Fairborn High School Athletics




Brittany was a 4 year varsity letter winner in softball. She is still holds softball records in five areas - Season batting average (.623), Season hits (163), career Doubles (38), and career RBI (108). She was voted team MVP in 2008 and was on the sectional champion squad of 2009. in 2011 she was voted the most dangerous hitter in the state of Ohio and was the GWOC player of the year. She was first team All conference all 4 years. In addition, she was All Metro Ohio for 4 years, second team All Ohio in 2009, Honorable Mention in 2010 and 1st team All- Ohio in 2011. She was a nominee for the Rae Burick Women in Sports award for 2010-11. She was a 2015 graduate of the Univerity of Lousiville where she helped to lead the Cardinals to back to back NCAA Tournament regional appearances. She spent her first two collegiate seasons at Valparaiso, where she earned NFCA All-Midwest Second Team honors and was named the Horizon League's Necomer of the Year in 2012. She served five seasons as an assistant coach at Northern Kentucky. She is currently an assistant coach at the University of Dayton.



Copeland was an outstanding 3 sport athlete earning 9 varsity letters. In football he was 1st team All league for 2 years in 2 different conferences and won the Offensive Player of the Year award in the GWOC. He also received All-Area and All SW Ohio honors. As a running back he helped lead the team to a MML championship. During his senior year he switched to quarterback and set a school record that still stands for the longest touchdown pass thrown. In basketball, he was the team MVP for 2 years, ranking the top 2 in the Miami Valey in rebounds leading the team to C0-League and Sectional Championships and twice earning All-League and All-Area honors. He went on to become a 4 year letterman in Division 1 University if Buffalo .



FHS Track & Cross Country Coach Twenty-one years as a coach, serving one year as basketball and tennis head coach. Head varsity track coach for 10 years, and varsity cross country coach for 16 years. His track and cross country teams compiled outstanding records. Varsity track teams had an 86% winning record (won 67 dual meets, losing 10). In cross country, his teams won 80 dual meets, lost 48 for a 63% winning record. He had five league championships with four straight district championships in cross country. His track and cross country teams were league runners-up eight times and district runners-up seven times. His 1957 track team finished 5th in the State meet with individual champions in the pole vault, mile run and discus. Allen retired from the Fairborn City School system in 1982 after 39 years as a teacher, track and cross country coach, assistant high school principal and assistant superintendent. He was inducted into the FCS Hall of Honor in 1995, and was inducted into the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003. Coach Knisley is truly a track and cross country coaching legend in Fairborn Athletic History!



Minteer earned eight varsity letters by exceling in three sports. In football, Minteer was a two year starter at quarterback and set a record for most passing touchdowns in a season for that time and earned All-League honors in the Western Ohio League. In basketball, he earned WOL All-League honors which include being on the first team his senior year as well as making the All Greater Dayton All-Area, and honorable mention All-Ohio teams. He was on the Greene County top five scoring list averaging close to 20 points per game and graduating second in career points. During his junior year he helped lead the team to win the District Championship and Regional runner-up in reaching the elite eight in the State tournament. His senior season the team finished 2nd in the WOL having outstanding winning records both years. As a Track athlete, he was team MVP his senior year when the team was WOL Champion. He won three events in the League and Sectional, setting 2 school records in the hurdles. He was a District Champion in the Pole Vault and got 3rd place in the State. Minteer went on to earn four letters playing college basketball for Ashland University. He has given back to his hometown by coaching basketball and being a quarterback coach for the championship Park Hills football team.



This Vikings baseball team was confronted by a rain plagued shortened regular season. Coached by John Wevurski, the team established a Park Hills record for advancing further that any baseball team in postseason play. Their District baseball Championship was the fourth in Fairborn history and the only one at the AAA level. The team caught fire in the Troy district tournament where it was seeded third. The Vikings defeated top-seeded Northmont which had a 20-1-1 record, 3-0 and followed with a 5-2 win over No. 2 seed Stebbins (18-6-1) to win the championship. They advanced to Southwest Regional Semifinals losing to Cincinnati Western Hills, 4-1. Compiling a 15-6-2 season record, the team's accomplishment in the postseason ranks as one of the best in Fairborn City Schools history.



