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Class of 2020 Notable Seniors MEGHAN GARRY ➤ HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL Hamilton High School is full of talented and promising students, and Meghan Garry is no exception. In addition to being her class valedictorian (with a 4.871 GPA), she also holds 13 varsity letters. Meghan participates in many sports at Hamilton, including soccer, softball, swim, and cross country. After graduation, she plans to attend the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, majoring in mechanical engineering. “I think of this city as a ‘big small town’. It’s such a large place, but there are so many close connections throughout the town.”


SAMANTHA SARVAK MICHAEL M FARLAND ➤ BADIN HIGH SCHOOL ➤ HAMILTON Whether it be sports or music, Samantha Sarvak has definitely Many students are preparing for graduation, including Michael C

made the most of her time at Stephen T. Badin High School. She participated in cross country, gymnastics, Jazz Band, and Badin Rocks. Samantha was awarded the San Domiano Scholarship from Marian University, where she will be attending in the fall. She plans to major in nutrition, with a minor in music ministry. “Hamilton is an amazing city! The people just seem happy to be here. I have never heard anyone say they weren’t proud to be from Hamilton.”

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McFarland. Michael spent his time at Hamilton participating in several organizations, including the NJROTC drill and academic teams, varsity cross country and student council. Having already committed to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, Michael will use the skills he learned in the Big Blue NJROTC program to further his career as a commissioned officer in the Army. “I believe Hamilton’s small business is an essential part of the community and how unique we are.”

HamilTEN so many popular landmarks that bring the community together, whether it’s Flub’s, Jolly’s, or many other places.” ROSALITA ORTIZ ➤ HAMILTON During her time at Hamilton, Rosalita Ortiz has risen to the highest rank in the NJROTC program, commanding officer. She is a 1st degree black belt in Shotokan karate, has attended the leadership academy in Chicago, where she took 1st place out of 77 cadets, and has so far accumulated over 260 hours of community service. She plans to enlist in the Army Reserves, and attend college for secondary education to later become a high school math teacher. “No matter where you go everyone is welcoming and willing to help one another.”


THUY DINH HAMILTON Between student council, National Honor Society, and serving as the president of ASTRA service organization, Thuy Dinh has managed to stay quite busy. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to participate in their prepharmacy program. “Schools and businesses are encouraging inclusivity and incorporating art into the community. We’re moving forward as a city.”

TREY ROBINSON ➤ HAMILTON Towering at 6’6”, with an average of 19.5 points per game, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists, Trey Robinson is a great pride of

ALEX DELONG ➤ BADIN In addition to varsity football and track and field, Alex DeLong has much to be proud of as his time at Badin comes to an end. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Scholar Leader Academy, the ambassador program, and serves as the senior class president. He also won the “That’s Our Boy” award for academic and athletic achievement. Alex will attend Butler University majoring in biology, with plans of becoming a psychiatrist in the future. “My favorite thing about Hamilton is the fact that it has 10



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Class of 2020 Notable Seniors the Big Blue. Trey became the first signed recruit for the Northern Kentucky University basketball team, full scholarship included. He will also be majoring in business. “My favorite thing about Hamilton is Friday night basketball in the Hamilton Athletic Center, with all the fans and the great atmosphere.” EMILY SAUER ➤ BADIN Badin graduate Emily Sauer is going out swinging with a long list of accomplishments under her belt. She is involved in tennis, cheerleading, the swim team, student council executive president, and a member of TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude in Mathematics and Science). She was the recipient of the George Washington University Book Award for academic excellence, leadership, diversity of thought, and the ability to put knowledge into action. Emily plans to major in biology at Ohio State University, and minor in Spanish and business, all on a pre-dentistry track. “My favorite thing about Hamilton is the local restaurants and places to eat that are unique.”


WILL GIFFEN ➤ BADIN Will Giffen definitely made the most of all the opportunities he was given during his time at Badin High School. He played soccer and volleyball, and also participated on multiple academic teams. He is on the Service Leadership Board and is president of the National Honor Society. He has been recognized as the National Merit Commended Scholar and received the National Ambassador Award for Community Service. Will plans to major in Math and Computer Science at college in the fall, and will later use that degree for a career in data research and analysis. “My favorite thing about Hamilton is Badin High School. Badin has had a remarkable and lasting impact on me Support Your Local Business!

by presenting me with an abundance of opportunities to explore Hamilton, strengthen my faith and character, and prepare for college and beyond.” BROOKLYNN DOCKERY ➤ HAMILTON In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, student council, and the soccer team, Brooklynn Dockery also made time to become a SWEL (Summer Work Experience in Law) scholar, where she interned with the city of Hamilton. She is also a member of the Attorney General Teen Ambassador Board. In the fall, Brooklynn will attend Ohio State University, majoring in political science. After that, she will attend law school. “This city has had many hardships, but we always stick together. I am grateful to call this place home!”  MAY 2020  WWW.JUSTHAMILTON.COM


LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Jim Maloney returns to Hamilton to continue his family's dental legacy BY L AUR A L E AV I T T Jim Maloney had a pretty unique childhood experience of growing up around his father, Dr. Kevin Maloney’s, dental practice in Hamilton.

