2016 Inductees

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2016 Inductees

Taylor Candella, Lakota West Class of 2005 (Cross Country & Track)

Joey Clark
, Lakota Class of 1995 (Baseball & Wrestling)

Joshua Colliver
, Lakota West Class of 2005 (Baseball)

Brianne Eisenhard
, Lakota West Class of 2005 (Soccer)

Danny Landrum
, Lakota Class of 1987 & Lakota East Coach (Soccer)

Mitchell Reynolds
, Lakota East Class of 2005 (Track and Field & Football)

Vic Roberts
, Lakota Athletic Maintenance Engineer (Retired)

Dane Romero
, Lakota West Class of 2005 (Football & Basketball)

Elisabeth Starr
, Lakota West Class of 2005 (Swimming)

Robert Tickel
, Lakota Coach (Track & Field)



Taylor Candella
Lakota West Class of 2005 - Cross Country & Track

Taylor earned nine varsity letters, primarily as a cross country, and track and field runner, but added a ninth in bowling. He was a 2005 Pringle Award winner.

He was named to the 2004 All State Cross Country team after finishing 10th in the Ohio D-1 State Meet, his second year to qualify for the State Final Meet.

His time of 15:27, recorded while winning the 2004 Elder Invitational, still stands as the Lakota West record for a 5K race and is currently the third fastest 5K time in the illustrious history of Lakota cross country competition.

He also earned All State Track honors by finishing 6th at 1600-meters in the 2005 State Track & Field Meet. He qualified for the State meet with a gold medal win at the district meet and a bronze medal finish at the regional meet. He had also been a qualifier to the previous year's state meet as a member of the Cincinnati district champion 3200-meter relay team.

Taylor was the GMC 3200-meter track and field champion in 2005. Over the course of his track and field career, and running at multiple distances, he was named to three All GMC teams, a number never exceeded at Lakota West. 

He still holds the Lakota West record time for 1600-meters.

He continued his running career at Ohio State University earning letters in both cross country and track as a Buckeye. He was named to the All Big 10 indoor track and field team following the 2005-06 season.

Taylor currently serves as a corporate recruiter at Cardinal Health in Columbus, Ohio and as a personal coach for both cross country and track & field.

Joe (Joey) Clark
Lakota Class of 1995 - Baseball & Wrestling

Joey earned three varsity letters, two competing in baseball and a third in wrestling. He earned All GMC honors in all three of these seasons and served as a senior captain for both the wrestling and baseball teams during the 1994-95 school year.

He was an All State honorable mention selection for baseball in 1995, making him only the third Lakota baseball player to have ever earned all state honors up to that time and the first Thunderbird non-pitcher ever so honored.

While batting a team-leading 0.432 in 1995, he held the unique distinction of playing a full season (100+ plate appearances) without a strike out. He was the league’s only unanimous All GMC 1st team selectee that year.

The previous baseball season, 1994, Joey had been a regular starter at multiple positions and one of the leading hitters on the first Lakota team to win a Greater Miami Conference baseball championship. That 1994 Thunderbird team was also the first Lakota baseball team to finish the year ranked #1 in the Cincinnati Enquirer Coaches poll.

As the co-captain of the 1994-95 wrestling team he earned All GMC honorable mention honors and advanced from the sectional to the district tournament, while posting a 21-8 record in the 140 pound weight class.

Subsequent to his graduation, Joey returned as a volunteer coach for several Lakota West softball teams including the Firebird teams that reached the state final four in both 2005 and 2006.

Joey is currently CEO of his own financial planning firm, Integrated Financial Network (IFN), Inc. in Cincinnati where he manages advisors and staff, together with his own book of business.

Joshua (Josh) Colliver
Lakota West Class of 2005 - Baseball

Joshua was a three year varsity letter winner in baseball, playing the demanding position of catcher where he was recognized for both outstanding offensive and defensive abilities.

Named as an All State 1st team catcher in 2005, he was the first field player and the second player overall from the Lakota School District to achieve All State 1st team status.

In his senior season, he added All GMC 1st team honors to his list of laurels, having already been an All GMC 2nd team selectee the previous year.

His career batting average of .378 in 217 at-bats still stands on the Lakota West top 10 list at ninth place.

Joshua earned a scholarship to the University of Toledo where he continued his athletic career. He both played in, and started in, over 100 games for the Rockets and served as their team captain his senior season.

While playing baseball at Toledo for four years, Joshua also studied undergrad and majored in Pharmacy.

