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Laura Day (Perkins)
Lindsay Zinn (Cordes)
Lakota High School Class of 1981: Football & Track
Doug was the premier football lineman of his era at Lakota playing three varsity seasons, the final two as a two-way starter. He was accorded All-Conference honors in the Mid- Miami League in 1979 and the Greater Miami Conference in 1980.
In 1980, Doug was selected to the All-Butler County (then called Golden Triangle) First Team for football.
Doug was a stalwart on both lines for the 1979 team which held five opponents scoreless and allowed an average of only 4.4 points per game. Both of these records for defensive achievement still stand.
Doug also set individual records as a two-year varsity letter winner as a track and field weight man. He set a shot put record in his senior season which stood for four years.
LAURA DAY (Perkins)
Lakota East Class of 1999: Softball
Laura was the first Lakota district softball player to be named to two All-Ohio teams.She was selected to the First Team in 1999 and was Honorable Mention the previous year.
Laura was an All-Southwest Ohio District First Team and a Cincinnati Enquirer All-City First Team selectee in both 1998 and 1999. In 1999, she struck out 221 batters, the highest total in the Cincinnati metro area.
The Greater Miami Conference coaches voted Laura to three All-GMC First Teams. She dominated the league both on the pitching rubber and at the plate. As a pitcher, her career earned run average was a miserly .733 and her career batting average a lofty .371.
Laura was a four-year varsity letter winner in softball. She served as team captain her final two years and was selected as the team MVP in both of those years.
Lakota West Class of 2001: Golf
Kenton is the only Lakota district golfer to twice earn All-State First Team honors and the only male golfer to ever win First Team honors. He finished tied for second in the 2000 State Tournament and carded the best score for the Firebirds state championship team.
He is the only Lakota male golfer to have competed in as many as three Ohio state tournaments.
Kenton played and led two GMC championship squads and in 2000 won individual medalist honors shooting the lowest score ever recorded in the history of the GMC tournament. This record stood for two years until the tournament was moved to another course.
Kenton was the first player in the Lakota district to break 70 for 18 holes. He did it twice, both three under par 69’s, the second to establish a GMC tournament single round record.
Lakota East Class of 2001: Track, Soccer, & Cross Country
In 2001, Erik was the Ohio Division 1 State high jump champion. He had finished 6th the previous year making him a two-time All-Ohio honoree in track and field. In 2001, he went on to place 5th in the Midwest Meet of Champions.
Erik was a two-time GMC champion. His winning jump of 6’ 9” in 2001 still stands as the Lakota East record. He is also the Lakota East record holder in the long jump with a leap of 21’ 6”.
Erik was twice selected to All-GMC teams in soccer including 1999 when he was a key contributor to the first boys soccer team in the Lakota district to play in a state final four.
In the course of his athletic career, he earned 8 varsity letters -- four in track and field, three in soccer, and one for cross country.
Lakota West Class of 2001: Baseball & Football
In 2001, Austin became the first baseball player in the Lakota district to ever be named All-Ohio First Team and is still one of only two to earn that honor.
He was both the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Post high school baseball Player of the Year in 2001 and remains only one of two Lakota players ever so honored.
Austin’s 12-0 single season won/lost record is the best in district history and was accomplished with an earned run record of 1.01 which stands as the current Lakota West record.
Austin's career wins total of 19 is also a Lakota district record as are his 5 wins in State tournament competition. His overall tournament record is an unmatched 5 wins and 1 save in 7 tournament appearances.
When not pitching, Austin took his strong arm to the outfield and was never out of the Firebird batting rotation. His 232 at bats is third all-time at West where he maintained a .319 career batting average.
Austin was also the starting quarterback for two Lakota West football teams guiding both to 7-3 winning records and Cincinnati Metro top 10 rankings.
Lakota East Class of 2001: Soccer & Football
Craig holds the Ohio High School Athletic Association record for shut outs by a soccer goalie with 42.
Craig was “in the nets” the first minute of his freshman season, the last minute of his senior season, and every minute in between; 6480 minutes in all, another OHSAA record and one that may never be matched.
In 1999, Craig’s sterling play enabled the Thunderhawks to field the first Lakota district boys soccer team to reach the final four of the State tournament. In that year, he was named to the All-GMC and All-Cincinnati First Teams.
In 2000, Craig’s honors were even more impressive. He was again named to the All-GMC and All-Cincinnati First Teams, but additionally was also selected as both the Butler County Player of the Year and the Cincinnati Player of the Year. He was also a member of the All-State First Team and the All-Midwest USA team.
Simultaneous with his senior soccer season, Craig played football as both a place kicker and punter earning All-GMC honors there as well. He kicked a 55-yard field goal, still the longest in the history of the Lakota school district and was named the MVP of the Crosstown Showdown football game.
Craig was a three-sport varsity athlete in his senior year earning letters in soccer, football, and basketball.
Lakota High School Class of 1996: Football
Kevin is one of the top Lakota football running backs of all time as evidenced by
- his rushing for 337 yards in a single game, the current district record.
- his 1640 yards rushing in the 1995 season which was the Lakota record for six years and has been exceeded by just one other player in the 48-year history of Lakota football.
- his career rushing total which ranks fourth all-time, but is the highest total ever achieved in just two seasons.
Kevin was the leading rusher on Lakota’s 1995 team, the winningest team in Lakota history at 10-2, the first Lakota team to qualify for the State tournament and the only Lakota team to record a win in State tournament competition. On Lakota’s only outright Greater Miami Conference championship team in 1995, Kevin was the second leading rusher in the conference with 882 yards and second by only 14 yards. He was named to the All-GMC First Team that year after having been named to the Second Team the previous year.
In addition to his All-GMC honors, Kevin was also named to the All-Southwest Ohio Second Team in 1995.
LINDSAY ZINN (Cordes)
Lakota East Class of 2001: Cross Country & Track
As a senior, Lindsay capped a sterling four-year running career by winning the State cross country championship in the fall and the State 1600-meter championship in the spring.
Perhaps her most remarkable achievement in a career filled with remarkable achievements came in the 2001 State track meet when Lindsay won the silver medal in the 3200-meter run just 55 minutes after she had won the 1600-meter gold medal.
Lindsay’s four seasons of cross country competition and four seasons of track each resulted in her being accorded All-State recognition. Lindsay was all but unbeatable in Greater Miami Conference competition winning nine individual championships and contributing to others in relay events. She is still the conference record holder in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs.
She competed in four varsity cross country seasons, four varsity track and field seasons, and was team MVP in each and every one of those eight seasons.
Lindsay's best cross country time has yet to be equaled by a female runner in the Lakota district and she still holds the district girls records for 1600 and 3200 meters. Additionally, she was a member of the Lakota East record setting 3200-meter relay team.