By Adam Baum and Scott Springer, Cincinnati Enquirer
The Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2017 class Friday and for the first time ever, two legendary high school teams – as well as six individuals – will be inducted.
The first two teams ever to be inducted into the LaRosa's Hall of Fame will be the 1976 Moeller football team and the 2003 St. Ursula volleyball team. Both teams went undefeated and won state championships.
Individually, the new class will include: Dicky Beal, Holmes High School (class of 1980); Rob Florian, Elder High School (2004); Gino Guidugli, Highlands High School (2001); David Mosko, St. Xavier High School (2007); Emily Thompson, Taylor High School (2006); coach Mike Yeagle, Beechwood High School (1991-2005).
Beal, widely regarded as one of the best Northern Kentucky basketball players of all time, was ranked No. 12 on The Enquirer's list. He went on to play for the Kentucky Wildcats.
Gino Guidugli originally committed to UK out of Highlands, following the footsteps of former teammate Jared Lorenzen. However, when Hal Mumme was dismissed, the University of Cincinnati jumped in and coaxed over the river and up the hill. Guidugli went on to a UC Hall of Fame career and has his No. 7 posted at Nippert Stadium with other Bearcat legends. He his UC's all-time leader in passing yards (11,453), completions (880), touchdown passes (78) and holds the single-season passing yard title (3,543). He was team MVP twice, led UC to three bowl games and was MVP of the 2004 Fort Worth Bowl. Guidugli is currently UC's running backs coach under head coach Luke Fickell.
Also, from northern Kentucky, Mike Yeagle had a legendary coaching career at Beechwood winning seven Class A championships.
Elder's Rob Florian led the Panthers to a consecutive Division I Ohio titles in 2002-2003. Elder was 28-2 in that span with losses only to Louisville Trinity and Indianapolis Warren Central.
St. Xavier's David Mosko is yet another accomplished swimmer of the Aquabombers who went on to become an All-American at Stanford. Emily Thompson is in the Taylor High School Hall of Fame and was a successful distance runner at Ohio State and the University of Cincinnati.
"The latest additions to the LaRosa’s High School Sports Hall of Fame will be officially inducted into the Hall in ceremonies in June 2018. Now in its 43rd year of recognizing outstanding local high school athletes and coaches, Buddy LaRosa’s High School Sports Hall of Fame has honored 269 exceptional individuals since its founding in 1975. It is the oldest and one of the only halls of fame of its kind in the country," said a press release announcing the newest class.