The 2017 Lakota Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees have been announced and includes three 2006 Lakota West graduates, Lindsay Bodeker Youngstrom, Josh Chichester and Megan Dooley Dimond, and retired Lakota West Head Wrestling Coach Scott Fetzer. The list also includes four athletes from the 2006 Lakota East class (James Dews, Alex Hoekstra, William Johnson and Casey Keefer).
The induction ceremony will take place on Thursday, March 23rd, 6pm at the Wetherington Golf and Country Club. Tickets for the event are $25 per person and include dinner (cash bar available). Advance reservations are required and the deadline is March 16th. To RSVP, please call 513-644-1204 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lakota West Class of 2006: Softball
Lindsay earned three varsity letters while playing on three of the best softball teams in Lakota district history. She was a pitcher for teams that won two GMC championships, went to two state “final fours”, and were three times ranked #1 in Cincinnati.
She was twice named to All-State first teams becoming only the second Lakota softball player ever so honored.
She was the Cincinnati Player of the Year in 2006 and the GMC Player of the Year in both 2005 and 2006.
Her cumulative record in OHSAA tournament competition was 10-2, giving her the most tournament wins in Lakota softball. She achieved tournament wins as a sophomore, a junior, and a senior. She was credited with two regional championship wins and there have been only four such wins in all of Lakota softball history.
Her name still appears in the OHSAA record book standing at 11th with seven no-hitters in a season, and at 15th with fifteen no-hitters in a career, both tops for Lakota pitchers.
She pitched with power and holds the Lakota all-time record high average of 11.9 strikeouts per seven innings. She also pitched with consistency and holds the Lakota all-time career winning percentage record of 84.8%, winning 56 of 66 games.
Bodeker continued her softball career at the University of Akron (2007) and the Ohio State University (2008-2010). While at OSU she forged a record of 27-14 and was the starter in the Buckeye’s nationally televised NCAA 2009 super regional game.
Lakota West Class of 2006: Football, Basketball, and Track & Field
Josh earned seven varsity letters playing three different sports and in six of those seasons was named to all GMC teams, twice for football, three for basketball and once in track and field
As a wide receiver in football he set and still holds the Lakota school district career receiving records of 1793 yards and 21 touchdowns scored. He was the receiving leader for Lakota West’s first OHSAA State playoff team in 2004.
He was twice selected to All State basketball teams, second team in 2006 and honorable mention in 2005. His 2006 team advanced to the regional finals, the final eight in the state.
He is the leading shot blocker in Lakota school district history with 159 and ranks third in district history in rebounding at 601. He also maintained a double figure scoring average (10.7 ppg) over the course of four seasons and 77 varsity games played.
In a high school track and field career that spanned just 43 days, he was the GMC champion, the Cincinnati District champion and, finished 11th in the State in the high jump. He was a member of the Cincinnati District champion 1600-meter relay team and, he was a member of both 800-meter and 1600-meter relay teams that set new Lakota West records.
He is one of only four male athletes in the history of the Greater Miami Conference known to have received all GMC 1st team honors in the fall, winter and spring seasons of the same school year.
Josh earned a scholarship to play football for the University of Louisville where he successfully competed in four seasons, making catches for 1253 yards in 48 games. While at Louisville he also filled in briefly with a short-handed Louisville basketball team, playing four minutes and scoring a basket in the NCAA tournament bound Cardinal’s televised win over Kentucky. He has since played football professionally at the New Orleans Saints pre-season camp, with the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena football league, and with Edmonton of the Canadian Football league. He currently plays for the Iowa Cylones of the Premier Basketball league and was that league’s Rookie of the Year in 2015.
Lakota West Class of 2006: Volleyball
Meagan played four seasons of varsity volleyball, all in the starting line-up, and all on winning teams.
As a senior she was named to the All-State first team after leading Lakota West’s 2005 team to the GMC championship, the Cincinnati District championship, and the Southwest Ohio regional finals. That team finished the season with a 20-6 record to become the first Firebird team to achieve twenty wins.
Meagan was named to All GMC teams in each of her four seasons, second team as a freshman and first team in each of her final three years. She was voted the league’s Player of the Year in 2005.
A dominant front line player, she became the first in Lakota district history to be credited with over 1000 career kills. Ten years later she is still just one of only two to reach the 1000 mark. Her senior kill total of 406 still stands as the Lakota district single season record. She also holds all Lakota West records, career, and season, for blocks.
Meagan played four seasons for University of Pittsburgh in the Big East Conference. In her first three seasons at Pitt she was named to the All Big East second team. In her final season she was named to the Big East 1st team and further honored by selection as an NCAA D-1, 3rd -Team All American. She is still ranked #2 at Pitt in all-time career solo blocks.
Lakota West: Head Varsity Wrestling Coach
Scott was the first wrestling head coach at Lakota West and led that program through 13 highly successful seasons. Prior to that he had served as an assistant coach for six seasons at Lakota.
In dual meet competition his teams achieved 149 wins, more than has been achieved during the tenure of any of the 13 head coaches that have coached wrestling in the Lakota High Schools. Two of his teams were voted Cincinnati Metro champions by the Cincinnati Enquirer Coach’s Poll.
When it became tournament time in early February, he carried on the old Lakota tradition of designating it as the month of champions. In his years as head coach he watched his athletes mount the top step of the victory stand as champions 110 times at the GMC, sectional, district and state series of meets held during this month. That number has also not been matched or exceeded during the tenure of any past or present Lakota district wrestling coach.
He is one of the few coaches to have coached a senior National Champion and has taken four athletes to the National tournament with all four attaining top five finishes.
He rolled these individual successes into team successes, which yielded Lakota West team championships in seven GMC meets, seven sectional meets, and a district meet.
His 2006 and 2007 teams both finished fifth at the State Final meets. These two finishes were out of an initial field of 173 D-1 schools, and are tied as the highest finishes by any Lakota district wrestling teams.
His name will now stand beside four of his former athletes already in the Lakota Hall of Fame, with others expected to follow.