Sunday, December 27, 2015

Lorenzen Part of Latest Larosa's Hall of Fame

Patrick Towles and Jared Lorenzen at the first ever, "Mark vs. Food" in 2012. FTM file. 
Jared Lorenzen, (HHS 1999) will be inducted into the Larosa's High School Sports Hall of Fame on June 26, 2016.

The hall is in its 41st year of recognizing area high school athletes and coaches. The hall has honored 257 exceptional individuals since its founding in 1975.

Lorenzen, who was also inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame in 2015, is the 7th Highlands player or coach inducted to the Larosa's Hall of Fame.

He joins Scott Draud, Owen Hauck, Homer Rice, Ken Shields, Derek Smith and Jaime Walz Richey.

The 2015 members are: Jayme Cramer (St. Xavier, Class of 2001); Rodney Geier (Cincinnati Country Day, Class of 1971); Jared Lorenzen (Highlands, Class of 1999); Emily Hunter Taylor (Indiana Hill, Class of 2003); Mel Thomas (Mount Notre Dame, Class of 2004) and St. Xavier coach Jim Brower (1988-1994 and 1998-current).

Information provided by the LaRosa's Hall of Fame committee:

Jared Lorenzen, Highlands: Lorenzen has accomplished something no athlete in the history of Greater Cincinnati sports has ever done -- win both his high school state football championship and then go on to win the Super Bowl. An overpowering presence at quarterback at Highlands and then at the University of Kentucky, Lorenzen was a member of the 2008 New York Giants Super Bowl championship team.

Lorenzen led the Bluebirds to Class AAA state titles in both 1996 and 1998 where he posted a 41-2 career record. He passed for 3,393 yards (168-for-271, 62%) his senior season and 45 touchdowns on top of rushing for 904 yards and 15 more touchdowns. He was named Kentucky's Mr. Football in 1998 and finished his career with 6,822 yards passing with 89 TD passes.

Lorenzen continued his dominance in college at UK where, as a four-year starter, he held six NCAA passing records, four Southeastern Conference passing records and 11 UK marks. He ranks first in UK history in total offense with 10,637 yards, passing yards (10,354), career completions (862) and touchdown passes (78).

He was a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award in 2000 and 2002. Though undrafted in the NFL draft, Lorenzen signed and played as backup quarterback for three seasons with the New York Giants.

Lorenzen was also an accomplished basketball player for Highlands as well. He was a member of the Bluebirds' 1997 Sweet Sixteen runner-up team. He was twice named to the Kentucky All-State Tournament team. He was a first team all-state selection by both theLouisville Courier-Journal and
the Lexington Herald in 1999.

Jayme Cramer
Jayme Cramer, St. Xavier: In the storied history of St. Xavier swimming, Cramer easily ranks among the top three swimmers to ever compete for the hallowed program. Cramer won 10 state swimming titles during his career – five individual and five as a member of a relay team. During his four-year career, St. Xavier won three state titles, including the national title in 2001. His senior season was so remarkable that he was named the national High School Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine. His times in the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke, 200 and 400 medley relays ranked No. 1 in the nation that year.

Among the four state titles he won in 2001, his performance in the 100-yard backstroke ranks among the best in national high school history. Cramer turned in a blistering 47.65 time in the event – which at the time was only .15 second off the national prep record.

Cramer's collegiate career at Stanford was equally stellar. He won two NCAA national titles – in the 200-meter in 2004 and the 400-yard medley relay in 2005. As a 20-time NCAA All-American, Cramer set three Stanford relay records and broke multiple Pac-10 meet and conference marks. He was the Stanford team captain from 2003-2005.

As an amateur, Cramer won the gold medal in the World Championship in the 800 Free Relay in both 2005 and 2007. He won a gold and bronze medal in the 2003 Pan Am Games. He competed in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials.

Dr. Rodney Geier, Cincinnati Country Day:
A star in football, basketball and tennis, Geier was among the city's best during his career. As a senior, the running back lead the Indians to their second straight 9-0 record and a No. 7 ranking in the state in Class A. Geier led the state in points scored that season, scoring 216 points with 31 touchdowns. In fact, he scored six touchdowns in one game that year and five touchdowns in two others. He rushed for 1,891 yards in 219 carries for a remarkable 8.6 yards-per-carry.

A first team all-city selection by The Cincinnati Enquirer, Geier was also featured that season in Sports Illustrated's "Faces in the Crowd." His athletic prowess continued in basketball as he was the city's third-leading scorer as a senior and was seventh 7th in the city as a junior.

In tennis, he teamed up with Addison Lanier to win the Ohio Class A state doubles title in 1971. Geier was inducted into the CCD Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2002.

