| At Indian Hill High School, Cindy earned 14 varsity letters
starring in tennis, field hockey, basketball and volleyball.
She was a 4-year starter in tennis, field hockey and basketball
and earned a collective 6 MVPs during that time.
Tennis was clearly her dominant sport. While no state tournaments
existed at that time, Cindy won the Cincinnati Met title
(18-and-under and doubles titles), was a member of the Junior
Wightman Cup and won the Nation City Teams Tournament. In
basketball, she was the team’s leading scorer all four
Cindy continued her brilliant athletic career at Indiana
University where she was No. 1 singles and team captain four
straight seasons. She was the Big Ten Invitational Singles
champ (1971), was Indiana’s state collegiate singles
and doubles champion (1973) and won the Midwest Collegiate
Invitation singles and doubles titles in 1974. She played
three years of varsity field hockey and one season of varsity
basketball and was winner of IU’s Maxwell Award, emblematic
of the most outstanding female athlete in 1974.
Her athletic endeavors didn’t end after college, however,
as she has competed in several marathons – including
running the Boston Marathon in under 3 hours, 25 minutes.
She holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do karate and in 2007
won the Kenwood Country Club Senior women’s golf championship!
As a coach, Cindy was recognized by Cincinnati Magazine as
the Coach of the Decade (1980s). She won the Cincinnati
Enquirer and Cincinnati Post Tennis Coach of
the Year multiple times, had a career record of 254-24, which
included 10 state championships. Cindy has also been inducted
in to the Communiplex Hall of Fame. Cindy, retired after
teaching 33 years at Indian Hill High School, lives in Mariemont
with her husband, Terry. They have three children, Paige,
Blake and James.
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| Probably the greatest male swimmer in Northern Kentucky
history, Olympic medalist Nate Dusing is only the 13th first
ballot inductee in LaRosa’s Hall of Fame history and
the first inductee from Covington Catholic High School.
Dusing is believed to the first native Kentuckian to set
a national high school record when he won the 100-yard Butterfly
in 47.10 as a senior in 1997. That record still stands today,
though it was tied (by Austin Staab of Westerville, OH Central
in 2007). Just weeks after Dusing set the national
prep record, he recorded a 52.51 time in the 100-meter butterfly
at the World Short Course Championships in Sweden. At the
time, it broke a three-year old record and was eighth-best
in the world.
Dusing still holds three Kentucky state high school
records – the 100 Butterfly, the 100 Freestyle (44.93)
and the 100 Backstroke (48.07).
Named LaRosa’s Male Athlete of the Year for
1996-97, Dusing was twice named Kentucky’s Outstanding
Swimmer of the Year. He won six Kentucky state championships
(five individual, one relay) and finished runnerup in 4 state
events (three individual, one relay). He was named National
Prep Swimmer of the Year in 1997.
Dusing went on to a stellar career for the U.S. Olympic team
and the University of Texas. He won the Silver Medal at the
2000 Sydney Games as part of the U.S. 4 x 200M relay team,
then won a Bronze Medal at the 2004 Athens Games with the
4 x 100M relay team. In 2005, he won the Gold Medal in the
400-Meter Free Relay at the World Championships in Montreal.
At UT, Dusing was named the NCAA Swimmer of the Year in 2001
and was a 28-time NCAA All-American. He holds UT’s
all-time record in the 200-Yard IM (1:42.85 at the NCAA Championships
in 2001), and still holds the Big 12 record in the same event
(1:44.31 in 2001) and in the 100-Yard Freestyle (42.63).
He ranks in top Five all-time in UT history in four other
events – the 100 Free, 200 Backstroke, 100 and 200
Currently, Dusing, a sales representative for Orthopaedic
Sales & Service, lives with his wife, Michele, in Austin,
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|An incredibly gifted athlete, Monica Niemann earned 12
varsity letters – starting four straight years in basketball,
softball and soccer. She may well be the best all-around
athlete in the history of Ursuline Academy as well as being
the first LaRosa’s Hall of Fame inductee from her school.
Her former softball coach, Amy Rieman, called Monica: “the
cornerstone in establishing Ursuline as a dominant force
in Cincinnati athletics.”
On top of all her remarkable athletic accomplishments, Monica
also maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA. An All-state selection
in two sports (soccer and basketball), she was also a two-time
Honorable Mention All-American in basketball. She was first
team All-City in three sports as a senior.
