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Lakota High School class of 1968: Track & Field
Bob Chatman was a three year letterman in track and field serving as the team captain in both his junior and senior years.
In 1967, Chatman, a discus thrower, became Lakota’s first qualifier for the state track and field championship’s. After finishing 10th at the 1967 state meet, Chatman returned to become Lakota’s first state placer by finishing 6th in the discus competition in 1968.
Chatman set the school discus record at 171 feet 9 inches in 1968. Thirty two season’s have since come and gone and his record still stands, the oldest in the annals of Lakota track and field and the oldest sports record in the 42 year history of the Lakota school district.
Chatman was twice the Mid-Miami league champion, and in his senior season he won district and regional championships en route to the state meet. A model of consistency, he finished first in every meet he entered in his senior year, except the state meet, and was named all-Cincinnati first team as one of his post season honors.
Chatman went on to graduate from the United States Air Force Academy where he also excelled at track and field. Following a distinguished career in the Air Force he has since become a Senior Scientist at the Raytheon Systems Co.
Lakota High School class of 1974: Basketball, baseball & cross country
Dave Gschwind played basketball, baseball, and ran cross country, earning eight varsity letters in all.
In basketball, Gschwind was named as the Lakota MVP, Mid Miami League player of the year and Butler county player of the year at the end of his senior season. In addition he was named to the District 15 (Butler, Warren, Montgomery, and Preble counties) coaches first team, and was an all-Ohio team honorable mention. These honors culminated a three year varsity basketball career. An explosive scorer, Gschwind’s averaged 22.6 points per game in 1974, a mark that still ranks in the Lakota all-time top five. His school record of 181 field goals made in a season stood for 11 years.
Gschwind earned three varsity letters in baseball. As a pitcher, his earned run average of 0.531, established a new Lakota single season record in 1974.
He also earned varsity letters in 1973 and 1974 as a member of the Firebird cross country team.
Gschwind went on compete in basketball at Northern Arizona University. Today he is a partner at 1st City Mortgage Bank and is active in community youth sports having served as the 1998-99 president of the Lakota Tomahawk Youth Basketball Program in addition to serving as a youth coach.
Lakota High School class of 1984: Cross country & track
Brian Hill ran cross country and track, earning seven varsity letters in all.
In 1983 Hill made his third trip to the state cross country championship meet where he led Lakota to their first ever state championship in any sport. Hill paved the way for this championship by winning the state silver medal in the individual competition. He had already established himself as one of the premier runners in Ohio having finished 6 th in the 1982 state meet. He was twice honored as a first team all-state runner in cross country and in 1983 he was named the Cincinnati runner of the year. He earned all-GMC first team honors three times, the first coming in his freshman year making him the only freshman ever to be so honored in boys cross country.
Hill was also a standout distance runner on three Lakota track and field teams.He earned three varsity letters before being forced to miss his senior season due to injury. He set a new Lakota 3200 meter run record as a sophomore then lowered that record on several subsequent occasions. His best time in the 3200 meter run stood as the Lakota record for 13 years. Even though his track career was foreshortened by injury, it was not before he gained all-Cincinnati first team honors as a junior in 1983.
A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Brian Hill is today employed in the Tech Marketing industry.
Lakota High School class of 1971: Basketball & cross country
Gene Hutzelman won successive team Most Valuable Player awards for his outstanding contributions during his junior and senior basketball seasons.
Hutzelman was awarded all-Mid Miami league honors in both 1970 and 1971. He was both the scoring and assist leader for Lakota during the 1970-71 season as he led the Thunderbirds to their first winning season in seven years, and with 13 victories the winningest season in the first 13 years of Lakota’s existence. In addition to being named team MVP and to the MML first team in 1971, his contributions were further recognized by his also being named to the District 15 (Butler, Warren, Montgomery, and Preble counties) coaches association all star team. Both a play maker and a scorer, Hutzelman ended his career as Lakota’s all time assist leader and with a 15.8 point per game scoring average which still ranks 6th on the district all-time career scoring average list.
Hutzelman also earned varsity letters while competing in cross country.
A graduate of Miami University, Gene Hutzelman is currently the assistant superintendent for Hamilton City schools.
Lakota High School class of 1965: basketball, tennis & volleyball
Herb Kalbi was an explosive scorer in basketball and a three sport varsity athlete.
