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Class of 2021

Maria Anderson

At ORHS – A star track and field athlete for the Lady Pioneers, she was an individual event State Champion and school record setter on the 300 hurdles.  As an individual, she was a 4-time Metro Champion, 5-time District Champion, 3-time Region Champion, and 2-time State Champion as well as 7-time State Meet scorer. She was an integral part of 2 Metro Championship Teams, 3 District Championship Teams, 3 Region Championship Teams, and a State Runner Up team. She was a contributor on 2 State Championship teams - 1983 & 1985. She won a State Championship in the 300 Hurdles, as a senior, setting a school record that lasted 19 years.  She ended her career ranked 13th in the nation in the event.

Post HS - Maria received an athletic scholarship to Alabama A&M University

Justin Collins

At ORHS - Lettered in 3 Sports – Football, Baseball and Soccer.  In Football, won the Coaches Achievement Award along with Freshman Player of the Year honors in 1988.  Earned All-District and All-County recognition as a junior.  In Baseball – earned All-Metro, All-Country and All-Central Florida honors.  As a junior in 1991, was selected Outstanding Pitcher and All-Tournament Team in the Apopka Invitational.  Named ORHS Baseball MVP as a senior in 1992 coupled with earning the Coaches Achievement Award.  In 1990, he was selected ORHS Sophomore Male Athlete of the Year.  

Post HS – Went on to play baseball at the Air Force Academy and earned a starting position on the varsity team his freshman year.  Despite undergoing Tommy John surgery and enduring a near season-ending back injury, he maintained a .337 batting average, over .400 on base percentage, and over .600 slugging percentage throughout his collegiate career.  Because of his leadership and performance, he was selected team captain and was named team MVP in 1997.  Additionally, in 1997 he was selected to the All-WAC Conference Team and the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region Honors Team. Justin ranked #35 in the country with a .417 batting average in 1997.

*Jim Koffman

Spent 28 years of his 32 years of teaching at Oak Ridge High School (1964-1993) serving the athletics program in several capacities. He helped sell football and basketball game tickets for the Pioneers for 25 seasons.  He went on to build the famous Pioneer Wagon in 1992 that stood outside the main office and now is in the courtyard since the rebuild of the school in 2013. In his dedication to the ORHS track & field program, Mr. Koffman built the jumping boxes and platforms used for the training of the long and triple jumpers, as well as filming and editing training videos for the hurdlers, jumpers and relay exchanges.  The quality of the videos was such that the coaches used them when speaking at coaching clinics.  His other contributions to Oak Ridge included him building the offices for Miss Lockaby and the Yearbook Staff, as well as the offices for the Driver Education program.

Lee Lauderback

At ORHS – One of the greatest multi-sport athletes in Oak Ridge history, Lee took advantage of entering Oak Ridge as a 9th grader to earn 12 varsity letters: 4 each in football and baseball, and 2 each in basketball and track. On the football field, he was a 2-year starter at Tight End and became the premier place kicker in the Metro and State under the tutelage of Orlando Panther, Don Jonas.  His senior year his longest Field Goal was a state record 43 yards.  Lee was later named to the Metro All-Time Football Team in 1973, which celebrated the best players in the first decade of Metro Conference football in Orlando.  Playing his first love, baseball, Lee was the starting catcher for two years, earning All-Metro honors as a senior.  He also went on to win the Oak Ridge Outstanding Athlete.  A member of the National Honor Society and a Civitan, Lee accepted a baseball scholarship from LSU while turning down several football scholarships.

Post ORHS – After earning a varsity letter as the starting catcher his freshman year, Lee left LSU for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to pursue a career in flying.

Donna McTarsney

At ORHS - Earned 5 varsity letters as a runner for the Lady Pioneers – 3 track, 2 cross-country.  In track, she was a 4-time Metro champion, 5-time district champion, and 3-time region champion.  She was a member of 3 All-State relay teams, as well as back-to-back state titles in 1981 and 1982.  Broke the Metro meet record in 1981, and her record stood until 2002.  She ranks #4 all-time in school history in the 800m.

