2004 Inductees

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2004 Inductees

Ayanna Brown Davis

Steve Cuntz

Louis Dissel

Marlin Graden

Leah Hanna Crouch

Josh Hutson

Shaun LaSance

Bea Milligan

Thik Phou

Richie Root

Randy Smith

Amy Toms Glover


Ayanna Brown (Davis)

Lakota High School Class of 1994: Golf, volleyball & basketball  

 Ayanna earned 4 varsity letters playing volleyball, basketball, and golf in the two years she attended Lakota. She is best known for her achievements on the links where she was the MVP of two Thunderbird golf teams.

In 1993, she was the medallist in the first Greater Miami Conference golf tournament ever held and led her team to the GMC championship in that inaugural event.

In that same year, Ayanna became the first Lakota girls golfer to qualify for the Ohio State Golf Championship tournament and was also named to the Ohio Golf Coaches Association's All-Southwest Ohio 1st team.

After graduating from Lakota, Ayanna accepted a full golfing scholarship to Grambling State University where she played the #1 position for the women's team. She was named to the All-Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Women's Golf Team in 1995 and 1996. In the spring of 1995, Ayanna was inducted into the Earl Lester Cole Honors College. Transferring to the University of Toledo in the winter of 1997, she graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 1999.

In June 2000, Ayanna married a former classmate, Grady Davis, Jr., and both now reside in Orlando, Florida. She is currently working in management for RJReynolds.

Steve Cuntz

Lakota High School Class of 1972: Football 

 Steve was a hard-driving running back and hard-hitting defender on three Lakota varsity football teams. In his senior year, he led the Thunderbirds to a then best ever record of 8-2.

In the 14 years Lakota played in the Mid Miami League, he was the only Thunderbird to be named to as many as three All Mid Miami League teams. He was an All Mid Miami League 1st Team selectee in his senior season.

Steve's 2,807 career rushing yards set a record which stood for nearly a decade and has been exceeded by only three other Lakota district players in the 32 years since.

He attended Xavier University on a football scholarship. Although the University dropped the sport in 1974, his scholarship was still honored and he made the Dean's List and received a BSBA degree in Accounting. Steve followed this up with an MBA in Finance in 1980.

Beginning his career as an accountant for HB Fuller Company, Steve then worked his way up through the company of URI Electronics and then founded BlueStar in Northern Kentucky, a specialty distributor of point-of-sale and automatic identification electronics. Named "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2003, his company is now international.

Louis Dissel

Lakota High School Class of 1997: Swimming 

 Louis was a four-year varsity letter winner in swimming and the team MVP in his senior season. He holds or shares three retired Lakota swimming records two of which still stand as Lakota district records.

In his senior season, he won four first place medals at the GMC championship meet and was named GMC Swimmer of the Year.

Louis was also a four-time finalist in both the prestigious Southwest Ohio Coaches Classic meet and the State final meet.

Earning a full swimming scholarship to Xavier University, he set five school records. One still stands today -- the 100-yard breaststroke. Louis was team captain and MVP and only male swim team representative on the Student Advisory Council all four years of college. he was on the Dean's List and in 2001 graduated with a double major in Finance and Marketing.

In 2001, Louis started working with Morgan Stanley and is now a Certified Financial Planner with the company in Birmingham, Alabama.

Marlin Graden

Lakota High School Class of 1981: Football 

 Even after 20 years since leaving the gridiron, Marlin's name still appears in the Lakota district football record books. He capped his career as a Mid Miami Conference 1st team honoree his senior season.

He is the only Lakota district player to rush for over 1,000 yards in three different seasons and his career rushing total of 3,604 yards stands as the district's all-time record. In the 42 years of Lakota athletic history, no one ever carried the football more often or further than Marlin.

One the baseball field, Marlin was a three-year varsity letter winner as a catcher and outfielder. In his senior year, he was 1st Team All Conference as a catcher.

Today, Marlin has a management position in the citrus industry.

Leah Hanna (Crouch)

Lakota High School Class of 1994: Tennis, basketball & softball 

 Leah excelled in three varsity sports -- tennis, basketball, and softball earning All-GMC 1st Team honors in each. She was awarded nine varsity letters, received five All-GMC Team selections, and was a significant contributor to three GMC championship teams, one in tennis and two in softball.

Along with her doubles partner, Leah finished fourth in the Ohio Division 1 State Tennis Tournament, the highest finish ever attained in Lakota tennis history.

A three-year varsity starter in basketball, she led the team in scoring for two seasons and her career total of 770 points still ranks 8th in Lakota district girls basketball.

Leah received a softball and tennis scholarship to Northern Kentucky University where she graduated in 1998 with a degree in Accounting. While at Northern, she was on the softball Conference 2nd Team her junior and senior years and was also the '97-'98 Team Athlete of the Year for Northern.

Today, Leah is comptroller for a contract packing company and is due to deliver her first child.

Josh Hutson

Lakota/Lakota West Class of 1998:  Soccer 

 Josh was the Greater Cincinnati boys soccer Player of the Year in 1997. He was the first and only one of two Lakota boys players to be accorded that honor.

He holds the Lakota district single season goals scored record of 29. In the same year, Josh played significant minutes in the defensive sweeper position contributing to a team record for lowest goals allowed.

Josh was the first Lakota West two-time All GMC 1st Team selectee and contributed to GMC team championships in both of those years.

Receiving a soccer scholarship, Josh attended Wright State University and started on their soccer team the entire four years. He was captain of his team in the 2001-02 season and nominated to the All-Conference Team in 2001.