“My Dad’s been a dentist here for 42 years,” says Jim. “I’d help my Dad out, and I’d see him going in for after-hours emergency appointments. I’d see what he was doing, learning what it was like to run a practice behind the scenes, to keep a business up and running.” 12


Jim studied at The Ohio State University, earning his bachelor’s degree in zoology and master’s degree in public health, with an emphasis in oral cancer research. After Ohio State, he attended dental school at LECOM School of Dental Medicine in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. There, he met his future wife, Melinda, a native of Leesburg, Georgia. Melinda, a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in microbiology, is a practicing dentist in the West Chester area.

“I don’t have any family that are in the dental field, so I didn’t have those opportunities available for me in my hometown in Georgia,” says Melinda. “Jim already had a concrete plan to take over his dad’s practice, and it seemed like a good opportunity.” The two got married and recently moved back to Hamilton, discovering that the excitement of renewal was in the air in Jim’s hometown. “It’s like a new Support Your Local Business!

town, frankly,” says Jim. “I haven’t lived here permanently since I was 18, and I was back and forth during college. This renaissance is really cool to see.” Melinda found a connection to the culture of loyalty and trust that reminded her of home. “I grew up in a really small town, so I’m accustomed to the small-town feel, even though it’s a lot bigger than my home town,”

will appeal to many types of people, despite trends toward more corporate practices,” says Jim. “I’ve seen patients just in the few months I’ve been at my Dad’s office that have been with my Dad since he started practicing. They bring their kids, grandkids, and even great-grandkids; they pass the trust down from generation to generation. I want to keep developing those relationships.”

how to best protect the public,” says Jim. “It’s important to note, too, that we do this all the time. It’s important for the public to know that we sterilize and disinfect operatories and instruments between patients even when there isn’t a public health crisis. We always have their safety and best interest in mind.”

Like many other businesses, dentistry went into an emergency-proceduresonly role in late March to combat the global pandemic and preserve supply chains for personal protective equipment for medical providers serving individuals with coronavirus.

their community and are excited to see Hamilton grow in the coming years. “Growing up, I always wanted to be part of the community where I practiced,” says Jim. “It was cool going out to eat or to the grocery store or to Little League games, because my Dad would often see patients, and people felt comfortable enough to come up and say ‘Hello’. That really appeals to me, and we want to provide a service for generations to come.”

Both during and after the crisis, however, Jim and Melinda are connected to


says Melinda. “I’m used to everybody knowing everybody, and your word is your honor. I like that aspect of Hamilton. It seems like a good place with a lot of potential—things are headed in a really good direction.” They both see the role of small businesses like dental practices as vital in a community. “I hope that the niche for family practices with continuity of care that is a second-generation of care Support Your Local Business!

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Update The Hamilton City School District commends the Top Scholars from the Class of 2020. Together, these dedicated students have accumulated 715 college credits while still attending Hamilton High School. This equates to incredible cost savings of more than $357,500 for our students and their families!

Valedictorian Meghan Garry (above) has a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.871 and has earned 78 college credits during her high school career. She will continue her studies at Rose-Hulman Institute 16 


of Technology, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. She will also play on the soccer team.

the Ohio State University, majoring in Health Sciences to continue on to medical school.

Salutatorian Emma Shockey (pictured far top right) has a GPA of 4.844 and has earned 75 college credits while in high school. Emma will attend Miami University and major in Chemical Engineering.

Zoe Blevins has a GPA of 4.558 and has accumulated 34 college credits. Zoe will attend the Ohio State University, majoring in Chemical Engineering.

Brooke Barney has a GPA of 4.741 and has accumulated 31 college credits as a high school student. Brooke will attend the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Architectural Engineering.

Conner Ratliff has a 4.5 GPA and has earned 15 college credits. He will attend Miami University, majoring in Forensic Science and Small Business Management to go into Law Enforcement.

Victoria Hacker has a GPA of 4.702 and has earned 43 college credits. Victoria will attend the Ohio State University to major in Civil Engineering and Spanish.

Brooklyn Dockery has a 4.482 GPA and has 11 college credits. Brooklyn will attend the Ohio State University, majoring in Political Science to continue on to law school.

Thuy Dinh has a GPA of 4.667 and has accumulated 53 college credits. Thuy will attend the University of Cincinnati, majoring in Pre-Pharmacy.

Autumn Yater has a 4.471 GPA and accumulated 22 college credits. She will attend the Ohio State University, majoring in Chemistry or Psychology.

Claire Cashdollar has a GPA of 4.637 and has earned 42 college credits. Claire will attend Miami University to major in Chemical Engineering.

Sarah Herndon has a 4.431 GPA and earned 27 college credits. She will attend the Ohio State University, majoring in Psychology and Pre-Law to attend law school.

Olivia Matthews has a GPA of 4.56 and has totalled 24 college credits while attending high school. Olivia will attend

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Andrew Roden has a GPA of 4.299 and has accumulated 38 college credits. He will attend either Xavier, the Ohio State University, or University of Cincinnati to major in Physics.

will attend Eastern Kentucky University, majoring in History Education. Jacob Abney has a 4.37 GPA and has earned 21 college credits while in high school. He will attend the Ohio State University, majoring in Sports Leadership and Management or Business. Erin McIntosh has a 4.33 GPA and has 33 college credits. Erin will attend the University of Dayton, majoring in Media Journalism. Brittany Overbey has a 4.327 GPA and has earned 44 college credits in high school. She will attend the University

of Cincinnati, majoring in Chemistry to continue on to Medical School. Nadia Wells has a GPA of 4.304 and has 15 college credits. Nadia will attend Miami University in Nursing to become a Nurse Practitioner.

