Harry Wilhelm

Harry Wilhelm

2006 Inductees
Harry Wilhelm was a member of the Stivers Football team that won the State Championship in 1919. He was coach at Stivers High from 1924 until 1926. In an article by Marc Katz, he was described as a hell and high water coach. Harry Wilhelm was coaching both football and basketball when the Tigers won their 5th state basketball title. In 1924 the team lost the City Championship to Steele High but went on to become the State Champs - beating the Ravens from Youngstown. Ohio 15-14. A few months later his football team went 10-0-1 and claimed a National Championship. He left Stivers and became coach at Illinois and coached the late great Red Grange. Red later recalled Harry, saying that he was a great student of the game…
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Kenneth Thompson  1953

Kenneth Thompson 1953

2006 Inductees
Ken earned 7 letters during his high school years. He earned 4 letters in football and made All-City Halfback in 1951, 1952 and 1953. Ken was All-State in 1953. His team was Public School Champs in 1953 and Ken was 2nd in the State in scoring in 1953. In Track he won 3 letters and was City Champion in the 220 yard dash in 1952. After graduation, Ken went on to Ohio State University where he earned 2 letters as a part of the OSU varsity  team. He played on Rose Bowl and National Championship teams. After college, he began his career as a Parks & Recreation Director. He retired after 38 yrs. A park was dedicated in his name in 2004. Ken lives in Columbus OH with his wife…
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Floyd Stahl  –  Coach

Floyd Stahl – Coach

2006 Inductees
Floyd "Shorty" Stahl was head coach of basketball and football at Stivers from the fall of 1926 until the final 1928-1929 season. The first team he coached at Stivers was the 1926 - 1927 team. They won 21 games out of 23. Bob Lively was Captain of the 1928 team. In an interview with Marc Katz, Bob said, "Stahl wouldn't raise his voice - He'd tell you once and that was it. You were supposed to get it. He was really a wonderful coach." In 1929 the team won 29 games out of 30. The state championships were played in the old wooden Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum. Stivers record of 3 straight tournament wins in 1927, 1928 and 1929 has never been beaten. Of the team Stahl said "They were special,…
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Bill O’Neill  1947

Bill O’Neill 1947

2006 Inductees
"Billy" O'Neill is one of the greatest tennis players to come out of the Dayton area. He played No.1 singles for Stivers for 4 years from 1944 to 1947. To quote - The Stivers News, May 31, 1946, "The brightest spot on this year's tennis team was the No.1 singles man Bill O'Neill." He was the ace netter of the Tiger team and also the ace netter of the northern section of the southwestern district of Ohio. For his winning of the district title "Willie" received a gold medal from the Ohio High School Athletic Association and his expenses to the State Tournament in Columbus. Coach "Skip" LaRue accompanied him. After graduation, Bill went on to the University of Dayton and won 4 letters. He qualified for the NCAA tournament…
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Jim Morgan  1953

Jim Morgan 1953

2006 Inductees
Jim played basketball as a starter for 3 years, the only Sophomore starter on the '50-'51 team that won the City and the District. He was the leading scorer in the championship game against Chaminade. Stivers was ranked #1 in the State in 1953 final Associated Press poll. Jim was an All-City basketball player at Stivers High. He attended the University of Louisville. He was the 11th player in their history to score over 1000 points. When he graduated the school retired his number. Jim was inducted into the University of Louisville Hall of Fame. The Syracuse "Nationals" drafted him into the NBA.   He coached at Stebbins High for 9 years, during which time they won 70+% of their games. He started training Thoroughbred horses in 1966. He was…
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Robert Milthaler  1951

Robert Milthaler 1951

2006 Inductees
Bob earned 10 Varsity "S" letters. He played End Position in Football during his Sophomore and Junior years and received 2 letters. Bob played Outfield position in Baseball during his Sophomore, Junior and Senior years and earned 3 letters. Bob also received three letters in Basketball in his Sophomore, Junior and Senior years. The Class of 1951 was the last class to win the City and District in Basketball. Bob ran Cross Country in his Senior year and placed 1st in the City, 2nd in the District and 11th in the State. In Track, his Senior year he ran the mile and was 1st in the City, 1st in the District and 3rd in the State, with a time of four minutes and seventeen seconds. Bob attended Miami University at…
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Gene Millard  1953

Gene Millard 1953

2006 Inductees
Gene received 3 letters in Football. In 1953 he received the Public School Champions letter, In 1952 - '53 he was the All City Quarterback 2nd Team and he was the Team Captain in 1952 - '53. In Basketball he also received 3 letters. The Stivers team won City Champions 1951 and 1953, District Champions in 1951, District Runners-up 1952 and 1953 and Gene was on the team that was selected on All City Team in 1953. Gene earned four letters in Baseball and was the Team Captain in 1953. He graduated in 1958 from Ohio State University and received his Masters in Education in 1963. During his college years he received 3 letters in Basketball. During his career Gene was a High School Teacher, Coach and Athletic Director, He…
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Raymond LaRue  – Coach

Raymond LaRue – Coach

2006 Inductees
Coach "Skip" LaRue came to Stivers from Mason High School in 1942. He coached basketball, football, and track until 1957. Skipper led his basketball teams to the City Championships in 1943, 1947, 1951, and 1953. Stivers shared that title with Chaminade in 1944 and was runner-up to them in 1945 and 1946 but the Tigers regained City Champs in 1947. That team won the Springfield Christmas Tournament in 1947. Coach LaRue had 3 daughters, Joan LaRue of Long Beach CA, Jackie LaRue Sparks of Portland, OR and Jean LaRue DeHaven of Rochester, NY. Coach LaRue died in 1966 at the age of 61.
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Vern Woods  1953

Vern Woods 1953

2006 Inductees
As a Stivers Tiger, Vern earned 4 letters in baseball and 2 letters in basketball. During his 4 years at Stivers basketball was very successful in gathering City Championships in 1950, 1951 and 1953. In 1951 they won a District Championship. In 1952 Vern was Honorable Mention All-City and 1st Team All-District. In 1953 he was selected 1st Team All-City, 2nd Team All-District and 1st Team All-State. He was also selected for the Ohio All-Star team. Vern retired after 32 years as a teacher and coach in the Mad River Township and Dayton Public School Systems. Vern has been a lifelong resident of the Dayton area. He and his wife Nancy have 6 children, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
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Bill Hosket  1930

Bill Hosket 1930

2006 Inductees
"Big" Bill Hosket, so named because he was just shy of 6'5" tall.  In his Sophomore year at Stivers, he was called the greatest center ever seen in action on a high school basketball court by the three tournament officials who placed him on the All-Star Class A team. He was famous for his "bat-in" shots. He was All-State Center in 1928 and the Team won State Champions in 1928, 1929 and 1930. Bill, playing in the era of the center jump, was an excellent passer and could shoot with either hand. After graduation Bill moved on to Ohio State University. He became an All Big Ten center leading the Buckeyes to the conference championship in 1933. When his playing days ended Bill stayed involved. He officiated on both the high…
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