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Firebirds News · Show us your “W’s”

Lakota West Students, Alumni and Staff: We want to see your West PRIDE!! Send us pictures showing off your “W.”Whether you’re in college, out of state, out of the country or even spending time in West Chester, send us your “W” pictures. Please include the names of the participants in the picture and include graduation year or additional info that may be helpful! We will post them on the web-site as they arrive.


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Andrew Knowles
Class of 2001
From Iraq
Lakota West Students
Hanging out on Main Street
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Krista Coleman ’10, Felicia Smiley ’09, Nikki Health ’08, Whitney Ruffin ’08, Kayla Johnson 09
Homecoming ’07
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Boys volleyball team following their Officials Association Tournament championship Matt Klinker ’03
Pitcher for the Dayton Dragons flashin at the ballpark!
Coleman Cronk ’21
Firebird SUPER FAN!
Freedom Elementary says, “West Basketball Rocks!”
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West students at the JEA convention – Spicing up Hollywood!!! Coach Fetzer’s Engineering II students. Teachers Lindsay Hauck, Bethany Dunn, and Jody Googins immediately following the Flying Pig Marathon Tennis team following a 2nd place finish at the GMC Tournament.
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Future Firebirds- the Fishman & Phelan siblings visiting AfterProm Officer Newman with Rachel Ransick Hannah, Becca & Haley
Class of 2012
Mr. Cronk on Hilton Head Island
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The Extreme Home Makerover crew playing softball at Lakota West after a hard day’s work. Brandon Miller (2012) and CJ Miller (2009) at Exit Glacier Seward, AK Ohio State Buckeye and Lakota West Grad Steve Rehring with Mr. Card and his nephew Brad. Ohio State Buckeye and Lakota West Grad Solomon Thomas with Mr. Card and his nephew Brad.
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Private First Class, Mark Moody, United States Army, somewhere near the Turkey-Iraq border, 1991.
Also pictured Ezra Stout, Ryan Bollinger
School pride shows at a football game Junior Varsity Cheerleaders Tennis team flashes W’s after winning the GMC Tournament.
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Officials at the Powder Puff football game. The University of Wisconsin’s head football coach Bret Bielema recently made a visit to Lakota West. He wasn’t afraid to flash his W! Miami’s Andrew Phelan and Butler’s Matt Foor along with West junior Aaron Phelan on Barefoot Beach Fla., NEW YEARS DAY 2009 Spanish students in Spain over last summer.
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Lakota West fan Brad Cronk in front of the pyramids. Mr. Card at President Obama’s Inauguration Four OUTSTANING athletes – J-Chi, Shaffer, Cook, and Dews JV Lacrosse team showing their W’s after winning the JV Tournament White Bracket Championship
2009 Bombsquad Volleyball Dads Dick Butkus Maualuga
Seniors Kyle Parido, Adam Valko, Brian Abrams, Nick Hagglund Volleyball Dads show their W’s at a tailgate party prior to a game! Dick Butkus and his son Matt have been fans of the Firebirds for years and years! They took a moment to flash their W’s with Jordan Hicks and the football coaches. West Freshman C.J. Reckner won a contest through Pepsi called “Day with a Rookie” and as a result, Rey Maualuga from the Cincinnati Bengals visited the West Freshman Campus
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Why does Santa wear red? He’s a Firebird fan! Brian Abrams, Justin Sharp, Kyle Parido, Adam Valko, Connor Johnson Class of 2010 Notre Dame football game against Connecticut Lacrosse player Terrance Shipmon FLASHIN! Ellen Bellino, Kelsey Weisenberger, Tiffany Anderson before Prom
