CLAYTON — A total of eight distinguished alumni that made their mark as a coach, athlete or as a community supporter of Thunderbolts athletics, will be indicted into the Northmont Athletic Hall of Fame during a ceremony on December 12.
The ceremony will take place in the new Northmont High School basketball arena, known as the ‘Thunderdome,’ between the girls and boys varsity basketball games. The girls tip-off at 6 p.m.
The following people will be recognized and inducted during the special ceremony just prior to the boys varsity basketball game.
Chuck Harlow – Coach
Chuck Harlow is a “Home Grown” commodity in the Northmont Community. He graduated from Northmont in 1975, married another Northmont Grad – Beth (Peffley), who also now works at the high school, and together raised three children; all Northmont Graduates. Chuck has been a role model for many students in his years at Northmont. He has worked hard to “teach” in his Social Studies classroom, on the golf course as a JV coach, on the court as past freshmen boys and varsity girls basketball coach, and in ‘The Yard’ as the varsity baseball coach since 1985. He built a reputation for being a great motivator who believes in the core values of commitment, cooperation, and communication. He has dedicated his life to preparing students for their future and developing them into good citizens. He has earned the respect of those he teaches and those that have played against him. Although he has never measured success by wins or loses, his Overall Baseball record is 662-300-2 which includes 12 league titles, 11 sectional titles, two district titles and has earned him induction into the Miami Valley Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013.
Tyler Horner – Athlete
The Northmont Athletic Hall of Fame has inducted great quarterbacks in the past; however, Tyler Horner re-wrote the T-Bolt record book during his two years as starting quarterback for the 2003 and 2004 football seasons. By the time he graduated in 2005, the football team was 19-3, won league championships both years, and won the first post-season football playoff game in school history. Tyler owned (and continues to own) almost every passing record in the book, including most touchdown passes in a game (eight), season, and career; passing yardage for a season and career; and completion percentage for a season. He also is the all-time career total offense leader. He was recognized on all levels for his achievements: 1st Team All-GWOC, All-Area, All-Southwest District, and All-State. Tyler was voted the National “Red Zone” Player of the Year and selected by Fan File Magazine as the Ohio Football Player of the year for Fall 2004 and Ohio Athlete of the Year in the spring of 2005. Tyler was also second basemen on the baseball team and had a Career Batting Average of .304. Tyler went on to play four years as a quarterback at Missouri State University. He finalized his degree in Special Education at the University of Cincinnati. He moved to St. Louis with his wife, Anna, and has taught Special Education for the past four years; currently employed at Fort Zumwalt High School.
Aaron Lewis – Athlete
Aaron Lewis was the epitome of a Student-Athlete. He earned eight Varsity letters over four years at Northmont (4-Football, 3-Wrestling, 1-Baseball) and graduated as a Valedictorian with a 4.2 GPA. He carried himself in the classroom, hallways, fields of competition, and community with class. Lewis, a 2003 graduate, was a rare four-year letterman who roamed the middle of the T-Bolt defense and was a tackling machine. He set (and still owns) the career tackling record at 461 (for reference, 2nd place is 302) and the school single-game record of 28 tackles. He was a Division 1 First Team All-Ohio, 1st Team All-Conference and All-Area, selected Conference MVP and All Area Defensive Player of the Year. Aaron also took up wrestling, mostly to improve as a football player, and helped the team win the league tournament and placed 3rd individually, in his weight class, as a sophomore. The team repeated as league champions his junior year and he went on to place in the sectionals and earned a trip to the District. His senior year ended due to a knee injury after his third match. Aaron’s high school success continued at Carnegie Mellon University, where he graduated with a 3.93 GPA and earned numerous post-season awards. He finished his career as the school’s all-time leading tackler and interception leader. During his senior year, CMU went undefeated in the regular season and with a D-III playoff victory, ended with the best record in that school’s history. Aaron was named a Division III All-American for his junior and senior year and named to the Academic All-American Team both years, as well. Aaron married Northmont Grad Nicole (Wise) and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with their two-year-old daughter, Emma. Aaron is Vice-President for a national health care company.
Doug P. Longenecker, MD – Athlete
Dr. Longenecker graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1957. In the mid 1950s, basketball was the school’s only active sport. Freshmen played only freshmen ball. The norm was that seniors were the varsity team. Sophomores and juniors served as the reserves. Doug dressed for the Varsity team all three years and was a starter halfway through his junior season, earning All Tournament Team Honors. His senior year, Doug was Honorable Mention All State, MVP of the County, named again to the All Tournament Team, and listed as a Journal Herald All-Star. He averaged 24 points per game in league play, 19 points per game in non-league play; all of which occurred prior to the 3 point shot and expanded foul shot rules. In the spring of his junior and senior year, he also ran the sprints in track. Dr. Longenecker was going to play basketball at the Defiance College; however, a dislocated right knee ended his career.
Surgical procedures in 1957-58 were not as sophisticated as they are now. That is when Doug worked for the title of Dr. Longenecker and started a family practice in Englewood. He also was the director of various Family Medicine Residencies, Chief of Staff at Good Samaritan Hospital and Vice President of Medical Affairs. Now retired, he still is supportive of the entire Northmont Community and has been previously named to the Northmont Roll of Recognition.
