LaRosa's MVP LaRosa's MVP of the Year Winners
LAROSA'S MALE & FEMALE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
SINCE 1986, LAROSA'S HAS BEEN GREATER CINCINNATI'S ONLY ORGANIZATION TO NAME THE YEAR'S TOP HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES. PLEASE JOIN US IN CONGRATULATING THE TWO LAROSA'S MVPs OF THE YEAR FOR 2010-2011!

Ellen Williamson
Ellen Williamson

Notre Dame Academy
Swimming
Class of 2011


Notre Dame Academy’s swimming All-American Ellen Williamson claimed 8 Kentucky state swimming championships in her superb career. Four of the state titles came this past season in the 100 butterfly, 200 individual medley, 200 medley relay, and 400 freestyle relay – setting state record times in each event! A five-time Olympic Trials Qualifier, Ellen finished in the Top Eight in five different events at the USA Junior National championships in March. She is currently ranked No. 10 in the United States for the Class of 2011 by CollegeSwimming.com. Ellen earned numerous honors, including this year being named the state tournament MVP and 1st team all-state for the fourth time. She was also named Sportswoman of the Year by the area’s Women’s Sport Association, Region 4 Swimmer of the Year, and Conference Swimmer of the Year for the fourth time. In addition, Ellen is an academic All-American, member of National Honor Society and will swim next year at the University of Virginia.

CONGRATULATIONS, ELLEN!

MVP of the Week -
February 8th, 2011


Zach Wills
Zach Wills

Mason High School
Cross Country-Track
Class of 2011


Mason High School’s Zach Wills (also a LaRosa’s MVP of the Year finalist last year as a junior) earned five Ohio state championships in running – three in cross country and two in track. In cross country, Wills earned Ohio state titles as a sophomore, junior and senior, setting numerous records along the way. Wills twice was named Ohio Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year and three times was Cincinnati Cross Country Runner of the Year. Even though just graduating, Wills already has been named to the Ohio State Cross Country All-Decade Team. In track, he twice earned Ohio state titles in the 3,200 run. When he claimed this event in 2008, he made Ohio running history as the only freshman ever to claim the Ohio Div. I 3,200 run, and his 9:15.34 time was the second fastest time in the USA by a freshman. A 4.0 student, Wills will continue his running at Oklahoma State University.

CONGRATULATIONS, ZACH!

MVP of the Week -
August 31, 2010

2010 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

LaRosa's also congratulates five former high school athletic greats and two legendary prep coaches who were 2010 inductees into the Buddy LaRosa's High School Sports Hall of Fame.

The new Hall of Fame inductees are:

Andre Barkley Cincinnati Country Day Class of 1995
     
Dr. Beth Osterday Strange St. Ursula Academy Class of 1996
     
Bobby Brannen Moeller High School Class of 1994
     
Rocky Boiman St. Xavier High School Class of 1998
     
Steve Bell Wyoming High School Class of 1973
     
Coach Dan Bowling Hamilton High School 1983-2010
     
Coach Nell Fookes Boone County High School 1985-Current
LAROSA'S 2010-2011 MVPs
Chad Lawrence

NAME: Chad Lawrence
SCHOOL: Simon Kenton High School
SPORT(S): Baseball-Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior 2-sport all-star will continue his baseball and football career at Campbellsville University.

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Alex Caudill

NAME: Alex Caudill
SCHOOL: Lakota West High School
SPORT(S): Softball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: All-Star softball pitcher will continue her softball career at Northern Kentucky University.

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Jack Gustafson

NAME: Jack Gustafson
SCHOOL: Summit Country Day
SPORT(S): Baseball-Basketball-Golf
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior is a 3-sport all-star

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Kelley Benhase

NAME: Kelley Benhase
SCHOOL: Glen Este High School
SPORT(S): Softball-Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior 2-sport athlete will continue her softball career at Northern Kentucky University.

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Jake Overbeck

NAME: Jake Overbeck
SCHOOL: Reading High School
SPORT(S): Baseball-Football-Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: All-star in 3 sports

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Sarah Alley

NAME: Sarah Alley
SCHOOL: Milford High School
SPORT(S): Softball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior softball pitcher is the all-time strikeout leader for the Eagles and will continue her softball career at Ashland University.

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Conner Hempel

NAME: Conner Hempel
SCHOOL: Ryle High School
SPORT(S): Baseball-Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior 2-sport star will continue his football career at Harvard University

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Erika Leonard

NAME: Erika Leonard
SCHOOL: Mercy High School
SPORT(S): Softball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior softball record-breaker will continue softball career at Florida State University.

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Alex Barlow

NAME: Alex Barlow
SCHOOL: Moeller High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Baseball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior 2-sport star is 1st team all-city in both baseball and basketball

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Anna Carrigan

NAME: Anna Carrigan
SCHOOL: Campbell County High School
SPORT(S): Track-Soccer
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Belmont-bound senior already is an 8-time Kentucky state track champion.