Porter had a great career at Park Hills HS earning 12 varsity letters in 4 sports as one of the top athletes to come through Fairborn City Schools. In football, Porter set every scoring and rushing record at Parks Hills and some Fairborn school records at the time. These included most points scored, and most total touchdowns in a game and season. He was a 2 year all-area halfback, second team All-SW District and honorable mention. All-Ohio player, as well as being chosen to play in the State's North-South All Star game. In Basketball, he led the team as a 2 year MVP, 3 year Leading scorer and helped get the first winning season in the team's histroy. Porter set many school records at Park Hills as well. He was the first to score more that 1000 points in Fairborn school history and ranks fifth overall in scoring. He still holds two Fairborn school basketball records as three times he earned All-Area and All-Greater Dayton honors and got top 10 Greene County Scorer List honors three times. Porter helped lead the baseball team to its first winning record with double figure wins as a pitcher and being a two time batting leader. In one year of track, he set the Fairborn school record in the 440 yard run. Porter went on to play football at West Virginia for legendary coach Bobby Bowden.



Nickell was a multi-sport letter winner earning 2 in football, 1 in wrestling and 3 in baseball. He was honored as the team's best offensive back, captain and MVP for his senior year in football. As a baseball catcher he was team MVP twice, a batting champion and won a Best defense award. In his senior year, he was named all-area, a member of the East/West All Star team, reached the first team for the Dayton Journal Herald, a Miami Valley Coaches Association All Star team member and was All-Ohio. He received a baseball scholarship to Austin Peay State where he was an all-conference player in 1984. Nickell has been active in the Fairborn Community where he has supported local youth sports. He spent 2 years as a Baker Jr. High baseball coach and 8 years coaching with the Fairborn Little League. He was also a Wee Hawk football coach for 4 years. This helped to pass on his experience, knowledge, sportsmanship and work ethic on the field to the children of Fairborn.



JORDAN FOSTER Class of 2014, Lettered in Soccer all 4 years of her high school career. She was a 3 time 1st team GWOC South League team member and her senior year she was chosen 1st team Miami Valley and the Miami Valley Player of the Year. Foster was chosen 1st Team All-State for soccer. She was a two time MVP award winner and her senior year led the team to the second best record in school history and achieved the first and only league title for FHS girls & #39 soccer. She set 6 school records, 3 of which still presently stand. Jordan went on to play college soccer for Eastern Kentucky University.



CLAYTON MULLINS Class of 2004 Football, Wrestling, Baseball This Skyhawk was All-Mid-Miami League his last three seasons ... lettered four years in football and three years each in wrestling and baseball ... averaged nearly 18 tackles per game as a junior, earning first-team All-Southwest Ohio. Played linebacker at Miami University and in 2007 and was named Miami team MVP, 1 st Team Mid-American Conference and was named MAC Defensive Player of the Year.



COURTNIE SPAIN Class of 2011, Softball – Lettered all 4 years Courtnie Spain was one of the best pitchers in the history of FHS softball. Spain set many of the school pitching records which still stand including most career wins, career strikeouts, and shutouts. She also set seasonal records for pitching. She helped pitch the softball team to the GWOC championships and District runner-up one season. Spain was a 3 time All- GWOC League team member, 2nd team Miami Valley, and Southwest District Honorable Mention. As a senior Courtnie was chosen to be a member of the District All-Star team as a pitcher. She was also a GWOC scholar-athlete. She pitched four years at Cedarville University.



GEORGE WINKHOUSE 1950-1978 Head Coach Baseball, Assistant Football coach, Head Football Coach Fairborn and Baker Flyers baseball coach for 28 years with a 60% winning percentage. Seven league champions, Five sectional champions, three district champions, two regional runner-ups. Twenty years as an assistant football coach and seven years as head football coach at Baker. Career at Fairborn City Schools spanning 42 years as teacher and administrator retiring in 1992. Also instrumental in developing Fairborn Little League Baseball. He passed away at age 85 in 2010.


