The 36th Annual Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame - Dr. Beth Osterday Strange
Beth Osterday is perhaps the best overall athlete to play for the Bulldogs, earning 12 varsity letters in three sports – volleyball, basketball and softball. She is the only female athlete in Greater Cincinnati since 1989-90 (Jamie Kirch Toon of Mercy) named 1st team All-Ohio in three different sports.
Osterday was a finalist for the national Wendy’s High School Heisman Award in 1995, and was selected the LaRosa’s High School Female MVP of the Year for 1995-96.
In volleyball, Osterday, an outside hitter, played a key role in three consecutive state championships. She was an all-city and all-state selection two straight years. She was named Player of the Year two times.
In basketball, Osterday graduated as the school’s third all-time scoring leader (1,013 points). She set four school records in free throw shooting and steals. As a senior, she helped lead St. Ursula to its first GGCL title and a 22-3 record and was named 1st team all-Ohio.
In softball, she still holds 10 school records, including most career hits (149), career batting average (.512), career runs scored (102) and career stolen bases (149). A catcher, Osterday was a 1st team all-Ohio pick in 1996 and a three-time 1st team all-city selection by The Enquirer.
Osterday continued her athletic dominance at Xavier University where she was a three-time Atlantic 10 volleyball all-conference team selection. Upon graduation she held XU’s all-time record for volleyball digs (1,728), ranks second all-time in kill-attempts (3,973), third all-time in kills (1,384) and seventh in career games played (447).
Osterday was named XU’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2000, and named one of the five best athletes (male or female) in XU history. A member of both the Xavier University and St. Ursula Academy Halls of Fame, Osterday went on to The Ohio State University and graduated from the College of Dentistry in 2004.
Currently, Dr. Beth Osterday Strange, she is a dentist in Blanchester with Dr. Jody Gundler. She lives in Union Township with her husband, R.J. Strange. They have two daughters – Ava Grace (4) and Ali Elizabeth (2).