2008 Inductees

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2008 Inductees

Kenney Bertz - Soccer
Lakota West Class of 2002

Ana Brown - Golf
Lakota West Class of 2002

Jerry Claunch - Cross Country & Track
Lakota East Class of 2000

Dave Hutzelman - Football, Basketball & Baseball
Lakota West Class of 2001

Mike Lovell - Football & Track
Lakota West Class of 2002

Matt McIntire - Wrestling
Lakota West Class of 2002

Kelley O'Hara-Earhart - Swimming
Lakota West Class of 1999

Hetag Pliev - Wrestling
Lakota East Class of 2002

Martilu Puthoff - Teacher/Coach


Kenney Bertz (Lakota West Class of 2002)   

 Kenney was named to the All-Midwest soccer team in both his junior and senior years. No other Lakota soccer player has received multi-state recognition in multiple seasons.

He was twice selected All-State First Team. To date he is the only Lakota soccer player, boy or girl, to have received as many as two All-State First Team selections.

He was a co-captain for Lakota West’s first and Lakota School District’s second boy’s soccer team to make it to the state final four. In the Regional championship win, which propelled Lakota West into the final four, he led the defense from his sweeper position holding the opponents to 100 scoreless minutes in a 0-0 tie. He then scored the winning goal in the penalty kick tie-breaker.

As a senior he served as the punter and long place kicker for the football team simultaneously winning varsity letters in both soccer and football.

 Ana Brown (Lakota West Class of 2002) 

Ana was the first Lakota girl golfer to earn All-State honors and she did so twice. She was All-Ohio Second Team in both 2000 and 2001. Only three girls in Lakota District history have as yet been named to an All-State team and only one other has been so honored in multiple years.

She was the first Lakota girl’s golfer to be named to four All-GMC First Teams and is still one of only two.

She set a district single season scoring average record in 2001, breaking the old mark which had stood for a decade. Her record then stood for an additional five years.

She set a new school district 18-hole record, by firing a 77 at the 2000 State tournament and matched this score twice later in her career. Her round of three over par 77 the following year was the best eighteen hole score relative to par in the first 21 seasons of Lakota girls golf.

 Jerry Claunch (Lakota East Class of 2000)

 Jerry ended his Lakota athletic career with one of the greatest distance running performances of all time. Competing in the grueling 1600 meter / 3200 meter run combination at the State meet he placed second in the 1600 race and third at 3200. His time for the 1600 meter run still stands as the Lakota District record.

In all he was a four time State placer in track and field having finished third at 1600 M and fifth as part of the 4X800 relay team in 1999.

In the fall he twice earned All-State recognition on the cross country trail with top twenty-five finishes in the State meet. He crossed the finish line in eleventh place in 1998 and seventh in 1999.

He was the undisputed distance running champion of the Greater Miami Conference in his senior year winning the cross country gold medal in the fall and the 3200 meter gold in the spring. He won ten All-GMC honors combined, three in CC and seven for track. To those he added multiple All-Cincinnati honors in both his junior and senior seasons.

Recognized as one of the top runners in Ohio, he was invited to and competed in the exclusive Mid West and Mid East Regional High School meets in the spring of 2000.

Dave Hutzelman (Lakota West Class of 2001)

Dave was a throw back to an earlier era in Lakota sports history, the era before the age of specialization. He earned two or more varsity letters in three totally dissimilar sports, three in football, two in basketball, and three in baseball. The last Lakota male athlete to have earned varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball had graduated over 20 years before him.

As a senior in football he was voted to two All-GMC teams, both as defensive back (First Team) and as a running back (Second Team); again, a very rare occurrence in any era but especially so in the ten team era of the Greater Miami Conference. It was also in his senior year he became the first player at Lakota West to rush for over 200 yards in a single game. He was also a GMC Second Team selection at defensive back as a junior.

In basketball he was an undersized post player who, during his second varsity season, led the Firebirds in rebounding and scored in double figures. His efforts were recognized by a GMC honorable mention team selection.

A three season varsity letter winner in baseball, he played in 64 games, 32 in the starting line up. A sure handed outfielder, he handled 41 chances without an error. In 2001 he was a team captain and an integral part of the first Lakota baseball team to win a District championship. This team was also Lakota’s first to go on to the Regional finals (final 8 in the state).

Mike Lovell (Lakota West Class of 2002)

 Mike is the leading scorer in the history of Lakota football with 240 points resulting from a record 40 touchdowns. This is a full 30 points and five touchdowns more than the next player on the all time ranking list.

