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Lindsey Blossom Long – Lakota class of 1996, Basketball & volleyball
Jay Boyd – Lakota East class of 1998, Football & baseball
Keith "Butch" Johnson – Lakota East class of 1967, Baseball
Scott Mueller – Lakota class of 1992, Basketball
Doug Perrigo – Lakota class of 1981, Football, soccer & track
Mike Rabin – Lakota East class of 2000, Baseball & football
Katie Severson Carstens – Lakota West class of 2000, Swimming
Cara Wright – Lakota West class of 2001, Basketball & volleyball
Lindsey Blossom (Long)
Lakota Class of 1996: Basketball, Volleyball & Softball
Lindsey's specialty was basketball, a sport in which she was a four year varsity starter. She was, however, a gifted all around athlete who earned varsity letters in three sports; volleyball, basketball, and softball, making the starting lineup as a sophomore in all three.
As a senior she was selected to the Southwest Ohio Third Team in basketball, the All-Butler County First Team in basketball, the GMC First Team in basketball, and the GMC First Team in volleyball. These were just the most recent of her many honors, going back to an All-Butler County Honorable Mention selection in basketball as a sophomore.
She ended her basketball career with 992 points (10.9 ppg), a total that currently ranks fifth in Lakota District girls' scoring. Fifteen seasons after her final game she also ranks in the Lakota District all-time top ten for rebounds, shot blocks, and steals.
Her many personal accomplishments contributed significantly to some of Lakota's all-time great team successes. She was a starter for Lakota's only State Championship volleyball team in 1994, a team that finished the season 26-1. In 1995, she was a starter on the first Lakota girls' team to win a Cincinnati District Basketball Championship. In all she played on five GMC championship teams, 3 in volleyball and 2 in basketball, earning All-Conference recognition for her play in three of those seasons.
Lakota East Class of 1998: Football & Baseball
Jay was a fleet footed football running back and baseball center fielder who starred in both sports.
He was twice named to All-GMC football teams; First Team as a senior proceeded by Second Team honors for his junior season. As a senior, his recognition spread beyond the GMC as he was also named to the All-Butler County, All-Cincinnati, and All-Southwest Ohio teams. In his senior season he rushed for 1608 yards which currently stands as the Lakota School District's fourth highest single season total. Over a two season career he rushed for 2740 yards, the seventh highest total in Lakota history. He is one of only ten Lakota players to ever top the 2000 yard rushing mark.
He earned All-GMC First Team honors in baseball as a junior. In addition to being a defensive standout, he was a tough out at the plate where he hit for both average and power. He led the 1997 Lakota team in batting average, runs batted in, and home runs.
Keith “Butch” Johnson
Lakota Class of 1967: Baseball, Football & Basketball
Keith, better known as Butch, was a three sport varsity athlete lettering in football, basketball, and baseball, earning seven varsity letters in all. It was in baseball however where he earned his greatest acclaim.
His varsity baseball career spanned 3 seasons in which he was credited with a total of 17 pitching wins. This total stood as the Lakota record for 38 years. More remarkably he was the pitcher of record in 61% of Lakota's wins during his career. No other Lakota School District pitcher has ever accounted for more than 34 % of the teams wins.
Johnson's exploits were among the few bright lights in the first decade of Lakota baseball. In that first decade Lakota's tournament record was 2-10. Johnson's tournament record was 2-0, however.
• In 1966 Lakota came into the opening tournament game with a 5-11 record and pitted against area power Hamilton Taft. Johnson was credited with a 2-1 upset win over Taft striking out 12.
• In 1967 he opened the tournament with another low scoring, 3-2, upset win, this time over Mason.
In 1966 Lakota's team record was just 6-12. Johnson's record was a perfect 5-0. In 1965, Johnson's first varsity season (sophomore), he was credited with pitching a no-hitter, just the second for a Lakota pitcher and still one of only nine in Lakota School District history.
Most of Johnson's pitching wins came in low scoring games where he himself often provided the winning run. His senior season batting average of .412 stood as the Lakota record for 13 years. He also set school records for runs scored and runs batted in. While these records in terms of absolute numbers have since been broken, he himself scored 20% of the teams runs and batted in 17% of the teams runs. These percentages have never since been exceeded in the combined 66 seasons of Lakota high school baseball.
Lakota Class of 1992: Basketball
Scott was a 4-year varsity letter winner in basketball and a 3-year varsity starter. He was a key contributor to two of the most storied teams in the history of Lakota basketball, the 1991 State Division 1 Runner-ups and the 1992 State Division 1 Champions.
He finished his career with 794 points, eighth on the Lakota all-time scoring list. The last 16 points that he scored were essential in the Thunderbirds thrilling come from behind overtime win in the 1992 State Championship game. He had twice led the team in scoring in earlier tournament wins that year, including the Regional final win that propelled the Thunderbirds into their second State Final Four.
In addition to his scoring, Mueller was both a tenacious defender and a deft play maker. His career totals of 121 steals and 286 assists stood first and fourth respectively when the Lakota record book was closed in 1997. After the passage of another 19 seasons these marks still stand among the top five. A much respected outside shooter, he led both the 1991 State Runner-up team and the 1992 State Championship team in three-point field goals made.
