Five former Gahanna Lincoln High School athletes will be inducted into the Gahanna Athletic Hall of Fame at the 36th annual banquet Aug. 29 at the Jefferson Country Club, 7271 Jefferson Meadows Drive.
The inductees are: John Orkis, class of 1978; Stefanie (Schmidt) Martineau, class of 1995; Gabe J. Roehrenbeck, class of 1997; Dr. Laura Ballenger, class of 2006; and Robert Taylor Jr., class of 2008.
Orkis was a two-sport athlete for the Lions earning varsity letters in football and baseball. As a kicker in football, he held the record for the longest field goal and most points scored. He was named to the All-Ohio Capital Conference and All-Metro Ohio teams his senior year. He also was a shortstop on the baseball team. In his senior year, he had the second best batting average in the state (.506). He was named to the All-OCC, All-Metro Ohio and All-State of Ohio teams.
Martineau earned varsity letters in volleyball and cheerleading for the Lions. As a volleyball player, she was named to the All-Ohio Capital Conference team her senior year and set two school records: single-season serving percentage (.985) and career serving percentage (.970). She also received the Scholar Athlete Award.
Roehrenbeck earned nine varsity letters as he competed in football, basketball and track and field. He was a three-year starter on the football team, and as a senior, he was the special teams player of the year. His performance was recognized by selection to the first-team All-Ohio Capital Conference. During his senior year, he was team captain of the basketball team, led his team in scoring and was selected to the first-team All-OCC. He was team captain in track and field and his 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams received numerous All-OCC and All-District honors.
Ballenger was a three-sport athlete competing in soccer, swimming and track and field. She is one of three individuals to have earned 12 varsity letters in the history of the Gahanna Lincoln athletics program. Her soccer play during her junior year earned her All-Ohio Capital Conference honors, and she was the captain of the team her senior year. In 2006, she was named a Columbus Dispatch Scholar Athlete, a Distinguished Athlete by the U.S. Marine Corps and a National Scholar Athlete by the U.S. Army. She was captain of the 2005-06 girls swimming team. In track and field, she was captain of the 2006 team and winner of the Bill Withrow Award.
Taylor was a basketball player for the Lions, earning three varsity letters. He is currently fourth on the all-time scoring list with 1,079 points, the second individual to exceed the 1,000-point mark for a career. He twice was named first-team All-OCC; first-team All-Central District (senior year); second-team All-Central District (junior year); special-mention All-Ohio (senior year); and honorable-mention All-Ohio (junior year). He also was two-time team captain and received the Byron Prushing Award in 2008 for outstanding athletic and academic performance.
In addition, the Hall of Fame will recognize Richard Trejo with the Award of Merit for his years of service to Gahanna Lincoln athletics. Trejo has been a football scoreboard operator since 2003. He has served as the girls basketball scoreboard operator for eight years and as the game announcer for the girls since 2017. In addition, he has announced the girls soccer games since 2015.