Joshua went on to earn his PA degree from the University of Toledo, College of Medicine and, he currently works with a private group in Emergency Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

Brianne Eisenhard-Reinhard
Lakota West Class of 2005 - Girls Soccer

Brianne earned four varsity soccer letters while completing what is perhaps the most decorated career in the storied history of Lakota soccer. She was a 2005 Pringle Award winner.

She was selected to the Adidas 2004 All American team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, one of nine defenders from the entire USA.

At the conclusion of her high school career in the fall of 2004, she was also named All State 1st Team, All Cincinnati Player of the Year, All GMC Player of the Year, All GMC 1st team for a 2nd consecutive year (following a 2nd team pick in 2002), along with numerous other Butler County, Cincinnati, and Southwest Ohio honors.

Brianne was a starter on four GMC championship teams and the MVP of the last two. She is thought to be the only player to be on, let alone a starter on, four GMC championship teams in the same sport and perhaps in any sport.

She had earned her spot in the starting lineup as a freshman on the Lakota West team ultimately ranked #1 in Cincinnati and #2 in Ohio.

Her play at Lakota West earned her a scholarship to Bowling Green University where she appeared in 80 games, starting 59. The Falcons won 46 games during her tenure to establish a new Bowling Green team record for wins in a four-season span. She was a team captain and the Falcon’s team MVP as a senior.

Brianne is a high school counselor at Avon High School in Cleveland, Ohio where she also serves as the Eagles' Varsity Assistant Girls Soccer Coach.

Danny Landrum
Lakota Class of 1987 & Lakota East -  Boys Soccer Player & Coach

Prior to his retirement following the 2013 season, Danny was associated with Lakota school district soccer for 26 seasons; first as a player, then as a junior varsity coach, assistant coach, and for 17 years as a varsity head coach.

He was selected as the first Thunderhawk head soccer coach when Lakota East opened in 1997 and held that position for seventeen seasons. He established a winning tradition in the Hawks inaugural season and went on to lead his teams to 177 victories for a winning percentage of 63%.   

In 1999 he became the first Lakota boys’ soccer coach to guide a team to the regional championship and a State Final Four tournament appearance. In that same year the Thunderhawks also won the Greater Miami Conference (GMC) Championship.

Landrum teams also added four District (State final 16) championship trophies to the Lakota East trophy case.

Prior to his years as a coach, Danny was a standout player on two Thunderbird soccer teams (1985 and 1986). In 1986, his senior season, he served as the captain of Lakota’s first GMC championship team in boy’s soccer. In that championship season he led both the Thunderbirds and the league in goals scored. He was selected to All GMC teams in 1985 and 1986, and added All Southwest District 2nd team honors in 1986.

Danny currently works in manufacturing management and research with The Fischer Group.

Mitch Reynolds
Lakota East Class of 2005 - Track & Football

Mitch earned six varsity letters, two for football and four for track & field. He was a 2005 Pringle Award winner.

Reynolds was the first Lakota male athlete, and one of only two, to have been named to All State teams in dissimilar sports. He earned All State 2nd team (football punter) honors in 2004 and All State (track and field long jump) in 2005, when placing 8th in the State meet.
He was a four-time GMC track & field champion, winning the long jump in 2003 and 2005 and the shot put in 2004 and 2005.

Mitch is the only Lakota athlete known to have won four individual GMC championships in track & field and, the only Lakota athlete known to have won individual GMC titles over 3 seasons in track & field.

He was honored in football both as a place kicker and punter earning All Cincinnati 1st team place kicker 2004 (Cincinnati Enquirer), All Butler County 1st team punter 2004 (Hamilton Journal News), All GMC 1st team punter 2004 and All Southwest Ohio 1st team punter 2004.
He held the Lakota school district shot put record from 2005 to 2006. This throw still ranks as the 2nd longest in 55 seasons of Lakota track & field.

Reynolds went on to a four-year track and field career at the college level, competing in the decathlon, for Miami University. He currently works as a mechanical engineer with R.E. Warner & Associates, an engineering consulting firm in Westlake, Ohio.

Vic Roberts
Lakota: Athletic Maintenance Engineer

Truly an MVP for the Lakota Athletic Department, Vic Roberts retired after an incredible twenty-two year career as Lakota’s lead athletic maintenance engineer. His tenure saw the expansion of Lakota’s athletic program from one high school supported by one freshman school and two junior schools to the current level of two Division I high schools, two freshman schools and four junior schools. With this unparalleled growth came a massive responsibility to not only keep up with the daily duties of contest preparation and set up but to also develop and maintain additional facilities for the athletic generations to come.

Under Vic’s leadership and vision, Lakota developed a turf management program which led to durable and safer fields that could withstand the use of exploding athletic participation. He created practice fields where previously there had been none. He was the architect of several new and improved cross country courses. He was never satisfied with the status quo of field maintenance, always working on new and more efficient ways to accomplish tasks so as to provide time for other developmental projects within the athletic program.

