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Gary Dillhoff – Class of 1986

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Gary Dillhoff played baseball all four years for the Thunderbolts from 1983-1986. While playing baseball at Northmont, he was an outstanding lead-off hitter and shortstop, playing great defense and made the team perform. Dillhoff’s on base percentage was .490 his junior year and .500 his senior year. He holds the top spot in the record books with 32 walks, 2nd place for runs scored at 45, and ties for 2nd with 7 home runs his senior year. He won First Team All-Ohio.

Dillhoff also played football for three years at Northmont and continued his athletic career by playing college baseball at Sinclair.

He is married to Patty Dillhoff and they have three children – sons Cooper and Parker and daughter Jessica. Gary has been a National Accounts Manager for CCL Label for the past twenty years.

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Steve Magoteaux – Class of 1971

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Steve Magoteaux played both baseball and football four years for the Thunderbolts.

When Magoteaux played baseball for Northmont, they used wooden bats and he carried a .391 batting average his junior year and .395 batting average his senior year. He was solid behind the plate as a catcher with a great arm and played in all games his junior and senior years. His last two seasons he belted a total of 24 doubles, 5 triples and 8 home runs. He is proud of the fact his team went 27-3 his senior year and were SWBL Champs. He also played in the North/South Ohio Football game in 1971 and is a member of the Northmont Football Hall of Fame.

Magoteaux went on to play both baseball and football all four years at Wilmington College, where he earned All-American recognition for two years for football. He later obtained his Master of Science degree at the University of Dayton in 1988.

Steve taught at West Milton Schools from 1975-1984 where he was head football coach for six years, with two undefeated seasons and four league championships, moved to Piqua City Schools where he taught and was head football coach from 1984-1992, with three Greater Miami Valley Conference Championships and earned Ohio Division 1 Coach of the Year in 1991 and then became the athletics director from 1992-2005.

Magoteaux has been retired since 2005. He and his wife Karen have been married 44 years and have three children – Ken, Bryan and Kyle and currently reside in Piqua.

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John Young, Class of 1982

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John Young played Baseball for three years for the Thunderbolts along with playing basketball from 1979-1982 and football from 1979-1980. During his baseball career at Northmont, he had a .506 batting average his senior year (7th in record book), 49 total hits (3rd in record book), 37 runs scored (7th in record book) and 13 doubles (tied for 3rd in record book). Young was 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-Dayton Daily, 1st Team All-Journal Herald and 1st Team All-State of Ohio, was Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year in 1982. Young played on Northmont baseball teams were Conference Champions in 1981 and 1982.

He also played Legion Baseball for the Englewood Post 707 and was 3rd highest batting average with .363. He went on to play for the University of Cincinnati where he has the 6th highest single season batting average of .401, 5th highest career batting average of .353, 4th highest career slugging percentage of .602 (behind Boston Red Sox player Kevin Youkilis), 6th in doubles with 18 and 8th in home runs in a season with 13. Young was UC Athlete of the Year, UC Baseball Most Valuable Player and was 1st Team All-Metro Conference in 1987. He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1981 and had 2 home runs and 4 RBI in his first professional game, which they won 5-4.

Young was inducted into the Dayton Amateur Baseball Congress Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Northmont Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.

He is currently Sales Director for Medical Company in Cancer Diagnostics market. He and his wife Brenda have a daughter Jessica and sons Jake and Josh.

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