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Kevin Davis, Lakota High Class of 1980 - Baseball
Casie Garland, Lakota East Class of 2001 - Volleyball
Erin Gilhart, Lakota High Class of 1997 - Soccer
Ken Gregor, Lakota High Class of 1985 - Basketball
Aaron Hurst, Lakota High Class of 1997 - Track
Tim Lambert, Lakota West Golf Coach
Mike Mueller, Lakota & Lakota West – Basketball and Tennis Coach
Lakota High Class of 1980 - Baseball
Kevin lettered on three varsity baseball teams, playing as an infielder and a pitcher. He was recognized as the team’s best pitcher in two of those seasons, and was honored as the team’s Most Valuable Player as a senior.
It was as a pitcher that he gained his greatest acclaim. In his senior year he led the Cincinnati Metropolitan area in total strikeouts and had the third best earned run average (ERA) in the city.
This hard throwing left-hander ended his career with a Lakota district record 216 strikeouts, a record that stood for 32 years. His earned run average of 1.00 in 1980 was and still remains the second lowest in Lakota district history.
At the conclusion of his senior season he was named All Mid Miami League Conference First Team, All Cincinnati, and All State. He was the first Lakota baseball player to attain All-State honors. As his high school career ended he was recruited by colleges from Ohio State to Mississippi and Florida but chose to stay close to home. He pitched four seasons at Miami of Ohio, where he was credited with 25 wins, a number that tied that school’s record at the time, and remains in the Miami top 10, yet today. In 1983 he set a new Miami single season record with 10 wins as he led the RedHawks to the Mid-American Conference championship and was selected to the All-MAC First Team.
Lakota East Class of 2001 - Volleyball
Casie was a four year starter and a four year star for the first Lakota East Thunderhawk volleyball teams. The Greater Miami Conference established the honor of League Player of the Year in 2000 and she was the first player to hold that title, winning it in her senior season.
She was named All GMC Second Team as a sophomore, a year in which she helped power the Thunderhawks to their first league championship. She followed that with two more GMC selections, both to the First team. She capped an outstanding senior season by being named All Cincinnati for the second time, All SW Ohio, and All Ohio Third Team.
She finished her playing career with four seasons at Morehead State University where her outstanding play earned her selection to three All Ohio Valley Conference First Teams. She left Morehead as that school’s all-time assist leader by a wide margin. Her career assist record at Morehead still stands today.
She has returned to her high school alma mater, Lakota East, where she is now the head volleyball coach. She has the unique distinction of both playing on and coaching Thunderhawk teams that have won GMC championship titles.
Lakota High Class of 1997 - Soccer
Erin was a letter winner and a standout midfield player on four of the most dominant soccer teams in Lakota history.
In the four years she played, the Thunderbirds won 80% of their games, and lost only one GMC game out of 40 -- and that by one goal.
Throughout her career Erin had a knack for scoring in the big games. In her sophomore season, she scored two goals to account for the margin of victory in the 3-1 win over Glen Este that propelled the Thunderbirds into Lakota’s first State soccer Final Four appearance. The year previous she had become the first Lakota freshman to be credited with a goal in a regional tournament game. While noted for her defensive work she never-the-less was listed among Lakota’s top 10 scorers at the time of her graduation.
Erin was recognized for her contributions to these outstanding Lakota teams by being named to multiple All GMC, All Cincinnati and All Southwest Ohio teams. Her greatest honors came at the conclusion of her high school career when she became the first, and to date the only, Lakota player to be named to two All American teams with selections by both Parade Magazine, and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
After high school she played for the University of Michigan’s 1997 Big 10 championship and NCAA tournament team. She earned All Big 10 First Team and All American Second Team honors as a college freshman.
As a college sophomore Erin was a starting defender for the National Champion Florida Gators. She was credited with a back save in UF’s 1-0 win over North Carolina for the National title. At that season’s end The College Soccer Weekly named her to their All-America Second Team. While at Florida, he became the first Lakota alum to play on an NCAA Division One championship team.
Lakota High Class of 1985 - Basketball
Ken was one of the most versatile players to ever don a Lakota basketball uniform.
He was a starter at the guard position in both his sophomore and junior seasons, seasons in which he averaged 11 points per game. He was also among the teams assist leaders as a junior. He was named to the All Butler County (Golden Triangle) teams in both of these seasons and was selected to the All GMC Second Team as a junior.
After playing his entire career facing the basket he was called upon to play with his back to the basket as the team center for his final year. At 6’ 3” he was one of the shortest, if not the shortest center in the GMC. Although he was playing a new position and was giving up several inches to the opposing front line players in every game he was the second leading rebounder in the league with an average of over 10 boards per game.
