The Buddy LaRosa high school Sports Hall of Fame was established
in 1975 to recognize outstanding athletes from area high schools.
Each year, nominees are considered based solely upon high school
accomplishments. Collegiate, professional, or other amateur achievements
have no bearing on the selection process. The nominee must have
graduated high school 10 years before eligibility may begin.
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|5 former Cincinnati-area high school athletes and 2 coaches will
be inducted into the Buddy LaRosa's high school Sports Hall of
Fame in June, 2006. The Hall of Fame athlete inductees for 2005
| Arguably the greatest running back in Greater Cincinnati
history, Shaun Alexander's record-setting high school career
set standards that may never be equaled.
His senior season for the Boone County Rebels ranks among
the best in United State prep football history – rushing
for 3,166 yards and scoring 54 touchdowns. In his four-year
career, Shaun rushed for 6,662 yards and scored 110 touchdowns.
In 15 games as a senior, he averaged 211.3 yards per game
and 6.93 yards per carry.
Consider this – as a senior, his single season rushing total
ranks 25th all-time in the U.S. and No. 2 all-time in Kentucky
prep history; his 54 TDs stands as 8th best in the country
and No. 2 all-time in Kentucky; his 456 attempts that season
ranks No. 3 in the U.S. history and No. 2 in Kentucky; his
326 single-season points is the best in Kentucky prep history
and his career touchdowns ranks #3 in Kentucky.
Shaun, named LaRosa's Male Athlete of the Year in 1994-95,
was runner-up for the Old Spice Prep Athlete of the Year,
was named to the Parade Magazine and USA TODAY All-America
teams. He was named Kentucky's Mr. Football, was twice named
Player of the Year by the Kentucky Post and the Kentucky
Enquirer. He was a two-time First Team All-State selection
by the Associated Press and the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Alexander's accomplishments continued at the University of
Alabama where he stands as the Crimson Tide's all-time leading
rusher (3,565 yards/4.9 average) in four seasons. He set
Alabama records with 727 rushing attempts, fifteen 100-yard
games, 41 rushing TDs and 50 total TDs. When he left Alabama,
he held 15 school records and three Southeastern Conference
Currently, Shaun rates as one of the top running backs in
the National Football League with the Seattle Seahawks. Going
into the 2005 season, Shaun had 5,937 career yards rushing.
He was 1 yard shy of tying for the NFL rushing title in 2004.
During the 2005 season, he became the first running back
in NFL history to score 15 or more touchdowns in five consecutive
Shaun, and his wife, Valerie, live in Seattle, where they
have two daughters, Heaven and Trinity.
| Wyoming High School has a tradition of turning out the
complete athlete and Bob Goodridge certainly ranks among
the best in the Cowboys' storied history.
A four-year letterman in three sports – football, basketball
and track – Goodridge was regarded as one of the city's finest
athletes during the early 1960s. In basketball, Bob was a
First Team All-City and Second Team All-Region selection.
He averaged 15.5 points as a senior, including a career-best
32-point game in beating Hamilton Garfield in the 1964 district
championship. The Cowboys went 39-4 his final two seasons.
It was football, however, where he most excelled. Goodridge
was a two-way starter both as a junior (RB-DB) and as a senior
(QB-DB). He was a First Team All-Miami Valley Interscholastic
League pick both seasons, captain of the MVIL Offensive Team
in 1963, a WCPO First Team All-City defense. He was named
winner of the prestigious "That's My Boy" Award in 1964 – emblematic
of the finest student-athlete football player in the region.
Wyoming's 1962 and 1963 teams were outstanding – finishing
20-0. The 1962 team not only went undefeated, but also unscored
upon (446-0). Goodridge, who returned seven punts and one
kickoff for TDs his last two seasons, was the city's fifth
leading scorer in 1963.
Goodridge, an outstanding track star in high school as well,
continued his football career at Vanderbilt University where
he starred at wide receiver. In 1967 he became the first
player in Southeastern Conference history to gain more than
1,000 yards in receptions, and was named SEC Player of the
Year. He also played in the Blue-Gray game and the Senior
Goodridge still ranks in the Top Ten in Vanderbilt and SEC
conference history in at least 10 different categories – No.
1 in Highest Yards Average per game/receiving 111.4 (No.
6 in SEC history), No. 4 and No. 8 in single-game reception
yards (201 vs. Navy, 177 vs. William & Mary). His 15 receptions
in the Navy game ranks #2 all-time at Vandy and #5 all-time
in the SEC. He wound up the 1967 season with 1,114 yards
on 79 receptions with six touchdowns. The total yards gained
still stands No. 2 all-time at Vanderbilt and the 79 receptions
is 7th best in SEC history.
