2015 Inductee Wendy (Vogel) Lilly, 1984
Wendy Vogel Lilly, a 1984 graduate of Bellevue High School, was a three-sport athlete for the Lady Red, earning two letters in volleyball, two in basketball, and three in track and field. She was a member of the National Honor Society and received the Bellevue Gazette Award as the top female athlete at BHS in 1983.
Wendy was captain of her volleyball teams as a junior and senior and was First Team All-Northern Ohio League as a junior and team MVP, helping to lead the squad to a 19-3 overall record as NOL champs and District finalists. She led the squad that season with 65 aces and 83 kills.
She missed the first 16 volleyball games her senior year recovering from an injury but still managed to help the team repeat as NOL champs and District finalists with a 21-3 overall mark. She also played in the Ohio Volleyball Coaches Association North-South All-Star game that season.
In basketball, Wendy was Second Team All-NOL as a junior. The team was 14-10 overall and was Sectional Champ and District finalist. She led the team in scoring with a 10.8 average. During her senior season, Wendy was Second Team All-NOL in leading the team to a 23-3 overall record. The squad was NOL champs, Sectional and District champs, and Regional finalist. She had a career-high 23 points and 11 rebounds vs. Upper Sandusky and finished her career with 524 points.
Wendy was a member of the NOL and District championship track and field team as a sophomore, participating in the 200-meter dash (28.3 seconds), 400-meter relay, 800-meter relay, and long jump (15-6 ¾). She helped set a school record in the 400 relay with Robin Radloff, Kathy Hill and Mary Jo Haynes (51.8) and at regionals helped set two more school records in the 400 relay (50.4) and 1600-meter relay (4:04.3). The 1600 relay team finished sixth at state that season.
As a junior, Wendy suffered a very serious broken femur during a race, excelling in the 100-meter dash (13.4), 200 (28.1) and long jump (15-7 ¾) in meets prior to the injury. She came back to play all three sports her senior season but was still very limited by the broken leg.
She went on to play and letter four years in volleyball at the University of Toledo. To this day, she ranks fifth in solo blocks in one game, sixth in blocks in one season with 110, sixth in total blocks per set with 1.03, 10th in total season kills with 389, sixth in total attacks with 3,292, sixth in total career digs with 1,215, sixth in career aces with 140, fourth in career kills with 1,239, third in total blocks per set with .88, and first in career blocks (429), season blocks in 1986 (131), and season blocks in 1987 (127).
Today, Wendy reside back in her hometown of Bellevue with her husband John. They have one daughter, Hannah, who attends Ashland University. Wendy works as a social worker for the Tiffin Developmental Center in Tiffin, Ohio.