The Oakwood High School Athletic Hall of Fame will honor five deserving individuals and recognize one team at its annual banquet Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Dayton Country Club.
This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are Marianna “Kim” Kimmel Oliver, Craig “Skip” Loucks, Tom Jervis, Rob Pine and Leah Henninger Graves. The Hall of Fame will also recognize the 1998 Softball Team.
Marianna “Kim” Kimmel Oliver is a 1940 OHSl graduate who excelled in field hockey, basketball, tennis, softball and badminton. She served as captain of the field hockey and basketball teams. “Kim” was also a member of the Girls League and was an officer of the Girls Reserves of the YWCA. After high school, Oliver went on to become a competitive amateur golfer. She will receive the award posthumously.
Craig “Skip” Loucks is a 1968 OHS graduate who played golf, basketball and baseball while at OHS. He lettered twice in baseball and golf, but basketball was the sport in which he excelled. Loucks set school records in career rebounds-798, (stood until 1993), season rebounds-278 (stood until 1971), and career points-821 (stood until 1979). As a senior captain, he was selected All Southwest Ohio, All Area, Journal Herald All Star and SWBL 1st team. Loucks went on to play college basketball at West Point (Army) under Coach Bobby Knight. He will receive the award posthumously.
Tom Jervis is a 1974 OHS graduate. While at OHS, Jervis played football, basketball and baseball. Jervis was the quarterback as a sophomore, junior and senior. He set the school record for 17 career interceptions as a defensive player. He was selected 1st team SWBL, Dayton Daily News 1st team defensive back, Journal Herald “AA” All Area 1st Team, 1st Team All Southwest Ohio and Honorable Mention All State. In baseball, he led the team in batting averages as a sophomore, junior and senior, and in pitching victories as a junior and senior. This three-sport athlete earned three letters in football, two letters in basketball and four letters in baseball. He was selected 1st Team All area his senior year. Jervis was the John White Scholarship recipient given to the Senior Outstanding Athlete. Jervis resides in Franklin, Tenn. with his wife, Lynne.
Rob Pine is a 1986 OHS graduate who excelled at both cross country and track, earning four varsity letters in each sport. In cross country, he set (and still holds) the school record in the 5K run with a time of 15.38. He was the SWBL champ his senior year and District Champion his junior and senior years. Pine also qualified for State his sophomore, junior and senior years. In track, he was the 1600-meter SWBL champ in both his junior and senior years. As a senior, he finished 13th at the State Meet in the 1600 meter run. Pine attended Carleton College and lettered four times in cross country and four in indoor/outdoor track. He was named cross country captain his senior year. He now lives in Littleton, Colo. with his wife, Susan and son, Dobbin.
Leah Henninger Graves is a 2006 OHS graduate who excelled in swimming. Graves was a four-time state finalist in the 100 freestyle, finishing 6th as a sophomore, State Champion as a junior and 3rd place as a senior. She was also a four-time state finalist in the 100 backstroke finishing in the top 10 each year. Graves held the Sectional and District records in the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke upon graduation. She lettered four times in swimming, was a four-year scholar athlete and was a Rae Burick Women in Sports nominee. She attended Purdue University and swam four years; setting school records in the 400 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay, and serving as team captain as a junior and senior. Graves was an Academic All American and a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Recipient. She now resides in Indianapolis, Ind. with her husband Wes.
The Hall of Fame will also recognize the 1998 Softball Team. Leading the team was Head Coach Denny Priser and Assistant Coach Jeff Niswonger. The team finished with a record of 20-3 and remains Oakwood’s only SWBL, Sectional and District Champion Softball team. The team was ranked #2 in the State – Division II and had 9 shutouts during the season. Team members include:
Class of 1998 – Emily Badger, Angelina Ferraro Walther, Janie Gregory Sammons, Laura Gregory Leland, Kate Lohmeyer, Nicole Miller Martin.
Class of 1999 – Jennifer Burkardt, Sarah Kissell Schulte, Brooke Launius Rogers.
Class of 2000 – Courtney Coomer, Cate DaPrato Berger, Colleen Ervin.
Class of 2001 – Erica Heppner Prather, Kelly McDonald Harms.
More information regarding tickets for the Aug. 23 event will be coming at a later date. The 2018 Hall of Fame Class will also be recognized at halftime of the home football game Aug. 24. The Athletic Hall of Fame is displayed on the southeast wall of the portico facing Schantz Avenue.
OHS has a long tradition of excellence in athletics and there are many worthy individuals who deserve consideration for induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Eligibility requirements for the Hall of Fame for an athlete include being a graduate of Oakwood High School and having lettered in at least one sport for two years or two or more sports for one year, or the Girls Athletic Association equivalent. The athlete cannot be considered for induction until 10 years after graduation. The Committee will also consider coaches and administrators who served OHS. You may nominate an individual by submitting a Nomination Form, which may be found at www.oakwoodschools.org. For more information, contact the Athletic Office at (937) 297-5342.