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Friend of Athletics Recipients

Congratulations to the Dale E. Creamer 2023
 Friend of Athletics Recipients

March 4, at the University of Dayton Arena


In 2013, the members of the Southwest District Athletics Board initiated an award entitled Friend of Athletics Award.  The objective of the award is to honor those individuals who have given much to their local school athletic programs.  Nominations are taken annually during the months of December.  School personnel can nominate, and the board chooses recipients.  Criteria is that the nominee must have given twenty-five (25) or more years of service.  Since 2013 seventy-eight (78) individuals have been honored.  This year we honor nine individuals on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at the University of Dayton Arena at 12:00 noon, prior to the start of the District Boys Division I Basketball Championships.  Congratulations to our recipients!



Ed Bazile performed duties at Northmont High School for 38 years, from 1984 to 2022.  He was a volunteer spotter for Northmont football for all 38 of those years.  In addition, Ed started the Future Bolts Youth basketball program and coached the program for five years.  In addition, Ed coached Northmont select soccer for four years.

Sadly, Ed passed away on November 30, 2022. 


 Mr. Ed Bazile

Nominated by:  Micah Harding
Athletic Administrator
 Northmont High School



Jeff started working as a teacher and coach at Madeira City Schools in 1990 and has been the wrestling tournament manager for the Bob Kearns Madeira Invitational since 1992.  Jeff has also served as the football announcer since 2005.



 Mr. Jeff Corn

Nominated by:  Joe Kimling
Athletic Administrator
Madeira High School



For more than 40 years, Denny Dupps has modeled the way as a continuous learner, dedicated to inspiring students to do the same.  We have--all of us--been the receivers of his enthusiastic dedication to media service.  And he has done it all at an award-winning level.  Denny has helped capture timelapses, fly a drone, establish a live-stream, created podcasts for our district.  He never says no.  He has changed so many student lives in the process--his grads are prepared throughout the nation and world in top-level production and journalism positions.  No one, and I sincerely mean no one--deserves this award more.

 Mr. Dennis Dupps

Nominated by:  Brian Phelps Mr. Gavin Spitler
Athletic Administrator
Indian Hill High School


Martha "Micky" Geier has performed a variety of duties at Ross High School.  She has served as event manager, ticket taker, Middle School assistant athletic director, and Interim athletic director.  She has officiated at the OHSAA Cross Country and Track and Field events.  She has also served as a substitute  teacher and In-school suspension supervisor.  Congratulations Micky!

 Ms. Micky Geier
Nominated by:  
Athletic Administrator
 High School


Stanley Jones was a dedicated student and is currently an integral part of the Anderson High School Athletic Department for the past 60 years.  This is INCREDIBLE!!!  One of his greatest accomplishments was in the 1980s as he was one of the original founders of Anderson Community Television, which televised numerous Forest Hills School District events.  Stanley is at every home Anderson athletic event and is the first to arrive and the last to leave--helping to set up and take down events.  He is one of the most kind-hearted individuals out there and everything he does is to benefit Anderson HIgh School and most importantly, the kids!  We pride ourselves at Anderson High School as being a FAMILY and Stanley Jones is without a doubt one of the most reliable, trustworthy, dependable, and loyal family members anyone could ever have.

Mr. Stanley Jones
Nominated by:  Chris Newton
Athletic Administrator
Anderson High School



Mr. Tim King is in his 40th year teaching and has spent 60 seasons worth of coaching at Mason High School.  Tim has coached middle school, freshmen, junior varsity and varsity in a variety of sorts including cross country, basketball and track.  He has been a basketball announcer for 30 years and a football announcer for 35 years.  In the past he marked all starting lines and exchange zones with different colors by hand.  This took a group of four individuals ten hours to prepare the track for a meet.  Tim developed the first cross country course in Pine Hill Park with Mike Land and still does a lot of work out there with his students.  Mason has a total of 216 Hall of Fame members and Tim either taught or coached 93 of them.  Tim continues to live in Mason today.

Mr. Tim King
Nominated by: Scott Stemple 
Athletic Administrator
Mason High School

Doug just finished his 26th year working the chain gang for Tecumseh High School.  He makes sure we always have enough staff to cover the game.  Thank you for your dedication to Tecumseh Athletics!

Mr. Doug Lyons
Nominated by:  
Craig Eier, Athletic Administrator
Tecumseh High School

Mr. Steve Shuck has dedicated his life to students and athletes at Princeton High School and the Greater Miami Conference for over 50 years!  Steve was the Princeton Junior High Athletic Director , teacher and coach until 1998.  He served as the Greater Miami Conference Commissioner from 1998-2022.  He was the Ohio Harbin "Guru" before computers.  Thank you, Steve, for your dedication to student athletes!

Mr. Steve Shuck
Nominated by:  Scott Kaufman
Athletic Administrator
Lakota West High School

Bonnie Turner has been involved in the Fort Loramie community dating back to her junior year in high school when she started working the athletics gate during the 1958-59 school year.  Since 1958, she has continued to serve Fort Loramie athletics in that capacity until this day (64 years).  She has worked the gate for basketball, volleyball, football, softball, baseball and track, including all postseason events--junior high and high school.  When you enter the facilities for a Fort Loramie sporting event, it is almost guaranteed Bonnie is greeting you to the games.  In addition to her role at the gate, she was a school bus driver that included driving for sporting events.  It is safe to say that Bonnie has dedicated her time and efforts to help Fort Loramie athletics.

