2020 Class of Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame

Mark your calendars for the Centennial edition of the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday evening, February 14, 2020 at half-time of the Withrow–Walnut Hills varsity boys’ basketball game. Game time is 7:00 P.M. The following four athletes comprise the ninth class to be inducted:

Christopher Hicks, 1972 – Christopher was captain of the football team his senior year. That year Withrow was the PHSL football champion. Chris played both ways as an offensive and defensive tackle.

He received a full scholarship to Indiana State University where he was selected as a first team Kodak All-American and American Football Coaches Association first team. He was named to the Associated Press Honorable mention All-American team. He was one of the best offensive lineman in Indiana State history, starting as the offensive tackle for three straight seasons He also played guard. He was co-captain his senior year. In 2008 he was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame. He was listed in a Sporting News article as one of pro football’s lengthy list of draft prospects during his senior year at ISU.

Michael Turner, 1987 – Mike was the starting safety and leader of the defense his junior and senior years. He was All Eastern Metro League and All City both of those years. He was one of two captains his senior year and he received the Mr. Withrow Football Award for being the player who best represented Withrow football in his play on the field and his actions off the field. He led Withrow to the Eastern Metro League Championship and a top five ranking in Cincinnati. He was the starting safety in the Southwest Ohio All-Star game his senior year. Michael was also an excellent baseball player at Withrow.

Mike was offered a full four year football scholarship to Morehead University which he accepted. He started all but two games during his four year career at Morehead. During his time at Morehead he was coached by defensive backs coach John Harbaugh and defensive coordinator Rex Ryan, both of whom went on to become NFL head coaches. Mike was named captain of the team his junior and senior years and was voted one of the best defensive backs in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Chris Knight, 2005 – Chris was a first team All-City and a two time All-State selection. As a senior he was the Southwest Ohio Public School League MVP, averaging 23 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots per game as the team advanced to the district championship. He was also the SWOPL MVP his junior year. In a win over Dayton Dunbar he had 43 points, 24 rebounds and 12 blocked shots. He averaged a double-double as a sophomore. Chris scored over 1,000 points while playing at Withrow.

He continued his basketball career at Bowling Green State University where he played in 53 games from 2007 – 2009 and was ranked sixth in the MAC his freshman year. Chris transferred to Northern Kentucky university and played in 54 career games there. He averaged 9 points per game with 5 rebounds and shot 80% from the free throw line. From 2012 – 2013 he traveled all over the world playing with the Harlem Globetrotters. Chris also played for the Whittlesea Pacers basketball team in the State League of Australia. Chris currently works and coaches at Withrow.

D’Monami Gardner, 2012 – In 2011 D’Monami was the Enquirer track and field Division I athlete of the year. She placed first in the State championship shot put. She was on the Withrow team that place second in the State and Region. In 2012 she was on the Enquirer track and field Division I first team. That year she placed second in the State championship and first in the District and Region shot put competition.

D’Monami received an athletic scholarship and attended Southern Illinois University. She participated in the shot put and weight throw in five indoor meets and the shot put, hammer throw and discus in seven outdoor meets. She posted five top three finishes across both seasons. She continued her collegiate career at Tiffin University where she participated in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.

Congratulations to these five outstanding athletes who will join the 41 current Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame (WAHOF) members. Nomination Forms for the Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame may be obtained by clicking HERE.

There are costs associated with maintaining a strong Withrow Athletic Hall of Fame. It took too long to establish the WAHOF, especially for a school that has a strong athletic history dating from 1919. We want to ensure it continues so that we can honor those athletes, who walked the halls all of us did, for years to come. Donations may be made online by clicking HERE or by a check made payable to “WAI” with “WAHOF” written in the memo line. Please mail the check to Withrow Alumni Inc.P.O. Box 8186Cincinnati, Ohio 45208. We do need, and thank you for, your support.



  1. Teacher-student connection spans decades:
    A special mentor was in the audience when Chris Hicks (’72) was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Former Withrow principal Major McNeil (1979-85) was the physical education teacher at Madisonville Elementary School in 1965 when Hicks was a sixth-grader. It was McNeil who encouraged Hicks to play sports at Madisonville and at Lyon Junior High. That encouragement was all Hicks needed to become a successful high school and college athlete.
    The two had lost touch over the years, but reconnected in late 2019. Hicks credits McNeil for opening athletic, social, and academic doors for him. “He doesn’t know how much he changed my life,” says Hicks.
    Says McNeil, “Just seeing Chris again generates considerable positive feelings and understanding that if you have positive input, you increase your opportunity to have successful output. Chris is an example of that, so I’m feeling great.”

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