Dayton Christian School Athletic Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Class

11/27/2019

Dayton Christian School Athletic Hall of Fame Announces Inaugural Class

 

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (November 26, 2019)

 

Nine individuals and one historic team make up the inaugural Dayton Christian School Athletic Hall of Fame class. The class will be inducted on Saturday, December 21 in the school’s newly constructed Warrior Center.

In partnership with the Dayton Christian Athletic Booster Club, the Athletic Hall of Fame weekend will include on-court recognition between the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball games against Yellow Springs on Friday, December 20, and an induction ceremony and banquet on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

 

The list of 10 honorees from four different sports is anchored by Ohio’s Division II Mr. Basketball, state champions, school and OHSAA record holders, and a legendary boys’ soccer coach.

 

The athletic hall of famers were chosen from more than 40 nominations.

 

“It has been really fun and exciting to go through our athletic history and review the accomplishments of the student-athletes, coaches, and teams who have made Dayton Christian School athletics what it is today,” said Ben Shroyer, Dayton Christian’s Athletic Director. “Our school’s athletic history is rich with excellence and we are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate, honor, and preserve the memory of these athletic achievements.”

 

The Dayton Christian Athletic Hall of Fame 2019 Class includes:

  • Romain Sato, Boys Basketball - Class of 2000
  • Walter Luttrell, Boys Track & Field/Cross Country - Class of 2008
  • Mark Jackson, Boys Soccer - Class of 1982
  • Melissa (Lowe) Blake, Girls Track & Field/Cross Country - Class of 1997
  • Lamarr Hill, Boys Track & Field - Class of 1996
  • John Luttrell, Boys Track & Field/Cross Country - Class of 2008
  • Aaron Deister, Boys Basketball - Class of 2009
  • Ron Pinsenschaum, Boys Soccer Coach - 1970’s-80’s
  • Steve Karnehm, Track & Field/Cross Country Coach - 1980’s-90’s
  • Boys’ Soccer Team - 1980-81

Nominations for the Dayton Christian School Athletic Hall of Fame were solicited from the general public in October and accepted through November 4. Candidates had to be ten years removed from high school graduation. A ten-member Hall of Fame selection committee, which included alumni, coaches, administrators, a member of the school board and Athletic Boosters board, a faculty member and a community member, then evaluated the candidate pool and selected the inaugural class. 

 

Meet the 10 Inaugural Inductees:

 

Romain Sato, Boys Basketball - Class of 2000: A one-year letter winner, Romain Sato set school records for most points in a game (44), most points scored in a season (621), and most rebounds in a game (25). He led DC to an undefeated regular season and OHSAA Elite Eight appearance with an overall record of 24-1. He was named Ohio Division II Mr. Basketball and went on to play collegiately at Xavier University. Romain was drafted in second round (52nd pick overall) by the San Antonio Spurs and continued to play internationally for fourteen years in Italy. He represented his country, Central African Republic, at the 2009 FIBA Africa Championships.

 

Walter Luttrell, Boys Track & Field/Cross Country - Class of 2008: Walter was a three-year letter winner in cross country and four-year letter winner in track. He holds school records in 1600, 3200, and 5,000 distance events. Walter set the OHSAA state 3200 record (8:59) and was named to the All-State track team during 2006-2008 seasons. He was also a four-year All-State cross country team recipient. He won state championships in 3200 (2007 & 2008), was a cross country state champion (2007), and a member of the 2007 state championship track team. After graduation, he went on to become a four year letter winner at the University of Kentucky and still holds the #7 All-Time performance in the 5,000 meter run (14:14.35).

 

Mark Jackson, Boys Soccer - Class of 1982: During his time at Dayton Christian, Mark was named an Adidas All-American as a junior and NSCA All-American as a senior. He was a four-year letter winner and set school and OHSAA state record for goals in a season (48). He also held OHSAA state record for career goals (109) and assists (72) for over 30 years. He played collegiately at Bowling Green State University and ranks second all-time in goals (42) and fourth all-time in points (100). Mark signed a one-year professional contract with the Toledo Pride.

 

Melissa (Lowe) Blake, Girls Track & Field/Cross Country - Class of 1997: A three-year letter winner in track and one-year letter winner in cross country, Melissa (Lowe) Blake was the 1996 state champion in the 3200 (11:23). She was a three-time state track & field qualifier and holds school records for 1600 (5:16) and 3200 (11:23). She decided to run cross country her senior year and finished 21st at the state meet. Melissa currently serves as an assistant cross country & track coach at DC.

