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Hoban inducts five into athletic hall of fame

By mikeb Published: April 15, 2010

The Archbishop Hoban High School alumni association recently inducted five athletes at the 2010 Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony.

The newest inductees are:

Dan Heideman, Class of 1989. Heideman led Hoban to the school’s first boys basketball state title with a 52-49 overtime win over Cincinnati North College Hill in the Division III state tournament. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Division III state tournament with 32 points and 22 rebounds in two games and was also named to the 1989 All-City First Team. Heideman also excelled as a pitcher for the Knights and was taken by the New York Yankees in the 41st round of the 1989 Major League Baseball draft and was drafted again in 1991 in the 35th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played two seasons in the Frontier League.

Tom Merlitti, Class of 1967. Merlitti was a guard and linebacker on a 9-1 Hoban football team in 1966. That year, he received All-City, All-District and All-State honors and went on to play at Bowling Green State University, where he started in 30 games as a linebacker. He has been a member of BGSU Alumni Association board of directors since 2008.

Phil LoCascio, Class of 1997. LoCascio excelled in football, basketball and baseball for the Knights. He received 10 letters in his Hoban career and was named to the first-team all-City in baseball his junior and senior year. LoCascio went on to play baseball at Kent State University where he was a member of the NCAA regional qualifiers in 2002. He received the Thurman Munson Award in 2002 for the highest batting average.

Alicia Longstreth Gaffney, Class of 1998. Longstreth Gaffney was a three-sport athlete who received eight letters during her career at Hoban. She excelled in softball and was a two-time first-team all-Otate Division II player in addition to many local and regional awards. She went on to an outstanding career at Ashland University in softball where she was named to the NFCA All-American second-team. Longstreth Gaffney is in Hoban's Academic Hall of Honor and was a Monsignor Dowed Award recipient in 1997.

Nate Riles, Class of 1993. Riles was a two-time state champion in the 400-meter relay and 200-meter dash at Hoban and placed at state all four years. He set a school record at Ohio Northern University in the 55-meter dash and won five Ohio Athletic Conference titles. He was also a defensive back and kickoff return specialist for ONU. Defensively, he had 92 career tackles and four interceptions. He ranks fifth all-time in kickoff returns. He signed as a free agent with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals and later played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.

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