Lions honor sports stars with hall of fame selection

April 12th, 2008    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

The New Richmond High School Sports Hall of Fame grew by four following the induction of the class of 2008.

Jack Tucker (class of 1976) lettered in golf, basketball, and tennis. He was a Clermont County League all-star in each sport. He was captain of the basketball and tennis teams his senior year, the same year he led the Lions in scoring and free throw percentage on the hardwood. He was voted the most valuable player in tennis as a senior when he played first singles. He went on to play basketball and tennis at Georgetown (Ky.) College where he was a Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion in tennis. Outside of athletics, he was a involved in school plays and was a member of the National Honor Society, Troubadours, freshmen chorus, academic team, Spanish Club, and Spanish Honor Society. Academically, he was fourth in his graduating class.

Lee Ann Bailey (class of 1982) was a letter earner in both volleyball and basketball and was a two-season Clermont County League all-star in volleyball. In volleyball she was selected most valuable player and in basketball she was the selected as the most improved player. While she was a member of the Red and Black's basketball team, New Richmond won the Class AA district championship once and was runner-up twice. In addition to athletics, she was a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and Spanish Honor Society.

Brian Benzinger (class of 1985) was a three-sport letterman - football, basketball, and baseball. In football he was one of the area leaders in kickoff return average. In basketball he averaged 10 points per game and earned the most assists award and the coveted John Frye Award. A three-time Clermont County League all-star in baseball he was chosen as an all-state and all-city player, too. He owns school records for most hits in a season (52), most doubles in a season (19), and the longest hitting streak (27 games). His career standards include 103 hits, 29 doubles, and .460 batting average. He earned the coveted Dwayne Woodruff Scholarship. He played baseball at Morehead (Ky.) State University on a scholarship where he started all four years. He was the head baseball coach at his alma mater where the Red and Black won 168 games (undefeated regular season in 2001) and won 34 consecutive regular season games. He led the Lions to six Southern Buckeye Conference (SBC) championships and three district titles. His success earned him SBC American Division Coach of the Year honors six times.

Carrie Diesel (class of 2002) lettered in basketball and track. She was a SBC all-star in track four years winning the 400-meter dash each year and was a member of the four-time winning 800-meter relay team with a school record (1-minute, 49.6-seconds). The All-District runner qualified for the regionals four years. She was involved in the Troubadors and the National Honor Society.
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