Basketball was clearly her finest sport as she still holds
a staggering 23 school records, including career points (1,626),
career rebounds (921) and career steals (305). Monica was The
Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Year in 1991, was
twice named the Girls Greater Cincinnati League Player of
the Year (1990 and 1991) and was honorable mention All-America
by USA TODAY and Womens Basketball News.
She was First Team All-State by Associated Press, UPI and USA
As a fast-pitch softball player, Monica still holds five
school records. She was a two-time All-City selection. In
soccer, she was a Third Team All-State selection as a senior.
She went on to attend Miami University, being named First
Team All-Mid-American Conference as a senior. She graduated
as Miami’s All-time leading scorer with 1,608 points
(currently #2 all-time) and still is the career rebound leader
Niemann went on to play 7 seasons as a professional in Switzerland,
where she was a two-time All-Star and averaged no less than
25 points per game in 5 of the seven seasons.
Currently a professor at a university in Sion, Switzerland,
Niemann and her husband, Alain, have a son (Zackary) and
are expecting a second child in June.
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|Clearly one of the two great names in St. Xavier swimming
history (along with Joey Hudepohl), Dod Wales won an amazing
12 of maximum 16 Ohio state swimming titles during his storied
career with the AquaBombers.
Wales, a two-time finalist for the LaRosa’s Male
Athlete of the Year award, was a 15-time High School
All-American. In 1994, he became only the second swimmer
in Ohio history to win four events in the same season (the
other was Hudepohl). In fact, during the 1993 state meet,
Wales was a mere .06 shy of winning a fourth event which
could have made him the only swimmer to win four events twice.
As of the end of 2007, two of Wales’ 100 Butterfly
times still rank in the Top 10 in Ohio history, and two of
his 200 Freestyle times rank in the Top 11. He was named
Swimmer of the Year three straight years by both The
Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Post. St.
Xavier won state team titles all four years.
During his high school career, Wales also won 22 YMCA National
titles, which at the time was the most ever by an individual.
He was the YMCA National record-holder in the 100-yard freestyle
(44.6) in 1995. In the same year, he finished eighth in the
U.S. Senior Nationals in the 100-meter freestyle (51.36).
At Stanford University, Wales won three NCAA championship
titles, including the 100-Yard Butterfly in 1999, becoming
the first American to break the 46:00 second barrier (45.89)
which was the American record at that time and still stands
as No. 1 in Stanford history. That victory also represented
the first time in NCAA swimming history that a father (Ross)-son
duo had won the same event. Wales was a member of
the 1998 team that won the NCAA Men’s Swimming and
Diving Championship and was the team captain on the 1999
team that finished NCAA runners up. He also ranks #3
all-time at Stanford in the 100-Yard Freestyle (42.91). He
was named Stanford’s Outstanding Senior Male Athlete
in 1999. He was an alternate for the 2000 Sydney Olympics,
missing the team by .03 second in the 100-meter butterfly.
Currently, Wales, an Assistant Vice President at First Reserve
Corp., lives with his wife, Talor in Stamford, CT., with
daughter, Elliot. Incidentally, Wales’ wife, swimmer
Talor Bendel, was a finalist for the LaRosa’s Female
Athlete of the Year award in 1993-94.
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| What more needs be said than Jaime Walz is the greatest
female basketball player in Kentucky history and one of the
best ever in the nation. She still ranks as the No. 1 scorer
in Kentucky history – male or female – with 4,948
points over her six-year varsity career.
Able to play high school ball in Kentucky as a seventh grader,
only Jaime’s 4-year high school total is recognized
nationally. Therefore her 3,872 points ranks No. 10 all time
in U.S. history (it would be No. 2 otherwise). Jaime still
holds 12 Kentucky state records, including assists-career
(1,354), steals-career (1,004), 3-Point FG Made/Attempted
(539/1,479), and Free Throws Made/Attempted (1,131/1,393).
She ranks No. 2 in rebounds-career (1,762). She ranks in
the top 10 in national prep history in seven different categories,
including #1 3-Point FGA-career, #2 3-Point FGM-career, #3
in both FTM in career and single season.
Richey earned every honor possible during her prep career,
culminating in being named National Player of the Year by Parade
Magazine, by the Gatorade Circle of Champions and by
the Chicago Sun-Times. A four-time first team All-State
pick, she was twice named Kentucky Player of the Year and
was named Kentucky Miss Basketball in 1996. She was named LaRosa’s
Female Athlete of the Year in 1994-95 when she averaged
34.4 points per game.
