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Andy Dunn, Lakota West 2000 – Basketball & Baseball
Jeff Godsey, Lakota 1996 – Cross Country & Track
Julie Harter Kellerman, Lakota 1997 – Golf
Brent Hubert, Lakota West 2001 – Golf
Jim Rouff, Lakota East – Baseball Coach & Athletic Director
Heather Schroeder Burhenn, Class of 1990 – Cross Country & Track
Sherry Wiles, Lakota 1977 – Tennis, Basketball & Softball
Stephen Wolery, Lakota West 2002 – Wrestling
Lakota West 2000: Basketball & Baseball
Andy was a three year varsity starter in both basketball and baseball on the first Lakota West teams. He was Lakota West's male Pringle Award winner for the Class of 2000.
He is the tenth leading career scorer in the 52 year history of Lakota district basketball, averaging in double figures in each of his three varsity seasons. He was accorded All GMC honors three times, culminating in a First Team selection as a senior. In addition, he was selected to All Butler County and All District 15 (four counties in southwest Ohio) All Star teams as a senior.
He was known for his exceptional shooting range and, over a decade after his graduation, still holds the Lakota district career records for most three point field goals made and highest three point field goal percentage attained. Dunn's marksmanship was never more on display than in the second round of the 2000 Sectional tournament when he rained down 10 treys on Princeton, leading the Firebirds to the win. He finished that night with 34 points as a result of this unparalleled shooting display in which he made 10 of 14 shot attempts from long range.
Dunn was also a three year varsity standout for the baseball team. As a sophomore he won the Firebird's Outstanding Pitcher award with a team leading 5-1 record. He was the pitcher of record in Lakota West's first ever regular season win and also in the Firebird's first tournament win. When not pitching, he patrolled center field and was known as a clutch hitter at the plate.
Lakota Class of 1996: Cross Country & Track
Jeff was a six time varsity letter winner; three for cross country and three for track and field. At the time of his graduation he had achieved the highest State meet finish in cross country in the history of the Lakota school district by finishing second. He was also a State meet runner-up in track and field, matching the district record for highest finish in that venue.
He was named the 1995 Cincinnati Cross Country Runner of the Year by the Enquirer. His runner-up finish in the State meet was the best by any athlete from the Cincinnati metropolitan area that season. He was also the Greater Miami Conference Champion and Runner of the Year in 1995.
In his 1996 track season he was once again a State runner-up, this time in the 3200-meter run. His time in that race stood as the Lakota school district record for three years until broken by fellow Hall of Fame member, and his brother, Brian. His many senior season wins in track included the GMC 3200-meter championship and Southwest Ohio District 3200-meter championships.
He was also accorded All Conference and All City honors in both cross country and track as a junior. As a sophomore, and in his first varsity season as a runner, he was a member of Lakota's State-qualifying cross country team.
He capped his high school career by being chosen to compete for Ohio All Star teams in United States Regional meets in both cross country (Mideast meet) and track (Midwest meet).
Julie Harter Kellerman
Lakota Class of 1997: Golf
Julie earned four varsity letters for golf. She made key contributions to the Lakota girl's teams that won the first four Greater Miami Conference Championships ever held and to the Lakota School District's first two girls' teams to qualify for the State tournament.
In her senior year she became the first Lakota girl to win a District tournament individual championship, and she is still one of only two to have done so. Her victory came over 94 other players from Southwest Ohio who had advanced from the Sectionals to the District. Her winning score of 79 at the 1996 District tournament marked the first time a Lakota girl had ever broken 80 in an eighteen-hole high school competition. Harter went on to tie for 15th out of 72 at the OHSAA State meet, the best finish by a Lakota girl up to that time.
She was the Greater Miami Conference Champion in both her junior and senior years, becoming the first girl in conference history to ever repeat as a GMC tournament individual medalist.
Her combined career win total of three tournament championships, two GMC and a District, was the most for any Lakota female at the time of her graduation and stood as the record for eleven years.
Lakota West Class of 2001: Golf
Brent was a leading member of both the 1999 and 2000 Lakota West boys' golf teams, teams that for two seasons were perhaps the most dominant in Cincinnati history.
These teams were twice GMC champions, twice ranked #1 in Cincinnati, twice Cincinnati Sectional champions, and twice State qualifiers. In 1999 they finished 3rd in the Southwest Ohio District tournament and tied for fourth in the State tournament. In 2000 they won both the Southwest Ohio District tournament and the Ohio State championship.
Hubert qualified for All State honors in both 1999 and 2000. He and a fellow Hall of Fame member were the first two Lakota golfers to have twice qualified for All State honors. Hubert did so by finishing 11th at the State meet in 2000 and tying for 14th in 1999. He is still one of only four Lakota district male golfers to have earned multiple all State honors.
Hubert was medalist at the 1999 Cincinnati Sectional tournament leading the Firebirds to a win that started them on the path to the District and ultimately to the State tournament. In 2000 he won the Princeton Invitational over a field of 100 competitors, paving the way for the Firebirds to win that year's Princeton Invitational team championship.
Lakota & Lakota East: Baseball Coach & Athletic Director
Jim is undoubtedly best known as a baseball coach, having spent 22 years as a varsity head baseball coach as well as six years as an assistant football coach. Jim served as Lakota's varsity head baseball coach for 19 of his 29 years with the Lakota School District. He taught physical education, served as a department chair, and also implemented Lakota's state-recognized power lifting program. In addition to his teaching and coaching duties Jim served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the World Champion Cincinnati Reds for 12 seasons. He also made noteworthy contributions to Lakota East athletics while serving as their Athletic Director for ten years.