Over the course of the 1964-65 season Kalbi scored over 35 points in a game on three separate occasions. He is one of only two Lakota players ever to accomplish this feat and was the first to do so. Kalbi’s highest single game effort was 38 points against Eaton. Kalbi, a co-captain of the 1964-65 team, led that team in scoring averaging 21 points per game. He is one of only six players in Lakota boys basketball history to average over 20 points per game for a season. Kalbi earned two varsity letters in basketball and was named the team MVP at the conclusion of his senior season.
In addition to his basketball accomplishments, Kalbi also earned two varsity letters in tennis and one in volleyball.
A graduate of Miami University, Herb Kalbi is currently the owner of his own business, Specialty Flooring Systems.
Lakota High School Coach
As coach of the Lakota girls varsity soccer team for 11 seasons, 1979-1989, Linda Neff became the winningest girls soccer coach in school history. She also contributed to the development of girls sports in a combined basketball and soccer coaching career that spanned 14 years and 17 seasons, all at Lakota.
Taking over a struggling girls soccer program in 1979, Neff went on to establish the Thunderbirds as one of the most successful teams in Southwest Ohio. Under her direction the Firebirds won over 64 % of their games playing a schedule which she had significantly upgraded. Her 121 wins still stands as the Lakota district record for girls soccer. Neff was recognized for her efforts by being named the Southwest Ohio coach of the year in 1981. She was also named the Greater Miami Conference coach of the year four times with her teams winning the conference championship in each of those years. She took three teams to the final eight in state tournament competition and her 1988 team’s season record of 19-2-1 has yet to be exceeded by any Lakota girls soccer team.
Neff was a pioneer of Lakota girls coaching. She was named the first ever Hopewell girls 8th grade basketball coach in 1976 and then went on to become the first Lakota 9th grade coach in 1979. She was the head coach for both the girls basketball and soccer teams for two seasons. Her 1982-83 girls varsity basketball team finished second in the Greater Miami Conference the best finish by any Lakota team in the first 14 years of league membership.
A graduate of Sterling College, where she lettered in basketball, Linda Neff currently teaches physical education at the Lakota Freshman school . She was selected as Ohio’s Secondary Physical Educator of the Year in 1998.
Lakota High School class of 1983: Tennis
A 1983 Lakota graduate, Mike Peterson played four seasons of varsity tennis leading Lakota to their one and only GMC championship in 1981.
In 1981, Peterson’s second varsity season, his first singles record was an all-time Lakota best of 22-2. He was the GMC singles champion, the first of only two Lakota players to ever win this championship. Peterson also won the sectional championship and advanced to the District quarterfinals. His post season honors included being named to the all-Cincinnati first team.
After missing most of the 1982 season with medical problems, Peterson rejoined the team in time to win his only two singles matches. He then teamed up on a doubles team which won 7 of 10 matches and advanced through the sectional to the district tournament.
As a senior Peterson returned to his old first singles spot winning 17 more matches and became the first Lakota player to qualify for the state tournament.
A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Mike Peterson now serve as a Major in the Air Force and is presently attending the Air Command College in Alabama.
Lakota High School class of 1995: Soccer, track & basketball
Jonelle Riley earned 11 varsity letters while competing in soccer, track, and basketball.
Riley played on four varsity soccer teams and was voted all-GMC honorable mention as a sophomore, all-GMC 2nd team as a junior, and all-GMC 1st team as a senior. She was a starter on two GMC championship teams and in her senior year she was a co-captain of the first Lakota team to advance to the state final four.
In basketball Riley played on three varsity teams and was named all-GMC 2nd team as a junior, and all-GMC 1st team as a senior. In her senior year she served as team captain of the first Lakota girls basketball team to win a GMC championship and the first Lakota team to either play in or win a district tournament thereby advancing to the state final 16. She led the team in both scoring and steals and earned team MVP honors. Her career steals per game record of 4.5 still stands.
Riley also starred as a hurdler in track where she earned four of her eleven varsity letters. She received her third all-GMC first team award of the 1994-95 school year when she won the conference 300 meter hurdles championship. Riley still holds the Lakota district 100 meter hurdles record of 15.15 seconds, as well as the district 300 meter hurdles record of 44.67 seconds. She set the latter record while finishing 4th in the 1995 Ohio division I championship meet.
Riley was the 1995 recipient the Pringle Award which is given annually to the male and female athletes in the senior class who have been judged to have had the most outstanding career achievements.
A graduate of Xavier University, which she attended on a basketball grant-in-aid, Jonelle Riley is currently pursuing a masters degree in psychology while simultaneously teaching and coaching at Aiken high school.
