Category: Alumni

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Firebirds News · Lakota West Lacrosse Alum: OAC Awards O’Callaghan Player of the Week Accolade

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Brennan O’Callaghan (Lakota West Class of 2014) captain and scoring leader of pionering Firebird lacrosse club teams.

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Firebirds News · Lakota West Football Alum: Lakota West grad Hicks helps Eagles win first Super Bowl

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“In four years at Lakota West High School, Jordan Hicks never won an outright Greater Miami Conference title. And in his five seasons at the University of Texas, he never won a Big 12 crown”. Jay Morrison
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Congrats to Jordan and his family! #SuperBowlChamps

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Firebirds News · Lakota West Basketball Alum: Lauren Cannatelli drops 26 points for Dayton beating UMass in big win! (Video)

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Lauren Cannatelli (Lakota West class of 2015)  Co-Captain and leading scorer of Lakota West’s 2015 State Championship team.



Awesome Game Lauren! #WestPride #FLY

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Firebirds News · Lakota West Gymnastics Alum: Brianna Brown Lead Michigan Past Maryland! (Video)

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Brianna Brown, Lakota West Class of 2014.

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Boys Varsity Football, Boys Varsity Wrestling · Deadline for $7500 Hoody Memorial Scholarship is Feb. 1st

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The Hoody Memorial Fund was established in 2016 in memory of Master Sergeant Corey Hood. The Hoody Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a Lakota student who possesses the same positive qualities that Hood exhibited throughout his life – a strong will, a desire to succeed, and “a little bit of grit.” Hood was a proud Lakota West graduate who played football and wrestled for the school. Corey was a tough athlete both mentally and physically with a lot of heart and a lot of energy. After graduating, Hood enlisted in the Army and reported to boot camp just months before 9/11/2001. Hood served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the 82nd and 101st Airborne and had earned numerous awards, including two Bronze Stars. He was selected to The US Army Golden Knights, the US Army’s elite parachute team, in 2014. The Selection Committee of the scholarship is comprised of Hood’s family and friends that grew up with him in West Chester. Even though Hood traveled all over the world, he would always tell people how great West Chester is. Hood loved the town and the school he was from. He would be proud to know that his fund is helping someone from Lakota take the next step in their life. The amount of the 2017/18 scholarship will be $7,500.00. Applicants will be notified in writing whether or not they receive an award. Checks are made payable to the schools’ financial aid office and will be sent directly to the applicant’s selected school.

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Firebirds News · Lakota West Tennis Alum Joshua Huster Commits to Thomas More College!

Lakota West Alum Josh Huster (’16), son of Ken and Kelly Huster, has committed to play tennis and continue his education at Thomas More College.

What led you to your decision to attend your chosen college?
They won their conference the past 2 years and made it NCAA’s

Do you know what you want to study?
Accounting and Finance Double Major

What other schools did you consider?
Northern Kentucky University, IUPUI, Ohio Northern, John Carroll

When did this school come into the picture?
Freshman summer of college

Have you visited the school? If so, when?  How did it go?
Yes. The coach showed me around campus and I got to hit with the team.

Did anyone help you through the recruiting process?  What kind of help did they provide?
My parents said they would support me anywhere I went. I didn’t want to go to far away.

What are your strengths?
My serve and my forehand. I serve 115 MPH.

What do you think you need to improve before starting college?
My footwork.

Please list any special awards, accomplishments or distinctions you may have earned:
All team GMC, Academic Team GMC

Congrats and Good Luck Josh! #WestPride #WEareLakota

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Firebirds News · Lakota West Basketball Alumni: Arianne Whitaker Building Momentum in Win Against Hampton!

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Arianne Whitaker – So.-F/C
– Tied a season-high with 10 points on 4-6 shooting, 2-5 from the FT line.
– Added five boards in 32 minutes.
– Second game in double-figures … both in last three outings.

On Arianne Whitaker
“I think Arianne taking pressure off of me, Keiana and Lakelyn is huge. It adds another dimension to our team. I think Arianne is figuring things out and we’re figuring things out as well so it’s been huge.”

Coach Foster…
“My confidence in Arianne, if she’s going to do the little things that we know she’s capable of doing and play at a tempo that we know she can play in. Aryanna is sort of a rock and has to do a lot of things. Has to be the communicator in our defense scheme.”


Arianne Whitaker (West Class of 2015)… Co-Captain of Lakota West’s 2015 State Championship team and Firebird’s career shot blocking record holder.

Keep up the Hard Work Arianne! #WestPride #WEareLakota

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Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, Boys Varsity Soccer · Lakota West Soccer Alum: “I had to learn a lot about who I am, who I want to be as a man.” Nick Hagglund (Video)

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Although Nick Hagglund spent a great deal of his life in his home state of Ohio, his life since being drafted by TFC and moving to Toronto has been filled with so many new experiences. From his first professional game (against Columbus, no less) to his marriage to his wife Mary, and his memorable playoff goal against Montreal, Nick expresses all the ways in which he’s grown since moving North of the border.

For more about Nick Hagglund (Lakota West Class of 2010) Click here on the Professional Players section.

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Girls Junior Varsity Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer · Lakota West Soccer Alum: Maddie Jewell named to the Horizon League All-Academic Women’s Soccer Team

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Jewell, a sophomore goalie from Cincinnati, OH, holds a 4.0-grade point average in Neuroscience.  She has played in 17 games, leading the Raiders to six shutouts in almost 1,200 minutes of action and a 9-5-1 overall record.

Maddie also earned Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week last month.
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Maddie Jewell (Lakota West, class of 2016)… twice earned all GMC honors as a goal keeper, 1st team in 2015, and 2nd team in 2014.

Congrats On A Great Season Maddie! #WestPride

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Multiple Teams · Lakota West Basketball Alum: BGSU Basketball Standout Alexis Rodgers Brings Talents To High School

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Alexis Rogers (Lakota West class of 2009)  Alexis played three seasons at West and in those three seasons the Firebirds won or shared three Greater Miami Conference championship titles. In addition they made two trips to the Ohio state final four, with a best finish of second in 2008.  Rogers is still ranked among the team career top 10 in four stat categories; rebounds 2nd, points 4th, assists 8th, and steals 8th.  For details concerning her stats and honors while at Lakota West see the girls basketball pages in the Winter Sports section (go to Girls Basketball, Program Links pull down menu, then select Archives and Records)

Great seeing you give back Alexis! #WestPride