Four Withrow Tigers—athletes Robert Longmire ’73, Dante Love ‘05, Dick LeMay ‘56 and Ethan Allen ’22 are members of the tenth class inducted in April into the 2019 CPS Athletic Hall of Fame. Induction is based solely on High School athletic accomplishments in sports officially recognized by the Ohio State Athletic Association.
Robert Longmire ’73 – Wrestling
Robert Longmire, “the Mighty Tiny Tiger”, compiled an outstanding three year career record winning 95% of his matches (79 wins, 4 losses). In 1971 he was 2nd Team All-City Enquirer wrestling at 98 lbs. with a 27-2 record and was also the AAU Jr. National Freestyle Tournament champion. In 1972 Robert was 1st Team All-City for both the Enquirer and the Post posting a 35-1 record and placing 3rd in the State again at 98 lbs. Moving up to 105 lbs., he then won the Jr. U.S. Wrestling Federation freestyle championship in Iowa City that year. In his Senior year, he was 2nd Team All-City for both Cincinnati papers, and his only loss in a 17-1 season was in the Finals of the State Championship. Robert received a wrestling scholarship to the University of Cincinnati earning a Varsity letter and being recognized as Most Outstanding Freshman of the year. He has been an IBEW Journeyman electrician for the past 42 years and currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Throughout the ensuing years, he has continued his involvement in the sport of wrestling coaching several youth teams within the greater Cincinnati area and in Las Vegas.
Dante Love ’05 – Football, Basketball & Baseball
Dante Love attended Withrow from 2002-05 and was a three sport letterman (two each in football, basketball, and baseball). In 2004, as quarterback on the football team, Dante led the Tigers to a perfect 10-0 regular season record and the school’s first State Playoff appearance. Dante threw for over 2,000 yards and 20 TDs, while rushing for 970 yards and 14 TDs earning him the Cincinnati Enquirer All-City quarterback for 2004. As team captain, Dante was a true leader of the team both on and off the field. Dante enrolled at Ball State University and immediately had an impact as a true Freshman as a receiver and punt/kick-off returner. In the fall of 2008, Dante sustained a cervical spine fracture in a game against Indiana University, ending his football career. At that time, Dante held the Ball State record for career kickoff return yards and ranked second in both career receptions and receiving yards and was leading the nation in these categories. Offensive coordinator Stan Parrish hired Dante as a graduate assistant for the 2009 season and helped ensure Dante would finish his undergraduate degree. Withrow retired his #5 football jersey in 2009 and it is framed and mounted in the gymnasium. Dante resides in Los Angeles, California.
Dick LeMay ’56 – Baseball, Basketball & Football
Dick Lemay was a gifted athlete with notable achievements while at Withrow and pitching in the Major Leagues. At Withrow, he won ten varsity letters: 3 in football, 3 in basketball and 4 in baseball. He was named all‐city while helping Withrow win two city football championships. Dick was also named second team all‐city in basketball and helped win one city championship in baseball. He pitched a no‐hitter in his senior year against Hughes and was named Withrow Athlete of the Year in 1956.
Ethan Allen ’22 – Baseball, Basketball, Football, Track
Ethan entered East High School as a Sophomore in the school’s initial year and proceeded to earn 8 varsity letters (3 for Baseball, 2 each for Basketball and Track, and 1 Football). He played baseball at the University of Cincinnati and for the Cincinnati Reds with a 13 year major league career batting average of .300. Ethan then coached Yale University’s baseball teams for 23 years.
The ten other 2019 inductees are Toby Gilbert– C.A.P.E. – Football & Wrestling (Class of 1986), Dick Gordon– Walnut Hills H.S. – Football & Baseball (Class of 1961), Annie Ruth Napier- Aiken H.S. – Basketball (Class of 1981), Kirk Springs– Woodward H.S. – Football, Basketball, and Baseball (Class of 1976), Walter Williams– Taft H.S. – Basketball & Track (Class of 1962). Coaches inducted are Ed Jackson– Football Coach at Woodward H.S. (1990-2003), Robert “Bob” Jacobson– Swimming & Cross Country Coach at Central/Courter Technical H.S. (1958-1967) & Western Hills (1967-1975). Other post-Humous inductees are Earl Putman- Hughes H.S. – Football & Track (Class of 1950), Dick Hauck– Western Hills H.S. – Football & Baseball (Class of 1947) and Tom Price– Western Hills H.S. – Tennis & Basketball (Class of 1939)