Richey went on to play collegiately at Western Kentucky University
where she finished her career with 1,044 points (in the school’s
Top 30 all-time). She still stands No. 2 all-time in 3-Point
FGM-Season, and ranks in the Top Ten all-time in three other
Currently, she teaches at Highlands where she is the head
girls’ basketball coach. She and her husband, Bert,
live in Independence, KY with daughter, Jenna.
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| Owen Hauck clearly ranks among the best of a select group
of Northern Kentucky high school football coaching legends.
Though known in recent years as “Shaun Alexander’s
high school coach,” Coach Hauck’s body of work
clearly encompasses much greater recognition. His career
spanned four decades at four different high schools on both
sides of the Ohio River. When the dust finally settled in
1997 after 25 seasons at Boone County High School, Hauck’s
overall career record was 284-130-4.
He won football state titles in 1964 (Class AA at Highlands)
and in 1986 (Class 4A State-At-Large at Boone County) and
was state runner-up six times. His Kentucky career record
was 258-109-1, which ranked 11th all-time in Kentucky prep
history as of the end of the 2007 season.
After a stellar athletic career at Ludlow High School (a
member of Ludlow’s Hall of Fame), he attended Eastern
Kentucky University. His coaching career started at Burlington
High School in 1953 (which became part of Boone County High
School in 1954) where he was both football and basketball
coach. One year later, he joined close friend Homer Rice
at Highlands High School. When Rice left to go to the University
of Cincinnati, Hauck took over, compiling a 48-8-1 record,
including the 1964 state title.
In 1967, Hauck joined Rice again for one season as defensive
line coach at UC, but the following year went back to his
high school roots. He turned around a 0-20 Mount Healthy
program, eventually winning the Hamilton County American
League title in 1971. After a 26-21-3 record with the Owls,
his Northern Kentucky beckoned him home.
In 1973, Coach Hauck accepted both the head coach and athletic
director’s position at Boone County High School. In
25 seasons with the Rebels, he was 210-101 with 14 district
titles, 11 regional championships and 11 NKAC championships.
Coach Hauck has received the National Football Foundation
Lifetime Achievement Award (1998), has been inducted into
the Northern Kentucky Sports and the Athletic Directors Halls
of Fame, and the Dawahares Kentucky State High School Hall
of Fame. In 2003, Boone County High School named its football
stadium in honor of its greatest coach.
Hauck, retired since 1997, lives in Fort Thomas. He
and his wife, Shirley (deceased) had two sons, Glen (deceased)
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| If Roger Bacon volleyball is the “David” among
the Goliaths in Cincinnati high school volleyball circles,
then Caryl Schawe could be rightly called a giant among the
Coaching one of the smaller schools in what has been regarded
as one of the toughest volleyball leagues in the United States,
Schawe has put her stamp on the Lady Spartans’ program
as one to be feared and respected.
Schawe finished her 29th season of coaching at Roger Bacon-Our
Lady of Angels this fall. Her career record which currently
stands at 563-175 also ranks third-best in Ohio volleyball
coaching history. The Lady Spartans have been in 6 state
championship games, coming away with the Ohio Division II
state title in 2001, 2004 and 2005.
Over her career, Schawe’s teams have collected eight
Girls Greater Cincinnati League titles, 17 sectional titles
and 19 district championships. She has been named Coach of
the Year in the GGCL eight times, by the Cincinnati Enquirer and Cincinnati
Post eight times and has been recognized as Ohio’s
state Coach of the Year twice (2002 and 2005). She was inducted
into Roger Bacon’s Hall of Fame in 2001. Coach Schawe
was named Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Womens
Sports Foundation’s High School Coach of the Year in
Her 2005 team ranks as her all-time best – going undefeated
throughout the season, collecting her 500th career coaching
victory, winning the state title and earning her recognition
as the National Coach of the Year by the National High School
Athletic Coaches Association. An outstanding athlete in her
own right, Schawe was a four-year starter in both basketball
and softball at Notre Dame Academy in Northern Kentucky.
She went on to play basketball at Northern Kentucky University.
Coach Schawe and her husband, Bill, live in Villa Hills,
Ky. with their three children – Brandon, Brian and
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