The 37th Annual Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame - Steve Sollmann
Following in the footsteps of his older brother Scott, Steve Sollmann enters the LaRosa's High School Hall of Fame, thus becoming only the ninth set of siblings to be so honored.
Steve was a remarkable three-sport athlete for the Bombers, earning nine varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. In football, Steve set seven school football records including Rushing career (3,947 yards), Single-Game (316), Single Season (1,592), Career All-purpose yards (5,860), Rushing Touchdowns (51), Career TDs (60), Career Points (362), and shares single game touchdowns (six) with his brother. Steve his senior year was named the "That My Boy" Award winner, was a first team all-state selection and was the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Post and GCL Player of the Year. Also a starting guard for the basketball team, Steve helped lead St. Xavier to the Ohio Div. I state championship in 2000, and in baseball, he ranked among the Top Ten hitters all-time in St. Xavier history. In all, seven of the nine Bomber teams Steve played on won Greater Cincinnati League championships.
Steve went on to play four years of college baseball at the University of Notre Dame, where he was named Freshman All-American (2001), Second Team Coaches All-American (2003), Third Team Writers' All-American (2003), and was a four-time 1st team Big East pick. He ranks No. 1 all-time in batting average in NCAA Tournament play for ND (.462), and is tied for most hits in one game (6) in ND history. He ranks in the Top Ten in three other statistical categories.
Steve was drafted in the10th round of the professional baseball draft by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2004. He was named to both the Florida State League (High A) and Southern League (AA) all-star teams. He retired after 31 games at Class AAA.