His most stellar honor was All-Ohio First Team, but his many other honors included Butler County Offensive Player of the Year and Greater Miami Conference Offensive Player of the Year. These accolades were received following his senior season. As a senior he set the Lakota district single season records for yards rushing (1661) and for touchdowns (22).

He led the Firebirds to three winning seasons, earning All-GMC laurels (Honorable Mention and First Team) in two. His career yards gained total (3555) is the second highest in Lakota history and his all purpose yards gained total (5032) is without equal.

Possessed of blazing speed he is the Lakota all time 100 meter dash record holder. He was a District runner-up in the 200 meter event and a Regional qualifier in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

Matt McIntire (Lakota West Class of 2002)

Matt won two state championships, one of only two Lakota wrestlers to do so. He also placed in his other two seasons gaining a second place finish as a sophomore and a sixth place finish as a freshman. He was the first Lakota wrestler to place in four State meets and is still one of only two to do so.

He concluded his high school wrestling career by winning the National 140-pound Championship. En route to the U.S. Championship he beat four other wrestlers who had won a cumulative ten state championships. His semifinal win came over the four-time Michigan State champion who that day suffered his first and only defeat in 220 bouts.

His domination of Greater Miami Conference opponents was complete. In four league meets he won four GMC championships, something no other Lakota athlete had been able to accomplish during the schools twenty-two year membership in the conference.

At the time of his graduation, he held the Lakota all time win record with 163 victories, 43 more than the previous record holder. While gaining these wins he had only sustained six losses.

Kelley O’Hara (Lakota West Class of 1999) 

 Kelley took home more GMC Championship medals (6) in her career than any other Lakota girl swimmer. She won three in individual events and earned three more on relay teams.

Her fourth place finish at the 1999 State meet (200 Free Style) is the second best finish by a girl in Lakota district history. In addition to the 200 free style she also qualified for the 100 free style in 1998 and finished sixth; thus making her a two-time top 8 performer at the State championship level.

She qualified for the State meet in multiple events in each of her last three seasons. The culmination of her success came in her senior year when she qualified in four events, the maximum number possible.

Although it has been nine years since she swam for Lakota West, Kelley currently holds or shares four Lakota District records which include two individual records in the girl’s 200 freestyle and 100 back stroke and two relay team records in both the girl’s 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

Hetag Pliev (Lakota East Class of 2002)


Hetag was the 2002 LaRosa’s Male High School Athlete of the Year, the only Lakota athlete ever so honored. His selection was from among male athletes competing in all sports, from all school sizes, and from the entire Cincinnati metropolitan area including parts of Indiana, and Kentucky as well as Ohio. He is one of only two wrestlers to earn this award in the sixteen years it has been given.

In 2002 Hetag became the only Lakota athlete to be named Most Outstanding Wrestler at an OHSAA State Championship meet. He was never challenged, winning his final two matches by major decisions after having pinned his first two opponents.

He was also the 2001 State champion. In 2001 he won three of his four matches by pins including the finals. Of the 75 matches he wrestled at Lakota he won 72% by pins. As the caliber of his competition improved at the State meet, he raised this percentage to 80%.

He concluded his high school career by winning the 181-pound National Championship and was widely considered to be the best high school wrestler in the United States at that time.

His won/lost record while wearing the Thunderhawk singlet was an amazing 74-1. Those who saw him wrestle are said to have been more amazed by the 1 than they were by the 74.

Martilu Puthoff (Lakota Teacher & Coach) 

Martilu was the first person at Lakota High School to coach a girl’s team in interscholastic competition. Her 1959 girl’s volleyball team won the Butler County Championship tournament to become the first girl’s team in Lakota history to bring home a trophy. Puthoff’s teams won three consecutive Butler County championships in all with the first occurring at the old West Chester High School in the last year of its existence.

Miss Puthoff was an early and ardent advocate of girl’s sports in general and girl’s interscholastic athletic competition in particular. She began laying the groundwork when she first started at West Chester High School in 1954 and carried her advocacy on to the new Lakota High School through the first five years of its existence.

She fought for and won after school gym time for girls, something that had previously been denied. This enabled her to train the volleyball teams that represented Lakota, and to also implement a full intramural sports program for girls readying them for the day when expanded athletic opportunities for females would become a reality.

She persuaded then School Superintendent, D. Russell Lee, to authorize after school activity buses, so all Lakota athletes, but especially girls, very few of whom had cars, could participate in after school athletic activities.

In addition to her many other duties, which included teaching history, and training Miami University student teachers in physical education, Miss Puthoff supported boys athletics by coaching Lakota’s first cheerleading squads.