35th Annual GLHS Athletic Hall of Fame Awards

Posted: 8/26/2018 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

35th Annual GLHS Athletic Hall of Fame Awards

Six former Gahanna Lincoln High School students will be inducted at the 35th annual Athletic Hall of Fame during a banquet beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 30, at Jefferson Country Club, 7271 Jefferson Meadows Drive in Blacklick.

All are welcome. For ticket information please contact the GLHS Athletic Office at (614) 479-1560

Below are the inductees and their bios.

INDUCTEE
LISA (MAXWELL) GROOMS
CLASS 0F 1979

Lisa Grooms was a three-sport athlete at Gahanna Lincoln participating in track and field, gymnastics and cheerleading.

In track and field, she lettered three years. She competed in the 100, 200, and 400 meters. She was a member of the sprint medley and 1600 meter relay teams. Lisa was the team captain for two years and the recipient of the Coaches Award. Before all running events converted to the metric system, she held the school record for the 440-yard dash.

An extraordinary gymnast, Lisa lettered all four years in gymnastics. Her events were the uneven parallel bars, balance beam, vault and floor exercise. She was team captain and, as in track and field, recipient of the Coaches Award.

Lisa was a football and basketball cheerleader all four years. She was the captain of the cheerleading squad and received the First Class Cheerleader Award.

After high school, Lisa attended The Ohio State University graduating Cum Laude with a B.S. Degree in Education. She later returned to Ohio State and earned a Master of Arts in Education.

For the past thirty-three years, Lisa has taught physical education at Gahanna Middle School East. During this time, she has coached many different sports including track, basketball and cross country at the school. She has also coached many teams in the community (soccer, softball, track and gymnastics).

Lisa and her husband, Steven, reside in Blacklick, Ohio, They have two grown children, Jonathon and Abby.

INDUCTEE
ANDY FISHER
CLASS OF 1980

Andy Fisher was a three-sport athlete at Gahanna Lincoln lettering in football, basketball and track and field. He was a forward on the basketball team playing all four years. His event in track and field was the hurdles.

During his junior and senior years, Andy was without question one of the best football players in the State of Ohio. He was named to the All-Capital Conference Team at the position of quarterback. As a defensive back, he was recognized with All-Metro, All-Central District and All-State honors. It should be noted that he can claim one distinction that few athletes can. Andy was a member of Gahanna Lincoln football teams that won a conference championship all four years he played.

After high school, Andy attended the University of Dayton for three years. At Dayton, he was a defensive back on the football team. He transferred to Capital University for his senior year where he lettered playing defensive back. He graduated from Capital in 1984 with a degree in elementary education.

He enjoyed a long teaching and coaching career at Ross Southeastern (8th grade science and head football coach), Upper Arlington (5th grade elementary and assistant football coach) and Gahanna-Jefferson (5th grade elementary and assistant football coach).

Andy is retired and resides in Gahanna with his wife, Buffy. They have three grown children (Callie, Abby and Spencer) and four grandchildren (Aiden, Reagan, Hailey and Thomas).

INDUCTEE
MICHELLE (BEVERLY) GERBRICK
CLASS OF 1991


Michelle was a two-sport athlete at Gahanna Lincoln participating in softball and basketball. She lettered in softball her sophomore year playing second base and pitching.

One of the finest basketball players to ever compete for the Lady Lions, she earned varsity letters her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. As a sophomore, she was the team leader in assists, steals, second leading scorer and was honorable mention All-Capital Conference (OCC). During her junior year, Michelle was team captain, leader in scoring, assists and steals. She was named to the second team All-OCC and second team All-Central District.

Michelle’s on-court performance her senior season garnered her numerous honors among which were: First Team All-Central District, First Team All-OCC, Suburban News All-District Team, Special Mention All-Ohio, Columbus Dispatch Player of the Week, Team Captain, Most Valuable Player, Record holder for assists in one season (143), Single game scoring record (36 points) and was ranked the 57th best player in the nation in the pre-season Midwest National Scouting Service.

Michelle attended Bowling Green State University receiving a B.S Degree in Education in 1995. She subsequently received a Masters Degree from the University of Delaware in 2000 and a K-9 Principal Licensure from Ashland University in 2012.

As a teacher and school administrator, she has received many awards and professional honors. She is currently the Crestwood Intermediate Principal, Crestwood Local Schools, in Mantua, Ohio.

