Seven former Rocket sports stars inducted into Clermont Northeastern Athletic Hall of Fame

Previously inducted members of the Clermont Northeastern/Owensville High Schools Sports Hall of Fame gathered with the newly inducted members Brian Adams, Gary Dennison, David Lindsey, Joe Rosselot, Nicole Smith, Michael Thompson, and Zachary Van Frank.
The hall of fame of both Clermont Northeastern and Owensville high schools recently honored its new sports hall of fame inductees with a dinner ceremony at the Northeastern Middle School.

Brian Adams (class of 1974) received the Rocket Pride Award for his many years of outstanding service as the public address announcer at many sports activities, in particular, football, basketball and soccer. He is also the founder of the Student Venture project at CNEHS.

Gary Dennison (class of 1971) was a Clermont County League (CCL) all-star in cross country, wrestling, and track and field. He was a Class AA state qualifier in cross country. The CCL mat titlist also competed in football.

David Lindsey (class of 1987) earned 10 varsity letters competing in soccer, basketball, and baseball. In soccer he owns the school assist record and played in the Southwest Ohio All-Star game while earning CNE most valuable player and all-city honors. In basketball he owns another assist record – the most in one season (126). He was a Clermont County League all-star. In baseball he was all-CCL and all-city and holds or held marks for runs batted in (47), doubles (11), and triples (seven). He was the Rockets’ MVP and was a team captain in each sport.

Joe Rosselot (class of 1970) was a four-sport letterman. In basketball he led the CCL in scoring and in rebounding as a senior and was a CCL all-star. He also earned varsity letters in cross country, volleyball, and baseball.

Nicole Smith (class of 1992) was a Southern Buckeye Conference American all-star in soccer and track and field. She was a team captain in both sports. She holds or shares school track marks in the 300-meter hurdles and the 1,600-meter relay and was team MVP as a senior and a regional qualifier.

Michael Thompson (class of 1962) at one time possessed the basketball school scoring record with 36 points in one game and had a season scoring average of 20.5 points per game. He had a hitting average of .667 as a senior and hit .385 for the CCL title team of 1960. He batted more than .400 for his career that may be a CNE record. He was the first CNE graduate to earn a college scholarship for sports (baseball).

Zachary Van Frank (class of 1998) was for several years an SBC all-star as a goalkeeper in soccer and his senior year he was selected as the conference’s Player of the Year.