Lakota High School class of 1966: Basketball & cross country
Harlan Rogers was a three year standout in basketball and also a member of the varsity cross country team.
Rogers record of 325 rebounds in a season, an average of over 17 per game, set in 1965-66, has never been challenged in the 35 years since his graduation. Rogers also led the Thunderbirds in scoring with an average of 20.1 ppg in his senior season. His outstanding combination of scoring and rebounding earned him MVP honors for both Lakota and the entire Southern Ohio Conference which had earlier named him to the all-conference first team.
After attending both the University of Cincinnati and Miami University, Harlan Rogers has gone on to become a manager with the Cinergy Corporation.
Lakota High School class of 1994: Football & basketball
Lamont Smith was a three year starter on both the varsity football and varsity basketball teams.
Playing both ways in football as a running back and a linebacker Smith was named to all-GMC football teams in both his junior and senior seasons. As a senior Smith had the rare honor of being selected as an all-GMC player on both the league’s defensive and offensive teams. He was further honored by selection to all-Butler county and all-Cincinnati teams.
During the 1991-92 basketball season Smith, then a sophomore, was the youngest starter on Lakota’s state division I championship team. He led the 1991-92 team in quarters played and was the teams second leading rebounder. When his basketball career ended at the conclusion of the 1994 season Smith had added two more all-GMC team selections to his laurels.
Smith was the 1994 recipient the Pringle Award which is given annually to the male and female athletes in the senior class who have been judged to have had the most outstanding career achievements.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, which he attended on a football grant-in-aid, Lamont Smith is currently enrolled in the Atlanta School of Chiropractic Medicine.
Lakota High School class of 1995: Soccer & track and field
Carrie Staber excelled in both soccer and track and field.
Staber was a starting forward on four varsity soccer teams. She was the teams leading scorer in each of her last three seasons, leading the team to GMC championships in both 1993 and 1994. Her four year total of 61 goals scored is currently the Lakota district record. Staber also twice led the team in assists. In 1994 she served as co-captain of the first Lakota soccer team to reach the state final four where she got her 26th and final goal of the season leaving her just one goal short of the Lakota single season record. She was named to three all-GMC soccer teams and was an all-GMC first team selectee in both 1993 and 1994. She was selected to the all-Butler County first team, all-Cincinnati first team, and all-state. She was the first Lakota player to be selected as the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Soccer Player-Of-The-Year.
In the 1994 post season, Staber was chosen to play in the Cincinnati East-West game and the All-Ohio All Star Game and was selected as the MVP of both.
Staber also ran for the track team in both her freshman and sophomore years. She was a member of relay teams which garnered all-GMC honors and qualified for the state meet in both of the years of her participation.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, which she attended on a soccer grant-in-aid, Carrie Staber is now employed by the Staber Group, a customer relations firm.
Lakota High School class of 1960: Baseball, football, cross country, basketball, & track
Don Taylor is the only Lakota athlete known to have competed at the varsity level in five different sports, earning a total of eleven varsity letters.
Taylor started his high school career at Lakota’s forerunner, West Chester high, where he competed in baseball, cross country, basketball, and track. He finished his career at the newly opened Lakota high, where he was a member of the district’s first ever football team as well as the basketball and baseball teams.
A standout infielder and pitcher, Taylor was a three year starter in baseball. In 1960 he struck out 18 batters in a single game setting a school district record which still stands.
He was likewise a three year starter in basketball making the all-Butler county second team as a junior and first team as a senior.
Taylor also ran two years of track and two years of cross country contributing to West Chester’s 1958 county cross country championship.
A graduate of Wilmington College, where he played football, Don Taylor is currently the sales manager for the Horstmann-Steinberg company.
Lakota High School class of 1990: Gymnastics
Ken Weber was a the teams number one gymnast in each of his four varsity seasons.
Weber was the 1990 Ohio state champion on the high bar and in floor exercise. He also took third in pommel horse and was the state bronze medalist in the all-around competition. Prior to the state championship Weber had been undefeated in every event he entered in his senior season. At the conclusion of the 1990 Ohio high school season, Weber was named to the all-state gymnastics team for the third time. As one of the top three gymnasts in Ohio he was also invited to compete in the National high school championship meet. Weber’s name stands alone in the Lakota record book as the holder of all existing gymnastics records.
A graduate of Kent State University, where he attended on a gymnastics grant-in-aid, Ken Weber currently works in Tech Marketing for the General Casting Company.