Samatha Riggan has a 4.293 GPA and has earned 54 college credits. Samantha will attend Wilmington College to major in Animal Science to continue on to Veterinarian School. Shelby Kinnin has a 4.291 GPA and has 21 college credits while in high school. Shelby will attend Miami University and is undecided on a major.

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The spirit of baseball runs through this city like the Great Miami River. From the little leagues that teach youngsters how lace up their cleats and throw a baseball, to the high schools that hoist up trophies seemingly every spring— Hamilton cannot deny its roots in America’s pastime. After all, we are a short drive from the birthplace of professional baseball. For this month in the Hamiltonian, we have decided to pay homage to the great players that have played for both the Hamilton Big Blue and the Badin Rams. So we have created an All-Time roster for both schools. All the players on the following list were nominated by the coaches past and present from both schools, but there are some caveats. I originally tasked the coaches to create a team using five pitchers, four infielders and three outfielders and a catcher. MIKE CONLEY—Class of 1983 “He had the most raw talent,” said longtime Big Blue head coach Dan Bowling. Conley was the ace for Bowling’s first year, in which Hamilton took home the state crown. The left handed pitcher was taken in the second round of the 1984 draft by the Batlimore Orioles, not too far behind the great Roger Clemens. “They clocked him at 96 mph everytime scouts came to see him,” said Bowling. The former Big Blue coach recalls a game against the Moeller Crusaders where the Montreal Expos came to scout Conley. In the first inning he was sitting 96 mph, in the seventh inning he was still throwing 96. AARON COOK—Class of 1997 In 2007, Cook threw six quality innings against the Red Sox in game four of the World Series. The next july he 18


They soon realized that with these two great programs that was impossible, so we played fast and loose with the rules. Both rosters were finalized with 16 players, albeit in different ways. Hamilton has five pitchers, two catchers, five infielders, three outfielders and one designated hitter. While Badin has six pitchers, two catchers, four infielders and four outfielders. Other caveats include that the teams’ rosters only feature players that went to school in the current iteration. Meaning that players before the Taft and Garfield merge are unfortunately excluded, as are players from Hamilton Catholic. With that out of the way, here are All-Time baseball players from both Hamilton and Badin, as nominated by past and present coaching staffs.


threw more innings in the 2008 All Star game than any other pitcher, as he threw three scoreless. A decade before those years in the MLB, he anchored a talented rotation as the Big Blue won

their second state championship. “If you needed a win, he was the guy you went to,” said Bowling. In the regional championship game, Cook and Hamilton faced off against Vandalia Butler who threw an arm by the name of Corey Vance. Bowling claims that Vance was the best pitcher that one of his teams ever faced. He was undefeated and was throwing a no hitter, as the Aviators led 1-0 in the seventh. Cook tied the game with a double off the wall, as the Big Blue went on to win the game and in turn, the state title. Aaron was committed to the University of Kentucky, but instead signed with the Rockies as he was drafted in the second round. He played 11 years in the majors, 10 with Colorado, one with Boston. TODD MORGAN—Class of 1984 Morgan was 10-0 as a junior for the Support Your Local Business!

Big Blue in 1983, which is quite the accomplishment for a high schooler. He was the number two, behind Conley, on that state championship team. The southpaw doesn't get brought up as much as the others on this list, but don’t let that take away from him as a ballplayer. After finishing his career for Hamilton he pitched for the Bearcats at the University of Cincinnati.

drafted in the 4th round of the 1994 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He eventually made his way to the MLB with the Astros whom he pitched out of the pen with for four years, before throwing for the Padres and Reds. Bowling claims that Stone had the best curveball out of any pitcher he coached or coached against.

CHAD PENNINGTON—Class of 1997 He went to Arizona State to pitch before coming back to Cincinnati. When the Sun Devil played in the 1998 College World Series, Pennington pitched in the championship game. That was just a year removed from when he started in the state semis for the Big Blue the year before. Pennington struck out eight batters, as he allowed just two hits over a seven inning win. “He pitched a lot of good games, but that was probably his best,” said Bowling. “We had a pretty good one-two punch between him and Aaron Cook.”

TYLER ELKINS—Class of 2005 Elkins was a three year starter, who caught his last two years. He was a career .425 hitter, who batted .500 as a senior—which led the GMC. He also led the conference with 33 RBIs as he hit four homeruns.



MARK MARTIN—Class of 1983 “Mark Martin was probably the best catcher I’ve ever had in terms of being an all around player,” said Bowling. He only started as a senior, but was the backstop the year the Big Blue took home the state title. That year Martin hit .390 and batted three-hole. “He was like having a coach on the field,” said Bowling. “He worked with the pitchers so well, and was so solid behind the plate. You could actually put him down as a coach/catcher—he was that type of a player.”


