Lakota’s Athletic Hall of Fame will induct eight new members during a formal ceremony and banquet March 21 at the Wetherington Golf and Country Club in West Chester, Ohio. The prestigious affair annually recognizes the outstanding performances of former Lakota athletes, coaches and staff who have made significant athletic contributions during their high school careers.
The Class of 2013 includes 8 new members to be added to the 143 former inductees already enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Each inductee will be recognized with the presentation of a personal plaque highlighting his or her contribution to the Lakota School District athletic program. In addition, a commemorative plaque with the inductee’s name will be enshrined in an appropriate place of honor in both Lakota West, Lakota East High Schools and the Lakota Central Office.
Below are the new members who will be honored on Thursday. For more information on the Lakota Hall of Fame, click here.
Lakota High School and Lakota East – Teacher and Football Coach
Greg coached Lakota to their first Greater Miami Conference football championship in 1995, posting a perfect 5-0 season in league play. Bailie added a Greater Miami Conference Co-championship in 2004 as the coach of Lakota East, the first football championship by a Lakota district school to be achieved after the high school split. His 1995 team also made school district history by becoming Lakota’s first playoff team. This feat was accomplished before the state playoff system was expanded beyond 16 teams (today’s system includes 32 teams per division). He not only guided this team to the playoffs, but also coached them to Lakota’s first playoff victory. With that win, Lakota advanced to Ohio’s Division-I Final 8, still the furthest advance in school district history.
At the time of his retirement, Bailie had 94 total Lakota district wins to his credit, the most of any of the 8 current or former Lakota football coaches who had served up to that time. His 17 years as a head coach at Lakota were the latest in his 27-year career as a high school head coach, a career which included a cumulative 147 wins and three playoff appearances.
Retired from public education, Greg is currently the Director of High School Relations on the Wake Forest University football staff.
Lakota High School, Class of 1987: Football & Baseball
Doug was a two-year starting quarterback for the football team and also earned a varsity letter for baseball. In his senior season, Johnson passed the ball for 1758 yards to set a district single season record that still stands. It’s a record that has not been matched or exceeded in the 69 seasons that football has been played by Lakota district high schools.
During his two-year varsity career, Johnson threw for a record total of 2265 yards. That record stood for a decade and has only been exceeded once. Doug was recognized for his outstanding passing and overall team leadership as a quarterback by being selected to both All GMC and All Butler County teams in 1986.
Dr. Doug Johnson is currently a Staff Pathologist at the Lexington Clinic P.S.C. and Laboratory Medical Director for St. Joseph East Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.
Lakota High School, Class of 1985 – Swimming, Diving & Gymnastics
Ernie earned four varsity letters in swimming and one in gymnastics. He represented the aquatics team in both swimming and diving, but it was in diving that he most excelled. He set the school record in the one-meter, six-dive event in 1984 that was retired as the Lakota record when the schools split in 1997. He also set a school record in the one-meter, eleven-dive event in 1985, a record that still stands as the Lakota school district record 28 years later.
Among his swim team honors were Butler County Diving champion, and two selections to All Greater Miami Conference teams. After his graduation from Lakota High School, Malott served for twelve years as an assistant coach for both the boys and girls highly successful gymnastics teams. He also coached Lakota swimmers and divers during the summer at the Hy-Crest Swim Club.
Ernie currently works for the West Chester Police Department and has served his community as a law enforcement officer for 23 years.
Amy Mink (Rambo)
Lakota West, Class of 2000 – Soccer
Amy was a co-captain and an impact player on Lakota’s only girls State championship soccer team. This high scoring mid-fielder was the leading goal scorer in Lakota West’s 1999 seven-game championship run, tallying a team high of five goals. She never left the field in the State Championship Final Four tournament, playing two grueling 100-minute overtime games and then participating in both of the ensuing penalty kick tie-breakers. She scored the 35th and final goal of her high school career in the State championship game tie breaker.
