SINCE 1986, LAROSA'S HAS BEEN GREATER CINCINNATI'S
TO NAME THE YEAR'S TOP HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES. PLEASE JOIN US IN
CONGRATULATING THE TWO LAROSA'S MVPs OF THE YEAR FOR 2008/2009!
Mt. Notre Dame High School
Class of 2009
A McDonald's All-American nominee, Kendall Hackney and her teammates made
Ohio high school basketball history this past season when the Cougars
(27-1) won their 4th straight Ohio Div. I championship! A
4-year starter, Kendall was Ohio state tournament MVP both her freshman
and senior years. Her incredible career record stands at 101 victories,
with 10 losses. Averaging 13.3 points per game this season, she earned
numerous honors, including this year's Miss Ohio Basketball, Ohio High
School Player of the Year, 1st team all-state and Cincinnati Player of the
Year. Kendall is also a 4.0 student and president the school’s
National Honor Society. Active in community service and her church
ministry, Kendall will continue her fine play at Northwestern University.
Elder High School
Class of 2009
Orlando Scales was the #1 rated high school wrestler in the USA in the
215 lb. weight class. He is an All-American in both freestyle and
Greco-Roman wrestling, a rare feat. Unstoppable last year (39-0), he won
the Ohio state Div. I championship for the 2nd straight year and was
named GCL and Cincinnati Wrestler of the Year, as well as 1st team
all-state honors. "Orlando is a kid that comes along only a couple
of times in a coach’s lifetime," says coach Dick McCoy. He
holds numerous school wrestling records. Also an outstanding defensive
football player, Orlando helped the Panthers to the Ohio runner-up title
and was named 1st team all-GCL South, 1st team all-city, 1st team SWO
district and special mention all-Ohio. Orlando will wrestle at Notre
Dame College (Ohio) next season.
Covington Catholic SPORT(S): Baseball-Basketball GRADUATING YEAR: 2009
Two-time baseball NKY Player of the Year will play next season at the University of
Hannah Gadd SCHOOL: Highlands SPORT(S): Diving GRADUATING YEAR: 2009
Senior is 3-time regional champ in diving and
also Kentucky state runner-up 3 times; in August, won AAU national platform competition in
Florida's 17-year-old division; National Honor Society.
Boone County High School
Senior averaged 11.2 points, 6 rebounds, 4.2 assists per game last season for 21-8 Rebels;
twice named to Kentucky District 33 all-tournament team; 1st team all-NKY; will play next season
at Georgetown College; top academic student.
Daniel Rod SCHOOL: Anderson High School SPORT(S): Football-Basketball-Baseball GRADUATING YEAR: 2009 GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: "Leading team to 2007 Ohio Div. II
state championship; scoring winning TD in last seconds to beat Turpin in regional game."