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Monday, January 07, 2013 9:52 AM


ELIDA - The Elida Local School District has announced the Class of 2013 for its Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Induction Banquet will take place at 1 p.m. Jan. 12 at Elida High School.

That same evening at 6 p.m., they will be introduced to the public at the varsity basketball game versus Archbold in Elida Fieldhouse.


Inductees are Kathy Buetner Davis, Don Thomas and Julie Smith.


Buetner Davis is a 1972 graduate of Elida High School

From 1969-72, during her high school years, every sport for girls was under the leadership of the Girls’ Athletic Association. The Association was self-sustaining, paying for referees, uniforms, etc. It offered intramural and interscholastic sports. The state restricted the number of interscholastic sports, increasing gradually to 12 by 1972. She was a member of GAA for three years, participating in six interscholastic sports: golf, basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis and track and field, including also participated in shot put and discus. She participated in five intramural sports: archery, billiards, bowling, basketball and volleyball.

She scored an average of 21.3 points in basketball her senior year and had the high average in bowling, the high score in archery and the high batting average in softball. During her sophomore year, she received the “Most Valuable Member” award. In her senior year, Kathy was presented with the Tiffany award for excellence in athletics and she served as President of GAA.

Thomas is a 1971 graduate of Elida High School, coming from Gomer his junior year. Despite coming to EHS without high school football experience, he started for two years on both offense and defense. He led the Bulldogs to a 9-1 record and a conference championship his senior year. He was named 2nd-Team AP All-Ohio Class AA and led the NWC in scoring (100 points). Along with football, he played basketball and baseball both at Gomer and at Elida High School. By his senior year, his teams became NWC champions in baseball, football and basketball (co-champions).

After high school, he went on to attend Ohio Northern University in Ada where he played varsity football and baseball for four years. He received honorable mention on the 1974 All-American Division III football team. In 1975, the baseball team he played for won the OAC championship, the regional championship and played in the Division III College World Series. He was inducted into the ONU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999

Smith is a 1983 graduate of Elida High School. She was an outstanding 3-sport athlete  and  an  honor  student.

She had many outstanding accomplishments, set several school records and earned many honors in volleyball, basketball and softball:

1. Volleyball: Team MVP, set school spike record, was the #1 blocker, #1 passer. In 1982, she led Elida to the WBL championship, sectional championship, regional championship and the State semifinals. She received All-League Honorable Mention sophomore year, All-League First Team and Most Valuable Play her junior and senior years, Lima Area Chamber of Commerce Player of the Year and was named to the District 8 All-Star 1st Team.

2. Basketball: Team Captain, 943 career points (before the 3-point shot), 21.4 average points her senior year and led her team to the first-ever (boys or girls) Elida basketball championship of the WBL. She was named All-City Lia 1st Team in 1981 and 1982, WBL 1st Team in 1982, 1st Team All-Northwest Ohio AAA in 1982, Honoree Lima Chamber of Commerce, District 8 All-Star Team, 3rd-Team All-Ohio and Top 15 in State Division AAA.

3. Softball: Julie played on a semi-professional traveling team (Celina Suns) from age 14 through college. During her senior year of high school, she was named team MVP. She led her team to WBL co-championship, sectional championship, district championship and regional runners-up. She was the captain and varsity letter recipient all four years. She was the WBL Player of the Year and WBL First Team. She earned a 4-year scholarship to Indiana University, where she doubled-majored in criminal justice and sociology. Her Indiana University team became Big 10 Champs and took third place in the National Championship Series. She was the team captain her sophomore, junior and senior years. She was an Academic All-American and was named 2nd-Team All-American Offense. She was then awarded a scholarship to the University of Toledo Law School where she earned her juris doctor and was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1991. She has been partner in the Barken & Neff law firm for 13 years.

Her greatest accomplishment is her daughter, Madison.Buettner


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