Kings Hall of Fame welcomes new members
Since 1988, the Kings Athletic Hall of Fame has been devoted to “honor athletes who have
excelled while attending Kings High School and promote the athletic program for today’s athletes.” According to information obtained from the athletic office, here are the four new inductees this year:
Bobby Atkinson— a seven-time varsity letter winner between football (3) and wrestling (4) – was a 2003 graduate of Kings High School. During his career, Bobby excelled in football, wrestling, and academics. As a football player at Kings, Atkinson was a three-time FAVC All-Conference player, three-time All-County player and Western Star Defensive Player of the Year in 2002. In four years of wrestling, Bobby accomplished many achievements that have not been duplicated since. These include being a three-time FAVC All-Conference wrestler, two-time FAVC Conference Champion at 215 pounds, a four-time Sectional Qualifier, and two-time District place winner.
Gary Schearing (pictured above, right) —Coach and Physical Education teacher Gary Schearing has been a part of the Kings Family since 1983. Over those 33 years, he has been an integral part of the Kings High School Athletic Department; more specifically, the baseball team and the physical education department. As the Varsity baseball coach, Coach Schearing amassed over 300 wins and lead the team to an FAVC Championship and District Runner-Up in 1999. He has also coached many individuals who’ve had successful careers at the next level.
Alyson Schmidt— During Alyson Schmidt’s four years at Kings High School, she earned six varsity letters between swimming (4) and golf (2). In her Lady Knight career, Alyson was named to the 2nd Team All-Conference Golf Team, she was a three-time FAVC All-Conference 1st Team swimmer, five-time All-City Honorable Mention, and a five-time All-Ohio swimmer. Alyson also broke nine Kings records throughout her four-year swimming career. After high school, Alyson received an athletic scholarship to swim for the Miami University RedHawks where she went on to have an outstanding career.
Lindsey Graessle—Lindsey Graessle was a four-time varsity letter winner as a Lady Knight swimmer. She excelled in almost every aspect and ended her career with an impressive resume. Graessle was selected to the FAVC All-Conference Team each year of high school and was named the Most Valuable Swimmer in the FAVC her senior year. She recorded two state championships(Freshman and Sophomore Years) and two state runner-ups (Junior and Senior years) in the 100 Breaststroke and holds several records for the Kings Swim team. Lindsey finished her high school career and then swam for four years for the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
“I’m very, very fortunate,” new inductee Gary Schearing explained. “I just feel very lucky to have been able to have the opportunities I’ve had at Kings. I love this school and continue to do everything I can to improve Kings Athletics.”
The Kings Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held in the Bradford Media Center on Feb. 6 at 5:30PM. The inductees will also be honored at the Men’s Varsity basketball game that night as well.