McCallum a member of LaRosa’s Sports Hall

September 3rd, 2007    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Tammy McCallum became the first Clermont County female athlete inducted into the Buddy LaRosa’s Sports Hall of Fame.

The LaRosa’s Hall of Fame has existed since 1975 and, amazingly, only two Clermont County high school athletes have been chosen. The other is Tammy’s brother, Napoleon, who was inducted in 1999. They are just the second brother-sister combination to receive membership in this hall of fame.

Tammy graduated from Milford High School in 1992. As an Eagle she earned 11 varsity letters – four in basketball and track and field and three in volleyball and she was a starter each of those 11 seasons. She was selected nine times to the Greater Miami Conference all-star squad in the trio of sports.

She continues to hold school records in basketball – career points (1,380), career rebounds (1,093), free throws made (403) and field goals made (492). Coach Ted Dixon’s varsity cagers were 75-17 during her four years on the team. She earned all-city and all-Ohio status for her hardcourt performance in 1992.

In track and field she owns school standards in the discus (121-feet, 3-inches) and in the shot put (45-10.5). She placed in the state championship three times in the Division I shot put including the state championship her junior year (43-1.5). She was second in Ohio as a senior (45-6.25) and third as a sophomore (41-8.5).

Tammy's stellar work in sports and in the classroom earned her a full scholarship for basketball to Rice University (Houston, Texas). She was the most valuable player for the Owls in 1995-96 and is a member of the 1,000-point club. She is seventh in career rebounds (670) and fifth in career steals (190).

Like her father and mother, Napoleon senior and Virginia, Tammy is an educator. She also works in real estate. Her home is currently in Houston.

Other members of this hall of fame with Clermont County connections are Russ Nixon (inducted in 1978, a Western Hills High School graduate). He was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds while he lived in the county and his children, Chris, Rebel, and Samantha were standout athletes at Williamsburg High School from where they graduated.

Ed Jucker (inducted 1985, a Woodward High School graduate). He coached the University of Cincinnati men's basketball team to two consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championships (1961 and 1962) and just missed the third in a row. He lived in Batavia when he began his basketball coaching career at Batavia High School in 1941.

Steve Sylvester (inducted 1987, a Moeller High School graduate). Sylvester, a resident of Milford, played professional football for the Oakland Raiders and was a member of three Super Bowl championship teams.

Bob Wiesenhahn (inducted 1988, a McNicholas High School graduate). He was the captain of the 1961 University of Cincinnati men's basketball NCAA championship team and played in the National Basketball Association. He lived in Mount Carmel when he led Amelia to the Clermont County League (CCL) reserve basketball crown of the 1965-66 season with a 15-3 mark and moved on to Clermont Northeastern where he coached the Rocket varsity cagers to several CCL crowns.

Joe Barbieri (inducted 1992, a Woodward High School graduate) moved to Withamsville when he became Amelia's first head football coach and guided the Barons to an unbeaten record their first varsity season (1956-57) and went on to become Glen Este High School's first athletic director (1963-64).

Napoleon McCallum was an Eastern Hills League all-star in football, wrestling, and track and field and was a state qualifier and placer in the latter two sports. He graduated from Milford High School in 1981 and went on to play football at the United States Naval Academy where he led the nation in total offense and was a finalist for the Heisman trophy. He went on to play professional football for the Oakland Raiders.

Bob Goodridge (inducted 2005, a Wyoming High School graduate). He served as the head football coach and head golf coach at Batavia High School in the 1980s.
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