APRIL, 2012 – Two Withrow Tigers – Wilce Carnes ’36 and Eddie Beamon ’74 were inducted in the third class of the Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) Athletic Hall of Fame. Induction into the CPS HOF is based solely on High School athletic accomplishments in sports officially recognized by the Ohio State Athletic Association.
Wilce Carnes, Withrow High School Class of 1936
Considered by many to be one of the greatest high school athletes to ever play in the Cincinnati area, Wilce Carnes earned 16 varsity letters at Withrow High School in football, basketball, baseball and track. His coach for many of these teams, Angus King (also a member of the CPS Hall of Fame) described Carnes as “the best athlete I ever coached.” In football he ran, passed, kicked and punted (the newspaper credited him with an 85 yard punt). He broke into the Withrow lineup as a freshman playing fullback. On defense he starred as a linebacker and sometimes was pressed into service as a defensive tackle. In his junior season Withrow shutout its first seven opponents. Against Hamilton he was credited with eight straight tackles. By the end of his four year varsity football career Withrow had a 30 and 6 record winning the Public High School league title three times. A catcher and third baseman in baseball, Carnes batted close to .500 and helped Withrow win the 1934 Ohio AA State Championship. In the title game he hit a double, triple and home run. In addition, Carnes played center and forward on Withrow’s basketball team and threw the shot and discus in track. After graduation, he accepted a full athletic scholarship to the University of Kentucky where he played both football and baseball. He also captured the college light-heavyweight boxing championship. Following graduation from UK he played on the original Cincinnati Bengals professional football team before serving in the military. Wilce Carnes passed away in 1958 from leukemia at the age of 43. In 1981 he became the second athlete to be inducted into the LaRosa’s Hall of Fame posthumously.
Eddie Beamon, Withrow High School Class of 1974
As a quick and hard-hitting 240lb. nose tackle and defensive end in football, he accounted for more than 320 tackles (150 of which were for losses) and 80 quarterback sacks in his three Varsity seasons. He also performed on the Tiger’s track & field team for three seasons mainly in the 100 Yard Dash, the 440 Yard Relay Team and the Shot Put. Eddie was named First Team All Public High School League three times, twice named First Team All-City by both the Cincinnati Enquirer and Post. As a senior, he was selected First Team All State and was named a high school Ail-American by Parade Magazine. His football prowess was evident early in this high school career when he was named as a Cincinnati Enquirer Player of the Week as a sophomore. Following a scrimmage with Withrow in 1973, Moeller Head Coach Gerry Faust was quoted as saying that Eddie Beamon was the best defensive player he had ever seen. He was heavily recruited to play football by Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame and went on to star at The Ohio State University until a severe ankle injury during his senior year ended his football career. Eddie was inducted into the Buddy LaRosa Hall of Fame in 1998.