By Chris Chaney
The Milford High School Athletic Department and Boosters Club announced that five people will make up the Milford Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012. They are Mike Leaf, Rich Shepherd, Rachelle Rapp-Dickerson, Key Voshell and Tom Luecke.
The Class of 2012 will be inducted on Friday, Feb. 1 following a reception and dinner at the Fley Center Gymnasium before the varsity basketball game against Kings.
Each inductee will receive a plaque recognizing their accomplishments and a lifetime pass to all Milford Athletic Department events. A replica of their plaque will be placed in the Hall of Fame located in the Fley Center at Milford High School.
Mike Leaf, a graduate of Milford High School in 1972, earned eight varsity letters in track, cross country and basketball.
Leaf set the school record in the discus at 160-feet-2 inches, which passed the previous record-holder, his father, Isaac. Leaf qualified for the state meet in 1972.
He also set the school record in shotput with a toss of 50-feet-6 inches. Leaf also set the Eastern Hills League record in discus. He was a two-time EHL track and field All-Star as well as a co-captain during his senior year.
Leaf attended Maryville College as a member of the track and field team.
Rich Shepherd, Milford High School Class of 1988, will be inducted for his six varsity letters in track and cross country.
Shepherd set school records in the 800- and 1600-meter runs as well as being named to the All-State team in cross country in 1987, the year he finished ninth in the state meet.
Shepherd was also named to the All-State track and field team in 1988, the year he finished runner-up in the 1600-meter and 11th in the 800-meter. Also during his senior year, Shepherd was voted as the MHS Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete.
Shepherd went on to run at Morehead University where he set schools records in the 1500-and 5000-meter.
Rachelle Rapp-Dickerson, also a 1988 graduate of Milford, will be inducted into the Milford Athletic Hall of Fame for her seven varsity soccer letters.
During her career, Rapp-Dickerson was the co-captain and MVP and First Team All-Eastern Metro League in 1987. She was also a basketball co-captain and Honorable Mention All-EML in 1988.
Rapp-Dickerson was the Most Valuable Distance Runner for the track team in 1985 and voted the Most Outstanding Athlete and Senior Scholar-Athlete in 1988.
Rapp-Dickerson attended Miami University and played for the club soccer team for four years and served as the club president from 1990-91. She also coached Milford Junior High School girls’ basketball and Milford High School JV girls’ soccer from 1992-99.
Key Voshell, a graduate of the Class of 1995, was a six-time varsity letter-earner in baseball and basketball. Voshell was a First Team All-Greater Miami Conference member in 1994 and 1995 as well as being named All-Region, All-State and All-American Honorable Mention in 1995.
Voshell led the Eagles in career games played, at bats, batting average, runs scored, hits, runs batted in, total bases, stolen bases, sacrifice hits, fielding assists and double plays turned when he graduated in 1995.
Voshell played college baseball at the University of Hawaii (1996-97) and the University of Louisville (1998-99), where he was a Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1998 and a GTE First Team Academic All-American in 1999.
Voshell went on to play professionally in the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phiillies organizations.
The final member of the MHOF Class of 2012 is Tom Luecke. Luecke served as the Milford Athletic Boosters Club President from 1989-91 during which he helped complete the Eagle Stadium home stands and press box, the Charity Lucas Soccer Complex, the Robbins Building, the weight room, the refrigeration equipment for the concession stands and the Milford Athletic Boosters Club Annual Scholarships.
Luecke also supported numerous fund-raising activities and acted as the public address announcer for boys’ basketball and girls’ volleyball for seven years.
Congratulations to the Milford Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012.