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CONGRATULATING THE TWO LAROSA'S MVPs OF THE YEAR FOR 2008/2009!
Mt. Notre Dame High School
Class of 2009
A McDonald's All-American nominee, Kendall Hackney and her teammates made Ohio high school basketball history this past season when the Cougars (27-1) won their 4th straight Ohio Div. I championship! A 4-year starter, Kendall was Ohio state tournament MVP both her freshman and senior years. Her incredible career record stands at 101 victories, with 10 losses. Averaging 13.3 points per game this season, she earned numerous honors, including this year's Miss Ohio Basketball, Ohio High School Player of the Year, 1st team all-state and Cincinnati Player of the Year. Kendall is also a 4.0 student and president the school’s National Honor Society. Active in community service and her church ministry, Kendall will continue her fine play at Northwestern University.
Elder High School
Class of 2009
Orlando Scales was the #1 rated high school wrestler in the USA in the 215 lb. weight class. He is an All-American in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, a rare feat. Unstoppable last year (39-0), he won the Ohio state Div. I championship for the 2nd straight year and was named GCL and Cincinnati Wrestler of the Year, as well as 1st team all-state honors. "Orlando is a kid that comes along only a couple of times in a coach’s lifetime," says coach Dick McCoy. He holds numerous school wrestling records. Also an outstanding defensive football player, Orlando helped the Panthers to the Ohio runner-up title and was named 1st team all-GCL South, 1st team all-city, 1st team SWO district and special mention all-Ohio. Orlando will wrestle at Notre Dame College (Ohio) next season.
NAME: Luke Maile SCHOOL: Covington Catholic SPORT(S): Baseball-Basketball GRADUATING YEAR: 2009 GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: Two-time baseball NKY Player of the Year will play next season at the University of Kentucky.
NAME: Hannah Gadd SCHOOL: Highlands SPORT(S): Diving GRADUATING YEAR: 2009 ACCOMPLISHMENTS:Senior is 3-time regional champ in diving and also Kentucky state runner-up 3 times; in August, won AAU national platform competition in Florida's 17-year-old division; National Honor Society.
NAME: Steve McFarland SCHOOL: Boone County High School SPORT(S): Basketball GRADUATING YEAR: 2009 ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior averaged 11.2 points, 6 rebounds, 4.2 assists per game last season for 21-8 Rebels; twice named to Kentucky District 33 all-tournament team; 1st team all-NKY; will play next season at Georgetown College; top academic student.
NAME: Daniel Rod SCHOOL: Anderson High School SPORT(S): Football-Basketball-Baseball GRADUATING YEAR: 2009 GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: "Leading team to 2007 Ohio Div. II state championship; scoring winning TD in last seconds to beat Turpin in regional game."