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NAME: Drew Rom
SCHOOL: Highlands High School
SPORT(S): Baseball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Perfect Game All-American
BIRTHDATE: 12/15/99
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6'2"-185 lbs.
RESIDENCE: Ft. Thomas, Ky.
PARENTS: Mark & Gail
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: Both Parents
FUTURE GOAL: Play baseball professionally or neuroscience research

One of the top-ranked high school baseball teams in the state, Highlands is led by senior Drew Rom, a Rawlings and Perfect Game Baseball All-American who this season was named pre-season all-state by the Kentucky state coaches association.

A three-year varsity starter, Drew, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder, is currently 5-4 on the mound with 70 Ks and a 2.10 ERA. He is hitting .324.

He is coming off an all-star junior campaign. On the mound, he was 9-3, striking out 117 batters while notching a 1.39 ERA. He also hit .377 at the plate with nine doubles, a homerun and a .511 OBP. He helped lead the Bluebirds to a third consecutive Ninth Region championship, including pitching the final five innings of the regional title-winning game. He pitched in all three Ninth Region tournament games and helped the Bluebirds become only the second Ninth Region team to win three regional titles in a row.

Drew's play last season earned many honors, including being named Northern Kentucky Player of the Year (Enquirer), NKY Div. II Player of the Year (Coaches) and 1st team all-NKY. Twice he has received all-region and all-state honors.

Drew was also a talented soccer all-star for three years, but did not play his senior season in order to concentrate on baseball. A great student with a 4.01 GPA, he will play baseball collegiately at the University of Michigan. His favorite athlete is Felipe Vazquez, favorite book is the Percy Jackson series, favorite movie is The Rookie and most-like-to-meet is Sandy Koufax.



COACH'S QUOTE – "Drew is an extremely dedicated athlete who loves to compete. Drew's competitive nature goes beyond the playing field as he is also a fantastic student. Drew is a very well rounded student-athlete."
— Jeremy Baioni, Baseball Coach



LAROSA'S 2017-2018 MVPs
J'Alyiea Smith

NAME: J'Alyiea Smith
WINNER ANNOUNCED: May 15
SCHOOL: Withrow High School
SPORT(S): Track & Field
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winning 300 hurdles at state; 3 state championships

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Justin Dreyling

NAME: Justin Dreyling
WINNER ANNOUNCED: May 8
SCHOOL: Reading High School
SPORT(S): Track & Field-Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2017 Div. II state champ in long jump

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Nicole Rawlings

NAME: Nicole Rawlings
WINNER ANNOUNCED: May 1
SCHOOL: Badin High School
SPORT(S): Softball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2017 1st team all-state

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Ryan Moore

NAME: Ryan Moore
WINNER ANNOUNCED: April 24
SCHOOL: Walton-Verona High School
SPORT(S): Wrestling
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Two-time state champion

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Amaya King

NAME: Amaya King
WINNER ANNOUNCED: April 17
SCHOOL: Mason High School
SPORT(S): Track & Field
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winning 2018 state indoor title

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Terry Durham

NAME: Terry Durham
WINNER ANNOUNCED: April 10
SCHOOL: Woodward High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winning national tournament in 2016

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Taylor Clos

NAME: Taylor Clos
WINNER ANNOUNCED: April 3
SCHOOL: Campbell County High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Golf
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Making Elite Eight

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Jaxson Hayes

NAME: Jaxson Hayes
WINNER ANNOUNCED: March 27
SCHOOL: Moeller High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Signing with University of Texas

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Anna Clephane

NAME: Anna Clephane
WINNER ANNOUNCED: March 20
SCHOOL: Scott High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Div. I basketball offers, signing with Ball State U.

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Justin Grender

NAME: Justin Grender
WINNER ANNOUNCED: March 13
SCHOOL: St. Xavier High School
SPORT(S): Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Setting 3 state records in one meet

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Hallie Heidemann

NAME: Hallie Heidemann
WINNER ANNOUNCED: March 8
SCHOOL: McAuley High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Golf
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winning nationals in 5th grade; scholarship to Ashland U.

