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SPORTS

A10 • DELHI-PRICE HILL PRESS • JUNE 26, 2013

Editor: Melanie Laughman, mlaughman@communitypress.com, 513-248-7573

HIGH SCHOOL | YOUTH | RECREATIONAL

Mitch Bischoff, shown at the Greater Miami Conference track meet in May, is the 2013 Delhi Press/Price Hill Press Sportsman of the Year. MELANIE LAUGHMAN/COMMUNITY PRESS

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The 2013 Delhi Press/Price Hill Press Sportswoman of the Year is Erika LaRosa of Seton High School. THANKS TO LISA LAROSA

Bischoff leads Accolades stack up through experience for Seton’s LaRosa

Sportsman of the Year also earned Outstanding Leadership Award

Sportswoman’s mission work ‘life-changing’

By Tom Skeen

By Tom Skeen

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Leadership is a quality some are born with and others develop through their own experiences. For Oak Hills graduate Mitch Bischoff, his experiences of being at the bottom and working his way to the top let him relate and share his wisdom with others. For this reason along with his athletic and academic achievements and community service work, Bischoff was named the 2013 Delhi Press and Price Hill Press Sportsman of the Year. For his recognition he received two Cincinnati Reds tickets courtesy of the organization. The future Cincinnati Bearcat was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award at the first Oak Hills OAKY Awards May 5, an honor he was surprised he received considering the amount of nominees. “… I ask people a lot of things, I include them and I guess that is what they saw in me when I won the award,” Bischoff said. “I’ve been on all spectrums when it comes to athletics; I’ve been at the bottom and I’ve had days when I felt like I was the best.” University of Cincinnati President Santa Ono presented the award, which capped off the evening. “It was awesome,” he said. “… Everything he does I just think is terrific. He puts himself out there and it’s a good mixture of business and fun. He’s all the more reason to go there.” The former Highlander has not only learned from his experiences but also from those around him. At the National Youth Service Summit, Bischoff listened to a war veteran who lost both his legs in battle speak about his life and how to overcome challenges you are faced with. “Hearing him talk about overcoming his challenges was cool and it just shows that because you get knocked down you can get back up,” he said. While at Oak Hills he was a member of the swim, cross country and track teams while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He graduated with highest honors and plans on majoring in biomedical engineering at UC. The path Bischoff is on isn’t surpris-

The list of Erika LaRosa’s athletic and academic accomplishments might stretch from Seton High School to Price Hill Chili. Add in her community service work, the list may go all the way to Phillips Swim Club. Her performance in the classroom and on the playing field are what helped her earn the 2013 Delhi Press/Price Hill Press Sportswoman of the Year. She received two Cincinnati Reds tickets courtesy of the organization. Recently added to her list of community service work was a mission trip to Guatemala with fellow Seton High School students and faculty where they worked at the Aqua Viva Orphanage, helping to provide 72 Guatemalan students with an education. “It was definitely a life-changing experience,” LaRosa said. “We did a lot of painting and digging.” The future Xavier Musketeer graduated with a 3.91 GPA, was a member of National Honor Society, a Senior Principal Award winner and Senior Religious Department Award winner in 2013, an Ohio Athletic Coaches Academic Excellence Award winner in 2011-12 and an Ohio Academic All-Southwest Award winning from 2010-2012. “It’s definitely very humbling and I am very proud to be named (a winner of those awards),” she said. “A lot of people assume with my family name a lot of things are handed to me. It really shows my hard work paid off in the end.” Her success in the classroom combined with her success on the field showed Xavier women’s soccer coach Woody Sherwood an intangible he really likes in LaRosa. “… She has a lot of maturity,” Sherwood said. “When you are dealing with high school seniors, that isn’t the first word that comes to mind sometimes. She’s got it.” There isn’t enough room in the newspaper to list all of her athletic accomplishments, but the one that might mean the most was being nominated for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. “That means the world to me,” LaRo-

The Bischoff family includes, from left: Brother Max, brother Mason, mother Amy, 2013 Sportsman of the Year Mitch, sister and 2012 Sportswoman of the Year Maggie and dad Scott Bischoff. THANKS TO MITCH BISCHOFF

THE BISCHOFF FILE Here’s a list of some of Bischoff’s alltime favorites: Movie: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Ice cream: Mocha chip from Graeter’s Car: Range Rover Cartoon character: Tasmanian Devil Athlete: Steve Prefontaine Restaurant: City Barbeque Vacation destination: California Thing about Cincinnati: All the sports teams Recreational activity outside of your sport: Hanging out with my friends Athlete from Cincinnati or who plays for a Cincinnati sports team: Andy Dalton

ing to former Oak Hills cross country coach Joe Zeinner. “I’ve been watching him from his freshman year to now and you knew this was coming,” the coach said. “He was always asking questions and more importantly asking, ‘what can I do for the team?’ … As a freshmen I knew there was something there with this kid.” While he will not run for the Bearcats next season, count on Bischoff getting it done in the classroom and becoming a future leader in whatever path he chooses after college. “He started from the bottom and knows what it takes to get where he is going,” Zeinner said. “… He kept his head down and kept working and it showed. It’s nice to see a kid come in with so many goals, go for them and achieve them.”

The LaRosa family includes, from left: Front, father Mike, 2013 Delhi Press/Price Hill Press Sportswoman of the Year Erika LaRosa, mother Lisa; back, sister Olivia and grandpa Buddy. THANKS TO LISA LAROSA

THE LAROSA FILE Here’s a list of some of LaRosa’s all-time favorites: Movie: Beauty and the Beast Ice cream: Mint chocolate chip Cartoon character: Donald Duck Athlete: Messi Restaurant: LaRosa’s Vacation destination: Guatemala Thing about Cincinnati: The closeness on the West-Side Recreational activity outside of your respective sport: Boxing Athlete who is from Cincinnati or plays for a Cincinnati team: Heather Mitts

sa said. “I think (Seton athletic director Janie Shaffer) nominated me and I know how many talented athletes there are at (Seton) and to think she nominated me is pretty humbling.” It was an interesting road for LaRosa in trying to make a college commitment. In the end she signed with Xavier, but not before de-committing from neighborhood rival Cincinnati. “My faith is a big part of my life and I didn’t think I could live it out at UC like I wanted to so I started to look at other options,” she said. “I visited Xavier and faith is a big part of their team and I think it is the best choice for me not only as an athlete but as a person.” One thing is for sure: Sherwood sure is glad she made that decision. “… It’s hard to watch a game with 11 on each side and find a girl who will outwork her,” the coach said. “That’s been something that’s helped her get to where she’s gotten for sure. The more you watch her, the more you appreciate what she does for her team.”

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