Lining miles of practice fields, cross country courses, baseball fields and softball fields each week, a lesser person would have been overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task, but not Vic. He developed a “lawn service” approach with the invention of mechanized lining equipment and his own personally constructed athletic service trailer.

Athletic maintenance was not a job with Vic Roberts, it was a mission to which he was extremely dedicated! He attended turf management classes to better understand fertilizers, chemicals and the “best practices” that existed in the area of sod development. He developed a systematic servicing program for equipment within the athletic grounds and maintenance department that lead to an extremely effective fleet of turf management tools.

After starting with an athletic maintenance department of one hardworking individual, in time, with Lakota’s growth, the athletic maintenance staff grew to five very dedicated individuals following in Vic Roberts’ footsteps. Vic is a truly dedicated individual, who gave it his “best shot” every day for the student athletes of Lakota. Without question, he has earned his place of honor within the Lakota Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dane Romero
Lakota West Class of 2005 -  Football & Basketball

Dane earned seven varsity letters, three for football and four for basketball. He excelled at multiple positions and as a two-way player in football, while participating in a record total of 31 varsity games over three full varsity seasons.

He was named All State 2nd team as a defensive back in 2004. He was the first Lakota West athlete to earn All GMC honors three consecutive seasons and still only the second in Lakota West history to do so.

In 2003 he led West in both rushing yards and tackles, the only West player to ever do so. In 2005 he was the quarterback of the first post-split district team to make the playoffs, passing for over 100 yards in the playoff game and making 9 tackles. His career rushing total of 2,955 yards is the third highest in Lakota history.

Romero played four full varsity seasons of basketball, with twelve games in the starting lineup as a freshman. At the time of his graduation he was the co-record holder for the most varsity basketball games played by a Lakota male athlete and still stands tied for fourth in total varsity games played (86).

He was a starter on West’s GMC championship team as a sophomore, placing in that team’s top five in rebounding (5th), scoring (4th), assists (2nd) and steals (1st). He set a new Lakota district career steals record (151) which stood for five years, and still stands as the second highest total achieved.

He was named to five All GMC teams, three in football (2nd, 2nd, 1st) and two in basketball (2nd, 2nd). Dane was the first Lakota West male player to earn five all-conference recognitions.

Romero continued his athletic career as a football player at Wofford College, where he earned All Southern Conference first team and All American (FSC1) honors as a running back.

Dane currently serves as the Running Backs Coach at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Elisabeth Starr-Johnson
Lakota West Class of 2005 - Swimming

Elisabeth earned four varsity letters in swimming. She won three GMC individual championships, the highest total by a Lakota swimmer in the first 25 year years of membership in the GMC, and still the second highest Lakota total after 35 years of GMC competition.

Starr set two Lakota District individual records (100 yard butterfly & 200 yard individual medley). Both of these records stood for nine years and the fly record still stands as a Lakota West record.

She ranks among Lakota’s all-time leaders in State meet qualifications. She qualified in four events, the maximum possible, in both her sophomore and senior seasons. In her senior season she ranked among the top 10 Division 1 100 yard butterfly swimmers in Ohio.

After graduation from Lakota West Starr completed a successful four year swimming career for Centre College. She still holds three Centre school records for individual events and three more as a member of relay teams. She was a two time honorable mention NCAA D-3 All American and is a member of the Centre 1,500 point club, the highest honor in Centre swimming.

Elisabeth currently works as an import operations specialist with Phil Patterson, Inc., a customs broker in Omaha, Nebraska.

Robert (Bob) Tickel
Lakota: Boys Track Coach

Prior to his retirement following the 1988 track & field season, Bob had coached multiple sports; boys track and field head coach, girls varsity basketball head coach, football freshman coach, and girls basketball freshman coach. 

It was as a track and field coach that he received his greatest acclaim. One year after taking over a struggling (7th place in MML) boys track and field team Tickels’ Thunderbirds brought home three consecutive Mid-Miami League championships.

It also fell to him to bring the team into the highly competitive Greater Miami Conference where he led the team to a 2nd place finish in their first GMC year and to consistent upper division (top half) finishes during Lakota’s first eight years in this powerful track and field league.

Tickel coached athletes to both state individual championships in the pole vault and to Lakota school district records which still stand in both the high jump and the long jump.

He was the coach of five former track and field program athletes that have preceded him into the Lakota Athletic Hall of Fame. (Chuck McConnell, Jeff Ross, Doug Perrigo, Doug Certain, and Brian Hill)