He also upped his scoring average to 21 points per game, fourth highest in the league. At years end he was named to the All GMC First Team in the era when only five players were placed on the First team. He was just the second Thunderbird to have achieved this honor.
His single game scoring high was 35 points, his top season average was over 20 points per game, and his career scoring total was over 900 points. Only four other players out of the estimated 500+ who have played in the Lakota school district have ever attained this combination of scoring milestones. His career scoring total of 926 still ranks ninth on the Lakota district all-time scoring ladder, after the passage of 30 years.
His contributions to the 1984-85 Thunderbird basketball team enabled that squad to post the best record in the first 26 years of Lakota boys’ basketball.
Lakota High Class of 1997 - Track
Aaron was one of the highest and most consistent jumpers to ever compete in track and field in Southwest Ohio.
His high mark of 6’ 9” still appears on the Cincinnati All-time Track and Field Top 10 list. This jump occurred in the state finals of his senior season tying for the highest clearance in the meet. The Cincinnati All-time records span the past half century of jumping and include all the schools, large and small, in Cincinnati and the surrounding suburbs.
He twice earned All State track and field honors, first by finishing fifth in the State high jump competition as a sophomore, and again by finishing third as a senior. Although he tied for the highest jump in the 1997 State meet, he was awarded the bronze medal based on the number of misses tie breaking criteria.
He won the Southwest Ohio Regional championship both as a sophomore and a senior and finished fifth as a junior, making him a rare three year regional placer. Hurst was a model of consistency while winning both the GMC, and the Cincinnati District high jump championships for three consecutive years, sophomore through senior.
He not only jumped high but he jumped long, earning second place finishes in two Greater Miami Conference championship meets. He was awarded six varsity letters, four for his participation in track and field, one for basketball his junior year, and his sixth for football in his senior year.
Lakota West Golf Coach
Tim coached his 2006 Lakota West girls’ golf team to the OHSAA Division I State Championship, topping 233 other teams in the state.
Each year just twelve of the state’s approximately 200 Division I schools qualify for the State Final Tournament. In Lambert’s nine seasons at the helm of girls’ golf he guided his teams to eight State Final tournaments, more than all other Lakota golf coaches combined. In addition to winning the 2006 championship, his teams finished in the top eleven in seven other seasons, including finishes of second, third and fourth.
In head to head competition his teams were nearly unbeatable attaining a dual match win percentage of 87.9% (109-15). This win percentage is the highest yet achieved by any Lakota Coach in any sport.
Lambert’s teams had phenomenal success in tournaments as well as in head to head competition. In addition to the aforementioned placements in the State final tournament his teams collected 5 GMC Championships, 4 Cincinnati Sectional titles, 4 Southwest Ohio District titles and 12 Invitational Tournament Championships
They also received the #1 ranking in the Cincinnati Enquirer poll for three seasons. His impact on Lakota West golf extended beyond his nine seasons as the girls head coach. He was the private swing coach for some of Lakota’s most successful individual state qualifiers, both before and after his tenure as a head coach.
Lakota & Lakota West – Basketball and Tennis Coach
Mike guided Lakota to two appearances and three wins in the State Basketball Tournament’s ‘Final Four’. His 1992 team won the Ohio Division I Championship and his 1991 team was the State runner-up. Following the 1991 season he was selected by the Associated Press as the Ohio Division I Boys Basketball Coach of the Year. Mueller coached high school basketball for 36 seasons, the last 22 in the Lakota School District (11 at Lakota, 11 at Lakota West).
In 22 years in the Lakota District his teams were credited with 316 wins, they won 63.5 % of their games 40 (65.6 %) of their OHSAA tournament games.
All of these marks are the highest attained by any of the eleven boys basketball coaches in the district’s history and in the case of tournament wins, represents well over half of all the tournament wins in the 53 year history of Lakota basketball. His teams also earned three GMC conference championships, three District championships, and played in three Regional championships. No other Lakota boys’ basketball coach has yet matched or exceeded any of these totals.
In the eleven years Mueller coached Lakota West after the district split into two high schools, the Firebirds never suffered a losing season and in 2002-03 they attained the #1 ranking in Cincinnati and a final ranking of #8 among Ohio Division 1 schools.
His overall basketball coaching wins total of 572 is currently the 14th highest in the Ohio High School Athletic Association record book. This ranking is from among the thousands of coaches who have ever coached boys’ basketball in Ohio.
While best remembered for basketball, Mueller also had outstanding success over 21 seasons as a boys tennis coach; first at Lakota and then at Lakota West. He coached his teams to 199 dual match wins, the most by far of any tennis coach in school district history.
Coach Mueller’s previous honors have included induction into the Butler County Athletic Hall of Fame (2000), and the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame (2002).