Ms. Bonnie Turner
Nominated by:  Mitch Westerheide
Athletic Administrator
Fort Loramie High School


Since the inception of this award in 2013, the following individuals have been honored as Friends of Athletics Recipients who have given twenty-five years or more of service to their high school:

2023 Recipients
Mr. Ed Bazile, Northmont High School; Mr. Jeff Corn, Madeira High School; Mr. Dennis Dupps, Indian Hill High School; Ms. Micky Geier, Ross High School; Mr. Stanley Jones, Anderson High School; Mr. Tim King, Mason High School; Mr. Doug Lyons, Tecumseh High School; Mr. Steve Shuck, Princeton High School, Greater Miami Conference; Ms. Bonnie Turner, Fort Loramie High School.

2022 Recipients

Mr. Bob Ashby, Lakota West High School; Mr. Jamie Brashear, Monroe High School; Mr. Jim King, Newton High School; Mr. Brian Miller, Newton High School; Tim and Peg Summers, Versailles High School.

2020 Recipients
Mr. Gaylen Blosser, Franklin Monroe High School; Mr. Jim Cloran, Madeira High School; Mr. Kenneth Cooper, Bishop Fenwick High School; Ms. Patty Garlough, Bethel High School; Mike Midlam, Western Brown High School; Charles McMillan, East Clinton High School; Mr. Michael Pope, Williamsburg High School; Ms. Carol Schuh, Versailles High School; Mr. Mike Schuh, Versailles High School; Mr. Donny VanHoose, Graham High School; Mr. Jerry Vianelo, Mariemont High School; Mr. Kevin Walriven, New Richmond High School.  

2019 Recipients
Mr. Bob Baechtold, Mr. Ed Bailey, Mr. Joe Cline, Piqua; Mr. Tom Devers, Northeastern High School; Mr. Bob Greenewalt, Mr. Don Hoog, Valley View High School; Mr. Frank Kozarec, Valley View High School; Ms. Sharon Peters, Jackson Center High School; Mr. Paul Sheckels, Mr. Jeff Tarvin, Western Brown High School.

2018 Recipients
Mr. Dave Askins, Brookville High School; Mr. Bill Baumann, Colerain High School; Ms. Betty Berkshire, Tecumseh HS; Mr. Jim Miller, Middletown Christian High School; Mr. Dave Krebs, Bishop Fenwick High School; Mr. Gene Morris, Arcanum High School; Mr. Bob Pugh, Bellbrook High School; Mr. Jim Pugh, Bellbrook High School; Ms. Betty Roller, Tecumseh High School; Ms. Jill Roller, Tecumseh High School; Mr. Joe Steele, Goshen High School; Mr. Jerry Valentine, Tecumseh High School.

2017 Recipients
Mr. Guy Bainum, Williamsburg High School; Mr. Robert "Bo" Bemmes, Reading High School; Mr. Rick Bemmes, Reading High School; Mr. Steve Berryhill, Bellbrook High School; Mr. Joe Huff, Ripley-Union Lewis High School; Mr. Jim Leathlety, Tecumseh High School; Mr. Tom Leeds, Monroe High School; Ms. Joan Martin, Reading High School; Mr. Mike Melvin, Urbana High School; Mr. Richard Morgan, Reading High School; Mr. Mark Richardson, Brookville High School; Mr. Wayne Russell, Mechanicsburg High School; Ms. Debbie Simpson, Mason High School; Mr. John Slusher, Reading High School; Mr. John Smith, Mechanicsburg High School; Mr. Chas Veddern, Reading High School; Mr. Tom Weaver, National Trail High School; Mr. Bill Westfall, Mechanicsburg High School; Mr. Jim  Westfall, Mechanicsburg High School; Judge Roger Wilson, Urbana High School.

2016 Recipients
Mr. Al Evans, Kenton Ridge High School; Mr. Rick Little, East Clinton High School; Mr. Marv Mason, Brookville High School; Mr. Jeff McCulla, Graham High School; Ms. Arlene Poppe, Mount Healthy High School; Mr. Ed Strelau, Madeira High School; Mrs. Bev Strelau, Madeira High School Mr. Fred Stemmler, Mason High School; Mr. Virgil Studebaker, Tecumseh High School; Mr. Randy Winkler, Carlisle High School.

2015 Recipients
Mr. John Borchers, Tippecanoe High School; Mr. Randy Conover, Northeastern High School; Mr. Roger Hoover, Brookville High School; Mr. Gary Rinehart, Wilmington High School; Mr. Ralph Singinger, Georgetown High School; Mr. Earl Smith, Eaton High School.

2014 Recipients
Mr. Dave Ashby, Dayton City Schools; Mr. John Birkhimer, Urbana High School; Mr. Bill Booker, Greenville High School; Mr. Larry Fuller, LaSalle High School; Mr. Harold Grice, Mason High School; Mr. Gerald Gunning, Turpin High School; Mr. Paul Harper, Northmont High School; Mr. Dave Hawkins, New Richmond High School; Mr. Frank Long, Fenwick High School; Mr. Lowell Petry, Brookville High School; Mr. Joe Scherrer, Madeira High School.

2013 Recipients
Mr. Hansel Bailey, Felicity Franklin High School; Dr. Mike Barrow, Northmont High School; Mr. Shaun Brewer, Xenia High School; Mr. Jack Flaherty, Mason High School; Mr. Jim Neu, Western Brown High School; Ms. Jane Koykendall, Madeira High School; Mr. Don Skelton, Centerville High School; Mr. Ben Wolfe, Covington High School.