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2019 Inductees

Matthew Bahner – Lakota West Class of 2008: Soccer

Jimmy Brenneman – Lakota West Class of 2008: Baseball

Colton Cattani – Lakota East Class of 2008: Baseball & Football

Caitlin (Dombart) Barger – Lakota West Class of 2008: Soccer, Basketball & Track

Stu Eversole – Lakota Athletic Director, Coach & Teacher

Ryan Fields – Lakota West Class of 2008: Wrestling

Amberly Gray – Lakota West Class of 2008: Basketball & Volleyball

Rachel (Nelson) Amburn – Lakota West Class of 2008: Golf  

Matthew Bahner PhotoMatthew Bahner
Lakota West Class of 2008: Soccer

At the conclusion of his senior season playing for Lakota West, Matthew was honored as a Division 1 All State midfielder.

He was a three-year starter for the Firebirds, winning All GMC honors. As a junior and senior, he was selected First Team All Conference after earning GMC Second Team recognition as a sophomore.

Matthew led the league in scoring during his senior season. His noteworthy Lakota career scoring totals were 71 career points (26 goals +19 assists) which placed him among the Lakota all-time top ten.

Matthew attended the University of Cincinnati where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering and was a member of the Men’s Soccer team. He earned All Big East Second Team honors in 2010 and was named All Ohio First Team by the Ohio Soccer Coaches Association in 2012.

He recently started his seventh season as a professional soccer player, and is currently playing for Saint Louis FC.

Jimmy Brenneman PhotoJimmy Brenneman
Lakota West Class of 2008: Baseball

Jimmy was the first Lakota district (Lakota, Lakota East, or Lakota West) baseball player to have ever been selected to two All State First Teams and, to date is still only the second to have been so chosen.

He played on two varsity teams and twice he was selected as an All GMC First Team outfielder. In 2008, he was selected as Butler County Player of the Year.

In the history of all Lakota Teams, Jimmy is the only player to steal 30 bases in a season. Additionally, he set a record of 52 steals during his high school career. He held that record for ten years; and currently ranks second.

Out of approximately 1,000 Lakota varsity players, since 1960, Jimmy still ranks second in batting average. He remains tied for fifth in runs scored, and second in home runs, a record he held for two years.

Jimmy earned his bachelor’s degree from Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC where he also played baseball for that school’s first 40-win season. He finished in the top twenty of NCAA D-1 in stolen bases (30), runs scored (66), and hit by pitch on 27 occasions.

He is currently an Assistant Baseball coach at Frontier College in Fairfield, Illinois and is working on completing his master’s degree (Education K-12).

Colton Cattani PhotoColton Cattani
Lakota East Class of 2008: Baseball and Football

Colton played baseball and football for the Lakota East Thunderhawks. He was selected All State First Team as an infielder in 2008.

He was also the 2008 Cincinnati Baseball Player of the Year, as named by the Enquirer; only the second Lakota non-pitcher ever so honored.

Colton was named Player of the Year by the Greater Miami Conference in 2008 after leading the league in RBIs and ranking high in virtually all statistical categories. He was also named All GMC First Team as an infielder in 2006 and again in 2008.

Out of approximately 1000 Lakota varsity players, since 1960, Colton still ranks fourth in batting average. He also holds the fourth place record for runs batted in, eighth place for steals, and, to date remains tied for eighth in home runs.

Colton’s .500 On Base Average led the league in 2008 and, is one of the highest on record by any Lakota district baseball player (Lakota, Lakota East or Lakota West).

Colton was a two-sport varsity letter winner, also lettering in football as a quarterback in both 2006, when he started, and in 2007.

Following high school, Colton played baseball at Lincoln Trail College for two seasons before transferring to Northern Kentucky University. He currently works in sales and enjoys coaching his son’s youth football team, and coaching baseball with the Cincinnati Flames.

Caitlin Dombart Barger PhotoCaitlin (Dombart) Barger
Lakota West Class of 2008: Soccer, Basketball and Track

Caitlin was honored as a Division 1 All State defender at the conclusion of her senior soccer season at Lakota West.

As a defender, she earned the rare honor of being selected GMC Player of the Year in 2007.

Her athletic accomplishments earned her nine varsity letters, spanning three different sports seasons. She was a four-year starter on soccer teams that won one GMC championship and earned four Cincinnati top-ten rankings. She was also a four-year member of basketball teams that won two GMC championships and was the 2008 State Division 1 runner-up. She was a point guard and ranks in the top-ten in career assists and steals. Caitlin also ran track, qualifying for the Regional meet as a member of the 3200-meter relay team that earned the bronze medal at the 2008 District meet.

She is one of only 21 athletes in Lakota school district history to have earned nine or more varsity letters and, one of 18 to be inducted into the Lakota Athletic Hall of Fame.

Caitlin went on to earn All Big Ten Academic honors while attending the University of Illinois where she was a four-year letter winner, playing in 45 contests, including 18 starts as a defender. She then attended the University of Dayton where she attained her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is currently living in Cincinnati and is a physical therapist at Athletico Physical Therapy.

