Lakota West Firebirds

    Kenny Bertz

    Lakota West Class of 2002: Soccer, Football, Track

    Kenney was named to the All-Midwest soccer team in both his junior and
    senior years. He was twice selected All-State First Team. He was a
    co-captain for Lakota West’s first and Lakota School District’s second
    boy’s soccer team to make it to the state final four. In the Regional
    championship win, which propelled Lakota West into the final four, he led
    the defense from his sweeper position holding the opponents to 100
    scoreless minutes in a 0-0 tie. He then scored the winning goal in the
    penalty kick tie-breaker. As a senior, he served as the punter and long
    placekicker for the football team simultaneously winning varsity letters
    in both soccer and football. He also ran track.

    Kenney went on to play soccer at the University of Maryland. His senior
    year he guided the Terrapins to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship. He
    earned a degree in Criminal Justice.

    Kenney was drafted in the 4th round (47th overall)
    with D.C. United. He later signed and played with the USL First Division
    Rochester Rhinos. He also played with the SV Elversberg of the German
    Regionalliga.

    Kenney is a police officer for the city of Montgomery in Hamilton County.
    He is a Tactical Officer with Southwest Ohio Multi-Jurisdictional SWAT
    Team, a Field Training Officer and Firearms Instructor / Range Officer.
    Kenney is a National Rifle Association Certified Instructor and is
    a co-developer of the Tactical Medic Program. He is also trained in Active
    Shooter Response, Mental Health Response, and Tactical Medicine.

    Favorites:
    BOOK FOR LEADERS: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by
    Stephen Covey

    ATHLETE: Josh Bridges (CrossFit Athlete and former Navy SEAL)

    PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAM: FC Bayern Munich

    SPORTS MOVIE: Invincible

    QUOTE THAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU: Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest.
    Until my Good is Better and my Better is Best.

    IF YOU KNEW THEN WHAT YOU KNOW NOW…WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THE HIGH
    SCHOOL KENNEY?:
    I would have improved my study habits in preparation for college. High
    school came a little easy for me.

    THE BEST THING ABOUT BEING A FIREBIRD WAS…
    The community support. The athletic community supported all sports.

    CURRENT JOB: Police Officer with Montgomery Police Department / Tactical
    Operator with Hamilton County Police Association Special Weapons and
    Tactics Team (SWAT)

    FAVORITE POEM:
    The Angel of the Night
    – Lt. Col. Dave Grossman
    -Fear not the night.
    -Fear that which walks the night.
    -And *I* am that which walks the night
    -But only evil need fear me…
    -And gentle souls sleep safe in their beds…
    -Because I walk the night.

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