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Future Firebird Swimmer Nicholas, class of 2024, showing off his “W” before his first day of swim practice! West teachers Tim and Jodi Kessler at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming on Jackson Lake Brockman family and mascot Diamond at the Tennessee Smokies baseball game West Grad Matt Klinker before the Muscat’s vs. smokies game
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West boys at a baseball tournament at Notre Dame.
Kinect Nationals- Cory Kuznof, Andy Shafer, Zak Farmer, Cameron Hicks
Senior Liz McMahon from the Junior Olympics in Singapore 2010 West Volleyball team sitting in the block W. Senior Taylor Kraemer backstage with her friend R’el while modeling at Carmen Marc Valvo
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Lakota West seniors before the 2010 Homecoming Dance 2002 West grad Anthony Rickert-Epstein working in Hollywood with Snoop Dogg and Tiny Lister aka Debo 2-year old Audree – A big Lakota West Fan!!! Mr. Fetzer’s Engineering and Drawing Class Showing their W creatively!
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Jeff Maupin ’07, Miranda Powell ’07, Megan Holt ’14, Sarah Maupin ’14 and Jeff Maupin 1981 in Panama City Beach, FL Kate Eaton (’14) and Kevin Eaton (’17) showing their “W” in front of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. Gary Brockman – Disney Liz McMahon’s Illini sweep Ohio State!
Tyler Bowling ’14, Liz McMahon ’11, Taylor Anderson’11, Corri Muha ’12, Allie Muha ’14 , Gabby Blados ’14, Andy McCalla ’11
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2001 Grad Adam Blandford training with US bobsled team in Lake Placid NY. 2004 grad David Griffin at 16,000 ft above sea level Senior (2012) Courtney Hannah standing in front of her street stock race car at a race in Winchester, IN Beth Sharples “Sharpie” class of 2014 showing her “W” at the “Bean” in Chicago
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Seniors (2012) Randy Doyle and Bill Hare show their W’s in Chemistry class. Sarah Mattina at New York’s Time Square The 2012 8th Grade Ridge team show their W’s after the Plains/Ridge game. 2011 Grad Ryan Kelly showing his “W” after winning the 2013 BCS National Championship
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Lakota West Volleyball Grads Lexi Dannemiller and Mel Stewart after competing against each other. House Speaker John Boehner flashing his “W” at Marshall Stretch’s (2013) Grad Party SuperFan Brad Cronk flashing his “W” from the Burg Eltz Castle above the Moselle River between Koblenz and Trier, Germany. Caroline Schaeffer, Julia Brenner, Audrey Nunley(Heritage) and Emma Groh(Endeavor) at Lakota West Football game on 9/6/13
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2013 Girls Volleyball Team at The Volley For The Cure. 2013 Homecoming Court New York Giants Fullback John Conner at 2013 East/West Football Game 2013 Fall Signing Day. #westpride
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2013 Senior Swimmers Showing Their #westpride Elizabeth King visiting Lady Liberty before Marching in The 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Alexis Fintel and Karly Hasselfeld were caught flashing some West Pride on NYC’s Time Square West Grad & starting Center (OL) at Alabama, Ryan Kelly, showing his support for the Firebirds at the 2013 East vs. West Football Game. #westpride
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Volunteers Showing School Spirit at The 2013 Girls East/West Basketball Game West Girls Basketball team flashing their W’s with T-bird teams that played at halftime. Lakota West Grad & Professional Soccer Player Brigit Reder is a substitute teacher in our building today! #westpride West Basketball Dad, Steve Nguyen, sends a “W” with PGA Pro Charles Howell from the Humana Pro Am in California!
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Team Manager Silas Walters ’21 Showing his “W” at the 2014 West/Mason Basketball Game. 2014 Winter Signing Day. #westpride Girls Freshman Basketball winning the Fairfield Freshman Invitational!!

