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Fairborn, Xenia to induct athletic hall of fame classes


Fairborn High School will induct its third class into its athletic hall of fame on Saturday. Being honored will be Ed McLoud (Class of 1964; football and baseball), Jackie (Smith) Whittaker (’81, Park Hills; volleyball, basketball and softball), Veasna Tith (’98; tennis) and the 1970 Baker boys district champion basketball team.

A lineman, McLoud also played on the unbeaten 1966 Michigan State national championship team. Whittaker set multiple basketball records and played both basketball and volleyball at the University of Findlay. Tith was a four-time Western Ohio League and sectional tennis champ and also was the No. 1 singles player at Wright State.

Baker’s 1969-70 boys basketball team was the most successful in Fairborn history, falling to unbeaten and eventual Class AA champion Chaminade in a regional final. The late Jake Brummet was the Flyers’ head coach and Kirk Minteer (Ashland), Steve Greene (Southwestern Louisiana) and the late Gary Wright (Miami baseball) were the go-to standouts. Other members were Tom Carroll, Brent Cartwright, Daryl Douple, Steve Fulton, Dennis Graham, Doug Schively, Jeff Taylor and Pat White.

An induction ceremony will be held at approximately 7 p.m. prior to a boys game against visiting Springfield Shawnee at Baker Memorial Fieldhouse.

• Xenia also has a robust class that will be added to its athletic hall of fame on during Friday’s boys basketball game against visiting Piqua.

Individuals to be honored are track and cross country coach Bill Wilson (1954-79), Dr. Dave Hazel (’70; football and track), Eric Fawley (’08; swimming), Kristi Cope Elsman (’93; soccer, basketball), Nick Ungard (’52; basketball and golf), Richard Bennett (educator, coach and civic leader), Shawn Thigpen (’93; basketball and track), Steve Smith (’88; wrestling) and the 1985-86 wrestling season that placed second at state, led by state champs Lawrance Dudgeon and Monty Dagley.

A receiver, Hazel played in three straight Rose Bowls for Ohio State under head coach Woody Hayes. He graduated from the Wright State medical school in 1985.

• The 34th annual Southwest Ohio Swimming and Diving Classic will be Saturday at Sunday. Essentially a preseason state preview, the meet draws approximarely 112 schools and more than 2,600 swimmers and 150 divers. Besides high school events, the meet also allows participants to compete in longer NCAA and USA Swimming events.

Diving prelims are at Miami University, Mason, Milford, Trotwood-Madison and final at the University of Cincinnati. Swimming prelims are at Countryside YMCA Dayton Raider Aquatic Center, Miami, Mason, Milford, Princeton, Trotwood and the West Carrollton YMCA. Swim finals are at St. Xavier’s Keating Natatorium in Cincinnati.

St. X has won every boys title.

• Wittenberg University’s Aubrey Cox (Tippecanoe) was named the NCAA Division III National Freshman of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The 5-foot-11 middle hitter helped was among the tigers’ leaders in most statistical categories. Witt (22-6) was defeated by DePauw (Ind.) in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament final and was stopped by Millikin (Ill.) in the second round of the NCAA tourney.

• The Fairmont girls field hockey team has been awarded the Ohio High School Athletic Association Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity Award for 2016-17. Macie Miller is the Firebirds’ first-year coach.



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