Friday, March 23, 2001

Lakota adds 13 to Hall

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        WEST CHESTER TWP. - Lakota High School's shining moments in sports will be remembered next week when 13 of the school's top athletes gather to reminisce.

        They will be the third group to be inducted into the Lakota Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the Mariners Inn at 7 p.m. Thursday. The men and women were among 200 nominees considered from 1960 through 1995.

    Tickets for the dinner and ceremony are $25 each, and today is the deadline for purchasing them. Call 682-4240, Ext. 116 or 117. The Mariners Inn is at 7967 Cincinnati-Dayton Road.
        All but two still live within a 30-mile radius of the old high school, which opened in 1959, two years after the district was formed. The building is now the district's freshman school.

        “We've got a full complement of the ages,” said Athletic Director Stu Eversole. “It's really amazing. We have a lot of variety in this class. It was a tough, tough decision.”

        Each athlete must have been out of school at least five years to be considered.

        Some of the athletes, like Linda Neff, class of 1968, have returned home to teach or coach; Ms. Neff teaches physical education. Jonelle Riley, class of 1995, teaches and coaches at Cincinnati's Aiken High School.

        Inductee Gene Hutzelman is the assistant superintendent of neighboring Hamilton schools. But he spent years coaching freshmen and junior-varsity basketball at Lakota High, plus several youth teams.

        “I'm really looking forward to this,” said Mr. Hutzelman, Class of 1971. “It's a very humbling award. I was surprised and very honored by it.”

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