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Debbie Bennett Wright
Dr. David Bryant
Dana Thomason Simon
Debbie Bennett (Wright)
Lakota High School Class of 1989: Softball
Debbie still holds six Lakota pitching records for fast pitch softball, including most strikeouts in a career, 343, and most wins in a career, 39.
This hard-throwing right-hander pitched three no hitters. including the first, and one of only two perfect games ever thrown in the 23 year history of Lakota softball.
In addition to winning four varsity letters in softball, she excelled in volleyball, where she won three more varsity letters and was a starter on Lakota's 1987 GMC championship team.
On a partial softball scholarship, Debbie attended Bellarmine College in Louisville earning a degree in Business Administration and also received the John T Loftus Award for outstanding softball leadership.
Today, Debbie is a Senior Customer Service Representative for Republic Bank & Trust in Louisville.
Lakota/Lakota East Coach and Athletic Administrator 1970-1998
Linda coached varsity basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, and track and field at Lakota for a cumulative 32 seasons in the early days of girls interscholastic competition.
She then served 14 years as assistant athletic director where she was instrumental in building a girls sports program which became a major factor in Lakota's eight GMC All-Sports Championship title wins.
Linda was also the first athletic director for Lakota East high school and upon her retirement in 1998, she received the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association's prestigious Lifetime Service Award.
Today, Linda is the Operations Manager for a local mortgage company.
Dr. David Bryant
Lakota/Lakota East Team Doctor 1977-2001
Dr. Bryant was known to two generations of Lakota athletes as "Doc".
He was a fixture on the football sidelines for 25 years, and was always ready to apply his skill to ensure the safety and quick recovery of the players in his charge. He was extremely generous with his time when a Lakota athlete was in need of medical attention.
His dedicated service was formerly recognized by the Ohio State Medical Association, the Ohio High School Athletic Association, and the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association who jointly presented him with the Ohio Outstanding Team Physician Award in 2001.
Lakota High School Class of 1986: Basketball, track & soccer
Kelli is a Pringle award winner who earned nine varsity letters while competing in soccer, basketball, and track; earning All-GMC honors in each.
A four-year varsity soccer player, she scored one of the tie breaking shoot out goals in the win that put the Thunderbirds into the regional finals, the elite 8 of Ohio's first state girls soccer tournament.
She was a three-year varsity basketball player where her 13 steals in a game and 19 consecutively made free throw records have never been equaled. She was twice named to All-GMC basketball teams culminating in her being named All-GMC and All-Southwest Ohio 1st team, and All-State honorable mention in 1986.
Attending the University of Cincinnati on a full-baketball scholarship. Kelli was on the first UC women's team to play in the NCAA. She was also awarded defensive player of the year in 1990.
Since UC graduation, Kelli has been a buyer/manager for the Kroger Company working out of their Blue Ash buying office.
Lakota High School Class of 1990: Baseball & soccer
Kevin is another Pringle award winner who played both baseball and soccer earning All-GMC honors in both.
A two-year varsity letter winner in baseball, he was the team MVP in 1990, a year in which he was selected to the Bushnell Florida classic All-Tournament team and All-GMC 1st team as a second baseman.
He is Lakota's only three time All-GMC 1st team selected and also our only three time All-Southwest Ohio selectee in boys soccer. He was the leading scorer on two teams that were undefeated in league play and served as a captain for the 1989 GMC championship and State elite eight team.
Kevin played soccer for four years at Wright State University while receiving a degree in Biomedical Engineering and also earned a Masters degree from the University of Cincinnati in Biomechanical Engineering.
Currently employed by Summit Solutions, Kevin is an Applications Developer writing internal business tools for companies.
Lakota High School Class of 1997: Swimming
Jenny was the girls swim team MVP in both 1996 and 1997, years in which she placed her name in the Lakota swimming record book in five events. Two of these records still stand today.
At her best in the big meets, she won GMC championships in three seasons -- 1995, 1996, and 1997, also qualifying for the State final meet in those same years.
She was a captain of the 1997 SW Ohio District championship team, the only Lakota team to ever win a District championship. She was named to the All-State swim team and received national acclaim as a "Speedo" High School All-American in her senior year.
Jenny pursued her undergraduate studies at Bowling Green State University with a major of Biology and minor of Chemistry, and graduated in 2001 sum cum laude with a 4.0 GPA. During her four years at Bowling Green, she accomplished the following:
- Swim team all four years and captain her senior year 2000-01.
- 1999-00 College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Junior & Senior Biology major.
- 2000 Rhodes scholarship finalist.
- 2001 Mid-American Conference Student Athlete of the Year scholarship recipient.
- 2001 Verizon Academic All-American.
- 2001 Nominated by Bowling Green as NCAA Woman of the Year.
- 2001 Bowling Green's Most Valuable Swimmer.
- 2001 Bowling Green's Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Currently, Jenny is studying to become a doctor and is enrolled at the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo with an anticipated graduation date of 2005.
Lakota High School Class of 1967: Football & baseball
Keith starred on Lakota's first conference championship football team in 1965 and was recognized by his selection to the All-Southern Ohio Conference team as a running back. Upon Lakota's entry in the Mid-Miami League in 1966, he was again accorded All-Conference honors. He was also an All-Conference selectee for two years in baseball.
He threw 10 touchdown passes as a running back, a number that has never been equaled in Lakota school district history.
An explosive runner, his 83-yard punt return against Fenwick and his 92-yard run from scrimmage against Mason were still on the books when the Lakota high school records were retired over 20 years later.