Michelle resides in Aurora, Ohio with her husband, Chris, and their two children, Carter (17) and Chase (14).

INDUCTEE
JOHN L. HUGHES III
CLASS OF 2007


John was an intimidating force on the football field. At tight end and defensive end, he was named to the First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) and Second Team All-Ohio. During his senior year, he began to be noticed by a number of college recruiters leading to his receiving an athletic scholarship to play football for the University of Cincinnati. He earned two varsity letters in basketball. His size and athletic ability made him an imposing force in the paint.

The shot put and discus were John’s events in track and field. He earned four varsity letters in track and field while achieving the following: OCC Discus Champion in 2007, two-time OCC Shot Put Champion and placing three times in the State Championship with a 2nd place in the shot put in 2007. He set the school record for the shot put (60’ 7.5”) which still stands.

John played defensive tackle for the University of Cincinnati lettering all four years. He received the Ray Shakley Most Improved Leader Award and the John Pease Outstanding Lineman Award. He graduated in 2001 with a degree in criminal justice.

He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns where he played for five seasons. While in Cleveland, John devoted much of his time to community service. In 2012, He created the Hughes Nation Foundation to help better the lives of special needs children. Not forgetting his high school experience, he made a very significant donation to Gahanna Lincoln creating the John Hughes Weight Room.

John lives in Gahanna and has a four-year old son, John L. Hughes IV.


INDUCTEE
JUDY RATZENBERGER
CLASS OF 1970 (COACH)


Before Title IX, in the 1960’s, there were few opportunities for girls’ participation in interscholastic varsity sports. Had she arrived on the scene a few years later, Judy would probably be entering the Hall of Fame for both her athletic ability and coaching. As a 9th grader, she was selected as one of the top ten teen athletes in the Columbus area.

Judy enters the Hall of Fame for her long-time extraordinary career coaching multiple sports in the Gahanna-Jefferson school system. From middle school to high school, she has coached girls volleyball, girls basketball, cross country, boys volleyball and boys golf.

In the late 1980’s and early 90’s, she worked with other coaches to get volleyball established as an interscholastic sport. She began coaching boys volleyball at Lincoln in 1990. In 1992, it became a varsity sport. She was the head boys volleyball coach from 1992 to 1999. During her time as coach, the team won four division championships, four regional championships and competed in the State Championships for four straight years, finishing second in 1991. Judy was named Division and State of Ohio All-Star Coach for 1991. Judy has been co-head coach of the high school boys golf team with her sister, Lori Scott, since 2009. Last fall, the team won the OCC (Ohio Division) Championship, the first conference title in golf in school history.

Judy holds degree from The Ohio State University (B.S. in Education) and Ashland University (Master in Education). This past Spring, she received the prestigious “Dale Foor Cornerstone Award presented by the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation in recognition for her long-time service to Gahanna schools.

Judy currently resides in Gahanna


HONOREE AWARD OF MERIT
THOMAS GREGORY


Tom Gregory graduated from Gahanna Lincoln is 1982. While there, he was on the soccer team. He was part of the Lions Roar Newspaper and covered news and sports stories, which is where he discovered one of his passions - Journalism.

He attended Ohio Dominican College graduating with a degree in Comprehensive Communications -- Secondary Education. While in college, he joined the Army National Guard. In 1984, he was named the enlisted soldier of the year. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1986.

Tom went on to get a Master’s Degree at The Ohio State University in Special Education. In 1989, he came to Lincoln to teach in the English Department and has been there for thirty years, teaching Public Speaking and TV Production (WGLH-TV). In 2007, Tom was awarded a National Leader in Learning Award from Time-Warner Cable. He was also a two-time finalist for the Ohio Teacher of the Year (2012 & 2015). In 2015, Tom was inducted into the Gahanna Lincoln Alumni Hall of Fame.

Tom and his students have helped initiate many community projects such as the Veteran’s Memorial in front of the high school, Honor Flights (raised over $195,000), restoration of a Gahanna one-room schoolhouse, the Gahanna School History Archive and the posting in the high school of the class pictures of all graduating classes (1914 to present).

Tom has been the official videographer for the Hall of Fame for many years. He and his students film all home football games. They produce a number of sports stories every week. Tom resides in Gahanna with his wife, Karie. They have three sons, Thomas (26), Josh (22) and Matthew (21).

