Winton Woods City Schools held its 17th annual Winton Woods Athletic Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony on January 17, in the high school cafeteria. Nine alumni of Greenhills, Forest Park, and Winton Woods were recognized from over a span of 40 years for their incredible achievements as student athletes, coaches, administrators, and community service providers. The evening was sponsored by Winton Woods Athletics Boosters, and the delicious meal was prepared by our Child Nutrition Department. The inductees were also honored at Saturday’s basketball game. The recipients of the Hall of Fame Class of 2019:
Maalik Bomar, a 2009 Winton Woods High School graduate, played football and earned three varsity letters while serving as team captain for two years. During his time as a Warrior, he was a top linebacker and helped lead Winton Woods to a 2006 FAVC League Championship. He earned the 1st team FAVC All-Star in 2007 and 2008, and was a part of the 2009 Division II State Championship team. After graduation, he played for the University of Cincinnati where he helped the bearcats achieve an Associated Press number two ranking. Later, Maalik played in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Pittsburgh Steelers. After his NFL career, he played in Canada for the Calgary Stampeders and the Edmonton Eskimos.
Semaj Christon attended Winton Woods High School and graduated in 2011. He earned three varsity letters for basketball and lead the Warriors to two FAVC League Championships in 2010 and 2011, one Sectional Championship, one District Championship, and a trip to the Regional Semi Finals. After graduation, he attended Xavier on a basketball scholarship where he played for two years before leaving for the draft. In 2014, he was selected in the 2nd round for the Oklahoma Thunder. He is currently playing in France.
Roger Droste was a two-sport athlete who played for Forest Park High School and graduated with the class of 1993. While playing for the Chargers he earned seven varsity letters for football and baseball. During his football years, Droste earned All-League and All-City Honors in 1980, 1981, and 1982. During his senior year, he recorded the longest punt of 67 yards in Forest Park history and also was the highest ranked offensive linemen. In baseball, he was an All-City pitcher and accomplished hitter. For his outstanding accomplishments on the baseball field, coaches throughout Greater Cincinnati selected Roger All-Conference in 1981, 1982, and 1983. In college, he attended Miami University and earned four letters in baseball as starting pitcher. He also earned four years All-MAC Conference and was selected as 1987 team captain.
Melissa Herbert-McCray graduated in 1989 from Forest Park High School. She earned seven varsity letters in volleyball and basketball. In volleyball, she led her varsity team with eight consecutive wins to start her senior season. In the winter, Melissa continued her dominance in basketball leading the Lady Chargers to 20 wins with only two loses. She was selected 1st Team All Cross Country, in volleyball and basketball, 1st Team All-City 1989 and HCC Player of the Year in 1989. After high school, she accepted a basketball scholarship to Coastal Carolina University where she ended her college career ranked fifth on the All-Time scoring list. She was also selected All-Big South Conference three consecutive years in 1991, 1992, and 1993.
Emory James Ogleetree II graduated from Winton Woods High School in 1998. He earned three varsity letters in basketball while playing for the Warriors. He broke the Winton Woods rebound record and helped lead his team to two consecutive QCC League Championships, two Sectional Championships and two District Runners-Up. He was selected as QCC 1st team All Conference his junior and senior years, 1st Team Cincinnati Enquirer, and 1st Team Southwest Ohio Coaches Association. He also received several Player of the Week Awards from local television and written media services. After graduation, he became a starter for the University of Charleston Men’s Basketball Team where he became Defensive Player of the Year, All-Conference Tournament Team, 2nd on the All-Time rebounding list and played in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments.
DeForrest Riley Smith graduated with honors from Winton Woods High School in 2002. He was a basketball player that earned two varsity letters and lead the Warriors to two FAVC Championships, a District Championship, a Regional Championship, and State Runner-Up in 2002. The Warriors combined have 48 wins and three losses during his junior and senior years. DeForrest received several awards including 1st Team All-FAVC 2001 and 2002, 1st Team Cincinnati Enquirer 2001 and 2002, 1st Team Southwest Ohio Coaches Association 2001 and 2002, Co-Offensive Player of the Year for Winton Woods High School in 2001 and 2002. After graduation, he accepted a basketball scholarship to Penn State University.
Dan M. Weiss graduated with honors from Greenhills High School in 1982. He played for Hall of Fame coach Earl Edmonds who described him as, “One of the finest basketball players that I have ever coached in my twenty years of coaching.” Dan led his team and the city in scoring during his junior and senior years. He became captain during the 1981-1982 season when they were crowned league champs. He was selected by conference coaches 1st Team All-City in 1981 and 1982. Dan ended his high school career fourth on the All-Time scorer list. After graduation, he attended Southern Illinois University on a basketball scholarship where he played for four years.
Michael W. Weiss, a 1971 Greenhills High School graduate, earned two varsity letters for baseball. During his senior season, he was ranked 6th in the Greater Cincinnati area in pitching with an 8-2 record. He was also ranked 12th in hitting. He was selected as All-Conference and All-City by conference coaches. During his junior season, he went to record five no-hitters while winning the National Championship. After graduation, Michael received a baseball scholarship to attend Ohio University where he earned four varsity letters and two years All-MAC Conference selection. In his senior season, he went on to defeat the number one ranked University of South Alabama, while throwing a no-hitter. After college, Michael coached Girls Varsity Fastpitch Softball for Wyoming High School.
Benjamin Tilton graduated from Winton Woods High School in 1996. He earned four letters for golf and recorded the fourth lowest individual scoring average in Winton Woods, Greenhills, and Forest Park history. He was selected 1st Team Queen City Conference in 1993, 1994, and 1995. He was selected 1st Team Cincinnati Enquirer All-City in 1995 and qualified for the OHSAA District Golf Tournament in 1993 and 1995. He went on to coach golf for Kings and Sycamore high school for 20 years. His golf teams have five Conference Championships, nine OHSAA District Tournament appearances and one OHSAA State Tournament appearance in 2005. His coaching accomplishments have earned him both Eastern Cincinnati Conference and Fort Ancient Valley Conference Coach of the Year by his peers.
Created in 2002, the purpose of the Winton Woods Athletic Hall of Fame is to acknowledge and celebrate the long tradition of athletic excellence at Forest Park, Greenhills and Winton Woods High Schools.