A former Lakota West wrestler and the Firebirds’ current volleyball coach are among the 11-person induction class for the Butler County Sports Hall of Fame.
Matthew McIntire, who graduated Lakota West in 2002, won two state wrestling championships. He also concluded his high school wrestling career by winning the National 140-pound Championship.
En route to the U.S. Championship, McIntire beat four other wrestlers who had won a cumulative ten state championships. His semifinal win came over the four-time Michigan state champion. His loss to McIntire was his first and only defeat in 220 bouts, according to lakotaonline.com.
Furthermore, McIntire won four Greater Miami Conference championships.
Overall, in his high school career, he won 163 matches and lost only six.
Meanwhile, Lakota West head volleyball coach Tracey Kornau has coached the Firebirds since the district split into two high schools. From 1997 to 2012, Kornau has helped guide Lakota West to 263 wins and 136 losses. Also, during that time, Lakota West has won six GMC titles.
Prior to coaching at West, Kornau coached at Lakota High School from 1991 to 1996 – compiling a 102-41 record during that time. In 1994, Koranu’s Thunderbirds won the state championship and finished the year with a 26-1 record.
Overall, in her career, Kornau has won 387 matches and lost 182 in 23 seasons of being a head coach.
The 2012 Butler County Sports Hall of Fame induction banquet and ceremony will take place Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Courtyard by Marriott in Hamilton.
A social hour will kick off the festivities at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., which will be followed by Hall of Fame introductions at 7 p.m. Retired Miami University head men’s basketball coach Charlie Coles will serve as the evening’s keynote speaker.
Other members of the 2012 induction class include Frank Chew, Jeff Cothran, Lois Hall Gleason, Robby Huffman, Terry Merz, Bernie Reid, Jeff See, Laura Rullman Weinberger and Rich White.