LaRosa's Sports Hall of Fame Members

The Elder Athletes and Coaches listed below are enshrined in the Buddy LaRosa's Sports Hall of Fame. Begun in 1975, eligibility for the hall is open to male or female athletes (living or deceased), who participated in high school sports in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. The nominee must be graduated from high school for at least 10 years. Induction is based solely upon high school accomplishments. Collegiate, professional or other amateur achievements will have no bearing on Hall of Fame selection.


Fred Meyer was a wizard of an athlete in football, basketball, and baseball, thus the nickname. Known for his outstanding quickness and ballhandling ability as a guard on the basketball team, but also excelled as a tailback on the football team. He was one of the leading scorers on the 1936 team that won the school's first district championship. The Wiz was offered a major league baseball contract with the Reds while he was still in high school, but chose to attend Xavier University on a football scholarship.
Fred "Wiz" Meyer '38

(Inducted 1976)

Walter "Babe" Bartlett, a St. Xavier High School and Xavier University graduate, was Elder's head football and basketball coach from 1927 to 1953 and the head baseball coach from 1928 to 1948. He coached 985 games at Elder--505 in basketball, 221 in football, and 259 in baseball--and won 577 of them, for a .586 winning percentage. He won six GCL championships in football, five GCL titles and three district championships in basketball, and in 1943 coached the baseball team to the first state championship in the school's history. His baseball teams were also state runner-up in 1946 and won eight GCL and two district championships. In 1935, under Bartlett, Elder won the GCL championship in all three major sports--football, basketball, and baseball.
Coach Walter "Babe" Bartlett

(Inducted 1979)

A clever, knowledgeable quarterback, Dick Selcer led the 1954 Panthers to the first unbeaten, untied season in school history. Threw six touchdown passes and scored 11 touchdowns that season. A first-team All-State selection who played at Notre Dame. Later became the head coach at Xavier University and coached in the NFL.
Dick Selcer '55

(Inducted 1980)

In basketball, Dick Holmes was a 6-foot 3 center who led Elder to its third district championship in 1945 with his scoring, rebounding, and shot-blocking ability. A great all-around athlete who was an outstanding pitcher in baseball. Pitched on the Bentley Post team that won the American Legion national championship in 1944.
Dick Holmes '45

(Inducted 1983)

Steve Grote was first-team All-GCL, All-City, and All-State at outside linebacker, and was named a Scholastic Magazine All-American in football. A third-team All-State selection and starting forward on the 1973 state championship basketball team, Grote is the fourth leading scorer in Elder history with 882 points. Played basketball at Michigan, where the school named the Steve Grote Hustle Award after him.
Steve Grote '73

(Inducted 1989)

Gordon Massa played center and linebacker for the Panthers, and was named first-team All-State by the Associated Press. Played at Holy Cross. A star baseball player who played briefly as a catcher for the Chicago Cubs.
Gordy Massa '53

(Inducted 1990)

Elder's most successful swimmer, Jim Trefzger won the 1948 state championship in the breaststroke, and is to this day Elder's only state swimming champion. Jim was also quarterback on the 1948 Panther football team, throwing 10 TD passes, rushing for two TD's, and kicked 12 extra points.
Jim Trefzger '49

(Inducted 1991)

Bob Hoernschemeyer is perhaps the greatest football player in Elder history. In three years on the varsity, the talented halfback scored 20 touchdowns and a total of 131 points. He also intercepted seven passes and recovered two fumbles. In 1942, he scored 75 points on six rushing touchdowns, four touchdowns on interception returns, a 65-yard punt return, and nine kicked extra points. He also passed for five touchdowns. Became a star at Indiana University and the Naval Academy and was the first Elder graduate to play in the NFL. He was a star for the Detroit Lions from 1950-55.
Bob Hoernschemeyer '43

(Inducted 1998)

Former Head Basketball Coach Paul "Hans" Frey's basketball teams compiled a 383-118 record over 22 years, including back-to-back state championships in 1973 and 1974. Frey graduated from Elder in 1957 and went on to play college basketball at Regis College in Denver. His accolades include: GCL Coach of the Year 10 times, Ohio Coach of the Year twice, McDonald's All America Coach of the Year twice and Kellogg's National Coach of the Year once. He has been previously inducted into the Ohio Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
Paul "Hans" Frey '57

(Inducted 2001)

An all-city star in basketball and baseball, Don Ruberg averaged more than 10 points per game in basketball when scoring was at a premium. He hit better than .300 for his career in baseball. He later starred in both sports at Xavier University, then played minor-league baseball in the Cleveland Indians' organization before returning to Elder to teach and coach basketball and baseball. As Elder baseball coach from 1954-56, Ruberg's teams went 67-9 and won two state titles. His 1956 basketball team won the GCL title. In 1956, Ruberg became an assistant basketball and head baseball coach at Xavier. He was XU head coach from 1963-67.
Don Ruberg '47

(Inducted 2003)

Ron Krechting earned eight varsity letters in football, basketball, and baseball during his career with the Panthers.  He threw for 30 touchdowns and 3,543 yards and was named first-team all-district, all-city and all-GCL in 1967.  In basketball, he scored 625 points in his career, good for 16th on the Panthers' all-time scorers list.  He led the team with 342 points during the 1967-68 season, and is 19th on the Panthers' Career Free-Throw Percentage list with 73.2%.  In baseball, Ron was Team Captain, first-team all-GCL, and team MVP in 1968, recording a team-leading 0.42 Earned Run Average.  He also tallied 68 Strikeouts in both 1967 and 1968, pitching 117 innings and recording records of 7-1 and 5-2.
Ron Krechting '68

(Inducted 2011)

A two-way starter at center on offense and linebacker on defense, he was a three-year starter. His prep career culminated in Elder's 1954 undefeated season - a team regarded by many local historians as one of Cincinnati's greatest football squads. The Cincinnati city champions and Greater Cincinnati League champs allowed only 65 points the entire season. He was named a prep All-Catholic All-American, a consensus first-team all-state selection by UPI and the Ohio Sports Writers Association. Heavily recruited, James went on to Ohio State where he was a three-year starter at guard and center. He started on Woody Hayes' 1957 National Championship team. James was the first round pick of the San Francisco 49ers (eighth overall) in 1959 and went on to play almost eight seasons with San Francisco, Pittsburgh and the Chicago Bears.
Dan James '55

(Inducted 2014)

Rob was quarterback of the 2002 and 2003 Elder football teams which went 28-2 and won back-to-back state championships. He was the Division I Player of the Year. He then went to the University of Dayton and led the Flyers to the Division I-AA title.
Rob Florian '04

(Inducted 2018)

(Profiles from The Pride of Price Hill, by Bill Koch.)


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