WRESTLING TEAM 1979 - 1980

BAKER WRESTLING TEAM 1979/80 Southwest Ohio District Wrestling Tournament Champions. First district wrestling championship which is equal to final four in other sports. Team coached by the late Chuck Terwood was undefeated in dual meets 8-0 Xenia Invitational Tournament Champions Placed 3 rd at Greater Miami Valley Coaches 20 team tournament Miami Central Conference Champions with 4 individual champions, 4 runners -up, 2 3rds and 1 4 th out of 13 weight classes. Wayne Sectional Champions with 3 Champions, 1 runner-up, 2 3rds, 2 4ths. Southwest Ohio District Champions with Scott Obermeyer and Jack Gossett champions, David Riggs and Greg Foliano 3 rd places all qualifying for the state tournament. State Tournament Jack Gossett 4 th place, David Riggs 5 th . Team members: Cliff Chambers, Rich Walko, Gary Obermeyer, Jim Aker, Tom Jarrell, Rodney Moyer, Jack Gossett, Darrell Gros, Chris Moyer, Tony Ford, Scott Obermeyer, David Riggs, Greg Foliano, Ed Huber.



CHRIS KERNICH Class of 2005, FHS. Varsity football – 3 years, varsity baseball – 4 years. Kernich was an outstanding receiver for FHS football. He was the primary target for Hall of Fame quarterback, Nico Yantko. During his senior season he helped lead the 2004 team to 7 wins which was the most since the schools combined in the early ‘80s, He led the Dayton area in receiving in total yards and touchdowns and was first team Mid-Miami League. Chris holds 5 school records including most points scored in a season, most touchdowns in a season and TD’s caught in a season. Kernich was also an outstanding baseball player who lettered all 4 years and team MVP his senior season. Chris Kernich is deceased but his legacy lives on with a scholarship in his name awarded to a standout FHS student-athlete graduate.



ERIC KIMBLE Class of 1990, FHS. Varsity wrestling – 4 years, Varsity soccer – 1 year. Kimble was one of the greatest wrestlers to come out of Fairborn HS. He had the highest finish at the state tournament with a 2nd place in 1990 and was a two time state qualifier. He was a 4 time District qualifier, 3 time Sectional champion as well as a 3 time Western Ohio League Champion. Eric was first team All-Area and the 1990 SW District Wrestler of the Year. His record during his senior season was an amazing 34-1. Kimble was a two time All-American wrestler for Ohio University and is a member of their college Athletic Hall of Fame.



CARL REYNOLDS Class of 1966, FHS. Varsity basketball – 3 years, varsity baseball – 3 years. When FHS was a 3 year high school Carl had the feat of lettering every year in his sports earning All - Western Ohio League honors in both basketball and baseball. He was the team MVP for 2 years in basketball where he was the leading scorer and leading re-bounder leading the team to a 13-6 record as a senior. He still holds the record for most free throws made in a game and was awarded All – State Honorable Mention. In baseball Carl made All – State as a pitcher and was team MVP. On the ‘66 team he helped pitch them to the WOL Championship. He pitched every game in the Districts which they won. He played college basketball at Florida State. Carl Reynolds is an attorney and resides in Orlando, Florida.



DR. BETSY (NEELY) SNYDER Class of 1991, FHS. Varsity Girls’ swimming – 4 years. Snyder was one of the outstanding swimmers in the history of Fairborn HS. She was the only FHS athlete to qualify for state all four years of her career with her highest finish being a 5th place and qualified in two events. Betsy was a Sectional and District champion for 3 years. At one time she held every record for Girls’ swimming and 7 of her records still stand. Snyder was the Western Ohio League MVP 2 years, voted League Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year, and SW District Outstanding Girls’ Swimmer. She has contributed to the schools as she was co-chair of two successful school levies including one for a new high school and athletic complex. Dr. Betsy Snyder has an Optometry practice in Fairborn.



NICO YANTKO Class of 2005, FHS. Varsity football – 3 years, varsity track – 3 years. Yantko was an outstanding quarterback and leader who set individual and team records. He still holds 3 school records for passing including most passing yards per game and touchdowns passes for a game and in a season passing to his favorite target, Hall of Famer, Chris Kernich. Nico was Honorable Mention All – State, Mid – Miami League Offensive Player of Year, First team All-League, the All Dayton Area team, and 2nd team All – SW Ohio. He led the team to a 7-3 record, the best since the schools combined in the early 80’s. Yantko went on to become a 3 year letter winner as quarterback for Murray State. Nico Yantko used his love for HS sports to make a career of sports as he is the Deputy Athletic Director for the University of Louisiana – Lafayette.



