Hall of Fame

2018 Little Miami Hall of Fame Honorees

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Matt Craig - Athlete

During his time as an athlete at Little Miami, Matt Craig made a significant impact in two sports: basketball and baseball. He was a 2-time All-Ohio player in baseball, a 4-time, first-team All-FAVC in baseball and 3-time first-team All-FAVC in basketball. He was the 1993 and 1994 player of the year in baseball and is second on the Little Miami all-time scorer list in basketball, with a career total of 1,198 points. Matt went on to play baseball at Bowling Green State University.

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Pat Fitzgerald - Athlete

Patrick Fitzgerald is Little Miami’s most successful wrestler to date. He was Cincinnati’s Division II Wrestler of the Year in 1982, 1983 and 1984 in the 120-pound weight class. He was a 4-time All-FAVC champion, 4-time Sectional champion, 3-time District champion, and was a key member of the 1981-82 team that we are also honoring tonight. During is senior year in 1984, Pat went all the way, winning a state championship in his class. He was also named a high-school All-American and went on to wrestle at the collegiate level, where he qualified for NCAA tournament competition for each of his four years.

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Kevin Mirlisena - Athlete

Kevin Mirlisena was a talented multi-sport athlete during his time here at Little Miami, making his mark in football and baseball. He was a first-team, All-Ohio honoree in baseball, along with a two-time, first-team, All-FAVC, first-team All-City and first-team All-District. He was also a tough player on both sides of the football. He was the Panthers leading rusher in 1996 and also amassed 138 tackles in one season, which places him number 5 of all time in the Little Miami record books. He was named a first-team, All-FAVC linebacker two years in a row, as well as the 1996 FAVC Defensive Player of the Year. Kevin was not only talented on the field, but in the classroom as well, winning All-FAVC academic letters for three years straight. He went on to become a 3-year letter winner for the Wittenberg University football team.

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Tammy Stover - Athlete

Tammy Stover was a triple-threat as a Panther athlete, but her specialty was basketball. Stover is one of the best women’s basketball players in Little Miami history. Named to the 1984 UPI girls Class AA all-Ohio basketball team, Stover averaged 24.7 points per game while leading the Panthers to a 21-2 season her senior year, helping the Lady Panthers win their first-ever FAVC title. She broke every school scoring record and was the first female athlete to break the 1,000 point mark. She was also an outstanding soccer player and played third base on Little Miami’s state Final Four softball team in 1984. She went on to play basketball at Wright State University and was named a regional All-American while there.

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Steven Zimmerman - Athlete

Steven Zimmerman may be Little Miami’s most decorated athlete, a four-time Division I state champion in swimming in both the 100-yd backstroke and the 200-yd I.M. He was a 4-time Southwest District Champion, a high school All-American and has held the sectional record for the 100-yard backstroke since 2011. He is also a 10-time YMCA national champion and is the most decorated backstroker in YMCA history. After leaving Little Miami, Steven went on to break more records in the pool at Ohio State University, where he was a 2-time Olympic trials qualifier, a 2-time All-American and finished his career ranked 50th n the world in his events.

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Norm Runyan - Coach

Norm Runyan is a Little Miami track icon. Norm’s coaching career spanned 48 years, from when he began leading the varsity track program in 1962 until 2010. His long-time service to the district allowed him to coach athletes, the children of those athletes, and even possibly their grandchildren. Both the annual Little Miami track invitational and the track itself are currently named for Norm. He was also Little Miami’s head football coach for four years, and his 7-3 record in 1971 stood as the school’s best for almost 15 years. His tireless service as a coach, high school counselor and educator has touched multiple generations of Little Miami students and we are proud to honor him tonight.

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Corinne Curcio - Key Contributor

Corinne Curcio was a passionate supporter of Little Miami athletics, the school district and the community in general and we are proud to recognize her as a key contributor. She was an active volunteer for more than 30 years as her four daughters made their way through Little Miami, working as PTO president at Maineville Elementary to president of the high school athletic boosters. She managed spirit wear sales, stocked and ran the concession stand and did countless other jobs behind the scenes. Perhaps her most significant contribution was spearheading the effort to raise funds to install artificial turf at the stadium, a project that raised more than $700,000 in private donations. Mrs. Curcio passed away in November of 2015 after losing her battle with breast cancer, but her tireless work on behalf of all Little Miami students continues to live on.

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1981-82 Wrestling Team

The 1981-82 Little Miami wrestling team was the first undefeated sports team in Little Miami history, going 12-0 in the regular season. Led by Head Coach Tim Martin, this was also the first Little Miami team to be ranked number one in the Cincinnati area. This group won the FAVC championship that season and produced 7 individual FAVC champs, 5 district qualifiers, 3 district individual champions, 4 state qualifiers, and one eventual state champion.

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