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2005-06 LAROSA'S HIGH SCHOOL MVPS OF THE YEAR
SINCE 1986, LAROSA'S HAS BEEN GREATER CINCINNATI'S ONLY ORGANIZATION TO NAME THE YEAR'S TOP HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES. THIS YEAR, BECAUSE THE FEMALE ATHLETES HAVE BEEN SO STRONG, WE HAVE A TIE VOTE. PLEASE JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING THE THREE LAROSA'S MVPs OF THE YEAR FOR 2005/2006!

Connor Smith
Connor Smith

Colerain High School
Class of 2006
Football-Basketball-Track & Field


Colerain senior offensive lineman Connor Smith was a dominating force on the football field for the Cardinals, and a key cog his junior year in the team's 15-0 record and the Ohio state Division I championship. Connor was GMC Conference Offensive Player of the Year... Cincinnati Div. I Player of the Year... Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year... a 1st team Parade Magazine All-American and a U.S. Army All-American who played in the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. He was also named the area's Offensive Lineman of the Year by the Anthony Munoz Foundation and was finalist for the National Football Foundation's local chapter's "That's My Boy Award." Connor also played two years of basketball and three years of track & field in discus and shot put during his varsity career at Colerain. Connor is following in his father's footsteps – his dad Joe was an offensive lineman at The Ohio State University -- and that's where Connor will suit up next season, playing for the Buckeyes. CONGRATULATIONS, CONNOR!


Angela Bizzarri
Angela Bizzarri

Mason High School
Class of 2006
Cross Country-Track


Running superstar Angela Bizzarri has won eight Ohio state running championships – two in cross country and six in track, along the way setting many area and school records. She was the Ohio Div. I cross country champion her freshman and junior years, and was state runnerup her senior year. In track, Angela was the Ohio state champion in the 3,200 run her freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years, becoming the only female runner in Ohio history to win the Div. I state championship in the 3,200 run four years in a row. She was named 1st team all-state each year as well as Southwest Ohio Track Runner of the Year. Angela ran a 10:39.55 in the 3,200 at this year's Tennessee Volunteer Classic, recording the fastest time in Cincinnati girls' track history. She also has the city record in the 1,600 run. Angela this year was the first runner in school history to qualify for state in four different events, and has had her jersey retired. She will run next year – and study bio-engineering -- at the University of Illinois. CONGRATULATIONS, ANGELA!

MVP of the Week -
May 9, 2006


Emily Thompson
Emily Thompson

Taylor High School
Class of 2006
Cross Country-Track-Soccer-Basketball


Taylor's Emily Thompson is a marvel of athletic versatility... in her high school varsity career, Emily lettered 15 times in four different sports, and was named 1st team all-city four times. Emily has won five Ohio state running championships –two individual and two team championships in cross country, and one individual championship in track. She holds six school records in running. She has been Cincinnati's Div. II Cross Country Runner of the Year three times. In track, four times Emily has been named 1st team all-city. In soccer, (played during cross country season) this past season she scored 23 goals and was named 1st team all-conference, all-city and all-Southwest Ohio. In basketball, Emily averaged 23 points-11 rebounds a game during the regular season and was named Conference Player of the Year... 1st team all-city... 2nd team all-Southwest Ohio District... honorable mention all-state... and was selected to play in the Cincinnati East-West All-Star Game. Emily will run next season at the Ohio State University. CONGRATULATIONS, EMILY!

MVP of the Week -
September 13, 2005


LAROSA'S 2005 MVPs
Sondra Nieporte NAME: Sondra Nieporte
SCHOOL: Lloyd Memorial High School
SPORT(S): Track-Cross Country
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Defending Kentucky Class AA state champ in 1,600 will run at Eastern Kentucky University.


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William Johnson NAME: William Johnson
SCHOOL: Lakota East High School
SPORT(S): Track-Football
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior track star has an Ohio state championship in 3,200 relay.



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Lisa Ruth NAME: Lisa Ruth
SCHOOL: Bishop Brossart High School
SPORT(S): Track & Field
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: As a junior, Lisa was Kentucky Post's Northern Kentucky Field Athlete of the Year.



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Brad Brookbank NAME: Brad Brookbank
SCHOOL: St. Xavier High School
SPORT(S): Baseball-Football
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 1st-team all-city in 2 sports – baseball and football.



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Angela Bizzarri NAME: Angela Bizzarri
SCHOOL: Mason High School
SPORT(S): Track-Cross Country
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS:Won 5 Ohio state track and cross country championships and featured in Sports Illustrated.


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Shea Harry NAME: Shea Harry
SCHOOL: Ross High School
SPORT(S): Baseball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 4-year starter at catcher hit .451 and a city-record 16 home runs last year.



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Karen Simmons NAME: Karen Simmons
SCHOOL: Loveland High School
SPORT(S): Fast-Pitch
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior pitcher last year went 19-3 and was named 1st team all-city.



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Matt Klausing NAME: Matt Klausing
SCHOOL: Elder High School
SPORT(S): Baseball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior pitcher went undefeated (8-0) last year for Ohio Div. I state champs.



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Anna Canelas NAME: Anna Canelas
SCHOOL: Highlands High School
SPORT(S): Tennis
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior tennis star has played varsity since 6th grade and was last year's NKY Player of the Year.


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Chris Curley NAME: Chris Curley
SCHOOL: Beechwood High School
SPORT(S): Baseball-Football
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior 3rd baseman & pitcher hit .524 as a junior while knocking 13 home runs.



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Jennifer McKee NAME: Jennifer McKee
SCHOOL: Hamilton High School
SPORT(S): Fast-Pitch
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Pitcher last year went 21-3 with 4 no-hitters and 12 shutouts; named 1st team all-state.


