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NAME: Ben Southerland
SCHOOL: Sycamore High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: "My college paid for through basketball."
BIRTHDATE: 4/26/2003
HEIGHT: 6'7"-195 lbs.
FATHER: Tim & Kim
BIGGEST INFLUENCE: "Yusuf, a friend who passed away."
FUTURE GOAL: "Play in March Madness," play professional basketball."

Sycamore senior Ben Southerland was one of the top basketball players in the always-tough GMC this season. He holds the school record for most points scored in a game (41 points vs. Colerain) and most three-pointers made in a season (56).

Entering his senior year, Ben was coming off a fine junior campaign when he averaged 17.3 points a game (fourth in the GMC) as well as 5.5 rebounds per game He was named first-team all-GMC, honorable mention all-city and was named to the all-Southwest Ohio District and all-state teams.

He had a good senior season, too, for the GMC co-champs and district runners-up. He was third in the GMC in scoring, averaging 15.7 points per game. He scored 25 points vs. Bradenton Christian FL, 22 points vs. Princeton, 22 points vs. Middletown and 21 points vs. both Kings and Lakota West. He was named first-team all-GMC for the second straight year, first-team all-city (Enquirer) and honorable mention all-Ohio.

An academic honor roll student who is active in community service, Ben will play basketball at the next level, at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He also plays for the Midwest Basketball Club team. His favorite athlete and most-like-to-meet is Michael Jordan, favorite entertainer is Will Ferrell, favorite book is The Blind Side, and favorite movie is Spiderman - No Way Home.

COACH'S QUOTE – "Ben Southerland is a competitor; he is self-driven and confident in his abilities and holds himself to a very high standard of excellence."
— Tim Austin, Varsity Basketball Coach



LAROSA'S 2020-2021 MVPs
K.K. Mathis

NAME: K.K. Mathis
WINNER ANNOUNCED: May 3
SCHOOL: Lakota West High School
SPORT(S): Softball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Hitting a home run in the 2021 PGF National Championship

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Mitchell Rylee

NAME: Mitchell Rylee
WINNER ANNOUNCED: April 26
SCHOOL: Covington Catholic High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Committed to play at Miami University, OH.

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Ella Jo Piersma

NAME: Ella Jo Piersma
WINNER ANNOUNCED: April 19
SCHOOL: Seven Hills School
SPORT(S): Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: USA Today Swimmer of the Year

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Logan Woods

NAME: Logan Woods
WINNER ANNOUNCED: April 12
SCHOOL: Fairfield High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Earning a Div. I basketball scholarship

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Sarah Zimmerman

NAME: Sarah Zimmerman
WINNER ANNOUNCED: April 5
SCHOOL: Cincinnati Country Day
SPORT(S): Basketball-Soccer
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Back-to-back state championships

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Isaac Thornton

NAME: Isaac Thornton
WINNER ANNOUNCED: March 22
SCHOOL: Walton-Verona High School
SPORT(S): Wrestling
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Wrestle for the USA World Team

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Leah Riley

NAME: Leah Riley
WINNER ANNOUNCED: March 22
SCHOOL: Sycamore High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: "Being a good aunt to my nephew Cody and becoming the fourth 1,000-point girls' scorer in school history."

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Paul McMillan

NAME: Paul McMillan
WINNER ANNOUNCED: March 15
SCHOOL: Woodward High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Committing to play college basketball

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Ella Riggs

NAME: Ella Riggs
WINNER ANNOUNCED: March 8
SCHOOL: Indian Hill High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Committing to play college basketball

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Noah Duke

NAME: Noah Duke
WINNER ANNOUNCED: March 1
SCHOOL: Ryle High School
SPORT(S): Wrestling
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: "Pinning my way through the state tournament with a broken hand, including pinning the two-time returning state champ in 36 seconds."

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Cole Thomas

NAME: Abbey McNally
WINNER ANNOUNCED: February 22
SCHOOL: Colerain High School
SPORT(S): Basketball-Volleyball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Have a successful career, travel the world

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Cole Thomas

NAME: Cole Thomas
WINNER ANNOUNCED: February 15
SCHOOL: Ryle High School
SPORT(S): Wrestling
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winning three state titles; getting college scholarship to wrestle at the U. of Tennessee Chattanooga.

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K.K. Bransford

NAME: K.K. Bransford
WINNER ANNOUNCED: February 8
SCHOOL: Mount Notre Dame
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Making Team USA; inducted into National Honor Society

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Carl Bloebaum

NAME: Carl Bloebaum
WINNER ANNOUNCED: February 1
SCHOOL: Mason High School
SPORT(S): Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Qualifying for USA National Junior swim team

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Lacey Bradshaw

NAME: Lacey Bradshaw
WINNER ANNOUNCED: January 25
SCHOOL: Notre Dame Academy
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Committing to play Div. I basketball at Morehead State U.