 

Lamarr Hill, Boys Track & Field - Class of 1996: A two time state track & field qualifier, Lamarr Hill won multiple state titles for Dayton Christian. He was the 1995 long jump state champion (22’11”), the 1996 long jump state champion (23’7 ¼”), and the 1996 110m hurdles state champion (14.09). At the 1996 state championship, Lamarr scored 38 of the teams 44 points to help Dayton Christian win the team title. He holds the OHSAA state record in 110m hurdles (13.71) and was named OHSAA Boys Division II Track Athlete of the Year. He holds five school records in the long jump, 110m hurdles, 100 dash, 200 dash, and 4x400 relay. Lamarr ran collegiately at Azusa Pacific University and was named Athlete of the Year at Azusa in 1996-1997.

 

John Luttrell, Boys Track & Field/Cross Country - Class of 2008: John was a three-year letter winner in cross country and four-year letter winner in track. He was named to the All-State track team during the 2006-2008 seasons and was a four-year All-State cross country honoree. In 2008, John won the 1600m run state title (4:20) and was a member of the state record setting 4x800 relay team (7:52). John ran collegiately at the University of Kentucky for one year before an injury cut his impressive running career short. 

 

Aaron Deister, Boys Basketball - Class of 2009: Aaron was a four-year letter winner and is Dayton Christian second leading all-time scorer with 1,315 points. He led the boys’ basketball team to sectional, district and regional championships and was a member of the 2009 OHSAA Final Four team. Deister earned District 15 Player of the Year honors and was runner-up for Ohio’s Division III Player of the Year award. He played collegiate basketball at Concordia University and later at the West Point Military Academy.

 

Ron Pinsenschaum, Boys Soccer Coach - 1970’s-80’s: Ron began serving at Dayton Christian in 1973 as a teacher, administrator, coach and missions director. He began his coaching career serving as an assistant baseball coach and started the boys’ soccer program in 1978 which led to a very successful career coaching soccer. He was named OSSCA coach of the year in 1986. Following his untimely death in 1987, DC soccer camp was named in his honor and the soccer field at DC was named “Ron Pinsenschaum Memorial Stadium.” Ron was a four-year starter on the Eastern Kentucky University baseball team and served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He is remembered for setting the standard about what Christian athletics should be about, encouraging athletes toward “total release”, and giving all they have on the field just as Christ gave all for us. Ron is survived by his widow, Janet Carlson, two children, and four grandchildren.

 

Steve Karnehm, Track & Field/Cross Country Coach - 1980’s-90’s: Steve Karnehm served at DC as head track & field/cross country coach from 1976-1987 and 1996-2000. He coached 12 district, 7 regional, and 3 state championships teams. Steve was a 3x OHSAA Coach of the Year and amassed an impressive track & field coaching record of 268-19 in dual and tri-meets. Karnehm coached nine state champions and one national champion. He is currently coaching track & field at Miami East and is the founder of Christian Counseling Associates.

 

Boys’ Soccer Team - 1980-81: This team achieved a 15-3-4 overall record over two seasons. They competed against the best teams in the state when OHSAA only had one division of boys’ soccer. The team was led by legendary Head Coach Ron Pinsenschaum & All-American forward Mark Jackson. They won Dayton Christian’s first sectional and district soccer titles; and in 1980, lost to eventual State champion Carroll in the regional round. This boys’ soccer team is credited to have begun the great tradition of Dayton Christian Boys Soccer and set the bar for generations to come.

 

Dayton Christian School Hall of Fame Weekend Schedule of Events:* Friday, December 20: Boys JV Basketball vs. Yellow Springs, 5:00 p.m. Girls Varsity Basketball vs. Yellow Springs, 6:30 p.m. Hall of Fame Class On-Court Recognition, 7:45 p.m. Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Yellow Springs, 8:00 p.m. Saturday, December 21: Arrival & Check-In (w/Light Snacks), 4:30-5:30 p.m. Dinner & Fellowship, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Hall of Fame Wall Unveiling, 9:00 p.m.

 

Dayton Christian alumni, faculty/staff, coaches, community members and fans are invited to attend the induction dinner. Online Registration is required by December 11. Cost is $35/person. Register online to attend the induction dinner at: https://www.dcathleticboosters.org/hof-ceremony-registration.

 

For more information on the induction dinner or to be a table sponsor contact Ben Shroyer, Dayton Christian Athletic Director at 937-291-7219 or bshroyer@daytonchristian.com.

 

General admission to the home basketball games is $6/adult and $4/student or senior citizen.

 

*All events will take place at Dayton Christian School Warrior Center, 9391 Washington Church Road, Miamisburg, Ohio 45342.

 

ABOUT DAYTON CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: Dayton Christian School is an interdenominational Christian school in Miamisburg, Ohio that serves more than 850 students in grades pre-K to 12th grade, including students in Dayton Christian Homeschool. To learn more about Dayton Christian School, please contact us at 291-7201 or visit www.daytonchristian.com.