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Multiple Teams · Bw’s BLAZIN’ Athletes of the Week 2/10/14 – 2/16/14

Bw’s Blazin’ Athletes of the Week
PAST Athletes of The Week
2/10/14 -2/16/14
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Kevin Leonhardt
Senior, Wrestling
Kevin won the 152 pound Dayton 1 sectional championship at Centerville this weekend.  He won each of his four matches with pins, the last three coming in the first period.  Leonhardt raised his career win total to 120 which moves him into the Lakota School district’s all time top 10.
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Casey Frazier
Senior, Swimming
Casey became the Lakota school district’s first female swimmer to win a district championship.  Her historic win came in the 100 yard breast stroke at the Southwest Ohio meet at Miami University on Saturday.  Frazier set or helped set three new Lakota school district records, two in individual events and as a member of a relay team.  She qualified for the State meet in a maximum four events.

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Multiple Teams · Seniors Don’t Disappoint with Win over Sycamore 78-52!

Picture by Jenny Walters

Box Score

Summary by Bob Ashby:

West got off to a fast start leading 21-10 at the end of the first quarter, played the Aves even through the second and third periods and then closed the deal with a big 29-14 scoring advantage in the fourth stanza.  Three Firebirds scored in double figures; Malik Grove with 16, Tyler Williams with 14 and Latrell Tidwell with 14 including two thunderous dunks.  West out rebounded Sycamore 47-24 led by Tyler Bowling and Tidwell with 8 boards each.  Tyler Williams, in addition to his scoring, had a team best 5 assists against 0 turnovers.  Bowling had a game high 3 shot blocks.

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Multiple Teams · Girls Basketball wins Big over Northwest 66-24!

Box Score

Summary by Bob Ashby:

The Firebirds scored ten points in the first 65 seconds of the game and emerged from the first quarter with a 20 point lead (23-3).  Fourteen different West players saw action in the game as the Firebirds continued to add to their lead.  Lauren Cannatelli led the team in three statistical categories;  scoring with 15, assists with 6, and steals with 5.  Danielle Wells continues to lead the team in field goal accuracy making 6 of 8 and tallying 13 points for the game.  Arianne Whitaker had team highs of 12 rebounds and 4 shot blocks.   Whitaker raised her season block total to an even 60 topping the previous Lakota West single season record of 56 which had stood since 1998.

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Multiple Teams · Boys Basketball: Senior Night is Tonight! #whiteout

Come show your support for our Boys Basketball team tonight at 7:30 w/live entertainment by West Alumn @DJdrowsy. 11 Seniors will play their last game at Lakota West. Lets show up early dressed in white to celebrate their high school careers. #westpride

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Multiple Teams · Alumni: Jacob May getting ready for another Baseball Season! (Video)

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Jacob May, Outfield (White Sox)

Drafted 3rd Round in 2013

After tearing up Pioneer League pitching for Rookie affiliate Great Falls for a couple weeks (.378/.481/.444 in 55 PA), May was quickly promoted to Class A Kannapolis to finish the season.  There he posted a .286/.346/.461 line in 230 plate appearances, showing surprising power (8 HR) and expected speed (19 SB, 5 CS).  He’s now getting in some winter play with the Sydney Blue Sox in Australia, and he’s holding his own there (.256/.318/.396), where he is 2nd in the ABL in both stolen bases (17 in 20 attempts) and triples (3, tied).  Though considered by many a reach in the 3rd round, there was never any doubting May’s athleticism or speed.  The questions were about the switch hitter’s bat, and to a limited extent the refinement of his defense.  His hitting thus far has helped alleviate that main concern, and has him shooting up ranking lists.  May will likely start 2014 in Winston-Salem’s outfield as a 22 year old.

Keep up the Hard Work Jacob! #westpride


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Multiple Teams · Softball Alumni: Amanda Lahti Prepares for Continued Success in 2nd Season at ONU

Ohio Northern University Sophomore Amanda Lahti will start her second season of softball on March 1st playing for the ONU Polar Bears.  Lahti plans to build on a successful freshman season when she started at catcher, hit .294, recorded an OBP of .400 and had a team best 12 walks.  In the classroom, Amanda earned Scholar All-American honors with a 3.71 GPA majoring in Social Studies.  She plans to become a history teacher at the Middle or High School level after graduation.

Lahti was a three year starter at Lakota West from 2009-2012.  She was First Team All-GMC her junior and senior seasons and Second-Team All-GMC her sophomore season.

Good luck Amanda in all you do! #westpride

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Multiple Teams · Boys Basketball: West gives Hamilton the Blues beating them 67-48!

Box Score

Summary by Bob Ashby:

This was a game of runs.  Hamilton had the benefit of a 17-4 scoring run to start the game, followed by a 12-0 Firebird run early in the second quarter to get themselves back into the game.  West then went on an 8-0 run in the last two minutes of the first half to get their deficit down to one point (26-27).  The Firebirds had all the best of it after the intermission taking a 31-29 lead 6:26 remaining in the third quarter and steadily pulled away from the Big Blue for the remainder of the game. The teams high scorer was Malik Grove with 12 followed closely by Tyler Williams and Tyler Bowling, each with 11, by Ahmad Peterkin with 10, and by Latrell Tidwell with 8.   The Firebirds more than doubled Hamilton’s rebounding output  (49 to 24).  Bowling had  a game high 13 rebounds to go with his 11 points notching his first double-double of the season.  Tidwell was close behind with 10 boards.  Williams was the team leader in both assists and steals with 5 and 3 respectively.