Post HS – Went on to compete at Santa Fe Community College for both track and cross country.  She earned All-American honors in the 4x400 and 2 Mile Relays.  She was inducted into the Santa Fe Athletic Hall of Fame in 2015 as part of the 1983 Women's Indoor Track & Field National Championship team.

Hnric Murray

At ORHS – A 2-sport athlete, excelling in football and track.  He earned 3 varsity letters in football at Defensive Back.  As a senior, he helped the Pioneers to a 10-2 during the 1989-1990 season.  He went on to earn All-County honors.  In track, he excelled in the 100 meters, earning All-County and Metro honors.  He ranks #8 All-Time in Pioneer history with a 10.84 clocking.  As a two-year letterman, he won the Coaches Achievement award as a senior.

Post HS – Went on to star in football and track at Phoenix Junior College where he clocked 10.32 for 100 meters before moving onto Miles College as a starting DB for two years.  He also went on to play Semi-Pro football for the Pensacola Barracudas, Evansville Bluecats, and the Kissimmee Kreatures.

Sean Newton

At ORHS – One of the top OR basketball players in the decade of the 2000’s as a 4-year letterman for the Pioneers.  During his career he earned All-Metro, District, State honors – while being recognized as one of the top scorers in Orange County at nearly 25 points a game.  As a senior he won District & Orange County player of the year honors in 2001 while leading the Pioneers to the District and Region Championships.  The Pioneers went on to play in the 5A State Final Four for the first time in 12 years. He also went on to earn a nomination to the McDonald’s All-American game.

Post HS - Went on to earn a basketball scholarship to Elon University in NC before transferring to Greensboro College.  He was named Conference Sixth Man of the Year during a hurt senior season.

Paul Nuzum

At ORHS – One of the first great soccer players in ORHS history, he earned 3 varsity letters in soccer for the Pioneers from 1974-1976.  He earned 2nd team All-Metro honors as a sophomore on a young Pioneer team.  As a junior, he earned All-Metro and All-State honors while leading the team to its best season ever, with a 10-3 record in the Metro Conference and a berth in the playoffs.

Post HS – He went on to play soccer at UCF on a full scholarship.  A four-year letterman for the Knights, he went on to earn All-Sunshine State Conference honors in 1979 as a defender and was the Co-MVP of the Conference.  He still ranks 8th all-time on UCF’s Career Goals list and he is tied for 9th all-time with 3 career hat tricks in his career.

*Peter Sitero

At ORHS – A 3 sport athlete during his time at Oak Ridge - Soccer, Track and Football.  On the football field, Sitero was one of the greats on the defensive front for the Pioneers earning All-Metro and All-State honors at the Nose Guard position. He was the defensive leader of the first ever undefeated Metro Conference Champion football team in 1974, that went on to win district and region championships.  As a junior, he won awards from Orlando Touchdown Club and was named Sentinel Star Lineman of The Week.  He took home those same honors as a senior, as he also earned OR Lineman of the Year and Oak Ridge Football MVP awards.  He also won the Florida Coaches Athletic Association Football Athlete of the Year award to finish his career at ORHS.  Sitero also served as the Oak Ridge Trailblazer Newspaper Sports Editor.

Post HS - Earned a football scholarship to Furman University, where he played 4-years at the Nose Guard position.

Kurt Wickizer

At ORHS – One of the great swimmers in ORHS history.  He earned All-Orange County honors as a Sophomore.  During his Senior year, he picked up All-State honors as a member of 2 relay teams (100yd and 400yd Freestyle) – along with being named the team captain and Most Valuable Swimmer.  He was a member of the only 2 Metro Championship swim teams in school history (1971,1973) and swam for Oak Ridge Hall of Fame coach Carl Dragstedt (2014).

Post HS – Received a swimming scholarship to Appalachian State University in 1974.  As a freshman, he broke 4 school records.  He earned All-Southern Conference honors 4 years in a row during his time for the Mountaineers. He also became a standout weightlifting coach at Edgewater and Dr. Phillips – coaching 51 total Metro champions, along with 9 career Metro team titles.  He is the first coach to ever win the Boys and Girls Metro title and won Metro Conference Coach of the Year 9 times during his career.  He was inducted into the Metro Conference Hall of Fame in 2005.

* Deceased

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