Goodridge, a sixth round draft pick in the NFL draft in 1968,
played one season with the Minnesota Vikings. Bob was inducted
into the Wyoming High School Hall of Fame in 1992. Goodridge
has coached football for more than 30 years in the area,
including as head coach at four area high schools. Currently
teaching and coaching at Northwest High School, Bob Goodridge
and his wife Sharyn, have three children, Robyn, Meghyn and
| One of the finest female divers in Greater Cincinnati
sports history, Olympian Becky Ruehl Amann joins Shaun Alexander
as rare first-ballot inductees into the Hall of Fame.
Becky began competing on the high school level in the 7th
grade and went on to win the Kentucky state High School One-Meter
Diving Championship five years in a row. Her 491.55 performance
as a senior set a state record that stood till 2003. She
won the Northern Kentucky Regional diving title six times,
including a 502.20 record which still stands.
Her high school honors were numerous, including being named
Kentucky's "Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year" (1995),
Kentucky Post Coaches "Performer of the Year" (1995), the
Phillips 66 Performance Award (1995) and the United State
Olympic Committee Diver of the Year Award (1995).
Ruehl went on to the University of Cincinnati where in 1996
she won the NCAA Championship 10 Meter Platform Diving Title.
She also placed second that year in the 3-Meter Diving event
and was named NCAA Diver of the Year. Becky, a five-time
NCAA All-American, is the only female athlete in UC history
to win an NCAA title, and was inducted into the UC Hall of
Fame in 2005.
Becky holds four National Titles in Women's 10-Meter Platform
Diving and earned a bronze medal at the 1995 Pan American
Games in Mar Del Plata, Argentina. She became the first athlete
from Northern Kentucky to qualify for the Olympics, where
she went on to finish fourth in the world in the Women's
10-Meter Platform Diving Event at the 1996 Centennial Olympic
Games in Atlanta. With championship titles in the both the
1-meter and 3-meter events at the National Independent Championships
in 1996, she was named NIC Diver of the Year.
Twice named GTE Academic All-American, Ruehl was given the
Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Women's Sports Association
Wilma Rudolph Courage Award in 2000.
Becky Ruehl Amann is currently employed as a graphic designer
in Chicago, where she lives with her husband, Brandon.
| The family name Sollmann and St. Xavier athletics were
synonymous throughout much of the 1990s. Older brother Scott
set the lofty standards for his brother, Steve, to follow.
A two-sport star in football and baseball, many of Scott's
records still stand at St. Xavier as the speedy athlete went
on to star at the collegiate level at the University of Notre
Dame and enjoy a five-year career in professional baseball.
Sollmann, who earned six varsity letters for the Bombers,
established remarkable football statistics his senior season,
culminating with being named Ohio's Division I Co-Player
of the Year by the Associated Press and being selected Honorable
Mention All-America by USA TODAY.
As a senior, Scott racked up 2,512 all-purpose yards and
scored 34 touchdowns that landed him "That's My Boy" honors
by the National Football Foundation. He was also accorded
Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati Post Division I Player
of the Year honors and First Team All-Ohio. Consider this,
his 2,512 all-purpose yards compares to 3,538 total all-purpose
yards the Bombers' opponents had in 1992.
He wound up with 2,318 yards rushing, 807 yards receiving,
1,794 return yards for 4,919 career all-purpose yards. He
holds school single-season records for most points scored
(204), most TDs scored (34), most TDs rushing (25) and best
rushing average (8.2) and single-game marks for most points
scored (36) and most TDs (6).
A three-year starter in baseball, Scott was honorable mention
all-city as a sophomore and junior. His senior season was
dramatically affected by a bout with mononucleosis.
At Notre Dame, Scott played as a walk-on in football at wide
receiver and punt/kick-off returns. He starred in baseball,
being named Freshman All-America and was a three-time First
Team All-Big East selection. He set single season records
in triples (11) and stolen bases (52). Drafted in the 7th
round of the 1996 draft by the Detroit Tigers, Scott played
five seasons in the minor leagues.
Currently, Scott lives in Cincinnati and is studying to be
an attorney. He hopes to pass the bar exams this summer.
| Hamilton High School has enjoyed a storied basketball
tradition, but few players have set as an imposing physical
presence as Greg Stokes.
In just two short years of varsity basketball (split between
Garfield and the merger of with Taft in 1980), Stokes scored
almost at will and swatted away shots with intimidating force.
Greg wound up with a career 925 points. He set a school record
for single-season average (24.4) and blocked shots (148).
Stokes was named Ohio's High School Class AAA Player of the
Year by both the Associated Press and United Press International
and was selected as a Parade Magazine All-American. In 26
games as a senior, Greg scored 635 points, averaged 24.4,
had 389 rebounds (14.96 averages), shot 59.7% from the field
and had 148 blocked shots. He had his uniform No. 41 retired
at the end of his senior season.
Greg went on to star at the University of Iowa where he continued
his record-setting performance.
