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Sunday, October 21, 2018

2018 Highlands Hall of Fame Inductees Use Lessons from Playing Days in Life

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PHOTO: G. Michael Graham. Fort Thomas Matters. The Highlands Class of 2018 Hall of Fame induction class poses with Highlands Director of Athletics Kevin Nieporte on Sunday at the Highlands Auditorium.
PHOTO: G. Michael Graham, Fort Thomas Matters. The 1978-79 Highlands Bluebirds boys basketball team earned the team of distinction honors.
Members of the Highlands Hall of Fame Class of 2018 can give a number of ways they use the lessons they learned from their playing days in life currently.

Justin Frisk earned the induction 21 years after he graduated in 1997. Individuals have to have graduated at least 20 years ago to be eligible for the Highlands Hall of Fame. Frisk led the Bluebirds to the Class AAA 15-0 state championship in 1996. Frisk rushed for more than 4,500 yards and 74 touchdowns including 1,932 yards on 209 carries for an astounding 9.2 yards per carry.

"It just started with our commitment, our dedication, the way we set goals as a team as upper class," Frisk said. "The seniors accepted nothing but excellence. I think we did a good job of instilling that into the younger kids to believe in their abilities in how they can contribute. We won with what we called a team effort. There wasn't 19 Division I guys on that team that talent took that team to that level. It was a level of teamwork and commitment to one another on and off the field that was total dominance in the second team that had been ranked and the second 15-0 season in school history. It was pretty neat."

Frisk has that same drive raising his two children in Jaedyn and Jaxon. He also does the same as a Sales Advisor at Drive Time in Cincinnati.

Tammy Schlarman-Freihofer graduated in 1990 after lettering in volleyball, basketball, softball, track and tennis. She led the volleyball team to three region championships and scored more than 1,000 points and pulled in more than 1,000 rebounds in basketball. She'd go on to play basketball at Northern Kentucky University.

Freihofer teaches Physical Education at Longbranch Elementary in Union. She and husband Phil raise four children. Someone recently asked her how occupied her day is at school.

"When I thought about it, I told her really, that is a busy part of my day, but the busiest part of my day is when school is over and I have to go home and shuffle my kids around," Freihofer said. "They are very active. I love that they are active. There is a huge organizational piece to that as far as getting this one and that one to and from games and practices and figuring out all the logistics of it all. But you know what. I don't think God ever gives you more than you can handle. It all works itself out. I really don't think about it much. I go day by day and they get to where they need to be. It's a great experience. I'm very blessed."

Angela Barre-Falhaber collected 20 letters in swimming, basketball, volleyball, softball and golf. She earned the Kentucky Female Athlete of the Year in 1998 before graduating that same year. She and husband Brian currently reside in Wyoming (Ohio) with their two daughters. She continues to build positive relationships with people the way she was taught at Highlands.

"The people I was around set a good foundation and I had a lot of good role models around how I wanted to live my life as I grew through school into adulthood," Fahlhaber said. "My mom was a P.E. teacher. She obviously had a big impact on my life. She was my PE teacher in high school as well."

Scott Kuhnhein played a key role on the offensive line in 1996 blocking for Frisk for the team that finished ranked 21st in the USA Today poll. He also ran track and field winning the Class 2A shot put as a junior in 1997 and both shot put and discus as a senior in 1998.

Kuhnhein currently coaches youth football like Frisk does. He uses some of the lessons he learned playing for 20-year Head Coach Dale Mueller and relays them to the players.

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Six others received induction and the 1978-79 boys basketball team received the team of distinction honors. That team coached by Ken Shields finished 27-8 overall beating Louisville Westport (68-62) in the first round before losing to Christian County in the state quarterfinals. That marked the first time since 1934 that Highlands made the state tournament.

One senior member of that team in Michael Vories received an individual induction into the hall of fame. Vories was the starting point guard and scored 1,360 career points good for eighth in school history. He also played baseball at Highlands and went on to play baseball at Northern Kentucky University.

David Freer graduated from Highlands in 1971. He earned varsity letters four years in basketball and football and five years in track. He helped the Bluebirds win the 1970 Class AA state championship scoring 206 points on 26 touchdowns and 47 extra-point attempts. Freer came back to Highlands and currently works as the in-school suspension instructor.

Eric Glaser lettered in basketball, golf and baseball. The 1997 graduate helped the Bluebirds basketball team to a state runner-up finish as a senior. He also played on the varsity baseball team from the eighth grade through his senior year before the Boston Red Sox drafted him in the second round. He resides up the road in Dayton with his wife Katie and their two daughters.

Jean Pritchard is a 1976 Highlands alum. She earned 10 varsity letters in tennis, track and field, basketball and volleyball. She held the discus record for 38 years. She currently owns a vet clinic in town.

Dr. Kimberly Draud-Rohmiller graduated from Highlands in 1990 after excelling in tennis and volleyball. She won region singles titles all four years in high school and held the top ranking in the Greater Cincinnati area in 1990. She is currently a radiologist in the area and lives in Lakeside Park with husband Dr. Michael Rohmiller.
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Coach Bill Herrmann
is best known for leading the Bluebirds to the state championships in 1977, 1981 and 1982. In eight seasons, the Bluebirds went 81-18. He also guided the baseball team to the state tournament in 1965 where the Bluebirds beat top-ranked Madison Central, 8-2 in the state quarterfinals. That marked the lone state tournament win for Highlands baseball until the Bluebirds broke through with another in 2015.

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