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2015 Inductees

Lindsey Carstens, Lakota East Class of 2004 - Soccer

 Kara Gostisha, Lakota West Class of 2004 - Soccer, Basketball and Track & Field

David Griffin, Lakota West Class of 2004 - Track & Field

Brian LaChapelle, Lakota West Class of 2004 - Basketball

John Mellencamp, Lakota West Class of 2004 - Soccer

Tara Schafer-Kalkhoff, Lakota & Lakota West Girls Varsity Soccer Coach

Corrie Whisner, Lakota East Class of 2002 – Cross Country and Track & Field

Sarah Whitenack, Lakota West Girls Basketball & Softball Team Manager


Lindsey Carstens
Lakota East Class of 2004 - Soccer

Lindsey was a four-year starter for the Lakota East Girls soccer team. This span included two East teams that shared the Greater Miami Conference Championship. As a goal keeper she was credited with 39 career shut outs, the most by a female keeper, and the second most, irrespective of gender, among all the keepers who have ever played on Lakota District teams over the past 38 years. Her total still ranks eighth for females in the State of Ohio.

She was selected as the Thunderhawk’s MVP in 2002 and repeated that honor again in the GMC championship year of 2003. She was selected to the All Greater Miami Conference first team in both of those years as well.

In her final high school season she was further honored by selection to both the All Cincinnati and All Southwest Ohio first teams.

She continued her soccer career first at the University of Illinois. She lettered for four seasons, one in the role of team tri-captain. Her college career was no less illustrious than her high school career had been. As a senior she led the Big 10 in shutouts with 11 and raised her career total to 28, a new record for the Fighting Illini, just one of the records she held upon her graduation. As a collegian she played in 62 games, 61 in the starting lineup. Following her years at Illinois she played professionally for Team Strommen in the top league of Norway. She earned a silver medal in the 2009 Euro Cup as a member of the team representing Norway.

Lindsey is currently working as a physical therapist.

Kara Gostisha
Lakota West Class of 2004 - Soccer, Basketball and Track & Field

Kara was a multi-sport athlete who starred in soccer, basketball, and track and field. She was the first Lakota West athlete to earn as many as nine varsity letters; four each in soccer and basketball; and one in track and field. She was Lakota West's female Pringle Award winner for the class of 2004. She earned All GMC 1st team honors twice for soccer and once for basketball. In all she was named to six All GMC teams; three for soccer, two for basketball, and one for track.

She received additional recognition as both a soccer and basketball player by being named to various city, county, and southwest Ohio teams.

Her consistently outstanding performances contributed to great team success. She was on the roster of no less than four GMC championship teams, three for soccer and one for basketball. She was a team co-captain of one (soccer, 2003) and a starter on three of these league championship teams. As a basketball player, her name still stands in eighth place on the Lakota District all time steals list. She set the Lakota West high jump record in 2004, her first and only high school track season. This record stood seven years before it was broken. She continued her athletic career by lettering for four years on the University of Illinois soccer team. While at Illinois she played in 61 intercollegiate matches, and was in the starting line-up for 28 of those contests. She started all 24 matches of her senior year, which included qualification for and participation in the 2006 NCAA division 1 tournament game.

Kara currently works as a Speech Language Pathologist at Mercy Fairfield Hospital.

David Griffin
Lakota West Class of 2004 - Track & Field

David was a four-year varsity letter winner in track and field excelling in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump as well as on sprint relay teams. He attained All State status in 2004 by finishing third in the high jump at the Ohio State meet.

In Cincinnati district competitions, he was a two time champion and a three year placer, twice advancing to the Southwest Ohio regional meet. He cleared 6' 8" to win the Greater Miami Conference championship in 2004. This jump still ranks tied for the 16th best in the history of Metropolitan Cincinnati track and field. It also still stands as the Lakota West school record. While high jumping was his specialty, he also excelled in other events.

He attained All GMC honors in the long jump with a distance of 22 feet, a distance that has been exceeded by only four other jumpers in the 55 year history of Lakota District track and field.
He ran legs on Cincinnati district meet champion relay teams; 4X100 in 2002 and 4X400 in 2004.
He set a new Lakota district triple jump record of 41' 3" in 2002, a distance which has since been exceeded once by a Lakota district athlete and then by a single inch. This jump still stands as a Lakota West School record.