GIRLS’ BOWLING TEAM – 2006 The Girls’ Bowling team achieved the highest pinnacle in high school sports winning the State Championship in bowling in 2006. The Girls’ team was Mid – Miami League Champions, first place in the Baker Bash Tournament, and first in the Sectional tournament. They were runner-up in both the District and Regional tournaments. They had an amazing year with a season dual record of 9-1. The team was coached by Jack Gregory who is deceased. Assistant coaches were Jeff Fulton and Mike Sparks. Members of the State Champions were: Kasey Adkins, Amber Fulton, Brandi Fulton, Casey Fulton, Tiffany Johnson, Audra Mrenak, Maribeth Rapp, and Roniqua Scott.



PARK HILLS VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM – 1976 The Park Hills football won the ‘76 Miami Central Conference football championship outright. The ‘76 team finished with a 9-1 record which is the most wins in Fairborn City Schools’ football history and in the final UPI state rankings they had the one of the highest rankings as they finished 19th in the state. Eight players made the honor of All – League MCC First team and they were led by First team Greater Dayton Area quarterback Mike Tucker, as well as 3 players on second team All – Area. They shutout 3 opponents and averaged scoring 25 points per game. This outstanding football team was coached by Tuffy Thompson.



GARRY DAVIS - FHS Class of 1996 Garry was a 3 year football letter winner, a 3 year basketball letter winner, and a 3 year baseball letter winner. In football he was Western Ohio All league first team for two years as a wide receiver. Garry chose to go on to play college football where he was a three year letterman at the University of Kentucky. In basketball Garry was first team All-league, first team All area and chosen with one of the highest honors in his sports as third team All Ohio in the AP poll. He set several scoring records at FHS in basketball including most points in a game, career and season plus leading the Miami Valley in scoring his senior year. He helped lead the basketball team to the District finals. Garry was also an outstanding shortstop in Baseball. Garry is an attorney as a partner in a law firm and resides in Columbus.



BRANDON HICKS - FHS Class of 1997 Brandon was one of the most outstanding defensive lineman ever to play for FHS football. He was Western Ohio All - league first team for 2 years, co-defensive lineman of the year, and All - area first team in football. He was awarded with the highest honor in his sport when he was voted to the second team All - Ohio in the AP Poll in football. He anchored a strong defense which helped FHS football achieve two very successful years for the program. In one year of track he qualified for the regionals in the Shot Put. Brandon continued his football at Bowling Green State University with an outstanding career where he was a 4 year Letterman earning honors as first team All Mid - American Conference for two years, team MVP, and MAC Defensive Player of the Year. He also was selected fourth team All - American by the Sporting News. Brandon was one of the few FHS graduates to go on to play for the NFL for two years with the Indianapolis Colts. He credits his athletic success to his excellent coaching staff in his high school years.



ALEXIS GASSION - FHS Class of 2013 Alexis was a 4 year letter winner in basketball. She helped lead the team to three Sectional titles and four conference Division championships setting several records for Girls' basketball graduating as the school's all - time leading scorer with 1,313 points. Her awards included first team All- conference honors twice, GWOC South Player of the Year twice, District Player of the Year, and Dayton Daily News Player of the Year. Alexis also received the highest honor of her sport being chosen Special and Honorable Mention AP All - Ohio. Alexis was also a finalist for the Rae Burick Women in Sports Award which included outstanding athletic achievement, academic achievement, and significant community and school activities and service. Alexis went on to have a great college basketball career at Indiana University starting all four years and earning All - Big Ten Honorable Mention and Defensive team her senior year as well as All - Academic All - Big Ten twice. Alexis went on to play professionally in the European Women's League playing Finland.