MATT HUBBARD—Class of 1998 The starting second baseman for the state championship team in 1997, Hubbard was a three year starter who hit .373 for his career. “He was just a solid infielder for us,” said former head coach Dan Bowling. Hubbard went 3-7 as the lead off hitter for the Big Blue at state. “He was just solid, game in and game out for us,” said Bowling. RICKEY STONE—Class of 1994 "Rickey was probably the best pitcher out of the entire group,” said Bowling. “If you wanted to win one game with a pitcher, he was the guy.” Stone was Support Your Local Business!

BRYAN JACKSON—Class of 1984 Jackson was the second baseman on the other state championship Big Blue team. A two starter, he hit .426 as a junior. In the semi final game, Jackson scored three runs out of the two-hole

as Hamilton throttled Grove City 25-7. In the championship game he was 3-5 with two RBIs. He went on to play at Northern Kentucky University. “He ran very well,” said Bowling. “He could steal a base at any time and could always take the extra base.”


MARK LEWIS—Class of 1988 The second overall pick of the draft in 1988, Mark Lewis is in the pantheon of local athletes. He hit 42 homeruns and .545 for his career with the Big Blue, including hitting .566 as a sophomore. His 212 career RBIs were a national record when he graduated, passing Don Mattingly’s record. “He was the best player that I ever coached,” said Bowling. “His hands were so quick, he was just so talented.” Lewis played 11 years in the majors, five with the Indians, a pair with the Reds, and one each with the Phillies, Giants, Orioles and Tigers. The highlight of his career came in 1995, when he hit a pinch hit grand slam for the Reds in game three of the National League Divisional Series. When asked if there was any game that sticks out when remembering Lewis’ playing days, Bowling said there are too many to count, but did recall when Mark hit a grandslam against St.X in the 5th inning of a scoreless game. MAY 2020  WWW.JUSTHAMILTON.COM


CRAIG MILLS—Class of 1982 Mills was a shortstop, who was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 18th round of the draft. Bowling wasn’t Mills coach at the varsity level but he recalls how talented of a player Mills was. Though he was a shortstop in high school the Tigers tried to make him a catcher in the minors. Bowling cites the right-handed Mills as one of the best power hitters in Hamilton’s history.


played alongside Barry Larkin and Chris Sabo as a freshman. He got one at bat in the College World Series, and got a hit. He was drafted by the Braves out of high school and opted to go to Michigan. Huffman might be most remembered for hitting two homeruns in the 1983 state championship game. “Huffman was probably the best outfielder I’ve ever had,” said Dan Bowling. CURTUS MOAK—Class of 1997 Moak played most of his career at first base, but he started right field one year which is why he was put on this list. He was a three year starter, who not only hit but pitched frequently for the Big Blue. In fact, Moak got the win in the state championship in 1997. He hit .384 for his career at Hamilton with 61 RBIs. Moak went onto UC where he pitched and even set the record for most saves. After being a Bearcat he was drafted in the 25th round of the 2001 draft by the Cincinnati Reds. He spent three years in the minors and played one year of independent ball.


KENNY REED—Class of 1990 A three year starter, Reed played several positions. Reed batted .405 for his career, while slugging 17 home runs and 82 RBIs. Reed was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the sixth round but opted to go to college at Ball State. He was then drafted again, this time by the Baltimore Orioles in the 18th round. He played two years in the minors, at various positions including first base, third base and catcher. His last two years of high school he played primarily first base, but Bowling said that Reed could have been one of the better catchers to go through the Big Blue.


ROBBY HUFFMAN—Class of 1983 Huffman went and played at Michigan after his time with the Big Blue, where he 20

could have made this list not only as an outfielder but as a pitcher too. Morris was drafted by the Twins out high school but he opted to go play at the University of Kentucky. Three years later he was drafted by the White Sox in the 21st round. Morris played three years of pro ball making it as high as A.

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NATE MAHON—Class of 2003 “[Mahon’s] sophomore year was one of the best seasons I could ever remember,” said Bowling. Mahon hit .467 his sophomore year, .396 his junior year before taking a dip down to .255 his senior season. “I got a call from the Cincinnati Enquirer his sophomore year, and they told me they were going to select Nate as the player of the year in southwest Ohio,” said Bowling. “All the local coaches complained about it because he was only a sophomore. So I got a call back a couple days later saying they were going with someone else.” His sophomore year the Big Blue made it to the state semi finals, where Bowling recalls he hit two balls that would be gone at a normal high school field. But because they were playing at Clipper Stadium they were just doubles. Mahon took over the helm of the Big Blue football program last year, and took them to their first playoff game in a decade. There were no other players nominated



SETH MORRIS—Class of 1999 23 home runs and 100 RBIs for his career, Morris was not only a threat with the bat but also his arm. Bowling said he


JOE GIULIANO—Class of 1994 “Quite simply he was a dominant high school pitcher,” said former Badin high school coach, Mark Maus. Guiliano was a four year pitcher on the varsity squad who was committed to Ole Miss before signing with the Atlanta Braves in the 3rd round. Maus recalls in 1993, when Giuliano was a junior, he faced Franklin High School in the District Championship. The Wildcats came into the game with two losses, were ranked in the state and had several Division I guys in the line up. Giuliano threw a three-hit shutout and struck out 14. Support Your Local Business!