As a civilian, David is a Captain with CommutAir, piloting for United Airline’s United Express. He also is currently serving with the Ohio Army National Guard as an Air Defense Artillery Officer.

Brian LaChapelle
Lakota West Class of 2004 - Basketball

Brian was a three-year varsity letter winner in basketball. He was in the starting lineup for the first game of his sophomore season and served notice he was in the starting lineup to stay, as he scored 14 points and led the team with 2 blocked shots. He remained a starter for three full seasons.

He led his teams in scoring for three consecutive seasons. Brian is still the only Lakota West player and one of only four Lakota school district players that can make that claim.

At the date of his selection into the Hall of Fame, his final scoring total of 992 ranked as the 8th highest in the 55 year history of Lakota district boys basketball. His other statistical achievements include his position on the Lakota District all-time top 10 career lists in two other categories; 8th in rebounds and 10th in shots blocked. Brian was named the most valuable player on two Lakota West teams; the 2002-03 GMC championship team as well as the 2003-04 team. In addition to being an MVP he also served as team captain for the 2003-2004 campaign. He was also named All GMC teams in each of his three varsity seasons, 2nd team as a sophomore and twice to the 1st team during his junior and senior seasons. Along with being selected All Conference for three consecutive years, Brian was twice selected All Southwest district and All City.

He was Lakota West's male Pringle Award winner for the class of 2004 and All GMC academic award winner three consecutive years.

Brian graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University with a degree in Accounting and Finance. After working several years with Price Waterhouse Coopers in New York City, he joined Aramark, where he currently serves as Manager of Financial Reporting at their corporate headquarters in Philadelphia.

John Mellencamp
Lakota West Class of 2004 - Soccer

John was a three-year starter, and was a key contributor to the success of his four varsity teams which cumulatively won over 80% of their games. During his tenure as a player, these Lakota West Firebird Soccer teams won a GMC championship, a Cincinnati City poll championship, four district championships, and advanced to four regional finals (state final eight) where they won two regional titles and advanced to the State Final Four.

He was a team co-captain for the 2003 State Final Four team, the winningest Lakota team of all time with 17 victories (that record now shared). Directing the offense from his center midfield position that year, he scored or assisted on 15 goals, four of which were game changers. These included assists for the winning goals in both the regional semi-final and regional final games, a 1-0 win and a 2-1 win respectively.

His many honors include twice being selected to the All GMC 1st team, selection to the All State 1st team, and selection to the All Midwest team by the National Soccer Coaches Association.

He played four seasons for the University of Indiana where he broke into the Hoosier starting lineup as a sophomore. John was a member of their 2004 National Championship team. From 2004-2008 he appeared in 60 matches with 44 starts. Some of his highlights included game winning goals in the 2008 NCAA tournament against both St Louis and Michigan, as well as the game winning goal against the Mexican Youth National team in the spring of 2006.

After graduation from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, rather than pursue a pro soccer career, John was determined to join the elite Air Force Pararescue team. Their motto of “These things we do, that others may live” makes them the most highly trained combat search and rescue units in the world. PJ’s, as they are called, are often embedded with Special Operation teams to serve as their medical specialist. They are the Air Forces’ “SEALS".

John completed Basic Air Force training followed by the 10 week Indoctrination (weed them out) course where he received the Commandants Award. 135 started the course with only 12 finishing. Following that, John completed the two-year pipeline to become a Pararescueman. He has been deployed to Africa and Afghanistan, serving as a member of a Special Operations Unit. He currently is stationed in Portland, Oregon.

Tara Schafer-Kalkhoff
Lakota & Lakota West: Girls Varsity Soccer Coach

Tara began her career as a head coach with the Lakota Thunderbirds in 1996, and continued on through 16 additional seasons with the Lakota West Firebirds.

Her teams accumulated 203 wins, still the 8th most in the 36 year history of Ohio girls soccer and the most by any Lakota district girls coach. These Lakota teams won 70.8 % of their games while playing schedules laden with state and nationally ranked teams and also maintained a 70+% win rate for their 51 state tournament games.

