Thursday, January 12, 2012

2012 Hall of Fame inductees announced

New Richmond High School has announced the 2012 inductees for the Lions Sports Hall of Fame.
They are Joe Hawkins, a 1955 graduate who won 13 letters and went on to play college baseball at The Ohio State University; Todd Wells, a 1989 graduate who was named Southern Buckeye Conference American Division coach of the year nine times; Jamie McCart, a 2000 graduate and four-time all SBAAC selection in cross country; and Amy McMillin, a 1994 graduate who holds 5 school records in softball.

They will be inducted at the annual New Richmond Lions Sports Hall of Fame banquet Saturday, Jan. 21. Tickets for the 6 p.m. banquet are $15 and reservations can be made by contacting New Richmond Athletic Director Doug Foote ( at 553-3191 ext 10003.

Joe Hawkins

During his time at New Richmond High School, from 1952-1955, Joe Hawkins earned 13 letters; four each in Baseball and Volleyball, three in basketball, and two in track. Joe was a four-year starter in baseball and was named team captain of the basketball team. At this time New Richmond High School was participating independently so there were no All-League Honors or League Championships to record. Despite not being associated with a league or conference, Joe is one of a very select few in the history of New Richmond Athletes to earn an athletic scholarship to a Division I school, The Ohio State University. Joe played baseball for the Buckeyes for three years. Returning to his hometown, Joe was a partner in the development of the New Richmond Youth Football League in 1969 and coached youth football for nine years. Joe also coached and served as an official representative of New Richmond Knothole Baseball from 1965-1978.

Todd Wells

Todd, a 1989 graduate of New Richmond High School, received a varsity letter in soccer and wrestling his freshman year. The next summer, an automobile accident ended Todd’s high school athletic career, though he remained active in Troubadours and Theater. Upon graduation Todd attended the University of Cincinnati and was the lead student-athletic trainer with Coach Bob Huggins and the Men’s Basketball Team for two years and for the Men’s Soccer team. After completing his studies at Cincinnati, he returned to his Alma Mater to begin his career. He was the Middle School Athletic Director from 1993-1997 and the NRHS Boys Tennis Coach from 1994-2006. Todd amassed an impressive overall record of 148-35. He was nine times the American Division Coach of the Year. His teams were American Division Champions seven times and Runner-ups 5 times. He coached the first doubles team in NR and Clermont County to qualify for the state tennis tournament. During those same years (1994-2007) Todd served in the role of Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) for the district, a program which he started. As the first ATC in Clermont County, in 1999 Todd and New Richmond High School were recognized by the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association as a Model Athletic Training Program.

Jamie McCart

Jamie McCart excelled at track and cross country while a student at New Richmond High School from 1996-2000. All four years he was the top runner on the Cross Country team and was voted First Team All SBC. In 1998 and 1999 Jamie was league champion and Runner of the Year. In 1999 he was the district champion and was voted Runner of the Year Division II All City. Jamie was a two time state qualifier in 1997 and 1999 and was 2 seconds away from qualifying in 1998. Three times, Jamie was named Most Valuable Distance Runner on the Track Team and was Most Valuable Track Man his Junior and Senior years. He earned First Team All SBC Honors his Junior year. His senior year, Jamie won District in the 1600m and 3200m.

Amy McMillin

Amy McMillin was a four year Varsity Softball player from 1991 to 1994 and started in 75 games. A first baseman her freshman and sophomore years, she moved to short stop her remaining two years. Amy’s four year batting average was .441. She holds season records of Most Runs Scored (37) and Most RBI’s (34) and maintains career records of Most Runs Scored (103), Most Hits (109), and Most RBI’s (109). Notable accomplishments include being named 1st Team All SBC (1991, 1993, 1994), Rookie of the Year (1991), MVP (1993, 1994), All City 2nd Team Shortstop (1994) and was the USSSA Greater Cincinnati Player of the Year in 1993. Amy earned a full athletic scholarship to Southern State Community College and was the Offensive Most Valuable Player in 1994 and 1995. Amy’s senior year team won the school’s first SBC league title posting a 13-1 league record and a 16-1 regular season record. Amy is one of the pioneers of softball at New Richmond Varsity Fast Pitch Softball. She helped start a tradition of winning at NRHS that continues today.