Even more amazing was the fact that no ball left the infield. Joe was thrown into the limelight as a freshman, as he earned a win in both the State Semis and State Championship out of the pen in 1991. Giuliano holds records in Badin’s unofficial record book in career wins (25), innings pitched (185) and strikeouts (285). He also is one of two players to strike out more than 100 batters in a single season.

Championship. Treadway graduated from and went on to play at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. From there he was drafted in the third round by the San Francisco Giants. He spent four years in the minors and played one year of independent ball. Coach Maus recalls Treadway’s senior year the Rams played the two-time D1 defending state champion, Canton Glenoak, and he the right hander shut them down.

BRION TREADWAY—Class of 1997 In 1996 the Rams were State Champions, Treadway was the leading arm during the run. He was 11-1 during that season, which still stands as a Badin record. Just like Giuliano before him, he earned a win in both the State Semis and State

BRETT M CKINNEY—Class of 2009 The Rams made the state final four in 2008 and 2009, the key piece to that team was McKinney. In ‘09 he was selected as the D3 Player of the Year as he went 9-0 with a 2.29 Era on the hill, and hit .479 with five home runs as a hitter. “His senior

year was one of the best years that any Badin player has ever put together,” said Treadway who was an assistant coach of the Rams at time. “He got wins against all four GCL South schools (Moeller, St. X, Elder and LaSalle), which I’m guessing has never been done.” “We Knew when he was on the mound, we were going to get a win,” said Treadway. McKinney went on to play at Ohio State, where he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He spent six seasons in the minors making his way all the way up to AAA. CHUCK M CKINNEY—Class of 1978 For anyone that was old enough to see both Brett and his dad, Chuck, pitch it is no secret where the talent comes from. McKinney was drafted by the Cincinnati

Reds in the eighth round of the 1978 draft. He spent three seasons in the minors, making it as high as A ball. Chuck went 4-1 as a senior for the Rams. Just like the other players on this list that were before 1990, McKinney’s talent has been talked about like folklore throughout the years. To this day, McKinney is an assistant coach for the Badin Rams. ED TOBERGTE—Class of 1967 Tobergte was a graduate of the second ever Badin class. While there aren't as many stats on him as a player the name and the legend has lived on through word of mouth alone. When alumni get together and talk about the greatest to ever take the mound, Tobergte is often one of the first named. The right handed pitcher was drafted in the sixth round to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played two seasons of rookie ball before hanging up the cleats. SAM ARMINIO—Class of 1990 “He didn’t have the same velocity that the other guys had but he knew how to pitch,” said Maus. Arminio went on to play at Coker University, which is a D2 school in South Carolina. After playing for the Cobras, he signed to play in independent ball for four seasons and even earned a minor league contract in 1997.


including batting .412 as a senior. He went on to play baseball for Trevecca Nazarene, where he was an honorable mention All-American in NAIA.


TJ NICTHING—Class of 2013 The Rams unofficial all-time leader in runs (110), average (.461), hits (159) and RBI (95). The switch hitter was a rare four year starter for Badin and was front and center during two regional championship teams (2010 and 2013). “TJ is the best hitter I’ve ever coached,” said current Badin coach Brion Treadway. “He came in as a freshman and led our team in hitting. In fact he led our team in hitting three out of the four years I was there.” Nichting was a switch hitting middle infielder for the Rams, but after his time in kelly green he played for UNC Charlotte. From there he was drafted in the ninth round by the Baltimore Orioles. He has spent the last three seasons in the minors getting as high as AA. Treadway recalls one moment above in Nichting’s career above the rest. In 2013, the Rams played CHCA in the Regional Semi-finals, facing off against future second round draft selection, Cameron Varga. Nichting told Treadway before the game that he was going to hit the first pitch of the game off the pitcher. When the first pitch was thrown, Nichting

MATT MARCUM—Class of 1996 He was a three year varsity player, but caught his senior year. As a junior Marcum earned first team all-state as a designated hitter. Marcum, a left handed hitter, went on to play at Bowling Green State University. The highest praise Coach Maus could give was that not only was Marcum a great player but he was a fantastic student and teammate too. BRIAN DIRHEIMER—Class of 2005 Baserunners thought twice about running on the Rams with ‘Dir’ behind the plate. Dirheimer, like Maus, was a three starter for the Rams and was a major key on the 2005 state team, as he batted cleanup for most of the season. Brian batted .365 across his career, 22



almost lived up to that as he missiled a line drive right up the middle. PETE SPOERL—Class of 1978 On more than one occasion Pete Spoerl has been sighted as possibly being the greatest athlete to go through Badin High School. Spoerl was a shortstop, quarterback in football and played guard in basketball. Spoerl played four years for the Xavier Musketeers. In 1987 Spoerl played for the USA fastpitch softball team in Indianapolis in the Pan American games—USA earned silver. DREW MAUS—Class of 2005 Maus was the vocal point of the offense during the 2005 State Runner Up team. Batting .480 as a senior, where he was selected as the GCL North’s player of the year. Maus played shortstop for three seasons. After Badin, Maus bounced around a couple of schools before winding up at Ouachita Baptist University where he was reunited with another Badin great, Drew Wurzelbacher. The Tigers finished second at the D2 College World Series in 2008. As a junior, Maus tore his ACL during basketball season and he opted to get surgery after the baseball season so that he could still play with a brace on. He batted .423 that season. DARIN RIEMAN—Class of 1986 Just like Tobergte for the pitchers, when alumni talk about the greatest hitter in Rams’ history Darin Rieman is one of the first names brought up. Rieman batted lead off for the 1984 State runner up. He played the left side of the infield and even got the start on the mound in the state final game—as a sophomore. Rieman went on to play at the University of Kentucky, where his name is scattered throughout their all time record book. Most prominently, he played 212 games which ranks fourth all time for the Wildcats. He also was awarded the second most free passes in UK history.