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Adrian Graves NAME: Adrian Graves
SCHOOL: Hughes High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Nike and Adidas All-American shooting guard will play for Xavier University
next year.


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Ashlee Bridge NAME: Ashlee Bridge
SCHOOL: Princeton High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Volleyball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2-sport (basketball-volleyball) star for the Vikings will play basketball next season at Vanderbilt University.


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Robbie Aylor NAME: Robbie Aylor
SCHOOL: Ryle High School
SPORT(S): Wrestling
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior was last year's Kentucky state wrestling champion in 140 lb. weight class.



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Myia McCurdy NAME: Myia McCurdy
SCHOOL: Winton Woods High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: USA Today Top 25 player will play at Rutgers next season.



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Ben Haarman NAME: Ben Haarman
SCHOOL: St. Bernard-Elmwood Place High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: One of Cincinnati's best small school players scored 35 vs. Milford Christian.



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Katelyn Luckman NAME: Katelyn Luckman
SCHOOL: St. Henry High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Volleyball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior 2-sport star (basketball-volleyball) will play volleyball next year at Samford U.


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Kyle Greene NAME: Kyle Greene
SCHOOL: Turpin High School
SPORT(S): Swimming
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: NISCA/Speedo All-American will swim at University of Kentucky.



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Rachel Lantry NAME: Rachel Lantry
SCHOOL: Holy Cross High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Soccer
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2-sport star (basketball-soccer) will play basketball next season at NKU.



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Josh Chichester NAME: Josh Chichester
SCHOOL: Lakota West High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Football
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: All-city 2-sport star will play football and basketball next year at Ohio State University.


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Kasey Carpenter NAME: Kasey Carpenter
SCHOOL: CHCA
SPORT(S): Swimming
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: All-American swimmer is 2-time Ohio state champion who holds 9 school records.


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Michael Romes NAME: Michael Romes
SCHOOL: Beechwood High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior forward is one of Northern Kentucky's sharpshooters, averaging 24 points a game as a junior.


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Lesslee Mason-Cox NAME: Lesslee Mason-Cox
SCHOOL: Princeton High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: One of the top players in U.S. will play at Ohio State University.



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James Dews NAME: James Dews
SCHOOL: Lakota East High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: First team all-city player as a junior was named GMC Player of the Year.



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Heather Hausfeld NAME: Heather Hausfeld
SCHOOL: Roger Bacon High School
SPORT(S): Volley-Basketball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Led Spartans to 2nd consecutive Div. II Ohio state volleyball title.



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Chase Cecil NAME: Chase Cecil
SCHOOL: Highlands High School
SPORT(S): Football-Track
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 3-year starting QB for Bluebirds threw for 1,000+ yards during regular season.



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Darcie Dressman NAME: Darcie Dressman
SCHOOL: Highlands High School
SPORT(S): Cross Country-Track
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Star runner has helped Bluebirds to 4 team titles in cross country and track.



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Alex Volpenhein NAME: Alex Volpenhein
SCHOOL: Covington Catholic High School
SPORT(S): Golf
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: U. of Kentucky-bound senior twice named Northern Kentucky's Most Outstanding Golfer.


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Jenna Siemer NAME: Jenna Siemer
SCHOOL: St. Henry High School
SPORT(S): Cross Country-Track
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Two-time Class A Kentucky state champion in cross country; also track state champ.


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Sam Diehl NAME: Sam Diehl
SCHOOL: Newport Central Catholic School
SPORT(S): Football-Baseball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: QB has thrown for 3,500+ yards and led Thoroughbreds to 11-2 record last year.



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Katey Schroeder NAME: Katey Schroeder
SCHOOL: McNicholas High School
SPORT(S): Volleyball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 1st team all-city player last year and has committed to the University of Cincinnati.


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Chris Cionni NAME: Chris Cionni
SCHOOL: St. Xavier High School
SPORT(S): Football-Track
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 1st team all-city running back last year led league in rushing with 1,270 yards-15 TDs.


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Hillary Otte NAME: Hillary Otte
SCHOOL: St. Henry High School
SPORT(S): Volleyball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Last year's Northern Kentucky's Div. II Player of the Year after leading team to state Final 4.


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Mike Scherpenberg NAME: Mike Scherpenberg
SCHOOL: Indian Hill High School
SPORT(S): Football-Basketball-Baseball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: QB last season led team to 10-2 record while throwing for nearly 2,500 yards and 24 TDs.


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Natalie Marsh NAME: Natalie Marsh
SCHOOL: Walnut Hills High School
SPORT(S): Volleyball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: One of the best players in city and state will play at University of Kentucky.



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Patrick Muth NAME: Patrick Muth
SCHOOL: Beechwood High School
SPORT(S): Football-Baseball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2-sport (football-baseball) all-star; Tigers QB led team (14-1) to 9th Class A state championship; baseball shortstop led Tigers to regional and district titles; named regional tournament MVP and 1st team all-Northern Kentucky.

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Kortni Dukes NAME: Kortni Dukes
SCHOOL: Scott High School
SPORT(S): Cross Country-Track-Soccer
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Last year's Northern Kentucky cross country Runner of the Year and 1st team all-state; 2-time AAA state champion in track named state's female junior class Track Athlete of the Year; also plays soccer.

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Paul Bowen NAME: Paul Bowen
SCHOOL: Lakota East High School
SPORT(S): Football
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Last year in regular season led league and city in rushing with 1,578 yards and 20 TDs.


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Emily Thompson NAME: Emily Thompson
SCHOOL: Taylor High School
SPORT(S): Cross Country-Track-Soccer-Basketball
GRADUATING YR.: 2006
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 4-sport star already has won 5 Ohio state championships in running.



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