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Loveland Athletics inducts four members into the Hall of Fame
Class of 2017 Athletic Hall of FameThe Loveland Athletic Department salutes the 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees who were recognized during halftime of the Tiger varsity basketball game Friday, Feb. 2. Following the formal induction ceremony for the Class of 2017, participants enjoyed a reception in the Loveland High School Media Center.

Members inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame included: Adam Engel, LHS Class of 2010; Dennis Drinnen, LHS Class of 1964; Jim Gruver, LHS Class of 1974; and, Sarah (Leeper) Lucas, LHS Class of 2007.

Adam Engel graduated from Loveland High School in 2010 where as a student-athlete he was a highly award baseball player, earning Player of the Year, and all-time career leader in batting average, and all-time season leader in doubles. Engel was the Edward Jones Student Athlete of the Month, LaRosa’s Male Athlete of the Year, and also played varsity football and varsity basketball. He attended the University of Louisville on a four-year baseball scholarship and transitioned into a professional-athlete for the Chicago White Sox Baseball Organization.

Dennis Drinnen graduated from Loveland High School in 1964 where he played varsity football as team captain, was awarded District Athlete of the Year, played varsity baseball and earned a four-year scholarship to attend the University of Kentucky and play football. 

Jim Gruver graduated from Loveland High School in 1974 after playing as a student-athlete in football, basketball and varsity track. He has continued to be an integral part of the Tiger Athletic Family through his service as a score keeper for basketball, a clock keeper for football, an announcer for basketball and a clock keeper and announcer for soccer.

Sarah (Leeper) Lucas graduated from Loveland High School in 2007 where she was a student- athlete for varsity cross country – earning Team MVP, Division I State Champion (2003), and Enquirer Runner of the Year.  In track (2003), she earned first team all ECC, second in District, third place in Region, and fourth place at State in the 3200.

Photo caption: (Pictured L to R) Brian Williams (accepting for Dennis Drinnen), Jim Gruver, Sarah (Leeper) Lucas, Adam Engel