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Photo Gallery from Nick Daggy of Journal-News

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Multiple Teams · Jarin Higginbotham Commits to Morehead State!

Senior Wide Receiver Jarin Higginbotham has committed to play football for the Morehead State Eagles in 2014.  The 6’2″ 184lbs Higginbotham has played a big part in the Lakota West football team offense the last two years.  As a junior, Higginbotham had 17 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns.  He was named 2nd Team All-GMC as a junior.  His senior year, Higginbotham caught 18 passes for 234 yards and one touchdown.  

“The location is close enough to home but not too close.  It’s a great program that felt like home.  Their offense is my type of offense,” said Higginbotham.

Morehead State is an NCAA Division I Football Championship Division (FCS) school and members of the Pioneer Football League.  The university is located in Moorehead, Kentucky.  Last season the program went 3-9 overall with wins over Davidson, Campbell and Valparaiso.  The 2013 season was Head Coach Rob Tenyer’s first season at Morehead University.  Previously, he was assistant coach at MSU for 12 seasons.

Higginbotham also considered Notre Dame College, Lindsey Wilson College and Indiana State University.

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Jarin Higginbotham- WR- 6’2″ 184 lbs

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Multiple Teams · West Football: C.J. Stalker & George Asafo-Adjei Recruitment Heating Up!

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Stalker’s Recruitment Taking Shape

West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West junior linebacker C.J. Stalker had a strong fall and is now reaping the rewards on the recruiting trail.
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Early Favorites
Kentucky and Virginia are two programs that have set the bar early for the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Stalker.
“Just because I’ve had a relationship with them for so long,” Stalker said.
He’s been to the Wildcats campus four times already, and UK has signed a player from Lakota West the last two years in offensive lineman Kyle Meadows and running back Mikel Horton.
“Kentucky they were my first offer and I have a great relationship with all the coaches there, and I’ll most likely be headed there again in a month or so,” Stalker said.
“I’ve dreamt since I was a little kid to play college football, and watching the SEC and seeing that program is on the rise, I think that’s evident to everyone, and if you don’t see that you’re probably not intelligent. You can see down there the atmosphere, an SEC atmosphere, it’s unbelievable. The big stage, it would be a dream for me to play there.”
A date isn’t locked in, but Stalker says he’ll get to Virginia for the first time in a couple weeks.
“I’ve been in contact with Coach Tenuta from Virginia since my sophomore season,” he said. “I have a pretty good relationship with him and I really like him.
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“The big thing to me is his loyalty, just being in contact with me when I was so young, and the relationship we have now. Them being an ACC school and the education Virginia offers is unbelievable. My mother is a teacher and both my parents are hard on me and my brothers to keep our grades up. If we’re not high honor roll we didn’t get to play. It was mutually understood. That’s the big thing, the academic aspect of it.”
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West Virginia and Cincinnati joined the Wildcats, Cavaliers, Vanderbilt, Bowling Green, UMass and Western Michigan in extending a scholarship to Stalker. Both threw their hats into the ring on Monday.
Stalker plans to visit West Virginia on Feb. 22.
“I know a little bit about them,” he said. “Obviously they’re a Big 12 school, and the same thing as Kentucky and Virginia, I grew up watching college football and it would be a great honor to play on that stage. I’ve been doing some research online and overall most of these schools are good schools and I’d be good anywhere I’m at, but the family feel at West Virginia is big.”
Stalker is familiar with nearby Cincinnati. He’s been there several times and his mother went to school there.
“The biggest thing that intrigues me from down there is the tradition and all that goes on with their program,” Stalker said.
Also Hearing From
Stalker could soon see offers come in from more big-time schools.
“I’ve been in contact with Coach (Tim) Kish from Oklahoma recently,” he said. “That would be an honor. It’s an honor to just get interest from them, but it’d be big to go out there and visit and have them consider me.
“Ohio State and Michigan State have been in heavy contact. Interest from them feels great. It’s humbling really. I believe I’ll be visiting those schools in the next month or so. It’s very humbling.
“I have pretty good grades so Stanford has also been in contact. If something were to happen there, my mother, father and I would fly out to California to visit.”
Coach Speak
As a junior, Stalker had roughly 85 tackles including 22 stops for loss, a forced fumble and two recoveries.
“He’s a 3.6 GPA and he takes his academics serious,” Lakota West head coach Larry Cox said. “One of the things he’s talking about doing is going into pre-med. He’s a serious type kid, whatever he does he goes 100 percent. He’s all in. As a player he’s a very physical player. We started him out at SAM but moved him to MIKE and really you could see him become so much more confident because the MIKE has to play downhill. Just a physical player. Tremendous work ethic. There is a group of them that lift at 6:30 and do speed workouts after school. Very serious about everything they want to accomplish. He’s a leader that holds people accountable. Just the type of kid every coach would love to have.
“He plays pretty fast for a long kid. He’s real long, with shoes off he’s 6-2 ½, 216, but he has a 79-inch wingspan. He’s a real long, and I know I’m going into the archives for this, he’s a Ted Hendricks type of guy. When the ball is snapped he has a physical presence about him. He does really well going sideline to sideline. He has all the physical tools necessary to excel at that next level. I think his best days lay ahead of him because he’s a young man really starting to mature now. He’ll blossom. When it’s all said and done in college he’s going to be a 240, 250-pound linebacker.”
Asafo-Adjei Beginning To Blossom