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University’s Bob Wren stadium you will find a wall featuring all the records that are held by various Bobcat ballplayers. Consistently number two in the power categories is three time MVP and Hall of Famer, Mike Schmidt. Number one on those lists? Jeff Rook. The right fielder was the 1996 D2 Ohio Player of the Year, as he clobbered 10 home runs. He was a three year varsity player. He might have been a four year guy, but he didn’t play baseball as a freshman. “He was a man amongst boys,” said Coach Maus. “He was a flat out stud.” Maus remembers playing Middletown High School. and Rook was at the plate with the bases loaded and the score tied. Legendary Middies coach Fred Nori came out to the mound. Maus couldn’t make out every word but he did hear Nori finish the meeting by saying, “Have some guts, throw the ball over the plate.” The next pitch Rook sent the ball into orbit for a grand slam. BRIAN GIESTING—Class of 1993 “In my opinion, he was the best hitter I coached,” said Coach Maus. “He was just a natural hitter. I coached some dudes, but he was just a natural hitter.” Giesting had a gorgeous left handed swing which earned him starting duties on the 1991 State Championship team as a sophomore. Giesting played in three state games, two as a sophomore and one as a senior. In those games he went 8-10 with two doubles and three runs scored. ALEX HOLDERBACH—Class of 2015 A three year starter for the Rams,


Holderbach spent his sophomore and junior year in the infield before transitioning to the outfield. That ability to adapt to a new position carried on in college as he moved to catcher where he was a finalist for the Johnny Bench award his senior year. “He was a phenomenal hitter and a tremendously hard worker,” said Treadway. “When he came up to the plate you knew good things were going to happen.” He was drafted in the 16th round of the 2018 draft by the Houston Astros. He has spent the last two years in their system. Holderbach finished his high school career with over 100 hits and 80 runs scored. JIM TRACY—Class of 1974 It seems remiss to not include the only Badin Ram to ever reach the MLB. Tracy initially was heading to Xavier University

to play football, but when they folded their football program he transferred to Marietta College. From there he was drafted in the fourth round by the Cubs. He eventually spent two seasons playing for the Loveable Losers playing in 185 games. After his playing days he started managing. He took over for Davey Johnson as the manager for the Dodgers from 2001 to 2005. He spent two years at the helm of the Pirates and four years with the Colorado Rockies. In 2009 he was selected as the National League Manager of the Year.


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The Department of PEGGY BANGE

In recent months, the City of Hamilton has created an interdisciplinary department to continue the goal of making Hamilton a great place to Live, Work, and Play. We spoke with Brandon Saurber of the Department of Neighborhoods to get to know what this department has been up to. What is the Department of Neighborhoods? The department starts from the premise that a more engaged and connected Hamilton is a stronger Hamilton. We believe that to our core as an organization. Our reason for existing is to connect current and prospective residents to each other, to information, to tools and resources that help them envision a positive future here in Hamilton. Our day-to-day in Hamilton is handling certain critical initiatives: the 17 Strong neighborhoods initiative, oversight of the 311 service request system, and communications are all housed here. Additionally, we’re temporarily working with the Love Your Block grant from Cities of Service that supplies us with two Americorps VISTAs. The entire staff has assignments 26


to the various committees of the 17Strong Advisory Board. So much of what we aim to do involves having to pound the pavement, organizing, and being out and knocking on doors. We’re working to adapt our approach a little bit, as we think more creatively about working with vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic. What are some projects you are currently working on? 17Strong micro-grants are continuing. here will be some events postponed but they’ll happen when we’re all back to normal. We’re starting work on something called the Sunnyside Project with the 17 Strong neighborhoods. The news and social media are full of bad news right now, so we have this tagline of “No act of positivity too small.” We want to find small anecdotes about what people are doing to help each other and stay connected right now. What are they showing that they love about where they live? Hamiltonians have been resilient for generations. We can’t allow the negative to overtake our identity.



We’re trying to push back on those negative things. 17 Strong’s outreach and communication committees are working together, and we’re supporting them. Brooke Wells (brooke.wells@hamilton.oh.gov) is our point of contact to share a positive story, or just use the hashtag #SunnysideHamilton. Why are strong neighborhoods important, especially during a time of public health worries? I think they are more important now than ever. The stories that really make it worth it are people coming together and helping each other. One of my favorite all-time 17 Strong stories was not a large event; it was when we launched our new recycling bins and trash cans, and people were worried because they were so much larger than the prior ones. We had a gentleman in Prospect Hill who said he’d help someone move their cans if one of his neighbors reached out to the City for help. One woman did reach out, he’s continued to help her and over time, they’ve also built a family friendship. There are those heartwarming anecdotes that make it worthwhile for everyone involved in 17 Strong. Support Your Local Business!