BROOKLYN PUMROY SUMMITT - FHS Class of 2012 Basketball: 4 year letter winner. Helped lead the team to GWOC South Championships 2010, 2011. Sectional Championships 2011, 2012; District Runner-ups 2011, 2012. Special mention 2009 All GWOC South team. All GWOC South 1st team in 2010, 2011, 2012. All GWOC Conference 1st team 2012. District 15 All Upperclassman Team in 2012. 2012 All Southwest District. Marquette University basketball starting point guard as a freshman and sophomore. All-Big East Freshman Team. Brooklyn helped establish the Girls' basketball programs as one of the premier programs in the Miami Valley. The team had a 72 - 19 record during her career as they were two time GWOC South champions, two time Sectional champions, and District runner - up twice. Brooklyn was a 4 year letter winner. 3 time first team GWOC league South Division and one time first team All - GWOC conference. She was also on the 2012 All Southwest District team while setting several team records. Brooklyn went on to play college basketball for two years as a starter at Marquette where she was named to the all Big-East Freshman Team. Brooklyn transferred to Louisiana Tech University to finish her career. Brooklyn returned to the area to contribute to her sport by helping with the Girls' basketball program. She continued giving back to FHS athletics by serving as the Girls' varsity basketball Head Coach.



ROBERT “BOB” VANCE - FHS Class of 1956 Varsity football - 2 years, Varsity basketball - 2 years, Varsity track - 2 years, Varsity baseball -2 years. Bob lettered his first two years in HS in 3 sports. In football he was chosen first team All-league on offense as a running back where he averaged 6.2 yards per carry with an 87 yard run for a touchdown. In 1954 Bob was the Miami Valley League champion in low hurdles, high hurdles, and pole vault, as well as District Champion in the pole vault setting and a new school record and District record. He also set the school record in the High Hurdles. He also finished first in the District in the Long Jump. Bob was on his way to becoming one of the best all - around athletes ever in school history but after his sophomore year he was selected to compete on the Dayton AAU track team and while competing in the pole vault he suffered a serious injury which limited his HS athletic career. Bob resided in Fairborn and is deceased.



EUGENE PITSTICK - Osborn-Bath Class of 1944 Football: two year letterman and team captain in 1943 Track: three year letterman. State Champion in Pole Vault 1944 Along with classmate and track team member Ed Reynolds shares the honor of being the first state champions in Osborn-Bath Consolidated School District (which became Fairborn School Dist. in 1950) history. He was also team captain his senior year for the football team.



Class of 1957- Varsity Track - Varsity Basketball Tom played center on the varsity basketball team and ran the mile run and 880 yard run on the track team. During his Senior track season he was the 1957 State Champion in the mile and also competed in the state meet 880 yard run. He also won the mile at the Troy Relays. He set a school record time of 4:31.5 in his state mile performance. He along with fellow teammate, 1957 State Champion Pole Vaulter Ray Hansford, allowed Fairborn to place 5th in the state meet. The two also helped FHS win the 1957 Miami Valley League Track Championship.


TRACK 1957

RAY HANSFORD –Class of 1957- Varsity Track – Ray was the 1957 State Champion in the Pole Vault and Miami Valley League Pole Vault Champion. He set a new school pole vault record of 12 feet, 9 ¼ inches to help FHS win the 1957 Miami Valley Track Championship. The vault also broke a 22 year old MVL record. He along with Thomas Connor were Fairborn’s first two state champions on the Class AA level. Mr. Hansford resides in Tucson, AZ.



MIKE YEARY– Class of 1969 - Varsity basketball - 2 years, Varsity track – 1 year. Mike was one of the outstanding basketball players in the FHS history. He was All-Western Ohio League first team and All-Greater Dayton area second team. Coach and Scholastic Magazine included him as an All-American Honorable Mention. Mike was team MVP and won the Offensive Award for shooting percentage. He also set 4 basketball records and helped lead the team to 14 victories his senior year. Mike went on to play 2 years of Division 1 basketball at Austin Peay University. In HS track, the two mile relay team of which he was a member had the best time in the state that year. Mike has been one of the biggest supporters of FHS basketball by giving financial contributions to help the program, starting and coaching a youth basketball program for 4th – 6th graders to help develop future HS players, and volunteering time to teach skills to junior high teams. Mike can still be found most Friday nights supporting the FHS football and basketball teams. Mike is retired from a successful business career and still resides in Fairborn.



