Posted: 12:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013

Hamilton to welcome 10 members to hall of fame

By John Cummings

The Hamilton City School District will welcome 10 members as the 17th class of the Athletic Hall of Fame on Jan. 26

Phil Griesinger, Mike Gurr, Dennis Harget, Andy Mignery, Linda Milholland, Cecil New, Damita Shazier Rhodes, Michael “Tim” Taylor, Karen Turman, and Sean West will be honored during the induction dinner at 6 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott.

Griesinger graduated from Hamilton Taft High School in 1975 after becoming the first player to play in every varsity basketball game all three years. Griesinger is still the school record holder in career assists (271) and ranks 14th in scoring (582 points). Griesinger was a member of the 1972-73 team that finished 20-3 and were regional runner-up. He went on to star at Miami University, helping to lead the team to back-to-back Mid American Conference titles and a upset of defending champ Marquette in the first round of the 1978 NCAA tournament.

Gurr, a 1996 graduate, was a three-year letterman in football, earning all-Greater Miami Conference honors as an offensive lineman his last two seasons. Gurr went on to help The Ohio State University to two No. 2 rankings. As part of the top recruiting class in 1996, Gurr was a member of the Big Ten championship team that won the Rose Bowl before winning the Sugar Bowl in 1998.

Harget is a 1949 graduate of Hamilton High School where he was a national qualifier in gymnastics as a junior and senior. Harget finished third at nationals his senior season, missing the title by two-tenths of a point. He went on to compete at Ohio State before opening the Marilyn-Dennis School of Gymnastics and Tumbling, where he has been a coach for 48 years. He was inducted into the United State Tumbling Association Hall of Fame in 2000.

Mignery graduated from Hamilton High School in 1999 where he was a four year letterman in football and three year letterman in basketball and track. While a member of the Big Blue, Mignery set the school record for single season and career passing yardage. He set the school record in discus (173 feet, 3 inches) in placing third in the state his senior year and was also a three-time all-GMC pick in basketball. Mignery was a member of the New England Patriots practice squad in 2004 after being moved to tight end and punter at Michigan.

Milholland, a 1987 Hamilton grad, helped the Big Blue to a state softball title her sophomore season. As a senior, Milholland was 16-1, the lone loss coming in 11 innings in the state semifinals against Canton Glen Oak. Milholland also played basketball and volleyball and went to Eastern Michigan on a softball scholarship. Milholland was inducted into the Eastern Michigan Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Butler County Softball Hall of Fame in 2012.

New graduated from Taft in 1967 after competing in football, basketball, baseball and track. New was an All-American selection in football his senior season and was also a state placer in the high jump as a senior. After a career-ending injury while on scholarship to the University of Kentucky, New transferred to Miami. He went on to work as the chief probation officer for Butler County Juvenile Court following graduation.

Shazier, a 1984 grad of Hamilton, was a three-year letterman in basketball and a also a member of the volleyball team. In earning all-GMC honors her senior season, she set a school record for blocked shots with 67. Shazier helped lead the fourth-seeded Big Blue to the district finals and a 18-6 overall mark in 1984. Shazier went on to finish in the top five in career blocked shots at Memphis State University.

Taylor graduated from Garfield High School in 1967 after playing three sports. He is most well known for catching the two-point conversion pass to beat Middletown 8-6 to lead the Grifins to their only undefeated season in 1966. For the last 30 years, he volunteered for boys and girls basketball, football and softball teams and works with the Booker T. Washington Community Old Timers Reunion. He also helps with locating former athletes in the community for the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Hamilton City School District Hall of Fame.

Turman, a 1977 graduate of Taft, played two years of varsity tennis for the boys team before the girls team was formed her senior season. Her senior season, Turman teamed with Sue Barber Westin to finish second in the state. Turman went on to play tennis at DePauw University and is currently a teacher and tennis coach in Tampa, Fla.

West, a 1992 Hamilton graduate, was a four year standout in baseball for the Big Blue earning all-GMC honors after hitting .418 his junior season. He went on to play baseball at Xavier and was named captain his junior year. He owns five school records at Xavier and in 2010 was the hitting coach for the Hamilton Joes of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League champions.

Tickets for the event are $30 each and can be purchased at Clark Sporting Goods, Tom’s Cigar Store, and the Hamilton High School Athletic office, For more information, please call 513-887-4815.

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