Carrie Sigler – Athlete
Carrie Sigler, Class of 1995, was the second basemen for the State Ranked, District Runner-up, League Championship Fastpitch Softball Team. Newspaper articles clicked off the 20 wins and counted the number of hits; often with the quote, “… led by Carrie Sigler.” Carrie provided solid defense and sparked T-Bolt bats that pounded out the hits all season long. She still owns the school record for “On Base percentage and total number of “Doubles.” Ms. Sigler earned the first of Four Varsity Letters her freshman year, 2nd Team GMVC honors her sophomore and junior year, and 1st Team GMVC, 1st Team All District, and 2nd Team All State her senior year. Her softball career overshadowed her four years as a high school guard on the Girls Basketball team which demonstrated her overall abilities as an athlete. Carrie earned a scholarship to play softball at Walsh University, but then transferred to Urbana University her junior year and then earned honorable mention and 2nd Team All Conference Honors her Senior Year. She became a Graduate Assistant Softball Coach after her playing career ended. Carrie is now a Biology teacher at Meadowdale High School, while also serving as the Science Department Chair.
Dee Dee Schutte-Snyder – Athlete
Dee Dee Schutte-Snyder’s athleticism was recognized quickly during her freshman year as coaches pulled her up during league and tournament soccer, as well as in basketball play on very successful teams during very successful times. The 1988 Girls Soccer Team ended the season as State Champions and the Girls Basketball team achieved a District Championship. As a sophomore, Dee Dee played an even bigger role in helping the Girls Soccer team win their 3rd State Title in a row, as well as helping the Basketball team repeat as League and Sectional Champions. When measuring success by State Championships, it would appear that Dee Dee’s Senior Year was unsuccessful; however, the Girls Soccer Team still advanced to the State Semi-Finals, losing to the eventual State Champions St. Ursula. In spite of this, the team still earned a Regional Championship Title. Dee Dee’s individual honors included: 1st Team All League, Dayton Defensive Player of the Year, 1st Team All Region, and 1st Team All State. Not only was Dee Dee named a Captain for soccer, but she was also awarded the same leadership position during the basketball season. She was one of the team’s leading scorers and was awarded the MVP on a team which eventually lost to State Champion Beavercreek Beavers. Her graduating class got it correct when they voted her “Most Athletic Female” for the 1991-92 School year. Dee Dee then set a University of Cincinnati record by playing in 85 straight collegiate soccer games. Dee Dee is married to Jon Snyder and has three children: Emma, Ellie, and Eva. Mrs. Snyder is now in her 20th year of teaching at Xenia Warner Middle School.
Jim Weaks – Community Supporter
In 1950, James and Patty Weaks purchased a small nine-acre farm that included a large barn on State Route 49, now known as Southway Road in Clayton, Ohio. Jim was very athletic and loved sports, including basketball. In 1958, “Coach” Weaks decided to convert the barn into a basketball court so that he and his sons could play “round-ball”. After that, “The Barn” became legendary as a place for kids at Northmont and surrounding schools to gather during the evenings and weekends throughout the year. Despite its popularity, it was technically not open during school hours because Coach didn’t allow kids to “skip” school to play ball. Hundreds, if not thousands, of local kids played in “The Barn” for close to thirty years until it finally closed. During its time, “The Barn” had become such an integral part of the basketball program at Northmont High School that Jim was awarded an Honorary Northmont Varsity Letter and both Patty and Jim were recognized with a “Citizenship Award” for outstanding service to the community. The meaning of community expanded, as talent from around the greater Miami Valley benefited from a safe place, good competition, clean fun, and supervised by player “Coach” himself, Jim Weaks and his famous two-handed set shot that no one dared to block. Jim was once quoted as saying, “I think sports are very important to kids. It helps them get along in later life.” Simple rules were posted, which included: Don’t hang on rims, don’t use foul language, don’t use the back of the barn for your toilet, any player using the barn does so at his own risk and finally, last person out lock the door. Jim “Coach” Weaks passed away on January 6, 2002; yet, the impact of “The Barn” still echoes on.
John Young – Athlete
John Young, class of 1982, truly loved America’s favorite past time growing up. He played for Englewood Post 707 Legion Baseball when he wasn’t helping Nortmont High School’s baseball team win back-to-back MCC Championships. His senior season batting average was .515, his on base average was .672, and 31 of 35 stolen bases resulted in him being named the Teams Offensive Player of the Year as well as the Teams MVP. John was then named 1st Team All Conference, All Dayton Daily, All Journal Herald, and finally 1st Team All State. He then continued to set records at the University of Cincinnati, being named 1st Team All-Metro Conference, UC baseball team’s 1987 Most Valuable Player; as well as UC’s Athlete of the Year. In 1987 John was drafted and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates Professional Baseball Club. John has continued to give back to the game he loves by previously coaching the JV baseball team at Alter High School and serving as the Varsity baseball coach at Indian Hill High School. John has already been inducted into the Dayton Area Baseball Commission’s Hall of Fame in 1999, and now it is truly an honor to welcome him as a member of the Northmont Athletic Hall of Fame.