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Newport Independent Schools Announces 2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Three standout Teams of Distinction, a successful coach and a long-time supporter will be inducted into the Newport Independent Schools Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 1, at 5 pm in the Newport High School Auditorium, followed by a reception in the adjacent auxiliary gymnasium. The inductees will be introduced during halftime of that evening's varsity basketball game between Newport and Holy Cross.

 

Newport High School Hall of Fame Distinguished Coaches Award 2019

Cindy Schlosser coached basketball, softball, and volleyball during her career in Newport. Basketball is where Coach Schlosser enjoyed a lot of success. With 136 wins, Coach Schlosser is the all-time leader in wins as a girls’ basketball coach at Newport. She coached from 1974-1984. 

 

Coach Schlosser had many talented players during her tenure; in 1975, Coach Schlosser led the Lady Wildcats to their only “Sweet 16” appearance in school history.

 

Accomplishments:

  • 9th Region Coach of the Year - 1974-75
  • Holds career coaching record in Newport for most wins
  • 21-3 record in 1974-75 – district and regional champs
  • Won district titles in 1975-76 and 1980-81
  • District runner-ups in 1977-78, 1978-79, 1981-82
  • Coached in the regional tournament 6 out of 10 years of her career as head coach

 

Newport High School Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award 2019

 Roland Vories. The name Vories is legendary in the Newport School District. Roland’s 3 sons (Dick, Gary, and Kent) were all Newport athletes. Roland became involved in Newport athletics during his sons’ careers.

 

In the 1950s Roland was co-founder of the Campbell County pee-wee football league. This was the feeder program for Newport’s elementary students for over 50 years.

 

As mayor of Newport in the 1970s and later as Campbell County Commissioner, Roland helped many Newport High School students receive numerous college scholarships and grants. He started the Dick Vories Scholarship Fund for Athletes at NHS in the name of his son.

 

As manager at the Coca-Cola Company during the 1960s and ‘70s he provided scoreboards for the NHS football field and gymnasium at no cost. 

 

Newport High School 2019 Teams of Distinction

 

1975 Newport High School Girls’ Basketball Team

 The Newport High School girls’ basketball team won the 9th Regional Tournament and played in the 1975 Girls’ State Basketball Tournament at Eastern Kentucky University before a sold-out crowd. The team is the only girls’ basketball team in Newport High School history to participate in a KHSAA sanctioned Sweet 16 girls’ state basketball tournament.

 

The Lady Wildcats were led by Coach Cindy Schlosser. They turned in an impressive 21-3 overall season record.  The team exhibited tremendous improvement by capturing three championship titles which included the 35th District, 9th Regional and Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference titles.

 

1962 Newport High School Boys’ Basketball Team

Despite having one of the physically smallest teams in Newport’s history, the Wildcats compiled an amazing regular season record of 24-6. Coach Arnzen’s team made up for lack of height by the use of ball handling, speed, and excellent defense.

 

This team led Newport to the “Sweet 16” for the first time in seven years. The Wildcats played Ashland in the first round; Newport came to play and for 3 quarters they meant business. In the last four minutes of the 4th quarter the Wildcats hit a cold streak and were knocked out of the first round of the tournament with a game ending score of 61-57.

 

Accomplishments:

  • 1962 NKAC Champions
  • 35th District Runner-up
  • Sweet 16 appearance
  • Charlie Pate and Eugene Britton were named to the All Tournament Region Team
  • Coach Stan Arnzen and his daughter, Donna, were the only father/daughter combination in the 1962 Sweet 16 tournament.

2010 Newport High School Boys’ Basketball Team

It took 48 years to get back to the “Sweet 16”.  Newport’s last appearance was in 1962.  Before the state tournament this team also won the All “A” Regional Tournament for the first time in Newport history.  Winning the 9th Region and the 9thRegion All “A” in the same year does not happen often but the Wildcats, led by Coach Aric Russell, were a team on a mission in 2010.  Their season record was 29-6. Newport lost to DeSales 60-57 in the All “A” Tournament.  The Wildcats lost the Sweet 16 in the first round to Christian County.  The scoreboard did not reflect the win, but the winning spirit of the 2010 Newport Wildcat Basketball Team will remain in the hearts of Newport fans for many years to come. 

Accomplishments:

  • 9th Region All “A” Classic champs
  • 36th District Runner-up
  • 9th Region champs
  • Season record of 29-6 – best in 48 years
  • Regional tournament games:
    • Game 1 – Newport 62-Ryle 46
    • Game 2 – Newport 59-CovCath 49
    • Championship Game: Newport 60-Holmes 34

-Staff report