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Paul Byrd

NAME: Paul Byrd
SCHOOL: Roger Bacon High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior is the 2011 GCL Central Player of the Year

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Sydni Wainscott

NAME: Sydni Wainscott
SCHOOL: Simon Kenton High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior 1,000+ point scorer twice named 8th Region Player of the Year

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Ian Korb

NAME: Ian Korb
SCHOOL: Elder High School
SPORT(S): Wrestling
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Wrestling All-American and Ohio state runner-up is bound for University of Pennsylvania

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Celia Oberholzer

NAME: Celia Oberholzer
SCHOOL:  Wyoming High School
SPORT(S): Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior swimming All-American is a 2-time Ohio state champ

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Michael Miller

NAME: Michael Miller
SCHOOL: Beechwood High School
SPORT(S): Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Swimming All-American has 3 Kentucky state championships.

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Kelsey Matthews

NAME: Kelsey Matthews
SCHOOL:  Indian Hill High School
SPORT(S): Basketball/Tennis
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior 2-sport star will continue tennis career at the University of Indianapolis.

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Jake Giesler

NAME: Jake Giesler
SCHOOL: Newport Central Catholic
SPORT(S): Basketball-Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Top basketball competitor is also football state champion

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Ellen Williamson

NAME: Ellen Williamson
SCHOOL: Notre Dame Academy
SPORT(S): Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 4-time Kentucky state champ will swim at University of Virginia

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Ryan Fleming

NAME: Ryan Fleming
SCHOOL: LaSalle High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 1st team all-city basketballer will continue his career at Northern Kentucky University

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Lauren Tibbs

NAME: Lauren Tibbs
SCHOOL: Scott High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Volleyball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: School's all-time basketball scorer will continue basketball career at Marquette University

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A.J. Burt

NAME: A.J. Burt
SCHOOL: Wyoming High School
SPORT(S): Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Key member of reigning Ohio state champion 200 freestyle relay team

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Nikki McKee

NAME: Nikki McKee
SCHOOL:  Wyoming High School
SPORT(S): Basketball/Soccer/Track
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Reigning CHL Basketball Player of the Year

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Brandon Neel

NAME: Brandon Neel
SCHOOL: LaSalle High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Reigning GCL South Player of the Year led league in scoring (15.2 ppg.) as a junior

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Abby Janszen

NAME: Abby Janszen
SCHOOL: St. Henry High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Soccer
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2-sport all-star will play soccer at Bellarmine University

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Steven Zimmerman

NAME: Steven Zimmerman
SCHOOL: Little Miami High School
SPORT(S): Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: All-American swimming champ bound for Ohio State University

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Mackenzie Grause

NAME: Mackenzie Grause
SCHOOL: Highlands High School
SPORT(S): Soccer/Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 1st team all-state honoree will continue soccer career at University of Cincinnati.

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Andrew Kummer

NAME: Andrew Kummer
SCHOOL: LaSalle High School
SPORT(S): Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: GCL's leading passer will continue career at Miami University

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Taylor Gamm

NAME: Taylor Gamm
SCHOOL: St. Henry High School
SPORT(S): Soccer-Basketball-Track
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Super 3-sport athlete with state championships in soccer and track.

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Tyler Williams

NAME: Tyler Williams
SCHOOL: Colerain High School
SPORT(S): Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior QB is Cardinals' all-time leading rusher

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Erin Michel

NAME: Erin Michel
SCHOOL: Mason High School
SPORT(S): Golf
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Penn State-bound senior helped Comets make golfing history

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Dakota Dartis

NAME: Dakota Dartis
SCHOOL: North College Hill
SPORT(S): Football-Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior all-star QB is Cincinnati's leading passer

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Komal Safdar

NAME: Komal Safdar
SCHOOL: Ursuline Academy
SPORT(S): Tennis
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2010 Ohio state doubles champ heading for Syracuse University  

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Eric Martin

NAME: Eric Martin
SCHOOL: Turpin High School
SPORT(S): Football-Basketball-Track & Field
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 3-sport star will continue baseball career at University of Tennessee

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Lexi Dannemiller

NAME: Lexi Dannemiller
SCHOOL: Lakota West
SPORT(S): Volleyball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Volleyball All-American will continue career at University of Michigan

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Alec Robbins

NAME: Alec Robbins
SCHOOL: Scott High School
SPORT(S): Soccer
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Reigning NKY Soccer Player of the Year

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Lauren O'Conner

NAME: Lauren O'Conner
SCHOOL: Scott High School
SPORT(S): Volleyball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: One of state's best volleyball players, committed to University of Kentucky

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Ben Coffaro

NAME: Ben Coffaro
SCHOOL: Elder High School
SPORT(S): Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior team captain ran for 1,100+ yards last year

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Emily Wright

NAME: Emily Wright
SCHOOL: Mason High School
SPORT(S): Golf
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Senior 1st team all-state golfer will continue at Wake Forest University.

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Kyle Seyfried

NAME: Kyle Seyfried
SCHOOL: Wyoming High School
SPORT(S): Football-Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 1st team all-Ohio QB has re-written the record books at Wyoming.

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Michelle Thomas

NAME: Michelle Thomas
SCHOOL: Glen Este High School
SPORT(S): Cross Country/Track
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Reigning Cincinnati CC Runner of the Year and Ohio state 3,200 track champ.

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Zach Wills

NAME: Zach Wills
SCHOOL: Mason High School
SPORT(S): Cross Country/Track
GRADUATING YEAR: 2011
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 4-time Ohio state champion in cross country & track

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