At the conclusion of his senior season, Mueller was named to the All-Southwest Ohio District (HM), All-Butler County (3rd), and All-GMC (2nd) teams. He also earned All-Butler County recognition as a junior.
Lakota Class of 1981: Football, Soccer & Track
Doug was named to All-GMC First teams in three sports; soccer, football, and track in his senior year. He was the first, and to date is still one of only two Lakota athletes to be selected to All-GMC First teams in three sports in the same school year. Over his four years at Lakota he earned nine varsity letters; four for soccer, three for track, and two for football.
He played on four varsity soccer teams scoring 56 goals, then a school record and still among the top three highest boys goal scoring totals ever achieved. In 1980 he received All-Southwest Ohio Second Team honors in addition to his All-GMC First Team selection.
Perrigo was recruited by the football coaching staff to serve as a place kicker and punter just prior to the start of the 1979 fall season. Working around his soccer schedule he continued to be a great success in both sports and was voted All-GMC First Team as a punter in 1980, Lakota's first season in the Greater Miami Conference.
He is one of only three athletes in Lakota history to run 100-meters in under 11 seconds. He won the GMC 100-meter Championship in 1981. At the time of his graduation he held the Lakota school records at both 100 and 200-meters, and was part of three record setting sprint relay teams. All three relay records stood until after Lakota became Lakota East and Lakota West. The 4X400-meter record continued on as a District record for 26 years until being broken in 2007. He led this relay team to the Regional finals in 1981.
Lakota East Class of 2000: Baseball & Football
Mike was undoubtedly one of the most versatile football players in Lakota history, seldom leaving the field. He earned varsity letters in football in three seasons. As a senior he was awarded post-season honors for his accomplishments at three different positions.
• As a kick return specialist he was All-Cincinnati First Team. He led the City in punt return average, was selected to play in the Cincinnati East/West All Star game, and, ran back a punt to score the winning touchdown with just two minutes remaining in the contest.
• As a defensive back he was All-Butler County First Team, All-GMC Second Team, and All-Southwest Ohio Honorable Mention. He had 13 career interceptions, none bigger than the interception in the closing seconds of the inaugural Lakota East/Lakota West game, to secure a win for the East Thunderhawks before a record crowd at Galbreath Field.
• As a running back he was an All-GMC Second Team selection.
Rabin was also a standout in two varsity baseball seasons. As a senior he earned both All-GMC and All-Cincinnati honors as an outfielder and was chosen to play in the Cincinnati Eastside vs. Westside All Star game.
Katie Severson (Carstens)
Lakota West Class of 2000: Swimming
Katie graduated from Lakota West with the title “ Fastest Girl Swimmer in School District History ”. A decade later she can still claim that title since her name remains beside both the 50 and 100-yard free style records. Her name also appears in the District record book for her contributions to Lakota's 1997 400-yard free style and the 1999 Lakota West 200-yard free style relay teams.
She burst onto the high school swimming scene as a freshman, setting a new Lakota School District record in the 50-yard free style. She continued to improve on this record, setting the record that stands today in the finals of the 2000 Regional meet.
For three years Severson was considered one of the best, if not the best sprint swimmer in the Greater Miami Conference. A four year All-GMC honoree she was the league 50-yard free style Champion as a sophomore and the 100-yard Champion as a senior.
She twice won Cincinnati Sectional Championship titles by winning the 100-free style event in both 1998 and 1999. To that she added Southwest Ohio District silver medals at both 100 and 200-yards in the same year, 2000.
Severson advanced to the State meet in each of her four years, qualifying in a cumulative 13 events. She capped her career earning All-State honors as a senior by finishing fifth in the 100-yard, and eighth in the 50-yard free style events.
Lakota West Class of 2001: Basketball & Volleyball
Cara holds the Lakota School District records for best field goal percentage in a season (65.0%, 173/266) and best field goal percentage in a career (62.1%, 307/494). Her exceptional marksmanship helped her lead the Firebirds in scoring in both of her varsity years. She had a career scoring average of 16.2 points per game topped by an 18.1 ppg average her senior season.
She came to Lakota West as a junior, having already been a varsity basketball letter winner in Wyoming. The Firebirds had suffered through a losing season prior to her arrival but by the end of her senior year, and due in large part to her play, Lakota was ranked #1 in Cincinnati (by Cincinnati Post) and were Co-champions of the GMC. Over the course of these two dramatic turnaround years she led the team in scoring, rebounding, and shot blocking. She still ranks in the Lakota District all-time top 10 in the latter two categories.
Wright was named to the 2001 Division 1 All-State Honorable Mention team, the first Lakota West girls' basketball player ever named to an All-Ohio team. Earlier that year she had received All-GMC, All-Butler County, All-Cincinnati Metro area, All-Ohio District 15, and All-Southwest Ohio First Team recognition. These honors were in addition to several all star selections she had received the previous year.
As a senior she tried her hand at volleyball, setting a Lakota West single season blocking record that stood for two years.