The Mariemont High School Athletic Department inducted three individuals into the Doc Kusel Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Aug. 25, before the season-opening varsity football game against the Oakwood Lumberjacks.
This year’s inductees include former teacher, coach and athletic department assistant Don Books, Leigh Fisher (2011), and Nate Wagner (2012).
Books served Mariemont High School as a longtime world history and government teacher and history club moderator. He was an assistant baseball coach for 15 years and acted as a site manager and events director for the athletic department 12 years following his coaching career. He retired from teaching in the district in 2015 and continued his responsibilities to the athletic department through the spring of 2017.
Fisher, class of 2011, earned eight varsity letters for the Lady Warriors in lacrosse and basketball. As a four-year starter for the girls lacrosse team, she was a two-time honorable mention All-American and helped lead Mariemont to its only Ohio State Final Four appearance in girls lacrosse. Fisher ended her lacrosse career as the program leader in points and assists, and was tied for the program record for goals and goals in a season.
After graduation, Fisher continued her academic and athletic career at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to her lacrosse accolades, she also gained honorable mention and second-team CHL honors in basketball.
Wagner, Class of 2012, was a four-time letter winner for the Warriors swimming team with four trips to the Ohio State Championships. He was the Ohio Division II Champion in the 100 freestyle and was also named the Cincinnati Division II Swimmer of the Year. Wagner won multiple CHL and district titles for the Warriors.
After graduation, he continued his swimming career at Grand Valley State University.
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