At the conclusion of the 1999 season, Amy was awarded several individual honors, foremost among them a selection to the All-State Third Team. She had the rare distinction of being an All-GMC honoree in each of her four high school seasons, the final two as a member of the league First Team.
Amy went on to be a starter and a star player in NCAA Division-I soccer, first at the University of Massachusetts, and for her final three seasons at the University of Cincinnati, where she earned All-Conference recognition. She capped her career as a Bearcat by sharing Team MVP honors. She also played for the SOASA’s Cincinnati Ladyhawks, capturing the 2003 USASA U23 National title.
Amy is currently Vice President of Commercial Roofing with Mid-Miami Roofing Inc.
Lakota High School and Lakota East – Teacher and Athletic Trainer
Mike received the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association’s “Athletic Trainer of the Year Award” in 2006, and is the only Lakota trainer to ever receive this honor. At the time of his retirement in 2010, he had completed 25 years as a head trainer, first for Lakota and finally for Lakota East.
He taught classes that prepared students to become athletic trainers and organized them as a student training corps to provide coverage for athletes competing in over 20 different sports at Lakota. Some of his students went on to become trainers in the college ranks and into the major league sports ranks as well. Mike joined the Lakota staff as a teacher in 1975, and prior to his years as a head trainer also helped coach both football and wrestling.
Retired from public education, Mike currently works as needed as a PRN with Tri-Health, helps care for his grandchildren two days a week, and performs home improvements on four homes.
Andrea Thompson (Holtman)
Lakota High School, Class of 1995 – Volleyball & Softball
Andrea was the acknowledged leader and a standout performer on every team she played for. She earned six varsity letters during her sophomore through senior years, three each in volleyball and softball. She was a starter on three varsity volleyball teams, the last two GMC champions, and the last one a State Champion in 1994.
Her career blocking record, set in 1994, stood for 11 years. She won All-GMC honors following both her junior and senior seasons. She was also an outstanding first baseman and pitcher over the course of three softball seasons. Her career batting average of .389 still ranks 10th all time within the school district. She played on two GMC championship teams and twice earned individual All-GMC honors, including a First team selection in 1995.
Andrea was a rare two-sport college athlete, earning five varsity letters. She was a letter winner on three Norse volleyball teams, including their 1997 squad that went to the NCAA D-2 regional tournament.
Andrea is currently a project manager in the health care industry.
Allison White (Holland)
Lakota High School, Class of 1990 – Cross Country and Track
Allison was a distance running phenom, starting in the fall of her freshman year. She went on to earn eight varsity letters, four each in cross country and track. She won six major championships before the end of her sophomore season; District and Regional Cross Country Championships as a freshman and double GMC Track Championships in the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs in both her freshman and sophomore seasons.
She competed in four State meets in cross country, earning All-State honors as a sophomore. She won 23 individual high school races total (seven in cross country and 16 in track and field) and contributed to many other race wins, running legs on relay teams. These totals would have undoubtedly been much higher had she not been hampered by persistent injuries in her final two seasons. Nonetheless, she won one or more individual distance races in each of her four high school years.
Allison was a management consultant and project manager for 12 years. She currently enjoys taking care of her family and volunteering at her children’s school.
George “Butch” Wilburn
Lakota High School, Class of 1983 – Football
Butch was named AP First Team All-state at the conclusion of his senior season. At the time of his selection he was just the second Lakota athlete to have achieved All-State First team honors, irrespective of sport. He lettered on two varsity football teams earning All Greater Miami Conference honors in both his junior and senior years. He also added First Team All-Cincinnati, First Team All-Southwest Ohio, and First Team All Golden Triangle and was selected as a starter in the prestigious North-South All Star Football Game. He also set numerous school and state records in competitive power lifting.
Butch went on to become a four-year letterman at the University of Kentucky, starting as a red shirt freshman for the then 16th ranked Wildcats, before being injured. He played in the defeat of Wisconsin in the 1984 Hall of Fame Bowl and received multiple Offensive Lineman of the Week honors throughout his college career.
George is currently a Divisional Vice President with AXA Advisors LLC.