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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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Seven area high school sports' legends � including two of the best athletes in Kentucky high school history � were named as 2007 inductees into the Buddy LaRosa's High School Sports Hall of Fame:
Cindy Bridgeland (Crilley) Cindy Bridgeland (Crilley)
Indian Hill High School

Class of 1970
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 seasons.

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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Nate Dusing Nate Dusing
Covington Catholic High School

Class of 1997
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 Butterfly.

Currently, Dusing, a sales representative for Orthopaedic Sales & Service, lives with his wife, Michele, in Austin, TX.

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Monica Niemann (Zumstein) Monica Niemann (Zumstein)
Ursuline Academy

Class of 1991
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 TODAY.

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 with 923.

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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Dod Wales Dod Wales
St. Xavier High School

Class of 1995
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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Jaime Walz (Richey) Jaime Walz (Richey)
Highlands High School

Class of 1996
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 categories.

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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Coach Owen Hauck Coach Owen Hauck
Highlands/Mt. Healthy/Boone County
High Schools

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) and Doug.

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Coach Caryl Schawe Coach Caryl Schawe
Our Lady of Angels/Roger Bacon High Schools

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 area coaches.

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 2002.

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 Katelyn.

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