Jeremy Larkin, Malia Berkely win LaRosa's MVP Awards

Posted at 7:00 PM, Jun 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-26 19:00:08-04

CINCINNATI — Jeremy Larkin and Malia Berkely were named Sunday afternoon the Buddy LaRosa’s High School Male and Female MVPs of the Year, respectively, for the 2015-16 school year.

The announcement was made at the annual Buddy LaRosa’s Sports Hall of Fame Banquet at WCET studios on Central Parkway Sunday afternoon.

Larkin, the Associated Press Ohio Mr. Football runner-up, led La Salle to a second straight Division II state championship in December.

La Salle’s Jeremy Larkin

The incoming Northwestern freshman rushed for 1,829 yards and 28 touchdowns for the Lancers in 2015. He also had 639 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns. He accounted for 8,326 all-purpose yards with 95 touchdowns for his three-year varsity career.

Larkin, a 2015 finalist for the LaRosa’s MVP of the Year Award, had 5,165 career rushing yards and 76 rushing touchdowns. Those are among the 18 school records he holds in La Salle football program history. His numerous football honors this past season included the AP Division II state co-offensive player of the year and Southwest District offensive player of the year.

Larkin was also a four-year starter in basketball for the Lancers and was the GCL South defensive player of the year for three consecutive seasons.

Berkely is one of the most decorated athletes in Cincinnati soccer history. She leaves Badin having helped the Lady Rams to back-to-back Division III state championships her sophomore and junior years.

Badin’s Malia Berkely

Berkely tallied 66 goals and 33 assists (165 points) for the Lady Rams and holds six school soccer records. Her accomplishments have garnered an incredible array of top awards. She is an All-American and twice has been named Ohio Ms. Soccer, Gatorade Ohio Soccer Player of the Year, Division III Player of the Year, and the local Women’s Sports Association Soccer Sportswoman of the Year.

A 4.0 National Honor Society student active in community service, she is a member of the Under-19 USA national team and the USA Olympic Development Program, and she will play soccer collegiately at Florida State University.