West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West head coach Larry Cox has watched a lot of Alabama football the past few years and has been down to Tuscaloosa to check on one of his former players Ryan Kelly.
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While on the Crimson Tide campus Cox also got a chance to watch Kelly’s offensive line teammate in former All-American and current Tennessee Titan rookie Chance Warmack.
Taking in Warmack, he saw some similarities from a potential standpoint with another one of his own up-and-comers in George Asafo-Adjei.
Fast forward over a year later and the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Asafo-Adjei is continuing to blossom. The class-of-2015 prospect holds early offers from the likes of Kentucky, Illinois, Minnesota, West Virginia and Cincinnati, and Cox feels many more are on the way.
“It was funny being down at Alabama seeing Ryan a couple times and he does remind me of a taller Chance Warmack,” Cox said. “I think he is a freak for an offensive linemen.”
It’s really coming together for Asafo-Adjei, who didn’t begin playing football until his freshman year of high school. Before that he was always too big to play. Now his size is applauded.
“He’s probably one of the strongest high school players I’ve been around,” Cox said. His program turns out Division-I prospects annually. “He has good size obviously. With shoes off he’s 6-4 and he’s 305 right now, and he’s only holding 19 percent body fat. He’s just a real muscular kid. He’s a big barrel-chested kid and he has big hands.
“If he gets his hands on you it’s over. He understands that portion of it.”
Asafo-Adjei can also play in space, and he’s developing rapidly.
“He’s actually fast,” Cox continued. “We’ll run smoke screens or quick screens to our receivers and we’ll let George pull and lead. The thing you can see when you look at his highlight film at the beginning of the year was he was playing pretty high, but as each game went by he was playing lower and lower.”
Asafo-Adjei says he likes what he’s heard from Kentucky and Illinois thus far. The Wildcats have signed two from Lakota West in the last two years in offensive lineman Kyle Meadows and running back Mikel Horton.
“I know Kyle and Mikel,” Asafo-Adjei said. “If I go there I won’t go there not knowing anyone. The coaches are great. I can see the change they’re trying to bring. Getting players like Mikel, I know something good is going to happen over there.
Asafo-Adjei added that he’ll be back in Lexington this weekend.
The Illini recently offered and he took a visit to Champaign for junior day.
“I loved it there,” Asafo-Adjei said. “All the coaches were great. I got 1-on-1 time with the strength coach and the offensive line coach, and those are the people I’d be with most of the time. I like the structure of their program, it’s a family base and everything is done together. The campus was amazing.”
Asafo-Adjei is “satisfied” with the offers he has right now and isn’t necessarily looking for more.
“I got introduced to football pretty late,” he said. “I don’t really have a favorite team. I just started watching college football.”
Asafo-Adjei says he’ll visit West Virginia on Feb. 22.