She coached her 1999 Lakota West squad to the OHSAA Division 1 State Championship, topping 172 other Division 1 teams. That team also attained a final national ranking of 16th. Under her guidance, the Firebirds won four outright GMC Conference Championships, shared another and were runner-ups in four other years. Additionally, they were three-time Cincinnati City Champions, and were ranked in the Ohio State final top 10 in three seasons by the Associated Press.

Among Tara’s many honors, she was recognized by peers and press by twice being selected Ohio Coach of the Year and Southwest Ohio Coach of the Year (1999, 2002). She was also named three-time Cincinnati Metro Coach of the Year (1997, 1999, 2002) and five-time Greater Miami Conference Coach of the Year (1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004).

Tara’s husband, Mark Kalkhoff, served alongside her as a varsity assistant coach for 17 years. Tara has worked for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center since 2001, where she currently serves as a research coordinator. She and Mark are the proud parents to their now 4 year old son, Conner.

Corrie Whisner
Lakota East Class of 2002 - Cross Country and Track & Field

Corrie was the shooting star of the Lakota running world by competing in just three seasons (spanning fifteen months total) earning All State honors in all three seasons and setting two Lakota District track and field records that still stand over a decade later.

She was spotted by Hall of Fame coach Jason Lindsey in a PE class as a junior. Coach Lindsey knew running talent when he saw it and invited her to go out for track that spring. In her first foray into the sport she won All State honors by running one of the legs of a 4th place finishing 4X800 meter relay team at the state meet.

Coach Lindsey then suggested that she should come out for cross country as a way to prepare for the next track season. She took his suggestion and also earned another All State honor by finishing fifth in the state meet, still the fourth highest finish in the storied history of Lakota District girls cross country. She was indeed ready for her final track season where she was virtually unbeatable at 800 and 1600 meters. She won the GMC 1600 meter event, doubled by winning the district 800 and 1600 meter events and, advanced to the state meet by winning the 800 meter regional championship.

She ended her high school career with a 2nd place finish at 800 meters in the state finals, earning her third All State designation of her high school career. Her time in the state finals set a new Cincinnati Metro Area record that stood for eight years and still represents the second fastest time ever recorded in the 34 years that Cincinnati high schools have competed over metric distances.

She extended her running career through four seasons on the Purdue University track and field team where she competed in major NCAA collegiate meets across the country.

Having earned her PhD, Corrie is currently an Assistant Professor at Arizona State University’s School of Nutrition and Health Promotion.

Sarah Whitenack
Lakota West Girls Basketball & Softball Team Manager

Sarah attended Lakota West High School from 1999 through 2005. She began as a rookie student manager for the girls basketball team in 2000 and also took on the role of softball student manager in 2001. She managed the girls basketball team with Coach Fishman through 2012 and she continues to volunteer with Coach Keith Castner as a softball team manager to this day.

The Lakota West girls basketball and softball teams have cumulatively produced ten Greater Miami Conference Championships and have sent four teams to the State Final Four. These teams had but one thing in common and that is they had Sarah with them on the bench or in the dug out, attending to their needs, cheering them on, or consoling them as the situation dictated.

Sarah has an innate understanding for the coaches and athletes she has served. As an adult volunteer, she has helped train new student managers, serving as a mentor and role model for other students. Sarah has also participated in several Special Olympic sports including track & field, basketball, soccer, and swimming. She qualified for Regional swim meets and the State Special Olympic Swim meets held at The Ohio State University each year since 1999. She has won a combined total of eight gold medals for her endeavors in the freestyle, back stroke and relays with her teammates.

In 2005, Sarah was selected as the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association’s Mentally/Physically Challenged Sports Woman of the Year.

Sarah was born and raised an enthusiastic, intense and unwavering OSU football fan. Her parents, Scott & Pat, as well as twin sisters Allison and Stephanie, all graduated from The Ohio State University. She proudly dons the Scarlet & Gray each football Saturday to cheer on her beloved Buckeyes.

Sarah is a valued employee of the Kroger Company. She has served as a Courtesy Clerk at the Beckett Ridge Kroger store for the past ten years.