JACK GREGORY– Bowling Coach – Boys’ and Girls’ Teams 2002-2016 Jack was an accomplished and dedicated coach that always worked to help his players improve their games. Jack was voted 6 times one of the top 100 coaches in America by Bowlers Journal. He started the FHS bowling teams for both boys and girls and coached them for 15 years. His boys’ teams won 7 GWOC South titles and girls’ teams won 8 GWOC South titles. He also won 4 MML titles when Fairborn was in that league. Jack was named GWOC South Coach of the Year 4 times. The highlight of his coaching career was when his girls’ team was state Runner-up and then in 2006 his girls won the State Championship. Jack passed away in 2016.



Fairborn High School 1988 State Champion Boys’ Golf team - This celebrates the 30th anniversary of the 1988 boys’ golf team winning the State Championship in the fall season. The golf team went 19-2 in dual meets that season and 2nd place in the Western Ohio League. They finished as District Champions, Regional Champions, and beat the state runner-up Upper Arlington, by 10 strokes. Two members made 1st team All-State, Andy Shade and Ryan Reichley and Steve Fulton made 2nd team All- State. The team was coached by Ed Swope who still resides in Fairborn. Team members included: Rodney Dunaway, Brad Dunaway, Steve Fulton, matt Krause, Ryan Reichley, Andy Shade and Zach Slayton.



JOHN BURNS Class of 1959 - Varsity Football- 4 years, and Varsity Track – 4 years. John was a fullback and defensive tackle in football and was a 3 year all league player. In track, his events were the discus and shot put. He was first in the league in discus for 3 straight years and a state finalist all 4 years winning the state in the discus in 1958 and setting the school record for that time. John went on to play football and track at Miami University at Oxford. John returned to his alma mater to teach and retired as a principal. John retired to Florida and is now deceased.



JERRY DAVIS – Class of 1963 - Varsity Football- 2 years, Varsity Track – 2 years. Jerry transferred to FHS for his final 2 years of high school and excelled in football and track. Jerry was an outstanding running back and defensive back earning all-league, all greater Dayton area honors. He was the football MVP in 1962 and 1963 as well as leading scorer both years. In track, Jerry set school records in the sprints- the 100, 220, 440 and 440 relays including a league record and placing 3rd in the state in the 440. He earned the teams track MVP both years. For these outstanding accomplishments, he was honored as the 1962 Dayton Daily news Athlete of the Year. He was honored as the Bob Hagen award winner for leadership and scholarship his senior year. Jerry went on to play football at the University of Kentucky earning All-SEC awards and AP All-American 2nd team in 1966 as a defensive back. Jerry pursued an Air Force career and served his country as a pilot in Vietnam. Jerry is retired and resides in California.



LAURA MAYER-CONNOR – Class of 1996 - Varsity volleyball- 3 years, Varsity cheerleading – 3 years. Laura was an outstanding volleyball player at FHS as a 3 year starter earning all-league honors and was first team all-league and District all-area. She was a Dayton Daily News athlete of the week and team MVP. She was a leader in the Dayton area for blocks and for kills in 1995. She also won the cheerleading award for leadership. Mayer-Connor helped lead the volleyball team to the WOL championship, Sectional championship and District finals. She went on to play volleyball at nationally ranked Wittenberg University becoming a 4 year starter and setting individual records. She was on the All-Conference teams for 2 years. Laura continued her athletic accomplishment in her career becoming the Varsity coach at Oakwood High School and voted League Coach of the Year in 2004. She continued on at Oakwood HS as one of the few lady Athletic Directors in the area. Laura, her husband Brian and three children Mollie, Evelyn and Mac reside in Oakwood.



