Mason's Angela Bizzari and Colerain's Dominick Goodman Selected to LaRosa's Hall of Fame
The finest female distance runner in Greater Cincinnati in the last 25 years, Mason High School's Angela Bizzarri was the first female track athlete in Ohio history to win the Ohio state 3200-meter run four straight times. For this and other remarkable achievements, Angela was a two-time LaRosa's High School Athlete of the Year nominee and was named LaRosa's Co-Female Athlete of the Year in 2006. She is only the 16th athlete in LaRosa's history to be inducted in her first year of eligibility.
Bizzarri finished her Mason high school career with an outstanding eight Ohio Division I state championships and two city records. She then went on to the University of Illinois where she became a three-time NCAA running champion.
What she accomplished as a senior was truly remarkable. Bizzarri was the first athlete in Mason High School history to qualify in four events in track (3200-meter run, 1600-meter run, 3200-meter relay and 1600-meter relay). She broke a 21-year-old city record in the 3200 (10:39.55) and shattered a 24-year-old city record in the 1600 (4:51.19). Her 1600 time earned her the Division I Ohio State championship in her first-ever attempt.
Bizzarri's athletic excellence garnered her a slew of honors. She was named first team All-Ohio in track four times and three times in cross country. She was first team All-City in both sports four straight years. She won the Ohio state title in cross country in both 2002 and 2004. She was twice named The Cincinnati Enquirer's Runner of the Year.
Bizzarri went on to enjoy a stunning collegiate career at the University of Illinois, where she graduated with a BS in Molecular & Cellular Biology. She won five Big Ten titles and was a nine-time All-American. She was a three-time NCAA Champion as a senior (cross country 19:46; 3K run (8:57.40) – both UI school records -- and the 5K run (16:07.50). She set six Illinois school records.
Upon graduation, Bizzarri competed professionally for six years. She placed in the top three in the nation at the USA Track & Field Championships in 2009 and 2011. She ran in three U.S. Olympic Trials in the 5000-meter run.
Currently, Bizzarri and her husband, Karl, live in Vallejo, CA where she is in medical school at Touro University.
Arguably the finest football player to graduate from Colerain's vaunted football program, Dominick Goodman was clearly the best all-round athlete in Cincinnati as a senior. He was selected as the LaRosa's Male High School Athlete of the Year in 2004-05 and went on to enjoy a stellar college and professional career.
His senior season will go down in Cardinal football history as one of the best – if not the best – ever. He directed an overpowering offense in leading the Cardinals to a 15-0 record and the Ohio Division I state championship.
Goodman accounted for 41% of the school's record-setting 6,275 yards total offense for what PrepNation.com regarded as the No. 3 team in the nation. As a senior, he rushed for 1,985 yards, passed for 584 yards (28-for-44), scored 30 touchdowns and passed for six more. He set an Ohio Division I state title game record with 259 yards rushing and four touchdowns in Colerain's 50-10 victory over Canton McKinley, and was named MVP of the state championship game. He was named All-America by PrepNation.com and played in the PNC Big 33 Classic Ohio-Pennsylvania game.
Goodman actually had to choose between playing football or basketball at the University of Cincinnati. He is the Cardinals' all-time leading scorer in basketball (1,175 points) and set a school record with 121 3-point field goals made. He was named first team All-City by The Cincinnati Enquirer in both football and basketball.
Goodman went on to UC as a wide receiver where he ranks No. 1 all-time in receptions (204) and had 2,512 receiving yards. He is fourth all-time in kickoff returns (55) for 1,199 yards. He is No. 2 all-time in single-season receptions (84).
Following college, Goodman became a star in the Continental Indoor Football League with the Cincinnati Commandos, where he led the CIFL in receiving yards and TD receptions. He was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year in 2010. Goodman was a star wide receiver with a Cleveland Arena Football League team. He is the Gladiators' all-time receiver with 7,470 yards with 135 touchdowns.
Currently a free agent in the AFL, Goodman has a son, Ayden, and lives in Cincinnati. He is a substitute teacher in the Northwest school system where he is the wide receiver coach for the varsity football program.
Biographical information compliments of LaRosa's Hall of Fame Press Release.