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LM Hall of Fame welcomes new members

Posted on: April 3, 2019
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The Little Miami Athletic Hall of Fame welcomed its 2019 class of honorees at its annual banquet held Saturday, March 30. Inductees in the athlete, coach, key contributor and team categories were honored.

Those inducted were:

ATHLETES

Lauren (Cook) Bower: Lauren Bower made an indelible mark on the Little Miami softball diamond. Lauren was a first-team, all-state pitcher in 2002 and was FAVC Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003. She was FAVC pitcher of the year for four years and was a Cincinnati Enquirer All-Star team member for three years. Lauren set seven school records in a Panther uniform, including most innings pitched, most strikeouts, most wins. She holds a career E.R.A of 1.22. Lauren continued her playing career at Morehead State University on a softball scholarship. She was named Georgia Southern All-Tournament MVP and Academic All-American.

Courtney (Balser) Meyer: Courtney Meyer is one of Little Miami’s most successful basketball players of all time. She was known for her offensive output on the court and scored 1,672 points during her career, which is the current school record for both males AND females. Courtney was named first team, all-FAVC for four years, was an all-Ohio honorable mention two years, and was named to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s All-City team three years in a row. Courtney was a key member of the Lady Panthers basketball team that amassed a 70-25 record during her playing career and won a district championship in 2000. She continued her playing career at Ashland University and Wilmington College, and was a member of the NCAA Division 3 national championship team. She has continued her relationship with Little Miami, serving as a one-time coach of girls freshman basketball, and as a kindergarten teacher here in the district.

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Kim (Hampton) Pike is one of Little Miami's most decorated athletes.

John Michael: John Michael was one of Little Miami’s most versatile athletes. While wearing a Panther uniform, he set records in both basketball and baseball. In 1966, he broke the single game scoring record twice for Panther basketball, scoring 39 points in one game. He is one of Little Miami’s Top Ten leading season scorers in basketball and was named all-county baseball player his junior and senior years. John was a four-year varsity letter winner in baseball and started as a freshman, batting .400 that year. After graduation, he attended Miami University before signing to play professional baseball for the Washington Senators, where he spent six seasons as a third baseman and shortstop. John has continued to be a vital supporter of the Little Miami community and especially the Village of Maineville, where he has been mayor and was the first inductee into the Village of Maineville Hall of Fame.

Kimberly (Hampton) Pike: Kimberly Pike is one of Little Miami’s most decorated athletes. She consistently set records in both cross country and track for Little Miami, including records for the women’s cross country and for the 800 meter, 1600 meter and 3200 meter runs that still stand today. She was a four-time FAVC champion in cross country, two-time champion in the 1600 meter run in track, and a state qualifier in both sports all four years of high school. She was the 1985 Cincinnati cross country runner of the year, the 1986 county champion and the 1987 regional champion. She was named to the All-Ohio team in 1985 and ’87 and along with being named to the 1986, ’87 and ’88 all-conference teams in track. She set the FAVC record for the 1600m run as a freshman and qualified for the National Junior Olympics Teams in cross country and track. After graduation, she continued her running career at Morehead State.

Nathan Lamb: As Little Miami football player, honoree Nathan Lamb was a top performer in both football and baseball. In baseball, he was a three-time first team, all-FAVC honoree. In football, he set school records in yards gained, yards per carry and touchdowns scored that still remain intact today. In football, he was the 1994 FAVC Player of the Year, a 1993 and 1994 first team All-FAVC honoree, and two-time first team all-district and all-city honoree. Nathan is also one of only two Little Miami football players ever to be named to the All-Ohio team. After high school, he continued to contribute to the community, coaching youth teams in football, baseball, girls basketball and softball.

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Former LM coach and teacher Carl Travis (left) and John Michael.

COACH

Carl Travis: Carl Travis taught and coached at Little Miami for more than 30 years. His long-time service to the district allowed him to coach athletes, the children of those athletes, and even possibly their grandchildren. Carl has coached multiple sports, including football, basketball and track at the junior high and high school levels. He coached high school boys and girls tennis for 23 years, winning five league titles, one sectional champion doubles title in 1977 and one Elite Eight finish at state by a doubles team in 1995. His total win record of 310 combined victories for both men’s and women’s tennis ranked him 27th all time in Ohio at the time of his retirement. His tireless service as a coach has touched multiple generations of Little Miami students.

KEY CONTRIBUTORS

Joe & Peggy Mirlisena: Joe & Peggy Mirlisena are a part of the fabric of Little Miami. They raised their children here and played very active roles in Little Miami athletics. They were involved in the Morrow Athletic Association and the early days of the Little Miami athletic boosters. Joe served as Booster president, and helped build the Panther House concession stand at the old high school. On scores of Friday nights, Joe and Peggy could be found grilling hamburgers and hot dogs for hungry Panther fans. Joe has since passed away, but his and Peggy’s tireless work on behalf of all Little Miami students continues to live on. Their contribution and support of Little Miami athletic and academic programs are a real blessing to the Panther community.

Team

1951 Morrow baseball team: The 1951 Morrow baseball team was making history even before Little Miami became a school district in 1954. They went undefeated with a perfect 6-0 record to win the Warren County Championship and to gain for the school its first ever baseball trophy. Team members traveled here tonight from Kansas, Pennsylvania and all points on the compass to be a part of this celebration and include Adrian Achtermann, Don Allison and Andy Mitten.

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