Geier continued his football career at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he was the starting tailback in 1973 and 1974.

He went on to study at the University of Cincinnati's College of Medicine, and graduated in 1988 from the UC Department of Radiation Oncology. He has been listed among Cincinnati Magazine's "Top Doctors" numerous times over the years.

Jared Lorenzen, Highlands: Lorenzen has accomplished something no athlete in the history of Greater Cincinnati sports has ever done -- win both his high school state football championship and then go on to win the Super Bowl. An overpowering presence at quarterback at Highlands and then at the University of Kentucky, Lorenzen was a member of the 2008 New York Giants Super Bowl championship team.

Emily Hunter Taylor, Indian Hill: Only the third athlete in the history of Cincinnati-area high school sports to win four straight individual state championships, former LaRosa's Female MVP of the Year Emily Hunter Taylor joins Andrea Farley (tennis) and Willie Wineberg (wrestling) in the LaRosa's Hall of Fame.

She captured her first Ohio Division II state diving title with a record-setting performance of 395.15 points. She would go on to re-write her own record three more times before setting her ultimate mark of 463.75 points as a senior. It was the first time in Ohio history that any diver had won four straight state titles.

Equally as remarkable as her undefeated string at the state tournament, she was also undefeated throughout her high school career. She won every meet she ever competed in for Indian Hill. She was a four-time High School All-American and was also named the High School Sportswoman of the Year by the Greater Cincinnati Women's Sports Foundation.

Hunter continued her diving career at the University of Georgia where she was a key member of the Bulldogs' women's NCAA Division I championship team in 2004-05. She placed second in the Southeastern Conference 10-meter platform event in 2003-04, then finished third in the 10-meter and 4th in the 3-meter in 2004-05. She still holds the UGA women's platform diving record with 264.20 set in 2007.

As an amateur, she twice competed in the Junior Olympic Nationals, the Senior Nationals and placed 13th in the 10-meter platform at the 2004 U.S. Olympic trials.

Mel Thomas, Mount Notre Dame: Regarded by many observers as the finest female basketball player ever in Greater Cincinnati, Thomas collected nearly every major honor possible during her career at Mount Notre Dame.

A prized recruit, Thomas signed with perennial national power and then-defending NCAA national champion, University of Connecticut. The guard led Mount Notre Dame to a perfect 28-0 record and the Ohio Division I state title in 2004. Thomas average 20.4 points, four rebounds and 5.4 assists as a senior.

So highly-regarded were the Cougars – especially because of her presence – that they were named the mythical national champion in 2004 by U.S. Student Sports Magazine and were ranked No. 2 byUSA TODAY. MND was 76-24 during her four seasons.

Thomas was named Ohio's Ms. Basketball and McDonald's All-American.

Thomas finished her career with MND as the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,037 points. She was first team All-Ohio, was Co-Ohio Division I Player of the Year by the Associated Press and was The Cincinnati Enquirer's Player of the Year.

Thomas went to play at the University of Connecticut where she scored 1,098 points in her career. While at UConn, she was a member of the USA Gold Medal-winning team at the 2007 Pan-Am Games – the first gold medal for Team USA since 1987.

Jim Brower, St. Xavier:
No coach in any sport in the history of Ohio high school sports has accomplished in their career what Brower has done. In 23 years as the Aquabombers head swimming coach, Brower won an amazing 21 state championships. The swimming dynasty of St. Xavier has been long established, yet Brower's contribution has been clearly undeniable. St. Xavier has won 36 overall state swimming titles – Brower's 21 crowns account for more than 58%. He has enjoyed winning streaks of five, seven and nine straight titles. When he moved into a different role within the St. X program in May 2015, the Aquabombers had won 15 of the last 16 state swimming championships.

Brower was named the National High School Coaches Association's Coach of the Year in 2004. He has been named Ohio Coach of the Year seven times and has been accorded the same honor by The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Post, the Southwest District and the Greater Catholic League multiple times.

During Brower's career, his swim team has been acknowledged bySwimming World Magazine as the national champions in both 1992 and 2001. In both cases, the Aquabombers featured perhaps their two greatest swimmers in LaRosa's Hall of Fame inductees Joey Hudepohl (1992) and Jayme Cramer (2001). Hudepohl went on to win an Olympic Gold Medal, while Cramer won two NCAA Championships.

Brower was a state champion in his own right as well, having won the 100-yard breaststroke at the Ohio state meet in 1982 as a member of the Canton GlenOak team. He went on to swim at the University of Cincinnati.

Brower still teaches in the math department at St. Xavier High School and is current an assistant swim coach.

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