During Jim's 19 seasons as a head baseball coach at Lakota he amassed 268 wins, still the most of any coach in the 51 year history of Lakota district baseball. With Lakota being the second school at which Rouff served as head coach, his total head coaching career win record is well past the 300 mark, making him one of but a handful of coaches in Southwest Ohio to attain this level.
He and his Lakota teams accumulated an impressive number of school district baseball firsts which included:
• First Lakota baseball coach to be named Cincinnati Coach of the Year & first Lakota baseball team to achieve a final ranking of #1 in Cincinnati
• First Lakota Coach to earn GMC Conference Coach of the Year honors for baseball & first Lakota baseball team to win a GMC conference championship (All of the above achieved in 1994)
• First Lakota team to win the Butler County Tournament (twice winners in three finals appearances)
• First Lakota team to reach round three of the Ohio High School Athletic Association tournament
These firsts all came after 21 seasons of Lakota baseball, prior to Rouff's arrival. He took the Lakota baseball program to new heights and laid the groundwork for continued baseball success both before and after he left coaching to become the Lakota East Athletic Director.
Jim was a mentor to two other coaches who went on to contribute to Lakota baseball history. As a head coach at Lakota, he recruited Bill Dreisbach as an assistant baseball coach who later became varsity head coach at Lakota West, leading the Firebirds to a State Championship in 2007. As an athletic director, Jim hired one of his former Lakota players, Ray Hamilton, to become a varsity head coach at Lakota East, who also went on to lead the Thunderhawks to a State Championship in 2011.
Heather Schroeder Berhenn
Class of 1990: Cross Country & Track
Heather came to Lakota as a sophomore, becoming eligible for competition late in the fall cross country season. She and her family moved back to Indiana following her junior year. In this short span of time she made her mark in distance running by winning a stunning array of individual championships and honors. As she did so, she posted record times, some of which are still among the top 10 in Cincinnati over two decades later.
She made her Thunderbird debut in the 1987 GMC cross country championship meet, which she won. Beyond just winning, she set a new Lakota record for time over the 5000-meter course, a record she was destined to lower on three subsequent occasions. In her farewell race as a Thunderbird she finished second place in the 1600 -meter run at the Ohio State meet where she was barely nosed out for the title. In that race, she set a new Lakota record for the 1600-meter run, becoming the first Lakota female runner to traverse that distance in under five minutes.
In less than two full seasons of cross country competition at Lakota a partial listing of Schroeder's achievements include:
• Winning seven consecutive major cross country meets in 1988, a streak that was only curtailed by an injury
• Winning two GMC individual championships (1987 & 1988), setting a new course record with her 1988 win
• Winning the Cincinnati District and Southwest Ohio Regional championships in 1988
• Earning All State honors at the 1987 State meet (5th place finish) and competing in a second State meet in 1988, after coming back from an injury that had forced her to miss that years District and Regional meets where she had been favored to defend her championships from the previous year.
In her two track seasons some of her more notable achievements were:
• Winning three individual GMC championships, two at 800-meters and one at 1600-meters
• Winning multiple Cincinnati District and Southwest Ohio Regional championships
• Earning All State honors at 1600 -meters (as noted above)
• Adding multiple additional wins in major meets by contributing to relay teams
Lakota Class of 1977: Tennis, Basketball & Softball
Sherry was the first Lakota athlete to earn a varsity letter in every season of her high school career, twelve in all. This total has never been exceeded and has since been matched by only two others. She competed in tennis in the fall, basketball in the winter, and softball in the spring.
She started her career as a high school athlete on the varsity tennis team in the fall of her freshman year. By her junior year she led Lakota to the Mid Miami League (MML) championship and was named the team's MVP.
As a basketball player she led the Thunderbirds to two more MML championships and was selected to the All MML third team in her senior year. She was team captain in both her junior and senior seasons.
For four full seasons she was the softball team's shortstop and lead-off hitter. The softball teams she played on went undefeated two full seasons and collected three consecutive Mid Miami League championships. Wiles was a Lakota MVP in all four seasons; the defensive MVP as a freshman and junior, and the offensive MVP as a sophomore and senior. She was also a perennial All-MML honoree as a softball player.
Her outstanding individual performances translated into team success enabling Lakota to claim a total of six MML championships (one in tennis, two in basketball and three in softball) during her tenure. She herself won both team and league individual honors in each of the sports she played. At her graduation she was recognized for her all around athletic achievement by being the first Lakota athlete to receive the newly established Pringle Award.
Lakota West Class of 2002: Wrestling
Stephen was a four year varsity letter winner in wrestling starting from the beginning of his freshman year when he won the number 1 position on the team at 119 pounds.
Over the span of four seasons Wolery won 115 matches, a number that still ranks among the top 10 all time in the storied forty-three year history of Lakota district wrestling.
Wolery was selected to the all Cincinnati teams in both 2000 and 2002. In 2000 he added the GMC 119 pound title to his tournament win collection. He was a GMC bronze medalist at 125 pounds in 2001, and silver medalist at 135 pounds in 2002.
He won three Cincinnati sectional championships (2000, 2001, and 2002) and was the sectional runner-up as a freshman (1999).
Wolery competed in four Southwest Ohio district meets earning the silver medal in 2002, the bronze medal in 2001, and placed high enough to qualify for the state meet in 2000.
He capped his career with a 5th place finish at 135 pounds in the Ohio state championship meet in 2002, the last of his three trips to Columbus for state competition.