Jack Gayheart - Coach Jim Anderson Wayne Barnett Brad Davies Mark Greene Mike Herr Barry Howaard Gary Huls Vic Kratzer Arnie Penix Greg Shively Rob Starrett Dan Williamson The 1966-67 FHS Flyers basketball team was crowned Western Ohio League champions with a victory at Xenia 61-60. The team compiled a regular season record of 17-1, a school record for most wins in a regular season that still stands today. Finishing the season with a record of 17-2 and state ranked 20th by the UPI, 2nd Dayton Journal Herald and first by the Miami Valley Sports Editors. During the season the team had 13 consecutive victories. The team was coached by Jack Gayheart and was led by seniors; Wayne Barnett, Barry Howard, Vic Kratzer, Rob Starrett and Dan Williamson. Team juniors were; Jim Anderson, Brad Davies, Mark Greene, Mike Herr, Gary Huls, Arnie Penix, and Greg Schively.



ROBERT A. MARTIN – Robert was a long time Osborn-Fairborn coach and principal. Martin became Osborn-Bath football coach in 1938 and remained in that position until 1956. He had no assistant coaches from 1938-1950. He compiled an overall record of 82-53-3, a 60% winning percentage. His teams won back to back Little Six League Championships in 1947 (8-1) and 1948 (6-0-1). During the back to back championship seasons the team ran off 13 consecutive victories and one tie. “Coach Martin” is truly the patriarch of Fairborn City Schools football. He also had stints coaching baseball and golf. He was revered by his former players, students and colleagues. In the classroom he taught history and government, instilling in students and players how to handle victory and defeat, as well as giving them a positive value system. He retired from coaching to become the principal of Central Jr. High in 1957 and remained there until his retirement in 1976.



Ed McLoud - Class of 1964 - Varsity football - 3 years, varsity baseball - 2 years. Ed was one of the best linemen to ever play football at Fairborn HS. He was voted outstanding lineman in the Dayton area and all-Ohio in both offense and defense. He was team captain and MVP his senior year, as well as 1st Team All-League. He went on to play for Michigan State in the Big Ten, playing on the National Championship teams of 1965 and 1966. McLoud's senior year at MSU he was chosen the team's outstanding offensive lineman and Honorable Mention all-Big Ten at center in 1968. He was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys but returned to his alma mater to teach special education and coach football and wrestling. Ed started a successful business career in Michigan and now resides in Crown Point, Indiana.



Jackie (Smith) Whittaker - Class of 1981 Park Hills H.S. 12 year letter winner; varsity volleyball - 4 years, varsity girls' basketball - 4 years, varsity softball - 4 years. Jackie was 1st Team All-League in all three sports and selected to the all-area all-star team in basketball. She was team MVP in basketball for 3 years and one year in softball. She also held many of the girls' basketball records at this time. She was lauded the best female athlete in Park Hills 10 year history. Jackie went on to play volleyball and basketball at the University of Findlay where she was a 4 year starter and captain of the volleyball team. Jackie has an outstanding career in management at WPAFB and resides in Centerville.



Veasna Tith - Class of 1998; Varsity tennis - 4 years. Veasna was the #1 singles player all four years in varsity boys' tennis and was WOL player of the year all four years. He was voted the Miami Valley Player of the Year all four years, was Sectional champion all four years and District champion three years. He finished in the final four in the State Tennis Tournament three years. With Veasna leading the team, they finished in the top 12 in the Miami Valley area poll for three straight years finishing 5th, 6th, and 12th. He also holds all of the FHS tennis records but one. Veasna went on to play #1 singles at Wright State and was 1st Team All-League in college.



Fred J. Buschemeyer - A Medway, Ohio native and Wittenberg University graduate; joined the Osborn-Bath Consolidated Schools in 1936. He was the head basketball coach for 14 seasons, compiling 120 wins and 91 losses and winning a Little Six League championship in 1943-44. He introduced both track and cross country to the athletic program, taking what were frequently regarded as “minor” sports and starting the record and tradition which made them Fairborn’s most successful athletic endeavors. His track teams won 124 dual meets, the Lanier Relays, Eaton, Ohio, in 1940 and 1941, and a Little Six League title in 1950. In 1944, his team finished fourth in the Ohio State Class B track meet, with two team members being crowned state champions. Coach Buschemeyer was a registered track official for more than 20 years and served as official finish judge at the Ohio State track and field meets for more than 26 years. He was inducted into the Ohio Association of Track Coaches Hall of Fame in 1973. Retiring from the coaching ranks, Buschemeyer became an assistant principal and athletic director at F.H.S. Being an educator 42 years, he retired in 1978. He was posthumously honored with the playing surface at Fairborn Memorial Stadium being named Buschemeyer Field.