In four seasons with the Hawkeyes, Stokes had 229 blocked
shots (#2 all-time in Iowa history), scored 1,768 points
(#3 all-time), had 807 rebounds (sixth all-time), 705 field
goals (#2 all-time) in 1,294 attempts (#3 all-time). In 1983,
his 20.4 average was best in the NCAA tournament. Stokes
still holds Iowa's record for a perfect 11-for-11 scoring
performance vs. Georgia State (Dec. 12, 1984). When Greg
graduated in 1985, he was Iowa's all-time leader in scoring,
blocked shots and in field goals percentage for single game
Stokes was named to the Big Ten team three years in a row,
and was runner-up for MVP in the conference in 1984-85 (senior
year). In 1983, he was a member of the United States gold-medal
winning team in the Pan American Games. His uniform No. 41
has also been retired at the University of Iowa.
Drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia 76ers, Stokes
played two seasons in the NBA, then went on to enjoy an extended
career in both Europe and Australia. Greg has been inducted
into the Hamilton HS Hall of Fame and the Butler County Hall
Currently, Greg, who resides in Marion, IA, is a real estate
broker and a program director for Kirkwood Community College,
where he is assistant men's basketball coach. Greg has two
children, Darius and Kiah.
| Greater Cincinnati has an outstanding tradition in volleyball
and volleyball coaches, but Julie Thoman Perry raised the
sport and recognition of the region's excellence to another
level in building the dynasty that has become St. Ursula
In 25 seasons, Julie has compiled a staggering 454-171 overall
record (.726) and has led the Bulldogs to an amazing eight
state championships, including a run of six straight state
titles (1993-1998). Her 2003 (and most recent) state champion
was regarded as the No. 1 team in the nation in preseason,
went undefeated and was named mythical National Champions
It wasn't the first national recognition for St. Ursula and
Perry as the 1993 team finished No. 25 in the nation by USA
TODAY, the 1994 team finished No. 23 by USA TODAY and the
2002 squad was No. 2 in the country by Student Sports.com.
Julie's 2003 team became the first volleyball team in Ohio
history to win eight state titles and it marked the 25th
state championship for the Girls Greater Catholic League.
In addition to the state titles (six in Division II and two
in Division I), St. Ursula was state runnerup (2002) and
state semifinalist (1988). Perry's teams have won eight GGCL
titles, 16 sectional championships, 13 district titles and
10 regional titles.
Julie's coaching excellence has been duly recognized – being
inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association
Hall of Fame (June 2004) and being selected National Federation/High
School Coaches Association Ohio Coach of the Year (2002).
She has been named Cincinnati Enquirer Coach of the Year
10 times, Cincinnati Post Coach of the Year nine times, Southwestern
Ohio Volleyball Coaches Association Coach of the Year 10
times. She's received the SWOVBCA Outstanding Achievement
Award three times, and is a four-time recipient of the Ohio
Career Achievement Award.
Julie, who starred in volleyball at Northern Kentucky University,
has also been inducted into the NKU Hall of Fame (1999) and
the St. Ursula Academy Hall of Fame (1999).
Julie, and her husband, Timothy, live in Fairfax and have
two children, Jim (10) and Catherine (8).
| Rarely has there been a coach to accomplish so much and
remain as humble as the winningest football coach in Kentucky
high school history as Bob Schneider.
He began his career with a bang in 1966 with an 8-2 record
in the Greater Catholic League and being named GCL Coach
of the Year. And this past season of legendary milestones
has been a storybook year as well culminating in Newport
Central Catholic's Kentucky Class A state championship with
a 42-7 victory over Mayfield.
The state title was the second for both Schneider and NCC,
which last won a state football crown in 1984.
In compiling a 13-2 record in 2005, Schneider ran his career
record to 302-168-2. He moved into No. 1 on Kentucky's all-time
list with 293 victories on September 17 with a 48-7 victory
over Holy Cross; captured his 300th career victory with in
41-14 regional championship title over Lexington Christian;
and on Dec. 3 nailed down his second state title.
The 1955 graduate of Newport Central Catholic returned to teach at
his alma mater in 1961 and went on to be an icon in the school's
coaching annals. He has won numerous awards over the course
of his 40-year career.
He has been named Northern Kentucky Coach of the Year more
than 10 times by the Northern Kentucky Football Coaches Association,
the Kentucky Post or the Kentucky Enquirer. He was inducted
into the Northern Kentucky Athletic Directors Hall of Fame
in 1986, the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame in 1991,
and the Newport Central Catholic Hall of Fame in 2002 and
was given the National Football Foundation's Lifetime Achievement
Award in 2003.
For nine seasons, Bob coached both the football and baseball
team. He compiled a 188-127 record as baseball coach and
his teams reached the state's Final Four in both 1975 and
1976. He was also Athletic Director for 35 years until 2001,
and the school's assistant principal for 21 years until 2003.
Schneider, who presently teaches English, is serving a four-year
term on the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Board
of Control. He lives in Newport with his wife, Nancy. They
have four children – Laura, Steve Dave and Linda – and seven