Neighborhood JACOB STONE

There’s so much information and misinformation out there that it's beneficial for us to have a strong network of neighbors to make it easier for us to communicate initiatives. It’s great when people go to neighborhood meetings and interact with City employees. We want people in the community to have someone at City Hall who they can call. We want everyone in our organization to develop relationships and to be the person who can answer a question or address a rumor. It’s not just for reliability and trust; it goes the other way. We are used to hearing one resident’s opinion who says what they



want for their neighborhood, but we want to make more seats at the table to get a broader perspective. In doing that, we get a little closer to understanding the neighborhood as a whole. With that better understanding, we’re able to better work through issues, concerns, and aspirations within their neighborhood. That’s a really great benefit. What are your goals and vision for the future of Hamilton's neighborhoods? We want every neighborhood to be engaged, but we keep thinking about what that means. We thought it was having monthly neighborhood meetings in every neighborhood a

few years ago, but we keep thinking more about how you measure engagement. We consider “engaged” to be where groups are meeting, but also neighborhoods that are coming together on Nextdoor or Facebook, or better yet, are submitting 311 requests. We want all neighborhoods to be empowered to take that next step. MyHamilton (311) is the best way to get anything done in the city. It’s the most empowering thing for a resident to say “Please get this done,” and hopefully we’re able to do it and meet their expectations. If we are, there is no better way for us to build trust in our ability to deliver for them.

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are made of when we face collective struggle, and it is at times like these that we have the opportunity to do small, kind things to help those most affected by the recent public health crisis. Hamiltonians have absolutely stepped up. For the recent Easter season, a local Hamiltonian created a sociallydistanced “egg hunt” where pictures of eggs were hidden in doors and windows so that children could find them while on a walk without having to get physically close to other kids. The children enjoyed looking for the 30 eggs all around the neighborhood. Local branches of U.S. Bank have sent meals to frontline workers at the fire department and at local nursing homes

to remind them that we are grateful for their hard work and extra vigilance during a difficult time.

to help their neighbor feel more secure and also meet their daily needs with healthy food.

One kind neighbor in the Hamilton area paid attention and saw that a neighbor had increased health risks and was low on money. They ordered groceries to be delivered to their neighbor’s home. By spending what they normally spent on a night out on the town, they were able

A family chose to serve their elderly neighbors in the spirit of the spring time. They took a day to mulch and weed their neighbor’s flower beds as the weather has turned warmer, and afterwards, they grilled out for dinner and brought food to those same

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neighbors. The gentleman they helped said that no one had ever offered to help him on his street before, and it really seemed to touch him. If you’ve seen a kind or brave act that someone has done in our Hamilton community, share it on the Hamiltonian Facebook page to inspire more kindness as we move through these tough times together.  MAY 2020  WWW.JUSTHAMILTON.COM


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and heat, briefly cook rolls over high heat, browning all sides, then remove from heat and set aside. 8. In a large bowl add the water and the cream of soup and mix well. 9. Add in the bell peppers/onions, and add one of the ½ cups of cheese (any one you want) and combine. 10. Pour mixture into a large baking dish and place the chicken rolls in. Press down lightly to cover the sides with the mixture and space them out. 11. Take a teaspoon and scoop a little of the mixture on top of each chicken roll. 12. Finally add in the rest of the cheeses on top evenly. 13. Bake for 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked completely. 14. Remove from oven and top with six slices of chopped, cooked, bacon and place back into the oven for an additional five minutes.


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Nestled near the heart of the city, among streets lined with gorgeous homes, sits the Dayton Lane neighborhood. While the actual road, Dayton Lane, plays a major role in the neighborhood’s history, the true boundaries consist of Heaton Street to the north, High Street to the south, S. Erie Blvd to the east, and Martin Luther King Blvd to the west. All that lay within those bounds make up the Dayton Lane neighborhood, one of 17 total that make up the city of Hamilton. Despite being one of the smallest neighborhoods in Hamilton, Dayton Lane packs a powerful punch when it comes to beauty, engagement, and neighborhood pride. Encompassing only 0.2 square miles, this urban neighborhood held a population of 1,405 at last count in 2017. Urban neighborhoods are considered to be the definition of Hamilton’s City Center. In them, there are bountiful public spaces, institutions, and commercial spaces. Between Campbell Avenue Park, multiple churches, and an even greater number of businesses, Dayton Lane stands as a true urban neighborhood.

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As well as being one of the most central neighborhoods in the city, Dayton Lane boasts a beautiful history. Recorded for the first time back in 1835, the area (previously known as Shillito’s Subdivision) remained mostly unpopulated. When nearby land began to industrialize in the late 1800s, Dayton Lane also saw a boom in growth. The founders and managers of those manufacturing plants began to build large homes with beautiful architecture, and even now more than a century later, much of that same architecture remains. In 1985, the 200-structure area known as Dayton Lane was added to The National Register of Historic Places. Several residents of the neighborhood are passionate about its success and honoring its heritage. Jacob Stone (above), Public Communication Support Your Local Business!



