5 to Be Inducted Into Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame
Five local athletes and coaches will be inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame at their meeting on April 15.
Gary Schearing coached Ludlow football and led the 1976 team to a 12-1 record and a state championship. Schearing also won the Northern Kentucky Conference in freshman boys basketball championship twice, as well as winning the baseball Northern Kentucky Conference championships back-to-back seasons in 1977 and 1978.
Schearing still coaches at Kings High School in Ohio, where he has won the sectional championship four times and the district championship twice in baseball.
Tim Shields coached junior high baseball at Conner High School for 19 years, and was hired as head baseball coach there in 1977. Later, Shields became the girls basketball coach at Conner, a position he held the position for 17 years. His teams qualified for the Kentucky State Sweet 16 Tournament in 1986, 1990, and 1991. The '91 team finished with a 34-3 record and reached the quarterfinals of the Sweet 16 that season.
Celeste Broermann coached the St. Thomas volleyball team for six seasons and went undefeated in 1971. Once moving to Highlands, she won the 9th Region Championship four times and received Coach of the Year honors. Broermann later began the slow-pitch softball program at Highlands as well as coaching track at Highlands for 16 years.
Brian Flaugher is to be inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame as a scorekeeper. He is described as an icon at Augusta High School and Middle School athletic events. He has been scorekeeper for boys and girls basketball for over 30 years. He also scores boys baseball and girls softball.
Shawn Snelling, a graduate of Conner High School in 1995, holds several school records.
-Bryan Burke, associate editor