Graduating in 2003 with two degrees in Marketing and Financial Services, Josh is currently a pharmaceutical sales representative for GlaxoSmithKline.

Shaun LaSance

Lakota High School Class of 1997: Golf 

 Shaun was the first Lakota player to win an individual GMC boys golf championship and one of only three to achieve this feat in the 24 years of Lakota's GMC membership. He was the first and is still the only Lakota player to win a district golf championship.

In 1996, Shaun won a school record of three tournaments and was named to the first Cincinnati All-Metro Golf 1st Team consisting of the five best players in Southwest Ohio.

Shaun attended the University of Cincinnati receiving a degree in Finance. while there, he was a member of the men's golf team.

Today, Shaun is employed at the Cincinnati Insurance Company in Fairfield.

Bea Milligan

Lakota/Lakota East Class of 1998: Basketball & Track 

 Bea is the only Lakota athlete in the last 26 years to win as many as 12 varsity letters and was a key member of six GMC championship teams, three in basketball and three in cross country.

She started every game of her four-year varsity basketball career at the demanding point guard position setting the Lakota district basketball record for assists in a career with 298 and scored 961 points, still the fourth highest total in district history for girls basketball. Bea set the Lakota East girls single game scoring record of 32, which has been tied but never exceeded.

When not on the basketball court, Bea was also a member of the 3200-meter relay team that won the silver medal in the Division 1 State championship track meet and set a Lakota district record that still stands.

Bea attended Vassar and played on their basketball team. Today,. she teaches Freshman English at Mason High School.

Thik Phou

Lakota High School Class of 1993: Soccer & wrestling

 Thik has left his mark both as a soccer player (where he won two varsity letters) and as a wrestler (where he earned three more).

He was accorded All-GMC 2nd Team honors on Lakota's GMC championship team as a junior and All-GMC 1st Team honors and All-Southwest Ohio 1st Team honors as he helped lead the Thunderbirds to yet another GMC championship in his senior season.

As a wrestler, Thik accumulated 105 victories becoming the first Lakota wrestler to win over 100 matches in only three seasons. He contributed to two GMC championship teams and was the MVP of one. He was a GMC individual champion, a sectional champion, a district placer, and a state qualifier in his final season as a Thunderbird.

Thik attended Miami University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Education. He wrestled at Miami for two years.

Currently, Thik is a teacher and soccer coach for Lakota East. In 2001-03, he also coached Lakota East freshman wrestling.

Richie Root

Lakota/Lakota East Class of 1998: Wrestling 


At the time of his graduation, Richie's 117 wins was the highest total ever achieved by a Lakota wrestler and still ranks fourth all-time in the storied 34-year history of Lakota wrestling.

He contributed to a GMC team championship as a freshman and went on to be the team MVP in each of his three remaining seasons.

Richie was a three-time state qualifier and two-time state placer with finishes of 5th and 4th. He was also a three-time GMC individual champion, and Lakota's first four-time sectional champion, a feat that has been duplicated only once since his graduation.

After leaving Lakota, Richie attended Ohio University for a short time, while there, he became involved with a youth group called "Young Life" and decided that ministry work was what he really wanted to do. He left OU and enrolled in bible study courses at Miami University.

Today, Richie is in his third year at the University of Nations where he combines schooling with ministry co-op work. His present location is Thiland and Cambodia.

Randy Smith

Lakota High School Class of 1978: Basketball & cross country 


Randy was a three-year varsity starter in basketball and a three-year varsity cross country runner earning All Mid Miami League 1st Team honors in both sports.

As one of Lakota's top all-time leading scorers and an exceptional outside basketball shooter, Randy led the Mid Miami League in scoring with 20.1 points per game in his senior season, even without the benefit of today's three-point field goal. He was team captain and MVP on the varsity basketball team his senior year and was recognized by the league with a 1st Team All Mid-Miami League selection. Randy also made 1st Team All Golden Triangle and was nominated as a McDonald All-American.

Receiving a basketball scholarship to West Liberty State in West Virginia, Randy graduated in 1982 with a BS degree and followed with a MB degree from Webster College in Indiana. While attending college, Randy scored over 1,000 points and is a member of the 1000 Point Club.

Prior to his death in 1985, Randy was employed as a District Manager for Goodyear Company.

Amy Toms (Glover)

Lakota High School Class of 1995: Soccer 

 Amy attended Lakota for three years and was a starter on three varsity soccer teams leading two of those teams to GMC championships.

Her Lakota district record of 32 shutouts by a female goalkeeper still ranks in the top 10 in the State and her record of 15 shutouts in a season is still tied for 5th all-time in the State of Ohio. She was the goalkeeper for the first Lakota soccer team to reach the State final four. Her best year was in 1994 when the team was 10-0 in the GMC and Amy allowed only three goals.

She was the first Lakota soccer player (boy or girl) to be selected to two All-State teams, the first girl to be named All-State 1st Team, and the first athlete in any sport, boys or girls, to receive All-American honors.

Upon Graduation from Lakota, Amy attended the University of South Carolina on a soccer scholarship. In her sophomore year, she transferred to Wright State University (continuing her soccer scholarship) and graduated with a Communications degree. At Wright State, Amy was voted All-Newcomer to the NCC Conference and 2nd Team All-NCC.

Currently, Amy and her family reside in Hawaii where her husband, Jason, is in his 10th year with the U.S. Army.