35th Annual GLHS Athletic Hall of Fame Awards

Posted: 8/26/2018 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

35th Annual GLHS Athletic Hall of Fame Awards

Six former Gahanna Lincoln High School students will be inducted at the 35th annual Athletic Hall of Fame during a banquet beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, August 30, at Jefferson Country Club, 7271 Jefferson Meadows Drive in Blacklick.

All are welcome. For ticket information please contact the GLHS Athletic Office at (614) 479-1560

Below are the inductees and their bios.

INDUCTEE
LISA (MAXWELL) GROOMS
CLASS 0F 1979

Lisa Grooms was a three-sport athlete at Gahanna Lincoln participating in track and field, gymnastics and cheerleading.

In track and field, she lettered three years. She competed in the 100, 200, and 400 meters. She was a member of the sprint medley and 1600 meter relay teams. Lisa was the team captain for two years and the recipient of the Coaches Award. Before all running events converted to the metric system, she held the school record for the 440-yard dash.

An extraordinary gymnast, Lisa lettered all four years in gymnastics. Her events were the uneven parallel bars, balance beam, vault and floor exercise. She was team captain and, as in track and field, recipient of the Coaches Award.

Lisa was a football and basketball cheerleader all four years. She was the captain of the cheerleading squad and received the First Class Cheerleader Award.

After high school, Lisa attended The Ohio State University graduating Cum Laude with a B.S. Degree in Education. She later returned to Ohio State and earned a Master of Arts in Education.

For the past thirty-three years, Lisa has taught physical education at Gahanna Middle School East. During this time, she has coached many different sports including track, basketball and cross country at the school. She has also coached many teams in the community (soccer, softball, track and gymnastics).

Lisa and her husband, Steven, reside in Blacklick, Ohio, They have two grown children, Jonathon and Abby.

INDUCTEE
ANDY FISHER
CLASS OF 1980

Andy Fisher was a three-sport athlete at Gahanna Lincoln lettering in football, basketball and track and field. He was a forward on the basketball team playing all four years. His event in track and field was the hurdles.

During his junior and senior years, Andy was without question one of the best football players in the State of Ohio. He was named to the All-Capital Conference Team at the position of quarterback. As a defensive back, he was recognized with All-Metro, All-Central District and All-State honors. It should be noted that he can claim one distinction that few athletes can. Andy was a member of Gahanna Lincoln football teams that won a conference championship all four years he played.

After high school, Andy attended the University of Dayton for three years. At Dayton, he was a defensive back on the football team. He transferred to Capital University for his senior year where he lettered playing defensive back. He graduated from Capital in 1984 with a degree in elementary education.

He enjoyed a long teaching and coaching career at Ross Southeastern (8th grade science and head football coach), Upper Arlington (5th grade elementary and assistant football coach) and Gahanna-Jefferson (5th grade elementary and assistant football coach).

Andy is retired and resides in Gahanna with his wife, Buffy. They have three grown children (Callie, Abby and Spencer) and four grandchildren (Aiden, Reagan, Hailey and Thomas).

INDUCTEE
MICHELLE (BEVERLY) GERBRICK
CLASS OF 1991


Michelle was a two-sport athlete at Gahanna Lincoln participating in softball and basketball. She lettered in softball her sophomore year playing second base and pitching.

One of the finest basketball players to ever compete for the Lady Lions, she earned varsity letters her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. As a sophomore, she was the team leader in assists, steals, second leading scorer and was honorable mention All-Capital Conference (OCC). During her junior year, Michelle was team captain, leader in scoring, assists and steals. She was named to the second team All-OCC and second team All-Central District.

Michelle’s on-court performance her senior season garnered her numerous honors among which were: First Team All-Central District, First Team All-OCC, Suburban News All-District Team, Special Mention All-Ohio, Columbus Dispatch Player of the Week, Team Captain, Most Valuable Player, Record holder for assists in one season (143), Single game scoring record (36 points) and was ranked the 57th best player in the nation in the pre-season Midwest National Scouting Service.

Michelle attended Bowling Green State University receiving a B.S Degree in Education in 1995. She subsequently received a Masters Degree from the University of Delaware in 2000 and a K-9 Principal Licensure from Ashland University in 2012.

As a teacher and school administrator, she has received many awards and professional honors. She is currently the Crestwood Intermediate Principal, Crestwood Local Schools, in Mantua, Ohio.