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Deborah Davenport

NAME: Evan Mahaffey
WINNER ANNOUNCED: January 18
SCHOOL: Moeller High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022

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Deborah Davenport

NAME: Deborah Davenport
WINNER ANNOUNCED: January 11
SCHOOL: Woodward High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Scoring a school-record 47 points in a game

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Charles Kellom

NAME: Charles Kellom
WINNER ANNOUNCED: January 4
SCHOOL: St. Xavier High School
SPORT(S): Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2020 football state champions

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Chance Gray

NAME: Chance Gray
WINNER ANNOUNCED: December 28
SCHOOL: Winton Woods High School
SPORT(S): Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Earning basketball scholarship to U. of Oregon

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Rylan Wotherspoon

NAME: Rylan Wotherspoon
WINNER ANNOUNCED: December 21
SCHOOL: Cooper High School
SPORT(S): Golf
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Kentucky Mr. Golf & making Rolex All-American team

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Sophie Roebel

NAME: Sophie Roebel
WINNER ANNOUNCED: December 14
SCHOOL: Seton High School
SPORT(S): Soccer
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winning District title sophomore year

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Eli Franke

NAME: Eli Franke
WINNER ANNOUNCED: December 7
SCHOOL: St. Xavier High School
SPORT(S): Water Polo
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Participating as a Paralympic swimmer

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Lucy Trump

NAME: Lucy Trump
WINNER ANNOUNCED: November 30
SCHOOL: Ryle High School
SPORT(S): Volleyball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Committing to Notre Dame at age 14 to play volleyball

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Tegra Tshabola

NAME: Tegra Tshabola
WINNER ANNOUNCED: November 23
SCHOOL: Lakota West High School
SPORT(S): Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Still to come.

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Kathryn Shaffer

NAME: Kathryn Shaffer
WINNER ANNOUNCED: November 16
SCHOOL: Summit Country Day
SPORT(S): Soccer-Swimming
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Successful athletic and academic career

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Ben Hambleton

NAME: Ben Hambleton
WINNER ANNOUNCED: November 9
SCHOOL: Elder High School
SPORT(S): Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Playing on state runner-up football team

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Jada Moorman

NAME: Jada Moorman
WINNER ANNOUNCED: November 2
SCHOOL: Cincinnati Country Day
SPORT(S): Soccer
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Scoring winning goal in state championship game

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Jyaire Brown

NAME: Jyaire Brown
WINNER ANNOUNCED: October 26
SCHOOL: Lakota West High School
SPORT(S): Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Moving to Ohio, committing to Ohio State

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Macie Feldman

NAME: Macie Feldman
WINNER ANNOUNCED: October 19
SCHOOL: Notre Dame Academy
SPORT(S): Soccer-Basketball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Competing in U.S. Soccer Development Academy and Nike Elite Youth Basketball League at the highest levels; being offered to play Div. I basketball

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Josh Kattus

NAME: Josh Kattus
WINNER ANNOUNCED: October 12
SCHOOL: Moeller High School
SPORT(S): Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: First team all-state as a junior

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Cammy Niesen

NAME: Cammy Niesen
WINNER ANNOUNCED: October 5
SCHOOL: Roger Bacon High School
SPORT(S): Volleyball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: "Committing to be a student-athlete in college."

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Drew Ramsey

NAME: Drew Ramsey
WINNER ANNOUNCED: September 28
SCHOOL: Elder High School
SPORT(S): Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: GCL South Co-Player of the Year

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Chloe Bramble

NAME: Chloe Bramble
WINNER ANNOUNCED: September 21
SCHOOL: Highlands High School
SPORT(S): Soccer
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 3x regional champs; 2x state runners-up

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Gi'Bran Payne

NAME: Gi'Bran Payne
WINNER ANNOUNCED: September 14
SCHOOL: La Salle High School
SPORT(S): Football-Track
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Winning a state championship

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Carly Hendrickson

NAME: Carly Hendrickson
WINNER ANNOUNCED: September 7
SCHOOL: Mount Notre Dame
SPORT(S): Volleyball
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: "Winning a state championship my junior year."

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Brogan McCaughey

NAME: Brogan McCaughey
WINNER ANNOUNCED: August 31
SCHOOL: St. Xavier High School
SPORT(S): Football
GRADUATING YEAR: 2022
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Play college football

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