Departing Lakota, Keith attended Miami University and lettered in freshman and varsity baseball.
The owner of Peak Performance Group, Keith currently develops digital auditory aerobics (music therapy) for autistic individuals.
Lakota High School Class of 1980: Track
Jeff was recognized as one of the best high jumpers in the United States in 1979 when he cleared seven feet and one-half inch at the Edgewood Relays, setting a Lakota record which has never been threatened in its 24 years of existence. He went on to win the bronze medal at the 1979 state meet.
In 1980, he added the long jump to his Lakota district record collection by leaping 22' 9-1/2" to finish 4th in the state track and field finals.That record also still stands today.
During Jeff's last three years of track, he competed in 44 school meets (including state tournaments) winning first place 34 times and second place 6 times. he also won first place in the long jump 14 times. The high jump and long jump school records were increased by Jeff a total of 15 times.
Jeff attended Miami University upon graduating from Lakota earning a BS degree in Education. In 1990, he returned to Lakota to serve as the jumping coach for our girls GMC championship track team.
Today, Jeff is the Vice President of Manufacturing at Printing Service Company in Springboro.
Lakota High School Class of 1977: Football, basketball & baseball
Jeff earned a total of eight varsity letters playing football, basketball, and baseball and was prevented by illness from earning two more.
He had the rare distinction of being a varsity letter winner in baseball as a freshman going on to establish new school pitching records for wins in a season, 10, and winning percentage, 83%, during his sophomore year.
Always in a position of team leadership, he earned Mid-Miami All-League honors in three sports and over five seasons -- twice as a baseball pitcher, twice as a point guard in basketball, and once as a football quarterback.
Jeff attended Roane State Junior College in Knoxville and played baseball both years. He followed this by getting a Business Management degree from Wilmington College.
Working today at the Aircraft Engine Division of General Electric, Jeff is a business leader with responsibility of the manufacturing for tool design and maintenance.
Lakota High School Class of 1971: Baseball, basketball & football
Terry won seven varsity letters -- two in baseball, two in basketball, and three in football.
In basketball, he was named to two All-Mid-Miami League teams and was a team Co-MVP with another Lakota Hall of Fame member, Gene Hutzelman.
He may best be remembered for his exploits on the gridiron where he was twice voted All-Mid-Miami League 1st team, first as a linebacker in 1969 and then as a defensive back in 1970. In his senior year, he was twice named by the Cincinnati Enquirer as the player of the week and became the first Lakota athlete to receive a full college grant-in-aid for football.
Attending Austin Peay and majoring in Special Education, Terry was a starting defensive tackle his last two years.
Today, Terry is a superintendent for Cleveland Construction and is currently working on constructing the new Bethel-Tate high school.
Dana Thomason (Simon)
Lakota High School Class of 1986: Soccer, basketball & softball
Dana was a Pringle award winner who earned 10 varsity letters playing soccer, basketball, and softball. She received All-GMC recognition in all three sports and in 7 of those 10 seasons.
She was a two-time All-GMC 1st team selectee in softball as a center fielder and maintained a four-year career batting average of .391 that still ranks in the Lakota top 10.
A key contributor to Lakota's first GMC championship soccer team in 1983, she was a team captain of our second GMC championship team. She won all-GMC 1st team laurels in both 1985 and 1986 and was Lakota's team MVP in both of those years.
Attending Radford University in Virginia on a full-soccer scholarship, Dana received a degree in Sports Medicine and followed with an Associate Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Cincinnati. Making use of this training, Dana is today a contract physical therapist assistant. She also coaches elementary soccer during the fall season at Seven Hills.
Lakota High School Class of 1986: Football & wrestling
Neil was the male Pringle award winner in his class, capping a stellar career in which he competed in three varsity seasons in both wrestling and football.
A bruising running back, he rushed for 1160 yards in 1985. His efforts resulted in a then school record 17 touchdowns and an All-GMC 1st team selection.
Twice an All-GMC honoree in wrestling, he captured the 1986 GMC 167-pound championship. In 1985, he was sectional runner-up and 4th in the Southwest Ohio district qualifying him for the state championship meet. He returned in 1986 to win the Cincinnati sectional championship and posted a record of 23 wins and 1 tie in his 27 matches.
Lakota High School Class of 1997: Basketball, volleyball & track
Brooke was the Larosa's Cincinnati Female Athlete of the Year in 1997 when she competed in volleyball, basketball, and track. Time literally does not permit a full recitation of her many conference, country, city, state, and national honors and records. Her achievements are unparalleled in the annals of Lakota athletics.
She set, and for five years held, the Cincinnati City record for the 800-meter run. She was the GMC 400-meter champion in 1996 and the 800-meter champion in 1997, and still owns the Lakota school record in both events. She qualified for the state meet three times and in multiple events, winning an 800-meter bronze medal in 1997.
In basketball, her career shot blocking total of 350, one of her many records, far exceeds the total of the rest of the top 10 shot blockers combined. She was three times All-GMC 1st team, three times Butler County Player of the Year, twice named All-State 1st team, and as a senior was named to both the Street and Smith, and USA today All-American teams.
On a full basketball scholarship, Brooke attended Florida State University major in Secondary Education and achieving numerous athletic awards during this period.
The past two summers Brooke has been with an Orlando WNBA team and is currently in the Canary Islands. In April of this year, she will be trying out for a new Connecticut WNBA team, the Mohican Sun.