Michelle resides in Aurora, Ohio with her husband, Chris, and their two children, Carter (17) and Chase (14).

INDUCTEE
JOHN L. HUGHES III
CLASS OF 2007


John was an intimidating force on the football field. At tight end and defensive end, he was named to the First Team All-Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) and Second Team All-Ohio. During his senior year, he began to be noticed by a number of college recruiters leading to his receiving an athletic scholarship to play football for the University of Cincinnati. He earned two varsity letters in basketball. His size and athletic ability made him an imposing force in the paint.

The shot put and discus were John’s events in track and field. He earned four varsity letters in track and field while achieving the following: OCC Discus Champion in 2007, two-time OCC Shot Put Champion and placing three times in the State Championship with a 2nd place in the shot put in 2007. He set the school record for the shot put (60’ 7.5”) which still stands.

John played defensive tackle for the University of Cincinnati lettering all four years. He received the Ray Shakley Most Improved Leader Award and the John Pease Outstanding Lineman Award. He graduated in 2001 with a degree in criminal justice.

He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns where he played for five seasons. While in Cleveland, John devoted much of his time to community service. In 2012, He created the Hughes Nation Foundation to help better the lives of special needs children. Not forgetting his high school experience, he made a very significant donation to Gahanna Lincoln creating the John Hughes Weight Room.

John lives in Gahanna and has a four-year old son, John L. Hughes IV.


INDUCTEE
JUDY RATZENBERGER
CLASS OF 1970 (COACH)


Before Title IX, in the 1960’s, there were few opportunities for girls’ participation in interscholastic varsity sports. Had she arrived on the scene a few years later, Judy would probably be entering the Hall of Fame for both her athletic ability and coaching. As a 9th grader, she was selected as one of the top ten teen athletes in the Columbus area.

Judy enters the Hall of Fame for her long-time extraordinary career coaching multiple sports in the Gahanna-Jefferson school system. From middle school to high school, she has coached girls volleyball, girls basketball, cross country, boys volleyball and boys golf.

In the late 1980’s and early 90’s, she worked with other coaches to get volleyball established as an interscholastic sport. She began coaching boys volleyball at Lincoln in 1990. In 1992, it became a varsity sport. She was the head boys volleyball coach from 1992 to 1999. During her time as coach, the team won four division championships, four regional championships and competed in the State Championships for four straight years, finishing second in 1991. Judy was named Division and State of Ohio All-Star Coach for 1991. Judy has been co-head coach of the high school boys golf team with her sister, Lori Scott, since 2009. Last fall, the team won the OCC (Ohio Division) Championship, the first conference title in golf in school history.

Judy holds degree from The Ohio State University (B.S. in Education) and Ashland University (Master in Education). This past Spring, she received the prestigious “Dale Foor Cornerstone Award presented by the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation in recognition for her long-time service to Gahanna schools.

Judy currently resides in Gahanna


HONOREE AWARD OF MERIT
THOMAS GREGORY


Tom Gregory graduated from Gahanna Lincoln is 1982. While there, he was on the soccer team. He was part of the Lions Roar Newspaper and covered news and sports stories, which is where he discovered one of his passions - Journalism.

He attended Ohio Dominican College graduating with a degree in Comprehensive Communications -- Secondary Education. While in college, he joined the Army National Guard. In 1984, he was named the enlisted soldier of the year. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1986.

Tom went on to get a Master’s Degree at The Ohio State University in Special Education. In 1989, he came to Lincoln to teach in the English Department and has been there for thirty years, teaching Public Speaking and TV Production (WGLH-TV). In 2007, Tom was awarded a National Leader in Learning Award from Time-Warner Cable. He was also a two-time finalist for the Ohio Teacher of the Year (2012 & 2015). In 2015, Tom was inducted into the Gahanna Lincoln Alumni Hall of Fame.

Tom and his students have helped initiate many community projects such as the Veteran’s Memorial in front of the high school, Honor Flights (raised over $195,000), restoration of a Gahanna one-room schoolhouse, the Gahanna School History Archive and the posting in the high school of the class pictures of all graduating classes (1914 to present).

Tom has been the official videographer for the Hall of Fame for many years. He and his students film all home football games. They produce a number of sports stories every week. Tom resides in Gahanna with his wife, Karie. They have three sons, Thomas (26), Josh (22) and Matthew (21).