Stu Eversole PhotoStu Eversole
Lakota & Lakota School District: Athletic Director, Coach & Teacher

Stu began his service to Lakota as a teacher and coach in 1973 and, he has contributed to Lakota’s athletic fortunes in each of the past 46 years.

He became the Lakota High School football head coach in 1977 while ushering Lakota into our GMC era. He held that position for nine seasons while forging a career winning percentage of 58.8 %. That is still the highest win percentage of any of the ten head football coaches who have ever served the district.

Stu served as Athletic Director for Lakota from 1985-2010, the longest term of service of any Athletic Director in Lakota history. During that 25-year period, Lakota high schools won 14 GMC All Sports Championships; eight during the years that he served as the Athletic Director for (old) Lakota High School and, six more during the time he served as the District AD, after the opening of both Lakota East and Lakota West high schools.

He was instrumental in creating Lakota’s Athletic Hall of Fame as a way to honor those who have made significant athletic contributions to our schools. With over 200 inductees, he now joins seven of his own former players and six of the coaches that he hired to his athletic staff, as members of Lakota’s Athletic Hall of Fame.

Stu is Past President of the Greater Miami Conference, which is comprised of ten of the largest high schools in the State of Ohio, and he currently serves as the league’s Associate Commissioner.

A graduate of Talawanda High School and Miami University, Oxford, Stu is also a member of the Talawanda Athletic Hall of Fame, Butler County Sports Hall of Fame and, the Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (OIAAA) Hall of Fame.

Stu continues to serve Lakota in an advisory capacity. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and, travelling with his wife Suzy. They have two adult children, Ben (Kelly) and Janna (Jeremy), and three beautiful grandchildren. 

Photo Ryan FieldsRyan Fields
Lakota West Class of 2008: Wrestling

Ryan was declared the winner of 164 matches, the highest number of individual match wins achieved in the annals of Lakota wrestling. His winning percentage of 92.1% ranks him third in that column of the record book.

He won four Cincinnati Sectional championships and three Southwest Ohio District championships.

Fields qualified for four State championship tournaments, and was a four-time placer, winning three silver medals and a bronze.

Culminating his regular GMC high school career and based upon the strength of his four GMC Conference titles, Ryan was selected GMC Wrestler of the Year in 2008. As a four-time GMC champion, he is only the third grappler in the Hall of Fame to hold this distinction.

Some of his more remarkable achievements while wrestling for the Firebirds include being ranked first, in number of career pins and, being tied for fourth on the toughest take down list.

Following graduation from Lakota West, Ryan attended the University of North Carolina, Greensboro on a wrestling scholarship. He currently works as a petroleum surveyor for Inspectorate in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Amberly Gray PhotoAmberly Gray
Lakota West Class of 2008: Basketball and Volleyball

Amber has been the most honored basketball player in Lakota history. She was selected to three All American teams including McDonalds, Nike, and Parade Magazine; each of which are limited to the top 24 high school players judged most skilled in the entire USA.

In 2008 she was chosen All Ohio Female Basketball Player of the Year. She is the only player from a Lakota school to twice be named All Ohio First Team for basketball; All Ohio in two sports (volleyball and basketball as a junior) and, All Ohio in a single sport (basketball) in four consecutive seasons.

Amber set, and still holds, the Lakota district career records, irrespective of gender, for both scoring (1931 points) and rebounding (925 rebounds).

She was selected by the league coaches to the All GMC First Team in basketball and was further chosen as the GMC Player of the Year in three seasons. She is the only athlete in the history of the league to have ever been so honored.

Amber earned four varsity letters in basketball and three in volleyball. She was named All GMC First Team in both volleyball and basketball as a junior. She was twice named Cincinnati Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Southwest Ohio Female Player of the Year, and Butler County Female Player of the Year.

Her Lakota district single game, single, and career statistical records are too numerous to mention. 

Amber went on to play basketball for the University of Tennessee before transferring to Xavier University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Organization Communication in 2013. She has been inducted into the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame and plays professional basketball in France and semi-pro in Cleveland.

Rachel Nelson Amburn PhotoRachel (Nelson) Amburn
Lakota West Class of 2008: Golf

Rachel is the only Lakota female golfer (Lakota, Lakota East or Lakota West) to earn both First and Second Team All-State honors. She earned All-State honors in both 2006 and 2007.

She was a team medalist in 2006 on Lakota’s only Girls State Championship golf team. In 2007, she was a team medalist on the Girls State third place team.

Rachel was named Cincinnati Player of the Year in 2007 as well as being named Greater Miami Conference Player of the Year that same season.

Ten years after her graduation from Lakota West High School, Rachel still holds the lowest 18-hole round record (a five under par 67) which she set at the GMC tournament. She is the only Lakota female golfer to record as many as four sub-par 18-hole rounds.

Rachel still holds the record for the lowest Lakota girls’ season average in 37 years of girls’ golf, a record that has now stood for 11 years. She was the first Lakota golfer to win individual medalist honors at as many as five tournaments.

Rachel went on to be a four-year scholarship player at Western Carolina University, ranking 15th in Western Carolina scoring history at the time of her graduation from there in 2013. She earned a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from WCU and is currently working as a registered dietitian in Bakersfield, California.

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