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Many who visit Hamilton are drawn to the streets of Dayton Lane because of its history and beauty. Others are drawn because of its prime placement in the city, just a hop away from downtown restaurants, local shops, and Marcum Park. Regardless of the reason, one thing is certain. Residents of Dayton Lane are some of the most engaged in the city and hold a strong sense of community pride. Jenny Albinus and her husband Gerhard have been residents of the neighborhood since the tail-end of 1998. “My husband and I moved to Dayton Lane the weekend between Christmas 1998 and New Year’s Day 1999,” Jenny remembered. “I have always loved old Support Your Local Business!



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The Ghost Walk takes place every October as an outdoor walk through the streets, complete with a telling of ghost stories throughout the neighborhood. The May Promenade is an event hosted every other year that allows the residents to step back in time and experience what life in the 20th century might have looked like. The streets are closed and many homes are opened up to the public to showcase the old architecture and carefully preserved style. Proceeds from these events help support the Dayton Lane Historic District, a nonprofit organization established to maintain the historic integrity and beauty of the neighborhood.

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“Because of my job with the City of Hamilton, I have indirectly been involved with 17Strong since it was formalized as a board,” he said. “The Dayton Lane neighborhood holds two major fundraisers: the May Promenade Home Tour and the Ghost Walk.”


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Between Campbell Avenue Park, multiple churches, and an even greater number of businesses, Dayton Lane stands as a true urban neighborhood. houses and he always loved walking through this neighborhood when he was a Boy Scout.” After 21 years of living in the area, the Albinus family has built lasting relationships with their neighbors and created strong ties to the area. “The neighbors not only wave hello to each other, but share good and bad times,” said Jenny. “I now work at the library and know several people living in that neighborhood [German Village].” Both being historic neighborhoods and close in proximity, the Dayton Lane and German Village neighborhoods have developed a friendly feud, complete with neighborhood bowling tournaments. The two often banter back and forth, all in good fun.

The relationship these neighborhoods have is a prime example of what 17Strong stands for as an organization in Hamilton. Neighborhoods willing to engage within each other and amongst each other will catapult Hamilton into a new era. Unfortunately, due to the health crisis related to Covid-19, the May Promenade originally scheduled for this month has been postponed to next year, but you can still take a stroll down Dayton Lane and admire the beautiful architecture that makes up one of Hamilton’s most historic hotspots.

“Of course, we have to joke about who is in the best neighborhood,” Jenny commented. “It’s Dayton Lane.” MAY 2020  WWW.JUSTHAMILTON.COM


The Gift of Art

The Strauss Gallery adds a gift shop as an added benefit to its expanding cultural presence The arts are flourishing in Hamilton. And soon there will be another spot in town to buy them at reasonable prices and in support of a worthwhile cause.

Beginning this summer, The Strauss Gallery (formerly known as the Resident Gallery at Artspace Hamilton Lofts) will be launching a new arm of its artsrelated, nonprofit operations—The Strauss Gift Shop. “One of my favorite parts of visiting art galleries and museums is coming home with an item from their gift shop. That way, you can continue the experience well after the moment”, says Sarah Davis. She lives at Artspace with her husband Patrick and their family and will be serving as one of the shop managers. 36

Artspace resident artist Melissa Lucid and Strauss Gallery coordinator Julieanne Fischer are also shop volunteers. Lucid is “stoked” to reveal the range and quality of items provided in-house and by local artisan vendors. These include small paintings, hundreds of prints, postcards, framed drawings, jewelry, carvings, small sculptures, stickers, coasters, illustrated novels, and a wide range of apparel— much of which is Hamilton-themed. “We’re not the biggest art gallery or gift shop in the area and that’s okay. We consider it a great luxury not to have to be,” says Fischer, who formerly served as curatorial administrator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “But casual doesn’t mean unimportant. Our standing affords


us the ability to incorporate the whimsical. And our shop certainly brings the unique and whimsical.” Since its establishment two years ago, The Strauss Gallery has made an impact on the local arts and culture scene. The gallery regularly hosts monthly (and sometimes weekly) art exhibitions and opening night parties, workshops, poetry slams, jam sessions, artist collaboration days, comedy shows, and concerts. They’ve even had a celebrity perform on their “17 Strong Stage.” In August, Peter Yarrow of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame trio “Peter, Paul and Mary” held a benefit concert there, which raised over $500 for the anti-bullying organization “Operation Respect”. Support Your Local Business!

Lucid is “stoked” to reveal the range and quality of items provided in-house and by local artisan vendors—much of which is Hamilton-themed. Prior to the pandemic, The Strauss hosted four events over the course of three weekends, each of which saw over a hundred guests in attendance. Those included a fine art show, a student art show, an acapella mixed group performance, and a one-night art show featuring the work of currently and formerly incarcerated artists—an event which was covered by Channel 12 News. “Not bad for the off-season. And we plan to pick-up where we left off with an incredible summer lineup in store... I suppose it helps that every public event is always free,” says Artspace manager and Strauss director Dr. David Stark with a wink and toothy smile.

The Strauss can be rented for private events as well, like parties, showers, weddings and corporate gatherings. For a small fee, guests can reserve the space, which includes a kitchenette with a sink and two fridges, restrooms, sixty chairs, ten tables, a moveable stage and an overhead projector. Private rentals, donations, and grants from 17 Strong have so far been the primary source of funding. But starting a gift shop has been a long-term plan for Stark and the Strauss team to support its vitality: “If Hamilton continues to embrace us, then the hope is that our small commission on transactions will help fund the gallery,

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