four-year varsity starting shortstop).

He participated in four varsity basketball seasons, and was a key player on the 2005-06 GMC championship team. He was voted All GMC Second Team in 2006-07.

In baseball and basketball combined, he played on three GMC championship teams (two baseball & one basketball); while appearing in a total of 181 varsity contests he won numerous team awards and honors (MVP, etc.).

Following high school, Brad played four seasons for the Miami University baseball team.  He appeared in 199 college games and was the starting shortstop for 184.  He was the only Redhawk to be in the starting lineup for all 55 games in 2009.

Brad graduated from Miami University where he earned his degree in Physical Education.

Photo Jenna HagglundJenna Hagglund
Lakota West Class of 2007: Volleyball

Jenna was selected All American First Team in 2006, one of the top 36 high school players in the USA as determined by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).                                  

She was named First Team All-State at the end of the 2006 season and had been selected Second Team All-State in 2005.

She was chosen as the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky High School Sportswomen of the Year for 2006-07. This award was presented for most outstanding athletic achievement, irrespective of sport. She was also the Greater Cincinnati Volleyball Player of the Year (POY) for 2006.

Jenna was voted onto four All-GMC teams, three All-league first teams, proceeded by a second team selection. Her capstone league honor was being selected as the 2006 GMC Player of the Year.

Jenna still holds the Lakota district records for service aces in a season (86) and in a career (213).

She was the team captain or co-captain for two GMC Championship and two District Championship (State final 16) teams during the course of her four-year varsity career at Lakota.

Jenna was recruited by the University of Washington where she earned both All PAC 10 and NCAA D-1 All American honors. She went on to play for the United States Gold Medal team at the 2015 Pan American games and also played professionally for five years for teams in Australia, France, Germany, Poland, and Italy. She wrapped up her professional volleyball career in 2016.

Jenna earned her MBA at the University of Cincinnati last year.

Photo Jared MillerJared Miller
Lakota East Class of 2007: Swimming

Jared was the Ohio 200-yard individual medley State champion in 2006, becoming the first athlete in Lakota School District history to win a state swimming championship. He is still one of only two to win a State swimming championship title.

In addition to his State championship, Jared also achieved five more state top-ten finishes during his high school swimming career. Those finishes included placing third in the 200-yard individual medley (IM) and third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 2007, placing fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 2006; and placing ninth in the 100-yard IM and tenth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 2005. 

He earned four varsity letters and represented Lakota East in four Greater Miami Conference (GMC) swim meets, winning a total of seven GMC Individual Championships; four for the 500-yard free style, three for the 200 yard individual medley, in addition to finishing second in the 200-IM as a freshman.

After winning his third All GMC First team honor in 2007 he was also named the GMC swimming co-athlete of the year.

Jared set numerous records while in high school and, he still holds the Lakota district records for the 200-yard individual medley, which he set in 2006, and the 100-yard breaststroke record set in 2007. 

Jared was a four-year letter winner at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, he placed as high as third in the Big Ten Championship meet in the 200-yard breaststroke; had other Big Ten top-ten meet championship finishes and was an NCAA Division One tournament qualifier.

Jared will receive his Master in Business Administration from Xavier University this summer.

Photo Rachael ShepherdRachael Shepherd
Lakota West Class of 2007: Softball

Rachael was selected First Team All-State in 2007 and Second Team All-State in 2006. In both of those seasons, she had been the Firebirds catcher in the State semi-final game.

Following her final season at Lakota West, Rachael was selected as the Cincinnati Player of the Year (POY) by the Cincinnati Enquirer; Butler County Field POY by the Hamilton Journal and, Greater Miami Conference POY, by the league coaches.

She is the only Lakota district player to have received as many as four All-GMC First Team selections and one of only a few in league history.

Behind the plate or at the plate she was the complete package. She handled the pitchers with skill, had an unparalleled throwing arm with which to control the base runners, and hit for both power and average. At the time of her graduation she held the Lakota school district career records for homeruns, runs batted in, and runs scored.     

From her catching position, she was the acknowledged team leader of the Lakota West State Final Four and GMC championship teams of 2005 and 2006.

The Ohio State University recruited Rachael where she started 56 of 56 games as a freshman, either at third base, or at catcher. She played in 130 games for the Buckeyes, starting in 123.

Rachael graduated from The Ohio State University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Systems Management.

Photo Stephen SimoneStephen M. Simone
Lakota Class of 1970: Baseball

Steve lettered in football and baseball at Lakota but earned his greatest renown on the baseball diamond.

He earned three varsity letters in baseball advancing both team and individual records as a varsity catcher. In his sophomore season, he hit 18 for 44 for a .409 average to lead the team, which finished in second place in the Mid Miami League (MML) for the first time.

As a junior, Steve hit .390 and his defensive work behind the plate earned him team MVP honors on a Thunderbird team that had attained 15 wins for the first time and repeated as league runner-ups.

After his senior season, Steve was selected the Thunderbirds Co-MVP, along with a battery mate.

The 1970 Lakota team won the MML League championship, and went on to become the first Thunderbird team to advance to the District tournament finals. For his part, Steve forged a 13-game hitting streak that produced a team high 35 hits and 21 RBI’s. His post-season honors that year included being named to the All MML First Team.

Subsequent to leaving Ohio University and sitting out of baseball for a year at Notre Dame, Steve used his last year of college athletic eligibility to earn a varsity letter playing for the Irish.

Steve graduated from the University of Notre Dame, earning his BA in 1974 and JD in 1977.

Photo Bo TourisJames (Bo) Touris
Lakota West Class of 2007: Wrestling

Bo was the 2007 Ohio State Champion of the D-I, 112-pound division.

He had placed third in the State meet the previous year.

He finished his high school career earning All American honors with a fourth place finish in the United States 2007 Senior National meet.

Other major meet titles to his credit include two Greater Miami Conference (GMC) championships, three sectional championships, and two district championships. Bo won his first GMC championship as a junior, when he was also voted as the GMC Wrestling Athlete of the Year.

Bo’s 145 career-win total is the fifth highest in Lakota school district history, an outstanding 86.3 % of his matches. During his high school career, Bo recorded an impressive 46 pins.

To bolster his credentials, Bo was also the Fargo Nationals Cadet Greco-Roman National Champion. He won Ohio Cadet Greco-Roman and freestyle titles and, he ranked among the top ten in Ohio for three years.

Bo wrestled for the Ohio State University for four years, advancing to the Buckeye starting line-up his senior year. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a BA in history.