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Noah Vigran

NAME: Noah Vigran
WINNER ANNOUNCED: February 27
SCHOOL: Indian Hill High School
SPORT(S): Diving
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: State champion, state record

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Sophie Skinner

NAME: Sophie Skinner
WINNER ANNOUNCED: February 20
SCHOOL: Notre Dame Academy
SPORT(S): Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018

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Jack Cravaack

NAME: Jack Cravaack
WINNER ANNOUNCED: February 13
SCHOOL: Madeira High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018

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Lexi Held

NAME: Lexi Held
WINNER ANNOUNCED: February 6
SCHOOL: Cooper High School
SPORT(S): Basketball, Track & Field
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018

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CJ Fredrick

NAME: CJ Fredrick
WINNER ANNOUNCED: January 30
SCHOOL: Covington Catholic High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018

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Mary Englert

NAME: Mary Englert
WINNER ANNOUNCED: January 23
SCHOOL: Madeira High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Soccer
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018

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Nick Perera

NAME: Nick Perera
WINNER ANNOUNCED: January 16
SCHOOL: St. Xavier High School
SPORT(S): Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Eagle Scout

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Allison Bloebaum

NAME: Allison Bloebaum
WINNER ANNOUNCED: January 9
SCHOOL: Mason High School
SPORT(S): Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winning 200 and 500 freestyle events at Ohio state championships

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Abby Prohaska

NAME: Abby Prohaska
WINNER ANNOUNCED: December 26
SCHOOL: Lakota West
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018

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Colin Shaw

NAME: Colin Shaw
WINNER ANNOUNCED: December 19
SCHOOL: Indian Hill High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Most school wins in basketball and football

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Anna Brinkman

NAME: Anna Brinkman
WINNER ANNOUNCED: December 12
SCHOOL: Mason High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Volleyball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: MVP National Championships in club volleyball

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Chase Wolf

NAME: Chase Wolf
WINNER ANNOUNCED: December 5
SCHOOL: St. Xavier High School
SPORT(S): Football-Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2016 Ohio State champs

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Lucy Callard

NAME: Lucy Callard
WINNER ANNOUNCED: November 28
SCHOOL: Seven Hills School
SPORT(S): Swimming, Softball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2-time state champ in 500 freestyle

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Aj Mayer

NAME: AJ Mayer
WINNER ANNOUNCED: November 21
SCHOOL: Covington Catholic High School
SPORT(S): Football-Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 3-year starter in football and basketball; National Honor Society

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Kelly Franxman

NAME: Kelly Franxman
WINNER ANNOUNCED: November 14
SCHOOL: Scott High School
SPORT(S): Volleyball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Committing to play volleyball at Xavier U.

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Jay Volpenhein

NAME: Jay Volpenhein
WINNER ANNOUNCED: November 7
SCHOOL: Anderson High School
SPORT(S): Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Honorable Mention All-State

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Mimi Stines

NAME: Mimi Stines
WINNER ANNOUNCED: October 31
SCHOOL: Summit Country Day
SPORT(S): Soccer
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winning national championship last summer

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Cameron Frazier

NAME: Cameron Frazier
WINNER ANNOUNCED: October 10
SCHOOL: St. Xavier High School
SPORT(S): Golf
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Back-to-back Ohio team champions, individual state Co-Champ

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Natalie Steibel

NAME: Natalie Steibel
WINNER ANNOUNCED: October 3
SCHOOL: Mt. Notre Dame
SPORT(S): Volleyball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winning the USAV 17 National division National Championship with club team, NKYVC

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Xavier Johnson

NAME: Xavier Johnson
WINNER ANNOUNCED: September 26
SCHOOL: Summit Country Day
SPORT(S): Football-Basketball-Track
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Named 1st team all-state

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Gracey Hirsch

NAME: Gracey Hirsch
WINNER ANNOUNCED: September 19
SCHOOL: Indian Hill High School
SPORT(S): Tennis
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Doubles third at state with sister Hayley and named 1st team all-state

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Dan Bolden

NAME: Dan Bolden
WINNER ANNOUNCED: September 12
SCHOOL: Colerain High School
SPORT(S): Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winning GMC championship each year

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Ali Thompson

NAME: Ali Thompson
WINNER ANNOUNCED: September 5
SCHOOL: Ursuline Academy
SPORT(S): Volleyball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Reigning GGCL and Cincinnati Player of the Year

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Dustin Horter

NAME: Dustin Horter
WINNER ANNOUNCED: August 29
SCHOOL: Lakota East High School
SPORT(S): Cross Country-Track
GRADUATING YEAR: 2018
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: AAU 1,500 national champ; Ohio state CC champ, indoor 1,600 cham

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