1970 Boys’ Basketball District Champion Team - This was when the district tournament included 28 teams. This team was the Regional runner-up, losing in the finals to the eventual undefeated State Champion, Chaminade. This is still the best finish in the history of Fairborn basketball in the state tournament, finishing as one of the top eight teams in the state. After making some coaching adjustments the team finished 14-3 at the end of the season. They tied the school record at the time with the most wins at 17. The '70 team brought pride to the community as tickets sold out for the Cincinnati Regional games and the whole town got behind them, as downtown stores had signs of support for the Fairborn Flyers. The team was coached by the late Jake Brummet. Team members included Tom Carroll, Brent Cartwright, Daryl Douple, Steve Fulton, Dennis Graham, Steve Greene, Kirk Minteer, Doug Schively, Jeff Taylor, Pat White and Gary Wright. Team manager and trainer were Mike Brown and Pat McCoart.



Jason Piercey – Jason is a 2003 graduate of Fairborn High School. While in high school, Jason set school records in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyles, and was also a member of the 200 medley record setting team. Jason was also a four year varsity letterman, a four time MML swimmer of the year award winner, was a High School All-American as a sophomore, junior and senior and was also 1st Team All-State as a sophomore, junior and senior. Jason went on to earn an athletic scholarship to Eastern Michigan University where he set records at EMU, was voted Top 25 in U.S. swimming in 2006 and was an Olympic Trial qualifier in the 1,500 freestyle.



Rick Musick – Rick is a 1975 graduate where he lettered in cross country and track & field. Rick was the 1974 State Cross Country Champion. Rick was a three year letterman in both track and cross country, and was a three time MVP of the Fairborn cross country team. Rick went on to letter at Auburn University.



Steve Greene – Steve is a 1970 graduate, lettering in both basketball and tennis. Steve was MPV of both tennis and basketball and was a league champion and district-runner up in tennis. In basketball, Steve was 1st Team All-League, 1st Team All-District and 3rd Team All-Ohio. Steve earned a division one college scholarship to play basketball at Southwestern Louisiana, before transferring to and finish his collegiate career at Southern Mississippi University.



Gary Wright – Gary was a 1970 graduate. While at Fairborn Gary played baseball, basketball and ran track & field. Gary finished his senior year of baseball going 9-0 in the WOL and 13-1 overall. Gary was a two year letterman in baseball and basketball, and also lettered one year in cross country. Gary went on to play baseball at Miami University. Gary is a member of the Miami University Athletic Hall of Fame, the Ohio High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame, the Dayton Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame and also the OHSAA Officials Hall of Fame. After college, he played as a member of the Kansas City Royals Triple A affiliate.



1965 WOL Champion Football Team – The 1965 WOL Championship football team was the highest rated football team from the Dayton area in 1965, finishing with a 6-1 record in league, and 7-3 overall. Fairborn is proud to honor this team, which was the only football league championship as a member of the Western Ohio League. Lloyd Williams - Head Coach



Rob Fada – Rob was a University of Pittsburg Academic all American and 1983 Chicago Bears Draft Pick. While in high school, Rob was a first Team All –Conference selection, and an All-Ohio award winner in football.


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Ed Reynolds – Ed was the first State Champion in school history winning the yard low hurdles at the Ohio state Track & Field Championships.



Valerie Cute – Valerie is one of the two females in Fairborn High School history to earn 12 varsity letters. Valerie was a three sport athlete in soccer, basketball and softball. She earned a scholarship to Wright State University in women’s softball.



Jack Gayheart – While in high school, Jack earned 11 varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball and went on to play quarterback and pitcher at the University of Miami. To this day Jack remains a prominent donor and figure in Fairborn Athletics.



1974-75 Boys Golf State Championship Team – Coach - Jake Brummett Tim O’Neal Kevin McDonald Mike Glendenning Bob Crouch Dave Bumgardner Chris McDonald